Hazmat Truckers Criticize Federal Security Checks

The Patriot Act requires the government to conduct criminal background and security checks on the 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States licensed to carry hazardous materials. But critics say it's impossible to create and implement a fingerprinting process by a Nov. 3 deadline, and truckers worry that those convicted of relatively minor offenses will lose their jobs. Hear NPR's Pam Fessler.

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