Monthly Archives: March 2012

Nuclear Free California Members Issue Statement on Fukushima's One Year Marker

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactors on earthquake faults in a tsunami zone near San Luis Obispo, CA

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in an earthquake fault and tsunami zone in the densly populated area between Los Angeles and San Diago, CA

California Coalition to ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ Gets Going
On March 3, 2012 the recently-formed Nuclear Free California Network held the third in its series of organizing meetings, this time in San Luis Obispo, hosted by the the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace.

The Network’s rotating facilitation was handled this session by the Ecological Options Network’s Mary Beth Brangan in collaboration with EON’s Rachel Johnson and SLOMFP’s Jane Swanson.

Nuclear Free California is a growing network of over 25 citizen activist groups, which share the goals of shutting down California’s two dangerously aging nuclear reactor installations at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre (both in earthquake and tsunami zones like Fukushima’s), as well as promoting truly ecologically and economically sustainable energy strategies in this influential bellwether state.

NFCN Aims to Build on Past Movement Victories
It needs to be remembered by the new generation of nuclear free world campaigners that – through the ’70s and ’80s – California’s robust and well-organized anti-nuclear movement not only used non-violent, mass civil disobedience to block the planned build-out of a projected 100 nuclear reactors along the state’s coast, but also got a state law passed prohibiting construction of additional nuclear reactors until and unless a safe nuclear waste storage system has been established.

In the absence of such a waste containment program, the law still stands.

However, the operating privately-owned utilities – PG&E for Diablo, and joint owners San Diego Gas & Electric, the city of Riverside, Southern California Edison for San Onofre – are pursuing license extensions for their aging and risky reactor installations in multiple earthquake fault and tsunami zones similar to Fukushima’s.

Members of the NFC Network issued the following statement ahead of the one-year anniversary of Fukushima’s still-on-going, globe-contaminating multiple meltdown.

Workers begin pouring cement onto the seabed at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 28. (Eiji Hori)


Nuclear Free California Network Members’ Statement

March 11, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and the subsequent nuclear meltdowns. We remember the lost lives and on-going suffering of the people of Fukushima and Japan. They continue to be contaminated by radioactive material, which has spread throughout the world.

The people of California are acutely aware that California’s two aging nuclear plants – San Onofre near San Diego, and Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo –  are both surrounded by multiple  earthquake faults and have the potential to cause great harm to the people of California and the earth.

We do not trust the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The agency’s actions show that it is more concerned with the profits of the industry than with the safety of the public.

On this day of remembrance, we will work for the  closure of California’s two nuclear plants and the permanent elimination of nuclear power and weapons in California and throughout the globe.

We also join in and support the many actions and meetings taking place in California and internationally on this one year anniversary.

The above Joint Statement is supported by the following member-groups of the

Nuclear Free California Network (in alphabetical order):

Abalone Alliance Clearinghouse

EON – the Ecological Options Network

Green Action

No Nukes Action Committee

Nuclear Hotseat Podcast

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Redwood Alliance

ROSE – Residents Organized For a Safe Environment

San Clemente Greens

San Luis Obispo Mothers For Peace

Tri-Valley CAREs  – Communities Against a Radioactive Environment

Women’s Energy Matters

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Fukushima Up Close and Personal – Yumi Kikuchi

An Interview with Yumi Kikuchi
Former successful bond trader-tuned-anti-nuclear-activist – and now Fukushima refugee – Yumi Kikuchi talks about her experience of the earthquake in Japan, her analysis of the industry/government cover-up of the true impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, her organizing of evacuation efforts from the contaminated zones, and her family’s relocation from rural farming in Japan to a new life urban farming in Hawaii.

For more info: https://yumikikuchi.blogspot.com/
https://english.globalpeace.jp/

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Cover-Ups, Meltdowns and Uprisings – EON Nuclear Digest 3-1-2012

Masses of Japanese rallied in Tokyo on Feb. 11. Even larger demonstrations are planned for March 11, the first anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown. SFBayView.org

Truth and Radiation Both Leak Out – More from the NOW-They-Tell-Us Department
As the one year anniversary of the still-on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster approaches on March 11, the information-verses-propaganda war is heating up. In this issue we lead with a look and a critique of the recent BBC/PBS TV program on Fukushima. We end with a report of an anti-nuclear victory in New Mexico and an Aljazeera program on aging reactors in the U.S..

