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28,500 Containers of Nuclear waste barrels strewn across floor of English Channel
04-13-2013, 11:29 AM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Quote:German journalists have found barrels of radioactive waste in an underwater valley in the English Channel, which were dumped there half a century ago. Politicians in Germany have called for the potentially harmful containers to be removed.

28,500 containers of low level radioactive waste were dumped into the English Channel by the British and the Belgians between 1950 and 1963.
Read more: rt.com

Yeah let's just throw it in the English Channel. What could possibly go wrong? coffeetime.gif

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04-13-2013, 02:30 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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It seems, once again, and again, that money is more important that the environment. We're so fak'd.

In my city a businessman (asphalt and roofing pitch), now in a nursing home, sold his business after he went bankrupt and the new owners found barrels of unidentified stuff hidden behind a wall blind. The new owner of this same businessman's other property in a neighbouring city was having some work done on the land and they just uncovered 30 barrels that were buried perhaps 30 - 40 years ago.

Quote:Hall said some of the barrels still contained unidentified material, while others had rusted out and “lost their contents.”

The owner has also been directed to sample the surrounding soil, she said.

Conservation Halton noticed the barrels peeking out of the ground while inspecting work on a breakwall on the property, said watershed officer Nathan Murray.

Murray said officials noted a “strange-looking,” dried, amber-coloured substance associated with the barrels.

“We had no idea what it was,” he said, noting the investigation was immediately turned over to the ministry. “But it’s always concerning for us if things like this are discovered so close to the water.”

Now, the news says that the businessman's house has a clause in his will that the house cannot be sold until his death. damned.gif I wonder what's buried in the basement?

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/articl...estigation
04-13-2013, 02:40 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Out of high school, I worked for a paving company for a brief stint painting vehicles. I know what goes on there is environmentally unsafe.
They made me scrub down vehicles, rollers, backhoes, and trailers with diesel fuel and wash them with a steam cleaner. The runoff went everywhere. If I would have complained they would have fired me and I needed the summer work.
I was told to dump xylene and excess paint products into a creek out back. Was to costly to dispose of properly under state regulations.
The business has been a known offender on many levels for years and it's still in business. The owner remarked to me one time re: environmental issues that:
"They can't do nothin' to me." 13.gif

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04-13-2013, 02:43 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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The newswoman interviewed an ex-worker at that yard and he said when he worked there 30 years ago his boss told him to just cover all spills in the yard with sand and walk away. He too said he felt powerless to say anything because he knew he'd be fired.
04-13-2013, 03:33 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Yes it's sad as hell. I was powerless to do anything, and moreover was forced to do things that I knew better than to do.
I'm not proud of that, needless to say.

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04-13-2013, 03:42 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I feel for you JR, but you had to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head, I'm sure.
04-13-2013, 03:50 PM #7
Shadow Incognito
 
(04-13-2013, 03:33 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Yes it's sad as hell. I was powerless to do anything, and moreover was forced to do things that I knew better than to do.
I'm not proud of that, needless to say.


Even if you had refused it doesn't mean it wouldn't happen. dunno.gif hug.gif
04-13-2013, 04:11 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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It would no doubt have happened anyway. sad2.gif
04-13-2013, 04:18 PM #9
Shadow Incognito
 
Sorta like my job. I'm a silviculturalist but make a lot of money working for a sawmill. My training is forest regen but my living is forest harvesting. There's not much work at all for a silviculturalist in BC and isn't that sad.
04-13-2013, 04:25 PM #10
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(04-13-2013, 03:50 PM)Shadow Wrote:  
(04-13-2013, 03:33 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Yes it's sad as hell. I was powerless to do anything, and moreover was forced to do things that I knew better than to do.
I'm not proud of that, needless to say.


Even if you had refused it doesn't mean it wouldn't happen. dunno.gif hug.gif


True, *sigh* they would have just found someone else to do for less money than I was making.

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04-13-2013, 04:33 PM #11
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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It is sad Shadow, but we and everyone else are forced to for a paycheck, for survival in this our fak'd up societal systems.

In my case, I worry about my carbon footprint, but because of my need for a good paycheck to pay high bills right now in my life (and support two grown children and their educations), I have to drive my car longer and farther because the pay offered in the city I live in is too low.

So, I try to compensate in other areas, by not using cleaning aids that are harmful to the environment and I'll make my own natural garden pesticides and fungicides. Not that it really matters compared to the total carbon accumulation in our atmosphere, which is acidifying our oceans. But, I'll keep trying to do my small part regardless.



04-13-2013, 04:41 PM #12
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I went as far to hook up with a geophysicist with a PHD and started an environmental remediation company. We cleaned up quite a few LUST (Leaking Underground Storage Tanks) sites before the EPA ran out of superfund money.
Octo and I have virtually no carbon emissions, we sold our car and bike/walk everywhere. We wont even step foot on a bus or taxi regardless of weather.
I may have played catch up to my own shadow. Sorry Shadow, no pun intended. 37.gif

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04-13-2013, 04:55 PM #13
Shadow Incognito
 
(04-13-2013, 04:33 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  It is sad Shadow, but we and everyone else are forced to for a paycheck, for survival in this our fak'd up societal systems.

In my case, I worry about my carbon footprint, but because of my need for a good paycheck to pay high bills right now in my life (and support two grown children and their educations), I have to drive my car longer and farther because the pay offered in the city I live in is too low.

So, I try to compensate in other areas, by not using cleaning aids that are harmful to the environment and I'll make my own natural garden pesticides and fungicides. Not that it really matters compared to the total carbon accumulation in our atmosphere, which is acidifying our oceans. But, I'll keep trying to do my small part regardless.


hug.gif we all do what we can to mitigate our impact, but some ways it's just not avoidable to have some. And then there's thoughtful people like you and JR and Octo who make up for it in other ways. When I got married we gave out tree sedlings, fir, pine and spruce for diffrent climates of guests. I tell people that often, not to get a pat on the back, but to put out more ideas of sustainability. There's lots of ways to lessen our ecological impact.

How does that poem go?
I wanted to change the world but the world wouldn't change
So I tried to change my country but it wouldn't change
so I tried to change my city
Finally I started in my own back yard and it changed





04-13-2013, 05:49 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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I forwarded that poem to my daughter on skype. She said "Exactly!" chuckle.gif

Coincidentally we were chatting about such. 13.gif
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04-14-2013, 06:16 PM #15
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We live in a world where there is no real regulation or charges to those who don't have any care for the world or those living on it! Who's to say every President or king or so forth is actually doing anything to help the world rather than fill the pockets of its corrupt financers and backers and not trying to flee their country with millions while doing so as the systems all begin to take a crash because the system can't sustain itself under such unregulated terms! No one cares or has ever cared for so many years and we are just beginning to open the barrel on those losers!



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