Report: Government Fails To Vet High-Risk Chemical Plants

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terrorist attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, according to the results of a yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The findings paint a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report, which says the Department of Homeland Security failed to conduct security inspections on 3,972 chemical facilities, or 99 percent of those deemed higher risk.

Roughly half of the higher-risk facilities are in 10 states including Texas, California, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and New Jersey.

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