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The First Secret Nuclear City

FilmThe First Secret City https://firstsecretcity.com/

Before the creation of the secret cities of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford, the Manhattan Project hired the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works of St. Louis to refine the first uranium used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. For the next two decades, Mallinckrodt continued its classified work for the Atomic Energy Commission during the Cold War. The resulting radioactive waste contaminated numerous locations in the St. Louis area some of which have not been cleaned up 70 years after the end of World War II. Told through the eyes of an overexposed worker, the story expands through a series of interviews that careen down a toxic pathway leading to a fiery terminus at a smoldering, radioactively-contaminated landfill. The First Secret City is a feature-length documentary that reveals a forgotten history and its continuing impact on the community in the 21st Century, uncovering past wrongdoing and documenting the renewed struggles to confront the issue.

July 23, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

New film “Atom and Peace—Ruiko, Nagasaki Prayer” questions Japan’s nuclear policy

Filmflag-japanNew documentary questions Japan’s use of nuclear energy, Japan Today,  JUL. 18, 2016 TOKYO —

Documentary filmmaker Yoshitaka Nitta has made a movie based on a question he has asked himself since the nuclear meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011.

The question is “Why does Japan insist on reactivating nuclear power plants despite the worst nuclear accident in its history?”

In the movie titled “Atom and Peace—Ruiko, Nagasaki Prayer,” Ruiko Matsunaga, a 24-year-old elementary school teacher in the city of Nagasaki in southwestern Japan, travels from Aomori to Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan and then back to Nagasaki, visiting places where there is “peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

She hopes to find answers to how the Fukushima Daiichi accident occurred and why Japan, as the world’s only atomic-bombed country, is still eager to continue nuclear power generation.

Matsunaga, whose grandmother is a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, “was the only person” who could play the leading role in the movie, said Nitta.

Through her trip, Matsunaga learns that Japan has plenty of plutonium, a radioactive chemical element used to produce the “Fat Man” atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki……..http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/new-documentary-questions-japans-use-of-nuclear-energy

July 22, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Socorro a national sacrifice area for depleted uranium

SOCORRO – The City of Depleted Uranium
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782822554/socorro-the-city-of-depleted-uranium
by Norbert G. Suchanek, 20 July 16,   Depleted uranium contamination in the USA: Socorro in New Mexico was used for decades as testing range for depleted uranium (DU).   About this project

The mountain of Socorro in the South of New Mexico was used for decades as a testing range for depleted uranium weapons.
URANIUM 238: THE PENTAGON’S DIRTY POOL

Socorro became a national sacrifice area. People in Socorro are suffering similar health effects as the local population in Iraq who were hit by DU-Weapons during the Gulf Wars. The film gives details of the abuses and transgressions on the people of Socorro who’s community was downwind and downgrade of the depleted uranium testing sites which had been active since 1972. Until today most of the population of Socorro are unaware about the testing on the Socorro mountain and the dangers of depleted uranium.

Main character of the film is Damacio A. Lopez, who was born in Socorro. He served the US-army during Cold war and Cuba Crisis and became later a professional golf player. When he found out about the horrible consequences of the use of depleted uranium on the battle fields during the Gulf wars in Iraq and in his native town, he became one of the first activists fighting for a global ban of these weapons.

Damacio studied the terrible health effects of DU Weapons in the battlefields of Iraq and the Balkans for many years.  He has founded the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST) and influenced and produced several important reports and films about Depleted Uranium like the film: “URANIUM 238: THE PENTAGON’S DIRTY POOL”. This film won the Jury Award as the Best Short Film of the first International Uranium Film Festival in 2011. Damacio is also the principle founder of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) and works at the UN on a treaty to ban uranium weapons.

SOCORRO – THE CITY OF DEPLETED URANIUM will be the first film that this testing of depleted uranium will be exposed to world public. It will make clear that not only the populations in Iraq or in the Balkans are suffering from DU but also US citizens across the US who live close to the military testing sites and firing ranges.

