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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority proposes use of Essex site to store intermediate level waste until 2040

The nuclear power station in Bradwell-on-Sea closed in 2002 and is being decommissioned. Photograph: Steve Morgan/Alamy

When it comes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the only way is Essex. Bradwell-on-Sea has been identified as a possible site to dump radioactive waste.

“Everybody was aghast when a local representative from the NDA stated that the possibility was being looked into,” Brian Beale, a district councillor for Maldon, told the Essex Chronicle. “To say this could happen when it had always been understood that Bradwell was not intended to be a site for waste, created uproar.”

Nuclear materials are already being stored at Bradwell, a former nuclear power station that closed in 2002 and is being decommissioned. The operating company, Magnox Electric, was fined £250,000 in 2009 for presiding over a radioactive leak that had gone undetected for 14 years.

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Note: Areas in the United States with the highest risk of nitrate contamination of shallow ground water (shown in red on the map) generally have high nitrogen input, well-drained soils, and less extensive woodland relative to cropland. (USGS provides groundwater quality map for several states )

The widths of the red arrows show relative amounts of nitrate leaching
into groundwater.  The wider the arrow the more nitrate.

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Decades-old Nitrate Found to Affect Stream Water Quality
Released: 5/7/2013 8:31:59 AM

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USGS hydrologic researchers have found that the movement of nitrate through groundwater to streams can take decades to occur. This long lag time means that changes in the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer (the typical source of nitrate) — whether the change is initiation, adjustment, or cessation — may take decades to be fully observed in streams, according to a recent study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Water quality experts have been noting in recent years that nitrate trends in streams and rivers do not match their expectations based on reduced regional use of nitrogen-based fertilizer.  The long travel times of groundwater discharge, like those documented in this study, have previously been suggested as the likely factor responsible for these observations.

“This study provides direct evidence that nitrate can take decades to travel from recharge at the land surface to discharge in streams,” said Jerad Bales, acting USGS Associate Director for Water. “This is an important finding because long travel times will delay direct observation of the full effect of nutrient management strategies on stream quality.”

Rivers and streams are fed by both groundwater held in underground aquifers and surface water from precipitation runoff. In low streamflow conditions, groundwater sources take a larger role.

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Published on Feb 25, 2013

Permaculture is a system of ecological design that strives to emulate natural ecosystems so that our gardens and farms become self-sustaining, healthy and bountiful. It seeks to create gardens and landscapes that arrange all the elements of the design in ways that maximize the synergy of the design while minimizing the need for human inputs such as labour, fertilizer and pesticides. Trees and idea of forest gardening play a big part. Increasingly the principles of permaculture are being adapted for homes, even in the cities and suburbs. Travis Philp, a trained environmental and eco management technician, is a resident of the Greenshire Eco Farm where he manages the permaculture garden beds and looks after crop planting, maintenance, harvest and the weekly filling of food boxes. He will show you how to incorporate the principles of permaculture around your home or farm.
(Hugelkultur images courtesy Paul Wheaton, http://richsoil.com/hugelkultur.)

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“State executive agency for carrying out eugenical sterilization”
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25 Billion People Makes Case for Global Sterilization Program

Does Global Elite have Master Plan to Reduce Population to a Managed Equilibrium?

Current Economic System Unable to Distribute Resources Properly in the coming 22nd Century New World Order

by Johnny Punish

Veterans Today

Today, my friend in India told me that the government is instituting a plan to make sure everyone installs a box on their TV so that they can monitor their behavior and install an entertainment tax. Entertainment Tax? That’s crazy! My first thought was how desperate was his government that they had to deploy this repressive tax.

Well, it turns out that India is desperate.  They are grappling with over population and how to distribute resources.  So they put up silly crazy taxes like this Entertainment Tax to try and pay for it.  But it is just trying to stop a coming flood with Silly Putty;  in the end, it’s too late.  It won’t work!  There is nothing under the current economic system that will stop the coming hell from visiting us. Here me out!

30 years ago, India was more free. The government was less involved.  There were less people.  Today, they provide controlled cooking gas canisters to the people and shut of the electricity at various times because there just isn’t enough to go around. And don’t get me started on clean water.

