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2012-08-07 07:40:33

Program requires organizational, technological changes The current approach for identifying and destroying buried chemical munitions and related chemical warfare materials uncovered during environmental remediation projects is neither reliable enough nor has the capability to efficiently tackle large-scale projects, says a new report from the National Research Council. An alternative or modified approach is needed to remediate the Redstone Arsenal and other such projects on active and...

2012-05-18 06:21:47

PITTSBURGH, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today applauded an agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Northwest, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and U.S. Enrichment Corporation, Inc. (USEC) to keep the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which was slated for closure at the end of this month, open for an additional year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) Under the...

2012-05-14 06:22:31

Health and Safety of Nation's Nuclear Workers and the Public in Jeopardy WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) successfully consolidates its operational contracts at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas thousands of work years of institutional knowledge could being lost, putting the nation's national security at risk. The NNSA plans to issue just one...

2012-04-18 10:22:26

MEADVILLE, Pa., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has signed a consent order and agreement with Moxie Nein LLC and Millcreek Township, Erie County, for the remediation and reuse of a former landfill site. DEP is currently cleaning up the site, which is part of the Presque Isle Bay watershed. Once remediation is complete, Moxie Nein will subdivide the property and keep four acres for commercial and industrial activity,...

2012-03-23 10:20:47

MEADVILLE, Pa., March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection this week began remediation work at a former Currie Landfill site in Millcreek Township, Erie County. Household and industrial waste that was disposed at the former landfill, some of which has settled in nearby Cascade Creek, will be consolidated and capped underground. The project will restore and re-vegetate 600 feet of the creek, improving water quality and restoring lost habitat to the...

Prehistoric Pig Remains Found At Texas Excavation Site
2011-11-07 06:12:58

Construction workers excavating the site of a new high-explosive pressing facility in Amarillo, Texas, discovered the remains of an extinct, prehistoric pig. According to Bobby Cervantes of the Amarillo Globe-News, workers at the Pantex Plant discovered the fragmented remains embedded approximately eight feet down in the walls of the site after returning to the location one morning. "If we´d have taken another bucket of dirt out of the wall of that pit, we´d have never known...

2011-09-09 13:46:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- California Governor Jerry Brown is currently considering Senate Bill 833, legislation that would stop a proposed landfill from being built along a river, eliminate the risk of contaminating drinking water for communities, and prevent the permanent desecration of sites considered sacred by local Indian Tribes. A coalition of diverse groups including the Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association and the Natural Resources Defense...

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2011-01-04 06:05:00

More than a thousand German farms have been temporarily banned from production due to a scare over animal feed tainted by toxic dioxin, authorities said on Monday. The farms affected were in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony, Gert Hahne from the state agriculture ministry told AFP. "Consumer protection is our priority," he said. Those farms are believed to have purchased animal feed contaminated with dioxin from a facility in Schleswig-Holstein, which apparently received toxic products...

2011-01-03 13:52:00

Company Agrees to Increase Monitoring, Move Disposal Area Further from School PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Allied Waste Systems of Pennsylvania will pay a $142,000 fine and take steps to eliminate odors from affecting residents and a nearby elementary school in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, under the terms of a consent order and agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection. The agreement is DEP's latest enforcement action aimed at eliminating...

2010-07-22 13:08:50

A five-year study into the causes of deaths of workers at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) shows significantly lower death rates from all causes and cancer in general when compared to the overall United States population. This is known by occupational health researchers as the "healthy worker effect". However, death from lymphatic and bone marrow cancers such as leukemia or multiple myeloma were slightly above national rates. The study was conducted by faculty at the University of...