Nuclear energy is still very new in terms of how energy is produced and used.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has only been around since 1975.   Prior to the NRC, protecting the public's health and safety related to nuclear energy was the responsibility of the Atomic Energy Commission.  The NRC oversees the energy producing reactors…

In the Northern part of Bergen county NJ, on 17 acres in the prestigious and affluent Borough of Montvale, is the world headquarters of Barr Laboratories Inc.   Barr Laboratories develops, manufactures and markets generic pharmaceuticals. The company, a subsidiary of TEVA branded pharmaceutical products, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide. Barr labs was…

The Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI) is the satellite campus of Richard J. Daley College, a community college serving the Chicago metro area with a variety of associate degree programs. The greenhouse at Arturo Velasquez Institute is more than just an extension of learning at Daley College, it's a gardening resource for the entire Chicago community. Whether…

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP) is the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world. Serving over 2.3 million people in a 260 square mile area including the central part of Chicago and 46 suburban communities the WRP is home to nearly 400 employees, who oversee the treatment of enough water to fill  two Olympic size…

Branson is a city located in the Ozark mountains of Missouri.  For many in the Midwest, it's a popular tourist destination known for many musical performances including Dolly Pardon's Dixie Stampede. Other local attractions include Hollywood Wax Museum, Silver Dollar City, Mount Pleasant Winery, Cave Tours, National Tiger Sanctuary and much more. The community was named…

In the Southwest corner of Missouri is the little town of Mt Vernon. Mt Vernon is home to a little more than 4500 people, it's the county seat and it's near the Old Spanish Fort Archeological site.  And every year, the residents of this little town have an Apple Butter Makin' festival. Mt Vernon is also…