“Unfortunately, the report also shows that Tepco series of catastrophic errors made ??one and given false information has. For example, is only now clear that the reactor fuel rods 1 are likely to be in the dry – according to Tepco figures they were at least half covered with water cooling. Also, the question arises whether one much earlier instead of fresh sea water for cooling would not pick up – after all, is not just the northern Japanese nuclear power plant in the desert. Generally nervous right now makes the discovered fact that Tepco today without boric acid used!) In a reactor cooling water to avoid a re-criticality would be an essential standard procedure“
In a move that has been long awaited by public health advocates, the EPA announced today that it will set a standard to regulate perchlorate, an insidious component in solid rocket fuel that has contaminated millions of Americans exposed to the chemical in drinking water supplies. The Natural Resources News Service first brought the threat of perchlorate to the public’s attention in a series of stories by former Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Waldman, assisted by NRNS reporter David Rosenfeld. The series prompted an ongoing, years-long battle over regulation of military toxins. NRNS discovered that the Navy was well aware of the danger to public health from perchlorate exposure but proceeded to use the chemical in Polaris sea launched ballistic missiles.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said that setting the standard will protect public health and spark new technologies to clean up drinking water. Based on monitoring conducted from 2001 to 2005, 153 drinking water sources in 26 states contain perchlorate. The standard could take up to two years to develop, the EPA said. Read more at
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.
The same week a construction worker was electrocuted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given the green light to the safety of a controversial plant under construction at the Savannah River Site. The the Department of Energy the plant claims will fabricate nuclear fuel from weapons grade plutonium now accumulating at the Savannah River Site.
The $5 billion dollar Mox plant is being built by the French government supported company Areva in partnership with a New Orleans based company Shaw. The construction effort has been marred by serious accidents, charges of racial discrimination and use of sub-standard steel and cement at the facility which is supposed to begin production 2016. But the biggest setback for the would be plant is that it has no utility customers willing to buy its fuel. Duke Power, once a partner in the project, dropped out when a fuel array tested in a company reactor failed. .
A recent TEEB for Business report estimated that the world’s 100 largest corporations do $7.3 trillion in damages each year to the global environment. These “externalized” costs are not borne by the business itself, but by society as a whole. Changing the way that corporations do business is critical to solving global environmental crises such as climate change. In the book Corporation 2020, Pavan Sukhdev presents a vision of how » 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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