Bill Passed

The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill intended to improve security at the nations biological research facilities. The panel voted 8-1 in favour of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009, it is not apparent when the Senate will take up the legislation which will provide security regulations for laboratories. It will also divide the government’s list of select agents into three tiers, subjecting those that handle the 8-10 most troublesome pathogens to the highest security - which will be monitored by DHS.

This was joined by the Chemical Security Bill, which also passed successfully through the House. This will put new security restrictions on US facilities that use or store dangerous chemicals. It will broaden the responsibility of the DHS in such matters and will also regulate security at public water treatment facilities.


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