Experts on Cell Phone Risks – A Preview

Dr. Devra Davis introduces a program on cell phone risks - EON photo

This is a preview of a forthcoming series of presentations at San Francisco’s prestigious Commonweath Club of California in which Dr. Devra Davis, Founder of Environmental Health Trust, and her medical colleagues show why cell phones and other wireless devices pose serious health risks to you, your ovaries, your sperm, your breasts, your brain and your babies – and suggest science-based precautionary public policy alternatives. Soon to be an informative video series. Stay tuned…. For more EHTrust.org

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The Fairfax, CA-Fukushima Connection

The Fairfax, CA City Council Members listen to public comment on their ground-breaking Fukushima resolution, which they later passed unimously.

“If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” Scoop Nisker

Local City Council Demands Planetarian Response

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“Urgent international rescue” Needed
Consistent with its ground-breaking leadership role pioneering local official resistance to unregulated cell tower proliferation, GMO foods, and ‘smart’ meter deployment, the Fairfax, CA City Council, on Dec. 4, 2013, became one of the first municipal jurisdictions to unanimously approve a measure advocating for 1) an independent expert panel to be formed by the UN General Assembly for transparent international involvement in mitigating the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster and 2) asking for government monitoring of seafood for radioactivity from Fukushima pollution.

[ Media coverage:
Radioactive Fukushima Water Headed for US West Coast
As nuclear industry and allies in government play down risk, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation

California town passes Fukushima resolution: “Urgent international rescue” needed at site — “Poses health and safety concerns to America’s West Coast” — “Much greater contamination is likely”

Fairfax Resolution text ]

Gov. Agencies Asleep on the Job
Resolution co-author, Council Member Larry Bragman, reported that his attempts to contact local disaster preparedness officials resulted in “a resounding nothing.” Agreeing with a comment from the audience that citizen-based Fukushima fallout monitoring efforts are way ahead of official responses, Bragman said, “The government is not doing its job.”

The Fairfax resolution [PDF here] is an example of a beginning movement on the part of city and county councils to take the lead in developing model legislation demanding transparent, independent monitoring of the on-going contamination of air, ocean and food by the continuing Fukushima nuclear disaster, as well as international efforts to support Japan in dealing with what is increasingly seen as a planetary emergency. [ See draft Berkeley, CA City Council Resolution here. ]

Despite well-funded nuclear industry PR claims of a coming ‘global nuclear renaissance,’ both public and expert growing opinion suggest that Fukushima marks the beginning of the end of the heavily-subsidized, and essentially ecocidal and un-democratic nuclear industry.

International investor reluctance to assume the financial risk of further nuclear power expansion in the face of what energy pundit Amory Lovins has termed “a terminal overdose of market forces,” is strikingly reflected in the recent statement by the head of the World Bank. ‘“We don’t do nuclear energy,” said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim as he and UN leader Ban Ki-moon outlined efforts to make sure all people have access to electricity by 2030.’ [Read more here. ]

As the Fukushima fallout continues with no end in sight, other radioactivity monitoring needs are for all food and supplements as well as for ocean and air monitoring since the Fukushima Dai-ichi melt-downs are emitting thousands of billions of becquerels per day into the air and ocean.

The radioactivity after the initial meltdowns and explosions of March 2011 reached the west coast of North America within four days. According to many computer modelings by ocean scientists from the U.S., Germany and Japan, radioactivity released into the ocean will be arriving in a surface plume and in currents along the coast of North America beginning likely in early 2014. This radioactivity will combine with the fog and become rain and will move across the land.

Through bio-accumulation and bio-magnefication, (rain on grass, cows eat grass, milk can become radioactive or small fish eating plankton, larger fish eat the smaller, etc) the radioactive particles released, such as Cesium 134 and Cesium 137, Plutonium and Strontium 90, will enter the food chain and can be ingested.

Additional resources:
HEALTH RISKS FROM EXPOSURE TO LOW LEVELS OF IONIZING RADIATION
BEIR VII PHASE 2

Fukushima – The fate of contaminated waters
Read the full story at environmentalresearchweb:
https://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/50176

Radiation On West Coast of North America Could End Up Being 10 Times HIGHER than in Japan

NYT Editorial
Japan’s Illiberal Secrecy Law

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Fukushima is Here. Now What?

A Town Hall Forum
Held at The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU.org), Berkeley, CA Oct. 17, 2013

Co-Sponsors:
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Univeralists
FukushimaResponse.org
No Nukes Action Committee
Codepink
EON – the Ecological Options Network

Presentations:
Facing Fukushima Facts – Mary Beth Brangan

Solidarity & Empowerment – Nick Thabit & Holly Harwood

International Solidarity & Links – Steve Zeltzer

Suppression of Nuclear Protest in Japan – Prof. Masaki Shimoji

Responding to Fukushima – John Bertucci

Refuse to Loose – Vic Sadot

Making Visions Happen – Cynthia Papermaster, Brad Newsham

Nuclear Consciousness Raising – Dr. Carol Wolman

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Responding to Fukushima Risks – Pacifica Radio

Your Own Health & Fitness
Layna Berman in conversation with EON’s Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle
Broadcast 1 pm – 2 pm PST, Nov. 12, 2013, KPFA Radio https://www.kpfa.org on Pacifica Radio
Archived here:
https://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/97068

As of this airing, Fukushima oceanic contamination continues & may be perpetual. There are 300 tons of radioactive water per day pouring into the Pacific. The plant still emits 10 million becquerels per hour into the atmosphere.

Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute, estimates that 30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and another 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium continue to leak into the outer ocean every day.
Radioactive ocean dispersal travels both on the surface and on sub-surface currents. The radioactive plume will eventually disperse throughout entire ocean system, with heaviest concentration on West Coast.

There is a massive cover-up by TEPCO, Japanese & U.S. governments, the global nuclear industry & compliant establishment media. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has no incentive for adequate management of the crisis.
The incompetent TEPCO plans to begin removal of volatile fuel rods from damaged and teetering pool in November – ‘most dangerous engineering project in history.’
There are increasing calls for international effort of expert oversight and intervention. Independent fallout monitoring is imperative.

