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Thursday
Oct232014

Beyond Nuclear statement regarding NRC Chairman Macfarlane's announced resignation

NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane just announced her resignationBeyond Nuclear has issued the following statement regarding NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane's announced resignation, just a year and a half into her current five-year term:

"Chairman Macfarlane took some principled and important steps toward restoring the NRC’s integrity and upholding its public safety mission statement, but failed to fulfill them.

Unfortunately, the 'go along to get along' strategy is inherently hamstrung, particularly given the many ferocious industry policy fights raging throughout the agency...

Sometimes there is no successful righting of any ship of state after its credibility has sunk just so low..." More.

Wednesday
Oct222014

Five Laureates receive Nuclear-Free Future Award 2014

The Nuclear Free Future Award 2014 hosted in Munich goes to five outstanding individuals dedicated to preserve the planet and future generations from nuclear madness.  Since 1998, the central message of the foundation is “Leave the uranium in the earth !”

The 2014 awardees with their bios are:

Aileen Mioko Smith for breaking through the wall of nuclear lies in Japan.

Golden Misabiko for courageous work exposing the corruption of uranium mining in Congo.

Joseph Laissin Mailong for innovative work installing wind turbines in Cameroon.

Professor Edmund Lengfelder for pioneering work in mapping radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.

Hans Schuierer for political courage and his stand against the Wackersdorf nuclear reprocessing facility.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Beyond Nuclear on Thom Hartmann regarding Fukushima

EcoWatch has featured Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" t.v. show, speaking about Woods Hole's Dr. Ken Buesseler's detection of Fukushima radioactive contamination in the open ocean off the west coast of North America.

Beyond Nuclear's Reactor Oversight Project Director, Paul Gunter, appeared on Thom Hartmann's radio show earlier in the day on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.

Thursday
Oct162014

Return of the Yucca dump zombie?!

Political cartoon by Jim Day of the Las Vegas Review Journal (be sure to count the toes!)Despite hoots and hollers from nuclear industry lobbyists and their friends in Congress, the publication of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump  Safety Evaluation Report volume, entitled "Repository Safety After Permanent Closure," does not herald the dump's resurrection. To the contrary, the State of Nevada, its congressional delegation, and their powerful allies in the U.S. Senate -- backed by a thousand or so environmental groups across the country -- remain adamantly, and tirelessly, committed to preventing the still-cancelled, unfunded, scientifically unsuitable dump-site from ever opening. More.

Thursday
Oct092014

Beyond Nuclear press release on nuke industry op-ed plants in media

Media outlets publish cookie-cutter op-eds under different by-lines with the same false information

TAKOMA PARK, MD, October 9, 2014 -- Over the past three weeks, news outlets around the country have published op-eds and letters to the editor with identical phrasing under different by-lines suggesting they were orchestrated by a nuclear industry public relations campaign, Beyond Nuclear has found.

To date, Beyond Nuclear has identified nine articles containing the same, often false, talking points and sometimes identical language, written under seven different by-lines. The articles all promote the reprocessing of irradiated reactor fuel, but refer to it as “recycling,” sometimes as many as ten times in a single article. France is touted as the reprocessing Wunderkind.

“Media outlets should not accept articles that are clearly not the original work of the author and that have already appeared in other publications under a different by-line,” said Beyond Nuclear international specialist, Linda Gunter, who researched the apparent rash of plagiarism. 

“These publications also failed to fact check, allowing themselves to be the voice-piece of the nuclear industry and repeating statements that are fundamentally untrue. All of this raises some serious ethical questions.”

The articles appeared mainly in regional newspapers but also in Forbes magazine. Read the full press release.