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Ten Unsafest Toys for 2011

By at December 19, 2011 | 10:03 am | 3 Comments

Ten Unsafest Toys for 2011

Duck Toy Ages: One and older. Description: Wooden duck waddles when pulled by a 33 inch cord. “The industry standards limits strings on crib and playpen toys to 12” in length.” Hazard: Potential for strangulation injuries. Fold & Go Trampoline Ages: Three and older. Description: “The only function on this trampoline should be a controlled […]

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Safety and Nuclear go well together, but not in the U.S.

By at May 16, 2011 | 12:37 pm | 3 Comments

Safety and Nuclear go well together, but not in the U.S.

In black and white, without a word or thought to misconstrue, Nuclear Engineer David Lochbaum told a congressional panel that nuclear power plants in the U.S. are not safe.

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Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

By at May 12, 2011 | 2:57 pm | 1,056 Comments

Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

What is the fallout in the United States from Fukushima? Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass), a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wanted to know

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Protecting Workers at a Dangerous Nuclear Complex

By at May 10, 2011 | 12:47 pm | 1 Comments

Protecting Workers at a Dangerous Nuclear Complex

Workers trying to restore cooling systems at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are not making too much progress, not when working conditions mean literally taking their life into their hands every day.

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PublicK NuisancE: When Teapublicans Attack

By at April 29, 2011 | 8:04 am | 1,332 Comments

PublicK  NuisancE: When Teapublicans Attack

what I’d really like to see is something like, “First, don’t let the corporate greedheads who are sucking natural gas profits from our soil contaminate all our drinking water from Warren to West Chester.”

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Signed, Sealed & Deadly

By at April 26, 2011 | 12:06 pm | 0 Comment

Signed, Sealed & Deadly

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai,(R-Allegheny) is thrilled. In a news release, Turzai said, “It is very appropriate the for the first law of the Pennsylvania Republican majority to give back to residents the ability to choose which safety features should be part of their homes.”

Well, if that’s the case, why not also give homeowners the choice of installing asbestos, joists carved out of balsa wood and for good measure throw in the choice of using lead paint.

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Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

By at April 5, 2011 | 1:05 pm | 120 Comments

Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

With the level of radiation rising in seawater near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, the Japanese government is setting safety standards for the consumption of fish. That after finding fish carrying sky high loads of radiation. Tests were conducted on some species recovered about 50 miles from Fukushima, in water that is, if the readings are correct, several million times over Japan’s legal limit.

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No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

By at March 21, 2011 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano spoke in an ominous tone, perhaps the first Japanese official to be fully transparent. “Even if certain things go smoothly, there would be twists and turns.” And, “at the moment we are not so optimistic that there will be a breakthrough.”

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Evacuating Three Mile Island: A Parent’s Perspective

By at March 17, 2011 | 9:55 am | 1,258 Comments

Evacuating Three Mile Island: A Parent’s Perspective

Central Pennsylvania is middle America. We enjoy holiday parades, Friday night football and old fashioned everything. We welcome the change of seasons and pretty much stay put from generation to generation. We’re used to America coming to us to visit Gettysburg, marvel at the Amish, and smell Hershey Chocolate. Nuclear power was a technology to be admired and government scientists told us we had nothing to worry about it…Three Mile Island is as safe as anything man can build,

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Scramble to Avert to Meltdown in Japan and how it compares to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island

By at March 13, 2011 | 1:05 am | 897 Comments

Scramble to Avert to Meltdown in Japan and how it compares to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island

The crippled Fukushima reactor is a grim reminder of the Three Mile Island crisis. It has some common technical and safety aspects, and brings to mind broken promises by the industry to resolve open safety issues. The Japanese crisis certainly demonstrates the propensity for obfuscation by the industry while the public is left sifting through hundreds of media reports.

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