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House Must Take Up Chemical Security Immediately

Location: Washington, DC

HOUSE MUST TAKE UP CHEMICAL SECURITY IMMEDIATELY -- (House of Representatives - June 15, 2005)

(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, today the Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on chemical security, something that has been put off for far too long.

It has almost been 4 years since the attacks of September 11 showed us just how determined terrorists are to attack us. In that time the House has taken action to deal with nuclear security, cybersecurity, port security, border security and airline security, just to name a few. But we have yet to deal with chemical security, something that Richard Falkenrath, a former Bush administration official working on homeland security, called ``uniquely deadly, pervasive, and susceptible to terrorist attack.''

Imagine a terrorist blowing up a chemical storage facility and releasing a cloud of toxic gas, threatening the lives of millions of Americans.

The time to act is now, and that is why I have introduced the Chemical Security Act. I am glad the Committee on Homeland Security has started this process, but it cannot stop there. My own committee, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over chemical security, must now follow suit, because the consequences of inaction are just too great.

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