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Washington, DC – The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 (HR 2868) was passed on a vote of 18-11 by the House Homeland Security Committee, despite objections by the chemical industry.
CFATS Bill Passes- 6/26/2009
The bill empowers the secretary of Homeland Security to mandate the use of inherently safer technology (IST) for chemical facilities and allows uninjured plaintiffs to bring civil suits against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over allegations of failure to enforce Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or against chemical facilities for failing to comply.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) opposes the bill due to amendments that would compel the secretary of Homeland Security to report to Congress on the impact IST would have on target facilities and would block any IST mandate that would require a facility to cut staff or production.
Bill Allmond, SOCMA vice president of Government Relations, says, "The IST provision would take the decisions about risk away from workers in chemical facilities and leave them to bureaucrats in Washington. This provision could have disastrous unintended consequences for a number of industries, all while having minimal impact on the actual security of a chemical facility."
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