Chemical Facility Security
Securing U.S. chemical facilities and controlling access to chemicals are an essential part of preventing terrorists from using them in attack. A 2006 Congressional mandate directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to regulate the security of chemical facilities and resulted in the development of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). DHS is currently in the process of fully implementing CFATS.
The Committee on Homeland Security will continue to oversee DHS implementation of CFATS, examine how businesses are meeting current regulatory requirements and building a foundation of security, and monitor the impact CFATS is having on our homeland security. The Committee will strive to ensure that government and industry strike the right balance between strengthening security against chemical terrorist attack while preserving this critical part of our economy.