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 Obama administration has secretly negotiated a new pact with Russia to share civilian nuclear technology. It resembles similar agreements the United States has with other countries including China and India. This treaty is in addition to New START which is pending Senate ratification.
Increased night raids by Special Operations forces are putting pressure on the Taliban, but the increase in civilian casualties is causing problems for the Karzai government. Afghan President Karzai has asked NATO to stop the raids, but U.S. General David Petraeus believes these military actions are successful. At a NATO meeting in Lisbon this week, the United States is presenting a plan to withdraw combat troops by 2014.
Uncle Sam gets Nothing
The U.S. government controls an enormous amount of land, particularly in the western half of the country. The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages an estimated 700 million acres of public lands, with much of it open for development by oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy development. When these various industries come into conflict, hardrock mining interests – gold, silver, copper, and other minerals » read more
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On DCBureau are a story and timeline about the history of the Clean Water Act and the efforts to undermine it. Together they show an incremental, well-funded, organized campaign to weaken the law. On the 40th Anniversary of the Act, it is important to remember that environmental laws enjoyed bipartisan support for years. Weakening environmental regulations through the Congress and courts will have lasting, irreversible results.
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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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