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U.S. Lawmakers Advance Chemical Plant Security Bill

12:50 PM MDT | October 26, 2009 | Nancy Seewald

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week passed the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act legislation in a 29-18 vote. The legislation modifies current rules to require consideration of inherently safer technologies (ISTs) and expand security requirements to cover water treatment plants. It also involves plant employees in the development of security plans; provides protections for whistle-blowers; preserves states’ authority to establish stronger security standards; and provides up to a total of $600 million toward the implementation of safer chemical...

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