'Kill zones' show targets to terrorists, says industry
17 June 2002 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Worst case scenarios for five US chlorine plants have been posted
on the Internet by Greenpeace.
The environmental activist group last week fulfiled its threat
issued in March to post full colour maps showing what could happen
if terrorists attacked chemical plants. This is against the
industry's wishes, which claims the maps provide prime targets for
terrorists seeking a high death toll.
The maps, labelled 'kill zones' by Greenpeace, show estimates of
the distance a chlorine cloud could extend over neighbouring
populations if an accident occurred. Maps for Condea's facility in
Baltimore, DuPont's Chambers works plant and its Edge Moor facility
both in Philadelphia, as well as two Kuehne Chemical's plants in
the New York Metro area, have all been released on the
Rick Hinds, legislative director for Greenpeace's Toxics Campaign,
said the group issued the maps because it believes industry is
using the terrorism line to stop information on chemical facilities
being made public. 'Recent events show the immediacy of this
threatÉ and it is time to address the vulnerability of this
industry,' he said.
The release coincides with the American Chemistry Council agreeing
to introduce a mandatory security code under its Responsible Care
initiative. Prompted by the terror attacks on 11 September last
year, the association's board passed the mandatory code on the 5
The code includes measures such as training and drills for
employees and contractors, mandating companies to publish policies,
and perform internal audits. Association members have already begun
to prioritise their sites and assess security. This process is
expected to be complete by the end of this week.
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