Safety and Security

Restarting after Harvey

More than half of the 24 U.S. refineries that preventatively shut or slowed down before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey are now working to fully restore operations and resume feeding distribution pipelines, part of their mission to supply America’s economy...

/ September 4, 2017

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Progress in the 2.5 Years since Authorization

It’s been two and a half years since Congress granted the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program long-term authorization.  The CFATS program requires facilities that have chemicals at DHS’s thresholds to report them.  If DHS determines...

Court Grounds FAA Registration Rule for Millions of Drones…Time to Assess the Fallout

Government overreach is an issue that strikes a bipartisan chord.  For some, the May 19th ruling by a federal appeals court – which eliminates the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2015 requirement that hobbyists register their drones – may serve as...

/ June 1, 2017

“WannaCry” – Is It a Forewarning?

As I write this in the early afternoon of Monday, May 15, I just finished reading the latest bulletin from DHS on WannaCry, the ransomware virus that has become a lead news story since the weekend. In what I read,...

/ May 15, 2017