Once again it is time for the monthly update of CFATS statistics from the folks at DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD). They have published their CFATS Fact Sheet that covers through October 1st. Below are the standard charts that I have been publishing showing the changes in these statistics over time.
The data shows continued improvement in the total number of authorized and approved facilities. The rate at which progress is being made is running about the same as it has been in the last couple of months; the variation is almost certainly due to the changing mix of facilities being evaluated.
The last chart is of increasing concern. My friends in the environmental activist community will be happy to see a decline in the number of facilities with ‘dangerous chemicals’ on site. I remain concerned about the lack of transparency on a program level (I don’t want to know plant details) about how many of these facilities are dropping out of the program due to process changes, inventory manipulation, or going out of business. Without that kind of data we cannot gauge the actual increase in safety/security involved in these numbers.