Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

On April 14, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, passed H.R. 901, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011. The bill was introduced by the Subcommittee's Chairman Dan Lundgren (R-Calif.).

H.R. 901 provides for a seven-year extension to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) authority to regulate the security of high-risk chemical facilities under the authority granted in Sec. 550 of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007. Click here to read a letter from ARA encouraging support of H.R. 901.

"It is critical that we extend this regulatory authority so that DHS can continue to secure chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program," said the Lungren. "H.R. 901 reaffirms Congress' commitment to fight terrorism and improve security at our Nation’s chemical facilities while preserving the ability of the chemical industry to be competitive, remain innovative and create well-paying jobs."

Click here to read the full press release from the House Committee on Homeland Security.