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#SubEnvironment to Review Progress of the CFATS Program


WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), announced today a hearing for Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) – A Progress Report.”

In 2014, Congress granted the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program a four-year authorization, which is set to expire on January 17, 2019. This hearing will provide #SubEnvironment members an opportunity to review the progress of the CFATS program, including with respect to both program implementation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as action items and overall achievement of benchmark objectives identified in the past by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In addition, members will be able to listen to and ask about the perspectives of regulated stakeholders and other interested persons.

“The early years of the CFATS program were marked with a number of growing pains, some more painful than others. Hopefully the program has taken steps to clean up its act and strengthen the places that needed more work. I look forward to next week’s discussion of this critical program and the progress being made in securing these high-risk facilities against terrorism,” said Chairman Shimkus.

The Majority Memorandum, witness list and testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they’re made available.

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