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


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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!





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ARCHIVED Webinar: Health Risks of Nuclear Power • March 29, 2018 | PSR


Webinar: Health Risks of Nuclear Power

March 29, 2018
As PSR chapters promote the transition to clean renewable energy, some are finding that nuclear power is being proposed as renewable. Join us on this webinar to learn exactly why nuclear is not clean, not safe and not renewable
ARCHIVED on YouTube ––––



Monday, March 26, 2018

Speaking Up Locally Against Nuclear War | Ploughshares Fund


Local communities can lead the way in reducing and eventually eliminating nuclear threats

[Yesterday,] on Tuesday March 20, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution introduced by supervisor Katy Tang, the San Francisco Resolution Against Nuclear War. The resolution was proposed to her by activists from Beyond the Bomb, a grassroots initiative to support public mobilization. We were proud to support Beyond the Bomb in this effort. As Emma Claire Foley of Global Zero says, "Activists across the country are pressing citizens and local lawmakers to engage on nuclear issues, and they have already seen results." We are seeing these results here in San Francisco.


San Francisco supervisor Katy Tang's resolution condemns President Trump's rhetorical recklessness around nuclear weapons and voices San Francisco's support for important national legislation restricting President Trump's, and all future presidents', unchecked authority to start a nuclear war. You can read the full resolution here
more: Speaking Up Locally Against Nuclear War | Ploughshares Fund



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Westinghouse, Quit India! [Sign Statement Against Kovvada Nuclear Project] | DiaNuke.org



Please sign and circulate this international statement against the Kovvada nuclear plant launched as Westinghouse officials visit India next week. Organisations/groups are welcome to send their endorsement to us by email on editor@dianuke.org

SIGN NOW: Westinghouse, Quit India! [Sign Statement Against Kovvada Nuclear Project] | DiaNuke.org


NUCLEAR HOTSEAT :: Citizen Scientists! Build Monitors, Map Global Radiation! - Sean Bonner of Safecast Massive Indian Nuke Protests Against Westinghouse Planned: Kumar Sundaram | NH #349



Safecast workshop in Japan — building radiation monitors

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Kumar Sundaram (l) and Libbe HaLevy

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Sean Bonner is co-founder and global director of Safecast, an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment.  It teaches how to build your own radiation monitor and connect it with the Safecast database of real-time, automatically uploaded radiation readings.  (Featured image above is of a Safecast monitor-building workshop.)
  • Kumar Sundaram is an Indian anti-nuclear activist and the Editor of Dianuke.org.  He fills us in on upcoming protests in that country against a proposed build of six new reactors – and why those protests will be against Westinghouse and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):
The President of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Tomoaki Kobayakawa,  actually thinks that his company’s “main mission” is the delivery of electricity to customers?  NOOOOO! – your “main mission” needs to be cleaning up the nuclear disaster and radioactive mess at Fukushima Daiichi! 

Activist Opportunities – The Missing Links:


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Citizen Scientists! Build Monitors, Map Global Radiation! - Sean Bonner of Safecast Massive Indian Nuke Protests Against Westinghouse Planned: Kumar Sundaram NH #349 - Nuclear Hotseat





Please sign and circulate this international statement against the Kovvada nuclear plant launched as Westinghouse officials visit India next week. Organisations/groups are welcome to send their endorsement to us by email on editor@dianuke.org

SIGN NOW: Westinghouse, Quit India! [Sign Statement Against Kovvada Nuclear Project] | DiaNuke.org


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Daniel Ellsberg: Preventing Extermination Of Humanity By Nukes | August 6, 2018 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Action at Livermore Lab 8 AM


"…The chart in my book, which I reproduce from memory—a very simple chart. I’m sure I have it right. [The chart] indicated that they expected to kill with our own first strike some 325 million people in the U.S.S.R. and China. Since they had an answer to that so quickly, they clearly had a model to go on, and I asked for how many would be killed altogether. And that figure added up to 600 million, a hundred Holocausts as I saw it."

DANIEL ELLSBERG ON A LIFE DEDICATED TO PREVENTING NUCLEAR ATTACK THAT WOULD RESULT IN NEAR-EXTINCTION OF HUMANS

podcast ---- Click here to LISTEN! – Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers, which exposed what United States government officials really knew and thought about the Vietnam War. But he also worked as a nuclear war planner when he was a RAND Corporation researcher and consultant for the Defense Department.

In a recently published book, “Doomsday Machine: Confessions Of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg recounts his journey as he discovered how close a nuclear strike by the United States government or a war between the U.S. and Soviet government could bring the Earth’s population to near-extinction.

From the late 1950s to the 1960s, he uncovered several traits of U.S. nuclear war plans that would produce quite devastating results for humanity. He attempted to persuade U.S. officials to address them and achieved rather mixed results.

On the “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast, Ellsberg highlights how he came to learn the military’s estimate for how many hundreds of millions of people would die if a nuclear attack was launched. He describes how there was no way to call back pilots if an execute order was given. He shares how his father refused to be part of the production of the H-bomb and talks about how he had classified documents on nuclear matters, which he planned to release until they were tragically lost.

