04/23/2013 - California appeals court rules that an employee may be legally fired for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation. Lawmakers consider bills on embassy security and chemical facilities.
11/30/2012 - Though 9-11 focused attention on possible risks of food-chain contamination by terrorists, attention is shifting back to the more common safety issue of food ingredients being diluted, adulterated, or misrepresented to increase profit.
07/28/2011 - The International Association Synthetic Biology has established a code of conduct for best practices in gene synthesis. The code includes guidelines scientists can use to limit the chance that pathogen DNA could fall into the wrong hands.
06/17/2011 - Chemical exposure studies and toxicity from more than 500 tests conducted on more than 300 chemicals will be available for public viewing online thanks to two new databases from the Environmental Protection Agency.
10/26/2010 - A bill (H.R. 2868) intended to increase security at chemical facilities has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The measure must now go before the Senate for a vote.
The Senate replaced H.R. 2868 with a new version of the bill. The version passed by the Senate committee is identical to the House version in some respects. It would extend existing law, and maintain current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations on the subject, by establishing standards and procedures for security vulnerability assessments and site security plans. The Senate and House versions, however, differ with regard to inherently safer technologies.
03/31/2010 - A bill (H.R. 2868) intended to increase security at chemical facilities has been approved by the House of Representatives. It has been referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.