EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL REPORT: The USS Reagan v. TEPCO Hearing
Nuclear Hotseat’s exclusive coverage of this week’s hearing in Federal Court in the $1 billion lawsuit on behalf of sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The sailors got hit with lethal levels of radiation while on an humanitarian aid mission to provide post-earthquake/tsunami aid to Japanese victims… and never were warned of the danger they were sailing into by Fukushima-Daiichi plant operator TEPCO. Interviews with attorneysCharles Bonner (also heard in Nuclear Hotseat #129 & 138) and Paul Garner; USS Reagan veteran Steve Simmons (also heard in Nuclear Hotseat #159 & 161) and his wife Summer Simmons.
ADDRESS FOR JUDGE JANIS L. SAMMARTINO: Edward J. Schwartz United States Courthouse
221 West Broadway, Suite 4136, Courtroom 4A
San Diego, CA 92101
(l to r) Nuclear Hotseat’s Libbe HaLevy, attorney Charles Bonner, Summer Simmons, USS Reagan veteran Steve Simmons, attorney Paul Garner
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: Does the nuclear industry actually pay its trolls to remove articles from academic databases and think that’s going to stop us?
Change.org petition to pardon three anti-nuclear activists who conducted a peaceful protest of nuclear weapons: 84-year-old Sister Megan Rice, and two US military veterans, 58-year-old Gregory Boertje-Obed and 64-year-old, two-tour Vietnam vet Michael Walli. Click Here to Sign.
INTERVIEW: Dr. Ian Fairlie discusses his recently released report compiling more than 60 studies on childhood leukemia rates for those living in proximity to nuclear power reactors. His shocking findings show a 37% increase in leukemia cases in children 5 and under. Learn how the study came about, what it shows — and how we can use it in our fight to shut down all nuclear reactors. Powerful information! Here’s a LINK to the article: http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/childhood-leukemias-near-nuclear-power-stations-new-article/
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: “Fukushima Supporter Chef” serves Fukushima-grown produce to guests at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka – and brags about it! (Anyone want to cash in their Hyatt stock?)
Japanese government accused of “crimes against humanity” in its refusal to evacuate children from Fukushima;
French nuclear safety group calls Fukushima “comparable to the most contaminated areas around the Chernobyl accident;”
DUCK! Safety violations found at Waterford, Connecticut’s Millstone NPP while Turkey Point experiences reactor trip, steam dump and Miami gets gamma radiation spikes. Coincidence? (LOL!)
South Korea and Australia desperate to find storage for nuclear waste;
Nuke industry targets bank boards of directors to skew support for their future funding – long term planning by nuclear-funded think tanks. Any financial wizards got a strategy to stop ‘em?
Dianukes.org has a petition toscrap the Japan-india Nuclear Agreement, which was discussed with interviewee Kumar Sundaram on last week’s Nuclear Hotseat #164. Sign it here.
Residents Organized for a Safe Environment and San Onofre Safety have prepared an extensive report on what can go wrong with dry cask storage – and it’s a lot! A glimpse at the next generation of the battle against nuclear reactors. Access the report here.
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FEATURED INTERVIEW: Kumar Sundaram, India’s “Anti-Nuclear Gandhi,” as he concludes a successful two week trip to Japan to warn the country about dangers inherent in a planned nuclear pact between Japan and India.
While in Japan, Kumar spoke with the media, networked with activists, addressed the weekly protest in front of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe-baby’s home… and went into the Fukushima exclusion zone. He provides a chilling first-hand account of what it’s like within six miles of the still deadly Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. https://www.facebook.com/groups/dianuke/
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In honor of Hiroshima Day on August 7, we focus on the ongoing dangers of nuclear weapons in an interview with Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. www.PSR.org.
