Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town

May 25, 2016 by  
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When something goes wrong with a public water supply , utility officials often issue an advisory warning residents to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, or bathing. Such measures are generally temporary—a brief period of caution while crews repair the source of the problem. However, residents of Corpus Christi, Texas have been living under a boil advisory for nearly two weeks , and it’s the city’s third in 10 months. Nobody knows for sure when locals will have access to safe drinking water again. The current boil advisory was issued May 13, after utility officials reported low levels of chlorine disinfectant in the water supply . Chlorine is being used to kill harmful bacteria, which itself was at the heart of a previous boil alert in July 2015. Prior to that time, the city was using a different method for disinfecting the water, and it wasn’t working. Potentially hazardous levels of E. coli had been detected, and utility managers were unable to combat the bacteria without switching to a chlorine-based disinfectant. Ironically, the disinfectant in the water is now posing a threat to local residents. Related: Florida nuclear power plant is leaking pollutants that threaten drinking water Local news reports say the chlorine was expected to disperse through the water supply quickly after a treatment on May 19, but it’s taking longer than officials thought it should. A final treatment was performed at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday, May 24 and needs at least 18 hours before water tests can confirm safe disinfectant levels. The boil alert could be lifted sometime today, Wednesday, but the debacle has left residents frustrated and upset, feeling as though city leaders have let them down. Corpus Christi city manager Ron Olson resigned his position just days after the current boil alert was issued amid claims he mishandled the situation. Some residents are calling for the city’s mayor, Nelda Martinez, to step down as well. Via Huffington Post Images via Steve Johnson/Flickr and Ted Gresham/Flickr

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90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today

October 10, 2013 by  
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  Image © Shutterstock As the government shutdown continues to drag on, there have been some troubling new developments; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission just announced it expects to furlough 3,900 employees today due to budget shortages . That’s 90% of the agency’s workforce, which is responsible for the safety of 100 commercial nuclear reactors at 63 sites across the US. Read the rest of 90% of America’s Nuclear Regulators to be Furloughed Today Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: government budget crisis , government funding , nuclear accidents , nuclear emergency response , nuclear power , Nuclear Regulatory Commission , nuclear safety , Union of Concerned Scientists , US emergency response , US government furloughs , US government shutdown , US nuclear policy , US politics        

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Tepco Admits that Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

June 6, 2013 by  
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The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco , have reversed its earlier statements that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of radioactive particles in the groundwater flowing into the plant, an occurrence that they had previously dismissed. The admittance stands as one of a growing list of errors that have taken place during the cleanup effort, and has drawn criticism of the government for choosing to place the recovery of the plant into the hands of the company whose failings during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami allowed the disaster to reach catastrophic levels. Read the rest of Tepco Admits that Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cesium , contamination , fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , groundwater , Japan , radioactive , reactor , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company , united states        

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WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

February 28, 2013 by  
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The 2011 Fukushima disaster was incredibly devastating, but the event’s full impact may not be realized for years to come. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization , people living near the site of the accident have a higher risk of developing certain cancers. Women are particularly vulnerable, and female infants have a 70% higher risk of developing cancer. Read the rest of WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Accident , Fukushima cancer , Fukushima cancer risk , Fukushima disaster , fukushima nuclear power , nuclear disaster 2011 , nuclear power cancer risk , Nuclear Power disaster , nuclear power risks , thyroid cancer nuclear power

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

February 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country’s Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China’s wind farms generated 100.4 terrawatt hours of electricity. Moreover, as the Earth Policy Institute reports, China’s wind capacity has increased by 70 percent more than nuclear power since 2007. Read the rest of Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , china clean energy green , china clean energy industry , china nuclear power , China Wind Energy Association , china wind power , Daiichi nuclear disaster , Fukushima disaster nuclear power , generation III nuclear reactors , renewable energy sources China , Wind Farms , wind turbines

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Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation

February 20, 2013 by  
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Rinspeed just unveiled its new microMAX electric vehicle ahead of its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . The unique commuter vehicle concept merges personal and public transportation in a clever fashion. Its small exterior is perfect for maneuvering in an urban environment, and the concept also uses cloud technology with real-time navigation functions that can modify routes dynamically to account for current traffic. Read the rest of Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Geneva Motor Show , electric car , electric vehicle , green car , green transportation , public transportation , Rinspeed , Rinspeed electric vehicle , Rinspeed microMAC concept

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Shutdown Continues, Surfers Ignore Meltdown Threat

March 6, 2012 by  
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Late last month a radiation leak was discovered at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego County, California. It was found that radiation was leaking out of a faulty hose and into the ocean, exposing thousands of surfers and beach-goers at one of the Earth’s most well known surf spots . The reactor in question was closed and subjected to an investigation that later revealed unsafe damage to tubing throughout the nuclear site, and thus prompting the shutdown of the other reactor two days later. More than a month later, the reactors remain closed and new information about the safety of the plant, its proximity to a massive, active fault line and concerns from SONGS workers about emergency plans have been popping up. However, despite concerted efforts by local environmentalists pushing for the permanent shutdown of the plant, the surf community seems unfazed by the threats. Read the rest of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Shutdown Continues, Surfers Ignore Meltdown Threat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california nuclear power plant , california radiation , california radiation lea , nuclear power , nuclear power in california , nuclear power plant , nuclear power plant in the united states , san onofre , san onofre Nuclear Generating Station , san onofre nuclear power plant , san onofre radiation leak , san onofre safety rating , songs

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Residents Near Fukushima Power Plant May Not Be Able To Go Home For Decades

August 23, 2011 by  
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It may have slipped from the headlines for most of us, but the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster is still front and center for people who used to live nearby. Citing Japanese government sources, The Guardian reports that the area around the plant may not be able to return for “several decades”. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Does Economic Growth Undermine Prosperity?

August 23, 2011 by  
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Image credit: woodleywonderworks , used under Creative Commons license. While some folks argue that “sustainable growth” doesn’t have to be an oxymoron , others are adamant that it is time to take the notion of a no growth economy seriously. With the dirty fi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

July 14, 2011 by  
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Four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggering the worst nuclear energy crisis since Chernobyl , the country’s Prime Minister has finally addressed Japan’s energy future. In a statement released yesterday , Naoto Kan said that his country should learn from the disaster and phase out its use of nuclear power. “We should seek a society that does not rely on nuclear energy ,” Kan said. “We should gradually and systematically reduce reliance on nuclear power and eventually aim at a society where people can live without nuclear power plants.” For a country that receives 30 percent of its energy from 54 reactors, reducing its use of nuclear energy will be a huge change. Read the rest of Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima nuclear power plant , Fukushima plant , Japan , japan nuclear crisis , japan nuclear energy , japan nuclear policy , japan nuclear power , japan to phase out nuclear power , naoto kan , naoto kan nuclear power , nuclear , nuclear energy , nuclear energy policy , renewable energy , worldwide nuclear energy policy

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