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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 …

9 Small Businesses Earn $10M for Security Research

Nine small businesses picked up $10 million for ten Phase II contracts through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Each Phase II award contract receiv …

Exec Order Creates Cyber Workforce Program

There is a shortage of qualified security workers available across the public and private sectors, and there is now a movement afoot to boost the cyber talent level. To that end the Trump administration took a step Thursday in its effort to recruit, re …

Offshore Oil Safety Regulations Eased

Major regulations meant to safeguard offshore drilling rigs that came into play after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were eliminated this week. The Interior Department unveiled the revised Well Control Rule as part of President Donald Trump’s effo …

NRC to Certify Korean Reactor

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will issue a direct final rule certifying Korea Electric Power Corporation and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s Advanced Power Reactor 1400. The certification, valid for 15 years, will state the NRC finds the design …

Feds Tighten Vulnerability Remediation Rules

In a move to ensure a more secure federal government, executive level departments and agencies must now remediate critical vulnerabilities within 15 calendar days of initial detection and fix high vulnerabilities within 30 calendar days. The new order, …

ND Pipeline Vapor Pressure Rules Bring More Tests

New forms are now being accepted that will allow oil and gas companies that ship Bakken crude by pipeline to use their compliance with shipping contracts as proof they are maintaining correct vapor pressures, said officials at the North Dakota Division …

Grant for Biological Threat Detection Technology

Zeteo Tech earned $1.5 million to develop and test a new sensor technology prototype that combines trigger and detector functions and will enable real-time detection of aerosolized biological threat agents including bacteria, viruses, and toxins. “Depa …

2-year Contract for Integrated Sensor System

ENSCO, Inc. earned an 18-month, $2.9 million contract to continue its work on SenseNet, which is a low-cost integrated sensor system that can detect biological health hazards in buildings and other high-occupancy indoor facilities. The Department of Ho …

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, …

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