Securing our Nation’s chemical sector infrastructure is crucial to our economic prosperity, national security, and public health and safety.
Several thousand U.S. chemical facilities—from small companies to national laboratories—use, manufacture, store, transport, or deliver chemicals in a complex, global chain that affect other critical infrastructure sectors. From computer chips for biotechnology devices to the development of synthetic fibers that make firefighters clothes water and heat resistant, chemicals are used in the products and processes that impact our daily lives.
DHS has developed voluntary and regulatory programs and resources to help stakeholders—private industry, public sector, and law enforcement—secure chemical facilities from many threats: cyber attacks, biohazards, insider threats, and theft and diversion for use in chemical or explosive weapons. Enhancing security and resilience across the chemical sector requires a collaborative effort.
The CFATS regulatory program identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risks associated with certain hazardous chemicals.
The ANSP is a proposed regulatory program that seeks to reduce the likelihood of a terrorist attack involving the misuse of ammonium nitrate by creating a registration program for purchasers and sellers.
The Chemical Sector-Specific Agency provides institutional knowledge and specialized expertise to collaboratively develop, coordinate, and implement voluntary programs to improve security and resilience within the Chemical Sector.
DHS sponsors several events throughout the year to engage with stakeholders, exchange security-related information, and share best practices about chemical security.