Categories & Tags: Health and Public Safety

Fires break out at three U.S. nuclear plants over the weekend   |   March 29, 2010
Emergencies were declared at two Progress Energy nuclear power plants in the Carolinas over the weekend due to fires. There was also a fire at a nuclear power plant in Ohio on...

 

VOICES: Health care reform offers a mixed bag for immigrants   |   March 26, 2010
By Sonal Ambegaokar, New America Media This week, President Obama signed into law legislation that will bring a sea change to the American health care system. This legislation,...

 

The 15 newspapers that said, "What health care reform?"   |   March 24, 2010
Democrats called it "historic," Republicans called it "armageddon," and Vice President Biden was caught whispering to President Obama that, in his estimation,...

 

The South and Health Reform   |   March 22, 2010
Sunday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi marched to the capitol arm-in-arm with Rep. John Lewis of Georgia for the health care vote -- a bit of political theater designed to...

 

SOUTHERN BLOC(K): Dixie Dems and the health reform vote   |   March 20, 2010
NOTE: See the bottom of this post for latest updates. With only 24 hours to go before the big health reform vote, the White House and Dem leaders say they're within striking...

 

Georgia worries about uptick in H1N1 cases   |   March 18, 2010
By Anthony D. Avincula, New America Media ATLANTA -- Contrary to perception in the South and other parts of the country that H1N1 virus has already ebbed in recent months, health...

 

A critical look at plans for uranium mining in Virginia   |   March 17, 2010
Virginia Energy Resources -- a company formed by last year's merger of Canadian corporation Santoy and Virginia Uranium -- wants to mine and mill uranium on 3,000 acres in...

 

Trouble mounts for Louisiana's Entergy following radioactive leaks at Vermont nuclear plant   |   March 2, 2010
New Orleans-based power giant Entergy is in hot water following revelations that its Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has leaked radioactive contamination to the environment -- and...

 

RATE HIKE BLUES: Health insurers unleash big premium increases despite record profits   |   February 25, 2010
Just as President Obama's push for health reform was threatening to collapse, big insurance companies may have given Democrats just the ammunition they need to win -- if they can...

 

New cases of water pollution documented at U.S. coal ash dumps   |   February 25, 2010
Environmental groups have identified serious water contamination problems caused by coal ash dumps at 31 locations in 14 states, bringing to over 100 the number of U.S. sites...

 

Alabama sides with TVA in pollution nuisance suit   |   February 15, 2010
Sixteen states are backing the North Carolina Attorney General in a public nuisance lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over pollution from its coal-fired power plants...

 

Toyota totals its corporate social responsibility cred   |   February 11, 2010
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It would not surprise me if the people who do public relations for Toyota are flipping through their old scrapbooks to cheer themselves up...

 

Are utilities' plans for shoring up hazardous coal ash dams good enough?   |   February 9, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released action plans submitted by 22 coal-fired power plants to improve the safety of the massive dammed surface impoundments where...

 

North Carolina orders utilities to test groundwater near coal ash ponds   |   February 3, 2010
Duke Energy's permits to release pollution from three coal-burning power plants in the Charlotte area expire early this year, and for the first time the North Carolina...

 

Alabama dump taking TVA's spilled coal ash declares bankruptcy   |   February 2, 2010
The landfill in Perry County, Ala. that has been taking coal ash spilled from the failed waste pond at Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston plant has declared bankruptcy -- a...

 

Obama's nuclear generation gap?   |   February 1, 2010
During the energy portion of his first State of the Union address last week, President Obama called for "building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this...

 

HIGH-SPEED HYPOCRISY? A plan once embraced by Republicans now faces conservative attacks   |   January 29, 2010
When President Obama announced $8 billion in federal grants for high-speed rail this week, Republicans and conservatives responded with bellows of outrage. Actually, the heckling...

 

Enviros take action to counter the might of the coal ash lobby   |   January 28, 2010
Today is the National Day of Action on Coal Ash, an effort by environmental advocates and concerned citizens to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to release its promised...

 

The Southern State of the Union   |   January 27, 2010
As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight, here's a snapshot of some of the challenges facing Southern states -- the very places Obama is...

 

N.C. nuclear plant gets deal on meltdown-era Three Mile Island generator   |   January 27, 2010
The generator from the unit at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant that suffered a meltdown in March 1979 has found a new home at a nuclear plant in North...

 

Radioactive racism at Tennessee nuclear waste processing company   |   January 26, 2010
A radioactive waste processing company in Memphis, Tenn. recently agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit charging it with exposing African-American workers...

 

Congressional coal ash defenders ignore damages back home   |   January 25, 2010
With the Environmental Protection Agency expected to release its proposed regulations for power plant coal ash any day now, there is an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying effort...

 

75 worst commutes: How does your city rank?   |   January 21, 2010
Every year, the average U.S. resident spends 100 hours commuting to and from work. As the Census Bureau notes, that's more than the typical amount of vacation time we get each...

 

Mountaintop removal mining study will test Obama's commitment to science   |   January 10, 2010
Just days after the Environmental Protection Agency approved the expansion of a massive mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia, a dozen prominent scientists published a...

 

EPA wants stricter smog pollution rules to protect public health   |   January 8, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a stricter new standard yesterday for smog-causing pollution in an effort to better protect people from health problems including...