Fukushima timeline - September 2011

Radioactive news 30 September 2011

  • Fukushima shocking truths: Historical radiation dump, cover-up, the unborn

    Nuclear energy refugees and unwitting consumers face overwhelming reality of Fukushima catastrophe impacting survivors and the unborn

    On September 29, another strong quake hit Japan's Fukushima where workers refuse to work at its crippled nuclear power plant that is releasing more radioactive contamination into the ocean than ever seen, with highest cesium values not closest to Fukushima, amid what an "ultimate insider" told ABC News Australia is a "cover-up" of a catastrophe so intense, truth has been buried, even by the Prime Minister. Thousands of Japan's nuclear energy refugees battle to face reality, especially women confronted with these new reports who worry about their children and their unborn.

    Source: examiner.com

  • Fukushima Getting Worse - Tokyo Becoming Uninhabitable?

    The radiation coming out of that hell-hole is still INCREASING. As I have said for months, there is no way to stop it. The only solution is to hide it and pretend it doesn't exist.

    As of today, the people who were evacuated from the dead zone can apply for compensation to get a home somewhere else. The instructions are 160 pages long and the application itself is 60 pages and requires various proofs and documents. Merely having to leave a zone of deadly radiation is not proof of anything to the Japanese government, even though they ordered the evacuation.

    In addition, the instructions are incomprehensible, even to a Japanese lawyer. A typical farmer or lay person could never complete the application.

    Source: rense.com

  • DAE hopes to begin talks with French co Areva for Jaitapur nuclear plant soon

    Mumbai, Sept. 29:

    The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) hopes to commence its techno-commercial negotiations with the French company Areva for the Jaitapur nuclear project before June 2012.

    Areva had signed a framework agreement with DAE last December to build six European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) for the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra,

    webmasters comment:

    Areva calling the reactors Europen is simply disqusting, since the vast majority of Europeans reject nuclear power completly.

    Also, this is worth noticing...

    The reactor can use 5% enriched uranium oxide fuel, reprocessed uranium fuel and 100% mixed uranium plutonium oxide fuel...

    The Union of Concerned Scientists has referred to the EPR as the only new reactor design under consideration in the United States that "...appears to have the potential to be significantly safer and more secure against attack than today's reactors."[6](wikipedia)

    ... significantly safer and more secure against attack than today's reactors... meaning that todays reactors are completly unsecure and thats also the reason why the probability of a terrorist or other attack is excluded from the "safety stress tests in EU, while the Union is engaged in several wars. Hipocrisy at its finest.

    Source: thehindubusinessline.com

  • Japan lets kids and pregnant women return near Fukushima nuclear plant

    Japan trade minister has said on Friday that children and pregnant women will be allowed return to certain areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant. The decision was made following an improvement in living conditions after a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

    Source: risingsunofnihon.com

  • New Radiation Limits Demanded for Children

    TOKYO, Sep 29, 2011 (IPS) - The threat of radioactive contamination faced particularly by children after the Mar. 11 nuclear disaster in Japan has touched the heart of the Japanese public, and become a major political and social issue.

    webmasters comment:

    The threat of radioactive contamination faced particularly by children after the Mar. 11 nuclear disaster in Japan has touched the hearts of the Japanese public quite litterally. (see prof. Busby video)


    Source: ipsnews.net

  • Researchers develop material that uses temperature differences to generate power

    TSUKUBA, Ibaraki -- A semi-governmental research institute has developed an ink-like material printed on a thin film to generate electric power by using temperature differences.

    The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) expects use of the new power generation method could be widespread, pointing out that it can be attached to pipes in factories to fully utilize exhaust heat.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Tepco Compensation Rules Outrageous, Fukushima Evacuees Say

    “It's possible we won't get any more money. My wife and I have received 1.6 million yen in temporary payments,” Jinichi Kato, 57, who has been living in an apartment near Tokyo after evacuating his home about 5 kilometers from the plant. “We're cutting down on food. There isn't much left from the temporary payment from Tepco and we won't be able to survive.”

    Source: news.businessweek.com

  • Before the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, what was Japan’s biggest nuclear accident on Sept. 30, 1999?

    On Sept. 30, 1999, workers at a nuclear fuel processing plant in Japan accidentally add 35 pounds of powdered uranium to nitric acid instead of just the 5 pounds. Workers at the Ibaraki Prefecture plant see a flash of blue light. The reaction releases a great quantity of gas containing alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. The high concentration of uranium triggers a fission reaction that takes nearly 20 hours for officials to bring under control. That day officials evacuate 160 people who all live within a quarter of a mile of the facility. Officials order another 310,000 people living within six miles of the plant to stay indoors with windows shut until radiation levels fell. One plant worker, Hisashi Ouchi, dies after two weeks in a coma.

    webmasters comment:

    35 pound of uranium up in the air, 310k people within 6 miles and the cure for the issue is as seen in Fukushima: stay indoors with windows shut.

