- Kate Brown, author of the award-winning Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future, is a historian of environmental and nuclear history at MIT and the author of Plutopia, which won seven major awards. Here, she shares information that is as timely now as it was when we first spoke, on Monday, April 15, 2019.
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- Harvey Wasserman is a veteran author and activist noted for getting people getting involved on issues that matter. He is holding an event this Sunday, March 27, in Santa Monica that has implications for all our work. If you wish to attend, you can contact him for furtheer information at: [email protected].
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Nuclear Ukraine week four, the radioactive remains of the Cher noble nuclear power plant. Continue to be a hotspot of concern in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. While everyone from the Russian military to officials at rose, Otum the Russian state nuclear corporation to the international atomic energy agency, loudly deny any claims that she noble has killed or harmed more than a handful of people. It takes an award-winning author and historian of environmental and nuclear history who did her own research at 27 Eastern European medical archives on your Nobles health effects. And she tells you
When they found catastrophic results, which was a major epidemic of children with thyroid cancer, very rare cancer among kids, one in a million normally get it suddenly in a small area of Northern UK, they had 20 kids and the Soviet doctors handed the foreign experts, 20 biopsies. They didn’t believe that this could possibly be thyroid cancer among so many kids. They brought ’em home to have examined and sure enough, they found that these were cancers, but then in their report, they said, we heard some rumors about thyroid cancer among children. And we found those rumors to be anecdotal in nature. But what they were sitting on was hard evidence and they had other evidence of 30 more kids in Belarus. And that indeed turned out to be the tip of the iceberg of what became a big epidemic and thyroid cancer among kid.
And that is just the start. So when Kate brown author of manual for survival, Acher noble guide to the future, not only tells you this, but so very much more. You begin to realize that not only in Northern Ukraine and Belarus, but everywhere on this planet, there is a giant uncomfortable seat that unfortunately we all share
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Welcome to nuclear. Hotsy the weekly international news magazine keeping you up to date on all things, nuclear from a different perspective. My name is libi Hala. I am the producer and host as well as a, of the nuclear meltdown at three mile island from just one mile away. So I know what can happen when those nuclear so-called experts get it wrong. This week, we continue coverage of the nuclear aspects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine taking an historic look at tri noble, how bad it was before this war began and what its health impacts have already been to give us a sense of how much worse it still could be. Under current circumstances, we revisit an interview with Kate brown author of the best selling manual for survival Acher noble guide to the future to gain her insights into the ongoing aftermath of that deadly nuclear disaster.
We’ll also hear from author activist, Harvey Waserman on how activist across different platforms can assist each other in getting our talking out to the public, as well as an upcoming event where we learn to do just that we will also have nuclear news from around the world, numb nuts of the week for outstanding nuclear bone headedness and more honest nuclear information. Then we will ever get out of a Russian oligarch. All of it coming up in just a few moments today is Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022. And here is this week’s nuclear news from a different perspective. Starting with this late breaking story out of Ukraine, Russian military forces have destroyed a new laboratory at the chin noble nuclear power plant that among other works to improve management of radioactive waste. This according to the Ukrainian state agency, responsible for the tri noble exclusion zone, the laboratory contained quote, highly active samples of radio nuclides that are now in the hands of the enemy, which we hope will harm itself and not the civilized world.
The agency said another worrying development Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory agency said on Monday that radiation monitors around the plant had stopped working. There is additional concern because forest fires broke out around the Cher noble nuclear site on Monday, March 21st, raising fears, raising fears of radi contamination and spread in the smoke from the burning of contaminated plants, at least seven fires within the plant’s exclusion zone were observed on satellite imagery from the European space agency. Lawmakers blamed the Blas on Russian forces that captured the site in February Ukrainian officials and fire fighters could not carry out their usual functions in the area to extinguish the fires because of Russian control of the plant. It warned that fires within a 10 kilometer or 6.2 radius of significant radioactive waste and contamination could pose particular damage. Nuclear experts said could also threaten critical electricity transmission lines, which were recently repaired according to Edwin Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the union of concerned scientists, the facilities themselves greatest vulnerability is a loss of power.
