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Wednesday
Jul272011

Chart your own evacuation from the nuclear accident near you

Physicians for Social Responsibility provides these interactive evacuation maps. Type in your zip code and see how far the evacuation radius spreads from a nuclear power plant in your region. The maps also show how many people would need to be evacuated, driving home the unfeasibilty of these plans. And while the USA still only considers a 10-mile radius evacuation zone, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission advised the Japanese to evacuate out to 50 miles from the Fukushima accident. Why the double-standard?

Wednesday
Jul272011

A loss to our community as Rudi Nussbaum passes

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Dr. Rudi Nussbaum, who died in Holland after a fall. Rudi was an avowed pacifist and Holocaust survivor and an expert on the health effects of radiation exposure. As his longtime friend, Lloyd Marbet writes: "His work as a Professor Emeritus of Physics and Environmental Science at Portland State University was instrumental in raising alarm over the health effects of radiation exposure.  He wrote numerous papers on this subject and participated in gathering valuable information on workers and civilians that were exposed to radiation at Hanford and in surrounding communities, for which he became a vocal advocate for environmental justice. He helped bring the famous epidemiologist, Alice Stewart, to Portland, and promoted her life story. You can watch a short video interview with Rudi below.


Monday
Jul252011

"Uncanny Terrain," a documentary about organic farmers facing Japan's nuclear crisis

"Uncanny Terrain" is a documentary in progress, about organic farmers facing Japan's nuclear catastrophe. A Chicago-based, Japanese American film making team will spend up to a year in the radioactively contaminated regions of northeast Japan downwind of the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which is still releasing radioactive steam onto the winds nearly five months after the radioactive catastrophe began. Fukushima and neighboring prefectures are famous for their small, family-run, independent organic farms. Husband and wife team Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski have already captured powerful video testimonies, and are requesting monetary donations to enable them to continue their work.

Monday
Jul252011

Japanese support PM's call to do away with nuclear power: poll

"More than two-thirds of Japanese support Prime Minister Naoto Kan's call to do away with nuclear power, a media poll showed on Sunday, underscoring growing opposition to atomic energy in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant." Reuters

Monday
Jul252011

New Japan law "cleanses" bad nuclear news

"Friday, July 15, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (METI) – Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, opened a call for bids (tender) regarding the 'Nuclear Power Safety Regulation Publicity Project', for contractors to monitor blogs and tweets posted about nuclear power and radiation.

The project stipulates that the contractor shall '...monitor blogs on nuclear power and radiation issues as well as Twitter accounts (monitoring tweets is essential) around the clock, and conduct research and analysis on incorrect and inappropriate information that would lead to false rumors, and to report such internet accounts to the Agency. The Contractor is required to keep the Agency well informed on the internet accounts and keywords used in the blogs and Twitter accounts that are posting incorrect and inappropriate information.' " UK Progressive