On occasion I attend ground-breaking ceremonies for various manufacturing and chemical facilities. On even rarer occasions I get to do so in my own backyard. Well, not literally my backyard – but pretty darn close.
I was recently at the largest security tradeshow in the county. It's the American Society of Industrial Security, also known as ASIS. The show is held every year in September or October -- this year in Dallas.
I am a klutz. I trip over things. I run into things. I hurt myself at least once a week. True to schedule, last week I broke my little toe. I was on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night and stubbed my toe.
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.