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  • Russian TV Host: Russia Is the Only Country With Capability to Turn US into "Radioactive Dust"

    03/16/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post reported: Russia, news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov took to the Rossiya 1 news channel to put the situation into a broader geopolitical context for views. One part of his explanation, however, has caught a lot of attention: Kiselyov explained to his viewers that Russia is the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ashes.” He then went on to use animated maps to show exactly how Russia would automatically respond with nuclear missiles if command and control were attacked or disabled by a U.S. attack. He also took a swipe at Obama.
  • Radiation leak forces closure at New Mexico waste burial site

    02/21/2014 1:43:43 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies ^ | February 17, 2014, | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    Normal operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been suspended for four days as the leak is investigated. ... the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, activated air filters as a precaution and barred personnel from entering the 2,150-foot-deep repository as they investigate what caused the leak. Radiation sensors sounded alarms at 11:30 p.m. Friday, when no workers were in the underground portions of the plant. ... Any prolonged shutdown could cause a backup of waste at a dozen nuclear-weapons-related sites across the nation, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area. In 2012, those dozen sites made...
  • WIPP leaks ‘should never occur’ (NM nuclear disposal site)

    02/21/2014 12:58:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 21, 2014 | Lauren Villagran
    “One event is far too many.” That’s how New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn characterized last week’s radiation leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Although deemed not harmful to human health, the elevated levels of plutonium and americium detected outside the nuclear waste depository has prompted an investigation. U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco said it could take three weeks to get investigators underground to uncover the source of the Feb. 14 leak – the first time radiation has escaped the facility in its 15 years of operation, he said. Franco said WIPP...
  • New Radioactive Water Leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant

    02/19/2014 10:35:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu February 20, 2014 | Yoko Wakatsuki
    A large amount of radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday. The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement. The tainted water flowed over a barrier around the tank and is being absorbed into the ground, TEPCO said. The plant has shut off the inflow of water into the tank and the leaking has stopped, it added.
  • Truck Carrying Dangerous Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico

    12/04/2013 6:21:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | Dec. 04, 2013 | Nate Rawlings
    There have been cases of people stealing radioactive material without knowing about it, and an IAEA spokeswoman said that may have been the case with the stolen truck in Mexico. Mexican authorities are searching for the stolen truck.
  • Truck carrying radioactive material reportedly stolen in Mexico

    12/04/2013 3:14:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-4-13 | Fox News
    A truck carrying potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The truck was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source intended for medical use to a storage center when it was stolen on Monday in Tepojaco, near Mexico City, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, according to Agence France-Presse
  • Is it safe? Radioactive Japanese Wave Nears US

    11/29/2013 5:42:58 PM PST · by blam · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29-2013 | Maxim Lott
    Is it safe? Radioactive Japanese wave nears US By Maxim Lott Published November 29, 2013 In the wake of the deadly tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 and severely damaged a nuclear reactor, Japanese officials say the levels of radiation are safe for everyone outside the reactor area itself. But as radioactive water from the plant nears the West Coast of North America -- the water is expected to hit in 2014 -- can we be sure it's safe?(snip)“There should be no concern among Americans, of any age or location,” Gilbert Ross, executive director of the American Council on...
  • Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO

    08/10/2013 9:22:02 AM PDT · by Mr Radical · 72 replies ^ | August 10th 2013 | not stated
    Contaminated groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator TEPCO has admitted. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is responsible for decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Saturday said the protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels, Itar-Tass reports. The contaminated groundwater, which mixes with radioactive leaks seeping out of the plant, has already risen to 60cm above the barriers –...
  • Nuclear futures: thorium could be the silver bullet to solve our energy crisis