Damacio Lopez says: “I am from a family in Socorro in New Mexico and I have been working to create an International Treaty to ban Depleted Uranium Weapons for the past 30 years. In 1986 I discovered that depleted uranium testing was taking place on the Socorro Mountain just 2 miles away down wind from our family home. My father would spends hours in his garden while black clouds moved over head from the DU test site. He eventually died of various cancers.”

See also: Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonorhttp://www.democracynow.org/1999/4/19/depleted_uranium_metal_of_dishonor

International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) –http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/

The Case for an Immediate Ban on the Military Use of Depleted Uraniumwww.ru.nl/publish/pages/630064/archief_lopez_uranium_en.pdf

“Uranium 238: The Pentagon’s Dirty Pool” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEqE8DdpHOM

Depleted uranium weapons have left behind a trail of human misery and vituperative debate. What’s not known about them is just as disturbing as what is..https://newint.org/features/2007/11/01/keynote/

FRIENDLY FIRE, THE LINK BETWEEN DEPLETED URANIUM MUNITIONS AND HUMAN HEALTH RISKS http://www.gulfwarvets.com/du8.html

July 20, 2016 Posted by | depleted uranium, Resources -audiovicual, USA | Leave a comment

Eerie images inside Fukushima’s exclusion zone

see-this.wayAbandoned shops, discarded laundry and traffic lights signalling to empty streets: Eerie images inside Fukushima’s exclusion zone five years after the nuclear disaster  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3686045/Abandoned-shops-discarded-laundry-traffic-lights-signalling-streets-Eerie-images-inside-Fukushima-s-exclusion-zone-five-years-nuclear-disaster.html

  • Photographer Keow Wee Loong explored four towns in Fukushima with friends after sneaking in during the night
  • The area was evacuated in March 2011 and has been abandoned since then. It’s still cordoned off from the public 
  • People who left the area went very quickly. They abandoned their clothes in the dryer and left fully-stocked shelves

By QIN XIE FOR MAILONLINE, 13 July 2016

More than five years after the devastating tsunami and the 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck north-eastern Japan, causing the explosion of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, the Japanese town remains abandoned.

Since April 22, 2011, an area within 20km (12.4miles) radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant has been cordoned off from the public and listed as the red exclusion zone.

But now, Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong has entered into the exclusion zone to capture these eerie images.

July 13, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

At film sreening of “Indian Point” New Yorkers express their nuclear anxieties

FilmNew Yorkers express fears of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant at documentary screening, Crains, 11 July 16 
A discussion with a nuclear operator and anti-nuclear protesters kicked off a two-week screening of Indian Point at Lincoln Center

By  The start of a two-week-long Lincoln Center film screening of Indian Point, a documentary about the controversial nuclear power plant in Buchanan, N.Y., gave New Yorkers an opportunity to share their concerns about their safety five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

The film offers a look inside the power plant, located 35 miles from midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River. In addition to speaking with several anti-nuclear advocates, director Ivy Meeropol gained unprecedented access inside the highly guarded plant for her 94- minute documentary.

On July 8, Meeropol and the film’s subjects, including Indian Point senior control room operator Brian Vangor, science journalist Roger Witherspoon, activist Marilyn Elie and former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Gregory Jaczko answered New Yorkers’ anti-plant questions after the first screening of the film at Lincoln Center’s 85-seat Howard Gilman Theater. The film will have five showings daily until July 21.

With more than 50 million people living in close proximity to the facility, the Indian Point Energy Center’s continued operation has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that the kind of disaster that happened at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could happen in New York.

“How do we close Indian Point down as soon as possible?” one concerned citizen asked after the film screening.

“We don’t,” Witherspoon said. “The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) is the only one who has the authority to do that.”

Meeropol was quick to explain that her film was “not about whether nuclear power is good or bad.” Instead she sought to understand the impact of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster on New York.

“The relevant questions to me [while making this film] were: Do we continue operating aging plants, especially one like Indian Point, which is situated in the middle of the largest population of any nuclear power plant in the nation, and if so, who or what organization will make sure these plants are run safely?” the director said…….http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160711/ENTERTAINMENT/160719993

July 13, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, USA | Leave a comment

“Indian Point” New Documentary Investigates Nuclear Power from New York to Fukushima

FilmNew Documentary Investigates Nuclear Power from New York to Fukushima, Earth Island Journal  BY ED RAMPELL – JULY 8, 2016 A Conversation with Indian Point Director Ivy Meeropol

“…………..The Brooklyn-born, Massachusetts-raised Meeropol’s absorbing, incisive, new documentary Indian Point investigates this 1960s-built nuclear power facility, which sits just 35 miles north of New York City and is currently working to relicense two of its reactors. It also probes the 2012 ousting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chairman, Gregory Jaczko, who was accused of bullying and intimidating employees, plus the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, triggered by a 2011 earthquake and tidal wave that caused meltdowns and the release of radioactive isotopes at the Japanese nuclear power plant.

The writer/director skillfully interweaves these three strands into a cohesive, comprehensive 94-minute tapestry exploring the controversial nuclear industry. In doing so, she evenhandedly interviews employees and executives of Entergy Corporation, which operates Indian Point, as well as activists opposing it. Her rare access enabled the intrepid filmmaker to enter both the Fukushima and New York facilities, allowing unusual insight into the inner workings, and politics, of the plants.

Like a cinematic sleuth, Meeropol doggedly pursued the different threads of the saga. If Woodward and Bernstein “followed the money” during Watergate, Meeropol followed the radiation, so to speak. In a balanced yet bold, unflinching way, Meeropol proves once again in Indian Point that the personal is political, and reveals that controversies swirling around nuclear power are anything but a tempest in a teapot……..

Jaczko,-GregoryYour film has three main leitmotifs: Indian Point, Fukushima, and former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. Do you think that Jaczko was subjected to allegations about his treatment of employees and eventually left his position as chairman because he was too critical of the nuclear industry?

Yes, I do. I do. It was a confluence of events but they really raked him over the coals. This is a guy who self-admittedly says Fukushima changed how he viewed his job. He was a regulator who worked for a powerful industry and probably didn’t feel like he had a lot of power. Before Fukushima he bought into what the industry line was and what a lot of the NRC members believe, which is that a meltdown like Fukushima couldn’t happen.

Then when Fukushima happened, it changed the way he viewed his job. He became more of an activist chairman. He gathered the staff around him.

Much of what he was proposing wasn’t anything all that radical… He really was just trying to respond to Fukushima, to figure out what happened there and try to make sure it didn’t happen here in the US. Not the tsunami part — but the meltdown. He directed his staff to look closely at Fukushima and come up with recommendations for the NRC, which they did. The rest of the commissioners didn’t like it because — I’m totally convinced of this — they’re too close to the industry and knew it would cost the industry a lot to make the new changes and they weren’t going to do it.

I’m sure there was some real friction there, but the NRC blew it up into a different story, saying that Jaczko was a horrible boss and yelled at people. That he was an angry boss, he kept things from them, and he kept people out of meetings. When that didn’t really stick, the story became that he yelled at women staffers and made them cry. His staff, when he did resign, made this beautiful book for him, because they knew what he had been through and how he was really railroaded out of there.

I got to know him really well — he’s a gentle person, he’s not a tyrant. The NRC painted this picture of him but none of the allegations stuck in the end. The NRC’s Inspector General’s report came back with absolutely nothing on him. He’s unemployed now. ……..

I came out of there [Indian Point Nuclear Station] really, really respecting everyone who worked there and feeling better about it in some ways, but also ultimately feeling this is a dying industry. Especially now, with solar and wind, we don’t need it.

Well, those employees at the plant concerned with safety are literally on the frontlines.

Exactly………

In 2015, Indian Point was denied a permit to continue withdrawing water from the Hudson River, right?

Yes. Basically, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation decided after many years of looking at how the plant abuses the river that Indian Point should not be allowed a water permit because of the impact on the fish population. Water withdrawals just destroy too much fish larvae and disrupt the river’s aquatic life.

