Friday, March 4, 2011

Senate CFATS Extension Bill Introduced

A bipartisan group of senators introduced new legislation this week that would extend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years. In addition to the three year extension, the bill includes provisions for:
  • The creation of a voluntary technical assistance program that would allow DHS to provide recommendations or assistance to covered facilities to aid in compliance with the CFATS program;
  • The development of voluntary exercise and training programs to improve collaboration with the private sector and State and local communities under the CFATS program; and
  • The creation of a chemical facility best practices clearinghouse and private sector advisory board at DHS to aid in the implementation of CFATS and the voluntary technical assistance program.

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