    05/25/2013 6:45:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 22 May 2013 | Robert Cywinski
    The only source of energy that can meet global demand while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions is nuclear power. But our perception of nuclear power is coloured by issues of safety, radiotoxic waste, and the threat of nuclear proliferation. Yet there is a safer alternative to current nuclear technology… Author Robert Cywinski Professor, Special Research Advisor at University of Huddersfield Disclosure Statement Robert Cywinski receives funding from the EPSRC and STFC The Conversation is funded by CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, Canberra, CDU, Deakin, Flinders, Griffith, JCU, La Trobe, Massey, Murdoch, Newcastle. QUT, Swinburne, UniSA, USC, USQ, UTAS, UWS and...
  • The Case for a Solar Influence on Certain Nuclear Decay Rates ( article)

    05/16/2013 8:19:26 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Arxiv dot org ^ | Wed, 16 Jan 2013 | Sturrock, P. etal
    The Case for a Solar Influence on Certain Nuclear Decay Rates Peter Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Daniel Javorsek II, Jere Jenkins, Robert Lee (Submitted on 16 Jan 2013) Power-spectrum analyses of the decay rates of certain nuclides reveal (at very high confidence levels) an annual oscillation and periodicities that may be attributed to solar rotation and to solar r-mode oscillations. A comparison of spectrograms (time-frequency displays) formed from decay data and from solar neutrino data reveals a common periodicity with frequency 12.5 year-1, which is indicative of the solar radiative zone. We propose that the neutrino flux is modulated by the...
  • Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities”

    08/15/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities” A study of the pale grass blue butterfly in the regions around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, site of the 2011 radiation disaster, has revealed that the insects are giving birth to mutants at an alarming rate. Indeed, the butterflies collected from younger generations have more abnormalities than butterflies born directly after the power plant began leaking radioactive particles into the environment. That means the genetic damage caused by the radiation leak has been inherited by subsequent generations. Above, you can see images taken from the study, published...
  • Man Pulled Over for Being Radioactive (Connecticut)

    05/14/2012 7:14:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 14, 2012 | Julian Whitcrosse
    Man pulled over for being radioactive Last Wednesday, Mike Apatow was getting on to Interstate 84 in Newtown, CT, when police stopped him for no reason he could determine. When the cop told him that his car had set off his radioactivity detectors, it started making sense: Apatow was most certainly radioactive. Earlier in the day, Apatow had had a bit of radioactive material injected into his veins. He wasn't trying to turn himself into a superhero—just trying to keep himself alive. The off-duty firefighter had gone to a cardiology office to have a cardiac stress test, which tracks the...
  • Radioactive man? Milford resident pulled over by state police

    05/11/2012 8:44:35 AM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    CT Post ^ | 08:36 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Amanda Cuda
    Mike Apatow, of Milford, poses at Stratford Fire Station, Company 2, in Stratford, Conn. May 10th, 2012, where he works as firefighter. Apatow, who had a radioactive stress test Wednesday, was pulled over later in the day, in Newtown, by a state police trooper after a radioactivity detector in the trooper's car was set off when Apatow passed. The detectors are used to help identify potential terror threats. Apatow was not on duty at the time. Photo: Ned Gerard / Connecticut Post Mike Apatow was minding his own business Wednesday, driving to an appointment for work in Washington Depot when...
  • Tokyo Soil Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” In the United States

    03/27/2012 3:25:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 25, 2012 | George Washington
    We noted in August that some parts of Tokyo have more radiation than existed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones. And see this and this. There are indications that radiation levels are increasing in Tokyo. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States, which would have to be specially disposed of at a facility in Texas:
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

    12/25/2011 6:35:16 PM PST · by LucyT · 68 replies
    PR Newswire. ^ | Dec. 19, 2011, | oseph Mangano and Janette Sherman, International Journal of Health Services
    Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14...
  • Radioactive Sludge in Kindergartens in Tokamachi City, Niigata (Fukushima)

    08/22/2011 8:24:41 AM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | Aug 22, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture is located 205 kilometers west of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. It's not even under the plume according to Professor Hayakawa's map. Tokamachi is the green arrow. Fukushima I Nuke Plant is the red tag "D". (Map created at Jukurabe.) From Yomiuri Shinbun (1:37PM JST 8/22/2011): Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture announced on August 22 the result of the survey of radioactive materials in the soil in nursery schools and kindergartens in the city. 18,900 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was found in the sludge at the bottom of the container that collects rainwater at a...
  • Mushrooms Join Growing List of Radioactive Threats to Japan’s Food Chain

