Health and environmental groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation requiring facilities using extremely toxic chemicals to switch to safer alternatives whenever feasible in order to prevent terrorist attacks at high-risk facilities. A temporary chemical security measure that was passed in 2006 is due to expire soon, and some Republicans and the chemical industry have urged making the rules permanent.
Researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy say they have found a compound in the ocean off the coast of Key Largo that can stop the progression of cancer. The researchers have presented data on the efficacy of the compound largazole, found in cyanobacteria that grows on coral reefs.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen say they have proved that fruit and vegetables grown organically have no more or less vitamins and minerals than those that are not organic. One expert notes that once they are in the soil, mineral nutrients from natural or artificial fertilizers are chemically identical.
Chemical shipments on U.S. trains, considered a key measure of chemical demand, increased 6% for the week ending Aug. 2, according to the Association of American Railroads. Chemical car loadings increased from 30,892 in the same week a year ago, to 32,738.
Information about foreign travelers to the U.S. that is collected by DHS can and will be shared with U.S. intelligence agencies, according to officials. The information is stored in a database that until now has been used primarily by Homeland Security officials. "We're expanding our portfolio of agencies we are working with," a department spokeswoman said.