EPA News Release (Region 7): Final Report on Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Shows Facility is Suitable for Public Use; No Further Action Needed

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7

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Final Report on Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Shows Facility is Suitable for Public Use; No Further Action Needed

Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Lenexa, Kan., July 31, 2014) – A final comprehensive report of scientific surface gamma radiation screening and soil sampling of the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) in Bridgeton, Mo., shows the facility is suitable for public use and requires no further environmental response, EPA Region 7 announced today.

“Local residents and visitors can be assured that a thorough scientific survey and review process has confirmed that the public can continue to gather and play at BMAC, and that no additional environmental action is warranted for this facility,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said.

EPA announced on May 9, 2014, that it would conduct the BMAC investigation in response to citizen concerns. The survey, which was conducted from May 19 to May 23, involved a surface screening for gross gamma radiation detection, which included analysis of data collected from more than 58,000 surface points, and the collection and analysis of more than 100 surface soil samples.

To help determine if any detections of radiation at BMAC were consistent with those found naturally in the area’s environment, EPA conducted soil sampling at nearby Koch and Blanchette parks. Analysis of soils sampled at BMAC was consistent with soils at the parks.

Samples of surface soils at BMAC were collected from infield areas, outfield areas, grassy areas outside of playing fields, and from drainage areas. EPA also worked with the community group that screened areas of the complex earlier this year to identify the areas where they collected soil samples, so that EPA could collect soil samples from the same locations.

All of EPA’s collected soil samples were sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. The samples were checked for a range of radionuclides, including Thorium-230, Uranium-238, Radium-226, Lead-210, and others. The final report noted no detections at levels of concern to human health.

Full text of the final BMAC survey report is available for review on EPA Region 7’s website at www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/pdf/bridgeton-final-pre-cerclis-screening-report-bmac.pdf.

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Judge Rules Microsoft Must Let U.S. See a User’s Emails Stored Overseas by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Mashable

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A federal judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must turn over to the U.S. government a customer’s emails stored in servers overseas, in an unprecedented case that could have wide-ranging effects on the digital privacy rights of American and foreigners using U.S. email services.

Judge Loretta Preska of U.S. District Court in Manhattan upheld the decision of a magistrate judge after hearing oral arguments from Microsoft and the federal government. In December, the government obtained a search warrant requesting the data of a Microsoft user. But the company refused to hand it over, arguing that it was not compelled to do so because the emails were actually stored in a server in Ireland and thus outside the purview of the U.S. government. Read more…

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1Password Unveils ‘Holy Grail’ of Password Managers for iOS 8 by Karissa Bell of Mashable

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While much of the initial excitement around iOS 8’s new extensibility features surrounded widgets and the potential for third-party keyboards, there’s another type of app that will greatly benefit from these changes: password managers.

AgileBits, the company behind the 1Password software, showed off the extension for iOS 8 that they are calling the “holy grail” of password managers.

With the extension, third-party developers will be able to integrate 1Password into their own apps so users can access passwords stored in their 1Password vault from within those apps. The app will also support Apple’s TouchID so users will be able to autofill their login information with a single tap. Read more…

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Couple’s Sign Language Car Dancing Will Brighten Your Day by Andrea Romano of Mashable

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American Sign Language interpreter Tina Cleveland and her fiancé Paul Sirimarco have a different approach to road trip sing-a-longs

While some prefer to belt their personal rendition of Whitney Houston, the couple opted for a more unique interpretation of another karaoke classic: “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, performed entirely in sign language.

“Being able to share music through sign language (and dance) is honestly what my little heart lives for,” said Cleveland in a comment on Facebook.

Cleveland is not hearing impaired herself, however, she hopes that the videos will encourage others to learn sign language Read more…

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Comedians Are Really Bad at Tinder by Mashable Video of Mashable

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It’s so bad it’s not even funny

Comedians are people, too — so we can forgive them if they’re as awful at online dating as we are

Mashable talked to a handful of professional funny people — including T.J. Miller and Terry Crews — and asked how they get romantic in the digital age

One lesson we can take away: To sidestep the whole Tinder thing altogether, just yell “Hey! Wanna have sex?” to random strangers on the street*

*Mashable does not endorse this

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Modeling Fish on the Move

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By: Marguerite Huber How many places have you lived? Why did you move? Personally, I have lived in eight different places because of school and jobs. Other people move to find better opportunities, like housing or a place to raise their children. Fish are sometimes forced to move as well. But, unlike you and I, […]

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Killer Instinct’s first season is coming to retail with a TJ Combo combo by Michael McWhertor of Polygon – All

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The first season of Killer Instinct for Xbox One is coming to retail this September, Microsoft announced today. The physical release of the fighting game reboot will include eight fighters from the first season and one — TJ Combo — from its second.

For $19.99, buyers of the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack get Glacius, Thunder, Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf, Sadira, Spinal and Fulgore. That’s the same price as the digital Combo Breaker Pack sold at the game’s launch. To sweeten the deal, buyers of the physical release will get a code for TJ Combo, the boxer coming in season two of Killer Instinct.

The only other fighter confirmed so far for the game’s second season is Killer Insinct 2‘s Maya.

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