Who are the New, New Nine?
This past weekend beginning on February 17th NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic flight aboard Friendship 7 in which he became the first American to orbit the earth in space. Of the original nine Mercury astronauts only John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, also in attendance, were present along with a large number of other project personnel. The article covering the event | Read More »
The EPA’s War on Fox Lake Power Plant
The Obama administration’s EPA has declared a war on coal-fired power plants. The president famously remarked he didn’t care if coal power plants operated, but he would make sure they were cost-prohibitive. His EPA rolled out rules that would make coal-burning power plants a target in his war on mercury and other pollutants. His radical EPA chief said, “This has been 20 years in the | Read More »
CO2 Sequestration – What could go wrong?
Risks to underground drinking water from improperly managed carbon dioxide sequestration projects can include CO2 migration into the water table, causing leaching and mobilization of contaminants (such as arsenic, lead and salt), the EPA said. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is evaluating the potential for leakage of sequestered CO2 to mobilize trace elements of contaminants such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, mercury, lead, antimony, selenium, zinc, and | Read More »
Mercury fallout from the Cash-for-Clunkers program.
Let’s walk through the mercury problem (H/T: Instapundit). Automakers used mercury as a component for various auto systems until 2004. They stopped because mercury is toxic, and it gets into stuff that we eat (the actual level of risk is in fact not relevant for this discussion). People get very touchy about toxic elements being thrown out with the rest of the garbage, so there’s | Read More »