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Congress passes, President Trump signs 15-month CFATS extension

On January 18, the day the program was slated to expire, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a 15-month extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).

The extension, until April 2020, gives Congress more time to bring new committee members and leadership up to speed on CFATS issues while giving regulated industry certainty that the program will continue for the near term without any changes.

The extension also gives industry the opportunity to continue to work to improve the CFATS program in a longer-term reauthorization. For instance, the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) says it will keep up its advocacy to encourage Congress to adopt an amendment to treat gasoline and other fuels mixtures appropriately in the regulations.

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