    Dillution is not a Solution!

    Source: theepochtimes.com

  • Three Plutonium Brothers Revisited

    Now that the national government has finally owned up to the existence of plutonium and strontium outside Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant (in case of strontium-89, as far as Shirakawa City, 79 kilometers from the plant), it seems like a good time to revisit what the government researchers were saying about "heavy" plutonium that we didn't need to worry about a bit, back in March and April.

    webmasters comment:

    Notice to readers asking for a donate button. Please use your moneys and good will to support EX - SKF, Arnie Gundersen and/or other bright lights in the dark of nuclear spins and propaganda, who can use the funds more efficiently to bring us the information that really matters.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Andasol 3 solar thermal power plant inaugurated

    Largest solar energy site on stream

    Andasol power plants supply the electricity needs of half a million people

    Storage technology enables electricity supply at night

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Closeness of gov't, utilities seen behind manipulated symposiums

    A government panel said Friday that close ties between nuclear safety regulators, energy agency officials and power utilities may have led to the government's encouraging the utilities to manipulate public opinion in favor of nuclear power at state-sponsored events.

    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Vatican official says Japan nuclear crisis signals global problem

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official told members of the International Atomic Energy Agency that this year’s nuclear disaster in Japan has raised new concerns about the safety of nuclear plants around the world.

    webmasters comment:

    Please note the irony when i say that Fukushima nuclear crisis just became official for 1.1 billion people.

    Source: catholicfreepress.org

  • Highly toxic plutonium detected in soil 45 km away from Fukushima nuclear complex

    The ministry also said radioactive strontium was detected in a wide swath of Fukushima Prefecture within a radius of 80 kilometers from the troubled nuclear power plant, underscoring the fact that the nuclear crisis has been affecting wide areas.

    The ministry conducted inspections on soil at 100 locations within a radius of 80 kilometers from the crippled nuclear power plant in June and July. Plutonium-238, believed to have come from the crippled nuclear plant, was detected in six locations including Iitate, Futaba and Namie. Plutonium-239 and -240 were also detected in many locations, but the ministry said it was not clear whether they were directly linked to the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    webmasters comment:

    Well its either Fukushima or Trolls and Dwarfs from various forests in Japan went nuclear. Your pick.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Plutonium detected outside compound of Fukushima plant

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government has detected plutonium apparently from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant outside the compound of the plant for the first time, science ministry officials said Friday.

    The plutonium was detected at six locations in Fukushima Prefecture, including Iitate village around 45 kilometers northwest of the Fukushima complex, they said, adding the amounts were small and posed no danger to health.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Fukushima's radioactive sea contamination lingers

    Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, has told The New York Times that he has received samples of seawater taken in July from near the plant that contained 10,000 becquerels per cubic metre. The corresponding level last year, only months before the disaster, was just 1.5 becquerels, he says....

    Official estimates from the Japanese government and TEPCO, the company that owns Fukushima-Daiichi, suggest that 3500 terabecquerels of caesium-137 from the plant entered the ocean between 11 March and late May. The pollution was exacerbated in April by problems locating a persistent leak of contaminated water and a decision by TEPCO to dump contaminated water at sea. A further 10,000 terabecquerels of caesium-137 is thought to have found its way into the ocean after escaping as steam from the facility. And TEPCO said last week that Fukushima-Daiichi may still be leaking as much as 500 tonnes of contaminated water into the sea every day.

    Source: newscientist.com

  • Swiss to shut down nuclear power plants by 2034

    The Swiss government estimates that phasing out nuclear power in the Alpine country would cost up to SFr3.8 billion (€3.1 billion).

    webmasters comment:

    Estimates for Fukushima cleanup are supposedly 60 billion, while Reuters published an article that Tepco faces $110 bln hole in finances.

    Does anyone still think that phasing out nuclear power is expensive?

    Source: euractiv.com

  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Tepco faces $110 bln hole in finances -Nikkei

    TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, faces a funding shortfall of up to $110 billion over 10 years, the Nikkei business daily reported, citing a government panel tasked with assessing its finances.

    Source: reuters.com

  • Tokai village mayor reflects on JCO and Fukushima crises, calls for anti-nuke shift

    In front of the approximately 100 village officials who gathered, Murakami both criticized the central government for its handling of nuclear power and showed his anti-nuclear position.

    "A government that is both incompetent and unfeeling toward mankind is not qualified to have nuclear power plants," he said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

 

Radioactive news 29 September 2011

  • Breaking News: Brontide

    “Very shallow” earthquake has been happening 10 times since 7PM tonight.

    The earthquake which set fire on reactor 4 is suspected to be an underground hydrovolcanic explosion.

    Here is the tweet of a Fukushima citizen.

    Question- Did you hear something before the earthquake came ?

