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Feds Offer Guidance on Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is continuing to grow not only in the manufacturing automation sector, but in just about every other industry and more organizations need to step up in their protection efforts. Along those lines, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Securit …

U.S., Canada Ink Nuclear Review Pact

Wanting a more effective, efficient, and timely analysis of next-generation nuclear technologies, the United States and Canada signed a cooperation pact to advance regulatory effectiveness by collaborating on technical reviews of advanced reactor and s …

Hazards of Robots Working with Humans

There is no doubt the increased use of robots that work alongside humans brings new occupational safety hazards, but the problem is there’s not much data available on how to mitigate risks. A little bit of clarity may shine through as the Washington st …

Feds Eye Mini Blast at WA Nuke Fuel Site

A nuclear fuel factory near Columbia, WA, is under federal scrutiny again after a fire erupted last week in a drum containing radioactive material. As a result of the incident, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans an inspection later this …

NIST Security Draft for IoT Devices

Appliances from refrigerators to thermostats are now available in models that interact with a wireless network, making them easier to control with a computer or smartphone. But in the rush to develop these products, how much security was built in? Unfo …

TN Nuke Early Site Permit App Hearing Set

A mandatory hearing regarding an application for an Early Site Permit for one or more small modular reactors at the Clinch River site in Tennessee will be held Aug. 14. The hearing is the final step in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) review o …

Tighten Security: Equifax Paying Out Big Buck Breach Settlement

Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the U.S. and states over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The settlement with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection B …

Misconduct: KS Nuke, NRC Reach Confirmatory Order

Burlington, Kansas-based Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Co., inked a confirmatory order documenting mutually agreed-upon actions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to implement programs designed to prevent willful misconduct by employees. Follo …

DHS Focuses Program on Blockchain

There has been a lot of talk about how Blockchain will revolutionize the secure transfer of information. However, quite a few are still unclear on exactly what Blockchain is, where its applications can be used and how anyone will be able to deliver usa …

NGA’s Plan to Build States’ Cyber Strategies

Cybersecurity knows no boundaries and that is why cross-jurisdictional actions need to come into play as more people, companies, and governments become more digitally enabled. So, as states and entities within their physical borders face the growing th …

How to Manage IoT Cybersecurity

A new publication aims to help federal agencies and other organizations manage cybersecurity and privacy risks associated with individual Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The purpose of this publication, released by the National Institute of Standards …

VT Eyes Becoming Nuclear Regulatory State

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a request from Vermont Gov. Philip B. Scott for the NRC to discontinue, and for Vermont to assume, regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. If the NRC approves the requ …

NIST Updates Sensitive Information Standard

Additional strategies ended up added to an update of one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information security documents that helps protect sensitive information stored in computers supporting critical government programs …

TN Nuke Site gets NRC Safety OK

There are no safety concerns that would prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority from locating its proposed Clinch River Nuclear Site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, federal nuclear officials said. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) final safety e …

Mine Safety Site Updated

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has completed a major upgrade to its primary data system – the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) – which should boost functionality and more intuitive navigation. The MDRS offe …

Germany to Shut All Coal-Fired Plants

One of the world’s largest consumers of coal, Germany, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years. The move will meet the country’s international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission …

Pipeline Safety Rules In Flux

As more and more oil and gas ends up extracted and then traversing the U.S. via pipelines, safety is becoming a more important question these days. Along those lines, Congress is being asked by the Administration to approve a pilot program that would e …

Working to Recreate a Blast Site

Smoke billows after an explosion at the Santa Clara Waste Water plant near Santa Paula in November 2014.Source: Contributed photo by Anthony Plasencia A Fontana, CA, company wants to purchase and reopen a wastewater plant near Santa Paula closed for al …

TX Pushes for Chemical Recycling

Texas Legislature passed a bill that would support a fledgling industry that aims to reduce waste by returning plastic back to its original chemical components. When that happens, it can then be reused for fuels and feedstocks for new plastic products. …

North Dakota Wants Petrochemical Plants

North Dakota wants the petrochemical industry. That means it is offering new tax incentives aimed at adding value to the state’s abundant natural gas supply. RELATED STORIES ND Pipeline Vapor Pressure Rules Bring More Tests SD Pipeline Leak Final Estim …

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