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ILTA applauds extension of CFATS programme

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Tanks and Terminals,

Kathryn Clay, President of the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA), has applauded the finalisation of a three-year extension of the Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards, an important security programme that identifies and regulates high-risk facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risk that certain hazardous chemicals are weaponised by terrorists.

Clay said: “We commend Congress and the president for extending this extremely important antiterrorism programme before the programme would have expired today. ILTA members value regulatory certainty, and we are pleased that this reauthorisation provides that. Maintaining the security of our nation’s chemical facilities is a critical mission, and ILTA encourages future Congresses to consider even longer-term reauthorisations for the CFATS programme.

“CFATS plays a critical role in maintaining our nation’s security, and ILTA’s members appreciate the diligence with which the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency administers this vital programme.

“ILTA members and CISA share the common goal of ensuring chemical facility security by guarding against potential terrorist threats. CFATS works to set appropriate standards for all high-risk chemical facilities, helping to keep facilities and communities safer. ILTA looks forward to continued work with CISA to ensure that these standards are based on the best science available related to the physical properties of covered chemicals.”

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