US security agency to start training chem-plant inspectors

11 June 2012 23:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin training inspectors this month under a new blueprint for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) programme, an agency official said on Monday.

Deputy Undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding said inspections of chemical facilities should resume in July. She made her remarks at the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) ChemSecure Conference in Houston.

CFATS governs security measures at some 6,000 US chemical facilities deemed to be at high risk for a potential terrorist attack.

“Most significantly, what they have done is put together a very clear, solid template for what an inspection should look like on a chemical facility,” she said.

Spaulding said the programme’s new leadership has made a “candid assessment of the challenges the programme faces and, most importantly, charted out a very detailed path forward”.

By: Bobbie Clark
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