Why not put a big natural gas pipeline right next to an old nuclear power plant that sits near a known seismic fault line? What could possibly go wrong?
Spectra Energy has applied for permission to install a giant new 42-inch gas pipeline right next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. It’s part of their AIM Pipeline Expansion Project to help gas companies to export natural gas overseas. Current federal regulations require a distance of ten miles between a gas pipeline of this size and a nuclear facility, so why is the approval process is rolling along without a hitch?
On this edition of Green Street, we talk with nuclear engineer Paul Blanch, who has been a consultant to New York State and has worked at Indian Point. Find out who’s protecting the health and safety of the residents of Westchester County – and for that matter, all of the NY metro area – and what you can do to help avert what could be one of the greatest nuclear disasters in modern history.
The new Spectra pipeline will bring lots of shale gas to NYC, along with high levels of cancer-causing radon. Shale gas extracted from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia has high levels of naturally-occurring radon, a potent carcinogen. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Now, thanks to the new Spectra gas pipeline which went into operation on November 1st, this radon-rich gas is now being delivered to homes, apartments and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.
Wilma Subra is an environmental chemist and natural gas expert who has received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award for her work with communities fighting against polluting industries.
As if the producers of natural gas didn’t already have enough headaches with radioactive waste, scientists and medical experts are now beginning to warn about high levels of radon in the gas from the Marcellus shale formation.The gas currently being brought to NYC from Louisiana has low levels of radon that decay during its travel time to New York. In contrast, gas from nearby Pennsylvania (and New York, if Governor Cuomo doesn’t stop fracking) has high levels of radon that won’t have a chance to decay before the gas gets to homes, apartments and restaurants in New York.On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk about the potential heath threat of radon with attorney and radon expert Jeff Zimmerman.
Millions of people drink diet soda every day, believing that soda with an artificial sugar substitute is a healthier option than old-fashioned soda with sugar.
But like many chemicals in our environment, the synthetic chemicals that make soda sweet are having other effects on our bodies, and may be responsible for a host of medical problems ranging from allergic reactions to cancer.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with aspartame expert and author of “Sweet Poison“, Dr. Janet Star Hull, whose personal experience with aspartame poisoning has made her an outspoken advocate for extreme caution when it comes to artificial sweeteners.
Over the past decade it has become increasingly clear that giant international corporations may soon be the legal owners of our entire worldwide food system, with the ability to confiscate crops, force farmers off their land and control what we eat and how much we pay for it.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug discuss the emergence of genetically-modified food with Kathleen Furey, Education and Media Director of GMO Free NY
Gas companies and their investors are busy building the infrastructure to transport and export frack gas from the US to areas of the world where demand (and prices) are high. Their latest idea is to construct a giant liquified natural gas terminal and anchor it in NY Harbor, just miles off Jones Beach and the coast of New Jersey.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, and Bruce Ferguson of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, to talk about the proposed gas terminal, what it really means for our energy future and how citizens can get involved in the effort to stop this fossil fuel madness.
The movement that began with Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Community has mushroomed into a global movement to protect public health from environmental toxins. On this edition of Green Street, we’re joined by biochemist, anthropologist and author Kate Davies.
Kate’s new book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, chronicles the growing concern over chemicals in our air, water and food, and the efforts being undertaken by doctors, nurses, parents and non-profit organizations to address these concerns.
The rates of autism in the United States have skyrocketed over the past decade. While researchers are still debating the role that preservatives in vaccinations may play, other environmental chemicals are being added to the list of suspects that could be responsible for this alarming trend. The list includes many consumer products we use in and around our homes.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug interview Britta Belli, author of a new book called The Autism Puzzle, in which she examines the latest research on environmental links to this heartbreaking neurological disorder.
Two of the World’s Leading Experts Talk About Their Work
Two of the issues we cover frequently on Green Street are electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices and smart meters, and the developing field of epigenetics – the study of cell changes occurring due to the influence of environmental exposures.
On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Lennart Hardell of the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, and Dr. Sheldon Krimsky of Tufts Univeristy in Boston.