Monthly Archives: May 2011

Norman Solomon Interviews EON Founders

Making A Difference in Marin

Author and Congressional candidate Norman Solomon interviews EON Co-Directors Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle on the anti-nuclear and pro-renewable energy aspects of their organizing and media work in this episode of the Community Media Center of Marin’s on-going series Making A Difference in Marin. \

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Wireless Pushback Spreads – EMR Digest 5-17-2011

May 20th 11:30am PROTEST ‘Smart’ Meters at PG&E Executive Headquarters 77 Beale St. San Francisco
Contact: Joshua Hart, Director, Stop Smart Meters!
California Revolt Grows as European Council Issues Landmark Warning on Wireless Tech

[Left: Utility Partners of America field tech Robert Jordan installs smart electric meters at an apartment complex on Del Valle Avenue in Glendale on Thursday, April 8, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press) ]

Council of Europe Report – The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and
their effect on the environment
PDF here.

Report 1
Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs
The potential health effects of the very low frequency of electromagnetic fields surrounding power lines and electrical devices are the subject of ongoing research and a significant amount of public debate. While electrical and electromagnetic fields in certain frequency bands have fully beneficial effects which are applied in medicine, other non-ionising frequencies, be they sourced from extremely low frequencies, power lines or certain high frequency waves used in the fields of radar, telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals, as well as the human body when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values.
One must respect the precautionary principle and revise the current threshold values; waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case in the past with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.

From International EMF Alliance
Alex Swinkels, Netherlands

Electromagnetic Fields from Mobile Phones: Health Effect on Children and Teenagers, RNCNIRP 2011
Professor Yury GRIGORIEV, Professor Valentina NIKITINA, Dr Oleg GRIGORIEV May 14, 2011
Download PDF of the whole RESOLUTION

This Resolution was approved by members of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) at its Committee session on 3 March 2011. The Resolution evolved from scientific statements adopted by RNCNIRP in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, taking into account contemporary views and actual scientific data. The Resolution represents a viewpoint of the professional scientific community and is meant for public dissemination, for the consumers of the mobile telecommunications services, as well as for the legislative and executive authorities who develop and implement health protection, environmental, communication, scientific and safety policies.

The world-wide dissemination of mobile telecommunications has resulted in new sources of large-scale population exposure to radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMF) since 2000. At present, mobile phones dominate among the mobile communication services used by the population. By the end of 2010, there were 219.3 million mobile phone SIM cards registered in Rus- sian network operators [1]. The mobile phone penetration rate (expressed as the num- ber of SIM cards registered per 100 people) has reached to about 150% in Russia, and exceeded 200% in the Moscow Region. According to ROSSTAT (Federal State Statis- tics Service of Russian Federation), there were about 15 million children and teenagers (ages from 5 to 19) living in Russia at the end of 2010 [2]. They all are presumed to be a target group for marketing for telecommunication service providers, mobile phone vendors and others. Prevention childhood and juvenile diseases from exposure to EMF sources is of paramount social and economic importance. It is one of the bases for public health policy for the nation in the near and long-term future. This problem has been already recognized by the international community: in May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be organizing the Second International Conference: “Non-ionizing Radiation and Children’s Health” dedicated to health protection of children exposed to EMF sources of various frequency ranges. It is WHO’s opinion that a “child is more vulner- able to environmental factors” [3]. WHO considers that studies aimed at determining if there are risks to children’s health from exposure to EMF is a top priority.

Read the whole RESOLUTION in PDF.

Cindy Sage of Sage Associates comments:
This resolution parallels that of the Seletun Scientific Committee, adopted in November 2009, in Seletun, Norway and published in Reviews on Environmental Health, 2010. The Russian National Committee has been an early and active proponent of limiting the use of cell phones by children and by pregnant women, thanks largely to Prof. Yuri Grigoriev, the Chair of the Committee and Seletun author.

[ Mobile phones and wireless networks should be banned in school, a European body has ruled. Photo: REX FEATURES ]

Ban mobile phones and wireless networks in schools, say European leaders
Mobile phones and computers with wireless internet connections pose a risk to human health and should be banned from schools, a powerful European body has ruled.

National Journal article Cell Phone Safety Ignored in Washington
Phoning It In?
Some of the federal government’s own scientists say that it’s not doing enough to determine whether cell phones pose a health risk.

