The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) continues to urge the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to publish a response to the May 2017 rulemaking petition for changes to the TWIC Reader Final Rule. ILTA is seeking a three-year delay in the effective date and regulatory changes to align applicability of the final rule with the Coast Guard’s proposed rule.
ILTA, the American Chemistry Council, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and the American Petroleum Institute have requested a meeting with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in early January to discuss the extreme urgency of publishing a notice extending the compliance deadline. The Coast Guard’s statement in June 2017 that it would issue a three-year extension, coupled with the agency’s lack of official notice of that action to-date, has left the regulated industry unclear on whether compliance will be required by the August 23 effective date.
ILTA and its trade association partners have met with members of Congress and congressional committee staff asking them to apply additional pressure on DHS. ILTA, ACC and AFPM also have a meeting scheduled with Rear Admiral John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, on January 23 to discuss this and other issues of concern.