Category Archives: Nuclear News

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 …

DOE’s Draft EIS Violates Federal Law, DOE’s Written Agreement with California and Leaves Up to 94% of Contamination at SSFL Not Cleaned Up

On January 6, 2017 the Department of Energy (DOE) released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for its proposed cleanup of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), the site of a partial nuclear meltdown and numerous other radioactive and toxic chemical releases. In the DEIS, DOE has proposed three alternative cleanup plans. All three of DOE’s cleanup plans violate the legally binding agreement DOE signed with California in 2010. All three options call for leaving vast amounts of contamination at SSFL without being cleaned up, so it will continue to migrate offsite to people living nearby. One …

Fig Leaves No Cover for Drinking Water Radiation Rollback

 Final Approval for Radical Radiation Rise in Water Supplies after Nuclear Release  

Washington, DC — In a not so lovely parting gift, the Obama administration today formally adopted a policy of allowing public exposure to radioactivity following a nuclear release at levels many times the maximum limits of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Last-minute modifications ladled in by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address public health concerns afford scant comfort, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The “Protective Action Guide (PAG) for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident” was finalized today by its publication in the …

Year-Long Investigation into LA’s Nuclear Secrets

All five parts of this ground-breaking investigative series can be watched by clicking here.

In 2015, The investigative team from NBC4 Los Angeles, led by producers Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser, ran a series of hard-hitting pieces about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Over a year of intensive research, including interviews with CBG’s Dan Hirsch, exposed new revelations: During the partial meltdown in 1959, radiation levels in the reactor building were so high that worker radiation badges were confiscated and huge loading doors were opened to vent the radioactivity right out into the environment.

Earlier, the founder of a …