City Still Testing for Toxins at Schools on Leased Sites

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

With the start of class just two days away, teachers union president Michael Mulgrew wants the city to speed up its testing for toxic substances at 31 schools in leased buildings.



City Shutters Bronx School After Elevated Levels of Chemical Found

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

City education officials closed a Bronx school after final test results showed unsafe levels of a toxic chemical existed in the building.

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The Takeaway

Chernobyl Cleanup Worker: 'We Thought We Were Saving a Country'

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Twenty-five years ago today, disaster rocked Ukraine when a systems test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to a series of explosions, releasing nuclear fallout into the atmosphere. It was the beginning of a months-long struggle by Soviet authorities to contain the spread of deadly radiation. Thousands of workers joined this fight. Sergei Belyakov was one of them. He’s the author of a forthcoming book about his experience called “The Liquidator.”


The Takeaway

Photographing Life After Nuclear Disaster

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photographer Michael Forster Rothbart has taken pictures of Bhopal and spent two years living in Chernobyl. He’s also photographed the Semi Polygon nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. He has first-hand knowledge of what happens once the news cameras leave and life continues in places changed forever by nuclear disaster. He shares some of the images and stories that have stayed with him after traveling through towns hit by calamity.



Hungary Tries to Stop Flow of Toxic Waste

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Associated Press reports that toxic waste that spilled from a reservoir at a Hungarian refining plant about 100 miles southwest of Budapest on Monday has made its way to the Danube River, and authorities are carefully testing water samples to determine whether the waste could be carried to other countries.




Monday, June 28, 2010

Stories of unintended consequences -- from a psychologist who may have helped create a terrorist, to a toxic lake that spawned new life.

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