Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Nuclear Power – No Solution to ClimateChange!

on this blog –
whats up: #BustTheMyth :: nukes are NOT carbon-free, clean, safe, green, or affordable!

Nuclear Hotseat #262: Diablo Canyon Shutdown? Linda Seeley, Harvey Wasserman

BREAKING:  CA Lands Commission Bails on Responsibility, 
Won’t Hold PG&E Responsible for
Diablo Canyon 
Environmental Impact Report
This story hit as production was almost concluded; details in the coming weeks.  Enjoy listening to what was a brief moment of optimism.

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

Numnutz of the Week:

They weren’t activists; they were tourists.

Listen here: Nuclear Hotseat #262: Diablo Canyon Shutdown? Linda Seeley, Harvey Wasserman

Make 2016 the Year for a Clean Energy Revolution! March with the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent on July 24

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free at the People's Climate March September 21, 2014

June 28, 2016
Dear Friends,
Join us on July 24 as we join thousands in the streets of Philadelphia marching for a Clean Energy Revolution!
We are forming a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent, and we want you to join us. We will demand an end to nuclear power and fossil fuels, and a just transition to a 100% renewable energy world. We will march with thousands from coast to coast on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, calling on all of our political leaders to take immediate action. 
Let us know you plan to come by filling in the short form below.
You can find out more at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution website. There is information about transportation and lodging options, including over two dozen buses being organized from cities throughout the east coast and the Midwest.

The Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent facebook page has updates on the march and where to find us in Philadelphia. You can use the page to invite your friends to join us, as well. 
For those able to make a weekend of it in Philadelphia, there is even more happening on Saturday, July 23:
  • The Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution: workshops and speeches from national leaders, grassroots heroes, and frontline organizers on how to build the movement.
  • PowerShift 2016: the conference for young climate activists to learn, network, share skills, and build the next generation of leadership.
  • Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free meeting: meet with anti-nuclear and -uranium activists as we make plans for 2017 and beyond (details TBA, contact Tim Judson for more info).
If you can't make it and/or would like to help more people attend, please make a donation to support the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free contingent. We are making hundreds of signs and banners to get our message. 
Funds raised will also help First Nations and anti-uranium activists make the trip to Philadelphia. Nuclear power is dirty from the start, from the radioactive and toxic mining and processing of uraniumto over 15,000 abandoned mines affecting Native American and rural communities throughout the Western US and Canada. 

Event Location

City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2016

(english below)
Vom 28. September bis 2. Oktober zeigen wir im Kino in der KulturBrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg Filme aus aller Wert zu Atomkraft und radioaktiven Gefahren. 
Vom Uranbergbau bis zur Reaktorkatastrophe und Atommüll. Von Hiroshima bis Tschernobyl und Fukushima: mehr als 30 brisante „atomare“ Kurz-, Dokumentar-, Animations- und Spielfilme aus über zehn Ländern, viele davon sind Deutschlandpremieren.

Projektträger des IUFF in Berlin sind die kulturelle, gemeinnützige Institution Arquivo Amarelo (Gelbes Archiv) mit Sitz in Rio de Janeiro sowie die Projektpartner in Berlin, die Deutsche Koalition zur Ächtung von Uranwaffen (ICBUW Deutschland) die IALANA e.V. (Juristen und Juristinnen gegen atomare, biologische und chemische Waffen) und die Friedensglockengesellschaft Berlin e.V.. Schirmherren sind MdB Klaus Mindrup, MdB und Mitglied im Ausschuss für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherzeit, Castingdirector Uwe Bünker und Jörg Sommer, Schriftsteller und Vorstandsvorsitzender der Deutschen Umweltstiftung.

Das Uranium Film Festival wurde im Jahr 2000 vom deutschen Journalisten, Filmemacher und Buchautor Norbert G. Suchanek und der brasilianischen Soziologin und Filmemacherin Marcia Gomes de Oliveira gegründet.

