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Tuesday
May032016

Beyond Nuclear on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" regarding Hanford's radioactive leaks & Chernobyl commemoration in D.C.

Thom Hartmann, host of "The Big Picture"Thom Hartmann, host of "The Big Picture," interviewed Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps on recent -- and historical -- liquid high-level radioactive waste leaks at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) military plutonium production Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, WA. Thom also asked about workers sickened by toxic vapors there, and whistleblowers who have brought to light major failures, incompetence, and wrongdoing at Hanford's billion dollar boondoggle vitrification plant.

Kevin talked about Beyond Nuclear's commemoration of Fukushima+5/Chernobyl+30 at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C. on May 3.

Thom interviewed Kevin at part of a panel discussion also featuring Alex Lawson, Executive Director-Social Security Works and Sarah Badawi, Legislative Affairs Director-Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). Watch the discussion beginning at the 45 minute mark, and continuing to the end of the show.

Monday
May022016

Beyond Nuclear on Watching The Hawks discussing the (non)f future of nuclear power

Monday
May022016

Gorbachev still haunted by Chernobyl 30 years on

Writes Beyond Nuclear's Linda Pentz Gunter in The Ecologist: 

"From the moment I was informed - by telephone, at five o'clock in the morning on that fateful April 26, 1986 - that fire had broken out in Block Four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, my life has never been the same."

The author of these words, Mikhail Gorbachev, is 85 now. His health is failing.

He would like to travel the world and deliver this message. But more often than not, he cannot muster the energy. So in March, he sent an eloquent emissary in his stead, to address a gathering in London.

Gorbachev watched the Unit 4 Chernobyl nuclear reactor explode and melt down and the Soviet Union dissolve during his tenure as premier from 1985-1991.

Arguably it was the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe that turned him into an environmentalist. By 1992 he had founded Green Cross International, based in Geneva and from whence came his London emissary - Dr. Alexander Likhotal, the organization's current president.

Read the full article.

Monday
May022016

Beyond Nuclear on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" regarding Hanford's radioactive leaks & Chernobyl commemoration in D.C.

Thom Hartmann, host of "The Big Picture"Thom Hartmann, host of "The Big Picture," interviewed Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps about recent, as well as historical, leaks of high-level radioative waste at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) military plutonium production Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, WA. Thom also asked Kevin about Beyond Nuclear's Fukushima+5/Chernobyl+30 commemoration at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C.

Kevin appeared as part of a panel discussion also featuring Alex Lawson, Executive Director-Social Security Works, and Sarah Badawi, Legislative Affairs Director-Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). Watch the segment beginning at the 45:00 minute mark, and continuing till the end of the show.

Wednesday
Apr272016

30 years on, Chernobyl health effects continue, report shows

A 2016 update of the 2006 TORCH (The Other Report on Chernobyl) report finds that the deadly health legacy from the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster is far from over, says its author, Dr. Ian Fairlie. The report was commissioned by GLOBAL 2000/ Friends of the Earth Austria and financed by the Vienna Ombuds Office for Environmental Protection. The explosions and resulting graphite fire at Reactor 4 over ten days ejected 30% to 60% of the reactor core’s contents (60–120 tonnes) into the troposphere initially over the USSR and mostnof Europe.

Some of the TORCH-2016 key findings include: 

  • 40,000 fatal cancers are predicted in Europe over the next 50 years
  • 6,000 thyroid cancer cases to date, 16,000 more expected
  • 5 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia still live in highly contaminated areas (>40 kBq/m2)
  • 400 million in less contaminated areas (>4 kBq/m2)
  • 37% of Chernobyl's fallout was deposited on western Europe;
  • 42% of western Europe's land area was contaminated
  • increased radiogenic thyroid cancers expected in West European countries
  • increased radiogenic leukemias, cardiovascular diseases, breast cancers confirmed
  • new evidence of radiogenic birth defects, mental health effects and diabetes
  • new evidence that children living in contaminated areas suffer radiogenic illnesses

Read the full report.  

Read the Executive Summary.