The House of Representatives is continuing to pursue "The Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2009," which creates tougher security standards at chemical plants considered at risk for terrorism. This bill (HR 2868) would adopt and make permanent, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) that are currently set to expire Sept. 30. It would also require the use of IST (link to HSToday article) or "inherently safer technology." Through IST, it also would require chemical companies to begin using less hazardous chemicals in facilities where it is feasible to do so to reduce health risks related to chemical fallout after an attack on a plant. Under this provision, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is authorized to determine whether alternate chemicals should be used in facility processes to protect the surrounding population or environment from poisonous chemicals. The bill also contains citizen suit provisions (Section 2116) that permit civil suits against DHS for failure to enforce CFATS.