Nuclear Hotseat #188: DIABLO CANYON SHUTDOWN SPECIAL! Gundersen! Wasserman! Moglen! More!

Activists in San Luis Obispo   Banner concept and photo by Myla Reson, banner executed by Laura Lynch
Activists in San Luis Obispo for the Jan. 24-25 Strategy Conference to Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.  Banner concept and photo by Myla Reson, banner executed by Laura Lynch.  Can you spot Nuclear Hotseat’s Libbe HaLevy?





Full show dedicated to the January 24-25 Diablo Canyon Shutdown Strategy Conference, which took place in San Luis Obispo, California, 12 miles from the nuclear reactors.

Event speakers heard in this episode:

  • Jane Swanson and Linda Seeley from San Luis Obispo Mother’s for Peace, which hosted the event and has been fighting Diablo Canyon for more than 40 years (;
  • Testimony by Daniel Hirsch, University of California, Santa Cruz lecturer on nuclear policy, before Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Committee on Environment and Public Works;
  • Jerry Brown of World Business Academy on the Joseph Mangano/Radiation and Public Health Project‘s epidemiological study on cancer rates in San Luis Obispo County (;
  • Damon Moglen of Friends of the Earth on shutdown strategies and talking points (;
  • Donna Gilmore of San Onofre Safety on the false safety promises of dry cask storage (;
  • Attorney Mike Aguirre on the need to find and protect whistleblowers;
  • Veteran activist Harvey Wasserman on transitioning to solar (;
  • Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on focusing our shutdown strategies (;
  • Chumash elder Fred Collins and Japanese Buddhist monk Sawada-Shonin blessing our efforts

Thanks to Mary Beth Brangan, Jim Heddle and Ecological Options Network (EON3) for audio of Dan Hirsch from the Barbara Boxer Senate hearings.  EON3 has over 600 videos on nuclear and other environmental issues available on YouTube.

NOTE:  Many speakers from the conference not heard in this program will be featured on future episodes of Nuclear Hotseat. 

Nuclear Hotseat #187: Rocky Flats and Atomic Worker Compensation – Kristen Iversen, Terrie Barrie

84-year-old nun - Nuclear Terrorist?  NOT!





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@Pontifex – Free Sister Megan Rice, 84-year-old who protested nuclear weapons, in jail for 32 months.


  • Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, on the dangers and deadly legacy of that atomic weapons manufacturing site near Denver, CO.
  • Terrie Barrie is Rocky Flats Special Exposure Cohort co-petitioner.  She has been working to help exposed workers from that nuclear site get compensation from the US government under a little-known government program that admits that exposure to radiation is implicated in at least 22 named cancers!
    To learn more about this  program: Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups –


If  someone chooses to purchase and eat rice from Fukushima, methinketh they are the Numnutz of the Week!


  • Two worker deaths in a single day at Fukushima Daiichi;
  • Sea animals dying in Tokyo, Hawaii and Pacific west coast;
  • Lots more that I had no time to read on the show!

Nuclear Hotseat #186: Kimberly Roberson on Radiation Awareness and Protection

"What could have been done without nuclear?"  "Live"
“What could have been done without nuclear?” “Live”




Kimberly Roberson and Nuclear Hotseat producer/host Libbe HaLevy discuss their new audio program, RAPT, which stands for Radiation Awareness Protection Talk.  It’s intended to introduce those who don’t know about radiation’s negative impact on health to the problem and some actions they can take to best protect their health.  To learn more about the RAPT program and to access the free Special Report, “7 Misconceptions About Radiation and Immune System Risks – and the #1 Way to Help Protect the Health of You and Your Loved Ones,” CLICK HERE.

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Libbe HaLevy and Kimberly Roberson provide an update on Fukushima, media suppression of critical nuclear information, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) accident in Carlsbad, and first notice of RAPT (Radiation Awareness Protection Talk):



Lettuce” now consider the lunacy of Panasonic for wanting to grow anti-kidney-disease lettuce in Fukushima, where exposure to radiation could give you… kidney cancer.

IcebergLettuce__93583This is not a medicine!


  • Beta radiation (cesium 134/137) spikes 57 times higher than four days earlier at Fukushima; TEPCO clueless (what else is new?).
  • Record level of “flesh-eating bacteria” cases in Japan coincides with Fukushima;
  • 5 Japanese nukes heading for decommissioning scrap heap (YAY!);
  • Cataclysmic bird die-off litters West Coast US beaches;
  • Thyroid cancer rates in US increasing;
  • Savannah River Site operators divert $3/4-million to develop mini-reactors;
  • Exelon‘s longed-for nuke bail-out from Illinois taxpayers ain’t about to happen when agencies report, “We’ll do fine without you!

Nuclear Hotseat #185: ACTIVIST SPECIAL! VT Yankee Shutdown Celebration, Lawrence Livermore Vigil, Tweet the Pope!

