Archives for the day of: November 28, 2010

Tacoma News Tribune: Highly contaminated soil found at Hanford.

Workers have found a nasty surprise beneath a Hanford building just north of Richland — highly contaminated soil from an undiscovered leak. “This is extremely high radiation. Nothing else compares in the river corridor,” said Mark French, Department of Energy project director for environmental cleanup in the river corridor, the 75 square miles of Hanford along the Columbia River.  Radioactivity has been measured at 8,900 rad per hour, which would be about 10 times the lethal dose on contact, according to Hanford officials. The building where the leak was found is about 1,000 feet from the Columbia River. More . . .

Chicago TribuneResidents share worries over cancer cluster fears.

More than 100 residents poured in to the McCullom Lake Village Hall this week after a crushing development in a court case that many had hoped would resolve once and for all whether a nearby chemical plant had polluted the water and air, causing dozens of their friends and neighbors to develop brain tumors.  In all, 32 separate claims were filed against the chemical company. But recently, a judge in a Philadelphia courtroom abruptly halted the first of the cases to go to trial and sent the jury home, reserving harsh words for the expert witness whose report had tried to show the cancers were somehow linked. Margaret Boyer, a longtime resident of the tiny McHenry County community, voiced the fears of many when she said, “We’ll never find out how this story ends.” More . . .

Agence France-Presse: US doctors say chemicals can cause cancer.

Dr Linda Giudice has treated thousands of patients over the years with a range of troubling reproductive disorders, and this week, she joined health experts and a young mother in fingering chemicals as the probable cause. “I have treated thousands of patients… including young men with very abnormal sperm counts or a history of testicular cancer, women as young as 17 and already in the menopause, little girls with the onset of puberty at six or eight,” Giudice told a news conference. “There is increasing evidence that environmental contaminants may be playing a role in these disorders,” said Giudice, who chairs the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. More . . .


Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two
hundred feet from your front door. Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky
Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

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