Drinking water for 170 million Americans tainted by radiation

January 12, 2018 by  
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Up to 170 million Americans in all fifty states may be exposed to radiation-tainted drinking water . Using data from 50,000 public water systems, the Environmental Working Group found that more than 22,000 utilities reported the presence of radium in treated drinking water between 2010 and 2015. Although only a small number of these systems had radium levels that exceeded the legal limits put in place by the EPA in 1976, these guidelines are in need of an update to ensure the public is aware of potential risks — which should be minimized. Perhaps unsurprisingly, President Trump ‘s nominee to be the White House environmental czar, Kathleen Hartnett White, does not even believe in the science behind the EPA’s current, insufficient standard for radium monitoring. Although the amount of radiation in the drinking water is minimal, there is a risk to public health, particularly if standards and policy are not based on the latest science. “Most radioactive elements in tap water come from natural sources, but that doesn’t take away the need to protect people through stronger standards and better water treatment,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG’s senior science advisor for children’s environmental health. “Millions of Americans are drinking water with potentially harmful levels of radioactive elements, but the outdated federal standards mean many people don’t know about the risk they face when they turn on the tap.” In Texas, about 80 percent of the water tested contained detectable levels of two radium isotopes. While Trump nominee Kathleen Hartnett White was the Lone Star State’s top environmental regulator, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would alter the numbers to make it seem that tap water in Texas met federal standards. Related: “Raw water” craze draws concern from health professionals During an 2011 investigation, Hartnett White admitted that she did not believe in the science that supported the EPA guidelines. When asked by a reporter what would come if Harnett White was wrong and the EPA was right, she simply said that “it would be regrettable.” After Harnett White admitted to the United States Senate that Texas did indeed alter data, her nomination was rejected. Nonetheless, the Trump White House decided to renominate her in hopes that senators would let her negligence slide. “Putting someone in charge of CEQ who deliberately falsified data to get around federal regulations is outrageous, and the fact that her deception left people at serious risk of cancer is even more alarming,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs. “The Senate should reject this radioactive nominee.” Via EWG Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Rundown 1970s A-frame cabin transformed into light-filled modern getaway

January 12, 2018 by  
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Proving that a little sweat and ingenuity makes for great design, this formerly outdated A-frame cabin in Big Bear, California underwent a major transformation at the hands of its owner. Courtney Poulos loved her 880-square-foot cabin – but not its 1970s look – so she gave the space a modern makeover the preserves its rustic charm. Reforming the 1973 wood cabin would not be an easy task, principally because of budget and time restraints. Working with $40,000 and five weeks time, the rehabilitation of the space was even more complicated thanks to the fact that all of the materials had to be hauled up the mountainside. Related: Renovated 1960s A-frame cabin proves that clever design triumphs over square footage With a little interior design help from Nicole Palczynski of Vein Design , Poulos began the project with a few key focus points to guide the design theme, “We wanted to create a handsome space full of butterscotch and whiskey undertones, dark woods, and light accents,” she remembers. Starting in the interior, the ceiling’s high wood beams were painted a dark ebony that made the other features such as the light wooden paneling on the walls and the hearth’s brick base stand out. The kitchen also has a new look thanks adding a fresh coat of paint to the existing solid wood cabinets. A fun, bohemian theme was used to update the bedrooms using patterned textiles and saturated colors. The renovation also focused on bringing as much natural light to the interior as possible. After the project was finished, Poulos was amazed at how much she could do on a limited budget, “You don’t necessarily need to limit your creativity to a conventional cabin design,” she says. “It was a treat to maintain the balance between the vintage architectural space and the modern finishes for a covetable end result.” + Courtney Poulos Via Dwell Images via Courtney Poulos

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Dubai’s new self-sufficient floating villas can withstand rising seas

