STOP CASSINI Newsletter #230 -- November 21st, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press
From: Russell David Hoffman (who wishes it was only a movie)
Re: Demand Belarus free Professor Yury Bandashevsky! STOP CASSINI  #230
Date: November 21st, 1999

This issue's subjects:


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*** (1) Demand Belarus free Professor Yury Bandashevsky!:
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Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 18:07:57 +0000
From: Paul Swann <pswann@easynet.co.uk>
...
Subject: [y2k-nuclear] Chernobyl expert imprisoned amid cover-up claims
::
http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,104248,00.html

Chernobyl expert imprisoned amid cover-up claims

Amelia Gentleman in Gomel

The Guardian, London
Wednesday November 17, 1999

A leading medical specialist on the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear
accident is being held in prison in Belarus amid allegations that his
arrest was organised to stifle a campaign to expose the ongoing
after-effects of the disaster.

Professor Yury Bandashevsky, an internationally renowned expert on the
effects of radiation exposure, was arrested at his home in the middle of
the night four months ago and charged with bribe-taking.

Colleagues insist that state officials fabricated the charge to silence
his criticism of the government's handling of the effects of the
disaster's radioactive fallout. If they are right, his arrest is an
example of a new desire in the Belarussian leadership to play down the
long-term effects of the catastrophe - not least because the country is
too poor to effectively combat the problems.

In recent years, Belarus has negotiated a fine line between dismissing
the after-effects internally - to reassure an anxious population and to
reclaim vast areas of abandoned agricultural land - while stressing the
ongoing problems to the west to encourage the flow of aid.

In addition to setting up a medical training school in Gomel, at the
heart of the worst-affected region, Mr Bandashevsky also conducted
research into the consequences of the catastrophe, and his findings
proved dangerously controversial. While Belarussian medical officials
admit links between the accident and thyroid cancer and leukaemia, he
appeared to have identified firm connections between the presence of
radiation and of heart and kidney disease.

Moreover, he was bitterly critical of the way the ministry of health was
spending the scant resources available for research: not long before his
arrest he sent an open letter to the Belarussian president, Alexander
Lukashenko, with details of how the funds had been misspent.

Mr Bandashevsky was arrested under legislation designed to "combat
terrorism and other especially violent crimes". For almost a month he
was held in isolation and has not been granted bail.

Belarussian lawyers affirm that these are surprisingly harsh measures to
take against someone charged with bribe-taking; in any case, no firm
evidence has been produced against him.

Scientists from across Europe have been dismayed to learn of Mr
Bandashevsky's arrest. Professor Michel Fernex, from the University of
Basle, Switzerland, said: "He was one of a few courageous scientists who
moved to the contaminated area after the accident. His work was very
important."

A few miles outside Gomel looms the shell of a half-constructed
hospital, which was intended for Chernobyl's victims. Its concrete frame
was abandoned due to lack of funds.

Svetlana Goldade, Gomel's former mayor, said the unfinished project was
symbolic of the changing official attitude to the accident.

"Bandashevsky wanted the state to teach people how to live in the shadow
of Chernobyl," she said. "Increasingly, the state wants to pretend that
shadow does not exist."
 
Guardian Unlimited Guardian Newspapers Limited 1999

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*** (2) Y2K The Movie:  What if the so-called experts are wrong?:
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NBC's made-for-TV special, called Y2K: The Movie, which aired tonight, was awesome.  Its importance should not be underestimated.  The Republican Presidential Candidate Debate was presented on CNN the same night, probably to deflect as many viewers as possible.  I'm not sure what else was going on.  My eyes were glued to the set.

With two important exceptions (and sure, lots of minor gripes), this movie presented the fears this writer holds.  I found the show fast-moving and gripping, too.  I would like to commend NBC and especially Executive Producer David Israel.

The two exceptions are these:  First of all, the threat and problem of a possible accidental (or purposeful) nuclear war was not addressed.  Mr. Israel explained this by saying (in an interview seen in the San Diego Union Tribune today) that had he included the problems of nuclear war, he would have been making "a World War III movie" instead.  Fair enough, I suppose.  But the other laughable problem (laughable if it wasn't so serious) is that the movie ends with news reporters telling the world about what a hero Nick is, one of the guys who is key to stopping a Seattle nuke plant from melting down like one in Sweden does earlier in the movie.

