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Forthright Radio 8-5-15 Kevin Kamp & John Lewallen ALL THINGS NUCLEAR: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

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This edition was broadcast on the same day Federal regulators would hold  a meeting in San Luis Obispo to hear from people who live next to California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon;  a couple of weeks after the 70th anniversary of the first experimental detonation of an atomic bomb, code named Trinity, in the Jornada del Muerte desert (Spanish for "single day's journey of the dead man" hence "route of the dead man”) near Alamagordo, New Mexico;  and on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the first time an atomic weapon was detonated against civilians at Hiroshima, with a second, different type of atomic weapon used 3 days later - again against a civilian population - at Nagasaki, in Japan. The US Navy had just launched it’s newest, most lethal, high tech nuclear submarine, The John Warner, at a cost of $2 billion.  About 3,200 evacuees forced to abandon their homes as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster had died, but Japan's Abe government now wanted others to return to still highly radioactive areas. Meanwhile, A Japanese civilian judiciary panel last week, forced prosecutors, who had previously refused to do so, to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power  (Tepco) executives for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.  There’s much more going on past/present and future in the nuclear realm.  So, with us for the full hour to discuss all things nuclear were Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear, who was our guest last January, and local entrepreneur and activist, John Lewallen.

Kevin Kamps has served as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear since 2007 (Before that, he served  as nuclear waste specialist at The Nuclear Information & Resource Service in Washington, D.C. since 1999).  One area of Kevin Kamps' focus is high-level radioactive waste issues. He addresses the safety and security risks of high-level radioactive waste storage on-site at nuclear power plants, as well as the economic, environmental and public health risks associated with government and industry efforts to dump commercial irradiated fuel rods on Native American lands in the western United States. Kevin Kamps helped create the “Statement of Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors,” a call for hardened, on-site storage, as an interim alternative to the Yucca Mt. dump, parking lot dumps, and reprocessing, currently signed by over 170 organizations nation-wide.
Kevin Kamps has also met with, and testified before, officials at the highest levels of the U.S. federal agencies charged with radioactive waste management, including the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Environmental Protection Agency.  
John Lewallen is no stranger to the Mendocino County community.  He & his late wife, Eleanor Lewallen, founded the Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company in 1980, which he continues to operate with his present wife, Barbara Stevens.  John ran for congress in 2012 for the second district of CA.  He is an active member of the local chapter 116 of Veterans for Peace, having served for 2 years in Viet Nam.  He has been a visionary activist for many decades in Ocean Protection, as well as Forest Forever.  I first met John in 1979, when we were both members of the Anderson Valley Nuclear Awareness Committee, which had come together to respond to the plans to build a nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo, virtually on top of the San Andreas Fault, as well as the aftermath of the 3 Mile Island nuclear disaster, and the on-going nuclear weapons designing at the Livermore Lab.   In 2002, he published the book “High-Altitude Nuclear War,” containing congressional testimony on nuclear electromagnetic pulse warfare, which we be asked him about during this show. 

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