Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving in the USA: A time for gluttony, thanks, and hope...

Many Americans today are enjoying a factory-raised defrosted frozen turkey, a box of stuffing (just add water!), dried reconstituted mashed potato mixture (just add more water!), a box of gravy (microwave and serve!), a can of string beans (tastes just like mom used to make), jellied cranberry sauce (ditto), store-bought pumpkin and apple pies, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

Today we live like kings: Drunken kings of gluttony.

At this time of year, most Americans also give pause -- a moment's pause before going shopping -- for things we are thankful for. I have a lot to be thankful for this year: The twin nuclear power plant near where I live was closed permanently -- my thanks to the activists who fought to keep it shut, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who wouldn't let it re-open, and to the plant's owners/operators, Southern California Edison, for finally giving up on that rusty old behemoth. Cancer rates in the area are likely to go down, and thanks to the National Academy of Science, a study which may reveal that possibility is being undertaken.

My wife's cancer is being treated, first with a mastectomy last August (on our 36th wedding anniversary), now with chemo drug therapy, next with radiation therapy, and then with (anti-)hormone therapy (for ten years). But she's alive and the prognosis is good, so I am thankful for that.

And meanwhile, she's going to try a new procedure as an experiment during the rest of her chemo sessions, something I proposed and her doctors approved: Exercise DURING the chemo session! I believe that it's the best way to get the chemo drugs into the cells where they're needed. It's well known that cancer cells need a lot of blood and force the body to supply it by building extra blood vessels into the cancer cluster(s). By exercising while the cancer drugs are being administered, instead of sitting practically motionless the whole time, we believe the drugs will be much more effective. We proposed the exercise program to my wife's oncologist and we're planning to begin a larger research project to study the idea, with her as the first patient. Most of the nausea and weakness you hear about from chemo are after-effects, NOT what happens while the drugs are being administered. (Many of the modern chemo combinations are much better than previously, too.) Chemo drugs kill fast-dividing cells, but to do so, they need to reach every cancerous cell in the body. Getting the blood pumping seems the best way to make that happen.

So perhaps I have more to be thankful for than most people right now. Fukushima is far, far away... or is it? It's in everything I ate and drank today. It's in everything I will eat and drink tomorrow, and every day for the rest of my life. Just as surely as a few atoms of great Caesar's last breath are mixed into every breath WE take, so too, is Fukushima, and people need to be aware of this fact.

Below is a Thanksgiving greeting from the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network, and a link to a video of Cathy Iwane, speaking at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's "Waste Confidence" hearing in Carlsbad, California on November 18th, 2013. We've got to stop the radioactive pollution of the planet, first, by closing the nuclear power plants and military reactors, and then securing ALL the waste.

Ace Hoffman
Carlsbad, CA

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Cathy Iwane speaking at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's "Waste Confidence" hearing in Carlsbad, California November 18, 2013

http://youtu.be/ws-5Hb66Gos

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FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT AWARENESS NETWORK BRINGS YOU A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY GREETING!

FFAN'S THANKSGIVING RECIPE FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE

1. DONATE your time and/or money to FFAN's crucial effort TODAY!

2. SIGN FFAN's Food Safety Petition "Say Bye Bye Becquerels! KEEP HARMFUL RADIOACTIVITY OUT OF OUR CHILDREN'S FOOD!"

3. SUBMIT Your Comment to the FDA: Insist they lower the acceptable levels of radioactive contaminants allowable in our food supply.

4. WRITE A LETTER (sample here) to your Representative to demand FDA do their jobs to protect our families by monitoring our food supply.

5. JOIN FFAN on Facebook to get up-to-date information. Radiation continues to emit from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plants, affecting the global environment and food supply. Education and awareness are key.

6. DONATE $5 TO FFAN TODAY! Help us continue this vital work.

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LET'S GIVE OUR CHILDREN A CHANCE FOR A HEALTHY LIFE!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stop The Nuclear Waste Con Job! Attend NRC Public Hearing tomorrow (Monday, 11/18/2013) in Carlsbad, California!

Tomorrow (Monday, November 18th, 2013) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is meeting in Carlsbad, California, one of about 15 meetings with the public in which the public is not allowed to show videos or even slide shows, and will have their time cut off even if only a few people show up, just because the NRC doesn't like people to have the time to complete a complicated thought. Unfortunately, nuclear waste is a very complicated problem which needs a lot of thought.

Please come to Carlsbad tomorrow evening to talk about getting nuclear waste out of the area. We no longer have an operating nuclear power plant nearby, but nearly every pound of deadly waste it ever produced sits dangerously unprotected and dangerously close to nearly 9 million people within 50 miles, and about 20 million more just beyond the 50 mile mark in Tijuana, Los Angeles and other nearby communities. San Onofre produced about 4 million pounds of high level nuclear waste over the 40+ years of operation of the three reactors, and unless the citizens demand it be removed -- it will just sit there for hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of years, until a terrorist, airplane, tsunami, earthquake, or rust and embrittlement damage it and cause a release of its deadly contents. The waste is much more deadly now than ever, and needs proper long-term arrangements NOW -- NOT any "temporary" solution which involves leaving the waste sitting on our coast for up to 100 years, only to be repackaged (somehow, at great danger to the workers and community) and left to sit for another century!

