American Chemistry Council (ACC) Vice President of Federal Affairs Marty Durbin testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security during a legislative hearing today on the "Chemical Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009." ACC has acknowledged a need for more protection of the nation’s chemical sector, and calls for Congressional action to make Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) permanent before they expire this October.
Durbin issued the following statement regarding his testimony:
"We believe the ongoing
implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
demonstrates a smart and aggressive approach to both securing and protecting
the economic viability of (the chemical sector). The legislation being
considered by this committee represents an important step toward establishing
permanent chemical security regulations.
"Security has long been
a priority for our members and the chemical sector. To date, our members have
invested $7.7 billion on facility security enhancements under ACC's Responsible
Care Security Code®, a commitment that began long
before Congress passed legislation in 2006. The effectiveness of the program
has been broadly recognized as the gold standard for the industry, and served
as the model for state and local programs in Maryland,
New Jersey, and New York.
"While we share the
goal of establishing permanent chemical security regulations, we are concerned that
several provisions in the legislation as introduced could undermine the
important work that is already underway. While we have strong views on these
issues, we appreciate the willingness of both the House Homeland Security and
the Energy & Commerce Committee to seek our input and consider our
viewpoint. We have had constructive discussions, and remain hopeful that our
concerns can be addressed as the legislative process progresses."
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