CBGComments Off on 50th Anniversary of LA’s Partial Nuclear Meltdown
In July 1959, a reactor in the Los Angeles area suffered a partial meltdown. The Atomic Energy Commission kept the accident secret for decades, until Bridge the Gap was able to bring it to public attention. Fifty years after the extraordinary accident, radioactive and chemical contamination at the site still hasn’t been cleaned up. For more information, including access to rare footage and photos of the meltdown, click here.
CBGComments Off on Bush EPA Attempts Relaxation of Radiation Protections As It Leaves Office
02/13/2009 Result:Obama Administration Withdraws Action Before it is Published in Federal Register
Victory! Obama Administration pulls back last-minute radiation regulation relaxation by Bush Administration, days before publication in the Federal Register. The regulation would have relaxed drinking water standards for radiation by factors of hundreds to millions. Fight not over. EPA reviewing the standards; could still issue them. Write EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, congratulate her on pulling back these horrid standards and urge her to permanently block their issuance. MORE . . .
Read CBG/PEER news release and CBG study, which shows the astronomical increases in permissible exposures, radionuclide by radionuclide.
January 17: Agreement Reached Between the Schwarzenegger Administration, CBG and Other Groups that Santa Susana Nuke Site will be Cleaned Up to Strictest Superfund Standards At a press conference on January 15, Cal-EPA Secretary Linda Adams, CBG’s Dan Hirsch and others announced what Secretary Adams called a “historic agreement” between the Administration and environmental and community groups that the heavily contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory will be cleaned up to the strictest EPA Superfund standards. More . . .
CBGComments Off on California Nuke initiative Bites the Dust
November 19 2008 – A proposed ballot measure to revoke California’s nuclear safeguards law — which prohibits new reactors until and unless there is a permanent solution to the high level radioactive waste disposal problem — was withdrawn from circulation by its sponsor on November 19. Bridge the Gap and other groups had worked hard to fight efforts to place the initiative on the ballot, forcing a recognition that its chances of passage were dismal. “This reversal may represent the beginning of the end for nuclear advocates pushing for a revival of this terribly dangerous technology,” said CBG’s Dan Hirsch.
CBGComments Off on Bush EPA Plans For Dramatically Relaxing Radiation Protection Before Leaving Office
10/30/2008: Plans to greatly increase permissible public exposures from a wide range of events resulting in release of radioactivity were condemned today by scores of organizations and individuals in a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson.
A detailed report by Committee to Bridge the Gap reveals, radionuclide by radionuclide, the astronomical concentrations of radioactive contamination in drinking water proposed, which are orders of magnitude higher than EPA’s longstanding drinking water limits. MORE . . .
CBGComments Off on New Yucca Rule Would Allow Equivalent of 1700 Chest Xrays Over a Lifetime
Would Produce 1 Cancer Per 125 People Exposed
10/12/2008: EPA has now finalized the radiation protection standards for Yucca at 15 millirem/year for the first 10,000 years and 100 millirem/year thereafter. The 100 millirem figure is a breathtaking break with decades of EPA strenuous positions that permitting that high an exposure is “nonprotective of health.”