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Nuclear power cannot address climate change effectively or in time. Reactors have long, unpredictable construction times are expensive - at least $12 billion or higher per reactor. Furthermore, reactors are sitting-duck targets vulnerable to attack and routinely release - as well as leak - radioactivity. There is so solution to the problem of radioactive waste.

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Wednesday
Jun152016

Beyond Nuclear on Nuclear Hotseat #260: 5th Anniversary SPECIAL!

Nuclear Hotseat #260:

5th Anniversary SPECIAL! Kevin Kamps, Mary Olson, Don Hancock, More!

Nuclear Hotseat – Now Downloaded in 112 Countries*

To celebrate five years of continuous, weekly production, Nuclear Hotseat revisits some activists and stories we’ve been covering.

Featured Interviews:

Numnutz of the Week:

What in the world is Japan thinking, deciding to pave its roads with radioactive Fukushima waste and rubble?!?

Listen Here

PLUS:

  • *ASTONISHING stats – In one month, Nuclear Hotseat was downloaded in 112 countries on six continents.  And that’s the stats from just ONE syndicator!  (*UCY.TV audit, May 11-June 11, 2016)
  • Funny outtakes from the past year’s recordings – proof that Nuclear Hotseat has, at times, gone to the dogs.
  • Flashbacks to earlier episodes, including the time I made Dr. Helen Caldicott laugh.
  • Testimonials from leading activists on the importance of Nuclear Hotseat to our community and our movement.

THANKS FOR LISTENING, EVERYONE!

ONWARD!  STAY TUNED!  SHARE! 

Thursday
May192016

Remembering Michael Mariotte

Tributes have been flowing in recognition of the immense contribution to our movement made by Michael Mariotte, who died on May 16 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.  The Executive Director and then President of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Mariotte was a keenly perceptive observer, savvy public advocate, and thorn in the side of the nuclear industry, its regulators, lobbyists and government lackeys.  He was also a leader in efforts to keep nuclear power off the table as a climate change solution.  Michael was a fearless, committed campaigner and a compelling and insightful writer who worked almost to his final days on his GreenWorld blog, calling out the corruption and collapse of the nuclear industry.

Tuesday
Apr262016

ATHF3 and Swords Into Plowshares Present "Chernobyl + 30: Half-Lives, Half-Truths," Detroit, Fri., May 27, 6-9pm

April 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACTS:

Keith Gunter, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)

Carol Izant, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)

On this 30th anniversary of the onset of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3), in association with the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery (33 East Adams, Detroit, MI) is proud to announce the opening of "Chernobyl + 30:  Half-Lives, Half-Truths" by photojournalist Gabriela Bulisova. The display will begin on Friday, May 27th, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM and extend into Summer 2016.

Ms. Bulisova traveled to the region in the 2000's and captured startling images of Chernobyl landscapes and the affected population.  Her artist statement and captions, coupled with the photos, reflect the story not only of an environmental and human health disaster, but also of a monstrous event resulting in an enormous psychological toll on millions of people.

"Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 is profoundly grateful to the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery for giving us the opportunity to display Gabriela Bulisova's extremely powerful work," said Keith Gunter, Co-Chair of ATHF3.  "This will be a tremendous opportunity for Detroiters to have a long look at what the after effects of a nuclear meltdown look like."

Carol Izant, the Alliance's other Co-Chair, added "This exhibit should give residents of this area reason to pause and think, since a partial meltdown occurred at Detroit Edison's Fermi-1 reactor on October 5, 1966.  We've already had our own close call."

Admission to the exhibit will be free, and will include a display addressing the situation at Chernobyl as it stands three decades later.  "Chernobyl + 30" will open simultaneously at the Gallery with another exhibit addressing the compelling issues surrounding drones.

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Sunday
Apr242016

DANGER - Radioactive Leak at INDIAN POINT

This 30-minute interview has just been published and broadcast in New York City, and is also available for viewing online: Alfred C. Meyer, Board Member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) & Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear, discuss the danger of continuing radioactive leaks at Indian Point, Buchanan, New York. An Access for All Production produced through the facilities of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, by Gloria Messer, Producer/Director.

Monday
Apr112016

"Ohio ‘bailout’ plan part of larger debate over nuclear’s future"

As reported by Kathiann M. Kowalski at Midwest Energy News, concerns regarding risks to Ohioans' pocketbooks, as well as safety, health, and environment, are mounting in the aftermath of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's (PUCO) March 31 ruling in favor of a multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailout for FirstEnergy, including its problem-plagued Davis-Besse atomic reactor.

The article quotes Tim Judson, executive director at NIRS:

The Davis-Besse nuclear power station and similar plants would particularly have trouble remaining competitive, in Judson’s view.

“Davis-Besse has a terrible operational history,” Judson said. “It’s had significant safety problems."

The plant also has “some very significant expenses that are going to need to potentially be incurred in the next few years due to some significant equipment problems,” he added.

Beyond Nuclear and Don't Waste Michigan issued a press release in response to the PUCO's bad decision, listing the numerous, large ticket capital expenses Davis-Besse faces in the near future, by its own documented admissions. (See the Word version for functioning URL links.)

The press release quotes the environmental coalition's legal counsel, Toledo attorney Terry Lodge: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) chained and shackled Ohio ratepayers with a burdensome "Pig in a Poke" known as Davis-Besse.

One of the biggest concerns of all is the severe, and worsening, cracking of Davis-Besse's concrete containment Shield Building. Another big concern is the risky, experimental steam generator replacement project, just undergoing inspections now, two years after installation. 

Beyond Nuclear and environmental allies officially intervened on both matters, and many others, it their resistance to the 20-year license extension at Davis-Besse. NRC has rubber-stamped that nonetheless.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has also published a scathing critique of the PUCO's bailout approval. IEEFA is based in Cleveland, OH.

As reported on April 7th by Nucleonics Week, a Beyond Nuclear and Don't Waste Michigan press release detailed the numerous, large ticket expenses Davis-Besse faces in the immediate future. The most significant of these include the severely cracked, and ever worsening, concrete containment Shield Building, as well as the risky, experimental steam generator replacements.