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The co-chairs of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space & Technology Committee were cheerleaders for the use of nuclear power in space at a hearing at which they presided over last week titled “Accelerating Deep Space Travel with Spa…

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The bottom line is that nuclear power is not carbon free – that the “nuclear cycle” of uranium mining, enrichment, enrichment, and so on, makes a “substantial contribution to global warming,” as explains Michel Lee, chair of the Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy, in thi…

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A “Space Warfighting Operations R&D”—being acronymed “SWORD”—laboratory “will be working in the area of autonomy to enable space systems to automatically detect and respond to threat conditions faster than a human operator could achieve,” declared Colonel Eric Felt at its opening last month.

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“BACK TO THE FUTURE NASA’S NEW NUCLEAR VISION” was the headline emblazoned on the cover this past month of the leading U.S. aerospace trade publication, Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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I am a lifelong Maryland resident and a Junior at the University of Maryland. Growing up, I was encouraged by influential citizens to appreciate our environment. I recall that on Earth Day our "Outdoor Education" class in middle school gave us trees to plant in our backyard. Maryland schools…

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As an eighteen-year-old Freshman at the University of Maryland, climate change is something that has been on my mind throughout my teenage years. I’ve grown up hearing about how my family lost their home and possessions in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. They experienced firsthand …

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Of all the daunting tasks Joe Biden faces, especially vital is the inspection of dangerously embrittled atomic reactors still operating in the United States.

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Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of …

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Last week a SpaceX rocket exploded in a fireball at the SpaceX site in Texas. “Fortunately,” reported Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, “no one was aboard.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/10/tech/spacex-starship-sn8-test-flight-recap-scn/index.htm

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County has begun its efforts to bring more focus on their Vision Zero goals to stop traffic-related deaths by 2030 following the introduction of a new coordinator and projects to stop the growing number of incidents in the county. Three pedestrians were killed already to start 2020 following the deaths of 13 […]

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CHEVY CHASE – With no votes on the agenda, Chevy Chase Village’s board of managers devoted its village meeting on Jan. 15 entirely to concerns over their refuse & recycling program, deciding, after some debate, to continue their current contract until June 30. The refuse & recycling program, which had traditionally picked up recyclables including […]

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SILVER SPRING – Following the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Gov. Larry Hogan’s release of his 2020 climate plan draft, 25 advocacy and community organizations wrote a letter denouncing the plan and calling for “stronger action.” The letter, delivered on Jan. 2, was signed by 25 organizations, including the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and […]

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SILVER SPRING – With the proposed widening of Routes I-495 and I-270, an emphasis on eliminating pedestrian deaths and the coming of the Purple Line light rail highlighted transportation issues during 2019. Because of congestion along the major Interstates 495 and 270, the state came out with a plan in 2018 that included 19 alternatives. […]

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SILVER SPRING – A standing room only crowd of homeowners afraid of losing their properties, environmental groups concerned about increased emissions, and others opposed to adding expensive toll lanes loudly voiced their opposition to the $11 billion widening projects proposed for Interstates 495 and 270. The two-hour pep rally held at the Silver Spring Civic […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County spends about $12 million a year picking up trash, much of which could be recycled and reused if properly sorted, said Adam Ortiz, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Ortiz, who oversees the $140 million agency with 300 employees and contractors, was the featured speaker at the Dec. […]

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BETHESDA – Electronic cigarettes are relatively new, and the medical community is only beginning to understand how they affect the lungs.  However, a panel of medical professionals told about 100 high school students gathered at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda on Nov. 19 that it took decades for doctors to know […]

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ROCKVILLE — Even though rock salt is a tried and true way to make roadways safer during the winter months, it can take a hefty toll on the environment and cars, which is why Montgomery County is working towards more sustainable salting processes. On Nov. 6, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced that the county’s […]

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By Dan Novak Capital News Service WASHINGTON – The military’s medical school in Bethesda has been targeted by the Defense Department for significant budget cuts that could force the closure of the university, officials say. As a part of a Pentagon-wide review of “time, money, and manpower that can be re-allocated to our highest priorities,” […]

