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.
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.
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.
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
There is a lot of interesting new technology being developed around chemical security. Much of it is being funded by the government and specifically by DHS. I ran across an article about a college intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee who is working on sensors that can...
When DHS first started implementing CFATS it gave farmers and agricultural facilities an indefinite extension on the deadline for submitting a Top Screen. The idea was to give DHS some time to figure out how farmers and ag facilities fit into CFATS and what the best process would be for...
If you haven't checked it out yet, you should go to the new CFATS Knowledge Center. Although it has been on the Web since the beginning of July it was just announced at the Chemical Sector Security Summit and it is live on the DHS site.
Last week, the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted unanimously to extend the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for three years to 2013. The 13-0 bi-partisan vote was for HR 2868 with an amendment from Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME.
On the heels of the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore earlier this month, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has introduced a new "Secure Chemical Facilities Act" bill in the Senate. S. 3599 is similar to HR. 2868 introduced by Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in the House and passed in November.