From Dr. Sandy Ross –
SmartMeter Update & Action:

In response to CPUC President Michael Peevey’s request that PG&E offer a SmartMeter opt-out option, PG&E is proposing to turn off the communications device in the SmartMeters (for a costly up front, monthly & exit fee). We are concerned that this may not offer relief to subscribers that are getting sick as a result of a SmartMeter being installed on their property because other components (such as the switching-mode power supply) may be causing health problems. Not to mention continuing the mesh network and banks of meters.

Formal protests to the opt-out proposal have been filed with CPUC. However, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is trying to limit the scope of the hearings by preventing health concerns from being included. Yet, this is one of the main reasons people are protesting SmartMeters.

Your help is needed to be sure health problems are considered:

If you are a person who has experienced symptoms from a SmartMeter — or are a health practitioner with patients who have suffered — please send a short email or letter, as drafted below, to ALJ DeBerry, with a copy to Health & Habitat, Inc. (, 76 Lee Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941). Details are not necessary at this point, as we are just trying to show the level of interest in including HEALTH in the protest proceedings, and make these communications part of the public record. Do please circulate this. With much appreciation, Sandy Ross 415-383-6130

The Honorable Administrative Law Judge Bruce DeBerry (
California Public Utilities Commission
Division of Administrative Law Judges
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2106
San Francisco, CA 94102-3214
Re: A.11-03-014

Dear Judge DeBerry:
I suffer from health problems as a result of the PG&E SmartMeter installed on my property, and am concerned that disconnecting the radio transmitter in the SmartMeter, as proposed by PG&E in this proceeding, may not solve my problems. I understand that the Switching-Mode Power Supply and other internal parts of the SmartMeter operate 24/7 even though the transmitter may be disconnected. As a result, it may be necessary to install a conventional analog meter in place of the SmartMeter in order to relieve my symptoms.

Please take judicial notice of this letter, and make it part of the record in this proceeding. Thank you.


[ Please send copies of any letters sent to the CPUC also to us at . We’re also a party in the protest at the CPUC to this dreadful opt out plan that’s really a cop-out by PG&E. Thanks, Mary Beth Brangan ]

AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to rip out all this county’s telephone land lines
From EMR Policy Instituite:
Submit your REPLY to the FCC to preserve landline telephone service.
Many of you were not able to file Comment by the preliminary deadline in April 2011 about the proposal FCC 11-13 that could eliminate copper-wired land line phone infrastructure.
You can still submit your comment as a REPLY. Plan on filing it electronically by Sunday May 22, 2011 to avoid high traffic on the FCC website on the deadline date of Monday May 23, 2011. Find out how here.

What if Smart Meters DO cause health issues? What then?

It’s time to break up AT&T, Verizon, Comcast Time Warner and the rest of the telecoms AlterNet
Today’s telecoms provide overpriced and inferior service, and are systematically overcharging the hapless American consumer.
To join the fight to break up the telecom giants, check out the Web site Break Up the Communications Trusts!


Residents fight smart meters – Glendale News Press

And finally,
More on the Russian resolution as a result of review of short and long term effects of mobile phone use for children
Please find below EMFacts post on this resolution.
Here are some excerpts from that report from Angela Flynn of the Wireless Radiation Alert Network

In April 2008, the RNCNIRP reviewed the short-term and long-term effects of mobile phone use for children.

The results of clinical studies have shown that chronic exposure to RF EMF may lead to borderline psychosomatic disorders.

In 2010, a number of papers published in Russian and foreign peer-reviewed journals showed a response to RF EMF exposure from the immune system.

Statistical data published in 2009 and 2010 by ROSSTAT and UNICEF show that, since 2000 there has been a steady growth in the incidence of childhood diseases identified by RNCNIRP as “possible diseases” from mobile phone use.

Of particular concern is the morbidity increase among young people aged 15 to 19 years (it is very likely that most of them are mobile phone users for a long period of time).

Compared to 2009, the number of CNS disorders among 15 to 17 year-old has grown by 85%, the number of individuals with epilepsy or epileptic syndrome has grown by 36%, the number of “mental retardation” cases has grown by 11%, and the number of blood disorders and immune status disorders has grown by 82%. In group of children aged less than 14 years there was a 64% growth in the number of blood disorders and immune status disorders, and 58% growth in nervous disorders. The number of patients aged 15 to 17 years old having consultations and treatment due to CNS disorders has grown by 72%.

possible blood-brain barrier disturbances, cerebral bio-electric activity disturbances and structural disturbances of brain neurons from EMF exposure.

