Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards: The Final Rule Is Out, But the Debate Continues

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April 2, 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its muchawaited interim final rule on anti-terrorism standards for chemical facilities. The rule was published a week later in the Federal Register.1 The interim final rule is quite similar to the proposed rule that DHS published under an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in December 2006.2

The interim final rule does manage to address several of the more controversial issues generated by the December proposal. As is usually the case, however, not everyone is happy with the outcome.

This column briefly reviews the legislative mandate authorizing the rule, summarizes the interim final regulation, and outlines the key issues that continue to inspire debate on the hot topic of chemical plant security.

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