GIS Mapping, Education and Research
Home   Store   Free GIS   Education   Free Shapefiles   Census   Weather   Energy   Climate Change   News   Maps   TOPO   Aerial   GPS   Learn GIS

DOWNLOAD SHAPEFILES: Canada FSA Postal - Zip Code - U.S. Waterbodies & Wetlands - Geographic Names - School Districts - Indian Federal Lands
Zip Code/Demographics - Climate Change - U.S. Streams, Rivers & Waterways - Tornadoes - Nuclear Facilities - Dams & Risk - 2013 Toxic Release Inventory TRI

GIS Shapefile Store - for Beginners & Experienced GIS Users Alike. Geographic Names Information System, Nuclear Facilities, Zip Code Boundaries, School Districts, Indian & Federal Lands, Climate Change, Tornadoes, Dams - Create digital GIS maps in minutes.

Toxic Release Inventory TRI Shapefiles

Canada FSA Postal Code Shapefile

GNIS Shapefiles 2,000,000+ Points

Nuclear Energy Facilities in the U.S.

Download Zip Code with Demographics Shapefiles

Download U.S. Streams & Rivers Shapefiles

Download Water Body & Wetland Shapefiles

Download Zip Code Boundary Shapefiles

Download School District Shapefiles

Download Indian & Federal Land Shapefiles

Download Climate Change Shapefiles

Download Tornado Shapefiles

Download Dams & Risks Shapefiles

Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Didn't find what you are looking for? Email me and I'll find it for you.

Progressive Links

Federation of American Scientists

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Union of Concerned Scientists


Reader Supported News

Common Dreams


Huffington Post

Media Matters

Think Progress

Grist Environmental News

Climate Shift Blog

MapCruzin Consulting
Data Research and GIS Specialists.

GIS Tutorials

GIS Basics

GIS Terminology

Of Interest

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Maps

Climate Shift - The effects of climate shift on the future of planet earth and its inhabitants.

Right to Know or Left to Wonder?

Hazardscapes - Toxic and Nuclear Risks in your backyard.

War & Environment

Worst Case Scenarios: Terrorism & industrial chemicals.

GAO: Bush Not Protecting Chemical Plants


<-- Shrubbed
<-- TerrorSpeak
<-- Right-to-Know or Left-to-Wonder?
<-- MapCruzin News

The administration is more than lackadaisical, it is in defiance of the law

Source: Star Tribune

GAO: Bush Not Protecting Chemical Plants

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer

Published March 18, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration and lawmakers have not followed through on their own concerns that terrorists could turn the nation's chemical plants into weapons of mass destruction, congressional auditors said Tuesday.

Congress and the administration concluded after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the plants were vulnerable, and the CIA warned a year ago of the potential for an al-Qaida attack on U.S. chemical facilities.

Nine months ago, administration officials agreed chemical facilities should be required to assess terrorist risks.

The Environmental Protection Agency planned to require tighter security and safer chemical processes, but chemical manufacturers threatened lawsuits challenging the agency's authority. EPA instead decided to rely on voluntary measures promised by the industry while seeking legislation to enforce new rules.

Officials in the new Homeland Security Department agreed new laws were needed. The administration, however, has submitted no proposed legislation and Congress has done virtually nothing to address the problem, the General Accounting Office said.

"Despite all efforts since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to protect the nation from terrorism, the extent of security preparedness at U.S. chemical facilities is unknown," the GAO auditors said in a report requested by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

EPA spokesman Joe Martyak said his agency is working with Homeland Security to get a legislative proposal before Congress as soon as possible.

"It's a high priority for us," he said.


About a fifth of the nation's 15,000 chemical facilities are close enough to population centers that a terrorist attack could endanger at least 10,000 lives, according to the report.

"It is imperative that we act before terrorists do," said Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., the committee's chairman.

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the committee's senior Democrat, called it an outrage the federal government doesn't know how vulnerable chemical plants are to terrorist attack.

