USS Reagan sailor Steve Simmons and his wife, Summer
Steve Simmons, a 17-year Navy veteran who served on the USS Ronald Reagan when it was called to do humanitarian aid work in Japan following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which began the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He is one of 112 sailors currently suing Fukushima Daiichi power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company – TEPCO – to create a $1 billion fund to cover medical expenses for all the armed forces personnel whose health has been devastated by their exposure to radiation.
NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
Surf’s up! Anyone want to go swimming at a cesium-laden beach in northeast Japan? Of course not! So just don’t test for cesium – et voila! – problem goes away… er, not!
- More suspect nuclear waste containers identified at WIPP repository in Carlsbad, NM; radiation spike believed linked to removal of filters.
- TEPCO breaks vow, refuses more compensation for Fukushima nuclear victims.
- Tokyo supermarket sells Fukushima tomatoes for half price; sells out fast!
- Earthquakes Without Faultlines in New Mexico near WIPP and New York near Indian Point;
- Hurricane Arthur and Japanese Super-Typhoon Neoguri menace nuclear plants in their path; emergency prep measures taken.
- Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott, who was founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Founder of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, debunks thorium reactors: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-caldicott/thorium_b_5546137.html
- EPA wants to raise radiation limits by a factor of 350! Tell EPA head Gina McCarthy (who was responsible for the EPA’s RadNet monitors not working in the immediate aftermath of Fukushima) what they can do with the proposed new standards; public input requested:http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/#publicinput