Layna and her guests, discuss the situation and what can be done to monitor the radiation and mitigate its impact on public health.

For more information…

EON sites:
EON’s YouTube Channel
eon3EMFblog.net
PlanetarianPerspectives.net
On FaceBook – EON-Ecological Options Network
On Twitter EonNewsNet

Information, Networking & Organizing

Fukushima Response Campaign on FaceBook
FukushimaResponse.org – Mobilizing a global effort to fix the escalating nuclear catastrophe in Japan
Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network
Pacific Awareness Group – Vancouver Nuclear Preparedness – 15 Steps to Nuclear Preparedness
Green Action Japan – Working for a Nuclear Free Japan

Nuclear Guardianship Project – Joanna Macy – Three Dimensions of the Great Turning

NukeFree petition – Please sign this petition – only takes a few sec. And pass it on. Thanks!

Citizen Monitoring – Networks & Tools
SafeCast
Safecast is a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments.

Radiation Watch
Radiation Watch is a group to learn about geigers, to post geiger readings, to educate yourself on the units of measurement on geigers.

Nuclear emergency Tracking Center
– Mission is provide free radiation monitoring information from private and government sites to the public.
International Radiation Monitoring Stations – Australia
NOTE: A lot of evidence points to Government run monitoring systems in Japan, USA and Europe being manipulated to protect the Nuclear industry. High detections are explained away by equipment malfunctions, or they just turn the monitoring equipment off during an event.

Environmental Radiation Data Report No 150 – PDF

Greg’s Lab – California radioactivity monitoring map

International MedCom, Inc. – Radiation measuring instruments for citizens & professionals

Nuke News sources:
NukeFree.org – Harvey Wasserman, Editor
BeyondNuclear.org – Paul Gunter says “We are all downwind”

Nuclear Information and Resource Service – NIRS

Fairewinds Energy Education Fairewinds.org – Arnie Gundersen
FukushimaFacts.com – Christina Consolo
Fukushima-Diary.com – Insider information about Japan
ENEnews.org
Enformable Nuclear News
EnviroReporter -Radiation Food Lab

Can Vitamins or Herbs Help Protect Us from Radiation?


What You Should Be Doing Now to Protect Yourself from Nuclear Radiation

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San Onofre – The Risks Live On

Decommissioning San Onofre and the Ongoing Dangers of Nuclear Waste

A community symposium held October 19, 2013 in San Clemente, California.

The June 7, 2013 shutdown of the two remaining nuclear reactors at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre plant is an important milestone for the resurgent Nuclear Free California movement.

But much work still remains.

Now activists are turning their attention closing California’s one remaining nuclear plant, Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon.

They are also beginning the process of educating themselves and the public to confront the looming challenge of the massive amounts of high-level nuclear waste still stored on-site at San Onofre and Diablo, which are both in earthquake and tsunami zones.

It has now emerged that, like many nuclear utilities around the country, SoCal Edison and PG&E have been using what’s called ‘high burn-up’ fueling practices for years. That means that the fuel assemblies burn hotter, longer and produce more profits. It also means they must be kept in cooling pools longer than conventional bundles and it is not known whether they can be safely stored in dry casks.

The speakers and the audience examine the waste perplex at San Onofre in depth as a microcosm of the tough challenges facing other nuclear reactor sites and communities around the country and around the world.
For more info: SanOnofreSafety.org

Main speakers: Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Dr. Don Mosier and Dr. Marvin Resnikoff.

Coalition sponsors include: Peace Resource Center of San Diego, Citizens Oversight Project, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Women Occupy San Diego, San Clemente Green, San Onofre Safety, and Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE).

Video Production: Laurent Malaquais, EON

The Symposium in Six Parts

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 1 of 6)

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 2 of 6)

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 3 of 6)

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 4 of 6)

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 5 of 6)

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (part 6 of 6)

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Fukushima Fallout Update – Oct. 28, 2013

Post-Carbon Radio
EON’s Mary Beth Brangan and Jim Heddle join Japanese activist Aileen Mioko Smith and U.S. journalist Harvey Wasserman on KWMR.com’s “Post-Carbon” radio program with Bing Gong and Bernie Stephan, Oct. 28, 2013.

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[ cross-posted at PlanetarianPerspectives.net ]
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Here are some useful links to share:

At nukefree.org there is a new petition to sign from Aileen Miyoko Smith in Japan. Its deadline is October 30 so please hurry if you can. https://fs220.xbit.jp/n362/form2/

Aileen’s site: GreenAction-Japan.org

Green Action – 人をつないで脱原発を目指す市民団体

Harvey’s NukeFree.org Site

Fukushima Response Campaign

EON’s YouTube Channel

World Action Now on Fukushima – Harvey Wasserman

The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima

Fukushima is here. Now What?

Raising Fukushima Consciousness – The San Francisco ‘Beach Mural’

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis News Conference

Nuke News sources:

Harvey’s NukeFree.org Site

ENEnews.org

Enformable Nuclear News

Fairewinds.org

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network

Nuclear Information and Resource Service – NIRS

BeyondNuclear.org

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Fukushima is here. Now What?

Fukushima fallout will continue to reach the West Coast for years.

This is an expanded version of EON Co-Director’s article in this week’s edition of the West Marin Citizen. Mary Beth points out, in addition to facing the reality that Fukushima fallout in food, water and air will continue, and taking what steps we can to mitigate its health and environmental impacts, we must accelerate the shutdown of our own potential Fukushima, Diablo Canyon in California – and all 99 remaining nuclear power reactors in the U.S. [Source links are included in this version.]

Following this article is a list of upcoming California events!

Fukushima is here. Now What?
by Mary Beth Brangan
[Cross-posted from PlanetarianPerspectives.net]

Like most blessed to be living here in this spectacular beauty, I’m deeply in love with West Marin and the California coast.

