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Congresswoman Lee’s Chemical Security Amendment to NDAA Critical to Defending the Nation from Terrorism

ACC Supports Restoring Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Scott Jensen

WASHINGTON, DC (June 5, 2024) – Congresswoman Laurel Lee (FL–15th) introduced amendment #594 to H.R. 8070 - Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025 to restore the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The amendment is currently cosponsored by Representatives Carter (GA-1st), Garbarino (NY-2nd), Green (TN-7th) and Pfluger (TX- 11th).

The American Chemistry Council joined with several trade and union groups to send a letter to House leadership urging them to support Rep. Lee’s amendment.

The following statement in support of the amendment can be attributed to Ryan Jackson, Vice President of Federal Affairs:

Restoring the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is essential to protecting our industry and defending the nation from terrorism. CFATS provides companies with important security tools and is the only national program focused on chemical facility security. Nearly a year has passed since Congress allowed CFATS to expire and as a result companies have not been able to vet almost 80,000 people accessing chemical facilities against the FBI’s terrorist screening database. Congress must do its job to protect America and pass Rep. Lee’s amendment to restore CFATS as part of the NDAA.

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.