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 …
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 …
Please click here to read the piece published in the San Diego Union Tribune. In the piece, CBG’s Dan Hirsch concludes that two-thirds of a century after the first reactor waste was created, the United States still has no viable solution for the toxic waste generated by nuclear reactors.…
In a stunning victory for the community and for activists, Southern California Edison announced today that it would permanently close all reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The news comes after at least one NRC official expressed serious concerns over Edison’s former plan to restart the facility at reduced power. However, after several months of political maneuvering by Edison, the company ultimately saw support deteriorate amongst both the public and government regulators, forcing it to make the ultimate decision to close down the nuclear power plant for good.
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 …