New Department of Homeland Security rules are targeting
public pools, and those not in compliance may face
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards require
pool operators storing 500 pounds or more of transportable
gas chlorine (at a minimum concentration of 9.77 percent)
or a minimum of 2,500 pounds of nonportable gas chlorine to
file an online report, or Top-Screen, with the department.
Facilities that have not filed may be subject to a fine of
$25,000 a day and an order to cease operations.
The new regulations were published in the Federal
Register and announced at a high-level press conference.
The deadline for reporting was Jan. 22, 2008, but some
pools associated with a public or private park may be
eligible for an indefinite extension, according to a Dec.
21, 2007, announcement from Robert Stephan, the Homeland
Security assistant secretary for infrastructure
This is the first national regulation of its kind, said
Amy Kudwa, Homeland Security spokes-person. Robin Izzo,
assistant director of environmental health and safety at
Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., said the
regulations mean some aquatics centers now are considered
Izzo said the regulatory efforts started several years
ago when Congress gave Homeland Security the responsibility
of creating a national standard. The new standards cite
three risk categories release, theft and sabotage
and list approximately 300 chemicals of interest.
Once facilities have submitted the Top-Screen, Homeland
Security officials will determine which ones are at a risk
level that warrants further assessment.
For more information on the requirements and
instructions on how to submit a Top-Screen, visit