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Chemical Sector

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Sector Overview

The Chemical Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy, relying on and supporting a wide range of other critical infrastructure sectors. 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.
  • Implement protective programs.

The Department of Homeland Security builds stakeholder capacity and enhances critical infrastructure security and resilience through voluntary partnerships that provide training, resources, and exercises. The Department has also issued regulatory Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for any facility that manufactures, uses, stores, or distributes certain chemicals at or above specified quantities or concentrations.

2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) are co-hosting the annual Chemical Sector Security Summit on July 21–23, 2015, in Alexandria, Va. As in previous years, the Summit will feature information vital for chemical security and will bring together key government and industry stakeholders with a shared mission and vision to enhance our nation’s chemical security. This year’s agenda is packed with workshops, general sessions, and breakout sessions focusing on voluntary programs, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) updates, cybersecurity, international trends, Executive Order updates, and much more.

Visit the Chemical Sector Security Summit page to learn more.

Sector-Specific Plan

The Chemical Sector-Specific Plan (PDF, 143 pages - 1.36 MB) details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan's risk management framework is implemented within the sector's unique characteristics and risk landscape. 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

This page includes information on the Chemical Sector Security Summit and available sector publications.

Sector Training

This page includes a listing of Chemical Sector training, including seminars and exercises.

Chemical Sector: NIPP in Action Video

Contact Information

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Last Published Date: May 12, 2015
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