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Gail H Marcus recently assessed the nuclear power industry environmental credentials in comparison to fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. The environment is a shared resource, and in recent years the question of how to moderate the impacts of human activity on the air, water and land has become increasingly important.

One of the characteristics that has received the most attention in this effort is the greenness of our energy supply. Yet the term green seems not to be well understood and it is not consistently applied. Some sources define a green energy source as one with a ... More →
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Duex reported that indoor air pollution from radon in 1994 has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a serious health problem; estimates indicate that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and that high levels of radon may cause as many as 20,000 to 40,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Studies of the potential risk in the Gulf Coast have been few. This report summarizes more than 7,000 previously unreported radon analyses and relates them to geological information in order to identify possible problem areas for the Gulf Co... More →
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1: Boice JD Jr, Mumma MT, Blot WJ. Related Articles, Links
Cancer and noncancer mortality in populations living near uranium and vanadium mining and milling operations in Montrose County, Colorado, 1950-2000.
Radiat Res. 2007 Jun;167(6):711-26.
PMID: 17523851 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2: Boice JD Jr, Mumma M, Schweitzer S, Blot WJ. Related Articles, Links
Cancer mortality in a Texas county with prior uranium mining and milling activities,
1950-2001.
J Radiol Prot. 2003 Sep;23(3):247-62.
PMID: 14582717 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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J. D. Boice, Jr, et al., report that deaths from all cancers combined also were not increased in Karnes County and the relative risks of cancer mortality in Karnes County before and in the early years of operations (1950-64), shortly after the uranium activities began (1965-79) and in two later time periods (1980-89, 1990-2001) were similar, 1.0, 0.9, 1.1 and 1.0, respectively. No unusual patterns of cancer mortality could be seen in Karnes County over a period of 50 years, suggesting that the uranium mining and milling operations had not increased cancer rates among surrounding residents.
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Grayson, et al., report that high uranium levels are known in Ulaanbaatar ash dumps, groundwater, construction materials and vegetation, and the high radon level in the city drinking water. Combustion of uranium-bearing coals is a cause, but natural sources of uranium may also be factors. Mongolian coals are important sinks for elemental enrichment by uranium and other heavy metals, and 24 Mesozoic, Permian and Carboniferous coals have U-content above 1 g per tonne. Coal ash wastes are U-enriched due to depletion of volatiles and are candidates for economic extraction of uranium and other valu... More →
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Grayson and Tumenbayar present a PPT with data from sampling of a number of sources ..

Conventional U mines, occurrences, and resources in Mongolia
Targets for mining
Strict regulations
Unconventional U resources
Not targets for mining
Major health risks
Uranium in COAL
Uranium in SODA LAKES

Combustion of uraniferous coal
Photochemical smog blanketing Ulaanbaatar

Uranium in Ash
Uranium in Water
Radon Apartment near Nomin Store, Ulaanbaatar
High Radon levels in Ulaanbaatar
UB water is used for Radon Spa... More →
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Dr. Conca concludes that the public may not be the best judge of risk. If you ask someone what they are afraid of, they will say things like radiation, fluoridated water, or vaccinations, things that are generally not dangerous. We are only just beginning to realize that texting while driving is really a big problem, or that overuse of opioid medications are leading to a national epidemic of heroine deaths. And these two only because of a flood of advertisements and documentaries on the subjects.

This is an important issue. Without understanding what real risks are, well-intentioned... More →
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Dr. Conca realizes that many journals and on-line publications need sensational headlines to attract readers. It seems necessary in these times of social media and 24-hour news cycles. But it becomes unethical to push bad science without doing at least a little due diligence. I understand anti-nuke ideology cares little about science and is never held to any technical standard, but in some cases reporting bad science hurts people who need good science to make personal decisions for themselves and their families.

A recent textbook case of this malfeasance is the Fukushima-induced thy... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the McClatchy newspaper chain published a sensational report in late 2015 that suggested over 30,000 nuclear workers at weapons facilities across the United States died from radiation-induced cancer when, in fact, it is impossible to show that even a dozen died.

Over 50,000 workers who worked at U.S. weapons sites over a period of about 40 years have received monetary compensation if they got cancer, regardless of whether the cancer was caused by radiation or not. However, authors Hotakainen, Wise, Matt and Ehlinger of this report decided that if someone recei... More →
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UEC reports that one of the best kept secrets in Texas is that uranium has been continually mined since the late 1950s. Uranium mining was initially conducted by open-pit mining followed by conventional milling to produce yellowcake, which is harnessed to produce electrical energy in nuclear power plants. In the early 1970s, a new environmentally sensitive means of extraction was developed in South Texas addressing concerns about the disturbance of the surface of the land, dewatering portions of the aquifer to enable men and equipment to work beneath the surface, and later forming vast areas o... More →
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Prescott eNews reports that the Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the Sierra Club to retract a fundraising letter that makes false statements about the Arizona endangered condor population. The department (AZGFD) says untrue claims were made about hazards to condor health in a fundraising letter from Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. In his June 24 fundraising appeal, Brune claims a link between uranium mining and condor health.

Despite a moratorium against uranium mines in effect until 2032, the Sierra Club fundraising letter implies numerous times that... More →
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Nazuaki Nagata reports that on March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., a magnitude-9.0 earthquake shook the foundations of the Tohoku region, triggering a massive tsunami and a meltdown (via water loss covering core) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. In the second part of the Japan Times series, Nagata looks at work being done at the crippled plant, as well as the real and exaggerated effects of radiation in the region.

