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Bennie Thompson: Congress Should Restart Chemical Plant Security Program

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicRep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) has called on lawmakers to approve funding for the Department of Homeland Security‘s program that oversees security at chemical plants across the country, Global Security Newswire¬†reported Friday.

Douglas Guarino writes DHS halted work under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards initiative due to the government shutdown.

Thompson told Global Security Newswire an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas earlier this year highlighted the need to minimize the risk of accidental or malicious detonation..

A Senate aide told Global Security Newswire that CFATS employees were furloughed due to the shutdown but could be recalled if a chemical incident occurs.

DHS officials are seeking ways to continue the program despite the shutdown, a Republican aide said to Global Security Newswire.

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