DOT needs to focus on hazmat mandates
Nov 1, 2005 6:42 AM
The Department of Transportation (DOT) needs to continue its focus on reducing the number of outstanding congressional mandates and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations related to pipeline and hazardous materials, according to information from the DOT Inspector General.
Some of the mandates and recommendations are more than a decade old.
Senior officials also need to focus on meeting their statutory requirements when responding to NTSB recommendations to assure they have been handled in a timely manner and properly addressed, the Inspector General said.
"We want to give the department the opportunity to determine if procedural deficiencies identified in this report extend beyond pipeline and hazardous safety recommendations and to determine if there is a need to develop a department-wide system for monitoring and tracking NTSB recommendations," the information stated. "Therefore, we are making no formal recommendations at this time."
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