This series of articles by AP reporters discuss the loosening of safety rules for aging nuclear reactors, the the presence of radioactive tritium leaks at 48 US nuke sites, US nuclear evacuation plans that are outdated and inadequate, and how long nuclear reactors are designed to last.
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.
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.
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.
Click the post title to watch a video regarding the hard work of Simi Valley citizens fighting to cleanup a radioactive neighborhood.
Boeing Had Sued California to Block Cleanup Law for Meltdown Site. Bridge the Gap, the S. Calif. Federation of Scientists, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, and the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition, represented by Loyola Law School Environmental Law Professor Dan Selmi, filed an amicus brief supporting California’s position in a lawsuit brought by Boeing to block SB990, the state law governing cleanup of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab. Click here to read the brief, here for the exhibits, and here for the motion to be admitted as an amicus. Read the state’s brief here.
- Click herefor CBG’s Amicus Brief
- Click here for the appendix to CBG’s Amicus Brief
- Click here for the State of California’s opposition to Boeing’s Motion for Summary Judgment