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Chemical Sector Council Partners

The Chemical Sector has a strong history of working in partnership with both the private and public sector to develop industry practices tha build a culture of safety and security. DHS serves as a liaison between the private sector, through the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), and the public sector, through the Chemical Government Coordinating Council (GCC).

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Chemical Sector Partnerships

Chemical Sector owners and operators have a strong history of working in partnership to develop industry practices that build a culture of safety and security. Read more on how partnerships are enhancing security and resilience in the Chemical Sector.

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Chemical Sector Regulatory Authorities

The majority of Chemical Sector assets are privately owned and operated. However, the highest-risk assets are regulated for security through several different regulatory programs.

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Safety and Security for Small and Midsize Chemical Facilities

Small and midisze chemical facilities are vital to the Chemical Sector and subject to the same threat environment as their larger counterparts. Working together, both public and private sector partners can improve the cyber and physical security and resilience of the Chemical Sector.

Written testimony of S&T Under Secretary, OHA Assistant Secretary, and DNDO Director for a House Committee on Homeland Security joint subcommittee hearing titled “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Bolstering DHS to Combat Persistent Threats to America”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary  Dr. Reginald Brothers, Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, and Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Director Dr. Huban Gowadia address DHS’ work to strengthen departmental unity of effort with regard to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats to the nation.

CFATS Expedited Approval Program

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014 (“CFATS Act”) Public Law 113-254 (6 U.S.C.

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Infrastructure Security Compliance Division

The Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) is a division within the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). The Infrastructure Security Compliance Division is responsible for implementing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the nation’s program to regulate security at high-risk chemical facilities, and a proposed Ammonium Nitrate Security Program.

Attendees at the 2014 Chemical Sector Security Summit

Chemical Sector Security Summit

The annual Chemical Sector Security Summit (the Summit) is an industry-wide networking and educational event co-sponsored each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC).


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