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The nuclear toll on workers and communities – theme for June 19

McClatchy reports: 33,480 Americans dead after 70 years of atomic weaponry

“….. The number of deaths has never been disclosed by federal officials. It’s more than four times the number of American casualties in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And it looms large as the nation prepares for its second nuclear age, with a $1 trillion plan to modernize its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years…..

A total of 107,394 workers have been diagnosed with cancers and other diseases after building the nation’s nuclear stockpile over the last seven decades. The project includes an interactive database that offers details on all 107,394 workers.

McClatchy’s yearlong investigation, set in 10 states, puts readers in the living rooms of sick workers in South Carolina, on a picket line in Texas and at a cemetery in Tennessee…..

— Federal officials greatly underestimated how sick the U.S. nuclear workforce would become. At first, the government predicted the compensation program would serve only 3,000 people at an annual cost of $120 million. Fourteen years later, taxpayers have spent sevenfold that estimate, $12 billion.

— Even though costs have ballooned, federal records show that fewer than half of those workers who sought help had their claims approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

— Despite the cancers and other illnesses among nuclear works, the government now wants to save money by cutting current employees’ health plans, retirement benefits and sick leave….. … https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article49216310.html (photo: Ralph and Jodi Stanton)

Disastrous health effects of uranium mining, on the people of Jharkhand, India

the financial benefits are meaningless when weighed against what his group says is an alarming rise in stillbirths, birth defects, and adults and children diagnosed with cancer, kidney disease, and tuberculosis.

report showed a far greater incidence of congenital abnormality, sterility, and cancer among people living within 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) of the mines than those living 35 kilometres away. Mothers in villages close to the mine sites were also twice as likely to have a child with congenital deformities, …. us”…http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i1G4YWJkajit3t0xD2ddl4UXwN7g?docId=CNG.5b3137d37ca033f82d1946db0c21911c.951

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June 8, 2019 - Posted by | Christina's themes, employment

6 Comments »

  1. rememberin Ktty Tucker. Anti-nuclear activist, behind thw Karwn Silkwood case.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/kitty-tucker-death-anti-nuclear-power-activist-karen-silkwood-kerr-mcgee-meryl-streep-dead-a8862361.html

    Comment by doug | June 10, 2019 | Reply

  2. Halting Holtec A Challenge for Nuclear Safety Advocates
    by JAMES HEDDLE
    “The loading of 3.6 million pounds of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel has been indefinitely halted at the San Onofre independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI), operated by Southern California Edison and designed by Holtec International.”

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/07/halting-holtec-a-challenge-for-nuclear-safety-advocates/

    Comment by Tamara Lish | June 11, 2019 | Reply

  3. As governor, Perry went to extraordinary lengths to let the fossil fuel giant Energy Transfer Partners run a pipeline through the ecologically fragile, natural wonders of Texas’ pristine Big Bend region. In fact, he rammed it right down the throats of local people, who were almost unanimously opposed.

    Perry then accepted a $6 million campaign donation [1] — i.e., a payoff — from the company’s corporate boss, who later made Perry a paid member of the corporation’s board of directors.

    Perry also privatized a state-run, low-level nuclear waste facility, turning it over to Waste Control Specialists, a firm owned by a major campaign contributor. Then he let the corporation double the amount of waste dumped there, while reducing its legal liability for damages.

    Finally, after taking even more cash from the owner, Perry pushed to let him put high-level nuclear waste in the dump.[2]

    Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job of energy secretary, but he has plenty at stiffing the American people and our environment.

    OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, and a member of the Public Citizen board. Distributed by OtherWords.org.

    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/crony-capitalism-rick-perry-us-energy-secretary-former-texas-governors-experience-for-the-job-comes-from-stiffing-the-american-people-and-their-environment/

    Comment by Ed H | June 12, 2019 | Reply

  4. http://nuclearhotseat.com/2019/06/11/radiophobia-schmadiophobia-the-lie-at-the-heart-of-nuclear-ignorance-majia-nadesan-8th-anniversary-nh-416/

    Radiophobia? Schmadiophobia! The Lie at the Heart of Nuclear Ignorance:

    Nuclear Hotseat Eighth Anniversary

    Comment by Kitty | June 14, 2019 | Reply

  5. “William Boardman, in a piece for Global Research, compared the Fukushima disaster and its aftermath to the current political climate in America.

    “In a sense, Fukushima (and, I might add, the nuclear power industry) is perhaps a metaphor for the current American moment. The electoral earthquake and tsunami of (Nov. 9, 2016) has produced a political meltdown of unknown and expanding proportions, that continue unchecked, causing still unmeasured destruction and human suffering far into a dark and dangerous future.”

    We need to constantly educate ourselves and bring the brilliant lights of truth and resistance to the world close by, for example the Rocky Flats contamination, as well as around the globe.”

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s “Peace Train” runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.

    https://www.coloradodaily.com/2019/06/13/peace-train-after-eight-years-ceremony-holds-sway-over-substance-of-fukushima-fallout/

    Comment by Sarah Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Reply

  6. The McClatchy report is archived here. It show a black screen on top but scroll down https://archive.li/Ibbsf

    Comment by miningawareness | June 14, 2019 | Reply


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