Doug Bedell — September 29, 2006, 3:55 pm

Chemical Plant Security Planning

The chemical industry is awaiting the next iteration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s thinking on protecting chemical plants from terrorist attack, due this fall in the form of a Chemical Sector-Specific Plan.

Both the chemical industry and Homeland Security have already identified perimeter security as a prime focus for plant protection. In June, 2005, Robert Stephan, a top Homeland Security official for infrastructure protection, listed access and access control as first among five priorities for protecting chemical plants in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Mr. Stephan added that the Department is working closely with the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, formed a year before his Senate testimony, on best practices for plant security.

We at PRO Barrier Engineering urge both Homeland Security and the chemical industry to consider all available approaches to protecting the perimeters and entry points at chemical plants. Planning that involves strategists and providers outside a given industry can give added context to such efforts.

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