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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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White House Advances Controversial Nuclear Incident Response Guide

April 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has cleared the way for a controversial guide on responding to nuclear incidents that is expected to relax long-held cleanup standards, prompting watchdog groups to call for Senate scrutiny of the matter during hearings on Gina McCarthy's nomination to become the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator. The...

White House Supports Rollback of Cleanup Standards for Nuclear Incidents

March 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WASHINGTON – The White House has endorsed a plan to relax long-held standards for cleaning up radioactive material released by a nuclear power plant disaster or act of terrorism, a group of federal officials say in a new draft report. As expected, the recently completed draft report on radiation remediation...

NNSA Defends Contract Extensions but Congressional Scrutiny Expected

March 12, 2013 The National Nuclear Security Administration is defending itself against charges that it renewed lucrative deals for undeserving contractors, but the issue is likely to come up at congressional oversight hearings in the coming months, sources say. The semiautonomous Energy Department agency’s Fiscal 2012 Performance Evaluation Reports, released on March 1,...

NRC: New Nuclear Plant Safety Measures Not Premature But Final Decision Pending

March 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected the notion that it is not ready to decide whether aging atomic power plants need to make upgrades intended to limit radiation releases during a major crisis, but its ultimate action on the matter is not yet clear. In the wake of the 2011...

Energy Officials Are Divided Over Nuclear Agency's Future

March 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman told lawmakers on Thursday that he and other top DOE officials reject a suggestion from the department’s top security official that it might be prudent to dissolve the semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration in the wake of last year’s highly publicized break-in at the Y-12...

Decision on NNSA Furloughs Likely Within First Month of Sequester

March 1, 2013 Acting National Nuclear Security Administration chief Neile Miller said on Thursday it might take one month before it becomes clear whether agency employees will have to be furloughed as a result of the federal budget sequester expected to take effect on Friday. In a Thursday memo to NNSA employees, Miller...

EPA withholds information on dirty bomb report

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declining to release information on a controversial federal report that could lead people living near the site of a radiological “dirty bomb” attack to face greater cancer risks than what the agency would normally allow. The information – which includes presentations two EPA staffers...

Bills would impose tougher chemical security rules

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has introduced a pair of bills that would impose tougher security requirements on chemical and water facilities that use hazardous substances. One of the two measures that Lautenberg introduced on Wednesday would impose additional requirements on industry through the Homeland Security Department’s 6-year-old Chemical Facility Antiterrorism...

Recommended relaxation of remediation standards could increase cancer risk at dirty bomb sites

November 28, 2012 People living near the site of a radiological attack could face greater cancer risks then what the government would normally allow if officials follow the anticipated recommendations of an upcoming report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department. The report will likely suggest that a radiation dose to the human body...

DHS drops plan to screen chemical-plant workers for terrorist ties

July 27, 2012 The Homeland Security Department has withdrawn its plan to screen people with access to dangerous chemical plants for possible terrorist ties, prompting questions on how the department will move forward with the task of implementing its struggling chemical-security program. Suzanne Spaulding, deputy undersecretary for the DHS National Protection and Programs...