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

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 Abe Road?  

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INTERVIEWS:

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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INTERVIEWS:

  • 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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Nuclear Hotseat #159: USS Reagan’s Steve Simmons & $1B Lawsuit against TEPCO

 

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INTERVIEW:

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.

For other USS Reagan/Fukushima radiation victims to contact the attorneys for the TEPCO lawsuit:   www.victims.net
To contact lead attorney Paul Garner:  PCG@Garner law.com

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

Surf’s up!  Anyone want to go swimming at a cesium-laden beach in northeast Japan?  Of course not!  So just don’t test for cesium – et voila! – problem goes away… er, not!

Children swim in the sea at the Nakoso beach in Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture, 65km south of the crippled TEPCO nuclear power plant, on July 16, 2013
Children swim in the sea at the Nakoso beach in Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture, 65km south of the crippled TEPCO nuclear power plant, on July 16, 2013.


NEWS:

  • More suspect nuclear waste containers identified at WIPP repository in Carlsbad, NM; radiation spike believed linked to removal of filters.
  • TEPCO breaks vow, refuses more compensation for Fukushima nuclear victims.
  • Tokyo supermarket sells Fukushima tomatoes for half price; sells out fast!
  • Earthquakes Without Faultlines in New Mexico near WIPP and New York near Indian Point;
  • Hurricane Arthur and Japanese Super-Typhoon Neoguri menace nuclear plants in their path; emergency prep measures taken.

LINKS:

  • 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

Nuclear Hotseat #158: San Onofre’s Latest Dangers w/Donna Gilmore

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BREAKING NEWS:
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!

INTERVIEW:
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!

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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!

PLUS:

  • 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:

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  • 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 Fukushima from local ingredients.
JAL serves Fukushima candy for free on board flights to "support by eating."
JAL serves Fukushima candy for free on board flights to “support by eating.”

 

 

 

Nuclear Hotseat #157: Climate Change w/Nuke Engineer Ernie Goitein, NIRS Head Tim Judson

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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…

Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactors surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters, 2011 Missouri River (June-July, 2011)
Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactors surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters, June-July, 2011

PLUS:

  • 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;

    Fukushima cow showing white spots - possibly a sign of radiation exposure
    Fukushima cow showing white spots – no bull!
  • 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.”

LINKS:

  • WIPP Workers’ Uh-Oh Plutonium Valentine! – a video by Myla Reson

 

Nuclear Hotseat #156 – 3rd Anniversary + WIPP Update w/Don Hancock

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FEATURED:

Don Hancock, Executive Director of the Southwest Information and Research Center, brings us up to date with another insightful update on what’s happening at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site following the February 14, 2014 plutonium leak that shut the facility down.

AND – For Nuclear Hotseat’s third anniversary, Producer/Host Libbe HaLevy shares the fun of remembering how Nuclear Hotseat got started as a live conference call with only two callers, along with a mere smattering of her favorite outtakes.

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

The prime minister of Singapore, who met with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe-baby and summarily lifted the ban on Fukushima fruits and veggies.  No science, just a meeting.  What did Abe-baby promise you, good seats to the opening ceremony of the 2020 Radioactive Tokyo Olympics?

IN THE NEWS:

  • The number of Fukushima children’s thyroid cancer cases keeps increasing, with some having cancer metastisizing;
  • TEPCO admits that the ice wall around Fukushima’s reactors refuses to freeze;
  • Pacific Ocean continues ecological catastrophe as more species collapse;
  • Greenpeace releases study saying French renewables cheaper than nukes by 2019;
  • And Pakistan has more nuclear sense than the US when it comes to protecting its citizens from radiation.

LINKS:

Nuclear Hotseat #155: BREAKING: 1st USS Reagan Death + Voices f/Japan: Komoro Homestay w/Laura & Giichi Inoue

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BREAKING – A NUCLEAR HOTSEAT EXCLUSIVE:

First death of a USS Ronald Reagan sailor hit by radiation from Fukushima Daiichi while on the humanitarian aid Operation Tomodachi.  Information just released today by the legal team representing the USS Reagan sailors in their billion dollar lawsuit against TEPCO.

