Rob Pavey blogs green issues and the outdoors life

By: Rob Pavey on July 13, 2011 - 9:53am - Add new comment

Where does nuclear waste go when nobody wants it anymore?

That's the perennial dilemma facing the folks at Savannah River Site who are spending decades - and billions of your dollars - to dispose of radioactive material generated by a half century of Cold War nuclear weapons production.

One of the newest options involves mammoth structures known as "saltstone disposal units," or SDUs. Each rectangular module holds two round containers with a joint capacity of about 5 million gallons.

By: Rob Pavey on February 21, 2011 - 11:53am - Add new comment

Our Sunday story package on the Savannah River focused largely on the relationship between Georgia and South Carolina and how those states will jointly manage the 350-mile river and its resources.

 

As part of our reporting for that piece, we sent Gov. Nathan Deal a series of questions - and received detailed responses through his press secretary, Stephanie Mayfield. 

 

By: Rob Pavey on February 17, 2011 - 2:01pm - Add new comment

Does history repeat itself?

 

A century and a half ago, South Carolina famously fired the first shots of the Civil War.

 

Earlier this week, the Palmetto State's Legislature launched what could become the opening salvo in a different sort of clash - over sharing the Savannah River with neighboring Georgia.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 27, 2011 - 1:11pm - Add new comment

Ever wonder what happens to old nuclear bombs when no one needs them anymore?

 

It's way more complicated than parting out a '67 Chevy.

 

In the case of the B83, one of America's most potent thermonuclear weapons, some of those parts are coming to Savannah River Site.

 

 

We're just not sure how many. Or when. That's a tightly guarded secret.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 21, 2011 - 12:51pm - Add new comment

Almost two decades ago, plans were made to carve a 110-acre fishing lake from the swampy wilderness on the low-lying portion of Yuchi Wildlife Management Area in Burke County.

 

The plan included docks, trails, parking areas and maintenance workers who would help manage the site just 20 miles south of Augusta. Surveyors marked the boundaries and timber was cut to accommodate the rising waters once the dam was built and sealed.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 19, 2011 - 11:48am - Add new comment

How likely are you to get a speeding ticket in Columbia County? It might depend on the time of year.

 

I wondered recently, after seeing several cars pulled over in a single day, whether our Sheriff's Office was ramping up enforcement and writing more citations - perhaps to generate needed revenues for cash-strapped government agencies.

 

I emailed Capt. Steve Morris up at the department's headquarters in Appling. He assured me there is no concerted crackdown. "Our efforts remain constant," he said.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 14, 2011 - 1:03pm - Add new comment

Log on. Zoom in. Bang.

 

It sounds like something from a science fiction movie.

 

Creepy as the concept might be, someone actually built an Internet-controlled network of web-accessible cameras and shotguns aimed into a food plot on a Georgia Power Company right-of-way last fall.

 

A utility contractor encountered the setup, snapped a few photos and reported the odd apparatus to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, which in turn notified the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 12, 2011 - 4:55pm - Add new comment

Does a massacre on Saturday equate to soaring gun sales on Monday?

 

If the FBI's figures on background checks for handgun buyers are any indication, it does - at least in some states.

 

In Arizona, where the Safeway shooting spree left six people dead and a Congresswoman and 11 others wounded, there were 263 such checks performed on Monday, showing a huge increase over the 164 checks a year earlier, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.

 

By: Rob Pavey on January 6, 2011 - 3:46pm - Add new comment

Dead birds are big news this week, from redwings raining down in Arkansas to whooping cranes in south Georgia to bald eagles at Thurmond Lake.

 

But is it a sign of the Apocalypse? Probably not.

 

If conspiracy theorists weren't fully abuzz after 5,000 blackbirds tumbled from the New Year's Eve skies over Beebe, Ark., they were in full frenzy when 500 more dropped dead a few days later near Baton Rouge, La.

 

By: Rob Pavey on November 18, 2010 - 10:58am - Add new comment

I had the pleasure of sitting in on last night's 19th annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet organized by the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.

 


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