There is always a perception gap between those who look out from and those who look into any given place, Kainuma said during a recent interview with The Japan Times... More →
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Yomiuri Shimbun reports that one of the faults that run under the premises of Hokuriku Electric Power Co. Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture can be reasonably concluded to be active, according to an evaluation compiled by an expert panel at the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

The No. 1 reactor at the Shika plant may have to be decommissioned under the new nuclear regulatory standards, which ban the construction of important facilities above an active fault. The fault in question lies directly under the No. 1 reactor building.

The power company has already subm... More →
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The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) prepared a report that provides a narrative overview and timeline for the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent damage to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11, 2011. The purpose of this report is to provide an accurate, consolidated source of information regarding the sequence of events that occurred in the first days of the accident. The information contained in this report may be used for determining future U.S. and international industry corrective actions.

Although INPO describ... More →
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Wyomings resurgent uranium industry could get a further boost from University of Wyoming scientists, whose research on post-mining environmental restoration is yielding extremely promising results. Research in UW laboratories has shown that stimulating growth of native bacteria could be an effective way to remediate aquifers tapped by in-situ leach uranium mining, the technique used in the vast majority of Wyomings existing and planned uranium recovery operations.

If those findings are confirmed in the field, uranium companies could save significantly in groundwater restoration cos... More →
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Brenda Buote selectively solicited opinions for this exchange -

Cons, as presented by nuclear adversaries, suggest that 1. In 2011, a tsunami destroyed the Japan Fukushima nuclear plant, 2. It took two weeks to stabilize four nuclear reactors, 3. more than 100,000 people were evacuated, 4. The economic loss is estimated to be as much as 500 billion dollars, 5. Today, radiation remains at dangerously high levels, preventing residents from returning home, 6. Fukushima officials had claimed that the plant was absolutely safe. Seabrook Director of Safety makes this same hollow claim, 7.... More →
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World Nuclear News reports that the transfer of radioactive soil and waste generated from clean-up work following the March 2011 tidal waves at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a provisional storage site has been approved by the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture and the Mayors of Futaba and Okuma. In August 2014, the then governor of Fukushima Prefecture Yuhei Sato approved a central government plan to construct an interim storage facility on land on the border between the neighbouring towns of Futaba and Okuma.

Governor Masao Uchibori met with Shiro Izawa and Toshitsuna Watanabe - the... More →
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Atomenergomash, the equipment manufacturing and engineering division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said in a statement yesterday that one its subsidiaries had completed the development and manufacture of the equipment and containers of a mobile unit designed to process Low Level Waste for its customer RosRAO.

One of the key features of the unit is that once placed in mobile containers, it can be quickly deployed and start processing without the need for extensive preparatory work, Dmitry Kukiev, head of research at SverdNIIkhimmash, said. LLW processing will be done on the s... More →
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Tim Cama reports that radiation from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant radiation issues has reached the United States, but will likely peak by the end of next year. Cama used the anti-nuclear term, disaster, when the disaster was actually the 20,000 people that died as a result of the tsunami. No one has died from radiation or has even had radiation sickness. Disaster - another example of how the anti-nuclear activists make word-choice selections for the purpose further frightening the reader.

Research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scie... More →
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Mead Gruver reports that the worker urine tested positive for uranium at close to seven times the federal agency permissible level, the federal agency alleges in a Nov. 14 violation notice against Lost Creek LLC ISR, a subsidiary of Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy. The alleged violation ranked as the least severe of the four NRC categories of violations.

The spill occurred Nov. 28, 2013, at the Lost Creek in-situ uranium mine in south-central Wyoming. Some 1,500 pounds of yellowcake, a precursor of enriched uranium, spilled onto the floor of a processing building while a worker ... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that sadness and anger came to mind on the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster last week for the people in Japan. But it was for two different reasons, for two different groups. Dr. Conca realized that everyone who attended the anti-nuke rallies felt righteous and good about their anger at nuclear power and their sadness at the disaster. But their anger is misplaced and their zealous that cries out against nuclear power has obscured the real heartbreak of the tsunami itself and the mismanagement of the response.

Dr. Conca is with the other group who are... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that fear of radiation strikes again. This time it is preventing some beneficial medical procedures like mammograms and CT scans by claiming, incorrectly, that the procedures themselves can cause cancer no matter what the radiation dose.

Conca was shocked to read an article in Time.com - reprinted from Health.com - about the Hidden Dangers of Medical Scans, that says more and more doctors are worried that medical imaging and other tests involving X-rays are increasing the risk of cancer.

It was even claimed that researchers at the National Cancer Institu... More →
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Ramsey Cox reports that Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., said it is past time the Senate acts on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Despite politically motivated delays to the Yucca Mountain project, it is clearer than ever that this is the safest, most viable location for storing our nuclear waste, Scott said Thursday. It is well beyond time to move forward and construct Yucca.

The senators made the remarks after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, issued a report that found the dump site could safely store nuclear waste for 1 million yea... More →
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Malcolm Sutton reports that fears that dust from a planned mine on Yorke Peninsula could contaminate crops with low-level uranium and potentially travel as far as Adelaide have been raised by campaigners. The YP Landholders Group said an estimated 3 million kilograms of dust produced annually by Rex Minerals Hillside copper, gold and ore mine could include radioactive uranium and its decay products, called radon gas and radon daughters.
Chairman Stephen Lodge cited a joint paper written by a US doctor Dale Dewar that found long-lived radioisotopes from uranium mines could spread on surrou... More →
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Dr. Whicker reports that we live in a radioactive environment. We are continuously bombarded with radiation We are continuously bombarded with radiation energy from space and from the earth energy from space and from the earth surface. We take in radioactive materials with the air we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Our bodies contain radioactive materials. Our biosphere is powered by nuclear fusion reactions in the sun reactions in the sun.
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