    Answer- noukanomuko 農家の婿 大きさ・・・ 例えば海、最初は遠くでさざ波の音が聞こえる感じ。それが段々近づいてきて波の音になるくらいの感覚です。鳴りだした瞬間わかりますよ、ああ地鳴 りだって。いきなりですから

    It sounded like wave in the sea. At first,it sounded far. and it came slowly,and finally became as loud as the wave.(It was very long)

    I recognized it to be a brontide from the very beginning. It sounds so different from our everyday noise.

    At latitude 37.1 north and longitude 140.8 east (Fukushima) ,there has been 10 earthquakes since 7PM tonight.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Radioactive hotspots found in prefectures neighboring Tokyo

    TOKYO (majirox news) — Radioactive hotspots have been found in prefectures neighboring Tokyo with levels of cesium rivaling those found in the least contaminated parts of Fukushima prefecture, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

    MEXT released radiation maps of Chiba and Saitama prefectures, both of which neighbor Tokyo, as part of its plan to draw up a visual guide to radiation levels across all of eastern Japan in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis.

    In a region covering about 10,000 square hectares (38 square miles) of Chiba prefecture and including cities such as Kashiwa and Abiko, levels of cesium 134 and 137 were found in the 60,000 to 100,000 becquerel range – about the same as the least contaminated parts of Fukushima prefecture.

    Source: majiroxnews.com

  • Tokyo plans to store, burn debris from disaster zone

    To help quake- and tsuami-damaged areas rebuild, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it is offering to store about 500,000 tons of debris and waste from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures for three years.

    ...

    The burnable trash will be reduced to ashes and dumped into landfills in Tokyo Bay with the nonburnable waste, which will just be directly dumped as is, metro government officials said.

    webmasters comment:

    Population of Japan = 127 mio

    Population Tokyo = 35 mio

    While Fukushima is allegedly safe to repopulate.

    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Mutton bird radiation warning

    Tasmanians are being warned not to collect dead mutton birds for research.

    A recent Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association newsletter describes research into mutton bird exposure to radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.

    It says the birds will soon be migrating back to Australia after many spent winter in the Sea of Japan.

    Photo: Parks and Wildlife is discouraging the public from collecting dead birds. (file photo)

    Source: abc.net.au

  • Report: Reactor No. 4 on fire after quake? (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

    Breaking News: Reactor 4 on fire, Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki, September 29, 2011:

    Beware, west coast and Canada.

    After the last earthquake, reactor 4 seems to have got a fire.

    Comparing it with the picture of yesterday, around the same time, the same weather condition, it is clear. [...]

    Source: enenews.com

  • Area around Prague playground sealed off after gov’t experts find radiation 5 times over limit

    Prague playground sealed off over raised radiation, Prague Monitor, September 29, 2011:

    Police and firefighters sealed off the area around a playground in Prague over increased radiation level Wednesday evening, firefighting unit spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova told CTK. [...]

    Subsequent measurements confirmed the increased radiation level. [...]

    “At around 20:00, a man called saying his wrist watch had signalled increased radiation near the street,” Adamcova said.

    Source: enenews.com

  • Tohoku quake debris providing short-term boost

    But if the definition of natural resources is expanded to include waste products that can be turned into biomass energy, Japan has more resources for electricity generation than is often recognized. From wood products to sewage sludge, biomass energy advocates say, the domestic potential for electricity generation from biomass products can be greatly expanded with proper government support.

    webmasters comment:

    Roman empire is oftenly praised for their application of sewage systems, while the sad truth remains, that after 2000 years "techology" remains the same. It would be interesting to see a city that decides to convert their sewage systems into biomass, biogass power plants.

    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Using radio waves for more efficient solar power

    Using radio waves to efficiently convert solar power — that’s the idea behind startup Array Converter, which spoke for one of the first times this week at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in San Francisco. Array Converter has developed solar power conversion electronics — which are used to convert the solar power made from the panels (direct current) into power that can flow on the grid (alternating current) — using a radio wave technology called amplitude modulation.

    Array Converter CEO Wendy Arienzo said at the conference: “Marconi came up with radio and called it amplitude modulation. We are taking a well established technology and applying it to solar.”

    Source: gigaom.com

  • Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Embrace Offshore Wind: Their Skills Could Lower Costs Sharply

    By leveraging oil industry know-how, substantial cost reductions can be made in offshore wind. The report highlights the opportunities and benefits for the oil and gas sector to diversify into offshore wind development and estimates that over the average life cycle of a generic offshore wind farm, the oil and gas sector could deliver $517 million of savings. By leveraging the skills and knowledge from the oil sector, the researchers estimate that offshore wind costs could be cut by a fifth in just a few years.

    webmasters comment:

    The wind does blow in sunny places :)

    The answer in greentech is multilayer technologies. Windturbines with pv covers, motors using advanced piromaterials as interior cover etc... It is not (or shouldn't be) one vs the other. Greentech companies from various fields should integrate their technologies into one efficient power plant. Thats the way to go. And thats something that will generate a true boost in green technologies.

