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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Report: Chemical Facility Security

Prior to 9-11-01, no one gave much thought about the vulnerability of the United States' chemical facilities. Now, in-country exploitable facilities are being examined very closely. The thought of one of our own chemical manufacturers being targetted to release 1-methyl, 2-ethyl, icky-gooey-badstuff into the air (or Coeur d'Alene Lake) has finally gotten Congressional attention.

On July 29, 2005, The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, sent an updated report about Chemical Facility Security to Congress.

The 47-page report covers such topics as

  • Risks of terrorism at chemical facilities
  • Federal requirements established prior to September 11, 2001, to reduce risks at chemical facilities
  • After September 11, 2001
  • Policy options
  • Key issues
  • Legislation in the 109th Congress
  • Conclusions


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