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Did a WWII nuclear experiment make the U of C radioactive? Um, No. But did the Manhattan Project’s Enrico Fermi consider the risk to Chicago? via WBEZ

[...] Chicago Pile 1 was never meant to be under the University of Chicago’s former football field. Project managers originally wanted the full experiment to run in the Red Gate Woods, southwest of the city. But builders at Red Gate went on strike, so Compton and Fermi faced a decision: abandon the experiment, or move […]

The Economic Impacts of Closing and Replacing the Indian Point Energy Center via Manhattan Institute

  Located some 40 miles north of New York City, in Westchester County, the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) consists of two operating nuclear reactors, with a combined generating capacity of over 2,000 MW, and one long-retired reactor. IPEC’s size and location are the key factors in both the power it provides and the decades-long […]

Anti-Nuclear Groups Protest Proposed Manhattan Project Park via The New York Times

By JOHN MCARDLE of Greenwire Published: July 19, 2011 A plan to create a multi-state national park dedicated to the top secret project to develop an atomic bomb during World War II has drawn the ire of anti-nuclear groups that believe the government shouldn’t be in the business of celebrating the creation of a weapon […]

Neighbors still have questions about buried radioactive waste via WIVB.com

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – How dangerous is radioactive waste buried behind families’ homes at an old Town of Tonawanda landfill? Neighbors raised more questions after a News 4 Investigates report three months ago. We stayed on the story and dug through decades of records to find out how the waste got there and how serious […]

Former workers, whistleblowers shed light on nuclear site safety setbacks via Aljazeera America

RICHLAND, Wash. – On the banks of the Columbia River, miles of open land sit undeveloped behind barbed wire fences. A handful of mysterious structures dot the landscape, remnants from the early days of the Cold War. Passing by the old Hanford nuclear production complex can feel like a journey into the past. Known simply […]

Decades After Nuclear Test, U.S. Studies Cancer Fallout via The Wall Street Journal

Examination Will Probe Radiation Exposure Near 1945 Trinity Blast in New Mexico TULAROSA, N.M.—Nearly 70 years after the U.S. conducted the world’s first atomic-bomb test here in the New Mexico desert, federal researchers are slated to visit the state this month to begin studying whether some residents developed cancer due to the blast. As part […]

25 years on at America’s most contaminated nuclear waste site via BBC News

Hanford, Washington, has long been the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the US. But critics say poor management has put the site in further danger. When Susan Leckband moved to eastern Washington state to take a job 30 years ago, radioactive contamination was not on her mind. “I loved my job,” she says. But […]

Dispute Over Missouri Cancer Cluster via abc news

Coldwater Creek in Missouri is not officially the home of a cancer cluster, but Jennifer Smith begs to differ. At 41, Smith has already been through a host of medical problems. She had endometriosis as a teen, suffered four miscarriages in her 20s and needed to undergo a complete hysterectomy by age 29. Four years […]

50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst From Fukushima via EcoWatch/Reader Supported News

By Harvey Wasserman ndeed, the official presumption has always been that showing proof of damage from nuclear Bomb tests and commercial reactors falls to the victims, not the perpetrators. And that in any case, the industry will be held virtually harmless. This “see no evil, pay no damages” mindset dates from the Bombing of Hiroshima […]

America’s Atomic Time Bomb: Hanford Nuclear Waste Still Poses Serious Risks via Spiegel International

The lambs were born without eyes or mouths. Some had legs that had grotesquely grown together; others had no legs at all. Many were stillborn. Thirty-one were lost in a single night. On a pasture nearby, a cow was found dead, stiff and with its hooves bizarrely stretched up into the whispering wind. Down by […]

Company Struggles to Keep U.S. in the Uranium Enrichment Game via The New York Times

EUNICE, N.M. — While the only American-owned company that enriches uranium prepares for bankruptcy, its competitor is zooming ahead with construction of what it describes as a cluster of far more economical and efficient new centrifuges. Urenco, a German-Dutch-British consortium that began producing here in 2010, is on its way to doubling its size, and […]

