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National Academy of Sciences – Oil Spill, Traffic Fatalities and Kansas Biocontainment Lab

From the National Academy of Sciences:

Events Preceding Spill Point to Failure to Account for Safety Risks and Dangers

November 17 — The numerous technical and operational breakdowns that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico suggest the lack of a suitable approach for managing the inherent risks, uncertainties, and dangers associated with deepwater drilling operations and a failure to learn from previous “near misses,” says an interim report of preliminary findings from a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council.

U.S. Lags in Reducing Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

November 16 — The United States is missing significant opportunities to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. A new report from the National Research Council says the U.S. could save lives by implementing a more rigorous, comprehensive program that adopts safety practices that have been successful in other countries.

DHS Risk Assessment of Proposed Kansas Biocontainment Lab Is Incomplete

November 15 — A new congressionally requested National Research Council report finds “several major shortcomings” in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security study of risks associated with operating the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas. The Research Council report says the risks and costs of an accidental release of a pathogen from the facility could be significantly higher than the DHS assessment indicates.

Nutritional Improvements Proposed for Day Care Meals and Snacks

November 4 — Meals and snacks served to children and adults at day care facilities through a federally supported food program should contain increased amounts and varieties of vegetables and fruits and less fat, salt, and added sugars, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report’s recommendations will bring the nutrition standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in line with the latest nutrition science and dietary guidelines.

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