On Tuesday, August 18, I’ll be joining another expert in chemical security for a webinar panel to present the latest updates on CFATS and MTSA. In this discussion, moderated by Traci Purdum, Senior Editor of ChemicalProcessing.com, I’ll be speaking alongside Steve Roberts, chemical security attorney from the Roberts Law Group.
This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Ammonium Nitrate Security Program that would regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate, which is also a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Chemical of Interest (COI).
During the 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit, I also had the chance to attend the “CVI – Do’s and Don’ts” session presented by Matthew Bettridge, Deputy Branch Chief for Policy & Programs Branch, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report warning major utilities and critical infrastructure operators, such as chemical plants and oil refineries, that “violent extremists” have obtained insider positions and might use those positions to conduct physical and cyber attacks on behalf of Al Qaeda.
I ran across this warning from the FBI. Apparently, members of the chemical community are asked to be on the lookout after two U.S. based chemical companies received letters from an entity claiming to be FBI Director Robert S.
I’m excited to report that the 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit, co-funded by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates), got kicked off in Baltimore this morning with the highest attendance in the event’s 5-year history.
I have another legislative update for you. A bipartisan 8-2 vote by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government affairs approved a three-year extension of the CFATS bill authored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The law, S.473, the Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2011 is meant to...
Last month, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 908, the Full Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) which would extend the current CFATS legislation until 2018. It was a bi-partisan vote (33-16) with several democrats supporting the bill.
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its third Information Collection Request (ICR) Notice in the Federal Register describing requirements for the submission of information to the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) in accordance with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP).