The cessation of the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program is one of the key reasons the U.S. government shutdown should end, said DHS spokesman Clark Stevens. "This underscores the need for the shutdown to end, and for Congress to pass a permanent reauthorization of the CFATS program," Stevens said. However, while the shutdown is in effect, "chemical facilities should continue to comply with the requirements of CFATS, including continuing to comply with the existing and planned security measures in any approved site security plan or alternative security program," he said.

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