The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race

The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race

The West Lake municipal landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri is not your ordinary solid waste landfill. By virtue of the highly radiotoxic wastes dumped there, it is a de facto nuclear waste disposal site – a legacy of the U.S. nuclear weapons program (see Figures 1 and...
Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization

Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization

Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story asserting that cesium-137 from the Fukushima nuclear accident found in Bluefish tuna on the west coast of the U.S. is harmless. It’s not harmless. The Fukushima nuclear accident released about as much cesium-137...

Fixing America’s Nuclear Waste Storage Problem

In March 1992 George Galatis, a nuclear engineer at the Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford, Connecticut, became alarmed during a refueling. The reactor had to be shut down and the full radioactive core of the Unit 1 reactor, which held thousands of rods, was...
America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

Now that many Americans have stopped paying attention to Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, shocking new details about its severity are finally coming to light. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently revealed that the cores of three of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi...
Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee Spring Film and Discussion Series

Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee Spring Film and Discussion Series

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang is a poignant and potent political documentary that exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation. Paul Jacobs is himself a victim of lung cancer, that would kill him before this picture was...
What About The Spent Fuel?

What About The Spent Fuel?

In this 2002 article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Robert Alvarez warned about the dangers posed by the practice of indefinitely leaving spent fuel rods in nuclear reactors. Nine years later, as workers at the Fukushima Nuclear site in Japan attempt to...

Hamid Karzai Moves From Lightweight To Heavyweight In Afghan Politics

Key Points U.S. political intrigue and bombing campaigns played a major role in destabilizing Cambodia between 1969 and 1975. Between 1.5 and 2 million people were killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975-79. The extra-constitutional seizure of power by the second...

The Bush Administration & the Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate

Whether or not the shaky cease-fire in effect since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States holds, the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace remain dim. Current Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejects the previous Israeli government’s...

Bonn and Genoa: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Movements

In summer 2001, when the rising tide of “antiglobalization” protest finally rose to claim the life of a Genoa protester in July, the world’s media knew the drill. They focused on the G8, and in particular on the poses and pronouncements of Big Power...

The Failure of U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Proposed Alternatives

Current U.S.-UN policy regarding Iraq has failed and has largely lost credibility. It is widely viewed internationally as reflecting U.S. (and, to a lesser degree, British) insistence on maintaining a punitive sanctions-based approach regardless of the humanitarian...

CIA: The Need for Reform

Melvin A. Goodman is professor of international security at the National War College and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. A former senior Soviet analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, he is the author and coauthor of six books on Russian...