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Photoessay on thde most devastated areas of Japan’sFukushima Exclusion Zone.

see-this.wayStepping inside the nuclear red zones of Fukushima [Great photosBy: Catie Leary. Mother Nature Network, October 1, 2015, In his eye-opening photo essay, Polish photojournalist Arkadiusz Podniesiński ventures into the most devastated areas of Japan’s Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

The essay, simply titled “Fukushima,” gives readers an exclusive look at how the orange and red zones have changed in the years since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Since the evacuation, many of the areas surrounding the plant have been undergoing a slow recovery and clean-up process. In the hardest hit areas, “time has stood still, as if the accident happened yesterday.”………

Access to the red zones (sometimes referred to as the “no-go zones”) is strictly prohibited unless you are a former resident or have a special permit, but getting one of these permits is exceptionally difficult.

“No tourists are allowed. Even journalists are not welcome,” Podniesiński explains. “The authorities are wary, they [inquire] after the reason, the topic being covered, and attitude towards the disaster. They are worried that journalists will not be accurate and objective when presenting the topic, but they are most likely scared of being criticized for their actions.”

Podniesiński made several attempts to gain one of these elusive permits while planning his trip from Poland, but it was only when he got to Japan that he was finally able to acquire passage to the red zones after appealing to the officials in charge about his extensive knowledge and experience with documenting Chernobyl…….. 

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Drone captures rare footage of abandoned Chernobyl-era nuclear plant in Crimea

Drone captures rare footage of abandoned Chernobyl-era nuclear plant in Crimea (VIDEO)  Sep, 2015 Footage captured from a bird’s-eye view of a Chernobyl-era nuclear power plant in Crimea shows its heart – the reactor. The unfinished plant has been standing abandoned for almost three decades………

nuclear reactor abandoned Crimea

September 26, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Nuclear propaganda film “Pandora’s Promise” scrutinised again

The film’s claim that nuclear is cheaper than energy from clean, renewable sources is completely false.

The film minimizes the question of what to do with high-level nuclear waste.

The very reasons not to support nuclear power are ignored by the film. The risks, economic realities, waste disposal problems, regulatory issues, and environmental and health impacts from the complete nuclear fuel chain are not addressed in “Pandora’s Promise.” Anyone who is interested is these issues should continue to ask questions and seek answers outside industry propaganda.

Book-PandoraReportCoverDon’t believe the pro nuclear hype,—  Sarah Fields, Director, Uranium Watch,
24 Sept 15   
On Thursday, September 24, the Grand County Library and Utah Film Society will be showing the film, text nuclear hype“Pandora’s Promise,” at Star Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The film is a one-sided and factually challenged look at nuclear power as an answer to climate change. The film’s premise is that nuclear power will provide clean energy and help developing countries end poverty. This claim is presented in interviews with several former opponents of nuclear power who have had a change of heart, and with some nuclear scientists.There were no interviews with citizens, environmentalists, legal experts, or scientists who are currently involved with the many serious and complex issues related to the production of nuclear power in the U.S.

The film neglects to discuss the environmental impacts of the whole nuclear fuel chain, from uranium mining and milling to the disposal and long-term care of low- and high-level nuclear waste. As we know here in southeast Utah, uranium mining and milling is not carbon-free and impacts our land, air, water and public health. There are hundreds of abandoned uranium mines in Utah and nearby states that have yet to be remediated. Hundreds of uranium mine and mill workers died or continue to suffer severe health impacts from the production of uranium.

The film’s claim that nuclear is cheaper than energy from clean, renewable sources is completely false. Nuclear reactors cost billions of dollars to construct, taking 10 years or longer to license and bring online. Reactors under construction in the U.S. have construction delays and serious cost overruns, which are passed onto the ratepayers. The cost of reactors keeps going up and the cost of renewables keeps going down.

The film minimizes the question of what to do with high-level nuclear waste. For decades, that problem has been pushed back for future generations to deal with. The type of spent fuel casket that the proposed Yucca Mountain disposal site was designed for is no longer being developed. There is no approved casket for the storage of high-burn up fuel — the fuel used at most reactors today. The government and industry has no long-term solution for high-level nuclear waste, except for indefinite storage at reactor sites. If Yucca Mountain were approved, much of the spent fuel would be transported through Utah, including Grand County.

