Nuclear Hotseat #169: Beverly Findlay-Kaneko on Journalist Iwaji’s Death + Karl Grossman on Nukes in Space

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Beverly Findlay-Kaneko, Nuclear Hotseat’s “boots on the ground” in Japan, talks extensively about the recent death of Asahi TV news director Masaki Iwaji, whose passing was officially categorized as suicide but  which is believed by many to have been something else.  Beverly also discusses how Japan’s political shift to the right has impacted the anti-nuclear movement there and reflects on time she spent at a mountain retreat with Fukushima mothers and their children.

Award-winning journalist Karl Grossman provides the history of Nukes in Space, from President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” initiative that proposed placing weapons platforms in orbit around Earth to recent breakthroughs in solar-powered interplanetary flight that give lie to the need for anything nuclear in space.  (An excerpt from this interview was used on Nuclear Hotseat #163, the August 5 Hiroshima Day Special.)

ACTIVIST SHOUT-OUT:  Everyone who’s marching in the People’s Climate March on September 21 – safe journey and make the entire climate change/sustainability community understand that NUKES ARE THE WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE LIVINGROOM!

Nuclear Hotseat #168: Millstone’s May 25 Radiation Leak w/Nancy Burton

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INTERVIEW:  Nancy Burton, founder of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, on the horrifying history of Connecticut’s aging Millstone nuclear power station, on the ongoing dangers posed by owner/operator Dominion Resources’ bottom line approach to safety, and the unreported radiation release that happened during the double-reactor shutdown on May 25, 2014.
www.MothballMillstone.com

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:  Attempted Ukranian sabotage of Iran’s Russian-built nuclear reactor possibly caused by  after-market nuclear parts from Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.  WTF?  

PLUS:

  • New Mexico’s Environmental Department Secretary accuses federal Department of Energy of blocking probe of Feb. 14 accident and radiation leak at WIPP Site in Carlsbad.
  • 55 Greenpeace activists on trial in France for March 18 protest about lack of security at the Fessenheim nuclear facility that resulted in 20 managing to get into the facility and onto the dome of one of the reactors.  Security, anyone?
  • India’s Prime Minister Modi fails to land nuke deal with Japan, but gets a uranium deal from Australia.  Partial victory for India’s Anti-Nuclear Gandhi, Kumar Sundaram.
  • Chernobyl radioactivity found in wild boar in Germany must be destroyed uneaten… or shipped to the United States, which considers its 600 Bequerel per kilogram of radioactivity just fine and safe for Americans to eat, mmm, mmm, good!
Chernobyl's Legacy: German boars found to be too radioactive to be eaten.
Chernobyl’s Legacy: German boar found to be too radioactive to be eaten.
  •  Fukushima radiation detected in West Coast groundwater, meat, fish, milk and vegetation… IN 2011 AND 2012… and they’re just letting us know about it now???

Nuclear Hotseat #167: Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps on NRC’s Conflict of Interest + WIPP Update

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  • Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear goes after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s latest actions in speeding approval of all nuclear reactor license extensions and  new builds, plus highlights the votes of compromised lame duck (now former) Commissioner Magwood’s blatant, possibly illegal conflict of interest.
    FOR SAMPLE WORDING FROM KEVIN KAMPS TO SEND TO SEN. BARBARA BOXER THAT ASKS HER TO REQUIRE HARDENED ONSITE STORAGE (HOSS) FOR HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORED AT REACTORS, SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 15 oldest reactors, all built for only 40 years of service, now licensed for 20 year extensions and under consideration for an additional 20 years of operation.  Feeling safe yet?
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 15 oldest reactors, all built for only 40 years of service, now licensed for 20 year extensions and under consideration for an additional 20 years of operation. Feeling safe yet?
  • Don Hancock, Executive Director of Southwest Information and Research Center, updates us on the findings in the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP site) in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Even the EPA couldn’t ignore the shocking discrepancies in recorded times, radiation data and missing documents.

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
What – the US doesn’t have enough nuclear waste of its own, it has to import it back from countries that use our technology?!?!?????  Well… yes, and 23,000 liters of the junk is on its way to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina from Canada.

