The Nuclear South

first_img For every one pound of uranium mined, 999 pounds of uranium waste is generated. Much of that waste could end up in rivers. Nuclear power in the South is becoming an environmental and social issue. Sites like this litter the Southeastern U.S. Sites like this litter the Southeastern U.S.The South is the nuclear capital of the world, with more nuclear power plants than anywhere else on the planet. It is also home to one of the country’s largest nuclear waste repositories in Augusta, Ga., and the world’s largest nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.But has Japan’s nuclear disaster shifted public opinion away from nuclear energy in the South? Virginia’s state legislature will soon find out. Uranium mining has been banned in Virginia for 30 years, but the state legislature is expected to decide whether or not to lift this ban in favor of mining projects that could potentially help stimulate the economy. The first such project is being planned by Virginia Uranium Inc., a private company hoping to mine and mill the Coles Hill uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County, just north of Danville. The deposit holds an estimated 120 million pounds of uranium valued at around $10 billion, making it the largest in the U.S.“We feel that in the next several months there will be a really strong push to lift the ban,” said Peter Raabe, a conservation director for American Rivers. “The cost of uranium has skyrocketed…That’s why this year it was so important for us to list the Roanoke River.”The Roanoke River is listed on the country’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 because of the proposed uranium mine, which could poison the beloved paddling, fishing, and hiking opportunities in the Roanoke River’s watershed.“The uranium mining would generate millions of tons of toxic, cancer-causing waste,” says Raabe. “It’s a radioactive legacy that would last for generations.”The Nuclear LandscapeEven as Germany prepares to shut down all of its nuclear plants (and as Japan, Italy, and Switzerland all scale back their nuclear programs), the Southeastern U.S. is moving forward with plans to build five new nuclear reactors by 2020. These would be the first new nuclear plants in the United States since the 1979 disaster at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.Yet the economic viability of new plants is up for debate. New reactors were already going to be expensive, but heightened regulation stemming from the nuclear crisis in Japan is forcing costs up even more. New plants could require anywhere from $18 billion to $54 billion in federal subsidies – subsidies that renewable energy companies and environmentalists say should be going to the solar and wind industries instead. A study by Duke University last year found that solar power is already cheaper than nuclear power in North Carolina. Now, even GE is projecting that solar could be cheaper than nuclear and fossil fuels in three to five years. Add to that a recent UN report finding that 80 percent of the entire world’s energy could come from renewable sources in 40 years if governments implement more supportive policies, and it’s not surprising that many are beginning to question the Southeast’s commitment to the nuclear industry.The Southeast is already home to 104 nuclear plants; Charlotte, N.C., has eight nuclear power facilities within 40 miles of downtown. Aiken, S.C. has volunteered to be the country’s nuclear fuel reprocessing site. If Virginia opens its doors to uranium mining in 2012, even more nuclear plants—and nuclear waste—could be headed this way.Job CreationVirginia Uranium Inc. estimates that the Coles Hill project in the Roanoke River Basin could create 325 new jobs if uranium mining becomes legal in Virginia. About one-third of employees would work in the mine and the other two-thirds would work in the mill, says project manager Patrick Wales. Mining is the process of removing the ore and waste rock from the underground mine, while milling is the process of extracting the uranium from the ore. “90 percent of those employees come from skill sets we have in Southside, Virginia,” Wales said. “Only about 10 percent could come from existing operations elsewhere.”That’s not insignificant for Pittsylvania County, whose population is just over 60,000 and whose unemployment rate is just under 9 percent. The salaries for these jobs range from $39,000 to $163,000.Mining and milling jobs, though, come with occupational risk. Neal Merrifield of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration explains that uranium miners face many of the same risks that other miners do (including exposure to silica, diesel exhaust, and noise), but with the added danger of radiation exposure. “Radon can become inhaled and deposited in the lung where it can irradiate living tissue and pose a lung cancer risk. In some mines, there can be multiple lung cancer risks: diesel particulate matter, radiation, and silica.”In the southwestern U.S., decades of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation resulted in drastically increased rates of lung cancer and respiratory illness. Merrifield says that safe mining is achievable. “The key,” he emphasizes, “is to identify hazards, assess exposures, and implement effective engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposures.”Water WorriesAmong outdoor enthusiasts, local farmers, and environmental advocates alike, the greatest concern about the Coles Hill project is the mining’s nuclear waste—and the impact of that waste on water resources. Every 1,000 pounds of ore mined yields only about one pound of usable uranium compound. The other 999 pounds make up waste or “tailings” that retain 85 percent of the original radioactivity for hundreds of thousands of years. This is according to data from the city of Virginia Beach, which commissioned a study examining the impact of nuclear waste from Coles Hill on the region’s drinking water supply. 1 2 3last_img read more

