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WASHINGTON (March 16, 2016) - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation today approved S. 2658, the "Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016," which includes a provision that would create a process for regulating 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 commend Chairman Thune for his leadership on aviation safety and for working closely with Senator Blunt to include a provision to the Senate's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that will address the troubling gap in current policies regarding the safe operation of drones around chemical facilities. With today's vote, Congress has taken another important step toward addressing the serious security concerns that have come with this new and rapidly growing technology. 

"The provisions carefully target the potential misuse of drones and will provide direction to FAA to 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. Furthermore, the FAA is also directed to recognize the need to preserve commercial uses for drones.

"We strongly support the Committee's action to include the language as part of the legislation to reauthorize the FAA and urge the full Senate to do the same."

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