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Intel Briefing – December 2011

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First nationwide Emergency Alert System test hits glitches.
Problems were reported across the country during the first-ever nationwide test November 9 of the Emergency Alert System, designed to allow the president to address the American people during a national emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which ordered the test, stressed it was designed to find flaws, and scoffed at reports the system had failed. By late November 9, a FCC official said about one-third of the test participants had filed preliminary reports, and those showed that 80 to 90 percent of the stations received the alert, and were able to rebroadcast it, which was the major criteria of the test. The official called the failure rate of more than 10 percent “not insignificant,” but said identifying problems “is why we have the test.”

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Heat is on for welding co. cited by DOT.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has fined American Welding & Tank, LLC, $3.8 million for violating hazardous material safety standards. The business was cited for manufacturing and selling unsafe nurse tanks. This is a type of cargo tank used to store and transport anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous material used in farming operations. The agency conducted a safety investigation of American Welding’s Fremont, Ohio, plant following reports of safety problems with the tanks. The FMCSA discovered a clear pattern of failure to manufacture, maintain, repair, and sell the tanks according to federal standards.

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Copper sword stolen from statue at Lincoln’s Tomb.
Thieves stole a 3-foot-long copper sword atop Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois, in what is believed to be the first theft at the site in more than a century, the Associated Press reported November 12. An employee noticed the week of November 7 the sword was cut from a statue of a Civil War artillery officer, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported November 12. Officials believe the sword was stolen sometime between September and early November. The rest of the statue was unharmed.

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