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DR Helen Caldicott on America’s “Waste Confidence Act”

There is a situation in America called the ‘Waste Confidence Act’ which means that the industry has ‘confidence’—confidence that one day they’ll work out what to do with all this radioactive waste. So, the situation is insane, or should I say is “there is a gap between reality and perception of reality.” And it’s extremely serious.

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Helen Caldicott to conduct nuclear symposium in St. Louis: ‘The Atoms Next Door’ Examiner, Byron DeLear  14 Feb 16 Byron DeLear: “……….“Why do you think that these federal agencies seem to tend to want to obfuscate and cover-up the real health impacts of this contamination?”

HC: “The federal agencies are not really interested in remediation unless they absolutely have to do it because they’re interested in building bombs and building nuclear power plants—but cleaning-up their mess? That’s not part of their agenda and never has been. The problem is that we’re now moving into the period of nuclear waste—we’re leaving the period or the “age” of nuclear power because it’s not working and cannot be financed; it’s so expensive, and because we’re moving rapidly into renewable energy.

So, now we’ve got, I think its 350,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste accumulating around the world; in Japan, in Britain, in France, in many European countries at their nuclear reactors. Specifically in America and Russia, the waste is emanating from the production of nuclear weapons and this is what we’re dealing with at West Lake. There’s no interest really in the government doing anything about it because they like to invent things and in particular want to work with the atom which is an extreme and powerful form of energy. But cleaning-up the waste doesn’t interest them because many of them are physicists and engineers—they don’t understand the medical ramifications. If they themselves get cancer from having dealt with radiation then they kind of understand, but its swept under the carpet mostly and so the money at present—over a trillion dollars—is going to build new nuclear weapons and delivery systems over the next 30 years—a trillion dollars, which is absolutely obscene.

There’s a kind of “nuclear fiction” in America that stems from the Manhattan Project and that brings us back to West Lake again and the people who are suffering there. The problem is the absolute persistence of this waste—the half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years, so it will be there forever. And what do they do with it? Pick it up? And where do they take it? What poor community will have to put up with this radioactive detritus for the rest of time? Do they bury in the desert? What if it rains because of global warming and it contaminates underground rivers and food supplies and all that? So, the situation is overwhelming.

No one knows what to do with radioactive waste. I’ve been saying for 40 years, what are you going to do with the waste? And they say, ‘Trust us we’re excellent scientists, one day we’ll find the answer.’ Well, that’s like me saying to a patient, ‘Well, you’ve got a pancreatic carcinoma, your prognosis is about six months, but trust me in about 20 years time I’ll find a cure.’ There is a situation in America called the ‘Waste Confidence Act’ which means that the industry has ‘confidence’—confidence that one day they’ll work out what to do with all this radioactive waste. So, the situation is insane, or should I say is “there is a gap between reality and perception of reality.” And it’s extremely serious. This waste down the time-track will induce, as I wrote in my book Nuclear Madness in 1978, epidemics of cancer, leukemia, genetic disease, congenital deformities for the rest of time. But no one really wants to know about it until there’s a nuclear accident like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, or Fukushima, where everyone is desperate to know what’s happening. So you can talk until you’re blue in the face to educate people, but until they really understand in an acute situation they tend not to be so interested. But the people living near West Lake, they understand, and the power of the people is the ultimate power for redress. As Jefferson said, ‘An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion.’ So, what I like to do is practice preventive medicine by teaching people the dangers so that they’ll do something about it.

While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. To register, visithttps://goo.gl/dqGIs4.

Saturday, Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood, Missouri. http://www.examiner.com/article/helen-caldicott-to-conduct-nuclear-symposium-st-louis-the-atoms-next-door

February 15, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. This is something many of us have know for a long time, but the US ( global) Nuclear Industry is spending BIG bucks on PR to say it is not so…

    Look out for Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s) that will be the next “new” thing they will try and push upon us…

    http://www.earthtrack.net/documents/economics-failure-nuclear-power-and-development-low-carbon-electricity-future-why-small-mo

    Comment by CaptD | February 16, 2016 | Reply


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