    Sneaking wind turbines into the allmighty oil industry is a smart one too :)

    Source: thinkprogress.org

  • US wants India to get nuclear liability law vetted by IAEA

    The landmark India-US civil nuclear deal is still awaiting full implementation with US companies reluctant to set up nuclear power plants in India because of its perceived tough nuclear liability regime.

    webmasters comment:

    Yes, we can build it, but you buy it "as seen". If it blows up it's up to you India... ???

    Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

  • World Heritage listing sought for defunct silk mill

    Japan plans to recommend that UNESCO approve a group of cultural assets including the country's oldest government-run silk mill, in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture, as a World Heritage site.

    webmasters comment:

    what a silly/sick pattern. Each time there is increased radioactivity found in a new prefecture Japan recommends a site from that prefecture to UNESCO as world Heritage site.

    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Japan to relax evacuation order for first time

    The dissolution would be the first step in coaxing some 114,000 people back to their homes and starting what is expected to be a decades-long process of restoring the region around the plant.

    webmasters comment:

    Define: coaxed

    1. To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.

    2. To obtain by persistent persuasion:

    4. To move to or adjust toward a desired end: "A far more promising approach to treating advanced melanoma is to coax the immune system to recognize melanoma cells as deadly" (Natalie Angier). (freedictionary.com)

    no.4 could also be written like this: "A far more promising approach to treating advancing radioactive contamination is to coax the people to recognize irradiated areas as safe."

    Source: online.wsj.com

  • Government looked at terrorist threat to nuclear plants

    Government planners investigated the risk of terrorists attacking a nuclear power plant in Japan but concluded there was little risk of a release of radioactive substances, according to a secret government report obtained by The Asahi Shimbun.

    webmasters comment:

    while we are being fed terrorist threats at every corner posibility of such an attack is excluded from European nuclear stress tests, courtesy of Andrej Stritar, the head of Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration, who was supposedly the main negotiator for the exclusion of the possibility of a terrorist attack from the tests. Japan is copying EU stress tests.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Bulgaria to fix control rod problem at nuclear plant

    SOFIA - Protective sleeves on the control rods at one of the reactors in Bulgaria's sole nuclear plant need to be replaced as a safety precaution, the plant said in a statement Thursday.

    The Kozloduy nuclear plant said sleeves on the 61 control rods in the 1,000 Megawatt reactor number six had to be replaced with more modern protective material.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Bookmark and Share Printable Version Silicon Ink Is Spot On, NREL Experiments Show

    Ink can cause a mess, but the Silicon Ink developed by Innovalight behaves itself so well that when it is added to a solar cell it doesn't clump or spill, instead it boosts the cell's power by a startling, profit-boosting 5 to 7 percent.

    Both solar cells and T-shirts can be enhanced with a screen printer, some ink and a squeegee.

    But it takes a real special ink to suspend silicon nanoparticles so uniformly that it can lay down the precise microns-thick lines needed to dope the silicon emitter exactly under the front metal contacts. Those contacts make a solar cell work.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

 

Radioactive news 28 September 2011

  • ANAS President: “Azerbaijan is concerned about the situation around the Metsamor nuclear power plant very much”

    Baku. Kamala Guliyeva – APA. “Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant is very dangerous for the region.

    This plant doesn’t meet the European standards, depleted its resources and the European Union repeatedly demanded its closing. Despite it, the Armenian government strengthened the plant’s activity, as well as the passed a decision on construction of new reactor”, said president of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences Mahmud Karimov, APA reports.

    Source: en.apa.az

  • TEPCO overcharged rates for a decade

    TOKYO (majirox news) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) may have charged higher than necessary electricity rates for at least a decade, judging by a government investigation into the utility.

    Overcharging appears to have netted TEPCO about 600 billion yen (around $8.2 billion) over the past 10 years, which the utility was able to do by reporting costs higher than they actually were.

    Source: majiroxnews.com

  • Japan Eyes Radioactive Waste Storage Facilities in 7 More Prefs

    Fukushima, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to set up transitional radioactive waste storage facilities in seven prefectures in addition to Fukushima, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Vice Environment Minister Hideki Minamikawa suggested Wednesday.

    The seven prefectures are Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba and Tokyo.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Swiss parliament approves nuclear plant phase out

    GENEVA - The Swiss parliament's upper house Wednesday approved plans to phase out the country's nuclear plants over the next two decades in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

    It followed a June vote by the lower chamber to back an exit from nuclear energy recommended by the government, which had earlier frozen plans for a new construction programme after the Fukushima atomic plant explosion.

    Bern said it would count on the development of its already considerable hydro-electric plants and other renewable energy to make up for the loss of nuclear power, while not ruling out importing electricity.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Argentina inaugurates third nuclear power plant

    Buenos Aires - President Cristina Kirchner on Wednesday inaugurated Argentina's third nuclear power plant in a move she says helps diversify her country's energy sources.

