Friday, April 11, 2014

4.27 GARDENA, CA: Childhood in Fukushima: Hope in Adversity

Please join Families for Safe Energy for a special first-hand account of the situation of children in Fukushima by Mr. Sensuke Shishido, a former Fukushima school principal, and child advocate. Mr. Shishido will share his experience in protecting the children of his school in the wake of the triple disaster, as well as ongoing efforts to help improve the educational environment. He has been involved in securing government recognition and funding for "traveling classrooms," which will allow Fukushima children to have much-needed outdoor experiences in safe areas outside of Fukushima Prefecture. The advocates of this effort celebrated a milestone this week, winning $3 million in government funding.

Suggested Donation: $10.00

For more information:

Childhood in Fukushima: Hope in Adversity (facebook event page)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Abandoned Uranium Mining Clean Up Campaign to be Announced on Earth Day

▶ Clean Up the Mines! PSA for National Campaign to Clean Up Abandoned Uranium Mines - YouTube


Defenders of Black Hills
Charmaine White Face

Abandoned Uranium Mining Clean Up Campaign to be Announced on Earth Day

Rapid City, South Dakota — Defenders of Black Hills and Clean Up The Mines are hosting an Earth Day media event to announce a nationwide campaign for clean up of all abandoned uranium mines in the United States.

More than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) are located throughout the US, primarily in the Western States, and more than 10 million people live within a 50 mile radius of an abandoned uranium mine.

“These hazardous abandoned uranium mines poison our air, land and water. The health effects are tremendous.” says Charmaine White Face, a volunteer with Clean Up The Mines and member of Defenders of Black Hills. “Currently no laws require clean up of these dangerous abandoned uranium mines. We are letting Congress know; it’s time to clean up the mines!” says Ms. White Face.

“A private abandoned, open pit uranium mine about 200 meters from an elementary school in Ludlow, South Dakota, emits 1770 microRems per hour, more than 4 times as much as is being emitted in many locations evacuated long term as a result of contamination by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan,” said Nuclear Health Professor Kim Kearfott, Ph. D., University of Michigan.

South Dakota has at least 272 abandoned open-pit uranium mines. There are 169 AUMs located in the southwestern Black Hills and 103 in the northwest corner near Buffalo, SD. The Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 2,000 plus AUMs.

What: Earth Day media event to announce a national campaign for clean up of all abandoned uranium mines in the United States.

A potluck lunch will follow the event, weather permitting.

When: 10:00 AM (MST), Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Plan on arriving at 9:30 and bring your own chairs.

Where: Cheyenne River bridge on SD Highway 40, located  15 miles southeast of Hermosa, SD

Who: Defenders of Black Hills, Popular Resistance, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace. Oglala Sioux and other Tribal officials are also invited to the event as Cheyenne River contamination impacts Red Shirt Village which is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Visuals: Colorful banners, and signs saying, “Warning!  Radioactive River” will be placed near the bridge to address the radioactive contamination of the Cheyenne River.

Clean Up The Mines ( is a campaign to pass legislation through congress to ensure clean up of hazardous abandoned uranium mines throughout the US.

Defenders of the Black Hills ( is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the area of the 1851 and 1868 Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation.


Note to editors: Clean Up The Mines representatives will be available for interviews. High resolution photos and b-roll will be also available.

4.10 Becquerel Awareness Day

Event Page for Thursday April 10 National Call to Action for Becquerel Awareness Day! Please RSVP here and INVITE OTHERS. Refer to the Group Page for updates and information leading up to Thursday, April 10th. All you need is a phone. 

Thursday is Becquerel Awareness Day ~ it's B.A.D.
~ because RADS are BAD to EAT!

Please mark your calendars for a national Call In to Action!

We must demand that FDA lower their outrageous regulations for radiation in our food, currently the highest in the world. The Fukushima disaster grows worse by the day, we need to act now to protect our kids.

Find your representative here
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Becquerel Awareness Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

4.5 SF: Remembering the 3 yr anniversary of Fukushima & Regeneration | Mission Arts Performing Project

This MAPP is the dedicated to recognizing the 3 year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan.

We stand in solidarity with the Japanese communities and global communities surviving and healing from this 
nuclear disaster.We also raise our voices in opposition to the continuing misuse of nuclear power and
honor the activists, healers and plants working for regeneration and rebirth of our earth and oceans.

Hopes healing and creation
no radiation

MAPP Website:

April 5th MAPP Remembering the 3 yr anniversary of Fukushima & Regeneration! (facebook event page)

4.3 ALAMEDA, CA: Film Screening: Atomic Mom

Film Screening: Atomic Mom - Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA
Directed by M.T. Silvia, Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way … Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, was the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program.
In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, the filmmaker meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history in Japan. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they “meet” through the filmmaking process and, with startling honesty, attempt to understand the other.

Atomic Mom director M.T. Silvia will lead a Q&A following the film.
For further information, please visit: or call: 510.865.5060

4.5 SANTA CRUZ, CA: From Fukushima to the Four Corners: What you need to know about low level ionizing radiation, women, indigenous peoples, and you!

