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Panel to discuss radiation hazards during New Mexico hearing

Panel to discuss radiation hazards during New Mexico hearing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Independent regulators are visiting New Mexico to discuss the radiation hazards of storing radioactive waste as Los Alamos National Laboratory while the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump remains closed. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board also plans to address safety problems at the lab during a public hearing Tuesday evening in Santa Fe. ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster: ___ 164,865: Fukushima residents ...

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Environmental group calls out Pa. drilling study

BRISTOL, Pa. — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out of ...

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WIPP: More than 60 percent of underground accessible

More than 60 percent of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s underground is now accessible, almost eight months after last year’s incident in February, officials said on Thursday. The overall progress at WIPP was updated during a public meeting, that included Nuclear Waste Partnership officials and representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department. Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manager Tammy Reynolds ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Pennsylvania will send radioactive waste to Michigan

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Two containers of radioactive waste from Marcellus shale gas drilling will soon be heading to Michigan for disposal. Observer-reporter.com of Southern Pennsylvania reports that unusually high levels of radiation were detected in water and sludge stored at Range Resources’ Carter Impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township last May. The site’s operators separated the water and ...

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WIPP contractor got $1.9 million bonus after fire

Lauren Villagran | Albuquerque Journal Just five days after an underground truck fire closed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Energy Department awarded the contractor that operates the nuclear repository $1.9 million for “excellent” performance during the past year. One radiation leak and two sharply worded accident investigation reports later slamming the same contractor for long-running safety and maintenance problems, that ...

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Which release is worse – radiation or information on radiation? DEP told to hand over data on well sites

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Jan Murphy | Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) It’s well established that radiation can be harmful. But is it possible that the release of information about radioactive material is dangerous as well? That was an argument that the state Department of Environmental Protection made when it denied a request from an environmental group for recently collected information about radiation levels in and ...

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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

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Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power ...

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