    The German-designed Atucha II plant is expected to be fully operational in six to eight months after engineers run a series of tests.

    webmasters comment:

    Such a waste that a country with such a beatiful landscape gets littered with nuclear catastrophes waiting to happen. Argentina should advance its agricultural reach (with added promotion of permaculture principles) and that would provide much more energy output without the need for radiological and biological hazards.

    India for example has several biofuel power plants burning rice husks.

    Also its teritorial waters allow more then enough space for application of advanced and modern floating wind turbines.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Japan's PM 'isolated, out of his depth'

    A former special adviser to Japan's then prime minister Naota Kan has gone public with what he describes as 'mind-boggling' reports of the government's behaviour as the Fukushima crisis unfolded.

    Source: abc.net.au

  • Areva Sells First Bonds Since Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    Areva SA, the world’s largest builder of nuclear plants, sold its first bonds since the Fukushima disaster in Japan made some nations rethink their reliance on atomic energy.

    The utility issued 500 million euros ($680 million) of six- year 4.625 percent notes, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company last sold bonds in September 2010 when it issued 750 million euros of 3.5 percent notes due in 2021, the data show.

    Areva’s BBB+ rating outlook was cut to negative in August by Standard & Poor’s, which cited “increased uncertainties surrounding the nuclear industry.”

    webmasters comment:

    That is ironically the same amount that BP used to hush the media about the Gulf oil spill. Probably we ll see an increased amount of articles relating to Areva's great technology, despite the catastrophic performance of their equipment in Fukushima.

    Source: bloomberg.com

  • Nuclear first: Plant shut off by quake vibration, not power failure

    WASHINGTON — Regulators weighing whether to allow the restart of a nuclear power plant shut down by the earthquake last August in Virginia have some new information to work with: The plant was shut down not by a power outage, as first thought, but by vibration from the quake, the plant operator now says.

    Source: msnbc.msn.com

  • Iran nuclear drive heightens risk of strike: France

    “If we don’t succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians, there is a strong risk of military action,” according to Araud, who did not say who would be likely to carry out such action.

    “It would be a very complicated operation. It would have disastrous consequences in the region,” said the ambassador, who has negotiated with Iran in the past.

    webmasters comment:

    An attack on Iranian working nuclear facility spells Fukushima all over again, not to mention the prospect of ww3.

    Seriously, after the world is relieved that they start it sucessfuly without blowing anything up, we get Mr. Wannabe Napoleon Junior threatening a strike that would render much of the midle east uninhabitable.

    Source: dawn.com

  • Japan needs to consider nature-based solutions in rebuilding efforts: IUCN

    Overgrazing grasslands or poor land use can expose more land to dust storms and erosion. Converting wetlands to agricultural use loses the flood control and storm protection values these habitats once provided. Clearing coastal vegetation and destroying coral reefs exposes coastal communities to greater damage from cyclones and tsunamis. In addition, climate change may further accelerate at least some of nature’s extreme events, especially storms and droughts.

    webmasters comment:

    Reality kicking in... Principles of permaculture are probably the only viable way out of the radiological desert.

    At this point, decontamination of natural landscape by removing top soil would just accelerate the destruction of flora and fauna.

    For those not familiar with the subject i recommend looking up the term Mycorrhiza.

    Nature it self is the strongest ally of Japan at this moment. The smart thing would be to boost natures defences and utilize vast spectrum of plants capable of absorbing radioactive substances in vast quantitites and boosting their ability to survive, which of course excludes soil removal.

    What we have to keep in mind is that streams and rivers are also contaminated. There was no magic bubles over them. There is no technology that could help decontaminte such vast areas (perhaps with some cesium absorbtion mats working on the basis of a wick system, but to cover m2 per m2 of these areas is unrealistic.

    Removal of top soil on the other hand is ecological suicide.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • Smart Grid to Become EUR6.8 Billion Industry in Europe by 2016

    Amsterdam - The smart grid market in Europe will experience considerable development over the next five years, as utilities across the region work to meet rigorous efficiency mandates and integrate an ongoing build-out of renewable energies into the grid. The latest report forecasts the cumulative European smart grid technology market to hit EUR3.1 billion in 2012, with that number set to increase 120% to EUR6.8 billion in 2016.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Future for Vermont’s only nuclear power plant uncertain

    Perhaps one of the most important issues surrounding the potential closing of Vermont Yankee is whether or not Vermont residents and students will be affected.

    "I don't think students will feel the effects much," Ebelt said. "Since students are only here for a few years, I don't see them being affected in the long run. Even if we have to pay a little more for electricity, what good is paying less if you're putting people in danger?"

    Source: vermontcynic.com

  • China Wind cuts net loss on rising revenue and power output

    Revenue rose 80 per cent to nearly $2.2 million from $1.2 million.

    "While pleased by our improved financial results, we are still in the early stages of our company's history," CEO Jun Liu said in a release.

    webmasters comment:

    as we could read in july...