Sorenstam pulls away at Bighorn

first_img Wie didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, escaping from the bushes no bees, this time with a par and finishing with a birdie for a 1- under 71. At 10-under 206, she is five shots behind. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but I played really strong over the last couple of holes, and hopefully I can carry that on tomorrow,’ Wie said. “It felt good that I brought it back.’ Even so, with the No. 1 player in women’s golf in total control of her game, it appears the best Wie can do is play for the size of her first paycheck. “If I feel like I played my best, I will be happy with that,’ Wie said. “Obviously, if I won, that would be my dream. But I’m just going to take whatever happens.’ @Roundup Score:Michelin Championship @Roundup Text: LAS VEGAS Ted Purdy birdied his first four holes and finished with a 7-under 65 in windy conditions to take a two- stroke lead in the Michelin Championship. Purdy’s second consecutive 65 moved him to 18-under 197 through three rounds. He won the Byron Nelson Championship this year for his first PGA Tour title. Steve Lowery shot a 64 to move into a second-place tie with Charles Howell III (67) and Harrison Frazar (68). The gusting wind took its toll on some of the other players, with the relatively easy TPC at Summerlin course suddenly turning into a challenge. @Roundup Score:Administaff Small Business Classic @Roundup Text: SPRING, Texas Brad Bryant shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over six players in the Administaff Small Business Classic. The 50-year-old Bryant, the PGA Tour’s 1995 Walt Disney World champion, birdied seven of the first 13 holes on the Augusta Pines course and had his lone bogey on No. 15. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie finished strong Saturday, leaving bright smiles on their faces for entirely different reasons at the Samsung World Championship. Wie recovered from a miniature meltdown and battled back to break par. Sorenstam, as she has done so often in her Hall of Fame career, blew away the field in the final hour at Bighorn with birdies on four of the last five holes for a 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead. The only birdie putt Sorenstam missed down the stretch was a 12- footer at the 17th, which hung on the edge. She finished at 15-under 201 to lead Gloria Park, who shot a 68. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I finished a lot better than yesterday,’ said Sorenstam, whose back-to-back bogeys at the end of the second round knocked her out of the lead. “The previous two days, I haven’t made anything, and I missed little putts. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth, especially when I feel like I’m playing go well.’ Wie missed some little putts, too, but they weren’t for birdie. She missed a 4-foot come-backer for par on the second, then took three putts from 5 feet for a double bogey on the next hole that sent her to the middle of the pack in the 20- player field. For the 16-year-old Wie, it began to look similar to the final round at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she missed several short putts on her way to an 82. Unlike Cherry Hills, she showed some fight. last_img read more

Gallery: Brand South Africa in Davos – part 2

first_imgBrand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. In this gallery we bring you the highlights.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.For high-resolution images, visit the World Economic Forum online. Television cameraman films proceedings duringthe session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy, in which three panellists were South African, at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumDelegates listen during the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum The panel during the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World EconomicForum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumRussell Loubser, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Securities Exchange, speaks at the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Maria Ramos, group chief executive of South Africa’s Absa Bank, speaks at the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumThe panel of the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy, held on Thursday 28 January: from left, Maria Ramos, group chief executive, Absa Bank, South Africa; Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete; Donald Kaberuka of Tanzania, president of the African Development Bank; Li Ruogu, chairman and president, Export-Import Bank of China; Kuseni Dlamini, CEO of Old Mutual South Africa; and Russell Loubser, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Securities Exchange.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa in the Congress Centre in Davos on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Andy Mettler, World Economic Forum Zakumi, the official 2010 World Cup mascot, mingles with the crowd at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa onSaturday 30 January.Photo: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic ForumA journalist wearing a Brand South Africa beanie at work in the Media Centre on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum Showing off ball skills before Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Andy Mettler, World Economic ForumBrigitte Pfenninger of Swiss International Airlines holds a South African flag at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Blowing the vuvuzela trumpet at Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumA supporter holds a copy of John Carlin’s book on the 1994 Rugby World Cup, held in South Africa, at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Vuvuzela trumpets on display at Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumKlaus Schwab, executive chair of the World Economic Forum, during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum South African Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumZakumi, the official 2010 World Cup mascot, during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumBRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOSPART 1PART 2 PART 3THE CAMPAIGN More galleries: For more great South African photography, including the Proteas jetting off to the ICC World Cup, grassroots football, Nelson Mandela meeting Bafana Bafana, high-rise office buildings in Sandton, and South Africa’s new ape-man fossil – visit the Media Club South Africa gallery page.last_img read more