What would actually be the news the next day would not be any heros who averted accidents at nuke plants (though they might exist, and may God bless them if they do), but rather the damage that occurred at the nuke plant in Sweden. That depressing story would fill the news for years to come.  Chernobyl was not a full-scale meltdown by any stretch of the imagination (only about 4% of the core actually melted at all) and even though probably over 100,000 people have died from Chernobyl, it was nothing compared to what a "real" meltdown would be like.  Nor was Three Mile Island, Tokaimura, or a 1000 other very close calls the industry has had.

The next item in this newsletter (item #3) is a copy of a United States Government report.  This report is a bit old (1982) and the numbers have not been updated for inflation or population increases around the plants, or for anything else (like better knowledge of how dangerous Low Level Radiation really is).   But notice that the estimates of the dollar damage alone for a single nuclear plant meltdown in America often exceeds the amount the United States Government recently stated had been spent to "solve" the Y2K problem ($100,000,000,000.00) in America.

Have we spent enough?  CAN we spend enough, when all the effort spent trying to fix the Y2K bugs might also be introducing new bugs, because humans, who are fallible, are making all those millions and millions of urgent fixes?  Can the problems be solved at all, when global problems "beyond the fences" of the nuclear power plants might be the main or ultimate cause of the disaster?

The problem of Y2K-related nuclear accidents is NOT solved and cannot be solved unless the plants are shut down at least temporarily (and hopefully permanently because we don't really need them at all).  They must be shut down well before Y2K.  Several MONTHS or even YEARS is best, but we don't have that kind of time anymore.  Y2K: THE MOVIE suggested 5 days would have been adequate (but was not done) for the (fictitious) reactor type in the movie, but that's only a start.  The sooner the plants are shut down for Y2K, the cooler and safer they become.  Backup generator tests and extra diesel fuel for those generators is simply not enough.

NBC and David Israel have presented an admirable dramatic description of how things can go wrong, with a little poetic licence here and there.  For example, some ex-NASA guy who helped bring Apollo 13's crew safely back to Earth also helps save the day for the stricken nuke plant decades later, but one should note that Apollo 13 was actually a serious nuclear accident!  (It had about 44,000 Curies of plutonium on board which came back to Earth with the lunar module which crashed into the ocean or perhaps incinerated into the atmosphere.)

The next item is presented thanks to Bill Smirnow.  -- rdh


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*** (3) Here's "what if":  U. S. Government estimates for "Class 9" nuclear accidents:
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These numbers are "off the scale" for human thought.  They compare to major wars in the amount of death and suffering they represent in a simple number.  Here is what was missing from "Y2K: THE MOVIE".  These are what Sweden, where the fictitious nuclear plant melted down, would be facing.  The movie specifically called it a "Class 9" accident.  These are actual government estimates made in 1982 for various American nuclear plants for "Class 9" accidents. -- rdh

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Subject: Y2K NUCLEAR DEATH LOOMING? FROM THE NRC & SANDIA LABS THEMSELVES
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See http://www./mothersalert.org/crac.html  for full report

  See   http://www.tmia.com/y2k.htm   for failure rates of EDGs[Emergency Diesel Generators] in USA since January 1, 1999

   Except for 2 reactors in Sweden shut down in 1998 because of Y2K problems, NOT A SINGLE REACTOR HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN. 41
days to go. What are these people being allowed to get away with????????

                                           Following is
a plant by plant listing of every commercial nuclear power plant in the
US extant or under construction at the time this report was published
in 1982.The 4 categories listed are:

 1."Peak Early Fatalities"
 2. "Peak Early Injuries"
 3."Peak Cancer Deaths"
 4."Property Damage"

     The numbers given are in case of a class-9 or worst case scenario
meltdown. This report was mandated by the NRC [Nuclear regulatory
Commission] and carried out by Sandia Labs of New Mexico. They love
anything nuclear. So much for objectivity on the part of the NRC but
Sandia still came up with devastating numbers. The CRAC-2 [Calculation
of Reactor Accident Consequences] report was published by the US Congress November 1, 1982. It was also printed by the Washington Post the
same day, November 1, 1982. Other major media, including the New York
Times published it shortly thereafter. You can get a copy of the report
from NIRS at: Phone:202-328-0002, Fax:202-462-2183  You might want to
copy this report and or file it away for possible future use.

 ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE, Units 1 & 2, Russelville, Ark.

 "Peak Early Fatalities" "Peak Early Injuries"
   Unit #1 1,900            3,400
   Unit #2  2,100           4,000

  "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Property Damage"
    Unit#1 2,900             $ 68.1 BILLION [1982 $]
    Unit#2  3,000            $84.9 BILLION
  

  BEAVER VALLEY, UNITS 1&2, Shippingport, Pa.

