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Oct 28, 2013

Robert Stone Must Now Film Fukushima

 

We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima.

The Japanese government is about to pass a national censorship law clearly meant to make it impossible to know what's going on there.
( http://www.nukefree.org/state-secrets-act-will-curb-knowledge-fukushima )

Massive quantities of radioactive water have been flowing through the site since the 3/11/11 earthquake/tsunami.
( http://www.nukefree.org/fackler-tabuchi-nytimes-fukushimas-radioactive-g... )

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Sep 16, 2013

Syria is an Epic Win for the SuperPower of Peace

 

The United States is not now bombing Syria.

Let's savor that again: for the moment at least, the United States is not now bombing Syria.

That alone qualifies as an epic, unprecedented victory for the SuperPower of Peace, the global movement to end war, win social justice and somehow salvage our ecological survival.

Will it mark a permanent turning point?

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Aug 9, 2013

The Fukushima Nightmare Gets Even Worse


Just when it seemed things might be under control at Fukushima, we find they are worse than ever.

Immeasurably worse.

Massive quantities of radioactive liquids are now flowing through the shattered reactor site into the Pacific Ocean. And their make-up is far more lethal than the "mere" tritium that has dominated the headlines to date.

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Jun 7, 2013

San Onofre is Dead & So is Nuclear Power

 

From his California beach house at San Clemente, Richard Nixon once watched three reactors rise at nearby San Onofre. As of June 7, 2013, all three are permanently shut.

It's a monumental victory for grassroots activism. it marks an epic transition in how we get our energy.

In the thick of the 1970s Arab oil embargo, Nixon said there'd be 1000 such reactors in the US by the year 2000.

As of today, there are 100.

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May 16, 2013

San Onofre at the No Nukes Brink

 

In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk.

With its massive money and clout, Southern California Edison
was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year.

But a funny thing has happened on the way to the restart:  a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots just might win.

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Apr 26, 2013

Los Angeles to San Onofre: "Not So Fast!"

 

A unanimous Los Angeles City Council has demanded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct extended investigations before any restart at the San Onofre atomic power plant.

The move reflects a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched in a tsunami zone near earthquake faults that threaten all of southern California.

Meanwhile, yet another top-level atomic insider has told ABC News that San Onofre Units 2 and 3 are not safe to operate.

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Apr 14, 2013

The Restart Duel At San Onofre Takes a Seismic Leap

 

The bitter battle over two stricken southern California reactors has taken a shocking seismic leap.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability Office has seriously questioned emergency planning at the San Onofre nuclear plant.

At a cost of some $770 million, Southern California Edison and its partners installed faulty steam generators at San Onofre Units 2 and 3 that have failed and leaked.

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Feb 27, 2013

The Tower That Toppled a Terrible Technology


There it stood, 500 feet of insult and injury. And then it crashed to the ground.

The weather tower at the proposed Montague double-reactor complex was meant to test wind direction in case of an accident. In early 1974, the project was estimated at $1.35 billion, as much as double the entire assessed value of all the real estate in this rural Connecticut Valley town, 90 miles west of Boston.

Then---39 years ago this week---Sam Lovejoy knocked it down.

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Feb 16, 2013

Our Atomic Dominoes are Falling

 

Two more atomic dominoes have hit the deck.

At least a half-dozen more teeter on the brink, which would take the US reactor count under 100.

But can we bury them before the next Fukushima erupts?

And will we still laugh when Fox "News" says there's more sun in Germany than California?

Wisconsin's fully licensed Kewaunee reactor will now shut because it can't compete in the marketplace.

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Jan 7, 2013

SHOWDOWN AT SAN ONOFRE

Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power.

They sit in a seismic zone vulnerable to tsunamis. Faulty steam generators have forced them shut for nearly a year.

A powerful “No Nukes” movement wants them to stay that way. If they win, the shutdown of America’s 104 licensed reactors will seriously accelerate.

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