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Can’t imagine what it’s doing to children: Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) were found to […]

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$500 fine

My friends in California say nobody was really taking it seriously, so I’m glad they imposed the fine: It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California. On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step to declare certain […]

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Hanford, Washington. As much as a million gallons of radioactive waste have leaked from Hanford’s underground tanks—more than all of the leaks from all other nuclear facilities in the U.S. combined, according to Tom Carpenter, an attorney and the executive director of Hanford Challenge. The watchdog group represents Hanford workers and whistleblowers. In a letter […]

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In a few days there will be an abridged version of last winter’s polar vortex (meteorologists are split on using this term for the event) descending into the Eastern two-thirds of the country… As for next week’s weather, polar air will again be spilling southward from the Arctic Ocean. That’ll be good enough to convert […]

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Crime pays

What a bargain! A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest drinking water supply $11,000 for a pair of workplace safety violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid […]

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Is this the stupidest fucking thing you ever saw? Just when I think it can’t get any worse, they top themselves: Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. “Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra […]

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But as long as the political contributions keep rolling in, who gives a shit? In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for […]

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I remember online trolls telling me I was lying when I said there was a lot more oil spilled than BP admitted. Why do people want to believe these assholes? June 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court has reinstated a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress against a former BP Plc executive accused […]

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Pennsylvania, land of ethical giants! Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to […]

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Sigh. Well, we knew this would happen, but of course we hoped it wouldn’t: Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal. More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near […]

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