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WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2016) - The U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee today approved an amendment to H.R. 4441, the "Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act" (AIRR), that would restrict the unauthorized use of drones near chemical facilities and oil refineries.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to today's vote:

"ACC and its members thank Congressman Babin for his tremendous leadership and for working tirelessly with Chairman Shuster to craft a sensible proposal that will promote the responsible use of drones. Today's vote will help address a mounting security concern and help safeguard chemical facilities, which play a critical role in manufacturing products that are important to the everyday health and well-being of our nation. The provisions carefully target the potential misuse of drones for illicit purposes without interfering with their growing use by the public for recreation and their use for commercial applications. We strongly support the Committee's action to include the amendment as part of the legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and encourage Congress to follow suit."

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