Category Archives: CBG News

Over 100 Groups Call on EPA to Withdraw Dramatically Weakened Radiation Guides

Over 100 environmental organizations have called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to withdraw EPA’s controversial new Protective Action
Guides (PAGs), which would allow exposure to very high doses from radiation releases before
government would take action to protect the public.

The PAGs are intended to guide the response to nuclear power reactor accidents (like Fukushima
in Japan, Chernobyl in Ukraine and Three Mile Island in the U.S.), “dirty bomb” explosions,
radioactive releases from nuclear fuel and weapons facilities, nuclear transportation accidents,
and all other radioactive releases.

Although official estimates of health risks from radiation have gone …

CBG and Other Groups File Suit to Block Plutonium Building Disposal in Unlicensed Dumps

The Committee to Bridge the Gap has released a 114 page study by Daniel Hirsch and Ethan Miska disclosing that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Department of Public Health have been approving–without environmental review or opportunity for public comment–proposals by the Boeing Company to demolish radioactive structures at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL).  SSFL is the site of a long-secret partial nuclear meltdown CBG revealed in 1979, and there is widespread contamination from decades of other accidents, spills and releases.  The CBG study shows that Boeing’s own measurements indicate radioactive contamination in the structures torn …

Major Blow Dealt To Restart Efforts For Crippled San Onofre Reactor

The NRC Atomic Safety & Licensing Board has dealt a major blow to efforts to restart the crippled San Onofre reactor.  The Board has ruled that the restart is a de facto license amendment proceeding which requires an adjudicatory hearing to determine if the reactor s safe.  A recent CBG study on San Onofre was cited by the judges in support of their decision.

Read the decision here.…

Worst Week Since Fukushima: 4 Major Setbacks in 3 Days are Latest Stumbles for U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Statement by 
Daniel Hirsch 

Rather than the nuclear revival hoped for by the industry, the gearshift has been thrown hard in reverse.  Instead of a proliferation of new plants, existing reactors are getting shut down long before their licenses expire.  And this is due largely to short-sighted safety shortcuts by the industry and its compliant regulators.  They have been their own worst enemies.

The poster child for this revival-in-reverse is San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, with 8.5 million people living within 50 miles.  Last week, Southern California Edison announced it could permanently close both units if …