It could take nine years to review the 3,120 site security plans for chemical plants awaiting approval as part of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, Stephen Caldwell of the Government Accountability Office testified during a House hearing this week. The Department of Homeland Security, which administers CFATS, is also lacking a personal surety program, said Dow Chemical's Timothy Scott. "This deficiency is a significant issue that must be addressed to ensure that all high-risk chemical facilities are safe, secure and fully comply with CFATS," Scott said on behalf of the American Chemistry Council.

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