Serial No. 107-29: H.R. 3178 and the Development of Anti-Terrorism Tools for Water Infrastructure: Hearing before the Committee on Science, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Seventh Congress, First Session, November 14, 2001 [open pdf - 389KB]
From the opening statement of Sherwood L. Boehlert: "Today, we turn to the security of our water supply and sewage systems, an appropriate next step, as our water systems are vulnerable to both cyberterrorism and bioterrorism, as well as what I guess we must call the more mundane threat of explosions involving the volatile chemicals that they must keep on site. As we have explored the threats to our water systems in preparation for this hearing, we have come to the same disturbing conclusion as we did in reviewing other aspects of terrorism. We simply don't know enough to respond adequately to the threat of terrorism. We need to know more about how to assess and prevent terrorist threats, how to respond to terrorist incidents, and how to remediate any damage terrorists might cause. [...] To remedy this deficiency, I have introduced H.R. 3178, along with my colleague, Mr. Baird, and other members of this Committee. We intend to both mark up and file the bill tomorrow, so it can move swiftly through the House. The bill can be passed and, perhaps, even enacted before Congress finally manages to adjourn this year. Senator Jeffords has already reported his companion bill out of his Committee in the other body, and we are working closely with him in the spirit of bipartisanship. The bill ought to be an important first step in ensuring that we have the R&D our Nation needs to combat threats to our Nation's water and sewage systems." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherwood L. Boehlert, Brian Baird, John B. Lampson, Ken Calvert, Gil Gutknecht, Nick Smith, Constance A. Morella, Jerry F. Costello, Sheila Jackson Lee, J. Randy Forbes, James K. Kallstrom, Richard G. Luthy, Jeffrey J. Danneels, and Jerry N. Johnson.
Serial No. 107-29