US chem trade group SOCMA faults Department of Homeland Security

06 March 2012 19:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to increase collaboration with industry and be more transparent about its operations with regard to a key anti-terrorism programme for chemical sites, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) said on Tuesday.

Bill Allmond, SOCMA’s vice president of government and public relations, said in testimony before lawmakers that the US Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) scheme is a success - despite the department's management failings.

Allmond was testifying at a congressional hearing that was aimed at addressing problems with CFATS.

In addition to becoming more cooperative and transparent, Allmond said the DHS needed “to retrain and likely replace much of the staff that administers the CFATS programme.”

“The key to fixing CFATS is vigorous oversight, not budgetary uncertainty or budget cuts,” he added.

Since CFATS launch in 2007, SOCMA members alone have invested about $515m (€391m) in safeguarding their plants, the group said.

($1 = €0.76)


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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