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

From the Ecological Options Network


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.


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



— Lethal radiation outside Fukushima reactor foundations- 42 sieverts/hour; expert says contaminated water going into ocean would cause global disaster, TEPCO “hasn’t a clue what it’s doing”

“It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.” — Mycle Schneider

From ENE News:

February 6, 2018

The Independent, Feb 2, 2018 (emphasis added): Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak… Expert warns of ‘global’ consequences unless the plant is treated properly… [Tepco] found eight sieverts per hour of radiation, while 42 [sieverts] were also detected outside its foundations… It came as Tepco said the problem of contaminated water pooled around the plants three reactors that is seeping into the ground has caused a major headache in its efforts to decommission the plant… Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, said that Tepco “hasn’t a clue what it is doing” in its job to decommission the plant. He added that the contaminated water that is leaking at the site could end up in the ocean if the ongoing treatment project fails and cause a “global” disaster, he told The Independent… “I find it symptomatic of the past seven years, in that they don’t know what they’re doing, Tepco, these energy companies haven’t a clue what they’re doing, so to me it’s been going wrong from the beginning. It’s a disaster of unseen proportions.” Mr Schneider added that the radiation leaks coupled with the waste from the plant stored in an “inappropriate” way in tanks could have global consequences… “This can get problematic anytime, if it contaminates the ocean there is no local contamination, the ocean is global, so anything that goes into the ocean goes to everyone.” He added: “It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.”

NHK, Feb 1, 2018: High radiation detected at Fukushima plant… A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation… [Tepco] said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts… radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work. During the probe, 42 sieverts per hour of radiation was also detected outside the foundations of the reactor. But officials said they have doubts about the accuracy of the reading because a cover had not been removed from the measuring instrument at the time. They added that they don’t know why radiation levels were lower near the suspected fuel debris than around the foundations. They gave a number of possible reasons, such as that cooling water may have washed radioactive materials off the debris…

RT, Feb 2, 2018: An inspection of the Fukushima nuclear plant has detected extremely highamounts of radiation, says operator TEPCO… Experts can’t explain why radiation levels in fuel debris were lower than outside the reactor’s foundations

Sputnik, Feb 4, 2018: ‘Global Consequences’ of Lethal Radiation Leak at Destroyed Japan Nuclear Plant… While 8 Sv/h is deadly, outside of Fukushima’s Reactor Number 2 foundations… a much higher level of 42 Sv/h was detected. A strange occurrence, and experts are still arguing what caused the discrepancy. One possible explanation is that cooling water washed radioactive material off debris, taking it somewhere else. But here’s a truly terrifying catch: according to the report, Tepco highly doubts the new readings, because, as was discovered later, a cover was not removed from the robot-mounted measurement device at the time of the inspection, NHK World reports… While that radiation dosimeter cover negligence prevents precise calculations, the actual picture inside Unit 2 is thought to be much worse

Watch NHK’s broadcast here

— Fukushima: chronology of Pacific Ocean die-offs through 2015

This is a repost of the compilation of ENE News articles on Fukushima  — here  — with the linked article titles and dates, from the beginning of the disaster.through August 2015

From Picasso Dreams:

Scientists are “baffled”, “befuddled”, concerned”, and “curious” about the die-off of the Pacific Ocean.

Almost no one mentions the F word, Fukushima. I put together a list of links from Enenews.com that show a direct correlation between the Fukushima and the die-off, even if scientists refuse to admit it. Every story comes from a major publication. These stories have been out since the beginning of the meltdowns. There is not one scientist studying this who does not have access to this information. Either they chose to look the other way or they are incompetent researchers who don’t really want to know the truth.

There are a thousand links here, all in chronological order. If you are pressed for time, skip to the back and read backwards to see how bad it really is. I put this file together so that when someone says prove it, at least there are 50 plus  pages [there are 61 pages]of links that prove that Fukushima is killing the North Pacific Ocean.

Humans are next.

— TEPCO: 5 Billion Bq of Strontium-90 flows to the sea every single day

From Fukushima Diary

5 Billion Bq of Strontium-90 flows to the Pacific on the daily basis in 2014. Tepco announced in the press conference of 8/25/2014.

This is due to the contaminated water overflowing from the seaside of Reactor 1 ~ 4 to Fukushima plant port.

