House Bills Set Up Potential Jurisdiction Fight Over Chemical Security –

In an unexpected twist, two House committees may find themselves in a jurisdiction fight over dueling bills to reauthorize the country’s program to secure chemical facilities against terrorist attacks and thefts.

Members of both the House Homeland Security Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced legislation last week to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which requires chemical companies to develop and implement specific security plans for their facilities.