Mining company 'sorry' about lost Caesium-137 capsule

Mining giant Rio Tinto is working with authorities to try to find a radioactive capsule that went missing in Western Australia this month.

Rio Tinto said the device involved was a density gauge, which was being used at its Gudai-Darri mine site in Western Australia to measure the density of...

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Pascale Ferrier pleads guilty to sending Ricin laced letters

Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, has plead guilty to sending a threatening letter containing ricin to Donald Trump at the White House when he was president. 

The letter, which directed Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election”, was intercepted at a mail sorting facility in September...

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The Ninth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference

The Ninth Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference concluded on December 16 with the adoption by consensus of a final document, which launches a new, expert-led process to strengthen the BWC to address the challenges of the future. We congratulate Special Representative Ken Ward and his team for their hard...

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Government targets bomb-making materials and poisons in new crackdown

Originally published in Police Professional 

Following the Manchester Arena attack in 2017, the Government committed to enhancing its capabilities to detect terrorist activity including that which involves the use of bomb-making materials, also known as ‘explosives precursors’.

New measures will come into force under the Poisons Act 1972 on October...

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Emergent BioSolutions Awarded $379.6 Million Procurement Contract

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has announced that it has signed an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity procurement contract with a maximum value up to $379.6 million to supply RSDL (Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion Kit) for use by all branches of the U.S. military. Emergent’s Canadian Subsidiary will serve as the sole subcontractor to deploy RSDL to the U.S. Department of...

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Martyn's Law legislation passed

Protect Duty legislation, now to be known as ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute of Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017, is set to be published in the spring. 

The purpose of Matyn's Law is to ensure publicly accessible locations take measures...

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BAYEX 2023 - February 21-24

What do Levi Stadium, Alcatraz Island, BART, Ring Central Stadium and Santa Clara University have in common?  They are all hosting an exercise called BAYEX 2023. California National Guard's Hayward-based 95th WMD Civil Support Team has partnered with federal, state, and local agencies including the FBI, NCRIC, USCG Pac Strike...

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As Gaps, Inconsistencies Remain, Syria’s Chemical Weapons Declaration Cannot Be Considered Accurate, Senior Official Tells Security Council

Meeting covergae of the UN Security Council's 9235th meeting, originally published on UN website. 

Syria must fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to close all outstanding issues related to its declaration, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today during its monthly...

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BGCAPP: Sept. 2023 completion eyed for destruction of U.S. chemical weapons stockpile

Originally published in the Richmond Register

During the Dec. 14, 2022 meeting of the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission (CAC) and the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board (CDCAB), it was estimated that the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant’s (BGCAPP) final chemical weapon destruction campaign will be completed...

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