Kamalick, Joe; Robinson, Simon
September 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;9/11/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 34, p17
Trade Publication
This article contends that U.S. federal government policy is needed to ensure that all chemical firms make appropriate security response in the event of a terrorist attack. Five years after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks the U.S. chemical industry has by all accounts made significant strides in antiterrorism security but remains vulnerable to what some fear will be an inevitable and perhaps devastating attack. The question of how to deal with the risk without choking off a pivotal sector in the US economy has divided policymakers, Congress and the industry itself. When the 9/11 terrorists struck, many major U.S. chemical producers were already developing site security plans on their own through trade associations. But chemical companies have realized the need for a mandatory federal role in chemical site security. Congress is now closer to passing a comprehensive chemical site security bill.


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