What have we learned in the three years since the onset of the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi? Many things — most of which are not good.
We learned that safe-energy and anti-nuclear activists were correct in their initial analyses of what was happening in the early days of the disaster; and unlike TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), we were telling the public straight out.
We’ve learned that TEPCO cannot be trusted to tell the truth about much of anything. And worse – that the Continue reading →
1.) SAVE THE DATE – INDIAN DOCUMENTARIAN BRINGS FILM TO CHICAGO:
NEIS kicks off its 2014 “KNOw-Nukes!” film series with a showing of the new documentary, “High Power,” by Indian documentarian Pradeep Indulkar. The film will be shown along with a panel discussion with the filmmaker on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, Room 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The showing is being done in cooperation Continue reading →
Well, the holiday is over. The pro-nuke tribe is at the gates yet again. Time to get back into the trenches, and fight for safe energy once more. Please take action on as many of these as you can. Thanks in advance!
–Dave Kraft, Driector—
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1.) THEY’RE BACK! SEN. MIKE JACOBS INTRODUCES S.3417, TO REPEAL THE ILLINOIS NUCLEAR MORATORIUM: Just like rust or a bad case of herpes, the pro-nuclear lobby is back again. This time Sen. Mike Jacobs (D., 36th, Moline; Chair of the Senate Energy Committee) has introduced S.3417, calling for the repeal of the section Continue reading →
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 →
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.
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CHICAGO SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES PROTEST JAPAN PLANS
TO RE-START NUCLEAR REACTORS
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 →
CLEAN ENERGY GROUPS SUBMIT FORMAL PETITION TO NRC TO INCORPORATE LESSONS OF FUKUSHIMA: EXPAND EVACUATION ZONES, IMPROVE EMERGENCY PLANNING AROUND U.S. NUCLEAR REACTORS
Washington D.C./Chicago– Thirty-seven clean energy groups – including the Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) – today submitted a formal petition for rulemaking to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking adoption of new regulations to expand emergency evacuation zones and improve emergency response planning around U.S. nuclear reactors. Continue reading →
NEIS submitted the following Comment to Frontline concerning the show they aired on Tuesday, January 17th – “Nuclear Aftershocks.” This show examined the aftermath of
the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 in Japan, and also its effects on the
nuclear industry worldwide.
We would like to complement Myles O’Brien and Frontline for taking on this extremely complex and urgent issue of both the ramifications of the Fukushima disaster, and also the future of nuclear power. While we are sympathetic to the limitations that a 54 minute program must endure, there were 3 major topics that could have fit into the show that would challenge a good deal of what was presented:
1.) At 18:22 O’Brien asks the crucial question point blank, “What did TEPCO know, and when did they know it?” One answer not covered in this segment were reports that, according to onsite workers, and even one TEPCO report itself, radiation alarms were going off BEFORE the tsunami hit.
The significance of this bit of data is that is suggests that the earthquake itself did some as yet unknown damage to the plant, resulting in radiation releases. If true, this has two major implications: 1.) this severely damages the current popular explanation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster – loss of offsite power – as the only reason for the Fukushima reactor failures, and 2.) means that all the efforts worldwide to beef up back-up power supplies to GE Mark-I type containment BWRs are necessary but not sufficient to insure the integrity of these reactors. While this will not be ascertained for some time due to the intense radiation still persistent at Fukushima, it suggests that nuclear safety planners may be going down a self-deluding false path. Of the 104 US reactors in operation, 24 are GE Mark-Is and IIs. This was not mentioned in the program. Continue reading →
NRC safety panel “accepts” publicly requested actions to review dangerous vents on US Fukushima-style reactors and lack of emergency power for cooling in rooftop nuclear waste pools and more.
Takoma Park, MD – A December 13, 2011 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that accepts several key publicly requested actions regarding safety at US Fukushima-style reactors was publicly noticed in today’s Federal Register.