The American Chemistry Council sees the bill as a positive step, but council President and CEO Jack N. Gerard says his group is “concerned the bill allows a potential patchwork of discordant and confusing state-level regulations which will weaken security.”


he Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee approved a measure that seeks to tighten security at chemical plants around the country. The bill, which the committee cleared 10-0 on June 15, would require federal performance standards for chemical facilities, with the requirements to vary by plants’ risk levels. It lets states set still-tougher standards if they don’t conflict with the new federal mandates. The panel approved an amendment to require purchasers of ammonium nitrate to register with the Dept. of Homeland Security.