Our Corrupt EPA

(Originally published March 10, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

Act Now! Tell OMB to reject EPA proposal to increase allowable radioactivity in drinking water following nuclear emergency

March 9, 2016

Dear Friends,

EPA has quietly proposed to raise the allowable levels of radioactivity in drinking water to hundreds of times their current limits following a nuclear emergency. The Safe Drinking Water Act establishes Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL’s) for specific radionuclides. But now EPA has proposed allowing people to drink water with concentrations of radioactivity at vastly higher levels with no actions taken by government to protect people. Continue reading “Our Corrupt EPA”

What’s Wrong with Nuclear Energy?

(Originally published March 5, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

  • Nuclear energy is clean – except for radioactive leaks and radioactive waste.
  • Nuclear energy is safe – except for “normal” radioactive releases and the occasional overwhelming catastrophe.
  • Nuclear energy is cheap – except for electric power customers who must pay for it.
  • Nuclear energy is profitable – except for governments that heavily subsidize it.

Continue reading “What’s Wrong with Nuclear Energy?”

Chemicals of Concern

(Originally published March 2, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

News from Beyond Nuclear and Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

March 2, 2016                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Washington, D.C., U.S.A. – More than 100 organizations from around the Great Lakes are calling on the Canadian and American governments to list radionuclides as a “chemical of mutual concern” under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The groups’ call is supported by a new report outlining the shortcomings of current efforts to track radionuclides and explaining what needs to be done to properly monitor these dangerous substances in our Great Lakes.  

Continue reading “Chemicals of Concern”

Don’t Nuke Michigan …

(Originally published February 8, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

… and Ontario and Lake Huron and Lake Erie and all the rest downstream. This article, by Kevin Kamps, the keynote speaker at Alliance To Halt Fermi 3’s annual meeting yesterday, spells the issue out in detail:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/26/after-flint-dont-let-them-nuke-the-great-lakes-next/ Continue reading “Don’t Nuke Michigan …”

Absurd as it is …

(Originally published January 19, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

… radionuclides – radioactive isotopes, many of which are water-soluble – are not officially considered “chemicals of concern” by agencies that are supposed to watch over water quality in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are surronded by numerous nuclear power plants which create large quantities of intensely harmful isotopes in their reactor cores. An accident like Fukushima could dump large quantities into the Great Lakes. “Normal” reactor operations regularly dump smaller quantities. Continue reading “Absurd as it is …”

Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin

(Originally published January 17, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

Prepared for Canadian Environmental Law Association
Prepared by John Jackson
January 2016

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Fe de Leon, Theresa McClenaghan, and Anna Tilman for their assistance in writing this paper and to Andrew Pickles and Tracy Tucker for final production of the report.- The Canadian Environmental Law Association would like to recognize the support of the Salamander Foundation, Legal Aid Ontario and the Resource Library for the Environment and the Law. Continue reading “Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin”