Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral communities deeper and broader than predicted

A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing this work and additional impacts of human activity on corals in the Gulf of Mexico will be published during the last week of July 2014 in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”The footprint of the impact of the spill on coral communities is both deeper and wider than previous data indicated,” said Fisher. “This study very clearly shows that multiple coral communities, up to 22 kilometers from the spill site and at… »

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Sound blasting of ocean floor connected with mass animal death, devastating impact on all marine life

As the U.S. government continues with its plan to use powerful airguns to conduct a sound blasting research along the entire U.S. East Coast, environmentalists warn that the technology used is known to cause mass animal death. Furthermore, they warn, the explosive sounds produced by this testing will have devastating impacts on all marine life, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fish and shellfish and will also harm tourism and fishing industries.A 2-D seismic vessel survey of the Eastern Seaboard led by USGS is planed between August and September 2014 and April and August 2015 to identify the outer limits of the United States continental shelf and study potential tsunami-related hazards. The research would begin near the U.S.-Canadia… »

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SimplyInfo.org WIPP Update; July 28, 2014

The Albuquerque Journal discovered that the contractor for WIPP received a 1.9 million dollar performance bonus… after the WIPP fire in February. This raises serious questions about the contractor system and oversight. If such a laundry list of now discovered failures and two major incidents, including a release to the environment would still qualify a contractor for a performance bonus. In March the DOE inspector general cited systemic problems with the contractor system.
A report from Los Alamos on the barrel explosion at WIPP cites an unusual possible event. Page 10 cites a “green burst” as a possible event under broader issues but fails to explain what the “green burst” might be or the potential of whatever it is happening. The report does shed some light on the issues around the suspect barrels and also brings up the potential that other materials in the barrel at WIPP could have lead to …

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95,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134 / 137 still measured in the school route of Kohriyama city even after decontamination – Video

2 95,000 Bq:Kg of Cs-134 : 137 still measured in the school route of Kohriyama city even after decontamination

On 7/26/2014, a Fukushima resident posted a video on Youtube to report the actual contamination situation in Kohriyama city.

It records the radiation measurements around the area where schools and kindergarten concentrate. The measurement was implemented by a citizen’s monitoring station in Tokyo. Recording date was this April.

As a result, they found a couple of hot spots, where are still extremely contaminated. The area is supposed to be decontaminated already. It is assumed to have accumulated the additional fall-out since decontamination.

They measured over 1.5 μSv/h on the street only a few 10m from a school. Cs-134/137 density was 95,000 Bq/Kg in the sediment accumulated in the micro hot spot.

Over 3.4 μSv/h was also measured on the school route, where was a place famous for cherry blossoms. (Picture attached on the top)

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Tepco received the 30th Financial Support of 110 billion yen / Has received over 4 trillion yen so far

On 7/24/2014, Tepco received the 30th Financial Support of nearly 110 billion yen to cover the compensation payouts up until the end of this August.

Nuclear power is told to be competitive in terms of the cost, however Tepco has received over 4 trillion yen of Financial Support so far.

The press release was as follows.

Today, we have received 105.5 billion yen from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund (hereafter the Fund) based on the revised Special Business Plan (New Comprehensive Special Business Plan) approved on January 15, 2014.

This financial support was given in response to the 30th request made in order to cover the compensation payouts up until the end of August 2014, as the sum of the compensation received in accordance with the “Act on Contract for Indemnification of Nuclear Damage Compensation” (120 billion yen) and the financial support provided by the Fund (4.1441 trillion yen) will not be sufficient for the amount of payouts estimated to be required by that time.

With the financial support received from the Fund, we will continue our utmost efforts in implementing the compensation payouts with courtesy and compassion for the last one afflicted by the nuclear damage.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2014/1239544_5892.html

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