Friday, July 16, 2010

Chemical Sector Security Summit Summary – MTSA and CFATS Initiatives

The 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit included a panel discussion entitled “Multi-Agency Harmonization on Chemical and HazMat Security Regulations.” As part of that discussion, U.S. Coast Guard representative James Bull presented “Harmonization of MTSA and CFATS Regulations,” noting that the Coast Guard has been working with DHS’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) since 2007, and has been closely involved with the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Harmonization Working Group. The Coast Guard supports a coordinated DHS effort to ensure proper security for facilities and institutions handling hazardous materials, and the two agencies are working together toward a successful chemical facility regulatory regime.

The Coast Guard is conducting various site visits for comparative analysis and to distribute chemical facility lists to all Captain of the Port (COTP) zones. In this effort the Coast Guard hopes to expand CFATS awareness and exploit cross training opportunities. Although COTP zones must already adhere to MTSA and International Port Security Program (ISPS) obligations, the Coast Guard recognizes the need to engage with ISCD personnel and chemical inspectors.

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