    08/14/2011 4:47:37 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Businessweek ^ | August 14, 2011 | Naoko Fujimura and Chris Cooper
    Mushrooms Join Growing List of Radioactive Threats to Japan’s Food Chain Mushrooms joined the threats to Japan’s food chain from radiation spewed by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, as the country expands efforts to limit the effects of the disaster. Japan is under pressure to enhance food inspections as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination. About two-thirds of Japan’s prefectures now plan to check rice crops, the Mainichi newspaper reported yesterday, citing its own survey. Half of Japan’s rice is grown within range of emissions from the crippled nuclear plant, and farmers are awaiting...
  • Radioactive Beef Consumed in School Lunches in 296 Schools in 12 Prefectures in Japan

    08/11/2011 1:09:01 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 28 replies ^ | Aug 10, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    From Asahi Shinbun (3:02AM JST 8/11/2011): The survey by the Ministry of Education and Science has revealed that 296 schools in 12 prefectures have used beef from cows suspected of radioactive cesium contamination. 2 schools used the beef whose cesium level exceeded the provisional safety limit. According to the ministry, as of August 9, the meat from the cows that may have eaten radioactive rice hay was used in school lunches in 278 elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, and special education schools, and 18 kindergartens, in 20 cities and towns in Japan. 127 schools in Yokohama City used...
  • Radiation in Japan: Chernobyl-Affected Trees from Europe Sold in Japan?

    08/08/2011 9:49:06 AM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | Aug 6, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    From the blog of Dr. Bin Mori, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences;SNIP "I want to tell you how some European countries have been disposing the trees that were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago. Japanese timber trading companies started to buy Norway Spruce [Picea abies, also commonly called European Spruce]- "whitewood" - from Germany, Finland, and Sweden in great quantities, and the import continues to this day. "Compared to Japanese Cedar, Norway Spruce has less knots, whiter color-tone, and best of all it is cheaper than Japanese...
  • Radioactive mushrooms contaminated in Chernobyl disaster seized at British port

    06/12/2011 9:51:31 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A ton of mushrooms containing ten times the safe level of a radioactive metal has been seized and destroyed by health chiefs. The Bulgarian consignment of dried wild mushrooms is thought to have been irradiated by caesium 137 from the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine 25 years ago. It was found by a UK Border Agency team looking for illegal immigrants and impounded before it reached the shops. Levels of radiation are measured in becquerels. The EU sets a maximum limit for caesium 137 in food of 600 becquerels per kilogram – double the level in Japan. But the amount of...
  • Nuclear rabbit birth sparks mutant baby concern [Japan]

    06/07/2011 12:54:29 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies ^ | June 7th, 2011 | unknown
    Is this the beginning of a new wave of deformed animals which could take over the world? An earless bunny born Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the start of lots of strange goings-on in the land of the rising sn. Amateur footage posted on Youtube shows an earless mutant rabbit, and the person who made the video claims it was shot just outside the exclusion zone near Japan's crippled Fukushima plant. The development has given rise to fears that the nuclear radiation leak is worse than expected and human babies with mutations may be next on the list....
  • N.M. Considered for Waste (Radioactive but not fuel rods)

    04/25/2011 11:16:32 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 25, 2011 | John Fleck
    The federal government, in search of a place to dispose of its radioactive waste, is once again considering New Mexico. Three of seven sites under consideration for disposal of some of the lesser radioactive nuclear power plant waste are in New Mexico, including the possibility of adding it to the inventory of waste headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad. A second site near WIPP is also on the list of possible locations, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory. The waste, much of it from machinery in old nuclear power plants, is technically categorized as "low level,"...
  • Hot Wheels from Japan

