Small modular reactors — a radioactive idea

Small modular reactors — a radioactive idea

September 29, 2020

Helen Caldicott AUSTRALIAN politicians are contemplating developing nuclear power for this country. In their ignorance, they are mooting “small modular reactors” (SMRs) about which they clearly know little. To partly explain their enthusiasm here is the background story. The so-called “nuclear renaissance” died following the Fukushima catastrophe when one-sixth of the world’sRead More

Mounting apprehensions regarding techno-economic feasibility of EPRs: Shankar Sharma’s Letter to the DAE

Mounting apprehensions regarding techno-economic feasibility of EPRs: Shankar Sharma’s Letter to the DAE

July 20, 2020

16 July 2020 To The Secretary Department of Atomic Energy, New Delhi Dr. Jitendra Singh MOS, PMO, New Delhi Honorable Prime Minister Govt. of India, New Delhi Dear Sirs, Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka. May I draw your kind attention to the latest French Auditor’s report, as in the newsRead More

Unlike Covid, Nuclear Weapons Leave No Curve to Flatten

Unlike Covid, Nuclear Weapons Leave No Curve to Flatten

April 13, 2020

Lassina Zerbo | Kyodo News The coronavirus pandemic seemed to come from nowhere, and the battle to beat it is currently crowding out thoughts of another terrifying threat whose “surprise” would cause significantly greater devastation. The tragedy of COVID-19 must take immediate priority, and it has thrown a stark lightRead More

What the Nuclear Ban Implies: Struggles Against Nukes by Communities and Smaller Countries Are Now Legal

What the Nuclear Ban Implies: Struggles Against Nukes by Communities and Smaller Countries Are Now Legal

October 25, 2020

The coming into effect of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will empower and breathe new life into the struggles of affected communities, destroyed landscapes  and smaller countries for a nuclear-free world.

In Tahiti, traditional priest Raymond Graffe inaugurates a memorial to nuclear survivors in French Polynesia and across the Pacific. Nic Maclellan

“We would like France to apologise”: Nuclear test survivors in French Polynesia

July 28, 2020

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings approaches, the legacy of cold war–era French nuclear testing is still in dispute

Two Decades Since Pokhran-II Nuclear Tests: A Quick Analytical Survey

Two Decades Since Pokhran-II Nuclear Tests: A Quick Analytical Survey

November 22, 2020

Sukla Sen | The ill-advised nuclearization neither enhanced India’s security — defined in terms of the ability to eliminate/minimise external military threats, nor strategic autonomy — the ability to operate more freely on the international stage.

The story of Midori Naka and the harvested body parts of atomic bomb victims

The story of Midori Naka and the harvested body parts of atomic bomb victims

September 29, 2020

“The human remains taken from Hiroshima and Nagasaki formed a crucial archive for understanding the effects of radiation, and from the very beginning the U.S. government touted the usefulness of this new collection.”

‘Disaster Capitalism at its Worst’: Nuclear Industry Lobbies Scramble for Bailout during COVID-19 Crisis

‘Disaster Capitalism at its Worst’: Nuclear Industry Lobbies Scramble for Bailout during COVID-19 Crisis

March 26, 2020

Friends of the Earth on Monday accused the nuclear power industry of exhibiting “disaster capitalism at its worst” after a lobbying group representing it reportedly asked the Trump administration for a 30% percent tax credit amid the coronavirus pandemic and pressed congressional lawmakers to include handouts in stimulus legislation making its way through the House and Senate.

Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations

Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations

April 12, 2020

A group of over 10 mothers who set up a citizen-led laboratory to monitor radiation levels in Fukushima following the massive earthquake and tsunami which caused meltdowns at the nuclear power plant in the northeastern prefecture 9 years ago, continue to record and disclose radiation data on foodstuffs and soil collected or brought in by people from different parts of the prefecture, as well as seawater off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In Tahiti, traditional priest Raymond Graffe inaugurates a memorial to nuclear survivors in French Polynesia and across the Pacific. Nic Maclellan

“We would like France to apologise”: Nuclear test survivors in French Polynesia

July 28, 2020

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings approaches, the legacy of cold war–era French nuclear testing is still in dispute

‘Disaster Capitalism at its Worst’: Nuclear Industry Lobbies Scramble for Bailout during COVID-19 Crisis

‘Disaster Capitalism at its Worst’: Nuclear Industry Lobbies Scramble for Bailout during COVID-19 Crisis

March 26, 2020

Friends of the Earth on Monday accused the nuclear power industry of exhibiting “disaster capitalism at its worst” after a lobbying group representing it reportedly asked the Trump administration for a 30% percent tax credit amid the coronavirus pandemic and pressed congressional lawmakers to include handouts in stimulus legislation making its way through the House and Senate.

