Monthly Archives: November 2014

A nuclear power station produces as much carbon dioxide as a gas-fired power station

Nuclear power is dirty.  3 Nov 14, Mining process of nuclear power creates serious environmental problems. Nuclear power is not free from carbon emission. Rowell claims that fossil fuels are required for mining uranium, building a nuclear power station, and disposing of radioactive waste; therefore “a nuclear power station produces as much carbon dioxide as a […]

Here is a nice discussion indicating that nuclear power plants produce as much carbon dioxide as coal plants, if the whole cycle is considered. Nuclear power it is not green. It also produces a significant thermal pollution, That also contributes to global warming.


WIPP: Wrong Cat Litter Used

There was a recent post about the explosion at the WIPP faculties.  They were to be the repository of toxic material from Los Alamos, but it caught fire and was forced to shut down.    The post  stated that:

More than three months after the leak, LANL chemist Steve Clemmons compared the ingredients of the drum, labeled Waste Drum 68660, to a database of federal patents and found that together, the drum’s contents match the makeup of patented plastic, water-gel and slurry explosives, according to a memo.  “All of the required components included in the patent claims would be present,” Clemmons wrote in the May 21 memo.

The article goes on to say that the substitution of organic wheat-based cat litter for clay-based cat litter may have been due to a typographical error!

Helen Caldicott on Fukushima

I have generally avoided videos on this blog, but i came across this Youtube piece by Helen Caldicott:

She summarizes the current nuclear disasters in Fukushima.  Adult discretion is advised.   She maintains that the disaster is much greater than the main stream media is telling us.   The waters and the lands of our  are being polluted.

Latest news on US sailors’ class-action suit against Tepco — Nuclear Hotseat, Stars & Stripes, Bloomberg, DTRA webisode

In a surprising move the courts have determined that the sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan have a case against TEPCO
: the illnesses they received while working in the plume of the radiological disaster at Fukushima caused significant medical illnesses

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

In the US sailors’ class-action lawsuit against Tokyo Electric, — Lindsay R. Cooper v Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc., 12-cv-3032. U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, — California Judge Janis Sammartino ruled that the lawsuit can proceed and include not only Tokyo Electric Power Company, but also the builders of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi.

Nuclear Hotseat posted the plaintiff attorneys’ press release:


U.S. Navy Sailors have won a crucial battle in the United States District Court in San Diego against Tokyo Electric Power Company, known as TEPCO. A Federal judge has ruled that the sailors’ class action law suit may go forward against TEPCO and additional Defendants General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi, the builders of the Fukushima nuclear reactors. The 200 young sailors…

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35 clean energy organizations urge DOE to end nuclear loan program

Today, 35 clean energy organizations from across the country submitted formal comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) urging it to end its nuclear loan program. The comments are in response to a DOE solicitation seeking to revive the failed program which, after seven years, has succeeded only in providing one loan to a nuclear […]

The article goes on to say that the cost overrun for nuclear power plants is approximately 200%