    04/22/2011 3:42:28 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 1 replies ^ | April 22, 2011 |
    Japan Automakers Check Radiation On Car Exports Manufacturing.Net - April 22, 2011 TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automakers have begun checking the level of radiation on cars to be exported from the country in a bid to ease worries among foreign consumers, an industry group said Friday. The automakers will inspect radiation inside cars and on tires before shipment, said Hirokazu Furukawa, a spokesman for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. No radiation has been detected so far on cars to be exported from Japan, he said. "Some foreign consumers voiced concern over radiation. We want to erase their worries by taking...
  • President Urges Americans to Flee as Radioactive Plume Heads toward US

    03/19/2011 9:55:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 19 March 2011 | John Semmens
    A plume of radioactive dust from Japan’s nuclear disaster is expected to drift over the United States mainland in the next few days. President Obama urged Americans to “plan their own exit strategy.” “While we don’t know exactly how dangerous this cloud may turn out to be there are steps you can take to protect yourself from exposure,” the President said. “For example, now would be a good time to visit the Southern Hemisphere. The plume is expected to bypass this region on its first trip around the globe. So, you should be relatively safe there.” Following his own advice,...
  • NY Times Blows Story on Drilling “Dangers”. Another fact check fails.

    02/28/2011 9:51:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    There seems to be little question remaining over whether or not there is a rather blatant agenda in some segments of the media when it comes to natural gas drilling in this country. For the latest example, one need look no further than Ian Urbina’s latest piece in the New York Times with the excitable title, Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers.Never one to soft sell a good meme, the Times skips right past any of the normal environmental hazards associated with energy exploration and goes right for… radiation! With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a...
  • Wyden Announces Prostate Cancer (D-OR Senator, misses lame-duck votes)

    12/16/2010 3:15:04 PM PST · by heiss · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Corner ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    “After my annual physical in late November, I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery, which will be performed December 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Alan Partin. Thanks to routine screening, this was diagnosed very early and I expect a full and speedy recovery. I scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington. However, it now...
  • Is the Sun Emitting a Mystery Particle?

    08/27/2010 3:40:04 PM PDT · by epithermal · 40 replies
    Discovery ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | Ian O'Neill
    When probing the deepest reaches of the Cosmos or magnifying our understanding of the quantum world, a whole host of mysteries present themselves. This is to be expected when pushing our knowledge of the Universe to the limit. But what if a well-known -- and apparently constant -- characteristic of matter starts behaving mysteriously? This is exactly what has been noticed in recent years; the decay rates of radioactive elements are changing. This is especially mysterious as we are talking about elements with "constant" decay rates -- these values aren't supposed to change. School textbooks teach us this from an...
  • A Quarter Century after Chernobyl- Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

    08/04/2010 7:48:29 AM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 30 July 2010 | Charles Hawley
    As Germany's wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007. It's no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents...
  • Safe containing radioactive material missing from hospital

    07/21/2010 6:46:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    CHICAGO BREAKING NEWS ^ | July 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Joel Hood
    <p>SNIPPET: "Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee are investigating how a lead-lined safe containing radioactive material went missing from a storage area at the hospital."</p> <p>SNIPPET: "Gibb Vinson of the IEMA, the state agency that oversees the handling of hazardous materials, said the safe could not be found after construction crews completed a construction project at the facility on July 13. Officials suspect the construction crew may have inadvertently thrown out the safe with debris headed for an area landfill. Vinson said the safe is not believed to have been stolen, although the state is still investigating."</p>
  • Radioactive fish near Vt. nuke plant deemed common

    05/30/2010 4:39:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 481+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2010 | DAVE GRAM
    Radioactive fish near Vt. nuke plant deemed common MONTPELIER, Vt. — When a fish taken from the Connecticut River recently tested positive for radioactive strontium-90, suspicion focused on the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as the likely source. Operators of the troubled 38-year-old nuclear plant on the banks of the river, where work is under way to clean up leaking radioactive tritium, revealed this month that it also found soil contaminated with strontium-90, an isotope linked to bone cancer and leukemia. Three days later, officials said a fish caught four miles upstream from the reactor in February had tested positive...
  • Radioactive fish near nuclear plant said ordinary