Yahoo Says It’s “Absolutely Committed” to Flickr

first_imgWe wrote a post yesterday calling into question the financial viability of Flickr, given another blogger’s rough estimates of its annual revenue, Yahoo’s struggles and the recent news that Delicious is going to be shuttered or sold.A number of people chimed in to reassure us that Flickr is going to be ok. First, former Flickr chief software architect Cal Henderson posted several comments assuring us that costs were lower than estimated and ad revenue much higher. Now today Yahoo PR sent us the following statement from Blake Irving, Chief Product Officer at Yahoo. Irviing says the company is absolutely committed to Flickr.“I appreciate the thoughtful discussion here and I want to add clarity to this topic: Yahoo! is absolutely committed to Flickr and its community of members. The board, myself, and the entire leadership team love this product and believe it is incredibly in sync with our product strategy for Yahoo! Flickr has a huge worldwide audience, an amazing brand, and it’s profitable. We’re excited to continue evolving and supporting Flickr so we can make the service even better. “Blake IrvingEVP, Chief Product Officer, Yahoo!Irving said roughly the same thing in 140 charecters a few minutes ago. You might recognize that avatar as the same one who freaked out and promised to fire whoever leaked the internal slide deck disclosing the company’s plans to “sunset” Delicious. I hope this is all for real. If Flickr were closed, or had less instead of more energy put into it, that would be a real shame. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Mariano: Neymar a good fit for Real Madrid

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Neymar talked up for Real Madrid as Mariano backs Ronaldo to be ‘Cristiano again’ Chris Burton 01:47 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 Getty/Goal Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Primera División Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League A man who left Santiago Bernabeu in 2017 believes attacking additions could be made this summer, while a superstar forward will rediscover his form Neymar would “fit in really well” at Real Madrid, according to Mariano, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been backed to rediscover his form.As the reigning La Liga champions continue to struggle in 2017-18, attention has already started to drift towards the summer.A serious refresh is expected at Santiago Bernabeu, with the club famed for their ‘Galactico’ transfer policy expected to be in the market for more talent which fits that mould. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Barcelona forward Neymar could make their list of targets, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s reluctance to part with a player they acquired for €222 million in 2017.Mariano, who left Madrid for Lyon last summer, believes such a move would make sense, telling AS: “I’ve already said that he’s a brilliant player, and he’d fit in really well there.”The 24-year-old striker also spoke on Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who has also been linked with a big-money move to Spain: “Another excellent player, and he’s demonstrating that. He’s doing magnificent things in his first year at PSG. He’s still very young and he’s got a lot of ambition.”If either were to make a switch to the Spanish capital, then they could be paired with Ronaldo in a star-studded attacking unit.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has seen his standards dip in domestic competition this season, but he has continued to shine in Europe and is being tipped to reignite before too long.Mariano added on his former colleague: “Cristiano is Cristiano. Right now people are talking about him a lot, about how he’s not at his best, but if he scores two goals against PSG he’ll be Cristiano again. You can’t say much more about that footballer.”Karim Benzema has also faced uncomfortable questions this season, having wobbled alongside Ronaldo.On the French forward, Mariano said: “I think he’s doing the same things as always, but what is happening is that the team is going through a bad patch. He’s playing and linking up well, I always say that. Benzema is a magnificent striker.”Mariano Diaz Lyon Marseille Ligue 1 17122017If Mariano continues to impress in France, then he could become another target for Real at some stage.He has managed 16 goals in 29 appearances for Lyon, but maintains that his full focus remains locked on events in France and not a possible return to his homeland.“No, there isn’t a clause,” Mariano said on talk of a second stint with Real.“I know that Madrid have a percentage of the rights, but I’m absolutely Lyon’s player.”last_img read more