    Over the next 40 years, $1.9 trillion (1.31 trillion euros) per year will be needed for incremental investments in green technologies," the UN Economic and Social Affairs body said in its annual survey.

    Follow the money... Does this spell the end of nuclear power?

    Source: winnipegfreepress.com

  • High cesium levels detected as far away as Gunma Prefecture

    The radioactive accumulation reached a range between 100,000 and 300,000 becquerels per square meter in a mountainous area encompassing the cities of Midori and Kiryu in the eastern part of the prefecture, about 180 km from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Virtual lithium mine attaches to geothermal plant

    Simbol Materials today started operations at a plant in California that extracts lithium and other battery materials without having to dig new holes in the ground.

    The company has developed a way for getting valuable metals from the discharge brine of geothermal plants, a process that could help make the U.S. a much larger producer of lithium and other important metals. Its operation, which it expects to expand next year, is in the Imperial Valley of California.

    webmasters comment:

    I ve heard China has developed one that is very similar looking ;)

    Source: news.cnet.com

  • Fukushima City Hires 'Professional Cleaners' to Decontaminate All Houses - 27/09/11

    Rinsing particulate matter away just moves the contamination elsewhere. This is not decontamination. "...residents will be required to remove surface soil and weed gardens by themselves..." How convenient! Straight from the roof (handled by so-called cleaning experts with protective gear) to the earth around the property (handled by someone who picked a bad place to live).
    Source: TheFreedom2resist

   

Radioactive news 27 September 2011

  • NASA Says Sunspot 1302 Continues To Turn Toward Earth

    September 27, 2011

    A strong-to-severe (Kp=8) geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 8:15a.m. EDT (12:15 UT) on Sept. 26, NASA said.

    According to NASA, the Goddard Space Weather Lab reported a strong compression of Earth’s magnetosphere.

    Source: eurasiareview.com

  • Electrical problems trigger radioactive steam release at Palisades

    Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant near South Haven on Lake Michigan is venting radioactive steam into the environment as part of an unplanned shutdown triggered by an electrical accident.

    This shutdown, which began Sunday evening, came just five days after the plant restarted from a shutdown that was caused by a leak in the plant’s cooling system.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Prema Chandrithal said that the current shutdown happened because an object slipped during work on a circuit breaker and caused an arc that took out power for one of two DC electrical systems that power safety valves and other devices.

    "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us." --President John F. Kennedy"


    Source: michiganmessenger.com

  • Fukushima and the Battle for Truth – Japanese Population Face Mass Casualties

    Japanese face mass casualties as large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination. by Paul Zimmerman

    Alexander Higgins Blog, September 27, 2011

    Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

    Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

    A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.

    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WRH

  • Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki as Population Flees From Fallout

    Beyond the police roadblocks that mark the no-go zone around Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, six-foot tall weeds invade rice paddies and vines gone wild strangle road signs along empty streets.

    Takako Harada, 80, returned to an evacuated area of Iitate village to retrieve her car. Beside her house is an empty cattle pen, the 100 cows slaughtered on government order after radiation from the March 11 atomic disaster saturated the area, forcing 160,000 people to move away and leaving some places uninhabitable for two decades or more.
    Source: bloomberg.com via WRH

  • Nuclear Power Plant In Michigan Venting Radioactive Steam Into The Environment

    The media is once again quiet as another nuclear power plant in the United States is releasing radiation into the environment, this time in Michigan.

    The Palisades Nuclear Generating Station In South Haven, Michigan is now venting radioactive steam into the environment after an unplanned shutdown caused by an electronic accident.
    Source: theintelhub.com via WRH

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 23rd-26th, 2011

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    Japan will announce a new energy policy in March, which will set the stage for the country’s outlook on fossil and renewable fuels, greenhouse gasses, and how it will deal with nuclear power through 2030. Some experts have raised concerns that this will delay research into renewable energy sources.

    Because of uncertainty about the country’s energy policy in coming years, Japan is cutting 80 to 90% of funding for the Monju fast-breeder reactor, though it will still spend JY20 million on maintenance costs. The lost funds will affect research and development.
    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Tepco reform plan calls for job cuts, asset sales-paper

    TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co should cut 14 percent of its workforce and begin selling 600 billion yen ($7.8 billion) in assets to help pay compensation for the disaster at its tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a government committee will recommend, according to the Yomiuri newspaper.

    The guidelines will call for laying off 7,400 full-time workers, a reduction in pension payouts, and measures to ensure banks continue lending to the struggling utility as it pays people forced to evacuate after the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter century, Japan's biggest daily said.

    webmasters comment:

    Austerity measures for Tepco. Where have we seen that before? Hum, everywhere.

    Laying off much needed workers is a strategy used by big banks when they get paranoid about the COSTS. Beacuse every payout to victims is a loss for the banks.

    In case you are wondering who is the true evil force behind the almighty spin and propaganda...

