US House passes chemical facility security law
The US House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation to enhance the security of chemical facilities, border ports of entry and emergency communications.
The House has approved the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) programme Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014.
The legislation codifies and strengthens the CFATS programme, which ensures that high-risk chemical facilities comply with security standards.
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies chairman Patrick Meehan said: "This bipartisan bill is simple; it makes Americans safer by improving security standards at thousands of chemical facilities across our nation.
"It is vitally important that we ensure our first responders have adequate knowledge of where these facilities are located; this bill does that."
Commenting on the bill, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said: "ACC commends Congress for coming together to pass this important legislation, which is critical to providing a strong foundation for CFATS.
"The legislation will give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and industry the long overdue certainty that is necessary for a strong and effective chemical security programme."
The bill is in line with the recommendations of an interagency working group as part of an executive order, 'Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security'.
Image: The new legislation will enhance the security of chemical facilities. Photo: courtesy of supakitmod / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.