WASHINGTON, DC – Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood responded in writing to Congressman Bright's concerns Tuesday about the department's proposed ban on peanut distribution on commercial airline flights.
Secretary LaHood assured Congressman Bright that the DOT would not implement any changes until a peer-reviewed study is conducted and Congress has 90 days to review such a study. The study was mandated by law in 1999, the last time such a peanut ban was seriously considered.
"This is great news, and I appreciate Secretary LaHood's quick attention to and clarification on this matter," Bright said. "In my opinion, the DOT's proposed ban on peanut distribution is a solution in search of a non-existent problem, and a solution that could be very costly to the economy in southeast Alabama. At the very least, I am pleased that the DOT is taking the proper steps to conduct a study and accept public comment before moving forward. I am confident that the facts and public opinion will be on the side of peanut producers and the thousands of jobs they create."
LaHood states in the letter: "You will be pleased to know that the Department is issuing a clarification today to the proposed notice that explicitly states that the Department will comply with Section 346 of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-69. As you know, Section 346 states that no air carrier will be required to provide a peanut-restricted area until 90 days after submission to both Congress and the Secretary of a peer-reviewed scientific study that determines there are severe reactions by passengers."
You can submit public comment on the ban by clicking here.