San Onofre is closed but the danger still remains. This is our best chance to do something about it. This hearing was postponed due to the government shutdown and is part of a federally-mandated requirement that the NRC pay attention to the community voices on the issue of "Waste Confidence" -- but there is NOT cause for ANY confidence in the federal nuclear waste management procedures!

Please come out to Carlsbad tomorrow. Enjoy our fine restaurants at all price levels (see list below) and then give the NRC a piece of your mind.

Ace Hoffman
Carlsbad, CA

My 2 minute video on nuclear waste (recorded October, 2013):
http://youtu.be/2m2sr78g9uI

My 30 minute video on nuclear waste (recorded July, 2013):
http://youtu.be/xfVx-UysJoI

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Coalition to Decommission San Onofre (CDSO) and
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

PRESS RELEASE AND MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Donna Gilmore, SanOnofreSafety.org 949-204-7794 donnagilmore@gmail.com
Martha Sullivan, Women Occupy San Diego, 858-945-6273 marthasullivan@mac.com
Glenn Pascall, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, 949-248-3183 gpascall@att.net
Gary Headrick, San Clemente Green, 949-218-4051 gary@sanclementegreen.org

Stop the Nuclear Waste Con!

November 14, 2013 (Carlsbad, CA) The NRC Draft Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement is unacceptable. Much of it appears to be based on unsubstantiated hope.

WHAT: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Meeting to receive comments on the Draft Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement Report and Proposed Rule.

WHEN: MONDAY, November 18, 2013
5 p.m. CDSO Press Conference
5 - 7 p.m. Overpass Light Brigade
6 - 7 p.m. NRC Open House (Q&A with NRC Staff)
7 - 10 p.m. NRC Public Comment Meeting

WHERE: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad CA 92008

Background: As described by the NRC Chairman, Alison Macfarlane, in a recent speech, "in June 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the NRC's 2010 Waste Confidence rule. In the court's opinion, the Commission's conclusion that a high-level waste repository would be available 'when necessary' lacked an appropriate discussion of the environmental consequences of failing to achieve that objective. The ruling also expressed concern about potential spent fuel pool leaks and fires. In the time since the court issued its decision … NRC staff has been working to revise the Waste Confidence rule and develop a generic environmental impact statement. From the beginning, the Commission made it clear that public involvement must be an essential part of this process. Starting last month, the NRC has been holding a series of public meetings around the country to get important input for our final products." [1]

The public meeting in Carlsbad on November 18, 2013, is one of 12 being held by the NRC around the country to take comment on the Draft "Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement" Report,[2] including a second California public meeting in San Luis Obispo on November 20th. See complete schedule at:

http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/wcd/pub-involve.html#schedule

Stop the Nuclear Waste Con: "The NRC Draft Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) is unacceptable. Much of it appears to be based on unsubstantiated hope and it ignores the unsolved problems of high burnup fuel. The NRC won't approve short-term storage or transport of high burnup used nuclear fuel because they have no confidence it is safe," states Donna Gilmore of SanOnofreSafety.org. The Waste Confidence GEIS needs to address:

HIGH BURNUP FUEL ­ Too hot to handle

No short-term storage or transportation solutions for high burnup fuel waste.[3]
The NRC and DOE are concerned with the instability of high burnup nuclear waste in both storage and transport, yet the NRC continues approving this dangerous fuel for reactors.

The NRC won't approve high burnup dry cask storage over 20 years because they have NO CONFIDENCE it can be stored longer without releasing radiation into the environment, even though it must be stored for thousands of years.

The NRC won't approve transportation[4] of high burnup used fuel because they have NO CONFIDENCE it can be transported without releasing radiation into the environment.

San Onofre's high burnup used fuel is so hot and radioactive, it requires up to a MINIMUM 20 YEARS cooling in the crowded spent fuel pools, instead of the minimum 5 years for lower burnup fuel.

Generic Environmental Impact Statement ­ NOT acceptable for California

California didn't "sign up" for permanent (100+ years) nuclear waste dumps.

California nuclear waste sits in the world's earthquake "ring of fire", the same as Fukushima, the most active and dangerous earthquake zone in the world. California's nuclear waste is surrounded by known active earthquake faults and the USGS says no one has ever predicted a major earthquake.

California's nuclear waste sits along an eroding coastline, in tsunami zones, and is exposed to a highly humid and corrosive coastal environment. NRC's NUREG/CR-7030 states atmospheric corrosion of sea salt can lead to stress corrosion cracking within 32 and 128 weeks in austenitic [corrosion resistant] stainless steel canisters.[5]

It would be impossible to evacuate the millions of people living near California's waste. Of the 34 million people in California, over 8.5 million reside within 50 miles of San Onofre.

