US chemical security bill known as CFATS passes out of House committee
US House committee authorizes a three-year extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.
Members of the US House Committee on Homeland Security have
authorized a three-year extension of the Chemical Facility
Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) by passing HR 4007, the
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization
and Accountability Act of 2014. This bipartisan
legislation passed through the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity,
Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies earlier
this month under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman
Patrick Meehan (R-PA).
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) weighed in on the
passage of this legislation:
ACC commends the Committee for coming together to pass
this important legislation, which is critical to ensure that
the CFATS program continues to move forward. The legislation
will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and
industry the long overdue regulatory certainty that is
necessary to effectively safeguard chemical facilities. The Committees
bill addresses important security issues and will help DHS to
continue to make improvements to the existing framework for
regulating chemical security under CFATS.
An extended authorization would help safeguard chemical
facilities and provide the
regulatory consistency and operational stability to ensure the
success of CFATS, while giving industry confidence in long-term
capital commitments to this program. Ensuring the future of
this important program will also help DHS recruit and retain
top talent to effectively implement CFATS.
Congressman Meehan was also effusive in his praise of the
The unanimous passage of this legislation today shows
that both parties can support common-sense efforts to prevent
terrorist attacks at facilities like the fertilizer plant that
exploded with catastrophic consequences in West, Texas last
year. This bill takes prudent steps to codify and strengthen
the CFATS program and will make the thousands of chemical facilities across the nation safer.
Its supported by the Department of Homeland Security and
by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Washington needs
more of this collaboration between Republicans and Democrats,
and Im hopeful it will be considered before the full