September 10, 2008
ACC Committed to Improving Chemical Security
To: SCIENCE EDITORS
Contact: Scott Jensen of the American Chemistry Council, +1-703- 741-5834, [email protected]ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today reiterated its longstanding support for federal chemical security regulations. Security at over 2,000 ACC member facilities as well as across the broader chemical sector has steadily and dramatically improved since 9/11 and that work continues today. ACC member companies fully recognize that more work needs to be done to protect the nations chemical sector and continue to support making the current program, The Chemical Facility Anti- Terrorism Standards (CFATS) permanent.
Today, American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement regarding the state of chemical plant security:
The effort to safeguard thousands of the nations high-risk chemical facilities is now being implemented and enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. The regulations raise the bar for security at facilities using chemicals across the country as DHS assesses the vulnerabilities of plant sites, approves security plans, inspect facilities and applies strong penalties, including facility shutdowns, for those that fail to comply. ACC strongly supports the broad and comprehensive approach taken by DHS that has already evaluated potential security risks at tens of thousands of chemical facilities and is now implementing tough security measures at the highest risk sites.
Security has long been a priority for our members and the chemical sector. To date, our members have invested nearly $6 billion on facility security enhancements under ACCs Responsible Care Security Code(R), a commitment that began long before Congress passed legislation in 2006. The program has become the gold standard for the industry and has won praise from Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), security experts, and has served as a model for state and local programs in Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
Although ACC members have already taken significant steps to secure their facilities, the DHS rules leave little doubt that more action will be required. In fact, DHS anticipates more than $8 billion will be needed to implement CFATS over the first eight years.
ACC member companies have clearly demonstrated their commitment to safeguarding Americas chemical facilities, and will continue to work with Congress and DHS in that spirit.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nations largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar inU.S.exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nations critical infrastructure.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council
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