Don’t Dig Here
Written by: James Raymond
Performed by: David Crosby, Graham Nash, James Raymond, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Dean Parks and Jeff Pevar
Produced by: Russ and Nathanial Kunkel
ASSESSING DIABLO’S RISKS – Hirsch & Blakeslee
In Wed. Dec. 3, 2014 testimony before Senator Barbara Boxer’s Committee on Environment & Public Works, Daniel Hirsch, Nuclear Policy Analyst, UC Santa Cruz and Dr. Sam Blakeslee, Geophysicist, Former. Rep. CA State Senator reveal PG&E’s history of incompetence, fact-fudging and safety violations, the NRC’s history of lax regulation and new seismic risk discoveries and call for a full adjudacatory re-licensing hearing for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo, California.
Debunking “Baseload” Myths
Nukes aren’t necessary for baseload power. Amory Lovins explains why.
“Nuclear Power Is Dead” With Jeremy Rifkin
SHUTDOWN DIABLO – CA’s Potential Fukushima
Why decommission California’s last-nuke-standing, PG&E’s two aging, out-of-compliance nuclear reactors, built on multiple earthquake faults in a tsunami zone, run by the company facing multiple Federal indictments for safety violations in the San Bruno gas fire disaster?
Author, journalist and long-time nuke free activist Harvey Wasserman counts the ‘whys.’
SHUTDOWN – Why Diablo Canyon Must Be Next
In this preview clip from the forthcoming EON documentary SHUTDOWN – The California-Fukushima Connection (ShutdownDoc.tv), Linda Seeley, Spokesperson for Mothers for Peace, and David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Co-Author of FUKUSHIMA – The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, explain why Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo is California’s Fukushima-waiting-to-happen.
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Union of Concerned Scientists http://ucsusa.org/
DIABLO – California’s Last Nuke Standing
Mothers for Peace Spokeswoman Linda Seeley explains the many risks posed to California by the continued operation of PG&E’s aged two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo, and why, like San Onofre was recently, it should be shutdown permanently – NOW.
This is another in the ‘Preview Interview’ series from the forthcoming EON documentary SHUTDOWN: The Case of San Onofre – “The Nuclear Free California Movement Rides Again.”
SHUTDOWN: The California-Fukushima Connection – Documentary preview from EON – the Ecological Options Network
As the Fukushima nuclear disaster deepens three years later into a planet-wide emergency, with massive continuous daily radioactive emissions into the air, ocean and biosphere, a new documentary from award-winning filmmakers counters nuclear industry lies and cover-ups.
It looks at the people, organizations, strategies and factors that forced a powerful corporation to bend to the public will.
It tells the little-known history of the Nuclear Free California Movement.
Its an empowering story of activists, nuclear experts, public officials, whistleblowers, journalists and extraordinary citizens facing up to the threat of Fukushima fallout while working to prevent potential Fukushima-like catastrophes here at home.
Its also a story of the growing solidarity between Japanese and US activists as they unite to challenge the global nuclear establishment.
For more info please visit SHUTDOWNdoc.tv
Nuclear Negligence at Diablo – Dan Hirsch
Déjà vu All Over Again
Daniel Hirsch lays out the long, sad history of PG&E and NRC nuclear negligence and incompetence at Diablo Canyon in this excerpted testimony before Senator Barbara Boxer’s Committee on Environment and Public Works, Dec. 3, 2014.
Hirsch heads CommitteeToBridgeTheGap.org and is a lecturer at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
His testimony shows that from Humboldt Bay to Bodega Head to Diablo Canyon PG&E has consistently chosen nuclear sites on earthquake faults and the NRC has consistently failed to enforce its own seismic safety standards.
Now, although one of it’s own Senior Inspectors has reported that Diablo Canyon, located in a tsunami zone near San Luis Obispo, is out of safety compliance and called for the plant’s shutdown, the NRC has failed to take action.
Despite the recent discovery that Diablo Canyon sits on the intersections of 13 active earthquake faults capable of releasing far more seismic force than the reactors were designed to withstand, PG&E is applying for an extension of it’s operating license without making any upgrades and without a re-licensing hearing.
As other segments of this historic hearing make painfully clear, the NRC’s non-enforcement of it’s own rules and staff recommendations post-Fukushima has become standard operating procedure for a so-called ‘regulatory agency’ more committed to industry profits and the promotion of nuclear energy than the protection of public safety.
Sadly, this was Senator Boxer’s last hearing as Chair of this important Committee. The gavel will now pass to leading Republican climate change denier Sen. James Inhofe.
Fuel Chain Primer
Nuclear Fuel for Dummies or Stop the Madness Now
An informative animation video by Carole Hisasue
Published on Nov 19, 2013
Nuclear Fuel & Waste for Dummies, Show to all your friends who know nothing about the horrors of nuclear fuel and the incredibly dangerous waste that it becomes.This is truly evil stuff that should never have been created in the first place. AND THEN SEND A COMMENT TO THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION! Comments on the nuclear waste issue are due by December 20, 2013 and can be emailed to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov Please cite: Docket ID No. NRC-2012-0246
Rachel Maddow Does Diablo History in 4 Minutes
Rachel Maddow – with the appropriate level of consternation – exposes the economics and safety record of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California. March 22, 2011. The devil is indeed in the details…and she doesn’t even mention the tons of radioactive waste being stored on-site for the foreseeable future.
Dry Cask Radwaste Storage Issues – Donna Gilmore
This is SanOnofreSafety.org founder Donna Gilmore’s presentation to the NRC on dry cask nuclear waste storage issues, delivered by invitation as part of an NRC Regulatory Conference held Nov. 19-20, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland.
