S. Philadelphia refinery blast released 5,000 pounds of a deadly chemical, federal investigators say

Philadelphia dodged several potential catastrophes during a dramatic June 21 refinery blast, which released about 5,239 pounds of a deadly chemical and launched pieces of shrapnel as large as a truck hurtling across the 1,300-acre refinery complex, according to federal findings Read More …

Mumbai: BMC prepares SOP to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack

After monsoon, cyclone and earthquake preparedness, the Mumbai civic body has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tackle Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The SOP includes an off-site plan, which is Geographic Information System (GIS)-enabled, giving details Read More …

DARPA Seeks to Expand Real-Time Radiological Threat Detection to Include Other Dangers

Advanced commercially available technologies-such as additive manufacturing (3-D printing), small-scale chemical reactors for pharmaceuticals, and CRISPR gene-manipulation tools-have opened wide access to scientific exploration and discovery. In the hands of terrorists and rogue nation states, however, these capabilities could be Read More …

UK police hold training exercise to prepare for chemical attack on Israeli embassy

Police have carried out a training exercise to prepare for a chemical attack on the the Israeli embassy in London. The drill, which was the first of its kind to take place in a foreign embassy in the capital, also Read More …

This Unique EPA Plane Is Monitoring Toxic Waste Dumps Around Houston

As federal, state, and local agencies continue to respond to the damage and flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, as well as neighboring Louisiana, one of the more contentious questions has been the danger posed to communities by heavily Read More …

Chemical plants, water supply are terrorist targets, Europol warns

Chemical plants are becoming a “target of choice” for terrorists who may also try to contaminate water supplies or infiltrate nuclear sites, according to Europe’s law enforcement agency. The threat posed by Islamic State will get only worse, Europol warned, Read More …