Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 CSSS Agenda Now Publicly Available

The public access to the 2014 Chemical Sector Security Summit agenda was made available sometime yesterday afternoon. This does not look like a ‘draft’ agenda; it is cleaned up pretty good (other than the nearly blank page 2 that makes it look like a short document).  This agenda makes this version of the CSSS appear to be much more of a government show with fewer industry presentations than has been common.

Some of the interesting topics include:

• Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Advanced Notice of Proposed • Rulemaking (ANPRM) Listening Session
• Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security – Interagency Panel
• United States Coast Guard– Updates
• Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Overview
• What to Expect during a CFATS Inspection
• Transportation: Trucking/Rail/Pipelines
• International Trends in Chemical Security
• Theft and Diversion
• Alternative Security Programs under CFATS
• Outcomes and perspectives of Executive Order 13636 Improving Critical Infrastructure
• Cybersecurity
• Research and Development: Jack Rabbit II
• Incident Information Sharing Tabletop Exercise – Playbook Chemical SCC SOP [closed press]
• Ammonium Nitrate
• CSAT Improvements Demo:
• Congressional Perspectives
• Local Resources and Emergency Response

The Jack Rabbit II presentation will be of particular interest to emergency response personnel and personnel dealing with chlorine gas issues. This reports on a TSA project looking at a series of deliberate ‘catastrophic’ releases of chlorine gas done at Dugway Proving Grounds, UT to allow first responders to better understand the behavior of chlorine gas in this type of situation. I wrote about plans for this study back in 2010 (here and here), but little has been released to date.

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