- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Chemical security needs tightening
To the editor:
The June 16 Associated Press article in the Southeast Missourian, "Chemical plant regulation being questioned," highlights an issue of extreme importance to millions of Americans: the safety and security of the 15,000 dangerous chemical plants in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Bush administration have taken the necessary first step of recognizing the need for mandatory regulation of security at high-risk chemical facilities. In order to really reduce the threat of terrorism, companies must begin to use safer chemicals where possible. Not only will this mitigate potentially harmful effects of an accident at one of these facilities, but using safer chemicals will remove the appeal of these facilities as terrorist targets.
An extremely powerful chemical industry lobby has effectively stalled legislation until now. Despite nearly four years of failed attempts since 9-11, now is the time for Congress to pass effective chemical security legislation.
MARGARET HERMAN, Missouri Public Interest Research Group, Washington, D.C.