Amendments to the bill were offered by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Laura Richardson (D-CA) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA). All of the amendments were defeated 6-4. The blog Chemical Facility Security News gives a good rundown of the offered amendments.
In his opening statement Chairman Lungren said that CFATS is working.
"My bill would provide long-term assurance that the current CFATS standards would continue for seven years - allowing the program to be fully implemented so that all high risk facilities would complete at least one cycle from start to finish," he said. "My bill would also preserve all of the essential elements contained in the original statute without imposing additional requirements on the program mid-stream."
Now the bill moves on to the full committee for review. There will probably be more suggested amendments. Stay tuned for more updates here.
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