The Chernobyl series, why now?

The Chernobyl series, why now?

July 2, 2019

Pinar Demircan | Declaring Soviet Russia as the sole perpetrator of the world’s largest nuclear disaster over the Chernobyl series by ignoring nuclear realities to the extent I have described above, shows that the image of the risks on nuclear power plants around the world is tried to be reshaped.

Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation Causes Cancer: Review of 26 Studies Shows

Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation Causes Cancer: Review of 26 Studies Shows

July 27, 2020

An international team of experts in the study of cancer risks associated with low-dose ionizing radiation published the monograph, “Epidemiological studies of low-dose ionizing radiation and cancer: Summary bias assessment and meta-analysis,” in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on July 13, 2020.  

In a Season of Impetuous Lawmaking, whither Nuclear Safety?

In a Season of Impetuous Lawmaking, whither Nuclear Safety?

January 24, 2020

Sonali Huria | The Leaflet SINCE returning to power last year with an overwhelming majority in the 2019 general elections, the Modi-led government has passed a series of legislations in rapid succession without any credible dialogue both within and outside Parliament – amendments to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, which in effect have diluted the statutory requirementRead More

Namaste Nukes? Trump’s Toxic Sales Pitch for the Stalled Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India

Namaste Nukes? Trump’s Toxic Sales Pitch for the Stalled Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India

February 29, 2020

Kumar Sundaram | Despite the hype that Trump’s recent visit generated – of an upgrade of US-India relations to a ‘Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership’ and so on – there is very little that India stands to gain. In the absence of any new meaningful and people-centric cooperation on trade, environment, education or technology, this nuclear tango will only remain a farcical buildup at the cost of the safety and livelihoods of Indian citizens.

Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

October 31, 2019

Kumar Sundaram | The NPCIL must come clear on the larger issue of suppliers and systems involved in the KKNPP. Transparency is a pre-requisite when the safety of millions of Indian citizens is at stake. Also, the foreign control of crucial infrastructure is an important aspect that simply cannot be ignored.

    Fukushima 10 Years On: Peace Boat Report

    Fukushima 10 Years On: Peace Boat Report

    March 21, 2021

    Peace Boat | Kawasaki Akira Translation: Meri Joyce Introduction Ten years have passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent disaster at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This article outlines the current situation of the people impacted byRead More

    Chernobyl: DW Documentary on 35 years after the nuclear disaster

    Chernobyl: DW Documentary on 35 years after the nuclear disaster

    April 28, 2021

    The disaster at Chernobyl is still considered one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. It happened on April 26, 1986. Thirty-five years later, a group of survivors returns to the ghost city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine.

    40 Years of Three Mile Island Accident: Murderous Legacy Still Threatens Us All

    40 Years of Three Mile Island Accident: Murderous Legacy Still Threatens Us All

    April 6, 2019

    Harvey Wasserman | Forty years after TMI, the question is: How many more operating nukes will blow up like Fukushima and Chernobyl, or partially melt like Three Mile Island, pouring heat and radiation into the ecosphere?

      Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

      Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

      October 31, 2019

      Kumar Sundaram | The NPCIL must come clear on the larger issue of suppliers and systems involved in the KKNPP. Transparency is a pre-requisite when the safety of millions of Indian citizens is at stake. Also, the foreign control of crucial infrastructure is an important aspect that simply cannot be ignored.

      Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

      Cyber Vulnerability of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Risks More Pronounced than the Current Episode Reveals

      October 31, 2019

      Kumar Sundaram | The NPCIL must come clear on the larger issue of suppliers and systems involved in the KKNPP. Transparency is a pre-requisite when the safety of millions of Indian citizens is at stake. Also, the foreign control of crucial infrastructure is an important aspect that simply cannot be ignored.

      Why is India bent on bailing out the French nuclear industry at the cost of its own citizens’ lives?

      Why is India bent on bailing out the French nuclear industry at the cost of its own citizens’ lives?

      September 13, 2019

      Even as the French nuclear regulator ASN has put the nuclear power company EDF on a safety watch after repeated warning in recent years about vulnerabilities in the EPR design, the Modi government in India continues to push for the purchase of 6 EPRs for setting up in Jaitapur. We are publishing this open letter written by the former Union Power Secretary Dr. EAS Sarma to the Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in this context. The letter deserves wider circulation. 

