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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2012) - Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing examining chemical security and, specifically, the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the hearing:

"ACC and our  members continue to be strong advocates for federal security regulations. ACC members also continue to make significant investments in security measures to safeguard their facilities. To build on these ongoing efforts, it is imperative that policymakers and industry work together to create an effective and efficient regulatory framework that enhances chemical security

"We understand the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has experienced challenges implementing the  Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, and we encourage Congress and DHS to focus their efforts on getting it back on track. Specifically, ACC believes that the implementation of the program can be significantly improved by streamlining the worker security background check process, encouraging Alternative Security Plans (ASP), and leveraging private-sector security programs such as ACC's Responsible Care Security Code® . We are pleased that DHS has already made some progress on these issues. We also commend DHS for withdrawing their OMB proposal on the Personnel Surety Program and taking a fresh look at how to do this most effectively. We urge DHS to continue to use its existing authority to take swift action to improve CFATS."

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