So facing the reality of the permanent radioactive contamination that continues to pour from Fukushima into the air and Pacific ocean has been like going through the stages of confronting individual death – moving through denial, outrage, bargaining to acceptance. But despite the pain, we must begin community discussions about the implications of this horrendous new reality because now we, and future generations, have this spiritual and literally existential challenge.

Fukushima Dai-Ichi’s badly designed GE nuclear reactor site is deteriorating. Due to fears that damaged Fukushima building #4 will collapse from ongoing earthquakes and ground liquification, plans are to begin in November extricating 1,300 intensely radioactive fuel rods precariously perched 100 feet in the air in its used fuel pool. This extremely difficult operation must be accomplished perfectly since allowing the heavy 15 ft. rods to touch, ignite or fall may cause another nuclear criticality. The entire site could become too lethal for humans causing unchecked radioactive release. Those rods alone, not counting other onsite reactors and fuel rods, total 400 tons and contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Extremely challenging maneuvers must be performed manually underwater though the rods and frames are already damaged by an earlier explosion. Normally computerized cranes that were destroyed do this, but now workers who can tolerate only so much radiation before receiving a lethal dose, must handle it. There’s little confidence in the capacity of Fukushima Dai-ichi’s operator, Tepco, to do this flawlessly. Japan’s PM Abe is now finally asking for international help.

Many people are raising the alarm about this impending operation that threatens potential radiation release in amounts that could have major impacts on Japan and the whole planet. Radiation from the original explosions was detected along the west coast within a week. And see here.

Fukushima has been pouring tons of intensely radioactive water daily into the ocean since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused three meltdowns and multiple explosions. While many people assume that the ocean will dilute the Fukushima radiation, a previously secret 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents – there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly concentrated radiation. See here and here.

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences did a simulation that shows radiation on the West Coast of North America could end up being 10 times higher than in Japan from the way ocean currents move away from the Fukushima area. See here and here.

However, the NOAA and GEOMAR simulation study was based on a single tracer-cloud moving within the ocean. They didn’t allow for the actual situation of the continuous flooding of intensely radioactive water into the Pacific. No one knows how to stop the continuous flow of contamination created by the tons of water workers are using to cool the three melted-through reactor cores and from groundwater pouring through the radioactive site. It isn’t from a one-time spill that they must calculate impact to our coast, it’s from a massive continuous flow. Already Japanese tests of plankton showed elevated levels of Cesium 134 and 137 in all ten areas of the Pacific they sampled. This could be the beginning of a potential epidemic of radiation-related deaths from fish in the Pacific.

Pacific currents are still carrying radioactive water and debris from Fukushima to California. Airborn radiation reached the West Coast within a week of the triple meltdown.

Directly after Fukushima, California seaweed tested high in radioactive iodine 131 and last year, 15 out of 15 Blue Fin tuna caught off southern California coast showed elevated levels of Cesium 134 and 137, the markers for Fukushima radiation. Scientists reported that the low Bequerals (a radioactive decay per second) per kilogram of Cesium that they measured in the tuna was way below ‘permissible’ levels, so not to worry. See here and here.

However, the US ‘permissible’ levels are among the highest in the world – twelve times higher than Japan.

This means that food too contaminated for consumption in Japan can be legally sold here.

After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky, Director of Gomel Medical Institute, took tissue samples from Belarus children’s autopsies that showed disease began with Cesium levels at 11 Bq./kg. and permanent damage by 50 bq./kg. His studies were internationally published; afterwards he was imprisoned and tortured for eight years because Belarus officials wanted to resume normal use of the highly contaminated land.

The National Academy of Science, BEIR VII report, 2006, states “… there is a linear dose-response relationship between exposure to ionizing radiation and the development of solid cancers in humans. It is unlikely that there is a threshold below which cancers are not induced.”

Radiation damages the heart and other organs and causes many diseases other than slow-growing cancers. The most severe damage occurs when radioactive particles are ingested or inhaled, lodging in the body and permanently irradiating the cells nearby.

Since radiation deposition is erratic, with hot spots next to uncontaminated spots, and individual response varies, damage will not be uniform, so there is hope. However, because we have an increasing invisible mine field of radioactive particles to negotiate, we must enlist our best minds in this challenge to the health of our planetary DNA.

Our organization, EON, has joined with others to form the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network and has submitted an official citizen’s petition to the FDA demanding they systematically test food and supplements and lower permissible radiation levels to 5 Bq./kg. from the current 1,200. We’re also working with others to develop methods and equipment to enable citizen testing.

Other actions include a resolution to the UN to establish an international team of experts that would be empowered to properly and transparently deal with mitigating the Fukushima challenges.

Above all, we must prevent more radioactive contamination by shutting down our own potential Fukushima’s here in California. Our nuclear power stations, San Onofre in San Clemente and Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo, are both near multiple earthquake faults in tsunami zones and store even more radioactive waste than Fukushima.

Thankfully, San Onofre was shutdown in June, but its tons of intensely radioactive used fuel rods are still vulnerable to earthquakes or any power outages that would prevent the cooling necessary to prevent releasing radiation. Closing Diablo Canyon is imperative. Data from the California Public Utilities Commission show California has a surplus of energy capacity even without these risky reactors. See here and here.

One down and one to go in California!

And lets not forget about Hanford, Washington, Indian Point near New York, and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Boston, among others.

Five down and 99 reactor stations to go in the U.S.!

Mary Beth


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident: Ongoing Lessons
To view this week’s two historic conferences in New York and Boston with Former Japanese Prime Minister Niato Kan, Ralph Nader, Former NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford and nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, sponsored by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, go here.

Exciting Upcoming California Events

Citizens cheer the Berkeley, CA City Council for passing a Nuclear Free California resolution, June 19, 2012

October 17, 2013
Berkeley Town Hall Meeting

“Fukushima is Here… Now What? A Town Hall Forum”

Scientists are saying that Fukushima is here. What does this mean for us, and what can we do about it?

