Under the volcano: living with the mountain of radioactive waste (December 2012)

December 6

After 70 years, nuclear bombs remain the only real re-use for lethal waste.

by Penney Kome, Straight Goods News

Along with freak storms, nuclear reactor accidents have moved from being a 100 year event to being regular occurrences.  “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s probabilistic risk analysis claims a meltdown is a once in a 200 year event,” said nuclear engineer Arne Gundersen.  But the facts contradict the predictions. “There have been five meltdowns in 35 years: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and three meltdowns at Fukushima.”

Fukushima! As the people of Japan struggle with the consequences of the 2010 earthquakes and tsunami, the ongoing catastrophe at the Daichi nuclear power plants has turned Japanese public opinion solidly against starting up the remaining plants.

At the recent “Ending the Nuclear Era” conference, Akiko Yoshida of Friends of the Earth Japan reported what voters there said:  90 percent want all the nuclear power plants shut down immediately and permanently. She also reported that the nukes provide only about 14 percent of Japan’s energy supply, contrary to what most people believe.
Despite decades of warnings, a large section of an industrialized country is undergoing involuntary human experimentation with human-made radiation.


Read story

Penney Kome has been researching and writing about nuclear issues since the 1980s. She is co-editor with Patrick Crean of Peace: A Dream Unfolding (Sierra Club Books 1986), a coffee table anthology about civil society’s successful efforts to fend off a nuclear war during the Cold War.


About Penney Kome


Penney Kome is an award-winning author and journalist who has published six books with major publishers. She is also the Editor of Straight Goods.