      Full text: Indian anti-nuclear groups’ statement on 10 years of the Fukushima accident

      Full text: Indian anti-nuclear groups’ statement on 10 years of the Fukushima accident

      March 18, 2021

      ​We, the members of various anti-Uranium mining, anti-nuclear power, anti-nuclear bomb groups and movements all over India, would like to express our solidarity with the people of Japan in the wake of the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. The Great East Japan Earthquake disaster had a 9 point (onRead More

      Full text: Indian anti-nuclear groups’ statement on 10 years of the Fukushima accident

      Full text: Indian anti-nuclear groups’ statement on 10 years of the Fukushima accident

      March 18, 2021

      ​We, the members of various anti-Uranium mining, anti-nuclear power, anti-nuclear bomb groups and movements all over India, would like to express our solidarity with the people of Japan in the wake of the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. The Great East Japan Earthquake disaster had a 9 point (onRead More

      Namaste Nukes? Trump’s Toxic Sales Pitch for the Stalled Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India

      Namaste Nukes? Trump’s Toxic Sales Pitch for the Stalled Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India

      February 29, 2020

      Kumar Sundaram | Despite the hype that Trump’s recent visit generated – of an upgrade of US-India relations to a ‘Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership’ and so on – there is very little that India stands to gain. In the absence of any new meaningful and people-centric cooperation on trade, environment, education or technology, this nuclear tango will only remain a farcical buildup at the cost of the safety and livelihoods of Indian citizens.

      129 People Jailed for Protesting Against Kalpakkam Reactor

      129 People Jailed for Protesting Against Kalpakkam Reactor

      March 29, 2013

      In a bid to intimidate fenceline communities living around the Kalpakkam nuclear reactors, the Tamil Nadu Police has jailed 129 people of the 650 that were detained in wedding halls yesterday.

      Expansion of Kaiga Nuclear Plant in India: An Open Letter to the Atomic Energy Commission

      Expansion of Kaiga Nuclear Plant in India: An Open Letter to the Atomic Energy Commission

      December 24, 2018

      Shankar Sharma | Considering all these issues in the overall welfare perspective of the true welfare of the people of Uttara Kannada district, the state of Karnataka and the country, and in the context that nuclear power is the costliest, riskiest and least favored electricity option around the world, and that there are much benign and much less costly options to meet the legitimate demand for electricity in our country, the AEC/DAE should ask NPCIL to withdraw its application for Environmental Clearance to this project proposal.

      Mithivirdi Anti-Nuke Movement: Where Villagers Defeated A Mighty Corporation Like Westinghouse

      Mithivirdi Anti-Nuke Movement: Where Villagers Defeated A Mighty Corporation Like Westinghouse

      July 1, 2017

      The proposed 6000 MegaWatt (MWe) nuclear power plant at Mithivirdi in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat has now been officially slated for Kovada, Andhra Pradesh. A decade long struggle to save their land has ended in victory for the villagers of the region.

      People’s movement against nuclear project in Haripur: a must-watch documentary

      People’s movement against nuclear project in Haripur: a must-watch documentary

      May 3, 2017

      Courtesy: Alternative Media Initiative People’s movement against nuclear project in Haripur: a must-watch documentary

      Courtesy: CNN

      Nuclear Safety Regimes and India: What the Silence on the latest Fukushima Crisis Tells Us

      January 25, 2021

      Sonali Huria| The Leaflet  THE new year has begun on a grim note with a toxic gas leak at the Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha on 6 January, which claimed the lives of four contractual workers. This is the latest in a disconcerting string of industrial accidents in India over the last fewRead More

      Courtesy: CNN

      Nuclear Safety Regimes and India: What the Silence on the latest Fukushima Crisis Tells Us

      January 25, 2021

      Sonali Huria| The Leaflet  THE new year has begun on a grim note with a toxic gas leak at the Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha on 6 January, which claimed the lives of four contractual workers. This is the latest in a disconcerting string of industrial accidents in India over the last fewRead More

      Courtesy: CNN

      Nuclear Safety Regimes and India: What the Silence on the latest Fukushima Crisis Tells Us

      January 25, 2021

      Sonali Huria| The Leaflet  THE new year has begun on a grim note with a toxic gas leak at the Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha on 6 January, which claimed the lives of four contractual workers. This is the latest in a disconcerting string of industrial accidents in India over the last fewRead More

