Chemical Security Action
I recently ran across an article about a new technology that could one day aid law enforcement agencies in tracing the origins of chemical weapons. "Impurity profiling" is used to identify impurities in a chemical and link it to the source where attackers obtained the ingredients.
It's been quite a year in the chemical industry.
Interest in chemical transportation regulation has steadily increased in recent years on a global scale. This year, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and its 177 members approved a proposal for the Program Global Shield pilot to become a long-term program.
Last week, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comments on the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) has had on commercial activities involving “Schedule 1” chemicals during 2011.
As I have previously reported, the 112th Congress has put forth several bills that would provide long-term authority for the Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.
Last week, it was reported that a hacker conducted a cyber attack on a Springfield, Illinois public water utility that resulted in the destruction of one of the utility's pumps. Experts indicated that the attack involved hacking a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) which caused the water pump to...
Security integrators serving the chemical and petrochemical markets - and particularly for those customers that have regulated facilities - face changing expectations. Companies expect security integrators to understand the regulatory environment and use that knowledge to develop more security solutions to support these requirements.
As the industry looks ahead to 2012, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) will continue to have a significant impact, especially as more sites undergo Authorization Inspections.
As previously reported, in August the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Ammonium Nitrate Security Program (AN Security Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
Public-private partnerships are a critical component of stopping terrorism, and an alert public plays an essential role in protecting the homeland. Three intelligence and law enforcement professionals addressed these issues at the recent Chemical Security Regulatory Workshop, jointly hosted by the Chemical Industry Council of California (CICC) and ADT Advanced...