The U.S. government lab behind Beijing’s nuclear power push via Reuters Investigates

HONG KONG – Scientists in Shanghai are attempting a breakthrough in nuclear energy: reactors powered by thorium, an alternative to uranium. The project is run by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government body with close military ties that coordinates the country’s science-and-technology strategy. The academy has designated thorium as a priority for China’s top […]

Los Alamos National Laboratory seeking national-park designation via The Denver Post

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico’s pristine mountain canyons is an old log cabin that was the birthplace not of a famous person but, rather, a top-secret mission that forever changed the world. Pond Cabin, along with a nearby small, stark building where a person died while developing the […]

Nuclear Waste Expert Calls West Lake Landfill “Highly Toxic” via CBS

BRIDGETON, MO–(KMOX)–The West Lake Landfill nuclear should be dug up and hauled away — so says a nuclear waste expert in town tonight to meet with Bridgeton residents. Robert Alvarez, who served in the Department of Energy in the Clinton Administration, says the Thorium 230 buried at West Lake is 60-thousand times more radioactive than […]

I Love My Hometown—Radiation and All. I Wish it Loved Me. via Trisha Thompson Pritikin

This month, in my hometown of Richland, Washington, people are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project–the secret venture that brought us the atomic bomb. The month-long commemoration activities have been planned for years. The event opened with “For Your Eyes Only” — A James Bond-Themed Cold War Party” and includes weekend “Bus Tours […]

【event】In the Shadow of Plutopia: Living Downwind and Downstream from the World’s First Plutonium Plants via ourhanfordhistory.org

Kate Brown, author Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters Friday, October 25, 2013 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Washington State University Tri-Cities East Auditorium [ourhanfordhistory.org ] 
While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters […]

Company fires scientist who warned of Hanford waste site problems via The Los Angeles Times

When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation’s largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. On Wednesday, Tamosaitis, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., was laid off from his job […]

Entergy may have to shut NY Indian Point reactors by 2018 -analyst via Reuters

(Reuters) – New York state environmental regulations may force Entergy Corp to shut its Indian Point nuclear power plant by 2018, according to a research report by U.S. financial firm Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley analysts believe New York will find Indian Point’s use of water from the Hudson River to cool the plant will conflict […]

Hanford’s 70th Anniversary Celebration via Trisha Thompson Pritikin

Join Us as We Celebrate Hanford’s 70th Anniversary! http://www.ourhanfordhistory.org/70.php Wahoo! A month-long 70th anniversary gala celebration in my hometown. Richland! Celebrating… the Manhattan Project. Sounds like fun. Unless you’re a Downwinder. The series of events was created by a partnership of WSU Tri-cities and regional organizations currently housing a Hanford oral histories. The stated mission […]

Tuesday morning ceremony near Y-12 recalls Hiroshima bombing via Oak Ridge Today

A Tuesday morning ceremony near the Y-12 National Security Complex will recall the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, organizers said. The annual event at the front of Y-12 includes a Names and Remembrance Ceremony. It’s sponsored by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. Organizers say they will “raise […]

Ex-supervisor at Indian Point nuclear plant charged with falsifying test reports via NBC News

A former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York has been accused of falsifying test results involving emergency generators so the plant would not have to shut down. Daniel Wilson, 57, of Walden, N.Y., was charged in federal court for the Southern District of New York with engaging in deliberate misconduct and […]

AAA 2013 Roundtable: Narrating the Nuclear

Narrating the Nuclear: Anthropologists and Others Engage with the Atomic Era Date & Schedule November 24 Part I “Nuclear Weaponry”: 8:00am-9:45am, As part of AAA Executive Program Committee (executive session) Part II: “Nuclear Energy”: 10:15am-12:00pm, As part of Society for East Asian Anthropology (invited session) Venue American Anthropological Association, Annual Conference (Conference theme: “Future Publics, […]

Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Plant May Be Too Dangerous via Scientific American

The most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters —sits in decaying underground tanks at the Hanford Site (a nuclear reservation) in southeastern Washington State. It accumulated there from the middle of World War II, when the Manhattan Project invented the first nuclear weapon, to 1987, when the last reactor shut down. […]

