Plutonium in space? A deadly possibility

THE WRONG STUFF: PLUTONIUM IN FLORIDA’S SKIES: Join award-winning investigative reporter Karl Grossman for “The Wrong Stuff: Plutonium in Florida’s Skies,” an exposé of NASA’s dangerous plans to launch the Curiosity space probe from Cape Canaveral with 10.56 pounds of deadly radioactive plutonium-238 dioxide aboard.  The launch could take place as early as November 25. 

Grossman will speak on Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 PM at 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota.  At 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 6  he will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater, Florida.  Drawing on NASA’s own documents and decades of his own reporting on the nuclear industry, he will examine dangers of the planned launch, NASA’s history of plutonium accidents, and how citizens can act to keep our skies nuclear-free. 

Contact NASA today
at or call (202) 358-0001 and let them know that until they can launch spacecraft without nuclear materials aboard, they should not launch at all.  And call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell President Obama that Curiosity should stay safely on the ground until it can be launched without threatening us and future generations.

In Sarasota, Karl Grossman is sponsored by WSLR 96.5 LPFM Community Radio and Pax Christi Tampa Bay.  His Clearwater talk is sponsored by WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater, and Pax Christi Tampa Bay.  For more information, call (727) 796-6539.


Fukushima-Daiichi Unit 2 may still be critical

"Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) pumped water mixed with boric acid into the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant early on Nov. 2 after finding traces of xenon, a radioactive gas that might indicate nuclear fission has taken place.

Officials of the company said that some parts of the reactor may have reached criticality, a state of self-sustaining nuclear fission. Fuel believed to have melted in the accident triggered by the March 11 earthquake may have caused the fission. The boric acid was pumped into the reactor to suppress the reactions.

Radiation levels near the Fukushima plant have not shown any unusual surge, but the latest development may hinder plans by the central government to bring the Fukushima nuclear accident under control by the end of the year." Asahi Shimbun


Mr. Burns tries to sabotage Beyond Nuclear "I Have A Scream" rally


Boehner hypocrisy on loan guarantees


"Humpty Dumpty, King Kong spotted at Davis-Besse protest"

King Kong applied nuclear-grade duct tape to a very cracked Humpty Dumpty at an "I Have a Scream!" Halloween protest held in Toledo in solidarity with Beyond Nuclear's rally at the Department of Energy's headquarters in Washington D.C. The Toledo street theater called attention to cracks in the Davis-Besse atomic reactor's shield building first revealed on October 1st. Just today, further cracking was admitted by FirstEnergy, as reported by Bloomberg. Beyond Nuclear, along with Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and the Ohio Green Party, have intervened against the 20 year license extension sought by FirstEnergy at Davis-Besse, despite the reactor's many close calls with disaster over the past 34 years. Toledo attorney Terry Lodge represents the environmental coalition pro bono.