Chemical Security Action

How Did the Election Affect CFATS?

Right before the elections, CFATS legislations was at a stand still. Just about a year ago the house passed HR. 2868 introduced by Bennie Thompson, D. Miss. That bill would have made CFATS mandates permanent, but it also includes an Inherently Safer Technology (IST) provision that would require some chemical...

Chemical Threats Become More Commonplace

I recently saw that on President Obama's trip to India security was, as you would expect, pretty tight. Secret Service was not allowed to bring weapons into Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential palace of India) and the Parliament House complex in India.

Making it Through the CFATS SSP Inspection

As I mentioned, there were two CFATS sessions at the big industrial security conference in Dallas. The second session was called "CFATS - Beyond the SSP" and took a look at SSP and post SSP issues for chemical facilities.

DHS Looking for Open Dialogue

In my last post I talked about the presentation Sue Armstrong director of the Department of Homeland Security's Infrastructure Security Compliance Division gave at the big security show (ASIS) in Dallas earlier this month. Armstrong talked about the progress DHS has made with CFATS and discussed key topics like harmonization,...

Another CFATS Update from DHS

I was recently at the largest security tradeshow in the county. It's the American Society of Industrial Security, also known as ASIS. The show is held every year in September or October -- this year in Dallas.

CFATS to Get Temporary Extension

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.

CFATS in Research Facilities

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.

Call for CFATS Legislative Freeze

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.

Tempo Picks Up at DHS for CFATS

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.

CFATS and MTSA Harmonization

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