first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享West Virginia Public Radio:For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place. Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste streams in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.Hundreds of waste ponds and landfills, many constructed without liners to prevent leaks, dot the American landscape, especially in the coal-rich Ohio Valley. And the ash they contain includes the concentrated remains of the many toxic compounds associated with coal and its combustion, such as arsenic, lead, and radium.The Ohio Valley ReSource and partner station WFPL analyzed newly available data from groundwater monitoring wells near ash disposal sites in the region and found that most show signs of leaking contaminants. At several sites, hazardous compounds are found in groundwater at levels that far exceed federal drinking water standards.What the first round of monitoring data revealed is a toxic blend of coal ash chemicals that appear to be leaching into groundwater across the country. Environmental advocates say the data demonstrate that contamination is ubiquitous, not just in the Ohio Valley but at coal ash sites around the United States.Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law center, found 92 percent of sites showed evidence of contamination in a review of 100 sites across the country. “And this is industry produced data,” Lisa Evans, an attorney with Earthjustice, emphasized. “Data is showing us that across the board there was groundwater contamination at almost every site in the country,” she said.In Kentucky and West Virginia, every power plant covered under the EPA rules had coal ash waste sites with evidence of contaminated groundwater, according to the analysis by WFPL and the Ohio Valley ReSource. Already, three sites in Ohio, four sites in West Virginia and 11 sites in Kentucky have said they will do more testing after finding evidence of possible groundwater contamination.More: Coal ash uncovered: New data reveal widespread contamination at Ohio Valley sites Industry data show widespread contamination from coal ashlast_img read more


first_imgThe waters off the Atlantic coast are as much a highway as I-95, with leisure, commercial, and marine life traffic in constant motion up and down the Gulf Stream. Countless animals call this area home, including the extremely endangered North Atlantic right whale. Driven to near extinction before whale hunting was banned in 1935, the whale population slowly fought its way back to roughly 500 around 2010, but increases in ship strikes and entanglements in fishing equipment have started to reverse that trend. To make matters worse, a new threat has emerged in the form of the Navy’s new Undersea Warfare Training Range.For years, litigation swirled around the 500-square-mile area off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, selected in 2009 as the site for the range. In 2010, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) led a suit against the Navy to halt construction, arguing that it was too close to the only known calving and nursing grounds for right whales and did not include adequate safeguards for them as an endangered species. Ultimately, the courts decided the Navy was taking sufficient protective measures, and construction began in October 2014.The NRDC, however, is not convinced. Ship strikes are already a major concern, with four whales dying in U.S. waters this past summer, and sonar could pose an even greater danger. While the range doesn’t directly overlap the critical habitat designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), studies of sonar and comparable sounds “have shown whales fleeing [up to] 150 miles away,” says Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst with the NRDC. The latest research estimates that whales entangled in fishing equipment may burn as much as 25,000 extra calories per day engaging in normal activities. That alone is often enough to starve a whale to death, without adding the stress and physical exertion of disorientation or fleeing.Sonar is turned off if whales are spotted in the blast range, but unfortunately, “any marine mammal observer—not just Navy—only spots [right whales] about 5% of the time,” says Heimer. They are dark, stay very close to the surface, and have no dorsal fin, she explains, making them “a sitting target for unintentional ship strikes.” Furthermore, the Navy has not adopted the only mitigation measure that Heimer believes would be effective at this point, which is to refrain from running exercises during the critical calving and nursing period, from November to April.Construction of the range isn’t taking place during these months, but training exercises will. The Navy expects the range to be operational in the Fall of 2019, with full-scale training operations beginning Summer 2023. If training exercises led to any strandings or trauma, the Navy would certainly investigate the incident thoroughly, but with the population already so low, Heimer and others worry that even one incident could put the species over the edge.