Indian Point Movie CLIP – Water (2016) – Documentary

Indian Point uses 1.5 billion gallons of water a day, sucked through the plant from the Hudson River, then spit back out, hotter — another way nuclear power plants affect the environment. Indian Point creates terrible pollution in the river and it’s destroying the river. The plant uses as much water in one day as everyone in New York City uses combined.

So the DEC denied the plant a water permit. It’s a great way to try and shut the plant down because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires plants to have a water permit from the state they operate in in order to get relicensed.

This is precedent-setting, because as far as I’m aware, at no other time has a plant been shut down because a water permit was denied. They haven’t done it yet. That’s why we’re so optimistic in the film, because the water permit denial could be the way the plant gets shut down. There’s a lot of momentum. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State, and the DEC are not giving up on shutting down the plant.

In the midst of all this, licenses for both reactors ran out, and they haven’t been renewed by the NRC, so Indian Point is operating the reactors without a license. [Indian Point reactors can continue operating without a license during the relicensing process. The plant has experience several difficulties this year, however, including two shutdowns of the Unit 2 reactor since late June.]……..

Indian Point will be theatrically released July 8 in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and on July 22 in Los Angeles, and released on DVD Oct. 25. For more information, visit the Indian Point websitehttp://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/documentary_investigates_nuclear_power_new_york_to_fukushima/

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Ari Beser gathers the stories of Japan’s Hibakusha

HibakushaStories From Fukushima You Have Never Heard.National Geographic  by Ari Beser in Fulbright National Geographic Stories on June 9, 2016 FUKUSHIMA, Japan— Ten months ago I arrived in Japan to cover a historic year—the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings, the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, and the first visit by a sitting U.S. President to Hiroshima.  I wanted to document the social impact nuclear technology has had on Japan.

Japan is the only country in the world to experience atomic war and a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. I have a unique family connection to Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a grandson of the only double crewman of the bomb missions, and I’ve spent the past five years in Japan meeting with the survivors of the bombs, or hibakusha as they are called in Japanese.

The hibakusha have been telling audiences their survival stories for decades. They experienced the bombing 71 years ago, and while they never forget their trauma and it never gets easier to describe it, each time they speak they spread their precious testimony in hopes of contributing to a world free of nuclear weapons. However when I turned my focus to Fukushima, I found it difficult to capture stories. Like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, everyone who was in Fukushima at the time of the disaster has a story, but unlike Hiroshima and Nagasaki many are struggling to find their voice.

The disaster is still fresh in the minds of the survivors. Many wish to speak out about their exposure to the radiation, or the dangers of nuclear power, but don’t know what to say, or how to describe what they went through.

The following voices each depict a different aspect of the disaster and show how Fukushima has been diversely affected.

In the next few months I will finish editing the videos I have filmed in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima for my blogumentary that will be viewable on YouTube and Facebook at “Hibakusha: The Nuclear Family.”……..http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/09/stories-from-fukushima-you-havent-heard-yet/

June 10, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Review of climate film “Time to Choose”

Review: ‘Time to Choose’ Extols Renewable Energy to Combat Global Warming, NYT, 

TIME TO CHOOSE   NYT Critics’ Pick  Directed by Charles Ferguson  Documentary 1h 40m

By STEPHEN HOLDEN JUNE 2, 2016
Charles Ferguson’s latest documentary, “Time to Choose,” is a
sobering polemic about global warming that balances familiar predictions of planetary doom with a survey of innovations in renewable energy technology that hold out some hope for the future. Unless the carbon-based energy sources on which we have relied are replaced with solar and wind power (the movie doesn’t address nuclear energy), we are ruined.

Filmed on five continents, “Time to Choose” is divided into three chapters: coal and electricity, oil and gas, and land and food. Hopscotching from country to country, it begins in the United States with scenes ofmountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and its destructive environmental effects. Much of the film’s power derives from devastating visual juxtapositions. The glamorous skyline of Shanghai at night is contrasted with daytime images of its smoggy harbor, crowded with ships carrying coal to fuel China’s insatiable energy appetite……..The biggest obstacle to change may be people’s assumptions that global warming is beyond human intervention.
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In the language of Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, who works closely with Gov. Jerry Brown of California, one of the film’s heroes: “First people deny that they’re part of the problem. Then they deny there’s a solution. Then they tell you that if there is a solution, it’s too expensive.”