With the population of India currently over 1.2 billion people and growing fast. With a developing consumer market that is seeing the creation of many new super rich and an unseemly fast growing super poor, the divide is becoming more clear. And what is worse, the population is expected to hit 2 billion by 2050.

There is simply not enough resources to deal with this population. Let me rephrase that….under our current global capitalist system of resource distribution, there is not enough resources to deal with this population. In short, the rich will get theirs but the poor are out of luck.

Now expand this challenge to the other population exploding areas where resources are already on the edge and we about to enter a new era of human existence.

In short, right now we have 7 billion people on our planet. By 2050, experts agree that we are going to be around 10-12 billion and by 2100 that number could reach 25 billion. But hold on….25 billion people? Can that really happen?

Under our system we have a ruling elite class of people in global finance and global political leadership folks that are fully aware of this population challenge. Some call them the Bilderberger Group; or Bilderbergers. Whomever they are, rest assured that they derive their power from our monetary economic system that is current in place and they will collective aim to insure that this unequal system of resource distribution continues forward.

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Jonathan Marks

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During the first few decades of this century, the most influential geneticist in America was Charles B. Davenport. He taught at Harvard until 1899, and then moved to the University of Chicago briefly, before founding the Carnegie Institution’s genetics and evolution laboratories at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. Shortly thereafter, he persuaded Mrs. E. H. Harriman, widow of a railroad tycoon, to endow a Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor as well.

According to Davenport, in his major work, Heredity in Relation to Eugenics (1911),

“The general program of the eugenicist is clear — it is to improve the race by inducing young people to make a more reasonable selection of marriage mates; to fall in love intelligently. It also includes the control by the state of the propagation of the mentally incompetent. It does not imply the destruction of the unfit either before or after birth.”

Falling in love intelligently is, of course, harder than it may sound. And who are the “mentally incompetent” and “unfit”? According to Davenport, it was obvious. They were the people who had the broadly distributed genes for “feeblemindedness”. The genotype could be easily diagnosed from the phenotype, and indicated a general atavistic, non-human nature:

“The acts of taking and keeping loose articles, of tearing away obstructions to get at something desired, of picking valuables out of holes and pockets, of assaulting a neighbor who has something desirable or who has caused pain or who is in the way, of deserting family and other relatives, of promiscuous sexual relations — these are crimes for a twentieth-century citizen but they are the normal acts of our remote, ape-like ancestors and (excepting the last) they are so common with infants that we laugh when they do such things. In a word the traits of the feeble-minded and the criminalistic are normal traits for infants and for an earlier stage in man’s evolution.”

The plan of the eugenics movement was that since the poor had these genes for feeblemindedness, which led them to misery, vice, and crime, the obvious solution to American social problems was to sterilize them, and restrict the immigration of more poor.

Davenport’s friend Madison Grant was a wealthy New York lawyer, Yale graduate (1887), and an ardent amateur naturalist. He had helped to found the New York Zoological Society, and introduced the eugenic ideals to mass audience in his best-selling The Passing of the Great Race (1916). Grant built on Davenport’s genetics to produce a master plan for ending crime and poverty, along with a calculus for emptying the jails and balancing the budget.

“A rigid system of selection through the elimination of those who are weak or unfit — in other words social failures — would allow solve the whole question in one hundred years, as well as enable us to get rid of the undesirables who crowd our jails, hospitals, and insane asylums. The individual himself can be nourished, educated and protected by the community during his lifetime, but the state through sterilization must see to it that his line stops with him, or else future generations will be cursed with an ever increasing load of misguided sentimentalism. This is a practical, merciful, and inevitable solution of the whole problem, and can be applied to an ever widening circle of social discards, beginning always with the criminal, the diseased, and the insane, and extending gradually to types which may be called weaklings rather than defectives, and perhaps ultimately to worthless race types.”

Eliminate the social failures, says Grant.
Kill all the nerds?
Sterilize the social discards and then the worthless race types! says Grant. Oh, but wait — if they’re not worthy of propagation, why are they worthy of life?
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These ideas resonated with a wide spectrum of people from all political backrounds. After all, it was scientific! Grant’s book was praised by his friend, former president Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote: “The book is a capital book: in purpose, in vision, in grasp of the facts that our people must need to realize…. It is the work of an American scholar and gentleman, and all Americans should be grateful to you for writing it.” Much depends, obviously, on how one interprets words like “elimination” and “worthless race types”. The Passing of the Great Race was translated into German in 1925, and Grant received a fan letter from aspiring politician Adolf Hitler as well: “The book is my Bible,” wrote Hitler to Grant.

