H.R. 5695, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, June 29, 2006 [open pdf - 209KB]
From the opening statement of Dan Lungren. "Today, we are going to be considering H.R. 5695, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act, which was introduced yesterday. By some accounts, chemical facilities across the Nation number close to 15,000. This industry employs some 5 million Americans. It is the largest exporting sector in the economy and the largest private investor in research and development. By one account, 96 percent of all manufactured goods directly involve the use of chemicals. Chemical facilities produce our medicine, they give us clean water, fertilize our farms, manufacture goods essential to our national defense and our modern way of life. As a result the chemical industry is critically important to our safety, our national defense and our economic vitality. It is our chemical dependence and the potential harm that a certain number of these chemicals pose to human life that makes these substances attractive as terrorist targets. In order to protect our citizens and ensure national and economic security, we need to secure America's chemical facilities against potential terrorist attacks. Any regulation of this industry must take into account the varying types of facilities such as agriculture, timber, paper products, food, mining, paints, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals just to name a few." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Peter T. King, Bennie G. Thompson, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Stevan Pearce, David Moore, Michael A.L. Balboni, Phillip J. Crowley, Scott Berger, Martin J. Durbin, and Frank Pallone.
Serial No. 109-90
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