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APR 2017

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44 st / April 2017 oil-burning technology called the Flame Refluxer at the Coast Guard's Joint Maritime Test Facility during a controlled burn of oil on Mobile Bay, Alabama, with observation from Little Sand Island. WPI is the first university to work with the Coast Guard on research at the facility since it reopened in 2015. The Flame Refluxer comprises metal coils attached to a blanket made from copper wool sandwiched between two layers of copper mesh. The blanket is designed to be placed on top of floating oil that has been collected with a boom towed by two boats. After the oil is ignited, the coils and blanket transmit heat from the flames to superheat the oil, which increases its burning rate and efficiency. As a result, the oil burns more completely. The more complete com- bustion produces fewer airborne emissions, and any solid residue is captured by the copper wool and kept out of the water column. The Flame Refluxer is expected to become an important tool for oil spill responders to combat disasters. Scientific Integrity Act Would Protect Government Research from Politics The Scientific Integrity Act was introduced in the U.S. House Science Committee. It will require U.S. federal agen- cies to adopt or strengthen policies to insulate government- directed research from the influence of political pressure and special interests. The bill was introduced with 77 original co-sponsors. Federal agencies that conduct or fund scientific research would be required to develop clear written scien- tific integrity policies that can guarantee research is being done and published without undue influence, censorship or distortion. Scientific and technological information would be able to flow more easily while protecting privacy, confidenti- ality and national security. Twenty-four federal agencies have developed scientific integrity policies to date. This legislation would codify and strengthen these policies in a common framework. US Department of Interior to Offer 73 Million Acres in Gulf U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The proposed lease sale Au- gust 16, 2017 would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Lease Sale 249 will include about 13,725 unleased blocks, located 3 to 230 mi. offshore, in the Gulf's Western, Central and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115 ft. BOEM, USACE Agree to Coordinate OCS Management The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will enhance co- ordination on managing sand, gravel and shell resources from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which consists of 1.7 billion acres of seafloor under federal jurisdiction. The agreement supports consistency in environmental compli- ance, project scheduling and negotiated agreement re- quirements for projects proposing to use OCS sand, gravel and shell resources, for which there has been a growing demand in recent years. ST P.O. Box 2030, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA Tel: +1 401 884 8801 Fax: +1 401 884 8868 The World's Best Underwater Lift Bags from 25 lbs. to 50 tons, Water Load Test Bags to 50 tons. IMCA Compliant. ABS Approved. MARK V/ORCA RAPID RECOVERY SYSTEMS AIRCRAFT LIFTING BAGS WATER LOAD TEST BAGS VEHICLE RECOVERY SYSTEMS CABLE & PIPELINE FLOATS LIFEBOAT DAVIT TEST KITS FEND - AIR ® INFLAT - A - TANK PIPE PLUGGERS ®

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