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Channel NewsAsia - Doctors link uranium contamination to disabled Punjab children - cha... - 0 views

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    "Traces of uranium have been found in a large number of autistic children in India's northern state of Punjab.

    The metal, used for generating nuclear energy and to make nuclear bombs, is thought to be the reason behind their autism.

    Five-and-a-half-year-old Dashamveer Singh was born premature. It was one of the reasons behind his slow mental development.

    He is being treated at Baba Farid Centre For Special Children.

    "A normal kid would be active. He would start sitting up by six months of age and start reacting. My child did no such thing. After one year, he could neither sit nor stand. So, we sought treatment for him at the centre," said Satvinder Kaur, mother of Dashamvee.

    There are many children at the centre with similar symptoms - most of them are from a small town in India's northern state of Punjab. "
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DOE seeks home for depleted uranium - UPI.com - 0 views

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    "The U.S. government is looking for even a temporary storage site for 10,000 drums of depleted uranium from a South Carolina nuclear plant, Utah officials said.

    The waste was supposed to have been stored permanently in Utah by EnergySolutions Inc. But the state intervened as the first shipment arrived, seeking more information from the Salt Lake City company and a review of the site.

    Now the U.S. Department of Energy is searching for sites outside of Utah where the waste can remain for up to seven years, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. Temporary storage bids are being accepted until next Thursday."
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Feds want home for Utah's delayed nuclear waste - 0 views

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    "The US Department of Energy is looking for a temporary home for two thirds of a shipment of low level nuclear waste that was headed to Utah. Waste containing depleted uranium from the Savannah River site in South Carolina has had its storage here delayed after the Department of Energy and Governor Gary Herbert agreed more information was needed to ensure the safety of nearby residents. The highly populated Salt Lake Valley is just 75 miles east of Energy Solution's Clive Storage Facility in the Tooele Valley.

    Depleted uranium is low level radioactive waste at this time. The problem is, as it breaks down, its radiation levels increase, with radon emissions peaking after one million years. Energy Solutions is currently working on a report confirming the Clive site can successfully store large quantities of depleted uranium, but it is not expected to be complete before the end of the year. "
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FAA fines two India cos. For uranium cargo - BostonHerald.com - 0 views

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    "The Federal Aviation Administration has fined two Indian companies $422,500 for sending a radioactive shipment of depleted uranium as cargo on a passenger-carrying British Airways flight from Mumbai to Logan International Airport in 2008.

    The FAA alleges that IIS & Allied Services and its freight forwarder, Gallant Freight & Travels, failed to declare the hazardous nature of the shipment, which wasn't properly packaged or labeled.

    Radioactive materials are not allowed to be shipped as cargo aboard passenger aircraft, with some exceptions. The depleted uranium was destined for QSA Global Inc. in Burlington."
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Plan for uranium outrages Herron | The Jackson Sun - 0 views

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    "'They will have to dump it over my dead body,' says state senator

    State Sen. Roy Herron on Friday blasted a proposal under consideration by weapons manufacturer American Ordnance that would convert the Milan Army Ammunition Plant into a storage facility for depleted uranium.

    Herron issued a news release Friday saying that he will do whatever he can to fight the proposal.

    "If they want nuclear waste in West Tennessee, they will have to dump it over my dead body," Herron stated in the release. "I was born for this fight. My deep roots here, experience as an attorney and work as a state legislator have prepared me for this battle.""
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Uranium worries residents | The Jackson Sun - 0 views

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    "The possibility that depleted uranium could be stored at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant has parents like Stacey Moody worried for their families' safety.

    Moody lives on Salem Road, about two miles from the arsenal, with her husband and 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth. She said storing depleted uranium at the arsenal would pose a threat to people and wildlife if a truck accident or explosion exposed people to the element that is classified as nuclear waste.

    "It would be very easy for a truck to turn over or have an accident," Moody said. "What kind of sickness would it cause if there was an accident? That's something we don't know."

    The Milan Arsenal is being used by American Ordinance to manufacture 40-millimeter munitions, 60mm and 81mm mortars and other munitions for the U.S. military, primarily the U.S. Army. The company has proposed moving that manufacturing to Iowa. It would then use Milan as a place to store depleted uranium shipped from Iowa and from weapons sent to the local arsenal for destruction. American Ordnance's plan must first be approved by the military. The plan can be found at www.jmc.army.mil/milan-ea.pdf."
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Areva says it will halt depleted uranium shipments to Russia < French news | Expatica F... - 0 views

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    "The French nuclear group Areva said Friday it would halt shipments of depleted uranium to Russia in July in response to a commercial dispute.

    Areva each year sends several tonnes of depleted uranium to Russia to be re-enriched in facilities operated by the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom.