Jon Stewart hasn't said this on-air yet... but maybe he will in 2015!

Jon Stewart hasn’t said this on-air yet… but maybe he will in 2015!





Join activists from throughout New England as they celebrate the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Hear from Leslie Sullivan Sachs, Paul Gunter and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear, plus locals who’ve been in the battle for more than 40 years – this is what a victory for our side sounds like!


We learn about an action that took place just this morning (January 6, 2015) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories near San Francisco from Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley Cares, who organized the action.  Contains one of the biggest laughs I’ve had at the expense of nuclear numnutz in a long time!


Boston’s Dr. Sheila Parks explains why and how you need to Tweet the Pope regarding his upcoming encyclical on climate change.  His Twitter handle is:  @pontifex


@pontifex Nuclear power is not clean, green or sustainable. Don’t support nuke energy in your encyclical! #nonukespope #nuclearhotseat

@pontifex every nuclear reactor produces weapons grade plutonium. Don’t support nuke energy in your encyclical! #nonukespope #nuclearhotseat


Oh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, do you really think that cancer is a matter of “bad luck,” of “losing the lottery?”  No no no no nooooooooooooo!  (And Joseph Mangano of Radiation and Public Health Project backs me up on that!)


  • Four more Fukushima children suspected of having thyroid cancer
  • Ukraine’s Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in second emergency shutdown in a month; it’s either no big deal or potentially another Chernobyl, depending upon the source you choose.  To be continued…
  • 301 South Korean villagers with thyroid cancer who live near the Gori reactors in Busan file class action suit against Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Corp.
  • Japanese government declares small radiation hot spots in Fukushima “safe” – LOL!
  • Japanese government declares all rice grown in Fukushima pass radiation “safety” checks – 100 Bq/k – LOL!

Nuclear Hotseat #184: Fukushima Radiation Lies Exposed w/IPPNW’s Dr. Alex Rosen, RPHP’s Joseph Mangano




  • 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;
  • 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.


IPPNW – English:  Link to downloadable PDF:

IPPNW – Germany:
IPPNW Germany’s Fukushima Website
w/link to downloadable PDF:

Japanese version of Critical Analysis of UNSCEAR report – WHO (世界保健機関)の「2011年東日本大地震津波後の原発事故がもたらす被曝線量の仮算定」フクシマ大災害リポート:アレックスローゼン博士による分析の 日本語版はこちらをクリックして下さい。:


English version – Interview Transcript:  Dr. Alex Rosen – Interview Transcript – English

German version: IPPNW report on UNSCEAR/Fukushima – German 


Nuclear Hotseat #183: The Truth about Chernobyl: World Health Organization Coverup w/Alison Katz

Independent WHO protest outside the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.LISTEN HERE:




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.)

Independent WHO vigil in front of World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland - 10 hours a day, 5 days a week for 8 years.
Independent WHO vigil in front of World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland – 10 hours a day, 5 days a week for 8 years.


Nuclear Hotseat #182: Prof. Haider on Russian Nukes in Bangladesh + Dr. Caldicott’s Symposium

Thanks to Rainbow Warriors for their continuing graphics support.




Prof. Quamrul Haider of Fordham University, a nuclear physicist, authored the op-ed explaining nuclear reactor dangers and calling nukes “The Sixth Horseman of the Apocalypse.”  He blasts nuclear reactors built by Russia as unsafe, reveals why Bangladesh has ordered a technology it doesn’t need, and  explains why he left behind his (non-classified) work at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Laboratories to move to academia.

Then Dr. Helen Caldicott talks about her upcoming Symposium on The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, taking place February 28 and March 1 in New York City.  An encore presentation excerpted from Nuclear Hotseat #172.  For more on the Symposium and to register, click here.

Dr. Helen Caldicott
Dr. Helen Caldicott



Hey, you got a better way to nuke invasive weeds on the plutonium-laced site of a former nuclear weapons manufacturing site than nuking ‘em out with a prescribed burn?   (Guess they haven’t heard about goats!)


  • Japan plans release of radioactive water held at Fukushima into the Pacific ocean.
  • Fukushima wants to host 2020 Olympic events <!>.
  • Britain’s nukes reporting average 20 shutdowns per year.
  • Radioactive beagles at University of California, Davis.
Radioactively tortured beagles at UC Davis (not these two)
Radioactively tortured beagles at UC Davis (not these two)


Nuclear Hotseat #181: Entergy Loses Power! Kamps on Palisades Intervenors, Sachs on Vt Yankee Closure




Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Watchdog for Beyond Nuclear, goes into the longstanding issues against Palisades Nuclear Generating Station, a “lemon” of a nuke reactor on the shores of Lake Michigan only 70 miles from Chicago.  Highlighted is a coalition of environmental groups that has intervened against Palisades’ operator Entergy Nuclear’s attempt to get the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to roll back safety requirements.  At stake – the safety of the drinking water of 40-million people.