The proposed reactor near Green River is an example the realities of nuclear power development. The Blue Castle Project would require about 87 million gallons of water per day in a time of drought and reduced runoff. It would impact the recovery program for threatened and endangered fish species in the Green River. Thus far, the proponent of the reactor, Blue Castle Holdings, has only raised $19 million. It will take from $50 to $100 million to obtain an Early Site Permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many millions more to obtain a construction and operation license. It will take billions to construct the reactor. Thus far, no utility has joined this project, so there is no place for the electricity to go and no outside funding.

The very reasons not to support nuclear power are ignored by the film. The risks, economic realities, waste disposal problems, regulatory issues, and environmental and health impacts from the complete nuclear fuel chain are not addressed in “Pandora’s Promise.” Anyone who is interested is these issues should continue to ask questions and seek answers outside industry propaganda.


September 25, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Nevada test site videos on nuclear bomb testing

see-this.wayBuilding the atom bomb – Nevada test site videos, Guardian By Laurence Topham , Alok Jha and Will Franklin 22 September 2015 From 1951, over four decades, the US government carried out almost a thousand nuclear tests at this test site, earning it the nickname of the “most bombed place on Earth”. Here, they took the crude nuclear weapons that had been dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and honed their destructive power.

A hundred of these tests, known as atmospheric shots, took place above ground, creating the characteristic mushroom clouds that have become synonymous with nuclear detonations.

The government still carries out classified work on the site, and access is limited to a small number of carefully vetted visitors each year, who are not allowed to take photographs. The Guardian was given extremely rare access to film at the site……..

In nearby towns such as St George in Utah, which were downwind of the Nevada Test Site, people found the nuclear programme more troubling.

After decades of campaigns by the so-called Downwinders, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990 to make payments to some of those who claimed to have been affected by fallout from nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site.

So far, $2bn (£1.3bn) has been paid out to more than 32,000 claimants. The compensation is only available to a limited number of those who claim to have been affected and for a limited set of conditions…..

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Video Audio: Radioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan

see-this.wayRadioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan  Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific. But what about the extraordinary amount of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes spread hundreds of miles from the nuclear catastrophe site yet to be cleaned up and now displaced by the flood into newly contaminated villages? Once again, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, is here to keep you informed.

September 21, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Learn about these terrific films showing at Uranium Film Festival in Berlin

logo-uranium-film-festivalPROGRAMM BERLIN 2015

Programme of the International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2015, September 24 to 30

Location: KINO BROTFABRIK, Caligariplatz 1, Phone: 030 4714001/2, E-Mail: sends e-mail)

Thursday 24 September Continue reading

September 16, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: Nuclear Power: Insurance and Health

 Hear-This-way More Airdates:  Thu Aug 27 at 1:30AM on KCETLINK “Going naked” is a term the insurance industry uses to describe not having insurance. And when it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power, America is going naked.

Correspondent Miles Benson investigates why the U.S. nuclear power industry is underinsured by hundreds of billions of dollars. He also speaks with Australian physician, author, and nuclear industry critic Dr. Helen Caldicott on the health effects of nuclear radiation, which include cancer, fetal damage, and genetic mutation.

August 28, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Hear Dr Helen Caldicott, on Japan’s nuclear power restart

Hear-This-wayQ&A: Dr. Helen Caldicott on Japan’s nuclear power restart, Free Speech Radio News BY  · AUGUST 12, 2015    DOWNLOAD AUDIO ………”The majority of Japanese people, 60 or 70 percent, are opposed to the reopening of reactors. There’ve been many, many demonstrations, but I’m afraid money counts over there. And Tepco and Toshiba are really the government, and when they decide it goes ahead. It is also being…it’s also happening because the nuclear industry in America is exerting a huge amount of pressure upon the Japanese industries to open again, for several reasons: a) It will increase the amount of Caldicott,-Helen-4uranium; b) [It will] encourage the nuclear industry in America; and c) Japan is a major producer of parts of nuclear reactors – the reactor vessel, etc. etc. – which they export all over the world, to Turkey and elsewhere. So there’s a huge amount of money involved and they don’t really care, let’s be frank, about people’s health. Although now, about a hundred and…over a hundred and nine children have developed thyroid cancer in the Fukushima prefecture, and the number of incidents in that population is one to two per million.”……

