Nuclear power continues its decline worldwide while investements in, and development of, renewables soar. The findings of the newly released 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, prepared by Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt et al., show that only three reactors started up worldwide in 2012 while six were shut down. Meanwhile, China, India, Germany and Japan now generate more power from renewables than nuclear. Read the report.
Renowned environmental journalist and Beyond Nuclear Board member, Karl Grossman wrote this report on a Fukushima-focused symposium he attended in New York, posting on the cutting edge anti-nuclear news site, Enformable. Grossman describes the presentations by Naoto Kan, Japan's former Prime Minister -- who was in leadership during the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi -- and others on an expert panel at the October 8 New York event that was repeated in Boston on October 9 and was sponsored by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation. Former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford, Fairewind's nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and public advocate Ralph Nader, spoke out with Prime Minister Kan on the unacceptable consequences of the Fukushima disaster and called for the global phaseout of nuclear power.
THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT:
ONGOING LESSONS FOR BOSTON & NEW YORK
Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Former Prime Minister of Japan join
panel to discuss the risks of nuclear power at the Indian Point and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Stations
Two symposiums on Fukshima and Nuclear Power
October 8th New York City & October 9th Boston
Featuring former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, former NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford and nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen will speak on the impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and nuclear power in the United States. More details here.
Harvey Wasserman (photo, left) at Nukefree.org has posted an article entitled "The Demand for Global Take-Over at Fukushima Has Hit Critical Mass," and urges folks to sign the petition at MoveOn, "The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima." The petition, posted at various petition sites, now has over 100,000 signatures.
As reported by the Japan Times, it seems that the pro-nuclear Abe administration, and even Tokyo Electric Power Co. itself, are beginning to open to, and even explicity request, international assistance.
As reported by CTV, Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood and Representative Sarah Roberts spoke out today in Kincardine, Ontario against Ontario Power Generation's proposal to bury radioactive wastes along the Lake Huron shore.
Hopgood's resolution against the DGR (for Deep Geologic Repository, or DUD, for Deep Underground Dump) passed the Michigan State Senate unanimously. Roberts has introduced a companion resolution in the MI State House of Representatives.
Hopgood and Roberts testified today before Canada's federal Joint Review Panel hearing concerns about the DUD. The legislators issued a press advisory, as well as an endorsement of a call by 28 U.S. and Canadian environmental groups (including Beyond Nuclear) "Request for Ruling," that the JRP require OPG to come clean on whether or not it intends to double the capacity of the proposed DUD from 200,000 cubic meters of so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive waste from operations and refurbishment at 20 Ontario reactors, by adding another 200,000 tons of L&ILRWs from decommissioning activities over time.
Sen. Hopgood and Rep. Roberts also submitted written testimony. Attached to Sen. Hopgood's written testimony are statements of opposition to the Great Lakes radioactive waste dump provided by: Michigan United Conservation Clubs (with 42,000 members); Michigan Boating Industries Association (comprised of 300 marine businesses); Michigan Charter Boat Association; Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fishermen's Association (the largest sport fishing organization in the Great Lakes Basin); Michigan Environmental Council (a coalition of more than 70 organizations); and Michigan Clean Water Action (boasting 200,000 members).