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Drone Safety Week Highlights Need for More Action

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Scott Jensen
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The popularity of drones continues to grow at a fast pace as folks find new ways to harness this powerful and beneficial technology. More and more companies are finding great utility in using drones to take on burdensome and potentially risky tasks normally performed by workers.

For example, our industry has found great value in using drones to perform safety inspections, conduct air monitoring and conduct perimeter and site surveillance – just to name a few.  

Drone and Facility Worker

It should come as no surprise then that the number of drones in our skies has grown over the years. According to the FAA, there almost 900,000 registered in the U.S. and that number is only expected to continue to climb higher for both commercial and recreational purposes.

With the growing number and uses of drones comes new potential risks and responsibilities, which is why the FAA’s Drone Safety Awareness Week can be so helpful. The campaign puts a much needed spotlight on safety issues and provides some useful flying practices for operators to follow. 

The FAA’s campaign is effort in helping keeping our skies safe but more work is certainly needed, especially when it comes to drones and protecting critical infrastructure – including chemical facilities. The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has recognized that drones can pose a very real threat to our nation’s infrastructure and that action is needed by the FAA.

That is why ACC joined with a coalition of industry groups to send a letter to the FAA urging the agency to follow through on the direction of Congress and finish an important drone safety rule. The new rule would create a process to establish airspace restrictions for drones when it comes operating near critical infrastructure and sensitive sites. As it stands now, the rule is several years overdue, which is forcing the country to rely on a patchwork of state laws to address the threat.

To help keep our skies safe and drones flying responsibly, we support the FAA’s drone safety awareness campaign. And as we mark the very somber milestone of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we urge the FAA to do its part to help protect the country’s critical infrastructure from a potential drone-related attack and finish its rule without any further delay.  

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American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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