SOCMA Responds to Reintroduction of Secure Chemical Facilities Act
“While four previous bills have been introduced this Congress extending the current security rules, Lautenberg has chosen to advocate for costly and unnecessary adjustments to standards that are widely believed to be comprehensive and accountable,” said Bill Allmond, vice president of Government Relations for SOCMA.
In testimony given before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Allmond told lawmakers that IST is a discredited concept and unsuited to regulation. He reiterated in written testimony submitted to the hearing that “[IST] is an elegant concept, but the reality is almost never that simple. A reduction in hazard will reduce overall risk if, and only if, that hazard is not displaced to another time or location, or results in the creation of some new hazard.” He noted there is no agreed-upon methodology to measure whether one process is inherently safer than another.
“For all these reasons, the world’s foremost experts in IST and chemical engineering have consistently recommended against regulating inherent safety for security purposes,” he said.
Testifying on behalf of the DHS, Rand Beers, under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said that current standards are delivering tangible results to make our nation more secure.
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