10th Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit & Expo Recap

Co-Funded by DHS and SOCMA

July 19-21, 2016
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
Alexandria, VA

Contact: SOCMA at meetings@socma.com

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DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro MayorkasThe 10th Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit had much to celebrate, as more than 600 chemical security professionals and stakeholders gathered July 19-21 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA, making it one of the largest events to date.

SOCMA President Larry Sloan welcomed everyone to Day 2 of the Summit and shared brief opening remarks. View Sloan's full remarks here.

This year’s event celebrated the success of this public/private partnership and included a commemorative video and panel discussion with former Chemical Sector Coordinating Council Chairs. DHS took the opportunity to recognize all of those who have made the Chemical Sector Security Summit a success, including Chemical Sector Coordinating Council Chairs, as well as SOCMA President Larry Sloan and former Vice President Bill Allmond.

Highlighting this year’s summit was keynote speaker Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of DHS, who shared an update on the agency’s homeland security efforts. He stressed the need for continued collaboration between the chemical industry and DHS to promote our nation’s safety and security. Plans and safeguards for storing chemicals are most effective when we work together, he told attendees.

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program is hitting its stride and exceeding expectations, according to a report from David Wulf, Director of DHS’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division. In 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported it would take up to nine more years for DHS to work through the backlog of Site Security Plan (SSP) reviews, Wulf said. But after three years, more than 6,000 inspections and compliance assistance visits, and review of nearly 3,000 SSPs and alternative security plans…DHS has effectively eliminated the backlog of SSP reviews – and approvals of SSPs – nearly six years ahead of those earlier GAO projections. “Challenges notwithstanding, our team rolled up its sleeves and did the work to streamline the CFATS processes, he said. He also noted that a key priority for his office moving forward is to reach outlier facilities to ensure they are in compliance with CFATS.

Wulf updated attendees on the progress and joint efforts of DHS and other agencies to implement the President’s Executive Order for Chemical Safety and Security, as well as rollout of the personnel surety program to Tier 1 and 2 facilities and upcoming changes to the tiering methodology that will begin in September-October.  

“Together we have built a true culture of chemical security across numerous industries,” Wulf said. Through CFATS and our regulatory and voluntary programs, we are really and truly leading the world,” “There is still work to do, Wulf said, but through support and partnership we will continue to work together to build future of CFATS.”

DHS Assistant Secretary Caitlin Durkovich served as emcee for the final day of the summit and advocated the importance of “see something, say something” during her remarks and in light of the recent terror attacks throughout the world. She also told attendees that more resources are being shifted to the field to assist in security efforts.

The Security Summit kicked off on Tuesday, July 19, with a series of workshops geared toward new and emerging security professionals.

A networking reception was held at the end of Day 2, and SOCMA members were treated to dinner at Blackwall Hitch in historic Old Town Alexandria.

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