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WASHINGTON (July 7, 2016) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the recently introduced Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, bipartisan legislation negotiated by the U.S. Senate and House:

“ACC and its members applaud Senator Blunt and Congressman Babin for their unwavering resolve to secure much-needed provisions to the FAA extension bill that address the troubling gap in current policies regarding the safe operation of drones. Thanks to their efforts, the FAA bill introduced today contains an important amendment that will help protect communities and safeguard chemical facilities, which play a vital role in manufacturing products that are important to the everyday health and well-being of our nation.

“This sound proposal directs FAA to tackle the very real threat posed by using drones for malicious acts without interfering with their growing use by the public for recreation and their use for commercial applications.

“We strongly support the carefully crafted drone safety language included in the bipartisan legislation that was negotiated by the House and Senate, and we urge Congress to pass the FAA bill without further delay.”

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