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A Method to Assess the Vulnerability of U.S. Chemical Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: This special report presents an overview of a prototype methodology to assess the security of chemical facilities within the United States. This vulnerability assessment methodology identifies and assesses potential security threats, risks and vulnerabilities and guides the chemical facility industry in making security improvements. (PDF format; Length: 33 pages)
Source: National Institute of Justice & Sandia National Laboratories
URL: http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/195171.pdf

Advice for Safeguarding Buildings Against Chemical or Biological Attack
Abstract: This site is intended for emergency personnel and for building operators. The advice on this site is appropriate for small and medium-sized releases such as those that would be expected from a terrorist attack, not for industrial-scale releases such as those at Bhopal, India or Chernobyl, Ukraine. Includes pre-event advice, during release advice, and training aids.
Source: Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL)
URL: http://securebuildings.lbl.gov/secure.html

American Chemistry Council: Chemical Industry Security
Abstract: This portion of the ACC web site includes a compilation of documents, guidelines and news releases related to security for the chemical industry and ACC?s security efforts.
Source: American Chemistry Council (ACC)
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_acc/sec_topic.asp?CID=48&
DID=67

American Chemistry Council: Responsible Care
Abstract: An initiative of the ACC and its partners, Responsible Care is a voluntary program for improvement in environmental, health and safety performance beyond levels required by the U.S. government.
Source: American Chemistry Council (ACC)
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_acc/sec_statistics.asp?CI
D=176&DID=304

Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Response
Abstract: This plan, prepared by Ali S. Khan and Michael J. Sage in collaboration with the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroup, contains recommendations to reduce U.S. vulnerability to biological and chemical terrorism. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 21, 2000/49(RR04); 1-14. (Length: 13 pages)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4904a1.htm

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)
Abstract: CCPS and its sponsor companies are committed to protecting employees, communities, and the environment by developing engineering and management practices to prevent or mitigate catastrophic releases of chemicals, hydrocarbons, and other hazardous materials. The organization?s web site includes several tools, databases and over 80 books and other publications to help improve the safety of chemical processes.
Source: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
URL: http://www.aiche.org/ccps/

Chemical Accident Prevention: Site Security [PDF]
Abstract: Because of today?s increased concerns about terrorism, companies are paying increased attention to the physical security of facility sites, chemical storage areas, and chemical processes. This Chemical Safety Alert highlights security areas that companies may want to review to ensure that appropriate measures are being implemented and provides resources for further information. (Length: 8 pages)
Source: US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oem/docs/chem/secale.pdf

Chemical Accidents from Electric Power Outages [PDF]
Abstract: This safety alert describes how power outages and restarts can potentially trigger chemical accidents. Case studies and lessons learned are included, as well as guidelines for hazard identification, tips for risk reduction and resources for further information. (Length: 5 pages)
Source: US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oem/docs/chem/power.pdf

Chemical Attack Prevention Act (H.R. 726) [PDF]
Abstract: Representative Engel (D-NY) proposed this bill to the 108th Congress. The bill requires a license from the Secretary of Commerce to purchase, sell, or distribute in interstate commerce any Schedule I or Schedule II chemical agent (as defined in the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998). It defines such chemical agents as chemical weapons precursors, allows the Secretary to revoke licenses, and requires the licensee to make available to law enforcement authorities records of the purchase, sale, or distribution of chemical weapons precursors and to report any suspicious purchases of such items. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Government Printing Office
URL: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=10
8_cong_bills&docid=f:h726ih.txt.pdf

Chemical Facilities Security Act of 2003 (S.994)
Abstract: Senator Inhofe (R-OK) proposed this bill to the 108th Congress. The bill would require the chemical industry to conduct vulnerability assessments and security plans, and gives the Department of Homeland Security the authority to reject those plans if they are deemed inadequate to protect chemical plants against terrorism. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: Government Printing Office
URL: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=10
8_cong_bills&docid=f:s994is.txt.pdf

Chemical Imbalance: The Gaping Hole in Our Nation?s Security
Abstract: Written by Leslie Valentine, this Environmental Defense article discusses the risks associated with industrial sites that store or process large amounts of hazardous chemicals.
Source: Environmental Defense
URL: http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?ContentID=2290

Chemical Plant Security [PDF]
Abstract: This Congressional report provides an overview of chemical plant security issues and discusses policy options for the improvement of plant security. Includes information on inherently safer processes as a way to decrease security risks. (PDF format; Length: 35 pages)
Source: Congressional Research Service/Library of Congress
URL: http://www.ncseonline.org/nle/crsreports/03Feb/RL31530.pdf

Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels
Abstract: This EPA web site provides information on the Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act, including a link to the actual statute.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/lawsregs/chemover.htm

