Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest | International Uranium Film Festival


THE INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE DINÉ NATION WITH ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS THROUGHOUT ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO ::: The issue of nuclear power is not only an issue of the Navajo Nation, who suffered for decades because of uranium mining. All people should be informed about the risks of uranium, nuclear weapons and the whole nuclear fuel chain, states International Uranium Film Festival’s Director Norbert G. Suchanek. In an effort to keep people informed and aware, particularly during this critical time of escalating nuclear threats, the International Uranium Film Festival returns to the U.S. Southwest in 2018.

The schedule for the U.S. Southwest tour of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival is as follows: 

WINDOW ROCK November 29th and 30th and December 1st, Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 & Post Office Loop • FLAGSTAFF December 2nd, Northern AZ University, Native American Cultural Center, 318 W McCreary • ALBUQUERQUE December 6th, Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave • GRANTS December 7th, NM State University Campus, Martinez Hall, 1500 Third St • SANTA FE December 9th, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave • TUSCON December 12th, 6:30 pm at the YWCA Tucson, Frances McClelland Community Center 525 N. Bonita Ave

We are currently selecting the films which will comprise the International Uranium Film Festival. We encourage especially Native American and women filmmakers to send their films about uranium mining or any nuclear issue to the Festival. The selected films will be shown not only in the Navajo Nation Museum but also in venues in Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Grants, Santa Fe and Tuscon. The best productions will receive the Uranium Film Festival´s award in Window Rock.
We extend our most sincere gratitude to the Levinson Foundation for their support, making this Festival possible. Festival partners and co-organizers of the Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest are the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, the SW Indigenous Uranium Forum and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE).

Further information / Contact
Norbert G. Suchanek
General Director
International Uranium Film Festival sends e-mail)
Anna Marie Rondon, Executive Director
New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute
505-906-2671 (c) sends e-mail)

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nuclear Hotseat: "Gender & Radiation: The Hidden Nuclear War Against Women & Little Girls"

Gender & Radiation’s depiction of “Reference Man” vs. size of a little girl:
all radiation doses are not equal!


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Monday, October 22, 2018

Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes shores

"Nuclear power is licensed and relicensed for commercial operation without an environmentally-responsible, scientifically-accepted plan for long-term management of the nuclear waste. After more than 70-years of generation, no one knows what to do with the first cupful."– Paul Gunter (on facebook)

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60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste sits on Great Lakes shores

… Spent nuclear fuel is so dangerous that, a decade removed from a nuclear reactor, its radioactivity would still be 20 times the level that would kill a person exposed to it. Some radioactive byproducts of nuclear power generation remain a health or environmental hazard for tens of thousands of years. And even typically harmless radioactive isotopes that are easily blocked by skin or clothing can become extremely toxic if even small amounts are breathed in, eaten or drank,  making their potential contamination of the Great Lakes — the drinking water supply to 40 million people — the connected Mississippi River and the prime agricultural areas of the U.S. a potentially frightening prospect…

…the remote possibility of a worst-case scenario release — from a natural disaster, a major accident, or an act of terrorism — could cause unthinkable consequences for the Great Lakes region. 

Scientific research has shown a radioactive cloud from a spent fuel pool fire would span hundreds of miles, and force the evacuation of millions of residents in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto or other population centers, depending on where the accident occurred and wind patterns…

read: Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes shores

Friday, October 19, 2018

Does Living Near Operating Reactors Cause Childhood Cancers? Nuclear regulators don’t want you to know

More than 60 studies have shown increases of childhood leukemia around nuclear facilities worldwide. Despite this finding, there has never been independent analysis in the US examining connections between childhood cancer and nuclear facilities. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had directed the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct such a study, but then withdrew funding, claiming publicly that it would be too expensive…

Does Living Near Operating Reactors Cause Childhood Cancers? Nuclear regulators don’t want you to know

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hear From the Experts at the Low Level Radiation and Health Conference

