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U.S. House of Representatives CFATS Hearing

The Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on June 14, 2018, entitled “The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) – A Progress Report.” Hearing witnesses included:
  • Dave Wulf – Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • Yvette Arellano – Policy Research and Grassroots Advocate, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services;
  • Doug Brown – President and COO, Brown Chemical Company
  • James Conrad – Principal, Conrad Law and Policy Counsel, on behalf of Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates;
  • Chris P. Currie – Director, Emergency Management; National Preparedness; and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office;
  • Steve Roberts – Principal, Chemical Security Group, LLC; and
  • Dr. Mike Wilson – National Director, Occupational and Environmental Health, BlueGreen Alliance.3
The hearing addressed the following issues, among others:
  • How well has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the program and is implementation aligned with current congressional intent?
  • How is DHS addressing the challenges GAO has identified with the program in the past, including risk assessments and tiering, stakeholder outreach, and pace of work?
  • Do CFATS and associated regulations appropriately balance homeland security and stakeholder needs?
  • Should CFATS authority be reauthorized, modified, or allowed to expire? What are the implications of each of those actions?