Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


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 »

Air Force field testing new protective mask

The U.S. Air Force completed field testing last month of an improved chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective mask for crews on rotary wing aircraft. The Joint Service Aircrew Mask – Rotary Wing replaces the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection system on HH-60G Pave... Read More »

Researchers examine antibiotics resistance threat

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is funding a broad research effort designed to assess elements surrounding the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Officials said the CDC recently awarded contracts to Amy Pruden and Marc Edwards, professors in the Charles Edward Via, Jr. Department of... Read More »

Conference addresses chemical terrorism

INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters served as the backdrop for the recent Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats conference, which was designed to address chemical terrorism and related factors. “This Congress comes at a pivotal time in the international security... Read More »

OPCW aligns with UN peace, security initiatives

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) member states said they are working in concert with the United Nations (UN) to achieve international peace and security through economic and technological development. OPCW officials said during the recently conducted third edition of... Read More »

Industrial chemical incidents HazMat risks examined

A blog post written by Stephen Pike, managing director at UK-based Argon Electronics, recently examined the HazMat risks that accompany industrial chemical incidents. Pike maintains chemical manufacturing facilities present potential hazards that, if not properly addressed, could place workers... Read More »