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Release: Proposed Nuke Waste Legislation Could Make Illinois National Dumpsite

Flawed High-Level Radioactive Waste Legislation Introduced – Could put Illinois in crosshairs to become de facto national dumpsite

 For immediate release – June 27, 2013
Contact:  Dave Kraft, NEIS,,  (773)342-7650

CHICAGO—Controversial radioactive waste legislation was introduced into the U.S. Senate today that could result in Illinois becoming a de facto national high-level radioactive waste dumpsite until at least 2048.

The ‘‘Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013’’ (S. 1240) was introduced by a bi-partisan group of Senators consisting of Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. – the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Continue reading Release: Proposed Nuke Waste Legislation Could Make Illinois National Dumpsite

Mountain of Waste Conference materials now available online!

waste logoNEIS has set up a page ( dedicated to the highly successful “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference, which took place Dec. 1-3 in Chicago. We’re posting presenter PowerPoints, photos, media links, testimonials, and URLs for the various sessions as they become available, among other things.  If you missed this historic gathering, you will be able to see what you missed.  If you were there, you can use this page as a reference source for the rich material that was presented by our stellar cast of presenters.  And finally, events like this don’t come spontaneously out of the ether, and don’t come cheaply.  If you’d like to see more Conferences of this quality, please make a contribution to NEIS now to show your support.  Click here, or go to our homepage and click the “Donate” button on the right

CAN-TV Chicago to Air “Mountain of Waste” Conference

waste logoThe “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference held in Chicago Dec. 1-3 will be available for viewing in Chicago on CAN-TV’s cable Channel 21 the weekends of Jan. 12-13, and 19-20.  If you’re a Chicago cable customer, you’ll be able to see the various Conference presentations on TV.
CAN-TV will also be posting each weekend’s offering on YouTube, approximately a week after each of the segments airs.  NEIS will post the URLs for these programs on its upcoming Conference Website, which is scheduled to be posted to the NEIS website late in the week of Jan. 7th
Saturday December 1st programs: Air Dates Begin January 12th 

Introduction & Those Impacted by Nuclear Energy (Field, Chavez, Iversen, Patterson, White Face, & Thurlow)
Sunday, January 13th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19The Way Forward Without Nuclear Energy: Carbon Free/Nuclear Free  (Dr. Arjun Makhijani)
Sunday, January 13th, 11:00 AM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Fukushima: The Never Ending Story
Sunday, January 13th, 12:30 PM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

The Nuclear Power & Weapons Connection (Benedict, Gunter, Alvarez, Ulrich)
Sunday, January 13th, 1:30 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 10:00 AM, Channel 19

Nuclear Reactors & Weapons (Benedict & Gundersen)
Saturday, January 12th, 9:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Dr. Norma Field Keynote Presentation
Saturday, January 12th, 10:30 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

Sunday, December 2nd programs: Air Dates Begin January 19th

History & Treatment of Waste (Gunter, D’Arrigo, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 1:00 PM, Channel 21

Transport & Future of Waste (Frishman & Kamps)
Sunday, January 20th, 10:30 AM, Channel 21
Tuesday,  January 22nd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

A Hibakusha’s View of the Nuclear Age
Sunday, January 20th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21
Wednesday,  January 23rd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

The Way Forward Without Nuclear Power & Weapons (Junjohann, Yoshida, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 1:00 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Commemoration of Victims of Nuclear Disasters
Saturday, January 19th, 8:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Web postings for Mountain of Waste Conference

Here is a growing list of the postings on YouTube of the Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age Conference in Chicago, Dec. 1-2, 2012

Media coverage:

70 years after first atomic reaction, anti-nuclear movement presses on
by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy Newsletter

Anti-nuclear groups visit waste site in Palos Township
by Steve Metsch, Southtown Star

Videos of Conference:

Day One of the Conference (raw footage from Multi-Kulti Center, Chicago):

  4. Parts 3 and 4 combined as 3
  6. Keynote:

Dr. Norma Field, Keynote address (Sat. Dec. 1, 2012):

Day Two

Fukushima: the Never Ending Story — Akiko Yoshida, Friends of the Earth, Tokyo (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago): 

Memorial Observance at the Henry Moore Sculpture to Nuclear Power (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago):

Day Three

Has not been posted yet.