    05/30/2010 9:50:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies · 352+ views
    hosted. ^ | May 30
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont health official says it may be impossible to determine if the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is responsible for a fish containing the radioactive isotope strontium-90 being found in the Connecticut River. But radiological health chief William Irwin says there are strong indications Vermont Yankee was not the source of the strontium-9i0.
  • Strontium-90 found in soil at Vermont nuke plant

    05/22/2010 6:25:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 714+ views
    hosted ^ | May 21
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont Yankee officials say that while cleaning up after a leak of radioactive tritium at the nuclear power plant, they found another, more potent radioactive isotope in soil near where the leak occurred
  • N. Koreans Let American Scientist Hold Lump of Plutonium

    03/19/2010 12:20:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 957+ views ^ | 2/22/2010 | Phillip F. Schewe
    Siegfried Hecker, sitting in a cold conference room, was asked by his North Korean hosts if he would like to see their "product." "Yes," Dr. Hecker replied. "Do you mean plutonium?" Hecker, former director of the U.S. weapons lab at Los Alamos and familiar with the hazardous properties of plutonium, was surprised when two technicians carried a small red metal box into the room. Inside was a white wooden box containing two glass jars -- they looked like marmalade jars -- one containing a piece of plutonium metal, the other plutonium powder. He later asked if he could hold the...
  • RadioActive with Steve Mitton LIVE THREAD........

    02/24/2010 10:05:22 AM PST · by 47samurai · 1 replies · 144+ views
    RadioActive w/ Steve Mitton ^ | 02/24/2010 | Steve Mitton
    Time once again for America's pudgy pundit, the marauding Mormon, aka Steve Storm, or Steve Savage. Welcome to RadioAcive with Steve Mitton, informing and entertaining the USA since 1979. Today's topics global warming, Obamacare, the state of American education, tea parties, and MORE. Pay particular attention to "This Date in History at the and really conservative. Listen LIVE!
  • U.S. Japan to Launch Talks on Cooperation in Nuke Forensics

    02/05/2010 5:16:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 154+ views
    The Seoul Times ^ | 02/05/2010 | The Seoul Times
    Japan and the United States will launch working-level talks in February aimed at promoting cooperation in the field of nuclear forensics, a sophisticated process to analyze the composition of nuclear materials, Kyodo News reported on Nan. 30 quoting sources of both governments as having said . Representatives of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, an organization under the Department of Energy, will attend the talks. It would be the first intergovernmental consultation on nuclear forensics between Japan and the United States. Nuclear forensics focuses on analyzing the nature, use and...
  • New synthetic material traps nuclear waste

    01/28/2010 11:31:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Nuclear Power Daily ^ | 1/27/2010 | AFB via Nuclear Power Daily
    Northwestern University scientists say they've created a material that can trap the radioactive ion cesium while ignoring harmless ions such as sodium. Researchers led by Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis said their synthetic material is made from layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound. They said it has been extremely successful in removing cesium -- found in nuclear waste, but very difficult to clean up -- from a sodium-heavy solution that consisted of concentrations similar to those found in real liquid nuclear waste. The scientists said the new material sequestered 100 percent of the cesium ions from the solution, while simultaneously...
  • Radioactive Wasp Nests Worry Nuclear Cleanup Workers

    06/14/2009 5:55:47 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 2,522+ views
    foxnews ^ | June 11, 2009 | foxnews
    YAKIMA, Wash. — If workers cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear site didn't have enough to worry about, now they've got to deal with radioactive wasp nests. Mud dauber wasps built the nests, which have been largely abandoned by their flighty owners, in holes at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation in 2003. That's when workers finished covering cleaned-up waste sites with fresh topsoil, native plants and straw to help the plants grow — inadvertently creating perfect ground cover for the insects to build their nests. Nearby cleanup work also provided a steady supply of mud, which the wasps used...
  • Audit targets safety at SRS

