Flood waters from typhoon Hagibis inundated a temporary storage site holding bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima. An unknown number of bags were swept into the local Furumichi River that empties into another river that flows to the Pacific Ocean. …Continue reading
Even though “Nevada Is Not a Radioactive Wasteland!” (see photo, above, showing Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps, and Native Community Action Council’s Ian Zabarte, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in…Continue reading
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Image courtesy of Radiation Monitoring ProjectEarly findings from a government-funded study reveal that almost a quarter of 781 Navajo (Diné) women examined have high levels of uranium in their bodies. Newborns continued to have these high le…Continue reading
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 (WNISR) is a 323-page annual compendium that focuses an impressive amount of detail on the state of commercial nuclear power, nation by nation, around the global. It is a valuable and reliab…Continue reading
Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury who has specialized in investigative reporting for 45 years. He is the host of the TV program “Enviro Close-Up,” the writer and prese…Continue reading
The nuclear power industry’s PR machine has long tried to cynically hitch its wagon to the climate crisis. As but one recent example, WAMU (NPR’s Washington, D.C. station) has been, yet again, running regular Nuclear Energy Institute, NuScale (a…Continue reading
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (with sword), alongside Saudi energy ministerOne year has passed since the brutal murder, and macabre dismemberment, of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbal, Turkey,…Continue reading
As reported by Politico in an article entitled “Democrats Turn Eye to Rick Perry in Ukrainian Probe”:
The former Texas governor has been a regular visitor to Saudi Arabia, where he traveled in 2017 to persuade the Kingdom to partner with the U.S. rat…
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P.O. Box 46301, Las Vegas, NV 89114
October 1, 2019
Committee on Energy and Commerce
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Strike for Climate Action, San Francisco, CA. Photo: Mary Spadaro.In Washington, D.C., Beyond Nuclear staff took part in both the International Youth Climate Strike on Friday, September 20, 2019, as well as the Shut Down DC climate action on Monday, Se…Continue reading
Three Mile Island Alert has put up a billboard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, warning folks that vigilance is still very much needed, even after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant’s last operating unit shut down for good last Friday.
EnviroVideo’s Karl Grossman interviews Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps on the Trump Administration’s effort to revive the economically failing and increasingly dangerous nuclear power industry in the United States and foreign sales most notably in Saudi A…Continue reading
Middletown, PA town council meeting, June 20, 1979. Photo by Robert Del Tredichi, from his book “The People of Three Mile Island” (Sierra Club Books, 1980). Used with permission.As reported by CNN.
Three Mile Island-Unit 1 in PA had been announced by i…
It has been reported that HB6 (Ohio House Bill 6) coal/nuclear bailout supporters have purchased $1 million in advertizing on television and radio. The first anti-petition television ad began airing in late August 2019. The petition would…Continue reading
NRC announced 11 public meetings (this link also has details on past meetings) regarding establishment of local community advisory boards (CABs). These meetings run from August through October, 2019 and are in places where reactors are decommissioning….Continue reading
New fact sheet — adapated and expanded from our Myth of Deterrence pamphlet. This fact sheet has two additional points not included in the pamphlet. Feel free to download, print and distribute.
The concept of “deterrence” is that the p…Continue reading
As made clear by postings at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) website on September 5, 2019, Interim Storage Partners (ISP) has moved to moot the only contention admitted by NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB), in the Wast…Continue reading
Ian Zabarte, secretary, NCAC, speaks at a press conference at UNLVAs reported by the Las Vegas Sun, a coalition of Nevadans — from Western Shoshone Indians, to environmentalists, to local, state, and federal offic…
Japan’s new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, son of the former prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, says Japan should close down its nuclear power plants. At a news conference reported by Reuters, he said: “I would like to study how we scrap them,…Continue reading
Japan’s environment minister, Yoshiaki Harada, once again signalled in public remarks that Japan is looking to dump radioactive water currently stored in tanks on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site into the Pacific ocean. At least 1,000 tanks cur…Continue reading
Beyond Nuclear interviewed on the Thom Hartmann Program.Continue reading
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and the public interest group Pilgrim Watch are calling for a “stay” of the issuance of a federal license transfer of the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA from Energy Nuclear to Holtec Internation…Continue reading
NRC announced 11 public meetings (this link also has details on past meetings) regarding establishment of local community advisory boards (CABs). These meetings run from August through October, 2019 and are in places where reactors are being decommissi…Continue reading
NRC announced 11 public meetings regarding establishment of local community advisory boards (CABs). These meetings run from August through October, 2019 and are in places where reactors are decommissioning. NRC will accept written comments through mid-…Continue reading
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has ruled in the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners (WCS/ISP) consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) licesning proceeding.
