In a party line vote June 19, Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to extend the expiring Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program. The Committee’s action is the first step in a long process that is expected to end in the reauthorization of the CFATS program sometime early next year.
ILTA filed comments July 2 with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the agency's draft guidance on securing the food chain from intentional adulteration. FDA’s draft guidance states that bulk liquid storage is particularly vulnerable to food intentional adulteration (tampering) because large volumes of food products could be contaminated in one instance. ILTA’s comments refute that claim, citing the numerous security provisions already employed at bulk liquid terminals that would deter intentional adulteration.
The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency on June 19 reversed a rule issued by the Obama administration to curb carbon emissions from coal plants. The new rules, announced by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, would replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that set national emissions standards.