South African environmental activist Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, widely recognized as the most prominent of the environmental activist stakeholders in the mining industry. She reveals the truth of South Africa’s “radioactive gold” – the connection between gold mining and uranium pollution in the country. Plus, she shares advance word of the upcoming November conference in Johannesburg on The Nuclearisation of Africa.
Social media expert Dave Parrish, founder of Operation: Save the Earth and host of Fuku Friday Happy Hour Hangouts, kicks off a series of tips and tricks for anti-nuclear activists to “up” our online game. Why we need to it, what to do and how to do it – all in weekly bite-sized pieces.
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But if you’re going to promote Fukushimabeer made out of buckwheat grown in the evacuation zone, it should at least contain enough alcohol that you can get drunk and blot out awareness of the radiation risk you’re taking by drinking it!
Alison Katz is a sociologist and psychologist who worked inside the World Health Organization (WHO) for 18 years. Now a leader within Independent WHO, an organization dedicated to revealing the lies and coverups perpetrated by WHO, Alison dissects the history, politics and manipulations of the United Nations agency we’re supposed to be able to trust to safeguard the world’s health – especially in nuclear matters. Special focus on Chernobyl and how the WHO worked to diminish our awareness of this nuclear disaster’s true impact on the world’s health. This is a Nuclear Hotseat Exclusive and an Encore Presentation. (Originally broadcast on September 17, 2013.)
Dr. Alex Rosen of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, who takes on and eviscerates the United Nations’ UNSCEAR report that criminally underplays the radiation dangers from Fukushima; International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; www.ippnw.org
Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, executive director of Radiation and Public Health Project, who explains why TEPCO’s interpretation of radiation data is intentionally wrong as the company tries to undermine legitimate claims of damages to the health of the USS Ronald Reagan sailors, who were hit with catastrophic radiation while on an humanitarian aid mission in the immediate aftermath of Fukushima. www.Radiation.org.
LINKS TO IPPNW’S CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF UNSCEAR REPORT:
Donna Gilmore of SanOnofreSafety.org gives lie to dry cask manufacturerer Holtec’s presentation to Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel regarding long term storage of the plutonium-contaminated nuclear waste at the now-defunct Vt. Yankee Nuclear Reactor.
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I guess that, according to the Pentagon’s new tome, The Laws of War, I‘m a Belligerent Journalist of Unprivileged Persuasion — who knew?
New forest fires near Chernobyl exclusion zone
Illinois nuke reactor almost hit by tornado
South Korea/Japan food fightcontinues as South Korea tells World Trade Organization it has a right to protect its citizens from the radiation dangers of Fukushima food;
Urs Ruegg of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Switzerland on that country’s nuclear problems and IPPNW’s upcoming Nuclearization of Africa Symposium in South Africa.
Adam Weissman of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment gives us an update on the Senate’s approval of Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – not a good thing.
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Head of France’s nuclear watchdog group tells the truth about problems with EDF’s new nuke in Normandy – the nerve!
Sister Megan Rice, 85-year-old anti-nuclear nun, not to be re-tried by US government on sabotage charges – she’s free except for some formalities!
Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change comes out against nuclear issues, skirts reactors. You can Tweet him your thoughts – @Pontifex is his Twitter handle.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission agrees w/international study that shows any exposure of the eyes to radiation can increase the possibility of cataracts, but ignores all the other health implications put forth by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) on cardiovascular and cerebrovasculardiseases.
Japan approves 40-year Fukushima clean-up plan despite not knowing where the melted fuel is, if it can even be removed and, if so, what it will take, plus needing to invent and build all the proper decontamination equipment from scratch. 40 years just kicks the can down the road.
4TH ANNIVERSARY! – NUCLEAR HOTSEAT NOW HEARD IN 58 COUNTRIES* ON 6 CONTINENTS!
Excerpts from Nuclear Hotseat #1
How we grew from a conference call to an international phenomenon
Where we’re going – if you see it, you can be it!
*List of countries will be posted as soon as I figure out how to do it…
Erica Gray, Nuclear Issues Chair for the Virginia Sierra Club, reveals details of Dominion Power’s plans to experiment with dry cask storage of high burn-up nuclear fuel at North Anna in Virginia, which was 11 miles from the epicenter of the 5.8 east coast earthquake in 2011.
Diane Turco, co-founder of Cape Cod Downwinders, reports from the four-day protest March for All Children, which brought attention to safety issues and the state’s lack of an effective emergency plan for those in a 50-mile radius of the Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station. March ended today (June 16) at the Massachusetts state house with a speech by former Governor Michael Dukakis.
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I don’t care how you decide to spin it, there ain’t no way nuclear reactors will ever be “aesthetically pleasing.” Even in England. Even if that’s what Amber Rudd, the new UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, has made as one of her priorities.
