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Chemical Industry Vigilance Thwarts Terrorism

I'm sure a lot of you heard about the Saudi college student who was studying chemical engineering in Texas. He was quietly purchasing chemicals to build bombs and hide them inside of dolls and baby carriages.

DHS Updates CFATS Progress

I recently sat in on another webinar where DHS gave a CFATS update. This time it was Todd Klessman, acting branch chief, Policy and Programs Branch, for the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division at the Office of Infrastructure Protection. Here are the numbers as of January 2011:

NPRA Provides Another Learning Opportunity for CFATS and Chemical Security

I want to alert you to another upcoming learning opportunity. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) is holding its 2011 Security Conference Tues., March 1 - Wed. March 2 at the InterContinental Houston Hotel in Houston.

Summit Will Cover Global Security Issues

One of the best security tools is shared knowledge. Learning from security experts and other industry professionals, as well as officials from government agencies and law enforcement is essential to knowing everything you need to secure a business or facility today.

House Subcommittee Supports CFATS Extension

Last week I told you about a hearing scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 called "Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building a Foundation of Security at Our Nation's Chemical Facilities." It was held by the U.S. House Homeland Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Subcommittee to Convene Hearing on CFATS

The U.S. House Homeland Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies will conduct an oversight hearing on CFATS this Friday, Feb. 11. The hearing, "Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building a Foundation of Security at Our Nation's Chemical Facilities" is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST.

CFATS Webinar Will Offer Valuable Insights

As we head into a new year and new Congress for CFATS, I think we can expect to see some changes and progress. As we have discussed, the Republican leadership in the House has a different approach to the mandates and the new leader of the House Homeland Security Committee,...

Voluntary Programs are Part of DHS Efforts

When it comes to chemical security the Department of Homeland Security isn't just about CFATS and mandates. The department also has a Chemical Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), within the Office of Infrastructure Protection's SSA Executive Management Office.

Water Districts Unlikely to be Subject to CFATS Mandates

It looks like water treatment plants and facilities will have an easier time this year with the new Republican held Congress. Last year, the chemical security or CFATS legislation that was put before Congress looked like it was going to put water districts and treatment plants under the CFATS mandates.

DHS is Working Globally to Keep Dangerous Chemicals Safe

Some of you might have seen the recent news about Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's campaign to work with America's allies on securing the global supply chain. In an exclusive interview with FOX News she called for closer monitoring of shipments of everyday legal substances that can be used to...