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CO Oil Firm Settles Emissions Suit

Denver-based K.P. Kauffman Company Inc. (KPK) reached a settlement Tuesday with the feds resolving violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Colorado air quality regulations. The settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colo …

MD Firm Gains Funding for Emergency Communicators

SecuLore Solutions, an Odenton, MD-based cybersecurity company, earned a $750,000 grant to improve and increase the resiliency of the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure, including Next Generation 911 (NG911) technologies. “Our nation’s em …

Offline Digital Credentials Plan Earns DHS Funding

Cambridge, MA-based Stranger Labs, Inc. earned a $197,020.95 grant to develop a digital credential solution that mitigates compromising the usability and convenience of paper-based credentials by making digital credentials verifiable offline. Stranger …

DHS, Israel Award Security Grants

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation awarded collaborative projects totaling $2.3 million to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a jo …

Silt Clogs Safety Water Flow at NE Nuke

A special inspection will end up conducted at the Cooper nuclear power plant in Brownville, Nebraska, to review the circumstances that contributed to a problem with one of the plant’s two service water systems. The plant is operated by the Nebraska Pub …

FBI Issues Warning on Ransomware Strain

U.S. companies are facing a type ransomware assault where the attacker poses as a government agency, then steals data and then encrypts it to further extort victims, FBI officials said. The FBI is calling for vigilance to combat the Maze ransomware, wh …

MT Mining Op Faces NRC Fines

Stillwater Mining Co., of Nye, MT, is facing a $7,500 fine for failing to have a named individual perform the duties and responsibilities of a radiation safety officer, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The violation of NRC req …

CO Uranium Site Faces Fine

Golden, CO-based Western Nuclear, Inc. is facing a $14,500 civil penalty for providing incomplete and inaccurate information regarding groundwater flow at the company’s Split Rock uranium mill tailings site near Jeffrey City, WY, said officials at the …

TVA Wins Early Site Permit in TN

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) authorized an Early Site Permit for Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, TN. The permit closes several site-related issues, including environmental impacts, for small modular reactors …

NRC Seeks Comment on Small Modular Reactor Rule

Comment is being sought for a proposed rule and associated draft regulatory guide to apply risk-informed, performance-based emergency preparedness requirements to small modular nuclear reactors and other new technologies. These technologies include non …

Amputation Prevention Program Updated

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. The NEP, which was updated from 2015, t …

Call for Transparency after CO Refinery Upset

After a release of a non-hazardous, clay-like “catalyst” from the Suncor Energy oil refinery north of Denver last Wednesday, Colorado lawmakers are demanding a more aggressive response. The incident, described by company officials as “an opacity event, …

Critical Infrastructure Faces ‘Existential Threat’

Cyber threats to critical infrastructure pose an “existential threat” to national security and President Trump should take “bold action” in response, according to a draft report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). The NIAC, which …

WY University, DoE Launch Carbon Capture Pact

In an effort to accelerate research on carbon capture technology at two of Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants, the University of Wyoming signed a partnership pact with the Department of Energy (DoE). A DoE consultant and the university will study the ec …

Safety Alliance Formed in Northeast PA

In a move to promote workplace safety and health to general industry employees and students entering the workforce in Northeast Pennsylvania, the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturer and Employers Association (NEPA MAEA) inked a two-year alliance with t …

NRC OKs Nuke Plant License Transfers

After FirstEnergy, and its affiliates, completes its bankruptcy proceedings, transfer of operating licenses for the Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2, Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants and associated spent fuel storage installation facilities will m …

FL Nuke’s License Renewed, Will Operate 80 Years

Florida Power & Light’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4, gained approval from federal regulators. This is the first time the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued renewed licens …

EPA Rolls Back Chemical Safety Regulations

The Trump administration late last month reversed a series of chemical safety regulations created in response to a 2013 explosion in West, Texas that killed 15, injured more than 200 and flattened much of the farming community south of Dallas. Under th …

NRC Acts on Fired Contractors that Raised Safety Concerns

A former Southern Nuclear Company executive and the company are facing federal actions relating to incidents against terminated contract employees who had previously raised safety concerns at the Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site, near Waynesboro, …

TVA Fined for Inaccurate Info at Nuke Plant

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is facing a $145,000 civil penalty for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that was material in a licensing decision at the Watts Bar nuclear plant. TVA admitted t …

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