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
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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.
Christian Levesque, organizer for this year’s Uranium Film Festival in Quebec, explains how he coordinated the timing of this year’s event with an international scientific symposium on uranium issues and a political gathering of Canada’s Prime Minister and political elite of the Provinces. www.UraniumFilmFestival.org.
Chuck Johnson, Nuclear Campaigner for Physicians for Social Responsibility NW, representing Oregon and Washington state, goes over the history and problems at the Hanford Site and Columbia Generating Station.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come up with $4 billion in aid to disaster victims... of any and every disaster in the world EXCEPT Fukushima on the northeast coast of Japan.
Fukushima at 4 – triple the number of people impacted by radiation in Japan as compared to Chernobyl;
Thyroid cancer rates 50x higher than normal in Fukushima children, w/more than 100 cases confirmed or suspected;
TEPCO admits rainwater radiation levels at Fukushima surge yet again;
Army Brigadier General James A. Blankenhorn double-dips as Deputy Project Manager for civilian contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM, and “goes bananas” confusing the public’s understanding of natural, background and man-made radiation.
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.