Under the 2006 law establishing the CFATS
program, chemical facilities possessing more than a threshold amount of specific explosive, toxic, or other "chemicals of interest" have been required to complete a "top screen" notifying DHS that they possess such chemicals on site.
The current CFATS
regulations take an inappropriately broad look at campuses, treating an entire campus as a single entity.
The revised law, the Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Act of 2009, will fine tune the regulations and make CFATS
The provisions of CFATS
impose a series of mandatory security obligations on covered facilities.
ACA's members own and operate paint, coatings, resin, and chemical manufacturing facilities that are potentially subject to the CFATS
provisions, and under DHS's statutory authority, many ACA members have submitted top screens identifying chemicals of interest and have been assigned preliminary or final tiers by the department.
statutory authority for the CFATS
program for another year, through
, which was first authorized under the 2007 DHS Appropriations Act, requires facilities with threshold quantities of particular "chemicals of concern" to complete a "top screen" notifying DHS that they possess such chemicals on site.
99) The CFATS
anti-terrorism standards were mandated in DHS funding legislation enacted in 2006 (P.
Throughout 2014, ACA repeatedly urged Congressional passage of a multi-year CFATS
For a more detailed discussion of CFATS
, see CRS Report R41642,
If DHS adopts ACA's suggested change--one which was supported in comments submitted by the Aluminum Association--this could potentially exclude certain categories of aluminum pigment from DHS's purview and thus limit the scope of CFATS
coverage for coatings facilities.
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