According to sources, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said
the government needs to do more to protect port cities such as Portland, Maine
and she has introduced a bill called The Greenline Maritime Security Act. to make that happen.
Collins said that the U.S. can minimize the risk of a terrorist attack by inspecting the millions of cargo containers that enter the country.
While Collins admitted that it's impossible to eliminate the risk of a terrorist attack completely, she said the U.S. needs to address the flaws in its current port security systems.
At the same time, she added, the new measures must not slow down the pace of commerce.
She said that last year alone, 11 million containers arrived by sea in the U.S., and that number is growing at a rate of 10 percent a year.
The added security proposed in Collins' bill would not come cheaply. It would cost more than $800 million.
Source: News 8 WMTW