SOCMA President Calls on Senate to Pass CFATS Extension Before Year’s End
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan recently issued a letter to U.S. Senate lawmakers urging them to pass legislation providing a multi-year extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The bill, H.R. 4007, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year with bipartisan support. The same bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs last month and awaits consideration on the Senate Floor. In the letter, Sloan reportedly reminds senators that the specialty chemical industry needs the regulatory certainty that a long-term CFATS extension provides.
“Regulated manufacturers are investing millions of dollars in capital and personnel resources to ensure their facilities are safe against terrorist attacks,” Sloan said. “Passage of H.R. 4007 will ensure that these expenditures today will be relevant for the purposes of complying with the CFATS program tomorrow.”
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