Department of Homeland Security conducts inspection at Dakota Gas, inspector compliments facility

The Department of Homeland Security conducted a required compliance inspection of Dakota Gasification Company's Great Plains Synfuels Plant on June 2.

Dakota Gas is regulated by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standard, which lists 18-risk based performance measures with which the plant must comply. During the DHS visit, the inspector reviewed documentation, procedures, and policies.

This standard went into effect in 2008 and Dakota Gas has worked with the same inspector since the beginning. The inspector’s familiarity with the facility and having all the performance measures and compliance documentation listed in the previous year’s audit speeds up the process,” said Warren Herman, Dakota Gas safety coordinator.

The DHS inspections typically occur every two years; however, last year’s was postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In addition to the on-site inspections, Dakota Gas is also required to conduct an annual internal DHS audit. Typically conducted in December, the internal audit protocol has been modified over the years to mimic the DHS compliance inspection.

Herman said the DHS inspection concluded with no findings or recommendations, and the inspector complimented Dakota Gas on the program it has in place.

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