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11 May 2022

UTSW genetic study confirms sarin nerve gas as cause of Gulf War illness (UT Southwestern Medical Center)

For three decades, scientists have debated the underlying cause of Gulf War illness (GWI), a collection of unexplained and chronic symptoms affecting veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Now researchers led by Robert Haley, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology at UT Southwestern, have solved the mystery, showing through a detailed genetic study that the nerve gas sarin was largely responsible for the syndrome. 

6 May 2022

CMC Pharmaceuticals Awarded Phase I SBIR Grant (BioSpace)

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awarded CMC Pharmaceuticals an SBIR contract managed by the DoD’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense. The Phase I SBIR award will fund the formulation and analytical development of a multi-dose scopolamine hydrobromide trihydrate vial. 

5 May 2022

SADC conducts course on emergency response to chemical incidents (New Era Namibia)

The Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade is hosting a five-day training course from 9-13 May on Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents for States Parties of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The training course underway in Swakopmund is aimed at developing protective capabilities in handling incidents involving chemical warfare agents or toxic industrial chemicals.

5 May 2022

EPA recognizes CDPHE for work at chemical depot (Fox21 News)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) with an award recognizing their work responsibly destroying chemical weapons at the Army Pueblo Chemical Depot facility in Pueblo County.

4 May 2022

JB MDL Partners with U.S. Army Support Activity again to destroy WWI era munitions (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity (CMA) Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (RCMD), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, is partnering with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) for a second mission to destroy World War I-era chemical munitions. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) discovered a total of six 75mm projectiles at JB MDL’s Parachute Jump Circle while investigating and removing chemical munitions, munitions of explosive concern and/or munitions constituents from two disposal pits. 

3 May 2022

How Does Homeland Security Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, and How Could Their Efforts Improve? (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

To improve national efforts to detect and combat weapons of mass destruction, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in 2018, set up its Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). This office merged several DHS offices and efforts with the goal of improving the department’s coordination of federal and state-level preparation to counter WMD threats. The GAO has produced a new report on what efforts CWMD uses to combat weapons of mass destruction and how it could improve its efforts.

2 May 2022

OPCW organises analytical chemistry course in partnership with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (OPCW News)

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held an online Analytical Skills Development Course in partnership with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) in Hyderabad, India, to enhance skills in the analysis of chemicals relevant to the CWC, and to share knowledge on laboratory best practices.