Award-winning journalist Karl Grossman, our eminence grise on the history of all things nuclear, fills us in on a breakthrough in a solar space propulsion system that has the power to take nuclear permanently out of interplanetary exploration. www.KarlGrossman.com
The United States military just issued a Congressionally-mandated report that says, in effect, that Fukushima’s radiation could not possibly be responsible for the catastrophic illnesses being experienced by the sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan, despite all appearances and common sense to the contrary. So two genuine experts take on that report:
US Navy (retired) Steve Simmons, a 17-year veteran of the service who was on the USS Reagan and three years later is confined to a wheelchair with a wide range of physical illnesses. He takes on the lack of logic in the report, as well providing his deeply personal response. (Steve was originally interviewed on Nuclear Hotseat #159http://ow.ly/yWnkf)
Joseph Mangano, Executive Director of Radiation and Public Health Project, offers an epidemiological analysis of that report, pointing out flaws in its premises and its historic similarity to other occasions when the US government downplayed nuclear dangers.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: If the officers in charge of arming and firing US nuclear missiles can’t pass their tests, the Air Force has the answer: change the way they’re graded! Self esteem and anti-bullying classes next on the schedule…
Ma Nature‘s getting really pissed as monkeys in Japan show low blood counts and cesium in their muscle tissue, caribou herds in Alaska hit record lows, and starfish keep dying and sliming up the beaches of North America’s west coast.
Fukushima’s ice wall is less of a popsicle, at best like a Slushie, and ain’t gonna stop no water no how. Didn’t anyone ever explain to the Japanese that salt water freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water? No wonder all that ice they dumped in just melted…
Genuine expert invited to the Japanese Ministry of Environment’s Expert Meeting Discussing Health Support After the Fukushima Nuclear Accident tries to discuss providing health support to local residents… and is not allowed to talk by the meeting Chair, who is also the man who invited him.
Dr. Alex Rosen, a German pediatrician and Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Germany, cites his organization’s recently published Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee On The Effects Of Atomic Radiation) report on Fukushima that seriously – if not criminally — minimizes the health dangers of that nuclear disaster. Rosen decodes the UNSCEAR report’s methodology, shows where it cherry-picked its data and, in effect, demolishes its credibility.
Fukushima city government launches a new public information program to educate its kids about radiation. It includes such contraindicated gems as:
It is important to walk or play outside.
Open the window to keep good ventilation (nothing about the need for air filtration).
Dry clothes in sunshine (no word about radionuclides in the air or dust)
Air your futon outside when it’s sunny!
For a more realistic look at what it means to attempt life in Fukushima Daiichi’s radiation-saturated environment, here’s a picture of Fukushima nuclear refugee Setsuko Kida (from Nuclear Hotseat #134 – http://ow.ly/sP00P) facing the need to do her dishes with bottled water:
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION DUCK AND COVER REPORT:
Oconee Nuclear Station in Florida forced to shut down from undetected crack that leaked; NRC forces regulator Duke Energy to attend a conference;
Proposed shutdown of Indian Point reactors near Manhattan so heated water discharge doesn’t kill billions of fish, fish eggs and larvae; Entergy asks NRC to extend licenses another 20 years each, though Unit 2′s license expired in 2013 – and it’s still operating!
Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power reactors in Miami-Dade County are trying to cool the reactor with canal water that’s 99 degrees – only one degree short of the NRC’s safety limit for cooling water. FPL’s solution? Asking the NRC to raise the 100-degree operating limit to 104 degrees so the reactors can stay on line. OY!
WIPP ACCIDENT – Don Hancock, Director of Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, NM, brings us up to date again about the February 14 underground explosion and radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, NM.LINK TO WIPP TOWN HALL MEETING LIVESTREAM: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/Thursday, July 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 Mountain Time
First and third Thursdays of the month. WIPP TOWN HALL MEETING ARCHIVES: http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/photo_video.html
VOICES FROM JAPAN – Filmmaker Yumiko Hayakawa on TEPCO’s subtle censorship of her film about Fukushima refugee and anti-nuclear activist Setsuko Kida, “A Woman from Fukushima.” The film was recently a selection at the Uranium Film Festival in Rio De Janiero.
