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U.S Lawmakers Pass Plant Security Bill

4:14 PM MST | March 10, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Acker: No panacea for terrorism. The U.S. House homeland security panel has 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...

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