Click here to listen: Daniel Ellsberg: Preventing Extermination Of Humanity By Nukes


ANNOUNCEMENT: Daniel Ellsberg will be a keynote speaker at the August 6, 2018 Hiroshima-Nagasaki action at Livermore Lab 8am. Please spread the word - and visit this page for updates soon.

August 6, 2018 Action at Livermore Lab 8 AM


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Congress: Say No to More "Usable" Nuclear Weapons Union of Concerned Scientists



The Trump administration recently released its new "Nuclear Posture Review" outlining radical, dangerous, and costly changes in US nuclear weapons policy that will make nuclear war more likely and the United States—and the entire world—less safe.
This truly is an all-hands-on-deck moment. We need Congress to help stop this potential disaster.
They want to:
• develop two types of new more usable nuclear weapons on top of the seven we already have;
• make it easier to use US nuclear weapons;
• spend some $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years to re-build the entire US nuclear arsenal; and
• continue the absurd policy giving one person—the president—sole, unchecked authority to launch nuclear weapons.
Over the years we've defeated similarly dangerous proposals. With your help, we'll do it again.
Write to your members of Congress today and tell them to just say no to the Trump administration's new nuclear weapons policies. Urge them to speak out publicly and to actively oppose plans and spending for new nuclear weapons.
Nothing is more important than our safety and security. Nuclear weapons don't make us safe and we must do everything we can to prevent nuclear war.
SIGN NOW: Congress: Say No to More "Usable" Nuclear Weapons Union of Concerned Scientists


Monday, February 5, 2018

3.11 Seventh Anniversary of Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Events and Actions (Facebook group) & Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List – Fukushima 311 Watchdogs | #Fukushima311







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so far: 

USA
In New York – March 10
In San Francisco – March 11
The 68th Every 11th of Month No Nukes Rally in San Francisco, in front of the S.F. Japanese Consulate
UNITED KINGDOM
In Taunton, Somerset – February 17 https://www.facebook.com/events/2001193583471971/
In London – March 9 – March 11 – March 14
FRANCE
In Lyon – February 25
In Nanterre – March 3
In Paris – March 11
In Flamanville – March 15
BELGIUM
In Namur – March 8
RUSSIA
In Saint Petersburg – March 11
GERMANY
In Nuremberg – March 7
In Regensburg – April 26
AUSTRALIA
In Sydney – February 17
In New South wales – March 11
JAPAN
In Tokyo – February 24
February 25 in Nerima
February 25 in Shibuya
March 3
March 9
In Osaka – March 17
In Kyoto – March 11
In Fujimi – February 18

CHECK FOR UPDATES:  Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List – Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Head of Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Group: Trump’s Nuclear Policy “Puts Us on Path Toward Nuclear War” | Democracy Now!




A treaty intended to limit the United States and Russia’s long-range nuclear arsenals officially takes effect today. But the once-promising treaty, signed eight years ago by President Obama, is overshadowed by a new nuclear arms race sparked by President Trump. On Friday, the Trump administration unveiled its new nuclear weapons strategy, which involves spending at least $1.2 trillion to upgrade the United States’ nuclear arsenal, including developing some completely new nuclear weapons. Prominent anti-nuclear advocates have denounced the Pentagon’s plan as “radical” and “extreme.” For more, we speak with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


AMY GOODMAN: Prominent anti-nuclear advocates have denounced the Pentagon’s plan as “radical” and “extreme.” World leaders have also criticized the plan. Russia said it risked provoking a renewed nuclear arms race. China accused Trump of engaging in a new Cold War. Iran’s foreign minister said the plan brings the world “closer to annihilation.”

This comes as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. The clock is a symbolic timekeeper that tracks the likelihood of nuclear war and other existential threats. It now stands closer to midnight than at any time since 1953. The scientists directly cited President Trump’s nuclear policies as one of the reasons for advancing the clock.

For more, we go to Geneva, Switzerland, where we’re joined by Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. It is the latest organization to win the Nobel Peace Prize. It won in December.

Beatrice Fihn, well, first of all, congratulations on the Nobel Peace Prize. And talk about what this, what’s called the NPR, the Nuclear Posture Review, the Trump administration’s plans for nuclear weapons, what it means for world peace.

BEATRICE FIHN: It’s a really dangerous new policy. We have already had a very dangerous status quo for many years. And this just increases, really, the risk of nuclear war. It is a policy that lowers the threshold for using nuclear weapons and develops new types of nuclear weapons that would be easier for President Trump to use. It’s dangerous, and it puts us on the path towards nuclear war, if we don’t act now.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Beatrice Fihn, what are the commitments right now of the United States in terms of lowering or reducing its nuclear arsenal?

BEATRICE FIHN: Well, the United States has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which commits it to negotiating good-faith nuclear disarmament. But so far, that has not taken place. But it’s not just the United States. All nuclear-armed states, including Russia and China, France, U.K., are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, upgrading instead of reducing their arsenals.

AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go to a clip of President Trump giving his State of the Union last week. He said he would beef up the U.S. nuclear arsenal and dismiss global efforts to ban nuclear weapons…

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