Ides of March 2019 – EON’S Nuclear Update – Fukushima’s Tragic Eight Years, San Onofre, Diablo Canyon & More

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 14 man their brooms during a countermeasure wash down on the flight deck to remove potential radiation contamination on March 23, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas A. Groesch)

Passing the Nuclear Buck

US Naval personnel serving as part of the ‘Operation Tomadachi’ Fukushima relief mission were the first Americans to be impacted by radioactive fallout from the disaster (but probably not the last). Hundreds have experienced serious health effects, cancer ridden babies and some have died. Expectations that they could expect justice in a Japanese court is delusional.

As the article notes, “To seek remedy in Japan, the sailors would have to be able to afford the trip, be healthy enough to travel, hire a Japanese lawyer, have their medical records translated, and appear before a tribunal.

San Diego judge dismisses U.S. sailors’ Fukushima radiation lawsuits, rules Japan has jurisdiction

This is a deeply unjust and tragic outcome for a case we have been covering since 2012. Our video reports on the case have had thousands of views.

US Sailors Sue TEPCO for Radioactive Fallout Cover-Up

Former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi supports US sailors injured by Fukushima radiation

Former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi tears up in dialogue with audience about US sailors

US sailors’ attorney Charles Bonner gives update on lawsuit for Fukushima radiation injuries

Rising Waters


Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville sandbagging as Missouri River rises

Chernobyl Cans-by-the-Sea

Nuclear waste solution remains elusive amidst polarized debate


Video  – Reality of Fukushima – 2019
Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World – a message from Yayoi Hitomi, March 2019

Fukushima Legacy Keeps on Giving

Eight Years on, Fukushima Still Poses Health Risks for Children


Fairewinds Report – Atomic Balm Part 1
Prime Minister Abe Uses The Tokyo Olympics As Snake Oil Cure For The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Meltdowns


Fairewinds Report – Atomic Balm Part 2

The Run For Your Life Tokyo Olympics

Koide Hiroaki, retired from the Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute (presently called the Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science Research), is arguably the most celebrated critic of nuclear power and the handling of the Fukushima disaster.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the Tokyo Olympics

Aerial view of temporary storage site for flexible container bags containing soil from decontamination. Hōrai District, Fukushima City, April 2018. 

Making Invisible the Visible Artifacts of Invisible Radioactive Contamination

(after picture, below) “Staying in contaminated areas hurts the body, but evacuation crushes the soul. These abandoned people have been living in anguish every day for nearly eight years.”

Koide Hiroaki, Matsumoto, July 2018

Fukushima Update 2019 Annual Report On The Fukushima Disaster

Nuclear Beadgame:
The microscopic particles unleashed by the plant’s explosions are also a potential environmental and health concern

An autoradiograph image of a radioactive cesium microparticle, which shows the relatively high levels of radioactivity contained in the particle. Credit: Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya


Radioactive Glass Beads May Tell the Terrible Tale of How the Fukushima Meltdown Unfolded

Nuclear Hotseat #403

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Dangers: Solartopia’s Harvey Wasserman, Mothers for Peace Linda Seeley, Molly Johnson


Nuclear Hotseat #402

Fukushima Anniversary UPDATE SPECIAL #2: Activist Misao Redwolf, Journalist Carole Hisasue, Simply Info’s Nancy Foust, Nuclear Lecturer Dr. Caitlin Stronell, Filmmaker Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen

Nuclear Hotseat #401

Fukushima Update SPECIAL: Microparticles, Medical Data Manipulation, More! Simply Info’s 2019 Fukushima Report w/Nancy Foust

San Onofre Safety

Thin-wall 1/2″ to 5/8″ nuclear waste cans contains roughly a Chernobyl nuclear disaster. They can’t be inspected, repaired, or maintained to prevent major radioactive leaks. They can crack and leak in the short-term

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allows highly radioactive nuclear fuel waste to be unsafely stored in thin-wall canisters, with no plan to prevent or stop leaks and explosions. This is a nationwide problem with all thin-wall canisters

More Resources

Citizens Oversight

San Diego (2019-03-12) — Citizens’ Oversight, the organization that sued the Coastal Commission and Southern California Edison to stop the use of the coastal facility only 100 feet from the ocean and move the waste to a safer place, today sent a letter to the six-member expert team which was formed nearly a year ago as the result of the settlement agreement reached in 2017.This letter

• asks for the status of the expert team,
• requests a review of the canister drop mishap,
• broaches the possibility of using a new “deep borehole” option,
• and makes note of the new CASTOR cask system, which appears to be compliant with the dual-wall design concept as raised in the HELMS proposal.


Public Watchdogs
Public Watchdogs launches hard-hitting TV ad campaign

Samuel Lawrence Foundation
Safe Storage of Nuclear Waste
Nuclear expert presents paper at Waste Management Symposium
Nuclear experts: San Onofre officials ‘downplaying risks’

Flawed nuclear storage exposing economy to $13.4 trillion in losses
Economic Report
Waste Problems Report

Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel 2/22/19 and 2/23/19: Spent Fuel Workshops

Setting a U.S. precedent, a San Luis Obispo citizen group organized a special two-day workshop on how to deal with their about to be de-commissioned nuclear reactor’s  high level radioactive waste.  The Decommissioning Engagement Panel’s Dry Cask Storage subcommittee, chaired by Linda Seeley, brought vendors and speakers from Germany and the U.S. to present options to the group.  The advisory panel is under the auspices of PG&E, Diablo Canyon’s operator. 

Day One: Vendors and Kevin Kamps. 
U.S. nuclear vendor Holtec, whose flawed engineering of canister downloads at San Onofre damaged all the irradiated fuel filled canisters and required a major investigation by the NRC, hired as their representative to the San Luis Obispo panel, former PG&E employee, xx.  XX explained that he’d been tasked by Holtec to help with the San Onofre snafus and major mishaps.  He was grilled by the panel on the San Onofre problems.  Holtec is also the vendor chosen by PG&E to provide dry cask storage for their high level radioactive waste.  XX assured SONGS was ok.

Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear presented information to the group that emphasized the concept of HOSS: Hardened Onsite Storage as being recommended by the nuclear safety community. 

Day Two: Concerned Citizens
Molly Johnson of Mother’s for Peace, SLO, presented Nuclear Radiation 101 for the workshop.

Concerned residents working on the severe safety risks at San Onofre, Donna Gilmore and Torgen Johnson, Lindsey Johnson and their children, Layse and Enzo Johnson, drove up to the workshop from southern California.  They all warned the panel of their experiences with lies and safety violations at San Onofre.  They advised their northern neighbors to be wary of Holtec.

Day 1 Video
Day 2 Video

The Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee (DCISC)
is a three-person Committee charged with reviewing and making recommendations concerning the safety of operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company“s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (DCPP).

Cecile Pineda Newsletter – March 8, 2019
“Two for the price of one”

Don’t Let Congress Waste America

Beyond Nuclear
Beyond Nuclear on the Thom Hartmann Program re: Fukushima nuclear catastrophe

The Fukushima Daiichi Disaster Radiating Your DNA!

Physicians for Social Responsibility / Committee to Bridge the Gap
Sign petition to demand that governor Gavin Newsom push the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer.

Last, but not least:

Sign the San Onofre Petition

They’re lemons, send ’em back! – The San Onofre beachside nuclear waste storage facility is DEFECTIVE and must be RECALLED to prevent nuclear disaster in Southern California and beyond.

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