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CFATS Q&A with DHS Director David Wulf

Posted: 07/22/14 at 8:48 AM

Q&A with David Wulf, Director of the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), the team within the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate responsible for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program.
 

  • DHS has made significant progress in the number of CFATS authorization inspections it has conducted.  Can you provide an update on where DHS is in the inspection/authorization process?

I always jump at a chance to tell people about the headway we’re making in implementing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.  I’m pleased to report that more than 1,700 Security Plans have been authorized and that nearly 950 Plans have received final approval.  We’re now conducting around 100 authorization inspections per month and have begun conducting compliance inspections of facilities with approved Site Security Plans or Alternative Security Programs (SSPs/ASPs).  With the improvements we’re making to streamline our processes, I believe the pace of authorizations, inspections, and approvals...

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Passage of CFATS Bill a Huge Step in Improving Nation’s Chemical Security

Posted: 07/17/14 at 8:25 AM

By Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President & CEO

Last week’s passage of H.R. 4007 – The CFATS Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 – by the U.S. House of Representatives is a huge step forward in gaining long-term authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and improving our nation’s chemical security. 

SOCMA worked closely with Congressional staff in the creation and movement of this bill, and we are pleased to see the first piece of legislation calling for a multi-year extension of CFATS finally make it to the House floor for a vote this year.  This is a big win for the specialty chemical industry and the br...

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Apply Today for SOCMA’s Educational Outreach Award

Posted: 07/15/14 at 8:18 AM

Chances are your company is already involved in community outreach.  Maybe you donate educational supplies or curriculum materials to local school districts.  Or perhaps your employees volunteer in classrooms, perform science experiments with students, or work to improve local educational opportunities.  Maybe your company has coordinated or funded continuing education workshops for local teachers.

If you’ve done any of these, you are eligible for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Educational Outreach Award!  Any member company located in the U.S. and actively engaged with SOCMA is eligible to apply for this award, which is given in collaboration with the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). 

Applying is simple – just provide basic documentation that details the outreach activities your company has performed.  For example, you could submit a letter from the head of the educational organization you have worked with, or from the school principal.  You’l...

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