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Exodus Residents Battle Disappointment as Storage Facility Collapses

by Holly Robinson October 28, 2009 11:08 AM
Following an overnight torrential downpour, an already-weakened roof at the Exodus storage facility in Hickory, North Carolina, collapsed, resulting in water damage and/or ruin for the many holiday lights, decorations and a Nativity Scene that were to be used in less than 6 weeks for their Festival of Lights as reported on wcnc.com on Wednesday, October 28.

For some, the disappointment could result in using.

Exodus Works is a drug-free, supervised labor force with transportation that provides vocational on-the-job training for its residents in a variety of social enterprises that generate revenue to support their own programs. Exodus Workers serve their community, while learning job skills that prepare them for competitive employment.  

Exodus Homes is a faith-based United Way agency, offering transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless recovering addicts, alcoholics, and formerly incarcerated people returning to the community from treatment programs and prison. Exodus Homes has a comprehensive array of services to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of its residents. [More]

Big Brother is Building: New Storage Facilities for America’s Private info

by John Stevens October 28, 2009 10:18 AM
As posted in an October 28 article on thenewamerican.com, the National Security Agency (NSA) is building new, multibillion dollar storage facilities in Salt Lake City (Utah) and San Antonio (Texas) to permanently store every American’s telephone calling habits and Internet traffic (which they have been doing – unconstitutionally – since September 11, 2001) because it has outgrown its current headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.

According to its website, the core missions of the NSA/CSS (Central Security Service) are “to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information. “

Also, from their website: “The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. The NSA has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century. The CSS was established in 1972 to promote a full partnership between NSA and the cryptologic elements of the armed forces…NSA/CSS exists to protect the Nation. Our customers know they can count on us to provide what they need, when they need it, wherever they need it.”

These new storage facilities will be able to hold “yottabytes” of information. To provide some perspective, most computers sold at retail today measure their storage in gigabytes (i.e. billions of bits of data); a few newer systems may store a terrabyte (one trillion bits of information). Yottabytes is the highest number that has yet been named in computer information, and that number is septillions of billions of bits of data, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits of data. [More]

Shriner’s Storage Stolen: Atlanta Thieves Abscond Mini-Rides

by Tony Gonzalez October 27, 2009 2:57 PM
Atlanta Shriners are steaming following the theft of many of the mini-cars.

As reported in an October 27 posting on dailyamericannews.com, Shriner officials told police thieves made off with 7 of their mini-cars, taken from a suburban-Atlanta storage facility, thus leaving the charity short on vehicles for their big season - upcoming holiday parades.

The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (commonly known as Shriners) was established in the U.S in 1870 and is an appendant body to Freemasonry. Although the group adopted a Middle Eastern theme and soon established Temples meeting in Mosques (though “Temple” has now generally been replaced by Shrine Auditorium or Center), the Shrine is in no way connected to Islam, but rather is a men's fraternity - not a religion or religious group. Its only religious requirement is indirect: all Shriners must be Masons, and petitioners to Freemasonry must profess a belief in a Supreme Being.

Shriners often participate in local parades, sometimes as rather elaborate units: miniature vehicles in themes (all sports cars; all miniature 18-wheeler trucks; all fire engines, etc), an "Oriental Band" dressed in cartoonish versions of Middle Eastern dress; pipe bands, drummers, motorcycle units, Drum and Bugle Corps, and even traditional brass bands. [More]

Recovery Funds Facilitate Faster Waste Removal in SC

by Winnie Hsiu October 27, 2009 8:37 AM
In the small hamlet of Aiken, known by locals as “Thoroughbred Country” because of the wealthy New Yorkers, who came to the quaint southern town to train their racing horses in the winter months more than a century ago, nuclear waste is being removed swiftly and smoothly.

As first reported in an October 27 posting on aikenstandard.com, thanks to funding from the Recovery Act (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – ARRA - an economic stimulus package enacted in February, 2009 by the U.S. Congress worth $787 billion which includes spending in infrastructure - including the energy sector) the Savannah River Nuclear Site is much further along – and much faster - in their cleanup to reduce their facility’s footprint by 67%.

In early October, a shipment off-site of 7 barrels of tritium- and mercury-contaminated oil (known as “legacy oil”) was sent to Diversified Scientific Solutions Inc., near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where it will be run through a combustion unit, enabling the resulting ash to meet land disposal regulations. The legacy oil, which was generated as far back as 1985, was used as lubricant in equipment at the old tritium facility.

Initially, this waste was to be left to decay (which would have taken from 10-15 years) for eventual disposition in 2053. [More]

Tense Testimony Today in VT Nuclear Waste Storage

by John Stevens October 26, 2009 8:55 AM
Vermont’s 37-year-old nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee (located in southeastern Wyndman County and owned by Entergy Corporation) has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for permission to extend its operating license until 2032 – well past the 2012 expiration date on its current license.

Vermont Yankee produces one-third of the electric power Vermonters use each year. Whether it continues to operate or closes, consumers have much at stake.

According to wcax.com, today (October 26), 2 Senate committees will review testimony on the adequacy of the analysis that allowed Vermont Yankee to store radioactive fuel rods in steel and cement casks on a pad outside the reactor building. At question? The surrounding geology and the radioactive waste measured outside the plant and property. [More]

New Hingham (MA) Public Works Facility To Debut

by Holly Robinson October 21, 2009 6:58 AM
According to an October 20 posting on boston.com (which is exclusive online home of The Boston Globe, and part of New York Times Digital, the Internet division of The New York Times Company), Hingham officials will formally open the town’s new public works facility Saturday, October 24, during an open house, when new offices, garage and storage facilities will be on display.

