The Lessons of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire May Be Lost 100 Years Later

Screams of “Don’t jump!” echoed through the canyons of tall buildings. More than 50 bodies littered the streets surrounding 23 Washington Place, so many that New York City’s fire trucks were unable to get close enough to raise their ladders. … Continue reading

Three Mile Island nuke disaster in ’79 was a day like no other. Until now.

It wasn’t Japan, it wasn’t Chernobyl. “The world has never known a day quite like today,” the somber network news anchor said. “It faced the considerable uncertainties and dangers of the worst nuclear power plant accident of the atomic age.” … Continue reading

U.S. nuke industry says taxpayers won’t pay for a meltdown here. Oh, really?

The U.S. nuclear industry says it would pick up the entire tab should a catastrophic wipeout of multiple reactors happen on American soil. Insurance and risk assessment experts say that’s not even close to the truth, and taxpayers would get … Continue reading

When Nuke Planning For The Worst Is Not Enough.

The four decomposing nuclear reactors rocked by the earthquake, tsunami and explosions in Japan are worrisome on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to start the list. Emergency plans for nuke plants seem fine until reality rears back … Continue reading

Meltdown fears continue but cyberspace and cable news often filled with bogus information.

Radiation is terrifying to most people. And the less you actually know about it, the more frightening it can be. Watching what looked like an endless Hollywood production of carnage in the coastal communities of northeastern Japan as they were … Continue reading

Union members put human rights and lives above asbestos jobs

Children protesting in the streets of Indian villages and outrage voiced by physicians and human rights activists have not stopped Canada from shipping deadly asbestos to developing countries. But one of Quebec’s most powerful unions says it will no longer … Continue reading

Does anyone in Washington realize that people will die if these budget cuts are instituted?

The round-the-clock nattering on cable channels and blog sites about the often politically motivated desire to slice the federal budget drowns out this reality: Lives will be lost if these cut are made. You have to wonder whether the Republican-controlled … Continue reading