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsThere are various reasons why the Sheetrock in your home can end up with a big, unsightly hole: a stubborn nail that once balanced a picture took out a decent chunk when it collapsed; clumsy movers bumped a dresser into the wall while attempting to transport it to your bedroom; the doorknob to your bathroom struck it one too many times. Here Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, demonstrates that once again he’s got us covered when it comes to home repairs that can be handled easily and speedily. In this recent installment of Alure Home Improvement’s “60 Second Fix,” he demonstrates how to fix a hole in Sheetrock.“I’m going to show you a very quick and very inexpensive way to do it, especially if you have a few pieces of leftover Sheetrock lying around,” says Cornwell.In this example, the offensive orifice is about the size of a doorknob, or, tellingly, a baseball.“It could be anything that went through the Sheetrock,” Cornwell observes.We’ll never know the culprit in this example but that’s not important because the solution is readily at hand.First, he says you want to square the space around the cavity. You don’t want to leave it as it is. He takes a box-cutter utility and makes a rectangular incision that encompasses the hole. Then he takes the handle of the knife and gently taps the Sheetrock square loose so the unwanted material can be removed. Sometimes you may have to trim the edges in case any uneven layers remain.Next, you take the replacement Sheetrock from your leftover supply. He says that it doesn’t even have to be the same thickness since Sheetrock panels can vary in width. “This is one instance where size doesn’t matter!” he says.“You want to make a cut that’s going to leave about two inches overlap on each side,” Cornwell says. “Make your first line. Then turn it over, snap it and cut it.”Rotate the patch 90 degrees and measure the perpendicular edge so you have the proper overlap margin. Make a line with your knife, score the line, cut it and snap it.“It doesn’t have to be perfect,” he says. But he emphasizes that the edges should look even.You do that for each edge of the patch. You’ll use tape and joint compound to make the patch match smoothly.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsThat’s phase one for the front side of the patch. The next step is to trim the back side so you can get it to fit right into the hole.Cornwell shows how you line up each side of the patch, score the line with the knife, and then rotate the patch 90 degrees so you can repeat the same procedure. What he emphasizes is to make the back side of the patch slightly less than the dimensions of the hole you previously squared so the new patch will fit into the hole comfortably.You work on the back side of the Sheetrock patch so that you can carefully peel the gypsum material away without tearing the front paper layer. The front surface of the patch is intended to be larger than the squared hole’s edges so you can apply the joint compound around the hole to glue it in place, as he shows you. When the patch is ready to go into the hole, spread the joint compound around the margins of the squared hole so the paper will stick to it. Once you’ve smoothed it out, you can apply Spackle over the edges to hide the seams.“All you’re trying to do is flush up the front surfaces,” Cornwell advises. “Once you get the knack of it, it goes pretty quick.”You’re on your way to becoming an expert Sheetrocker!last_img read more


first_imgARSENAL Press Association PETR CECH: Recalled to the starting XI following David Ospina’s Champions League blunder, the former Chelsea man produced a stunning block at point-blank range to deny Anthony Martial in the first half and remained alert when tested in the latter stages. 8 (out of 10) HECTOR BELLERIN: Spanish full-back pressed forwards well, offering an outlet down the right in support of Arsenal’s marauding frontline. 7 PER MERTESACKER: Little for the big German to worry about as Martial rarely had anyone to support him. Needed to be more composed as United improved in the second half. 7 GABRIEL: Brazilian centre-back produced another solid display and was a threat at set-plays in the United penalty area. 7 NACHO MONREAL: Solid showing from the left-back, who got away down the overlap, but also tracked back behind Alexis Sanchez. 7 SANTI CAZORLA: Diminutive Spaniard was quick in the transition and found plenty of willing forward runners. 7 FRANCIS COQUELIN: Arsenal’s midfield enforcer revelled in the early exchanges and broke down what little forward momentum United were able to offer. 7 AARON RAMSEY: Wales international started on the right, but covered plenty of ground. Should have scored in the first half, but otherwise a solid enough display. 7 MESUT OZIL: German playmaker was both creator and finisher during Arsenal’s devastating opening spell. At the heart of every attack, showing some great vision and close control. 