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Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security


Executive Order (EO) 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, enhances the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduces risks associated with hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders. EO 13650 directs federal departments and agencies to improve their support to state and local partners; enhance federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernize policies, regulations and standards; and work with stakeholders to identify best practices.

During this session, representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will provide updates on activities undertaken to improve chemical facility safety and security, and discuss a plan of action to further minimize safety and security risks.

Guest Speakers include

  • Lisa Long — OSHA
  • Amy Graydon — U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Reggie Cheatham — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Lisa Long

Lisa A. Long currently is the director of the Office of Engineering Safety at OSHA where she works on standards and guidance for issues related to engineering.

Prior to this position, Long was a safety engineer in OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement, specializing in process safety. Before coming to OSHA in 2007, she worked for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board for seven years, investigating major chemical accidents. Prior to that, she had 10 years of experience in the chemical industry working at several different plants in process engineering and production management.

Long holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Amy Graydon

Amy Graydon joined the Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division in March 2013, after working for seven years on voluntary programs for the Chemical Sector with the Office’s Sector Outreach and Programs Division. In her current role as the chief of the Policy and Rulemaking Branch, Graydon is responsible for leading the policy, rulemaking and stakeholder engagement efforts for the Chemical Facility AntiTerrorism Standards program and the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program. The branch engages federal, state, local and industry stakeholders to address concerns and issues, as well as researches, analyzes and documents issues that affect the development, sustainment and implementation of the two regulatory programs.

Graydon previously worked in the Office of the Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) where she developed processes and procedures to stand up the new directorate within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Graydon is a “plank holder” for the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining IAIP, she worked in the legacy U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) National Security Unit where she standardized procedures for agents nation-wide and assisted with the preparation of the unit’s materials for the Congressional 9/11 Commission. As part of INS’ Office of Internal Audit Branch she conducted reviews of policies and procedures and developed recommendations to address identified gaps.

Graydon also has worked in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Graydon graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in International Business, and received a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University.

Reggie Cheatham

Reggie Cheatham joined the EPA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) within the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) as the acting director in July 2014. Prior to joining OEM, Cheatham served as the director of the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office within OSWER, the director of the EPA’s Quality Staff in the Office of Environmental Information (OEI), the director of the Environmental Analysis Division in the Office of Information Analysis and Access within OEI, the deputy director of the Regional Support Division (Superfund Enforcement) in the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), the chief of the Chemical Industry Branch in the Office of Compliance within OECA, and as an environmental engineer for both the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office within OECA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Division within OSWER.

Prior to joining the EPA, Cheatham worked as a quality control/civil engineer in the construction industry and served in the United States Army. Cheatham holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering from George Washington University.

Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security


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