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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