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A feeling of desperation is sweeping over Japan as news from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power site worsens with high levels of radiation now showing up in groundwater. International Atomic Energy Agency monitors are urging a wider evacuation zone beyond the Japanese government’s evacuation perimeter.
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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions fired an undisclosed number of employees fo leaking an emailed memo that discussed how more than 1,400 employee reductions at SRS would be implemented.
According to the Aiken Standard, the paper rece3ived a copy of the email and its contents were considered classified by the Department of Energy. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has a history of accidents and mishaps at the site and routinely relies on confidentiality and national security in order to avoid releasing details of incidents. Ironically the company hopes to take part in the economic bonanza that Senate ratification of the New Start Treaty will bring with the modernization of SRS. This is the most radioactive site in the United States in terms of curies. There is an estimated 400 million curies of radiation in liquid waste storage tanks at the site. Despite billions spent in clean-up there has been no reduction in radiation caused by remediation.
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??The Savannah Riverkeeper has the difficult task of trying to protect the fourth most polluted river in America. We had the pleasure of going out with Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus and her loyal dog Boudreau on a patrol near the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. SRS is a huge contributor to pollution in the river, but, sadly, only one of many. It was on that trip that Tonya told of the struggle against horrendous industrial pollution in the river involving companies like the Olin Corporation.
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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.
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