— Shutdown — a new film on community action against a California nuclear power plant

From the Ecological Options Network

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A timely and urgent story with global implications

Filmed over eight years, SHUTDOWN (90 min.) documents how a Southern California community empowered itself to force the closure of a leaky nuclear power plant only to face an even more daunting challenge – what to do with the tons of high-level nuclear waste the plant generated – a major safety concern for all of America as dozens of aging nuclear reactors are decomissioned.

Alarmed by the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an urban planner with young children, an environmentalist couple, a university professor, and a retired systems analyst team up to convince the communities surrounding San Onofre to demand that Southern California Edison (SCE) put safety first at its nuclear reactors. Whistleblowers anonymously provide them information about serious safety violations at the plant. 

The communities battle the giant utility and ultimately win the fight to close the ocean front nuclear power plant, located in a densely populated earthquake and tsunami zone between San Diego and Los Angeles. But they soon discover the lethal threat isn’t over. Just yards from the rising sea, over 3 million pounds of high level nuclear waste created on the site is being dumped into thin, damaged canisters, each containing roughly a Chernobyl’s worth of radioactivity.

After the shutdown, another brave whistleblower comes forward and confirms continued horrendous mismanagement of the waste. He reveals that a 54-ton container of intensely irradiated fuel was almost dropped 18 feet onto cement below, which many believe could have caused a major radioactive disaster in the area, home to 8.5 million people.

SHUTDOWN chronicles the persistent efforts of these five people to grapple with a reckless utility inattentive to the severe perils of the lethal waste it must manage, a Federal regulatory agency (NRC) that is in the pocket of the nuclear industry, state agencies that permitted the radioactive dump to be on the beach, shady waste contractors looking for profit, and a government push to move all nuclear waste to another site across the country and dump it on low income communities of color.

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Documenting this critical, but little-known struggle, SHUTDOWN will inform and inspire others faced with aging reactors in their communities, and challenge those now advocating a whole new generation of nuclear power plants.

We’re in the editing studio now, however to complete the film and screen it widely, WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.  As with other successful mass movements, permanent historical changes only happen when large numbers of people like you realize their involvement is essential to the cause.

To donate, go to https://www.shutdownfilm.com/donate

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– Nov. 18-22; Arne Gundersen speaks in SF Bay area on Fukushima-California connection

Arne Gundersen joins guest speakers at three events in the San Francisco Bay region this week. Details below.

http://nonukesca.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SSUflyer-FNL.pdf —
Sonoma State University 11-18-15

http://nonukesca.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Gundersen-7.pdf —
Pt. Reyes, Marin County 11-21-15

http://nonukesca.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Gundersen-Berkeley-3.pdf
Berkeley 11-22-15

From No Nukes CA

World in Danger: The Fukushima-California Connection – with Arnie Gundersen

Former nuclear industry executive turned nuclear safety advocate ARNIE GUNDERSEN has over 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience, gave testimony in the investigation of Three Mile Island, and began studying the catastrophic failure at the Dai-lchi Nuclear Power Plant the day of the first explosion. Chief Nuclear Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, he has produced expert reports on California nukes & numerous informative videos & articles available at Fairewinds.org

Sonoma State University In Rohnert Park
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm:

“World in Danger: Fukushima” Arnie Gundersen in conversation with Professor Majia Nadesan, author of “Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk”

Student Union Building – Ballroom D – Sonoma State University – 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA $10 donation at the door, no one turned away – students FREE – Campus parking $5.00

A Fukushima Response Public Education Event Co-sponsored by: Sociology Social Justice & Activism Club, Sociology of Media Class, Peace Roots Alliance, Ecological Options Network & Project Censored
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Pt. Reyes Station:
Saturday, November 21, 7 to 9 pm

Arnie Gundersen in conversation with Mary Beth Brangan, Co-Director Ecological Options Network – EON
FREE EVENT – DONATIONS APPRECIATED
Dance Palace (Church Space) 5th & B Streets, Pt. Reyes Station

Co-sponsored by Pt. Reyes Books, Fukushima Response, Cultural Potholes & EON – the Ecological Options Network

Contact Bing Gong binggong@sonic.net 415-663-1380

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BERKELEY
Sunday, November 22, 7:00pm

World in Danger: From Fukushima to California
Featuring Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education Nuclear Engineer; Joanna Macy, Ecophilospher and Buddhist Scholar; Mary Beth Brangan of EON – the Ecological Options Network; Gar Smith, author of “Nuclear Rouletter”; Vic Sadot, singer-songwriter.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. @ Bonita, Berkeley

Sponsored by Berkeley Fellowship Social Justice Comm., Code Pink: Women for Peace, Fukushima Response Bay Area, Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse, S.F. Occupy Forum, BARC (Barkers Aggitating for Reactor Closure), Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Sunflower Alliance, NoNukesCa.net

Contact: cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com, 510-365-1500

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Nuclear Hotseat: Interview with Mary Beth Brangan on recent Fukushima data from Mousseau and Buessler

From Nuclear Hotseat
9-15-15

Nuclear Hotseat #221 – September 15, 2015
Fukushima Contamination in Oceans, Biosphere
CLICK HERE for a link to download this week’s episode, #221

Mary Beth Brangan of Ecological Options Network on Recent Findings by Mousseau, Buessler

INTERVIEW:  Mary Beth Brangan of Ecological Options Network (EON3) reports on the recent California event she helped to produce: FUKUSHIMA CONTAMINATION In the Ocean and in the Biosphere with scientists Timothy Mousseau and Ken Buessler.  Knockout information on Fukushima, Chernobyl, and the Pacific Ocean.