PLUS:

  • TEPCO OOPS – 800+ pound console falls into Fukushima Unit 3 spent fuel pool… during an operation to remove debris from Unit 3 spent fuel pool;
  • 104 Fukushima children now diagnosed with thyroid cancer;
  • Harrowing testimony about the meltdowns as they happened by former Fukushima Chief, the late Masao Yoshida, released to the public in Japanese and English.  (LINK to English translation of nine articles about Yoshida’s testimony:  CLICK HERE)
Masao Yoshida
The late Masao Yoshida, Hero of Fukushima
  • Millstone reactors’ May 25 dual emergency shutdowns DID release radiation to Waterford, CT, area despite operator Dominion’s claims to the contrary;
  • and German activists chain themselves to railroad tracks to stop uranium ore shipment. Rock ‘n roll!

LINKS:

Comparison of Chernobyl and Fukushima radiation impact on animals and plants, published by the Chernobyl Research Initiative: CLICK HERE

WORDING  TO USE WITH SEN. BARBARA BOXER, ASKING HER TO REQUIRE HARDENED ONSITE STORAGE (HOSS) FOR HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORED AT REACTORS – FROM KEVIN KAMPS:

Action Alert: Prevent Radioactive Waste Pool Fires! Stop Mobile Chernboyls! Support Hardened On-Site Storage!

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) chairs the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, with oversight on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and nuclear power industry.

Please email her via the EPW Committee office web form. Urge Sen. Boxer to require Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS) for high-level radioactive wastes (HLRWs) stored at reactors. HOSS is endorsed by hundreds of environmental groups representing all 50 states. HLRWs are currently stored in indoor pools, and outdoor dry casks, vulnerable to accidents, attacks, natural disasters, leaks, and catastrophic fires.

If you are a California resident, you can also fill out the web form for Sen. Boxer’s constituent office.

Ironically enough, CA’s other U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, would make these risks worse. Sen. Feinstein chairs the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. In Section 308 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Bill, Sen. Feinstein has proposed providing $89 million of taxpayer money towards rushing irradiated nuclear fuel onto the roads, rails, and waterways, bound for “centralized” or “consolidated interim storage” sites. These are more aptly described as de facto permanent parking lot dumps. They are targeted at Native American reservations, already contaminated Department of Energy sites, as well as nuclear power plants. HLRW trucks, trains, and barges risk Mobile Chernobyls, floating Fukushimas, and dirty bombs on wheels, and would bring us no closer to a permanent solution. Email Sen. Feinstein via her constituent web form, and urge her to support HOSS instead.

You can also phone both Senators’ Washington, D.C. Member offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you would rather phone or write Sen. Boxer’s in-state office nearest you, see her listings. Sen. Feinstein also lists her local offices, as well.

Nuclear Hotseat #166: EXCLUSIVE – USS Reagan Sailors v. TEPCO – The San Diego Hearing

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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 attorneys Charles 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
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San Diego, CA  92101

2014-08-25-11_49_37_small(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?

A Nuclear Troll, trying to get a clue...
A Nuclear Troll, trying to get a clue…

PLUS: 

  • 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 WalliClick Here to Sign.

Nuclear Hotseat #165: Dr. Ian Fairlie on Soaring Child Leukemia Rates near Nuke Reactors

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Dr. Ian Fairlie
Dr. Ian Fairlie

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?)

PLUS:

  • 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?

LINKS:

  • Dianukes.org has a petition to scrap 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.
  • Banking article – How the Nuclear Industry is targetting bank boards to set up future funding consortia:http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/E-Banking-on-nuclear-1808201401.html

 

Nuclear Hotseat #164: Indian “Anti-Nuclear Gandhi” Kumar Sundaram in Japan

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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. 

Kumar Sundaram
Kumar Sundaram

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/

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Facebook?  Let’s shoot nuclear fish in a barrel!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nuclear-Regulatory-Commission/1436993716561689

NUMNUTZ OF LAST WEEK FOLLOW-UP:  Beverly Kerr, Associate Director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

BREDL's Beverly Kerr
BREDL’s Beverly Kerr

(BREDL) weighs in on last week’s Numnutz about Oak Ridge National (Nuclear) Laboratory’s scuttled program to provide Southern accent reduction classes to its employees… at $805 a pop! www.BREDL.org

PLUS:

  • Thyroid cancer outbreak in Fukushima children now labeled “epidemic” by Japanese professor
  • TEPCO — clueless as usual — keeps pretending they know what they’re doing, but admits that they’re dumping more radioactive water into the Pacific – oy!
  • Chernobyl adds second arch of second sarcophagi as they build the most elaborate set of nesting Matryoshka dolls ever seen.

