Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#NuclearHotseat 365 :: Anniversary time! 7 Years of Nuclear Hotseat! Do I hear 8? Yes!



Nuclear Hotseat 7th Anniversary of weekly nuclear news… from a different perspective! 

Producer/Host Libbe HaLevy interviews Dr. Heidi Hutner on her two new projects: ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN: VOICES OF WOMEN AND NUCLEAR DISASTERS, and the film: ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN: VOICES OF WOMEN FROM THREE MILE ISLAND.   #Nuclear Hotseat 365




This Week’s Featured Interview:

  • Dr. Heidi Hutner is a professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University, and a scholar of nuclear and environmental history, and ecofeminism.  We get heads-up information on her two most recent projects: the book, ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN: VOICES OF WOMEN FROM NUCLEAR DISASTERS, and the film, ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN: VOICES OF WOMEN FROM THREE MILE ISLAND.  To view the sizzle reel from the film, CLICK HERE.  

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

purported West Point Mechanical Engineer who serves as a Vice President at Holtec Nuclear, makers of 5/8″ thin stainless steel high level radioactive materials storage tanks that we’re supposed to believe will work, seems to think that the tanks can’t leak because the nuclear contents are not a liquid!  
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Activist Shout-Outs:



Congratulations to Dennis Riches, a long time listener and supporter living in Japan, on his just published a book of  blog posts on nuclear –  Sayonara Nukes: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons.  It is a selection of essays posted between 2011 and 2016 on Dennis’ blog www.nf2045.blogspot.com. By the terms of the grant with which it was published, this limited run of 800 books is being distributed at no cost to recipients by the Center for Glocal Studies. Request a free copy of Sayonara Nukes by sending an email to glocalstudies@seijo.ac.jp. You may be requested to pay for the cost of shipping… but it’s worth it!


LISTEN NOW: Anniversary time! 7 Years of Nuclear Hotseat! Do I hear 8? Yes!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Don't Let #DirtyEnergy Trump the Climate


Help Us StopTrump’s #DirtyEnergy Plan and Save Our #CleanEnergy Future


Trump has issued an order calling for a massive dirty energy bailout to ensure America continues to rely on nuclear and coal for years to come. This is a fight for America’s clean energy future and everything that comes along with it--millions of good jobs, thriving communities, and safe, healthy food, air, and water. 
Despite renewable energy's benefits, President Trump is prioritizing coal and nuclear industries and their executives by funneling billions of dollars in subsidies to keep dirty, old, dangerous power plants going.

NIRS is organizing to stop them, and we need you to join us!  We have to educate and mobilize the public across the country. It is going to take petitions, protests, and lots of grassroots organizing – and we have to start now.

If this story sounds familiar ... it should! Trump tried to do the same thing last year, demanding massive subsidies for uncompetitive nuclear and coal plants. 
But we stopped him! In January, federal regulators listened to the public and said no. Now, just a few months later, Trump is back at it again -- with an even larger and worse bailout plan.

We’ve started this crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 to get this effort off the ground.  The good news is: Your donation will go twice as far toward making that happen. Another generous supporter is offering to match every dollar you contribute, so your support will be doubled.

Stopping Trump’s Nuclear and Coal Bailout means more of the dirty radiation and soot factories will close, and demand for solar, wind, and other clean, safe, efficient, renewable energy sources will accelerate.
But here’s the thing: we need to reach thousands more people, to make sure they know about Trump’s plans and can take action to stop it. We ask that you make a contribution to support the campaign, so we can reach more people like yourself. We also hope you will tell your friends about the petition, as well as this crowdfunding effort. 
The good news is, some generous donors have offered to match every donation, no matter how big or small, to help us get there. For every dollar you and your friends give, another donor will match it.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our campaign and for whatever support you can give.

For a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free World!
The NIRS TeamJasmine Bright – Communications Specialist
Diane D’Arrigo – Radioactive Waste Project Director
Lyn Griffith Taylor – Energy Democracy Specialist
Denise Jakobsberg – Administrative Coordinator
Tim Judson – Executive Director
Mary Olson – Director, NIRS Southeast


Don't Let #DirtyEnergy Trump the Climate

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stop the latest push to deregulate and disperse nuclear power waste: “VLLW”


Stop the latest push to deregulate and disperse nuclear power waste: “VLLW”    SIGN NOW

The NRC wants public input on a “scoping study” intended to justify calling some nuclear waste “very low level waste” or VLLW. We call it “Very Large Loophole Waste.” 
Massive amounts of radioactive nuclear waste would be allowed into regular garbage dumps, industrial or hazardous waste sites, incinerators and recycling facilities that reuse materials to make everyday household and personal-use items.
Huge amounts of dangerous but hard-to-detect nuclear wastes would no longer be regulated as radioactive and would have “alternative methods of disposal," not at licensed radioactive waste sites.
The simple message to the NRC is:
  • Keep all nuclear waste under radioactive regulatory control-no VLLW!
  • Don’t mix it with hazardous waste or regular trash—isolate it!
  • Don't pretend it's not radioactive!
Keep nuclear waste under control--not in landfills, incinerators, consumer goods, zippers, baby toys.
Help protect us, our communities and future generations!

