Tunnel collapses at America’s most contaminated nuclear waste facility

May 9, 2017 by  
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An emergency was just declared in Hanford , Washington after a tunnel packed full of train cars containing radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday morning. Hundreds of workers were told to “take cover” and local residents warned to stay indoors for fear that nuclear contamination could spread. Hanford, which sits 200 miles north of Seattle, is considered the most contaminated nuclear site in the US. Photo from source: Here is another view of the PUREX tunnel at Hanford. Hole from collapse seen under orange flag. pic.twitter.com/iFhTfIUJ6o — Susannah Frame (@SFrameK5) May 9, 2017 The tunnel at Hanford contained rail cars used to carry the spent fuel to a processing facility. The collapse occurred in the center of the site in what is being called a very “high hazard operation.” According to the Energy Department, the collapse could result in radioactive materials making their way into nearby soil or water. “There are concerns about subsidence in the soil covering railroad tunnels near a former chemical processing facility. The tunnels contain contaminated materials.” Related: America’s most polluted nuclear site is now a national park Photo of massive plutonium finishing plant at Hanford. Tunnel that collapsed led to this building. pic.twitter.com/UG0hmXC78z — Susannah Frame (@SFrameK5) May 9, 2017 An unnamed sourced says that the collapse could have been caused by vibration from work being done at the site. Hanford has been in the process of being cleaned up for nearly three decades. Originally, the site was used to produce plutonium for defense and commercial reactors, but those operations ended in 1980. Via The Washington Post images via Wikimedia and Flickr

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CA official says massive LA gas leak could be plugged by week’s end

February 9, 2016 by  
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  The ongoing natural gas leak in the Los Angeles, California area that’s been spewing methane into the air since October 23 may finally be plugged by the end of this week , according to Wade Crowfoot , a senior advisor to the governor’s office. However, others warn it might take a bit longer, perhaps until the end of February. That’s still an improvement over previous estimates, which put the date at the end of March instead. So far, nearly 95,000 metric tons of methane have escaped from the well into the atmosphere, causing untold environmental damage and causing health problems in people living nearby. Read the rest of CA official says massive LA gas leak could be plugged by week’s end

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Cooking oil cans found “reinforcing” the pillars of collapsed Taiwanese apartment

February 9, 2016 by  
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Some disturbing allegations have surfaced following a 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan on February 6th. One 16-story apartment complex, the Weiguan Jinlong, toppled over with more than 300 people inside, killing at least 24 people. This makes up the majority of total earthquake deaths in the city of Tainan, currently numbering around 40. Now, reports are surfacing that the high-rise we literally constructed out of “tin cans.” Read the rest of Cooking oil cans found “reinforcing” the pillars of collapsed Taiwanese apartment

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Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market

February 9, 2016 by  
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The wind power industry is abuzz with the missing link that could bring offshore 50-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to the United States and, rest assured, this time it won’t be overlooked. The secret to successful wind power? Just go bigger. Massive, 650-foot-long rotor blades promise to transform offshore wind energy in the US with a design that is cost-effective and modular.  The enormous blades, designed after the natural movement of palm trees in a storm, are currently under development and could hit the market soon. Read the rest of Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market

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Massive natural gas leak in California expected to gush methane until March

December 29, 2015 by  
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The massive natural gas leak discovered in October at a Southern California Gas Company facility in Aliso Canyon just keeps getting worse. Engineers have so far been unable to plug the leaky pipe casing or even slow the flow of gas by flushing the well with fluid. Now the company is telling reporters it may take until February or March for a relief well to be completed, allowing engineers to cut the gas off at the source. Read the rest of Massive natural gas leak in California expected to gush methane until March

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

December 29, 2014 by  
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Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water conditions, and the local government has declared a state of emergency. The severity of the spill and the full extent of the damage are still in question. Read the rest of Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , black sea , Black Sea oil spill , ChernomorTransneft , destruction , disaster , emergency , endangered animals , environmental disaster , oil , oil companies , oil corporations , oil pollution , oil spill , pipeline , pipeline burst , rosneft , russia , shoreline , Transneft , Tuapse

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

November 21, 2014 by  
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The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code . This was developed in response to already increasing shipping activity in the polar regions, which is expected to grow further in the Arctic in particular due to reductions in sea ice . New shipping lanes are opening, making it necessary to adopt measures to protect sailors and passengers in such dangerous conditions, as well as to protect the vulnerable polar regions from environmental disasters. Read the rest of New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Arctic , Climate Change , environmental disaster , global warming , ice caps melting , IMO , increased shipping in Arctic , industrial accident , International Maritime Organization , marine , marine safety , melting sea ice , north pole , ocean , oil spills , polar , polar regions , SEA , shipping , Shipping lanes , south pole

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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

October 29, 2014 by  
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A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million barrels-worth of oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster sitting on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published October 27, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a “bathtub ring” of oil droplets covering an area of the seabed larger than Rhode Island. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deepwater horizon , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , macondo well , oil drilling , oil droplets , oil gulf of mexico , oil slick , oil spill , sea bed , sea floor , university of california

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Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation

March 28, 2012 by  
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The most recent inspection of the No. 2 Nuclear Reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has cast doubts on government claims of the reactor’s stability. A probe found radiation levels 10 times the fatal dose inside the reactor; seven times higher than previously measured. The cooling water in the reactor’s containment beaker stands at only 60 centimeters — far lower than 10 meters previously estimated. The newly collected data confirms that it could take decades to decommission the plant, as special equipment and technology will have to be developed in order to operate in the highly radioactive reactors. Read the rest of Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental disaster , fukushima daiichi , Fukushima disaster , japan earthquake , japan tsunami , nuclear disaster , nuclear power , radiation levels , radiation water , radioactive material , Shunichi Yamashita

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Louver Facade Bridge House Harmonizes With a Lush Connecticut Valley

March 28, 2012 by  
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