Getting the Real Facts about Radiation

A lot of misleading information has been put out on radiation and its health effects since the start of the nuclear power accident in Japan.  Listening to governments, nuclear industry supporters, and the press you would think there are “safe” levels of radiation; unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.  The truth is “there is no lower limit of exposure under which there is no damage and which can be considered ‘safe.’” This quote is from a recently-released paper by […]

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NWEA Files Brief Supporting EPA’s Ballast Water Permit

Although NWEA recently signed a settlement with EPA over its own challenge to EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP),  the shipping industry had continued to press its own court case against the VGP in the D.C. Circuit. NWEA is an intervenor in the shipping industry’s lawsuit. (The VGP is EPA’s response to over ten years of litigation by NWEA to require Clean Water Act permits for vessel discharges, including ballast water laden with invasive species.) On […]

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Nuclear Disaster Was Inevitable

Events unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan (six reactors with spent fuel pools and an additional common pool) are very troubling, raising concerns about worker exposure, land and sea contamination, public health, and the costs of clean-up and isolation. And, it isn’t over yet. Despite reassurances from the reactors’ operators Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Japanese government, as well as our very own homegrown nuclear apologists – the U.S. […]

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NWEA Settles Ballast Water Lawsuit with EPA to Control Invasive Species

It’s been a long 12 years but NWEA just settled our third — yes third — ballast water lawsuit against EPA.  The settlement calls for EPA to follow the requirements of the Clean Water Act when it issues its next permit to ships that discharge all manner of toxic and oily pollution along with ballast water containing invasive species.  The current permit was issued in 2008 as a result of NWEA’s successful lawsuit against EPA […]

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