High alpha radiation in Los Angeles
US government emergency preparedness contractor calls Fukushima so fragile that at any moment it could “turn globally catastrophic”;
Canada delays its approval of $1B nuke waste dump on shores of Lake Huron until after its elections – wouldn’t want to upset the results, now would we?
Radiation Monitoring Project, national initiative to establish monitoring of radioactivity in communities contaminated by the nuclear fuel chain: www.dinenonukes.org.
Vicki Nelson, founder of the Hawaii-based nonprofit, Fukushima Friends, Inc., a program that puts Fukushima radiation refugees in people’s homes for a stay of up to 3 months or longer, if the visas can be managed. Tokiko Noguchi, participating in the program, came from Fukushima with her 10-year-old son, Michael. She speaks through volunteer interpreter Kea Uehara. Her Japanese-language website is: www.aaa3a.jp.
Laura and Gichi Inoue run Komoro Homestay, a safe retreat in southwest Japan for Fukushima mothers and small children needing relief from the radiation in their homes and communities.
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Fukushima artisanalsaki earns 22 Grand Prizes at annual competition. Made with loving care and locally grown rice from fields near the blazingly radioactive nuclear reactor ruins. Best drunk in great quantities by those who made it to help them forget the radiologic nightmare that surrounds them.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admits record radiation spike in port water from Fukushima Daiichi leak.
Japanese government gets pushback for plan to end rent subsidies for some Fukushima evacuees/refugees.
Japan plans nuke restarts despite severe volcanic activity less than 50 miles from reactor site.
The pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) releases report that Japan’s overconfidence regarding the safety of its nuclear power plants was a major reason behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
AND – Japan plans for nukes to supply 20-22% of all electricity in the country by 2030. What’s wrong with this picture?
Don Hancock is Executive Director of the Southwest Information and Research Center, a nuclear watchdog group headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. Don, a Nuclear Hotseat regular, brings us up to date on the ongoing aftermath of the February 14, 2014 container explosion and radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP site) in Carlsbad, NM.
Voices from Japan features two encore interviews from Nuclear Hotseat #142 – Fukushima Third Anniversary:
Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, one of two cities that hosted the Fukushima nuclear power plant, has brought suit against the Japanese central government and TEPCO for damages to his health. He personally led members of his village to safety immediately after the nuclear disaster began and has suffered health difficulties ever since.
Ruiko Muto, a veteran Japanese anti-nuclear activist, leads a coalition of 20,000 in suing the government and TEPCO for an apology… and compensation.
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Does TEPCO really think that a new, fun community/rec center at the wreck of Fukushima Daiichi will cheer workers… especially when they realize that their radiation exposure limits will be raised 150% as of 2016? The company’s expectation of the satisfaction and comfort of a hot meal and good conversation between workers will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the exponential increase in cancer rates.
Kyushu Electric Power Company announced planned restart of Sendai nuke reactors, then four days later announces its delay. Might this have anything to do with the recent 8.5 earthquake and volcanic eruption in the area?
FOOD FIGHT CONTINUES!Japan takes trade restrictions by South Korea against their food to the World Trade Organization, threatens to do the same to Taiwan. All they’re trying to do is protect against importation of radioactive food, dude – what’s the big deal?
Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Andrews, Texas, wants to store all the high level nuclear waste this country can provide, despite being subject to tornadoes and the recent biblical-intensity floods. Even worse, they’re turning over the design and development of their site to Areva, the bankrupt French nuclear former giant, with its penchant for thin canisters for dry cask storage and wobbly financial future.
SPECIAL: Newly freed 85-year old nun, Sister Megan Rice, speaks at length about the peaceful 2012 Transform Now Plowshares protest action against the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which resulted in her being charged with sabotage and sentenced to almost three years in prison. Now out of prison pending a re-sentencing hearing, she and co-defendants Gregory Boertje-Obed, 60, and Michael Walli, 68, both of whom were sentenced to over five years in prison, speak at length with Nuclear Hotseat’s Libbe HaLevy on what they did, why they did it, what they faced as a result, and what’s next. It’s not over yet. Stunning information from three genuine heroes of our movement in three separate interviews – a full-length Nuclear Hotseat Exclusive!
LINKS to the Transform Now Plowshares statement and Indictment of Oak Ridge for War Crimes that was drawn up by these three brave activists and read at the Y-12 site. For more information on the work of these fine peace activists and to donate, go to:
Dave Kraft of NEIS in Chicago eviscerates Exelon‘s attempts to strongarm a bankrupt Illinois into a $1.6 Billion bailout;
Jules Cook of UCY.TV unveils a new archive of mainstream media’s TV coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster since March 11, 2011.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: Two for the Price of One!
