In the latest The Scoop podcast, Danielle Sikes Nelson of the Agricultural Retailers Association shares an update on CFATS—the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard.
In July, CFATS was given a multi-year reauthorization, which Sikes Nelson says is beneficial to the industry for two main reasons:
- It provides certainty for three years (until July 2023) in the regulation of the industry
- It’s an example of a program that works
“This is an important framework for facilities to take the appropriate steps to be secure,” she says. “ARA represents the facilities subject to the regulation which store, handle and sell chemicals of interest.”
A majority of the chemicals of interest included in CFATS relative to ag retail are fertilizer products.
“The industry looks for certainty and to maintain relationships with its regulatory agencies. Everyone wants to ensure the safe and secure handline of fertilizer,” Sikes Nelson adds.
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“Regardless of which administration or Congress, we have worked hand in hand with regulators to make sure the industry is in compliance and we are doing everything we can to provide the information they are seeking,” she says.
One example of additional activity relative to facility regulation and safety is ResponisbleAg, which Sikes Nelson highlights as a voluntary program more than one-third of the industry participates in.