Human brain and the nervous system tissues directly perceive EMF and react irrespective of its intensity, and in certain cases it depends on EMF modulation. This feature distinguishes EMF from all other environmental factors and complicates human health risk assessment for EMF exposure.

The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) used for declaration of a mobile phone safety, equal to 2 W/kg averaged over ten grams of brain tissue, in the opinion of the RNCNIRP, cannot be viewed as sufficiently scientifically grounded in this case, and its use does not guarantee protection of childhood and juvenile health.

1. It is required that the information that a mobile phone is a source of RF EMF is clearly shown on the phone’s body (or any other telecommunication device).

2. It is required that the “User’s Guide” contains information that a mobile phone (personal wireless communication tool using electromagnetic communication method, etc.) is a source of harmful RF EMF exposure. Usage of a mobile phone by children and adolescents under 18 years old is not recommended by the Sanitary Rule SanPiN 2.1.8/, and mobile phone use requires implementation of precautionary measures in order to prevent health risks. Mobile phone use by pregnant women is not recommended in order to prevent risk for a fetus.


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What’s Really What?
Separating Fukushima fact from fiction is becoming an extreme sport. Radionuclides are not the only things that are leaking out of Japan; lies and truths are, too. Below for your consideration and evaluation are three sobering looks at emerging information. Looks like the post-Fukushima world will never be quite the same. Time to follow the German example and nix nukes. [ Updated 5-17-11 ]

From the Climate Progress blog:
No nukes, No problem. Germany is proving a rapid transition to renewable energy is possible
Within four decades, one of the world’s leading economies will be powered almost entirely by wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal power.

From Fire Engineering:
Rep. Markey Cites New Report to Call For Nuclear Moratorium
The fallout of the continuing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima power plant has Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., warning that the United States is not doing enough to ensure the safety of it own nuclear facilities.

Markey recently released a report, prepared by the Natural Resources Committee at his request, that blasts the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s track record of oversight and regulation of the nuclear industry. Read more.

America’s New Nuke Showdown Starts Now!
by Harvey Wasserman
As Fukushima continues to leak and smolder, what may be the definitive battle over new nukes in America has begun.
The critical first US House vote on a proposed $36 billion loan guarantee package for reactor construction may come as early as June 2. Green power advocates are already calling and writing the White House and Congress early and often, gearing up for a long, definitive showdown.
Germany and Japan have made their decision—the “Lethal Atom” has no future. Read more.

Chernobyl Catastrophe Made Visible
by Ace Hoffman:
Nearly 24 years later, Chernobyl is still a dirty place, a dirty word.
Chernobyl has almost surely killed hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps already it is more than a million. And over time, it will kill many more. In fact, many estimates are that the vast majority who will be killed or harmed by Chernobyl were not even born at the time of the accident.

This is the legacy denied by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI, the public relations arm of the American nuclear industry) and other nuclear supporters — including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO, which submits all its regulations to the IAEA for approval). Read more.

From NIRS, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service:
Triple Meltdown Likely
Updated 12:30 pm, Monday, May 16, 2011. Unit 1 meltdown likely caused by earthquake, began before tsunami; radiation levels of 2000 MilliSieverts/hour measured inside Unit 1; containments of Units 2 & 3 likely breached. Read more.

From Japan Today:
Meltdown occurred at Fukushima No. 1 reactor 16 hours after March 11 quake

Meltdowns also likely occurred at No. 2, No. 3 reactors of Fukushima plant

From NYT:
Japanese Officials Ignored or Concealed Dangers

The following National Geographic post, thanks to our long-time friend Roger Herried, editor of the Radiation Bulletin at
Japan Reactor Crisis: Satellite Pictures Reveal Damage

From Before It’s News:
Secret Map Shows Massive Radiation Cloud Heading Toward U.S And Canada

From DutchSince:
5/12/2011 — URGENT !! NILU – Norsk Institute = ZARDOZ = radiation @ VERY HIGH levels

And another one from Roger at

Here is the link to the Google Earth Community resource on Fukushima.