IAEA thinks it’s perfectly swell for TEPCO to solve their water storage problems by dumping radioactive water directly into the Pacific <!>; and…
TEPCO thinks it’s perfectly swell to take the dust cover off Fukushima Unit 1 at the exact same time that RICE INTENDED FOR SALE is being planted in the evacuation zone; and RICE INTENDED FOR SALE IS BEING GROWN IN THE EVACUATION ZONE! It’s raining numnutz out there in nuke-land…
85-year-old Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed released from prison!
18 more thyroid cancer cases found in Fukushima young people;
The UK takes steps to guard nuke facilities against invasion by the terrorist hordes… of jellyfish.
Dr. Celine-Marie Pascale, Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Professor for the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She researched mainstream media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that shows the bias that those of us in this movement always said was there — and she’s got the data to prove it!
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Could anything be numnutzier than Canada approving creation of a nuclear waste dump less than 3/4 of a mile from the shores of Lake Huron?
85-year-old Sister Megan Rice‘s sabotage conviction overturned by Federal court! Ruling also covers co-defendants 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed.
Transformer explosion and fire at Indian Point nuclear reactor in New York, only 40 miles from Manhattan!
Radon releases from uranium mine near native lands in southwest Utah!
“Significant” amounts of Fukushima radiation detected in Pacific ocean off the coast of north America!
Radiation from Chernobyl forest fire found in plume that hits US west coast!
Too many exclamation marks in this write-up!
Mork from Ork (Robin Williams) learns the truth about nuclear radiation on Earth
Lou Zeller, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, on the nuclear reactors downstream of the leaking, sinkhole’ed Boone Dam in Tennessee.
Jim Hopson, Manager of Public Relations for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), on current status of Boone Dam.
Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Christine Herrmann and Martin Fleck on PSR’s Nukebusters Film Competition – with cash prizes of up to $5,000 for 1-4 minute films! (Click on logo below.)
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When is a financial slap on the wrist really an investment in infrastructure? When the Enviromental Protection Agency, New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP site) in Carlsbad come together! Nothing like a radiological accident at a nuclear facility to spark more interest in developing a new nuclear facility!
Chernobyl forest fire in the exclusion zone out, but radiation carried by smoke, wind lands throughout Eastern Europe… and probably the rest of the world as well.
As Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations meets in New York, global activists present 8 million petitions demanding a world free of nuclear weapons.
Food fight!Japan challenges Taiwan – how DARE they propose radiation food safety legislation!
TEPCO admits Fukushima radioactive water leak now over 600x “safe” level – and it’s going into the Pacific.
This week, we commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine with a Nuclear Hotseat Special. You’ll hear from:
Chernobyl survivor Bonnie Kouneva, a teenager in Bulgaria when the accident began, on the impact to her and her not-yet-born children;
Dr. Janette Sherman, well known for her work with statisticianJoseph Mangano on analyses of data after Fukushima that indicate a spike in US infant mortality and hypothyroidism. She also edited the English edition of Dr. Alexey Yablokov’s groundbreaking book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment;
A brief interview w/Dr. Alexey Yablokov from Dr. Helen Caldicott’s 2013 Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster;
Voices from Japan makes the Chernobyl/Fukushima connection personal with a message from Ryuichi Hirokawa, a Japanese journalist who was the first non-Soviet photo journalist allowed at Chernobyl and began working at Fukushima the day after the disaster began. He currently works with children and families through the Incorporated NPO Okinawa Kumi No Sato.
QUEBEC CITY — The world’s perception of nuclear issues shifted in mid-April in Quebec at the World Uranium Symposium and the Uranium Film Festival. More than 300 participants from five continents, 20 countries – including South Africa, Mongolia, Australia, India, Mali, Cameroon, Greenland, Germany, and Japan – and more than 50 films from around the world came together to focus international attention on uranium issues. Why uranium? Because all things nuclear start with a shovel!
Alicyn Gitlin, who coordinates the Campaign to Restore and Protect the Greater Grand Canyon Ecoregion for the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter. She is joined by:
Sandy Bahr, who is Chapter Director for the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club.
Anne Mariah Tapp, Energy Program Director of the Grand Canyon Trust.
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More Food News from Fukushima! (Might that be a new feature?) This week: “Award-winning” tap water from Fukushima. CAUTION: this story could hurt you from busting a gut laughing.
Derelict boat from Fukushima found off Oregon coast… but it’s not the first or even the largest piece of debris found in US waters since the disaster began.
US NRC okays High Burn-Up Fuel for Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio. SEE: Donna Gilmore’s assessment of HBF’s dangers at: www.SanOnofreSafety.org
Last week’s Numnutz gets even numnutzier as Milan Expo 2015 subject to corruption, scandal, police investigation, arrests and jailings – and that’s not even based upon whatever “business” they did w/Japan!
TEPCO robot in Fukushima Unit 1 burns out after moving only 10 meters. No word on what data, if any, it was able to collect.
Education just became more dangerous as Japan opens new high school in evacuation zone.