A radiological disaster impacts the nation's and world's security, economy and food supply.
· California is the eight ranking economy in the world, virtually tied with Italy and the Russian Federation, and larger than Canada, Australia and Spain.[6]

· More than 40 percent of containerized imports enter the country through California ports, and nearly 30 percent of the country's exports depart through them.[7]

· California produces nearly half of the U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. California remained the number one state in cash farm receipts in 2011, with its $43.5 billion in revenue representing 11.6 percent of the U.S. total. U. S. consumers regularly purchase several crops produced solely in California.[8]

· San Onofre is located adjacent to the primary vehicle transportation artery between Los Angeles and San Diego (I-5), and one of the largest military installations (and targets) on the West Coast (Camp Pendleton).

We oppose NRC's proposed rule that future licensing can be based on the assumption spent fuel can be safely stored above ground virtually forever.

In the proposed NRC rule[9] that accompanies the draft GEIS, the NRC proposes to incorporate into every reactor license the Draft GEIS' conclusion that spent fuel can be safely stored above ground indefinitely.

This proposal would in effect forbid any further public discussion, in individual reactor licensing actions, of the serious question of whether generation of additional spent fuel is justifiable in light of the absence of any means of safe disposal.

The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre includes Citizens Oversight, Inc., Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Clemente Green, SanOnofreSafety.org, and Women Occupy San Diego. For more information on nuclear waste, go to SanOnofreSafety.org.

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[1] http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1330/ML13309A775.pdf
[2] http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1322/ML13224A106.pdf
[3] Sources for high burnup information at http://sanonofresafety.org/nuclear-waste/
[4] http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/isg/isg-11R3.pdf
[5] Atmospheric Stress Corrosion Cracking Susceptibility of Welded and Unwelded 304, 304L, and 316L Austenitic Stainless Steels Commonly Used for Dry Cask Storage Containers Exposed to Marine Environments (NUREG/CR-7030) http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1031/ML103120081.pdf
[6] http://www.ccsce.com/PDF/Numbers-July-2013-CA-Economy-Rankings-2012.pdf, http://www.dof.ca.gov/HTML/FS_DATA/LatestEconData/FS_Misc.htm
[7] Pacific Merchant Shipping Association 11/10/13 http://www.pmsaship.com/default.aspx?ID=8
[8] California Agricultural Statistics USDA October 31, 2012 http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/California/Publications/California_Ag_Statistics/Reports/2011cas-all.pdf
[9] http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1325/ML13256A004.pdf

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Some fine dining choices in Carlsbad, California (excluding large chains):
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$$$:
Paon (2975 Roosevelt St) http://www.paoncarlsbad.com/
French and worth every penny -- I love it when someone takes me! Reservations recommended.

$$:
Armenian Cafe (101) http://www.thearmeniancafe.com/
Delicious Mediterranean food, with a garlic dip to die for! I think it's 98% garlic. Belly dancing and music Friday and Saturday nights

Greek Corner Cafe North County (Marron Rd) http://www.greekcornercafe.com/
(Also delicious Mediterranean food, but without the garlic dip.)

Village Kitchen & Pie Shoppe (950 Tamarack Ave.) (yes, their pies are wonderful!)
Harbor Fish Cafe (3179 Carlsbad Blvd) (friendly, great view, fresh fish!)
Spiritos Pizza, (North Carlsbad Plaza) (great crust!)
Thai Bistro, (3050 Pio Pico Dr.) (peanut sauce!)
Pizza Port (Carlsbad Village Drive) (home-made beer and root beer!)
New York Pizza (Roosevelt St) (triple-garlic pizza!)
French Bakery Cafe (1005 Carlsbad Village Dr) (great salads and deserts!)
Fish House Vera Cruz (Carlsbad Village Drive) (get it grilled!)
Mas Fina Cantina (State St) (say "hi" to the tall bartender!)
Jay's Pizza (Carlsbad Village Drive & 101) (clam pizza!)
Peking Garden (6990 El Camino Real) (duck!)

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Pronto's (Roosevelt St.) (lunch only)
Kasi Indian Restaurant (2675 Gateway Rd #101) (spicy hot sauce!)
Vinaka's Cafe (300 Carlsbad Village Dr #211) (deserts!)
SunFlour Bagel (6955 El Camino Real) (Awesome onion bagels especially!)

Virtually all Mexican restaurants in Carlsbad are terrific and cheap!

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Update on Sharon's breast cancer treatment:
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My wife of 36 years, Sharon, has completed her second of six post-mastectomy chemotherapy treatments at UCSD. Treatments should be completed by mid-February, to be followed by radiation therapy for an inoperable cancerous intermammary lymph node.

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An Expose of the Nuclear Industry
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