House Homeland Security Committee Endorses Chemical Security Regulations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2011)Today, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Security Technologies of the House Homeland Security Committee approved H.R. 901, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011.”

In response to this important vote, American Chemistry Council (ACC) president & CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote to advance chemical security legislation is a vote of confidence for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), and recognizes the significant progress to date to secure facilities that use or manufacture certain chemicals.

“During recent hearings, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the regulated community have detailed the success of the current regulations and how they are working together to make the program even more successful.  It’s clear the performance-based standards set by CFATS are central to the success of the program.  The standards recognize the diverse nature of the chemical sector and allow operators the necessary flexibility to implement a security plan tailored to their facility.  At the same time, the standards establish clear and enforceable security goals that DHS can use to make sure facilities are taking action.

“Considering the success of this program, ACC and our members are urging Congress to pass legislation that will provide for a long term extension of CFATS. We thank Chairman Dan Lungren and the other bill sponsors for crafting legislation that will help protect this vital sector of the nation’s critical infrastructure, as well as the other members of the Homeland Security Committee for their hard work on this issue.

“We are committed to working with the members of this committee along with the members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, to pass legislation that will allow this important program to move forward.”

Since 2001, ACC members have helped lead the way on chemical security, investing more than $8 billion on facility security enhancements under ACC’s Responsible Care® Security Code, which has become a model for the industry and regulatory programs.

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