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September 20, 2006

Newsday editorial on chemical security

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Infrastructure Protection — by Christian Beckner on September 20, 2006

Newsday has a strong editorial today urging its local member of Congress, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, to stick to his earlier support for the House’s chemical security legislation:

One of the most egregious pieces of unfinished business from 9/11 is the continuing vulnerability of chemical plants to terrorist attack. The plants have done a certain amount on their own, but when Congress tries to mandate tighter security, the industry shamefully heads it off.

Now the issue is at our door on Long Island, because the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). This summer, King committed himself to his own committee’s strong bill. But he’s now swatting down accusations that he’s quietly backing away from it and seeking language that would help the chemical industry but stave off tighter plant security. King must put the safety of Americans over any industry’s desires.

I agree, and I hope Chairman King will continue to realize that a common-sense analysis of the vulnerabilities in the chemical sector and the potential consequences of an attack require the passage of strong legislation – like the legislation that passed the Committee – as soon as possible.

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