Chemical Transportation and Plant Security
Senator Markey has been an active, persistent proponent of stronger security safeguards for all chemical plant facilities and transportation infrastructure.
Everett, Massachusetts is the site of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation terminal in the United States and the only LNG terminal in the country that is located in an urban area. As the author of the 1979 law regulating remote LNG siting, Senator Markey is keenly aware of the dangers posed by a possible terrorist attack on an LNG facility or transportation vessel.
Since 2004, Senator Markey has offered legislation to require the use of cost-effective safer chemicals and processes at chemical facilities in order to reduce the consequences of a terrorist attack. The chemical industry has vigorously opposed these efforts, supporting exemptions for thousands of facilities that contain toxic chemicals from having to comply with even the inadequate law on the books. In the House of Representatives, Markey led negotiations on comprehensive chemical security legislation that closed the loopholes and gave the federal government the tools it needed to keep these facilities safe.
- Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Smooth Transition for Chemical Safety Reform Implementation in New Administration Posted on 11/30/16
- Bicameral, Bipartisan Leaders Finalizing TSCA Reform Legislation Posted on 05/18/16
- Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Hails Senate Passage of Historic Chemical Safety Law Posted on 12/18/15
- Senator Markey Releases New Report Detailing Asbestos Hazards in Nation’s Schools Posted on 12/07/15
- SENATORS SCHATZ, MARKEY, MERKLEY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR TRANSIT Posted on 03/26/15
- Senators Boxer and Markey Introduce TSCA Reform Bill to Protect the Health of Children and Communities Posted on 03/12/15
- Markey, Blumenthal, Rockefeller Call On Coast Guard To Make Cruise Ship Inspection Information Available To Public Posted on 05/09/14