Tag Archives: Chemical Security

Chemical Security: Unfinished Business in Washington is Risky Business

There are many things Congress must address before it is set to adjourn but none can be more urgent than passing legislation to preserve one of the nation’s most important anti-terrorism programs, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Chemistry is the lifeblood of our economy — directly touching 96 percent of all manufactured goods. Securing […]

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Congress and the White House rein in a flawed chemical security regulation

Written by Bill Erney, senior director, American Chemistry Council, and Matthew J. Eggars, vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Numerous national security issues dominate the attention of policymakers today – border security, cybersecurity, North Korea, and Iran easily come to mind. While these are weighty subjects, it’s also important that we don’t lose sight of […]

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Building a strong foundation for chemical security regulations

By Amy Graydon, Guest contributor  Chemicals are essential to our everyday lives. It is hard to think of a field that does not use chemicals—from developing medicines and providing refrigeration for our food supply, to manufacturing fuel for our vehicles and building microchips for our smartphones. We rarely think of these helpful building blocks as […]

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What does the future hold for chemical security regulations?

It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the Department of Homeland Security adopted the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Not all of those years were easy ones and the program has had its fair share of challenges along the way. As Compliance Division Director David Wulf pointed out to a packed […]

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White House: Cyberthreats can be met through robust partnerships, dynamic response programs

While cyberthreats continue to be in the spotlight, a little-known federal agency outside of the technology community, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is making substantial progress on bolstering cybersecurity for critical infrastructure by working cooperatively with industry. This effort began when the Obama Administration issued an executive order to improve cybersecurity last […]

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Congress must provide a strong foundation for chemical security regulations

When things start to go right they tend to not receive much attention in Washington, and such is the case with current efforts to improve the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). In a major milestone for the program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved the 750th site security plan this month. In its seven-year history, […]

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New York Times loses further ground in its exposé on chemical plant security

The New York Times editorial board continues to blend old news with misinformation in its poorly constructed exposé on the security of U.S. chemical facilities (“The Danger Downwind,” May 3, 2012). Defending the communities in which we operate from potential terrorist threats is a top priority of U.S. chemical manufacturers. It’s reflected in the measures […]

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Letter to Congress: Pass legislation to extend CFATS, continue chemical security enhancements

In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, ACC President Cal Dooley updated members on the progress the chemistry industry, along with our public and private partners, has made to enhance chemical security over the past decade. Additionally, in an interview with Homeland Security Newswire this week, Dooley reiterated the need for Congress to pass legislation […]

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