December Conference: A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age

Photo by Blanche H. Schroer

“Won’t you please come to Chicago – no one else can take your place!  We CAN change the world!…”
— Graham Nash

A Conference observing the 70th Anniversary of the 1st sustained chain reaction, and the birth of the Nuclear Age

On December 2, 1942, an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi produced the world’s first human-made sustained chain reaction, and launched the Nuclear Age.  The Nuclear Age has not been kind to everyone —  beginning with the people of Japan.   The Faustian bargain continues to this day – with the Japanese again becoming nuclear victims after Fukushima, and the world threatened by the continued presence of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power radiation releases and wastes.

Building on the observation of previous conferences first 40, then 30 years ago, this Conference notes that to this day, not a single ounce of radioactive waste has been permanently disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. And it bears witness to those fellow humans to whom the Nuclear Age has been less than kind.

This is a call to come to the very birthplace of the Nuclear Age – memorialized by Henry Moore’s sculpture to Nuclear Energy (photo above), on the very site where Fermi’s experiment occurred – to remember its victims, and seriously question whether that Age has the right to continue among civilized human beings.

For more information, to offer help, or make tax deductible contributions:


Downloadable PDFs of Conference Materials:  (available the week of October 8th)

Upcoming Nuclear Events

…that need your attention and participation!

September 8, 2012

1.)    WON’T YOU PLEASE COME TO (WASHINGTON?) FOR SOME CHANGE? —  A major national safe-energy/anti-nuclear gathering is scheduled to take place inWashington D.C. from Thursday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Sept. 22.  NEIS is sending representatives, and other groups and individuals are also making plans.  Details can be found at:

You can participate by:

  • Contacting the office of your Congressperson and Senators, and strongly urging them to attend or send a representative to the planned nuclear issues briefing scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 2-4 p.m., Cannon House Office Building – Room number 121.
  • Making plans to attend.

This is a very important event, and making advance contact with your rep and Senator will help us emphasize the importance of these nuclear issues when we meet with these people in DC.

2.)    NEXT KNOW-NUKES FILM SERIES:  Atomic Mom,  80 min., 2011.      Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Multi-Kulti Center, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Augusta), Chicago.  Filmmaker M.T. Silva tells the story of her mother – a Navy lieutenant who worked as a researcher on the Manhattan Project, and who years later has to come to grips with her role in creating “the bomb,” and all its effects.  The story takes an even more deeply emotional turn when Silva’s mother meets a hibakusha from Japan.

3.)    SAVE THE DATES (AND ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES…)!:  NEIS has been planning with Beyond Nuclear and others to put on a major national anti-nuclear conference in Chicago to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Enrico Fermi chain-reaction.  We’re planning this for Sat/Sun Dec. 1-2, location TBD, but most likely the University of Chicago campus.  Pencil in the dates to attend.  In addition we will need scores of volunteers to help with planning and running this event.  We’ll be announcing an initial planning session shortly, so we hope you will want to be a part of making this historic event happen.  Contact us by phone or e-mail if you’re interested in helping out.  (773)

NEIS Release: Damning Fukushima Report Released

Japanese Diet releases scathing report re-writing the “official story” on Fukushima disaster causes

Download Release here.
July 5, 2012

CHICAGO—The Japanese National Diet (parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission released a scathing report today which lays primary responsibility for the Fukushima disaster on the government, the regulators and the nuclear industry; and which seriously challenges the popular explanation for the three meltdowns and explosions at the reactor site in March, 2011.

The Report — The Official Report of The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission — calls the Fukushima disaster: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” according to Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Commission.  Continue reading NEIS Release: Damning Fukushima Report Released

Damning Fukushima Report Released

FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .

It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.

More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.

Release: Chicago Residents Protest Japan Plans to Re-start Nuclear Reactors


 Contact:  David Kraft, NEIS, (773)342-7650,                                                                                     Dr. Lora Chamberlain,  (773)486-7660
Dr. Norma Field, (773) 324-2002,



Protest events scheduled in other U.S. cities, Japan

CHICAGO—Safe-energy advocates protested outside of the Chicago Japanese Consulate against Japan’s plans to re-start two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power station, in Fukui Prefecture in Western Japan.  The event was scheduled to coincide with massive rallies against the re-start taking place in Japan today.  Other events are planned throughout the U.S. through Monday.

“We ask the Consul General Yoshifumi Okamura to convey to Prime Minister Noda our support for a nuclear free Japan and a nuclear-free world,” says David Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service, a nuclear-power watchdog organization based in Chicago. “We stand in support of the people of Japan, and members of Noda’s own party who reject nuclear power as too dangerous. We say ‘No more Hiroshimas!  No more Fukushimas!’” Continue reading Release: Chicago Residents Protest Japan Plans to Re-start Nuclear Reactors