   "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Injuries"
     Unit#1  19,000             156,000
     Unit#2  19,000            156,000

   "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Propery Damage"
    Unit#1 28,600               $122 BILLION [1982 $]
    Unit#2  24,000              $11 BILLION
   

  BELLEFONTE, UNITS 1&2, SCOTSBORO, ALABAMA

   "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
    Unit #1  3,600                7,700
    Unit#2   3,600                 7,700

    "Peak Cancer Deaths"         "Property Damage"
      Unit#1 4,500                 $86.1 BILLION [1982 $]
      Unit#2  4,500                 $82.7 BILLION


   BIG ROCK POINT, Charlevoix, MICHIGAN UNIT 1

    "Peak Early Fatalities"         "Peak Early Injuries"
      Unit #1 3,450                   6,030

     "Peak Cancer Deaths"             "Property Damage"
       Unit #1  10,900                  Unavailable


      BRAIDWOOD, UNITS 1 &2, JOLIET, ILLINOIS

       "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
         Unit #1  6,750              63,300
         Unit #2 6,750                63,300

      "Peak Cancer Deaths"         "Property Damage"
         Unit#1  14,200              $127 BILLION [1982 $]
         Unit#2   14,200             $122  BILLION


       BROWNS FERRY, UNITS 1,2, & 3, DECATUR, ALABAMA

        "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
         Unit #1  18,000               42,000
         Unit#2   18,000               42,000
         Unit#3   18,000               42,000

        "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Property Damage"
         Unit#1    3,800            $67.3 BILLION [1982 $]
         Unit#2    3,800            $69.1 BILLION
         Unit #3   3,800            $73.0 BILLION

        
        BRUNSWICK, UNITS 1&2, BRUNSWICK, N. CAROLINA

          "Peak Early Fatalities"     "Peak Early Injuries"
           Unit#1  7,500                18,000
           Unit #2  7,500                 18,00

         "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage"
           Unit#1  4,600              $56.5 BILLION [1982 $]
           Unit#2   4,600              $53.9 BILLION


          BYRON, Units 1 & 2, ROCKFORD, ILL.

          "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
            Unit#1  9,050                 79,300
            Unit#2  9,050                 79,300

          "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Property Damage"
            Unit #1 15,300                  $114 BILLION
            Unit#2  15,300               $114 BILLION


          CALLAWAY, UNIT 1, CALLAWAY, MO.

           "Peak Early Fatalities"         "Peak Early Injuries"
            Unit #1  11,500                  32,000
          
            "Peak Cancer Deaths"          "Property Damage" [1982$]
             Unit#1 9,600                    $110.0 BILLION

            
          CALVERT CLIFFS, UNITS 1&2, LUSBY, MD.

            "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
              Unit#1 5,600                   15,000
              Unit#2  5,600                   15,000

            "Peak Cancer Deaths"             "Property Damage"
              Unit#1 23,000                    $87.4 BILLION
              Unit#2  23,000                    $92.0 BILLION


            CATAWBA, Units 1 &2, ROCK HILL, S.C.

              "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
                42,000                         88,000
                42,000                          88,000

               "Peak Cancer Deaths"         "Property Damage"[1982$]
                 Unit#1 5,800                  $101.0 BILLION
                 Unit#2  5,800                  $93.7 BILLION


               CLINTON, CLINTON, IL.

                "Peak Early Fatalities"   "Peak Early Injuries"
                 Scaled  1,600               32,000
                
                 "Peak Cancer Deaths"        "Property Damage" [1982$]
                   13,000                      $92.8 BILLION


              COMMANCHE PEAK, Unit #1, GLEN ROSE, TEXAS

                "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
               Unit#1   1,200                         14,000

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage"
                   Unit#1 4,800               $117.0 BILLION


              COOK, UNITS 1&2, BRIDGMAN, IL.

              "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
                Unit#1 1,900                 80,000
                Unit#2  2,000                 88,000

               "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage" [1982$]
                 Unit#1 13,000               $91.9 BILLION
                 Unit#2  13,000               $101.0 BILLION


             COOPER, BROWNSVILLE, NEBRASKA

              "Peak Early Fatalities"          "Peak Early Injuries"
                Scaled  1,600                     2,800

               "Peak Cancer Deaths"             "Property Damage"
                 3,100                             $57.2 BILLION


              CRYSTAL RIVER, UNIT#3, RED LEVEL, FL.

