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Thursday
Nov152018

California wildfire could be spreading radioactive contamination from cold war site.

The Woolsey fire's suspected (not yet confirmed) starting point, about 1000 yards from the 1959 reactor meltdownPlease sign the petition. Listen to Nuclear Hotseat episode #386.

For decades the community around Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL), just north of Los Angeles, California, asked that the site be cleaned of chemical and radioactive contamination. Now it may be too late to contain it. The Woolsey fire, which evidence indicates started at SSFL, continues to devastate California. It could also be carrying pollution from the former research site to other areas.

Scientists at SSFL experimented with new rocket, weapons and nuclear reactor technologies, leaving a dangerous legacy of environmental contamination, including releases from a reactor meltdown at the site in 1959. Surrounding suburban communities have experienced elevated cancer rates.

Community members are now asking the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to warn the public and fire fighters that smoke from the fire could be carrying radioactive particles from the site. The DTSC still denies any danger but they refuse to make public methods used, and results of, any testing they have done. If you live within 25 miles of SSFL, contact Fairewinds for information on testing dust in your house for radiation.

Wildfires have spread radionuclides from areas contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor meltdown, demonstrating the danger contaminated sites, like SSFL, continue to pose, particularly given the growing impact of climate change on the frequency and intensity of wildfires. This is an unfolding story.

Thursday
Nov082018

After mass desertions, Toshiba cancels its own nuclear project

First it was UK's SSE that headed for the exit. Then it was Spain's Ibderola who bolted. After that France's GDF Suez (renamed Engie) bowed out. Then KEPCO briefly entered and left. And today, Toshiba, the owner of the ill-fated nuclear power project in Cumbria, England, from which all companies fled, has shown itself the door.

Toshiba today announced it was canceling plans for what was originally intended to be a new three-reactor project in England's northwest. Not surprisingly, the company cited the unappetizing financial burden of nuclear power for the demise of the project, which had long been anticipated to fail.

'“After considering the additional costs entailed in continuing to operate NuGen, Toshiba recognizes that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the project,” Toshiba said in a statement.

Toshiba's NuGen consortium, left with a membership of one -- Toshiba -- was to have managed the project. Perhaps Toshiba should have erected a sign saying "abandon hope all ye who enter here." Instead, they allowed their sign (left, photographed in 2017), to become overgrown with weeds, a portend of the collapse to come.

Read more details about the end of the NuGen project here at Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

Wednesday
Oct312018

Radioactive Waste Is Coming through Your Town -- Unless YOU Help Stop It!

Rail-sized cask shipment of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel.The nuclear power industry, and its friends in government, have proposed multiple dump-sites for high-level radioactive waste out West -- permanent burial at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, on Western Shoshone Indian land; "temporary" storage in southeastern New Mexico; and/or "interim" storage in West Texas. What can YOU do about this, given that when it comes to high-level radioactive waste transportation risks, we all live in Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas?!  If any one of these dumps opens, it would launch large-scale shipping of irradiated nuclear fuel, by truck, train, and/or barge, through most states, and countless towns, likely including yours.

Currently, there is a public comment opportunity re: the Texas scheme.

Please submit public comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before its Nov. 19th deadline, expressing opposition to the centralized interim storage facility targeted at Andrews County, West Texas by WCS/ISP (Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners). Orano (formerly Areva, formerly Cogema) of France is the lead partner. Web forms you can use as is, or edit, as well as sample comments you can use to prepare your own -- along with instructions on how to submit them -- are posted at Beyond Nuclear's website.

To learn more, please see Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section, where info. about multiple speaking tours across the country are posted; as well as our Waste Transport Risk website section. Stop the Mobile Chernobyls, Fukushima Freeways, Dirty Bombs on Wheels, Floating Fukushimas, and Mobile X-ray Machines That Can't Be Turned Off!

Monday
Oct292018

A painter who sounds climate change and nuclear disaster warning through her art

Mary Lou Dauray is a California painter and world traveler who had specialized in landscapes. But melting glaciers, the site of coal-laden rail cars, and the news of the Fukushima nuclear disaster disturbed that tranquility. Her subject matter now reflects what she cares about the most -- preserving and protecting the future health, safety and beauty of our planet. More

Monday
Oct292018

The toxic legacy of Tummalapalle uranium mines in India

Villagers are suffering debilitating illnesses, animals die and crops wither. Yet tailings waste from the nearby uranium mine continues to be dumped into waterways. The toxic mess that is India's uranium mining industry has gone on for decades. Two journalists went to take a look for themselves and sound the alarm. More