FMCSA overrules Washington, D.C. hazmat ban

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Federal law trumps the effort by the Washington, D.C. City Council to ban hazmat transportation near the U.S. Capitol, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ruled. FMCSA made its announcement Monday, April 10 in the Federal Register.

In February, the council voted to temporarily ban hazmat transport within 2.2 miles of the Capitol, an area dubbed the “Capitol Exclusion Zone,” without a license issued by the District of Columbia. The council has voted several times to extend the act, which currently is set to expire June 21.

In March, the American Trucking Associations asked the FMCSA to review the council’s action.