The president of the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA), Kathryn Clay, has welcomed the news that the US House of Representatives has unanimously approved a three-year reauthorisation of the Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
Clay had written to representatives on 14 July 2020 to ask them to raise the matter before the expiry of CFATS authorisation on 21 July 2020. CFATS sets security standards for chemicals that can be exploited by terrorists and is therefore vital to US national security.
‘We commend the House for extending this extremely important antiterrorism program. Earlier, the Senate also unanimously approved the extension. The legislation now goes to the president’s desk, and we call on him to sign it into law before the program expires on July 23,’ says Clay.
She adds that ILTA members appreciate the diligence of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in administering the programme. The reauthorisation will provide much needed regulatory stability for companies operating critical chemical storage and production facilities.
‘ILTA members and CISA share the common goal of ensuring chemical facility security by guarding against potential terrorist threats. CFATS works to set appropriate standards for all high-risk chemical facilities, helping to keep facilities and communities safer. ILTA looks forward to continued work with CISA to ensure that these standards are based on the best science available related to the physical properties of covered chemicals,’ says Clay.
She also urged future Congresses to consider longer-term reauthorisations for CFATS.