To Secure Ports, U.S. Wants Lid on Public Data

Citing the threat of terrorism, federal officials are keeping more information about the security of the nation's seaports secret, but new regulations -- and proposed legislation -- could also shut off records about safety and environmental issues. Critics say the new rules could block disclosure of data about the driving records of hazardous-waste haulers, the criminal records of port stevedores and the recent safety history of railroads and vessel operators.