Chemical industry lobbyists, corporate CEOs, and politicians are hijacking chemical security and keeping 100 million Americans at risk of a poison gas disaster.
Dangerous chemical plants, oil refineries, and other facilities put more than 100 million Americans at risk of a poison gas disaster, even though companies could be using safer alternatives. At some especially dangerous facilities, an accident or a terrorist attack that led to a catastrophic release of poison gases like chlorine or hydrofluoric acid could threaten millions of people with injury and death. Comprehensive chemical security legislation would help protect communities from a poison gas disaster by closing loopholes in the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and requiring the use of safer alternatives where feasible. But ten years after 9/11, Congress still hasn't acted to protect Americans, because some chemical industry lobbyists, corporate CEOs, and politicians have blocked legislation that would eliminate these chemical weapons of mass destruction from our communities. This series will expose the people responsible for keeping Americans at risk of a poison gas disaster; the Chemical Security Hijackers.
"We cannot allow chemical industry lobbyists to dictate the terms of this debate. We cannot allow our security to be hijacked by corporate interests." - then-Senator Barack Obama, March 30, 2006 speaking in support of comprehensive chemical security legislation.