• Facility security

    Chemical facilities in the United States are required to follow federal security regulations and to ensure the safety of their employees, operations, and surrounding communities. Many facilities throughout the country maintain a high level of security by working with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard to comply with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program and Marine Transportation Security Act regulations.

    AFPM supports the current Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program as a sound, responsible, and effective chemical facility security regulation that protects our nation’s critical manufacturing sites. We support maintaining the existing program to provide regulatory certainty and to allow the current CFATS program to mature.

    The CFATS program was created in 2007 under the Department of Homeland Security to regulate security at chemical facilities that use large quantities of "high-risk" chemicals. The law requires "high risk" facilities to conduct security vulnerability assessments (SVAs) and develop site security plans (SSPs) that are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security for approval.

    AFPM has supported the USCG’s Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulations since they were first created in 2002. MTSA was created to establish a consistent security program for facilities with the nation's ports to better identify and deter threats. AFPM also supports the Coast Guard's recent proposed regulations (MTSA II) strengthening of the program through enhanced training, auditing and the development of a final Transportation Worker Identification Credential Reader Rule.

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