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Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up (

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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 5, 2023
The Dangers if Tritium Large amounts of the radioactive substance tritium are planned to be released into the Hudson River from Indian Point nuclear plant site, 25 miles north of New York City, and also from the site of the ruined Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan, this 1.3 million tons of tritium-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima plants, into the Pacific Ocean. Tritium can't be filtered out of water. How dangerous is tritium?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 4, 2023
The Oppenheimer movie and the Manhattan Project Oppenheimer, the movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, is a great film, extraordinary, as most movie reviews are accurately saying, and so, so important.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 24, 2023
Putting the Nuclear Genie Back in the Bottle With the film Oppenheimer opening this Friday and being widely heralded by media, and this past Sunday the 78th anniversary noted of the first explosion of a nuclear device, and, so importantly, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons becoming international law, the time for putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle has arrived with great timeliness and strength.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 23, 2022
"Guinea Pig Nation" -- NRC seeks greatly reduced safety regulations for "advanced" nuclear power plants The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeeks to reduce government safety regulations for what the nuclear industry calls "advanced" nuclear power plants. Dr. Edwin Lyman, Director of Nuclear Power Safety with the Union of Concerned Scientists, details this in a presentation titled "Guinea Pig Nation: How the NRC's new licensing rules could turn communities into test beds for risky, experimental nuclear plants."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 16, 2022
Duck and Cover -- from FEMA Among the 100 booths at the Shinnecock Indian Powwow, an annual event of the Shinnecock Nation on its territory in Southampton, N.Y., was this Labor Day weekend a Federal Emergency Management Agency booth with a flier headed: "Be Prepared For A Nuclear Explosion."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2022
"50 Years a Doctor" A physician long active in the New York Metropolitan Area has written a candid and remarkably honest book titled "50 Years A Doctor, The Journey of Sickness and Health, Four Plagues and the Pandemic." Ronald Halweil, M.D., has practiced in New York City and New Jersey. A resident of Southampton on Long Island, he tells first in his book of the changes in medicine through his half-century as a doctor.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 13, 2022
"New Space Race Is Going Nuclear" "The New Space Race is Going Nuclear" was the title of an hour webinar presented last week by the American Nuclear Society. The discussion featured five very enthusiastic advocates of using atomic energy in space.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2022
Nuclear Waste -- Threat for Millions of Years What should be done about nuclear waste? Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist for the organization Beyond Nuclear, notes that some nuclear waste stays radioactive for millions of years. "Iodine-129 that is produced in reactors has a 15.7 million-year half-life," he points out. Iodine-129 would thus be radioactive for 314 million years. He says of nuclear waste, first, "we should stop making it."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2022
When Hitler Could Have Been Overthrown If the German army had been opposed when Hitler ordered 20,000 troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in 1936, members of the German General Staff, in interrogations by U.S. military officers and intelligence agents, said they would have moved to overthrow Hitler, said Peter Sichel last week. Sichel was an officer of the OSS during World War II and afterwards chief of the CIA base in Berlin. How does this relate to Ukraine?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
Invasion of Ukraine: "An Illegal War of Aggression." The brutal invasion of Ukraine that Vladimir Putin has had Russia launch and he is leading is an international crime. As the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy declared yesterday, it is "an illegal war of aggression." The UN Charter, it notes, prohibits the "threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 2, 2021
No Militarization of Space Act Introduced in U.S. Congress A "No Militarization of Space Act" has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. It is sponsored by five members of the House of Representatives led by Representative Jared Huffman who, in a statement, called the U.S. Space Force "costly and unnecessary." .
This Is What A New Space Arms Race Will Look Like Kamikaze satellites, orbital lasers, and anti-satellite missiles--, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 30, 2021
Weapons in Space "Cannot Be Walked Back" "Let's be clear: Deploying weapons in space crosses a threshold that cannot be walked back," says retired U.S. Army Colonel John Fairlamb. And the world is at a crossroads in this regard. Russia and China -- and U.S. neighbor Canada -- have been pressing for an expansion of the Outer Space Treaty that would ban all weapons in space. But the has been opposing this at the United Nations.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Plutonium, Perseverance and the Spellbound Press With all the media hoopla last week about the Perseverance rover, frequently unreported was that its energy source is plutonium -- considered the most lethal of all radioactive substances -- and nowhere in media that NASA projected 1-in-960 odds of the plutonium being released in an accident on the mission.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
Academies Report Urges Nuclear-Powered Rockets for Trips to Mars and Lays Out NASA-U.S. Military "Synergies" A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine advocates rocket propulsion for U.S. missions to Mars and lays out NASA-U.S. military "synergies."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Biden Must Inspect America's Embrittled Nuclear-Power Plants Of all the daunting tasks Joe Biden faces, especially vital is the inspection of dangerously embrittled atomic reactors still operating in the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2021
The Leadership Institute -- Training Operation for Right-Wingers We're familiar with Fox, the TV propaganda arm of the Trump administration, remaining a far right-wing outlet under Rupert Murdoch. And we're becoming aware of other radical-right efforts to indoctrinate people. But largely flying under the radar has been the training operation for right-wingers to be taught to work the media, infiltrate government and otherwise promote a right-wing agenda--the Leadership Institute.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
"Our a resounding no" -- to letting nuclear plants run for 100 years The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a "public meeting" this week on allowing nuclear power plants to run for 100 years. "Our position and that of our constituents is a resounding no," declared Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project at the national organization Beyond Nuclear.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2021
Trump and His Key Long Island Enablers Donald Trump has gotten pivotal support from a father and daughter combination of billionaire Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer functioning out of Suffolk County on Long Island. Suffolk, further, has been the base of one of the most ardent Trump devotees in the U.S. Congress, Lee Zeldin. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, Jr. bought a residence in Suffolk --in the Hamptons--and there's been discussion of his running for Congress.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2021
Donald Trump Has Been the Worst President in the History of the United States Donald Trump has been the worst president in the history of the United States. The attack by his supporters on the Capitol was a capstone of his presidency -- lawless, an attack on democracy, a U.S. counterpart of the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s.
Nuclear power plant, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2021
Asking for Nuclear Disaster -- NRC Considers Extending Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses to 100 Years Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years. "It is crazy," declares Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert.

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