The Working Group on Community Right-to-Know attacks it as a "know nothing, do nothing" idea that would conceal dangerous chemical industry practices while doing nothing to protect communities from chemical terrorism.
Across the country, millions of Americans live within areas where a sudden release of industrial chemicals could cause death or serious injury, according to the group.
The group argues that Bond's bill would:
Activists claim a vigorous federal program is needed to reduce chemical hazards and improve site security. No federal program currently regulates how many people a chemical plant can endanger in nearby communities.
Senator Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) is proposing to require industrial plant owners to reduce hazards and improve security in the Chemical Security Act, S.1602. Activists content the Bond bill may be intended to block Corzine's bill.