Sending Office: Committee on Homeland Security
We write to ask for your support for H.R. 251, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act, bipartisan legislation which would would extend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) authority to regulate security standards at high
risk chemical facilities for a period of two years. The current authority will expire next week on January 19, 2019 unless Congress acts.
Every Secretary of Homeland Security since 2005 has warned that chemical facilities can be exploited by terrorists to wreak havoc on surrounding communities. Under CFATS, facilities with threshold quantities of dangerous chemicals are required to register
with DHS, conduct security vulnerability assessments, and adopt site security plan to mitigate the terrorist threat. Since it was first formally authorized in 2014, CFATS has made our communities safer and more secure.
We urge you to support H.R. 251 this evening. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Alicia.Smith@mail.house.gov.
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