January 12, 2018 by  
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Millions of people will be displaced by rising sea levels – but these floating homes are designed to weather the storm. Waterstudio is building a community of 33 villas to float on top of the water so that they won’t be inundated by sea rise. Construction of the community – dubbed Amillarah – starts this month with developer Dutch Docklands off the coast of Dubai. Sea levels could rise 3 feet by 2100, which could flood a good portion of the United Arab Emirates. These buoyed homes are designed to float on top of the water, and they wouldn’t lack the luxuries of your typical villa. Each one will feature a swimming pool complete with patio, trees, and landscaping. Each artificial island will vary from 150,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet. Related: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl talks about design for a Water World Leave your car on land, because the only way to reach these homes is via seaplane or boat. If you want to take advantage of ocean-front property without the flooding risk, you’d better start saving your pennies, because they start at 23 million dollars each. Waterstudio says the concrete base of each villa is built to last 100 years and the bases can help create an underwater habitat for sea life. Buyers can design their own island, and each one is self-sufficient. Waterstudio is well-known for their floating architecture , which includes a floating neighborhood in Amsterdam and

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New Safe Confinement Shield to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4

April 29, 2014 by  
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The New Safe Confinement is a 300-foot-tall movable steel structure-the largest of its kind-that will soon be used to cover Rector 4 in Chernobyl . The 32,000-ton arch will replace the dilapidating Sarcophagus shelter installed over the reactor in Chernobyl decades ago and is expected to last for around 100 years. Read the rest of New Safe Confinement Shield to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chernobyl protective shield , Chernobyl radiation protection , Chernobyl Reactor 4 , Chernobyl Sarcophagus , Chernobyl shield , environmental destruction , New Safe Confinement , New Safe Confinement Chernobyl , nuclear accidents , nuclear disasters

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New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

January 21, 2014 by  
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Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) , the embattled operator of the crippled  Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant , just released a new video showing highly radioactive water inside the damaged number 3 nuclear reactor building. There were four reactor buildings crippled after the  2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami . The discovery of highly radioactive water on the floor of the building could mean that the water leaked from inside the reactor itself and that it was in contact with the melted-down fuel core, although Tepco says that it is unlikely that the water has leaked outside of the building. Read the rest of New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , leak , No. 3 reactor , radiation , radioactive , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company , T?hoku earthquake and tsunami , water issues        

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

October 9, 2013 by  
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As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren’t bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected. According to the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power ( Tepco ), several tonnes of radioactive water gushed out of the pipe, putting at least six of the workers at extreme risk for physical contamination. Although they were wearing protective clothing and masks, the workers will undergo extensive tests to determine if there was any internal or external exposure. Read the rest of Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima , Japan , nuclear disaster , nuclear fallout , nuclear power , nuclear power plant , pacific ocean , radioactive , TEPCO , Tepco workers exposed to radioactive water , Tepco workers tested for radioactive exposure        

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Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

October 9, 2013 by  
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Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture

October 9, 2013 by  
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California-based company Click & Grow makes urban farming easy for even the least savvy green thumbs. Their electronic smart pots monitor plants and use a proprietary growth medium that eliminates excess watering and the need for fertilizing. Click & Grow just announced the debut of their Smart Farm , a scalable high-tech farming system that can be controlled over the internet! Read the rest of Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , click & grow , food desert , food sustainability initiative , internet software , mattias lepp , scalable agriculture , smart flower pot , smart soil , urban agriculture        

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Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

February 27, 2013 by  
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One of the biggest problems with nuclear power is the radioactive waste it produces; governments and the scientific community have struggled to find ways to safely contain the hazardous materials. Sadly, not all plans work out for the long term – at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site in Washington state, six of 177 aging tanks were recently found to be leaking toxic cargo . The site is home to 56 million gallons of waste (most of it from the production of plutonium for bombs), and this is not the first time Hanford has had problems with leaks. Read the rest of Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: columbia river , contamination , Department of Energy , hanford challenge , hanford nuclear reservation , isotope , jay inslee , leak , meltdown , nuclear waste , plutonium , radioactive , sludge , tanks , toxic , washington , water table

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Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

February 27, 2013 by  
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Image: weibo.com China’s cities are experiencing record-breaking levels of air pollution. Fearing for their health, Shanghai’s traffic police department has distributed nasal smog filters to more than 200 officers in an effort to protect outdoor workers from air pollution in the city. If found to be effective, the nostril-sized pollution screens may be given to the entire police force. Read the rest of Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , Beijing , cancer , china , nasal filter , police , shanghai , smog , traffic

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