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  • US Energy Department Fined $500,000 for Hanford Radioactive Spill

    The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued a $500,000 penalty against the US Department of Energy, DOE, for a release of radioactive hazardous tank waste to the soil at the Hanford Nuclear Site on the Columbia River in central Washington. The waste endangered workers and brought a halt to cleanup of the leaky underground single-shell tanks. The spill occurred on July 27, 2007, when ...

  • Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant

    An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Review of the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of the shale gas extraction

    Public Health England (PHE) have reviewed the literature on the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of shale gas extraction. The currently available evidence indicates that the potential risks to public health in the vicinity of shale gas extraction sites are low if shale gas extraction is properly run and regulated. Where potential ...


    By Health Protection Agency

  • North Carolina river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill

    Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge. On the riverbank, hundreds of workers at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina scrambled to plug a hole in a pipe at the bottom of a 27-acre pond where the toxic ash was stored. ...


    By Associated Press

  • TVA says ash spill cleanup could take 3 years

    A massive coal ash spill in Tennessee could take three years to clean up, followed by potentially years of environmental monitoring, the Tennessee Valley Authority says. The nation’s largest public utility is pushing to get some 3 million cubic yards of ash cleared from the Emory River by spring 2010 - about 18 months after the Dec. 22 disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant. 'We feel that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nuclear waste dumps threaten environment

    'I carry clean [drinking] water with my truck to the villages upstream almost on a daily basis. I was born here and I remember that in the past the road on this side of the river was closed to traffic. They say that was because of some mines and radioactive waste tailings,' Bakyt told IRIN in Kairygach, about 10-15 minutes' drive from Mailuu-Suu. There are some signs warning about radioactivity ...


    By IRIN

  • Panel backs plan for Nuclear Waste Disposal near Lake Huron

    A Canadian advisory panel Wednesday endorsed a fiercely debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment. The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada's environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is expected ...


    By Associated Press

  • Japan, UN, to Probe Earthquake Damage at Nuclear Power Plant

    TOKYO, Japan, July 24, 2007 (ENS) - Japan will establish an independent committee to investigate leaks of radioactive water, flooding, fire and electrical problems at the world's largest nuclear power plant that was damaged by a strong earthquake July 16, the government said today. The Tokyo Electic Power Company's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture was shut down after ...

  • ARCADIS Receives Contract With Major Energy Client to Provide Range of Environmental Services, Consultation

    DENVER - ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, has signed a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with a major international energy client to perform environmental consulting for upstream oil and gas operations in the U.S., Canada and the Gulf of ...


    By Arcadis

  • Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen`s hopes

    Third-generation fisherman Fumio Suzuki sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to catch fish to sell, but to catch fish that can be tested for radiation. For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages. Now, the wastewater is usually disposed of by truck or rail, which poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge, according to a government report. And one ...


    By Associated Press

  • The Air & Waste Management Association Calls for Abstracts for its 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition

    The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will accept abstracts, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral student paper and poster submissions, for its 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) until Friday, Dec. 3, 2011. “The Technical Program for A&WMA’s 2011 ACE will address a number of timely environmental issues, including technical aspects of the Gulf ...

  • ASTM D3454 - 11 standard test method for radium-226 in water

    The most prevalent of the five radium isotopes in ground water, having a half life greater than one day, are 226Ra and 228Ra. These two isotopes also present the greatest health risk compared to the other naturally occurring nuclides of equal concentrations if ingested via the water pathway. Although primarily utilized on a water medium, ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM D3454 - 11 standard test method for radium-226 in water

    The most prevalent of the five radium isotopes in ground water, having a half life greater than one day, are 226Ra and 228Ra. These two isotopes also present the greatest health risk compared to the other naturally occurring nuclides of equal concentrations if ingested via the water pathway. Although primarily utilized on a water medium, this technique may be applicable for the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Overflowing Tank Cause of New Leak at Fukushima

    Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger. The amount is tiny compared to the untold thousands of tons of radioactive water that have leaked, much of it into the Pacific Ocean, since a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Honeywell pleads guilty in Illinois to illegal storage of hazardous waste / corporation sentenced to pay $11.8 million criminal fine

    Honeywell International Inc. pleaded guilty today in federal district court in Benton, Ill., to one felony offense for knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Honeywell was also sentenced today to pay a criminal fine in the amount of $11.8 million. “The defendant’s illegal storage practices put employees at ...

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