Nonprofit Group: “Every single person” we hosted from Japan has had health problems… Blood stains found in almost all of their beds — Japanese Mom: Most mothers I’ve met from Tokyo and Fukushima are suffering thyroid problems, eye problems, nose bleeds… It’s been very surprising (VIDEO)

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Interview with Vicki Nelson, founder of Fukushima Friends (nonprofit organization which facilitates trips to Hawaii for Fukushima radiation refugees), Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy, Jun 9, 2015 (at 16:30 in):

  • Vicki Nelson, founder of Fukushima Friends (emphasis added): We have a home that’s open for them to come and experience some time of respite and eat different food. What we’ve been experiencing also is that every single person that comes has reaction to the change as soon as they come here. There’s been people who have vomited, they’ve been having nosebleeds, they’ve been dizzy, they’ve been very ashen in color.
  • Libbe HaLevy, host: This is once they have left Japan? In other words, it is the lack of the radiation that allows them to then have these reactions?
  • Nelson: It’s like it is expelling from their body. There’s diarrhea, there’s nosebleedsalmost every single person has had nosebleeds on their pillow. I find blood, and they don’t want to tell me that they have these reactions, they’re embarrassed. Tokiko’s son [from Koriyama, Fukushima] vomited the whole first week practically, and diarrhea. We actually took him to the hospital because we felt that he was dehydrated. They did run tests, and they said yes he was dehydrated. So he was kept overnight at the Hilo hospital on the big island and cared for.

Meeting hosted by Andrew Cash, member of Canadian parliament, Dec 2012 — Japanese mother (at 2:12:30 in): “My home town is Sapporo [northernmost island in Japan]… In my city, no one thinks about radiation. I found a group of escaped mothers from Tokyo and the Fukushima area, and I was very surprisedMost of them had thyroid problems, or eye problems, or nose bleeds… They are very worried about it. In Japan we knew about the meltdowns two months after the meltdowns happened, so we can have no information about radiation. Now the government is telling us to eat food from Fukushima. We can’t rely on government. The TV said Fukushima is safe, no problem… Fukushima is good to live. They want to invite a lot of tourists to Fukushima.

Full interview with Nelson here | Watch the meeting in Canada here

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  • rogerthat

    http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/06/30/last-secret-of-the-atom-bomb/

    JUNE 30, 2015 | PAUL DERIENZO
    LAST SECRET OF THE ATOM BOMB

    A lingering Manhattan Project mystery is still buried at New York’s Great Kill Park. Photo credit: National Park Service

    In August 2005, the New York Police Department, with the Department of Energy, conducted an anti-terrorism radiation flyover survey. The survey was intended to provide a baseline of radiological activity, in order to catch a suspicious construction of a dirty bomb.

    They didn’t find a dirty bomb—but there was plenty of radiological activity. Surveyors found 80 radioactive locations in the city—one of them being Great Kills Park in Staten Island, one of the city’s five boroughs.

    The Park is a popular place near a suburban enclave inhabited by cops, firefighters and other unsuspecting residents. The Park, more than 500 acres of woods surrounding softball and soccer fields and a marina, was constructed from garbage dumped in the bay between 1944 and 1946. Unregulated and illegal dumping has a long history in New York City.

    Children Are Especially Vulnerable

    The radium is the legacy of nuclear weapons production coupled with a cavalier attitude towards the odorless, tasteless and invisible threat posed by radioactivity.

    “This is potentially a very dangerous situation,” said former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) in 2013, whose congressional district includes the park. …

    • rogerthat

      “The last thing I want is to have anyone or their children get sick or hurt because of this contamination.”

      According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), children are more susceptible than adults to radiation because they are still growing. Their cells are rapidly dividing, which provides a greater opportunity for radiation to disrupt the process than in adults.

      The main concern for children exposed to radium is leukemia, says international consultant Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, a spokesperson for Radioactive Waste Management Associates, which works on cleaning up radioactive waste dumps. Radium is chemically similar to calcium and has an affinity for bone where it irradiates the bone marrow.

      Resnikoff told WhoWhatWhy that walking through Great Kills is like being “exposed to an X-ray machine you can’t turn off.” He added that children playing on the site could “get material on their hands and wipe their faces” causing “incidental ingestion” of radium.

      Government Likely Still Underestimates the Problem

      The government measurements probably underestimate the actual radiation levels in Great Kills, according to Resnikoff.

