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Study: Fukushima Radiation Reached California

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged in Japan’s March earthquake and tsunami reached the San Francisco area, researchers said. Radioactive material was found in the water in many areas near the nuclear plant after the March 11 disaster, but the global extent of the contamination had […]

House Digs Deeper Into Solyndra Mess

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — A House of Representatives energy committee wants to hear from venture capitalists behind bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra, a committee chairman said. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said they are outraged that Solyndra, which won guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy for a $535 million loan, […]

ANWR Drilling ‘A Political Hot Potato’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — House legislators divided along partisan lines during a hearing examining whether to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said last week that tapping into hydrocarbon resources on less than 3 percent of the […]

Canada Expects U.S. Backing For Keystone

OTTAWA, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Washington should look to Alberta oil sands because it’s running out of good alternatives, the Canadian prime minister said, touting the Keystone XL pipeline. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada is proposing a pipeline to carry oil from tar sands projects in Alberta, Canada, to refiners along the southern coast of the […]

UARS Satellite Fall Expected Friday

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — A 6.5-ton satellite falling out of orbit will hit Earth Friday, and 26 pieces of it have a good chance of surviving the heat of re-entry, NASA said. The exact location of its re-entry is impossible to pinpoint because the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite travels thousands of miles in a […]

Spaceship Factory Opens In California

MOJAVE, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) — A civilian space company has completed the first commercial spacecraft factory at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials said. Spaceship Co., a joint venture of Scaled Composites and British billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, says it plans to begin building spacecraft in […]

Endangered Iguanas Born At California Zoo

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) — A campaign to save the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana is having success at the San Diego Zoo, where nine hatchlings have been born, zoo officials said. The zoo, part of an international campaign to save the critically endangered iguana, normally sees only three or four hatchlings a year, […]

Report On Joplin Tornado Released

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) — The devastating May 22 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., offers important lessons for disaster preparedness and ways to reduce death tolls, U.S. officials say. A final assessment report by the National Weather Service identifies the best practices and makes recommendations to help save more lives during future violent tornadoes — […]

OPEC Chief Explains Recent Moves

VIENNA, Sept. 21 (UPI) — A contentious OPEC meeting in Vienna this summer came as the result of tough economic times and lingering uncertainty, the cartel’s chief said. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at their regular meeting in June kept official oil production quotas set in 2008 in place despite dour […]

House Furious Over Solyndra’s Silence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) — House Republicans expressed concern over U.S. Energy Department loans for clean energy programs, saying the scandal over Solyndra is reason for caution. Republican lawmakers said they are concerned about the expected $9 billion in loan guarantees from the Energy Department given the recent bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra, once […]

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