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?