POISONED PLANET – Think it doesn’t affect you? Think again.
November 20, 2007, 7:26 am
Filed under: depleted uranium, ecology, environment, illegal, news, poison, politics, pollution, Uncategorized

Radioactive material falls off a truck on a Texas highway, never to be found again (Dallas Morning News)

Oil in San Francisco Bay may never come out (CNN)

San Francisco oil spill threatens wildlife (National Geographic)

California sues federal government over car fumes (BBC)

EXCERPT “California is suing the US federal government over its failure to back the state’s tough new anti-pollution laws regulating greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Two years ago, California passed legislation requiring car-makers to cut vehicle emissions by 30% by 2016.  But for the measure to take effect, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must give its approval… California needs the EPA to grant a waiver because the state’s legislation seeks to implement stricter standards than those imposed under national law.”

The Nuclear Weapons Lab Bombing Range (San Diego Indymedia)

Open air radioactive bombing near San Francisco

NYC’s saltwater marshes may disappear in the next five years (Reuters via Treehugger)

Protecting a Wild Patch of City Marshland (NYTimes)

The Government Sanctioned Bombing of Appalachia (Alternet)

“Thanks to Bush, Big Coal uses 3 million pounds of explosives each day in West Virginia to fuel our addiction to dirty energy.”

Coal mining has always been hazardous and the industry treats the workers awfully.  The article is worth reading, but c’mon, there’s been coal mining in West Virginia since the Civil War – Bush is just continuing the eco-cide.

Maryland coal mining‘s toxic legacy (CorpWatch)

EXCERPT: “At least 40 of these potentially toxic heaps rise in the forested mountains of Allegany and Garrett counties like tombstones for the state’s declining coal industry. The Maryland Department of the Environment would like to get rid of the piles because they often ooze acid and can spontaneously ignite.  But the funding to clean up this and other pollution left by the state’s roughly 800 abandoned mines is scheduled to end next year as a federal tax on coal companies expires.” 

“Even if money is found, there’s a dispute over how to dispose of the waste heaps. Maryland is examining Pennsylvania’s decision to burn coal waste to generate electricity, but some environmentalists say that’s a bad idea because it creates mercury air pollution and leaves ash with heavy metals.”

Power Plant Rejected Over CO2 Emissions for the First Time (Washington Post)

EXCERPT: “The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment.”

Deadly Secrets: Chemical Pollution, Cancer and Disappearing Cities (Counterpunch)

Elevated Cancer Levels in Pennsylvania; claims of PCV poisoning dismissed (USA Today)

Continent-size toxic stew of trash befouling the Pacific Ocean (San Francisco Chronicle)

EXCERPT: “The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that’s twice the size of Texas … consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers – floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii… The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.  “At this point, cleaning it up isn’t an option,” Parry said.  “It’s just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. … The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits.”

States need a new place for radioactive waste (USA Today)

EXCERPT: “At issue is the Barnwell County dump site, a 235-acre expanse that opened in 1971 close to the Georgia line. The equivalent of more than 40 tractor-trailers full of radioactive trash from 39 states was buried there each year before South Carolina lawmakers in 2000 ordered the place to scale back because they no longer wanted the state to be the nation’s dumping ground.  As of July 1, 2008, the landfill will take waste only from South Carolina and the two states with which it formed a partnership, New Jersey and Connecticut.  State and industry officials say the not-in-my-backyard resistance will ironically lead to “temporary” storage sites in backyards across the nation.”

Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ continues to rise (National Geographic)

CNN Oversimplifies the Danger of Yellowstone (JustAnotherCoverup)

Destination of ‘recycled’ electronics may surprise you (CNN)

‘Safe’ uranium that left Colonie, NY contaminated (Guardian, UK)

EXCERPT: “They were told depleted uranium was not hazardous. Now, 23 years after a US arms plant closed, workers and residents have cancer – and experts say their suffering shows the use of such weapons may be a war crime”

Exposed: Angry Memorium for the Downwinders (Salt Lake Tribune)

EXCERPT: “Mary Dickson’s new play, ”Exposed,” is a sacrament of grief and anger… the subject matter: the 928 above- and below-ground nuclear blasts set off at the Nevada Test Site, near Las Vegas, between 1951 and 1992; the devastating effect these tests, many of them very dirty, had on the downwind population; and the government secrecy and lies, as it pursued the Cold War, that kept the public falsely reassured that the fallout that dusted the landscape afterward was perfectly harmless.”


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