From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Regulatory heads-up: DHS CFATS ANPR
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:24:42 -0400
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The title acronyms refer to a recent Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued with regards to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. The summary from

Section 550 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) with the authority to regulate the security of high risk chemical facilities. To implement this authority, DHS issued the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation in 2007. DHS is initiating this rulemaking process as a step towards maturing the CFATS program and to identify ways to make the program more effective in achieving its regulatory objectives. This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) provides an opportunity for the Department to hear and consider, during the development of an updated CFATS regulation, the views of regulated industry and other interested members of the public on their recommendations for program modifications.

Today is the deadline for comments on this ANPR. Thanks to a heads-up from an alert DCHAS member, the ACS has agreed to support comments from CSHEMA and Council on Governmental Relations which call for clarification of how these regulations will apply to the laboratory setting. I would expect these comments to appear in the docket cited above today (there are currently 15 comments in the docket).

DCHAS members interested in the impact of CFATS regulations on labs may want to add their comments to the docket.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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