CFATS is the nation’s first regulatory program focused specifically on security at high-risk chemical facilities. Managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the CFATS program identifies and regulates high-risk facilities to ensure security measures are in place to reduce the risk that certain dangerous chemicals are weaponized by terrorists.
Under CFATS, a chemical facility is any establishment or individual that possesses or plans to possess any of the more than 300 chemicals of interest (COI) in Appendix A at or above the listed screening threshold quantity (STQ) and concentration.
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which provides uniform standards for chemical manufacturers to ensure facility safety, expired on July 27 due to inaction by the Senate.
While the Senate has failed to pass a CFATS extension, we are optimistic this is a temporary halt on the CFATS program.
SOCMA strongly recommends that all SOCMA members with a facility regulated by the Department of Homeland Security in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program continue to maintain compliance with the security regulations and measures.