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WASHINGTON (Feb. 6, 2014) - House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX); Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA); and Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill today that will provide for a two-year extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program through authorizing legislation rather than using the appropriations process.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"We commend Chairmen McCaul and Meehan along with Representative Green for introducing bipartisan legislation that will reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) . We're glad the legislation recognizes and supports the significant effort already underway to safeguard chemical facilities. Specifically, the bill provides the Department of Homeland Security with authority to continue to utilize the Alternative Security Program, including the tools that ACC developed to enhance the process for developing and reviewing security plans under CFATS.

"The bill introduced in the House will help ensure the ongoing effort to secure chemical facilities will continue to advance and will provide the regulatory certainty that is vital to the overall success of CFATS. ACC and our members are committed to working with Congress to enact legislation that will provide for a long-term extension of the program."

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