      “One foot of dirt can shield up to 98% of gamma radiation” given off by the radium, he said, adding that there could be significant levels of radium buried under the soil. Dr. Resnikoff said the diffuse nature of the contamination in the park indicates a lot of the contamination may be uranium ore left over from the Manhattan Project…

      • rogerthat

        A WhoWhatWhy investigation has shown that it is likely that the material stems from the World War II nuclear weapons program and was dumped into a public landfill by radium companies that were little more than public fronts for the United States government during its effort to build the first atomic bomb.

        In 1939 the United States, convinced it was in a race with Germany for the bomb, purchased all the uranium it could find. Belgian owners of the ore coveted the phenomenally valuable radium that existed side-by-side with the uranium. When the price of radium collapsed a few years later as better and safer sources of radioactivity were developed, the excess and unneeded radium would end up in the public waste stream.

        More radioactive “hotspots” were reported in Great Kills in 2007 as the government dug up contaminated soil and medical devices used in past decades to apply radium to cancerous tumors.

        By 2009, half the park was closed indefinitely as more and more contamination was unearthed. In 2014 a community meeting was held in Staten Island with the National Park Service (NPS), which admitted that the radioactive contamination was greater than predicted.

        “As we’re getting through this tough job, we’re finding that the contamination is not only in these discrete pockets, but is dispersed in the soil and also at the surface,” Kathleen Cuzzolino, an environmental protection specialist for the Park Service told The New York Times in 2013. …

        • rogerthat

          Initial Explanation Doesn’t Hold Up

          The NYPD initially said that the radioactivity in Great Kills was caused by “industrial” activities before the park was built.

          As the extent of the contamination was revealed, that story became less and less believable. The government embarked on a decade-long study of the contamination. What began as a few hotspots around discarded medical waste gradually evolved into a widespread and expensive problem.

          Eventually, the NPS announced that up to “1,200 discrete areas” of the park were contaminated with high radiation levels and also admitted that dozens of spots, some with radiation levels up to 200 times normal had also been found throughout the park.

          After another flyover earlier this year, a new five-year study was announced under CERCLA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Known as the Superfund, it is the legal mechanism for cleaning up some of the nation’s most polluted areas. During cleanup, the areas contaminated by radiation remain closed off to the public.

          The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health assessment categorized the radioactive contamination at Great Kills as an “indeterminate public health hazard.”

          That means the agency doesn’t have enough information to make a “professional judgement” on the potential damage to the public at Great Kills.

          The report also warns that radiation exposure on children requires special considerations. …

          • rogerthat

            Yet despite the construction of 18,000 feet of “perimeter fencing” and warning signs against trespassing, huge gaps within walking distance of playgrounds in this residential neighborhood allow easy access to the closed-off areas.

            But Where is the Radioactive Material From?

            An investigation by WhoWhatWhy is beginning to fill in some of the unknowns about where the radioactive material plaguing Great Kills came from. The story begins with a company called Radium Chemical, and its main chemical squeeze, radium, a highly radioactive element that glows in the dark. Radium Chemical made a product called “Undark.”

            In the 1920s, young girls were employed by the factory to paint luminescent dials using radium. Supervisors ordered the women to lick the thin paint brushes after each stroke to keep the tips pointed and the strokes precise.

            The woman realized something was wrong when horrific tumors began to grow in their jaws. Heading straight for the bone, the radium replaced calcium and caused the lower jaws of the woman to literally fall apart. The young women, many as they lay dying, filed lawsuits, but few received compensation and their suffering was soon forgotten.

            The owners escaped liability by morphing into new companies under different names and slightly different boards of directors. Still, the ownership of the radium always seemed to trace back to Joseph A. Kelly Sr., a pioneer in marketing radium. …

            • rogerthat

              His interlocking network of radium paint companies would become one of the largest World War II government contractors by supplying luminescent dials for fighter planes and bombers. He would also quietly become a major supplier of radium and other rare elements used in the Manhattan Project.

              The radium business was long over when the cleanup bill came due. In 1983 Kelly’s son Joseph Jr. agreed to remove 140 grams of radium from his abandoned one-story brick Radium Chemical Company factory in Woodside, Queens.

              The massive clean up in this quiet industrial corner of the city would cost New York State at least $6 million. Meanwhile Kelly was only required to pay $500,000 in “personal liability” based on the value of his assets.

