ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a few days the world will mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. "September 11th was a wake up call for all Americans that serious threats to our safety and security exist," said NACD President, Chris Jahn.
Recognizing the need to act to protect our communities, NACD was the first chemical trade association in the country to approve new security measures, as part of its management program, Responsible Distribution. NACD has also developed a security vulnerability assessment that specifically addresses security issues relevant to chemical distribution facilities. NACD members have invested millions of dollars and substantial resources to safeguard their facilities and the transportation of their products.
NACD has also worked with Congress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure the safety and security of the American people.
"NACD and our members have made great strides working to enact effective chemical security legislation. Congress has the opportunity this year to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for the long term. A multi-year extension of this critical program would provide regulatory certainty, which would go a long way toward truly enhancing security. NACD calls upon Congress to pass a clean long term reauthorization as soon as possible," said Jahn.
All NACD member companies are committed to product stewardship and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. A member-voted condition of membership in the Association is a signed commitment to the NACD's Responsible Distribution program, which is a third-party verified management practice that requires members to continuously improve performance in protecting health, safety, security, and the environment.
"As an industry and as a country, we cannot become less than vigilant. Safety and security must be our priorities, and we at NACD remain steadfast in our commitment."
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)