It would be nice to think there were relatively few things Theodore Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler agreed upon, but this was one. It was a scientific, modern solution to social problems.
Meanwhile, back in the US, Charles Davenport had hired Harry Laughlin as his right-hand man to run the Eugenics Record Office. Laughlin testified for Congress about the poor germ-plasm of the immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, during the hearings which culminated in the Johnson Bill, restricting immigration in 1924. He also testified before the Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell (1927), in which Virginia’s right to sterilize a poor woman involuntarily was upheld. The majority decision, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., used the most modern opinions of science to render a verdict.

“It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from breeding their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting Fallopian tubes. . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

The interesting aspect of the eugenics movement is that it was mainstream science. The Passing of the Great Race was reviewed favorably in the journal Science, by MIT geneticist Frederick Adams Woods. Every genetics textbook of the era advanced the case of eugenics, showing how genetics could be used to solve social problems, if we simply believe everything geneticists say, give them lots of money, and not worry too much about individual civil rights, and the poor training and track record of geneticists in that area.

Thus, the first edition of Principles of Genetics can talk very casually about people whose stock ought to be eliminated on the basis of their contributions to society. The senior author, Edward Sinnott, became a professor at Columbia, and later, dean of the Yale Graduate School. The junior author, Leslie C. Dunn, also became a professor at Columbia, and became an outspoken critic of racist biology after the Nazis came to power. This passage (and the entire chapter it is from) does not appear in the editions that followed the stock market crash and the Depression, when it suddenly became clear to geneticists that wealth wasn’t necessarily a good indicator of genotype.

Geneticists were slow to get it. Many, of course, believed it; they came from the privileged classes and shared the cultural prejudices of the era. Others may not have agreed with Madison Grant or Charles Davenport, but didn’t disagree with them publicly. In fact, during the heyday of the eugenics movement, virtually every geneticist of note served below Grant and Davenport on the Advisory Board of the American Eugenics Society. (Alongside Madison Grant, as it were, Henry E. Crampton was a paleontologist, Fisher an economist, Laughlin a geneticist, Little a geneticist—who founded modern mouse genetics in America— Olson a judge, Roswell H. Johnson a geologist, Davenport a geneticist, and Fairchild a sociologist.  Obviously it was a broad intellectual movement, that believed in genetics!).  One notable exception among the geneticists was Thomas Hunt Morgan, from Columbia University, who worked in the same building as anthropologist Franz Boas, a tireless critic of eugenics. Morgan published some polite reservations about eugenics in the mid-1920s, but not enough either to piss anyone off or to allow people to invoke his prestige to repudiate the movement. In the mid-1920s the only critics of eugenics were non-scientists or soft scientists, like Boas and Clarence Darrow, a great defender of civil liberties. Darrow evolved from biology’s champion at the Scopes trial in 1925 to biology’s basher in 1926.

The Nazi Eugenics Program Never Stopped

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Published on Dec 20, 2012

Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport warned of alarming future trends in the genetic engineering of human beings. Based on his contacts with several scientists over a period of 20 years, he’s concluded that human genetics research is basically a continuation of the Nazi eugenics program, and that medical research into genes as causes of human illness is simply a cover story.

Part of this secret agenda, he detailed, is to demonstrate that people have genetic predispositions to certain diseases like cancer, so in the case of lawsuits, this argument can be made rather than placing blame for illness on environmental factors like pollution. In citing the book Remaking Eden, Rappoport noted that author Lee Silver foresees a time when the “gen-rich” (genetically enhanced class) will account for 10% of the population, while “naturals” will work as low paid service providers/laborers.

Eventually, the gen-rich class and the naturals will become entirely separate species, with no ability to crossbreed, Silver continued, adding that the trend for genetic enhancement was inevitable. Rappoport had no doubt that some of this research was already underway, possibly under compartmentalized lab studies, so that scientists don’t even realize the significance of what they’re working on. “The best thing that could happen,” he stated, “is that recognized doctors and researchers stand up together, and say, this has to stop.”

