Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standard
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the final rule of its 'Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard" (CFATS) on November 20, 2007. The purpose of the Standard is to determine where certain chemicals of interest (COI) exist and whether additional security measures are required.
Significant efforts were made during the rule-making process to exempt colleges and universities from the reporting process, but these efforts were not successful. However, the final rule does include modifications that limit the impact on many colleges and universities, all of which are subject to CFATS.
As a result of the ruling, any institution that possesses, or expects to possess chemicals listed in the ruling in excess of its listed thresholds, must submit a detailed survey to the DHS, and may be subject to performing a security vulnerability assessment and implementing a security plan.
EHRS is coordinating the University’s compliance with the CFATS in accordance with the DHS rules. In June, 2007, the Provost distributed a letter to the Temple Community requesting that anyone in possession of COI immediately inform EHRS that they have a COI.
It is mandatory that all chemicals of interest be inventoried in CEMS, the Universities chemical inventory system for all Temple University chemical storage areas and laboratories.
EHRS will periodically review CEMS for COI’s and determine if we are under the reporting threshold or if we need to submit a report to DHS (if above the threshold quantities).
The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 authorizes DHS to enforce compliance with security regulations, imposing civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day, and shutting down facilities that fail to comply with the regulations.