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WASHINGTON (July 30, 2014) – On a bipartisan voice vote, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today approved a four-year authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) by passing an amended version of H.R. 4007, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014.” The Senate Committee took up the bill after it won strong support by the full House earlier this month.
The following statement can be attributed to Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
“Today’s vote is a solid demonstration of Chairman Tom Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn’s commitment to finding a bipartisan solution that will provide much needed stability to CFATS and will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) valuable guidance and tools for moving forward on further improvements to the program. We applaud the Committee for their hard work in finding a path forward on this important issue and acting on this measure before the August recess.
“This bill will help DHS continue to pick up the pace for implementing CFATS and will help fulfill the recommendations issued by an interagency Working Group as part of President Obama’s Executive Order 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, to increase the effectiveness of the program and ensure its future.
“We strongly urge the Senate to approve this legislation, which will contribute to the overall success of CFATS and support the industry’s ongoing efforts to safeguard chemical facilities and communities.”
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