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Congress Delivers Essential Chemical Security Legislation in Final Inning
Saturday September 30, 8:06 am ET

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The House and Senate just approved the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, HR. 5441, which contains language authorizing the Department to regulate security at chemical facilities. The members of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have been in the vanguard of this issue by voluntarily securing their facilities under ACC's Responsible Care Security Code® even as they urged Congress to pass meaningful chemical security legislation. ACC is the leading trade association of the chemistry industry, representing 133 chemical manufacturers who encompass approximately 85% of chemical production capacity in the United States.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Jack N. Gerard issued the following statement:

"ACC would like to thank Congress for their work in accomplishing our shared objective of passing meaningful chemical security legislation this year. This measure represents significant progress in the effort to secure America's chemical industry, an essential part of the nation's critical infrastructure.

"While this bill is not a home run, Congress came through in the last inning to deliver essential chemical security legislation.

"For the past several years, ACC has sought performance based chemical security legislation through the relevant authorizing committees. While we would have preferred a more comprehensive bill and still have concerns regarding certain provisions, the approved legislation gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to establish effective national chemical security performance standards for the entire industry.

"Congress has given DHS risk-based tools to ensure that chemical facilities assess potential security vulnerabilities and implement appropriate security measures. Equally important, the legislation gives DHS clear authority to inspect facilities and apply strong penalties to those that fail to comply.

"ACC will work closely with DHS as it develops regulations that build on the leadership demonstrated by our member companies, who have invested nearly $3 billion on security enhancements under ACC's mandatory Responsible Care Security Code."

Source: American Chemistry Council

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