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Blockchain to Secure Raw Goods

Austin, TX-based Transmute Industries, Inc. gained a $198,642 grant to develop a proof-of-concept application for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to support increased transparency, automation and security in processing the importation of raw materi …

Blockchain Tracks Cross-Border Oil Imports

Toronto-based Mavennet Systems, Inc. earned a $182,700 grant to adapt its oil and gas industry blockchain security technology for Custom Border Protection (CBP) to track cross-border oil imports. “Accurately tracking the evidence of oil flow through pi …

Mines Getting Safer

None of the U.S.’ more than 13,000 mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (PoV) for the fifth consecutive year, said officials at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The screening period …

Comments Sought on SC Fuel Facility License Renewal

There was a finding of no significant impact concerning the proposed renewal of the operating license for the Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility, but after new issues arose, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment …

MA Nuke can Alter Emergency Planning

A request ended up granted to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, to reflect the plant’s decommissioning status. Entergy Nuclear Operations requested the change with the Nuclear Regulatory Commis …

CSET Version 9.2 Released

Version 9.2 of Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) just released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CSET is a desktop software tool that guides asset owners and operators through a consistent process for evaluating contro …

Preparing for a Chemical Attack

The United States needs to have security measures in place to prevent or minimize the possibility of a chemical attack. The question remains, though, are the proper security personnel ready? In addition, does the U.S. have effective medical responses t …

NRC Wants Environmental Impact Comments for VA Nuke

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff would like to hear the public’s views on the agency’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding Dominion Energy Virginia’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Surry Power Station …

FL Nuke gets EIS OK for Renewal

“Environmental impacts of renewing the Turkey Point (nuclear) licenses are so limited that preserving the renewal option for energy-planning decisionmakers would not be unreasonable,” said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Those con …

Worker Fired for Raising Safety Issues at Nuke Site

After an employee raised safety concerns at the Southern Nuclear Company Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site and was terminated by his manager, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Confirmatory Order to the manager. The NRC concluded the …

APT Joint Advisory Issued

An advanced persistent threat (APT) group called Turla that targets the energy sector among others is the focus of a joint advisory released by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The advisor …

NRC Merges Nuclear Reactor Offices

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) merged its Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation with the Office of New Reactors. The resulting Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation should improve internal coordination, better balance the staff’s workload, and provi …

Team Garners Grant to Fight Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity is anything but traditional, so that is why one of the military branches just provided a grant to develop non-traditional solutions to tackle cyberattacks and cyber warfare. Along those lines, a team of Northern Arizona University (NAU) r …

Testing Instruments to ID Unknown Chemicals

First responders arrive first on the scene when disaster strikes or terrorists attack. They often encounter dangerous conditions like smoke and chemicals. To best help in situations like these, they need to know the chemical substances present onsite. …

Start-up Funding to Test IoT Secure Trust Anchor

QED Secure Solutions of Coppell, Texas, earned a $200,000 grant to field test a secure trust anchor for the Internet of Things (IoT). This is the final phase of the project that was awarded under the Securing the Internet of Things Other Transaction So …

MI Nuke Suffers Degraded Coating

After discovering degraded coatings in a portion of the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant’s reactor containment, the operator just received a Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL). The plant, operated by DTE Electric Company, is located in Newport, MI, 25 miles n …

IoT Security Solution Gains DHS Funding

Bastille Networks, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia earned a $199,680 grant to deliver its Internet of Things (IoT) security solution that will enable system administrators to gain real-time situational awareness of threats on connected devices. This is a Phas …

U.S., UK Ink Data Access Deal

A CLOUD Act Agreement that will allow American and British law enforcement agencies, with appropriate authorization, to demand electronic data regarding serious crime, including terrorism, child sexual abuse, and cybercrime, directly from tech companie …

DoE Needs to Address Grid Security: GAO

With increased connectivity on the rise, there is no doubt the U.S. electric grid is becoming more vulnerable to cyberattack. Fears exist where despite all the positives the increased connectivity bring to utilities’ bottom line, a cyber attack could c …

VT Gains Authority over Radioactive Materials

Vermont signed an agreement Monday where it will gain regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki and Vermont Gov. Philip B. Scott signed the pact where Vermont …

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