The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided an additional 30 days for public comment on various updates to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Comments on the two Information Collection Request (ICRs) will be accepted until August 28, 2017. The ICRs contain various tweaks to the CFATS program, including:
- Changing the official term “Request for a Technical Consultation” to “Compliance Assistance” and changing “Notification of New Top-Screen” to “Top-Screen Update” in an attempt to clarify the functional purpose of these items;
- Amending the “Request for Redetermination” to allow facilities to select from a list of possible reasons to support a request for tiering redetermination;
- Adding a new reporting channel titled “Declaration of Reporting Status” to allow a facility to notify DHS that it is not required to register in the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) or submit a Top-Screen; and
- Changes to Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) management, including discontinuing use of the following CVI tracking documents: (1) Request for Determination of CVI; (2) Determination of a Public Official’s Need to Know Specific CVI; (3) Report of Potential Release of CVI; (4) Notification of CVI Disclosure During Emergency or Exigent Circumstances''; and (5) Tracking Log for CVI Received.