Category: Publications

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

Japan crisis reminds us plutonium, CO2 not the only choices

Sacrament Bee OpEd by S. David Freeman and Dan Hirsch in which Mr. Freeman and CBG’s Dan Hirsch contend that the energy policy debate in America was, sadly, incomplete before the nuclear disaster in Japan.  This unfortnate incident illustrated the awesome radioactive threats that are posed by nuclear power, which has been characterized by the nuclear industry as the “magic bullet” for America’s energy needs.

click here to read the full OpEd.

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Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation from “SmartMeters”

February 11, 2011 — A recent report from the California Council on Science and Technology, requested by state legislators to assess potential risks from RF radiation from “SmartMeters” (new electric meters being installed on homes to broadcast energy usage), largely just cut and pasted claims from a recent brochure from the electric power industry, a CBG review discloses. Furthermore, because of two errors, the report appears to underestimate relative RF cumulative whole body exposures by a factor of approximately ten thousand, the CBG analysis indicates.

Read the CBG critique here.