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January 14, 2014

Private-public collaboration essential to water restoration effort


With the active, coordinated, nearly  synchronous involvement of neighborhoods and individuals across the region the Kanawha Valley is currently engaged in a process of flushing and restoring a 1700-mile water network.  A continually updated map is available here.

This is an amazing example of “whole community” in action.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 15, 2014 @ 2:37 am

Thanks Phil! And perhaps a great opportunity to document collaborative and cooperative efforts!

Wondering if the Chemical Safety Board has the staff and funding to document this event?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 15, 2014 @ 2:41 am

Extract from Wikipedia:

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and became operational in January 1998. The Senate legislative history states: “The principal role of the new chemical safety board is to investigate accidents to determine the conditions and circumstances which led up to the event and to identify the cause or causes so that similar events might be prevented.” Congress gave the CSB a unique statutory mission and provided in law that no other agency or executive branch official may direct the activities of the Board. Following the successful model of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Transportation, Congress directed that the CSB’s investigative function be completely independent of the rulemaking, inspection, and enforcement authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Congress recognized that Board investigations would identify chemical hazards that were not addressed by those agencies.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 15, 2014 @ 2:43 am

Does EPA regulate or inspect any chemical storage areas as opposed to production facilities?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 15, 2014 @ 2:45 am

Terrorist targeting: Chemical production and storage facilities?

Open source discussion links?

CRS reports?

GAO studies?

Comment by John Comiskey

January 15, 2014 @ 5:35 am

Event is accidental and might demonstrate long term neglect of critical infrastructure too. Could also demonstrate civil society collaborative paradigm: top-down and bottom-up collaboration involving government at all levels, private sector and individuals to provide a critical need.

Also important to note that water security is on Intelligence Community’s and DHS’ radar as a major concern and something that future wars may be fought over. See: http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Special%20Report_ICA%20Global%20Water%20Security.pdf

See also Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply and its implications for environmental security (IMHO, meta-nexus to HLS) http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Water-Environmental-Political-History/dp/0801449901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389781045&sr=8-1&keywords=Empire+of+Water

Consider the demonstrable vulnerability and how it might inspire terrorists/criminals.

Horowitz Report satired the 2010 Bp Deepwater Accident. Bin Laden Says He’s ‘Professionally Envious’ of BP https://www.creators.com/liberal/andy-borowitz/bin-laden-says-he-s-professionally-envious-of-bp.html

Deepwater drilling platforms are now considered potential high value targets. See: http://harvardnsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Vol.4-Harel-FINAL.pdf and http://www.uscg.mil/strategy/docs/WP/DHS_CGWPII.pdf

Comment by Sally Chapman

January 15, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

Here are a few resources from the Homeland Security Digital Library http://www.HSDL.org . Visit us for more.

Targets for Terrorists: Chemical Facilities

Legislative Approaches to Chemical Facility Security [Updated July 12, 2006]

Chemical Facility Security: Issues and Options for the 113th Congress [May 17, 2013]

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 15, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

Thanks John and Sally for great links!

A revised NIPP was published last year!

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