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NACD Press Release

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July 20, 2020

Matthew McKinney
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NACD Celebrates Three-Year Extension of CFATS Program


Today, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer issued the following statement praising the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years, which was set to expire on July 23, 2020. The U.S. Senate passed identical legislation earlier this month.

“NACD is thrilled the House unanimously passed legislation reauthorizing CFATS for another three years. Since 2007, this program has been woven into the fabric of the chemical distribution industry, ensuring high-risk facilities work with DHS regulators to put measures in place that protect against potential acts of terrorism.”

“Over the years, NACD and its member companies have worked tirelessly not only to implement CFATS, but also to ensure it remains a fixture in the United States’ national security strategy. The program has given chemical distributors the certainty needed to make important security investments at their facilities, which is both good for business and an important component in keeping our communities secure.”

“We thank both House and Senate leadership for recognizing the importance of CFATS and for taking swift action to ensure the program did not lapse on July 23. NACD now urges President Trump to immediately sign this bipartisan legislation into law, thereby reaffirming his commitment to national security.”


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