Chemical Security Action
There is a lot of interesting new technology being developed around chemical security. Much of it is being funded by the government and specifically by DHS. I ran across an article about a college intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee who is working on sensors that can...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...