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WASHINGTON (April 30, 2014) - Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security today authorized a three-year extension 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 ." This bipartisan legislation passed through the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies earlier this month under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA).

The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC):

"ACC commends the Committee for coming together to pass this important legislation, which is critical to ensure that the CFATS program continues to move forward. The legislation will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and industry the long overdue regulatory certainty that is necessary to effectively safeguard chemical facilities. The Committee's bill addresses important security issues and will help DHS to continue to make improvements to the existing framework for regulating chemical security under CFATS.

"An extended authorization would help safeguard chemical facilities and provide the regulatory consistency and operational stability to ensure the success of CFATS, while giving industry confidence in long-term capital commitments to this program. Ensuring the future of this important program will also help DHS recruit and retain top talent to effectively implement CFATS.

"ACC and our  members fully support this legislation and are committed to working with Congress, DHS and other stakeholders to ensure chemical facilities across the country are as secure as possible."

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