FIVE YEARS AFTER FUKUSHIMA, GREEN CROSS ASSESSES LEGACY OF DISASTER Green Cross is organizing a dialogue with international experts in Zurich on 30 January to shed light on the consequences of nuclear disasters in Japan and the former Soviet Union. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima catastrophe, and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown. Both of those incidents continue to affect the people and environment of surrounding regions to this day.
Green Cross has been working on the ground at Fukushima ever since the disaster hit, and has over 20 years’ experience helping victims of Chernobyl in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The Zurich conference brings together experts and practitioners from Japan, Russia and Switzerland to share their experiences and participate in a frank exchange about the state of atomic energy in the world today.
The event will run from 13h30 to 15h30 in the EPF’s Maximum auditorium (Ramistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich). It will feature former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Swiss Professor Dr. Horst-Michael Prasser, Green Cross’ own Dr. Stephen Robinson, Prof. Jonathan Samet from the University of Southern California, and Professor Dr. Vladimir Kusnetsov from the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute.
The panelists will each make a presentation, after which they will respond to audience questions. Simultaneous translation will be provided in English, German, Japanese and Russian.
- Ontario Power Generation plans to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste approximately 400 metres below the bottom level of Lake Huron. Scientists cannot guarantee that this Nuclear Waste Dump will not leak.
- The Great Lakes provide fresh drinking water for 40 million people in two countries.Why would we bury radioactive nuclear waste beside this precious resource?
- Ontario Power Generation did not consider ANY other sites for this nuclear waste dump except right beside the Great Lakes. Is this responsible?
- OPG claims it has done its homework, yet the Joint Review Panel’s own consultant, Dr. Duinker, concluded that OPG’s analysis was “not credible, not defensible, not clear, not reliable, inappropriate.”
- The radioactive nuclear waste must stay isolated in this dump for 100,000 years. The Great Lakes were created by an ice age about 12,000 years ago.
- There are 3 deep geological repositories on the entire planet and all have leaked – a 100% failure rate. OPG claims their DGR will be different, but also notes they “can’t guarantee anything”.
- An underground nuclear waste dump in limestone is unproven and unprecedented.
PETITION http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/clean-up-15-000-toxic-abandoned-uranium-mines?bucket=&source=twitter-share-button Campaign created by Klee Benally
TO: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
We urge you to prioritize passage of the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, which will ensure clean up of thousands of hazardous abandoned uranium mines throughout the United States.
Why is this important?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 15,000 AUMs and exploratory sites are located throughout the United States, posing substantial public health and environmental hazards.
No existing federal laws require clean up of these toxic abandoned sites. Most of these AUMs were established under the “General Mining Law of 1872,” that does not require reclamation or remediation. Mining companies walked away from their clean up responsibilities after decades of mining, leaving the public to bear their toxic legacy. With 75% of AUMs located on public or Tribal lands, Indigenous communities have long faced disproportionate impacts from this toxic legacy.
According to EPA data, approximately 10 million people are estimated to live within 50 miles of a recorded AUM.
Radioactive pollution from AUMs have been linked to cancer, genetic defects, and increases in mortality. There is no minimum threshold for radiation damage (no dose which is harmless), and radiation causes cancer and other organ damage, especially during fetal development and in young children.
It’s time to clean up the mines!
LOCK THE GATE ON DRIGG – THE UKS NUCLEAR WASTE SITE https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/lock-the-gate-on-drigg-the-uks-nuclear-waste-site Campaign created by
TO: CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL
Early in 2016 Cumbria County Council will be considering the plan to extend the lifetime and capacity of Drigg Nuclear Dump on the West Coast of Cumbria. We the undersigned ask that you Lock the Gate on Drigg.
Why is this important?
To describe the UKs nuclear waste site as a “Repository” is putting a spin on the UKs main nuclear dump for “low level” waste. There is “controlled discharge direct to the Irish Sea” not to mention run off to the Drigg Stream and River Irt. Discharges to the air of radioactive gases are ongoing. According to the British Geological Society the Drigg site is above a regional aquifer. It is also “likely to be destroyed by coastal erosion” in 500 to 5000 years (computer modelling can be wrong either way) . Much of the waste is long lived and high risk.
Below are a few of the reasons why it is important that Cumbria County Council Lock the Gate on Drigg:
“Planning Application 4/11/9007 Low Level Waste Repository Site Optimisation and Closure Works.”
1. CLOSURE: The statement “closure works” is hugely misleading. The date for “closure” is set at 2079. So Drigg would continue to accept nuclear waste until that time. The site would be “capped.” Again this is misleading and to “cap” a nuclear dump is akin to putting a cap on a fizzy lemonade bottle while there are holes in the bottom of the bottle. The site will continue to leach aqueous emissions to groundwater and gaseous emissions to air for thousands of years.
2. LOW LEVEL: This suggests that the waste at Drigg is low risk and short lived. Neither is true. As the University of Reading has pointed out: “The Drigg site uses two disposal systems: 1) An original system operated from 1959 to 1988 comprising a series of parallel trenches excavated into glacial clays, back filled with LLW and covered with an interim water resistant cap. 2) Current disposal of compacted waste placed in steel ISO-freight containers, with void space filled with highly fluid cement based grout. These containers are then disposed of in a series of open concrete vaults. Radionuclides with highest activities in the inventory include 3H, 241Pu, 137Cs, 234U and 90Sr, 238U and 232Th.
3. RADIOACTIVE FLY TIPPING: The chemical and nuclear dump site has moved on from the years 1940 to 1988 when chemical and radioactive waste was tumble tipped into trenches. Now the waste is compacted into steel shipping containers filled with cement. Incredibly the containers are stacked high. In 2013 the LLW management wrote: “in containers at the tops of stacks, the external capping grout has
undergone extensive physical degradation and settlement; the lids are not full of grout, and the grout is generally heavily cracked. The state of the capping grout in underlying layers is better; most containers only show sparse cracking and typical settlement in the lid is approximately 15 mm. Standing water, sometimes contaminated with low levels of radioactivity, is present in approximately half of the containers at the tops of stacks. ..In containers at the tops of stacks, organic matter (principally leaf mould) has accumulated beneath many open grout ports, with vegetation growing from some grout ports. ..Corrosion, sometimes fully penetrating, is present in some container lids at the tops of stacks…”
4. FLOODWATER AND SEA INUNDATION: “The Environment Agency has given a formal view that “the potential for disruption of the site is an acceptable risk” By “disruption of the site” they mean inundation by sea and flood. This is a far cry from the Environment Agency’s previous criticism in 2005: “BNFL (Now the NDA) has not yet demonstrated that the wider benefits to the UK from continued LLW disposal on this site outweigh the potential future impacts” We would hope that Cumbria County Council agree with the Environment Agency’s 2005 findings that that the real and present threat of inundation of the Drigg site by flood or by sea is not an acceptable risk to the people of Cumbria or to our international neighbours.
5. THE COLLAPSE in 1985 of the largest black-headed gull breeding colony in Europe on the Drigg dunes has never been satisfactorily explained. The official explanation is that a fox did it!
6. CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA is officially blamed on “population mixing” due to the influx of workers firstly to the 1940 explosives factory (Royal Ordnance Factory) at Drigg and then the ROF at Sellafield. The irony of this incredible argument is that the plan for 3 new nuclear reactors at ‘ Moorside’ a few miles from Drigg (‘Moorside’ is at the village of Beckermet) would involve a boom and bust influx of thousands of workers along with a further tsunami of nuclear wastes and ever more Driggs.
How it will be delivered
By hand to Cumbria County Council
Kazakhstan: Round-table on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons
Kazakh Humanitarian Law University will host a round-table on 30 November on the cost in human terms of nuclear weapons. Some 30 diplomats and government officials will attend the event in Astana, Kazakhstan, organized by the foreign ministries of Japan and Kazakhstan, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The round-table brings together representatives from Japan, the only country to have experienced a nuclear attack, Kazakhstan, which is still suffering from the effects of nuclear weapon testing and the ICRC, which went to help those affected immediately after the bombing of Hiroshima.
“Over seventy years have gone by since Hiroshima, but nuclear disarmament is no nearer. Unfortunately, promises have not turned into action,” said Jacques Villettaz, the head of the ICRC’s regional delegation in Central Asia. “But the humanitarian consequences of the use of such weapons have become central to any debate on nuclear disarmament.”
The ICRC and the wider International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are deeply concerned by the impact of nuclear weapons and, potentially, their illicitness under international humanitarian law. They are determined to focus attention on the necessity of banning nuclear weapons. For further information, please contact:
Pierre-Emmanuel Ducruet, ICRC Tashkent, tel: +7 702 768 73 35
Kick Big Polluters out of Climate Policy We are committed to stopping life-threatening abuses by global corporations and increasing their accountability to public institutions and people around the world. As global corporations have grown richer and more powerful than many nations, they increasingly operate without limits on their power or influence. Around the world, global corporations drive government policies, unchecked by strong global policies to protect public health, human rights and the environment.
about the petition
Today, we are facing the prospect of the destruction of life as we know it and irreversible damage to our planet due to climate change. Scientists are telling us with ever more urgency that we must act quickly to stop extracting fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This is a global problem that needs global action. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change can be a major part of the global solution that the people of the world are urgently calling for.
But the world’s largest polluters have prevented progress on bold climate action for far too long. The time has come to make a change. Take action to kick big polluters out of the most important climate policy negotiations. ……. https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/kick-big-polluters-out-of-climate-policy?cmpid=action-share
Mass Mobilization To Stop The TPP Announced, As Text Is Released By Staff, www.PopularResistance.org November 5th, 2015 A mass mobilization in Washington, DC from November 14th to 18th has been announced to begin the next stage of the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP was made public 10 days from the actions.
The protest, co-sponsored by 59 organizations, is being spearheaded by Popular Resistance and Flush The TPP and includes environmental, human rights, labor, climate change and good government groups. They have been organizing this mobilization for months knowing that the TPP would be made public around this time.
Sign and share this petition to congressional leadership opposing the TPP.
“At its root, the TPP is about modern colonialism. It is the way that Western governments and their transnational corporations, including Wall Street banks, can dominate the economies of developing nations,” said Margaret Flowers, co-director of Popular Resistance. She continued “The reality is that without trade justice there cannot be climate justice, food justice; there cannot be health justice or wage justice. That is why people are mobilizing to stop the TPP.”
Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins, organizer for Flush The TPP, said “The TPP impacts every issue we care about as a result, a unified movement of movements to stop the TPP has developed. People who care about corporate power versus democracy and our sovereignty or about jobs and workers, the environment and climate change, health care, food and water, energy regulation of banks are mobilizing to make stopping the TPP their top priority.”
On November 16th through 18th the groups will begin their protests on Monday morning at the US Trade Representative building on 17th Street with the message that the TPP betrays the people, planet and democracy. This will be followed that evening by a protest that begins at the US Chamber of Commerce and White House then marches along K Street and ends at the Reagan International Trade Center. The next day the groups will have an international focus protesting at multiple sites along Embassy Row to stand in solidarity with people around the world who are fighting to stop the TPP. On the final day the groups will focus on Congress.
Sign and share this petition to congressional leadership opposing the TPP.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Margaret Flowers 410-591-0892
Mackenzie MacDonald Wilkins 734-474-2984
Below are comments from our allies workint to Stop the TPP with links to their full statements:………https://www.popularresistance.org/mass-mobilization-to-stop-the-tpp-announced-as-text-is-released/
70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
For a Nuclear-Free Future! World Nuclear Victims Forum
Date: November 21 (Saturday) – November 23 (Monday)
Location: Hiroshima International Conference Center, Himawari
Hosted by the World Nuclear Victims Forum Executive Committee
(Abbreviated as WNVF in the following)
Stop Fukushima Freeways Campaign Kicks Off http://yubanet.com/usa/Stop-Fukushima-Freeways-Campaign-Kicks-Off.php#.Vi_lUdIrLGg
New Map shows DC AREA would be a Corridor for Extremely Dangerous Radioactive Nuclear Waste Shipments By: Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) Washington, DC October 27, 2015 – Over 250 intensely radioactive nuclear waste shipments would cross through the Washington DC metropolitan area and thousands more would travel across the roads, rails and waterways of the nation, if plans for the country’s first, and scientifically indefensible, nuclear waste repository in Nevada move forward. Today, Nuclear Information and Resource Service released maps of the likely routes radioactive shipments would use, joining dozens of environmental and clean energy groups across the country. The groups want residents to weigh in with Congress and decision makers about the dangers.
According to the map, highly radioactive waste fuel from nuclear power reactors in Virginia and Maryland would pass through the DC area on railroad tracks next to Metro Rail trains, including passing though Union Station. Each shipment contains several times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima bomb blast released, with 20 to 50 tons of irradiated fuel assemblies in each canister. Department of Energy studies completed in the 1990s confirmed that accidents in transporting the waste to Yucca Mountain would be a certainty, due to the large number of shipments that would be required. The shipments would also be vulnerable to attack or sabotage along the hundreds or thousands of miles that each cask would travel.
“The DC area is not ready for mass transportation of nuclear waste—we can barely handle severe weather conditions” said Diane D’Arrigo of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). “First responders are not trained or equipped for high level radioactive waste accidents and a shipping campaign of this magnitude is unprecedented. We have all witnessed horrible oil train derailments and explosions in recent months. An accident involving tons of nuclear waste in Washington, DC could force thousands of people to evacuate their homes, schools, and businesses and radioactively-contaminate dozens of square miles,” D’Arrigo reported.
