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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 5, 2004
EMMETT, Idaho - In the 1950s and early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, people in this southeastern Idaho town thought what they occasionally saw dusting their fruit orchards and cow pastures was frost - only it was not cold to the touch, several longtime residents said. Others described it as a gray-white powder that seemed to come out of nowhere. The residents of this town of dairy and cattle farmers did not know it then, but half a century ago, northern winds blew radioactive fallout into southeastern Idaho when the federal government set off about 90 nuclear bombs at its Nevada test site near Las Vegas.
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By Peter Honey and Peter Honey,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 24, 1990
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have found harmless bacteria that they say can remove radioactive contaminants from wastewater.The phenomenon may open the way for biological filtration of water-borne nuclear waste that would be cheaper and more effective than chemical methods now in use, said Dr. Brendlyn D. Faison, one of the researchers at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that made the discovery.While it does not resolve the crucial problem of nuclear-waste disposal, the microbial "scrubbing" of wastewater offers a natural way to remove harmful metals and radioactive contaminants in water that drains from facilities like radiology rooms, nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons factories, Dr. Faison said in a telephone interview.
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August 28, 1999
Raymond Vernon,85, an internationally renowned business expert, died in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday from complications of cancer. He helped develop the International Monetary Fund and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.Charles Hollister,63, who was well-known for his research into burying radioactive waste under the ocean, died after falling 60 feet while rock climbing Monday. He was vice president and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
The federal government has agreed to remove radioactive soil by June from county-owned property on New Ordnance Road that once was part of an Army depot, provided the county removes several dilapidated buildings first.County officials said yesterday they might be amenable to removing the nine old warehouses if that will speed cleanup of the property. But if the cost is too high, the deal could be off."We're going to go out and look at the buildings and once we determine the cost, we'll get back to the federal government," said Michael Leahy, the county's land-use coordinator.
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June 11, 2013
Peach Bottom has two of the 31 Mark and Mark 2 reactors that are being required to upgrade their venting system in case of a severe accident ("Peach Bottom reactors to get venting upgrade," June 7). What Sun reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins leaves out is that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission members ignored staff advice to require containment filters in Mark 1 and Mark 2 reactors which is being required in Japan on all of its reactors and already has been in some European countries.
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By Jean Ewing | August 25, 1991
We Darlington residents live amid some of the most beautiful rollinghills and handsome farms in the nation.We also live just a few miles from a nuclear power plant -- Peach Bottom Atomic Plant in Delta, Pa.And so the news last week about a discovery for locking radioactive waste inside a crystalline structure touched on old fears and recalled past misjudgment by Philadelphia Electric Co., which operates the plant.Synroc, (for synthetic rock), is an advanced ceramic thatcan be fused with radioactive waste, locking it inside its crystalline structure.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | April 16, 1994
The bright orange Fiesta dishware that many Americans use and collect is "hot" -- radioactive -- and could be giving off enough radon gas to pose a significant health risk, a Massachusetts geologist says."
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 16, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government exposed an untold number of Americans to radioactive fallout during a dozen secret weapons tests from 1948 to 1952, according to a report released yesterday.The tests were kept secret for more than 40 years until the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, had the information declassified at the request of Sen. John Glenn, an Ohio Democrat."The Cold War frenzy which gripped the nation immediately after World War II created a climate where tests such as these were deemed necessary," Mr. Glenn said.
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May 24, 1993
A long-awaited public meeting on plans to remove nuclear contamination from county-owned property on New Ordnance Road that once was part of an Army depot is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the auditorium of North County High School in Linthicum.Radioactive thorium nitrate was discovered on the property during a May 1992 inspection. At the time, the 85-acre property was being considered as the site for a new county detention center.Thorium nitrate is an especially potent radioactive substance, and scientists have said that the levels found at the depot are high enough to pose health risks to a person who merely stands near it.Two federal agencies, the Defense Logistics Agency and the General Services Administration, have been arguing over who is responsible for the cleanup.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | May 23, 1999
BEFORE I GET TO today's topic, which is celebrity-attacking birds, I want to issue a formal apology to the "Tri Cities." The Tri Cities are Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, Wash., which call themselves the Tri Cities in proud recognition of the fact that there are three of them. I had not heard of these cities until recently, when I wrote a column about the Hanford contaminated nuclear dump site, which is located near the Tri Cities. My column was about the fact that radioactive ants, flies and gnats had been discovered at Hanford; I expressed concern that they might mutate and become gigantic and attack Los Angeles and suck all the blood out of actress Fran Drescher.
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