Remembering Chornobyl

In 2018, host Libbe HaLevy recorded a special edition of Nuclear Hotseat, focused on the aftermath of the April 26, 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster. This week, the episode is being replayed. Sadly, none of this information goes out of date. The program featured: Bonnie Kouneva, a 15-year-old living in Communist Bulgaria when the Chornobyl disaster began,…

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Honoring Daniel Ellsberg: A week of action

Daniel Ellsberg — the Pentagon Papers whistleblower who has been an inspiring activist for peace since the early 1970s — recently disclosed that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only three to six months to live. Since then, groups across the country, under the umbrella of Defuse Nuclear War, have been organizing to…

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Sailing for peace: Jump on board!

The historic sailboat, the Golden Rule, that inspired the creation of Greenpeace and other peace efforts, is sailing around the United States, with speaking stops along the way to bring its message of peace. The boat, a project of Veterans for Peace, is currently in the DC area, but will travel up the eastern seaboard, then…

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Fighting back in Erwin

On this week’s edition of Nuclear Hotseat: Erwin, Tennessee (pictured) is a small, seemingly idyllic town with a big problem: Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., known as NFS, a company that since the 1960s has been a major supplier of nuclear fuel for the United States Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered vessels. These fuel fabrication operations have…

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Small modular reactors will worsen climate change

“There’s no such thing as safe nuclear power,” said physicist and professor, M.V. Ramana, as he ran down a compelling and comprehensive list of reasons why still theoretical small modular reactors (SMRs) cannot address climate change. During an online presentation for Nuclear Energy Information Service, now available on YouTube, Ramana showed how “every dollar we…

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Nuclear winter webinar

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation is hosting its “First Friday” Zoom Event at 11:30 AM PST (2:30 PM EST), Friday, April 7, 2023 featuring Brian Toon, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder on “Nuclear Winter: The Environmental Consequences of a Nuclear Exchange.” The event is moderated by…

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Women relate their Three Mile Island ordeal

On this week’s Nuclear Hotseat, host Libbe HaLevy interviews Heidi Hutner, director of the new documentary film, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island. The film tells the story of the 1979 accident and how it affected four mothers from the community. Writes HaLevy: “It includes scientific information but the emphasis is on the human…

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How dangerous is tritium?

Beyond Nuclear is preparing a two-part (online) conference to examine the many aspects of tritium — how it is made, how it gets into the environment and why it is harmful. From proposed liquid releases from decommissioning nuclear plants in Massachusetts (Pilgrim) and New York (Indian Point)]; to the massive tritiated water release that Tepco…

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Mary Oscko in memoriam

Mary Oscko was a North St. Louis activist in the campaign to clean up Coldwater Creek from WWII Manhattan Project radiation contamination. She passed away on February 20, 2023 from stage 4 lung cancer despite never having smoked cigarettes. She was interviewed by Nuclear Hotseat host, Libbe Halevy,  on February 20, 2016, at the Atoms Next Door…

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Zombie reactors really must be resisted!

Public Virtual Access to NRC-HOLTEC Meeting, Monday, March 20, beginning at 3pm ET: Webinar Webinar Link:https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MTU0MGFlZGItMmI1Yi00NGEwLTkwZjgtOGI0NTc1MWYxYWNh%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e8d01475-c3b5-436a-a065-5def4c64f52e%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22f4d12ca8-cdab-400f-9cf0-e494b8ccd74c%22%7d Webinar Meeting Number:301-576-2978 Webinar Password:103 064 240# INTRODUCTION Dear Friends and Colleagues, In early February, Holtec International submitted a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), regarding the company’s proposed, secretive scheme that they called a “regulatory pathway”…

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