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Global Left Midweek – Climate Movement All Over

“We need to have a grown-up conversation about what kind of system do we need, that will stop this ridiculous, outrageous harming that we're doing to ourselves and the planet.” - Gail Bradbrook

Fukushima: A Lasting Tragedy

H. Patricia Hynes Portside
The United States, the largest owner of nuclear power plants, promotes nuclear power as “safe and clean energy,” a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

New Mexico’s Nuclear Rush: Massive Nuclear Waste Site on Fast Track

Sammy Feldblum and Tovah Strong Searchlight New Mexico
Holtec International wants to transform New Mexico into America’s radioactive waste “destination.” Holtec International’s nuclear waste storage facility in southeastern New Mexico was rushed through the approval process during the pandemic, and critics fear the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could grant Holtec its license as soon as this summer.

Nuclear Power Plant? Or Storage Dump for Hot Radioactive Waste?

Robert Alvarez Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The basic approach undertaken in this country for the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel needs to be fundamentally revamped. Instead of waiting for problems to arise, the NRC and the Energy Department need to develop a transparent and comprehensive road map identifying the key elements of—and especially the unknowns associated with—interim storage, transportation, repackaging, and final disposal of all nuclear fuel.

Trillion Dollar Trainwreck

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks. Despite a clear obligation under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty the US continues to pursue exotic elective changes to the nuclear stockpile. Many LEPs will result in nuclear weapons with new military capabilities—contrary to promises and assertions made by President Obama.

West Lake story: An Underground Fire, Radioactive Waste, and Governmental Failure

Robert Alvarez Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The wastes sent to West Lake have most of the uranium removed from them, but they include concentrated radioactive decay products, some of which are tens of thousands of times more radioactive than the parent uranium. Because they are so highly radioactive, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that the West Lake landfill holds the “worst” of the Mallinckrodt wastes.
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