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Moving U.S. nuclear waste from cooling pools to dry casks | UCSUSA

Moving U.S. nuclear waste from cooling pools to dry casks | UCSUSA | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it
The majority of U.S. nuclear waste is held in cooling pools, presenting unnecessary risks. Transferring nuclear waste from cooling pools to dry casks is a practical and safer solution.

Via Wes Thomas
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1 out of 3 Americans live within 50 miles of Nuclear waste.  There are serious consequences to human and environmental health if a nuclear waste pool was to leak / emit fumes, so an improvement to the storage to dry casks seems like the logical option here.

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Expert warns on dangers of over-fishing in West Africa| glObserver Global Economics

Expert warns on dangers of over-fishing in West Africa| glObserver Global Economics | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it
An expert of the international environment group Greenpeace, Mohamed Diame, has lamented the dangers of over-fishing in the waters of the West African sub-region.

Via Michael Malka
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In regards to over-fishing..

"The development will impact negatively on the livelihoods of the dozens of millions of people living along the coast"

Are our laws strict enough in Australia?

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Treated Wastewater Used for Drinking Supplies

Treated Wastewater Used for Drinking Supplies | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it

As water becomes more precious, suppliers are beginning to overcome public aversion to treating and reusing wastewater.


Via YSI
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Very interesting! If you knew that your drinking water was recycled and treated waste water would you still drink it?

 

While working on a reverse osmosis desalination plant in the construction industry I had the opportunity to learn a lot about water quality after it has been treated. Some of our results indicated that the drinking water produced from the plant was in fact 'better' than the townships water main supply.

 

Food for thought!

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Traffic-Related Air Pollution Associated With Changes In Right Ventricular Structure And Function

Traffic-Related Air Pollution Associated With Changes In Right Ventricular Structure And Function | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease, according to a new study. “Although the link between traffic-related air... http://www.haccpeuropa.com/2014/03/10/traffic-related-air-pollution-associated-changes-right-ventricular-structure-function/


Via Sarah Wilmcow
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Are our bodies so used to breathing in contaminated air that the structure of our body and functions of our organs are having to adapt? Interesting article.

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Wealthy Residents Depart Chinese Mainland In Search Of Clean Air

Wealthy Residents Depart Chinese Mainland In Search Of Clean Air | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it
The term environmental refugee has taken on a new meaning in China.
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The industrialisation of Chinese cities may have provided wealth to many workers however the environment has severely suffered from the lack of regulations. Has any controls been implemented to prevent the polluted air deteriorating further? The health and safety of 'poor' Chinese people moving to the city to work is now at stake.

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Journal of Public Health Policy - Environment and health in South Africa: Gains, losses, and opportunities

JPHP provides a medium for publication of scholarly articles on the epidemiologic and social foundations of public health policy; presents the results of research bearing on such policy; evaluates administrative experience in the implementation of specific public health policies and programs; and helps make more effective the services provided by health departments, other health agencies, and public health workers in protecting and improving the health of the public.
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In children under 5 years,  one-third of all disease is caused by environmental factors such as unsafe water and air pollution, and there is growing recognition of the role that environmental factors play in cancer development

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Stricter Controls Of Wastewater Reuse On Crops Needed To Meet WHO Guidelines

Stricter Controls Of Wastewater Reuse On Crops Needed To Meet WHO Guidelines | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it

Wastewater used to irrigate agricultural crops in countries where water is scarce may contribute to significant public health risks such as diarrheal disease in children from rotavirus. A new study of these risks found that wastewater used to irrigate vegetable plots in Asian countries poses... http://www.haccpeuropa.com/2014/03/06/stricter-controls-wastewater-reuse-crops-needed-meet-guidelines/


Via Sarah Wilmcow
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This article sparked another question for me:

Your food may be 'organic' but do you know what chemicals the soil holds from previous agricultural activities?

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Prairie Island tribe seeks action on nuclear waste

Prairie Island tribe seeks action on nuclear waste | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it

"The federal government has failed for decades to establish a permanent radioactive waste site, forcing the nuclear industry to recognize the reality of long-term, on-site storage... Now the tribe, some of whose members live within 600 yards of the Prairie Island plant, is raising the issue as the NRC considers a request by Xcel Energy, the plant's owner, to extend the license of its dry cask storage for 40 years. Its current waste-storage license expires in October 2013."

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Tribe members live within 600 yards of this facility? Should there be a standard of how far residents should live from a hazardous facility?

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China to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement

China to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it
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Relating directly to my previous Scoop It insight, it is excellent to see that the Environmental Protection Law for pollution in china is said to be amended. Not only will the environment benefit from this, but this will be great news for the health of humans.

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Chinese Official: 8 Million Acres Too Polluted to Farm

Chinese Official: 8 Million Acres Too Polluted to Farm | Environmental Safety | Scoop.it
More than 8 million acres of China
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As well as the obviously OHS risks for humans from eating food grown in polluted soils, the environmental pollution risk much also be considered from an HSE (Health, Safety & Environmental Officer) point of view. Due to the overuse of farming chemicals in China over 8 million acres are now polluted with heavy metals including lead, cadmium, pesticides and other toxins.

 

The pollution is said to be in the soil of the farming land. However, does the groundwater need to be investigated to see how far the  pollution has travelled in the water aquifer? This may need to a bigger OHS investigation.

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Vonny~'s comment, February 28, 2014 6:50 AM
Excellent Cara .. yes, this is what we want to see! .. you telling your story and how it relates to OHS! :)
Cara Aspel's comment, March 9, 2014 12:57 AM
Thanks Von! Scoop It is very interesting, i love it!