The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) update at a recent meeting of the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council. According to DHS, 2,700 Site Security Plans (SSPs) have been approved, and 90 percent of what DHS is doing in the field is compliance inspections. The Agency noted that it is continuing with the personnel surety program, as it works through Tiers 1 and 2. Regarding CSAT 2.0, DHS has sent over 7,000 letters to notify facilities to submit new top-screens, and over 6,000 have done so. DHS also noted that as a result of this process and its review of tiering, there has been some shifting between tiers (both up and down). It expected to send out new tiering letters late this month or in early March.
The Agency also noted that it expected to be publishing its penalty policy (for no submission of top-screens) within weeks. There are three degrees of violations:
- Failure to file (top-screen, SVA, SSP)
- A deficiency (SSP)
- An infraction (compliance)
Each degree would include different scales of violations – minor or major – and DHS will consider if there are aggravating factors.
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