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NACD supports chemical security language removal

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) is applauding recently-approved federal security funding legislation that does not include language that would have changed the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) chemical security rule scheduled to go into effect in early June.

NACD said earlier versions of the bill included language to explicitly allow states and localities to adopt and enforce chemical security regulations more stringent than federal standards.

The new Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are scheduled to take effect in less than two weeks. For the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks almost six years ago, high-risk chemical facilities throughout the nation will be required by law to conduct vulnerability assessments and implement site security plans, NACD said.

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