Military honors for the late Theodore A. Holcomb, formerly  of the USS Ronald Reagan and one of the sailors represented in the billion dollar lawsuit against TEPCO.
FEATURED – VOICES FROM JAPAN:

Laura and Giichi Inoue run Komoro Homestay, a program which sponsors Fukushima families with small children to come to the relative safety of the Komoro/Nagano region to alleviate the stress of their daily lives .   They provide educational materials and the chance to speak honestly about their fears and stresses – a rarity in Japan.  To contact Komoro Homestay, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/299490890226766/

For those who wish to share practical radiation-related material with Komoro Homestay, send an email to: LauraJane713@gmail.com

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:

Canadian Nuclear “Safety” Commission has the gall to produce report saying that while the rest of the world’s radioactive materials may cause cancer, their s**t don’t stink and their radiation won’t hurt you… unless… well sometimes… maybe… but not very often… no, really (said Pinnochio as his nose grew longer…).

PLUS:

  • NRC needs to “duck and cover” as Sen. Barbara Boxer demands accountability and Sen. Ed Markey blows the lid off NRC reprisals against employees who stand up for safety;

Sen. Boxer On Fire re: Wild Fire Within 1/2 mile of San Onofre Nuke Plant – a video by Myla Reson

  • Vermont Yankee critics use laugh track on NRC and Entergy spokesmodels;
  • Radioactive groundwater spikes under Indian Point NPP;
  • TEPCO admits it hasn’t a clue what’s happening with the melted core or the water leaks at Fukushima;
  • Japan forgets to report on its hidden stash of 80-bombs-worth of weapons grade plutonium – OOPS!
  • Midwest activists unveil media campaign against new Fermi 3 nuke in Michigan:
Billboard campaign against proposed new Fermi 3 nuclear reactor in Michigan
Billboard campaign against proposed new Fermi 3 nuclear reactor in Michigan


LINKS:

Ace investigative reporter Susannah Frame reports on  workers denied medical care benefits after toxic exposure at the Hanford Site for KING 5 News in Seattle:
http://www.king5.com/news/investigators/For-injured-Hanford-workers-its-deny-deny-deny-260041531.html

Contact information for Sister Megan Rice:
Metropolitan Detention Center
PO Box 329002
Brooklyn, NY  11232

Contact information for Michael Walli, 92108-020
FCI McKeanFederal Correctional Institution
PO Box 8000
Bradford, PA  16701

Contact information for Gregory Boertje-Obed 08052-016
USP Leavenworth
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS  66048

Nuclear Hotseat #154: WHO/IAEA Unholy Alliance – Joe Mangano Shreds WHO’s Epidemiology + Never-been-heard Alison Katz Outakes

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The second of two special encore presentations on the World Health Organization’s “Unholy Alliance” with the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph Mangano of Radiation and Public Health Project (radiation.org) shreds the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) stranglehold on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ability to present honest information on radiation dangers to public health. A point-by-point analysis of IAEA’s flawed epidemiological mandate to WHO, based on the late Dr. Rosalie Bertell’s analysis. Core information on how the entire world has been tricked into believing radiation is no big deal.

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Alison Katz of Independent WHO was featured in last week’s encore presentation.  Here, we provide never-been-heard outtakes from that interview where Alison talks about the geopolitics of the World Health Organization; the impact of the seven-year, five-day-a-week protest at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, by Independent WHO; and a major flaw in the epidemiology that allows the WHO to claim only 50 deaths resulting from Chernobyl.

Regular Nuclear Hotseat format resumes next week with #155, including a new Voices from Japan. 

 

 

Nuclear Hotseat #153: Special Encore: WHO/IAEA Unholy Alliance

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THIS IS A SPECIAL ENCORE PRESENTATION of Nuclear Hotseat, the first of two on the unholy alliance between the World Health Organization and the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency.   

 Alison Katz, today’s interviewee, is a sociologist and psychologist who worked inside the WHO for 18 years.   Now a leader within Independent WHO, which she will explain, Alison dissects the history, politics and manipulations of the United Nations agency we’re supposed to trust to safeguard the world’s health – especially in nuclear matters. This is a Nuclear Hotseat exclusive.

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NEXT WEEK:  Joseph Mangano, Director of Radiation and Public Health Project (radiation.org), will go over the flawed epidemiology used by the WHO in its analysis of Chernobyl’s impact, based on the work of the late Dr. Rosalie Bertel. 

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