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley (2 blocks North and 3 blocks East of N. Berk. BART)
Presented by BFUU Social Justice Committee, Fukushima Response Network, Codepink Golden Gate, EON, The Ecological Options Network
Sliding scale $5-$10 donation, no one turned away; refreshments served; information, books, videos available at event.

Poster pdf here,
Flyer pdf here

Wondering what’s going on at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant these days, and whether the effects of the reactor meltdown and precarious spent fuel pools have reached California yet? Join us for Speakers and Videos assembled to provide you with up-to-the-minute information and mitigating precautions that we on the West Coast should really start thinking & talking about. Come with your questions and concerns, there will be ample time reserved for Q&A and you will leave with practical understanding and suggested actions to take regarding this critical situation.

Speakers include:

Harvey Wassserman via Skype (Nukefree.org)
Dr. Carol Wolman (StopFukushimaRadiation petition)
Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle (EON & Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network)
Steve Zeltzer & Chizu Hamada (NoNukesAction Committee)
Professor Masaki Shimoji (anti-nuclear activist from Osaka Japan)
John Bertucci, Nick Thabit & Holly Harwood (FukushimaResponse.org)
Brad Newsham, (organizer of the “Fukushima is Here” beach mural)
Vic Sadot (“No Nuke Blues”)
Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink. [Note: Local, state and federal officials are being invited]

Please post and forward widely to lists, groups, friends, family.
Contact: Cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com, 510-333-6097

[ Related story on our PlanetarianPerspectives.net blog: World Action Now on Fukushima – Harvey Wasserman with petition to sign)

A simulation of the future 'human mural' on Ocean Beach in San Francisco Oct. 19th

Fukushima Is Here A human mural on Ocean Beach
Saturday October 19th, 2013
11:00am-12:30pm
Ocean Beach in San Francisco
FukushimaResponse will host a human mural event. The message, spelled out on sand by a multitude of people, will read“Fukushima Is Here.” This event is intended to raise public awareness about the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. Organizers are assembling people from all over California to join in a collective gesture of public recognition: that the radioactive contamination released daily from Fukushima, for two years already and many more yet to come, poses a serious threat to the global ecosystem. A helicopter has been reserved for a photographer. Similar actions are being planned worldwide on Oct. 19.

Jina Brooks:707-577-7359. More – PDF Press Release FukushimaIsHere.info
Video by John Bertucci:
FukushimaResponse Campaign
Media Contact: John Bertucci 707-775 8617
jobertu@gmail.com

Following the Mural event on October 19, in San Francisco:

The Truth and Reality of Fukushima / an Educational Conference
No Nukes Action
Saturday October 19, 2013 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
San Francisco State University, Room BH1, 1600 Holloway Ave. SF 94132

Sponsored by SF Bay Area PSR, No Nukes Action Committee, Tri-Valley CARES, Nuclear Study Group and the Livermore Conversion Project.
Admission: Free
Download Flyers here…10_18,19 講演会 10.19announcement

Japan and the world continue to be threatened by the Fukushima meltdown and further contamination of the land and sea as well as a growing cancer epidemic of children, workers and the people of Japan.

The conference will challenge the information being propagated that we can overcome radiation and that Fukushima can be decontaminated.

Initial Speakers:

Dr. Robert Gould – Physicians for Social Responsibility, An expert on the medical effects of radiation
Prof. Masaki Shimoji – Assistant Professor of Osaka Japan, Anti-nuclear activist in Osaka Japan who was imprisoned for organizing against the burning of nuclear rubble in Osaka
Possible speaker by Skype: Taro Yamamoto – Member of Parliament from Tokyo
Film: How Nuclear Power Was Brought To Japan
Music: Okinawan music
more

Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre

Saturday Oct. 19
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Center for Spiritual Living, 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA. 92673.

Featured speakers:

Arjun Makhijani, expert on Hardened On Site Storage of nuclear waste and long-term high-level waste management issues and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Marvin Resnikoff has worked on nuclear waste issues with government, industry, and activists for decades, Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates and is an international consultant on radioactive waste management issues. He is Principal Manager at Associates and is Project Director for dose reconstruction and risk assessment studies of radioactive waste facilities and transportation of radioactive materials.

Gene Stone of ROSE, genston@sbcglobal.net
Glenn Pascall of the Sierra Club, gpascall@att.net

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FACING UP to FUKUSHIMA – Rising Awareness of Nuclear Risks

News Flash from San Clemente Green –

Two history-making events coming Tuesday and Wednesday just got better.

RALPH NADER TO JOIN FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN, FORMER NRC CHAIR GREGORY JACZKO AND OTHERS FOR NUCLEAR PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Seminars to focus on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and the future of nuclear power in New York and Boston.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 in New York City 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT for live feed) FaceBook page here.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Boston 10:00am EDT (7:00am PDT for live feed) FaceBook page here.

This is a global issue and regardless of where you live, these seminars have lessons for all of us to learn.
For those who are unable to attend, the New York and Boston panel can be heard on a live feed at https://www.livestream.com/fukushimalessons,
these webcasts will be archived at the link for at least 30 days once live.

Please help by spreading the word about these two very significant events. See all the details here. The Facebook page is live. Please make sure you “like” it, invite all your friends and mark “going”. If you’re on Twitter, we’ll be Tweeting from @ongoinglessons using #fukushimalessons for all of our posts.

A simulation of the future 'human mural' on Ocean Beach in San Francisco Oct. 19th

Be sure to scroll down below commentary for California events!

In this blog edition – Important Nuclear Awareness Opportunities in October
Comentary by Mary Beth Brangan

California and the Pacific Northwest is now, like never before, one of many ‘ground zeros’ for learning the reality of nuclear contamination and threat.

Massive amounts of radioactive contamination being poured into the Pacific ocean from Fukushima is making its way to our beautiful North American coastline from Alaska all the way to Baja, Mexico. Emissions are still occurring into the air that circulates across to us and beyond.

Added to the three melted down reactors, exploded buildings and radiation in the Pacific, further catastrophic damage may occur from attempting to move mangled fuel rods precariously located in a pool 100 feet high in exploded, tilting building #4. Workers will be under intense pressure to perform this delicate operation flawlessly since there could be intense radiation released if anything goes wrong.

