Category Archives: pollution

The death and rebirth of our once burning rivers


If you were of child of the 1960s like me, you probably remember the news accounts about the Cuyahoga River catching fire in Cleveland. Amazingly, that was one of more than a dozen fires that erupted on the Cuyahoga due … Continue reading

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Two ideologies, two plutonium programs, and too reckless!


http:// (*see note at bottom of the post) The more read about the Cold War, the more I am convinced that both sides lost. Not only did both the Americans and Soviets/Russians gut large parts of their economies by wasting … Continue reading

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Up to 690,000 American’s died from our own nuke tests!


Yes, you read the post title correctly. According to a 2017 study by researchers from the University of Arizona, between 340,000 and 690,000 Americans are estimated to have died from fallout and radiation-linked diseases generated by the 100 atmospheric atomic … Continue reading

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Atomic “doomtowns” contaminated by the Kyshtym Disaster


The two (2) most well-known peacetime atomic/nuclear disasters are Fukushima in 2011 and Chernobyl in 1986. However, what is considered the third most serious atomic/nuclear disaster? No, it is not Three Mile Island… The third most serious peacetime atomic/nuclear disaster¬†in … Continue reading

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Too close for comfort: Indiana’s brush with a nuclear nightmare


http:// As a child of the Atomic Age and the Cold War growing up on the far north side of Indianapolis, I never realized just how dangerously close my state came to suffering a major nuclear catastrophe a mere 55 … Continue reading

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Atomic “doomtowns” that once surrounded Chernobyl


The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, when reactor #4 exploded. Before being brought under control weeks later, extreme levels of radiation had spread outward from the nuclear plant by both wind and rain. This inundated communities all … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 2 – Nuclear Energy Cities


http:// Part 2 of this series on Soviet-era “Atomgrads” focuses on those that were developed to build, service, and support nuclear power plants in the Soviet Union. Of the 12 cities listed and mapped, all but one remain active communities … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 1 – Nuclear Weapon Cities


http:// During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed a series of “Atomgrads“ or nuclear cities. ¬† Nearly all of these cities were newly planned and designed to provide housing and community services for the future scientists and their families … Continue reading

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The world’s most resilient city is… Hiroshima


… a remarkable place that has not only turned its seemingly desperate circumstances completely around in the past 75 years, but its entire focus and purpose as a member of the world community. The timeline expressed above probably gives away … Continue reading

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Environmental/health benefits of street sweeping/cleaning


  This past Monday afternoon, Traverse City’s street sweeping/cleaning crew came down our street and swept/cleaned it. Two machines were utilized during the operation – one an Elgin and the other a Global. They removed most of the dirt, grit, … Continue reading

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