[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 134 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)]
[Page 41278]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17636]



Coast Guard


Cargo Security Risk Reduction; Public Listening Sessions

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of meetings.


SUMMARY: The Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Activities (CG-
544) is sponsoring information and listening sessions in St. Louis, MO 
and Houston, TX to discuss the progress and development of a CDC 
Security National Strategy to reduce risks associated with the 
transport, transfer, and storage of Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) in 
bulk within the U.S. Marine Transportation System. These sessions will 
be open to the public.

DATES: The first session will be held in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, 
August 2, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second session will be held 
in Houston, TX on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The St. Louis, MO session will be held at the Hilton St. 
Louis at the Ballpark, One South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102. The 
Houston, TX session will be held at the Hobby Airport Hilton, 8181 
Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77051.
    This meeting is open to the public. Please note that the session 
may adjourn early if all business, concerns, and questions are 
addressed. Seating may be limited, but session organizers will make 
every effort to suitably accommodate all participants. For information 
on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities, or to 
request special assistance at either or both sessions, please contact 
LTJG William Gasperetti or LTJG Bradley Bergan, using the contact 
information listed in this notice.
    Written comments will be received for a short period of time after 
the public meetings from interested stakeholders.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To submit questions and comments or to 
RSVP for the sessions, send e-mails to [email protected]. Comments, 
questions and responses may be posted for public viewing on the Office 
of Port and Facility Activities (CG-544) Web site at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/cdc.asp or the Federal Docket Management 
System at http://www.Regulations.gov. For logistical issues, please 
contact either LTJG William Gasperetti, Domestic Ports Division (CG-
5441) at 202-372-1139 or via e-mail at [email protected] or 
LTJG Bradley Bergan, Domestic Ports Division (CG-5441) at 202-372-1149 
or via e-mail at [email protected].



    In September 2009, the Coast Guard held a Cargo Security Symposium 
in Reston, Virginia, to inform and guide the development of a national 
strategy for reducing the maritime security risks present in the bulk 
transportation and transfer of CDCs within ports and waterways of the 
United States. Because CDCs have chemical properties that, if released, 
could result in substantial death and injury in high density population 
areas and significant damage to critical infrastructure and key 
resources (CIKR), it is important for the Coast Guard, in concert with 
stakeholders, to implement a holistic strategy to mitigate CDC 
transport, transfer, and storage security risks. These security risks 
can be reduced through sound risk management and shared responsibility 
between public and private sector stakeholders, across the Security 

    \1\ The Security Spectrum generally consists of Awareness, 
Prevention/Protection, Response, and Recovery.

    Following the 2009 Cargo Security Symposium, a National Cargo 
Security Risk Reduction Workgroup for CDCs was chartered by the Coast 
Guard to discuss CDC security topics that could inform the development 
of a CDC Security National Strategy. The results of the workgroup's 
discussions have led to the development of components that will 
comprise a working draft of the CDC Security National Strategy. The 
working draft will be further informed by a required CDC Security 
National Study, called for by section 812 of the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 2010 and input received at the public listening 
sessions described in this notice.

Agenda of Public Meeting

    The Coast Guard is holding listening sessions to discuss the 
working draft of the CDC Security National Strategy and further its 
development. Primarily, we are soliciting stakeholder input on the 
goals and how best to implement those goals under a ``shared 
responsibility'' paradigm. The agenda for the two sessions will 
principally consist of a presentation and discussion of certain 
elements of the working draft of the CDC Security National Strategy and 
future strategy implementation considerations. Included in the CDC 
Security National Strategy, and to be discussed, are the following 
     Provide to internal and external stakeholders real-time 
national, regional, and local awareness of the risk of intentional 
attacks on the CDC Marine Transportation System.
     Consistently assess vulnerability to threats of 
intentional attacks on the CDC Marine Transportation System and 
mitigate the vulnerability to an acceptable level.
     Dynamically assess the potential consequences of 
intentional attacks on the CDC Marine Transportation System and capably 
mitigate, through coordinated response, the impact of a successful 
     Lead the development of national, regional, and local 
resiliency/recovery capability from successful attacks on the CDC 
Marine Transportation System.
    This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: July 7, 2011.
K.C. Kiefer,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief, Office of Port and Facility 
Activities (CG-544).
[FR Doc. 2011-17636 Filed 7-12-11; 8:45 am]