NH #483: Seabrook Nuclear Concrete Degradation + Ian Zabarte: Message from the Most Bombed Nation on Earth

Seabrook Nuclear Concrete Containment Degradation – 40 miles from Boston
and licensed until 2050!

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Seabrook Nuclear Station watchdog Natalie Hildt Treat is Executive Director of the C-10 Foundation, which operates the only real time radiation monitoring system open to the public.  This allows it to keep a sharp and critical eye on the Seabrook Station in New Hampshire.  Seabrook, which was recently relicensed to 2050, faces an array of safety concerns related to the degraded concrete in key structures.  It is the first U.S. plant known to be suffering from alkali-silica reaction or “ASR,” but experts believe it may well appear at other reactors. This puts in question the plant’s ability to operate safely in the future, and may place the public at greater risk of radiological exposure should Seabrook experience an accident, earthquake, or other emergency event.During the interview, Natalie mentioned her work with Safecast in setting up the monitoring system.  Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment.  Nuclear Hotseat interviewed Safecast founder Sean Bonner for Nuclear Hotseat #394 from February 27, 2018.
  • Ian Zabarte is Principal Man of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians and a board member of the Native Community Action Council. He wrote and recorded a piece entitled “A Message from the Most Bombed Nation on Earth,” which was originally carried by Al Jazeera. I mentioned it on the show a few weeks ago, but I found it so moving, we used the audio for this week’s show and here’s the video:



Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Fukushima’s ongoing attempts at rebranding now extend to “Luck, Laugh” rice.  Really?  Really???


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