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National Academies of Science release reports on restricting access to explosive precursor chemicals

from IAEM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (the Academies) released the report on “Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Restricting Access to Explosive Precursor Chemicals.” The independent study, which was funded by the Department of Homeland Security, focused on researching possible paths forward to safeguard the nation’s people, infrastructure, and economy from terrorist use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The report analyzed chemicals that have been used in IEDs either in the U.S. or internationally or are susceptible for use in IEDs. The study also developed a prioritized list of precursor chemicals used to make home-made explosives; analyzed commercial supply chains and identified potential vulnerabilities; examined United States and international regulation of the chemicals; and compared economic, security, and other tradeoffs among potential control strategies. Once DHS has analyzed the contents of the report, it will work with the White House, Congress, industry officials, and other stakeholders to develop a framework that is cost-effective while reducing the level of risk that explosive precursor chemicals can be used IEDs. more

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