By Jeri Clausing and Matthew Daly LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab’s most sensitive nuclear bomb-making facilities doesn’t work. Those same facilities, which sit atop a fault line, remain susceptible to collapse and dangerous radiation releases, despite millions [...]
By David Porter KEARNY, N.J. (AP) – Standing in the sunbaked parking lot at New Jersey Transit’s main maintenance facility, it’s difficult to envision the surreal tableau that unfolded as waves of water from Superstorm Sandy overran the area for hours in October. Unless you were there, of course.
By Mari Yamaguchi TOKYO (AP) – The Japanese government announced that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.
By Melissa Hathaway CHICAGO, Ill. – An engineering challenge for Chicago at present is developing a plan to deal effectively and strategically with the cityâ€™s remaining wooden water towers, some of which are going to pieces. As late as the mid twentieth century, there were approximately 5,000 water towers in the city. Today, the differing [...]
By Vicki Smith MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Human activity associated with oil and gas production can sometimes cause earthquakes, but the problem is not hydraulic fracturing, a seismologist from the University of Texas told researchers gathered for a two-day conference on Marcellus shale-gas drilling. When the rare quakes do occur, they’re typically linked to the [...]