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Chemical Sector

Chemical Sector

Sector Overview

The Chemical Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy. The sector can be divided into five main segments, based on the end product produced:

  • Basic chemicals
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer products

Each of these segments has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues. The majority of Chemical Sector facilities are privately owned, requiring the Department of Homeland Security to work closely with the private sector and its industry associations to set goals and objectives, identify assets, assess risks, prioritize needs, and implement protective programs.

The Chemical Sector is dependent on and depended on by a wide range of other sectors, including: Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Emergency Services, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems. 

Read the Chemical Sector Snapshot (PDF, 2 pages - 940 KB)

Sector-Specific Plan

The Chemical Sector-Specific Plan details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework is implemented within the context of the unique characteristics and risk landscape of the sector. Each Sector-Specific Agency develops a sector-specific plan through a coordinated effort involving its public and private sector partners. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Chemical Sector.

Sector Resources

For resources available to Chemical Sector partners, check out the links on the right hand sidebar.

Last Published Date: August 20, 2014
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