    Source: reuters.com

  • Entergy: Limit Vt.'s power to shut down nuke plant

    New Orleans-based Entergy has argued that the state Legislature had no business blocking the Vermont Public Service Board, which usually regulates utility matters, from issuing a new certificate of public good for Vermont Yankee to operate for another 20 years.

    In its pleading Monday, Entergy went further, adding that the board should not be allowed to consider several of its usual criteria for determining whether a power plant should be allowed to operate in the state.
    Source: forbes.com

  • Russian museum cancels exhibition in Gunma over nuke concern

    An exhibition of glass artworks from Russia's State Hermitage Museum that was scheduled to open in eastern Japan has been cancelled over concerns about radiation contaminating the showpieces amid the ongoing nuclear crisis, according to the Japanese museum
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Japan Holds Propaganda Seminars To 'Ease Chinese Concerns' Over Radioactive Contamination

    Japan explains to China situation of Fukushima

    The Japanese government is hoping to ease Chinese people's concerns over radioactive contamination with seminars on the Fukushima nuclear accident.

    More than half a year after the plant accident, many Chinese are still not buying Japanese food products and avoid traveling to Japan.

    The Japanese embassy in China and the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, jointly held its second seminar on Monday in Beijing.

    Among the 100 or so participants were Chinese government officials, corporate representatives and journalists.

    Source: TheFreedom2resist

  • Rich Japanese should not receive favorable taxes despite signs of fleeing overseas

    A growing number of Japanese people are reportedly moving to Singapore where income and corporate tax rates are far lower than their home country.

    A friend of mine who previously worked as a bureaucrat said celebrities were among those who have moved to Singapore. I will withhold their names as it doesn't matter if they have chosen to live away from Japan.

    webmasters comment:

    evacuation of the rich is now official and no, it's not about taxes or they would have done it much sooner wouldn't they?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan May Restart Suspended Nuclear Reactors by March

    Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano suggested Tuesday that the government may allow the restart of nuclear power reactors that have been suspended for routine checkups during the current fiscal year to March 2012.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Nuclear waste OK for SA, not Blue Mountains

    The Government is planning to dump thousands of tonnes of waste at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek.

    Under the new plan, up to 8000 tonnes of low level and short-lived intermediate level waste will be transported either by rail or road, with B- double semi trailers moving the shipping containers.

    Another 67 tonnes of intermediate level waste reprocessed spent fuel rods will be shipped to Adelaide from Scotland and France, destined for the new dump.

    Source: m.news.com.au

  • Nuclear plant expansion spurs protest outside Dominion HQ

    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Louisa residents express concern about the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant restarting after last month's strong earthquake.

    Many of those people protested out in front of Dominion Virginia Power's downtown Richmond headquarters.

    Source: nbc12.com

  • U.K. utility shies away from nuclear power

    LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Scottish and Southern Energy has decided to focus its investments on wind rather than nuclear power, an executive said.

    SSE's Generation and Supply Director Alistair Phillips-Davies was quoted by The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London as saying "our core investment in generation should be in renewable energy."

    Source: upi.com

  • Noda must make promoters of nuclear power take responsibility for disaster

    Sure, three Japanese bureaucrats who promoted nuclear power -- the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's (METI) administrative vice minister, the head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency chief -- were sacked. But legally speaking, they were not issued disciplinary dismissals, but rather were "recommended" to leave their jobs. They were offered a more favorable retirement package, i.e. an additional 20 million yen, if they resigned then and not later, totaling upwards of around 80 million yen in severance pay. 

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

 

Radioactive news 26 September 2011

  • 2011年09月25日 (日) Radiation measured in the waters and air ( Fukushima Plant )

    No.1 Plant : Air dose 】
    ▼southern side of The main office: 500 meters north-west of the Unit 2 .
    308 μSv/h Time:09:00 September 25, 2011 Winds: northeasterly 1.0 m/s

    ▼near the West Gate : 1,100 meters west of the Unit 2 .      
    11.9 μSv/h Time:09:00 September 25, 2011 Winds: northeasterly 1.0 m/s There was no neutron dose detected.
    Source: www9.nhk.or.jp

  • Man Arrested for Prank Calls to TEPCO

    His daily number of calls to the center, designed for inquiries about damages related to the nuclear disaster at the utility's Fukushima No. 1 power plant, reached as many as some 270.

    The man admitted the charges against him, saying that he was angry about having to eat radiation-contaminated food, according to the sources.

    webmasters comment:

    Demand answers, get arrested. Altough crazy but he made a point. As a result of the catastrophe, this person was irradiated cca 8000 times per second and Tepco is bitching about 270 phone calls per day. Phone calls don't kill. Radiation brought to you by TEPCO does! Where are the arrests of TEPCO executives?

