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Friday, January 28th, 2022

Chemical

Legislation targets fentanyl smugglers

U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), and Michael Guest (R-MS) recently introduced a measure they said would ensure fentanyl smuggler accountability for their role in the nation's opioid epidemic. The Fentanyl Trafficker Elimination Act seeks to increase... Read More »

DHS releases synthetic opioids reference guide

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has released a new Master Question List (MQL) for Synthetic Opioids. The MQL serves as a reference guide as a means of aiding emergency responders and the research community by providing critical and vetted... Read More »

CISA initiates chemical security enhancing program

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) officials are espousing the benefits of ChemLock, a newly initiated voluntary chemical security program. The endeavor is a voluntary program providing no-cost services and tools to chemical facilities to increase awareness of the risks... Read More »

Bechtel details chemical weapons destruction campaign

Bechtel officials said the engineering, construction and project management company recently destroyed the final inventory of projectiles containing mustard agent. The company's Kentucky team initiated the third of five chemical weapons destruction initiatives completed at the Blue Grass... Read More »

DHS seeking component technology support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program announced last week that it is seeking information in three topic areas to support component technology needs. “DHS SBIR is uniquely positioned to support DHS’s broad mission by finding ways to... Read More »

Bill targets reduced access to synthetic drugs

Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) introduced this week a measure designed to help reduce synthetic drug access. The Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act seeks to make permanent the current, temporary classification of fentanyl-related... Read More »

FLIR wins DARPA contract for new Chem-Bio defense fabric

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced Monday that it had won a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop new fabrics embedded with catalysts and chemical agents that can fight and reduce chemical and biological threats on contact. The fabrics will be incorporated... Read More »

Man sentenced for attempted chemical weapon purchase

Department of Justice officials said a man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without parole for attempting to purchase a chemical weapon on the dark web. Jason William Siesser, 46, of Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to acquire a chemical weapon and one... Read More »

Bill targets firefighter PFAS chemical exposure

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced a bill designed to better protect firefighters in New York and nationwide from toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are used as an ingredient in special foam used to fight fires, called aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The use of the foam,... Read More »