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Why We Should Preserve the History of the Manhattan Project via Huffpost

The Manhattan Project, the secret research mission to develop an atomic weapon ahead of Germany and bring an end to World War II, was one of the 20th century’s most ambitious feats of science and engineering. And, it also proved to be one of the darkest moments. In many respects, the Manhattan Project ushered in […]

Women Respond to the Manhattan Project via Olivia Fermi

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 […]

Scientists still track health fallout of nuclear bombing of Japan via PBS

[…] MILES O’BRIEN: When I met him in 2012, radiation biophysicist Evan Douple was the associate chief of research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. The joint Japanese and U.S. study has been following the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for nearly 70 years. […] MILES O’BRIEN: Ninety-four thousand irradiated bomb […]

The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin via The New Yorker

The demonstration began on the afternoon of May 21, 1946, at a secret laboratory tucked into a canyon some three miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atom bomb. Louis Slotin, a Canadian physicist, was showing his colleagues how to bring the exposed core of a nuclear weapon nearly to the point […]

Is This the 4th Recent Nuclear Disaster to Strike the U.S.? via Natural Blaze

Is there any nuclear site in the United States that is not currently collapsing, leaking or otherwise posing a major health or environmental risk? Certainly there are, but that number is becoming smaller and smaller. In addition to three other nuclear disasters unfolding across the country, a fourth has now arisen. This new disaster is […]


The Hanford Nuclear Reservation sits on the plains of eastern Washington, where the state meets Oregon and Idaho. This is open country through which cars pass quickly on the way to the Pacific coast or, conversely, deeper into the heartland. The site is nearly 600 square miles in area and has been largely closed to […]

Make Love Not Bombs via Knoxville Mercury

About a dozen peace seekers carried homemade signs and even broke out an acoustic guitar in front of the John J. Duncan Federal Building in downtown Knoxville today to protest the federal funding of a uranium processing plant being built in Oak Ridge. The picketers, members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, handed out […]

Ghosts Of Hiroshima Haunt Fuming Landfill Near Ferguson, Missouri via The Seattle Medium

BRIDGETON, Mo. – Outside Ferguson, Missouri, another issue burns. This time, it’s environmental. An underground fire smolders toward radioactive waste tied to the atomic bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This subterranean inferno threatens to sicken area residents, just 10 miles from the site of the controversial, police-involved death of Michael Brown. Local citizens worry […]

EPA to clean radioactive contamination found on private property next to West Lake Landfill via St. Louis Public Radio

[…] Ed Smith of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment calls Friday’s findings “fairly significant.” “The EPA has said previously that the radioactivity is not off-site and it appears the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has found radioactivity off-site,” he said. “So comprehensive off-site testing all the way around the landfill is needed. We have to […]

Los Alamos team visits Japan to gain perspective on atomic bombings via Santa Fe/New Mexican

[…] Despite the shared history between Los Alamos and the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where another bomb was dropped on Aug. 9, 1945, New Mexico residents “don’t hear a lot about the Japanese perspective,” said Judith Stauber, director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum. On Thursday, Stauber, museum registrar Stephanie Yeamans and 16-year-old […]

An underground fire is burning near radioactive waste. Don’t worry, EPA says via The Washington Post

Her first clue that something was wrong came as she ran her hands through her baby boy’s hair. “My child was losing his hair in clumps,” Meagan Beckermann recalls. A doctor traced the problem to alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that can be triggered by environmental factors. A frantic search for a likely source ended when neighbors […]

Pritikin: Hanford park history must include Downwinders via The Spokesman Review

The suffering of Hanford Downwinders exposed to airborne radiation must not be omitted from the stories told in the new Manhattan Project Historic National Park. Admittedly, the stories of cancers, other serious disease, and death in those of us who were children in the path of Hanford’s radiation aren’t part of the picture of scientific […]

Indian Point reactors contaminate New York groundwater via The Ecologist

Highly radioactive tritium has leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear site 40 miles north of Manhattan, New York, write Sam Thielman & Alan Yuhas. Governor Cuomo has ordered a review of safety at the site, where two reactors are operating with no NRC license. Radioactive material has leaked into the groundwater below a […]

Senate bill to shift oversight of nuclear waste in landfill via The Washington Times

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that could transfer oversight of a St. Louis County landfill containing nuclear waste to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and away from the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency. The measure passed Tuesday still needs approval from the House, where two members from […]

EPA Orders Barrier for Nuclear Waste at Missouri Landfill via ABC News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ordered installation of an isolation barrier to make sure that an underground fire does not reach buried nuclear waste at a suburban St. Louis landfill. Mark Hague, EPA regional administrator, said the plan for West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton also calls for additional engineering steps such as cooling […]

Polluted Nuclear Weapons Site to Become Tourist Destination via ABC News

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press The nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park. Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world’s first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington. They won’t be allowed […]

Opponents of U.S. nuclear bomb ‘glorification’ park seek Japanese support via Asahi World

