CFATSChemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards
CFATSCenter for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies (Colorado State University)
CFATSComputerized Fire Alarm Transmission System (Hong Kong)
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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 rules permanent.
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
CFATS, 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 reauthorization bill.
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.