The International Liquid Terminals Association has welcomed moves by the US Congress to extend authorisation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards programme.
The Senate unanimously approved the measure on January 17 and the House unanimously approved it on January 18.
Kathryn Clay, president of the ILTA, says: ‘ILTA applauds Congress for extending—on the day it was set to expire—this important security programme, which regulates critical chemical facilities to guard against terrorist attack.
‘This 15-month extension gives us the opportunity to make necessary changes to the programme, while continuing to ensure the security of facilities that store the highest-risk chemicals.
‘For the past decade, ILTA has been the leading voice encouraging the Department of Homeland Security to correct the treatment of gasoline and other fuel blends under the CFATS programme. ILTA looks forward to working with Congress and DHS to ensure that fuel blends are treated on par with similar materials under CFATS implementation.
‘We urge President Trump to sign this important reauthorisation legislation as soon as possible.’