House Approves Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009
The House on Friday passed legislation that would place new security requirements on facilities across the country that use or store dangerous chemicals, expanding the current authority of DHS to require chemical facilities to use safer technologies and processes. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 230-193. It faces an uncertain future in the Senate as no companion legislation has been introduced as of yet. While many environmental groups praised the outcome as finally protecting those living close to chemical facilities, some conservative advocates are concerned the legislation could result in product shortages and lost jobs. Read more here at Global Security Newswire.