                "Peak Early Fatalities"        "Peak Early Injuries"
                   Unit#3  900                       3,800

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"            "Property Damage"
                  2,800                             $53.8 BILLION


               DAVIS-BESSE, OTTAWA, OHIO

                "Peak Early Fatalities"     "Peak Early Injuries"
                 Scaled  1,400                 73,000


                 "Peak Cancer Deaths"         "Property Damage" [1982$
                   10,000                        $84.0 BILLION

            
              DIABOLO CANYON, UNITS 1&2, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA.


                "PeakEarly Fatalities"        "Peak Early Injuries"
                 Unit#1  10,000                 11,000
                 Unit#2  10,000                 12,000


                "Peak Cancer Deaths"         "Property Damage"
                  Unit#1 12,000                 $155.0 BILLION
                  Unit#2  12,000                $158.0 BILLION


               DRESDEN, UNITS 1,2, &3, MORRIS, IL.

                 "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Injuries"
                  Unit#1  6,000                  4,000
                  Unit#2  42,000                 39,000
                  Unit#3  42,000                  39,000


                 "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Property Damage"
                  Unit#1  5,000              $23.5 BILLION
                  Unit#2  13,000              $87.4 BILLION
                  Unit#3   13,000            $89.6 BILLION


               DUANE ARNOLD, PALO, IA.

                "Peak Early Fatalities"     "Peak Early Injuries"
                  Scaled  2,900                12,000


                 "Peak Cancer Deaths"        "Property Damage"
                   Scaled NOT VISIBLE           $53.8 BILLION


                FARLEY, UNITS 1&2, DOTHAN, AL.

                 "Peak Early Fatalities"       "Peak Early Injuries"

                  Unit#1  12,000                  12,000
                  Unit#2  12,000                   12,000


                "PeakCancer Deaths"              "Property Damage"

                   Unit#1  2,900                     $52.2 BILLION
                   Unit#2   2,900                  $$59.1 BILLION


                 FERMI, UNIT #2 LAGUNA BEACH, MI.

                   "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Inj."
                   Unit#2  8,000                340,000

                     "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage"
                    Unit#2  13,000                $136.0 BILLION


              FITZPATRICK, SCRIBA, N.Y.

               "Peak Early Fatalities"     "Peak Early Injuries"
                 Scaled 1,000                 16,000

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "property Damage"
                 17,000                      $103.0 BILLION


               FORT CALHOUN, WASHINGTON, NB.

               "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Injuries"
                 Scaled  3,000               32,000

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage"
                  3,000                       $43.5 BILLION


            FORT ST. VRAIN, FORT ST. VRAIN, CO.

               "Peak Early Fatalities"     "PeakEarly Injuries"
                Scaled 3,000                  3,000

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Property Damage"
                  1,000                      $38.8 BILLION


          GINNA, ONTARIO, NY


          "Peak Early Fatalities"       "Peak Early Injuries"
            Scaled  2,000                  28,000

            "Peak Cancer Deaths"        Property Damage"
            Scaled 14,000                       $63.0 BILLION


          GRAND  GULF, UNITS 1&2, VICKSBURG, MS.

           "Peak Early Fatalities"        "Peak Early Injuries"
             Unit#1  4,500                   10,000
             Unit#2   4,500                   10,000

           "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Property Damage"
             Unit#1  3,800             $83.0 BILLION
             Unit#2   3,800            $70.7 BILLION


           HADDAM NECK, HADDAM NECK, CT.

            "Peak Early Fatalities"   "Peak Early Inj."
              Scaled   29,000            50,000

             "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Property Damage"
               23,000                    $74.1 BILLION


            HATCH, UNITS 1&2 BAXLEY, GA.


            "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Inj."
              Unit#1 700                  4,000
              Unit#2  700                  4,000


             "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Property Damage"
              Unit#1 3,000               $51.0 BILLION
              Unit#2 3,000               $56.0 BILLION


            INDIAN POINT, UNITS 2&3, BUCHANON, NY

             "Peak Early Fatalities"   "Peak Early Injuries"
               Unit#2 46,000              141,000
               Unit#3  50,000             167,000


              "Peak Cancer Deaths"    "Propery Damage"
                Unit#2 13,000             $274.0 BILLION
                Unit#3  14,000            $314.0 BILLION


            KEWAUNEE, CARLTON, WI.

               "Peak Early Fatalities"   "PeakEarly Injuries"
                Scaled  900                 17,000
                
                "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Property Damage"[1982 $]
                  8,000                    $46.9 BILLION


            LASALLE, UNITS 1&2, OTTAWA, IL.

