Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Scott Jensen

CFATS regulates security for a wide variety of facilities that make, store, or use chemicals from farms to factories. The program takes a rigorous yet flexible approach to ensuring chemical security by setting a consistent standard across the community of high-risk chemical facilities. Under program, DHS has worked constructively with industry to make a positive impact on enhancing national security and helped make our communities safer and more secure.

Several factors have contributed to the success of CFATS, including better site inspections, improved training of DHS headquarters and inspection staff and a more streamlined authorization process. Most importantly, DHS leadership has demonstrated a commitment to working with members of the regulated community to improve implementation of the CFATS program.

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