Time for Chemical Plant Security

National and local stories about the safety of chemical plants in general and Houghton Chemical in Allston.
Time for Chemical Plant Security - New York Times Editorial
It is hard to believe, but more than four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress has still not acted to make chemical plants, one of the nation's greatest terrorist vulnerabilities, safer. If terrorists attacked a chemical plant, the death toll could be enormous. A single breached chlorine tank could, according to the Department of Homeland Security, lead to 17,500 deaths, 10,000 severe injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations. Many chemical plants have shockingly little security to defend against such attacks.

Defusing time bomb in Allston
Massachusetts public safety leaders should be taking a hard look at our emergency plan to see Houghton Chemical for what it is - a homemade bomb - that should be removed from the banks of the Charles River, the shadow of Fenway Park, and the midst of Boston.

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