    05/04/2009 5:48:35 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 206+ views
    Aiken Standard ^ | 5/4/2009 | MIKE GELLATLY
    Failures in quality assurance at the Savannah Rive Site cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and could cause injury to workers and the public and allow spills of thousands of gallons of high-level radioactive waste, according to an audit report. The report, released last week by the inspector general of the Department of Energy, stated that SRS contractors repeatedly procured dangerous construction materials and components that failed to meet federal safety standards. The report specifically names Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) and MOX Services; most failures in the report relate to lower-tier vendors not following guidelines.
  • Police Hunt Radioactive Man on the Run Thomas Leopold

    02/27/2009 2:50:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 357+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 28, 2009
    POLICE are hunting down a man whose medical treatment has made him radioactive. Thomas Marius Leopold, 42, didn't appear at a court hearing in London this week on child pornography charges. His lawyer Jeannie Mackay told the court his treatment for a thyroid problem made him radioactive. "Please warn officers that when he is arrested he might be radioactive," Judge John Price said. "This is not a joke." It's likely Mr Leopold is being treated with radioactive iodine for an overactive thyroid, according to Royal Victoria Infirmary radiation protection adviser Mike Keir, who claimed the risk to police and the...
  • Radio Talk-show host among many to save the evidence as they go along.

    12/11/2008 9:28:32 AM PST · by 47samurai · 21 replies · 2,378+ views
    RadioActive with Steve Mitton ^ | 12/11/08 | Steve Mitton
    When I saw this yesterday, something told me it wouldn't last long, so I saved an image of the page. Sure enough, the website has received pressure to remove the story dated November 10, 2008.
  • Radioactive cat poop costs town $2,000.00

    09/05/2008 5:10:10 PM PDT · by Radix · 31 replies · 659+ views
    Brockton Enterprise ^ | 5 September 2008 | Paula M. Donnelly
    WEST BRIDGEWATER — No, it isn’t a scene out of “The Simpsons” — the town of West Bridgewater has been charged $2,000 for radioactive kitty litter found in a trash Dumpster. A trash bag filled with the contaminated litter was discovered during a scan for radioactive material at the SEMASS waste facility in Rochester. It is believed to have come from a West Bridgewater cat receiving radiology treatment for cancer whose owner neglected to properly dispose of the litter. The scans for radioactive material became mandatory for SEMASS after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Brian Adams, a spokesman...
  • Containers found with radioactive material

    07/11/2008 3:08:41 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 151+ views
    Dawn ^ | July 11, 2008 | Baqir Sajjad Syed
    ISLAMABAD, July 10: The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) is looking into two unclaimed containers of radioactive material found buried on the premises of an Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL) workshop in Karachi. The discovery of the containers has sparked fears that more such material could be in the vicinity and a search has been launched. It is suspected that the neutron source material was of Soviet origin and could have been lying there for decades. The PNRA believes that during this period neither the employees working at the facility nor the general public were exposed to radiation...
  • Radioactive sand coming to Idaho from Kuwait

    05/02/2008 9:58:47 AM PDT · by Domandred · 33 replies · 271+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 5/2/2008 | Jessie Bonner
    Nearly 80 rail cars loaded with contaminated sand from Kuwait are headed toward a dump in southwestern Idaho. American Ecology Corp. is shipping about 6,700 tons of sand containing traces of depleted uranium and lead to a hazardous waste disposal site 70 miles southeast of Boise. The sand arrived by ship at Longview, Wash., this week and company officials say loads are scheduled to begin arriving in Idaho by rail in two weeks. Transfer of the sand to the United States was first reported this week by The Daily News in Longview. The company has previously disposed of low-level radioactive...
  • Colombia says FARC wanted to make radioactive bomb

    03/04/2008 3:56:54 AM PST · by maquiladora · 12 replies · 220+ views
    Colombia's FARC guerrilla movement was trying to get hold of radioactive material to make a "dirty bomb," Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos said on Tuesday. Santos told the United Nations Conference on Disarmament that materials found on computers of Raul Reyes, the deputy commander of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), showed the group was in negotiations to get hold of radioactive matter for a bomb. (Reuters)
  • Rockwall Man Boasts Of Nuclear Reactor, But No Arrest Made (Garage Nuke In Texas?)

