22 March 2002 21:52 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) said Friday it has teamed up with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to identify additional ways to improve the security of rail transportation and storage of chemical products.
The two organisations have created a task force of experts in security and transportation to look at ways to make communities near chemical and rail facilities safer and more secure.
Since the terrorist attacks in September, ACC spokesman Chris VandenHeuvel said chemical companies and railroads have been closely examining their security procedures and making improvements to ensure that chemicals continue to move across the nation's rail system.
While both the chemical and rail industries already have instituted "significant security enhancements," VandenHeuvel said the organisations expect to develop additional ideas that will yield even greater results, to help assure Americans that they are doing everything feasible to improve security.
The task force will focus on the interface between chemical facilities and railroads to identify potential security vulnerabilities and find ways to close those gaps, the trade groups said.
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