Nuclear Weapons Production: The Ultimate Trans Generational Crime Against Humanity

President Obama holds a press conference at the Nuclear Security Summit (Public Domain)

Washington – Frustrated by the fact President Obama’s nuclear summit last month was undermined by the reality that the United States and other attendees had actually increased spending on all things nuclear, anti-nuclear activists point out there are still no practical answers to nuclear waste from weapons and power production.

Further, political promises of technical solutions to nuclear waste have all ended in failure. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deep involvement in the failed Mixed Oxide Fuel program of the United States has raised serious questions of any real reforms coming from a second Clinton Presidency. So far the failed program to convert nuclear warhead pits to plutonium reactor fuel has cost almost $50 billion including the failed small pilot plant at the Savannah River Site has been defunded by President Obama.

Accidents, explosions and other major program failures costing billions at Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities are not being ignored around the world. Lawyers from Japan and Europe are frustrated by Administrations in Japan, France and the United States that pushing nuclear power and ignoring the warnings of scientists about the result waste and health dangers. The fact that these civil nuclear power efforts depend on huge taxpayer assistance and require legislative protection to protect shareholders from liability should these plants expose the public to radiation. Continue reading Nuclear Weapons Production: The Ultimate Trans Generational Crime Against Humanity

The Secret History of Nuclear Proliferation

DC Bureau Editor and Public Education Center President Joe Trento is presenting National Security News Service’s investigation into The Secret History of Nuclear Proliferation to the International Conference on the Streets and in Court Justice and Faith Against Nuclear Risks in Frankfurt, Germany. The presentation is the culmination of decades of work by Trento and his colleagues at NSNS. We especially acknowledge the work of NSNS reporter David Armstrong, who co-authored America and The Islamic Bomb (Steerforth Random House 2007) with Trento.

National Security News Services work on Japan’s secret nuclear weapons program under the guise of nuclear power was presented at the 2015 conference and that reporting along with other presentations at that conference help convince Pope Frances to announce his moral opposition to nuclear power.

It had been cold and overcast in London all in the fall of 2004. Dark clouds were rolling in as British customs agent Atif Amin headed home for the weekend. Amin, a tall, native-born British citizen of Pakistani descent was then just thirty-five years old. Amin had already spent years tracking some of the world’s most sinister characters. From opium-smuggling warlords in Afghanistan, sanctions-busting arms dealers supplying weapons to paramilitary groups in Montenegro and Africa, and finally a shadowy international network of nuclear arms traffickers. While he could claim real and meaningful successes, he was also frustrated by the degree to which politics interfered with his investigations. Continue reading The Secret History of Nuclear Proliferation

Frackers Use EPA Draft Water Report To Raise Doubts On Science

Anschutz Exploration Corp. began drilling two natural gas wells at this site in Big Flats, N.Y., in 2010.

Last month’s Environmental Protection Agency draft report on fracking’s impact on U.S. drinking water served up a sound-bite gift to the energy industry for its fight against the spread of state and local fracking bans.

While the 998-page report cited specific instances where gas drilling contaminated water wells, the nation’s headline writers by a wide margin seized on the take-away line from the executive summary: The EPA “did not find evidence” that modern hydraulic fracturing has “led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”

In the body of the report, EPA states that it may have undercounted those impacts because “there is insufficient pre- and post-fracturing data on the quality of drinking water resources. This inhibits a determination of the frequency of impacts.” Continue reading Frackers Use EPA Draft Water Report To Raise Doubts On Science

After Congress Gutted Propane Market Reform, Industry Doubles Down on Secretive Storage Plan

Propane trucks load at Teppco’s terminal in Watkins Glen

After failing to convince Congress to fix the root causes of propane shortages and price spikes that rocked the Midwest and Northeast last winter, the U.S. propane industry is now throwing its full weight behind a secretive underground storage project in western New York. Industry’s renewed support for that private sector option comes after Congress gutted a 2014 bill to scope out and fund regional propane storage sites.

Now even the make-do private solution is in serious jeopardy. State regulators have already taken five years to evaluate Crestwood Midstream’s plan to store 88 million gallons of liquid petroleum gas, or LPG, in abandoned salt caverns near Seneca Lake. They are still, at a minimum, months away from deciding whether to grant the storage permit. Continue reading After Congress Gutted Propane Market Reform, Industry Doubles Down on Secretive Storage Plan