The ASLB has ackno…
On August 2, 1939, Albert Einstein sent a letter that triggered the Manhattan Project to construct atom bombs “before Nazi Germany did. And it led to a widening of nuclear technology and what has been called the ‘Atomic Age,’” writes Karl Gross…Continue reading
On August 8, 2019, a test of a Russian nuclear-powered rocket engine for the “Skyfall” or Burevestnik cruise missile program exploded on its launch platform at the Nynonksa test range above the Arctic Circle on the White Sea. At least five scientists and workers have been killed and dozens injured. Sustained gamma radiation was measured at multiple monitoring stations for 40 minutes to an hour, eighteen miles away in the closed military city of Severodvinsk (pictured by Михаил солобаев for Wikimedia Commons). The radiation is reported to have spiked six to twenty times above normal before documentation was shutdown. As concern grew over the potential radiation exposure to the 500 residents of Nynoksa, the village nearest the explosion, on August 13th the Russian military ordered their evacuation but rescinded it only hours later. Since the accident, the 180,000 residents of Severodvinsk have been seeking and ingesting potassium iodide (KI) to block the uptake of cancer-casuing radioactive iodine to the thyroid gland. Saturating the thyroid with stable iodine is a critical prophylactic for the limited radiation protection it offers the most vulnerable population (infants, young children and pregnant women). According to the American Thyroid Association, KI should always be used as an “essential adjunct” to prompt evacuation or limited sheltering-in-place and restricted ingestion of contaminated food and water.
The Skyfall nuclear-powered cruise missile system is part of Russia’s newly developed experimental warfighting strategy where nuclear weapons could be launched and held aloft indefinitely, evasively traveling over the global at hypersonic speed by an atomic-powered ramjet propulsion system. Skyfall initially uses conventional liquid jet fuel for launch but as the cruise missile reaches supersonic speed, the air is drawn into the missile system and super-heated by the nuclear reactor to rapidly expand and discharged for hypersonic thrust. Because the super-heated air comes in direct contact with the reactor, it would be highly radioactive. The Burevestnik cruise missile, aka Skyfall, is similar to what the United States Air Force contemplated before it abandoned nuclear-powered rockets in “Project Pluto” during the Cold War. The weight of a reactor engine raised questions. Oddly, U.S. scientists were concerned about the populations and the environment in the nuclear weapon’s flight path being irradiated by the radioactive exhaust enroute to target.
Putin’s Kremlin has conducted numerous Skyfall tests estimated at 16 to 20 to date. All of the missiles have failed to sustain flight and crashed as radioactive reactor fragments and nuclear waste in northern Russia’s Arctic territory and sea.
At publication, there are no reports of elevated radiation being detected outside of Russian territory. However, this is a matter of ongoing discovery and concern.Continue reading
We offer here the opening paragraphs of Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui’s (pictured) remarks on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city. Click at the end to read the full statement:
“Around the world today, we see self-centered nationalism in a…
As Karl Grossman, Beyond Nuclear board member, writes this week in Counterpunch, offshore wind holds great promise for addressing carbon emissions. In the US, it has gotten off to a very late start, however, held back not only by the big polluters, but…Continue reading
“Seventy-four years ago, everything here in Hiroshima was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb and so were the people living here.” These were the opening words of Hidehiko Yuzaki, the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, when he spoke at t…Continue reading
Congress is on recess until September 9 and Beyond Nuclear is encouraging its members to meet with their elected officials to talk about nuclear power. The presence of Representatives and Senators in their home districts gives our members the ideal opp…Continue reading
Check for a commemoration event near you, take part, and spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.