Its a linear blog which was setup to post Fukushima news and KMZ apps to the Google Earth program.

At least a dozen apps for Fukushima were uploaded to the site. I’m in the process of reviewing these to see what they do. Many are quite good.

But for anyone wanting what has to be one of the best blow by blow timelines of the disaster, here’s the best I’ve seen so far. By the way there is no way you will get through in anything short of many hours of reading. Its very large. A number of posters participated, however, one particular (pro-nuclear engineer – Spotter2) proceeded to do a detailed daily rundown of his top news picks (very good) and analysis of the unfolding disaster(increasingly scary). His technical skills and growing alarm in how the events unfolded are stunning and in extensive detail.

Links to key stories and images with his commentary are spread out over the first 45 days with a clear burnout coming in late April. I’d like to post his last comments as I found them especially valuable:

The below comment is from someone who started out defending the nuclear power.

Take a break. Catch your breath, but get ready for round two as the coverup goes into full gear and the reporting bodies spin like they’ve never spun before.


And Spotter2 says,
“In many ways, the incident at Fukushima is far WORSE than a nuclear detonation.

“A solitary nuclear warhead would have produced a single burst of fallout, affecting only a single area, directly downwind of the site.

“These damaged reactors have been sending out a continuous plume of radiation for the past month, and they will keep on emitting fallout for months into the future.

“Unlike a single nuclear blast, this radiation continues to be spread on the wind in all directions,
And unlike a surface explosion, there are also vast amounts of radiation being discharged into the Pacific ocean.

“There has been no actual nuclear detonation at Fukushima, but the spread of radioactive material from the meltdowns of the reactor cores, and the continuing plume of fallout from the explosions in the spent fuel ponds, is just as lethal as the fallout from a nuclear attack.

“All of the charts, estimates, projections, and reassuring statements about the fallout have been based on the assumption that the fallout comes in one single burst, with a solitary plume passing overhead and leaving behind only trace amounts of contamination on the ground. But the fallout from Fukushima is continuous, day after day, week after week, month after month. Every day we receive more and more fallout, each week the particle density of fallout on the ground, and in the ocean, steadily increases.

“It is true that a single burst of fallout poses minimal risk to North America, and the rest of the world.
But a continuous plume that goes on for months?

“There is no nuclear warhead or “dirty bomb” in the arsenals that can produce that effect.
It is as if there are daily detonations of several “dirty bombs” at Fukushima, releasing more airborne radiation,
producing a nonstop fallout plume to drift across the Pacific, adding more and more radioactive material to the trace amounts already on the ground.

“How many weeks or months does it take of accumulated “trace amounts” of fallout before it adds up to a significant amount?

“And since there is nothing to be done about it, will we ever be told the actual truth about the fallout, or will we be kept ignorant, in the name of “preventing panic,” and averting a backlash against nuclear power?

“Will we ever know the amount of radiation in the Pacific, or will that knowledge be suppressed,
to avoid harming the profits of the Pacific fishing industry?

“I think that knowledge will be suppressed.
I think that there will be a minimal cleanup at Fukushima, with most of the problem left for future generations to handle.
I think there will be nothing done about the obvious design flaws in the other Japanese reactors.
I think that all of the other Japanese reactors located directly on the ocean will continue to operate.

“And as a result, I think this is all going to happen again.”

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KEEPERS of the DEADLY FIRE – Joanna Macy Interview

Nuclear Responsibility as a Spiritual Path
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, creator of the Nuclear Guardianship concept, speaks about the spiritual challenges and opportunities represented by nuclear power and nuclear weapons in this EON video interview.
It was over twenty years ago when future EON co-founder Mary Beth Brangan joined a ‘Fire Group’ to explore the concept of long-term nuclear responsibility led by Joanna Macy. Since that time, Joanna has spread the seed values of Nuclear Guardianship around the world. It is a concept made urgently relevant by the ongoing Fukushima disaster.

For more info:,,

Her’s a biographical excerpt from her website:
“Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. She has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

“Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); and World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007), A Year With Rilke, Harper One.

“Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

“Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.” Find out more.

