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Video Highlights Seal Technology

While at the 2010 Powder & Bulk Solids Show last month, I stopped by several booths to conduct interviews. In this video, I speak with the folks at Inpro/Seal about their newest product, the Air Mizer -- which is said to reduce maintenance, downtime, housekeeping, and lost product.

More Info on CFATS Info

I have said before if you are looking for good information on CFATS the place to start is with the Department of Homeland Security's website "Critical Infrastructure: Chemical Security." This page has a lot of information and it is updated regularly by DHS.

CFATS Security Issues -- Theft and Diversion, Release, Sabotage

So what is the real reason for the CFATS mandate? What are the concerns and what is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) looking to secure? The specific concerns about chemical production, use and storage fall into three main categories:

Will 'Crowdsourcing' Come To BP's Rescue?

My husband, Nate, and I are fans of the now-cancelled TV show "Flash Forward." The premise of the show was that on Oct. 6, 2009, the entire world blacked out for two minutes and 17 seconds.

CFATS Legislative News

House Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) has introduced a new House bill H.R. 5186, the Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2010.  The bill, which would continue CFATS legislation as is through 2015, has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and to the Committee on Homeland...

Assessing Vulnerability -- The SVA

After completing a top screen, the next step in the process to meet the Chemical Facilities Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS) mandate for facilities using, making and storing chemicals is to wait for a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This letter either lets facilities know that they have "tiered-out" (based on...

Study Shows Cigarette Butts Prevent Rust

Need another reason to quit smoking? Scientists have discovered that the chemicals found in used cigarette butts can prevent corrosion on steel pipes.

The Next Weapon Against Chemical Terrorism -- Your Cell Phone

I recently ran across an article on Information Week that at first I thought might be a joke, but it was dated April 12, not April 1.

What is a "Top-Screen"?

As I have mentioned before, about 34,000 facilities have submitted "Top-Screens" to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine if their facility is considered at risk and subject to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorist Standards (CFATS).  So, many companies and facilities are already very familiar with a Top-Screen and what it...

Where to get the info you need

Chemical security is certainly not an everyday topic, so getting the most updated information on CFATS isn't always easy. But there are some good resources out there.  Here are a few places to look for good info: