Lucas Hixson, the website Enformable's creator and Beyond Nuclear Board Member, recently returned from a visit to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine. Here is Enformable's first in a series of editorials the website is posting as we approach the 30th commemoration of the nuclear catastrophe that has had global impact beyond the radioactively contaminated reactor site.
FirstEnergy to file License Amendment Request on Davis-Besse Shield Building severe, and worsening, cracking; opponents vow legal action
A 38-year old atomic reactor, that has had more close calls with catastrophe than any other in the U.S., that can't compete, with a concrete containment that is literally at risk of falling apart, wants a multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailout, in order to keep operating for 22 more years?! More.
Beyond Nuclear on "The Big Picture": Radioactive flood waters, seafood contamination, growth of Japanese anti-nuke movement
Television news host Thom Hartmann of "The Big Picture" on RT (photo, left) interviewed Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog Kevin Kamps on the latest from Fukushima Daiichi: historic floods after Typhoon Etau washing entire radioactively contaminated landscapes downstream, to contaminate new areas, or even to re-contaminate previously de-contaminated areas; the chronic release of radioactive groundwater into the ocean, bio-accumulating in the seafood chain; and the successes of the Japanese anti-nuclear power movement, including one of its newest members, former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi.
RT hosted Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog, Kevin Kamps, who described the Japanese government's attempt to resettle nuclear evacuees in radioactively contaminated towns like Naraha as a futile effort to create the "illusion of normality." The segment comes on the heels of a study published by two University of Southern California professors, which argues that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe was inevitable, given Tokyo Electric Power Company's denial of obvious earthquake and tsunami risks at the northeastern Japan seaside location. One of the authors is also interviewed.
Beyond Nuclear joins PowerDC at DC city hall rally to urge "No Deal!" on Exelon Nuclear's takeover of Pepco
Beyond Nuclear staff joined with allies in the PowerDC coalition at the Wilson Building -- housing the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser -- to urge her to not cave to lobbyists' pressure from Exelon Nuclear of Chicago. The Washington City Paper and the Washington Post have reported on the rally.
Last month, the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously rejected Exelon's takeover of Mid-Atlantic utility Pepco, a ruling Mayor Bowser said she supported at that time. But, Exelon appears unwilling to take no for an answer. Exelon lobbyists have taken to back room deal making, as well as a high-priced ad campaign. In addition, the two companies will formally appeal the DC PSC decision by the Sept. 28th deadline, and have also threatened a lawsuit.