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What Has the Chemical Industry Done to Improve Security Since the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11?
Tuesday September 5, 4:00 pm ET

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, American Chemistry Council (ACC) member companies have spent nearly $3 billion to enhance security under the industry leading Responsible Care® Security Program.

Without waiting for an act of Congress, ACC members implemented the mandatory Security Code, a comprehensive program, developed by security experts, that addresses site, transportation, and cyber security. Under the Code, ACC members have completed vulnerability assessments, developed and implemented security plans, and verified physical implementation of security enhancements through independent, third parties such as local law enforcement and emergency response officials.

However, while ACC members are leading the charge to improve security, the federal government must play its role to be sure all chemical facilities take these aggressive steps. Protecting America's essential chemical facilities is a national security issue requiring a uniform, federal response, and now is time for Congress to pass chemical security legislation that will set clear, enforceable standards -- and shut down facilities that do not comply.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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