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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)



The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program ensures facilities that possess certain Chemicals of Interest (COI) have security measures in place to reduce security risks associated with these chemicals. Thousands of agricultural retailer and fertilizer industry sites sell certain fertilizers necessary for food production that have been identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as having potential security risks and are regulated by CFATS.

  • Agricultural retailers store and sell fertilizers subject to Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
  • The CFATS program in its current form is authorized until July 27, 2023.

ARA Positions

  • Support short-term reauthorization (up to six years) that recognizes industry-led security measures such as ResponsibleAg and provides clear and consistent federal definitions for ammonium nitrate and ammonium nitrate mixtures.
  • Maintain notice-and-comment rule-making requirements of the APA for any changes to Chemicals of Interest (COI) found in CFATS Appendix A.

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