Received the catalog from the Warp Drive exhibition by the amazing Gaku Tsutaja at the Muraki Gallery for the Panels in Tokyo today!

Normalizing radiation:

"Ministry plans tests on reusing Fukushima soil in Tokyo area"

"The Environment Ministry is eyeing the Tokyo metropolitan area for its first trial runs outside Fukushima Prefecture on reusing soil decontaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster, The Asahi Shimbun learned on Dec. 6.

Reusing the soil is part of the government’s efforts to reduce that volume before disposal.

Under the experiment in Tokorozawa, decontaminated soil will be reused for lawns, and tests will be conducted to verify changes in radiation doses in the air.

For the trial runs in Tokyo and Ibaraki Prefecture, the soil will be used for parking lots and flower beds.

'We would like to use the experiments to gain public understanding regarding the reuse of the soil' Minister Akihiro Nishimura said at a news conference on Dec. 6"


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More fallout from the WestLake Landfill contamination in suburban St. Louis:

"Hazelwood Central Football Field Could Have Radioactive Contamination"

"Contaminated soil from Jana Elementary School was used to level the football field at Hazelwood Central.

The waste emanated from the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, located north of downtown St. Louis. facilities processed most of the uranium used to build the first atomic bombs.

Mallinckrodt atomic weapon waste was moved and stored at a site north of St. Louis Lambert International Airport from 1947 until the late 1960s. This toxic waste, however, was improperly stored, allowing it to leach into the Coldwater Creek, which runs a short distance from Jana."


@nuclearhumanities @envhist @sts @histodons

Hiroshima on August 7th, the day after the nuclear attack. Photograph by Mitsugi Kishida, as displayed in the Memorial Museum


The "B-21 Raider" new bomber

What passes for in the US rather than affordable housing and healthcare

Cost = Secret

#829798 of why we can't have nice things in America. The permanent war economy endures

A personal piece from my blog, written in 2018:

"What Holocaust Survivors Told Me When I was Growing Up"

"The Skokie of the late 1960s and early 1970s felt like the safest place on Earth...Against that implicitly felt safety thought, were the admonitions of the generation before us, especially the survivors. My family did not have Holocaust survivors, our ancestors came to America escaping the shtetls of Eastern Europe at the turn of the century. But often at friend’s houses, their parents or grandparents would say to us—don’t be so sure that it will always be safe here, things could change in a second and we could lose everything. They sounded a bit like Grandpa Simpson would later sound. Sure, sure we thought, they just say that, but nothing can happen here. That happened there, in the old country. And we went outside and played Capture the Flag or Statue Maker."

Deal reached to address 2 leaking nuke waste tanks

"A deal to address two nuclear waste storage tanks that are leaking radioactive materials into the soil in Washington state was reached Thursday between the state and the U.S. DOE. The waste is left over from the production of plutonium for weapons on the Nuclear Reservation near , Washington.

From World War II through the Cold War, Hanford produced more than 70 tons of plutonium, including for the atomic bomb dropped on , Japan, at the end of World War II. When production ceased in 1989, the site's mission shifted to cleaning up the chemical and waste left behind, including 56 million gallons of waste stored in 177 giant underground tanks.

The DOE announced in April 2021 that Tank B-109 was leaking waste into the surrounding soil. Tank T-111 was discovered to be leaking in 2013."

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"Radioactive Contamination Of Marine Sediments Pinpoints Year The Anthropocene Began"

"Plutonium isotopes were detected in a study published in Scientific Reports that looked at corals and marine sediments in the NW Pacific Ocean. The site is close to the coast of a region of where in the 1950s tests were being carried out.

There was a clear increase in the sedimentary record, samples revealed, beginning in the 1950s, spiking in the 1960s, and dropping off dramatically into the 1970s. Based on their measurements, the paper’s authors estimate that the epoch could be said to have begun in 1954, and they are confident as to the reliability of the sediment record found in Beppu Bay


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"How Britain plans to bury its nuclear waste"

"A popular seaside town is a contender for storing Britain's spent nuclear fuel"

One more bad solution to a problem that has been dismissed for almost a century, but which will pose risk to living creatures for millennia


"A ‘Chernobyl in Slow Motion’ Under Arctic Seas"

"Thousands of radioactive objects — including spent fuel and corroding nuclear reactors — lie at the bottom of several Arctic seas"

"According to the Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, scuttled items include 14 nuclear reactors, spent fuel, 19 ships containing radioactive waste, and three nuclear submarines complete with reactors. And the longer these trashed items — especially the highly radioactive fuel-loaded submarines — stay lodged on the seabeds, the more hazardous they become."


