Dropping CFATS Program Could be Dangerous
David Wulf, who oversees chemical security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has warned congress that dropping The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program could leave chemical plants vulnerable to attacks.
CFATS, which is due to come to an end in 2020, is the first regulatory program in the U.S. focused specifically on security at high-risk chemical facilities. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) manages the CFATS program by working with facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risks associated with certain hazardous chemicals, and prevent them from being exploited in a terrorist attack.
Speaking at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee David Wulf said said that a chemical plant attack could have “devastating consequences," and “We cannot allow terrorists to access dangerous chemicals. If we can imagine a scenario, a motivated terrorist can imagine a worse one.”