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Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever

QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.

Huffington Post
May 20, 2010 Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests

QUOTE: Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, since those readings [taken by local environmental officials--Ed.] will be used by the federal government and courts to establish liability claims against BP. But the laboratory that officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples is part of an oil and gas services company in Texas that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.

New York Times
Nov 19, 2009 Zombie Nuke Plants

QUOTE: More than half of America's nuclear plants have received new twenty-year operating licenses. In fact, the NRC has not rejected a single license-renewal application. Many of these plants have also received "power up-rates" that allow them to run at up to 120 percent of their originally intended capacity. That means their systems are subjected to unprecedented amounts of heat, pressure, corrosion, stress and embrittling radiation.

Oct 26, 2009 Sidewalks become battlegrounds

QUOTE: The nation's crumbling sidewalks have disabled residents taking their wheelchairs to the streets, a potentially dangerous practice that has cash-strapped cities and disability-rights advocates at odds over how to fix the problem.

Sep 13, 2009 Welcome to Our Town. Wish We Weren’t Here. (Treece Journal)

QUOTE: Officials in Kansas have been practically begging the federal government to move Treece’s impoverished people, mostly the children and grandchildren of old miners [due to mining contaminates in the soil] but to no avail.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Old American Dams Quietly Become a Multibillion-Dollar Threat

QUOTE: More than 2,000 dams near population centers are in need of repair, according to statistics released this month by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

Aug 25, 2009 Probe: New Orleans flood control pumps not reliable

QUOTE: Huge flood-control pumps installed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina don't protect the city adequately and the Army Corps of Engineers could have saved $430 million in replacement costs by buying proven equipment, a federal investigation finds.

Aug 10, 2009 Subway Safety Panel Foiled by Constraints: 12-Year-Old Oversight Committee Has Little Influence on Metro Operations

QUOTE: Before June's deadly subway crash, no federal agency stepped in to ensure that [the Washington, D.C.] Metro found and fixed the electrical circuits now suspected of contributing to the worst accident in the system's history. That's because none is authorized to.

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2009 Scientist Tackles Ethical Questions of Space Travel: A Conversation With Paul Root Wolpe

QUOTE: NASA does hundreds of research studies. Every astronaut who goes into space is, essentially, a human research subject... One of the things I [bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe] do is look over the research protocols and make sure they are in compliance with earth-bound regulations about informed consent and health and safety.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2009 New Battle on Vieques, Over Navy’s Cleanup of Munitions

QUOTE: But what could have been a healing process has been marred by lingering mistrust. As the Navy moves to erase a bitter vestige of its long presence here [Vieques, Puerto Rico], residents assert that it is simply exposing them again to risk.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2009 Space Junk: Earth is being engulfed in a dense cloud of hazardous debris that won't stop growing.

QUOTE: Experts calculate that debris will now strike one of the 900 active satellites in LEO every two or three years. For the first time, junk is the single biggest risk factor to equipment in some orbits.

Jul 27, 2009 'Multiple' failures led to Iraq electrocution, Pentagon says

QUOTE: Nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by "improper grounding or faulty equipment," including the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, the Defense Department's inspector-general found.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 27, 2009 Wanted: Home for 17,000 tons of mercury (60- Second Science)

QUOTE: The U.S. is sitting on a slippery stockpile of toxic material that has nothing to do with the nuclear power industry: thousands of tons of mercury. The question remains now of where to store it.

Scientific American
Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Energy Corridors Could Disrupt Climate Change Research

QUOTE: On Tuesday, fourteen conservation groups and a Colorado county sued the federal government, alleging that it violated environmental, property and energy laws in designating "energy corridors" along 6,000 miles (9,650 kilometers) of public land and wilderness areas in the U.S. West.

Scientific American
Jul 22, 2009 Slow, Costly and Often Dangerous Road to Wind Power

QUOTE: As demand for clean energy grows, towns around the country are finding their traffic patterns roiled as convoys carrying disassembled towers that will reach more than 250 feet in height, as well as motors, blades and other parts roll through.