Some in Congress want to force a nuclear waste dump to open in Nevada, over President Obama’s and the state’s objections as well as that of the Western Shoshone Nation. The president has defunded the proposed Yucca Mountain repository since 2010, effectively abandoning the controversial project, while Nevada is certain that the site is not suitable for storing nuclear waste and opposes the project. Nevada controls land and water rights the federal government would need to complete the project. To overcome that obstacle, Congress would need to enact a law overriding the state’s rights. Doing so would then open the door for the nuclear waste shipments to begin.
“Congress should stop wasting time and money on Yucca Mountain which should have been disqualified long ago for its technical inability to isolate nuclear waste,” said Tim Judson, NIRS Executive Director. “It is unconscionable to risk the lives of DC area residents transporting nuclear waste through our neighborhoods and railways just to dump it at Yucca Mountain, where we know it will leak anyway. We need real isolation of nuclear waste, and we are never going to get there until Congress officially cancels Yucca Mountain and moves on. Until then, the waste can be stored more securely where it is now, without putting it on our roads, rails and waterways, traveling through our communities,” concluded Judson.
NIRS is calling on Mayor Bowser and Governors McAuliffe and Hogan to oppose Yucca Mountain and prevent transportation of nuclear waste until there is a scientifically proven, environmentally sound, and socially responsible long-term management plan. The nuclear waste problem can never truly be resolved until nuclear power plants are permanently shut down and stop generating radioactive material. New reactors would only exacerbate the problem: more dump sites would need to be created, and the transportation of lethal atomic waste would have to continue indefinitely.
Large-scale nuclear waste transport would also occur if, as some in Congress advocate, a “centralized interim storage” site for high-level radioactive waste were created. In that case, the waste would either have to move twice (once to the interim site, and then to a permanent site), thus doubling the risks or the “interim” site would become a de facto permanent waste dump–without going through the necessary scientific characterization.
Please share.. White House petition needs 100,000 signatures by Nov 20, 2015. Please sign and IMPORTANT!! after you sign, you will be asked to go to your email account and verify your signature! Absolutely critical to get the White House to respond!
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Provide immediate executive action regarding the radioactive West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton Missouri
The West Lake Landfill in St Louis County Missouri is a site where nearly 50,000 tons of radioactive material, left over from the Manhattan Project, was illegally dumped in the 1970’s. The site sits adjacent to a landfill owned by Republic Services Inc, where an underground fire has burned for years and is now approximately 1000 feet from the illegally dumped radioactive material. This site poses an ongoing threat to the safety and health of the region and yet has been excluded from the US Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP program, which is specifically tasked with the containment of sites such as this. This petition calls for our commander in chief to provide a complete, detailed and responsible course of action to resolve this issue once and for all. Published Date: Oct 21, 2015
We would never press the nuclear button – we support Jeremy Corbyn’s decision https://www.change.org/p/shadow-cabinet-we-would-never-press-the-nuclear-button-we-support-jeremy-corbyn-s-decision?recruiter=12083014 Members of Britain’s shadow cabinet have criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for saying he would never press the ‘nuclear button’.
We believe his stance is the only possible option. Giving the order to fire nuclear weapons would cause mass devastation on a global scale, and a global nuclear war could even end humanity altogether.
It is absurd to treat someone who says he won’t use these terrible weapons as some sort of ‘extremist’. Trident makes us less safe, not more.
We would never press the button. We support Jeremy Corbyn’s decision and call on all of Labour’s senior members to do likewise.
Our Trade Minister, Ed Fast, has just flown to Atlanta, Georgia with the goal of completing secret negotiations with all 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): the biggest and most secretive agreement in the history of the world.
We know that the Conservative government hopes to lock us into this binding agreement before we can vote in the upcoming election, so we need to take the opportunity now to make as much noise as possible. Can you help us draw a TPP-sized line in the sand?
Make sure Minister Ed Fast hears our call: do not overwrite our laws and censor the Internet.
Canadians are sick of being kept in the dark about the TPP. And what little we do know about this plan comes from leaked documents.2 Here are some of the worst parts:
- The binding plan will make our Internet more censored, expensive, and policed on a global scale3
- It gives the U.S. Trade Representative special powers to challenge any Canadian laws they deem unacceptable through the so-called ‘certification’ process4
- Over 600 lobbyists have had full access to the text, but not even our opposition parties are allowed to see it.
