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To January 7 – Nuclear and Climate News

I’ve made my New Year’s vows –  to keep this newsletter shorter, and to include good news – good things happening. I am mindful of Greta Thunberg’s dictum – “Look for action – then the hope will come”   Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed in 2018

All the same, climate change’s drastic and rapid impacts must not be ignored. Paul Beckwith keeps us up to date on developments, especially in the all-important Arctic.

I wish that I knew the Russian language, and had access to Russian information, because climate change in the very Northern region is profoundly affecting Russia – its business, agriculture, and especially its operations in the Arctic. It is a chilling thought (no pun intended) that Putin has now put the nuclear industry in charge of shipping safety in the Arctic.

Russia certainly has toxic nuclear sites. This, along with Putin’s fervour for nuclear imperialism, means that, without media coverage, the world is ignorant of Russia’s nuclear health, environmental, and safety toll.

Then there’s the reality of escalating nuclear weapons tensions. While there is hope, in The U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty, the Doomsday Clock  (monitoring the risk of nuclear war) is at a record 2 minutes to 12.

Weather – perhaps our best hope of bringing home the urgent message of climate change.

Between USA’s John Bolton, and Russia’s nuclear hawks – the fragmentation of nuclear arms control spells global danger.

The nuclear power industry is moribund.

Brave environmental journalists face increasing threats and dangers.

Climate change brings a boom in jellyfish, and a threat to nuclear reactors.

ARCTIC. Tons of methane being released into atmosphere by melting ice sheets.

UK. Academic whitewash of leukaemia incidence near Sellafield nuclear site. The nuclear lobby will be delighted with this knighthood, earned for obscuring the cause of leukaemia.  UK govt offers up to £2.5million to prospective “nuclear dustbin” communities, but not to communities endangered on nuclear transport routes. UK govt now prevents any one local council from pulling out of plans for a vast underground nuclear waste dump in Cumbria.


JAPAN. Fukushima prosecutors demand TEPCO execs get 5 years for negligence that led to nuclear meltdown.   Japan losing hope for having a nuclear export industry. Japan abandoning ambition to sell nuclear power reactors to Turkey. Costs for scrapping 79 nuclear facilities estimated at 1.9 tril. Yen. Farmers struggle to keep cows left behind near Fukushima plant.

RUSSIA. President Vladimir Putin’s new secret weapon –NUCLEAR drone which sends 1,640ft high WAVES.

NORTH KOREA. Earthquakes still being set off due to North Korea’s September 2017 nuclear test.

INDIA. Uranium mining brings disease, deaths, deformities to Jharkhand, India.

GERMANYRenewables beating coal energy in Germany.

CHINA. Chinese state media boasts nuclear weapons escalation, in response to Trump.

AUSTRALIA. Dave Sweeney reflects on the achievements of Australia’s nuclear-free movement in 2018.  The global nuclear lobby co-opts academianow they’ve got University of Tasmania.


January 8, 2019 - Posted by | Christina's notes


  1. Happy New Year! Thank you for your work. You remain amazing. I thought that people may be interested in commenting on this for Hanford. Deadline is 11.59 pm Wednesday night, Washington DC Time. It seems to have to do with leaving nuclear waste in tanks “in-situ”. However, US Senator Wyden thinks it has additional repercussions – maybe because common law is based on precedent?

    Comment by miningawareness | January 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. The oligarchs and elites truly have no ideologies. Good cop vs bad cops. Ultimately it is all part of the nuclear-police state game. The police state is all bad and truly, no good cops.

    Soros is supposedly a liberal , yet he is a Pro nuclear ally of bill gates. What the heck is a liberal? Trumpo is supposedly a conservative who believes in individual rights. Now trumpy wants to declare martial law.

    One thing is for sure The fake liberals and fake conservatives want to consolidate power even more than they have now, than the have in the past. They are not even trying to hide, their enthusiasm for fascism and a trilateral cold war between Russia, China and America with the ensuing nuclear arms race.

    The new fascist states that have popped up are extremely pronuclear. That is in spite of Fukushima.
    I guess it is because nuclear power jives so well with their militaristic, macho, authoritarian, capitalist images controlled by centralized oligarchic elites. It is also quick and easy money.

    Bolnasaro in Brazil wants to rip up the rain forest and start a nuclear rennaisance in Brazil.
    The fascist regimes in Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, the new one in Poland, in Slovakia, Abe in Japan, Putin in Russia. They are foaming at the mouth for nuclear and new reactors. Netanyahu, the saudies.

    The Nazis in Ukraine have post office stamps honoring SS Waffen officers from Nazi Germany!

    The American-fascist wannabes, do not even care about importing all the worlds nuclear waste to America from Japan-elsewhere, and storing it unsafely and indefigitelty, above ground in poorly constructed steel casks.
    They want to reclassify the worst high level reactor waste so they can perpetuate more nuclear genocide. So they can perpetuate travesties like Hanford and make them worse!
    So we can have more poorly stored radioactive death to deal with in the United States.

    America is probably a worst radioactive sacrifice zone than Russia.

    Marco kaltofen the great environmental engineer showed us this article, from Washington about what the nuleoapes are really planning to do at Hanford. Meanwhile several old beat up reactors in America are close to meltdown. If the waste at San onofre goes off, the people of socal are very screwed.

    The radioactive dumpfire in st Louis ongoing yada yada yada

    Don’t let the feds change the rules for cleaning up Hanford nuclear waste
    Originally published January 2, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    By Tom Carpenter
    Special to The Times
    After almost 30 years of a program to clean up dangerous defense waste at the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington, the Department of Energy now wants to change the rules to make the job easier and save money. If approved, the proposal poses new dangers to the health and safety of people and the environment — not just in southeastern Washington, but at nuclear sites around the country.

