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.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
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.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
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.
Dr. Ian Fairlie, author of a 2014 study that correlated more than 60 studies about health risks to small children living within 5 kilometers – 3 miles – of nuclear reactors. Important information that needs to be deployed in any battle against nuclear reactors. An encore presentation from Nuclear Hotseat #162.
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Japan keeps trying to convince the world that Fukushima food is really safe to eat (even as Taiwan finds food imports from Japan mislabeled to hide the Fukushima sourcing!). Now, they’ve announced plans to keep the con going at Milan Expo 2015, where they’ll hold Japan Day to continue promoting Fukushima food as mmm mmm good! All part of the ongoing, planned propaganda campaign so that by 2020, Tokyo Olympics tourists will have no qualms about chowing down and exposing themselves to internal radiation. Mmm mmm bad! Epidemiological study of Radioactive Olympics survivors to follow…?
More TEPCO admissions that they haven’t a clue about how to clean up the hot mess at Fukushima…
But that doesn’t stop Prime Minister Abe-baby’s Labor Democratic Party from pushing to restart Japan’s 43 remaining nuclear reactors;
Evacuees now allowed to stay overnight in Naraha Town in Fukushima Prefecture despite high radiation levels, but former residents of Minami-Soma are suing the government for lifting evacuation advisories in their town, citing high radiation levels;
Woods Hole announces Fukushima radiation in ocean off British Columbia, but seems to forget there’s been radiation and hot particles in North America since eight days after Fukushima began (see: Fairewinds Energy Education video onhot particles);
NRC calls Alert (second of four levels of warning) at Limerick Nuclear Generating Station near Philadelphia after fire impacts emergency cooling system;
UK changes law so nuke waste sites can be forced on local communities;
“Anomalies” leading to “lower than expected mechanical toughness values” — meaning flaws in the fricking nuclear reactor vessel head — found in French reactor in Flamanville, 231 miles from Paris and across the English Channel from Weymouth.
Three years ago, Fairewinds was one of the first organizations to talk about “hot particles” that are scattered all over Japan and North America’s west coast. In this video, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen introduces Marco Kaltofen, who discusses the hottest hot particle he has ever found — more than 300 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi site. Arnie Gundersen provides a brief introduction and summary to the video.
Dr. Janette Sherman of Radiation and Public Health Project on her recent study (with epidemiologist Joseph Mangano) showing an increase in congenital birth defects in west coast infants in the eight months after Fukushima. Full report available at:JanetteSherman.com or Radiation.org
Kimberly Roberson of Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network on Bequerel Awareness Day and why anti-nuclear activists need to help stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
SPECIAL APRIL FOOLS BLOOPER REEL:
Outtakes edited from Libbe HaLevy, guests, Munchkin the anti-nuclear dog, and other guest canines. Microphone pointing in the wrong direction, mispronunciations, and more uhs, uhms and stutters than you can possibly imagine. Enjoy!
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe-baby has his own “Define what ‘is’ is” moment: his admission that he decided to lie to the International Olympic Committee about the situation at Fukushima so he could land the 2020 Olympics for Tokyo. He saw it as his job. I’m sure Hitler did, too.
China Syndrome – Melted fuel at Fukushima Unit 1 may be completely out of containment, two stories deep and up to 50 feet across. No robot’s going to “scoop” this stuff out any time soon. Estimated wait time for Fukushima clean-up: 200 years or more.
US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) model shows Fukushima radioactive gas near Tokyo skyrocketed to 10-billion times normal levels in the immediate aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Plutonium at 1-million Bequerels per cubic meter detected in Pacific ocean off Fukushima, labeled “the largest influx of artifiial radioactivity into the sea ever occurring over a short period of time.”
Pope Francis warns Japanese bishops against the dangers of arrogance, comparing Fukushima to the biblical Tower of Babel.
New Joban Expressway opens, runs within 3-3/4 miles (6 km) or Fukushima nuclear disaster site. No word if they used “eco cement,” which is made with the ash left over from incineration of decontamination debris.
US President Barack Obama issues executive order calling for government to use “clean energy sources” – and includes small modular nuclear reactors in the mix. Oy.
Kitty Litter takes the blame for the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP site) near Carlsbad, NM. (But really, the cat litter was responsible for the 55 gallon drum rupturing and releasing radiation, but WIPP’s contractor, Waste Control Specialists, is responsible for the HEPA filters in the ventilation stacks not turning on for over 30 minutes, allowing the release of Plutonium and Americium into the atmosphere, exposing 22 workers who have tested positive for internal contamination.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station forced reactor shutdown during the January 27 blizzard makes the Union of Concerned Scientists’ annual “near miss” list.
Banned Japanese food products from Fukushima discovered re-labeled, sold in Taiwan.
The 36th Anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, PA, is remembered in this reconstruction of the first three days in human terms – how people first learned of it, the early lies and attempts at a cover-up, how the media dug into the story instead of whitewashing it, and what even hearing the word “evacuation” did to that part of the world.
Nuclear engineer ArnieGundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education (www.Fairewinds.com);
Middletown, PA resident Mary Stamos, who lived within six miles of the reactors. She reports on the earliest impact from the accident and the difficulty getting information through official channels;
Three Mile Island Alert technical expert Scott Portzline, on suspicions held by the NRC of possible sabotage (www.TMIA.com);
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Peter Bradford;
With media clips of Walter Cronkite’s special CBS Three Mile Island report on the third day of the accident;
Interviews with Metropolitan Edison officials and nuclear workers done by reporters at the time of the accident;
Audio of decisions being made in the control room at the time, recorded by accident on a dictaphone.
All interwoven with Libbe HaLevy’s story of what it was like to be one mile from a nuclear meltdown as it was happening.
Read Libbe’s full story of what happened when she was caught one mile from the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island… and its impact on the rest of her life in:
Truth and Lies about Three Mile Island (and Fukushima): A Short Video by Myla Reson
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
It’s not about the Beirut airport catching radioactive feminine hygiene products shipped to them from Dubai; it’s that US airports aren’t set up to examine shipments and catch this kind of problem.