Chemical Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)
Abstract: Coordinated by the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CHEMTREC®), a service of the American Chemistry Council. A primary goal of the Chemical Sector ISAC is to enable the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), to disseminate timely and actionable assessment, advisories and alerts to appropriate government and private sector entities when such incidents are deemed to have possible serious national security, economic or social consequences. The Chemical Sector ISAC is intended for those companies or other organizations involved in the manufacture, storage, transportation, distribution or handling of chemical products.
Source: CHEMTREC
URL: http://chemicalisac.chemtrec.com/

Chemical Security Act of 2003 (S.157) [PDF]
Abstract: Senator John Corzine (D-NJ) proposed this bill to the 108th Congress. This bill proposes some measures to reduce potential impacts through prevention efforts. It directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations to: (1) designate certain combinations of chemical sources and substances of concern as high priority categories based on the severity of the threat posed by an unauthorized release from chemical sources; and (2) require each owner and operator of a high priority category chemical source to conduct an assessment of the vulnerability of the source to a terrorist attack or other unauthorized release, identify hazards that may result from such release, and prepare a prevention, preparedness, and response plan. (PDF Format; Length: 23 pages)
Source: Government Printing Office
URL: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=10
8_cong_bills&docid=f:s157is.txt.pdf

Clean Air Act 112 (r)
Abstract: This US EPA website provides information on the section of the Clean Air Act related to hazards associated with accidental releases of chemicals, plans for facility safety and response plans. This website includes related fact sheets, links to the text of the statute and regulation, information on related policies and frequently asked questions and answers.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/rmp/caa_faqs.htm

Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Intiative
Abstract: By forming partnerships with the DfE Program, formulators can learn more about the effect that chemical ingredients and byproducts may have on the quality of aquatic life and the environment, the biodegradability of waste streams, and worker health and safety.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for the Environment Program
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/projects/formulat/index
.htm

Domestic Preparedness Checklist [PDF]
Abstract: A guide for Governors' staffs and other response authorities to evaluate and enhance state preparedness capabilities. Includes information on bioterrorism preparedness, agroterrorism and cyberterrorism. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: National Governors Association
URL: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/DomPrepChecklist.pdf

Environmental Management Guide for Small Laboratories [PDF]
Abstract: This guide provides a summary of lab activities and the federal regulations that typically affect these activities, a lab self-assessment tool and a directory of applicable resources. (PDF Format; Length: 146 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/EHSRM/HAZEXCEPTIONS/EPA_BiologicalWa
ste.pdf

Enviroterrorism: A Long-range View
Abstract: Written by Joseph F. Guida, JD, this article provides an overview of issues confronting the U.S. in the areas of environmental protection and environmental regulation in the effort to prevent or mitigate future terrorist events. Check with your local library for availability of this publication and/or interlibrary loan options. Check the magazine?s web site, http://www.eponline.com/, for subscription information and online availability of articles.
Source: Environmental Protection, Vol. 14, No. 8
URL:

EPRCA Information
Abstract: This EPA website provides an overview of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), information on compliance and reporting, chemical information, guidance documents and resources for further information. The EPCRA establishes requirements for governments, tribes, and industry that deal with hazardous and toxic chemicals for emergency planning, release potential assessment, and communication and reporting.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/lawsregs/epcraover.htm

Evacuation Planning Matrix
Abstract: This online tool provides ideas and online resources to help employers reduce their vulnerability to terrorist attacks. To use the evacuation guidance, an employer must first assess the vulnerability of the workplace to a terrorist release of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or other hazardous material. The matrix is not intended for use in a comprehensive compliance evaluation of an emergency plan. Rather, the document covers general aspects of emergency planning and includes broad questions to help review plans in light of an indoor or outdoor terrorist release. Planning for workplaces in each of three risk zones are discussed.
Source: Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
URL: http://www.osha.gov/dep/evacmatrix/index.html

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Abstract: FEMA is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that reports to the President. Its mission is to reduce loss of life and property and protect the nation?s critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Source: FEMA
URL: http://www.fema.gov/

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): Hazardous Materials Safety
Abstract: Part of the mission of FMCSA is to reduce the security risks of hazardous materials that could potentially be used to harm the public and environment. Developing programs to accomplish this secondary goal is the responsibility of the FMCSA Hazardous Materials (HM) Program. The program?s web site provides information on hazardous materials security, cargo tank motor vehicle safety, spill reporting and prevention, permits and shipping, risk assessment and analyses, training and education, and resources for further information.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation FMCSA
URL: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetyprogs/hm.htm

GLRPPR Environmental Security Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources focused on pollution prevention as it relates to environmental security. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information.
Source: GLRPPR
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/gltopichub.cfm?sectorid=130