The reality of having to cope with ever more Fukushima contamination is catalyzing Californians to prevent our own Fukushima disaster from happening here! Both San Onofre in San Clemente and Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo are near multiple earthquake faults and in tsunami zones.

Fortunately, a strong people’s movement shut down southern California’s San Onofre power station in San Clemente this June. Unfortunately, now we must deal with the many tons of intensely radioactive waste onsite still vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. This waste will be deadly for thousands and millions of years.

It’s imperative that we now shut down Diablo Canyon reactors in San Luis Obispo asap and deal with its tons of waste before it’s too late.

The Pacific Northwest is doubly threatened by the horrific Hanford situation in southwest Washington. Not only are seventy-two tanks of intensely radioactive weapons waste leaking close to the Columbia River but Columbia Generating Station,similar in design to the badly flawed GE Fukushima Dai-Ichi, is nearby.

Northern California is also home to Livermore Labs, with its massively contaminated nuclear weapons superfund sites.

The good news is vivid awareness of the looming nuclear threat is catalyzing exciting projects, actions and events on behalf of our beautiful planet. (Please see below) California residents are joining with Japanese concerned about their children and Japanese leaders are joining forces with those in the U.S. to speak out against nuclear power. (see below)

The EON team is working on a documentary of the empowering story of the closing of San Onofre, “Shutdown: The Case of San Onofre.”

One down and one reactor station to go in California!

And lets not forget about Hanford, Washington, Indian Point near New York, and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Boston.

Five down and 99 reactor stations to go in the U.S.!

Exciting Upcoming California Events

Pacific currents are still carrying radioactive water and debris from Fukushima to California. Airborn radiation reached the West Coast within a week of the triple meltdown.

October 17, 2013
Berkeley Town Hall Meeting

“Fukushima is Here… Now What? A Town Hall Forum”

Scientists are saying that Fukushima is here. What does this mean for us, and what can we do about it?

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley (2 blocks North and 3 blocks East of N. Berk. BART)
Presented by BFUU Social Justice Committee, Fukushima Response Network, Codepink Golden Gate, EON, The Ecological Options Network
Sliding scale $5-$10 donation, no one turned away; refreshments served; information, books, videos available at event.

Wondering what’s going on at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant these days, and whether the effects of the reactor meltdown and precarious spent fuel pools have reached California yet? Join us for Speakers and Videos assembled to provide you with up-to-the-minute information and mitigating precautions that we on the West Coast should really start thinking & talking about. Come with your questions and concerns, there will be ample time reserved for Q&A and you will leave with practical understanding and suggested actions to take regarding this critical situation.

Speakers include:

Harvey Wassserman via Skype (Nukefree.org)
Dr. Carol Wolman (StopFukushimaRadiation petition)
Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle (EON & Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network)
Steve Zeltzer & Chizu Hamada (NoNukesAction Committee)
Professor Masaki Shimoji (anti-nuclear activist from Osaka Japan)
John Bertucci, Nick Thabit & Holly Harwood (FukushimaResponse.org)
Brad Newsham, (organizer of the “Fukushima is Here” beach mural)
Vic Sadot (“No Nuke Blues”)
Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink. [Note: Local, state and federal officials are being invited]

Please post and forward widely to lists, groups, friends, family.
Contact: Cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com, 510-333-6097

[ Related story on our PlanetarianPerspectives.net blog: World Action Now on Fukushima – Harvey Wasserman with petition to sign)

A simulation of the future 'human mural' on Ocean Beach in San Francisco Oct. 19th

Fukushima Is Here A human mural on Ocean Beach
Saturday October 19th, 2013
11:00am-12:30pm
Ocean Beach in San Francisco
FukushimaResponse will host a human mural event. The message, spelled out on sand by a multitude of people, will read“Fukushima Is Here.” This event is intended to raise public awareness about the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. Organizers are assembly people from all over California to join in a collective gesture of public recognition: that the radioactive contamination released daily from Fukushima, for two years already and many more yet to come, poses a serious threat to the global ecosystem. A helicopter has been reserved for a photographer. Similar actions are being planned worldwide on Oct. 19.

Jina Brooks:707-577-7359. More – PDF Press Release FukushimaIsHere.info
Video by John Bertucci:
FukushimaResponse Campaign
Media Contact: John Bertucci 707-775 8617
jobertu@gmail.com

Following the Mural event on October 19, in San Francisco:

The Truth and Reality of Fukushima / an Educational Conference
No Nukes Action
Saturday October 19, 2013 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
San Francisco State University, Room BH1, 1600 Holloway Ave. SF 94132

Sponsored by SF Bay Area PSR, No Nukes Action Committee, Tri-Valley CARES, Nuclear Study Group and the Livermore Conversion Project.
Admission: Free
Download Flyers here…10_18,19 講演会 10.19announcement

Japan and the world continue to be threatened by the Fukushima meltdown and further contamination of the land and sea as well as a growing cancer epidemic of children, workers and the people of Japan.

The conference will challenge the information being propagated that we can overcome radiation and that Fukushima can be decontaminated.

Initial Speakers:

Dr. Robert Gould – Physicians for Social Responsibility, An expert on the medical effects of radiation
Prof. Masaki Shimoji – Assistant Professor of Osaka Japan, Anti-nuclear activist in Osaka Japan who was imprisoned for organizing against the burning of nuclear rubble in Osaka
Possible speaker by Skype: Taro Yamamoto – Member of Parliament from Tokyo
Film: How Nuclear Power Was Brought To Japan
Music: Okinawan music
more

Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre

Saturday Oct. 19
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Center for Spiritual Living, 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA. 92673.

Featured speakers:

Arjun Makhijani, expert on Hardened On Site Storage of nuclear waste and long-term high-level waste management issues and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Marvin Resnikoff has worked on nuclear waste issues with government, industry, and activists for decades, Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates and is an international consultant on radioactive waste management issues. He is Principal Manager at Associates and is Project Director for dose reconstruction and risk assessment studies of radioactive waste facilities and transportation of radioactive materials.

