SOCMA Supports Sensible Site Security Legislation by Representative Wynn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2008

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Washington, D.C. - Joseph Acker, President and CEO of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), released the following statement in response to Congressman Albert Wynn’s legislation to make permanent security standards for the chemical industry.

"SOCMA supports making chemical site security standards a permanent and enforceable law under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Unlike the impractical and partisan legislation approved last week by the House Committee on Homeland Security, we are pleased that this bill places greater emphasis on appropriate security measures and less on carrying out the agenda of environmentalists,” Acker stated. “This legislation would eliminate sunset provisions to the existing standards and, importantly, does not include the highly-impractical and controversial inherently safer technology provisions.” Acker concluded, “SOCMA commends Congressman Wynn for his effort to introduce a bill that would make permanent the industry’s standards and avoid the bitter partisanship that has embroiled the bill passed last week by the House Homeland Security Committee. We look forward to working with the Congressman and his staff to see the bill signed into law.”

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