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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act Of 2009

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Location: Washington, D.C.

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Mr. LUJÁN. Mr. Chairman, I thank my colleague, Mr. Foster, for recognition and for his cooperation in working on this amendment. I also commend Chairman Thompson for bringing this important legislation to the floor.

In universities, colleges, and educational institutions across the Nation, researchers and students are currently utilizing educational laboratories to expand the limits of our scientific knowledge and develop the skills needed to thrive in high-tech jobs of tomorrow. This is an important opportunity to make sure that we are preparing them for the jobs of the future.

This commonsense amendment will allow this work to continue, while ensuring that academic laboratories are protected from the unique security threats that they may face. Through this amendment, the Department of Homeland Security will have the flexibility to recognize that these labs, which may contain a large variety of chemicals, rarely possess any specific chemical in the large quantities typical of industrial facilities. The Department will have the capability to assess and oversee specific security challenges these labs face from infiltration, tampering, theft or attack.

This amendment is supported by the American Chemical Society, and I want to reiterate and emphasize it is also supported by the American Council of Education and institutions of learning across the country.

I urge my colleagues to join me in support of this amendment, which will ensure that the Department of Homeland Security adequately protects our Nation's students, teachers, and research institutions.

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