EPA security plan for refining, chemical plants blasted

More than a dozen industry groups have urged the US Senate to reject pending legislation to give the US Environmental Protection Agency broad new authority over security at chemical plants and refineries.Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) is expected to soon offer a chemical "security" amendment to S. 2452, legislation establishing a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A broad industry coalition opposes the amendment. It maintains the amendment would require companies to conduct vulnerability assessment plans and grant EPA authority to require companies to implement process redesign and toxics use reduction. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, it would also disrupt compani...

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