The Low Level Radiation and Health Conference was set up in 1985 by members of the public keen to find out more about these issues.
SATURDAY June 23rd    Chair: Prof David Copplestone, University of Stirling
Video 1    Alice Stewart1 Lecture, Biophotons. Prof. Carmel Mothersill, McMaster University, Canada. 33mins, 45 secs.
Video 2    Wildlife impacts: Recent findings concerning germline mutations in bugs and humans, Prof Tim Mousseau, University of South Carolina, USA. 31 mins, 26 secs.
Video 3    Biological effects of long-term chronic exposure: a case study on Scots pine populations around Chernobyl, Prof Stanislav Geras’kin, Head of Laboratory of Plant Radiobiology and Ecotoxicology from the Russian Institute of Radiology and Agroecology. 30 mins, 35 secs.
Health Impacts
Video 4    Organ damage from exposure to infrasound, Prof. Mariana Alves Pereira. She worked with the chief medical officer for the Portuguese Aeronautical Industry. 39 mins, 18 secs.
Video 5    Gender Matters in the Atomic Age, Mary Olson, US Nuclear Information + Resource Service, NIRS. Followed by questions. 30 mins 48secs.
1 Alice Stewart was the doyenne of the low level radiation debate and gave her stalwart support to the Conference
Sunday June 24th    Chair: Prof David Copplestone: Aubrey+Richards workshops2
Video 6    Update on the situation with nuclear power in the USA. Mary Olsen, Nuclear Information and Resource Service.    12 mins, 36 secs.
Video 7    Radiation Monitoring in the USA. Tim Mousseau, University of South Carolina.    13 mins, 55 secs.
Video 8    The Welsh Connection. John Urquhart. 29 mins, 32 secs.
Video 9    The ARGUS Monitoring Project. Graham Denman 51 mins, 05 secs.
Video 10    Fracking and Waste Water Treatment in the UK. John Busby, Dr Ian Fairlie, given by Jill Sutcliffe. 15 mins, 41 secs.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event.

Hear From the Experts at the Low Level Radiation and Health Conference |

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Annual dose of empirical data shows nuclear power in continued decline – Report tracks global success of renewable energy | Beyond Nuclear International

Annual dose of empirical data shows nuclear power in continued decline

By Linda Pentz Gunter
When arguing the case for or against nuclear energy, you can go with the masters of spin and omission or you can go with the empirical data. We prefer the latter. And for that, there is the welcome annual edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report.
After that, the job becomes easy. There IS no case for nuclear power. It’s fundamentally over. Yet governments — mainly those of nuclear weapons states — cling on to it even as their fingers are loosened one at a time from the ledge. They refuse to fall. Why?
These questions are largely answered in the 2018 edition of the WNISR which rolled out in London, UK on September 4, and is available for download — in full or as an executive summary — from the WNISR website… … …
more: Report tracks global success of renewable energy | Beyond Nuclear International

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Public comments to NRC needed in opposition to the WCS/ISP CISF scheme, by Oct. 19 deadline! | Beyond Nuclear - Centralized Storage

Beyond Nuclear files hearing request, petition to intervene, opposing Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners  rad. waste CISF (Consolidated Interim Storage Facility) which would store 40,000 metric tons of highly radioactive, commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, if its license application to construct and build is approved. The scheme would also launch unprecedented numbers of shipments of high-level radioactive waste by road, rail, and/or waterway through most states. 


Beyond Nuclear - Centralized Storage - Public comments to NRC needed in opposition to the WCS/ISP CISF scheme, by Oct. 19 deadline!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Radioactivity harms us and no dose is “safe” | Beyond Nuclear International

A “small” dose can do immense damage; our new handbook explains how and why

All nuclear power plants routinely release radioactive gases and water contaminated with radioactive isotopes. When a nuclear plant has a serious accident — as occurred at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima — orders of magnitude more radioactivity is released into the environment.
Uranium mining also releases harmful radioactive isotopes and leaves behind radioactive waste. The 1979 uranium tailings pond spill at Church Rock, NM — 90 million gallons of liquid radioactive waste and 1,100 tons of solid mill waste — was the largest accidental release of radioactive waste in US history and permanently contaminated the Puerco River.
Radioactive releases occur all along the uranium fuel chain, beginning with uranium mining and culminating in radioactive waste “management.”
All of these releases — whether large or small (because there is no “safe” dose) — impact human health with varying degrees of severity. And yet most of the time, these impacts are poorly understood, hushed up, or even dismissed. When discoveries are made — such as increased rates of leukemia in populations living near nuclear power or reprocessing plants — there is an immediate effort by industry, often supported by governments, to undermine, challenge or negate such findings.
The fact remains, however, that both the immediate and long-term damage done to human health — which can last for generations — is the single, most compelling reason not to continue with the use of nuclear power and the extractive, polluting industries that must support it.
The Radiation and Harm to Human Health chapter of the Beyond Nuclear anti-nuclear handbook, is available now for download and printing as a standalone booklet. In it, we endeavor to both explain and synthesize the many ways that radioactivity released through the nuclear power sector damages human health, especially the most vulnerable members of our population — women, pregnancy, babies and young children…

more: Radioactivity harms us and no dose is “safe” | Beyond Nuclear International

NEW HANDBOOK: "The Case Against Nuclear Power: Radiation and Harm to Human Health" (PDF)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trump’s EPA is moving to weaken regulation on radiation exposure | PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.

The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release…

Trump’s EPA is moving to weaken regulation on radiation exposure | PBS NewsHour