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John Kerry waves from the window of his campaign bus to a crowd of supporters gathered at a highway exit ramp as he arrives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 28, 2004.
John Kerry, accusing the Bush administration of failing to protect chemical plants, says he would require them to assess their risks of catastrophic attack and use less dangerous chemicals when possible.
Kerry's plan, which he was expected to outline in a speech Thursday in Philadelphia, closely mirrors legislation he co-sponsored in early 2003 with Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., and other Democrats. It stalled in the Senate over opposition from Republicans, who said it sought to inappropriately micromanage the nation's $450 billion chemical industry.