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Intel Briefing – November 2011

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Bioterrorism report card: U.S. unprepared.
en years after an anthrax attack killed five people and awakened the nation to the dangers of bioterrorism, the United States remains largely unprepared for a large-scale attack or deadly disease outbreak, according to a new report from the WMD Terrorism Research Center. The report, released October 12, gives the country mostly B’s and C’s for its ability to handle small-scale events, such as the anthrax letter attack of 2001, and failing grades for its ability to handle large-scale events. Notably, the report gives the country a “D” across the board for the country’s ability to develop and quickly approve medical countermeasures such as diagnostic tools and vaccines, which are crucial in outbreaks of all sizes.

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EPA reports says closed North Hampton landfill threatens area water sources.
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on the 27-acre Coakley Landfill released in September prompted a North Hampton, New Hampshire selectman to seek additional information about the superfund site capped in 1998. The report said toxins may be endangering area drinking water sources, and dioxane has been detected at levels exceeding state standards at most monitoring wells. The report also mentions manganese and arsenic as potential problems. The board chairman told the Portsmouth Herald that one of the most important sources for water for the town of North Hampton has been compromised.

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Bad gasoline delivered to 21 communities, including Austin.
A petroleum company is replacing gas it delivered to nearly two dozen Minnesota communities, including Austin, because it contained too much ethanol. The gasoline came from Magellan Midstream Partners Petroleum plant in Mankato. A Magellan spokesman said “an operational issue” caused the gas to contain more than 10 percent ethanol. The Minnesota Department of Commerce said it received two consumer complaints about problems with vehicles and traced the high ethanol gas to 21 localities.

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US to impose sanctions on BP, Gulf spill contractors.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement October 12 formally issued sanctions against BP and the major contractors involved in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The agency filed 15 “incidents of noncompliance” to the companies. The contractors each received four notices of violations, with Transocean accused of failing to properly maintain the rig’s blowout preventer and Halliburton accused of not properly cementing the well. All three companies have 60 days to appeal the sanctions.

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