GLRPPR Green Chemistry Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources related to green chemistry. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information.
Source: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/gltopichub.cfm?sectorid=28

Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological or Radiological Attacks
Abstract: Identifies actions that a building owner or manager can implement without undue delay to enhance occupant protection from a chemical, biological, or radiological attack. This document includes information on what a building manager can do, things not to do, specific recommendations, physical site security, ventilation and filtration, as well as maintenance, administration and training. Document is in HTML format, but may also be downloaded at this URL in PDF format (length: 40 pages).
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/bldvent/2002-139.html

Hazardous Materials Safety for the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials
Abstract: This web site provides information on aspects of the DOT Hazardous Materials Risk Management Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
URL: http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat

Homeland Security: Voluntary Initiatives Are Under Way at Chemical Facilities, but the Extent of Security Preparedness is Unknown [PDF]
Abstract: The events of September 11, 2001, triggered a national re-examination of the security of thousands of industrial facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals in quantities that could potentially put large numbers of Americans at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a terrorist-caused chemical release. GAO was asked to examine (1) available information on the threats and risks from terrorism faced by U.S. chemical facilities; (2) federal requirements for security preparedness and safety at facilities; (3) actions taken by federal agencies to assess the vulnerability of the industry; and (4) voluntary actions the chemical industry has taken to address security preparedness, and the challenges it faces in protecting its assets and operations.
Source: U.S. General Accounting Office
URL: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03439.pdf

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Abstract: Cooperative effort between the American Hospital Association and EPA with goal of virtual mercury elimination by 2005. Site includes information on mercury, waste reduction, chemicals/P2, green buildings, green purchasing, and other tools.
Source: American Hospital Association
URL: http://cms.h2e-online.org/about/

Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
Abstract: This center was established at Texas A&M University in 1995. The Center conducts programs and research activities that enhance safety in the chemical process industries. The Center also develops safer processes, equipment, procedures and management strategies to minimize losses within the processing industry. The Center?s website includes information on its research, educational programs, access to its library and safety alerts.
Source: Texas A&M University
URL: http://psc.tamu.edu/

On the Alert
Abstract: Written by Robert Ferguson, this article discusses the use of biosensors as early warning systems to detect chemical contaminants in drinking water. Check with your local library for availability of this publication and/or interlibrary loan options. Check the magazine?s web site, http://www.eponline.com/, for subscription information and online availability of articles.
Source: Environmental Protection, Vol. 14, No. 5, pages 43-46
URL:

Pesticide Safety and Site Security
Abstract: This safety alert highlights general security measures that pesticide manufacturers and other companies that store pesticides should review. Includes sections related to knowing and understanding potential security threats, considerations for evaluating pesticide security, and timely coordination with authorities, as well as resources for further information.
Source: US EPA Office of Pesticide Programs
URL: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/pest_secu_alert.htm

Pollution Prevention Northwest, Winter 2002: P2 and National Security [PDF]
Abstract: This edition of the PPRC newsletter focuses on ways in which pollution prevention may enhance national security. Provides a good overview of the topic, as well as resources for further information. Also available in HTML format at http://www.pprc.org/pprc/pubs/newslets/news0302.html. (PDF Format; Length: 10 pages)
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pubs/newsletter/winter02.pdf

Publicly Owned Treatment Works Topic Hub
Abstract: This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention information related to Publicly Owned Treatment Works, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources.
Source: Southwest Network for Zero Waste and P2Rx
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/hubs/toc.cfm?hub=601&subsec=7&nav=7

Requirements of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002
Abstract: Requires most community water systems to conduct a vulnerability assessment and prepare or revise an emergency response plan, which incorporates the results of the vulnerability assessment. The system must then certify completion of the assessment and plan to the U.S. EPA administrator. (PDF Format; Length: 105 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/watersecurity/bioterrorism.cf
m

Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals [PDF]
Abstract: This safety alert serves as a reminder the pool chemicals are potentially hazardous substances and thus should be stored and handled with the proper safety considerations in mind. Includes information on hazard triggers, hazard controls, protective measures and resources for further information. (Length: 7 pages)
Source: US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
URL: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/docs/chem/spalert.pdf

Sandia Develops Tool For Assessing Vulnerability of Buildings to Chemical and Biological Attacks
Abstract: A research team from the Department of Energy?s Sandia National Laboratories has developed modeling and simulation tools for assessing the threat and vulnerability of buildings to chemical and biological attacks.
Source: Sandia National Laboratories
URL: http://www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2001/build.htm

Sandia Studies Security at Nation's Chemical Plants
Abstract: As part of a project sponsored by the Department of Justice, Sandia physical security experts have developed a systematic, risk-based assessment process called a vulnerability assessment methodology (VAM) that could be used to evaluate and improve security at more than 10,000 facilities in the U.S. that manufacture, store, or use hazardous chemicals.
Source: Sandia National Laboratories
URL: http://www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2002/chemplant.htm