An important treaty signed in 1987, and that for the first time saw an actual reduction in the nuclear arsenals of the US and the then Soviet Union, has now officially ended. Today, the threatened withdrawal from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear For…Continue reading
Photo credit: U.S. Department of EnergyOn June 20, 2019, an Atomic Safety Licensing Board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied Beyond Nuclear a federal public hearing to scrutinize how Exelon plans to manage the attack of age-related …Continue reading
Just out TV program — “The Hoax That Nuclear Power Is Green.” https://youtu.be/1OGpTiPVrvM
This “Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman” debunks the hoax that nuclear power is green. The …
The false claims that nuclear power can address the climate crisis were dealt another blow last week as France faced the possibility of having to shut down its nuclear plants due to extreme heat. Nuclear plants cannot operate safely when their intake w…Continue reading
Efforts are underway in Congress to push back on the Trump administration’s move to classify uranium as a “critical mineral” essential for national security. Here is the statement by Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel at Earthwork in response to…Continue reading
Fairewinds has created this two-minute animation to show why building new nuclear power plants is a lost opportunity for humankind with precious time and money wasted on the wrong choice. At least $8.2 Trillion would be needed to build the 1,000 atomic…Continue reading
A new series on nuclear power on the USA Today newspaper network, includes an indepth story in the Asbury Park Press about the future for the New Jeresey region around the closed but not yet decommissioned Oyster Creek Generating Station.
It was supposed to be the “flagship” new reactor design and a French nuclear feather in EDF’s cap. Instead, the EPR — absurdly dubbed the Evolutionary Power Reactor during its short aspirational tenure in the US — has proven to be both a dinosaur and…Continue reading
Writes Karl Grossman on Counterpunch today:
“Shoreham Action is One of the Largest Held Worldwide,” was the headline in The New York Times about an event which happened 40 years ago this month. The article told of how “more …
On June 17, 2019, the US Supreme Court decided 6-3 to uphold the state of Virginia’s right to enforce its ban on uranium mining. The Court found against Virginia Uranium’s request to go forward with the Coles Hill uranium mine in Virginia w…Continue reading
The Associated Press is reporting that “New Mexico’s governor said Friday she’s opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around …Continue reading
A special double-edition of the Nuclear Monitor, published April 24, 2019, took a look at nuclear waste in depth. It features six articles written by Prof.Andrew Blowers OBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at The Open University and presently Co-Chair of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy / NGO Nuclear Forum. Blowers looks at:
The legacy landscapes of nuclear power, where they are and how they developed: The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a semi-desert region with homesteads of settlers and homelands of Native Americans ‒ that was transformed into the heart of the US nuclear weapons program, and thus into a nuclear wasteland; Sellafield, Britain’s nuclear heartland. Sellafield’s abundant and varied nuclear waste stockpiles (including a plutonium stockpile) comprise wastes arising from the plant’s initial military function and subsequently wastes mainly derived from reprocessing spent fuel; France, La Hague and Bure — two places with a crucial role in the storage and disposal of France’s more highly radioactive wastes. As the nuclear industry in France declines and reprocessing is questioned, so La Hague will adapt to survive as the centre for management of radioactive waste. Bure is the outcome of a long and contentious process of site selection for a deep geological nuclear waste repository; Gorleben, where conflict over the nuclear waste facilities proved pivotal to the end of nuclear power in Germany; and a look into the future — nuclear’s wastelands are scattered around the world in places where nuclear activities, accidents or deliberate devastation have occurred. These areas are usually remote, or areas from which the population has been removed, as at Fukushima and Chernobyl. More typically they constitute nuclear oases where nuclear facilities and communities co-exist in a state of mutual dependency extending down the generations. Read the Nuclear Monitor here.Continue reading
Margaret Harrington, host of “Nuclear Free Future,” with a Nuclear Disarmanent Day banner, August 6, Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Commemoration DayAs aired on “Nuclear Free Future” with Margaret Harrington (photo, left), on Channel 17, TownMeetig Televisio…Continue reading
Beyond Nuclear’s legal counsel, Diane Curran and Harmon Curran in Washington DC, and Mindy Goldstein of Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory U. in Atlanta GA, have appealed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) against the May 7, 2019 …Continue reading
A good, indepth article in TC Palm, coming off our notice of intent to sue over failure to protect sea turtles at the St. Lucie nuclear plant (see next story below), challenged plant owner FPL’s claim that “The vast majority of the wildlife comes in he…Continue reading
Turtle Island Restoration Network and Beyond Nuclear filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for failing to protect endangered species from illegal intake and harm at the St. Lucie Nuclear Po…Continue reading
Davis-Besse, and the Great Lake Erie it directly threatens with radioactive contaminationThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that bankrupt FirstEnergy Nuclear’s proposed bailout of its dangerously age-degraded Davis-Besse (photo, left) and Perry atom…Continue reading