U.S. Chamber voices concerns over CFATS

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has joined a group of 26 associations representing various manufacturers, users and distributors of chemical and petrochemical products in expressing concern over the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which they believe will lead the public disclosure of sensitive or classified information in civilian lawsuits.

The agency has sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advance of scheduled hearing this week opposing several provisions within the legislation including one that would allow “any person” to bring lawsuits against regulated facilities or the Department of Homeland Security to enforce compliance with the act.

“In short, the citizen suit provision will not enhance enforcement of the chemical facility regulations or promote the objectives of the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009.” To the contrary, the provision will only encourage costly lawsuits, divert resources from implementation of the CFATS and compliance with the act, and enrich lawyers at the expense of national security interests,” the letter states.

Click here to find the full letter on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Web site.