South Carolina conducts chemical weapons emergency drill

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Teams from the Charleston County Emergency Management Department in Charleston, South Carolina, recently conducted emergency training for how to handle a chemical weapon situation.
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Bolton decries defense cuts

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently announced $78 billion in defense spending cuts that could affect funds used to counter biological and chemical weapons.
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White powder found at California processing center found to be harmless

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A white powder that spilled out of an envelope sent through a Comerica Bank processing center for checks in Redondo Beach, California, that touched eight employees on Friday was found to be salt, not anthrax, authorities have reported.
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Study examines safety of country clubs from bioterrorism

Monday, Jan 10, 2011 @ 6:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dave Olds, a doctoral graduate from Kansas State University, has conducted a dissertation on bioterrorism and food security at country club restaurants to evaluate current safety precautions.
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Aniston Army Depot finishes mustard mortar disposal

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 @ 5:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Anniston Chemical Disposal Facility at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama recently finished its mustard-filled mortar disposal campaign and will pause operations for a two to three week period.
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Exploding package reminds postal workers of anthrax attacks

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 @ 5:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A package that ignited at a postal facility in Washington, D.C., on January 7 brought back painful memories of the 2001 anthrax attacks for the postal workers that were involved.
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Chemical Stockpile Preparedness Plan ending

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 @ 5:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Chemical Stockpile Preparedness Plan, a federal program that allocated close to $200 million for counties near the Pine Bluff Arsenal chemical weapon storage facility, will draw to a close in June.
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Protalix to present its biodefense agent at BARDA event

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 @ 5:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Biopharmaceutical company Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc., will make an oral presentation at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Industry Day on PRX-105, a compound that can be used as a biodefense agent against nerve gas.
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Anthrax hoax letters sent to Irish government

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 @ 4:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Envelopes containing a white, flake like substance, later determined to be flour, were delivered to seven Irish ministers and ex-prime minister Bertie Ahern, leading to a full scale Irish police investigation into the letters' origin.
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Explosive packages cause questions about mail security

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 @ 4:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

After the recent delivery of three dangerous, incendiary packages to Maryland state office buildings and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, security experts have begun to evaluate how the attacks will impact future mail screening procedures.
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N.Y. calls for Broadway preparedness plans

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 @ 11:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent report by the New York State Assembly's subcommittee on workplace safety has called for the development of preparedness and training standards for emergencies, including bioattacks.
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Umatilla depot to increase weapons destruction rate

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 @ 11:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The incineration facility at the Umatilla Chemical Depot has been given approval by the state of Oregon to increase its processing rate from 75 percent to 100 percent.
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New book shows past, future of anthrax

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 @ 4:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Bacillus Anthracis and Anthrax, a new book by Dr. Nicholas Bergman, provides both a history of anthrax as a weapon and could serve as a reference tool for those currently fighting anthrax.
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ONE Suit Pro provides more effective hazardous materials suit

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 @ 4:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Members of the 17th Civil Engineer Squadron have won awards for their "ONE Suit Pro" idea, which serves as a replacement for other more expensive, less effective hazardous material suits.
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Expert calls for destruction of U.S. smallpox stockpile

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 @ 4:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Because of the potential for a diplomatic fight at the World Health Assembly, a smallpox expert recommends that the United States destroy, or be prepared to destroy, the remainder of its stockpile of the deadly disease.
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Defense cuts not expected to hurt Pueblo weapons destruction

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 @ 4:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The newly announced cuts in defense spending are not expected to affect the progress of the destruction of a chemical weapons stockpile located in Pueblo, Colorado.
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Canada developing vehicle-mounted aerosol detector

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Billions of dollars are being spent to defeat the threat of improvised explosive devises in Afghanistan, including those that might release chemical or biological weapons.
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Congressional chair calls for biopreparedness

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The newly named chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications for the 112th Congress has called for the nation to be ready in the case of another attack by terrorists.
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Xoma presents botulinum toxin antibody

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

XOMA Ltd., a therapeutic antibody manufacturer, has recently given multiple presentations about advances in their biodefense program, including the three antibody formulation XOMA 3AB that binds to specific regions of botulinum toxin type A.
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Dr. Jane Delgado named to National Biodefense Science Board

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Jane L. Delgado, the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, has been appointed to the National Biodefense Science Board, a federal advisory committee meant to provide the government with advice on public health emergencies.
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