Justice Sykes Sworn in as Chief Justice

first_img The Hon. Justice Bryan Sykes has been appointed the eighth Chief Justice of Jamaica.Justice Sykes was sworn in by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King’s House on Thursday (March 1).During the function, he was bestowed with the nation’s fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ).The Governor-General, in his remarks, welcomed Chief Justice Sykes into his new role as leader of the third branch of Government.“Your appointment today speaks to the confidence in your ability to faithfully and effectively discharge your mandate to the Office of Chief Justice. I do believe that those who have ears to hear and minds to reflect, are fully assured that you will perform your duties in a way that brings credit to your administration and satisfaction to the society at large,” he said.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, expressed confidence that Justice Sykes will bring transformation to Jamaica’s justice system and build on the legacy of his predecessors.“In this role, Justice Sykes has a valuable and unique opportunity to transform how justice is delivered to our people. We noted, carefully, the discourse surrounding Justice Sykes and there is no question of his extraordinary legal insight,” he said.“I’m confident that the Honourable Justice Bryan Sykes will discharge his functions with honour, integrity and distinction,” the Prime Minister added.Justice Sykes in his reply said: “I wish to thank God and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for elevating me by way of the decisions of men to this position of trust and leadership. To be the head of a country’s judiciary is an awesome responsibility. It is not one that I take lightly.”Justice Sykes was appointed on February 1 to act as Chief Justice after the retirement of the Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla on January 31.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), converses with Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes (left) and former Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, at the swearing-in ceremony for Justice Sykes at King’s House on Thursday (March 1). Justice Sykes was sworn in by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King’s House on Thursday (March 1). Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, expressed confidence that Justice Sykes will bring transformation to Jamaica’s justice system and build on the legacy of his predecessors. The Hon. Justice Bryan Sykes has been appointed the eighth Chief Justice of Jamaica.last_img read more

Significant Digits For Monday Feb 2 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $921Many speculators use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to make a quick buck. In recent years, people who sold short tickets on secondary sites could profit from an average price fall of $921 in the two weeks prior to the delivery date to buyers. That did not happen this year, leading to substantial chaos on the secondary markets for tickets. [The Atlantic]$12 billionCounting all the booze, food, electronics and merchandise, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans spent more than $12 billion on the game. [The Week] You’re reading the special Super Bowl edition of Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.4 cents per viewerWith an estimated cost of $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement and more than 112 million people projected to watch the broadcast, advertisers with a 30-second spot paid about 4 cents per viewer — far more than the 2.5 cents per viewer that advertisers pay for a typical TV spot. [The Washington Post]$12Cost of a draft beer at University of Phoenix Stadium. Knowing that, I’m OK with Nate’s decision not to bring me along to the game. [SB Nation]37 completionsNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a banner night (other than those two interceptions), completing 37 of 50 attempted passes and throwing for 328 yards, four touchdowns and the game’s MVP award. [The New York Times]44 percentOne of the most talked-about TV ads — besides the one in which Nationwide gamed out all the ways to accidentally kill a kid — was the one Budweiser used to distance itself from the namby-pamby world of craft beer and play up its roots as the crappy beer of the common man. This creative direction shouldn’t be shocking for a brewer that recently learned 44 percent of drinkers aged 21 to 27 have never tried Budweiser. [Business Insider]57.5 percentThe game effectively ended when the Seahawks — with a yard to go for a go-ahead touchdown — threw a pass that the Patriots intercepted. Many slightly-later-on-Sunday-evening quarterbacks second-guessed this play call, suggesting that a run would have been a safer option. During the regular season, 57.5 percent of rushing plays from the opponent’s 1-yard line resulted in a touchdown. [FiveThirtyEight]71 adsPerhaps you or someone you know was the person at the party who was there only to take in TV commercials. That’s cool: to each their own. NBC aired 71 unique national ads. [Business Insider]73-45Final score of the Puppy Bowl, the annual (sham) event aired by Animal Planet, which I really need to stop gambling on at this point. Cara, a Shih Tzu puppy, was named game MVP. Presumably many specialized vacuums were sold. [IGN]98 secondsRemember Ballghazi? As a person who dislikes the New England Patriots, I sure do. It turns out the attempts to reconstruct events are getting rather serious: Investigators are focusing on a 98-second window during which a worker took 24 game-day footballs into a restroom. Has this story gone on too long? Yes. Is the evidence conspiratorial and absurd? Of course. Is it funny, in a juvenile way, that grown adults are arguing over the size of balls? Probably. But is there a long offseason coming up? Damn right, and we’ll all need something to talk about. [NFL.com] read more

San Diego City Council President delivers State of the District Address

first_img January 23, 2019 Posted: January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCITY HEIGHTS (KUSI)- San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez is setting big goals for District 9 and all of San Diego. She shared her goals at tonight’s State of the District Address in City Heights.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez is in City Heights with more on this story. Do you live in the @CityofSanDiego? If so, do you know your district and council member? Tonight I’m going to Council President Georgette Gomez’s @GGomezD9 State of the District event, to discuss District 9. It’s starts at 6 p.m. at 4350 El Cajon Blvd. Details on @KUSINews at 6. pic.twitter.com/TO3I5gBNh8— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego City Council President delivers State of the District Addresslast_img read more