EPA Will Require Security Testing For Environmental Facilities

Date: June 6, 2002

Source: News Room

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to begin requiring each of the nation's 15,000 chemical facilities to judge its vulnerability to terror and criminal attacks and take steps to reduce the risks, according to the Associated Press. The EPA wants mandatory "vulnerability assessments" from each facility, including chemical manufacturing plants, storage containers, water and waste treatment plants. All those facilities already are required under the Clean Air Act to submit a risk management plans against accidental releases of toxins. EPA Administrator Christie Whitman has been developing the plans as part of an interagency group chaired by the White House's Office of Homeland Security.

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