DHS Revises Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Procedures Manual

The Department of Homeland Security has revised the "Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) Procedures Manual" and the "CVI Authorized User Training." The revisions take into account feedback from the private sector and the experience gained since implementing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in April 2007, the department said.

DHS said it encourages individuals in the private and public sectors impacted by CFATS as well as current CVI Authorized Users to review the changes and complete the updated training. Covered facilities that have been determined to be high risk by DHS must complete and submit a Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA). All Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) users must be CVI authorized before being allowed to access the SVA.

CVI is the information protection regime authorized by Section 550 of Public Law 109-295 to protect from inappropriate public disclosure any information developed or submitted pursuant to Section 550. This includes information that is developed and/or submitted to DHS pursuant to the CFATS regulation which implements Section 550.

Chemical facilities expect that the information provided to DHS will be protected from public disclosure or misuse. DHS expects individuals in possession of CVI to safeguard it with equal care. Following the requirements in 6 CFR Section 27.400 and the guidance in the CVI Procedures Manual will ensure sensitive information about the nation's high-risk chemical facilities is safeguarded, DHS said.

To view the revised CVI Procedures Manual, which includes a change log, visit www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/chemsec_cvi_proceduresmanual.pdf. For more information on CVI, visit www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1181835547413.shtm.

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