Radioactive news 3 October 2011

  • Fukushima Children Humiliated by Their Teacher for Not Drinking Fukushima Milk, and Cabinet Secretary Sneers

    A couple of readers of this blog have sent me the link to this video, but I haven't created a post about it just because it just makes me sick, really sick. Well here it is, I've warned you. Watch it at your own risk.

    It's part of the questioning in the Upper House Budget Committee on September 29 by Akira Matsu, as she related the story of a mother in Fukushima whose children, and others who refuse to drink milk in school lunches were called to the front of the classroom by their teacher and told they were not Fukushima residents if they dared refuse drinking milk from Fukushima. Towards the end, the new Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura is seen sneering, as former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano tries his best to suppress his own sneer.


  • Greener oil? Solar power used to boost wells

    The project, located some 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles, covers 65 acres with 7,644 mirrors focusing sunlight on a 327-foot-tall tower that sits adjacent to oil wells where production dates back to the 1890s.

    The mirrors direct sunlight onto the tower, which houses a water boiler. The heat turns the water into steam, which is then injected into the wells in order to loosen heavier oil deposits. The steam is then cooled back to water and reused.


  • Tochigi's Tactics to Sell Its Beef: Make Children Eat to "Prove" It's Safe

    One of the very popular propaganda campaigns by the governments is to use children to appeal safety. Since the national government, prefectural governments, municipal governments all do it, producers and wholesalers must feel they are not just allowed but encouraged to do the same, and they join in with the governments to exploit small children so that they (think they) can sell their stuff, whatever they are peddling.

    Here's the latest from Tochigi Prefecture, where radioactive cesium in the beef exceeded the national provisional safety limit by wide margin and the shipment of the meat had been halted in August, as reported cheerfully by NHK News Japanese (Tokyo Metropolitan version) on October 3, 2011. The link has since been deleted, but the article has been copied at Tokyo Brown Tabby's site, from which I quote in full:


  • Solar Power All Day and All Night: A Video Tour of Spain’s Gemasolar Plant

    Lacey on Oct 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm In July, Spain’s Gemasolar concentrating solar power plant became the first solar project to generate electricity for 24 hours straight. The 19.9 MW Gemasolar plant features power tower technology with molten salt storage that allows a steam turbine to run for 20 hours each day on average. The plant will generate about 110 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year — almost triple what an equivalent solar photovoltaic plant would produce.


  • Activists threaten to revive protest against nuclear power plant in TN

    Accusing the Centre of ignoring their demand, activists against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) have threatened to revive their agitation and make it state-wide from October 9 if the work on commissioning of the plant was not suspended.

    As the Centre was “ignoring” their plea for halting the work, they may have to revive the agitation, Anti-KNPP Activist Sivasubramanian and Convenor of Coasta people’s Federation M Pushparayan said.

    Speaking after a consultative meeting held to discuss the future course of action here Sunday night, they said: “We plan to launch the agitation throughout the state.”


  • Armenia’s Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

    The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations carved out of the Soviet Union than its nuclear legacy.

    The poster child for Caucasian nuclear concerns is Armenia’s aging Metsamor nuclear power plant, which provides nearly 40 percent of the country’s electricity.

    The facility has not only alarmed neighboring Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan but begun to receive international notice as well - on 11 April National Geographic ran a story entitled “Is Armenia’s Nuclear Plant the World’s Most Dangerous?”


  • Protesters blockade nuclear power station

    Members of several anti-nuclear groups who are part of the Stop New Nuclear alliance say they are barring access to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset in protest against EDF Energy's plans to renew the site with two new reactors.


  • Exodus of doctors, nurses adds to Fukushima Pref. woes

    Since the start of the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, hundreds of doctors and nurses have resigned from nearby facilities, according to a survey by an association of Fukushima Prefecture hospitals.


  • U.K. expert says limits on radiation 'unreasonable'

    PET scans, which emit gamma rays to map internal organs, usually the brain, give patients a dose of 15 millisieverts of radiation in a couple of hours, which is the equivalent of eating 2,000 kg of meat tainted with 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium, he said.


  • Red Bull taking own food to Japan

    Oct.3 (GMM/ Red Bull is shipping its own food to the Japanese grand prix this weekend.

    It is in the country, ravaged by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis earlier this year, that Sebastian Vettel will likely wrap up his 2011 title.

    Due to the concerns about radioactivity, Red Bull has modified its usual routine for the preparation of food for the 80-person race team, reports Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

    Usually, perishables like meat, fruit and vegetables are bought locally, but for the Suzuka round Red Bull - and presumably other teams - are taking these items from Europe.


  • TVO: No room for Fennovoima waste in nuclear cave

    The project director of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, TVO Senior Vice President Jouni Silvennoinen, insists there is no space for waste from utilities other than TVO or Fortum in the Onkalo underground disposal site on Finland's west coast.


  • Shut-down protest at high-output German nuclear plant

    When last September an estimated 120,000 anti-nuclear activists demonstrated across Germany, more than 20,000 of them gathered near the Grohnde plant.

    Eight German reactors were recently shut down in response to the Fukushima disaster in Japan and three of the nine still operating have been legislated to close before the end of the decade.

    Sunday’s protesters noted that the plant uses so-called MOX fuel rods containing a high proportion of plutonium, the deadliest poison known. The plant’s one reactor uses 193 fuel assemblies and utilizes both enriched uranium and MOX. The plant is a pressurized water reactor type, using four water based coolant cycles, kept under high pressure.


  • TEPCO secretly bought tickets to political fund-raisers

    Despite refraining from making political donations since 1974, Tokyo Electric Power Co. spent more than 50 million yen ($650,000) a year on tickets to politicians’ fund-raising parties for several years through 2009.

    TEPCO limited each purchase to 200,000 yen or less so that it would not have to appear on politicians' political fund reports, according to sources.


  • GE Hitachi: 35 U.S. reactors could fail during quake — Problem with control rods

    Reactors could fail during an earthquake, maker says, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 30, 2011:

    GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said 35 reactors it built for utilities from New York to Washington may not shut down properly during an earthquake. [...]

    GE Hitachi [...] is recommending testing to determine what level of friction would prevent control rods from fully inserting into the reactor core during an earthquake [...]


  • "Dilute and Sell" - #Radioactive Tea Blended with Non-Radioactive Tea

    A tea producer blended the tea with radioactive cesium with the tea without radioactive cesium so that he could sell off his radioactive tea. An operator of a sewer sludge plant knowingly sold radioactive sludge to a manufacturer of garden soil because there was no national government standard when he sold it. Their reason: "It's safer that way, as radioactive cesium will be diluted".


  • US Nuclear Weapons Unaccountable

    ...U.S. agencies, in a 1993 report produced in response to the mandate, were able to verify the location of 1,160 kilograms out of 17,500 kilograms of U.S. HEU (highly-enriched uranium) estimated to have been exported...

    Source: via WRH

  • Secret US-Israeli Nuke Transfers Led To Fukushima Blasts

    Sixteen tons and what you get is a nuclear catastrophe. The explosions that rocked the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant were more powerful than the combustion of hydrogen gas, as claimed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The actual cause of the blasts, according to intelligence sources in Washington, was nuclear fission of. warhead cores illegally taken from America's sole nuclear-weapons assembly facility. Evaporation in the cooling pools used for spent fuel rods led to the detonation of stored weapons-grade plutonium and uranium.

    Source: via WRH