By Masato Tainaka Residents who fell sick living near the facility that produced plutonium for the Nagasaki atomic bomb are seeking Japanese support for a campaign against an attraction in the United States that they say “glorifies” nuclear weapons. The move by the group called Consequences of Radiation Exposure (CORE) follows the U.S. government’s establishment […]

Movies of Cold War Bomb Tests Hold Nuclear Secrets via Wired

When Greg Spriggs was 11 years old, his father, a Navy man stationed on Midway Island, took him out one night to watch a nuclear bomb explode in space. The year was 1962 and the nuclear test was Starfish Prime, the largest in a series of high-altitude detonations. A rocket shot the 1.4 megaton nuclear warhead […]

Control rod failures force shutdown of nuclear power plant via Wisconsin Gazette

One of the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s reactors was shut down over the weekend after several control rods lost power, the plant owner said, marking the latest in a series of mishaps at the suburban New York plant this year. Control room operators shut down the Indian Point 2 reactor around 5:30 p.m. on […]

U.S. government proposes 17-year delay in start of Hanford nuclear tank cleanup — until 2039 via The Los Angeles Times

The Energy Department has proposed a 17-year delay in building a complex waste treatment plant at its radioactively contaminated Hanford site in Washington state, pushing back the full start-up for processing nuclear bomb waste to 2039. The department submitted the 29-page plan in federal court as part of a suit to amend an agreement with […]

The First Nuclear Reactor Lived Under Some Bleachers by a Football Field via Motherboard

On Nov. 16, 1942, engineers began work on the world’s first nuclear reactor, which was then known as an “atomic pile.” Chicago Pile-1 was a relatively simple affair devised at the University of Chicago under the supervision of the great physicist Enrico Fermi and brought to life in a makeshift lab underneath the stands of […]

Residents in St Louis dying in record numbers from World War II radioactive waste via

N 2011, residents across an American community in St Louis began to notice a chain of inexplicably high incidents of cancer and disease across its population. For decades, both former and current residents from approximately 90 municipalities in the Missouri city were diagnosed with a long list of life-threatening illnesses, including leukaemia, lupus, brain tumours, […]

Is radiation good for you? The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission could decide it is via Ecologist

The well-founded idea that nuclear radiation is dangerous even at the lowest levels is under attack, writes Karl Grossman. Three determined nuclear enthusiasts have filed petitions to the NRC calling on it to apply the doctrine of ‘radiation hormesis’ – that low levels of radiation actually stimulate the immune system and promote better health. Disagree? […]

Nuclear War Theme Parks: Mass Destruction for the Whole Family via Counterpunch

By John Laforge […]Hoping perhaps to show that the bomb from hell can be transformed from a vengeful, self-destructive, nightmare demon, into a benign, peace-loving, fairy-tale prince, nuclear propagandists and their friends in Congress are establishing nuclear war theme parks — without the taint of mass destruction — at former bomb factories and nuclear weapons […]

Army Corps confirms radioactive contamination in yards by Coldwater Creek via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

HAZELWOOD • Officials in charge of cleaning up pollution left over from the country’s early nuclear weapons program say there’s radioactive contamination in several residential yards that back up to Coldwater Creek. The Army Corps of Engineers confirmed Wednesday that it had discovered what it described as “low-level” radioactive contamination from thorium 230, a uranium […]

A Grim Animation of All the Nuclear Explosions in History via Citylab

Watch the Atomic Age evolve from 1945 to 2013. Detonations from the early days of the Atomic Age through present times are all represented in this grim visualization of the planet’s nuclear activity. Orbital Mechanics, a Montreal-based “electronic music and visual trio,” created the animation to reflect on the 70th anniversary of 1945’s seminal “Trinity” […]

BBC Four Goes Nuclear via BBC

The BBC has today announced BBC Four Goes Nuclear – a season of programmes around the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima. The season leads with the one-off documentary, Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield, giving audiences unprecedented access to one of Britain’s most iconic nuclear facilities. Other programmes in the season include the film War Book, a […]

Karl Grossman: There is no “peaceful nuclear power” via

[…] Although enriched uranium was the fuel used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, plutonium was the fuel in the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki—and virtually all atomic bombs ever since have used plutonium, not enriched uranium. Gathering plutonium for atomic bombs from spent fuel from a nuclear power plant can be accomplished by […]

West Lake Landfill may be more contaminated than previously thought, company says via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In a revelation that could shake up oversight and liability at the contaminated West Lake Landfill, one of the companies involved says some of the radioactive waste may have come from sources officials have yet to acknowledge. “There’s some evidence that there could be other waste streams there,” said Craig Nesbit, a spokesman for Exelon […]

In a small town in Washington state, pride and shame over atomic legacy via AlJazeera

