Radioactive news 31 October 2011

  • Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds

    The world's nuclear powers are planning to spend hundreds of billions of pounds modernising and upgrading weapons warheads and delivery systems over the next decade, according to an authoritative report published on Monday.

    Despite government budget pressures and international rhetoric about disarmament, evidence points to a new and dangerous "era of nuclear weapons", the report for the British American Security Information Council (Basic) warns. It says the US will spend $700bn (£434bn) on the nuclear weapons industry over the next decade, while Russia will spend at least $70bn on delivery systems alone. Other countries including China, India, Israel, France and Pakistan are expected to devote formidable sums on tactical and strategic missile systems.

    For several countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Israel and France, nuclear weapons are being assigned roles that go well beyond deterrence, says the report. In Russia and Pakistan, it warns, nuclear weapons are assigned "war-fighting roles in military planning".

    Source: guardian.co.uk

  • Japanese companies at trade fair in China avoid stating Fukushima origins

    DALIAN, China -- Some Japanese companies participating in a trade fair here avoided putting up booth signs that identified themselves as hailing from Fukushima Prefecture in a bid to dispel visitors' concerns over the effects of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    The companies -- five including a food-related firm -- were among Japanese companies taking part in a trade investment fair that was being held in Dalian, Liaoning Province, until Oct. 29. A total of 24 companies from Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures -- which were hard hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake -- made their presentations at the event in an attempt to overcome the sheer devastation they suffered in the March 11 disaster.

    webmasters comment:

    This trade fair is just a small mirror of the overall food market situation. And still no one is talking about drinking water.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • EU Energy: Belgium Becomes Latest European Country To Scrap Nuclear Power

    Belgium could be the fourth European country to switch off nuclear power following Germany, Switzerland and Italy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan earlier this year. Six Belgian political parties working on the formation of a new coalition government have agreed to scrap nuclear power conditionally.

    Under the new agreement, Belgium which is already a net importer of energy would see power production stopped at its three oldest nuclear plants by 2015, however, the parties have yet to divulge details on how they plan to meet energy demands in the country. The aim, according to a government spokesperson, is to get rid of nuclear power completely by 2020.

    Source: egovmonitor.com

  • Belgium latest to shutter nuke plants

    As Belgium becomes the latest country with plans to shutter all of its nuclear power plants starting in 2015, the company that operates most of them claimed Monday that the move would bring higher electricity costs and increased dependency on outside suppliers, AFP reports.

    webmasters comment:

    Belgium quiting nukes is huge. This indicates that countries are either aware that new technologies are comming out that will change the energy markets in a drastic way or on the other hand, they are expecting the world wide security situation to detoriate in such a manner that nuclear power plants represent an untolerable national safety risk.

    Source: marketwatch.com

  • Workers in shelters just outside gates of nuclear complex miss out on allowance

    Two shelters constructed for workers handling the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are not listed as being in radiation management zones despite radiation levels at the shelters exceeding the legal limit, it has been learned.

    As a result, shelter workers are not being paid an extra "danger allowance" that is provided to workers in the zones.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Government Official's Ultimate "Performance": Drink Up Fuku-I Water

    Yasuhiro Sonoda, 44-year-old official in the Cabinet Office, made good on his promise and drank the treated water from Reactors 5 and 6 basements.

    webmasters comment:

    As if that would really be water from reactor buildings... Srsly... whats next? Hula dancers bathing in a spa filled with water from reactor no.5?

    This only confirms that 5 and/or 6 are out of control. Why? Beacuse drinking water from reactor basements is there to make a statement that the reactors are safe. A reasurance to the public. Now why do they feel that they need to reasure the public that the reactor 5 is perfectly safe?

    This article just found its way on the "cold meltdown" page.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Hula dancers take lead in Iwaki's comeback / Spa complex hopes to fully reopen by Jan.

    A symbol of Iwaki city's reconstruction after coal mines closed in the area 46 years ago, the Spa Resort Hawaiians leisure complex partially resumed operations this month for the first time since March 11 and is undergoing a second rebirth.

    webmasters comment:

    There we go, Hula dancers in Fukushima, where Spa Resort is undergoing a second rebirth :S

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Japan drops nuclear promotion

    Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is planning to reduce the country's dependency on nuclear energy while seeking to restart idle nuclear reactors once their safety is secured and local governments approve.

    webmasters comment:

    we will put out the fire, just wait untill we put some more logs on... JapGov Shill.

