Overregulating the chemistry industry jeopardizes innovation, jobs, and economic growth. Learn more.

  • Read time: 2 minutes
  • Blog Post

Congress Must Act to Save Chemical Security Program

As valuable time ticks away, the country’s largest industry groups are calling on Congress not to short-change national security. Unless Congress acts, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are set to expire in just a few weeks on July 27th.

To help move legislation forward the coalition sent a letter to the House urging them to save CFATS by approving a clean long-term extension for the program. Doing so will keep important protections in place across the country and will support continued investments into enhancing security.

CFATS has a solid 15-year regulatory history, and the program has delivered real results. According to the Department of Homeland Security the agency has seen facilities increase their security measures by almost 60% under CFATS.

It’s success and smart regulatory approach is a big reason why ACC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Jahn said “CFATS has helped industry and the federal government enhance security for chemical facilities, workers and communities and has proven to be a practical and effective regulatory program.”

Congress has provided a long-term extension for CFATS four times with strong bipartisan support and this time should be no different. Delaying a long-term solution for CFATS until another day puts the country’s security at risk. 

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.

Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions