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Reaction to Senate vote on CFATS legislation

The AFPM reacts to the US Senate’s bipartisan approval of H.R. 4007, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014. AFPM applauds this effort and urges lawmakers in the House to act expeditiously to send this measure to the President’s desk.

AFPM President, Charles T. Drevna said, “today the Senate voted to put the nation’s safety first and approve a measure to allow refiners and petrochemical manufacturers to enhance security measures at their facilities. By authorising the program for four years, it will give these companies much needed stability and confidence to make sound, long term investments. We applaud Sens. Coburn and Carper on forging bipartisan agreements necessary to move this important legislation forward.”

Passing a multi year authorisation bill will enable the Department of Homeland Security to implement the Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standard (CFATS) program more efficiently and provide businesses with the certainty it needs to ensure the long term, sound facility security investments that need to be made are not made in vain.

H.R. 4007 provides a four year authorisation to the CFATS program that streamlines the process and programs for vetting individuals against the Federal Terrorist Screening Database mandated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The legislation also improves Congressional oversight as well as assures improved coordination with state and local officials.

Limits on crude oil exports not the only barrier to a comprehensive US energy

AFPM President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement after sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power (Committee on Energy and Commerce) in anticipation of a Thursday December 11 hearing, The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The hearing will focus heavily on lifting current restrictions on crude oil exports.

“The nation needs a comprehensive energy policy firmly built upon the principals of a free market. Such a policy requires a holistic approach to address all existing barriers. Anything less invites failure and is like trying to free a caged bird by opening the door while clipping its wings, it still won’t fly. AFPM does not oppose lifting restrictions on US crude exports. However, calls to immediately lift such restrictions based on erroneous facts about domestic refining capacity and outside the context of addressing other market barriers are premature. We applaud Congress for taking the first step to explore outdated energy laws that impose market barriers. AFPM encourages Congress to look at the topic of crude oil exports as part of tan across the board review of all trade inhibiting laws, including the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Jones Act. An equitable US energy policy rid of anti competitive legislation is in the beset interest of the economy and the American public.”

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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