In between we look at some of the real lessons of Fukushhima as well as revealing reports and growing acts of public opposition that are coming out despite the Nuclear Establishment’s mighty efforts of suppression and spin in pursuit of the deadly fantasy of a ‘nuclear rebirth.’

PBS Frontline
Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
https://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203833004577251150563609254.html

BBC This World 2012
Inside the Meltdown

Truth-out
Frontline’s Fukushima “Meltdown” Perpetuates Industry Lie That Tsunami, Not Quake, Started Nuclear Crisis
Thursday 1 March 2012
by: Gregg Levine, Capitoilette.com | News Analysis

In all fairness, “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown,” the Frontline documentary that debuted on US public television stations last night (February 28), sets out to accomplish an almost impossible task: explain what has happened inside and around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled reactors and safety systems on March 11, 2011–and do so in 53 minutes. The filmmakers had several challenges, not the least of which is that the Fukushima meltdowns are not a closed case, but an ever-evolving crisis. Add to that the technical nature of the information, the global impact of the disaster, the still-extant dangers in and around the crippled plant, the contentious politics around nuclear issues, and the refusal of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to let its employees talk either to reporters or independent investigative bodies, and it quickly becomes apparent that Frontline had a lot to tackle in order to practice good journalism.

But if the first rule of reporting is anything like medicine–”do no harm”–than Frontline’s Fukushima coverage is again guilty of malpractice. Read more.

Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis
By MARTIN FACKLER
Published: February 27, 2012

TOKYO — In the darkest moments of last year’s nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, even as they tried to play down the risks in public, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed on Monday.

Caption Journalists, in protective gear, were taken on a tour last week of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, at the center of the crisis last year. Read more.

Lessons of Fukushima – GreenPeace International

On Feb. 28 Greenpeace released Lessons from Fukushima, a new report which shows that it was not a natural disaster that led to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on Japan’s east coast, but the failures of the Japanese Government, regulators and the nuclear industry. The key conclusion to be drawn from the report is that this human-made nuclear disaster could be repeated at any nuclear plant in the world, putting millions at risk. “While triggered by the tragic March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima disaster was ultimately caused by the Japanese authorities choosing to ignore risks, and make business a higher priority than safety,” said Jim Riccio, Greenpeace USA nuclear policy analyst. “This report shows that nuclear energy is inherently unsafe, and that governments are quick to approve reactors, but remain ill-equipped to deal with problems and protect people from nuclear disasters. This has not changed since the Fukushima disaster, and that is why millions of people continue to be exposed to nuclear risks.” Read more.

Workers begin pouring cement onto the seabed at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 28. (Eiji Hori)

Japan Struggles With Tainted Reactor Water
The Key to Cooling Damaged Nuclear Plants Now Poses Major Radioactive Worry, Storage Challenge

OKUMA, Japan—Nearly a year after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sparked triple meltdowns at reactors here, the taming of Fukushima Daiichi has become in large part a quest to control water.

Foreign journalists on a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi compound Tuesday saw fields of squat, gray water-storage tanks; miles of orange, black and gray hoses; an AstroTurf-covered barge full of contaminated water; and white-suited workers huddled in a field preparing space for a new water container. Read more.

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Common Dreams
Fukushima: Far More ‘Chronic and Lasting’ Cesium Contamination Than Previously Believed
– Common Dreams staff
A “mind-boggling” amount of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 meltdown, Japanese scientists said Wednesday. Read more.

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Common Dreams
Japanese Fearful of Govt-Set Radiation Standards for Food
Suspicions government acting on behalf of producers, not public health
– Common Dreams staff

As Japan has raised the permitted level of radiation in food by a factor of five, many Japanese are fearful that radiation has contaminated their diet. Read more.

Published on Saturday, February 25, 2012 by the San Francisco Bay View
Fukushima – Worse Than Chernobyl
by Janette Sherman and Joseph J. Mangano

There is good news and bad news: The good news is that 11 months after the Fukushima meltdown, thousands of Japanese marched in the streets to protest the continuing operation of nuclear power plants in their country, and urged a shift to renewable energy. Some 250,000 people signed petitions to close the reactors in the Tokyo area. Meanwhile in the U.S. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the building of two new nuclear power plants in Georgia. Read more.