Biography:

Jon Rappoport has worked as an investigative reporter for 20 years, and is the author of five books. He has written on medical fraud, deep politics, and health issues for newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe, including CBS Healthwatch, Spin, Stern and LA Weekly.The LA Weekly placed Jon’s name in nomination for a Pulitzer Prize, for his interview with the president of Salvador University, where a military takeover had occurred.

Wikipedia
Nazi eugenics were Nazi Germany’s racially-based social policies that placed the improvement of the Aryan race through eugenics at the center of Nazis ideology. Those humans were targeted who were identified as “life unworthy of life” (German: Lebensunwertes Leben), including but not limited to the criminal, degenerate, dissident, feeble-minded, homosexual, idle, insane, and the weak, for elimination from the chain of heredity. More than 400,000 people were sterilized against their will, while 70,000 were killed under Action T4, a “euthanasia” program

After the eugenics movement was well established in the United States, it was spread to Germany. California eugenicists began producing literature promoting eugenics and sterilization and sending it overseas to German scientists and medical professionals.[3] By 1933, California had subjected more people to forceful sterilization than all other U.S. states combined. The forced sterilization program engineered by the Nazis was partly inspired by California’s

Hitler’s views on eugenics

Adolf Hitler read racial hygiene tracts during his imprisonment in Landsberg Prison. He thought that Germany could become strong again only if the state applied the principles of racial hygiene and eugenics to German society.

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The science of eugenics was invented by Sir Francis Galton, an amateur British scientist. The term eugenics was coined by Galton in 1883, though he had been doing research and writing in the field for some time before then. Galton also did research in several scientific fields including geography, meteorology and anthropology.
Galton was the cousin of Charles Darwin and the son of a wealthy, influential family. In 1869 Galton wrote a book called Heredity Genius in which he followed the lives of several accomplished men from, what he considered good families. These good families, Galton claimed, were more likely to produce intelligent and talented offspring.Galton concluded that it was possible to produce “a highly gifted race of men” by the process of selective breeding, which he later termed “positive” eugenics. Discouraging the reproduction of “undesirables” was subsequently termed “negative” eugenics. (Dolan)The “negative” eugenics movement was much stronger than the “positive” eugenics and swept across the U.S.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Environmental Pollution

Tairua and Pauanui, Coromandel Coast, New Zealand

 

Huntly and the Waikato, New Zealand

 

Today Environment Pollution New Zealand Northland, [Tairua coastal line] Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in New Zealand on Monday, 04 February, 2013 at 04:08 (04:08 AM) UTC.

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An oil spill and a two minor crashes have kept emergency services busy around the Waikato this morning. Motorists are being urged to drive with care following an oil spill stretching over two kilometres of road near Tairua. Northern fire communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said the fire service was advised of the oil spill just after 8am. “The oil or diesel spills stretches over two kilometres of road from Opoutere School north,” he said. Four appliances remain at the scene assisting police with traffic control as they await a grit truck from NZTA. There have been no reports of any accidents related to the oil spill. Meanwhile drivers across the Waikato are being asked to consider road conditions following the first rain in weeks. Emergency services attended a two car crash on Ngaruawahia Road just after 8.15 this morning. Mr Phillips said one car ended up on it’s roof. Two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. And the sole occupant of a car which rolled on Horsham Downs Rd about 8am also escaped injury. Waikato police are requesting motorists lower their speeds and drive to the conditions.

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:06 EST
A frog peeks up from the water in a pond in Prince William County, Virginia on April 5, 2012. (AFP)

A plunge in the world’s population of frogs and toads may be blamed, at least in part, on farm pesticides, researchers in Germany said on Thursday.

Tests of fungicides and insecticides, when used at recommended dilutions, killed 40 percent of frogs after seven days, and in one case, 100 percent of them after just one hour, they said.

The experiments, which entailed only a small number of animals, were carried out by a team led by Carsten Bruehl at the University of Coblenz-Landau in Germany.

They collected 150 juvenile European common frogs (Rana temporaria) to expose them to seven agricultural products, the goal being to reproduce in the lab conditions which were akin to those in the field.

