House Passes Chemical Security Bill, SOCMA Continues Efforts in Senate


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA)

On November 6, 2009, the US House of Representatives approved new and stringent standards for chemical site security, including a mandate for inherently safer technology. SOCMA considers H.R. 2868, the “Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009,” a vehicle for extending environmental laws under the guise of security. The IST provisions in the bill were approved despite numerous attempts by lawmakers to improve the bill and with little regard to previous testimony by experts from academia, process safety organizations and industry who all opposed an IST mandate. Until last month, DHS also long opposed mandatory IST implementation before abruptly switching its position in time for a House subcommittee hearing.

Despite the bill’s ultimate vote in the House, at least two lawmakers changed their votes in response to SOCMA’s extensive grassroots efforts on the issue. Over two hundred letters were sent about this bill through the SOCMA CONNECT network. The next step in the legislative process is for the bill to be considered by the Senate.

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