Gene Stone of ROSE, genston@sbcglobal.net
Glenn Pascall of the Sierra Club, gpascall@att.net

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DIABLO CANYON – California's Last Nuke Standing – UPDATED

'Devil's Due - Meltdown At Diablo' painting by Mark Bryan - ArtOfMarkBryan.com


Nuclear Energy…SOOO 20th Century!
You’d never know it from the multi-million dollar propaganda campaign being waged by the ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ flacks, but nuclear power is on the way out – a victim of greed, stupidity, public opposition and a terminal dose of market forces. Southern California Edison’s June 7 announcement that it is permanently decommissioning its two faulty nuclear reactors at San Onofre, CA comes on the heals of two similar announcements by other investor owned utilities (IOUs) around the U.S.. That’s a recent total of 4 reactors down out of the existing U.S. fleet of 104. In fact, the economic and environmental logic of shutting down aging, rickety reactors and cancellations of nuclear building projects is taking the form of a global trend.

According to Washington’s Blog, [ Nuclear Power Is Being Abandoned Worldwide ]The Economist reports:

The [nuclear] industry’s role in electricity production is continuing to decline, according to this year’s World Nuclear Industry Status Report, a compendium of analysis and data by the activist and expert Mycle Schneider. The number of reactors peaked in 2002 at 444, compared with 427 today. The share of electricity they produce is down 12% from its 2006 peak, largely because of post-Fukushima shutdowns in Japan. As a proportion of all electricity generated, nuclear peaked in 1993 at 17% and has now fallen to 10%. The average age of operating plants is increasing, with the number over 40 years old (currently 31 plants) set to grow quite rapidly.

Leading off this edition of our blog, Mothers for Peace Spokeswoman Linda Seeley explains the many risks posed to California by the continued operation of PG&E’s aged two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo, and why, like San Onofre, it should be shutdown permanently – like, NOW.

This is another in the ‘Preview Interview’ series Part One: the forthcoming EON documentary SHUTDOWN: The Case of San Onofre – “The Nuclear Free California Movement Rides Again.” [ More related links and info on this issue below the video viewer. ]

Linda Seeley in the historic 1986 documentary A QUESTION OF POWER by David L. Brown - dlbfilms.com


Linda Seeley has been walking her talk for three decades, as the following clip from David L. Brown’s historic 1986 documentary A QUESTION OF POWER shows. Linda was there at Diablo in the ’80s for the largest mass non-violent demonstrations against the building of a nuclear plant in history up to that point. Then Governor Jerry Brown was there then, too, on the side of the Nuclear Free California Movement. The NFC Movement’s still here. The risks are still there. Linda is still walking her talk. Where is Gov. Brown on this issue, now? You can ask him right here. To date, Jerry Brown has refrained from so much as a comment on the issue of San Onofre,

Public Opposition to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant – Historic Clip

Urban planner Torgen Johnson and his team have produced the following map. Torgen writes:

Attached is the Diablo map my office just completed.

It is intended to illustrate the grossly inadequate emergency planning assumptions for Diablo Canyon, and to open up the public dialog about the relative risks and benefits of the DCNPP facility. The red shaded areas represent the radioactive footprint of the fallout in Fukushima in only the first 25 hours of the ongoing disaster superimposed over Diablo Canyon. The footprint shown is only 20% of the Fukushima disaster. The other 80% of fallout was blown out to sea.

In the case of a severe accident at Diablo Canyon nearly all the fallout would be blown inland by prevailing winds. This needs to be shared with land and business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura as well. The source of the footprint is LLNL.

Please share this map widely. [ Download PDF here. ] It prints full size at about 36″ x 38″

Fukushima radioactive fallout superimposed to scale over region surrounding PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on the CA. coast - Image: Torgen Johnson

And Fukushima’s not over:

You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On at Fukushima Right Now
Posted on August 1, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog
Tepco Has No Idea How to Stabilize the Reactors

You’ve heard bad news about Fukushima recently.
But it’s worse than you know.
The Wall Street Journal notes that radiation levels outside the plant are likely higher than inside the reactor: Read more…

“Scientists say that radiation on the West Coast of North America could end up being 10 times higher than in Japan.”

Cartoon by Mark Bryan - ArtOfMarkBryan.com


What ‘nuclear renaissance?’

As Mark Cooper, Senior Fellow For Economic Analysis Institute For Energy And The Environment at the Vermont Law School notes in his recently published study, RENAISSANCE IN REVERSE: Competition Pushes Aging U.S.Nuclear Reactors To The Brink Of Economic Abandonment:

Over the last decade, as nuclear advocates touted a “nuclear renaissance” they made extremely optimistic claims about nuclear reactor costs to convince policy-makers and regulators that new nuclear reactors would be cost competitive with other options for meeting the need for electricity. These economic analyses rested on two broad categories of claims about nuclear reactors.
New nuclear reactors could be built quickly and at relatively low cost.
New Nuclear reactors would run at very high levels of capacity for long periods of time with very low operating costs.

Both of those claims have been proven to be totally false.
[ Read more -PDF here. ]

See also:
Austria to go 100 percent nuclear-free
This month, Austria went ahead with its plans to ban imports of nuclear power to the country. Electricity is to be labeled to ensure that no power from nuclear reactors is purchased from abroad. The EU is not pleased about the move, which has gone practically unnoticed in reports in English.

Does nuclear power produce no CO2 ?
by Dave Kimble, originally published by www.peakoil.org.au | May 11, 2006
Proponents of nuclear power always say that one of the big benefits of nuclear power is that it produces no Carbon dioxide (CO2).
This is completely untrue, as a moment’s consideration will demonstrate that fossil fuels, especially oil in the form of gasoline and diesel, are essential to every stage of the nuclear cycle, and CO2 is given off whenever these are used. [ This fine photo essay of carbon dependency at all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle speaks for itself. ]

This is Ranger Uranium Mine's Pit Number 1. All of the material removed from this hole, over-burden and ore, was moved by truck.


