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Friday, April 16th, 2021

Chemical

Bill offers firefighter PFAS protection

A bill designed to protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders frequently exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in foams was recently introduced by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). The... Read More »

Indy 500 aided DARPA threat detection effort

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials said the 2019 Indianapolis 500 aided the department’s nuclear, biological and chemical threat detection process. During the event, an advanced network of sensors kept continued vigilance, providing security real-time awareness of any... Read More »

OPCW officials visit United States

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) officials recently visited the United States, touring Colorado's Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP). The group included the OPCW Director-General H.E. Fernando Arias, Chairperson of the Executive Council H.E.... Read More »

CALS training initiative deemed successful

Applied science and technology development company Battelle has deemed the recent three-week testing of its Common Analytical Laboratory System (CALS) with users a success. CALS, described as three variants of mobile laboratories providing on-site analytical capabilities to any incident... Read More »

EFEC upgrade aids forensics data gathering

As a means of bolstering forensics data gathering efforts, Marine Corps officials are updating the branch's Expeditionary Forensics Exploitation Capability (EFEC) with newer IT technology. The EFEC, which is used to differentiate between friend or foe on the battlefield, also serves as a... Read More »

DHS, CBP launch $1.5M Opioid Detection Challenge

Several federal government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, introduced a program this week called the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million competition to develop opioid detection technologies. The Opioid Detection Challenge calls upon innovators to submit plans... Read More »

Emergent applies for FDA approval of anthrax vaccine

Emergent BioSolutions submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for potential emergency use of a new anthrax vaccine the company recently developed. The vaccine, called NuThrax, is being developed as an anthrax vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis of disease... Read More »

New technology targets hazmat safety, security

A pair of firms have secured federal funding to develop an integrated technology designed to enhance hazardous materials safety and security transporters via first responders, hazmat inspectors and transporters. Officials representing Spill Center, a hazardous materials support and claims... Read More »