IWLA signed a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of H.R. 4007, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014.
The letter cites several important policy goals this bill accomplishes:
- Multi-year authorization for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to implement and invest in the CFATS program.
- Addresses site security issues such as personnel surety requirements, alternate security plans, third-party inspectors, and the tiering methodology including expedited approval for lower-tiered facilities.
The letter cites H.R. 4007 as an improvement in security measures for the future: “We recognize the complexities in implementing a program like CFATS and are fully aware of some of the flaws in management exposed over the past few years. This multi-year authorization will give DHS the time and stability it needs to improve its implementation, but at the same time, will ensure that Congress has the ability to monitor the program and make any necessary changes to it before the next authorization.”