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Douglas P. Guarino

Doug Guarino Douglas P. Guarino is a senior reporter with Global Security Newswire, covering nuclear and chemical security issues.
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Report: Two Years After Y-12 Break-In, U.S. Nuclear Security Still 'Chaotic'

July 2, 2014 Two years after an 82-year-old nun was able to infiltrate a nuclear weapons site in Tennessee, the U.S. approach to securing such facilities remains "chaotic," a government report released this week suggests. The report to Congress by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office quotes unnamed National Nuclear Security Administration officials describing ...

Senators Drafting Bill That Could Extend Life of Chemical Security Program

June 27, 2014 Senators are working on a bill that could extend the life of a controversial chemical security program, but details still remain under wraps. The Senate Homeland Security Committee was to mark up what it is calling the "Protecting American Chemical Facilities from Attack Act of 2014" on June 25, but ...

Weapons-Grade Uranium Not a Must for Nuclear Medicine, Dutch Figure Says

June 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Dutch official says he is confident that the operators of a Netherlands reactor are doing all they can to meet a goal of producing radiological isotopes used in medical procedures without the use of bomb-grade uranium. The Netherlands -- which hosted this year's Nuclear Security Summit -- agreed at ...

Staffers at Nuclear Regulatory Commission Report Backlash After Dissent

June 5, 2014 Seventy-five percent of Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees who participated in an internal survey said they received poor performance reviews after registering formal objections to agency decisions, a report made public Wednesday says. For employees that object to policy, technical or administrative statements contained in agency documents working their way up ...

House Bill Shifts Some Nuclear Weapons Funds To Pay for Veterans Care

May 27, 2014 The version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that the House approved last week would cut some controversial nuclear weapons spending in a bid to help veterans. The legislation -- which authorizes but does not appropriate funds for military-related items -- includes two related amendments offered by Rep. Dan ...

House Bill Would Tap Into Nuclear Weapons Fund to Aid Veterans

May 27, 2014 The version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that the House approved Thursday would cut some controversial nuclear weapons spending in a bid to help veterans. The legislation -- which authorizes but does not appropriate funds for military-related items -- includes two related amendments offered by Representative Dan Kildee, ...

Nuclear Weapons Complex Reform Could Mean Pay Cut For Contractors

May 15, 2014 The for-profit companies that run the U.S. nuclear weapons complex might have a pay cut in their future, though by how much and exactly when is still unclear. For decades the complex -- which includes the national laboratories and other facilities responsible for developing and maintaining the nation's atomic arsenal ...

Federal Report: Regulatory Confusion Contributed to Texas Chemical Disaster

April 24, 2014 Before violently exploding and killing 14 people last April, a Texas fertilizer plant first fell through multiple regulatory loopholes -- some real and some likely imagined, a federal advisory panel says. In a release of some preliminary findings from its investigation into the incident this week, the U.S. Chemical Safety ...

U.S. To Limit Materials That Can Be Used in a ‘Dirty Bomb’

March 25, 2014 U.S. officials confirmed on Monday that they will launch an effort to help limit the prospect of "dirty bomb" attacks by working to phase out certain radiological materials. "The United States intends to establish an international research effort on the feasibility of replacing high-activity radiological sources with non-isotopic replacement technologies, ...

U.S. Confirms Effort to Phase Out Selected 'Dirty Bomb' Materials

March 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. officials confirmed on Monday that they will launch an effort to help limit the prospect of "dirty bomb" attacks by working to phase out certain radiological materials. "The United States intends to establish an international research effort on the feasibility of replacing high-activity radiological sources with non-isotopic replacement technologies, ...