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Is the Rio Grande Radioactive?

by Tony Gonzalez November 1, 2009 3:50 PM
The Manhattan Project was the codename for the U.S.-led project conducted during World War II to develop the first nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Birthed first as a small research project in 1939, the project research took place at over thirty sites, including the weapons research and design laboratory now known as Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Now, 60+ years later, what once seemed the ideal locale for storing the weaponry debris – a high, isolated plateau in New Mexico…not so much. Deadly waste is oozing from the now heavily-fractured mountain burial sites and trickling down to the Rio Grande’s edge toward aquifers, springs and streams which provide drinking water to a quarter million northern New Mexico residents.

Fortunately, contamination levels in the Rio Grande have not elicited public health warnings, although unsafe concentrations of organic compounds such as and various radioactive byproducts of nuclear fission have been detected, according to a November 1 post on latimes.com. [More]

Capturing Carbon in WV

by John Stevens November 1, 2009 3:31 PM
American Electric Power (AEP) and French partner Alstom commissioned a carbon capture and storage facility on Friday (October 30), at the West Virginia Mountaineer Power Plant in Mason County, according to tricities.com. AEP wisely used this auspicious occasion to promote the 3E- theme: Energy, Economy, and Environment.

Strategically located north of Charleston on the Ohio River, the 1,300-megawatt coal-fired plant is the world’s premier successful effort in integrating the combustion of fuel and the capture, compression and sequestration of carbon dioxide safely in the ground. Experts agree that this project plays a significant role in the study, development and implementation of technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to AEP, the project is able to capture and store about 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year – roughly 90% of the carbon dioxide from the flue gas sent through its chilled ammonia process.

With the United States Congress considering climate change legislation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adding regulations, many have said the continued use of coal for power generation hinges on the timely development of carbon capture and storage. [More]

Two Local Firms Collaborate on New Army Storage Facility in VA

by Kim Kilpatrick November 1, 2009 2:54 PM
In a positive effort to “keep things local”, 2 Williamsburg (VA) firms - Leebcor Services and Guernsey Triangle Architects – are joining forces to construct a new storage facility for the Army Transportation School at Fort Lee, according to an October 30 post on dailypress.com.

The new 17,000-square-foot storage and training facility is expected to be complete in late 2010.

According to their website, Leebcor Services, LLC is an emerging leader in the federal design-build construction marketplace. Leebcor is a service-connected disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) providing the federal government a full range of construction services including: [More]
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