(Facebook event page) International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2016



50 years Palomares, 30 years Chernobyl, 5 years Fukushima: In April the Uranium Film Festival was for the first time guest in Hollywood’s famous Raleigh Studios, in May it showed 49 international atomic films at the Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, and now at the end of September the International Uranium Film Festival comes back to Berlin. 
From September 28th to October 2nd the in the world unique film festival will show movies and documentaries from around the world about nuclear power, uranium mining and radioactive hazards: from atomic waste to uranium ammunition. The festival will particularly remember the atomic disasters of Fukushima, Chernobyl and the nearly unknown nuclear accident of Palomares: On 17 January 1966 an B-52 bomber of the US collided with a tanker plane during mid-air refuelling over  Almeria in Southern Spain. The B-52 with four hydrogen bombs on board broke apart and exploded. The atomic bombs dropped over Palomares. See New York Times report: Even Without Detonation, 4 Hydrogen Bombs From ’66 Scar Spanish Village(link is external) 
The 2010 in Rio de Janeiro founded Uranium Film Festival is now in its sixth successful year and shows great movies about nuclear power and nuclear threats from around the world.  "The Uranium Film Festival is unique in that it tries to make this complex subject accessible to all. Films from around the world, film discussions and roundtables with experts deal with uranium mining, nuclear reactor disasters and the dangers of nuclear radioactive waste that has to be stored safely for thousands of years", says Jörg Sommer, Chairman of the German environmental Foundation and patron of the Uranium Film Festival in Berlin together with MP Klaus Mindrup and Casting Agent Uwe Buenker.
The festival in Berlin will take place in the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg from 28 September to 2 October 2016. 50 years Palomares, 30 years Chernobyl, 5 years Fukushima: Nuclear disasters shall not be forgotten. The festival welcomes any donation.

International Uranium Film Festival | THE ATOMIC AGE FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, June 23, 2016

regarding this week's editions –

UPDATE ::: 31 JULY :::  i am having a hellish time with my neck and a week-long headache. ~ stay tuned!

i am needing to spend family time as we have visitors, so i have not had much time to work on the papers. – please see The #OcNuke Weekly • #OccupyNuclear, and the archives of The #OcNukeDaily • #OccupyNuclear prior to 22 June. *

* find the archives calendar feature in the subhead, in the line with the date :)


you can't nuke global warming!

SEE ALSO: Robert Cherwink's Daily • #RCDaily #ECO [archives prior to 22 June]
and last week's edition of #RCDaily #ECO ::: WEEKLY edition

Support #OcNukeDaily/#OccupyNuclear:

Support #RCDaily #ECO News!

Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era | Shut it down NOW!

Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era | Harvey Wasserman | Ecowatch
As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been producing will be replaced by renewable energy.
PG&E has also earmarked some $350 million to “retain and retrain” Diablo’s workforce, whose union has signed on to the deal, which was crafted in large part by major environmental groups.
On a global scale, in many important ways, this marks the highest profile step yet towards the death of U.S. nuclear power and a national transition to a Solartopian green-powered planet...

more: Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

--- Shut it down NOW!

they say that they will shut Diablo Canyon, but not for another 9 years. that is 9 years too long, 9 more years of unacceptable risk.

"... Is this a clever move by PG&E announcing the closure of Diablo in 2024 & 2025 to prevent the Lands Commission from insisting on prohibiting once through cooling? which if they were legally and rightfully ruled against would mean the closure of Diablo by 2018 ... any WE WON'T BE FOOLED! This June 28th California State Lands Commission meeting is still very important and may be a chance to get the Devil shut down earlier. Nine years is a very long time! That's why the meeting of the Lands Commission is crucial it's a meeting happening simultaneously in 2 locations LIVE MTG in Sacramento at 10am JUN 28 ... SIMULCAST mtg in MORRO BAY COMMUNITY CTR @10 preceded by a RALLY at 9am.
– thanks to Laura Lynch!!
Shut Diablo Nuke Plant MAJOR Event

– of note: the historic FIRST EVER PRO-NUCLEAR MARCH organized by "environmental" pro-nukers (Mothers for Nuclear, Save Diablo Canyon, Environmental Progress, Californians for Green Nuclear Power and Thorium Energy Alliance) ... 4-day Trek starting tomorrow Jun 24 in San Francisco (coinciding with PG&E's official announcement about shutting down Diablo ... and ending up in Sacramento on Jun 28 at 10am for the California State Lands Commission Mtg, 100 Howe Ave, Sacramento ... an article about it is here:

Here's their website w/ detailed itinerary

here's a quote from Tim Judson, NIRS on that march:

"This march Shellenberger and Co. are planning on Friday is now an act of absurdity. The targets for renewables and efficiency in the agreement could definitely be achieved and exceeded well before 2024, and they should be. But the fact that PG&E signed onto an agreement to replace a large nuclear power plant with renewables and efficiency, and acknowledges that nuclear reactors are going to be an obstacle is hugely significant.

