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TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY SKINNER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FIELD OFFICE IN ILLINOIS

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY SKINNER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF HAZARDOUS
 MATERIALS FIELD OFFICE IN ILLINOIS
 CHICAGO, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The official opening of a regional hazardous materials enforcement office in nearby Des Plaines, Ill., was announced today by Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner.
 "Studies show that the Chicago area and the region surrounding it are rated as number one in the country in the movement of hazardous materials. The area is especially well known for originating hazardous materials shipments and for manufacturing the packaging used to ship these materials," Skinner said.
 The regional office will be operated by the department's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) which will maintain a closer working relationship with state enforcement agencies and conduct more inspections to promote a safer transportation environment. Hazardous materials are a vital part of the nation's economy and provide a positive trade surplus of $16 million in chemicals. RSPA estimates that there are more than 500,000 shipments of hazardous materials in the country every day and that approximately 3 billion tons of these materials are shipped annually.
 RSPA Administrator Travis P. Dungan said, "The office will be responsible for 15 central states from Texas to Minnesota and will work closely with other DOT agencies that have hazardous materials enforcement responsibilities -- the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard."
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