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U.S Lawmakers Pass Plant Security Bill

11:58 AM MST | March 7, 2008 | CW Editorial Staff

The U.S. House homeland security panel yesterday passed the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2008, a bill that seeks to expand existing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plant security rules to require the consideration of inherently safer technologies (IST). Chemical industry groups say they support making permanent the current security law, which is slated to sunset in 2009. “We are, however, stridently opposed to the merits of mandating IST under the guise of site security and as a panacea for fighting terrorism,” says Socma president and...

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