The frogs were kept in large containers with soil where barley was grown. The chemical was sprayed once, delivering a volume that the researchers said was equal to the amount that would fall on a similar area of an arable field.

There were three kinds of doses: recommended concentrations; one-tenth of recommended concentrations; and 10 times recommended concentrations.

The most toxic substance, according to the study, was Headline, used to prevent fungus in soybeans and wheat. At recommended dosage, it killed all of the tested frogs within one hour.

Only five frogs were assigned to each experiment, and the animals were used cautiously out of ethical considerations.

 

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HealthyHomeDreamTeam

Published on Aug 13, 2012

Lisa & Ron reveal why you should say hello to a certain group of plants tested by NASA and say goodbye to synthetic air fresheners. The average person breathes in 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day, so it’s essential that air is clean. Indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. Find out which plants remove chemical vapors and toxic gases from your indoor air and discover our favorite 10 plants.

Natural Resources Defense Council

By Andrew Wetzler

Now that the world’s delegates have returned home from climate negotiations in Doha, many ministries are turning their attention to other international environmental agreements—and the consequences of climate change that echo in their implementation. One of those agreements is CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. For the second time in three years, the U.S., now supported by the Russian Federation, has proposed ending the international trade in polar bear fur and parts. This trade, fueled by soaring prices and fed solely by Canada, contributes to the killing of 500 to 600 polar bears every year, provides cover for poaching in Russia and has resulted in an unsustainable hunt for many polar bear populations.

Isn’t the biggest danger to polar bears climate change? Of course it is. In fact, it is because of climate change that we need to give polar bears the best possible chance they have to survive climate change through the end of this century, by which time humanity will hopefully been able to stabilize the atmosphere.

That’s why the U.S. proposal is so important. While climate change is threatening polar bears across the Arctic, we need to adopt policies to keep their populations as robust and healthy as possible. The most obvious way to do this is to address the second biggest threat to polar bears: the fur trade.  That means stopping other sources of mortality (like unsustainable hunting) that can drive polar bear populations down.

The fate of the U.S. proposal largely lies in the hands of the European Union. As a block that controls dozens of votes at the rapidly approaching CITES meeting, Europe can swing what animals get protected—and those that are left behind. Our sources tell us that Europe’s position remains in flux with many European countries sitting on the fence.

Will Europe stand up and help the U.S. and Russia end international trafficking in their parts? The next few weeks will decide that question and, with it, the fate of hundreds of polar bears.

Many countries are still upset that the U.S. Congress never ratified the Kyoto Protocols, resentment that Canada is trying to exploit as it defends its polar bear hunt. But that sad fact shouldn’t be used to distract us from what we can do for polar bears today and other animals endangered by climate change. Nor should it distract us from a few other facts: in the last year the U.S. has moved aggressively to regulate the biggest source of global warming, carbon dioxide, through domestic law. Between those regulations and a shift to lower-carbon fuels, the U.S. has substantially reduced it emissions of climate change gasses. In 2011, U.S. emissions of energy-related carbon dioxide were 8.7 percent below 2005 levels. By contrast, since 2005 Canada has walked away from the Kyoto Protocol and invested heavily in polluting tar sands oil fields.

Polar bears need our help. Will Europe be there for them?

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Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It

Five essential steps toward having a healthier, greener household

by: PF Louis
(NaturalNews) The one place where you can exercise some control over your environment is inside your home or apartment. There’s little that can be done to directly eliminate vehicular exhaust, factory or refinery pollution, radiation, chemtrails, and whatever else is being done do destroy the planet and us.Whatever amount of time we spend indoors should be as clean and chemical free as possible. Even toxic chemical fumes we don’t contact physically or consume can leak into your indoor air. There are several ways to create a healthy, green home environment.

Five steps toward a healthy and green household

(1) The first is the easiest. Throw out those toxic commercial non-biodegradable cleansers and detergents and replace them with non-toxic and biodegradable brands, such as 7th Generation. Borax is also safe for indoor use and laundry. There are several from which to choose at health food and Target stores.

Need or want to go cheaply? Use baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and vinegar for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Vinegar water and a dash of biodegradable detergent can be used on bare floors and walls.