“There were three meltdowns – never before occurred in the history of the nuclear age – major meltdowns. So, I mean, everyone accepts there were three major meltdowns. That’s a fact. That’s a fact. That’s like me trying to substantiate that there’s a nose on your face. Um, it’s a fact, scientific fact. And it’s an absolute catastrophe. They’ll never clean it up. They won’t be able to get to those three melting cores, because if you stand next to them for a couple of minutes you’ll die. And no one’s ever thought about three major meltdowns that were in fact harder…hard to get those cores out. It will be impossible.”

CC:  Some people appear to be taking comfort that this is not in fact the crippled Fukushima plant and it is not operated by Tepco. And they also believe that Sendai is not exposed to the same level of risk.

Dr. HC:  It matters not who manages nuclear reactors. All meltdowns, and there have been quite a few, have been caused by human fallibility. They built six nuclear reactors just near an earthquake fault, at sea level, and they knew that they were doing that, and in fact the independent commission on Fukushima – set up by the Japanese government – said it was human fallibility and human faults. Sendai will be managed by humans with their fallibilities, number one, and number two, it’s near an active volcano. Japan is a very volcanic, earthquake-ridden area, and to build nuclear reactors on Japan, in the mainland or elsewhere, is pure foolishness.”……..

“Most doctors don’t really understand the medical effects of radiation; you have to study that. I’ve spoken to huge areas, or groups, of concerned parents who know nothing about it and are desperate for the truth, even if it’s bad. I’ve testified before a government commission in the parliament. I’ve spoken to various Japanese politicians, but the truth is, they have no power. It’s [Prime Minister Shinzō] Abe who’s determining the whole thing. And it’s money that’s determining it. And the Japanese government, really they give no heed to people’s suffering. And just to add another addition to this, the doctors have been told not to tell their patients that their symptoms are related to radiation. It’s a horrifying medical situation.”……..

August 14, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Confusing message in new documentary about #uranium – a ‘soft sell’ for the nuclear lobby?

questionA Critical Look at ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’, truthdig,  Aug 9, 2015 By Stanley Heller A week or so before the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, I watched a curious documentary on PBS. It was called “Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail.” You can see it here. The presenter was a physicist named Derek Muller. What’s odd is that Muller concludes that nuclear power is not the way to go, but the way the film was edited, the message is the opposite: that nuclear power is relatively safe and that its technical problems are at the point of being solved. Continue reading

August 12, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, media, Resources -audiovicual, spinbuster | 2 Comments

St. Louis’ connection to nuclear waste contamination explored in new film

FilmNew documentary explores St. Louis’ connection to nuclear waste contamination (includes AUDIO) St Louis Public Radio,  By  • JUL 14, 2015 During World War II, a St. Louis-based company took on a project that turned out to be detrimental to the health of its employees.

Mallinckrodt Chemical Company was responsible for refining massive amounts of uranium for the Manhattan Project. As a result, some of Mallinckrodt’s employees succumbed to various illnesses caused by exposure to nuclear waste.

The radioactive work completed decades ago continues to have impacts on people and the environment at several sites throughout the area, including West Lake LandfillColdwater Creek, and Weldon Spring. Weldon Spring has since been cleaned up, but concern remains on the effects of contamination prior to the area being cleared.

Filmmaker and St. Louis native Tony West directed a documentary about the Manhattan Project titled “The Safe Side of the Fence.” The film explores first-handaccounts of former employees of Mallinckrodt and residents who live near the contaminated sites. At 1 p.m. on July 19, the Tivoli Theatre will screen the documentary as part of Cinema St. Louis’ Filmmakers Showcase.

“I started off focusing on the workers because these are people who worked in contaminated buildings day in and day out,” West said. “When you see this film and what these workers are going through, you’ll get a sense of what you’re up against.”………

Although there’s coverage of contamination at West Lake Landfill, Coldwater Creek and Weldon Spring, West said he wanted to make a film to tie the three sites together.

