I am wondering if there was not a union issue involved.
When the Delta Queen employed a union crew getting the waiver
was never a problem. If my fading memory is correct, a new company purchased the Queen and took the crew non-union.
At that point all kinds of safety issues were raised and the waiver was pulled.
To: Maine Mariner
He claimed no labor union influence in his committee testimony, but Jim Oberstar did suddenly change his tune, and a lot of people - including some of his supporters - believed he did so due to union pressure; that he did an abrupt about face is irrefutable, as is the fatuous theatricality of comparing the DQ's potential flammability to the boiler explosion on the Sultana
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