The Health Costs of
Earthlife Africa Media Release: Secret Meeting of International Nuclear Panel,, 1 Oct 2001
In a process reminiscent of the apartheid days, an international panel of "experts" are meeting to discuss and debate the feasibility study for the proposed Pebble Bed Nuclear Reactor (PBMR), under the aegis of the Department of Minerals and Energy.
The process to date has excluded civil society completely, and is being carried out behind closed doors. "The first feasibility study was withdrawn by Eskom, as we were able to find many flaws in it" says Nuclear Energy Costs the Earth Campaign Co-ordinator, Muna Lakhani. "It seems that they are afraid that we will do the same to this one. All our research to date shows that the PBMR, at best, and getting everything right the first time, will cost over R3.3 billion over it's proposed 40 year life. This is more than sufficient to install safe and clean wind turbines, for example, and easily generate the same amount of electricity over the period, with no radiation or long term radioactive waste hazard. The alternatives will also create many more jobs than the PBMR ever could."
Interview with Alice Stewart and supporting documents, August 2000
In the 1950s, Alice Stewart found that exposing pregnant mothers to X-rays doubled the risk of cancer in their children. Ever since, the physician and epidemiologist has argued that low doses of radiation might be harmful. It's a view that has put her at odds with governments, the military and the nuclear industry. This week, Stewart, who is 93, publishes new research supporting her claims. Michael Bond spoke to the maverick of radiation epidemiology and found her in fighting form.
Comments on the History of Permissable Dose Standards by Dr. Rosalie Bertell
Earthlife Africa Needs Our Help
To Transform Leftover Apartheid Nuclear Energy Path, 15 April 2001
A letter from a Southern African volunteer environmental activist group seeking assistance to stop the development, production and use/sale of Pebble Bed Modular Reactors (PBMR), by Eskom, South Africa's parastatal utility, intending to build a `new generation' of nuclear power reactors. Eskom's partners include BNFL (UK) and Peco (USA). The plan is to build a demonstration unit, and then anything up to 216 reactors over the next 10 years. Anyone with ideas of how to help the people in Earthlife Africa prevent this inappropriate exercise of human intelligence is urged to contact them directly.
Details the ambitions of Eskom, South Africa's parastatal utility, to build a `new generation' of nuclear power plants.
Examines the arguments for and against the development by the nationally owned utility, Eskom, of a small modular nuclear power reactor, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), for construction in South Africa and for export.
Includes: Introduction, What is the PBMR programme?, What is a Pebble Bed Modular Reactor?, Justifications, Risks, Do we need PBMR?, Export potential?
Includes: Nuclear Power and Climate Change, Policy and Process, Renewable Energy & Socio-economic considerations, Additional material
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Desert Storm veterans along with the people of Iraq and Kuwait were victims of one of the latest military experiments on human beings. I believe that the ignorance was culpable and criminal.
These two files are mirrored, with permission, from the
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility web site.
A letter sent to the PBS e-mail address less than two hours after this program aired April 27, 1997 on TV, it contains 9 talking points addressing some of the distortions of this pro-nuclear industry propaganda piece.
#473 The Fourth Horseman: Nuclear
Technology, December 21, 1995
Excellent backgrounder on:
"Breast cancer is an eminently preventable disease, in the true sense of that word: making breast cancer not happen by preventing unnecessary exposures to carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). . . . John Gofman's new book, Preventing Breast Cancer, examines this problem head on."
Provides some of the background on the way the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) in concert with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),
attempted in 1989 to declare one-third of the nation's low-level nuclear
wastes as "below regulatory concern," (BRC) which would have allowed
them to be dumped into ordinary municipal landfills and incinerators.
. . . Fiscal Fission: The Economic Failure of Nuclear Power, a Greenpeace study released last December, estimates that federal outlays from 1950 to 1990 for nuclear power totaled $97 billion in 1990 dollars. This estimate relates to costs of R&D and regulation, construction costs, uranium enrichment program costs and costs of the nuclear waste fund. It does not take into account costs associated with insuring the nuclear industry against accidents, costs relating to environmental damage, state government appropriations to the industry or federal appropriations to non-nuclear agencies that benefit the nuclear industry. . . .
articles local and web-based [sites]:
Respect The Law Foundation
-- Restoring The Right To Vote On Nuclear Weapons Use
See The Citizen's Right to Review All Nuclear Weapons Use document.
eGroups rad-UK list (created September, 2000)
Rad-UK is a discussion group and message board dealing with all issues pertaining to the release of man-made ionising radiation, particularly in the UK and Europe, but also elsewhere in the world. Please use this space to post information about legislation, licensing hearings, public consultations, campaigns, personal testimonies, conferences, useful scientific references, etc. The group has been set up with the understanding that current dose-risk estimates do not accurately reflect the real effects of internalised radionuclides.
Once a member, you can also access the group's archives from the web site. You can also choose whether or not to receive every email that is sent, a regular digest of emails, or to simply view messages at the web site and not receive additional emails at all. The group is growing daily, and so far includes members of public interest groups and people from the nuclear industry; it includes scientists and concerned citizens. Please do become an active member of this group, and contribute your knowledge about radiation issues in the UK and Europe.
"Rethinking Basic Assumptions..."
The Madness of Nuclear Energy, 11/99
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