Saturday, April 5 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA

This presentation by one of our MamaBears AgainstNukes will be done by a PhD in history who has studied the history and science of the nuclear age for the last twenty years. All named health effects as well as health protection from exposure are backed by referenced sources. The presentation will include basic radiation history, effects on women and indigenous peoples around the world, and a look at other sea-side areas of the world, like Sellafield and Chernobyl, to see what long-term health effects are possible, especially for those living closest to the beach. We will examine the difference between the radiation harm model championed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), which promotes nuclear energy, and from which all national regulatory frameworks are derived, versus the independent model of radiation harm championed by the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR). What are the largest releases of ionising radiation so far in human history, and how many mortalities are expected to result from each? How can we protect ourselves from the lies or distortions of the nuclear industry (bananas, brazil nuts, X-rays, airplane flights and radon distractions)? How can we best protect ourselves and our families from the bioaccumulation of internalised radionuclildes, if at all? How do we maintain HOPE and its accompaniment, community action, in the face of Fukushima, the worst industrial accident in human history, which is now releasing between 400-17,000 tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, and is expected to go on doing so for at least the next 100 years? Are the nuclear authorities telling the truth when they say the radioactive Fukushima ocean plume now starting to hit the West Coast is nothing to worry about? (Forbes, March 16, 2014)?

We are bringing our Geiger Counter, a PRM9000, and we can show you the difference between uranium ore, current beach sand, and normal background radiation.

MamaBears AgainstNukes started in 1981 as an affinity group of Women for Survival. The Mama Bears Brigade was founded in order to blockade the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. We emerged from hibernation again after Fukushima! Both presenters coming to Santa Cruz have extensive experience at the women's peace camps of the 1980s (Greenham and Seneca). Our speaker, Wind Euler, has PhD in modern European history, the place and time where the nuclear age began. She helped to organise the first international conference on depleted uranium weapons (UK, 2000), and had the opportunity to learn directly from the late Dr. Rosalie Bertell (No Immediate Danger, 1985), as well as from the indomitable Prof. Chris Busby, one of the most respected scientists in the ECRR.

From Fukushima to the Four Corners: What you need to know about low level ionizing radiation, women, indigenous peoples, and you! (facebook event page)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

4.3 IRVINE, CA: Study on Cancer Risks near Nuclear Power Plants - PUBLIC MEETING

2014-04-03: Study on Cancer Risks near Nuclear Power Plants
Subject: Impt. Public meeting 4/3/14!
National Academy of Sciences' Pilot Planning Study of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Seven Nuclear Facilities:
Public Meeting, April 3, 2014, Irvine, CA
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:26:43 -0400
From: Greenleaf, Toni <*****>
Please do NOT respond to this email. Send any emails go CRS@NAS.EDU.
Dear Interested Parties:
The National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS’) Committee tasked with planning the pilot study of Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations near Nuclear Facilities is scheduled to hold a public meeting at 1:30-4:00 PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Beckman Center located in Irvine, California. A draft agenda for the public meeting is attached (all times are Pacific).
Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting or view the presentations via WebEx should register here:
Members of the press who wish to attend the meeting should contact Lauren Rugani, media officer, at 202 334 3593 or
Study at a Glance
NAS will perform the pilot study of cancer risks in populations near seven U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S.NRC)-licensed nuclear facilities using two epidemiologic study designs: (i) an ecologic study of multiple cancer types of populations of all ages and (ii) a record-linkage-based case-control study of cancers in children. The pilot study will have two steps: Pilot Planning and Pilot Execution. NAS has started the Pilot Planning step which is estimated to take one year to complete.
The seven nuclear facilities that are part of the pilot study are:
Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Morris, Illinois
Millstone Power Station, Waterford, Connecticut
Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, Forked River
New Jersey Haddam Neck, Haddam Neck, Connecticut
Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant, Charlevoix, Michigan
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Clemente, California
Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin, Tennessee
The study is sponsored by the U.S. NRC. It is a continuation of a previous study that was completed in May 2012. The report from that first study can be found here:
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. They are independent, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under an 1863 congressional charter. Panel members, who serve pro bono as volunteers, are chosen by the Academies for each study based on their expertise and experience and must satisfy the Academies' conflict-of-interest standards. The resulting consensus reports undergo external peer review before completion. For more information, visit
Please direct comments and questions to the project email:
If you are member of the press and have questions regarding this message, please contact Lauren Rugani, media officer, at 202 334 3593 or
Please do NOT respond to this email. Send any emails go CRS@NAS.EDU.
Ourania (Rania) Kosti, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
The National Academies
phone: 202 334 3066
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Toni Greenleaf
Administrative/Financial Associate
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
Fax: 202/334-3077

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nuclear Power: Their Profits, Our Risks | Fairewinds Energy Education

During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. This catastrophe is the world's worst industrial disaster. Decommissioning and dismantling the reactors will take decades and complete cleanup is at least a century away ~ if ever. In this film Fairewinds Energy Education's Arnie Gundersen gives an update on the state of Fukushima Daiichi three years later.