CFATS Laws

These are the laws that authorized the DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

The CFATS regulations were developed as an interim final rule in April 2007 and as a final rule in November 2007. Visit the 6 CFR, Part 27 Federal Regulations webpage for the CFATS regulations.

Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-254 (PDF, 22 pages - 248 KB).
Published December 18, 2004. An Act of Congress to reauthorize and codify the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program (6 U.S.C. §§ 621-29). This legislation lays the foundation for the continued maturation of the CFATS program, adding new provisions while preserving most of the existing regulation. It also establishes an Expedited Approval Program, which may allow chemical facilities in Tiers 3 and 4 to move to an approved site security plan more quickly. This authority replaces Sec. 550 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007.

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 109-295 (PDF, 109 pages - 388 KB).
Published October 4, 2006. Section 550 of the Act mandated that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security promulgate “interim final regulations establishing risk-based performance standards for security of chemical facilities” within six months of the enactment of the Act. This Act also mandated the development of vulnerability assessments, as well as the development and implementation of site security plans for high-risk chemical facilities. The CFATS rule was promulgated to fulfill the requirements of this Act.

Executive Order 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Published on August 01, 2013, former President Obama issued this Executive Order (EO) to improve chemical facility safety in coordination with its owners and operators. The subsequent Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group– tri-chaired by DHS, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor—leads the effort to implement the EO and improve coordination and regulation of chemical facilities across the various agencies and Federal, state, local, and first responder communities.

Under this order, DHS shares certain chemical security data elements with authorized Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) agencies.

Last Published Date: August 14, 2018

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