They also announced 2 Billion Bq of Cesium-137 and 1 Billion Bq of Tritium flow to the sea every single day as well.

Fukushima plant port is not separated from the Pacific. Discharged nuclide naturally spreads to the sea.


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— US food distributor acquires MSC non-Pacific fishing business; says, “vast species of fish and plant life adversely affected and are undesirable for human consumption” because of Fukushima

“…because of the nuclear disasters in Japan and radioactive contamination spreading through the Pacific Ocean, vast species of fish and plant life are being adversely affected and are undesirable for human consumption. “

From Financial Press

GPDB Announces a Purchase Agreement for One of the Largest U.S. Suppliers of Fresh Caught MSC Certified Seafood

MT. PLEASANT, UT–(Marketwired – May 19, 2016) –  Green PolkaDot Box (OTC PINK: GPDB) (or “the Company”) announced today the execution of Purchase Agreement for Day Boat Seafood LLC. Day Boat is a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery and PRIMARY PRODUCER of wild caught seafood in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, specializing in swordfish. Additional boats harvest yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, mahi-mahi, snapper, grouper, golden tilefish, pompano, mackerel, golden crabs, shrimp, stone crabs, and lobster.

Day Boat profitably operates 14 “long line” vessels and manages six more, providing a year-round supply of millions of pounds of fresh wild caught seafood to customers such as, Gorton’s Seafood, Fulton Market (NY), Whole Foods Markets Global, Wegmans, Seattle Fish, Wakefern Grocery, and other national grocery stores chains through its network of wholesale distributors.

The Day Boat acquisition is the first of many contemplated by GPDB in essential CLEAN food production and processing categories; the first step in the Company’s plan to become vertically integrated in sourcing and processing of CLEAN foods.

“The anticipated purchase of Day Boat will give our Company several competitive advantages,” says GPDB CEO Rod Smith. “First, it gives us the ability to control our supply, to source millions of pounds of wild caught seafood in the most popular varieties. Second, direct sourcing will allow for improved margins on sales. Third, and most importantly, our online Health Merchants™ and the 45 million consumers they serve will enjoy the highest quality seafood at special value pricing, including free home delivery anywhere in the continental U.S.”

Controlling the supply of seafood for millions of potential GPDB customers is a strategic necessity, afforded only through vertical integration. The average adult over 45 years old and living in the United States consumes seafood 3-4 times, monthly. Yet, because of the nuclear disasters in Japan and radioactive contamination spreading through the Pacific Ocean, vast species of fish and plant life are being adversely affected and are undesirable for human consumption. The best quality, wild caught seafood from the Atlantic and Caribbean is part of a well-managed sustainable but limited supply. This acquisition by GPDB is a critical move to ensure consistent access to popular high quality, sustainable-sourced seafood at the very best value for its customers.

For Day Boat, the deal between the two companies means an infusion of cash to increase the volume of production, while adding processing capabilities to create hundreds of new single and family portion product offerings for in-store and online sales through its existing commercial customer base and the GPDB Health Merchant network.

Scott Taylor, who will continue to serve as Day Boat’s Chief Operating Officer, added, “Day Boat Seafood is extremely excited to be part of the Green PolkaDot Box family. The partnership resulting from this acquisition will lead to the realization of our vision to provide traceable and sustainably caught seafood direct from boat to the table of GPDB customers, while significantly enhancing our ability to serve our growing base of commercial customers.”

Smith added, “We have never deviated from our mission to make CLEAN foods affordable for all consumers, no matter where in the U.S. they live; to inform and educate all consumers about the link between contaminated food consumption and chronic illness and disease; and to eradicate the distribution of GMO-contaminated foods. I believe we can have a big impact on the health of our nation. The Day Boat Seafood acquisition is an important step toward the accomplishment of our mission.”

About GPDB: Green PolkaDot Box® is America’s “first mover” online U.S. distributor of CLEAN foods — direct to consumer — through a disruptive Health Merchant™ network comprised of hundreds of market influencers that reach over 45 million consumers. Visithttps://gpdb.biz/ for Investor information.

To learn more about GPDB’s Health Merchant program go to www.greenpolkadotbox.com/healthmerchant

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GPDB Announces a Purchase Agreement for One of the Largest U.S. Suppliers of Fresh Caught MSC Certified Seafood