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Thu, 2015-06-25 01:16 PM
Washington, June 24 – The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U....
Wed, 2015-06-24 03:30 PM
Chesapeake Bay, MD, June 23 – Scientists are expecting that this year’s Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 1.37 cubic miles – about the volume...
Tue, 2015-06-23 11:08 PM
Washington, June 22 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report quantifying the economic, health, and environmental benefits that reducing global carbon pollution will have on...
Tue, 2015-06-23 10:47 PM
Washington, June 22 – The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) is strengthening the federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from...
Tue, 2015-06-23 09:34 PM
New London, CT – The Coast Guard Academy has announced that Dr. Aram deKoven has been selected as the Academy’s Chief Diversity Officer.
Tue, 2015-06-23 08:38 PM

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Chicago, June 23 – The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company's 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10...
Mon, 2015-06-22 08:29 PM
Liberia, July 17 – The Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership known as PREVAIL has launched a study of people in Liberia who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) within the past two years. The...
Mon, 2015-06-22 07:37 PM
California, June 22 – Anglers spent approximately $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing in California's four national marine sanctuaries on average, which generated more than $200 million in...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:31 AM
Washington, June 18 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to use ground-breaking tools developed in the ToxCast program to improve testing for chemicals that have the potential to...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:06 AM
Washington, June 19 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for...
Fri, 2015-06-19 01:11 AM
Sacramento, CA, June 16 – The Department of the Interior has announced that its Bureau of Reclamation is awarding grants totaling $6.5 million for more efficient management and conservation of...
Thu, 2015-06-18 11:56 PM
Washington, June 17 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report, showing progress in consumer...

Company News

Cambridge, Ontario, June 8 – Together with Harris Corporation, exactEarth is thrilled to unveil our second generation Satellite AIS (S-AIS) constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris.
Cambridge, ON, June 8 – exactEarth Ltd., a provider of Satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services and Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a provider of space, geospatial and remote sensing solutions, have formed an alliance to provide a new level of AIS data service that will deliver real-time global coverage for maritime vessel tracking. The new service will leverage the persistent global coverage and real-time connectivity of the Iridium NEXT constellation through the implementation of 58 hosted payloads covering the Maritime VHF frequency band.
Oshkosh, WI, June 5 – Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Group, part of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has been selected by Saudi Aramco to engineer and manufacture 22 heavy-duty industrial multi-purpose firefighting trucks. Custom engineered by Oshkosh Corporation subsidiary Pierce Manufacturing, the vehicles will be placed into service beginning in mid-2016 at Saudi Aramco facilities.
Washington, May 27 – A-T Solutions Inc., a counterterrorism company based in Vienna, VA, has announced that the U.S.
San Diego, CA, June 2 – LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD), a provider of advanced mass notification and Long Range Acoustic Device® systems, has announced a $634,000 LRAD 100X systems and accessories order for a police force in Asia upgrading its communication products to include LRAD’s long range, highly intelligible voice capability. The order is scheduled for delivery this fiscal year.
Des Plaines, IL, May 29 – As Texas and parts of the South-Central U.S. recover from record-breaking rainfall and widespread flooding, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) stands ready to assist law enforcement agencies, insurance, and car rental companies with identifying and cataloging water-damaged vehicles to keep them from being resold to unsuspecting consumers. Already, authorities estimate that thousands of vehicles may have been flooded.
Novato, CA, May 29 – DriveSavers, a worldwide provider of data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensic services, has announced it would provide assistance to victims of the recent storm and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.
Manhattan, KS, May 28 – Team members from McCarthy Mortensen NBAF have broken ground on the final and largest phase of the $835 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). The construction team was joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of Kansas, Kansas State University, and the community of Manhattan, KS.

Commentary and Opinions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities decreased from 33,561 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013, with 31 percent of all fatalities resulting from a drunk driving crash measured from .08 BAC and above.Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking, learned that drunk driving fatalities continued to top 10,000.
The law firm representing ten families -- nine of whom lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting, along with a teacher who was shot multiple times but survived -- has said they have initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death.
In a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS nonprofit organization in the U.S.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
We’re almost through hurricane season, and so far we’ve been lucky: none of the hurricanes or tropical storms have caused significant damage. Even so, we’re not out of the woods yet. Researchers at Colorado State University predicted the 2014 hurricane season would see three storms making landfall, and one will be a Category 3 or higher.
 

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Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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