The passage of FIRRMA was based upon concerns that, ‘‘the national security landscape has shifted in recent years, and so has the nature of the investments that pose the greatest potential risk to national security.’’ As a result, Congress rebalanced the Committee on...

January 17, 2019

Today, the House finalized the last leg of reauthorization for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS), extending it from expiring on January 19th, 2018 to April 19th, 2020. No substantive changes were included in the bill, but before the next de...

December 20, 2018

On December 19th 2019, the Chemical Security Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, set to expire January 9th, 2019, received a temporary renewal of reauthorization in the Senate.  Rolled in with the controversial border security wall, and with the equivale...

September 10, 2018

Chemical legislation, CFATS, S3405, Protecting and Securing Chemicals Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2018

November 15, 2017

On November 14th, 2017, the National Academy of Sciences published a report (as a result of a lengthy study) titled “Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Restricting Access to Explosive Precursor Chemicals”. This report identifies precursor che...

U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the bomb making methods suggests a “level of sophistication” and his Committee anticipates a bill containing a regulatory framework for IED precursors by the end of the year. While...

This is the only remnant Obama rule that codifying “inherently safer technology” (IST) which can lead to large chemical facilities replacing their inventory with “safer” or more products. One of its biggest complaint of the rule is that its focus is misdirected. It tar...