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From KGNU News:

“All the indications are that it’s going to be more serious than we thought originally.”

In 1975, CU biologist Harvey Nichols began studying airborne matter at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site outside of Boulder. He concluded that billions of plutonium particles were dusted on the ten square-mile Rocky Flats site. ... read more and listen to an interview

Posted In: Environment, Health and Safety

Sam Hendren news reporter, WOSUradio

The village of Piketon, in southern Ohio, played a major role during the cold war as the site of a U.S. nuclear weapons plant. Now Ohio lawmakers want more money to clean up the plant’s nuclear residue. But Congressional funding disputes are getting tiresome for Piketon workers and residents.

For decades there’s been a certain mystery surrounding the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant near Piketon, even among residents. Blaine Beekman is a local historian and a Pike County commissioner. … more

Posted In: Environment, Health and Safety, USW

Patrick Malone, The New Mexican

The New Mexican reported that the New Mexico state environment department is preparing to move forward with additional fines against Los Alamos National Laboratory due to the radiation leak in 2014 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. Read the full story here.

Posted In: Environment, Health and Safety

Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald

The Department of Energy has agreed to pay a $44,722 penalty to resolve more violations of radioactive and hazardous chemical waste storage requirements at Hanford, as alleged by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The two agencies signed a consent agreement Wednesday, with DOE neither admitting nor denying violations. Money for Hanford cleanup will be returned to the U.S. Treasury. ... read more

Posted In: Environment, EPA, Health and Safety

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)’s weekly e-newsletter:

Several new resources have been released that provide information important to those making use of social media during disasters. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issued a document with ideas on how to standardize hashtags to make them more useful; Dr. Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at QCRI, spoke at TEDxTraveseCity on the concept of Digital Humanitarians; and Humanity Road developed a guide to help emergency managers understand social media analytics.

Related materials:
Hashtag Standards in Emergencies
Video - Digital Humanitarians: Patrick Meier at TEDxTraverseCity
A Guide to Social Media Emergency Management Analytics
Engagement with Health Agencies on Twitter

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