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  • Radioactive Rice Found in Japan

    After finding elevated levels of radiation in rice crops near Fukushima’s damaged nuclear power plant, government officials ordered more tests on September 24, 2011. This finding is particularly worrisome, because rice accounts for such a significant portion of the Japanese diet.   Preliminary tests on rice paddies in the city of Nihonmatsu, about 35 miles from the Fukushima plant, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • A detectable trail: Measuring radioactivity in environment

    Radionuclides, or radioactive isotopes as they are often called, play an important part in the technologies that provide modern societies with food, water and medicine. But, if they are released into the environment through poor disposal, or by accident, they can be harmful to humans, animals and plants. One such example is the ingestion of radioactive contamination from tainted plants, animals ...

  • Highly radioactive water outside Fukushima

    Highly radioactive water has been found for the first time outside one of the reactor buildings at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, officials say. The leak in a tunnel linked to the No. 2 reactor has raised fears of radioactive liquid seeping into the environment. Officials said the radiation scare inside the No. 2 reactor was caused by a partial meltdown of fuel rods. Up ...

  • Geovariances - Setting Standards for Decontamination of Radioactive Sites

    Kartotrak, the first all-in-one software solution for radio-contaminated site characterization IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Geovariances, the global leader of geostatistical solutions launches Kartotrak, the first commercially available solution dedicated to all stages of any remediation program of radio-contaminated soil. French company Geovariances announces the launch of Kartotrak, the first ...


    By GEOVARIANCES

  • Radioactive water may overflow at Japan plant

    The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Tuesday it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall. The latest problem involves underground water which has built up ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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. ...

  • Oregon Prepares for Possible Radioactive Tsunami Debris

    This month, the Yamhill Valley News-Register published a story about how various Oregon agencies and groups are preparing for potentially radioactive debris to reach the coast.  Recently, they held a conference call to review Oregon’s planned response as the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami approaches in early March. Although most experts do not ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tests confirm no radioactivity release to environment from IAEA Seibersdorf Lab

    Independent analysis has confirmed that there was no release of radioactive material to the environment following an incident at the IAEA´s Seibersdorf Laboratory on 3 August. The test results were provided by the Austrian Research Centers (ARC), from analysis of soil, plant and water samples collected from outside the IAEA´s Laboratories in Seibersdorf, where the incident occurred. The radiation ...

  • Radioactive particles from Chernobyl disaster may be re-released by wildfires

    Fires in forests contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident could lead to areas of Europe and Russia being exposed to further radioactive fallout, new research has found. The study examined the spread of the fallout and the health effects on people and animals under three different scenarios: 10, 50 and 100% of the forests being burnt. The forests and fields around the site of the Chernobyl ...

  • Japan gov`t to help stop radioactive water leaks

    Japan's government said Wednesday that it would step in and take "firm measures" to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country's crippled nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem. The announcement came a day after the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said some of the water was seeping over or around an underground barrier it ...


    By Associated Press

  • Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

    A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water, though officials said ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Finalizes Plan to Address Contaminated Soil at Maywood Chemical Company Superfund Site in NJ

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to address chemically-contaminated soil at the Maywood Chemical Company Superfund site in Maywood, Lodi and Rochelle Park, New Jersey. Previous industrial activity at the site resulted in contamination of the soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds, radioactive waste and heavy metals. Exposure to these pollutants can ...

  • EPA enters into agreement with Chevron to investigate soil contamination at uranium mine on the Navajo Reservation (AZ, NM)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Chevron USA Inc. to investigate radium-contaminated soil at the Mariano Lake Mine site, a former uranium mine located on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico. The agreement is the latest result of an ongoing effort by EPA and Navajo Nation to address contamination from the legacy of uranium mining in the Navajo Nation. Under ...

  • ASTM C1571 - 03(2012) Standard Guide for Characterization of Radioactive and/or Hazardous Wastes for Thermal Treatment

    This guide identifies methods to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of a variety of hazardous and/or radioactive wastes including heavy metal contaminated wastes. These wastes can be in the physical form of sludges (wet or dry), spent waste water filter aids, waste water filter cakes, incinerator ashes (wet or dry), incinerator ...


    By ASTM International

  • 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, ...

  • EPA Proposes to Add Radioactive Site in Ridgewood, Queens to its Superfund list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to add the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company site in the Ridgewood section of Queens, New York to its Superfund list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. The soil and some nearby sewers are contaminated by residual radioactive contamination from past industrial activities at the site. Testing indicates that there is no immediate ...

  • EPA Proposes Plan to Address Contaminated Soils and Ground Water at Maywood Chemical Company Superfund Site in Maywood and Rochelle Park, New Jersey

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil at the Maywood Chemical Company Superfund site in Maywood and Rochelle Park, New Jersey. Previous industrial activity at the site resulted in contamination of the soil and ground water with volatile organic compounds, radioactive waste and metals. Exposure to these pollutants can have serious health effects, ...

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