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Court to Vermont: “Drop Dead”
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A federal judge has told the people of Vermont that a solemn contract between them and the reactor owner Entergy need not be honored.

The fight will almost certainly now go to the US Supreme Court. At stake is not only the future of atomic power, but the legitimacy o...
Nuclear Power in the US: a Rigged System
KARL GROSSMAN
The nuclear power program in the United States was set up rigged—to allow the federal government to push atomic energy with state and local governments “pre-empted” on most issues. That’s what the State of Vermont was confronted with last week as a federal ...
The Radioactive Waste Crisis
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
Before the month of January is out, the US Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will unveil the result of its two year-long investigation into what to do with the accumulated radioactive waste at the country’s nuclear power plant...
Banking on Sanctions
PEPE ESCOBAR
Let’s start with red lines. Here it is, Washington’s ultimate red line, straight from the lion’s mouth.  Only last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said of the Iranians, “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re ...
War on Iran: It’s Not A Matter of “If”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The world’s press is choc-a-bloc with “if” questions about Iran and war. Will Israel attack? Is Obama, coerced by domestic politics  in an election year, being dragged into war by the Israel lobby? Will he lunch the bombers?  Is the strategy to force Iran into a c...
Killing Nuclear Scientists
BINOY KAMPMARK
In the last two years, lethal attacks have been conducted on Iran’s nuclear scientists with increasing regularity.  A pattern is emerging – assassinations and attempted assassinations are gathering pace as tensions between Iran and its opponents, primarily the US and...
Iran: the Neocons Are At It Again
RALPH NADER
The same neocons who persuaded George W. Bush and crew to, in Ron Paul’s inimitable words, “lie their way into invading Iraq” in 2003, are beating the drums of war more loudly these days to attack Iran. It is remarkable how many of these war-mongers are former draft...
Nuclear Agency Squabbling Throws Smokescreen Over Safety Lapses
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
Four of the five commissioners at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have charged their boss, Chairman Gregory Jaczko, with “causing serious damage to this institution.” That is tough talk coming from an agency where mismanagement under previous chairmanships ...
Pounding the War Drums Against Iran
JAMES ABOUREZK
I watched another news program today—this one on MSNBC—with Dylan Ratigan shouting into the camera that if Iran shuts down the Strait of Hormuz through which 40 per cent of the world’s oil flows, it is an act of war. That’s true. However, like most e...
2012 is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima’s radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to ...
Christmas in the Radiation Zone
CHRIS WILLIAMS
It’s the first thing you notice.  Electric orange, ripe and luscious hoshigaki hang from every bough.  As we drive through the country and over the glittering, snow-specked mountain range from Fukushima city to Soma on the northeast coast of Japan, we pass ma...
To the Radiation Zone
CHRIS WILLIAMS
So said 64 year old Chieko Shiina, a member of the group Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation and a traditional farmer from Miyagi Prefecture, as I sat inside the tent on the floor across from her on Da...
Is Cancer Epidemic in America?
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
A friend and I were looking back at 2011. She remarked about all the cancer she’s seen this year.  Last month she lost a close friend — a woman in her 30s.  Another friend, 40, has bladder cancer for the second time. My step-mother recently mad...
Occupy the NRC
MICHAEL LEONARDI
A new and important phase in the Occupy movement began last week as Occupiers from Occupy Toledo crossed the border into southeast Michigan to target the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at a public meeting held to promote the construction of a new Fermi 3 Nuclear Power Plan...
The Plot to Oust America’s Nuclear Watchdog
ANDREW COCKBURN
In what may well be a temporary aberration, the Obama Administration appears to be sticking by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, even though the nuclear industry most definitely wants him out.  The current assault on Jaczko has come in the form of ...
TEPCO: Fukushima Radiation Isn’t Our Problem
JOHN LaFORGE
In the amoral milieu of the corporate bottom line, you can’t blame Tokyo Electric Power Co. for trying. Tepco owns the 6-reactor Fukushima complex that was wrecked by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and smashed by the resulting tsunami. It faces more than $350 bill...
Iran and the West
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Perils of brinkmanship with Iran are now on open display. As Libyans struggle after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the rebellion against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria continues, the campaign of sanctions against Iran has triggered events which echo the 1980s ...
The Curiosity Mission and Catastrophe Tourism
KARL GROSSMAN
With NASA intending to launch a plutonium-fueled rover from Florida on Saturday—and admitting that a launch pad accident releasing the deadly plutonium fuel could reach as far as 62 miles away—the issue being raised by the area’s tourism officials is whether the lau...
Dricks’ Nuclear Tricks
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Victor Dricks is up to his usual tricks. Dricks is the Region IV Public Affairs Officer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  He’s based in Arlington, Texas, nearly 1500 miles away from Southern California.  Half a country, and half a world awayR...
The Nuclear Contagion
WALTER BRASCH
For a few hours on the afternoon of Nov. 1, the people of southern California were scared by initial reports of an alert at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. An “alert” is the second of four warning levels. Workers first detected an ammonia leak in a w...
