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Clinch River Nuke Site Gains Environmental OK

There are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing a permit for the Clinch River nuclear site, federal regulators said. The final environmental impact statement (EIS) by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was developed in cooperation w …

Supply Chain Security Task Force Launches

Securing the supply chain is an important topic now, but it will become even more important with the growth of digitalization in the future. Along those lines the Defense Industrial Base Sector Coordinating Council (DIB SCC) unveiled the Supply Chain C …

Cybersecurity Key to New Energy Manufacturing Institute

Up to $70 million will go toward a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, energy efficiency, and innovation. This Institute will focus on early-stage research for advancing …

Critical Infrastructure Protection Platform Expands

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) earned a $5.9 million grant to expand the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE) cyber-training platform. DECIDE was originally developed in tandem w …

SD Pipeline Leak Final Estimate Drops

A section of the pipeline that ruptured and leaked crude oil in Amherst, SD. An estimate of how much crude oil leaked from a Keystone pipeline in 2017 in Marshall County, SD, is now down from a previous number, officials said. The updated and final tot …

Safety Alliance Inked for ND Oil Industry

There is no doubt the oil and gas industry is fraught with danger. So, along those lines, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, State of North Dakota, …

Bipartisan IoT Standards Bill Introduced

A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday that would create cybersecurity standards for Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices. The bill, introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and in the Hous …

DHS, Israel Partner on Advanced Technologies

The Israel–U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation is seeking proposals for collaborative projects to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a joint ini …

CA Winery Settles Chemical Safety Case

E. & J. Gallo Winery reached a settlement to resolve chemical safety risk management violations at its wine production facility in Fresno, CA. E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest privately held wine company, will pay a $57,839 civil penalty and s …

Toxic Releases Decline; 2 IN Counties See Hike

Despite a national decline since 2007, two counties in northwestern Indiana have seen the highest number of toxic releases in more than a decade, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said. The Toxics Release Inventory national analysis relea …

NRC: U.S. Nukes Performing Well

By Gregory Hale Annual letters went out to the nation’s 98 commercial nuclear power plants operating in 2018 regarding their performance throughout the year, and the end result is all facilities were in the two highest performance categories. Ninety-th …

FERC OKs LA LNG Export Project

An order granted authorization for Venture Global LNG Inc.’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and associated TransCameron Pipeline in Cameron Parish, LA. U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the authorization and the U.S. Departmen …

IL Safety Alliance Renewed

It is no secret the industrial and utility sectors can be a hazardous workplace environment. That is why an alliance in Illinois with Teksolv-American Allied Safety Council (AASC), Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council (SIBTC), and the Council …

Grant to Aid Canine Communications

Orlando, Florida-based HaloLights, LLC earned a $199,540 grant to begin prototype testing of canine wearable technology. Canine (K9) agents are critical members of law enforcement and border protection teams, but have a high mortality risk due to envir …

Govt., Private Sector Need to Unite on Cyber: Report

Unless government and private sector decision makers begin developing cyber-enabled economic warfare (CEEW) -specific procedures and trust now, the United States will find itself flat-footed during a major cyber event. That’s the conclusion of a report …

New Safety Rules after Train Chem Spill

Five safety recommendations ended up issued Thursday following the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation of an August 2016 chlorine release from a ruptured tank car near New Martinsville, West Virginia. Eight people were injured i …

Feds Ink Chem Facility Security, Safety Charter

In a move to create a safer and more secure chemical industry, a “Chemical Facility Security and Safety Working Group Charter” was signed by federal agencies. The Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Ag …

Feedback Needed for IoT Device Security

NIST’s Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) Program is beginning stakeholder engagement on identifying a core set of cybersecurity capabilities that could be a baseline for IoT devices, and the organization is looking for feedback. In Septemb …

Improving Software in the SWAMP

In a move to secure software by enabling developers to evaluate their products against realistic test cases, 9,700 real-world software examples ended up added into a massive SWAMP. That is because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS Science and Te …

Fukushima Aftermath: Feds Rule on Lessons Learned

Building on orders issued in March 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will publish a rule based on lessons learned from the March 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant. The Mitigation of Beyond-Design-Basis Events rule, which will …

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