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Documentary examines environmental impact of SRS, Vogtle nuclear activity via The Augusta Chronicle

A newly released documentary highlights health and environmental concerns on two of the area’s largest employers – Plant Vogtle and Savannah River Site.

Containment, an independent documentary from producers Robb Moss and Peter Galison, takes a closer look at nuclear activities through the eyes of local citizens and activists. The film features Savannah River Keeper Executive Director Tonya Bonitatibus and Savannah River Site Watch Director Tom Clements.

Filmmakers travelled the river with Bonitatibus along the banks of SRS, only feet across the river from Burke County and Plant Vogtle.

“We have Savannah River Site which is one of the few places that can downgrade nuclear weapons material. We are one of the last remaining dinosaurs, but the problem is that it is a dinosaur. So our people are getting contaminated. We are not doing things the very best that we could,” Bonitatibus said.

She added both sites currently store nuclear waste materials, including shipments to SRS from foreign nations like Japan and spent nuclear fuel from electricity production at Vogtle. Once fuel is spent in Vogtle’s reactors, it remains at the facility in storage casks.


n previous water quality reports, SRS presentations have shown no surface water contamination in the Savannah River. Bonitatibus disagreed.

“It’s in the groundwater, and the groundwater is the river water. If you go to any of the creeks during the day, especially spring and summer, fishermen are there collecting fish and eating them. Those fish don’t just stay in the river but are in the creeks further on the site,” she said.

In the film, she said there are no trespassing signs along the bank. Bonitatibus noted that what the signs don’t tell people is there is a contaminated nuclear site behind them.

Bonitatibus said one of the dangers of Vogtle is how much river water it needs to use in order to keep the nuclear materials used in electricity production from overheating. She said it’s frightening to think about what might happen if the river flow changes and the water source is no longer enough to keep that material cool.

She said, “I think we really need to look at the good and the bad of everything. We have to talk about it and admit there’s a problem before we can find a solution. The jobs are good, people need to work, but they also need to drink water.”

The documentary is available to stream from the Public Broadcasting Service website at



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Local Winds Brought Radioactive Materials From Fukushima To Tokyo via Asian Scientist

Nocturnal local winds carried radioactive material from Fukushima to Tokyo following the 2011 Fukushimia Daiichi nuclear accident.
Nocturnal local winds were responsible for transporting radioactive material over 200km from the Fukushimia Daiichi nuclear accident to the Tokyo metropolitan area. These findings by researchers from the University of Tokyo have been published in Scientific Reports.
A research group led by Project Researcher Takao Yoshikane and Associate Professor Kei Yoshimura analyzed observational data and ran computer simulations to determine whether the radioactive plumes were carried by chance haphazard activity in the air or by a regular mechanism in the atmosphere.
They found that the radioactive plume moves along two local wind systems that appear during the night on calm days when the impact of northwesterly seasonal winds and low-pressure systems are low. These nighttime local winds were formed by a difference in temperature between the North and the South, which created an upper layer of warm arm and a lower layer of cold air. These findings indicate that should radioactive material be released over a long period of time, radioactive plumes could be frequently carried even to faraway places by such nocturnal local systems, and cause serious contamination in those areas.

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Fukushima ‘voluntary’ evacuees to lose housing support via The Straits Times

TOKYO (AFP) – Thousands of Japanese evacuees from Fukushima should keep getting free housing, supporters said on Tuesday (Jan 17), as the local government readies to yank support offered after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

Some 27,000 so-called voluntary evacuees – people who chose to leave their homes in the region after the 2011 accident due to safety concerns – are set to lose the six-year-old housing subsidy at the end of March.

That means leaving state-paid housing in other parts of Japan and possibly returning to homes in the region where a quake-sparked tsunami swamped the nuclear plant, sending some reactors into meltdown and spewing radiation into the environment.


Madam Matsumoto left her family’s home 50km from the plant, after her daughter, then 12, began suffering an array of health problems, including nose bleeds and nausea.

Madam Matsumoto, 55, who now lives with her daughter in Kanagawa, about 250km from the plant, said she also developed serious health disorders after the accident, including hormonal disorders and a non-cancerous tumour in her thyroid.

“I am furious that the central government and Fukushima prefecture stigmatised and now abandoned us,” she told reporters.

A local government spokesman said areas not covered by the original evacuation orders have been deemed safe to live in.

“The environment is safe for leading a normal life and that means we are no longer in a position to provide temporary housing,” he told AFP.


The 2011 accident drove more than 160,000 people from their homes, some by evacuation order and others by choice.

Some have since returned but many stayed away, creating a new life elsewhere amid lingering concerns about radiation.

Japan has lifted most evacuation orders for areas around the plant, with the total number of evacuees now standing at about 84,000, according to local government figures.

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