It looks like Congress is about to temporarily extend CFATS legislation. The temporary fix is a provision contained in the fiscal 2011 stopgap spending bill. Existing CFATS legislation is due to expire this month and the new bill would only delay that until December 3, 2010.
A young woman who worked as a lab technician in a Boston area university was recently found dead in her apartment. Police have confirmed that she had a baggy in her purse with powder labeled cyanide. They believe she was despondent, mixed the cyanide in orange juice and drank it.
Since I was a kid, I've been enamored with the future. I give the credit to the cartoon "The Jetsons." Watching George Jetson push a button on his briefcase to transform it into a spacecraft was something I couldn't wait to do when the present finally caught up with the future.
Earlier this month some industry organizations called for a legislative freeze until 2011 for certain laws and mandates affecting chemical companies and facilities. The Society for Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has been particularly vocal in its opposition to new and stricter portions of bills pending in Congress.
One of our Ask the Experts panelists, Girish K. Malhotra, alerted me to the fact that he has a new book coming out soon. It's slated for a February 2011 release, but he tells me it may be available as early as November.
We are seeing an increasing number of CFATS inspections and reviews being completed by the Department of Homeland Security. Dennis Deziel, acting director for the department's Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) talked to a group from the National Association of Chemical Distributors.
I knew there was a reason I went to a state school – other than the fact that I was paying my own way and it made financial sense to do so. It turns out that recruiters rank state schools higher in terms of quality employees.
I come from a manufacturing family. My dad works as a technician, servicing presses at a major commercial printer. My aunts and uncles all work for the same print company. My brothers are engineers for major heavy-industry and aerospace manufacturers. And then there's me.
Last month at the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore, Sue Armstrong, acting deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for infrastructure protection, announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard had reached an agreement that some facilities falling under the Maritime Transportation Security Act