An NAGO Adam Ukraine state. One nuclear company said that Russia’s seizure of the area meant crews were no longer able to monitor radiation levels there. According to Reuters, Argo, Adam also stated radiation levels in the exclusion zone and beyond including not only Ukraine, but also other countries could significantly worsen. If there is any good news out of Tru noble. It’s the fact that on Sunday, March 20th, after about 600 hours inside in a hostage situation, 64 people were allowed to leave the Tru noble nuclear power plant. After more than three weeks, without a break, 50 shift workers were among those allowed to go. And they were replaced by 46 employee volunteers from Ukraine, this amounts to about half the staff at the site that actually runs the safety systems at the facility. As yet, it is UNC clear when or whether the remaining workers will be able to rotate out the state nuclear regulatory inspectorate of Ukraine has said that some maintenance and repairs at she noble could not be carried out because of quote, the psychological moral and physical fatigue of the personnel anonymous.
The online on hacktivist group has hacked into the website of rose AUM, defacing the website, but also putting out the assurance that I have not put the operation of any nuclear reactor at risk will have links up to several articles on Ukraine, including what comes after Russia’s attack on a Ukrainian nuclear power station by Carnegie, senior fellow mark Hibbs, nuclear information service, joining Ukrainian calls for sanctions on Russian nuclear industry. Russia’s energy cloud. Doesn’t just come from oil and gas. It’s also a key nuclear supplier and a key article from the New York times as Russia in what’s the risk of nuclear war quote. It’s not zero. And in Japan on March 16, a pair of earthquakes hit the Fukushima region, a magnitude 7.3 followed by a slightly weaker quake. It hit offshore in the same area as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The tsunami alarms did go off, but the two that hit were both under one meter in height and did no further damage.
Current reports from the quake are one death, 88 injured and 2 million homes that lost power. A series of radioactive waste containers stored outdoors at Tecos Fukushima site were and tilted by the earthquake eight one meter square containers. Toppled over four of them were damaged and the contents exposed as low dose used protective clothing. The coolant pumps for spent fuel pools were shut down at the number one and number three reactors with pump operations recovered after two hours, warping of a panel opening in a door at the number one reactor building that releases pressure in emergencies to prevent hydrogen explosions. And what has been described as a fist sized space in that panel opening, but quote, no radioactive substances were confirmed to have leaked. According to TECO. I just question their use of the term. Not confirmed there, we’ll have this week’s featured interview in just a moment, but first the baby has arrived.
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Some people know more about your Noble’s truth. And this week we have one of the best of them. Kate brown is the author of the award winning manual for survival Acher noble guide to the future. Arguably one of the best books on sure. Noble that has ever been written. She is an historian of environmental and nuclear history at MIT and the author of Pluto Topia, which won seven major awards here. She shares information that is as timely now as it was when we spoke on Monday, April 15th, 2019, Kate brown. I am so thrilled to have you here today on nuclear hot seed.
It’s great to be here, Libby. Thanks for inviting me,
Figuring out the truth about Cher. Noble was an enormous complex mind boggling project. What drew you to this area of research in the first place and how did you get started?
Originally? I was interested in the nuclear security state. And so I started, I wrote a book called Pluto Topia about the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. And while I was working that story, these I wasn’t interested in, in health or environment, but these farmers who lived down wind and down river from these two plutonium plants, the Soviet and American one were telling about their health problems and they thought it very similar strain health problems and similar across this huge divide between the Siberian Soviet site and the Eastern Washington American site. And I, so I started working to try to figure out what that meant to if they were right, what scientists thought. And I got a little bit into that story when I, in that book, Pluto, Topia, but I felt like I didn’t really get the, so this is almost a sequel.
And I thought, well, Cherno was a civilian site. It wasn’t a military site. So it was more, more open. It, it exposed far more people and it was later, it was in the 1980s rather than the, you know, the forties and fifties and sixties. So I went into the archives and found his sort of Kandi of health records in many points. I was the first to check out these records cause it was pLS����