    In 1943, the U.S. government built the massive complex at Hanford to manufacture plutonium for nuclear weapons. When defense production ceased in 1986, its nine reactors had produced enough material for 60,000 atomic bombs. What remains is North America’s most contaminated site — more than half a billion gallons of nuclear waste and toxic chemicals stored in leaking tanks and dumped into the ground.

    The most dangerous material is classified as “high-level waste.” The U.S. government has long recognized that because it poses such an extraordinary risk to human health and the environment, it requires special handling. A report prepared for the Atomic Energy Commission in 1957 called for disposal of high-level nuclear waste in a “deep underground formation, where it would remain isolated from human beings” for hundreds of thousands of years. That recommendation became law in 1982 when Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

    Responsibility for the mess at Hanford falls to the U.S. Department of Energy. The plan includes mixing 56 million gallons of high-level waste with molten glass so it can be safely transferred to a permanent underground disposal site.

    The cleanup effort began in 1989. It has not gone well. More than $45 billion has been spent, but no high-level waste has been processed. Hanford workers have received more than $1 billion in compensation for exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals. Companies working on the cleanup have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and settlements. Radioactive waste is leaking into the groundwater and flowing toward the Columbia River.

    Not to worry! The Energy Department has come up with an alternate approach for dealing with high-level nuclear waste — give it a new name and leave it where it is.

    This past summer, the agency announced its intention to reclassify high-level nuclear waste in 16 partially emptied tanks as low-level waste and cover what remains with grout. Now DOE is going big, and proposing to give itself the authority to relabel waste as it sees fit anywhere in the nation.

    Even under ideal conditions, the waste will slowly leach through the grout and into the surrounding soil. That assumes it doesn’t fail catastrophically due to fractures caused by changes in temperature, stress, or imperfections — all possible, even likely.

    The danger extends beyond Hanford. Once the Energy Department grants itself the authority to redesignate dangerous nuclear material, it can do the same with hundreds of millions of gallons of high-level waste stored in 161 other tanks or simply dumped into the ground at Hanford. It sets a dangerous precedent that will place millions of people at risk — not just downwind and downriver from Hanford, but near facilities in South Carolina, Idaho and upstate New York, where millions more gallons of high-level waste are stored.

    Why consider such an unsound plan? Money. By absolving itself of its legal obligation to handle high-level waste safely, the Energy Department expects to save $40 billion.

    The proposal is not only irresponsible and dangerous, it violates the law and flies in the face of longstanding legal precedent. “High-level radioactive waste” was clearly defined by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1970 and the courts have repeatedly turned back attempts to reclassify it. In 2003, for example, the U.S. District Court in Idaho confirmed that what’s in tanks at Hanford is, in fact, high-level waste and made clear that the Energy Department cannot simply come up with an alternative way to treat it just because it is “too expensive or too difficult.”

    Although it is profoundly shortsighted, deeply irresponsible and clearly illegal, this proposal isn’t surprising — it is entirely consistent with the Department of Energy’s history of cutting corners at Hanford and saddling future generations with a problem that requires our urgent attention today

    What exactly has the internet done to stave off future Fukushimas? Not a goddamnewd thing. The internet simply fetishized nuclear and fukushima. Disinformation agents, trolls, extreme sensationalist conspiracy-nuts and right-wing wackos have hijacked the nuclear and fukushima issue to play with for their own agenda.
    The internet using i360, Cambridge analytica, and social media like facebook and darkmoney alright sites  got monsters like Trump, Bolnasaro, the extremely Pronuclear, eastern European fascists into power, and they are making things worse.

    The real people doing anything about nuclear are Grass-Roots groups like the ones at San Onofre.
    We are getting discouraged.
    The partisan-posers and sensationalist- ultraconspiracy nuts, do nothing except bloviate on the internet for money or extreme political agendas that they encourage.
    The other posers and bloviaters do nothing except fetishize fukushima . These types make it harder to get plants closed , to protest, to take, grassroots political action and get city action.

    How would you feel if you lived by San Diego and a few of those casks burst open or exploded after working to get San Onofre closed?? That is after 20 years of working on getting San onofre closed.

    How would you feel if you worked on closing dangerous nuclear power plants, and an earthquake occurred , making San Louis Obisbo go full fukushima?

    The bastards never completely cleaned up Santa Susana . Santa Susana is where one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history occurred.

    No one in socal knows for sure how much radionuclide ash they breathed from the Woolsey fires.

    Meanwhile corrupt Nucleoapes find it easier to do their dirty work

    It is getting late. One wonders how poor  Dr. Busby is doing. He testified for the Bridgeport group in St Louis. If you are interested in helping there read here and follow the links.

    People in Texas got threatened with arrest for interfering with the opening of the corrupt  open-air hi level waste storage there pushed by Perry. 
    If you are interested in that you can contact the Permean Coalition or go here

    Mining awareness has links to people trying to do something about songs.

    There are better links and key people to contact. Public Citizen is actively involved in tracking and helping communities do something about dangerous reactors and waste sites.
    It takes a mammoth effort by local groups to contact state and government authorities to get things done. Go to court also.

    Governments are not doing anything about nuclear madness. They are clamping down, more than ever on antinuclear advocates, in the face of the grave conseq

    Comment by Doug | January 9, 2019 | Reply

  3. Governments are not doing anything about nuclear madness. They are clamping down, more than ever on antinuclear advocates, in the face of the grave consequences of more fukushimaa and radionuclides pollution engulfing the world.

    Comment by Doug | January 9, 2019 | Reply

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