29 June 2005 01:05 [Source: ICIS news]
BALTIMORE, Maryland (CNI)--A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said Tuesday the nation’s chemical industry has offered “tremendous cooperation,” in the fight against terrorism.
Robert Stepan, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the DHS, told attendees at the three-day Chemical Security Summit here that “a lot of work has been done on a voluntary basis since ?xml:namespace>
“We appreciate your leadership and commitment to deal with the terrorism threat,” Stepan said. “The threat is alive and well and although it has been significantly impacted over last four years, it still continues to breathe, morph, and probe weaknesses in our defences. The threat is out there and we have to stay ahead of it.”
“The chemical sector has stepped up to the plate,” Stepan said. “You have done the right thing across the industry with risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and putting protective measures in place.”
He said the DHS continues to work with the chemical industry to produce a solid strategic plan for the industry.
“We need your input,” he added.
The Chemical Security Summit, hosted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (Socma), ends today.
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