CFATS extension approved by House subcommittee

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Security Technologies recently approved H.R. 901, a bill that would extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS for another seven years, according to a statement released by the Security Industry Association.

Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said that the extension would provide continuity for the chemical industry and federal government to be able to fully implement the requirements set forth by CFATS. CFATS requires high-risk chemical facilities to complete security vulnerability assessments, develop site security plans and implement other protective measures established by the Department of Homeland Security.

"It is critical that we extend this regulatory authority so that DHS can continue to secure chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program," Lungren said. "H.R. 901 reaffirms Congress’ commitment to fight terrorism and improve security at our Nation’s chemical facilities while preserving the ability of the chemical industry to be competitive, remain innovative and create well-paying jobs."

The bill will now move to the full Homeland Security Committee.