Party, anyone? The pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plighted the troth of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 50 years ago and they want everyone to know! They work together on issues of food safety, animal production and insect pest control. If you can’t see what’s wrong with this picture, check out Fukushima’s radioactive rice, the Pacific’s marine animals in species collapse, and, oh well, what’s wrong with nuking mosquitos? And we wonder why the world’s in such a mess…
Steve Simmons, a 17-year Navy veteran who served on the USS Ronald Reagan when it was called to do humanitarian aid work in Japan following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which began the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He is one of 112 sailors currently suing Fukushima Daiichi power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company – TEPCO – to create a $1 billion fund to cover medical expenses for all the armed forces personnel whose health has been devastated by their exposure to radiation.
EPA wants to raise radiation limits by a factor of 350! Tell EPA head Gina McCarthy (who was responsible for the EPA’s RadNet monitors not working in the immediate aftermath of Fukushima) what they can do with the proposed new standards; public input requested:http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/#publicinput
Scott Portzline of TMI Alert, the Three Mile Island group based in Harrisburg, PA, on a new level of cyber-vulnerability in nuclear reactors and other energy generators, with a current attack that originates in Russia. This is a story that has not yet made it into mainstream media. Hear it here first!
Donna Gilmore, one of the activists deeply involved in the actions that helped shut down the San Onofre nuclear reactors in southern California, now brings us up to speed on the latest set of dangerous possibilities at the site. She focuses on the problems of storing high burn-up fuel in substandard dry casks — and minces no words about the problems created by the California Public Utilities Commission. You thought all you had to do was shut them down? Hah!
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
When is an “Unusual Event” (aka Level One Warning of malfunction or potential accident) at a nuclear facility NOT an Unusual Event? When it only happens for a really short time… and nobody notices!
WIPP radiation release numbers up for the first time since the Valentine’s Day Plutonium and Americium releases at the Carlsbad, NM facility;
International Fish Oil Standards Program now testing fish oil samples for radiation;
More than 50 Canadian and US communities oppose nuke waste dump half a mile from Lake Huron that Canada’s government is poised to approve:
Government-funded study in Japan shows Fukushima radiation release into the Pacific Ocean exceeds Chernobyl’s total releases for land and water;
And if you’re flying to or from Japan, avoid hard candies and ice cream en route because both JAL and Thai Airways found to be serving sweets made in Fukushimafrom local ingredients.
INTERVIEWS: Nuclear engineer Ernie Goitein offers clear explanations of engineering problems w/aging nuclear plants and provides a new insight as to how nukes directly impact global warming.
Tim Judson, Executive Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) on this September’s People’s Climate March and why anti-nuclear activists must rally and participate in large numbers.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe-baby wants an integrated research center for “more rapid decommissioning” of Fukushima. So when will it begin? Not until April, 2015, at the latest! Uh, a little behind the ball, Abe-baby? And he wants to wait until then to allow “experts” to teach classes. Never heard of Free Conference lines or Skype or Google Hang-outs for sharing information? And who are the “leading researchers and engineers” from around the world you’re asking? Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education? Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, senior advisor at Radioactive Waste Management Associates? This week’s guest, nuclear engineer Ernie Goitein? Not holding my breath…
Fort Calhoun NPP faces flooding from the Missouri River… again;
National call for NRC Commissioner William Magwood to resign in conflict of interest case;
Cow showing possible radiation-created white “dots” brought to Tokyo in protest by Fukushima Prefecture farmers;
Aboriginal people in Australia force proposed Muckaty nuke dump out of business before it can be built;
Russia cracks down on anti-nuke activists, calling them “foreign agents.”
WIPP Workers’ Uh-Oh Plutonium Valentine! – a video by Myla Reson