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...


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.