These trucks run on diesel. It would be interesting to know how much diesel is used for how much ore in a year at Ranger. www.painetworks.com

As Washington’s Blog sums it up: Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy

“Alternet points out:

Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Vermont Law School … found that the states that invested heavily in nuclear power had worse track records on efficiency and developing renewables than those that did not have large nuclear programs. In other words, investing in nuclear technology crowded out developing clean energy.

“BBC notes:

Building the [nuclear] power station produces a lot of CO2 ….

‘Greenpeace points out:

When it comes to nuclear power, the industry wants you to think of electricity generation in isolation ….. And yet the production of nuclear fuel is a hugely intensive process. Uranium must be mined, milled, converted, enriched, converted again and then manufactured into fuel. You’ll notice the [the nuclear industry] doesn’t mention the carbon footprint of all steps in the nuclear chain prior to electricity generation. Fossil fuels have to be used and that means CO2 emissions.

‘An International Forum on Globalization report – written by environmental luminaries Ernest Callenbach, Gar Smith and Jerry Mander – have slammed nuclear power as catastrophic for the environment:

Nuclear energy is not the “clean” energy its backers proclaim. For more than 50 years, nuclear energy has been quietly polluting our air, land, water and bodies—while also contributing to Global Warming through the CO2 emissions from its construction, mining, and manufacturing operations. Every aspect of the nuclear fuel cycle—mining, milling, shipping, processing, power generation, waste disposal and storage—releases greenhouse gases, radioactive particles and toxic materials that poison the air, water and land. Nuclear power plants routinely expel low-level radionuclides into the air in the course of daily operations. While exposure to high levels of radiation can kill within a matter of days or weeks, exposure to low levels on a prolonged basis can damage bones and tissue and result in genetic damage, crippling long-term injuries, disease and death…. More…

The ‪Hiroshima‬ Myth. Unaccountable ‪War‬ Crimes and the Lies of US Military History
By Dr. Gary G. Kohls

This coming Tuesday, August 6, 2013, is the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the whole truth of which has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans celebrated V-J Day 10 days later. Read more.

Science with a Skew: The Nuclear Power Industry After Chernobyl and Fukushima
Japanese translation is available.
Gayle Greene

It is one of the marvels of our time that the nuclear industry managed to resurrect itself from its ruins at the end of the last century, when it crumbled under its costs, inefficiencies, and mega-accidents. Chernobyl released hundreds of times the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, contaminating more than 40% of Europe and the entire Northern Hemisphere.1 But along came the nuclear lobby to breathe new life into the industry, passing off as “clean” this energy source that polluted half the globe. The “fresh look at nuclear”—in the words of a New York Times makeover piece (May 13, 2006)2—paved the way to a “nuclear Renaissance” in the United States that Fukushima has by no means brought to a halt.

That mainstream media have been powerful advocates for nuclear power comes as no surprise. “The media are saturated with a skilled, intensive, and effective advocacy campaign by the nuclear industry, resulting in disinformation” and “wholly counterfactual accounts…widely believed by otherwise sensible people,” states the 2010-2011 World Nuclear Industry Status Report by Worldwatch Institute.3 What is less well understood is the nature of the “evidence” that gives the nuclear industry its mandate, Cold War science which, with its reassurances about low-dose radiation risk, is being used to quiet alarms about Fukushima and to stonewall new evidence that would call a halt to the industry.

Consider these damage control pieces from major media:

• The “miniscule quantities” of radiation in the radioactive plume spreading across the U.S. pose “no health hazard,” assures the Department of Energy (William Broad, “Radiation over U.S. is Harmless, Officials Say,” NYT, March 22, 2011).

• “The risk of cancer is quite low, lower than what the public might expect,” explains Evan Douple, head of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), which has studied the A-bomb survivors and found that “at very low doses, the risk was also very low” (Denise Grady, “Radiation is everywhere, but how to rate harm?” NYT, April 5, 2011).

• An NPR story a few days after the Daiichi reactors destabilized quotes this same Evan Douple saying that radiation levels around the plant “should be reassuring. At these levels so far I don’t think a study would be able to measure that there would be any health effects, even in the future.” (“Early radiation data from near plant ease health fears,” Richard Knox and Andrew Prince,” March 18, 2011) The NPR story, like Grady’s piece (above), stresses that the Radiation Effects Research Foundation has had six decades experience studying the health effects of radiation, so it ought to know.

• British journalist George Monbiot, environmentalist turned nuclear advocate, in a much publicized debate with Helen Caldicott on television and in the Guardian, refers to the RERF data as “scientific consensus,” citing, again, their reassurances that low dose radiation incurs low cancer risk.4

Everyone knows that radiation at high dose is harmful, but the Hiroshima studies reassure that risk diminishes as dose diminishes until it becomes negligible. This is a necessary belief if the nuclear industry is to exist, because reactors release radioactive emissions not only in accidents, but in their routine, day-to-day operations and in the waste they produce. If low-dose radiation is not negligible, workers in the industry are at risk, as are people who live in the vicinity of reactors or accidents—as is all life on this planet .
See more

Cartoon By Jerry Collamer


https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2013/07/29/nuclear-infant-zombies/ideas/nexus
Nuclear Infant Zombies?
The San Onofre Plant Seems To Be Dead. But Nukes Have a Strange Knack For Revival.
BY PETER DYKSTRA | JULY 29, 2013

Perhaps the oddest thing about nuclear power’s journey through American history is that we can’t seem to decide whether nukes are dying, being reborn, or walking around as zombies.

On the one hand, nuclear plants have had a bad-news few years. In June, Southern California Edison announced that it would permanently shut its trouble-plagued reactors at San Onofre, which powered 1.4 million homes in the region. By September, the plant will have laid off nearly two-thirds of its 1,500 workers. (The plant was already doomed by a legacy of breakdowns and failed fixes when the Fukushima disaster in Japan persuaded many Californians it posed a threat to the 8.5 million people who live within 50 miles of it.)