Online and in person conference

Chernobyl as a Historical Caesura: Environment, Politics, and Society

organized by the Departments of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Naples Federico II, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, the Department of History of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla University, the CNR-ISMED, and the Scuola Superiore Meridionale of Naples.

The conference will take place in Naples on 5-6 December 2022

"Concrete melted off ‘pedestal’ for damaged reactor in Fukushima"


"The concrete support foundation for a reactor whose core melted down at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has deteriorated so much that reinforcing bars (rebars) are now exposed.

Masao Uchibori, governor of Fukushima Prefecture, has expressed concerns about the earthquake resistance of the 'pedestal' for the No. 1 reactor at the crippled plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

Strong quakes struck off the coast of the prefecture in 2021 and 2022."

Big news

"France opens archives related to nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific"

"France has opened its archives to the vast majority of documents related to its nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific.

The defence ministry said President Emmanuel Macron had acknowledged that France owed a debt to French Polynesia for having carried out nearly 200 nuclear tests between 1966 and 1996.

It said Marcon had asked for the complete opening of the archives with the exception of the most sensitive military data.

According to the ministry, 594 boxes at the Defence History Service have so far been identified and processed, meaning 81,980 documents are now declassified and accessible for researchers.

It said only 40 documents were withheld."


"Will Radioactive Water From Pilgrim Plant Be Released Into Cape Cod Bay? Update Expected Monday"

NBC Boston:

"An update is expected Monday night on the potential for radioactive water to be released into Cape Cod Bay as part of the decommissioning of a former nuclear power plant, but environmental activists who have resisted the idea all along said they won't be satisfied unless 'not one drop' is discharged into the ocean."

"War puts cleanup of Russia’s radioactive wrecks on ice"


"When Russia assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021, Moscow brought the environmentally minded eight-nation body an ambitious proposal. Over the next 14 years, it would raise from the depths of the Arctic a toxic array of rusting nuclear garbage—including two entire nuclear submarines—that had been dumped during the Soviet era.

After the Iron Curtain fell, the disturbing scale of this legacy came to light. It was revealed that at Andreyeva Bay, a nuclear submarine refueling site just 60 kilometers from the Norwegian border, 600,000 metric tons of irradiated water leaked into the Barents Sea from a nuclear fuel storage pool in 1982. The site contained 22,000 spent nuclear fuel assemblies pulled from more than 100 subs, many kept in rusted containers stored in the open air."

International Forum: Don't contaminate the oceans with radioactivity!

The JP government and TEPCO are preparing to release “ALPS-treated” contaminated water from the Daiichi power plant into the Pacific Ocean despite strong opposition from both within and outside of .

The JP government has stated that it will not take any action without the consent of relevant stakeholders. However, everyone who shares the Pacific Ocean will be affected. Japan must consult not only Japanese fishermen, but also other communities in Japan and other parts of the world, including Pacific Island nations.

Let's listen to the voices of young Marshallese in the Pacific, whose livelihoods depend on the ocean, and people active in the West Coast of the United States. As people to together live in different parts of the Pacific Rim, let us collaborate to find a way to halt the dumping of radioactive water into the ocean.

Dec 17 (JST):

How drones are helping monitor Kyrgyzstan’s radioactive legacy

An accident in 1958 and more than two decades of mining led to contamination. Now, airborne monitoring is helping.

"In 1958, heavy rainfall and seismic activity caused a dam failure that pushed 14 million cubic feet of waste into the Maylu-Suu river that runs through the town. Downstream, the river flows into the Ferghana valley of Central Asia, an area split between , Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and a region home to 14 million people. The 1958 disaster contaminated the river and areas downstream, leaving a visceral legacy in the memories of those who witnessed it."

Popular Science:

Still time to register for this great online event.

Nuclear Dangers: A Zoom Discussion with Prof. Martin E. Hellman and Prof. Benôit Pélopidas

Professors Martin E. Hellman and Benoît Pelopidas will discuss the case for why luck can not be a viable when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons. They will consider the very concept of luck and what it truly means, the evidence of its role in the past, how current doctrines are relying on it today, and what that means for the Ukraine War. Says Prof. Hellman, “Those who discount the risk of the War leading to a war are probably right, but probably is not an adequate assurance when our nation’s survival is at stake.” Join us for what promises to be a provocative discussion.

Nov 29, 2022 11:00 AM Pacific Time:

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