Bush proposes legislation for chemical plant security
Bush proposes legislation for chemical plant security

Online Exclusive, Apr 22 2003

The Bush administration is proposing new legislation to improve security standards at chemical plants that will emphasize voluntary compliance.

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) is working with the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to craft a bill to require chemical companies to abide by standards drawn up by their industry association, the American Chemistry Council.

The chemical industry is the first business sector that the administration has sought to regulate to lessen the danger of terrorism.

The legislation will propose that chemical firms abide by security standards, mostly governing areas such as fencing and security cameras. It would also require each firm to perform a self-assessment of its security vulnerabilities, under a plan developed by the industry council.

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