Dow’s Chief Security Officer Provides Congressional Testimony on Safeguarding America’s Chemical Facilities

Midland, MI - March 11, 2010

As a global leader in chemistry and one of the largest chemical companies in the world, Dow leaders are often called upon for expert analysis and testimony before Congress.

On March 3, Timothy J. Scott, Dow's chief security officer and corporate director of emergency services and security, on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, conveying the chemical industry's commitment to safeguarding America's chemical facilities. Scott's testimony was given at a hearing entitled, “Chemical Security: Assessing Progress and Charting a Path Forward.”

As a part of his testimony, Scott reinforced that industry and government have a shared priority to enhance security at chemical sites nation-wide.

“For ACC members, the strong regulatory approach taken by Chemical Facilities Anti-terrorism Standards - one that sets a high bar through performance-based standards and then holds facilities accountable - is not only appropriate but necessary,” said Scott during his testimony.

Scott concluded his testimony saying, “ACC members have invested $8 billion in security enhancements including both physical and cyber security protections through the RCSC and the chemical industry are covered by the one of most comprehensive Federal regulatory programs in existence. The members of ACC and the chemical industry are committed to continuing an aggressive approach to safeguarding America's chemical facilities. It is in this spirit, we are offering our assistance to continue to work with the DHS and members of Congress in support of our shared mission.”

A complete webcast of the hearing is available on the Subcommittee's Web site.

The safeguarding of its chemical facilities is part of Dow's commitment to Public Safety and Security Leadership outlined in the Company's 2015 Sustainability Goals. The Dow Chemical Company will not compromise on our commitment to security and safety nor will we concede our leadership position setting the standard for all others to follow. This is our business. Our commitment to the security and safety of our sites, products, and communities -- where we live and work -- has always been deeply embedded in our company's culture and our business processes.

More information on Dow's commitment to Public Safety and Security is available through dow.com.

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