Managing Chemicals In The Wake of Homeland Security

Hild*, Nicholas ; Olson, Larry ; Peterson, Danny
(Arizona State University, Mesa, Arizona)

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by Nicholas R. Hild, PhD., Larry W. Olson, PhD., and Danny Peterson, PhD. College of Technology and Applied Sciences Environmental Technology Management Program Arizona State University For the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) February 19, 2004 ABSTRACT The leading organization that represents most chemicals manufacturing companies, has said that the new Senate Bill introduced by Senator Inhofe, Senate Bill 994, will add repetition and unnecessarily complicate chemical security procedures across America. Because there are numerous chemicals-management Guidelines which a significant number of facilities already are engaged in implementing consistent, increased security measures since 9/11, the ACC says that the new legislation will have the opposite effect from enhancing security against terrorism that Congress was charged with by the Bush Administration. Because the EPA has endorsed the ACC Guidelines?, they suggest chemicals-using companies should lobby their congressional representatives to adopt the ACC Guidelines? already being used instead of S. 994, in order to maintain continuity across chemicals facilities throughout the U.S. A bi-product of this action would be certain cost savings for the chemicals industry and more efficient compliance by the industry. Semiconductor facilities are one of the largest chemicals-using industries that will be affected by the new legislation. Understanding what new legislation will affect their plant security operations will mean having a voice in what Congress ultimately passes into law. It appears that the ACC has given some sound advice that should be strongly considered to avoid future impediment to operations flexibility.

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