Why are the NRC and Southern California Edison favoring inferior, short-lived, thin-walled, unsafe stainless steel canisters to store San Onofre’s tons of nuclear waste in a corrosive seaside environment instead of the long-lasting, thick-walled, top-of-the-line technology available?
Gilmore presents a strong case for regulators and utilities to take the lead in setting the highest possible standards for America’s growing inventory of radioactive waste that will remain deadly for hundreds of thousands of years longer than human civilization has yet existed.
With no safe long-term storage sites having been found despite over half a century of attempts to find them, Gilmore urges officials not to ‘play bureaucratic roulette’ with the future of California and the rest of the nation.
US Radwaste – More Questions than Answers
What ya gonna do with all that hot stuff that will remain deadly for longer than human civilization has yet existed? Despite continuing industry assurances, more than 60 years into the ‘Nuclear Age,’ nobody really knows.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual Division of Spent Fuel Management (DSFM) Regulatory Conference, REG CON 2014, held Nov. 19-20 in Rockville, MD did little to boost informed public confidence about current radwaste policies or technologies, as these Q&A video excerpts show.
A main issue that emerged from relentless questioning by SanOnofreSafety.org Founder Donna Gilmore is the lemming rush to move highly radioactive fuel assemblies out of overcrowded storage pools into dry casks without even considering the most robust cask design available on the international market. That poses a big danger to public safety, especially in highly corrosive seaside environments like California’s San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear facilities.
Diane D’Arrigo and Donna Gilmore asked ‘where are the NRC requirements to ensure adequate funds for replacement casks, given the recent NRC decision that waste may stay on-site indefinitely.’ See if you can find the answer in the NRC’s response.
Republican Calls for Diablo Safety Probe
Dr. Sam Blakeslee, a Phd. geophysicist, former Republican California state senator, and former commissioner, California Seismic Safety Commission is advocating an immediate seismic safety investigation of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo, CA.
In Dec. 3, 2014 testimony before Senator Barbara Boxer’s Committee on Environment and Public Works, Blakeslee – who is emphatically NOT ‘anti-nuclear’ – denounced the fact that as new discoveries of potential earthquake dangers have increased, PG&E’s standards for seismic safety have gone down.
It is now known that Diablo sits atop 13 intersecting active earthquake faults in a tsunami zone similar to Fukushima.
The plant was not designed to withstand the level of shaking this network of active faults is capable of delivering.
A Senior NRC Inspector has called for the plant’s shutdown for being out of compliance with seismic safety standards.
Yet, PG&E is pushing to extend the plant’s operating license without retro-fitting or safety assessment.
Public Opposition to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant – Historic Clip
This is a clip from the historic 1986 documentary film A QUESTION OF POWER directed by David L. Brown, which tells the story of public opposition to the building of PG&E’s nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon, near San Luis Obispo, CA. The full DVD is available from http://www.dlbfilms.com/
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant: A Major Risk to the Central Coast of California
Dr. Jerry B. Brown, Director of the World Business Academy’s Safe Energy Project (http://www.safeenergyproject.org) explains the critical threats and ongoing harm to the residents of California’s central coast posed by the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
The health study released by the Academy examines the increased rate of cancer in zip codes down wind of the Diablo Canyon plant. Read the study here: http://worldbusiness.org/nuclear-power-health-impact-study/
Read the Academy’s response to the San Luis Obispo Health Department’s criticisms of the study here:http://worldbusiness.org/reply-to-san-luis-obispo-county-heath-department/
Energy Democracy Means R.I.P. IOU’s – So Long Investor Owned Utilities
Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy
An alternative energy path from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
John Farrell, author of “Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy” talks about the need to reimagine and reinvent the electric utility model to move toward local power and control and a more equitable economic model.
Read the Report: http://ilsr.org/report-energy-democracy/
Going Local: The Movement for Community Choice Energy
EON’s fast-moving 18-minute briefing on Community Choice Energy – released in 2007 and still relevant today – showing how local communities are using their collective purchasing power to dramatically accelerate the shift to renewable energy and efficiency. This film shows that local power leads the way in meeting the twin challenges of peak oil and climate crisis.
Community Choice Laws and the Inevitable Solar-Hydrogen Econ
Wind energy and integrative design pioneer Dr. Ty Cashmen talks about early exeriments in ecological building at the New Alchemy Institute, the principles of integrative design, and the role of Community Choice laws (like the one passed in San Francisco) to help usher in what he sees as the inevitable establishment of a solar-hydrogen economy.
RICHARD HEINBERG on OUR POST-CARBON FUTURE
Ecologist Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over, Power Down, The Oil Depletion Protocol, and Peak Everything, talks about energy wars, global climate change, the false solutions of natural gas, coal and nuclear power and points the way to a peaceful post-carbon future through efficiency, conservation and localization of decentralized renewable energy sources. For more: http://www.richardheinberg.com/
NUCLEAR NONSENSE: Interview # 2 – Arjun Makhijani
Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Founder/Director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), and author of the new book Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, deconstructs the ‘nuclear renaissance’ scam and tells how the U.S. can make the transition to a solar economy. Download an advance PDF of his book free at http://www.ieer.org
NUCLEAR WASTE: OUT OF CONTROL…ON PURPOSE – Diane D’Ariggo
Debunking the ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ – Interview # 3:
Diane D’Riggo, Radioactive Waste Project Director for the Washington, D.C. based Nuclear Information Resource service ( http://www.nirs.org/ ), talks about the mounting risks from radioactive waste and the many reasons that the claim that a new generation of nuclear power plants is a necessary response to global climate change is a dangerous fallacy. She summarizes the findings in a NIRS report she recently co-authored with Mary Olson, OUT OF CONTROL…ON PURPOSE: DOE’s Dispersal of Radioactive Waste Into Landfills and Consumer Products pdf.
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