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CFATS Reauthorization Issue Page

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Reauthorization

CFATS is one of the most successful chemical security programs in existence and helps high-risk chemical facilities protect against terrorist attacks. In July 2020, Congress passed a three-year reauthorization of the program. NACD supports multi-year reauthorization of the CFATS program prior to its 2023 expiration.

Background

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program was created in 2007 to help prevent terrorist attacks on high-risk chemical facilities. CFATS requires covered chemical facilities to prepare Security Vulnerability Assessments and implement Site Security Plans that must satisfy the risk-based performance standards outlined in the rule.

 

NACD Supports:

  • Legislation that secures a multi-year reauthorization of the CFATS program prior to its July 23, 2023, expiration;
  • Providing industry with the certainty needed to make long-term facility security investments and enabling DHS to run the CFATS program efficiently;
  • Ensuring the CFATS program properly protects against security threats at NACD member facilities; and
  • Establishing a CFATS Recognition Program, an alternative compliance option to reward participation in industry stewardship programs that further enhance chemical security.

 

Latest Action

On July 22, 2020, Congress passed S. 4148, reauthorizing the CFATS program for three years, from July 22, 2020, to July 23, 2023. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs maintains jurisdiction in the Senate. In the U.S. House of Representatives, jurisdiction is shared between the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

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For further questions about NACD’s CFATS Reauthorization Issue Page please contact Erin Getz, Manager of Legislative Affairs at egetz@nacd.com.