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    PNS Daily News - April 29, 20160 


    Running down today’s news, the presidential frontrunners turn their attention – and their political barbs – against each other, the C-D-C announces that teen pregnancy rates have dropped by almost half, and health care officials and others are taking steps to deal with the epidemic of opiate addiction.

Nuclear Waste

In part because of drill cuttings such as these, once you take the salt and water out of fracking waste, the remaining sludge is hot enough to be considered low-level radioactive waste. (Bill Hughes)

CHARLESTON, W.Va - Recycling of fracking waste can reduce water use and pollution from the wells, but only by creating low-level nuclear waste too hot for landfills. One fracking-waste recycler is operating near Fairmont and another is planned for Doddridge County. They take the brine, mud and drill ...Read More

The Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant will shut down in January. (energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It's final: The FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego will permanently shut down next January. Entergy, the plant's owner, has sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirming the date. The GE boiling-water reactor, the same design as the reactors at Fukushima, Jap ...Read More

Marriage equality is one of many issues funded by California philanthropic foundations honored this year with N.C.R.P. Impact Awards from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. (Ted Eytan)

Three California philanthropic foundations have won Impact Awards this year from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. The award honors foundations that make grants to encourage diversity and empowerment of marginalized communities. One of the winners, the Sandler Foundation, has give ...Read More

There are 38 active and 12 closed nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes Basin, and environmental groups are concerned about their impact on water quality. (CELA)

NEW YORK - Environmental groups on both sides of the Great Lakes want the U.S. and Canadian governments to monitor radioactive material in the water. The Great Lakes Basin is home to dozens of nuclear sites including power stations, fuel-processing facilities and uranium mines. But despite repeated ...Read More

A federal lawsuit filed by environmental organizations says the EPA is not doing its job to protect public health from toxic air pollution. (Clean WI)

MADISON, Wis. - The Environmental Protection Agency has a legal obligation to update toxic air pollution standards every eight years, yet in many cases for certain industries in Wisconsin, the agency has not done so since 2002. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to regularly review the health and ...Read More

The Indian Point Nuclear Power Station experienced five emergency shutdowns in 2015. (Tony Fischer/Flickr)

NEW YORK - State officials say "alarming levels" of radioactive tritium have been detected in groundwater from test wells at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. According to news reports, the contamination at one well had jumped to over 8 million picocuries per liter, 400 times the EPA maximum ...Read More

Nuclear Watch New Mexico alleges this site at Los Alamos, known as Area G, contains some 200,000 cubic yards of nuclear and toxic waste. (U.S. Department of Energy)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nuclear Watch New Mexico has put the federal government and the Los Alamos National Laboratory on notice that it plans to sue over what it contends is the failure to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the lab site. The watchdog group says the lab hasn't executed its part of a 2 ...Read More

Twenty million people live within 50 miles of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, along the Hudson River in Westchester County. Credit: Peretz Partensky/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Cuomo's office has sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the dangers of allowing the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power facility to continue operating. Among the concerns raised in the letter are metal fatigue and the safety of non-repl ...Read More

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