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Archives by Tag 'nuclear power'
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...
When Chu Went Nuclear
KARL GROSSMAN
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation last week after four years of pushing nuclear power, although he promoted energy efficiency and safe, renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind, too. But nuclear power remained a major focus of Dr....
End the Nuclear Lobby
PETER G. COHEN
For decades the peace movement has been satisfied with scraps from the table of nuclear weapons and their beneficiaries. Even the New START Treaty was offset by the Obama administration promise to spend $185 billion in this decade on modernization of nuclear weapons and d...
Showdown at San Onofre
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power. They sit in a seismic zone vulnerable to tsunamis.  Faulty steam generators have forced them shut for nearly a year. A powerful “No Nukes...
The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America
RAMZY BAROUD
Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by US President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences...
The Nuclear Waste Dump Formerly Known as San Onofre?
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Southern California Edison, the operator of the (non-operating) San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station, is running out of options. Even the federal regulators are coming down hard on them.  The public remains deeply skeptical, while local elected officials co...
The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
A few weeks ago Southern California Edison (SCE) was given several billion dollars by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a General Rate Case (GRC).  The timing was perfect for SCE.  The Order Initiating Investigation (OII) regarding San Onofre’s ...
Double Your Trouble With Nuclear Power
JOSEPH MANGANO and Dr. JANETTE SHERMAN, MD
Industry leaders will have no problem closing nuclear reactors that don’t generate expected profits. Exelon, the Chicago-based company that owns 17 of the 104 U.S. reactors, recently saw its stock price drop below $30 a share, the same level as mid-2003, and a whopping ...
Government and Industry Still Denying Science at Fukushima
JOHN LAFORGE
When the Fukushima-1 reactor complex in Japan went into radioactive apoplexy on March 11, 2011, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. — like the Russians at Chernobyl before them — began minimizing the risks of radiation and the known and potential ...
Nuke Power’s Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In the wake of this fall’s election, the disintegration of America’s decrepit atomic reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass. Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon, Barack Obama may be very lucky to get through his second ter...
One Day in Fukushima
STEVE ZELTZER
When a doctor told a Fukushima mother recently that the chance of her child having cancer was only 1 in 100. This mother had let her children evacuate to Yamagata after two of her children had gotten 3 milimeter thyroid cists in their throats had answer to the doctor. For...
How the Clinton Administration Nixed an Iran Nuke Deal
GARETH PORTER
In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear programme at the invitation of the government of newly-elected Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, according to the nuclear scientist who was...
The Trouble With Rust-Bucket Reactors
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The US fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall.  The much-hyped “nuclear renaissance” is now definitively headed in reverse. The announcement that Wisconsin’s Kewaunee will shut next year will be remembered as a critical dam break.  O...
Entergy Watches as Boron Degrades
JOHN RAYMOND
Will New York State have any more success in shutting down Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear waste dump on the Hudson River than Vermont has had, so far, in its battle to close Entergy’s Yankee plant that befouls the landmark Connecticut River? Don’t bet on it. ...
Nuclear Lies, Cover-Ups and Secrecy
JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
Do Governments and Corporations lie, cover-up and maintain secrecy as they harm our planet and us?  Joe Mangano’s new book Mad Science – The Nuclear Power Experiment clearly lays it out that they have done so for more than half a century. This book is a page-t...
Diplomat: Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20 Percent Enrichment
GARETH PORTER
Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to the International At...
Japan’s Long Atomic Sayonara
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As demonstrators from the Coalition Against Nukes prepare to descend on Washington DC and the Nuclear Regul...
Rupert Murdoch’s Fukushima Flim-Flam
HARVEY WASSERMAN
With every atomic reactor disaster comes the inevitable whitewash. And Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ...
The Deadly Silence Over Fukushima
KARL GROSSMAN
Amid the cover-up of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the title of Kimberly Roberson’s book rings so unfortunately true: ...
The Radioactive Waste Disaster
KEVIN KAMPS and LINDA GUNTER
It was always a terrible name – The Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision. No one, since the first cupful of forever deadly nuclear waste was generated at Chicago’s Fermi reactor on December 2, 1942, has ever had the slightest ounce of confidence about what to do with...
Nuclear Cover-Up Threatens Great Lakes Region
MICHAEL LEONARDI
According to recent reports from the nuclear watchdog Beyond Nuclear and several Great Lakes environmental organizations, the NRC is up to its usual practices as an industry captured agency.  Collusion and flagrant cover-ups at the Davis Besse nuclear power plant on the ...
Fukushima’s Nuclear Casualties
JOSEPH MANGANO
It’s been nearly 18 months since the disastrous nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.  There have been many reports on the huge amounts of radioactivity escaping into the air and water, unusually high levels in air, water, and soil – along with atypically high levels of...
Fukushima Hangs by the Devil’s Thread
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Our lives still hang by a Devil’s thread at Fukushima. The molten cores at Units 1, 2 & 3 have threatened all life on Earth. The flood of liquid radiation has poisoned the Pacific. Fukushima’s cesium and other airborne emissions have already dwarfed Three M...
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week marks the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the combined initial death toll of approximately 200,000 and thousands more in the years that followed. As Albert Einstein famously said, “With the dawn of the nuclear...
Nukes on Mars
KARL GROSSMAN
World Nuclear News, the information arm of the World Nuclear Association which seeks to boost the use of atomic energy, last week heralded a NASA Mars rover slated to land on Mars on Monday, the first Mars rover fueled with plutonium. “A new era of space...
Restarting a Broken Nuke
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that (in their opinion) Southern California Edison did NOT mislead the NRC about design changes to their failed replacement steam generators for San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station. The billion-dollar mista...