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Title 6 Part 27
Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

This new chemical security rule was posted in the Federal Register on November 20, 2007 and requires all facilities with a "Chemical of Interest" above the Screening Threshold  Quantity (STQ) to register with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) within 60 days.  Ammonia is included in the list of "Chemicals of Interest" at a STQ of 10,000 lbs.  To see the regulation in full click on the following link:

DHS’s CFATS is entirely different from EPA’s Risk Management (RMP) and OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM).  DHS has the legal authority to give fines of $25,000 per day or order cessation of operation due to non-compliance.  CFATS addresses facility security measures such as:

  • Employee background checks to deter terrorism

  • Fences and Guards

  • Security Cameras

  • Lighting

  • Theft Prevention

In order to fully comply with this standard the following steps must be taken:

  1. Top Screen (6 CFR 27.200) – Top Screen is a collection of key data from chemical facilities

  2. DHS Facility Ranking (6 CFR 27.205) – All facilities will be put in one of four tiers.  Based on the tier, further requirements will be enforced.  Tier 4 represent facilities with the least threat, while Tier 1 represents facilities with the greatest treat.

  3. Security Vulnerability Assessment (6 CFR 27.215) – Facilities must submit an SVA within 90 days of written notice from the DHS

  4. Site Security Plan (6 CFR 27.225) – Facilities must submit an SSA within 120 days of written notice from the DHS

If you need help with registering for CFATS please contact Peter Thomas (Click Here)


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