This week the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing to review the progress of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Undersecretary Rand Beers and Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) Director David Wulf provided an update on the CFATS program:
- CFATS covers 4,380 high-risk facilities nationwide of these 3,468 have received final high-risk determinations.
- ISCD has conditionally authorized 255 Site Security Plans (SSPs)/Alternate Security Programs (ASPs), conducted 129 Authorization Inspections (AIs), and fully approved 40 SSPs/ASPs.
- ISCD anticipates that it will complete the approval process for all Tier 1 SSPs/ASPs by October 2013 and for all Tier 2 SSPs/ASPs by May 2014.
Director Wulf also indicated that ISCD is currently conducting an external peer review of the risk assessment methodology used to assign risk tiers to CFATS-regulated facilities and is holding meetings with industry focus groups to discuss potential improvements to the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT).