STOP CASSINI Newsletter #216 -- October 29th, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, Founder and Editor (and chief cook and bottle washer)

Re: These boots will keep on marching long after I'm gone: STOP CASSINI #216

Date: October 29th, 1999 -- 64 days before Y2K

This issue's subjects:

(1) Mother's Alert: HTML code to link to a great web site:

We have added links throughout our web site to the MOTHER'S ALERT web site. It is a great place for people to learn about Y2K and it gives a variety of fast, easy ways for you to contact your congressional leaders. We suggest everyone add the following lines of code to their own web pages, which link to the MOTHER'S ALERT Y2K web page. -- rdh


Y2K RISKS -- What YOU can do!


We also would like to thank Sara and Karin, who have put that marvelous site together, for their work, (including posting one of the editor's Y2K poems at their site!) -- rdh

(2) Nuclear Y2K Countdown: The video:

This is additional information on the excellent Nuclear Y2K Countdown video we introduced to our readers in a recent newsletter. -- rdh


From: Paul Swann
Subject: [y2k-nuclear] "Nuclear Y2K Countdown" video

"Nuclear Y2K Countdown"

Press Release

Of all the global disturbances posed by the Y2K bug, the most ominous yet least well known are the dangers to nuclear power plants and arsenals. Threats to the proper functioning of information, operation, and security systems, as well as power supplies, risk catastrophe. All industrial nuclear accidents, including Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, have stemmed from remarkably minor malfunctions. More times than we would like to know, the world has been brought to within seconds of nuclear missile launches due to misinterpretations of common events. Y2K simply multiplies the likelihood of these failures - but for all systems at the same time, including those necessary to respond to any unfolding emergency.

I produced "Nuclear Y2K Countdown" to provide both clear explanations of the dangers we are facing, and the positive actions we can successfully implement to minimize or even eliminate those risks. With the documentary completed, all that remains is to get the word out. The target audience is everyone - no exaggeration, given the scope and gravity of the matter. The presence of over a hundred nuclear plants in the U.S. alone makes it "must know" information for our fellow citizens. Broad circulation of "Nuclear Y2K Countdown" will work to empower the public and government, industry, and military officials to work together toward timely protective action.

My intent is to distribute "Nuclear Y2K Countdown" to involved government, industry, and military officials; citizen action groups; NETA/PBS, and other educational networks; universities; independent theaters; film festivals; and interested individuals who have the personal ability to bring added attention to this urgent matter (i.e., Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, and George Soros). I also encourage recipients to duplicate, distribute, and broadcast the program at will for non-profit educational purposes, thereby leveraging many times the power of the initial distribution.

Jake Barlow is the Director of Photography and Editor, the Graphics designer is Brandon Wolf, and I am the Producer and Director. The speakers were cosponsored by STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation), the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), and Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Ed Markey. The project itself is non-profit, and made possible with funding by STAR, anonymous supporters, Jake Barlow, and myself.

My experience with the nuclear industry includes working in the Nuclear Emergency Planning Section of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and volunteering with SCOPE (Southern Coalition Opposing Plutonium Energy). My additional video production experience includes working with Turner Network Television on a tribute to the veterans of WWI, and winning a scholarship to the Ninth Southeastern Media Institute. I also have a background in photography, writing, editing, and political cartooning. Jake Barlow, a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, achieved the highest level of internship with South Carolina Educational Television as the President's Assistant, and has already won professional news awards. He was a major factor in Columbia's WIS receiving "Spot News Station of the Year" from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and is now Fox News Bureau Chief at Cape Canaveral. Brandon Wolf is a graphics student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and works in production at NBC's Savannah affiliate WSAV. Both Jake Barlow and Brandon Wolf were selected for their obvious outstanding talents and creativity.

Copies of "Nuclear Y2K Countdown" [NTSC or PAL format VHS versions for European use] are available for just the cost of duplication and distribution: please mail a check for $20 (US dollars) per copy to the address below.


Robert Ridgeway
Ridgeway/Barlow Productions
541 Rockmont Rd.
Greenville, SC 29615



(3) SHUT 'EM DOWN! SHUT 'EM DOWN NOW! GAO report gives one more reason:

These days, it seems like every day a dozen good reasons come along to say "shut these down!" but yet they remain operational. Is it stupidity or blind faith that keeps some people believing the nuclear industry is capable of perfection? -- rdh


10/27/99 **** RADIATION BULLETIN(RADBULL) **** VOL 7.237

6 Federal auditors say nuclear plants need work to be Y2K ready
Copyright © 1999 Nando Media
Copyright © 1999 Associated Press


WASHINGTON (October 26, 1999 9:10 p.m. EDT - Congresssional auditors say additional steps are needed to ensure that the year 2000 computer bug will not cause dangerous malfunctions at any of the nation's nuclear plants.

"To further reduce risks, NRC and the nuclear power industry can still take specific action to ensure Y2K-related plant safety," the General Accounting Office said in testimony prepared for a hearing Tuesday before the House Science technology subcommittee.

GAO officials said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should:

-Require independent verification of plants' claims of Y2K readiness.

-Determine whether plants' most recent emergency exercises have included Y2K-specific scenarios in addition to general disaster preparedness.

-Ensure each plant has a checklist of things that must be done before and after New Year's Eve midnight.

GAO officials also said the NRC should follow up to ensure that other types of nuclear facilities have made good on Y2K readiness promises.

The commission's deputy director for reactor programs, Frank Miraglia, sought to reassure lawmakers.

"We will closely monitor the progress of plants that still have some systems left to remediate, but we fully expect that all commercial nuclear power plants will operate safely, as planned and without interruption, through the Y2K transition," Miraglia said.

The United States has in operation 103 nuclear power plants at 66 sites, mostly in the East. Another 19 plants are no longer working, but 14 still have stored highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel. Ten more U.S. plants produce nuclear fuel.

The NRC has reported that all the operating power plants are Y2K ready except Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom 3 in Pennsylvania and Southern Nuclear Operating Co.'s Farley 2 in Alabama.

The two remaining plants have completed work on their safety systems but must finish repairing operating equipment, the NRC says. The Pennsylvania plant is to be ready by the end of October. Work at the Alabama plant is to be finished by mid-December.

The NRC also has reported that all decommissioned plants and fuel- making facilities were on track to be Y2K ready, although the agency's latest information does not confirm that readiness has been achieved at all sites.

Copyright © 1999 Nando Media


The above news article is discussed in the next item as well. -- rdh

(4) A Joke for the millennium:

--------------- A JOKE FOR THE MILLENNIUM --------------

A guy walks into a store, and says "I want a Y2K-compatible computer".

The salesman says, "they're all Y2K-compatible". The salesman is immediately vaporized by a strange combination of laser beams from all the CD-ROMs in the showroom, which suddenly and mysteriously aim their beams at him all at once. He's fried. Dead. Smouldering.

The guy walks out and goes into an appliance store. He says, "I want a Y2K-compatible toaster".

The salesman says, "they're all Y2K-compatible". Just as the salesman says this he touches one of the toasters, and is immediately electrocuted by a faulty ground. Fried. Dead. Smouldering.

The guy is a little surprised. He walks out and goes into a gun shop. He says, "I want a Y2K-compatible rifle to protect my family with".

The salesman says, "they're all Y2K-compatible". The salesman is immediately vaporized by a errant military test weapon from space which fries him with a high-powered laser beam. Dead. Smouldering.

Our intrepid purchaser, somewhat shaken yet none the wiser, walks out and drives over to the local gas station. As he picks up his change, he is offered a gas credit card. He asks, "Is it Y2K-compatible?"

The cashier tells him it is, but just then a transformer attached to a power line above the station blows out, not only causing the station to lose power (making it unable to execute a credit card transaction), but the explosion of the transformer shoots off a piece of shrapnel, which tears into the gas hose of one of the pumps, and the whole place explodes.

In the secondary explosion, you can probably guess what happened to the cashier.

Our purchaser brushes himself off and next goes to the local bank, in order to open an account. He asks the teller if the bank is sure its system is totally Y2K-compatible.

The teller assures him that everything has been tested and his funds would be secure. Just then a bank robbery commences, and pretty soon shooting has started, which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for a gas truck that just happened to be passing by on the street outside the bank at the time, which a wayward high-caliber, bullet-proof-vest piercing round happened the hit.

The teller, and 27 others including the bank robbers, died.

Our inquisitive but hapless hero next goes to his local electrical utility, a nuclear facility, because he wishes to find out --

We better stop this story here. The rest becomes unspeakable. Nuclear meltdowns are the most dangerous thing on Earth, and in 65 days, we might see one, or even many, because the world is NOT prepared for Y2K. America is not prepared for Y2K and is not helping other nations prepare for Y2K properly either.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents, General Accounting Office documents released just yesterday, and many other documents have made crystal clear that the situation facing the nuclear industry, because of Y2K, is unprecedented, untested, and undoubtedly unusual. No manual exists for the multiplicity of errors that might be occurring that day. Worse yet is the dangers of accidental nuclear war, something which seems impossible ONLY to those who don't know how close we've come in the past!

The above story, and the facts which followed it, have been provided by:

The rasta man, Bob Marley, along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Socrates, John Lennon, Gandhi, Madam Curie, Joan of Arc, who knows what its like to be burned alive, the victims of Julius Caesar and Roman "games", a billion war crime victims, and all future generations, who will want to live in a clean world. Also it is brought to you by your favorite vision or version or vision of a version of God, and also by all our ancestors who worked so hard to bring us here, and who built a civilization for us to inherit (or destroy, as we see fit).

Everyone who values life sends you this message.

------------ END OF TRANSMISSION. 65 DAYS LEFT BEFORE Y2K ------------

Although it's true that Bob Marley sang something along the lines of "don't be afraid of nuclear power" that was before he died and learned everything there is to know. Note the tense of the girl from Arc's statement. The living author wishes to remain anonymous. -- rdh

(5) From the mailbag: Trashing of space continues, media blindness likewise:

The trashing of space is a regular topic in the STOP CASSINI newsletter, of course. Here, someone else talks about it. I hope Oberg has considered how we got ourselves into the mess Dr. Jean-Marc Perelmuter describes so frighteningly. -- rdh

----- INCOMING EMAIL: -----

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 11:36:05 EDT
Subject: Trashing of Space

The last line of this article is actually a profound question! MSO

Click here:

The Trashing Of Space - Orbital Pollution
By Dr. Jean-Marc Perelmuter


If there is anything we can all agree upon it is this: Humans are extremely efficient at polluting. No place however challenging is below our competence. Even if it is 300 miles overhead. We won't be deterred even 20,000 miles overhead or even further " like, on Mars.

AERO - This 500-pound stainless steel tank, re-entered after nine months in orbit, landing 50 yards from a Texas farmer's home

Since 1957, when the first artificial satellite was launched, well over 100,000 waste objects have been put into orbit around our fair planet. These break up and create more waste. As a result, only six percent of all objects orbiting Earth are good faith operational spacecrafts. The remainder is all junk. Junk created when screws and bolts are ejected from booster rockets, when upper stages are discarded, casings removed and satellites decommissioned.

According to NASA, which is taking the refuse problem quite seriously, there are currently about 70,000 objects of about an inch in diameter orbiting between 500 and 600 miles up. That's the good news. The bad news is, most are frozen bits of nuclear reactor coolant from Russian satellites.

The Earth's atmosphere is like a Chernobyl cocktail with ingredients speeding around at thousands of miles per hour. To an astronaut gracefully floating in a space station or transport vehicle, collision with a small aluminum piece 1/16th of an inch in diameter is equivalent to getting hit by a .22 caliber bullet from a rifle. Collision with a half inch aluminum ball would be like catching a 400-lb safe at 60 mph.

There is an inexhaustible list of sources for space debris, which is usually classified according to size and placed into three classes based on diameter. Below 100 microns in diameter (1/32 of an inch), natural meteors are more common than manmade waste. Still, a fleck of white paint 200 microns in diameter left a quarter inch wide crater on a space shuttle windshield when they collided at 10,000 mph.

Fortunately, most objects re-enter the atmosphere and burn up within 25 years of launch. Unfortunately, some, such as the case of a 500-lb fuel tank that missed a house by 50 yards in Georgetown, Texas, do not. Moreover, satellites in high orbits cannot be forced to re-enter the atmosphere within a 25-year period.

For this reason, Europeans are pushing for a space cemetery, a sort of graveyard for decommissioned satellites. NASA every so often announces plans to send a magnetic pooper-scooper into orbit and retrieve thousands of pieces of steel and aluminum debris. Both suggestions leave non-magnetic debris floating around the Earth.

Nevertheless, telecommunications have come to rely so heavily on satellites that over a thousand launches are predicted in the next six to seven years. But the collision of a typical 1,200 lb telecom satellite with a 4 inch wide piece of junk would produce a cloud of debris containing up to a million fragments.

So, rather than a desire to keep our planet pristine, necessity is pushing space agencies and commercial launchers into self-regulation if not government regulation. These would include eco-sensitive deployment procedures such as tethering loose objects, designing satellites to minimize the risk of propellant explosion, debris removal or a mechanism to propel satellites into the Earth's atmosphere for burn up (or controlled re-entry) or to the space cemetery for eternal peace, well, that is until drag forces ultimately bring the cemetery tumbling down.

Possibly the greatest argument against UFOs is that they would have collided with orbiting human garbage. Indeed, recently the space shuttle had to make several evasive maneuvers to avoid collisions, and a French satellite was incapacitated. All the same, every cloud (of debris) has its silver lining. In 1998, an intercontinental ballistic missile " a Minuteman " suddenly disappeared from radar. According to a U.S. Air Force official, the missile was lost after colliding with space debris that lay in the missile's path. Wouldn't it be ironic, a nuclear holocaust thwarted by litter?


The article could have gone into the seriousness of the Russian primary coolant problem, specifically, and why we mustn't wait to clean that up (specifically, because 1-inch frozen balls are easier to clean up than fragments of 1-inch balls that have exploded from collisions with other objects), and it could have at least mentioned the fact that there are several dozen other Russian reactors which have coolant in them, which are so far NOT leaking, which need to be captured IMMEDIATELY and made safe. How? Well, let's start working on the project, for one thing. If those RTGs are really safe (which I doubt) then surely we can build something to encase those Russian nukes in!

How about it, NASA?

What's the matter, NASA, are you scared of a little radioactivity? Are you scared of that nuclear bogeyman, when it's YOUR TURN to clean up a nuclear fiasco? You never were scared of it when YOU wanted to send it up! Why the hesitation now, when we need you? Now, we ask you to go do something about Russia's mess, since they obviously won't (you can send them the bill, we don't mind) and what do you do, NASA? NOTHING!

These Russian reactors threaten hundreds of millions of Americans, so it's OUR PROBLEM, and all you do is sometimes announce you're working on it? ENOUGH OF YOUR MALARKEY, NASA, YOU'RE AS GUILTY AS THE RUSSIANS, SO YOU BOTH MUST CLEAN UP WHATEVER CAN BE CLEANED UP.

The article mentions a four inch ball, and it mentions the space shuttle maneuvering around debris on several occasions.

What it fails to describe is that the only thing special about a four inch ball, as compared to, say, a grape-sized ball (of which there are vastly more) is that you MIGHT be able to see it coming, if it's at a low enough orbit. In geosynchronous orbit, things need to be much bigger, about the size of a chair to be visible.

The vast majority of space debris, both by weight and by number of objects, is too small to see. But as the article pointed out, what you can't see CAN hurt you.

The fact is, a lot of missions have been lost for unknown reasons. Some of those losses have been blamed on space debris, but it is probable that others may also have been destroyed by space debris, even if other causes are also suspected -- we just don't know.

Space debris might also be what destroys all those missions to Mars, although this author believes most of the lost Mars missions were actually military missions that were described as being Mars missions, but weren't. They/we (Russia or America) would launch the military payload, then 18 months later pretend to lose the probe, and that's the end of that. Neat trick if you can pull it off. Great for diverting hundreds of millions of dollars, too.

In any event, it's a known fact that space debris is going to increase exponentially in the next decade, unless most of the thousand missions planned, do not occur. All the mitigation schemes the space agencies have come up with so far do nothing to actually solve the problem, they at best slow it down just little. For exponential problems like space debris, slowing the rate of increases of problems, does little good. Acting as if slowing the rate actually solves the whole problem does absolutely no good at all.

-- rdh

(6) Potassium Iodide: Update from Tokaimura:


Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 18:43:28 +0900
From: Yumi Kikuchi
To: Shane Connor, Paul Swann ,

Subject: [y2k-nuclear] Potassium...Our success to get media coverage in Japan

Hi, Shane and all the mothers in the list,

On Oct 22, the same day as Helen's NYT add came out, we had a big coverage in Tokyo Sinbun newspaper(circulation 800,000 copies daily) on our Women's gathering on 13 Oct, "How to Protect Our Children From the Radiation" with a photo.

Panelists are such as Mayumi Oda, famous painter who lives in Bay Area,
Reiko Watanuki, Scientist,
Mizuho Fukushima, House of Councilors, lawyer
Rei Azumai, Physicist
Mie Sonoyama, Y2K WASH campaigner
Yumi Kikuchi, Environmental journalist, Y2K WASH co-founder

Ecological Mothers Network(Eco-Mama Net) and Y2K WASH played major role organizing this event within a week and got many mothers and small children to attend, with many journalists, too, as it was just after the Tokaimura accident.

The highlight was the demonstration of the instant 'evacuation costume'!

When you are escaping from nuclear accident, if you don't have lead nuclear protection suits(most of us don't, right?), your skin should not be exposed to the air at all. So, prepare plastic rain gear, rubber bouts, rubber gloves, water or ski masks(goggles), cotton masks, wet cotton handkerchief (to put inside cotton masks to avoid intake of radiation) and masking tape(what you use for packaging). You wear them all, mask it with masking tape so that your body is not exposed to radioactive particles in the air. If the accident is so severe and neutron is out, nothing can stop it, even concrete or lead. So you want to go as far as you can, at least people in 30 km area should evacuate immediately. (In case of Tokaimura accident, in spite of massive release of neutron, people except within 0.35 km are told to stay inside the house, which was completely useless and a mistake of our government who didn't know the danger of neutron!! Most of the people within at least 2km were irradiated by neutron and people are still exposed to radioactive iodine even now! Crazy. They have not even distributed potasium-iodine tablets yet)

Anyway, wearing them in front of the mothers with small children really get them frightened and got media attention. Mothers are now getting organized and spreading this information through word of mouth. Because wearing those gear, you can't really go very far... especially with small children. It is even hard to breathe and not easy to move.. Ideally, we should live in a environment where there is no risk of radiation release, especially those who have children.

People should realize the reality of living with nuclear industry. Allowing the activity of nuclear industry to continue means that you are taking the risk of radiation and you are responsible for your children or babies who are most vulnerable to the radioactive effect.

Dear Mery Beth or Wendy, Fusako,
Can you please organize a similar event in the bay area? The article in Tokyo shinbun was as big as 1/4 page with photo, and we didn't even pay for it!! Great, isn't it?

Love, Yumi

Shane Connor wrote: Hi All!
I'm a new member to this list and trust the following will likely be of interest...

Potassium Iodide Radiation Protection FAQ
This is a newly released, but comprehensive, on-going research project of mine. Whether nuclear accident or war, this radioactive iodine preventative medicine FAQ strives to answer all the typical questions regarding this aspect of nuclear survival skills. (Especially relevant, and sought after, with Y2K looming and since the recent Tokaimura, Japan accident. Which, BTW, seems to also have helped to remind many of the Chernobyl disaster again, too.) Also, includes listings and delivered price comparisons for most of the various KI thyroid blocking pill and tablet sources and suppliers on the net. (Please forward URLs of any others not listed there.) I invite suggestions and additional KI (and also potassium iodate) related resource materials and links. You can also contact me via the e-mail address there on the site.
Thank you!
Shane Connor

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(7) Note to readers about upcoming topics to be presented in this newsletter:

Note to readers: We apologize for the lack of newsletters the past few days. It will take a few issues to present all the material we are behind on publishing, and we hope you will find it exciting and meaningful. We are particularly distressed by a UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY resolution of October 22nd, 1999 by 20 countries (not the United States). The resolution does not focus properly on the dangers, nor does it acknowledge the current situation. We will present that item soon.

Also, we have, as mentioned several times, engaged in a debate with a gentleman from Latvia, who (we feel) wandered off long before solidifying his reasons for supporting Cassini and future nuke missions. However, we have nearly completed a response for him anyway, and will be presenting that all together soon. Also, in the last issue there was a letter to Alice Slater. That letter resulted in a claim that I had slandered Ms Slater by someone else I've never heard of. Much of that can be read on the Y2K-nuclear forum. I plan to collect it up and publish it here as well, because it presents a lesson in how to disrupt an movement. Another, related, set of correspondences about "eco-terrorism", from the W.A.L.L. list, in which YH&OS stated that we should denounce such actions, will also be presented. Several items from John Hallam, Pamela Blockey-O'Brien and others, wait in the wings.

These are some of the upcoming items we will be presenting as time permits. -- rdh

(8) Fundamental element discovered: The key to disaster: Lockheedium:

This is one of those jokes that are sent around sometimes, and is too priceless to pass up. The author of this piece is unknown:


-------------Forwarded Message-----------------

Subject: Lockheedium

Scientists At Boeing Have Discovered New Element

Material scientists at Boeing have stunned the scientific community with the discovery of a new chemical element. They recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element ever observed. The element, tentatively named Lockheedium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0.

However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons and 111 assistant vice neutrons, which gives it an atomic mass of 112.

These 112 particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons. It is also surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. At the center of the atom is a large seemingly inert mass called a "Teets". Research continues in an attempt to discover how it got there and what it actually does.

Since it has no electrons, Lockheedium is chemically inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with. According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Lockheedium caused one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally have occurred in less than a second. It also acts as a catalyst in creating a pulp like substance called paper in quantities so vast it has yet to be explained.

Lockheedium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, at which time it does not decay, but instead it reorganizes. Reorganization is a reaction which the assistant neutrons, vice neutrons and assistant vice neutrons simply exchange places. This reaction was observed to have taken place very recently. In fact, a Lockheedium sample's mass actually INCREASES after each reorganization, since some of the morons become neutrons, forming new and potentially dangerous isotopes. Reorganization does not have any observable effects on the peons, however.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that perhaps Lockheedium is spontaneously formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity of concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "critical morass".

The most noteworthy characteristic of Lockheedium is that anything made of it doesn't work. Some devices have been known to explode, while others just crash into the first planet they pass close to.


Lockheed -- laughing stock throughout Corporate America and the world? Yes, and worse: Along with Boeing, SAIC, the entire nuclear industry, the nuclear Navy, NASA and others, these, the very organizations whom we have paid trillions of dollars to protect our freedom, are also the same organizations who have crushed that very freedom we entreated them to protect! -- rdh

(9) United States Government official contact points:

NASA needs to be told in no uncertain terms they have lied too often to the public and we want a SEA CHANGE away from their nuclear policies!

To learn about the absurd excuses NASA used to launch Cassini and its 72.3 pounds of plutonium in 1997, ask them for the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassini mission, and all subsequent documentation. At the same time, be sure to ask them for ANY and ALL documentation available on future uses of plutonium in space, including MILITARY, CIVILIAN, or "OTHER" (just in case they make a new category somehow!). To get this information, contact:

Cassini Public Information
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
(818) 354-5011 or
(818) 354-6478

Here's NASA's "comments" email address:

Daniel Goldin is the head of NASA. Here's his email address:

Here's the NASA URL to find additional addresses to submit written questions to:


NASA should never have been allowed to launch monstrosities like Cassini and Galileo (which recently suffered a nine-hour "lost in space" anomoly (NASA calls it "safe mode" which is the opposite of what it really is) just before it did a flyby of Io), but the next breed -- such as Europa Orbiter and Pluto-Kuiper Express are not much better and the policy is being set for greatly increased rates of missions! The danger continues! To complain to NASA about their future nuclear space probes, here are two addresses you can use:

For Europa Orbiter:
Europa Orbiter comments"

For Pluto-Kuiper Express:
"Pluto-Kuiper Express comments"

Be sure to "cc" the president and VP and your senators and congresspeople, too.

President Bill Clinton
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20500
Phone -- (202) 456-1111
Fax -- (202) 456-2461
e-mail --

Vice President Albert Gore
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,
N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20500
Phone -- (202) 456-1414
Fax -- (202) 456-2461
e-mail --

Secretary William Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon
Washington D.C. 20301
Phone -- (703) 695-6352

Secretary Bill Richardson
Department of Energy (DoE)
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20585
Phone -- (202) 586-6210
fax -- (202) 586-4403

Always include your full name and postal address in all correspondence to any Government official of any country, because otherwise they will throw it out unread, or hand it directly to their police force to try to identify the author. (Thus, nothing good will come of it.) Also, ALWAYS include a personal message of some sort, indicating YOUR OWN VIEWS, even if you include a lot of material written by other people (me, for instance).

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(11) Authorship notes and associated links:


Many of the issues presented by Russell Hoffman in this letter are based on conversations with Dr. John W. Gofman (who isolated the first working quantities of plutonium), the late Dr. Karl Z. Morgan (who was known as the "father of health physics"), Dr. Ernest Sternglass (who has done statistical studies about LLR), Dr. Jay Gould (ditto), Dr. Horst Poehler, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Ross Wilcock and dozens of activists, as well as many others on both sides of the nuclear debates, including ex military nuke expert Jack Shannon (responsible for the design of the D2G Navy reactor, the most widely used reactor in the U. S. navy), award-winning investigative reporter Karl Grossman, ecologist and human rights advocate Pamela Blockey-O'Brien, etc. Also, I've read a few dozen books on the various subjects. And scads of government documents purporting to explain how something so dangerous can be safe. Professionally, my pump training software is used throughout the pump industry and even in some nuclear power plants around the world to train their staff about mechanical pumps. Any errors herein are regrettably my own, but I believe it would take an extremely unlikely preponderance of errors to invalidate my basic position on these issues.

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