              Kelly had made other agreements regarding heavily-polluted sites the company also owned in Georgia and Illinois, which ultimately ended up stiffing the states with the cost of cleanup. In Queens that cleanup apparently extended to the city sewer system.

              “Although it’s not known exactly what Radium Chemical was doing at this address,” former New York state Assemblyman Maurice D. Hinchey said, ”it would appear that radium particles were washed down through the plumbing system.”

              One gram of Radium-226, the isotope contaminating Great Kills Park and the most common form of the element, emits a massive amount of dangerous radiation—as much as three tons of depleted uranium. Imagine a spot of salt in your hand equal to enough raw ore …

              • rogerthat

                to fill your living room, emanating indelible amounts of cancer causing radiation.

                Problem Extends Past Staten Island

                Even more contamination was found at another Radium Chemical site on East 44th Street, now the site of a luxury high-rise. The New York Times reported in 1988 that there may have been as many as 13 radium-processing facilities owned by Radium Chemical Company operating in the city.

                Safety considerations were almost unknown during the war effort. According to Manhattan Project troubleshooter George A. Cowan, his radiation monitor “went berserk” on a 1943 trip to the Radium Chemical Company offices in a “big building” on Sixth Avenue.” In his memoirs Cowan wrote that workplace conditions that would be illegal today were commonplace.

                “I checked out the primitive chemical hood I was directed to use to make the [Radium-Beryllium] neutron source,” Cowan wrote. “I went to the roof of the building where air from the hood was released,” and was appalled to find that “the roof was unacceptably radioactive.”

                Not Just Radium Chemical

                Radium Chemical may not be alone in carrying blame for Great Kills. Throughout the 20th century, Radium Chemical had one major competitor, International Rare Metals Refinery, Inc, also known as the Canadian Radium and Uranium Corp., located 40 miles north of the city …

  • rogerthat

    in the hamlet of Mt. Kisco.

    Pregel negotiated a deal that the Belgian mining company would sell its uranium to the Manhattan Project for its bomb, and keep radium to sell.

    In 1939, a barge from Africa arrived at the warehouse Pregel administered under the Bayonne Bridge near the colonial-era town of Port Richmond on Staten Island. The barge was loaded with 1200 tons of high-grade uranium ore packed in burlap sacks containing the uranium that would fuel the atom bomb. The site of this warehouse remains radioactive to this day.

    In the US, the uranium was fed into the massive nationwide bomb-making complex. Some of the uranium was used as fuel in the great Hanford reactors making plutonium on the Columbia River and some went to Oak Ridge for enrichment.

    The bomb project would soon be located in every corner of the country. Increasingly radioactive “dregs” of the ore—as it was further and further processed—would eventually return to New York City for radium extraction at Mt. Kisco. Polonium, another strategic radioactive element would also be extracted as part of the payment for the uranium ore.

    Time to Own Up

    In 1957, International Rare Metals Refinery, Inc was targeted in New York State’s first prosecution for exposing employees to excessive radiation but a judge suspended the fine. Waste from the demolition of the …

    • rogerthat

      factory was reportedly hauled to Croton, New York, where a federal judge said unrestricted dumping had turned the landfill into “an environmental time bomb.”

      Based on a tip, a reporter for a local newspaper in 1979 used a borrowed geiger counter to scan the site. Walking along railroad tracks where the building had once stood while the detector was held near the ground. The audible sound of the “counts” would speed up as the radiation levels surpassed natural background levels.

      The New York State Health Department looked into it and admitted that there was radioactivity higher than background levels but reported that there was ”no health hazard” to the public.

      This, of course, is not the case. Radium fell out of use by the 1960s, and today is rightfully seen as a dangerous carcinogen. It presents a threat whether as a potential terrorist weapon or hidden by willful ignorance and neglect in a children’s playground—such as Great Kills.

      So just how long until it’s taken care of?

      Radium has a half life of 1,600 years. Unless major initiatives are taken, it’ll long outlive any of us.

  • rogerthat

    http://safeenergy.org/2015/06/29/still-more-ratepayer-bailouts/

    Still more ratepayer bailouts needed, says Entergy exec

    The nuclear power industry increasingly reminds one of nothing so much as the spoiled brat (or, possibly, the greedy king Midas) who, upon receiving a gift, instantly wants “more!”

    Thus, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) June 10 approved a plan put forth last December by the PJM grid–the largest of the three major grids in the U.S.–to reward high-performing power plants and penalize low-performing units, Entergy’s (the second largest nuclear utility) instant reaction was “more.”

