From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: NRC concludes 24 U.S. nuclear plants vulnerable to earthquakes
Date: Tue May 13 12:36:19 MDT 2014
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May 13, 2014


NRC concludes 24 U.S. nuclear plants vulnerable to earthquakes



The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded that 24 U.S. nuclear plants may not be able to withstand an earthquake, if one were to hit in the vicinity.

In March 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, resulting in major damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The earthquake damaged several reactors, disabling the cooling systems leading to the release of radioactivity. After the damage occurred to the plant, the NRC asked all U.S. nuclear plant operators to re-evaluate the seismic hazards their facilities could face.  More 

The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a set of guidance documents for school districts to help ensure equal access for all children to public schools, regardless of immigration status.

The guidance updates previous guidance provided in 2011, and was based partly on inquiries received by the departments since that time. In addition, "Recently, we have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or their parents' or guardians' actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status," the DOJ and DOE said in a letter.  More

According to former 9/11 Commission counsel and CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) Janice Kephart, there is no further reason for Congress to delay implementing biometric exit legislation at airports and seaports.

"The science is there, and proof is in the 16 nations that have fully implemented best-in-class biometrics that speed travel and virtually eliminate fraud, most of them in the past couple of years. Passage of a biometric exit bill -- and full deployment by DHS -- is both cost-effective and feasible now.  More 


Mutualink, based in Wallingford, CT, will partner with Comprehensive Communication Services and CTS Consolidated Telecom Services at the Texas Emergency Management Conference to demonstrate multimedia interoperability capabilities for public safety personnel. Attendees will experience first-hand how on-demand interagency communication and information sharing can be simply and effectively achieved across the Public Safety LTE Band 14 broadband network.  More    

St Louis, MO-based Code 3, Inc., has introduced a new amplifier system that significantly changes how warning sounds are utilized in emergency response. The Banshee system offers a selection of tones, features, and options that have never been available in one siren amp system before: three low frequency tones, multiple dual tones, and a true-sounding electronic air horn, according to the company. It also has additional built in tones created for specific emergency and warning situations, and can work with virtually any siren system already on the market and can be retrofitted to any emergency vehicle already on the road.  More 


A collaboration of Canton, OH-based LITO Technologies, Inc. and NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, has resulted in the launch of new technology that will revolutionize security monitoring systems, the company says. The collaboration could also be a new model to help publicly funded technology make the transition to privately funded commercialization.

The product of NASA's SBIR Grants, the LITO (Laser Imaging Through Obscurants) system, from LITO Technologies, allows monitoring and sensing in visually obscured weather conditions such as rain, snow, fog, hail and smoke, sand, and dust. More 

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