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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2011) -  As the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is providing an update on the progress the chemical industry and policymakers have made to enhance chemical security.

ACC President and CEO  Cal Dooley issued the following statement:

"The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, permanently altered our concept of what it means to feel secure in the modern world. On that day, we took stock of our nation's vulnerabilities and realized that action was needed to further protect the nation's critical infrastructure, including chemical facilities. 

"Thanks to our industry's initiatives and investments as well as a comprehensive set of regulations put in place to improve chemical security, the country is more secure today from terrorism.

"Within months of the September 11th attacks, the ACC instituted a stringent, mandatory security program called the Responsible Care® Security Code . To date,  ACC members have invested nearly $10 billion on facility security enhancements under the Security Code, which has become a gold standard for the industry and has served as a model for regulatory programs.

"Beyond industry initiatives, ACC and its members continue to be strong advocates for the regulatory programs put in place by government agencies, which set a high bar for chemical security. It is not only appropriate but necessary that our industry's efforts are combined with a smart regulatory approach and federal oversight to ensure that everyone throughout the chemical sector is doing their part.

"While we have made substantial progress to enhance all aspects of chemical security, we must not stop there. Congress has an opportunity to build on this progress by passing legislation this year that would extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

"Our industry remains committed to doing its part to make America a more secure nation. ACC and our members will continue to invest resources and support federal programs that will further enhance our security. And we will never forget what's at stake."

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