Tagged: materials

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Investigative Report on 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place on April 20, 2010 in the Macondo Prospect oil field has been described as “one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.” The explosion and subsequent spill took the lives of 11 workers, seriously injured 17, and leaked a reported 5...

GAO Review of Ammonium Nitrate Facilities: OSHA and EPA Provide “Limited Oversight” 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this week a report on safety policies and procedures at U.S. chemical facilities, particularly those that deal with ammonium nitrate. Following the April 2013 explosion of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant in West, Texas, GAO has been examining the oversight of similar facilities to...

Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting Goals

The Project on Managing the Atom of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs released today its lead-up report to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, which takes place March 24-25, 2014 in The Hague. The report, “Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals”, “outlines what was accomplished...

State of Global Nuclear Security: the 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Index

“Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe—some of it poorly secured. We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most material; they will go where the...

New iOS App Released to Assist First Responders in Hazardous Material Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new universal app for Apple iOS devices called WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). The application was created to assist first responders in hazardous-materials incidents. From the iTunes Preview: “First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must...

Nuclear Materials Security Index

“The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Nuclear Materials Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis. The NTI Index, prepared with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), was created to spark an international discussion about priorities required to strengthen security, and most importantly,...

New Report Highlights Lessons for Offshore Drilling after Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout

This new report published by the National Academies Press provides analysis and recommendations regarding the Deepwater Horizon explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010. Eleven workers were killed and sixteen others were seriously injured in the accident. The explosion and spill had an enormous impact on the companies and families...

New Report Details Scheme to Delay US Nuclear Safety in Wake of Fukushima

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released a report detailing how four commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) worked to delay new nuclear safety regulations following the Fukushima meltdowns. Congressman Markey requested all documents relating to the events of Fukushima and the NRC’s response to the meltdown. The report provides...