Inherently Safer Technology in the Context of Chemical Site Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, June 21, 2006   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of James M. Inhofe: "Today the committee will be examining a concept called Inherently Safer Technology and its relation, if any, to making chemical sites more secure against terrorist attacks. Last week the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a markup on S. 2145, a bill to require heightened security at our Nation's chemical sites. During that markup, the subject of IST was hotly debated. An amendment to require IST was wisely voted down by a bipartisan vote of 11 to 5. Despite this defeat, I am certain this environmental concept will continue to be debated in the context of security, thus our hearing today remains important. IST is essentially the idea of giving the Federal Government authority to mandate that a private company change its manufacturing process or the chemicals that they use. We will hear today from witnesses about how IST applies in the real world, what it can do and what it cannot do. In the wake of 9/11, there was a realization that chemical facilities, which are critical to our Nation's economy, could be targets for terrorism. Since then, the Bush Administration has made a determined effort to protect our Nation's critical infrastructure against terrorists who aim to harm us. Congress, too, has acted by enacting into law the Marine Transportation Security Act, the Bioterrorism Act, and a comprehensive nuclear security package that was passed out of this committee." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher S. Bond, James M. Inhofe, James M. Jeffords, Frank R. Lautenberg, Barack Obama, George V. Voinovich, Joseph Biden, Charlie Cott, Philip J. Crowley, Barbara Boxer, Dennis C. Hendershot, Lisa P. Jackson, and David A. Moore.

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S. Hrg. 109-1044; Senate Hearing 109-1044
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