WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved with bipartisan support a three-year authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) by passing H.R. 4007, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014.”
The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
“ACC commends Congress for coming together to pass this important legislation, which is critical to providing a strong foundation for CFATS. The legislation will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and industry the long overdue certainty that is necessary for a strong and effective chemical security program.
“This bill will provide the operational stability that DHS has sorely needed to make CFATS successful, and help the agency recruit and retain top talent to effectively implement the program. The measure will also encourage industry to continue to make long-term capital commitments to enhance security and is consistent with the recommendations issued by an interagency Working Group as part of Executive Order 13650, ‘Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.’
“ACC and our members applaud Chairmen Michael McCaul and Patrick Meehan, and Representative Gene Green for their leadership and all of their colleagues for their support of a bill that will help safeguard chemical facilities and communities across the country. We are committed to working with the Senate, DHS and other stakeholders to send legislation to President Obama that will help ensure the nation benefits from robust chemical security regulations.”