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2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: Theft and Diversion

At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit I had the opportunity to attend the Theft and Diversion breakout session, which explored various chemical theft and diversion schemes as well as some of the measures companies are implementing to mitigate chemical theft and diversion.

Headache? New Technology Will Let You Print Two Aspirin

No one can say that Professor Lee Cronin, leader of a team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, lacks ambition. According to a recent article from UK-based The Guardian, Cronin wants to create downloadable chemistry, with the ultimate aim of allowing people to "print" their own pharmaceuticals at home.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: Potential Threat Actors

On the first day of the Summit, I had the opportunity to moderate a breakout session entitled “Potential Threat Actors’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.” Panel members included Timothy Scott, Chief Security Officer, Dow Chemical, Clyde Miller, Director of Corporate Security, BASF, and Scott McDougall, Intelligence Analyst, Office of Intelligence and...

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit

Last week I was able to attend the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit (Summit) in Baltimore, Maryland. The Summit, which is co-funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), is one of the largest annual gatherings of chemical security professionals. 

Offer Your Solution To September's Process Puzzler

We overhauled our isobutene/n-butane fractionating column during a recent turnaround. We cleaned its sieve trays, replaced the reboiler (a circulating thermosyphon) and slightly lowered the suction nozzle to avoid splashing the bottom tray. The bottom-most thermocouple failed during start-up total reflux; it went full-scale.

Plastic, Heal Thyself

Scratches, dents and dings could be things of the past if futuristic science has anything to say about it. Indeed, a recent episode of Bytesize Science explores materials that mimic the human skin's ability to heal scratches and cuts.

Have a Safe July 4th Holiday!

Last week, Khalid Aldawsari was convicted by a federal jury of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. As previously reported, Aldawsari is the Saudi college student arrested in February 2011 after law enforcement officials were tipped off by a chemical supplier and shipping company he attempted to use...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Will Never Be The Same

I knew it! I knew there was a way to cheat at rock, paper, scissors. For years I've always fell victim to "champion" players – those so agile, adept and calculating that I could never seem to pick the right object to beat them at their own game.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit Announced

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will be hosting its sixth annual Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore, Maryland July 31 – August 1, 2012. The Summit – which is co-funded by the DHS National Protection & Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPD/IP) and SOCMA (Society...

Port Security Grant Program Legislation Introduced

U.S. House Representative Laura Richardson (D-CA) recently introduced two bills that would expand the ways grantees can use grant money awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Port Security Grant Program (PSGP): H.R. 5802, the Port Security Equipment Act of 2012 and H.R.