“The government is not in a hurry to spend a lot of money on anything, especiallycleaning up things,” West said. “I think that if you live by this material or you’ve got a family member that worked in one of these plants, this really hits home for you.”

July 18, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Disturbing history of USA’s close calls, dangerous mistakes, with nuclear weapons

Eric Schlosser recounts the United States’ clumsy history with nuclear weapons. And it’s terrifying. by Joe Posner and Estelle Caswell on June 16, 2015

Human error is, well, human. Most systems people design break from time to time. Including the United States’ nuclear weapons systems: The shocking stories in the video come from investigative reporter Eric Schlosser’s book Command and Control,  in which he uncovered a “litany of errors” that go way, way beyond the official record of 33 serious accidents, known as “broken arrows.” Even the first test, 70 years ago this July 16, flirted perilously close with disaster.

Schlosser spent 6 years “in the most crazy nuclear shit imaginable” – and the revelations in the book about times we almost “destroyed a large part of the Florida coast” are seemingly endless.

Most discussion about nuclear weapons today has to do with a potential deal with Iran promising not to build a weapon. Discussion of the US missiles that were meant to be replaced 30 years ago, aging wiring, and control systems that run on floppy-disks have remained safely on the sidelines of the conversation…….…....

June 17, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, weapons and war | Leave a comment

AUDIO: Uranium in Nunavut: unsustainable energy?

Hear-This-wayThe Canadacast Uranium in Nunavut: unsustainable energy? Proponents of uranium mining typically tout its potential to create jobs. Environmental groups say there are lot more issues people should be worried about May 24, 2015 – 8:20pm – By Brian Pehora

 Earlier this month, we reported that the NIRB, a territorial regulator in Nunavut, had taken the unprecedented step of recommending to the federal government that the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine not be given permission to break ground.

In this edition of the Canadacast, Brian Pehora, our Nunavut correspondent, speaks with Jamie Kneen, of Mining Watch Canada, a watchdog, about some of the issues involved with uranium mining.

The Canadacast is produced in collaboration with CFRT – Iqaluit community radio

May 27, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: obstacles to the Paris Climate Change deal

New climate deal faces hurdles

Originally broadcast on Thursday 21 May 2015 7:30PM, repeated Sunday 24 May 2015 10:00AM

With six months to go until the next global climate treaty talks in Paris, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore has declared that “the future of the world depends” on their outcome. Lord Nigel Lawson, former energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, delivers his assessment of the prospects of the world reaching a new climate deal. (29min 20sec)

(Background information about Lord Nigel Lawson and the Global Warming Policy Foundation is available on the DeSmogBlog website at: and – and on the SourceWatch website at: and The program presenter, Tom Switzer, is an Adjunct Fellow of the Institute of Public Affairs –his profile is available at:

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Safety conscious regulator ousted by the nuclear industry – new documentary

Jaczko,-GregoryTop Nuclear Watchdog Forced Out by Industry, Reader Supported News  By Lewis Beale, The Daily Beast19 April 15

A new documentary shows the lengths the industry will go to put the public at risk

regory Jaczko was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission when Japan’s Fukushima power plant suffered a major meltdown in 2013. An advocate of tightening safety controls at America’s aging nuclear facilities after the Fukushima disaster, Jaczko soon discovered that despite his concerns, the influence of profit-hungry corporations over the NRC was affecting its ability to adequately police the industry—and putting the public in danger.

“When I served as chairman [of the NRC], there appeared to be commissioners who were more interested in industry conditions, that the NRC’s job was to protect the industry from the staff of the NRC,” Jaczko told The Daily Beast. “A lot of times, they said the staff was being too aggressive.”

Jaczko’s concerns, and his eventual ouster from the NRC, are part of a larger story told inIndian Point, a new documentary screening this week and next at the Tribeca Film Festival. Named after the electricity-generating nuclear reactor just 35 miles from New York City, the film is a cautionary tale about a technology once seen as an abundant and non-polluting energy source, but with downsides that could make oil spills and electrical brownouts seem as minor as a fender bender……..

