A proposal to issue the ban has not yet been enacted. However,Cleveland’s City Council is considering such a proposal. What put the idea into the Council’s consideration?
The answer to that question isn’t certain, but in February, in reaction to the proposed D.C. ban, the Norfolk Southern Railway issued a statement saying, “The danger to D.C. residents posed by the potential release of a hazardous material is fundamentally no different from the danger of such a release to residents of Richmond, Philadelphia and Cleveland - three of the cities through which hazardous materials would likely have to be diverted.”In opposing enactment of a ban, Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, pointed out that, “Railroads are required under federal law to carry hazardous materials. If local communities were to be free to pass such laws, we would be left with a patchwork quilt of local laws that could make it impossible to ship these commodities from where they are produced to where they are needed.”