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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, March 25, 2005

BioWatch: How Well Is the EPA Doing?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds and oversees the BioWatch program. BioWatch is an early warning system intended to detect the accidental or intentional (e.g., terrorist) release of biological agents into the air. An objective of BioWatch is to give response agencies from all levels of government time to react.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responsibilities in BioWatch include air sampling through monitor deployment, site security, oversight, and assessing monitor technology.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General has released an evaluation report, EPA Needs to Fulfill Its Designated Responsibilities to Ensure Effective BioWatch Program.

The 27-page report, released March 23, 2005, identifies areas where EPA has not fulfilled its responsibilities, and it offers recommendations intended to correct identified deficiencies as well as improve overall performance.


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