Category Archives: Fukushima Disaster

California to be Nuclear Free by 2025

In a stunning turn of events, Pacific Gas & Electric, the operator of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on the Central California coast, announced in 2016 that it was abandoning its much-contested efforts to extend the reactors’ licenses. The last remaining atomic power facility in California would be phased out and replaced with 100% renewable energy.

Diablo CanyonThis is a result for which Bridge the Gap and many others have worked for decades. By 2025 California will be fully free of nuclear power and quite far along on the path away from carbon-based fuels as well. We are showing the world …

EPA Inspector General Criticizes EPA Radiation Monitoring Network 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General confirms CBG Criticisms of EPA Radiation Monitoring Network Large Fraction Broken During Fukushima Crisis.  In January 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an audit report that contained recommendations for improving the management and oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Radiation Network (RadNet) system. The OIG conducted a follow-up audit and released its results.

Click for EPA IG report: here

How Many Wake-Up Calls Does it Take? Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Fukushima.

2011 was a historical year for nuclear power and the nuclear industry.  After TMI, nuclear industry advocates told us not to worry, they had brought the accident under control a half-hour before a complete meltdown and breach of the reactor vessel would have occurred.
After Chernobyl had a complete meltdown (and fire) they told us not to worry, it was a Soviet-design reactor, different than ours.

But what can they say in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, which, as I write, is still going on? These were General Electric-designed plants, in a technologically advanced society, with a regulatory structure …

CBG, Enviro Groups Write EPA About Efforts to Relax Radiation Standards and Problems with U.S. Fukushima Radiation Monitoring

CBG along with other environmental groups wrote to eputy Administrator Perciasepe, General Council Fulton, Assistant Administrators McCarthy and Stanislaus, and Acting Assistant Administrator Stoner regarding a series of radiation protection matters, made more important in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear tragedy. In 2009, many of the groups met with officials  regarding a number of radiation protection policy matters, including controversial draft Protective Action On August 5, 2009, Guides (PAGs) proposed in the last days of the Bush Administration to relax standards for protection of the public from exposure to radiation in case