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April 2011

Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear accident has awakened debate about nuclear power's invisible emissions, and familiar camps have assembled along familiar lines:
Critics of nuclear power are outraged by radioactive isotopes…

Radioactive Strontium Found in Hilo, Hawaii Milk

[UPDATED 4/28: with information from FDA. Altered sentences in italics.]
A radioactive isotope of strontium has been detected in American milk for the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster—in a sample from Hilo, Hawaii—the Environmental…

University of Chicago Panel Doubts Future of Nuclear Power in U.S.
Safer nuclear reactors have been available for years, but the energy market prefers less expensive conventional designs, a nuclear energy expert from Argonne National Laboratory said…

Why Does FDA Tolerate More Radiation Than EPA?

[UPDATED with comment from FDA, at bottom, and EPA's MCL for Cesium-137]
Since the Environmental Protection Agency began detecting radiation in rainwater and milk at levels above its maximum contaminant level, government officials have been…

Monsanto Modifies Soy beans To Grow 'Fish Oil'

The biotechnology firm Monsanto stands just one FDA approval away from growing soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce those omega-3 fatty acids that doctors are always recommending.
That FDA approval is expected this year, according…

The United Nations' new climate chief issued a stinging response today to U.S. threats to abandon the 15-year effort to forge an international agreement on climate change.
The UN is the only venue capable of executing such an agreement, argued…

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends reverse osmosis water treatment to remove radioactive isotopes that emit beta-particle radiation. But iodine-131, a beta emitter, is typically present in water as a dissolved gas, and reverse osmosis is…

Transocean Execs Keep Most Of Their Bonuses

Although five Transocean executives will donate their safety bonuses—a total of $250,000—to families of 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the executives retain other awards associated with the 86-day oil spill in the Gulf of…