Email comments by May 15th 2018, by:

  1. Simply using the form below
  2. Email address: VLLW_ScopingStudy@nrc.gov 
    Subject Line-  Comment on Very Low-Level Radioactive Waste (VLLW) Scoping Study, Docket ID: NRC-2018-0026-0001


SIGN NOW


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster at 32: a Nuclear Hotseat SPECIAL | #NuclearHotseat





This week’s Nuclear Hotseat marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disasterwith highlights from past interviews.  It bring Ukraine’s devastating 1986 nuclear accident — and its consequences — into sharp, terrifying focus.

This Week’s Special Interviews:

  • Bonnie Kouneva was a 16-year-old living in Bulgaria when the Chernobyl accident started on April 26, 1986.  She was outdoors all day at a rally and got hit with the radiation plume.  Bonnie talks about Chernobyl’s impact on her life and the health of her children.  This former mountaineer and Bulgarian Greenpeace member currently lives in the United States.
  • Dr. Timothy Mousseau is an evolutionary biologist and faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Since 1999, Professor Mousseau and his collaborators have explored the ecological, genetic and evolutionary consequences of low-dose radiation in populations of plants, animals and people inhabiting the Chernobyl region of Ukraine and Belarus.
  • Dr. Janette Sherman is well known for her work with epidemiologist Joseph Mangano on analyses of data after Fukushima.  Their work indicates that the Japanese nuclear disaster led to a spike in US infant mortality and hypothyroidism.  Dr. Sherman edited the English translation of Alexei Yablokov’s groundbreaking book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.
  • Dr. Alexei Yablokov was environmental advisor to Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the Gorbachev administration, as well as a co-founder of Greenpeace, Russia.  His book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, compiled and translated into English more than 5,000 separate scientific reports on Chernobyl that completely contradict the World Health Organization’s report, which undermined the seriousness of the accident.  Dr. Yablakov died in January, 2017.
  • Ryuichi Hirokawa was the first non-Soviet photojournalist to document the Chernobyl disaster. The website on his humanitarian aid work with the children of Fukushima, based upon his experiences at Chernobyl, is at: kuminosato.net.
LISTEN NOW: Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster at 32: a Nuclear Hotseat SPECIAL


Friday, April 20, 2018

Havasupai Prayer Gathering: Indigenous Nations Unite Against Nuclear Colonialism


Richard Watahomigie, descendant of the first Havasupai leader | Photo: Garet Bleir

At the Havasupai Prayer Gathering, Fydel Rising Sun, member of the Havasupai Tribe, sang of resisting uranium mining to the sound of his beating drum. It was 3 a.m., and the sacred fire crackled under the dark outline of Red Butte, a site of great ceremonial importance to the surrounding native nations nations beside the Grand Canyon. The sun soon crested the horizon, and color returned to the land, as well as sweltering heat. Green shrubs poked through the red dirt, their roots a stalwart defense against erosion and increasingly common dust storms, in this parched land being robbed of millions of gallons of clean water.

As explored in our previous pieces within the series, millions of gallons of clean water have been contaminated with uranium and arsenic, directly above an aquifer feeding waters such as those pictured. Moreover, Canyon Mine is accused by conservation organizations and surrounding indigenous nations of desecrating land, medicine, and water surrounding Red Butte: just six miles from the Grand Canyon and from land held sacred by the Havasupai Tribe…

more: Havasupai Prayer Gathering: Indigenous Nations Unite Against Nuclear Colonialism



America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go


The U.S. Energy Department's Savannah River Site, with the unfinished building which was meant to make plutonium safe but now may not be finished until 2048, is seen in this aerial image, taken near Aiken, South Carolina, U. S. January 31, 2018. High Flyer © 2018/Handout via REUTERS

AMARILLO, Texas (Reuters) - In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads.

Although many safety rules are in place, a slip of the hand could mean disaster.

In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. Pantex, the plant near Amarillo, holds so much plutonium that it has exceeded the 20,000 cores, called “pits,” regulations allow it to hold in its temporary storage facility. There are enough cores there to cause thousands of megatons of nuclear explosions. More are added each day.

The delicate, potentially deadly dismantling of nuclear warheads at Pantex, while little noticed, has grown increasingly urgent to keep the United States from exceeding a limit of 1,550 warheads permitted under a 2010 treaty with Russia. The United States wants to dismantle older warheads so that it can substitute some of them with newer, more lethal weapons. Russia, too, is building new, dangerous weapons…

more: America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nuclear Sacrifice Zone in New Mexico? No Way, USA! – Nuclear Hottest #356


Nuclear Hotseat Producer Host Libbe HaLevy (l) and Leona Morgan at International Uranium Film Festival, 2015.jpg
LISTEN NOW: Nuclear Sacrifice Zone in New Mexico? No Way, USA!


This Week’s Featured Interview:

  • Leona Morgan and Eileen Shaughnessy of the Nuclear Issues Study Group, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  They talk about pressure on indigenous people in New Mexico to accept a high level nuclear waste dump and all “interim” storage of radioactive waste for a minimum of 120 years.  Hey, nuke industry: go sacrifice your own back yard!

  • REGISTER YOUR COMMENTS WITH THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION:
    www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2018-0052-0001 

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Fukushima Food Fight Continues!  Who’s in charge of South Korea’s food import standards — South Korea, Japan, or the World Trade Organization?  Round two, coming up!
more!