Homeland Security Proposes Rail Security Plan

Washington (AP) -- Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff is calling an anti-terror plan for the nation's railroad system "a big step forward in protecting the country."

Provisions include a system to inspect passenger and freight cars, and keep them in secure areas when not in use. Rules would also govern how long rail cars with dangerous chemicals can be left standing still. Chertoff says that's when they're most vulnerable to sabotage or attack.

The national security chief announced the plans Friday. Democrats have already denounced the anti-terror plan as being too little, too late.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he'll seek legislation that would do more to protect passengers and cargo.

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