No more stalling: it’s time for all of our leaders to come clean on the TPP. We deserve to know what kind of decisions will be made on our behalf, BEFORE we go to the polls.
Finally, here’s the icing on the cake: parties negotiating the TPP have just appointed a “transparency officer”. His name is Tim Reif, he’s a long-time TPP bureaucrat and USTR lawyer.6 We like to call him “Transparency Tim.”
If Transparency Tim and the TPP Ministers are serious about transparency, then they’ll show us the text – not ram this deal through without our consent. That means we need you to send “Transparency Tim” and Minister Ed Fast a message today.
Petition: ’Support Jeremy Corbyn: No to nuclear weapons! No to Trident!‘
- Contact the Labour Party to tell them of your position, and your disgust at the disloyal attacks on Corbyn from within his own party and shadow cabinet.
- Contact your Labour MP (if applicable) calling on them to give Corbyn their full support. Especially if your MP is Andy Burnham, Angela Eagle or Hilary Benn”
Nuclear Attack? We Must Support Corbyn’s Refusal to Murder Millions http://www.globalresearch.ca/nuclear-attack-we-must-support-corbyns-refusal-to-murder-millions/5479377 By Oliver Tickell Global Research, October 02, 2015 The Ecologist 1 October 2015 This week’s Labour conference sent the party and its new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, soaring in popularity. So better get the knife in quick, writes Oliver Tickell. His refusal to commit mass murder in a nuclear attack gave his enemies just the cue they needed – including those who should be his loyal allies. We must not let them succeed. Continue reading
Michael Mariotte President, Nuclear Information and Resource Service On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Don’t Nuke the Climate campaign will be putting out some noise that will be heard around the world! If you’ve got a Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr account, we ask you to join our Thunderclap and help amplify that noise.
It’s easy to do, just sign up at: http://thndr.it/1ipFw1C orwww.thunderclap.it/projects/31410-edf-nuclear-the-solution
When you do, the Thunderclap will automatically post a message to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and/or Tumblr list on Saturday, September 26.
We’re sending out this message: Tell EDF: nuclear can’t save the climate: too dirty, too dangerous, too expensive, too slow #exposeEDF #EDFMenteur
EDF is, of course, Electricite de France, the largest nuclear power utility in the world. EDF wants to have a big influence at December’s COP-21 UN climate negotiations in Paris; their future depends on a nuclear-powered future. But our future, and our planet’s future, depends on just the opposite: we want and need a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system that will power our planet cleanly, safely, affordably and sustainably.
That’s the message the Don’t Nuke the Climate campaign is taking to Paris. We hope you’ll help us reach millions of people across the globe.
You can find our more about the Don’t Nuke the Climate campaign at the international campaign page (www.wiseinternational.org/campaign) and the U.S. campaign page (www.nirs.org/cop21/dontnuketheclimate.htm).
And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to sign the Don’t Nuke the Climate petition to be presented to global leaders at COP 21 in December.
Organizations, sign at: www.wiseinternational.org/campaign/sign-petition
Individuals, sign at: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20658
Nuclear ≠ the solution! https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/31410-nuclear-the-solution
by Don’t Nuke the Climate
“Tell EDF: nuclear can’t save the climate: too dirty, too dangerous, too expensive, too slow #exposeEDF #EDFMenteurhttp://thndr.it/1iazwcm”
Thousands of people will join the climate negotiations, the COP 21, in Paris this year to discuss a new agreement. Under the expiring Kyoto Protocol, nuclear energy is rightly excluded from the possible solutions available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the nuclear industry, in collaboration with certain nations, is lobbying for their dangerous and polluting technology to be seen as a climate-friendly option. This would obstruct real progress in protecting the climate.
An example of these lobbyists is EDF, world’s biggest electricity generator. Which is running many nuclear and coal plants all over the world and all French nuclear power plants. They are shamelessly using the context of climate negotiations to promote its nuclear electricity as climate-friendly and carbon-free… And EDF is also one of the big sponsors of the COP 21!
EDF’s argument is misleading: the nuclear industry does emit greenhouse gas, particularly during uranium mining! Nuclear power manifests a wide range of human rights violations, from the rights to life and health, to disproportionate impacts on indigenous peoples, women, children, and future generations. No matter what else EDF claims.
Join us in exposing EDF. Tweet or share in English, German, French, or any language (copy paste this in the text field):
- Tell EDF: nuclear can’t save the climate: too dirty, too dangerous, too expensive, too slow #exposeEDF #EDFMenteur
The French petition will be online before the 26th of September.