Category Archives: Radiation

Taiwan Lawmakers Brawl Over Nuclear Plant Bill

Taiwanese lawmakers have exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday's fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou's ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic… Read More »

Container of ‘depleted uranium’ found at Miami area airport

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue set up a 150-foot perimeter Thursday in a section of the Opa-Locka Executive Airport and began opening a 55-gallon drum marked “depleted” U-238 uranium that was found in the area. WSVN-TV reports that the container was about 75% full of a product that indicated it was uranium. “There was a spill or… Read More »

George H.W. Bush shaves head in support of boy with leukemia

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush shaved his salt and pepper comb-over locks in solidarity with a 2-year-old boy who lost his hair from leukemia treatments, his office said in a statement on Wednesday. … Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Stem cells to cure leukemia may be the solution: Stem cell transplant gives hope to… Read More »

US non-exploding radioactive weapons blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq

“Every single residential street that we’ve visited in several neighborhoods, we found multiple cases of families whose children were ill, families who had lost children who had to bury children, families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer,” RT correspondent Lucy Kafanov said. Dr. Chris Busby has researched the effects of depleted uranium… Read More »

Shearon Harris shut down because of cracking

Duke Energy Progress shut down the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake County on Wednesday after the company discovered that the reactor vessel, which contains the plant’s nuclear fuel, showed early indications of corrosion and cracking. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported Thursday morning that the discovery was made this week during a review of ultrasonic… Read More »

Nun, two others in federal court for nuclear breach

When an elderly nun and two fellow peace activists walked undetected onto one of the nation’s most secure nuclear facilities last year, they wanted to call attention to the dangers of nuclear weapons. Yet their actions in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, triggered a very different concern: If three older peaceniks can easily trespass onto the Y-12… Read More »

Fracking Waste: Too Toxic, Even For A Hazardous Waste Site

On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactiveradium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits.After being quarantined at a the landfill, the truck was sent back… Read More »

20-foot boat that drifted to California is tsunami debris

The barnacle-covered boat with Japanese lettering spent 758 days at sea before it drifted onto a Northern California beach. Nearly three weeks after the 20-foot boat washed ashore in Crescent City, about 20 miles south of the Oregon border, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined it was from the 2011 tsunami, the first confirmed… Read More »

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet. Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the… Read More »

Japan Nuclear Plant Leaks Radioactive Water

About 120 tons, or almost 32,000 gallons, of highly contaminated water appeared to have breached the inner protective lining of the pool at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company. It was unclear how much of the water had made it through two additional layers of lining to reach soil, but… Read More »

Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk

IPR teams were created after the 2004 bombing of a train in Madrid, Spain, to protect U.S. transportation. At the Ogilvie station, officers held the train and searched for a person or bag that posed a potential nuclear threat. Jerry Jones, a Chicago lawyer, was heading home on that train. He says the federal officers… Read More »