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NPRA welcomes CFATS extension

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), issued the following statement welcoming action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on 26th May 2011, approving legislation that extends the current Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program into 2018.


‘The bipartisan committee vote today is an important step forward in the effort to make the CFATS program permanent. The existing program provides for a second, responsible and highly effective chemical facility security policy that helps protect our nation against terrorist attacks. Making significant changes to the program could weaken the high level of security that has already been established at chemical facilities.’

‘NPRA strongly supports the amendment approved by the committee to allow the Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards as sufficient identification for CFATS facilities. We have long advocated for reciprocity of other federal chemical security credentials. We commend the committee for adopting this amendment on a bipartisan basis.’

‘America’s fuel and petrochemical manufacturers play a crucial role in ensuring and maintaining the security of America’s energy and petrochemical infrastructure. We hope the full House and Senate will vote to adopt a long term reauthorisation of the current CFATS program to provide manufacturers with regulatory certainty and a stable framework for the future so they can continue working successfully with government agencies to strengthen America’s national security.’

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