Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a roundtable to examine reauthorization of the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. This program establishes a risk-based tiering system for facilities that are engaged in the manufacturing, storage and distribution of what DHS considers chemicals of interest.
This is an issue of critical importance to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): manufacturers we represent operate 2,152 CFATS-regulated facilities spanning a range of major industrial sectors. And with CFATS scheduled to sunset on January 19, 2019, lawmakers, DHS, the Government Accountability Office, and industry met to discuss the program and its future.
Manufacturers are deeply committed to the mitigation, protection, and preparedness of critical infrastructure—along with safeguarding their facilities, surrounding communities, and the nation—and they take compliance with the CFATS program very seriously. Representing the NAM at today’s roundtable was Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg, who submitted a written statement strongly urging for the reauthorization of CFATS.
“Manufacturers have established a strong record of facility security and strive to further protect the communities in which they live and serve,” Eisenberg wrote. “Facility security will remain a top priority for manufacturers, and as such, the NAM supports the continuity of the CFATS program. CFATS reauthorization must provide manufacturers with the regulatory certainty to make the necessary investments in their facilities and meet compliance requirements.”
Later this week, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment will hold a hearing to discuss the CFATS program as well. The NAM will continue to actively engage with Congress, the administration, and stakeholders as reauthorization of this program moves forward.