The Necessary Precautionary and Preventive Systems of the Chemical Facility



The National Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the Department of Justice components, the Office of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, numerous organizations, and private citizens, had been conscientious enough as to suggest the development of the Vulnerability Assessment Methodology. The prototype Vulnerability Assessment Model (VAM) developed is a systematic, risk-based approach in which risk is a function of the severity of consequences of an undesired event, the likelihood of adversary attack, and the likelihood of adversary success in causing the undesired event (Ashcroft, et al, 2002). On September 2009, the Department of Environment Protection was lauded by the community of Clifton, New Jersey, for having cleaned up the facility left by Abrachem Group, who was involved in repackaging chemicals but did not level up with the pre-requisites necessary when operating a chemical facility in the United States. Lives of the people of New Jersey were in jeopardy when Abrachem Group had leaking drums, that contained toxic chemicals. The company abandoned 1,600 unlabeled, mislabeled and mishandled rusted drums filled with chemicals, some posing a threat to the environment and to the people of Clifton (2009). It is perceived that the proximity of the operations of Abrachem relatively placed the community of Clifton in a risky situation, although the security risk posed a lesser consequence and the number of lives exposed to the risk may not be estimated with accuracy. There was no threat of terroristic activity, however, it is presumed that numerous short-cuts were committed, that resulted to the carelessness of the management of Abrachem, which had presented a high potential risk of toxic releases hazardous to the health of the people around the vicinity of the chemical facility.