If you can find it, BonAmi is a natural bathroom/kitchen cleanser that is safe, effective, and even cheaper than the commercial stuff. They don’t advertise, but it’s been around for a long time. (http://www.naturalnews.com/029564_cleaning_products_chemicals.html)

(2) Steam clean carpeting every couple of months or less, depending on how much in and out traffic volume. Don’t use any chemical additives.

Any blankets, bedding, or clothing that requires dry cleaning should go to a dry cleaner that uses wet, CO2, or other non-PERC (perchloroethylene) and other hydrocarbon cleaning agents. Even PERC can get into your indoor air.

(3) Don’t use pesticides that are toxic to humans and animals. Don’t just store them in your pantry or garage either. Dispose of them safely. There are several ways to “go natural” with those items. (http://www.naturalnews.com/037106_pesticides_exposure_herbicides.html)

(4) Indoor air can become unhealthier than outdoor air. Change your AC/furnace filter every season with the best electrostatic filter you can find. Get rid of any chemical fragrance devices.

Fibers from insulation and chemicals from glues holding particle board together can be released into your indoor air. Particle board panels are often used in newer buildings and furniture.

There are several types of indoor air purifiers available. Find one within your means that fits your needs. A less expensive solution is the right indoor plants strategically placed. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033143_indoor_air_purification.html)

Find and eliminate mold, especially black mold. It forms in dark, damp areas and may pollute your place with breathable mold spores that ruin your health. If it’s really bad and pervasive, call in a pro to clear it out.

Otherwise, you can scrub it with a stiff brush and cheap vinegar while wearing a protective mask, then dry the area with a hair dryer and vacuum. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033341_mold_indoor_air.html)

(5) If you or someone in your household is a do-it-yourselfer, find a place to store paints, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, and gasoline that’s outside the household.

If your garage is part of your indoor ventilation cycle, it shouldn’t go there either. Use an outdoor shed for storage of those toxic and flammable materials. Don’t allow toxic herbicides, especially Roundup, to be used on your lawn or garden. There are natural options that you can Google search.

Taking care of your indoor dwelling’s environment won’t require participating in petitions or demonstrations that are often fruitless and frustrating. Just be diligent about eliminating household toxic materials and using safe alternatives.

Then you’ll contribute to the bigger picture by boycotting toxic household goods.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com

http://www.afhh.org/hhe/hhe_main.htm

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/natural-cleaners/#axzz2CFSYMXJy

http://blog.biggreenpurse.com

 

Earth   Watch Report  –  Pollution

 

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24.11.2012 Environment Pollution USA State of Illinois, Mokena Damage level
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Environment Pollution in USA on Saturday, 24 November, 2012 at 18:59 (06:59 PM) UTC.

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About 900 gallons of oil that leaked from the Enbridge storage tank in unincorporated Mokena is being cleaned up today. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is investigating the cause of the Nov. 20 equipment failure. According to a story posted at 11:48 a.m. today in the Chicago Tribune, the pipe line of crude oil that provides a supply between Mokena and Superior, Wis., incurred damage that was contained within the tank berm. Any environmental impact is suspected to have been minimal, said a U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration spokesperson.

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By Aaron Clark

    BP Plc (BP/) shut down a system associated with its Chicap pipeline near Mokena, Illinois, yesterday after a spill.

    Oil was discharged into a containment area and covered about 1,000 square feet inside a berm, according to a filing with the National Response Center. The incident occurred at a tank farm, the filing showed.

    A separate filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said an estimated 200 barrels of oil spilled from the line. The release was halted and a vacuum truck, tanks and other equipment were sent to the scene.

    The Chicap Pipeline System includes a 360,000-barrel-a-day, 26-inch mainline from Patoka, Illinois, to the Mokena area. A 100,000-barrel-a-day, 16-inch lateral line runs from Mokena to Lemont, Illinois, according to the company’s website.

    The Chicap line receives low sulfur and heavy crude from the Capline and Woodpat pipes, an Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) system in Patoka and an Enbridge Inc. (ENB) pipeline system in Mokena, the website showed.

    U.S. companies must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. Bloomberg News couldn’t immediately verify that the information in the NRC filing was accurate.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Clark in New York at aclark27@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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