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WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) - With unanimous bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate today approved H.R. 4007, the "Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014." The legislation provides a four-year authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The bill is an amended version of legislation reported out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and approved by the House earlier this year.

The following statement can be attributed to Cal Dooley , President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC):

"We applaud the Senate for taking action to move CFATS forward and for supporting the ongoing effort to safeguard chemical facilities. We especially thank Chairman Tom Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn for their dedication and leadership to pass legislation in the Senate this year to extend this important program. Both senators and their staffs deserve a lot of credit for working hard with all stakeholders to find a bipartisan solution that will help protect workers and communities.

"The bill passed by the Senate will provide the long overdue stability that the Department of Homeland Security needs to stay on course and successfully implement CFATS. Moreover, the measure will support industry's long-term investments to enhance security and will fulfill one of the key recommendations issued by an interagency Working Group as part of President Obama's  Executive Order 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.

"We strongly urge the House to approve this legislation before it adjourns and send it to President Obama for his signature."


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