    A little translation may be in order. After all, it would seem to make perfect sense to reward the best and penalize the worst. But the real intent of PJM’s plans was to funnel more money to nuclear reactors at the expense of renewables and gas, under the guise that reactors are better able to keep the lights on during things like polar vortexes and other freaks of nature.

    It’s all part of the nuclear industry’s “reliability” pitch that appears in just about every industry press release and public statement.

    Actually, reactors, especially Entergy’s, haven’t been all that reliable in extreme weather: its Pilgrim reactor was shut down more than once last winter because of major snow storms, for example. But renewables, by definition, are low-performing: their capacity factor is low compared with nuclear and fossil fuels. …

    • rogerthat

      That’s not necessarily a problem in the real world; it just means you need more nameplate capacity with renewables to get the same actual output.

      And you need a grid that can handle the variable nature of renewables. Again, not a problem, as several countries in Europe have shown the ability to incorporate far higher levels of renewables than exist yet anywhere in the U.S. Although, fortunately, we’re starting to catch up–and installed solar power close to reaching less than $1/watt is one reason why.

      Anyway, as it turns out, Entergy wants another $3-5 per megawatt hour from ratepayers to keep its unprofitable reactors running. That’s roughly the same amount Exelon wants the Illinois legislature–or someone, Exelon isn’t all that picky about the venue–to award it to keep its uneconomic nukes operating.

      Entergy’s solution is to have FERC simply issue an order requiring the nation’s Independent System Operators to do that.

      In Entergy’s view, a rate increase of this size “is pretty minor compared with a present market structure where we’re shutting down viable plants.” So says well-paid Entergy exec William Mohl.

      Unless, of course, you’re trying to live on a fixed income and pay your ever-rising electric bills.

      But you’ve got to love the gall. Because even if you’ve got plenty of money to pay your electric bills, there is no downside for consumers at all in shutting down “viable” nuclear reactors. Indeed, even in strictly economic terms, …

      • rogerthat

        there is an obvious upside: avoiding additional radioactive waste generation and the accompanying high costs of its storage.

        And, of course, there is the upside of avoiding the possibility of nuclear meltdown and the accompanying financial devastation that would cause, as well as the upside of avoiding the additional “routine” radiation releases and their related health costs.

        Avoided costs and their related benefits may not show up in Entergy’s accounting books, but they do show up in society’s.

        The fact is, if a nuclear reactor can’t make money selling electricity–and other forms of electricity generation can and do, and do it cleaner and safer besides–then the reactor is not a “viable” entity.

        But the nuclear fanatics at Entergy, and Exelon, and FirstEnergy and the rest, honestly believe that regular people should pay more than they need to for electricity just because it’s nuclear electricity.

        They believe people on Social Security, the disabled and ill, those trying to get by on minimum wage, and the rest of us in somewhat better circumstances as well, all should devote a larger chunk of their barely-existent income to pay for nuclear electricity, because, after all, the utilities already built those reactors and they haven’t completely fallen apart yet–thus they’re still “viable.”

        Never mind that they can’t compete economically with cleaner sources of electricity. Never mind that “viable” doesn’t mean they can or should operate into eternity. …

  • rogerthat

    Never mind that perhaps, just perhaps, it is for the public–not self-serving nuclear utilities–to decide how they want their power generated, since as we all have learned over the past 30 or so years, our choices for the generation of electricity hold the fate of our planet, which is a little more important in the long-term than Entergy’s third-quarter profit-loss statement.

    It’s because the suits at the nuclear (and fossil) utilities think that way, and because they hold a certain amount of political power and spend generously to assure that they will keep that political power, that no amount of persuasion, or education, or impending climate devastation that will destroy their lives as well as ours, will cause them to give up their obsolete power plants on their own.

    Only blunt economics: the reality that their reactors won’t get bailed out and never will turn a profit again will force them to turn the key and bring them to permanent shutdown.

    Dominion’s shutdown of its Kewaunee reactor did come out of the blue, and shook up the industry far more than we realized at the time.

    The industry quickly understood that it hadn’t done nearly enough to ensure that its reactors could operate at a profit.

    Vermont Yankee’s shutdown shook up the industry in a different way, because in that case the industry realized citizen opposition could shift the balance of political power and prevent the kind of financial maneuvering that might save uneconomic reactors. …

    • rogerthat

      At least Exelon in Illinois and New York has been kind enough to let the world know which of its reactors are in the most trouble, so has FirstEnergy.

