Chemical Industry: Best Practices \ Case Studies
04/23/2013 - A look at how the regulators are implementing chemical facilities’ security regulations and the lessons that can be learned from the process.
Legal Report: Investigations
04/23/2013 - California appeals court rules that an employee may be legally fired for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation. Lawmakers consider bills on embassy security and chemical facilities.
11/30/2012 - Though 9-11 focused attention on possible risks of food-chain contamination by terrorists, attention is shifting back to the more common safety issue of food ingredients being diluted, adulterated, or misrepresented to increase profit.
Daily Headline : Drug Control
11/28/2012 - More counterfeit drugs are turning up with traces of actual active pharmaceutical ingredients as counterfeiters try to stay a step ahead of anticounterfeiting efforts.
Chemical Industry: Homeland Security
11/26/2012 - The goal of all those engaged in the fight against improvised explosives is to find ways to detect and prevent them, which they call getting “left of the boom.”
Daily Headline : Government Reports (GAO etc.)
07/16/2012 - A U.S. counter-IED strategy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border has suffered due to bureaucratic challenges between the U.S. and Pakistan, says a new GAO report.
Daily Headline : International
05/04/2012 - In 2007, al Qaeda suspended using chlorine gas as a weapon while waiting for guidance on whether or not to continue the practice, according to documents published online.
Intelligence: Fire Safety
10/24/2011 - A look at fire prevention and preparedness at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
07/28/2011 - As our utility infrastructure gets smarter, so must our ways of protecting its many vulnerabilities from hackers and other ne’er-do-wells.
07/28/2011 - The International Association Synthetic Biology has established a code of conduct for best practices in gene synthesis. The code includes guidelines scientists can use to limit the chance that pathogen DNA could fall into the wrong hands.
Daily Headline : Education
06/17/2011 - Chemical exposure studies and toxicity from more than 500 tests conducted on more than 300 chemicals will be available for public viewing online thanks to two new databases from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Legal Report: Legislation
10/26/2010 - A bill (H.R. 2868) intended to increase security at chemical facilities has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The measure must now go before the Senate for a vote.
The Senate replaced H.R. 2868 with a new version of the bill. The version passed by the Senate committee is identical to the House version in some respects. It would extend existing law, and maintain current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations on the subject, by establishing standards and procedures for security vulnerability assessments and site security plans. The Senate and House versions, however, differ with regard to inherently safer technologies.
Legal Report: Terrorism
03/31/2010 - A bill (H.R. 2868) intended to increase security at chemical facilities has been approved by the House of Representatives. It has been referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.