Archive for the ‘public information’ Category

10 Lessons from Fukushima: Reducing Risks and Protecting Communities from Nuclear Disasters is written by the Fukushima Booklet Publishing Committee, which grew out of the Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR (JCC 2015). The Committee is comprised of the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), Fukushima Beacon for Global Citizens Network(FUKUDEN, Peace Boat, and CWS […]


E=MC2=disaster?

11Jan13

I stumbled on the remarkable E=MC2=disaster?: A Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Consumer’s Guide to Nuclear Power (Pennsylvania Insurance Department, September, 1973) in the back of my file cabinet. In using the adjective “remarkable” to characterize the doc, I’m stressing the foresight of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department in conducting hearings on nuclear power and drafting […]


RadNet Database

29Mar11

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s description of the RadNet database, which has its roots in the Eisenhower Executive Order 10831 (August 14, 1959), which established the Federal Radiation Council: The RadNet searchable database contains 23 years of environmental radiation monitoring data from all fifty states and U.S. territories and 40 years of measurements of […]


I can’t embed USTREAM video on WordPress for some reason, so here are the links to the translated Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) press conferences: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13530404 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cnic-news http://www.cnic.jp/english/topics/safety/earthquake/fukushima.html


TMI & Chernobyl

14Mar11

In the academic literature, it’s widely held that the disasters at Three Mile Island (TMI) and Chernobyl are failures in risk communication. It’s useful to revisit these cases as the international media (ABC News & BBC as examples) likens Fukushima-Daiichi reactor problems to TMI (a partial core meltdown) and Chernobyl (continuing public health and environmental […]


A declassified document formerly classified as Top Secret, security information, Restricted Data under the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, is a redacted draft (psychological operations) policy document titled  “Terms of Reference for Ad Hoc Panel L (Psychological Implications of Projected Thermonuclear Bomb Tests),” dated July 23, 1952.  The document explores three options in dealing with […]


An exceedingly rare – in fact, lost document – presented here in full is Dr. Gordon K. McLeod’s observations as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health during Three Mile Island (TMI) power plant accident. The TMI accident occurred twelve days after Dr. MacLeod was sworn in as Secretary in March 1979. MacLeod’s comments […]