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Thursday
Sep042014

Families sue government for Fukushima radiation exposure

"A group of parents and children who were residing in Fukushima Prefecture when the nuclear disaster unfolded in March 2011 is suing the central and prefectural governments for failing to take sufficient steps to protect children from radiation exposure during the crisis." The Japan Times

Children are particularly vulnerable to radiation exposure, so these families are not waiting until someone has taken ill to sue for compensation. This lawsuit implies that exposure to radiation against their will, and due to government incompetence, is enough to allow them compensation since their risk of contracting certain diseases has been increased. More

 

Thursday
Sep042014

Powerful Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump ad in Toronto Star

The radioactive waste dump would be located less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore, surrounded by the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, one of the biggest nuclear power plants in the worldThe group Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump has run a powerful ad in the Toronto Star, one of Canada's biggest daily newspapers. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Huron, the ad points out where Ontario Power Generation (OPG) would like to bury radioactive wastes on its shore.

Resolutions continue to roll in, now from over 117 municipalities across multiple states and provinces, opposing the "Deep Geologic Repository" (DGR) for so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes from all of Ontario's 20 atomic reactors. A U.S. congressional resolution has been introduced.

The final round of public hearings will begin on Sept. 9th. Beyond Nuclear will testify on Sept. 16th. The hearings will be webcast. More.

Wednesday
Sep032014

Coalition challenges Davis-Besse AMPs re: propagating cracks in severely degraded Shield Building

An NRC inspector examines severe cracking in the Davis-Besse Shield Building shortly ater they were first revealed on Oct. 11, 2011. NRC file photo.Terry Lodge, Toledo-based attorney for an environmental coalition (including Beyond Nuclear) resisting FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company's (FENOC) proposed 20-year license extension at its problem-plagued Davis-Besse atomic reactor, has filed the 7th contention in the coalition's nearly 4-year long intervention. The coalition has issued a press release.

The contention focuses on FENOC's admission that the cracking propagation, or worsening, is in fact aging-related, making it within the scope of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) proceeding, and worthy of a hearing on the merits.

FENOC's admissions are to be found in a July 3rd document, containing modifications to its Shield Building Management Program Aging Management Plans (AMPs). The modifications represent amendments to its Davis-Besse License Renewal Application (LRA). The Sandusky Register has reported on this story, quoting Beyond Nuclear staff. More.

Tuesday
Sep022014

Doctors want to see a drop in radioactivity

Pediatrician Dr. Alex Rosen"Nuclear bomb tests contaminate soils, while nuclear accidents and X-rays are a direct threat to our health. At a world summit this week, doctors called for more protection and awareness...

"It was a central theme at this year's world congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) - the consequences of nuclear testing.

" 'All around the world, you can find small traces of the radioactive Cesium-137 in soil samples and food," says the pediatrician Dr Alex Rosen...

" 'We have to tell people: don't let your child have an X-ray unless it's absolutely necessary, don't eat that jam from that contaminated region," Rosen says, "and don't move close to a nuclear power plant.'" Deutsche Welle

Thursday
Aug282014

NRC whistleblower reveals agency covering up US reactors vulnerability to earthquakes: FOE petitioning NRC for closure of Diablo Canyon

A warning by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s top on-site safety inspector at California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant concealed within NRC for more than a year has gone public.  In July 2013, Michael Peck, the agency’s former resident inspector at the two unit nuke situated next to four large earthquake faults and just 45 miles from the San Andreas Fault, filed a “Differing Professional Opinion” calling for the reactors' closure pending enforcement action. Peck wants the NRC to order Public Service Electric to make retrofits to bring the nukes to bring them into compliance with NRC requirements, codes and standards for a Safe Shutdown Earthquake. The agency has instead refused to take prompt enforcement action for the very expensive retrofits needed to address dangerous vulnerabilities to earthquakes.  Peck warns, ““The new seismic information resulted in a condition outside of the bounds of the existing Diablo Canyon design basis and safety analysis. Continued reactor operation outside the bounds of the NRC approved safety analyses challenges the presumption of nuclear safety.” Friends of the Earth is petitioning the NRC to immediately shut Diablo Canyon. More…