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ANALYSIS: Nuclear plant must ensure safety to eradicate people’s fears

TOKYO — With the reactivation of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s major task is to operate its No. 1 reactor safely and make preparations to deal with possible serious accidents. The Japanese government and electric power companies will be tested over whether they have sufficiently learned the lessons and utilised them in safety measures ...

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3 welders burned in flash fire near Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Three welders suffered severe burns in a flash fire that erupted northeast of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the unidentified men were reportedly working on Kaiser-Francis Oil Company equipment when natural gas left in the system exploded and started the blaze Monday morning. The fire was reportedly put out with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived ...

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Fire marshal: House explosion caused by corroded gas line

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NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. — A fire marshal says an explosion that badly damaged a Pittsburgh-area home last month was caused by a corroded pipe that leaked natural gas that was likely ignited by a pilot light. Sixty-two-year-old Robert Kosko Jr. and his wife, Deborah, escaped the blast that knocked their North Braddock home off its foundation July 7. Peoples Natural ...

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EPA officials visit mouth of Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo.

GOLD KING MINE, Colo. — Environmental Protection Agency officials met at the mouth of the Gold King Mine Monday afternoon to discuss last week’s breach, which discharged 3 million gallons of heavy-metal laden water into a tributary of the Animas River. EPA on-scene coordinator Hayes Griswold explained to San Juan County, Colo., officials that an EPA team working at the ...

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More details emerge on alleged arson at Milford compressor station

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More details have emerged on a Saturday night fire at a controversial natural gas compressor station in Milford Twp., an incident state police are calling an arson. Citing an ongoing criminal investigation, state police Fire Marshal Steve Kaneski would not comment extensively Monday. The alarm came at 10:27 p.m. at the station off Fire Tower Road, he said. A security ...

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Washington-based activist urges personal effort to combat climate change

 Reading, PA – A Washington-based change activist advocated a grass roots approach to climate change Monday evening during a speech at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Reading. Emily Wirzba, a policy associate at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, urged citizens to engage in political action the old-fashioned way: write their elected officials, submit op-eds to local news outlets, spread the ...

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Can “clean” fracking make the industry environmentally friendly?

Plasma Pulse Technology (PPT), also known as “clean” fracking, uses electrical pulses, aka vibrations, to fracture shale while requiring no water or chemicals. This new technology might serve as the happy medium between citizens’ environmental and safety concerns and oil companies’ needs to reclaim oil from shale. It will hopefully produce fewer earthquakes. As reported by OilPrice.com, “According to Propell, ...

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Navajos to sue EPA over cleanup

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The president of the Navajo Nation said Sunday that he intends to sue for “every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess” after Environmental Protection Agency employees accidentally released at least 3 million gallons of wastewater, including potentially harmful metals, into a river that breached the sovereign nation’s borders this weekend. The orange plume of wastewater, which slowly crawled down ...

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Fallin: Disposal wells causing quakes

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin publicly acknowledged the link between the state’s earthquake clusters and wastewater injection wells for the first time last week. “We all know now there is a direct correlation between the increase in earthquakes we have seen in Oklahoma and the disposal wells, based upon many different factors, whether it is volume or location or whether it ...

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