U.S. infrastructure protection includes dams, energy facilities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a final National Infrastructure Protection Plan, defining critical infrastructure protection roles for government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

As required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, the 196-page plan identifies dams and energy in a list of 17 critical infrastructure and key resource sectors that require protective actions.

The plan, issued June 30, provides a coordinated approach that will be used to establish national priorities, goals, and requirements for infrastructure protection so that funding and resources are applied efficiently, DHS said. Sector-specific plans will be released within 180 days, and will address unique characteristics and risk landscapes.

Two councils previously established by DHS — the Dams Sector Coordinating Council and Dams Government Coordinating Council — already are working with the department to prepare the dams sector-specific plan. Homeland Security is the federal agency responsible for the dams sector. The Department of Energy is the agency responsible for the energy sector plan.

Homeland Security received about 10,000 comments on the plan during two rounds of public review. In addition, it collaborated with nearly 300 federal, state, local, tribal, and private-sector agencies and organizations to revise the plan.

“The NIPP is the path forward on building and enhancing protective measures for the critical infrastructure assets and cyber systems that sustain commerce and communities throughout the United States,” DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman said.

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan is on the Homeland Security Internet page, www.dhs.gov.

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