"As is the fact that PG&E has entered into a just transition plan, to minimize the impact on workers and community and prepare for decommissioning. Utilities are using the threats of layoffs and economic devastation to extort huge subsidies to prop up reactors all over the country. The agreement puts an end to that, and sets a precedent for the rest of the country."

"THE DEVIL IN DIABLO'S BOYS (Tweedledum & Tweedledee)"

Aging 60's Nuke Plants Look Out Hazardously From Above
As Earthquake Faults Run Amuck Thru Diablo Canyon Ground
Surrounded By More Newly Found Risks Abound
Though Proven Not Able To Withstand Seismicity In Motion
They Could Simply Topple Right Into The Ocean!

Today They Say It's Plain To See Seismic Strains Across The Plains
Rising Sinking Newly Formed Releasing Danger Warning Breaks
Tomorrow Waiting For The Big One Whose Fracking Fault San Andreas?

- Laura Lynch
"Diablo Boys Cartoon" by Mark Bryan (


Monday, June 20, 2016

Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown? | SimplyInfo

TEPCO_fukushima_press_conference_bowingThe recent TEPCO investigation into events during the early phase of the Fukushima Disaster raised a few questions. TEPCO claims they were told by the Prime Minister’s office not to use the word “meltdown”, something the former Prime Minister denies.
A TEPCO official was stopped from uttering the word at a press conference and NISA staff were sacked for mentioning a meltdown to the press. Yet TEPCO is insisting they didn’t hide anything because they provided radiation data and other related information. TEPCO used the phrase “core damage” until May of 2011. Up until May their computer simulations only showed 25-55% fuel as being melted. It is worth noting that computer models are only as good as the data input to run them so what TEPCO put in impacted the result. TEPCO’s own manuals that had been “missing” until a few weeks ago cite anything more than 5% melting is a meltdown. But what actually constitutes a meltdown?

more: Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown? | SimplyInfo

Sunday, June 19, 2016

6.28 Shut Down Diablo Nuke Plant MAJOR Event! | #DiabloCanyon – SHUT DOWN NOT MELTDOWN!

NOTE: On June 22, 3 days after this post: History made: The deal to shut down the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant — Medium ––––
Good news, but: Shut it NOW! 
9 more years is 9 more years of unacceptable risk!
see also (NEW) – whats up: Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era | Shut it down NOW!

RALLY AT 9:00am! TUES, JUN 28th followed by SIMULCAST MTG @10am
Bring: signs, your voice, and everybody you know. There will be music and an open mic. SPEAK OUT! 

LIVE State Lands Commission meeting 10:00am

SACRAMENTO ... 100 Howe St., Sacramento

This could be the meeting that leads to the shutdown of PG&E's decrepit Diablo Canyon nuke plant.

Tell the California State Lands Commission we want a complete environmental review of the entire project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) before any new lease is considered! 

Please SHARE and INVITE your friends!!!

Background information:
• The current leases for the tidelands at Diablo expire in 2018 and 2019.
• It is the use of tidelands that allows PG&E to take in 2.4 billion gallons of water each day to cool the reactors.
• No environmental study of the effects of using the tidelands to exchange ocean water to cool Diablo has ever been done. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provides for such a study.
• CEQA and the public trust doctrine will legally require assessment of more than just the impacts on the tidal lands: essentially, all effects on the environment associated with a significant extension of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant's (DCNPP’s) life.


ACTION ALERT! ... please email the California Lands Commission prior to the meeting whether you are attending or not! ... I hope everyone who reads this, will copy it and "paste" into an 'e-mail, sign it, and immediately send it to the State Lands Commission
On June 28th of this month, The California State Lands Commission will decide whether or not to require a full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) before considering the renewal of State tidelands at the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility, owned and operated by PG&E. The leases on the tidelands are due to expire in 2018 and 2019.
Under current State law, the Lands Commission must perform an EIR to determine the health of the tidal wetlands under its jurisdiction. The Diablo Canyon reactors pull 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day. This system, called once-through cooling, does significant damage to marine ecosystems. Biologists have estimated that Diablo Canyon sucks in more than 1.5 billion fish larvae a year, and none survive.
The State of California has already ruled that all coastal power plants must reduce seawater intake by over 90%. The risk of earthquake has also become clear since the Fukushima disaster, and PG&E has failed to report, after more than 5 years, if this nuclear facility can withstand the new .75 G standard.
Thank you!

