The dark legacy of a nuclear meltdown, and what it means for climate change

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“The ongoing contamination at Santa Susana, and the voices of the mothers fighting for their children’s safety, are a reminder that nuclear energy carries great risks. Maybe new technology will make nukes safer, and the federal government will finally build a permanent repository to store nuclear waste, and there will be no more meltdowns. But maybe not.”

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California and Boeing Mediating Cleanup Dispute at Former Nuke Site Near Simi Valley, Worrying Activists

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“The state and Boeing have quietly begun mediating the long-planned cleanup of the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory site near Simi Valley, a move activists and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks fear will water down the cleanup.”

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UCLA Releases Oral History of Dan Hirsch & CBG

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UCLA’s Oral History Program has just released its oral history of Dan Hirsch and Bridge the Gap. in a series of five interviews recorded over a five-year period stretching from 2012 to 2017, Jane Collings, principal editor and interviewer for the UCLA Center for Oral History Research explored the history of the Committee to Bridge the Gap with President Dan Hirsch.  The oral history has recently been posted on the UCLA Oral History website, where you can listen to it here.

VICTORY—Nuclear Regulatory Commission Withdraws Widely Condemned Proposal to Deregulate Most Radioactive Waste

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CBG, working closely with NRDC, PEER, NIRS, and PSR helped lead opposition to an extraordinary plan by NRC to allow virtually all radioactive waste from nuclear plants, other than spent fuel, to be disposed of in local garbage dumps not licensed or designed for such wastes. NRC received thousands of comments, and admitted that the “vast majority of these comments opposed” the proposal. In the face of this overwhelming opposition, on December 27, 2020, NRC threw in the towel and rescinded the plan.

Read the joint CBG-NRDC-PSR comments.

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Nuclear Agency Abandons Sending Low Level Nuclear Waste to Local Landfills

In Memoriam: Michael Rose––the Gifted Investigator Who Revealed the Partial Meltdown at Santa Susana

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On September 7, 2020, Michael Rose, a dear friend and key Bridge the Gap figure for 45 years, died of complications from a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. He uncovered some of the most important nuclear hazards in the country, which contributed to their elimination. Michael was the best researcher and investigative journalist we have ever met, and a gentle and caring soul, and he will be missed more than words can express.
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In Memoriam: Sheldon C. Plotkin, Ph.D., P.E. Served on Bridge the Gap Board for 46 Years

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Dr. Sheldon Plotkin, a mainstay of CBG and an unflagging force for science in the public interest, died April 11, 2020, at age 93. He played key roles in the shutdown of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and the fight to clean it up. He served as an expert witness in the UCLA, Diablo Canyon, and San Onofre nuclear reactor cases. He was central to the establishment and operation of CBG’s longtime partner organization, the Southern California Federation of Scientists. Read more here.

Three SF supervisors, environmental groups seek ouster of health official after Chronicle investigation

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Three San Francisco supervisors and a group of environmental activists are calling for a city public health official to be reassigned or fired, saying she misled the public about a helicopter survey of radioactive waste at two former naval bases in the city that were contaminated during the Cold War and are now being cleaned and turned into housing.

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