The American Chemistry Council praised the Department of Homeland Security's decision to allow chemical plant security alternatives to the Personnel Surety Program. "DHS has allowed for the expanded use of existing federal vetting programs, specifically by recognizing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) program as viable compliance options to validate personnel security information," ACC said, adding that the DHS should also explore adopting the TWIC program for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.

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