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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:

Touring The Powder Show One Booth At A Time

Tooling around the 2010 Powder Show with a Flip Camera in hand is a great way to learn about new products and services geared toward the chemical processing industry. And instead of asking for materials that I would need to drag home and sort through, I can turn on my...

CFATS -- Does it affect your plant?

I believe the acronym CFATS (Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards) can be misleading. Some people might think that the mandate is just for chemical and petrochemical manufacturing and processing plants.  But CFATS can affect any business or facility that manufactures, processes or stores chemicals.  That means it can affect everything from a...

The Chemistry Industry Can Be Proud On Earth Day

In honor of the 40th Earth Day celebration, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) put together a fact sheet highlighting the American chemistry industry's contributions to helping eradicate climate change and champion energy conservation.

Don't Miss The Molecule Of The Week

Here's yet another reason I wish I had an iPhone rather than another brand "smartphone" -- The American Chemical Society (ACS) just launched an iPhone application for its Molecule of the Week (MOTW). It's also available on the iPod Touch and the just-released iPad.