ARLINGTON, Va., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) today concluded its 2014 Washington Fly-In in record fashion, as more than 80 industry leaders gathered in the nation's capital to educate their lawmakers on issues like Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform and multi-year Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program authorization.
Among other legislative priorities, NACD members urged for swift passage of the CFATS Program Authorization and Accountability Act (H.R. 4007). Passage will increase chemical facility safety and security by authorizing the CFATS program for three years and provide much-needed certainty to the chemical industry. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), spoke to NACD's Fly-In attendees at breakfast about the next steps to get H.R. 4007 to the full House floor for a vote.
Stated Meehan, "The unanimous passage of this legislation shows that both parties can support common-sense efforts to prevent terrorist attacks at facilities like the fertilizer plant that exploded with catastrophic consequences in West, Texas last year. This bill takes prudent steps to codify and strengthen the CFATS program and will make the thousands of chemical facilities across the nation safer. It's supported by the Department of Homeland Security and by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Washington needs more of this collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, and I'm hopeful it will be considered before the full House promptly."
Fly-In attendees also heard from Jim Conzelman, president and CEO of The Ripon Society, who discussed how members can target their messages to maximize the impact of their Hill visits. Said NACD President Eric R. Byer, "A face-to-face visit with members of Congress and their staff is the most effective way to connect lawmakers with their constituents and be heard on critical issues like TSCA reform and CFATS authorization. It is vital that we inform policymakers of the integral role chemical distributors play in society and the economy."
NACD and its over 420 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.
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SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)