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Biological and Chemical Security

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks on Capitol Hill, concern has grown in the U.S. over the potential for biological and chemical attacks. This concern has resulted in increased focus on laboratory security on university campuses, especially in areas of research where select or potentially hazardous chemicals are involved.

In response to these increased security concerns, new laws and government regulations have been enacted to ensure the security of research facilities. The result is a complex set of regulations and statutes that scientists and their institutions must comply with and understand. Among these are the Public Health Security and Bio-Terrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and Chemical Facilities and Anti-Terrorism Standards.

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