Chemical Security Action

DHS Sends Agriculture Survey to CFATS Security Facilities

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...

DHS Knowledge Center has 411 on CFATS

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.

Committee Votes to Extend CFATS

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.

More Legislative Movement on CFATS

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.

CFATS Update from DHS

Sue Armstrong, acting deputy assistant director of the department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection was at the recent summit in Baltimore. She gave an overview of the progress being made on CFATS compliance.

Napolitano Talks CFATS

Earlier this month I was at the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore. The two-day event drew more than 400 participants and it was the best turn out I have seen in four years of attending this event.

Private Sector Partnering with FBI

I was at a recent conference where the FBI gave a presentation on its InfraGard program. It is a liaison between the private sector and the FBI and focuses on critical infrastructure, cyber and physical security.

CFATS Reauthorization May Take a Step Forward

The Senate bill that would reauthorize the CFATS mandate through October 4, 2015 looks like it will be marked up or voted on later this month. The bill was introduced in March of this year by Sen.

DHS Gets Serious about CFATS

According to an external memo from DHS, the department is beginning to enforce compliance. It's sending 18 chemical companies letters notifying them they have 10 days to complete a Site Security Plan (SSP). The DHS memo said that all 18 offending companies were sent their final tiering letter -- giving...

New Standards for Voluntary Preparedness

Just because your facility doesn’t fall under the CFATS mandates doesn’t mean that security isn’t still an issue for you. Every facility or business needs to take precautions and be ready for a possible emergency. Emergency preparedness can head off a disaster and in the event of an emergency; it...