Leslie Sullivan Sachs of Vermont’s Safe and Green Campaign fills us in on the history and dangers of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant — the exact same GE Mark I reactor design as the destroyed nukes of Fukushima Daiichi.  We also get to share the excitement the long-desired and recently announced shutdown of Vermont Yankee by the end of 2014!  22 days and counting! Yes!!!

Leslie Sullivan Sachs
Leslie Sullivan Sachs – two years premature, but a great visioning that is about to come true!


The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan allowed WHAT senile representative of the British Raj to lecture them on how radiation is good for you?!?!?


Samantha Bee did a GREAT job on the nuke/frack connection only ONE DAY after it was highlighted on last week’s Nuclear Hotseat.  This marks  the most nuclear information to make it on The Daily Show yet!

Samantha Bee nukes it outta the park on The Daily Show!
Samantha Bee nukes it outta the park on The Daily Show!


  • New Mexico fines the Environmental Protection Agency $54 million over WIPP accidents.
  • Six workers at Wyoming uranium mine receive internal radionuclide contamination dose while cleaning up accident spill… in November, 2013.
  • Feds say cleaning up Hanford site will cost too much – and besides, it will “cast into doubt other nuclear projects” they fund.
  • Strontium 90 spike at Fukushima up to 990,000 Bq/liter99,000 times higher than “permissable limits.”
  • German broadcaster SWR finds plutonium-laced nuke waste pumped into the ocean through miles of underwater pipes.


  • 50 non-governmental organizations in Japan released a declaration to protest the “Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage,” which protects the nuclear power industry and technology while ignoring the lessons of the ongoing Fukushima accident:


Nuclear Hotseat #180: Dr. Chris Busby on Internal/External Radiation Doses, USS Reagan, Activist Strategies


Jon hasn't said it yet... but he might!  (Thanks to Rainbow Warriors for their help in visualizing.)
Jon hasn’t said it yet… but he might! (Thanks to Rainbow Warriors for their help in visualizing.)




Dr. Chris Busby has been a brilliant, reliable resource on nuclear radiation dangers since long before Fukushima began. He’s a scientist, activist and has a long history of going up against the nuclear goliaths and daviding them down to size.  Dr. Busby is the scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and for a long time was the spokesman on science and technology for the Green Party of England and Wales.

Dr. Chris Busby, chained to the fence of the he organised a direct action against Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in England (1992).
Dr. Chris Busby, chained to the fence of the Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in England (1992) in a direct action he helped to organize for the Green Party.


Nukes and Fracking are proving to be Tweedledum and Tweedledumber as they dance the Fuel Cycle Tango!


  • Vermont Yankee shutting down by end of 2014!
Two veterans of Shut It Down at the end of a demo that ultimately helped speed the reactor's shutdown by the end of 2014.
Two veterans of Shut It Down at the end of a demo that ultimately helped speed the reactor’s shutdown by the end of 2014.
  • Exelon considers closing three nuke facilities in Illinois.
  • Citizen monitoring group at Oyster Creek in New Jersey uncovers two major radiation spikes; Nuclear Regulatory Commission unmoved to action.
  • Anencephaly (fatal neural tube birth defect) rates hit 2,860% of US national rate in Washington state  counties that contain and are adjacent to the Hanford site; health “experts” claim they don’t know what’s causing it.  Duh!
  • In Tokyo, British researcher Keith Baverstock blasts United Nation’s Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) report that pooh-poohs Fukushima radiation as having any potential impact on Japanese cancer rates… which no one will ever know with any certainty because radiation is not allowed to be discussed in any doctor’s office in Japan!


San Onofre Safety’s Donna Gilmore’s presentation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the impact of high burn-up fuel on long term dry cask storage:



Nuclear Hotseat #179: BREAKING: 2nd USS Reagan Death + US Nuke Accident Updates – WIPP, Metropolis

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Second death in the USS Reagan/Operation Tomadachi case.  Exclusive interview w/Charles Bonner, attorney for the sailors in the $1 Billion lawsuit against TEPCO, General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi.


  • Don Hancock, Executive Director of Southwest Research and Information Center, again updates us on the most recent radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP site, in Carlsbad, NM.

    Not certain if this is sardonic or ironic.  Maybe both?
    Not certain if this is sardonic or ironic. Maybe both?
    • Gail Snyder, Board President of Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service, provides the most recent information and analysis of the uranium hexafluoride leak at Honeywell’s Metropolis, IL facility. (See video below.)


US House of Representatives by voice vote led by Georgia’s Rep. Paul Broun passes bill to authorize Dept. of Energy (DOE) to do research on “WHETHER” low-dose ionizing radiation poses a risk.  How is this even a question?!?!?  Even worse, it appears to be a set-up to gut BEIR VII (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation), the proof of the risk, as creating an “unnecessary economic burdens” that are “detrimental to the health of Americans.”  Through the looking glass, Alice!


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