US House security panel approves extension of anti-terrorism rules

22 June 2011 23:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a seven-year extension of the existing federal mandate for anti-terrorism security measures at chemical plants.

The committee approved HR-901 to extend Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to 30 September 2018. 

The measure was introduced by Representative Daniel Lungren (Republican-California) and had bipartisan support.

The committee approved an amended measure by a vote of 26-5, according to committee staff.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) commended the vote.

“Today’s vote builds on the growing bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that recognises the strength of the chemical security regulations already in place, and ensures the country continues to benefit from the Chemical Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for years to come,” said ACC president and chief executive Cal Dooley.  

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) also praised the vote.

“With a multi-year extension of CFATS as set forth in the committee's bill, H.R. 901, DHS [the US Department of Homeland Security] will have the time to evaluate the more than 4,100 site security plans submitted and to inspect the facilities,” the NACD said.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on 26 May approved a similar measure, HR-908, to extend CFATS largely as-is to 2018.


By: Brian Ford
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