The U.S. Homeland Security Department is developing a new plan for screening people with access to high-risk chemical plants for possible terrorist ties that will allow industry to make use of credentialing programs in which they already participate, DHS officials said on Tuesday.
The new plan will allow chemical companies to use the existing Transportation Worker Identification Credential program to satisfy a DHS requirement that those with access to select facilities are screened for links to terrorist groups, the officials said. The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard currently use the program to screen workers at port facilities and other sensitive areas.
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