      Now Entergy publicly acknowledges that both Pilgrim and especially FitzPatrick are on the edge (and New York’s new plan for 50% renewables within 15 years doesn’t bode well for either Fitzpatrick or Indian Point, or Exelon’s Ginna).

      Stopping the endless bailouts (because there will always be another one coming) is the start to pushing them over that edge and into their well-deserved oblivion.

      Michael Mariotte

      June 29, 2015

      Permalink: http://safeenergy.org/2015/06/29/still-more-ratepayer-bailouts/

  • rogerthat

    https://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/volcano-alert-for-mt-hakone-raised-after-small-eruption

    … Japan’s Meteorological Agency raised the warning level on the mountain to 3 from 2, closing a broader area, and an agency official said activity in the area, some 80 km west of Tokyo, seemed to have risen “to a new level”.

    “It was an extremely small scale eruption, but there is the chance of a larger one that could affect a wider area,” he told a news conference.

    Hakone is a resort famed for its hot springs and views of Mount Fuji. More than 21 million people visited in 2014, including 217,000 from overseas, the Hakone town office said on its website.

    White clouds, apparently steam, billowed up from vents in the stark Owakudani, “Great Boiling Valley”, the 1,044-meter-high area around a crater created during an eruption of Mount Hakone 3,000 years ago.

    Predicting the scale of any eruption is hard because the mountain last erupted 800 years ago, said volcanologist Toshitsugu Fujii, an emeritus professor of Tokyo University.

    “If hot water or magma becomes involved, it could explode at a deeper level, and there would probably be very little warning,” he said.

    “Things are now taking place at a shallow level and probably it won’t go that far. But you can’t say when that might change.”

    Fujii did say it was highly unlikely that Hakone’s activity foretold an eruption of iconic Mount Fuji, which used to erupt every 30 years but has been silent since…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142637/Ghosts-Armageddon-abandoned-decommissioned-facilities-dotted-dedicated-Manhattan-Project-potential-nuclear-war.html

    The hidden world of America's almost-Armageddon: The abandoned facilities dotted across the US that were once dedicated to all-out nuclear war

    (lots of pictures)

  • rogerthat

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201506290030

    EDITORIAL: Utilities compromise their futures by rejecting anti-nuclear proposals
    June 29, 2015

    During recent general shareholders’ meetings, Japan’s nine electric utilities with nuclear power plants rejected all proposals by stockholders for a departure from reliance on nuclear energy.

    We want to ask their executives, who insist on the need to restart their idled nuclear reactors: “Do you really believe management will be OK that way?”

    The power retail market will be liberalized next spring, whereupon each household will be allowed to decide which company they will be purchasing electricity from. Management policies that have hardly changed from what they were before the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 could face the exacting eyes of consumers when they make their selections.

    The city governments of Osaka and Kyoto, which have major stakes in Kansai Electric Power Co., submitted proposals calling for a phaseout of nuclear power during a shareholders’ meeting of the Osaka-based utility, which relied on nuclear energy for 50 percent of its power supply before the Fukushima disaster.

    One proposal called for keeping nuclear reactors offline as long as spent nuclear fuel disposal methods remain undecided. Another called for aggressive measures to introduce alternative energy sources that will replace nuclear power.

    They were both reasonable proposals made from the standpoint that problems …

    • rogerthat

      should not be put off and pushed on future generations.

      But Kansai Electric’s management called for a rejection of the proposals, reiterating that the utility will seek early restarts of its reactors on the basic premise that safety will be ensured. One of its executive vice presidents was bold enough to say that the utility would, in the mid- to long term, have to build new nuclear reactors or replace existing ones.

      Things were much the same at other regional utilities.

      Chugoku Electric Power Co. reiterated its intention to push its plan to build a nuclear plant in Kaminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Kyushu Electric Power Co. stressed its determination to seek a prompt restart of its Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, whereas Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, also made clear it wants to continue with its nuclear power operations.

      It has been only four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused suffering among local residents and induced a collapse of the “safety myth” about nuclear power generation. We are only left to gape at the brazen way a return to nuclear power is being sought, as if the lessons of the disaster have been forgotten.