“Time to Choose” is not rated. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes.

June 4, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Special Report on Nuclear America

Nuclear America: RT special report on state of US nuclear facilities  27 May, 2016 Over the past 18 months, a number of nuclear facilities across the country have experienced problems. From the Hanford Site in Washington state to Indian Point in New York, RT America takes a close look at the disastrous conditions at US nuclear sites.

Nuclear America: Special Report

Taking a look at the past, present and future of nuclear facilities in the US, Friday’s special report seeks to fill in the gap about America’s crumbling radioactive infrastructure that the mainstream media has ignored….https://www.rt.com/usa/344636-nuclear-america-special-report/

May 28, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, safety, USA | Leave a comment

Maps show the devastation of Europe, if nuclear bomb dropped there

see-this.wayWas YOUR home at risk? Terrifying maps reveal the devastation America’s cold war nuclear arsenal would have wreaked on Europe’s largest cities [EXCELLENT PHOTOS]  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3588721/Is-home-risk-Terrifying-map-reveals-devastation-nuclear-fallout-cause-Europe-s-popular-cities.html

Map shows what the terrible effects of nuclear fallout might look it if a bomb was to be dropped on European cities
Estimates number of fatalities and injuries in cities such as Warsaw and Berlin, for example
Other maps show result of 1,100 targets being hit simultaneously in a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia

By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE  14 May 2016

The image of the atomic bomb and accompanying devastation in Hiroshima is seared into many people’s minds.

Now there’s a collection of maps that show what the terrible effects of nuclear fallout might look it if a similar bomb was to be dropped on cities in Europe.

The researchers used data from a declassified list of US nuclear targets compiled in 1956 in the midst of the Cold War, while a second map shows what would happen if all 1,100 of the US’ targets – across China, Europe, Russia and North Korea – were hit by nuclear bombs at once.

To use the interactive tool visit the Future of Life Institute’s website

The terrifying maps, showing a potential nuclear exchange between the US and Russia, were created by the Future of Life Institute (FLI) and

Stevens Institute of Technology researcher Alex Wellerstein, who previously created the ‘NukeMap’

The two superpowers are thought to possess 93 per cent of the world’s nuclear arsenal, with Europe potentially caught in the crossfire.

For example, it shows detonating a 1,200 kiloton (kt) bomb in the centre of Berlin would probably result in 160,830 fatalities and 1,354,400 injuries, as well as flattening iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Fernsehturm.

Similarly, if France’s largest warhead – a 300kt bomb was dropped on Moskva, Russia, it would result in 611,190 fatalities and 1,861,240 injuries.

The Institute notes volatile weather could cause devastation in a neighbouring country to that of the target.

A second map depicts a fortunately unlikely scenario that would see all 1,000 targets hit by nuclear bombs between 50kt and 10,000kt in size on a certain day, showing how local weather patterns push the fallout away from its target.

A third set of maps show the impact of a bombs being dropped on three consecutive days in April this year.

The aim of the maps is to remind of the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons and whether it is a good idea for powerful countries to stockpile nukes, when others will be caught in the crossfire if they are ever used.

 Alarmingly, the FLI says today’s target list probably don’t look too different to the one compiled in the Cold War, when people feared nuclear fallout daily.

It said the US has around 1,900 nuclear warheads deployed on missiles and bombers, with thousands in reserve, which could be launched at a moment’s notice to hit targets within 30 minutes.

‘This unstable situation is extremely risky and has repeatedly come close to triggering nuclear war by accident,’ the Institute explained.

And today’s bombs would have even more catastrophic consequences than Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

The FLI said that enough bombs were dropped and a ‘nuclear winter’ sparked, most of the Earth’s seven billion people would die as winds spread soot across the sky to block the sun

May 14, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

A Bailout for the Nuclear Industry – the Pepco-Exelon Merger

Is the Pepco-Exelon Merger A Bailout for the Nuclear Industry? – Big Picture with Thom Hartmann
March 27, 2016  
Pepco and Exelon are about to merge and create the biggest utility company in the country. But is this merger – which is being sold as a pro-consumer – actually just a glorified bailout for the nuclear industry? Kevin Kamps joins Thom Hartmann to discuss this.

