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Judge Demands Feds Let Him See DC Rail Safety Plan

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First, the District of Columbia banned the rail shipment of hazardous materials through the city. In turn, CSX Transportation, joined by the federal government, sued to overturn the ban. U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan asked to look at the security plan developed by the railroad. The Justice Department replied that the plan is too secret for his unclassified eyes. Calling the response “offensive,” Judge Sullivan demanded to see the plan as proof it even existed. “I’m not going to rely upon the assertions of government lawyers.” (9/22/05)