Food radiation risks low after 2011 accident in Japan

A groundbreaking analysis from Colorado State University shows that radiation levels in food grown near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant dropped quickly and likely posed minor health risks after the plant’s meltdown and release of radioactive materials four years ago this week. But the CSU researchers also identified a possible future public health threat […]

Nuclear Density Gauge Stolen In Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says a gauge containing radioactive material has been stolen from the parking lot of an Oklahoma City hotel near Interstate 40. The gauge is called a Humboldt Scientific 5001 EZ and is used to measure the moisture content and density of construction materials. It is not considered a health risk […]

New Mexico Fines Feds After Nuclear Waste Leaks

The state of New Mexico has fined the federal government a record of more than $54 million for violations at a nuclear waste facility where two incidents in February caused radiation release and human exposure. The fine – the biggest ever by the state on US Department of Energy – was issued for 37 violations […]

Scientists: Earth has “Star Trek-like” shield from space radiation

It sounds like a plot ripped directly from science fiction: Scientists have discovered an invisible force field that shields the planet from a barrage of so-called “killer electrons” from space. “Somewhat like the shields created by force fields on ‘Star Trek’ that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking […]

Learn About Radiation at RadTown

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has produced a wonderful website that is an excellent way for children and adults alike to learn more about radiation. Its well illustrated and easy to navigate. Check it out at: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html

Packages Delivered to 3 Hospitals Were Contaminated

A company that supplies medical isotopes to McGill University Health Centre hospitals is facing the possibility of fines while the federal nuclear safety commission investigates how 10 packages it delivered in August were found to be contaminated with radiation. An event report recently released by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) states the “event had […]

House Passes Bill to Study Low Dose Radiation

The House on Monday passed legislation by voice vote to authorize Department of Energy research on the risks of low-dose ionizing radiation. Under the measure, H.R. 5544, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would conduct research on low-dose radiation. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), the bill’s sponsor, said there isn’t enough scientific data regarding exposure […]

Fukushima Radiation Traces Found in West Coast

Coastal Alaskans have been watching for signs of radiation from 2011’s Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan. Now, an oceanography institute says trace amounts have been detected off the West Coast. Radiation experts say the very low levels of measured do not pose a health threat here. The post-earthquake and tsunami nuke plant accident spilled […]

Counterfeit Cigarettes Contaminated with Radiation

German customs have warned that counterfeit Red Marlboro cigarettes may flood into Europe from Vietnam contaminated with lethal radiation. Officials at German air and seaports have been issued with geiger counters to read radioactive signals after a batch of the bogus cigarettes were intercepted in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this year. The packages contain flawless tax […]

Radioactivity Increase in Reindeer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Blame Mushroom Season Rudolph’s nose might be glowing just a little bit brighter this year, for all the wrong reasons: radiation levels in Norwegian reindeer sharply rose this year. According to a Norwegian environmental report, scientists in September observed 8,200 becquerel (a unit of measurement for radioactivity) of Celsium-137 per kilo in reindeer, a noticeable […]

Researchers develop new radiation detector with a lot of promise

In a paper to be published in the Oct. 1 issue of Optics Letters, UT Arlington Physics Professor Wei Chen and his co-authors describe a new method to fabricate transparent nanoscintillators by heating nanoparticles composed of lanthanum, yttrium and oxygen until a transparent ceramic is formed. A scintillator refers to a material that glows in […]

Rolls-Royce fined for radiation exposure to workers

A subsidiary of Rolls-Royce in Derby has been fined £200,000 for exposing workers to a radioactive material that was misplaced for five hours. Marine Power Operations admitted the 2011 breach when a piece of radioactive equipment broke while parts for nuclear submarines were being tested in Sinfin. Three welders unknowingly passed around a radioactive sample, […]

Changes at LANL resulting from WIPP Leak

Four top officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been reassigned and the lab’s private operator is losing the job of cleaning up nuclear waste as fallout from the lab’s role in a radioactive leak at the country’s nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad. A lab official confirmed lab director Charlie McMillan’s reassignment of four managers […]

Radiation Fears Still Haunt Fukushima

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The road leading to Fukushima City is filled with scenic views of rice fields in varying shades of green and gold, and villages surrounded by mountains with lush forests of cypress and pine trees – a postcard-perfect landscape. But amid this, piles of black and blue garbage bags occupy roadsides and empty lots. These bags […]

Radiation Technology Superfund Cleanup Plan Announced

Dozens of contaminated buildings at the 263-acre Radiation Technology Superfund site — once used for testing and developing rocket engines and propellant — will be knocked down under a plan announced Monday. In all, 34 buildings and structures at the Lake Denmark Road property — contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and other materials — […]