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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 11, 2012) – The chemical industry recognizes the challenges with the implementation of the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, but remains committed to working with federal agencies to improve the program. That was the message delivered by Timothy Scott, Chief Security Officer and Corporate Director of Emergency Services and Security at The Dow Chemical Company, who testified today on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
Mr. Scott emphasized the chemical industry’s leadership in improving chemical security. ACC members have invested more than $11.2 billion to further enhance site, transportation and cyber security at their facilities under the Responsible Care® Security Code, serving as a model for industry and for other regulatory programs.
He also underscored the importance of working with policymakers to ensure that federal policies, including CFATS, further enhance chemical security. While noting that the CFATS program is “fundamentally sound,” Mr. Scott stressed the importance of overcoming the obstacles that have hindered progress.
“The concerns associated with the implementation of the CFATS and internal DHS management issues are real. However, it’s promising to hear that progress is being made in both areas,” said Mr. Scott. “We need to build on this progress—as respectful partners with a common goal—to achieve an efficient, integrated and sustainable security plan for the chemical industry and our country.”
Mr. Scott cited progress between the Agency and the industry on alternative site security plans and the Agency’s consideration of industry initiatives like ACC’s Responsible Care Security Code as a potential way to expedite site security plans for lower-tiered facilities. However, Mr. Scott said more progress is needed in other areas to improve CFATS. He urged DHS to implement a more workable personnel security program for CFATS facilities to properly vet thousands of employees and contractors against the Terrorist Screening Database.
“We should not return to square one,” said Mr. Scott. “We should strengthen the collaboration between DHS and industry with the unified goal of increasing the pace to build an efficient, integrated and sustainable chemical security process for our country.”
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