Nukes in Space
KARL GROSSMAN
NASA intends in coming weeks to launch a rover to be deployed on Mars fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium. Opponents of the launch in Florida, concerned about an accident releasing deadly plutonium, such as the explosion of the rocket that’s to loft the rover, have cre...
Radiation Reporting
JOHN LaFORGE
The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson’s doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series, and Netflix stock. ...
Is Nuclear Power Really a Trump Card Against Global Warming?
TAKASHI HIROSE
In recent years there seemed to be a nuclear power renaissance. One reason for this has been the adoption by its promoters of the theme of global warming, and their claim that nuclear power is clean energy because it does not produce carbon emissions.  But i...
How to Dwarf Fukushima
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
If you don’t want Fukushima USA to happen, there’s only one choice: Shut ‘em down!  Shut ‘em all down NOW! But don’t for a minute think that Fukushima was as bad as it can get! It was bad.  It was under-reported how bad...
Will a Failed Solar Loan Kill New Nukes?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Republicans up in arms about the infamous failed federal $535 million loan guarantee for the Solyndra solar panel producer are finally tasked to apply the same standards to nuclear power. If that happens, there will be no more commercial reactors built in the Unite...
Fighting Back Against Nuclear Power
MICHAEL LEONARDI
As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Industry, and Obama administration continue to push nuclear energy as safe and clean, a grassroots insurgency is growing from the awakening depths of the growingly vociferous American maelstrom. Fukushima’s three meltd...
What TEPCO and the Media are Hiding
TAKASHI HIROSE
When did the radiation start to leak from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and how far has it spread? About this our greatest interest, the Japanese Government announced nothing for several days (at least until March 17) after the ear...
Siemens Abandons Nuclear Power
KARL GROSSMAN
The just-announced decision by Siemens, a major player in the nuclear industry, to withdraw entirely from nuclear power is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world’s potential energy future. “The chapter is closed for us,” ...
A 9/11 Warning on Nuclear Plants
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
If I had told you, yesterday, that today two commercial airplanes, loaded with passengers and fueled for cross-country flights, would crash into New York City’s World Trade Center, one into each of the twin tower buildings, and that shortly thereafter both towers wo...
The Great San Diego Blackout
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
It looks like everyone survived the Great San Diego Black-Out of 2011. I didn’t even notice there was a black-out at first, other than the printer going off while I was trying to print protest books against San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.   A group o...
Quaking Nukes
DAVID SWANSON
Last year I reviewed a book called “Apocalypse Never” that made a powerful case for our options being limited to two...
Direct Action Versus Entergy’s Nukes
DAN DeWALT
Newfane, VT . A classic David vs. Goliath battle is taking shape in the courtroom and in the streets and fields of Vermont as Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana tries to overturn Vermont law in the federal courts. The state has thoughtfully and repeatedl...
TEPCO’s Darkest Secret
DAVID McNEILL and JAKE ADELSTEIN
It is one of the mysteries of Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis: How much damage did the March 11 earthquake do to the Fukushima Daiichi reactors before the tsunami hit?  The stakes are high: If the quake structurally compromised the plant and the safety of its nuclear fu...
Japan’s Silent Anger
RÓNÁN MacDUBHGHAILL
Sendai. Though the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is far from resolved, life in northern Japan has mostly returned to its former tranquillity. You wouldn’t know what happened, until you go too close to the shoreline or feel an after...
Green Music Confronts Nuclear Power, Again
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Amidst a life-and-death struggle to finally shut the nuclear energy industry, the power of green music flows again this Sunday. It’s also pouring over the Internet, as the historic all-day MUSE2 gathering is staged at the Shoreline Amphitheatre south of San F...
Unplug Your TV
STEVE BREYMAN
Due to the ongoing Fukushima disaster, Japan today has only 17 of its 54 nuclear reactors online (a little less than one-third). Nuke dependent Japan—30% of its electric power is nuclear—had to act quickly. In greater Tokyo, the target is a 15% reduction in electricit...
Nuclear Power and the Nuremberg Code
STEVE BREYMAN
The German Parliament voted last week to phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Thus far lacking a legislative commitment, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says even resource-poor Japan should wean itself from nuclear power. Seventy percent of Japanese parliamentarians agree with him. ...
Bleed Space
David Ker Thomson
I walk the line. —Johnny Cash Cedarville, Ontario. Back to Grey County of the heart.  I filed from here in May last year, describing a crawl through a rare old cedar copse destined to disappear before the new tr...
The Deep Green Meaning of Fukushima
DON FITZ
Humanity must decrease its use of energy.  The decrease must be a lot (not a little bit) and it must happen soon.  A failure to do so will lay the foundation for the destruction of human life by some combination of climate change and radiation. ...
Nuclear Catastrophe Imminent in Nebraska?
JOSEPH GIAMBRONE
When I wrote last week about the Nebraska reactor surrounded by floodwaters I, like most, still considered it a highly remote possibility of cataclysm. Upon further investigation, it seems much more likely now. The New York Times has e...