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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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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, ...

Nuclear Summit Not Expected to Advance Military-Grade Security

March 19, 2014 With the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit less than a week away, the Obama administration and outside observers already are beginning to look toward the next -- and possibly final -- installment of the global gathering in 2016. In particular, administration officials and issue experts hope to make progress on what ...

Obama Budget Plan Puts Controversial Plutonium-Conversion Facility on Hold

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is placing controversial plans to complete construction on a South Carolina facility that would convert nuclear weapon-usable plutonium into reactor fuel on hold as part of the fiscal 2015 budget plan it rolled out on Tuesday. The facility, which is partially built, would convert plutonium into mixed-oxide ...

New Group Looks to Defend Nuclear Arsenal

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a time when discussions about how best to refurbish the U.S. nuclear arsenal are increasingly being shaped by financial constraints, a new grassroots organization is emerging that aims to convince Americans that maintaining existing weapons is essential to national security. But the group, called the Strategic Deterrent Coalition, is ...

EPA Abandons Major Radiation Cleanup in Florida, Despite Cancer Concerns

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels. Under a decision quietly finalized two weeks ago, the federal agency will leave it ...

Two Billion People Could Starve After a 'Limited' Nuclear War

December 10, 2013 A hypothetical nuclear war in South Asia could trigger worldwide famine and “probably cause the end modern industrial civilization as we know it,” the lead author of a new report tells Global Security Newswire. Published by the watchdog group Physicians for Social Responsibility, the report, titled "Nuclear Famine: Two Billion ...

Lawmakers, DHS Weigh How to Secure Ports Most Vulnerable to WMDs

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers are working with the Homeland Security Department to determine whether it is feasible to establish a U.S. presence at the foreign ports it considers most vulnerable to the smuggling of illicit weapons of mass destruction. According to a report the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released last month, the DHS ...

Lapse in Chemical Security Effort Cited as Another Reason to End Shutdown

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is adding the closure of the Homeland Security Department's chemical security program to its list of reasons why Congress should end the partial government shutdown that began last week. The Chemical Facilities Anti-terrorism Standards program, which is in the middle of a multi-year effort to approve security ...

Lawmaker Blasts Shutdown of DHS Chemical-Security Program

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department's chemical-security program ceased most operations this week as a result of the federal shutdown, prompting concerns about how the government will improve security in the wake of this year's fatal explosion in Texas. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement to Global Security Newswire Friday ...