Advocacy in Attendance at DHS’s Chemical Sector Security Summit
Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel at the Office of Advocacy, attended the Department of Homeland Security’s “Chemical Sector Security Summit 2012” conference at the Baltimore Convention Center on July 31st and August 1st. This year’s event, co-sponsored by the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, was a forum for chemical industry representatives as well as government employees, security consultants, and experts. In addition to the general session covering the current security environment and future threat outlook, there were numerous breakout sessions on a broad array of topics such as implementation of CFATS (chemical facilities anti-terrorism standards), DHS’s proposed ammonium nitrate rule, interagency coordination, and threat identification and response. One of the most interesting breakout sessions according to Mr. Lundegren was “Special Challenges at Small Chemical CFATS Facilities,” where small business representatives discussed their efforts to develop and implement site security plans as required by CFATS. This was the sixth annual Chemical Sector Security Summit, and was widely attended by groups such as the Society for Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), Institute for Makers of Explosives, and others. For additional information, please contact Bruce Lundegren at (202) 205-6144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.