Tourists flock to Monument Valley, Utah, where red sandstone spires of the Mitten Buttes rise above desert sands. Publicity promotions of that iconic geology omit reference to the two nearby uranium mines, Monument No. 1 and Monument No. 2, which employed hundreds of Navajo miners who would die at an early age of various cancers.
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In the late 1970s, the rate of new thyroid cancer cases in four counties just north of New York City—Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties—was 22 percent below the U.S. rate. Today, it has soared to 53 percent above the national rate. New cases jumped from 51 to 412 per year. Large increases in thyroid cancer occurred for both males and females in each county. That’s according to a new study I co-authored which was published in the Journal of Environmental Protection and presented at Columbia University. This change may be a result of airborne emissions of radioactive iodine from the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which is located at the crossroads of those four counties and has been operating since the mid-’70s.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a plan Friday to reorganize the agency toward President Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda, undoing the changes made under the Obama administration to focus on clean energy. “This new structure will support American energy dominance, enhance our energy and national security, and improve outcomes in environmental management while ensuring DOE remains the leader in scientific innovation,” Perry said. Under the new plan, the current office of Undersecretary for Science and Energy, which was established in 2013 by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, will be split into two separate undersecretary positions, “so that there will once again be three under secretaries,” the agency said. Those three posts include: the under secretary of energy, the under secretary for science, and the under secretary for nuclear security and nuclear administration. The agency said restoring the posts “is consistent with DOE’s statutory mandate.”
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