    A contract between Areva and its Russian partner Tenex, a Rosatom subsidiary, was to run until 2014, with a possibility that conditions could be re-negotiated for the period 2011-2014.

    "We have agreed on ending the contract in 2010 because of a disagreement over commercial conditions," an Areva spokeswoman told AFP, adding that shipments would stop in July."
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Depleted uranium delay proves costly for Energy Department - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    "Delaying Utah-bound depleted uranium will cost the U.S. Energy Department up to $12 million.

    That's the upper estimate agency officials shared recently with a citizens' advisory board in South Carolina during an update on the disposal of 15,600 drums of DU. Those 55-gallon containers were slated to be buried in the EnergySolutions landfill in Tooele County before Utah Gov. Gary Herbert asked the Energy Department for a delay.

    Now, 5,408 drums sit unburied at the EnergySolutions site, about 75 miles west of Salt Lake City, and another 9,392 remain at the South Carolina cleanup site until the agency figures out what to do next. One trainload of 56 cars is already loaded.

    Tom Clements watches developments at the Savannah River Site weapons-complex cleanup for the environmental group, Friends of the Earth. He attended last week's meeting and heard the report by the cleanup project's Vickie B. Wheeler. "
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DEPLETED URANIUM: Dangers of Uranium Buried in the Ground - Huntington News Network - 0 views

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    "Having agreed to compensation for Cold War era atomic energy workers who developed cancer and other illnesses, the D.O.E. and other entities of the government have been searching for a solution to nuclear waste. Nuclear power represents an alternative to fossil fuels, but solutions to the lingering radioactive half lives of elements like uranium have not been resolved.

    For instance, after receiving a report on the severity of the contamination (uranium, nickel and non-uranium) at the Huntington Pilot Plant / Reduction Pilot Plant, a decision was made in 1978-1979 to tear it down. The remains of the production apparatus, ( i.e. hoses), as well as the walls and girders were buried in a classified contaminated location at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

    The Portsmouth, Paducah, Oak Ridge and Huntington facilities worked both on uranium enrichment and recycling nickel from depleted uranium. Site Specific Meetings --- the next Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Endeavor Center --- are ongoing. They are part of a decision making process --- what will be placed on the site of the former gaseous diffusion plant, what will be done with waste buried there, what will be done with waste stored there?

    (Editor's Note: Documents have confirmed that the HPP/RPP processed nickel powder and recycled scrap uranium from barrier materials at the diffusion plants. Some distinctions exist between "enriched" uranium and "depleted" uranium. We're uncertain whether the "depleted" uranium was /is stored at diffusion plants or transported between various plants.) "
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The Poisoning of Puerto Rico -- In These Times - 0 views

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    "On March 31, retired Sgt. Hermogenes Marrero was told during a visit to the Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, that he didn't have cancer - or at least, his official VA computer file no longer showed any record of cancer.

    But Marrero was not relieved. He had been diagnosed twice before with colon cancer and suffers today from a dozen other illnesses, including Lou Gehrig's disease, failing vision, a lung condition that keeps him on oxygen around the clock, not to mention tumors throughout his body. The terminally ill and wheelchair-bound, 57-year-old veteran immediately suspected that the U.S. government had manipulated his medical record."
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NM transfers land for uranium processing plant - KIVITV.COM | Boise. News, Breaking New... - 0 views

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    "The State Land Office and Lea County have agreed on a land swap to provide a site in southeastern New Mexico for a plant to process depleted uranium.

    Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday the state gets about 3,900 acres from the county in exchange for 640 acres near Hobbs.

    The newly acquired land between Eunice and Jal will be leased by the Land Office for agricultural purposes.

    The land near Hobbs will become the site for a proposed plant by Idaho Falls, Idaho-based International Isotopes Inc.

    The plant is to extract commercially valuable fluoride compounds from tailings created by the refining of uranium for nuclear power plant fuel.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing the company's license application."
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Cancer of the conflict zone - 0 views

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    "When my sister, 101st Airborne Army Capt. Chaplain Fran E. Stuart, returned from Iraq, she was forever changed.

    Not only had the desert sand, gun blasts and heat penetrated her psyche during her one-year deployment, but a carcinogen had made its way into her body as well. Unbeknown to her, the carcinogen was making a home in my sister's body, along with the Anthrax vaccine, depleted uranium, burn pit smoke and contaminated water dished up at every meal.

