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The month of July brought several updates to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) chemical terrorism program.

On July 22, 2020, the President signed a three-year extension for the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorists Attacks Act of 2014. With this extension, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program was reauthorized through July 27, 2023.

On July 9, 2020, DHS published a Federal Register notice (84 FR 32768) announcing the implementation of the CFATS Personnel Surety Program (PSP) at all high-risk facilities to assist with the screening requirement for terrorist ties. With this change, all facility tiers (1-4) are now required to implement the provisions of the PSP as part of the Risk-Based Performance Standards (specifically RBPS-12) when they develop their Site Security Plans (SSP).

If you have further questions on the extension or CFATS PSP program, please call Trinity Consultants at 800.229.6655.