Richland High School’s controversial mascot honors the community’s role in producing the plutonium dropped on Nagasaki RICHLAND, Wash. — The workers inside Hanford’s nuclear reactors in the early 1940s knew their jobs were important, even if many of them didn’t know why. They worked hard, and for that they were paid well, tucking their children […]

Heaven Can’t Wait It’s time to panic about the poisons of Coldwater Creek via St. Louis

Your federal government has become positively jovial in addressing radioactive waste contamination in North County’s Coldwater Creek. Upon revealing in June that radioactive waste had been newly discovered along the creek above two municipal parks and some property owned by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had this […]

70 Years Later, Health Impacts of First US Nuclear Detonation Still Being Felt via Reuters

People who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated, a U.S. senator said Thursday. The federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated […]

 ‘Los Alamos will never be clean’ via The Santa Fe New Mexican

ID CANYON — A dirt trail shaded by ponderosa pines drops down the slope of this small canyon below the Los Alamos Nature Center and a recreation center. The canyon became a dumping ground during the Manhattan Project. Old pipes, washing machines, culverts and other debris from the era were tossed into the canyon by […]

Hollywood and the downwinders still grapple with nuclear fallout via The Guardian

The US turned swathes of desert radioactive during the cold war and denied it, bequeathing a medical mystery that still haunts Hollywood and rural Mormon communities and raises the question: how much do you trust the government? The photograph shows John Wayne with his two sons during a break in filming on the set of […]

Radioactive site continues to plague St. Louis residents and region via

In North Saint Louis County, Missouri, in the City of Bridgeton, there is a ticking time bomb in the form of several contiguous landfills which contain radioactive waste and all the “daughter products” associated with weapons-grade uranium processing. Most notably, the site in question, the West Lake landfill, has the largest concentration in the nation […]

US nuclear plant explosion: transformer failure caused fire but no injuries via The Guardian

Indian Point nuclear facility 40 miles from New York city shuts down after a transformer failure, but owner says public and employees not in danger A transformer failed at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York, causing a fire that forced an automatic shutdown of a reactor. The fire was quickly extinguished […]

Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank NY Nuclear Plant via Huffington Post

A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. The federal agencies that have permitted the project have bowed to two corporations — the pipeline’s owner, Spectra Energy, […]

Trinity Test Site Opening to Face Protest from Residents via The New York Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, descendants of families near a New Mexico test want tourists to know residents suffered for years afterward and some of their children may have been affected. Hundreds of visitors are expected Saturday to visit the Trinity Test site as federal officials […]

America’s Radioactive National Park via Who, What, Why

By Paul DiRienzo Among the items in the $600 billion National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last year is a measure establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which encompasses three sites central to the development of nuclear weapons. […] Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a vocal opponent of commemorating the Manhattan Project, had […]

Santa Clara activist works to find balance among disparate cultures via Santa Fe New Mexican

Marian Naranjo remembers too well the day her passions for truth-telling and conflict resolution were born. Naranjo was a third-grader in a school in Tooele, Utah. Men from Santa Clara Pueblo, including her father, worked for long periods at the Army depot there and brought their families with them to live at the post, which […]

How the Atomic Age Left Us a Half-Century of Radioactive Waste via Time Magazine

By Kate Brown Dealing with nuclear waste at a plant in Washington State has proved an intractable problem. Why? The Nuclear Disaster You Never Heard of This Is How TIME Explained the Atomic Bomb in 1945 In 1951, atomic optimism was booming—even when it came to radioactive waste. In fact, entrepreneurs believed that the waste […]

Don’t throw history out with the radioactive bathwater via Aljazeera America

Trisha Pritikin On Dec. 12, Congress passed legislation to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at three nuclear plants in Washington state, New Mexico and Tennessee. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Dec. 19. The park will preserve historic buildings, structures and nuclear artifacts at the sites where the first atomic […]

Playing chicken with Illinois’ electric rates won’t improve the climate via Crain’s

The recent demand by Illinois’ nuclear power plant owner, Exelon, for a breathtaking $580 million per year in rate increases to keep running its plants raises serious questions as to wise ways to fight climate change and ensure energy security. Illinois customers have paid dearly to bail these same reactors out of pCast economic peril. […]

Granddaughter of scientist involved in developing atomic bombs visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki via Hiroshima Peace Media Center

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer Olivia Fermi, 57, the granddaughter of Enrico Fermi (1901-54), a scientist involved in the Manhattan Project which developed the atomic bombs, has paid her first visits to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The purpose of her trip was to view her grandfather’s “achievements” from a different perspective. In Hiroshima, […]

Washington state to sue federal government over nuclear site vapors via Reuters

(Reuters) – Washington state’s attorney general said on Wednesday he intends to sue the U.S. government for not adequately protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of a decommissioned nuclear site, saying dozens have been sickened by toxic vapors. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a World War Two-era nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, has 56 […]

Neighbors still have questions about buried radioactive waste via

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

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 [ ] 
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! 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

… 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

… 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 […]


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 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 ◇ 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, […]