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Friday
May182018

May 18, 1979 - Karen Silkwood verdict

As reported by PEACEbuttons.INFO:

May 18, 1979: A jury in a federal court in Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee established a company's responsibilty for damage to the health of a worker in the nuclear industry. [More.]

Friday
May182018

MOX got nixed but plutonium pits could be next

The US Department of Energy has told Congress it plans to cancel an unfinished plutonium fuel fabrication plant in South Carolina that has already cost $7.6 billion and would have cost $50 billion more to complete. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the department instead wants to use the facility to manufacture pits, the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear weapons. The MOX plant (pictured) would have combined surplus weapons grade plutonium with uranium from irradiated reactor fuel to make mixed-oxide fuel, or MOX. The plan was the result of a joint agreement with Russia, originally signed in 2000. Russia ceased implementation of the MOX plan in 2016 as US-Russia relations cooled. No US reactors are designed to use MOX fuel. The 34 tons of plutonium originally designated for MOX will now be diluted with an inert substance and disposed of at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The WIPP plant suffered a serious explosion and release of radioactive materials in February 2014 that exposed workers and forced a prolonged closure, costing at least $2 billion. All in all, a story of a colossal waste of money. More

Monday
May142018

Crimes against future generations

Our continued possession of nuclear weapons; production of radioactive waste due to our use of nuclear power; and our inadequate action on climate change are crimes against future generations, write Andreas Nidecker, Emilie Gaillard and Alyn Ware. Read their article.

Monday
May142018

CND campaigner marks 40 years as organization turns 60

British CND campaigner, Rae Street, vows she will never "shut up" as long as nuclear weapons exist in the world. She has campaigned resolutely to get rid of them for 40 years. Now 80, she just helped mark CND's 60th anniversary. Here is her story.

Monday
May142018

Fukushima teen feels despair, then fights back for justice

A 15-year old boy lost everything he loved when he was forced to evacuate from his Fukushima home. Bullied at his new school and, because he came from a radioactive area, called a "germ," there were moments when he wanted to die. Instead, he bravely testified before a Tokyo court to get justice and compensation for evacuees. Read his story.