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Monday, November 29th, 2021


Defense bill amendment targets Agent Orange aid

Citing Agent Orange's wide impact, two Democratic senators are urging the inclusion of Senate Amendment 1972 in the final National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Jon Tester (D-MT) said the amendment would establish a presumption of... Read More »

DARPA conducts sensor testing in Indianapolis

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) SIGMA+ program conducted a test of advanced chemical and biological sensing systems in the Indianapolis area this past August. DARPA collected more than 250 hours of daily life background atmospheric data in the city that helped train... Read More »

Bechtel touts chemical destruction effort

Officials representing the engineering and project management firm Bechtel said its Pueblo Team safely eliminated nearly 300,000 155mm chemical weapons projectiles stored at the Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado. The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) team executed the... Read More »

DHS providing chemical hazard support

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said the agency is providing chemical hazard support as the Gulf Coast prepares for another major storm. DHS indicated the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) is spearheading the support effort with... Read More »

Bill targets synthetic drug trafficking

A group of lawmakers recently introduced a measure they said bolsters global cooperation in combating synthetic drug trafficking. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have collaborated with Reps. David Trone (D-MD) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) in crafting the Fighting Emerging... Read More »

Measure targets PFAS firefighting foam alternative

A group of lawmakers recently introduced a bill they said is designed to find an alternative to PFAS contaminated firefighting foam. Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) said the PFAS Free Foam Research and... Read More »

Bill targets military firefighter PFAS care

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) has introduced a measure that ensures military firefighters exposed to toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals receive Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) healthcare. Currently, military firefighters exposed to firefighting foam containing PFAS are not... Read More »

OPCW condemns Syria for 2017 chemical weapons use

The executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) voted to condemn the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Republic in 2017. The vote followed an investigation by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT), which concluded that there are... Read More »