IST is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Jahn.jpgSPECIAL GUEST: CHRIS JAHN, PRESIDENT, NACD (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHEMICAL DISTRIBUTORS)

THE US Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 is an environmental regulation masquerading as a homeland security bill. It is supported by environmental organizations that have no background in security. The inherently safer technology (IST) provisions in the bill fulfill their agenda of eliminating chemicals from commerce that have not been banned under current law.

But IST is a process safety discipline – not a strategy for warding off terrorists. It shifts risks, but can’t eliminate them. Implementation required under the bill would cost millions of dollars and kill jobs. The Department of Homeland Security does not have the resources or expertise to implement an IST requirement.

NACD supports the existing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). In fact, we were the first chemical trade association to approve new security measures, as part of our Responsible Distribution Process.

We should not let environmentalists dictate our nation’s homeland security policy. Chemicals management policy should be addressed by reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The IST argument is a diversion from implementing the current CFATS. Congress should focus on security – not political agendas.

 

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