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UN Watchdog to Japan: OK to Dump Wastewater in Sea

Critics aren't happy about release of radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear power plant

(Newser) - A little radioactive water in the Pacific? Not that big a deal, at least according to the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, which gave the OK Tuesday for Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to dump more than a million tons of treated wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. NPR notes...

Thailand Finds MIA Radioactive Capsule, but Uh-Oh

Cylinder with cesium-137 turns up at Thailand steel foundry, but it appears to have been crushed

(Newser) - It would be really great if people could keep tabs on the radioactive capsules they have hanging around. First, a tiny one filled with cesium-137 went missing earlier this year in Western Australia, though it's since been found . Now, a larger cylinder containing the same radioactive isotope has turned...

We're Just Now Hearing About a Nuke Plant's November Leak

Minnesota officials say they wanted to gather more info on tritium-tinged water from Xcel Energy site

(Newser) - The public is just getting word on a leak at a Minnesota nuclear power plant—a leak first reported to state and federal agencies in November. CBS News reports that the 400,000 gallons of water laced with tritium broke out of a water pipe connecting two buildings at Xcel...

Spain to US: Clean Up Your Old Nuke Mess

Madrid is addressing 1968 nuclear incident

(Newser) - Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to begin procedures to remove soil contaminated with radioactivity after a mid-air collision dumped four US hydrogen bombs near a southern Spanish village—nearly 60 years ago. None of the bombs exploded, but the plutonium-filled detonators on two went off, spreading...

Crisis Averted: Radioactive Capsule Is Found

Exposure unlikely as capsule located along lonely stretch of West Australia highway

(Newser) - The radioactive capsule lost during an 870-mile journey through Western Australia has been located. "The search groups have quite literally found the needle in the haystack," Australia's Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said at a Wednesday news conference, per Reuters , adding the tiny silver capsule containing Caesium-137...

Nuclear Agency Joins Hunt for Tiny Missing Capsule

Radioactive item smaller than a dime poses serious health risks

(Newser) - Australia's nuclear safety agency has joined the search for a tiny capsule containing radioactive material , about the third of the size of a dime, believed to have fallen from a truck during a journey equivalent to driving the entire length of Great Britain. Large sections of Western Australia are...

Rio Tinto: Sorry We Lost That Radioactive Capsule

Mining giant says hunt is still on in Western Australia for tiny container with cesium 137

(Newser) - One of the largest mining companies in the world is now apologizing for losing a teensy capsule filled with a whole lot of danger. "We recognize this is clearly very concerning and are sorry for the alarm it has caused in the Western Australian community," Simon Trott, CEO...

Alarming Report in Mo.: 'I Wouldn't Want My Child in This School'
Alarming Discovery
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Alarming Discovery at Mo. School 'Takes Your Breath From You'

Radioactive waste found at Jana Elementary, in St. Louis suburb where WWII nukes were made

(Newser) - There's significant radioactive contamination at an elementary school in suburban St. Louis where nuclear weapons were produced during World War II, according to a new report by environmental investigation consultants. The report by Boston Chemical Data Corp. confirmed fears about contamination at Jana Elementary School, in the Hazelwood School...

Anti-5G Pendants Turn Out to Be Radioactive

Dutch nuclear officials warn against wearing pendants, bracelets

(Newser) - People who wear “negative ion” pendants to protect themselves from 5G waves have gone out of the nonexistent fire and into the very real frying pan. There’s zero scientific evidence that 5G cellular service, which isn’t especially different from 3G and 4G, is at all harmful. But...

Court Rules 84 People Are Atomic Bomb Victims

They were exposed to radioactive 'black rain' after the attack on Hiroshima

(Newser) - A Japanese court on Wednesday for the first time recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain" that fell after the 1945 US atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors, ordering the city and the prefecture to provide the same government medical benefits as given to other survivors. The...

Idea for Fukushima's Radioactive Water: Drain It Into Sea

Japan's environment minister says it's 'the only option'

(Newser) - Huge quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima power plant could end up in the Pacific Ocean, or so suggests Japan's environment minister. Fukushima has accumulated more than 1 million tons of water containing tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, as roughly 110 tons of groundwater each day reach...

A Body Was Cremated. Then the Radiation Was Detected

Cancer patient's body contaminated crematorium

(Newser) - Radiation has been found all over a crematorium in Arizona, following the incineration of a man who'd recently received cancer treatment. Though the potential risks of cremating patients treated with "radiopharmaceuticals" have long been known by the medical community, the contamination of an entire facility hasn't been...

Researcher: Radioactive Milk Killed Hordes of Americans

Keith Meyers argues the scale is like that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

(Newser) - One estimate puts the number of American thyroid cancer deaths tied to our decade-plus of above-ground nuclear testing at 49,000. University of Arizona economist Keith Meyers argues the number of deaths could be 14 times higher. Quartz shares the results of his study , which revolves around milk: specifically, the...

As Russia Confirms Radioactivity, Some Suggest a Cover-Up

Mayak nuclear facility appears as possible source of ruthenium 106

(Newser) - In the country's first acknowledgement of a radioactive cloud over Europe, Russia's meteorological service has confirmed "extremely high" concentrations of ruthenium 106 in the country last month. Rosgidromet said Monday that the radioactive isotope formed in nuclear reactors was detected at monitoring stations in Argayash and Novogorny...

Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Appears Over Europe

Clues point to undisclosed Russia accident

(Newser) - A nuclear accident happened somewhere in Russia or Kazakhstan during the last week of September and was kept very quiet, the French nuclear safety institute IRSN has concluded after analyzing a mysterious radioactive cloud that appeared over Europe last month. IRSN researchers say they detected high levels of ruthenium 106,...

Odd, but True: Skip Hair Conditioner After Nuke Strike

It will only make things worse

(Newser) - It might be the strangest advice imaginable for survivors of a nuclear attack: Don't use hair conditioner. But it turns out to be sound advice as well, reports Live Science . The matter came up when Guam, under threat of an attack by North Korea, recently issued safety guidelines to...

Robot Enters Fukushima Reactor, Doesn't Fare So Well

'Scorpion' robot's crawling function fails before it could locate melted fuel

(Newser) - Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into Unit 2's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around...

Kodak Was Baffled by Damaged Film. The Truth Lay Far, Far Away

Company agreed to keep the problem quiet

(Newser) - In the summer of 1945, Eastman Kodak began fielding complaints from businesses who bought its X-ray film—it was spotted and unusable. A perplexed company physicist named Julian Webb began digging into the problem, and a feature at Popular Mechanics recounts how he ultimately traced it to an unexpected source:...

Iraq Finds Missing Radioactive Material

'Highly dangerous' material found dumped near a gas station

(Newser) - In poor news for any would-be dirty-bombmakers in ISIS, Iraq says it has safely recovered the "highly dangerous" radioactive material that went missing days ago from the storage facility of a US oilfield services company, reports Reuters . The iridium-192, which was reportedly in a laptop-size case, was found dumped...

'Highly Dangerous' Radioactive Materials Go Missing in Iraq

Officials worry ISIS could use them to make a dirty bomb

(Newser) - A laptop-sized case containing "highly dangerous" radioactive materials has gone missing from a storage facility in Iraq, Reuters reports. And Iraqi officials are worried it may have been swiped by ISIS, which could use the iridium-192 inside to make a dirty bomb. "Shaping headlines is essential to ISIS'...

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