Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards update: Current status of the regulation

Freeman, Craig
(Department of Homeland Security, Compliance Division, Washington, DC)

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On April 9, 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued 6 CFR Part 27, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Congress authorized this interim final rule (IFR) under Section 550 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, directing the Department to identify, assess, and ensure effective security at high risk chemical facilities. To that end, the Department will require these facilities to conduct a security vulnerability assessment (SVA) and then develop and implement a site security plan (SSP), implementing site-specific security measures that meet the Risk Based Performance Standards (RBPS) that DHS identified in the IFR. Any facility, not statutorily exempted from the regulation, possessing a chemical of interest in amounts in excess of the screening threshold quantity (appendix A) will be required to comply with the CFATS regulation.

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