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.

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Greenpeace Activists Tell Senators to Beware of Koch Industries

Blog by jdeans | September 7, 2011

Greenpeace activists are visiting Senate offices around the country to warn them to beware of Koch lobbyists pedaling a catastrophic agenda. This follows the release of our report last month, Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk...

Koch's "response" actually agrees with Greenpeace Toxic Koch report

Blog by John Deans | August 26, 2011 1 comment

Last night Koch Industries issued a statement on that effectively agrees with the main tenet of our new report: Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk of a Poison Gas Disaster . “Koch supported the bipartisan Chemical...

Koch Industries Lobbying Puts Over 100 Million Americans in Danger

Blog by Phil Radford | August 24, 2011 3 comments

Recent Greenpeace analysis of lobbying disclosure records reveals that since 2005, Koch Industries has hired more lobbyists than Dow and Dupont to fight legislation that could protect over 100 million Americans from what national...

Upton, Shimkus, and Green: Hijackers of Chemical Security

Blog by jdeans | July 28, 2011

As we continue to unmask the hijackers of chemical security, we would be remiss to leave out members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which adopted on May 26th , 2011 the Republican-pushed and industry-supported...

Greenpeace Calls out Sen. Collins for Hijacking Chemical Security Legislation

Blog by Will Vickery | June 29, 2011 1 comment

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is this week’s chemical security hijacker . Collins is pursuing an extension of the fatally flawed Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) without correcting any of its flaws.  CFATS was...

Two More Chemical Security Hijackers Revealed: Rep. Dan Lungren and Cal Dooley

Blog by Will Vickery | June 24, 2011

On June 22, we unmasked Rep. Peter King as a hijacker of chemical security and today we’re unveiling two more: Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA), and Mr. Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) . They, like King, are...

Peter King: Chemical Security Hijacker

Blog by jdeans | June 22, 2011

Today, Greenpeace is releasing the name of a man wanted for hijacking chemical security legislation: Representative Peter T. King. King is part of group responsible for the delay in safeguarding our communities from disasters that...

Who's Hijacking Chemical Security?

Blog by jdeans | June 21, 2011

Want to know why almost 10 years after 9/11, at least a third of the nation still lives with the danger of a poison gas attack? Unfortunately, there are large corporate profits tied to keeping you at risk of a chemical disaster.

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