Energy Department to clean nuclear accident site

Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the “Atomic Man.” Harold McCluskey, then 64, was working in the room when a chemical reaction […]

Iran Successfully Holds Radiation Defense Exercise

Iran has successfully staged preparatory drills in the central province of Isfahan to boost civil defense capabilities in case of nuclear contingencies, such as radiation leaks, said head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization said. printPrint Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency in Isfahan on Wednesday, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali explained that the exercises covered […]

Ways to reduce radiation

DESPITE HEALTH CANADA telling citizens that there is nothing to worry about following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the lasting effects of exposure to that radioactive material still aren’t known. But there are many other sources of radiation that people encounter on a regular basis and whose potentially harmful impact on our health is too often […]

Nuke leak probe focuses on Los Alamos National Lab

A state regulator says officials investigating a radiation leak from the government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory. New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said Thursday that the Department of Energy’s accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New […]

Lab Impex Purchased by Ultra Electronics PLC

Poole-based Lab Impex Systems Ltd has been taken over by Ultra Electronics PLC in a cash deal. Lab Impex, based at Harwell Road, Canford Heath, designs, manufactures and supplies radiation measuring instru-ments, systems and services for the nuclear, medical and defence industries. Its instruments are mainly used in the field of health physics, to monitor […]

Radiation a concern for coastal communities

Talk in the Oregon Coast town of Bandon often turns to the approaching plume of seaborne radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. “We’ve been worried about it and worried about it,” said Zac Adams, owner of Bandon Designs construction company. “We’re really concerned about it affecting the fisheries, the wildlife, the tourism and […]

Post-Fukushima radiation levels near US shores continue to increase

Radiation levels in Albacore tuna have tripled post-Fukushima, according to Oregon State University (OSU) researchers. The scientists came to that conclusion after conducting a study on fish caught off the coast of Oregon. According to Delvin Neville, a graduate research assistant at OSU, these trace levels are too small to be a realistic concern. “A […]

Trial decontamination work stumbles

Trial decontamination work in evacuated areas of Fukushima Prefecture has failed to reduce radiation levels to a point where residents can return to their homes, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday. Radiation levels were lowered by around 50 to 80 percent in test residential areas, farmland and roads — not enough to bring readings down to […]

Sudan: Oil Workers Exposed to Radiation in West Kordofan

Khartoum — About 70 workers of a Chinese oil company working in West Kordofan have been exposed to radiation. The company immediately transferred 21 of the workers, 13 Sudanese, six Chinese, and two Pakistani, to Khartoum for medical tests, El Taghyeer newspaper reported on Friday. The workers were directly exposed to radiation at the oil […]

Cargo Container

208 Instances of Radiation in Cargo Containers

Quarantine authorities nationwide uncovered 208 instances in which excessive levels of radiation were found in imported cargo containers in September, the nation’s top quality watchdog said on Thursday. There was 19.6 percent more radiation from the same period last year, said Chen Xitong, spokesman for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. A […]

Cabbage Helps Protect us from Radiation

Cabbage could be the key to protecting people from radiation during cancer therapy, new research has shown. The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre study found that a compound derived from cruciferous vegetables – such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli – protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation. The American researchers’ work suggests the […]