This open house begins at 11AM at the new public works office at 25 Bare Cove Park Drive and includes a formal dedication ceremony.

Selectmen Chairman Laura Burns said the new facility on Bare Cove Park Drive was constructed as part of the more than $60 million project to reconstruct East Elementary School, and renovate several of the town’s other schools.

Those plans also included building new soccer and lacrosse fields, as well as consolidating the public works department on Bare Cove Park Drive where an old ammunition depot once operated. [More]

Pottawattamie (IA) Police Use Drug Plunder to Fund New Storage

by Tony Gonzalez October 20, 2009 11:20 AM
In an interesting tale of good triumphing over evil, drug dealers’ illegal monetary gains could very well be used for funding the building of a storage facility for law enforcement.

According to an October 20 posting on southwestiowanews.com, (an online edition of Council Bluffs, Iowa Daily Nonpareil newspaper), Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker proposed just that to the Board of Supervisors yesterday (Monday), October 19.

Sheriff Danker said bids would soon be solicited for a 50 x 100-foot metal pole building, and his hope is that this proposed garage be funded using the spoils gained at a drug stop.

"We need more space; we have trailers outside that we would like covered," Danker explained to the board Monday.

In addition, a brand new 400-kilowatt Caterpillar portable generator approved for purchase by the board in July arrived last week; it will be stored at the sheriff’s office. The generator was purchased to supply power to the Pottawattamie County Courthouse and/or the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in the event of an emergency. [More]

New Storage Facilities, Concession and Rest Rooms Planned for MA High School

by Winnie Hsiu October 20, 2009 9:54 AM
Durfee High School is about to get a $200K makeover.

As first reported on an October 19 posting on the heraldnews.com (Fall River, MA’s online local news source), the new high school athletic fields would be upgraded by a concession stand, rest rooms and storage facility under a $200,000 transfer of funds Mayor Robert Correia planned to ask the City Council at Monday night’s meeting.

"The construction of this facility will greatly enhance the functionality of the new athletic fields at Durfee High School, and will allow the School Department to increase revenue via rental of the complex for groups," Correia wrote in a letter to the council, which followed communications from Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown and Wendy Correia, Durfee Sports Boosters President, both urging support for the project.

"We have explored possible partnerships with larger organizations with the need for facilities on a recurring basis, such as AAU sporting events or other large-scale tournaments or sports camps," Brown said. "It completes a world-class athletic complex that our students and community richly deserve," she continued.

Funding for construction of the 60 x 40-foot metal structure would be transferred from the John Doran Elementary School project; $343,120 remains in that fund, which is no longer needed, according to officials. [More]

“Going Green” Gains Ground by Reducing Storage Requirements

by John Stevens October 19, 2009 9:37 AM
Large corporations often contemplate just how they can most effectively and efficiently improve their environmental impact and "carbon footprint" when they are unsure about their legal responsibility to store hundreds of thousands of pounds of original documents in their cavernous storage facilities. In steps Steve Lee & Associates (SL&A), who, by leveraging their expertise in litigation, records management, discovery and the manipulation of vast data sets, have pioneered a innovative “data remediation” initiative.

As reported on October 19 on reuters.com, SL&A's proprietary remediation program aids businesses in legally and ethically discarding and recycling their data (which includes electronically stored information as well as paper documents, microfiche and various other media.) SL&A works with budding enterprise-level environmentalists hesitant to rid their storage facilities, file cabinets, desks, and servers of years' worth of dormant and inactive information. The firm provides the factual basis for the remediation, and their attorney partners provide the requisite legal counsel concerning retention policies, preservation requirements and litigation holds.

Managing Partner Steve Lee said, "Corporations keep millions of boxes of paper records, thousands of pounds of microfiche, millions of back-up tapes and tons of old disks - all just sitting around in storage. Our pipeline of Fortune 500 data remediation projects is expected to lead to legally and ethically discarding and recycling upwards of 100 million pounds of paper records over the next few years. That's the equivalent of ten 10-story buildings of paper, 100 feet per side!"

Lee added that "return on investment is typically achieved within just months. There are immediate cost savings on storage, and considerable savings - though much more difficult to predict - associated with avoiding future and unnecessary litigation discovery review." [More]

SoCal Search for Storage Shrinks to Six

by Tony Gonzalez October 17, 2009 7:41 AM
Following an extensive search for a public safety storage facility to shelter reserve emergency equipment for the fire and police departments, officials narrowed the list to a half dozen locations, according to an October 16 posting on santamonicadailypress.com.

Those 6 potential locations - 3 in and around the Santa Monica Airport - are to be presented to the community on November 18 during a workshop at the Ken Edwards Center, where the public will be invited to provide input on whether the proposed sites meet certain criteria, including providing major arterial access and complementing existing land uses.

The proposed facility is needed to store reserve emergency and training vehicles and specialized equipment, which are currently stored outside in multiple locations, exposing them to the Mother Nature, thus shortening their useful life. Without one central storage facility, residents and officials alike have concerns regarding response times since all equipment on vehicles is removed and stored indoors to prevent theft. Obviously, this causes some delay when the equipment then needs to be loaded during emergency calls. [More]
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