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Radioactive Eye Glasses…Silverware…Zippers…Hip Joints… Anyone?

Feb 07, 2013 by

Every ten years or so, the nuclear establishment trots out a proposal to offload some of its so-called low-level waste—radioactive metals, concrete, soil, plastics, and other materials—onto the public. In the past, this idea was met with outrage and was stopped. But as the nation’s nuclear garbage pile continues to grow, the pressure to release some of it into commerce—and thus our daily lives—mounts.

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Big Money, Earth, Politics, Rights

Can a Small Community Throw a Monkey Wrench into the Global Fracking Machine?

Jan 29, 2013 by

What do you do when you don’t trust the state or federal government to protect your community from a powerful industry that you believe threatens your health, your quality of life, and your financial future? One option: Make what the industry does a crime. Here, we look at one small community that is taking a stand—and hoping a symbolic step becomes a catalyst for bigger things.

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Big Money, Earth, Politics

Nuclear Damage Control

Feb 10, 2012 by

For the first time in 30 years, the United States has just okayed new nuclear reactors. Though this comes with the still unfolding Fukushima disaster as a backdrop, we’re being told everything is under control. It is—damage control.

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Big Money, Earth, Politics, Science & Technology

Fukushima Update: Why We Should (Still) Be Worried

Jan 20, 2012 by

If you thought you didn’t need to pay attention any more to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, well, you’d be wrong. The Japanese government isn’t necessarily taking the right steps. Karen Charman explains.