Fukushima Diary
Tokyo is contaminated as the worst place in Chernobyl
Posted by Mochizuki on February 22nd, 2012

The contamination level of Mizumoto Park turned out to be the same level of “off-limits zone” in Chernobyl.
The contamination level of the park was 23,300 Bq/Kg.
According to Nuclear Safety Commission, it is converted to be 1.4 ~1.5 million Bq/m2.

In Chernobyl, if the area is more contaminated than 1.48 million Bq/m2, it was labelled as off-limits zone, which was the worst level of the pollution.
Because cesium doesn’t choose Mizumoto park intentionally, at least some parts are contaminated as the worst area of Chernobyl.

How the New Mexico Anti–Nuclear Campaign Achieved A Major Victory
By Subhankar Banerjee, February 23, 2012

On February 17, as I was stepping out the door for an exhibition opening of my arctic photographs and to participate in an environmental panel at Fordham University with former New York State assistant attorney general Robert Emmet Hernan, I received an email news update from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, a Santa Fe, New Mexico based NGO that began with these words, “We have reason to celebrate with the ‘abandonment’ of the proposed Nuclear Facility as part of the Chemistry & Metallurgy Research Replacement Project (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by President Obama and the Department of Energy.”

On February 13, the President released his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. On page 26 of the document “Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings: Budget of the U.S. Government” we find, “The Administration proposes deferring the construction of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility… for at least five years.” Then on February 17 the Albuquerque Journal reported, “Chu [U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu] told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the Department of Energy decided to abandon—at least for now—a planned LANL plutonium lab because of budget constraints.”

Abandoned or postponed—either way, this is a major victory for the New Mexico anti–nuclear activists and community members who have been fighting this issue since 2003. Read more.

Aljazeera English
People & Power – Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors
[ This video was viewable on YouTube, but has been taken down. The link above takes you to the Aljazeera video post. ]
The US has more than 100 reactors similar to Japan’s destroyed Fukushima plant. Some located in earthquake zones or close to major cities are now reaching the end of their working lives. People & Power sent Joe Rubin and Serene Fang to investigate.

Following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year there are fears the US may be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own.

n March 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

As tens of thousands of people were evacuated from nearby towns and villages, the world waited anxiously to see whether the radioactive fallout would spread across the country, or even be carried overseas.

Unsurprisingly, in the wake of this incident, the nuclear operations of other countries have come under considerable scrutiny.

One such country is the US where more than 100 similar reactors – some of them in earthquake zones or close to major cities – are now reaching the end of their working lives.

Their owners want to keep them running, but others – from environmentalists to mainstream politicians – are deeply concerned.

In this investigation for People & Power, Joe Rubin and Serene Fang of the Center for Investigative Reporting examine whether important safety considerations are being taken into account as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers extending the licences of these plants.

The agency has recently come under fire for glossing over the potential dangers of ageing reactors, for becoming too cosy with the industry and for political infighting among the agency’s senior executives, which critics in the US Senate and elsewhere say seriously hampers its ability to ensure safety.

The investigation focuses on the Pacific Gas & Electric nuclear facility at Diablo Canyon and two others, Vermont Yankee and Indian Point in New York.

These three sites represent the dangers posed to nuclear power plant safety by earthquakes, terrorism, mechanical breakdown and flooding.

Rubin and Fang discover that the NRC’s oversight track record is far from perfect, and that unless urgent action is taken the US could be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own.

Thanks to Roger Herried – Abalone Alliance Clearinghouse archivist – for this Aljazeera piece.
Energy Net

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The Wake-Up Call from Fukushima – Uncensored


A Series of Programs with Prof. Akira Murakami

Join the growing movement to shut down California’s Nuclear Reactors!

Learn uncensored info about Japan’s catastrophe that is affecting the whole world and will continue to affect us all for centuries.