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Meltdowns, Shutdowns & Cover-Ups – Nukushima Update 5-13-2011

New Nuke News for Friday the 13th
In the words of that great American philosopher W.C. Fields, “There comes a time in human affairs when we must seize the bull by the tail and stare the situation squarely in the face.” Its time to shut down the nuclear industry and put our best minds to work on how to take care of its radioactive kaka till the end of time. Let’s start with California. Decommission Diablo and San Onofre.
Rachel Gertrude Johnson and Mary Beth Brangan contributed to this digest edition edited by James Heddle. Scroll down for videos and articles.

Fukushima – One Step Forward and Four Steps Back as Each Unit Challenged by New Problems Gunderson –

Fukushima – One Step Forward and Four Steps Back as Each Unit Challenged by New Problems from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

The Leaning Reactor of Fukushima

Gundersen First to Say Fukushima Worse than Chernobyl

Russia Today: Gundersen First to Say Fukushima Worse than Chernobyl from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Rense & Yoichi Shimatsu – Shredding The Deadly Lies Of Fukushima

Japan shuts down nuke plant near quake zone
Workers suspended the Hamaoka powerstation’s number-five reactor at 1:00 pm (0400 GMT) in a bid to avoid a repeat of the atomic emergency sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Updates on Fukushima reactors and aftermath of Japan earthquake. NIRS – Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant – The Telegraph/UK

Plan to flood Fukushima reactor could cause new blast, experts warn – The Guardian/UK
Plant operator Tepco reveals meltdown and breach of pressure vessel, with Greenpeace warning against pumping water in.
…In all 35 reactors – or about two-thirds of Japan’s total – will have been shut down by the end of May.

Japan to Cancel Plan to Build More Nuclear Plants

Japan’s Nuclear Future in the Balance – NYT

TEPCO: Nuclear Fuel Melted as Rods Fully Exposed

Japan government agrees on compensation plan for operator of crippled nuclear power plant – Wash Post
New data show greater than expected damage at Fukushima.

Problems cited with U.S. nuclear backup power – Boston Globe
Report comes as panel deems US sites safe

America’s Nuclear Nightmare– Rolling Stone
The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits

No to nuclear power: Nobel Peace Laureates to world leaders – Media Release
“It is time to recognize that nuclear power is not a clean, safe or affordable source of energy.”

Radiation Found in Seaweed Near Crippled Japan Plant

Japan, U.S. plan nuclear waste storage in Mongolia

Entergy Goes Nuclear over Vermont’s Decision
The Vermont Yankee nuke plant is the same vintage and make as Japan’s crippled reactors.

Environmental coalition wins hearing against Davis-Besse license

Biking Through Chernobyl Ghost Town

New EPA Radiation Tests Show Cesium In California Rainwater At Highest Level Since Crisis Began – Gramercy Images News

Health Effects of Chernobyl
25 years after the reactor catastrophe – PDF
NIRS says: Important new study from Germany’s IPPNW on the ongoing health effects of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe: “By 2050 thousands more cases of illnesses will be diagnosed that will have been caused by the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. The delay between cause and noticeable physical reaction is insidious. Chernobyl is far from over.”

Mishaps at 3 US Nuclear Plants
By Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times

NRC Waives Enforcement of Fire Rules at Nuclear
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is routinely waiving fire rule violations at nearly half the nation’s 104 commercial reactors, even though fire presents one of the chief hazards at nuclear plants.

U.S. Nuclear Plants Drafting Customized Fire
Nuclear plants with some longstanding fire-safety problems are enrolled in a special Nuclear Regulatory Commission program that allows them to customize fire protection measures based on an in-depth risk analysis. NRC has approved plans at to test plants, Shearon Harris and Oconee. The others are expected to continue the process through at least 2016. Until their plans are approved, NRC has said it will enforce the only most serious violations of fire rules. Plants in the program are shown in a map here.
[California’s nukes are included. ]

Nuclear Industry still Skeptical of MOX fuel
In the quest to convert plutonium from 170,000 nuclear warheads into usable forms of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a vexing political problem on its hands. Virtually no commercial nuclear power company wants to touch the stuff.

New York State Dismisses Radiation Threat From Gas Drilling Cuttings

Drill cuttings. Photo:

Planned Nuclear Plant on Hold in Virginia

Radiation High at No.3 Reactor Pool – Fissioning Likely On-Going

Radioactive Tritium Released into Mississippi River at Grand Gulf

Nuclear Power Plants in Minnesota and around the world

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