    01/10/2008 10:16:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies · 107+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | hursday, January 10, 2008 | JASON TRAHAN
    Rockwall man boasts of nuclear reactor, but no arrest made Thursday, January 10, 2008 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News A 22-year-old Rockwall man's Internet boasts that he had made a mini-nuclear reactor in his garage resulted in a visit recently by federal authorities. Representatives with the FBI and the Texas Department of State Health Services' Radiation Control Program took away the man's science equipment on Friday – but not because he was doing anything dangerous or illegal. Rather, the man's parents, with whom he is living, asked that the equipment be removed, officials said. The man, who...
  • Box containing depleted uranium found

    12/04/2007 3:26:24 PM PST · by VRWCmember · 96 replies · 2,041+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 12/04/2007 | Star-Telegram Staff
    FORT WORTH -- A box containing depleted uranium that fell from a truck yesterday has been found. Police and emergency hazardous material workers searched an area of northwest Fort Worth overnight for the device that is used to X-ray construction welds. A driver with a company identified as Desert Industrial X-Ray was transporting the device through the area of Blue Mound Road and U.S. 287 just before 11 p.m. when the box apparently bounced out of the back of his pickup, police said. Lt. Kent Worley, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department, said this morning that a man...
  • 3 Arrested in Radioactive Sale Bid (Slovakia)

    11/28/2007 1:52:34 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 117+ views
    AP ^ | 11/28/07 | WILLIAM J. KOLE/AP
    Three people have been arrested for trying to sell more than two pounds of an unspecified radioactive material, which officials then seized, police said Wednesday. Specialists were examining the radioactive material, which the three were trying to sell for $1 million, said police spokesman Martin Korch. Two of the suspects were arrested in eastern Slovakia, the other in Hungary, he said. They were not identified. Slovak and Hungarian police have been working together on the case for several months, Korch said. Hungary's National Bureau of Investigation had no comment Wednesday. The Czech news agency CTK, citing unconfirmed reports, said the...
  • Congo Arrests After Toxic Dumping (China Connection)

    11/09/2007 2:45:15 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 119+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-9-2007
    Congo arrests after toxic dumping Katanga has one of the world's richest belts of copper and cobalt Six people have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo for allegedly dumping highly radioactive minerals into a river, officials say. The authorities had ordered the nearly 20 metric tons of toxic material to be disposed of at an old uranium mine. But some of those charged with the safe disposal of the waste are reportedly among those who have been arrested. Residents of the large town of Likasi nearby are being warned not to use the water from the contaminated Mura...
  • "Radioactive Boy Scout" Gets 90 Days

    10/04/2007 12:03:14 PM PDT · by Westlander · 37 replies · 963+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-4-2007 | Associated Press
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A man who tried to build a nuclear reactor in a shed as a teenager will be assessed by doctors before starting a 90-day jail sentence for stealing smoke detectors. David Hahn, 31, was sentenced Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court on attempted larceny from a building. He was arrested in August after a maintenance worker saw him steal a smoke detector from his Clinton Township apartment complex. Police later found 15 other smoke detectors in his apartment.
  • Washington puts illegal immigrants on back burner (too "radioactive" in presidential election year)

    10/01/2007 3:10:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 525+ views ^ | 10/01/07 | BILL CAHIR
    Washington puts illegal immigrants on back burnerMonday, October 01, 2007 By BILL CAHIR Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers last week focused their energies on funding the war in Iraq, denouncing the president of Iran, proposing more cash for children's health insurance, trying to expand a flood relief program, banning hate crimes, and averting a government shut-down. What they didn't do: Strengthen border enforcement, create a path to legal residency for roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants, provide cash that would help schools, hospitals and police cope with rising immigration rates. Since the demise of a bipartisan Senate bill, lawmakers have shunned...