Professor Akira Murakami from Japan’s Akita University will speak about the ongoing health effects and the government lies and media cover-up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that began March 11, 2011 after the earthquake and tsunamis

Tuesday, March 13 – 1pm to 2pm. – Layna Berman’s KPFA show, Your Own Health and Fitness,
Tuesday, March 13 – 7pm to 9pm – in Bolinas – call or email for location – marybeth@eon3.net – EON – 415-868-1900

Wednesday, March 14, 7pm to 9pm – Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in the Connie Barbour Room, upstairs without wheelchair access (sorry), 1606 Bonita Ave at the corner of Cedar and Bonita in Berkeley. $ 5 – 10 suggested donation. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Also with Prof. Murakami – Kimberly Roberson, former Greenpeace anti-nuclear activist, will read from her new book “Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout…A Mother’s Response” on fallout in our food here in the U.S. and the horrifying implications for her as a young mother of a four year old child, as well as her determination to do something about it.

Sponsored by the Ecological Options Network, EON, www.EON3emfblog.net and co-sponsored by Joanna Macy, www.joannamacy.net and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists www.bfuu.org/events

Friday, March 16, 8 am. Prof. Murakami will also be featured on Project Censored’s KPFA show Morning Mix.
For more info: Marybeth@EON3.net

[ Please download and post a PDF copy of this announcement: Page 1 Page 2 ]

Representatives of the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network and EON - the Ecologicaly Options Network meet with Japanese San Francisco embassy officials.

Background
We presented 7,000 petitions to the San Francisco Japanese Consulate in November of 2011 to plead with their government not to intentionally further spread Fukushima radiation. The plan is to move millions of tons of radioactive rubble throughout Japan to be incinerated in places formerly uncontaminated and then to dump the radioactive ash into landfills and into the ocean. Incinerating this debris also can put radiation into the jet stream. Fukushima Solidarity Movement Grows – A Planetary Issue, link to the video on YT: Fukushima Solidarity in San Francisco

The video in Japanese translation – with over 15,000 views is here:
【海外市民団体の見る日本の汚染瓦礫受入問題】制作:EON

The jet stream brings what happens in Japan here on the West Coast of North America about four days later. The radioactive fallout gets into our water, soil, milk and food and certainly influences our own health here in the Bay area and throughout the West Coast (and the rest of the planet.)

The UC Berkeley School of Nuclear Engineering has tested and found elevated levels of deadly radiation in SF Bay area food, milk, soil and water. As recently as mid February, 2012 elevated levels of Cesium 134 and 137 were detected in Bay Area milk.

The UC Berkeley labs also found elevated levels of radiation in other foods, berries, soil, water, etc. https://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling     We’ve taken this information to both Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer and their staffs and have called on them to help.

All four California nuclear power reactors are also on earthquake faults in tsunamis zones!
The cover-ups and lies from the Japanese government and TEPCO in response to the Fukushima meltdowns and explosions is what we can expect to happen here if we had a disaster at one of our nuclear reactors. Actually cover-ups and lies about the leaks and diseases caused by our own reactors have already occurred.

San Onofre Nuclear Power Station in San Clemente, California was recently forced to close because of radiation leaking from cracked cooling pipes.  These cracks from the Japanese manufactured steam generator

are now revealed to have been known by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, before the generator was installed just two years ago!  Information about the fallout already here is also covered up. Meanwhile our tax dollars are being spent on funding more nuclear reactors.  The first license in three decades in the U.S. for building new reactors was just granted by the NRC.

We have much to gain from acting on this wake-up call to close down our reactors. Join us in the growing Nuclear Free California movement to close them down!
Professor Murakami teaches North American culture and media literacy at Akita University in North East Japan. His talks will include: People still living in what should be “Exclusion Zones”; Campaigns for mothers and children; Radioactive contamination spreading through food and waste material;Cover-up by the government and the media.

These events are being sponsored byEON, the Ecological Options Network, www.eon3EMFblog.net

For more information, contact Mary Beth Brangan – marybeth@eon3.net
or Rachel Gertrude Johnson, rgertrude@earthlink.net

For more in-depth information, please see these recent posts:


Cover-Ups, Meltdowns and Uprisings – EON Nuclear Digest 3-1-2012

“We Could Have Lost Alaska.” – Naked Nuclear Incompetence – EON Digest 2-10-2012

EON Nuclear News Update 1-31-12

Nuclear News Digest – 1-20-2012

NUCLEAR RUSSIAN ROULETTE IN CALIFORNIA – Dan Hirsch on San Onofre

Fukushima Solidarity Movement Grows – A Planetary Issue

Fukushima is Forever – Nuke Digest 11-6-2011

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