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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 3674, "the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2012" (The PRECISE Act) as amended to include a representative from the chemical sector on the board of advisors to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center:
"Cybersecurity is a critical issue for the chemical industry, and we appreciate the efforts of the members of the House Committee on Homeland Security to advance legislation that allows our industry to continue to take an active role on enhancing cybersecurity for chemical facilities. Specifically, we are pleased the Committee adopted an amendment offered by Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) that adds a representative from the chemical sector to the advisory board, which will help improve the sharing of key cyber threat information.

"ACC supports cybersecurity initiatives that promote the free flow of commerce and economic growth, while protecting critical cyber systems and the privacy of information. The chemical industry is currently regulated for cybersecurity under the  Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)  issued by the DHS, and we believe the bill as amended will help ensure our industry's efforts on cybersecurity will be harmonized with other critical sectors of the nation's economy."

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