March 30, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Radio: Fukushima – Reflections on the Crime, the Cover-up and the Future of Nuclear Energy

Hear-This-wayFukushima At Five: Reflections on the Crime, the Cover-up and the Future of Nuclear Energy http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-at-five-reflections-on-the-crime-the-cover-up-and-future-of-nuclear/5513770

Global Research News Hour Episode 134 By Michael Welch and Linda Pentz Gunter  March 13, 2016  “The Fukushima disaster is not over and will never end.

The radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large swaths of Japan will never be ‘cleaned up’ and will contaminate food, humans and animals virtually forever.” -Dr. Helen Caldicott [1]

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Nuclear expert Arnold Gundersen called it, “the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.”[2]

It’s been five years since a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility resulting in three meltdowns and the release of copious amounts of radioactive debris into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean.[3]

Mainstream press reports do not seem to reflect the severity of this ongoing disaster. For example, on the eve of the five year anniversary, Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, virtually ignored the radiation concerns. The report stated that there were “zero deaths or cases of radiation sickness as a result of radiation exposure” and attributed this low mortality to “the quick-thinking, preventative actions taken by the Japanese government.” [4]

Such reporting is misleading. As Gundersen explained in a June 2011 interview:

 “One cigarette doesn’t get you, but over time they do. These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can’t measure them with a Geiger counter. Clearly people in Fukushima prefecture have breathed in a large amount of these particles. Clearly the upper West Coast of the US has people being affected. That area got hit pretty heavy in April (2011).” [5]

We know that radioactive Plutonium 239 has escaped into the ocean from Fukushima. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, a single microgram of this toxic substance can cause leukemia and bone cancers. [6]

Not only has the mainstream media failed to address these environmental perils, it has also failed to adequately report on the extent of the cover-up by Japanese, U.S. and international authorities. In a 2014 article for Counterpunch, State University of New York/College of New York journalism professor Karl Grossman detailed the Japanese government’s efforts to defend the nuclear industry at the expense of the welfare of the public. For instance, the Japanese government increased the maximum allowable radiation exposure level from 1 mSv (millisievert) per year to 20 mSv per year, allowing authorities to reduce the number of required evacuations.

In his free internet e-book, independent journalist Patrick Henry has unveiled an even more comprehensive account of multi-agency involvement in a cover-up of the severity of the situation. Among his discoveries were NOAA tracking of major 60 kilometre mile long plumes of radioactive clouds along the Japanese coast and officials statements acknowledging Spent Fuel Pools #3 and #4 “going dry.”

On the occasion of this anniversary, the Global Research News Hour brings listeners two related interviews on the topic of Fukushima and lessons learned.

The first interview is with Linda Pentz Gunter, international specialist for the environmental advocacy group ‘Beyond Nuclear.’ In this conversation, Gunter addresses the question of whether nuclear is being seriously explored as an alternative to the climate-ravaging fossil fuel industry. She also outlines aspects of the Fukushima cover-up, and why international bodies and media are failing to hold nuclear and government agencies to account.

In the final half hour, Portland-based Mimi German, Earth activist and founder of Radcast.org, speaks more about the cover-up, the nuclear situation in the U.S. and the consequences for society and all life on earth.

For more on Fukushima, please read Global Research’s comprehensive report.

March 13, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Radio Ecoshock on THE DEATH OF NUCLEAR POWER

Hear-This-wayTHE DEATH OF NUCLEAR POWER   http://www.ecoshock.info/2016/01/the-death-of-nuclear-power.html

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 SUMMARY: Lead author of “World Nuclear Industry Status Reports” Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. Radio Ecoshock 160127A tiny but powerful number of scientists, applauded by a few famous greens, urge us to accept nuclear power. They see it as the salvation of our civilization, our climate, our future.