New York Times
Jul 13, 2009 Marking the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. nuclear meltdown

QUOTE: A reactor in Chatsworth began leaking radioactive gas on July 14, 1959. Some area residents blame the facility for their health issues and say the site remains contaminated.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 04, 2009 Landfill Worries Cloud Hope for New Orleans Gardens

QUOTE: The Chef Menteur landfill, two miles from the farm [a planned urban garden] site, was hastily opened in April 2006 for debris from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As a construction and demolition (C&D) landfill, it was not required to have a liner, leachate collection or groundwater monitoring wells as would be required for landfills accepting household and industrial waste.

Washington Post
Jun 23, 2009 Deep in Bedrock, Clean Energy and Quake Fears

QUOTE: an American start-up company, AltaRock Energy, will begin using nearly the same method [to extrate geothermal energy that caused an earthquake in Switzerland] to drill deep into ground laced with fault lines...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2009 Mexicans Cry for Justice in Day Care Fire

QUOTE: The day care center [that caught fire in Mexico City] was a firetrap, critics say, and one that had been inspected repeatedly. It passed every time, except once...

New York Times
May 04, 2009 Report: U.N. spent U.S. funds on shoddy projects

QUOTE: Two United Nations agencies spent millions in U.S. money on substandard Afghanistan construction projects...

Apr 09, 2009 After earthquake, Italians ask questions about building codes: Critics say that lax compliance with existing regulations contributed to L'Aquila's high death toll.

QUOTE: Four days after a devastating earthquake in central Italy left more than 280 people dead, attention is turning to whether a culture of impunity toward building codes contributed to the high number of casualties.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 19, 2007 Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Their Human Costs (Choking on Growth)

QUOTE: The Three Gorges Dam, then, lies at the uncomfortable center of China’s energy conundrum: The nation’s roaring economy is addicted to dirty, coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and belch greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Dams are much cleaner producers of electricity, but they have displaced millions of people in China and carved a stark environmental legacy on the landscape.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2007 Patchwork City: One Billion Dollars Later, a City Still at Risk

QUOTE: enormous floodgates... now protect prosperous neighborhoods like Lakeview, and though corps officials say there has been no favoritism, the effect has been to draw out old resentments and conspiracy theories in a city that never lacked for them.

New York Times
Nov 17, 2005 Ex-Employee Calls DuPont Negligent

QUOTE: A former DuPont Co. engineer charged yesterday that the chemical giant deliberately ignored evidence that its grease-resistant coating on paper products may have been entering consumers' blood at levels that exceeded the federal health standard.

Washington Post
Oct 24, 2005 Investigators Link Levee Failures to Design Flaws: Three Teams of Engineers Find Weakened Soil, Navigation Canal Contributed to La. Collapses

QUOTE: Investigators now believe the walls collapsed when the soils beneath them became saturated and began to shift under the weight of relatively modest surges from the lake. And newly released documents show that the Corps was aware years ago that a particularly unstable layer of soil lay beneath both floodwalls.

Washington Post
Feb 03, 2003 NASA Dismissed Advisers Who Warned About Safety

QUOTE: When an expert NASA panel warned last year that safety troubles loomed for the fleet of shuttles if the agency's budget was not increased, NASA removed five of the panel's nine members and two of its consultants.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2002 Lie-Detecting Devices: Truth or Consequences? Unproven but Popular, Mainstream Systems Can Be Used Without Subject's Knowledge

QUOTE: "Lie detectors," those controversial assessors of truth, are making their way into everyday life.

Washington Post
Jul 26, 2002 Oversight Favored for Corps Projects

QUOTE: The National Academy of Sciences yesterday called for independent reviews of large-scale Army Corps of Engineers water projects, a significant victory for conservationists and fiscal conservatives who have questioned Corps analyses for years.

Washington Post
Mar 13, 2002 Brain Cells and Silicon Don't Mix

QUOTE: ...while our attention has been focused on cloning, something just as ominous is quietly slipping under the radar: merging brain cells and microprocessors.

May 31, 2001 Architects Rush to the Ramparts in a Battle Over Creative Credit

QUOTE: At what point between a sketch on the back of an envelope and a fully realized composition in brick, steel and glass has an architect created something distinctive, inimitable and worth protecting as intellectual property?

New York Times