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WHEATON – Members of the Montgomery County Council and the District 18 State Delegation held a community forum on Nov. 18 for residents to express their concerns about the Wheaton Metro Parking garage.  Over the years, the Wheaton Metro Parking garage has been a cause for concern due to unhealthy and unsafe conditions inside the […]

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SILVER SPRING – During a briefing about Maryland’s six-year capital budget for transportation projects, State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn revealed that the governor is no longer considering an alternative the county proposed to widening Interstate Highway 270 and the Beltway. In 2017, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled a plan to fix traffic congestion in the […]

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ROCKVILLE — State legislators from Maryland and Virginia announced that they would work together to create a unified Capital Beltway and replace the American Legion Bridge, which has created a significant bottleneck for commuters. The bridge connects Fairfax County, Virginia, with Montgomery County over the Potomac River. Its narrow width creates a significant bottleneck for […]

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BETHESDA – Roger Wallace of Bethesda knows about a lot about the art of flight. He is a pilot of small aircraft. But, on Oct. 30, he “flew” a much larger airplane, a Boeing 737NG. “The controls are much heavier and slow to respond, but it was really good,” Wallace said of his turn at […]

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GERMANTOWN — Local elected officials and members of the community have been disappointed to find out that Maryland transportation officials have nixed plans to fund bus transportation that would connect the up-county with more populated areas closer to the District. Designs for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) have been in the works for the last […]

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ROCKVILLE — Four protesters were arrested outside of the Montgomery County Executive Office building on Oct. 1 after blocking access to the building’s driveway. Members of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Climate Mobilization and MOCO 350 chanted held large banners in the hope of drawing the attention of the public and Montgomery County Executive […]

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ROCKVILLE – Despite its emphasis on sustainability and recycling, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) spent $415,000 on single-use water bottles during the 2018-2019 school year. The district purchased 3 million eight-ounce bottles of water for use in the elementary schools and spent $515,000 for 16.9-ounce bottles for students in the upper grades. When State Del. […]

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TAKOMA PARK—On Sept. 26, Montgomery County became the home of the first fully electric vehicle charging station in the United States. The new service station, located on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, has, in fact, provided gasoline to travelers for years as RS Automotive. However, by converting the former gas station into an electric vehicle […]

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ROCKVILLE – The proposed $150 million for Metro capital funding in FY 2020 is one step closer to approval by the U.S. Congress as the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the respective budget bill. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Appropriations Committee member, said the fact that the proposed bill includes money for Metro […]

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SILVER SPRING — Attendees at the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board meeting on Sept. 23 voiced their disdain for construction plans for the new Purple Line light rail system as the Purple Line’s Community Advisory Team presented updates on the plans. The Purple Line will be a 16.2 mile light rail system that connects Bethesda […]

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SILVER SPRING – One hundred fifty Northwood and Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of their classes and marched down busy Colesville Road on Sept. 20, carrying signs and chanting, “Whose water, Our water… Whose planet, our planet.” They joined students throughout the county, who packed the Metro into Washington, D.C., to join an […]

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WASHINGTON – Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn said after a Sept. 12 Metro Board Committee meeting that the state’s transportation department will likely soon release the $53 million it withheld from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for more than two months. Rahn, in a letter to Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld in […]

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SILVER SPRING – Hundreds of young people created robots, learned about pollution, built wooden cars and made 3D models during a daylong FutureFest at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Sept. 15. The event, sponsored by the KID Museum, showed students how much fun science can be and how important it is to work together […]

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SILVER SPRING – It was standing room only at the Silver Spring Civic Center on Sept. 14 as people gathered for the Montgomery County Climate Emergency Town Hall hosted by the Takoma Park Mobilization. In a panel format, local officials and organizers discussed how to dramatically reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions and become more […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the Aug. 29 Montgomery County School Board business meeting, Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro answered a question about the district’s concerted effort to better educate both students and parents on the harmful effects of vaping. “Yes, absolutely,” Navarro responded, noting that meetings will be set up with officials from the county’s health […]

