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ACC Urges Passage of Bipartisan Chemical Security Legislation


Contact: Scott Jensen (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2014) – Congress should continue supporting risk-based performance standards, improve existing security programs, and build on the progress made on chemical security by passing the bipartisan Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. That’s according to Clyde Miller, Director of Corporate Security for the BASF Corporation, who testified today on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.

Miller credited David Wulf, Director of Infrastructure Security Compliance Division for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for his work in advancing chemical security. “Since Mr. Wulf and his management team have arrived, significant progress has been made in carrying out CFATS. For example, to streamline the process, they embraced ACC’s Alternate Security Plan template and are currently working on similar plans with other stakeholders,” said Miller.

Given this notable progress, Miller stated that CFATS should move from an appropriations process to an authorization process. He said, “A long-term authorized regulation provides industry with the confidence to make long-term capital investments and having that certainty helps DHS in recruiting and retaining top talent to effectively oversee the regulation.”

Recognizing that there was room for improvement for CFATS, DHS appointed a peer review panel to explore enhancements to the program. Miller said the bipartisan legislation would ensure the program follows the recommendations of the peer review panel to make it more transparent and consistent—particularly relating to the process of tiering facilities. 

Some policymakers have questioned whether the bipartisan legislation would conflict with Executive Order 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, which President Obama issued last year. Miller said that the enhancements made to CFATS under this bipartisan legislation would further strengthen Executive Order 13650 rather than conflict with it. Miller stated that “Passage of this bill would complement the Executive Order and give the program the permanency it needs so that it does not risk lapsing as occurred during the government shutdown last year.” 

Mr. Miller’s full written testimony can be found here.

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