As I look back on the year I think we have made some real progress on chemical security and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in particular. While we haven't made the type of inroads that we would have wanted on the legislative side of things, I believe we have...
It looks like all of the chemical security and CFATS legislation that came before congress this year is dead in the water. While some of the legislation received bi-partisan support in committee none had enough support to make it to the Senate floor for a vote.
If you would have told me 30 years ago that the Legos I was playing with would be able to predict solar and lunar eclipses with pinpoint accuracy, I would have done my best Gary Coleman impression and said, "What you talkin' 'bout?"
Plans are under way for the DHS 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit. The event will be held in Baltimore on July 6th & 7th, and is sponsored by the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council.
The President has declared the month of December as "Critical Infrastructure Protection Month." As with most of these things it is mainly ceremonial but it does serve to emphasize the importance of protecting our country's assets against terrorism and acts of violence.
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Once again the American Chemical Society (ACS) has caught my attention with its fun webinar series. Earlier this year the ACS won me over with the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing webinar. This time they promise to share chemistry tips that can transform my kitchen into a workshop of culinary delights.
In October the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new editing feature on the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). It allows companies to go online to get the most recently submitted version of their SSP and make edits that then can be resubmitted to the department.
Right before the elections, CFATS legislations was at a stand still. Just about a year ago the house passed HR. 2868 introduced by Bennie Thompson, D. Miss. That bill would have made CFATS mandates permanent, but it also includes an Inherently Safer Technology (IST) provision that would require some chemical...