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SILVER SPRING – Besides attending Northwood High School, Kayla Tengeya also cheerleads in Rockville and interns with Montgomery County Councilman Evan Glass. The high school senior is not sure she would be able to do all the things she enjoys if it were not for the county’s new program that allows county residents 18 years […]

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SILVER SPRING—On Sept. 6, the Montgomery County Planning Board unanimously approved a proposal to create the county’s first Pedestrian Master Plan. This new master plan will recommend practices, change design standards and prioritize infrastructure allowing residents to travel safely in Montgomery County so it is safer for all pedestrians. According to the Montgomery County Planning […]

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SILVER SPRING – Maria Bushby, a Colonel Zadok Magruder High School graduate, was named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow for her efforts to help the homeless. She is one of 262 college students across the country chosen by Campus Compact, a national organization committed to advancing community service in higher education. “I would say that […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to the Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Department of the Interior recently proposed weakening large aspects of the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately, on Aug. 12, the Trump Administration received backlash from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is the senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The new […]

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SILVER SPRING – A new organization launched at the recent Montgomery County Agricultural Fair supports the State Highway Administration’s plans to relieve traffic congestion on Routes 495 and 270. Citizens4TrafficRelief was created to give a voice to those who support plans for the managed lanes and road widening that the state currently is working on, […]

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ROCKVILLE – Blue-green algae blooms producing elevated toxins that are poisonous to humans and lethal to dogs have been discovered in Lake Needwood and Lake Frank. Montgomery Parks are posting signs and warning visitors at the two lakes to stay out of the water. Patrons are advised to wash their hands if they come in […]

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SILVER SPRING—Downtown Silver Spring is the first location on the East Coast to receive a “protected intersection,” which will make four-way crossing safer for pedestrians. The intersection is on the corner of Spring Street and Second Avenue. Matt Johnson, a project manager for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), explained that protected intersections are […]

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ROCKVILLE – Dozens of members of the Maryland General Assembly say they share Maryland’s secretary of transportation’s concerns about Metro transparency and want him to update them on his efforts working with the agency.    Forty-one Maryland state senators and delegates signed a letter to Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn dated July 29, in response […]

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TAKOMA PARK—Takoma Park’s Committee on the Environment met on Aug. 5 to discuss recommendations of planting trees in the city. The Committee on the Environment serves as an official advisor to the mayor and city council on matters related to the environment. According to the city, the committee is tasked with reviewing city and community […]

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WASHINGTON – Metro Board committee members gave mixed feedback to a consultant’s drafted strategy and accompanying suggestions to overhaul bus operations throughout the D.C. metro area. Rich Davey, associate director of the Boston Consulting Group – joined by the chairman of the project’s executive steering committee Rob Puentes –  presented to the Metro board’s safety […]

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ROCKVILLE – Two members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee wrote a letter on July 16 to the chairman of Metro’s Board of Directors, requesting documents about the ethics committee’s investigation of ex-board member Jack Evans.  “The apparent lack of documentation about the investigation raises questions about whether this effort was a genuine one, […]

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WASHINGTON – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 that sent astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon, NASA programmed several events from July 16-20 around the country to celebrate the mission. Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon, a feat […]

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ROCKVILLE – Officials from the county parks and planning departments spent more than two hours on July 8 explaining to members of the Montgomery County Council their limited use of pesticides in the past year. However, they noting there will not foresee a day when all county parks will be pesticide-free. When the county council […]

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ROCKVILLE – Maryland is withholding money scheduled to be sent to Metro for capital projects due to concerns about transparency, the Maryland transportation secretary wrote in a letter to the general manager on July 1.  Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said he does not want to give the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) funding as […]

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WASHINGTON – Following a week of investigations into their leadership, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors approved the transition of the new board leadership during their meeting on June 27.   The Metro Board unanimously voted to approve Board Member Paul Smedberg, who represents Virginia, as the new chairman. Members accepted the […]

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