It isn’t happening. As you’ll hear, nuclear power is shrinking, not expanding. World-wide, major nuclear companies are going bankrupt, or soaking up billions more of your taxes, or both.

Expert Mycle Schneider looks into secrets of the Great Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Remember, after Chernobyl and Fukushima, an accident anywhere in the world can irradiate the Northern Hemisphere. China’s new untested reactors are your reactors. Their radiation can land in your backyard.

All our lives, we’ve been told the problem of storing nuclear waste for a million years will be solved by science and technology. Instead, you will hear how hot waste from 70 years ago continues to threaten and poison a suburb of St. Louis Missouri. Dr. Helen Caldicott also reports on the mad rush to turn beautiful South Australia into a nuclear waste dump for the world.

Boiling water with reactors has become a time-bomb, a failed technology, a path better not taken, a threat and a burden to all succeeding generations.

This is Radio Ecoshock. I’m Alex Smith.

Listen to/download this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (56 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB).

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February 1, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

New educational video on Canada’s plan for nuclear waste dump near Great Lakes

Group opposed to nuclear waste dump produces short educational video, The Voice January 23, 2016 “……………”The Great Lakes are under attack from the threat of radioactive nuclear waste being buried on its shores. Ontario Power Generation plans to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste less than a mile from the shore of the Great Lakes.”

That’s the nut-shelled version of the new 3.5-minute video from Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, the Canadian group that has been spearheading an international petition drive to convince the Canadian government not to proceed with a plan to build a Deep Geological Repository to store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste in Kincardine, Ontario, on the shore of Lake Huron.

“We had been thinking about making a video for some time,” said Beverly Fernandez, founder of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump. “With the decision coming up from the Trudeau government, we decided to go ahead with it.”

Catherine McKenna, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, is scheduled to decide the fate of the dump on March 1.

The video has a dual purpose. “The first goal is to build awareness and opposition in Canada and the U.S. to the proposed dump,” said Fernandez, who lives in Southampton, a lakefront community just north of Kincardine. “Second is to get a flood of emails going to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister McKenna so they can see how large the opposition is to this.”

The prime minister’s email address isJustin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca. McKenna’s address isCatherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca.
Video urges officials to say ‘no’…….. “OPG did not consider any other sites. Some nuclear waste remains radioactive for 100,000 years. No scientist or geologist can guarantee that this nuclear waste dump will not leak and contaminate the Great Lakes. There are only three deep underground nuclear waste dumps on the planet,” the video says.

“The three sites are Asse II and Morsleben in Germany and the Western Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico,” Fernandez said as an aside in the interview.Published: Saturday, January 23, 20162

“They all leaked,” the video continues. “The protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship and is of national and international importance. Canadians, Americans and indigenous peoples have a right to clean, safe drinking water. It is imperative that a responsible solution for dealing with Ontario’s nuclear waste be found. Burying and abandoning radioactive nuclear waste right beside the drinking water of 40 million people is not the answer. The fate of Ontario’s nuclear waste burial plan is in the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

Trudeau was elected in October.”Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and the Federal Cabinet,” the video tells us, will make a decision on March 1, 2016.

“Would you bury poison beside your well? Email Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister McKenna and your Member of Parliament. Urge them to say no to Ontario’s planned nuclear waste dump … before it’s too late,” the video says.

The video can be found online at youtube.com/watch?v=_s6C4ClH17U&feature=youtu.be or the group’s website at stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com.     http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2016/01/23/news/doc56a252c2461a4623903048.txt?viewmode=3

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

The fate of Chernobyl- affected victims – photojournalist exposes their tragedy

see-this.wayMaking the Chernobyl-affected kids ‘visible’ to Belarus http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fzylg?ocid=socialflow_facebook

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine contaminated vast swathes of the surrounding area nearly 30 years ago. But Ukraine wasn’t even the worst hit. Belarus suffered about 70% of the nuclear fallout. And some of the radiation victims there are the focus of a project by Polish photojournalist Jadwiga Bronte. She hopes to change the way people in Belarus see its disabled children of Chernobyl.

January 22, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

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