"The administration is more than lackadaisical, it is in defiance of the law," he said, referring to a still-unfinished Justice Department assessment of chemical security that Congress ordered in 1999 and was due seven months ago. A spokesman said the department's preliminary draft was given to committee aides but the final version is being screened for sensitive security-related information.

The most progress made toward a federal plan for ensuring chemical safety came from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee eight months ago.

Under its former chairman, Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., the committee unanimously approved a bill to require that chemical plants that pose the biggest threats assess their security vulnerabilities and develop plans to increase safeguards, including safer chemical processes.

That vote was followed by intense lobbying against the bill from trade groups representing the chemical and oil industries and a broad range of other businesses that rely on the chemicals produced at the plants. Seven Republican senators on the committee expressed reservations about the bill they had voted for.

One of those senators, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, is now the committee chairman. He has been working to offer an alternative bill that would have fewer requirements of industry, but it has not been publicly released.


Ken Hill, executive secretary for the Homeland Security Department, said in response to the GAO report that "voluntary efforts alone will not be sufficient to assure an appropriate level of security across the chemical industry."

He said the department "looks forward to working with Congress to advance this important homeland security initiative."

<-- Shrubbed
<-- TerrorSpeak
<-- Right-to-Know or Left-to-Wonder?
<-- MapCruzin News

Didn't find what you are looking for? We've been online since 1996 and have created 1000's of pages. Search below and you may find just what you are looking for.

Michael R. Meuser
Data Research & GIS Specialist is an independent firm specializing in GIS project development and data research. We created the first U.S. based interactive toxic chemical facility maps on the internet in 1996 and we have been online ever since. Learn more about us and our services.

Have a project in mind? If you have data, GIS project or custom shapefile needs contact Mike.

Contact Us

Report Broken Links

Subscribe for Updates

Follow on Facebook
News & Updates

Find: Maps, Shapefiles, GIS Software & More

MapCruzin Blog for updates, questions and answers
Blog Updates

More Blog Updates


Google Earth Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Maps
Lester Brown's Plan B 3.0
State GIS Shapefiles, Maps & Resources
GIS Shapefiles & Maps
GIS Programs, Tools & Resources
Free World Country & Regional Maps
GIS / GPS Careers and Job Positions
Disease Outbreak Maps
Extreme Weather & Disaster Maps
Free World Maps from the CIA Factbook
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ANWR Maps
Oil and Gas Maps
Africanized Honey Bees
Renewable Energy Potential Maps of the United States
Terrorism Maps
War Maps
Google Maps
Weather Maps
GPS Resources
Historical Maps of the World
Google Earth
Library of Congress American Memory Map Downloads
Toxic Chemical Pollution Maps
Climate Change Maps
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Maps
Census Shapefiles
World Maps


Environmental Justice
Data Sources
Greenwash & JunkScience
Statistical Resources
Wireless Dangers
Surviving Climate Change
Global Right-To-Know
Creating Living Economies
Books of Note
Toxic Klamath River
Federal Lands Maps
TRI Analysis
TRI Webmaps
EnviroRisk Map Network
Community-Based Research
Right-To-Know or Left to Wonder?
Chemical Industry Archives
21st Century Warfare
National Parks and Public Lands
Trade Secrets/Toxic Deception
GIS Books
Our Projects
Other Projects
1999 Archive Environews
Environmental Books
Environmental Links
Redwood Coast Information
Recycle, Salvage, Reuse

Shapefile Store
Free GIS Software
Free Map Downloads
Free Shapefiles
Free Remote Sensing
Free Topo Maps
Free GIS Tutorial
Free GPS

About MapCruzin - Cookies, Privacy, Fair Use and Disclaimer - Advertise on

Copyright © 1996 - 2019 Michael Meuser, All Rights Reserved
MapCruzin is a Pop-Up Free Website -- Best Viewed With ANY Browser