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September 1, 2010

Securing the Chemical Process Industries

Heightened activity toward CFATS compliance brings the need for integration and a shift of cultural perspective into view

As potential threats continue to make headline news around the world, it is clear that the need for security measures is an ongoing process, and that this process requires vigilance. The chemical process industries (CPI) are considered part of the critical infrastructure in the U.S., and as such are regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C.; www.dhs.gov) under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS). Already renewed for one year, the standard is again set to expire in October 2010, but all signs are that CFATS is here to stay and the CPI have taken great strides toward compliance.
“The chemical industry is well along in implementing the current chemical security regulations, which are rigorous, enforceable and protective of the American public,” says Lawrence Sloan, president and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA; Washington, D.C.; www.socma.com)....

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