Sinkhole releases over 200 million gallons of toxic waste into Florida’s drinking water

September 19, 2016 by  
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A sinkhole in Florida caused around 980 million liters, or about 258 million gallons, of contaminated water from a fertilizer plant to leak into an aquifer that officials say is a primary drinking water source. The contaminated water contains ” slightly radioactive ” phosphogypsum, a by-product of the process to make phosphate fertilizer. While the company that owns the plant, Mosaic , says the situation is not dangerous for the public, others say phosphate mining threatens Florida’s environment. On August 27, a Mosaic worker found the sinkhole after water level monitoring revealed a decline in water levels in a stack where the company was storing wastewater. According to Mosaic, they began pumping water out of the stack into different storage areas. The sinkhole, which is about 45 feet in diameter, allowed the wastewater to leak into an aquifer. According to Mosaic, the sinkhole likely ” damaged the liner system at the base of the stack .” Related: Florida nuclear power plant is leaking pollutants that threaten drinking water Mosaic said they reported the water level decline to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Polk County, where the plant is located. They said the leak will likely not cause harm to the public, as groundwater moves slowly. Others think Mosaic’s phosphate mining should stop. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Florida director Jaclyn Lopez said , “Enough is enough. Florida must finally take a stand against this destructive, radioactive phosphate mining that is putting our health and environment at risk. Mosaic wants to mine an additional 50,000 acres of Florida’s beautiful, biodiverse lands, but this incident makes clear it can’t even handle the radioactive waste it currently generates.” FDEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller said monitoring shows “process water is being successfully contained,” but that monitoring will persist. Mosaic posted a phone number on their website for concerned community members to call with questions or to obtain “free drinking water well testing.” Via the BBC Images via screenshot

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Japan builds controversial ice wall to solve groundwater issues at Fukushima

September 2, 2016 by  
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About two years ago, the Japanese government pledged millions of dollars for a huge ice wall designed to halt flowing groundwater at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station after the 2011 meltdown. Now, $320 million later, the wall is nearly ready, but will it work? Critics wonder if the ” elaborate and fragile wall ” will last. Groundwater flowing into the plant’s reactor buildings has caused major issues. When it enters the buildings, it becomes radioactive, and Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, has to put the water in tanks. They’ve had to build over 1,000 tanks and are now storing over 800,000 tons of the water. Meanwhile, every day around 40,000 gallons of groundwater continues to flow into the buildings. Related: Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant The controversial ice wall, known as the Land-Side Impermeable Wall, is supposed to halt the groundwater flow and stop radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean. The 100-foot-deep and nearly a mile-long ice wall is comprised of pipes filled with a brine solution. The pipes are meant to freeze the surrounding soil to create the wall. Still solidifying, the wall could be ready later this fall. 30 refrigeration units will solidify the wall; they will consume as much electricity as 13,000 homes in Japan could use for lighting in one year. Tepco said the seaside portion of the ice wall is ” about 99 percent solid ” this month. They’re working to fill a few places that haven’t solidified with cement. Engineers from Kajima Corporation, the company building the wall, say the soil around the pipes will likely only be frozen completely in around two months. So will the ice wall actually work? Some worry the brine solution will break down the pipes, and some say concrete or steel would have been a more simple, effective alternative. Radiation monitoring group Safecast researcher Azby Brown called the ice wall a “Hail Mary play.” He told The New York Times, “Tepco underestimated the groundwater problem in the beginning, and now Japan is trying to catch up with a massive technical fix that is very expensive.” Via The New York Times Images via IAEA Imagebank on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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New York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

February 26, 2016 by  
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently called for an investigation after Indian Point, a nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, reported a leak of radioactive material flowing into the groundwater. Now, new samples taken from the local groundwater show that contamination levels are 80% higher than previous samples, prompting experts to claim this leak is spreading in “a disaster waiting to happen” and calling for the plant to be shut down completely. The Indian Point nuclear power plant is located just 25 miles north of New York City, and it’s a crucial source of of power for over 23 million people living in the greater NYC metropolitan region. The location 25 mile north of NYC is a serious threat to the whole region, according to watchdog group Riverkeeper . Read the rest of New York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

April 8, 2015 by  
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The drought in California is breaking records , and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left . Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that the water keeps on flowing through farms and households, using everything from desalination plants to make seawater drinkable to massive water reuse and reclamation endeavors. But there’s plenty that the average person can do at home—from harvesting rainwater to retrofitting bathrooms—that can help to conserve water and make it through drier years to come. Read on for our top 8 water-saving ideas, whether you’re in the heart of the drought or beyond. Read the rest of 8 Water-saving solutions for your home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bath , bathroom hack , Bottled Water , California , Certification , desalination , dropcountr , Drought , Dual Flush Toilet , environmental protection agency , epa , faucet , graywater , groundwater , hot water , native plants , Nestlé , plumbing , rain barrel , rain garden , raingarden , rainwater collection , recirculation pump , retrofit , reuse , runoff , showers , smart phone app , stormwater , tankless hot water heater , toilet , turn off taps , Waste , water efficiency , water hero , water recycling , water relaimation , water saving , water sense , watersense

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8 Drought-busting ideas for your home

March 25, 2015 by  
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The drought in California is breaking records , and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left . Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that the water keeps on flowing through farms and households, using everything from desalination plants to make seawater drinkable to massive water reuse and reclamation endeavors. But there’s plenty that the average person can do at home—from harvesting rainwater to retrofitting bathrooms—that can help to conserve water and make it through drier years to come. Read on for our top 8 water-saving ideas, whether you’re in the heart of the drought or beyond. Read the rest of 8 Drought-busting ideas for your home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bath , bathroom hack , Bottled Water , California , Certification , desalination , dropcountr , Drought , Dual Flush Toilet , environmental protection agency , epa , faucet , graywater , groundwater , hot water , native plants , Nestlé , plumbing , rain barrel , rain garden , raingarden , rainwater collection , recirculation pump , retrofit , reuse , runoff , showers , smart phone app , stormwater , tankless hot water heater , toilet , turn off taps , Waste , water efficiency , water hero , water recycling , water relaimation , water saving , water sense , watersense

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

June 20, 2014 by  
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Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned against the factory for years, claiming it has depleted available water supplies and polluted groundwater and soil with its waste. Read the rest of India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

June 20, 2014 by  
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Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

June 20, 2014 by  
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Love caves? Love trampolines? Now you can combine the two in one riveting experience. Adventure company Bounce Below installed three giant trampolines inside the sprawling belly of Llechwedd Slate Caverns for visitors to bounce on. The trampolines are safely suspended from the cave walls and ceilings, and a host of vibrant LED lights illuminate the subterranean playground. Read the rest of Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bounce Below , Caves north wales , eco design , green design , Llechwedd Slate caverns , sustainable design , trampoline in a cavern , Zip World

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

December 30, 2013 by  
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Waterfall photo via Xseon / Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet again to take better care of its groundwater supplies to avert certain catastrophe. Professor Craig Simmons, director of Australia’s National Center for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT), said that if groundwater sources run dry the world could run into a host of troubles – from agricultural and economic shortages to full-on water wars. Read the rest of Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Australian water scientists , china , Craig Simmons , drinkable water , environmental destruction , environmental preservation , environmental protection , fresh water , Global Framework for Action on groundwater governance , groundwater , groundwater governance , groundwater pollution , India , National Center for Groundwater Research and Training , NGCRT , UNESCO , water issues , water supply        

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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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