Issue: CFATS Reauthorization

The Security Industry Association (SIA) supports reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which lapsed in July 2023. The impact has been significant, as DHS can no longer conduct inspections at high-risk chemical sites, enforce the implementation of required physical security and cybersecurity measures or assess the risk to these facilities and the communities that surround them. The CFATS program is critical to ensuring dangerous chemicals cannot fall into the wrong hand and be used for explosives by terrorist or other bad actors.


SIA supports H.R. 4470/S. 2178, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act, introduced by Rep. Laurel Lee (R-Fla.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), which reauthorizes and extends the CFATS program through July 2025.