    In March 2006, when my sister was 41, she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, stage-IV dysgerminoma cancer, also called "germ cell" cancer, which is usually only seen in pregnant women and teenage girls. The cancer was advancing quickly, wrapping itself around her internal organs like an octopus and gathering fuel from her central abdomen. My sister was flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for immediate surgery and further testing, when a volleyball-sized tumor was removed from her abdomen. Fortunately, doctors were able to corral her cancer, but only after 10 months and 35 rounds of exhaustive chemotherapy. She wasn't the only one undergoing such trauma. While visiting her at Walter Reed, I witnessed many soldiers returning from Iraq with cancer, unknown to the public and unacknowledged by the military. Walter Reed had two floors dedicated solely to the soldiers arriving daily with cancer. Their lives were spared on the battlefield, but the cancer was ravaging their bodies from within."
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Energy auditors suggest keeping uranium at SRS | The Augusta Chronicle - 0 views

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    "A plan to temporarily store two trainloads of Savannah River Site's depleted uranium in Texas after it was rejected by Utah's governor might be unnecessary and could waste taxpayers' money, according to the U.S. Energy Department's Inspector General.

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    "The only apparent driver in this case was a Recovery Act-related goal established by the Department to accelerate the general disposition of the SRS material," said the report, released Tuesday as a "management alert" based on information received from a "reliable and credible" department source."
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DU 'New Agent Orange' hidden agenda - 0 views

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    "Evidence continues to mount that the 250,000 veterans of the first Gulf War who exhibit persistent unexplained medical symptoms are related to widespread use of depleted uranium that is known as the 'New Agent Orange." Inhumane effects of DU for securing a pipeline will be experienced for generations in Afghans and American soldiers, a "war crime against God and humanity," according to Doug Rokke.

    Genetic testing and functional brain imaging may shed light on the soldiers' symptoms according to the Washington Post.

    Iraq's Ministry for Human Rights has been persuing a lawsuit against Britain and the US over their use of depleted uranium bombs in Iraq according to Press TV."
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State board imposes new regulations on depleted uranium - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    "EnergySolutions can take no more depleted uranium until it shows its radioactive landfill can contain the radioactive waste for thousands of years.

    After talking about DU for a year, the Radiation Control Board pushed forward Tuesday with new requirements despite the nuclear waste company's past threats of legal action.

    Meanwhile, board members opted against trying to regulate blending, the nuclear industry's practice of mixing Class A low-level radioactive waste with more hazardous Class B and Class C material so that reactors can dispose of waste that now has nowhere else to go.

    "I think the issues the board is addressing are all about protecting the public health and safety," said Board Chairman Peter Jenkins, commenting on the common thread of six votes taken Tuesday. "
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Utah Could Get More SRS Waste | Georgia Public Broadcasting - 0 views

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    "A protest from Utah Governor Gary Herbert caused the Department of Energy to suspend shipments in January of depleted uranium from SRS to a disposal facility near Salt Lake City. Now regulators have determined that more than 3,000 tons of the waste meet Utah's health and safety standards. That could mean shipments will start up again soon."
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Tooele Transcript Bulletin - County's DU meeting had dubious motives - 0 views

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    "Anyone who was at Tooele County's public information meeting about depleted uranium last week would have come away convinced that DU is perfectly safe for shallow-cell storage and EnergySolutions is just the company to store it. After all, three scientific experts testified to that effect.

    If you believe this was the final word on DU, Al Gore's got a film he'd like you to see to learn the gospel truth about global warming - and plenty of other people have beachfront property to sell you."
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Tests show DOE waste meets state standards - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    "Samples of the depleted uranium waste from a government cleanup in South Carolina show that it meets a key safety limit, said the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

    State regulators heard about the test results Monday from a Tennessee laboratory, which sampled 171 of the 5,400 drums sent most recently to Utah from the Savannah River Project cleanup for technetium-99, a waste product of reprocessing. "
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DOE and USEC finalize demo agreement | knoxnews.com - 0 views

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    "I recently noted that the Dept. of Energy had not yet delivered on its $45 million commitment to USEC as part of a cooperative agreement while R&D continues on the American Centrifuge project. Well, DOE and USEC today issued separate announcements saying that the deal was done, with a $90 million "cost-shared" effort, which reportedly will help demosntrate the commercial viability of the big uranium-enrichment project.

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who's been in Oak Ridge for two days, was reportedly visiting the USEC centrifuge manufacturing facility this afternoon following a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    According to the DOE announcement: "The costs will be shared between the Department and USEC. The Department's $45 million share will be met by taking title (but not immediate possession or custody) to a quantity of depleted uranium tails. "
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Depleted Uranium: A War Crime Within a War Crime By William Bowles - 0 views

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    "As if destroying a country and its culture ain't bad enough, how about destroying its future, its children? I want to scream it from the rooftops! We are complicit in crimes of such enormity that I find it difficult to find the words to describe how I feel about this crime committed in my name! In the name of the 'civilized' world?

    "Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al-Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment." - Jalal Ghazi, for New America Media "
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