              "Peak Early Fatalities"     "PeakEarly Injuries"
                Unit#1  14,000               12,000
                Unit#2   14,000               12,000

               "Peak Cancer Deaths"       "Property Damage"
                 Unit#1  15,000             $118.0 BILLION
                 Unit#2  15,000              $120.0 BILLION


             LACROSSE, LA CROSSE, WI.

              "Peak Early Fatalities"     "Peak Early Injuries"
                Scaled  70                   400

               "Peak Cancer Deaths"        "Propery Damage"
                 200                          $16.0 BILLION


               LIMERICK, UNITS 1&2, MONTGOMERY, PA.


                "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Injuries"
                  Unit#1  74,000              610,000
                  Unit#2   74,000             610,000

                 "Peak Cancer Deaths"    "Propery Damage"
                  Unit#1  34,000            $213.0 BILLION
                  Unit#2   34,000            $197.0 BILLION


               MAINE YANKEE, Wiscasset, Me.

                 "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Injuries"
                   Scaled  8,000               10,000

                  "Peak Cancer Deaths"    "Property Damage"[1982$]
                     Scaled   21,000         $78.5 BILLION


               MARBLE HILL, UNITS 1&2, JEFFERSON, IN.

                "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Injuries"
                  Unit#1 12,000               150,000
                  Unit#2  12,000              150,000

                "Peak Cancer Deaths"    "Property Damage"
                    Unit #1  8,000         $87.2  BILLION
                    Unit #2  8,000          $83.8  BILLION


                MCGUIRE, UNITS 1 &2, CORNELIUS, N.C.

                 "Peak Early fatalities"  "Peak Early Injuries"
                   Unit#1  12,000            21,000
                   Unit#2   12,000           21,000

                  "Peak Cancer Deaths"    "Property Damage"
                    Unit#1  26,000          $106.0 BILLION
                    Unit#2   26,000         $110.0 BILLION


                 MIDLAND, UNITS 1 &2, MIDLAND, MI.

                   "Peak Early Fatalities"    "Peak Early Inj."
                    Unit#1  4,000               11,000
                    Unit#2   7,000               20,000

                   "Peak Cancer Deaths"      "Propery Damage"
                      Unit#1  8,000            $56.1 BILLION
                      Unit#2   10,000           $80.4 BILLION


                  MILLSTONE, UNITS 1,2, &3, WATERFORD, CT.

                     "Peak Early Fatalities"   "Peak Early Inj."
                       Unit#1  13,000            12,000
                       Unit#2   18,000            18,000
                       Unit#3   23,000           30,000

                     "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Property Damage"[1982$]
                      Unit#1  28,000            $91.5 BILLION
                      Unit#2   33,000            $135.0 BILLION
                      Unit#3   38,000            $174.0 BILLION


                 MONTICELLO, MONTICELLO, MN.

                    "Peak Early Fatalities"  "Peak Early Injuries"
                      Scaled  500                10,000

                     "Peak Cancer Deaths"     "Propery Damage"[1982$]
                      Scaled  4,000             $44.6 BILLION


              NINE MILE POINT, UNITS 1&2, SCRIBA, NY

                 "Peak Early Fatalities"      "Peak Early Cancers"

                    Unit#1   800                 11,000
                    Unit#2   1,400                26,000

                  "Peak Cancer Deaths"          "Property Damage"[1982$
                    Unit#1  14,000                 $66.2 BILLION
                    Unit#2  20,000                  $134.0 BILLION

             -Bill Smirnow

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(4) Tell Clinton how you feel -- Official government contact points:



To contact the top government officials:

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

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 -- vicepresident@whitehouse.gov

Secretary William Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon
Washington D.C. 20301
Phone -- (703) 695-6352
Fax -- (703) 695-1149

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

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:  comments@www.hq.nasa.gov

Daniel Goldin  is the head of NASA.  Here's his email address:
daniel.goldin@hq.nasa.gov
 or
dgoldin@mail.hq.nasa.gov

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

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/facts/HTML/FS-002-HQ.html

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT NASA IS DOING TO YOUR HEALTH. 

NASA should never have been allowed to launch monstrosities like Cassini and Galileo, 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" < osseuropa@hq.nasa.gov >

For Pluto-Kuiper Express:
"Pluto-Kuiper Express comments" <osspluto@hq.nasa.gov>

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

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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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 (a noted epidemiologist 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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