The Aiken Standard reports that the Department of Energy refuse to release the name of an employee who ran a security barrier at the nuclear weapons facility last month. The employee hit another car stopping at the barrier and then flipped over.
DOE is withholding over $3 million from two contractors whose employees were burned in an electrical accident, an acid spill and a finger destroying crane incident. These accidents were from 2009 and do not include the recent plutonium exposure case for last June.
Rob Pavey of the Augustra Chronicle reports that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and Parsons Innovations and Technology Group are the accident prone contractors at the Savannah River Site finally got the attention of the Department of Energy.
Rob Pavey of the Augusta Chronicle reports that a contractor that employed a worker who received a radioactive puncture wound in his finger did not cooperate with Department of Energy Investigators as Federal law requires.
During a visit in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said the two recent Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling accidents in West Virginia and Clearfield County are warnings.
Rendell said that not everything is right with company practices and state regulations and that the drilling company in Clearfield County violated existing rules to notify state officials of an accident.
The governor commended the drilling company for taking responsibility for getting the blow-out under control but said, “One of the problems here is that the company violated existing regulations. They didn’t notify [the Department of Environmental Protection] and they didn’t notify PEMA.”
Rendell said that the company operating the Pennsylvania accident site will likely face substantial fines due to their failure to notify state officials of the accident.
On June 14, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that the Obama administration is planning on rolling out a climate package in July, which may or may not be coupled with his answer on the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama reportedly told a group of donors at a closed-door fundraiser that he will unveil a series of climate proposals in the coming weeks.
In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the » read more
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A new web documentary quotes security experts as saying the Savannah River Site, where massive amounts of weapons-grade plutonium and other dangerous substances are stored, is vulnerable to a terrorist attack that could have dire consequences for the entire southeastern United States. The documentary reveals the Site is guarded by a foreign-owned firm with a checkered security record. The radioactive material is stored in aging buildings. The small private guard force » read more
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