Jaczko, whom the film alleges was ousted because of his views (his was the only dissenting vote on plans to build the first American nuclear plant in 30 years) is not alone in his concern about safety issues, and the industry’s reliance on old, outdated technology. Indian Point’s two reactors went online in 1975 and 1976, respectively, and, says Meeropol, “most of the plants in the U.S. are as old as Indian Point or older. Plants all over the country are having to replace major parts, they are just trying to fix things all the time. That’s a problem the entire industry has.”

Then there’s the issue of toxic waste. The fuel rods in these plants are highly radioactive, and can stay that way for 200,000 years. When they are spent, they need to be stored somewhere. The issue of what to do with this waste has never really been resolved, which means, says Musegaas, “Indian Point and other plants have become de facto toxic waste dumps for nuclear fuel.” According to the film, there is three times more toxic waste stored at Indian Point than there was in Fukushima.

Indian Point also delves into the environmental effect some of these plants have on our nation’s waterways. The fuel rods need to be constantly cooled, which means, in the case of a plant like Indian Point, 2.5 billion gallons of water are pulled from the Hudson every day, heated up when it passes through the plant, and dumped back in the river—a process that can kill millions of fish. “It’s mind-boggling how much life is going through the cooling system of this plant and getting toasted,” says Riverkeeper boat captain John Lipscomb in the film.

Given all these problems, it’s unsurprising that opposition to the Indian Point plant has been ongoing for decades…….

Jaczko: “The best thing to do is to figure out how to close it down. The best solution is to negotiate a narrow period of operation, so you can transfer the electricity generation and do it in a responsible way. If you can’t get your neighbors in the community to accept the plant, something’s not working.”


April 22, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment


FilmExposing Uranium Mining ‘Return of Navajo Boy’ Receives Yellow Oscar in Rio, Censored News 21 Apr 15  Navajo Boy Co-producer Bennie Klain, Dine’ (Navajo) US FILM THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY RECEIVES YELLOW OSCAR

RIO DE JANEIRO/QUEBEC CITY, Rio de Janeiro´s 5th International Uranium Film Festival started Wednesday, April 15, with a wonderful Gala and the presence of international guests from all five continents including French Canadian actress Karine Vanasse in Quebec City. Until April 25 this unique global film festival will screen more than 40 documentaries, short films, animations and fiction movies about nuclear power, uranium risks and atomic bombs. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is the event’s principal host of this in the world most important film festival about nuclear energy and radioactive risks in Quebec.

The annual Uranium Film Festival – that had its first edition in Brazil in 2011 – awards every year the best and most important films with its Yellow Oscar and the special achievement awards. “The nuclear question, the production and the use of atomic bombs and nuclear power, the problems of uranium mining and nuclear waste are not an easy task for filmmakers. The International Uranium Film Festival provides these filmmakers a global audience and honours them and their work with the festival’s Yellow Oscar Award”, says Uranium Film Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek.
Now in Quebec four new films will receive a Yellow Oscar 2015. And in addition a special Yellow Oscar will be given to the film “The Return of Navajo Boy” and its director Jeff Spitz: The SOCIAL CONSCIENCE YELLOW OSCAR 2015.
“The 2000 produced moving documentary The Return of Navajo Boy, with its Epilogue and webisodes, demonstrates how a skilful film made with a social conscience – and a social impact campaign – can change the world”, says the Uranium Film Festival Jury.
Jeff Spitz will receive the Award during the Award ceremony on Saturday April 25 in Quebec City. The other four Yellow Oscar winners of the Uranium Film Festival in Quebec will be announced during the Award ceremony. The film “The Return of Navajo Boy” will be screened with the presence of Jeff Spitz on Friday April 24, 9 pm in Quebec City at the festival venue in the Hotel Le Concorde.
About the film:
The Return of Navajo Boy
USA 2000/2008, 57 min and 15 min, Epilogue / Documentary, Director:
Jeff Spitz, Produced by Jeff Spitz and Bennie Klain,<(link is external)>……
The Return of Navajo Boy, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, is an internationally acclaimed documentary that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. ……

April 22, 2015 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, Uranium | Leave a comment


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