Perspectives: From the Editor

Flaws Undermine CFATS Monitoring

Report cites improvements needed in oversight of security standards

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
Sep 10, 2015

Sites in the United States that produce, use or store hazardous chemicals must comply with Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), which are enforced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A report, “DHS Action Needed to Verify Some Chemical Facility Information and Manage Compliance Process,” recently released to Congress by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) points both to progress and continuing challenges in DHS’s efforts to monitor sites and enforce the standards.

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