    As i have stated before it is more than obvious that Japan government (no matter what face is "at the helm") is completly run by nuclear loby. Also i can safely claim, that for the last six months, Japan is the worst human rights violator in the world. China looks like a rose bud in comparison.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • New Condos To Draw Power From Rooftop Solar Panels

    OSAKA (Nikkei)--Daiwa House Industry Co. (1925) will offer condominiums where residents can share a portion of the electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, the company said Monday.

    A new 351-unit development in the Osaka suburb of Suita will be equipped with a 170kw solar power system, one of the most powerful of any condo complex in the country, according to Daiwa House.

    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Japan to Check Radiation at 1,000 Alcoholic Drinks Plants

    Tokyo, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan will conduct radiation checks on alcoholic drinks before shipment as well as water used in production at some 1,000 plants across the country, the National Tax Agency said Monday. The figure accounts for about one-third of all alcoholic beverage production facilities nationwide.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Govt Demands TEPCO Improve Compensation Payment Procedures

    During talks with TEPCO Executive Vice President Masao Yamazaki at the ministry, Edano said that the company should handle compensation payment procedures from the viewpoint of victims.

    webmasters comment:

    Hipocrisy at its finest. This guy should be locked away for life. They are acting like if the whole world didn't know or see the videos of how Japanese government officials remain silent on questions if Fukushima residents don't have human rights or a fact  that they intend to return the people in radioactive death zones with countless death traps.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • U.S. secretly asked Japan to help dump nuclear reactors

    The United States secretly sought Japan's support in 1972 to enable it to dump decommissioned nuclear reactors into the world's oceans under the London Convention, an international treaty being drawn up at the time.

    Countries working on the wording of the pact wanted to specifically prohibit the dumping of radioactive waste at sea.

    But Washington wanted to incorporate an exceptional clause in the case of decommissioned nuclear reactors.

    webmasters comment:

    If countries would be judged by their actions and not their economic power, USA would top the list of third world countries along with Japan.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Local Assembly Seeks Hamaoka N-Plant's Permanent Halt

    Makinohara, Shizuoka Pref., Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--The city assembly of Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, on Monday adopted by a majority a resolution to demand a permanent suspension of Chubu Electric Power Co.'s <9502>Hamaoka nuclear power plant.

    Makinohara is the first local municipality within 10 kilometers of the plant, located in neighboring Omaezaki, on the Pacific Coast, to pass such a resolution.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Fishermen's livelihoods still drowning in Fukushima

    Fishing is gradually resuming at ports in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures that were hit hard in the disaster. In Fukushima Prefecture, however, coastal fishing is still suspended even more than six months later, as contamination of fish and other marine products by radioactive materials is continuing.

    webmasters comment:

    Again acting like the world didn't see the ocean radiation dispersion projections.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Demonstrators challenge gov't to build nuclear plant in Tokyo

    TOKYO —

    Dozens of demonstrators rallied in Tokyo on Sunday, challenging Japanese authorities to build a nuclear power power plant in the capital to demonstrate their sincerity about nuclear safety.

    About 50 anti-nuclear power demonstrators shouted: “Let’s build a nuclear power plant in Tokyo!”

    “If they are not lying about nuclear safety, they might as well bring a nuclear power plant to Tokyo, right?” said organizer Angelo De Rosa, a 45- year-old Italian language teacher based in Tokyo.

    webmasters comment:

    Exactly and while at it, they should build radioactive waste disposal sites in the backyard of every single nuclear shill that was telling the people that radiation is safe.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • Fukushima update 9/26/11

    "Off the Charts": Tokyo train radiation dose at 10.6 microsieverts per hour (VIDEOS) Oregon Paper: Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl — Now at level unknown to humans or machines — Human rights violations? Asahi: Explosive hydrogen may be coming from melted fuel rods and "accumulating near the top of the containment vessel without being driven out" Unidentified: 100% flammable gas in pipe connected to Reactor No. 1 — TEPCO working to 'prevent blasts' — Unknown where and how gas was created Farmer: Gov't raised contamination standards to limit payment of relocation money High levels of radiation in rice from Obama district — "Set off alarm in the Japanese media" Explosion Danger at Reactor No. 1? Worker says hydrogen levels over 4% in pipe leading to Containment Vessel — Mainichi: "Danger of explosion" if over 4% Highest radiation levels in months inside Reactor No. 1 silt fence (GRAPH) Link to full articles to above headlines here: http://enenews.com/
    Source: MsMilkytheclown

  • Panel sees nuke disaster compensation at $39-$52 billion: Nikkei

    (Reuters) - Compensation for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will cost at least 3-4 trillion yen ($39-$52 billion), reckons a government-appointed panel looking into Tokyo Electric Power Co's finances, the Nikkei business daily reported.

    Source: reuters.com

  • EDF Energy shuts down Hartlepool reactor to refuel

    LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - EDF Energy , Britain's largest nuclear power producer, shut down its 620-megawatt (MW) Hartlepool 2 nuclear reactor on Saturday for refuelling, a spokeswoman said late on Sunday.

    Source: af.reuters.com

   

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