      Courtesy: CNN

      Nuclear Safety Regimes and India: What the Silence on the latest Fukushima Crisis Tells Us

      January 25, 2021

      Sonali Huria| The Leaflet  THE new year has begun on a grim note with a toxic gas leak at the Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha on 6 January, which claimed the lives of four contractual workers. This is the latest in a disconcerting string of industrial accidents in India over the last fewRead More

      Courtesy: CNN

      Nuclear Safety Regimes and India: What the Silence on the latest Fukushima Crisis Tells Us

      January 25, 2021

      Sonali Huria| The Leaflet  THE new year has begun on a grim note with a toxic gas leak at the Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha on 6 January, which claimed the lives of four contractual workers. This is the latest in a disconcerting string of industrial accidents in India over the last fewRead More

      Greenpeace Report on 10 Years of Fukushima Nuclear Accident

      Greenpeace Report on 10 Years of Fukushima Nuclear Accident

      March 6, 2021

      Greenpeace International has actively documented the unfolding Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster since the accident occurred in March 2011. Greenpeace has released an important report on the occasion of the 10th year anniversary of an ongoing accident that is far from ‘resolved’.

      Uranium Atlas 2020: A global map of uranium mines that also tells you about their environmental and social costs

      Uranium Atlas 2020: A global map of uranium mines that also tells you about their environmental and social costs

      July 17, 2020

      Trinity Test and the 1979 Church Rock uranium mill disaster, both in New Mexico.

      The Uranium Atlas looks at everywhere uranium was mined and processed, then how and where it was used, and who suffered as a result. The inescapable conclusion is that the uranium pathway has led us down a slippery slope — to nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and long-lived radioactive waste. And to global discrimination against Indigenous peoples and communities of color.

      Fukushima’s Nuclear Samurai

      Fukushima’s Nuclear Samurai

      September 27, 2020

      After a devastating earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, what would follow would be a devastating tsunami that nearly leveled the nuclear reactor at Fukushima. In order for the nuclear plant to keep from exploding, brave scientists decided it was their duty to stay and work in shifts 24 hours a day until the nuclear reactor could be sustained and repaired. Check out this incredible story of selflessness and bravery, in the true way of the samurai!

      Why is India bent on bailing out the French nuclear industry at the cost of its own citizens’ lives?

      Why is India bent on bailing out the French nuclear industry at the cost of its own citizens’ lives?

      September 13, 2019

      Even as the French nuclear regulator ASN has put the nuclear power company EDF on a safety watch after repeated warning in recent years about vulnerabilities in the EPR design, the Modi government in India continues to push for the purchase of 6 EPRs for setting up in Jaitapur. We are publishing this open letter written by the former Union Power Secretary Dr. EAS Sarma to the Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in this context. The letter deserves wider circulation. 

      Irradiated Lives: Contractual Workers at the Rawatbhata Nuclear Power Plant

      Irradiated Lives: Contractual Workers at the Rawatbhata Nuclear Power Plant

      September 12, 2012

      Fact finding report on casual workers in Rawatbhata.

      In Pictures: Massive “No Nukes Day” Demonstration in Tokyo- 28 June 2014

      In Pictures: Massive “No Nukes Day” Demonstration in Tokyo- 28 June 2014

      June 30, 2014

      On this Saturday, 28th June, over five thousands of people gathered at Meiji park in Tokyo and made a big demonstration called ” No Nukes Day” , protesting against the restart of operation in Sendai nuclear power plant, in Kushu. It has been raining from the morning on that day, but after starting the march at 14:30 it stopped raining and they started marching for approx. 3 km from Meiji park to Yoyogi park. They walked through the weekend Tokyo town raising their voices against restart of all nuclear power plants in Japan and made a strong appeal to people around the town.

      In Pictures: Massive “No Nukes Day” Demonstration in Tokyo- 28 June 2014

      In Pictures: Massive “No Nukes Day” Demonstration in Tokyo- 28 June 2014

      June 30, 2014

      On this Saturday, 28th June, over five thousands of people gathered at Meiji park in Tokyo and made a big demonstration called ” No Nukes Day” , protesting against the restart of operation in Sendai nuclear power plant, in Kushu. It has been raining from the morning on that day, but after starting the march at 14:30 it stopped raining and they started marching for approx. 3 km from Meiji park to Yoyogi park. They walked through the weekend Tokyo town raising their voices against restart of all nuclear power plants in Japan and made a strong appeal to people around the town.