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CFATS Program Expires

On July 27th, 2023, congressional authorization for the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) program expired. While NPGA anticipates CFATS will be reauthorized in the future, the program is currently suspended. NPGA will ensure that the membership is aware when the program is re-authorized, and as regulatory developments within the program change. CISA, who administers CFATS, provided the following guidance for our members:

Despite strong support from the regulated community and bipartisan support in the House and Senate, Congress could not come to an agreement on reauthorization of CFATS, and DHS’s authority to operate the program lapsed. CISA continues to work with Congress to discuss a path forward. We hope that these talks may lead to reauthorization in the near future.

CISA cannot enforce compliance with the CFATS regulations at this time. We encourage chemical facilities to maintain security measures for their hazardous chemicals regardless, as the threat of chemical terrorism has not changed.

We would encourage everyone to check out our ChemLock voluntary program. Chemical terrorism continues to remain a threat to our national security, and chemical security remains a priority for CISA.

For questions or concerns, please contact NPGA Vice President, Regulatory & Industry Affairs Benjamin Nussdorf.