Don't Let Congress Screw Up Chemical Security!

Feature story - September 17, 2004
It's been more than three years since the terrorist attacks on September 11 and not once has Congress acted to safeguard our nation's chemical plants. A terrorist attack or accident could easily turn the highly toxic chemicals found in these facilites into weapons of mass destruction. There are thousands of these plants across the country that pose serious risks to surrounding communities. This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote for the first time ever on this important issue.

(c) Jim Dougherty/Sierra Club

There will be two competing bills making their way to the senator floor, one by a group led by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) the other by a group led by Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ).

Senator Inhofe's bill is industry-friendly and riddled with loopholes. It does not address the only real solution to protecting America from dangerous chemicals - switching to safe alternatives.

However, safe alternatives are central to Senator Corzine's bill. Its adoption will eliminate or dramatically reduce risks at as many high priority chemical plants as possible.

Urge your senators to support real chemical security regulations by voting in favor of Corzine's strong bill and against Inhofe's weak bill.