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Chemical Facility Security

Posted June 28, 2007 10:01 AM by SJSechrist

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently enacted the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) act to protect and secure any processing industry that uses chemicals on the government's Chemicals of Interest list. Has your company used DHS' new Chemical Security Assessment tool to help you comply with the various stages of threat assessment, analysis, and risk management? Is your company ready for the new security mandates?

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06/29/2007 4:39 PM

Yeah, why not, we're going to have to have a license for brushing our teeth before long ? I have a CDL license with Hazmat and Passenger endorsements from the 80's. Now, I have to have a biometric, background check, and finger-print before I can renew my license. Now, think about this.....I've been on their computers since the 80's, I'm sure they would know who I was now or 10 years from now, what's the point ? Answer: Money and more government invasion !

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07/02/2007 11:55 AM

The Feds do have a tendency to go overboard on many things.

We used to have a print machine that still used Anhydrous Ammonia.

Well due to the new regulations. We Either had to have a Full background check on every employee or could no longer purchase the Ammonia.

We decided to upgrade to a modern large scale laser jet printer instead.

I wonder how Farmers are still able to purchase the large tanks they use for fertilizer when we couldn't even buy the small one for our print machine.

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07/02/2007 1:10 PM

Yeah, I forgot about the Farmers......no one is immune to this government stealing the rights of citizens. If we'd only realize it's the government that needs controlling instead ?

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07/07/2007 2:36 AM

Hi guys,

It is a tricky balance...

In the UK we've had a few nutters trying to make bombs recently....fortunately they were amateurs and had trouble getting chemicals.

In one case the were spotted buying up loads of hydrogen peroxide. In the latest car bombs it was only petrol and gas cylinders which didn't go off.

I thought most farm fertilizers had stuff added to make it less effective as a component in explosives?

It seems a bit odd for you guys to have rigorous chemical restrictions when you can go and by guns and ammo over the counter....It's hardly rocket science to make a bomb from a box of 12gauge shotgun shells!

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07/18/2007 5:08 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_Nitrate#Oppau.2C_Germany.2C_1921

Given that ammonium nitrate is the main ingredient in nitrogen fertiliser, it might be very difficult.

A bang like this would be easily audible in René's humble café!

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07/10/2007 7:17 AM

All a farmer has to do is show a drivers license and be listed by the county farm agent as a farmer.

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