Security Vulnerability Analysis-- Guidelines for Analyzing and Managing the Security Vulnerabilities at Fixed Chemical Sites
Abstract: The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) developed this method for industry to analyze their chemical security risks. The CCPS's SVA approach has been identified by the American Chemistry Council as one of the recommended methods for their member companies to employ in conducting analyses at their facilities as part of the Responsible Care® security code. At this web site you may order a copy of this book, request an electronic copy, register for training, or obtain additional resources referenced in the book.
Source: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
URL: http://www.aiche.org/ccpssecurity/

Site Security Guidelines for the U.S. Chemical Industry [PDF]
Abstract: These guidelines outline typical elements of a good security program and suggest security practices that managers can consider and tailor to their facilities' particular circumstances. This includes information on employee and contractor security issues, risk assessment, prevention strategies, training, emergency response and crisis management, and physical and cyber security issues. The guidelines are available at this web site in PDF or MS Word format. (Length: 60 pages)
Source: American Chemistry Council, SOCMA, and Chlorine Institute
URL: http://www.nicsinfo.org/docs/Security%20Guide%20Final%2010-2
2.pdf

Site Vulnerability Assessments for Facilities That Use, Store, or Transport Chemicals
Abstract: Written by David Heinold and Douglas Smith, ScD., this article describes a step-wise approach to facility vulnerability assessments that is used by ENSR International consultants.
Source: ENSR International
URL: http://www.ensr.aecom.com/Resources/45/58/index.jsp

The Green Chemistry Institute (American Chemical Society)
Abstract: The Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) is a non-profit organization within the American Chemical Society (ACS) founded to promote green chemistry through research, education, information dissemination, conferences & symposia, and international collaboration. GCI works across disciplines and academic, government, and industry sectors to promote the development and implementation of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The GCI web site provides information on green chemistry awards programs, educational materials, a list of educational institutions that offer academic green chemistry programs, links to international chapters of the GCI, news, information on upcoming green chemistry meetings/conferences, research opportunities, and resources for further information.
Source: American Chemical Society
URL: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pa
geLabel=PP_TRANSITIONMAIN&node_id=830&use_sec=false&sec_
url_var=region1&__uuid=b1209e27-7bac-47d6-956c-875082d8c339

The Printer's One Plan Approach to the OSHA Hazard Communication Program, the EPA Emergency Response Plan, and the EPA Risk Management Plan
Abstract: Virtually all printers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a written Hazard Communication Program, and most printers are required by OSHA to develop a written Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plan. However, only a portion of the printers in the United States are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop an Emergency Response Plan, and even fewer are required to comply with the Section 112(r) regulations that went into affect June 21, 1999 which requires affected facilities to develop a Risk Management Plan. This fact sheet briefly discusses the elements of each set of rules and then explains how printers can satisfy each of these requirements (as applicable) in one written plan.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/printersoneplan.cfm

Transportation Security Regulations
Abstract: The TSA issues and administers Transportation Security Regulations (TSRs), which are codified in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter XII, parts 1500 through 1699. These regulations cover air, land and maritime travel and transport.
Source: U.S. Transportation Security Administration
URL: http://www.tsa.gov/research/laws/regs/editorial_multi_image_
with_table_0205.shtm

U.S. EPA Security Strategy
Abstract: In September 2002, EPA published a Strategic Plan for Homeland Security outlining the Agency's activities and initiatives through fiscal year 2005 in support of homeland security. The 2004 Homeland Security Strategy (PDF) (68 pp, 1.6 Mb) updates this earlier effort and furthers EPA's strategic planning process. Specifically, the update takes into consideration the Agency's available resources through fiscal year 2005, recent Presidential Directives and expectations, and the evolving role of the Department of Homeland Security.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OHS/htm/ohs-sp.htm

U.S. EPA: Risk Management Program
Abstract: The Risk Management Program Rule requires that companies that use certain flammable and toxic substances to develop a Risk Management Program (RMP). RMPs include hazard assessments, prevention programs and emergency response programs. The Risk Management Program is about reducing chemical risk at the local level. This information helps local fire, police, and emergency response personnel (who must prepare for and respond to chemical accidents), and is useful to citizens in understanding the chemical hazards in communities.
Source: US EPA CEPPO
URL: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/rmp/

WMRC: Green Chemistry
Abstract: This portion of the WMRC web site explains what green chemistry is, provides a list of current projects (within Illinois and beyond), contains links to green chemistry resources, and features a calendar of green chemistry-related events.
Source: Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/tech_assist/green_che
mistry.cfm

 


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