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  • Researchers remove radioactive contaminants from

    A combination of forest by-products and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, according to researchers from North Carolina State University. Pawlak and fellow researchers found that the new material, which forms a solid foam, has applications beyond radioactive materials and can also remove salt from sea water. “As we’re ...

  • Radioactive contaminants removed from water

    A combination of forest by-products and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, according to researchers from North Carolina State University. Pawlak and fellow researchers found that the new material, which forms a solid foam, has applications beyond radioactive materials and can also remove salt from sea water. “As we’re ...

  • Radioactive Removal Project Gets Underway in Illinois

    Earlier this week, the Daily Herald published a story about a $20 million radioactive cleanup project getting underway near Naperville, Illinois.  The extensive project is taking place along the West Branch of the DuPage River at the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. According to the article, “The radioactive material came from an old gas light-manufacturing plant in West Chicago. The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • CH2M Hill Hanford Fined for Radioactive Exposure of Workers

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2006 (ENS) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has notified CH2M Hill Hanford Group, CHG, that it will fine the company $82,500 for violations of the department's nuclear safety requirements. CHG is the prime contractor responsible for managing the storage and retrieval of highly radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state. ...

  • ARCO Ordered to Investigate Radioactivity at Anaconda Mine

    SAN FRANCISCO, California (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered to the Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, to begin an investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nevada. The order requires ARCO to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study for most of the 3,468 acre mine site. ...

  • Japan`s radioactive water leaks: How dangerous?

    New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years, The government announced this week that it would contribute 47 billion yen ($470 million) to build ...


    By Associated Press

  • Idaho aquifer decline could hinder radioactive monitoring

    A continued drop in underground water levels could make it more difficult to monitor the movement of radioactive contamination in an aquifer below an eastern Idaho nuclear facility, scientists say. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey in a 36-page report released Monday said the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer level has dropped below ...


    By Associated Press

  • Radioactive water leaks at Japanese nuclear plant

    The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident." The operator of the plant said about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of ...


    By Associated Press

  • U.S. Allows Radioactive Materials in Ordinary Landfills

    TAKOMA PARK, Maryland, May 14, 2007 (ENS) - Radioactive materials from nuclear weapons facilities are being released to regular landfills and could get into commercial recycling streams, finds a report issued today by the nonprofit Nuclear Information and Resource Service, NIRS. Radioactive scrap, concrete, equipment, asphalt, plastic, wood, chemicals, and soil are placed in ordinary landfills, ...

  • North Dakota Finds More Radioactive Oil Waste

    North Dakota confirmed Thursday (April 24, 2014) the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there. The Canadian company hired to clean up the largest dump found so far, located at an abandoned gas ...


    By Associated Press

  • Laboratory study cuts fracking waste`s radioactivity

    Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations. The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. The water is tainted with chemicals, toxins and in some parts of the country - ...


    By Associated Press

  • `To Your Health` - Distillery sludge used to treat radioactive sites

    It's not the usual association that comes to mind - drinking your favourite brew and nuclear wastes - but a new study shows how distillery sludge can help solve one of our most pressing environmental problems. According to a new study, contaminated sites can be treated with sludge from the treatment of distillery wastewater in bioreactors. The study demonstrates an efficient method for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Agreement ensures removing contaminated buildings from nuclear metals superfund site in Concord, Mass.

    A new agreement will set the stage for more work to occur at a Concord, Mass. Superfund site, including the demolition of contaminated buildings which are unsound and need to be removed. The agreement, an Administrative Settlement Agreement between EPA, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, Textron, Inc. and Whittaker Corporation, outlines responsibilities for $70 million for performance of a ...

  • Survey detects contamination on proposed waste disposal site

    Two small areas of radioactive contamination have been detected during a survey of grazing land adjacent to the former nuclear research site at Dounreay. They were excavated and removed to the site for analysis. One was identified as a 'minor' particle of fast reactor fuel and the other as soil contaminated with radioactivity. The finds were 5-30cm below the surface and covered by vegetation, ...

  • Man-made radon included in contaminated land regime

    Regulations covering radioactive contaminated land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been amended to remove the exclusion of radon and its decay products. The amendments to Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 came into effect on 30th September, changing the definition of 'substance' to now include radon and any radionuclides present as a result of radioactive decay. ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Contaminated water still troubles Japan nuke plant

    The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has stabilized substantially since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami destroyed its power and cooling system, triggering meltdowns. Massive amounts of water are being used to cool the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West

    In a trailer park tucked among irrigated orchards that help make California's San Joaquin Valley the richest farm region in the world, 16-year-old Giselle Alvarez, one of the few English-speakers in the community of farmworkers, puzzles over the notices posted on front doors: There's a danger in their drinking water. Uranium, the notices warn, tests at a level considered unsafe by federal and ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Endorses “Way Ahead” Plan for West Valley Demonstration Project; Agency on hand to recognize shipment of nearly 20,000 low-level radioactive waste drums

    (Ashford, N.Y.) The people of West Valley, New York and Cattaraugus County celebrated an important milestone today at the West Valley Demonstration Project as they marked the safe shipment, in just over one year, of nearly 20,000 drums filled with low-level radioactive waste for off-site disposal. Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator joined James Rispoli, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ...

  • Explosive hazwaste removed from Massachusetts superfund site

    A time critical removal action was started by federal authorities this week at the Nuclear Metals, Inc. Superfund site in Concord Massachusetts to remove containers of hazardous substances that pose a risk of fire or explosion and radioactive substances. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, undertook the action at the request of the Concord Fire Department which expressed concern ...

  • Removal of building crane important step in demolition

    A building crane in one of Dounreay’s shut-down facilities became a waste package itself when a much larger crane reached in through the roof and lifted it off its rails. The decontamination and waste handling facility, code named D1207, was built to serve Dounreay’s chemical plants and the next door Vulcan site. The electrical overhead travelling (EOT) gantry crane, which had a 7.5 ton capacity, ...

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