Chemical Security Action

Testimony Begins for CFATS Legislation H.R. 908

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy took testimony on CFATS legislation H.R. 908 on Thursday, March 31.  As we have discussed this legislation was recently introduced by subcommittee vice chair Tim Murphy (R-PA) and ranking member Gene Green (D-TX).  It would extend the current...

New CFATS Legislative Hearings to Begin

Steve Roberts briefly mentioned in this blog the new CFATS legislation that was being introduced in Congress.  During our recent CFATS Webinar Bill Allmond the vice president, government relations for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) gave us a closer look at each of the four new CFATS...

Keeping CFATS Costs Under Control

One of the things I get asked most often is how much it will cost for a facility to meet the CFATS mandates and how those costs can be kept down. It's an important question for facilities trying to get CFATS authorization and become more secure while at the same...

What to Expect for the CFATS Inspection Process

Just a few notes from the NPRA Security Conference in Houston last week. I listened to a presentation by Richard Cary, a Chemical Security Inspector for the Inspections & Enforcement Branch within the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S.

CFATS Legislation Gets Active

Long term, standalone CFATS authorization has eluded Congressional lawmaker. Rather, Congress continues to authorize CFATS through a somewhat ad hoc process, mostly with appropriations measures. With the change in House leadership (Peter King again has the gavel as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee), some believe a more...

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.