ABSTRACT

H.R. 4007, The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014, Hearing Before The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, February 27, 2014   [open pdf - 361KB]

This is the February 27, 2014 hearing on "H.R. 4007, The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Chairman Patrick Meehan: "I now recognize myself for an opening statement. Chemical facilities continually rank among the most attractive targets for terrorists because an attack on a chemical plant would likely result in large-scale damage and potentially terrible loss of life. What happened at West, Texas, last spring gave us a chilling look at the devastation that occurs when a chemical facility detonates. To protect against potential catastrophe, Congress in 2007 authorized the Department of Homeland Security to develop a set of vulnerability assessment standards for chemical plants and to implement a corresponding set of regulations to ensure that physical security of those at the highest risk. That authorization was in effect for 3 years. […] It is the responsibility of this committee to set official guidelines and standards of this very important program. Oversight alone is simply not sufficient. We must give CFATS [Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards] the formal and proper direction it needs. Therefore, we must resume our jurisdiction of the program. H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014, it the product of the Homeland Security Committee's consultation with dozens of stakeholders, including the facilities regulated under this act, community representatives, the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Homeland Committee, and the Government Affairs Committee in the Senate, as well as the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security itself. In fact, just yesterday, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, said about this bill that, 'I have looked at it, I have read it, I support it, and our critical infrastructure folks support it.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Caitlin Durkovich, Stephen L. Caldwell, and Marcia Moxey Hodges.

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Serial No. 113-54, Serial Number 113-54
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2014
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