U.S. chemical plants and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are in the final stage of establishing the security upgrades that need to be made (if they haven’t been already) in response to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) that was created in 2006.
“CFATS,” notes SecurityInfoWatch.com, “does not just affect the chemical or petrochemical industries. It also includes sectors such as chemical manufacturing, storage and distribution, energy and utilities, agriculture and food, paints and coatings, explosives, mining, electronics, plastics and healthcare.”
It does not apply to facilities under the jurisdiction of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA); Department of Defense-owned-or-operated facilities or those regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Public water systems and wastewater treatment facilities fall under EPA regulations. The standards have four tiers of requirements, depending on a facility’s degree of risk.
Eighteen Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS) cover areas including perimeter security, securing set assets, screening, as well as access control and monitoring.
So, like the nation’s ports, U.S. chemical plants are being subjected to a rigorous new level of security – all as a result of 9/11.