In February NAMA hosted a webinar with Steve Roberts, our consultant on the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS, established 2007). Webinar participants heard Steve describe how Congress has been highly critical of the lack of progress in implementing the standards, and even DHS’ own Inspector General issued a report with similar criticisms.
As a result, DHS is attempting to show resolve by quickly completing as many inspections as possible. Thus, DHS has turned its attention from inspecting Tier 1 sites (high risk, such as chemical facilities and refineries) and instead is beginning to inspect lower risk Tier 3 sites such flour mills which are faster to complete.
Several NAMA member facilities have received CFATS inspections, and we expect more. Generally, mills fall under CFATS regulations if, at any time, the mill has on site 500 pounds or more of chlorine in transportable packages. That could be one 500 pound cylinder, three 200 pound cylinders, etc.
To help NAMA members understand and prepare for these inspections, NAMA also hosted a conference call in April.
Prepared by Jim Bair, Vice President, 202.484.2200, ext. 14, [email protected]
Last updated October 2013