      Behind the tough stance of the utilities is the central government, which defined nuclear power as an “important base-load power source” when it endorsed a Basic Energy Plan last year. Earlier this month, Tokyo approved a draft plan to have nuclear energy …

      • rogerthat

        account for between 20 and 22 percent of Japan’s total power supply in fiscal 2030. Achieving that goal would require the operation of existing nuclear reactors beyond the standard service life of 40 years or the building of new reactors.

        The use of nuclear energy has been promoted in postwar Japan as a “national policy managed by the private sector.” One could say that the utilities are compromising themselves by believing that they only have to follow the central government, whatever the public may think of them.

        Nuclear power operations are obviously turning into a business segment with uncertain future prospects.

        Sixteen of Japan’s fleet of 43 nuclear reactors have been in service for more than 30 years, which means their operators will soon have to decide whether to keep them alive or decommission them. Extending their service lives is expected to cost the companies hundreds of billions of yen (billions of dollars) because safety regulations were strengthened after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

        We also wonder how exactly the utilities intend to win the understanding of residents and local governments in adjacent areas if they ever plan to build new reactors. We can hardly believe the utilities, which are only looking toward the central government, have the determination or any blueprints to do so. …

        • rogerthat

          “I can only have the impression that you are going to commit a double suicide with nuclear power,” one stockholder said during Kansai Electric’s shareholders’ meeting.

          Members of the utilities’ management should rethink the wisdom of continuing with their old ways.

          –The Asahi Shimbun, June 28

  • rogerthat

    http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201506290027.aspx

    Shuttered nuclear power plant overrun with stray dogs and deer
    2015/06/29

  • rogerthat

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/people/AJ201506290007

    Buddhist monk promotes peace through release of anti-nuclear manga in Sri Lanka
    June 29, 2015

    By KO IWAKI/ Staff Writer
    With his home country of Sri Lanka having been embroiled in decades-long conflicts, Thalangalle Somasiri felt moved after reading the manga series “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), which depicts the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

    The peace-loving Buddhist monk released volumes 1 and 2 of "Hadashi no Gen" in Sri Lanka this spring after translating them into Shinhalese, one of the country's widely spoken languages. …

  • rogerthat

    http://vtdigger.org/2015/06/29/state-vermont-yankee-trust-fund-process-broken/

    STATE: VERMONT YANKEE TRUST FUND PROCESS ‘BROKEN’

    BRATTLEBORO REFORMER JUN. 29 2015
    by Michael Faher

    BRATTLEBORO — Chris Recchia is not happy.

    The commissioner of Vermont’s Public Service Department made that clear Thursday night at a meeting in Brattleboro, where he repeatedly criticized the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its decisions regarding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

    Specifically, Recchia and other state officials say they are deeply concerned about how, when and for what purposes plant owner Entergy will be allowed to withdraw cash from Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund.

    Recchia declared that “we’re not getting any traction on this with the NRC,” and he later added that his office — in conjunction with the Vermont attorney general — is seeking reform in the federal regulatory process.

    “What we’re learning is that the NRC process is broken and needs to be fixed, and I fully expect Vermont to be leading that charge with other states,” Recchia said.

    The NRC takes exception to Recchia’s comments, with spokesman …

  • mairs mairs

    I am in a social media group and the one Japanese member has just been diagnosed with a mass in his liver, and it doesn't look good. He's much too young to be getting something like this. 🙁

  • Chronic1 Chronic1

    Visit beautiful Denver, Colorado. Home of the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Production Facility…err…Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. While your here, visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and catch a concert at Dick's Sporting Goods Arena. Be careful about breathing the dust in the parking lot…..but hey…we aren't as f&#$ed up as Utah !

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Thanks Nuclear! 🙁 Look at what you have done to the/our planet!
    https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/
    http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/

  • Chronic1 Chronic1

    They say Denver has some of the highest background radiation of any city in the United States due to it's elevation and Uranium rich soils and ummmm some other stuff.

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Explosive helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles

    http://thevictoryreport.org/explosive-helium-is-leaking-from-massive-earthquake-fault-under-los-angeles/

    There was a reference to Helium 3, but I am not sure I heard it correctly. However be advised Helium is not explosive.

  • Chronic1 Chronic1

    Rocky Flats produced plutonium "triggers' for nuclear weapons for fourty years near metro Denver. They had two major fires in the 50's and 60's caused by plutonium ignition that contaminated much of the surrounding area (Denver). The Rocky Mountain Arsenal just outside of Denver was a chemical weapons manufacturing facility, now also a wildlife refuge.

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