Smoldering Landfill Could Threaten Nuclear Waste via ABC News

Dawn Chapman can put up with the noxious smell caused by smoldering trash in a landfill near her suburban St. Louis home. But if the burning creeps close to buried nuclear waste, she’s ready to get out. It’s a problem that worries many people in this densely populated area near Lambert Airport, where the trash […]

Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Plant May Be Too Dangerous via Scientific American

The most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters —sits in decaying underground tanks at the Hanford Site (a nuclear reservation) in southeastern Washington State. It accumulated there from the middle of World War II, when the Manhattan Project invented the first nuclear weapon, to 1987, when the last reactor shut down. […]

Sequester Energy Cuts Could Affect Nuclear Waste Cleanup At Sites Including Hanford via Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Cleanup of radioactive waste at nuclear sites across the country – including one in Washington state where waste tanks may be leaking 1,000 gallons per year – would be delayed under automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the cuts would delay work at the department’s highest-risk […]

Energy Department says budget cuts could delay cleanup at highest-risk nuclear sites via The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Cleanup of radioactive waste at nuclear sites across the country — including one in Washington state where waste tanks may be leaking 1,000 gallons per year — would be delayed under automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the cuts would delay work at the department’s highest-risk […]

Underground Nuclear Tanks Leaking in Washington State via NY Times

SEATTLE — Six underground tanks holding radioactive waste are leaking at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Friday after a meeting with federal officials overseeing the cleanup of the nation’s most polluted nuclear site. One tank was already known to have a leak, but the new revelation caught state […]

An open letter to President Obama: The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight via Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

An open letter to President Obama: The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight By Robert Socolow, Thomas Rosenbaum, Lawrence J. Korb, Lynn Eden, Rod Ewing, Alexander Glaser, James E. Hansen, Sivan Kartha, Edward “Rocky” Kolb , Lawrence M. Krauss, Leon Lederman, Ramamurti Rajaraman, M. V. Ramana, Robert Rosner, Jennifer Sims, Richard C. […]

A people’s truth via Aeon

The vast Hanford nuclear site was supposedly safe for its neighbours. Now they are fighting the experts for their story to be told Kate Brown 03 December 2012 Tom Bailie grew up on a dryland farm in Mesa, Washington, just downwind from the massive Hanford plant founded in 1943 to produce plutonium for the Manhattan […]

Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard via The New York Times

Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95 and lived in Brooklyn Heights. [...] Raised in Brooklyn during the Depression and trained as a biologist at Columbia and Harvard, he came armed […]

Breaking News: Secret US military testing of radiological materials on poor and minority communities via Climate Connections

In a story that is breaking right now, Dr. Lisa Martino-Taylor, a sociologist in St. Louis. MO (US), has introduced evidence that “secret military tests conducted during the Cold War targeted poor and minority communities for exposure to what is likely radiological material.” [...] Dr. Martino-Taylor told us that specifically, her research identifies a coalition […]

Decades later, nuclear workers’ families compensated via TribLIVE News

It took eight years of finding paperwork and waiting on government reviews, but Helen Sobotka, 68, of Springdale got a lump-sum, tax-free payment from the federal government for $150,000. The government paid the money, which went to her late mother, because her father, Paul “Shorty” Pastierik, died of lung cancer that likely was caused by […]

The Highest Risk: Problems of Radiation at Reactor Unit 4, Fukushima Daiichi via Japan Focus

The efforts of two Japanese citizens to raise awareness of the risk of a further major accident at Fukushima are to be commended. More than 13 months after the accident began – the threats from the Fukushima Daiichi site are multi-dimensional and on-going, but the under reporting of these risks as a result of nuclear […]

[Press Release] Atomic Age II: Fukushima

PDF version +++For Immediate Release+++ April 10, 2012 Atomic Age II: Fukushima University of Chicago hosts all-day symposium investigating the multiple dimensions of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster through discussion by experts from Japan and the U.S. Saturday, May 5, 2012: 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Social Science 122, the University of Chicago, 1126 East […]

