A. Duie Pyle’s Chemical Day symposium, held recently at the company’s headquarters, brought experts together to discuss potential terrorist threats and scenarios, current hazmat regulations, and safe and secure chemical transportation procedures.
Speakers included Marc Iticovici, Special Agent, Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI; Joseph Evans, Northeast director for hazmat for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); Sgt. John Mattiace of the New York Port Authority’s Hazards Materials and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit; Dan Roczniak of the American Chemistry Council, and Bud Hunt, the Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequence Branch Chief of the Department of Homeland Security.
According to Tom Walker, director of chemical markets and compliance at A. Duie Pyle, carriers of chemicals face threats such as cargo theft for the specific purpose of creating an explosive device; someone forcing themselves on the truck or placing an explosive device in, on or under a truck; or an internal conspiracy where someone with terroristic intentions becomes a driver.
Peter Dannecker, A. Duie Pyle’s director of loss prevention, said during the symposium that chemical shippers should make sure each driver possesses a Class A CDL with a hazardous material endorsement, and that every truck facility is staffed with Level III Hazwoper technicians to manage accidental release of hazardous material.