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Vermont Yankee Joins the Tsunami of US Reactor Shutdowns
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In a huge victory for the grass-roots movement for a green-powered earth, Entergy has announced it will shut its Vermont Yankee reactor by the end of next year. “It’s fantastic,” says longtime safe-energy activist Deb Katz. “This is such a win for the peopl...
Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The horrifying news from Fukushima worsens daily. It is an unparalleled global catastrophe that cries out for anyone and everyone with nuclear expertise to pitch in. Topping this list should be Dr. James Hansen. Hansen is a climate scientist and a hero of the globa...
The Dark Nuclear Lesson of Entergy v. Shumlin
NANCY BURTON
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 turns 60 in 2014. It has not aged well. It’s time to update and amend it with a single sentence: “Nothing herein shall prevent a state from permanently shutting a nuclear power plant within its borders for reasons of public health and sa...
The Supreme Court of India’s Judgment on the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
New Delhi. Contrary to most media reports, the Supreme Court of India – vide its Judgment dated 06 May 2013 in SLP(C)* [*See Glossary] No.27335 of 2012 – has not yet formally granted permission for commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power p...
For Future Reactor Meltdowns, EPA Means “Extra Pollution Allowed”
JOHN LaFORGE
As the nuclear power industry struggles against collapse from skyrocketing costs, bankrupting repair bills and investor flight (four operating reactors were permanently closed this year, more than in any previous 12 month period), the government seems to have capitulated ...
What Fukushima Might Have Taught Terrorists
ACE HOFFMAN
The storage systems for highly radioactive used reactor cores at San Onofre is not “hardened” against anything significant.  There are no active air defenses around it of any sort.  Many people bandy the term “hardened” around — using it fi...
How David Slew a Nuclear Goliath
ACE HOFFMAN
“Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes.  It was beauty killed the beast.” The glitter of gold attracted the operators of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  It did them in. Faced with the need to upgrade an old de...
The Fish of Fukushima
JOHN LaFORGE
On June 4th, 2013, London-based news source the Guardian reported, “Fukushima tuna safe to eat – study.”  The day before, the Los Angeles Times reported, “Scientists to eaters: Don’t freak out over Fukushima fish.” The San Di...
San Onofre and Davis Besse Back in the Crosshairs
MICHAEL LEONARDI
The Davis Besse nuclear generating station in Oak Harbor, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie is back in the cross hairs after last weeks announcement that the crippled San Onofre nuclear power plant in southern California will remain permanently shut down and be decommission...
San Onofre Nuke Plant is Dead!
HARVEY WASSERMAN
From his California beach house at San Clemente, Richard Nixon once watched three reactors rise at nearby San Onofre.  As of June 7, 2013, all three are permanently shut. It’s a monumental victory for grassroots activism.  it marks an epic transition in how w...
“No Nukes” is Still the Case
RON JACOBS
Despite spending several days in detention facilities in the late 1970s and early 1980s because of my opposition to nuclear power and its consequent dangers and debris, I honestly never thought nuclear power would be gone by 2013.  The setup for the industry was just too...
San Onofre is Dead, the Nuclear Waste Isn’t
ACE HOFFMAN
I think Edison deserves credit for making a wise decision to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear plant.  I support the decision.  It’s good for business, good for California, good for the environment.  It’s the correct engineering decision to make.  S...
Mexico’s Troubled Nuclear Plant
TALLI NAUMAN
With Latin American countries still turned off to nuclear power two years after Japan’s monumental Fukushima meltdowns dispersed radioactive fallout across the ocean to them, events inside a similar facility in Mexico have fueled mounting skepticism over the potential f...
Chernobyl at 27
JOSEPH J. MANGANO and Dr. JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
The 27th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl reminds us of both a sad legacy and a positive impact on the future. The bad news came first.  Chernobyl stunned many with the first total core meltdown of a nuclear reactor.  A mas...
Los Angeles to San Onofre: “Not So Fast!”
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A unanimous Los Angeles City Council has demanded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct extended investigations before any restart at the San Onofre atomic power plant. The move reflects a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched ...
San Onofre to Boxer, Markey & the Public…
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The bitter battle over two stricken southern California reactors has taken a shocking seismic hit. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability Office has seriously quest...
Dr. Radiofrankenstein and Me
JOE GIAMBRONE
DR. R: Evil!  You are evil!  You and your socialist lefty agitprop jerks are Satan incarnate, I swear. ME: Now now.  Did you really think I was going to approve that post on my blog?  Did you actually read the article?  There are links to real ev...
The Radioactive Ghost of Chiang Kai-shek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
On March 9th, 2013, over 200,000 anti nuclear activists took to the streets around Taiwan as the debate over nuclear power is once again heating up. A proposed referendum in July or August is now touted as the ultimate arbiter of the fate of nuclear plant Numbe...
The Truth About Radiation
JOE GIAMBRONE
I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, and I’m going to have to point out some widespread – let’s say – untruths going around concerning the health impacts of radiation poisoning from the Fukushima meltdowns.  Yes, that’s “meltdowns,” plural.  It’s actua...
Fukushima’s Fallout is Already Harming Our Children
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Thyroid abnormalities have now been confirmed among tens of thousands of children downwind from Fukushima.  They are the first clear sign of an unfolding radioactive tragedy that demands this industry be buried forever. Two years after Fukushima exploded, three st...
Fukushima’s Nuclear Casualties
JOSEPH J. MANGANO
Exactly two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, perhaps the most crucial issue to be addressed is how many people were harmed by radioactive emissions. The full tally won’t be known for years, after many scientific studies. But some have rushed to judgmen...
Obama’s Department of Fracking and Nukes
KARL GROSSMAN
With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama’s call for “clean” energy in his 2013 State...
Fukushima: Two Years Later
JANETTE SHERMAN, MD
Over the last two years, questions arise as to whether the Fukushima nuclear disaster is worse than Chernobyl. Unless the principles of physics, chemistry and biology are cancelled, the effects that have been documented in the various populations exposed to the radioa...
Betrayal of Trust on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
GINA MASON
Living with radiation sickness is not on my bucket list and I would hazard that it isn’t on yours either. Nor is it what I have in mind for my children’s future. Yet our government continues to manufacture nuclear materials and unsafely store radioactive waste in clea...
Our Atomic Dominoes Are Falling
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Two more atomic dominoes have hit the deck. At least a half-dozen more teeter on the brink, which would take the US reactor count under 100. But can we bury them before the next Fukushima erupts? And will we still laugh when Fox “News” says there...