Legislative Update: Bills to Extend Chemical Security Regulations Introduced in Senate and House
Last week, four bills were introduced to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and fellow Senators of the Committee Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced S. 473 to extend CFATS for three years. The bill is the same as the bipartisan chemical security legislation approved by the HSGAC last year. In addition, Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, introduced a bill, H.R. 901, to reauthorize CFATS for seven years. Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX), key members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also introduced H.R.908, to extend CFATS for seven years. Finally, Representative Charles Dent (R-PA), a member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R.916 to extend CFATS. The early bipartisan introduction of these chemical security bills is good news for the chemical industry. NACD has been a long-time supporter of legislation to extend the current CFATS program without making major changes to it such as mandating the consideration and use of inherently safer technologies (IST).