Kathryn Clay, president of the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA), has written to members of the US House of Representatives seeking the reauthorisation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) law, which expires shortly.
Clay has asked representatives to urgently ask the Speaker of the House to bring the three-year reauthorisation of CFATS to the floor before its expiry on 23 July 2020. The reauthorisation was recently passed by the US Senate, but must be passed by both chambers. Clay writes in the letter that CFATS plays a critical role in maintaining US security. It is therefore vital to reauthorise CFATS before its expiry.
CFATS sets a consistent standard for all high-risk chemical facilities to ensure the security of chemicals that have the potential to be exploited by terrorists. It is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Site operators, including ILTA members, enjoy a close, cooperative relationship with CISA to ensure standards are maintained.
‘Long-term reauthorisation of CFATS is necessary to provide regulatory stability and certainty so that companies operating critical chemical storage and production facilities can continue to make sound financial decisions and capital investments to better secure hazardous chemicals,’ writes Clay.