8 ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Superb finishes from the Chile forward, whose deft flick opened the scoring and then a bullet strike made it 3-0 before half-time. 9 THEO WALCOTT: England striker was again given the nod in attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and stretched the United backline at every opportunity. 8 Substitutes OLIVIER GIROUD (on for Walcott, 75): France forward offered a different dimension to the Arsenal attack during the closing stages. 6 ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Ozil, 75): Energetic late cameo display from the England midfielder, who provided an outlet down the right and almost added a fourth in stoppage time. 7 KIERAN GIBBS (for Sanchez, 81): Full-back was pushed into duty on the left side of midfield following Sanchez’s injury, and held the shape well. 6 MANCHESTER UNITED DAVID DE GEA: Misread the cross for the first goal, but could do nothing to prevent Arsenal’s second and third goals. 5 MATTEO DARMIAN: Feeble attempt to tackle Sanchez resulted in Arsenal’s third. Regularly roasted by the Chilean and taken off at half-time. 3 CHRIS SMALLING: Eventually got the defence working as a half-coherent unit, but by that point the damage was done. 5 DALEY BLIND: People have questioned whether the Dutchman is capable enough at centre-back. This performance only strengthens the doubters’ argument. 4 ASHLEY YOUNG: Quite simply, he is not a left-back. Booked for a first-half lunge and too often exposed. 4 MICHAEL CARRICK: Unusually sloppy in midfield, especially in the first half. Unable to pull the strings like normal. 5 BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: Off the pace yet somehow avoided being substituted at half-time. Improved after the break, but that was not hard. 5 JUAN MATA: Grew into the match having been a mere spectator early on, trying to unlock the door to no avail. 6 MEMPHIS DEPAY: An ineffective, uninspired display from the Dutchman – one that saw him replaced at the break. 5 WAYNE ROONEY: Made a number of clumsy touches and, while he worked hard for the team, this was another underwhelming display from United’s captain. 5 ANTHONY MARTIAL: United’s biggest attacking threat and only a fine Cech save prevented him reducing the deficit as half-time approached. 6 Substitutes ANTONIO VALENCIA (for Darmian, 45): Did a far better job at right-back when it came to marshalling star man Sanchez. 5 MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Depay, 45): Physical presence in midfield made a welcome change after a terrible first half from United. 6 JAMES WILSON (for Mata, 82): An attack-minded change but too little, too late by Louis van Gaal. 5 last_img read more


first_imgAlso Read- UFC 244: Diaz Vs Masvidal For The BMF Belt And Dana White’s TakeUFC 243 results: Dan Hooker defeats Al IaquintaDan Hooker had his moment of life after beating Al Iaquinta by a unanimous decision. Both the men had their moments in the match and gave everything they had but Dan Hooker managed to hit Iaquinta with more significant strikes. After a three-round battle, the judges announced Dan as the winner of the fight and Dan Hooker immediately called out Dustin Poirier in the post-fight interview. However, Dustin Poirier showed no interest in Dan and tweeted that he is going to fight the Irishman (Conor McGregor) next. Written By UFC 243 ResultsMain card – Israel Adesanya defeats Robert Whittaker via second-round knockout. Dan Hooker defeats Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26). Sergey Spivak defeats Tai Tuivasa via second-round submission. Dhiego Lima defeats Luke Jumeau via split decision. Yorgan De Castro defeats Justin Tafa via first-round knockout.Also Read- UFC: Will Dustin Poirier Fight In The Featherweight Division Again?Prelims – Jake Matthews defeated Rostem Akman via unanimous decision. Callan Potter defeated Maki Pitolo via unanimous decision. Brad Riddell defeated Jamie Mullarkey via unanimous decision. Megan Anderson defeated Zarah Fairn via first-round submission.Early Prelims – Ji Yeon Kim defeated Nadia Kassem via second-round Knockout. Khalid Taha defeated Bruno Silva via third-round submission.Also Read- WWE Raw Live Streaming: What To Expect, When And Where To Watch LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US UFC 243 had some of the most exciting and shocking moments that caught the attention of the entire MMA community and UFC fans. Israel Adesanya Adesanya became the new middleweight champion of UFC after defeating Robert Whittaker at Melbourne. Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was going good and had his home crowd’s support but Adesanya silenced the crowd after knocking out Whittaker in the second round of the main-event fight. Kiwi fighter Dan Hooker also managed to get a clean win against Al Iaquinta by a unanimous decision in the co-main event fight.Also Result- UFC 243: Upcoming Fights, Latest UFC News And Everything About The PPVUFC 243 results: Israel Adesanya defeats Robert WhittakerIsrael Adesanya stepped inside the octagon as the interim middleweight champion with a clean record of 17-0. It was assumed that Robert Whittaker will be successful in retaining his belt but Adesanya had something extra to offer. Both the men kept it simple in the first round but Adesanya managed to start the second round with punches and kicks and leave the octagon with a clean record of 18-0 and the middleweight title of UFC.  The new middleweight champion got into a verbal assault with undefeated middleweight fighter Paulo Costa (13-0) and it seems that Paulo will be getting his hands on the title shot against Adesanya.center_img Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 20:51 IST UFC 243 Results: Overview And News From The Latest UFC Pay-per-view UFC 243 has brought some of the exciting matchups and results to the MMA community. Know more about the results and post-fight happenings of UFC 243, Melbourne. First Published: 7th October, 2019 20:51 ISTlast_img read more


first_imgKershaw mixed his pitches well and kept the Angels off balance and off base. He gave up more than one run for the first time since he gave up four runs, but didn’t earn a decision in the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss Aug. 7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Calhoun also singled in the third, but was stranded when Mike Trout struck out to end the inning. David Freese singled to start the fifth, but Kershaw got Shane Victorino to hit into a force play and then got Chris Iannetta to hit into an inning-ending double play.Kershaw was never in anything resembling jeopardy until the seventh, when he loaded the bases not once but twice and the Angels managed to score only once to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 6-2. Two errors by shortstop Corey Seager opened the possibility for a bigger inning.Kershaw balked home one run, but yielded no more. He struck out Calhoun with the bases loaded to end the seventh. Third base umpire Tripp Gibson rang up Calhoun on a check-swing appeal, appearing to get it wrong as indicated by TV replays available to reporters.Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave Gibson an earful from the dugout, from the field and everywhere in between, and earned an early exit for his protests. Calhoun was out, the Angels were retired and the Dodgers held a 6-2 lead entering the eighth.“I looked at the replay and it was pretty obvious,” Scioscia later said when asked his view of the play. “The ump had a different opinion and that was it.”For a while, it seemed as if Tuesday’s game might turn into a pitchers’ duel between Kershaw and Angels right-hander Andrew Heaney (6-3). Heaney gave up a leadoff homer to Justin Ruggiano and a go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the third that made it 2-1.Heaney was nowhere near as efficient as Kershaw, but the Dodgers couldn’t extend a 2-1 lead until breaking through with a four-run sixth. Heaney gave up a walk, a single and a run-scoring ground-rule double to Seager before Scioscia turned the game over to the bullpen.After a run-scoring ground out, a run-scoring force play and a run-scoring sacrifice fly, the Dodgers held a commanding 6-1 lead. And with Kershaw at the top of his game, it seemed the Angels were done for the night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Their starting rotation lacks depth. Their bullpen is a nightly adventure. Their lineup is a patchwork.And yet the Dodgers can’t seem to lose.The sizzling Dodgers defeated the faltering Angels 6-4 on Tuesday, backed by superb pitching from left-hander Clayton Kershaw and bolstered by a four-run sixth inning that turned a potentially nerve-jangling game into a runaway in front of 41,086 at Angel Stadium. The victory was the National League West-leading Dodgers’ fifth consecutive and their eighth in a row over the Angels in what’s become a one-sided Freeway Series. Kershaw improved to 13-6 overall and 8-0 in his last 12 starts since his last defeat June 27 against the Miami Marlins.center_img • WHICKER: Corey Seager gives Dodgers a boost“It seemed like this was the best pure baseball game we’ve played, just as far as doing the little things, moving guys over, sac flies, situational hitting and things like that,” Kershaw said. “It seemed like it was so easy to score runs tonight, and not just with big hits. That was awesome to see.“We’re playing great. It’s fun to see. We’re not making too many errors, especially on the mental side. Make the errors on the physical side. You’re seeing a lot more of that. You’re starting to see more stolen bases, things like that, that good teams do. Just got to keep the foot on the gas.“Just keep going.”As has become his custom during his unbeaten streak of starts, Kershaw took the game and made it his after giving up a leadoff homer to Kole Calhoun that tied the score 1-all. He worked seven innings and gave up only two runs (one earned) and four hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.last_img read more