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TEPCO discloses radiation map

Japanese energy firm TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has released a map of radiation levels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO officials began the map in late March as a means of protecting workers from unnecessary radiation exposure during the cleanup effort at the plant. On April…

Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews

RACELAND, Louisiana — Jamie Simon worked on a barge in the oily waters for six months following the BP spill last year, cooking for the cleanup workers, washing their clothes and tidying up after them. One year later, the 32-year-old said she still suffers from a range of debilitating health…

Spike Lee: US government lying about oil spill cleanup

Filmmaker Spike Lee is calling a “lie” a U.S. government report that 75 percent of the spilled Gulf Coast oil is gone. Speaking to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, Lee said journalists should expose what he called the real story. He argued that it’s unlikely that…

Incoming BP CEO: Time for ‘scaleback’ in cleanup

BP’s incoming CEO said Friday that it’s time for a “scaleback” of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but stressed the commitment to make things right is the same as ever. Tens of thousands of people — many of them idled fishermen — have…

Today’s ‘spillionaires’ may become tomorrow’s ‘BP whores’

Million dollar contest launched in US to clean oil spill Only time will tell if angry locals end up dubbing the latest “spillionaires” to profit from an environmental disaster “BP whores” in years to come. ABC News reports, “Mark Miller, whose environmental clean-up firm has hired nearly 1,500 workers in…

Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP. Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf. WDSU anchor Scott…

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong. According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put…

Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites

Anderson Cooper: ‘We are not the enemy here’ Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week. It’s a move…

BP spill nears a somber record as Gulf’s biggest

BP’s massive oil spill will become the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday based on the highest of the federal government’s estimates, an ominous record that underscores the oil giant’s dire need to halt the gusher. The oil that’s spewed for two and a half months from…

Gulf oil cleanup halted ahead of Tropical Storm Alex

A strengthening tropical storm forced the suspension of skimming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Tuesday as Vice President Joe Biden heard complaints about the pace of cleanup efforts in the disaster zone. Ten weeks after the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon platform exploded, setting off the worst environmental disaster in…

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