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Excellent, exhaustive compilation article by A Green Road on radiation found in Japanese cars and car parts: http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/01/fukushima-radiation-contaminated-cars.html

 

Nuclear Hotseat #163: Hiroshima Day Perspective w/PSR’s Catherine Thomasson, Karl Grossman on Nukes in Space + Jon Stewart Twitter Campaign

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INTERVIEWS:

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 Responsibilitywww.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

LINKS for Karl Grossman:

Solar Power to Take Us to the Stars
Solar Power to Take Us to the Stars

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

C’mon down to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, y’all, an larn how to talk nukes reeeeeeel good!

LINKS:

"Nuclear Gandhi" Kumar Sundaram speaks Truth to Power in Japan
“Nuclear Gandhi” Kumar Sundaram speaks Truth to Power in Japan

Kumar Sundaram – India’s “Nuclear Gandhi” – speaks Truth to Power in Japan about India’s nuclear dealings with the country that brought us all Fukushima.

LINK:  http://www.dianuke.org/modi-on-nuclear-shopping-spree-with-manmohan-singhs-old-bag-in-his-hand/

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Nuclear Hotseat #162: US Military Radiation Report Refuted by USS Reagan’s Simmons, Epidemiologist Mangano

Abe Road?

 Abe Road?  

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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 #159 http://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.
USS Reagan sailors attempting on-deck radiation clean-up
USS Reagan sailors attempting on-deck radiation clean-up

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…

PLUS:

  • 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…
TEPCO workers try to stop the nuclear party, but there ain't enough ice in the world unless someone clicks and drags Japan to the Arctic Circle.
TEPCO workers try to stop the nuclear party, but there ain’t enough ice in the world unless someone clicks and drags Japan to the Arctic Circle.
  • 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.

Nuclear Hotseat #161: UN’s UNSCEAR Fukushima Radiation Report Blasted by IPPNW’s Alex Rosen

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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.

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NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

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!
Fukushima city government campaign, "Let's Build Radiation Resistance Body"
Fukushima city government campaign, “Let’s Build Radiation Resistance Body”

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:

Setsuko was surprised to see clean dishes stacked on her kitchen sink.  “The dishes were still dirty in the sink, but my husband must have brought along some water and washed them,” she said, choking back tears. 台所の食器が綺麗に洗ってあると驚く木田さん。 「汚れっぱなしだったんだけど、お父さんがわざわざ水を持ってきて洗ってくれたのね、、。」 と木田さんが少し声を詰まらせながら言った。 Photos courtesy of Yuji Kaneko for use on Nuclear Hotseat website.  Reproduction requires permission.
Setsuko was surprised to see clean dishes stacked on her kitchen sink. “The dishes were still dirty in the sink, but my husband must have brought along some water and washed them,” she said, choking back tears.
台所の食器が綺麗に洗ってあると驚く木田さん。
「汚れっぱなしだったんだけど、お父さんがわざわざ水を持ってきて洗ってくれたのね、、。」
と木田さんが少し声を詰まらせながら言った。
Photos courtesy of Yuji Kaneko for use on Nuclear Hotseat website. Reproduction requires permission.

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!

And…

When people get concerned about safety limits, change the limit to change the perception = no problem!
When people get concerned about safety limits, change the limit to change the perception = no problem!
  • 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!  

Nuclear Hotseat #160: WIPP Radiation Accident Update w/Don Hancock, Voices from Japan w/Filmmaker Yumiko Hayakawa

URGENT – THE EPA PLANS TO RAISE “ALLOWABLE” RADIATION LIMITS BY AS MUCH AS A FACTOR OF 350!  ACCEPTING COMMENTS UNTIL AUGUST 3, 2014 – WRITE TO THEM NOW!
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0001

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  • 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 

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  • 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.
  • SOARCA – State of the Art Reactor Consequence Analyses – the NRC’s flawed computer program for calculating the risks of nuclear accidents, explained by Scott Portzline of Three Mile Island Alert.
    LINK:  http://www.efmr.org/files/2012/SOARCA-2-22-2012.pdf 

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

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…

Plants sprout in bags of deconaminated soil at Fukushima.  So much for containment!
Plants sprout in bags of deconaminated soil at Fukushima. So much for containment!

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