Category: Publications

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.

CBG, NIRS, Sierra Club Critique “Non-Protective” NRC Radiation Standards

February 10, 2011 — NRC radiation standards allow workers to be exposed to radiation at levels that will cause cancer in a quarter of those exposed, according to the federal government’s own official estimates, CBG and two other organizations disclosed in a February 10 report. Furthermore, NRC radiation limits for the public allow cancer risks one hundred times higher than permitted for any other carcinogen, the report indicates.

Read the full report here.…

Historic Cleanup Agreement Reached for Former Nuclear Facility in Southern California

State and federal governments signed agreements today to clean up toxic contamination at SSFL, a former nuclear reactor and rocket testing facility in the hills overlooking the western San Fernando and Simi Valleys. The cleanup agreements were lauded by CBG and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). CBG, NRDC, and nearby communities worked together for decades to ensure a thorough cleanup.

Read CBG’s press release here.

Read the State of California’s press release here.

Read DOE’s press release here.

Read Assemblywoman Brownley’s press release here.

Read Senator Pavley’s press release here.…

CBG, Sierra Club, NIRS Comments on NRC Proposed Revisions to Radiation Standards

At the heart of what should be the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s prime mission is protection of the public and nuclear workers from exposure to radiation. Unfortunately, current NRC radiation protection regulations allow exposures at levels so high that its own official excess risk estimates associated with the permissible radiation doses generally exceed by orders of magnitude allowable risks for any other carcinogen. The NRC’s radiation protection standards are desperately in need of being markedly tightened.

Read the full Rad Comments by clicking here.(.pdf)…

CBG Leads Effort to Get Obama EPA to Block Pending Proposals to Relax Radiation Protections

A whole range of proposals left over from the Bush Administration to markedly relax standards for radiation protection remain pending before the new leadership at EPA. In August, CBG led an effort by numerous groups to get the new leadership at EPA to reverse these proposals; see our letter and supporting materials here.

In November, CBG’s Dan Hirsch led a delegation to an extraordinary meeting with three Assistant Administrators at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., to press them to block carryover efforts to allow markedly increased radiation exposures of the public. Dan’s PowerPoint presentation to EPA about these very …