Business groups call for consistent definition of ‘critical infrastructure’ for coronavirus response

Over 100 business groups representing manufacturers, distributors and the supply chain of products to combat the coronavirus pandemic are calling for a consistent definition of “critical infrastructure” from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A uniform definition would prevent state and local government actions from threatening the supply of critical products, the American Chemistry Council, American Petroleum Institute, Beer Institute, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. and others explained in a letter to President Trump on Wednesday.

“It is imperative that the federal, state and local governments come together with uniform definitions of ‘critical infrastructure’ making clear what manufacturers must continue to operate, as well as take seriously the need to transport those products and have the workforce available to keep operations running,” they said.

The groups also called for states to adopt the definition of “critical infrastructure” as defined by DHS, commit to not create any barriers to the transportation of products from manufacturing facilities…Read More

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