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Trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 have been detected in the ground-level atmosphere in Luxembourg & Europe since beginning of 2017

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2017 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

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Trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 have been detected in the ground-level atmosphere in Luxembourg since beginning of 2017, but the source has not been found.

Responding to a parliamentary question, health minister Lydia Mutsch said that a Luxembourg station had sporadically detected traces of Iodine-131 since the start of 2017. She said: “The quantities measured were extremely low, close to the threshold for detection.”

Iodine-131 is a radioisotope of iodine, which is present in nuclear fission products and in high doses can cause mutation and death in cells that it penetrates.

Increased radiation at trace levels were detected across Europe in January 2017. ………

The levels were thought to have been linked to a radioactive leak at a nuclear reactor in Norway in October 2016…….

The leak was caused by a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor hall. It was contained and, according to the Norwegian authorities, no radioactive contamination was detected outside the facility, the minister said.

She added that the amount of reactive iodine leaked was equivalent to 10% of the permitted limit. Meanwhile, the source of the traces of radioactive Iodine-131 remains unknown.

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/

http://delano.lu/d/detail/news/radioactive-iodine-detected-lux/143641

Plastic found in nine percent of ‘Garbage Patch’ fishes: Tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

Nuclear Accident / Fall Out : Japan, China, S. Korea begin talks on impact of Japan disaster

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

Alberta : Beaver dam partly contains Canada oil spill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


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Canada : Alta. oil pipeline leaked 28,000 barrels / Emergency crews working to clean up massive leak northeast of Peace River

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


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A pipeline break northeast of Peace River, Alta., has leaked 28,000 barrels of crude oil, during what is now considered to be one of the largest spills in the province’s history.

The leak from the Plains Midstream Canada pipeline, discovered Friday, was originally thought to have involved several hundred barrels of oil.

It now appears to be the biggest crude oil pipeline leak in Alberta since 1975, when a Bow River Ltd. pipeline leaked 40,000 barrels, according to Davis Sheremata, a spokesman for the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board.

“It’s been the biggest spill from a pipeline involving crude oil that we’ve had in Alberta certainly in about the last 18 years or so,” Sheremata said.


The last major incident was in 1993 when 18,000 barrels of crude oil leaked from a BP Canada pipeline.

The original estimate was revised after workers collected data from the site, Sheremata said. The crude is now contained and about 100 workers are now recovering oil from sand and nearby stagnant water.

Remediation efforts are now underway, a process Sheremata said will take weeks. Oil will be skimmed off the surface of the water and the contaminated soil will be dug up and trucked away.

The leaked crude is about 300 metres away from any flowing water or run-off and the nearest home is more than seven kilometres away.

No one was injured in the incident. At least four beavers and 10 waterfowl were euthanized after they were found covered in oil over the weekend, according to Trevor Gemmell from Alberta Environment.

“There was a small pond that was affected,” said Gemmell.

The pipeline carries crude from Zama, Alta., to Edmonton. The line will remain closed until the cause of the leak is determined.

Arctic Ozone Loss: atmospheric ozone levels for March in the Arctic were approaching the lowest levels in the modern instrumental era

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


California tribe files lawsuit to protect ancient maze By NOAKI SCHWARTZ

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


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