While the effects of the U.S. government shutdown rippled throughout the states, critical authorization and appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program reached their expiration date.
Congress has delayed updating the legislation, meaning that the current system was repeatedly carried forward through extensions. The last extension, including funding, ran out on October 4, 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security noted that all facilities should continue to comply with the existing CFATS standards.
The program requires chemical companies to list hazardous chemicals of concern and prepare site security plans to enhance security at facilities.
The program covers some 4,300 high-risk facilities throughout the U.S.