Two views across the Pacific on homeporting issues for the USS Ronald Reagan, which sailed into the worst of the Fukushima Daiichi radiation plume beginning the day after the earthquake and tsunami set off the nuclear disaster. Is the ship still radioactive? What happened to the debris from the purported “clean-up?” And why would the town of Yokusuka, the proposed new location for the Reagan, put up with two floating nuclear reactors from a contaminated ship in its harbor?
Mr. Masahiko Goto, attorney for the Japanese coalition trying to block the homeporting of the Reagan in Yokusuka as of Summer, 2015, on the current battle and his planned trip to visit the Reagan lawsuit attorneys and activists in California.
Carol Jahnkow, a 30-year veteran activist on and now Director Emerita of the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, provides historic perspective and context for understanding issues with our atomic-powered fleet.
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Japan goes full NIMBY as Prime Minister Abe-baby’s government tries to get cities currently storing contaminated waste from Fukushima to hold onto it for just a wee bit more time than the originally promised three years of “interim” storage.
Doesn’t look very “interim” to me…
Typhoon Vongfong threatens Fukushima Daiichi with record rain, storm surges and possible tornadoes, as last week’s Typhoon Phanfone caused radiation surges of up to 10 times previous records.
California’s “top energy cop” Michael Peevey resigns from Public Utilities Commission… but not before he still gets a chance to swing San Onofre decision in favor of a Southern California Edison bailout;
New nuke languaging “spin speak” outed by Beyond Nuclear;
and Ralph Nader taps Michael Mariotte of NIRS for a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mazel tov, Michael!
Dr. Helen Caldicott – Nobel Peace Prize nominee, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, pediatrician, veteran anti-nuclear activist and author – discusses her latest book,
“Crisis Without End” about Fukushima’s medical and ecological consequences, and her upcoming
2015 Symposium on Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Helen Caldicott (r) with Nuclear Hotseat’s Libbe HaLevy at the 2013 Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: Two core graphite bricks are cracked, but hey, that’s “expected” in the lifetime of the Hunterston B nuke facility in Scotland. So is its lifetime over? Hah! This is nuclear! They just upped the number of “expected” cracks and call it safe. Numnutz, indeed!
“Enormous orange flash” over Iranian military facility suspected of harboring secret nuke program; was it nuclear?
Japan’s typhoon Phanfone sets off alarms, triggers leaks at Fukushima Units 1 & 3;
Congress wakes up to join Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to oppose Ontario’s proposed nuclear waste site less than a mile from Lake Huron;
Judge upholds 20-year ban on new uranium mines near Grand Canyon;
Department of Energy blows deadline to start emptying leaking nuke waste storage tank at Hanford site in Washington, so the state gives ‘em another 18 months before the start… and still, the stuff keeps leaking!
Sweden phasing out all nuclear if coalition of ruling Social Democrats and Green Party have their way;
Radioactivity in Norway’s reindeer hits new high; Rudolph not the only one who’s glowing.
Focus on the American southwest and the fallout from the Valentine’s Day radwaste container explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP site in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Don Hancock, Executive Director of Southwest Information and Resource Center, corrects some misinformation about radiation levels surrounding the site, then gives his take on the “plans” to fix the problem and the recent shake-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that removed four managers in charge of transuranic waste — meaning the stuff that exploded at WIPP– from their positions.
Karen Hadden, Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development or SEED Coalition in Texas, brings us up to date on water woes and contamination possibilities at the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) storage facility in Andrews Texas. This is where the waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that could not be sent to WIPP ended up.
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Yes, it’s soup… but is it art? Is it mmm mmm good or death warmed over? Deadly Japanese hospitality offered at the Frieze Art Fair in London when conceptual artists United Brothers – originally from Iwaki in Fukushima – fly their mother in to make free soup out of Fukushima vegetables. Isn’t there a zombie movie that starts like this?
Fuel rods losing uranium pellets at North Anna in Virginia
Radiation hot spots found on ocean floor within 25 kilometers/15 miles of Fukushima
Exelon asks Illinois for a mere $580 million to keep its nuclear reactors running
Pakistan wants a larger place at the international nuclear table – what could go wrong?
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK: The nuclear industry decodes its own bad language in dealing with banks and financial institutions. They just gave us the script to use when we talk with these potential funders of nuclear expansion to make them think twice and decide against it!
More WIPP woes in Carlsbad, NM, as and additional drum of radioactive waste may have leaked at the only US facility for underground storage of nuclear debris.
Radiation in Fukushima groundwater now 25,000 times higher than when 2014 began… and believed to be seeping its way towards Tokyo.
Hanford-area birth defects (anencephaly, spina bifida) spike in alarming cluster as Washington State report on 1968-80 study of birth defects in children of Hanford workers “mysteriously” disappears from the state’s website.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe-baby actually says that Japan will not restart its closed nucler power plants “unless safety is restored 100 percent.” I guess that means they will NEVER be restarting! (Of course, it all hinges on Abe’s definition of “safety.”)
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!
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?
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!
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???
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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/