Shut Down Diablo Nuke Plant MAJOR Event (Facebook event page)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

EDITORIAL: Extent of TEPCO cover-up over meltdown must be clarified:The Asahi Shimbun

A panel investigating Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s response to the triple meltdown during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster revealed an unpardonable breach of trust by the operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
But there is still a lot more work to be done by the panel to uncover the full scope of the utility’s apparent meltdown cover-up.
Immediately after the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, then TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu instructed employees not to use the term “meltdown,” leading to a delay in the official announcement, according to a report compiled by the investigation panel commissioned by the company.
A reactor meltdown, or the melting of nuclear fuel in the core of a reactor, is about as bad as it gets.
The panel’s report suggests that in the middle of this unprecedented nuclear disaster the top official of the plant operator was trying to conceal the severity of what was unfolding from the public, including people living in areas around the plant.
For four long years, TEPCO kept giving false explanations about the delay in the announcement of the reactor meltdowns to Niigata Prefecture, which was demanding the truth of what happened. The company claimed it did not have the criteria for defining and determining a meltdown. The firm also said no in-house instruction was given to employees telling them not to use the term...

more: EDITORIAL: Extent of TEPCO cover-up over meltdown must be clarified:The Asahi Shimbun

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Nebraska utility to close nation's smallest nuclear plant - - Oklahoma City, OK

Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Public Power District voted Thursday to shutter the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, which is the nation's smallest nuclear power plant.

Nebraska utility to close nation's smallest nuclear plant - - Oklahoma City, OK

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. EPA quietly issued proposals to allow radioactive contamination in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The new guidance would permit radiation exposures equivalent to 250 chest X-rays a year. Today, environmental groups called the proposal “shocking” and “egregious...”


SIGN NOW: EPA: Don't Allow Radiation in Drinking Water! - Food & Water Watch

Monday, June 6, 2016

Nuclear Industry Worldwide Faces Escalating Battle to Keep Aging Reactors Running

Life extensions to nuclear plants in Europe and North America are repeatedly being granted by safety regulators. But, according to nuclear plant owners, 25 percent of parts are now obsolete, so keeping the reactors going is becoming an increasing problem as components wear out...

READ: Nuclear Industry Worldwide Faces Escalating Battle to Keep Aging Reactors Running

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Radiation risks are based on irrelevant comparisons | Letters to the editor |

When it comes to protecting pregnancy and childhood, many of the reassurances proffered by those interviewed are based on irrelevant comparisons. Comparisons to medical procedures are irrelevant because pregnant women are shielded when given X-rays and most children are not exposed to medical radiation. Also irrelevant is any use of International Commission on Radiological Protection calculations. The commission lacks outside oversight and participation, particularly from early life stage and developmental disciplines concerned with healthy pregnancy outcomes and child wellness.

more: Radiation risks are based on irrelevant comparisons | Letters to the editor |

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tell NRC: Keep Indian Point Shut Down!

At least one of the reactors at Indian Point has been literally breaking apart from the inside. In March, the Indian Point 2 reactor shut down for a scheduled refueling. But what Entergy found when it conducted a first-ever inspection of the internal components of the reactor was an unprecedented level of damage. 
More than 25% of the bolts that Entergy inspected--227 out of 832--which are a key part of the reactor core cooling system, have failed. Dozens of bolts had already fallen out, and now Entergy says even more broke apart while it has been making repairs.
What's worse is--federal safety regulators are preparing to let Entergy restart the reactor without conducting its own independent inspection to determine the full extent of the damage, determine the root causes, and make all of the necessary repairs. 
Instead, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is letting Entergy call the shots.

Worst case scenario: The bolts and the plates they hold could fail. Cooling water can’t get to the reactor core. The reactor core melts down -- just like at Fukushima... [MORE]

Come to the NRC Public Meeting on Indian Point!
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
7pm to 9:30pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown
455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
(1.5 miles from Tarrytown Metro-North station)

includes Talking Points and Background Info

Sign (NY) – Tell NRC: Keep Indian Point Shut Down!