2020 S.O.N.G.S. TASK FORCE REPORT
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Task Force Report was released this week after 18 months of fact-finding. SLF is proud to have joined scientists, policy makers and community leaders in preparing the document. Thanks so much to Rep. Mike Levin for bringing us together. We will continue to appreciate his leadership as he advances eight key policy recommendations contained in the report.
We encourage you to review the report and share it widely:
San Onofre Radioactive Waste Poll Results
In February 2021, SLF collaborated with UCSD to survey registered voters in the County of San Deigo and the County of Orange. The data makes clear that large majorities of registered voters in both Counties are highly concerned about the potential consequences of storing radioactive waste at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and support more transparancy form utility companies when it comes to radioactive waste storage.
The results further show that, after learning about the radioactive waste stored at San Onofre, an overwhelming majority support more aggressive federal, state, and local action to contain radioactive waste in order to protect the environment, the economy, and our communities.
Eric Epstein Webinar
“How to do Independent Radiation Monitoring at Nuclear Power Plants”
Stream the Interview! Epstein is the chariman of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. and coordinates EFMR Monitoring, Inc (Read Bio). In this webinar, Mr. Epstein addresses the need for transparent radiation monitoring at nuclear power plants, lessons learned form Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and several questions posed by the webinar audience.
Dr. Ian Fairlie Webinar
“Is it Safe to Live Near San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant?”
Stream the Interview! Fairlie, a consultant who studied the Chernobyl fallout before leading the UK’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters, has advised the European Parliament and other government agencies on the dangers of radiation exposure (Read Bio). During the webinar, Fairlie told listeners that it’s better to be aware of the dangers of radiation exposure than to live in ignorant bliss.
Statement on Tritium
On November 19, 2020, SFL had radiation biologist, Ian Fairlie PhD, lecture on the safety of living near a nuclear power plants. Dr. Fairlie described some recent thinking about tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, which is released in large quantities by nuclear facilites – even at closed plants like San Onofre. The summary of his comments are followed by refernces to his report.
Dr. Shaun Burnie Webinar
“Fukushima’s Radioactive Legacy”
Stream the Interview! Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace Germany, focuses on nuclear policy in East Asia, nuclear fuel cycle issues, and nuclear power plant safety (Read Bio). Burnie discusses the radioactive water problem and the impacts of our nuclear power industry on the environment and people.
Don Mosier Interview
“Lessons from the COVID19 Response”
Stream the Interview! Appointed by Anthony Fauci, Dr. Mosier chaired the first National Institution of Health AIDS review committee. At the forefront of infectious disease, he frequently collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO), ANRS, UC San Diego, Scripps and other critical scientific organizations.
Potential Impact: A Waste Storage Accident Could Cost $13.4 Trillion
In early 2019 SLF released two expert reports on the potential economic impacts and the technical problems of the San Onofre nuclear waste storage.
A collaboration of physicists, former military personnel, and engineers with considerable nuclear experience issued the reports. A potential impact of a nuclear waste accident at San Onofre could exceed $13.4 trillion.
R. McCann PhD, E. Stryjewski PhD
T. English, PhD, S.Chakraborty PhD, Len Hering Sr. RADM USN
“Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for California”
“I almost had to evacuate Tokyo,” said Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan.
On June 4, 2013 the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan spoke at Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s, “Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for California” in San Diego, CA. Introduction by San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Panel testimony included remarks made by nuclear experts including the Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko and Former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Peter Bradford. Watch the full video recording of the event here.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
With the discovery of radium in the early twentieth century comes one of the biggest scandals in American history and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come. The Radium Girls illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to a poisonous “wonder” substance and their strength in the face of impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
After Chernobyl, no major international study tallied the damage, leaving Japanese leaders to repeat many of the same mistakes after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Drawing on a decade of archival research and on-the-ground interviews, Kate Brown makes clear the irreversible impact of man-made radioactivity on every living thing; forcing us to confront the untold legacy of decades of weapons-testing and other nuclear incidents, and the fact that we are emerging into a future for which the survival manual has yet to be written.
In his book, Gregory Jaczko pens a wake-up call to the dangers of lobbying, the importance of governmental regulation, and the failures of congressional oversight. But it is also a classic tale of an idealist on a mission whose misadventures in Washington are astounding, absurd, and sometimes even funny. Above all, Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator is about confronting the truth about one of the most pressing public safety and environmental issues of our time: nuclear power will never be safe.
In 1974, Karen Silkwood is a lab technician at an Oklahoma plutonium factory operated by the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Company. She is also collecting documents about the hazards and wrongdoings inside the facility. On November 13th she is on her way to deliver her documents to a New York Times reporter. She never arrives. Her car goes off the road and she is killed. Her documents vanish. So begins the dramatic and inspiring story of Karen Silkwood. It is a case that involves the awesome power and influence of the nuclear industry and a cover-up on a grand scale.
What should be done with our nation’s high-level radioactive waste, which will remain toxic for thousands of years? This is one of the most pressing problems faced by the nuclear power industry. Incisively blending geophysical information, risk analysis, and philosophical considerations, K. S. Shrader-Frechette argues that the present policy is profoundly misguided on both scientific and ethical grounds. She makes clear that with radioactive waste, even more than with other dangers in a highly technologized world, what you can’t see can hurt you.
San Onofre Safety provides years of documents on dry storage, safety issues, health risks, and nuclear waste transportation.
Fairewinds provides easy to understand information on the basics of nuclear power, waste, spent fuel and meltdowns.
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