Category Archives: Hazardous Waste

External costs of coal: probably over $500 billion per year in USA

Paul R. Epstein, et al. 2011. Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal in “Ecological Economics Reviews.” Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1219: 73–98. This paper tabulates a wide range of … Continue reading

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Biomass Electricity More Polluting Than Coal and Waste Incinerators

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal Mary S. Booth, PhD Partnership for Policy Integrity April 2 , 2014 Executive Summary Highlights Because of a perfect storm of lax regulation and regulatory rollbacks , biomass … Continue reading

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Largest source of Mercury pollution : small gold miners

Mercury Pollution Gold’s Dark Side.  Small-scale artisanal gold mining has become the world’s leading source of mercury pollution, poisoning air, rivers, and people Lizzie Wade.  27 Sep 2013. Science: Vol. 341 no. 6153 pp. 1448-9 Endowed with a unique ability … Continue reading

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Largest oil spill on earth: Plastic in the Oceans

Friedemann, Alice.  15 Feb 2003. The largest oil spill on Earth: Plastic in the Oceans.  EnergyResources. I had a disturbing experience at Cape Canaveral National Sea Shore last month.  I drove to the north end of the park, and walked … Continue reading

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Nuclear Proliferation. Russia plans to build reactors all over the world.

A summary of Eve Conant’s “Russia’s new Empire: Nuclear Power. The federation is aggressively selling reactors all over the world, raising safety concerns.” Scientific American. October 17, 2013 Russia wants to supply nuclear power globally.  If a country can’t afford … Continue reading

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Book review of “Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste”

A book review by Alice Friedemann of: Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste by William M. Alley & Rosemarie Alley. 2013. Cambridge University Press. Introduction to Nuclear Waste Disposal After Yucca Mountain was thrown out as … Continue reading

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Lead Waste

Biellow, David. 9 Aug 2012. Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table. Scientific American Almost all lead is recycled, among the only elements on the periodic table to earn that distinction. With good reason, mind … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste Overview

To give you an idea of how much waste is generated, here are some 10+ year old stats from the Department of energy Table AF-2. WASTE FUN FACTS 1 ounce   = NOx emissions generated from 3.6 gallons of gasoline 3 … Continue reading

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Maps of Hazardous Waste Sites, Pollution, Wildfire in USA

How safe from hazardous waste spills, pollution, and wildfire are you? As  energy shortages, poverty, and social unrest force increasing localization, with less energy and resources to maintain or clean up hazardous wastes, fight wildfires, go after polluters, and so … Continue reading

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Trashing the Oceans. An armada of plastic rides the waves

Hayden, Thomas. 4 Nov 2002. Trashing the Oceans. An armada of plastic rides the waves, and sea creatures are suffering. U.S. News & World Report. At Taco Bell on Main Street in Ventura, Calif., you can take out the chalupa … Continue reading

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