As Nuclear Reactors Age, Funds to Close Them Lag via The New York Times

… Bills that once seemed far into the future may be coming due. The license for Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt., at 40 the nation’s oldest reactor, expires on Wednesday, for example. And while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted its owner, Entergy, a new 20-year permit, the State of Vermont is trying to close […]

Secret Cold War project results in largest US environmental cleanup via Knoxnews.com

… Most of the processes required the use of mercury, especially Colex (an abbreviation for “column exchange”), which proved to be the most successful. Some of the same big buildings that had been used for uranium enrichment during the Manhattan Project were converted to Colex production facilities. Millions of pounds of mercury were essential to […]

Japanese discuss Fukushima one year later via MidHudsonRadio.com

… It was within that context that four visiting Japanese citizens involved in the Fukushima disaster spoke at a conference on emergency preparedness at Manhattanville College in Purchase on Monday. Kazuhiko Amano, a researcher at the Fukushima University Institute for Disaster Relief, said that a nuclear disaster has a profound and unique effect on the […]

シンポジウム2011

ひらがなをつける | ひらがなをはずす 日本語のニュース || 日本語の資料集 || 日本語のマルチメディア資料 || 日本語で書かれた資料へのリンク集 シンポジウム『核の時代:広島から現代まで』は、 2011年5月21日(土)に開催されました。 2012年度のシンポジウムの情報はこちら シンポジウムの動画 開会 M.T SIlvia による『アトミック・マム』について 鎌仲ひとみの『ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転』について 座談会 シンポジウムの報告 Message from Norma Field “The Symposium and Beyond” 土井ゆみさんコラム 「鎌仲ひとみ監督も参加 シカゴ大学の核・原発問題シンポジウム」が 『女性情報』誌に掲載 宮本ゆき 『シンポジウム「核の時代:広島から現代まで」を終えて』 ドキュメンタリー映画とディスカッションを通して、核兵器と核エネルギーを考える 当シンポジウムの企画は1年以上前に立ち上がりましたが、その後『核の時代:広島から現代まで』というタイトルを付けた段階においても、「現代」という言葉が実際に起こる大災害を含んでしまうとは全く想定外のことでした。当シンポジウムは『「核の時代」から70年が過ぎた現在、教育の現場や地域において私たちは核兵器と核エネルギーの関係について何を考え、何を行動に移すことが出来るか』という問いを大きなテーマとしています。「核の時代」とは、兵器としての核およびエネルギーとしての核の問題双方を含み、さらに冷戦時代から現在の厳しい状況にまで至る時代を示します。シンポジウム参加者全員にとって、チェルノブイリ事故から25年がたった今年、福島で起きている事態は、まさにその「核の時代」を考える上での新たなる緊急事態として迫っているのです。 当シンポジウムにおける議論の焦点として、アメリカ出身の女性映画監督および日本出身の女性映画監督による2つのドキュメンタリー映画を上映いたします。監督2人に加え、上映後のディスカッションおよびシンポジウムを締めくくる座談会には多様な分野の専門家が参加する予定です。 M.T. シルヴィアによる『アトミックマム』は、ネバダ原子力実験所で働いていた科学者 (Pauline H. Silvia) を母親に持つ監督自身による、米国における核の実験の影響についてのドキュメンタリー映画です。自身の母の過去を探る中で、シルヴィアは広島に向かいます。そこで彼女は、もう1人の「アトミックマム」、被爆者の岡田恵美子さんに出会います。一見全く異なる2人の女性の物語はいつしか重なり合い、核を用いること、核に関して公にされない物事の存在と、それらによる人々の犠牲の輪郭が明らかになって行きます。(金賞「ベスト・ドキュメンタリー・フィーチャー」を受賞しました。詳しくは ROTWNEWS.com から) 鎌仲ひとみによる『ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転』(日本での上映情報)は、山口県上関町で進められている原子力発電所の建設計画と、その建設予定地の真向かいに位置する祝島の人々の数十年に及ぶ反対運動についてのドキュメンタリー映画です。建設計画が進む中、エネルギー政策のオルタナティブを探しに、監督はスウェーデンへと旅立ちます。 私たちが核兵器や核エネルギーとどう向き合うのか——それは、私たちの身体の健康に、民主主義に、ひいては地球そのものにとって、いますぐ問わなければならない問いです。私たちは、本シンポジウムをその問いに関する対話の契機とし、教育の現場や地域において利用可能な資料や情報を提供することを目標とします。 シンポジウムで “Downwinder” シャツを販売します “Downwinder” シャツを当シンポジウムにて1着10ドル(現金のみ対応)で販売致します。利益は全てシカゴ大学日本人協会の Relief & Rebuild […]