This spring, Dominion Resources closed its Kewaunee nuclear plant south of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The plant was in good working order, but falling energy prices made Kewaunee not worth the trouble. (Ironically, Dominion had just received a hard-fought renewal of its operating license for the plant.)

One the other hand, nukes remain central to America’s electric grid, pumping out about 19 percent of our national juice, and die-hard supporters still see nuclear power as a carbon-free cure for climate change.

The industry’s origins date to the 1950s, when “too-cheap-to-meter” nuclear energy was touted as a sidekick to the H-bomb and a mascot for the Cold War. Thanks to quiet, steady growth in the ’60s and early ’70s, approximately 35 plants were in operation by 1977, and construction had begun on 30 more. By then, however, a growing environmental movement was also targeting nukes with mass demonstrations at sites like Seabrook, N.H. and star-studded benefits like the 1979 “No Nukes” concerts.

Around this time, Wall Street also noticed that nuclear plants were not the financial performers they were cracked up to be. After the near-disaster at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island, financial interests in new nukes went into cold shutdown.

As Forbes put it in 1985, “The failure of the U.S. nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, a disaster on a monumental scale. … It is a defeat for the U.S. consumer and for the competitiveness of U.S. industry, for the utilities that undertook the program and for the private enterprise system that made it possible.”

Chernobyl’s actual disaster seven years later put an exclamation point on the nuclear retreat.

But things began to rumble in the first years of the 21st century. More…

‘Nature reported in 2008:

“You’re better off pursuing renewables like wind and solar if you want to get more bang for your buck.”’

Dirty nukes and Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) are the question. Conservation and clean, renewablem, decentralized energy sources are the answer. Image - EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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American Medical Association (AMA) Responds to Radioactive Fish – Demands FDA Monitoring

Poster by Laura Lynch Art by Rachel Gertrude Johnson Caption by Mary Beth Brangan

[ Scroll down for video report on radiation monitoring in food – by Cindy Folkers. ]

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently passed a resolution asking the US FDA to monitor and fully report the radioactivity levels of edible Pacific Ocean species sold in the United States.

EON is a member of the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN). FFAN released a press statement applauding this recognition by the AMA that the US public has a right to know radioactivity levels in their Pacific seafood and the potential health risks posed.

FFAN now asks that the AMA support the FFAN official citizen petition effort to get the US FDA to lower the levels of radiation that are currently permitted in our overall food supply.

At this time, US ‘guidelines’ allow for 1200 bq./kg, one of the highest in the world. Japan’s limit is 100, so food too contaminated to be sold in Japan could be sold here in the U.S.

FFAN has also created a public petition which will go to the FDA, US Congress and President Obama.

PRESS RELEASE

Food Safety Group Applauds Recent American Medical Association Recommendation
to Test U.S. Seafood for Radiation

FFAN urges responsible, transparent testing guidelines and national database for seafood radiation. Wants results made public.

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013 ~ Washington DC

Contact : Cindy Folkers, Radiation and Health Specialist at Beyond Nuclear ~ 240-354-4314
Sean Witzling, Esq. Swankin and Turner ~ 202-462-8800

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) today applauded the recent American Medical Association (AMA) resolution that calls on the U.S. government to test all U.S. seafood for radiation and fully report the results to the public. The AMA joins FFAN in demanding the public’s ‘Right to Know’ regarding radiation levels in food. The California Medical Association (CMA) initiated the resolution.

In March of 2013, in response to the worst ongoing nuclear disaster in history at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, FFAN coalition member groups Beyond Nuclear, Citizens for Health and Ecological Options Network filed a legal Citizen Petition through the official process of the United States Department of Health Services Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FFAN Citizen Petition points out that the U.S. currently has the highest allowable limits for radioactive Cesium 134 and 137 in the world, 12 times higher in fact than Japan’s. “Food and beverages that are considered far too dangerous for consumption in Japan can be exported to U.S. citizens, including vulnerable children and pregnant women. This is an outrageous radioactive loophole that our lawmakers and FDA must address immediately,” states Kimberly Roberson, FFAN Director and author of “Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout.” Roberson continues, “We appreciate the AMA’s call for testing and encourage all to speak out for the additional steps required to protect our children as the current U.S. limits are still dangerously high.”

To that end, FFAN has petitioned the FDA to accept their petition into official process and lower the amount of man-made radiation currently allowed in U.S. food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals.

After the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded, children in Belarus were found to have heart and hormonal problems with approximately 1% of the current U.S. limit for radioactive Cesium in their bodies.

“We must demand our right to know what’s in our food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceutical products. The National Academy of Sciences has stated that there is no safe dose of radiation, therefore we reject the current FDA radiation in food policy. The limit the FDA has set will doom a certain number of people to unnecessary disease, particularly children who are much more vulnerable to radiation,” says Cindy Folkers of Beyond Nuclear.

On July 10, 2013, the Japan Times reported that rising radioactivity levels in seawater off the coast of Fukushima measured 90,000 times more than officially “safe” drinking water. This is in ocean water that migratory fish, such as bluefin tuna spawn and swim in before crossing the Pacific to U.S. coastal waters. Bluefin tuna caught off San Diego in an August 2012 study demonstrated elevated amounts of Cesium 134 and 137, which are considered characteristic isotopic markers for Fukushima radiation.

Both AMA and FFAN want a national database, and we invite others to join us in demanding that FDA reduces the amount of radiation permitted in our food.

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) is a coalition of groups and concerned citizens working for safe food policy in the U.S. For more information please visit www.FFAN.us and www.silencedeafening.com

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Food Monitoring After Fukushima
Cindy Folkers – Beyond Nuclear

Cindy Folkers, of BeyondNuclear.org, gave this informative presentation as part of the 2-day international symposium on ‘The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident,’ held at the New York Academy of Medicine, NYC, March 11 & 12, 2013, co-sponsored by The Helen Caldicott Foundation and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Full program videos are viewable here.

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