Our Land, Our Life

This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

“Our Land, Our Life” presents the struggle of Carrie and Mary Dann, two Western Shoshone elders, to address the threat mining development poses to the sacred and environmentally sensitive lands of Crescent Valley, Nevada. This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

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NRC to meet with TVA over Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Federal regulators will meet with Tennessee Valley Authority officials Tuesday to discuss the results of a special inspection at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited “declining regulatory performance” as the reason for the inspection and 1 p.m. public meeting in the Training Center Auditorium at the plant site near Athens.

The NRC will use inspection results to determine what caused the declining performance and whether the agency need to take additional action. In late 2007, Browns Ferry Unit 1 had a moderately degraded or “yellow” performance indicator because of a high number of automatic shutdowns. Previous inspections evaluated the shutdowns causes and did not identify any significant safety issues.

http://www.enewscourier.com/local/local_story_003192722.html

TVA rejected costly fixes

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After a blowout five years ago on the wall of a massive, above-ground coal ash landfill at TVA’s Kingston power plant, engineers were under pressure to find a fix that was not only viable, but also economical.

The blowout wasn’t large but indicated that something was not quite right inside the 98-acre mound of sludge

Water was tunneling in the layers of ash and creating pressure points on the dike holding the structure in place.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090104/GREEN02/901040392/1001/RSS6001


Depleted uranium found in Gaza victims

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Medics tell Press TV they have found traces of depleted uranium in some Gazan residents wounded in Israel’s ground offensive into the strip.

Norwegian medics told Press TV correspondent Akram al-Sattari that some of the victims who have been wounded since Israel began its attacks on the Gaza Strip on December 27 have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.

The report comes after Israeli tanks and troops swept across the border into Gaza on Saturday night, opening a ground operation after eight days of intensive attacks by Israeli air and naval forces on the impoverished region.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=80443&sectionid=351020202

Did The Cia Brainwash Polar Guide After Nuke Discovery?

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A POLAR survival expert fears he has been brainwashed by US spooks after stumbling on a top secret nuclear dump.

Jimmy “The Snowman” Campbell, accuses the CIA of wiping his memory after he wandered into the restricted area in Antarctica.

He claims the agency gave him brainwashing drugs which turned him into a shambling wreck plagued by mental health problems.

http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/newsfeed/2009/01/04/did-the-cia-brainwash-polar-guide-after-nuke-discovery-78057-21013964/

The carbon footprint of nuclear war

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Just when you might have thought it was ethically sound to unleash a nuclear attack on a nearby city, along comes a pesky scientist and points out that atomic warfare is bad for the climate. According to a new paper in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, even a very limited nuclear exchange, using just a thousandth of the weaponry of a full-scale nuclear war, would cause up to 690m tonnes of CO2 to enter the atmosphere – more than UK’s annual total.

The upside (kind of) is that the conflict would also generate as much as 313m tonnes of soot. This would stop a great deal of sunlight reaching the earth, creating a significant regional cooling effect in the short and medium terms – just like when a major volcano erupts. Ultimately, though, the CO2 would win out and crank up global temperatures an extra few notches.

The paper’s author, Mark Z Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, calculated the emissions of such a conflict by totting up the burn rate and carbon content of the fabric of our cities. “Materials have the following carbon contents: plastics, 38–92%; tyres and other rubbers, 59–91%; synthetic fibres, 63–86%; woody biomass, 41–45%; charcoal, 71%; asphalt, 80%; steel, 0.05–2%. We approximate roughly the carbon content of all combustible material in a city as 40–60%.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/jan/02/nuclear-war-emissions