From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Ammonium nitrate monitoring | Quake-proofing buildings | What's in a hurricane's name
Date: Tue Jun 03 11:02:44 MDT 2014
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Tuesday 3 June 2014 vol. 8 no. 127

In Today's Issue

Ammonium nitrate
Federal oversight of ammonium nitrate exceedingly weak

A new Government Accountability Office(GAO) report found that the federal government has no way of fully knowing which chemical facilities stockammonium nitrate, a widely used fertilizer which was the cause of the explosion last year at a West, Texas fertilizer plan, which resulted in the death of fourteen people – and which was used by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City twenty years ago. Poor data sharing with states, outdated federal policies, and numerous industry exemptions have contributed to a weak federal oversight. Without improved monitoring, regulators “will not know the extent to which dangerous conditions at some facilities may continue to exist,’’ the GAO report said.

Infrastructure protection
Santa Monica to require retrofit of earthquake-vulnerable buildings

Last week, the Santa Monica City Councilauthorized city officials to hire engineering consultants to help identify buildings built before 1996 which could potentially be at risk in a major earthquake.. Owners of vulnerable buildings would be notified and provided recommendations on how to best retrofit their buildings to make them more resilient. Santa Monica will become the first city in California to require retrofitting for concrete, steel, and wood-frame. San Francisco last year required similar retrofitting, but only for wood apartment buildings.

Hurricanes with female names deadlier than male-named storms

In the coming Atlantic hurricane season, watch out for hurricanes with benign-sounding names like Dolly, Fay, or Hanna. According to a new study, hurricanes with feminine names are likely to cause significantly more deaths than hurricanes with masculine names, apparently because storms with feminine names are perceived as less threatening.

U.K. to face heavier, more frequent summer downpours, more destructive flash floods

Global warming could cause extreme summer downpours to become several times more frequent in the United Kingdom by 2100, a new study suggests. Its authors say this will likely lead to an increased risk of flash flooding, similar to the Boscastle floods of 2004 and the “Toon Flood” in Newcastle in 2012.

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Internet of things
Develop tool to make the Internet of Things safer

There is a big push to create the so-called Internet of Things, where all devices are connected and communicate with one another. As a result, embedded systems -- small computer systems built around microcontrollers -- are becoming more common. They remain vulnerable, however, to security breaches. Some examples of devices that may be hackable: medical devices, cars, cell phones and smart grid technology. Computer scientists have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security- a first for the field.

Rail security
China implements airport-like security checks at crowded train stations

China's terrorism problem is worsening as a growing Uighur-led Islamist militancy has emerged in response to the Chinese government's tough stance on ethnic problems in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang in west China. In response to the growing security risks, Beijing passengers are now subject to security checks before their train commute.

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Container scanning
U.K. forwarders “not surprised” by U.S. climb-down on 100 percent container scanning

One leader of the international freight industry says it was “hardly surprising” to hear the recent news that the United States has delayed new rules requiring all cargo containers entering the United States to be security scanned prior to departure from overseas for two more years, amid questions over whether this is the best way to protect U.S. ports.

Also noted

DHS makes significant headway with CFATS security plan approvals | H1-B visa spouses may soon get to work in U.S. | House bill orders spy agency review | Little oversight of where ammonium nitrate stored in United States: Report | NSA collecting millions of faces from web images | House subcommittee approves DHS funding bill | Airports, police want training, funds to deter gunmen

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Progress and Modernity in Arab Societies
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