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WASHINGTON (December 19, 2014) - In the closing days of the 113th Congress, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 4007, the "Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014." The new law reauthorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for four years.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley   issued the following statement:

"We applaud the President for supporting efforts to safeguard chemical facilities, workers and communities across the country by signing this important security legislation into law. The challenging political environment in Washington this year makes it all the more remarkable that Chairman Tom Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn in the Senate and Chairmen Michael McCaul and Patrick Meehan in the House were able to get a strong bipartisan bill to the President's desk.

"This long-term solution for regulating security lays a strong foundation for CFATS and will help keep DHS on track toward successfully implementing the program. Importantly, the law will improve how the Department communicates with chemical facilities while enhancing key security protocols, such as vetting chemical facility personnel.

"I offer my thanks and congratulations once more to DHS, ACC members , industry allies and value chain partners that came together this year to make enhancing chemical security one of 2014's greatest legislative accomplishments."

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