Release Date: November 13, 2008
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today regulations aimed at strengthening the security of the nations freight and passenger rail systems and reducing the risk associated with the transportation of security-sensitive materials.
By striking a sensible balance of security guidelines with certain regulatory requirements, were enabling the rail and chemical industries to be stronger partners, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The results are sound security measures without excessively burdening owners and operators.
The Rail Security final rule will require freight and passenger rail carriers to designate rail security coordinators and report significant security concerns to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The rule also will codify TSAs broad inspection authority. For freight rail, the rule will ensure the positive handoff of security-sensitive materials as well as establish security protocols for custody transfers of security-sensitive material rail cars between receivers of these materials that are located in high threat urban areas, shippers of these materials, and rail carriers.