Markup begins on CFATS

06/18/2009 | Homeland Security Today

The House Homeland Security Committee has begun the markup phase of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards despite opposition. "We believe that Congress should not abandon a strategy to enhance security that employs performance-based security standards to avoid the potential for shifting risk, and allows DHS to unleash the ingenuity, expertise and resources of the chemical sector," ACC's Marty Durbin said at a hearing Tuesday. "The reason this occurs is that the highest risk facilities subject to CFATS face significant cost to implement the stringent requirements and thus have a strong incentive to implement enhancements that could move the facility to a lower-risk tier, or potentially even move it out of the program."

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