Symposium 2011

The Atomic Age from Hiroshima to the Present symposiumtook place on May 21, 2011 at the University of Chicago International House.We are sincerely grateful to all who came to attend the symposium. Click here to view information about Symposium 2012. Symposium Videos Introduction by Norma Field Discussion on M.T Silvia’s “Atomic Mom” Discussion on “Ashes […]

Downplaying Deadly Dangers in Japan and at Home via Nation of Change

Ever since the start of nuclear technology, those behind it have made heavy use of deception, obfuscation and denial–with the complicity of most of the media. New York Times reporter William Laurence, working at the same time with the Manhattan Project, wrote a widely-published press release covering up the first nuclear test in New Mexico […]

Fight Over Nuclear Plant Draws N.Y. Political Heavies via NPR

New York’s political titans are clashing over the future of a controversial nuclear plant north of New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close the aging Indian Point nuclear plant because of safety concerns. But the plant, which wants to extend its original licenses for another 20 years, has some powerful allies of its […]

Giuliani Ads to Promote Safety of Indian Pt. via The New York Times

The operator of the Indian Point nuclear power complex has hired former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to vouch for the plant’s safety in a new advertising campaign scheduled to begin next week. The campaign will include advertisements on cable television and in newspapers, a spokesman for the company, the Entergy Corporation, said Wednesday. Entergy is […]

原爆開発 米称賛か 関連施設を国立公園指定へ 日本抜き、米国にも反対論 via 西日本新聞

2011年7月24日 00:30 【ワシントン宮崎昌治】歴史の保存か、称賛の象徴か-。原爆を開発し た米国の「マンハッタン計画」関連施設を、国立歴史公園に指定する動きが米政府内で具体化した。原爆開発は「保存すべき国家的財産」というのが理由だが、 米国内でも反対論が起きている。被爆国・日本を抜きにした指定手続きは、議会承認と大統領の署名を待つだけの段階まで来ている。 「秘密裏 による原爆開発は、米国の歴史を最も動かした出来事の一つだ。核時代への扉を開き、世界での米国の役割を変え、冷戦への舞台を整えた」。今月13日、米議 会に指定を推薦した米内務省のサラザール長官は声明で、その意義をこう説明した。原爆開発への「誇り」がにじむ。 続きは原爆開発 米称賛か 関連施設を国立公園指定へ 日本抜き、米国にも反対論 ◇ 関連記事: ・米が原爆開発記念公園を計画 via スポーツ報知 ・米政府が原爆開発記念公園計画 市民団体は批判 via 47 News ・原爆開発の拠点、米で国立公園の計画 市民団体は反発 via asahi.com ◇ 当サイト既出英文記事: ・Anti-Nuclear Groups Protest Proposed Manhattan Project Park via The New York Times

America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs via Other Words

Now that many Americans have stopped paying attention to Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, shocking new details about its severity are finally coming to light. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently revealed that the cores of three of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station’s reactors started to melt within hours after the loss of offsite power, right after […]

“Let Us At Least Return to Autumn 1945″ by Norma Field, the University of Chicago

Jonathan Cole, former provost of Columbia University and author of The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its National Role, and Why It Must Be Protected (2010), recently extolled the University of Chicago, where I work, as preeminently representing the virtues of academic freedom and meritocracy. I’m not interested in challenging such praise today, […]