Guess where I was…! (said the future Nuclear Pundit of The Daily Show)!
Nuclear Hotseat Producer/Host Libbe HaLevy traveled to New York to cover the February 28/March 1 symposium put together by Dr. Helen Caldicott. Video archive of the complete two-day event is available HERE.
This Nuclear Hotseat Special Report includes interviews, excerpts from presentations, “nuclear humor” and two news scoops with:
Dr. Helen Caldicott
Theodore Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security Policy, MIT
Steven Starr, Associate of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Former Board Member and Senior Scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility
Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space
Alicyn Gitlin, who coordinates the Campaign to Restore and Protect the Greater Grand Canyon Ecoregion for the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, on uranium mining and “zombie mines” at the world’s greatest hole in the ground.
Mary Olson, Director of the Southeast Office for Nuclear Information and Resource Service, or NIRS, on the greater danger faced by women and girls to exposure to nuclear radiation, including trans-generational DNA damage and a phenomenon she labels “Atomic Eggs.”
NIRS‘ Mary Olson speaks on impact of radiation on girls and women at International Nuclear Weapons Conference in Vienna.
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When is a flawed nuclear evacuation plan not a flawed nuclear evacuation plan? When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives it a “White Finding,” basically saying this snafu has only a “low to moderate safety significance.” Try telling that to the 46,000 people who live there and who’ll have to get outta Dodge on a four lane road! Can the NRC spell “homicidal gridlock?”
NE Japan experiences 6.9 quake, one meter high tsunami.
TEPCO water woes at Fukushima Daiichi so bad, even the nuclear-promoting International Atomic Energy Agency admits, “The situation remains very complex.”
Chernobyl re-releases 0.5 PETABequerels of radiation from smoke released during forest fires. That’s half of a million-billion Bequerels. Do the math.
Nuks not all they’re cracked up to be: Belgian nukes show 13,047 cracks in Doel 3 and 3,149 cracks in Tihange 2. Feel safer now?
The 55 gallon drum of plutonium-contaminated nuclear weapons waste from Los Alamos National Lab that “popped its lid” and released Plutonium and Americium into the environment on Valentine’s Day, 2014.
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Sure, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the U.S. without nuclear would be “unthinkable” — but think about your state’s Boone Dam, with its leaks, seepage and sinkholes, upstream of SEVEN NUCLEAR REACTORS! You want to talk “unthinkable?” I’ll SHOW you “unthinkable!”
Gundersen: Can we finally stop saying Fukushima is “the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl” — because it’s worse than Chernobyl.
Internal radiation readings from Fukushima pigs.
Concern that wildfires in Ukraine could re-release Chernobyl radiation into atmosphere, Eastern Europe, the world.
US nukes snowed under by blizzards.
Internationally speaking, United States wears a “black hat” for its stance on EU increasing nuclear safety, which it opposes.
Dr. Helen Caldicott shares compelling reasons why she decided to produce her upcoming Symposium on the Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, and gives us a glimpse as to the importance in her life of the film, “On the Beach.”
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British Commonwealth ambassadors chow down on Fukushima food and saki to support produce exports. Can an epidemiological study of these men be far behind…?
TEPCO‘s Fukushima water woes;
50% of children tested in Ibaraki Prefecture showing A2 or B thyroid nodules and cysts;
Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey‘s home raided in investigation by state’s Attorney General on his dealings in the $3.3 Billion San Onofre bailout of Southern California Edison;
Pilgrim NPP shut down by blizzard;
Fiji nuclear victims of British bomb tests 1956-58 finally given an insulting pittance as “compensation” for the illnesses they suffered as a result;
Oishinbo manga artist Tetsu Kariya draws new comic about nosebleeds in Fukushima, urges residents to “have the courage to flee.”
Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on focusing our shutdown strategies (www.Fairewinds.org);
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.
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TWEET THE POPE:
@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 – http://eecap.org/ANWAG_News.htm.
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.
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):
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!
SUCCESSFUL LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LAB VIGIL
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!
TWEET THE POPE!
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
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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!
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:
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.)
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.
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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.
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!!!
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The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan allowed WHAT senile representative of the British Raj to lecture them on how radiation is good for you?!?!?
JON STEWART SHOUT-OUT:
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!
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/liter – 99,000 times higher than “permissable limits.”
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: www.foejapan.org/en/energy/doc/141206.html
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.
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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!
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:
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.
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.)
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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!