The US House of Representatives recently passed legislation to extend for two years the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The program is set to expire this month.
CFATS is a regulatory program focused on security at high-risk chemical facilities. DHS administers the CFATS program by working with facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risks associated with certain hazardous chemicals, and prevent them from being exploited in a terrorist attack. Under CFATS, a facility that possesses any of 300 chemicals of interest (COI) at or above specified quantities must report the chemicals to DHS, which uses the information to determine if the facility is considered high-risk and must develop a security plan