“What is usually referred to as nuclear waste is used nuclear fuel in the shape of rods about 12 feet long. For four and a half years, the uranium atoms that comprise the fuel rods are split apart to give off the heat that turns water into steam to spin turbines to make electricity. After that, nuclear plant workers move the used fuel rods into pools of water to cool.”
Weigh in on environmental issues on Oct 4, in Toronto Canada. If you are a citizen of the US or Canada you are invited to participate. Go to IJC.ORG to find out more. So your part to protect the Great Lakes.
“Recently I [Bill Williams] was invited to assess an old Danish uranium exploration site in Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland.”
Inuit Ataqatigiit – the opposition party in the national parliament – had asked me to talk to local people about the health implications of re-opening the defunct mine.
An Australian firm called Greenland Minerals and Energy (GME) has big plans to extract uranium and rare earth minerals here. It would be a world first: an open-pit uranium mine on an Arctic mountain-top.
As economy expands and labor markets tighten, employers finding it harder to recruit workers that can pass drug tests. According to the NYT, “In a sector where employers like himself tend to rely on Latino workers, Mr. Russow tried to diversify three years ago by recruiting white workers, vetting about 80 people. But, he said, “As soon as I say ‘criminal background check,’ ‘drug test,’ they’re out the door.”
“But a full cleanup of the site — including the extraction of melted uranium fuel from the damaged reactor cores — is expected to take at least 40 years according to the government’s timetable and a century by other estimates. In the meantime, officials acknowledge, Fukushima remains vulnerable.”
Republican from Texas introducing bill dismantling EPA to do “right” by “hard working” citizens. Excerpt follows:
The measure would force the EPA to close all of its field offices, sell or lease certain properties, cut various climate change programs and stop its environmental justice activities.
It would also stop the EPA from regulating ground-level ozone and from limiting the greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and power plants, the subject of the most controversial EPA programs recently.
Medical marijuana bill proposed by senate pending. This is excerpt from Criticl posting:
” Reformation of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in order to grant wider access to cannabis for research purposes.Banks would be able to do business with the marijuana industry as they would with others.Marijuana would be downgraded from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug as classified by the DEA.Authorized carriers would be able to transport the drug across state lines to deliver to dispensaries.Doctors with the Department of Veteran Affairs would be able to prescribe the drug to patients where it’s legal in that state.
If the bill is passed, it would mark the first time since 1937 that the drug would be federally legal for limited medical use.
The history of the eventual federal ban, was deeply seeded in fear of Mexican immigrants. During 1910 to1920 Mexican immigrants came to America in mass and brought the plant with them. Governmental bodies funded biased research that linked use of the plant with violence, sexual deviance and crime to the “racially inferior” and underclass. 1936 the famous propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was produced and the following year the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, which effectively banned all use except for restricted medical uses.”