    Source: todayonline.com

  • Fukushima Update – 2011/10/31 (Video)

    In today’s Fukushima Update we highlight an editorial on the IAEA by “Nuclear Free by 2045; note a new video interview with Aileen Mioko Smith; and go over all of today’s latest Fukushima news and updates.

    Source: fukushimaupdate.com

  • Japan Prem. Noda Admits Donations from Foreigners

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, at a House of Representatives plenary meeting on Monday, admitted that his fund management organization has received donations totaling 471,000 yen from two foreign residents in Japan.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Japan radiation expert: Plutonium-238 from inside reactors went far from Fukushima after explosions — ‘Misleading’ media said it would stay close by

    Mainichi has a report featuring radiochemical expert Michiaki Furukawa, professor emeritus at Nagoya University:

    He says that some reports about plutonium have been misleading.

    “When the disaster first happened, there were media reports saying ‘plutonium won’t make it far because it’s a large and heavy element,’ but no one who’s done serious research in environmental radioactivity would say such a thing.”

    “At the very least, plutonium-238 had to have come from the explosions (at the plant). The plutonium that had heated up inside the reactors turned into fine particles when it came in contact with water, and was dispersed with the water vapor released in the explosions.

    Source: enenews.com

  • India must learn from Fukushima: Ex-IEA chief

    Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster may be central to the wave of public sentiment against nuclear power but emerging economies such as China and India must learn their lessons from the catastrophe as they “inevitably will depend on nuclear power”, said the former executive director of the International Energy Agency, Nobuo Tanaka.

    webmasters comment:

    The only lesson to be learned from Fukushima is, that all of the nuclear power plants, everywhere, should be stopped immediately.

    Source: business-standard.com

  • Truth & Consequences: A guide to the triple melt-throughs at Fukushima (VIDEOS)

    According to the 2006 film The Battle of Chernobyl, which appeared on the Discovery Channel, Soviet officials were extremely concerned — not only with contamination of the water supply — but that a massive explosion would occur when the melted nuclear fuel came into contact with water underneath the reactors.

    Source: enenews.com

  • Japan to boost embassy staff in Ukraine with nuclear experts

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government plans to increase personnel at its embassy in Ukraine, especially with nuclear experts sent to learn from steps taken after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe for Japan to consider in dealing with the Fukushima nuclear crisis, government sources said Sunday.

    webmasters comment:

    I wouldn't bet on it. They are probably infiltrating nuke sales pitchmen or something of the kind...

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Paladin's Q3 uranium output dips 15%, CEO gets pay cut

    The Toronto- and Sydney-listed company said it sold a record two-million pounds of yellowcake during the quarter, raking in $102.7-million.

    webmasters comment:

    two million pounds of yellowcake during the quarter... RAKING IN 102.7 mio... WTH is wrong with these people?

    Source: miningweekly.com

  • Japan: Radioactive Cars

    The radioactive cars in the area are now being sold to unsuspecting buyers.

    In fact, they’re currently flooding the used car market in Japan. No less than 660 vehicles have been banned from export with radiation limits exceeding the tolerable level. Instead of destroying the cars deemed dangerous by authorities, several dealers have decided to disguise their origins to dupe consumers.

    Source: auto123.com

  • JAEA unveils software to project post-decontamination radiation levels

    As long as the local governments know how deep the soil is at a given site and how much cleanup costs per unit of surface area, the software can help them estimate the extent of decontamination needed and how big the bill will be.

    webmasters comment:

    And then the software will automatically fill out a compensation form and send the bill to TEPCO.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Local Fukushima residents seek compensation for decontamination gear, costs

    FUKUSHIMA -- Residents battling radioactive contamination in and around their houses, who purchased high-pressure water sprayers, are seeking compensation for their independent decontamination campaigns.

    webmasters comment:

    Nup, wrong approach... they need to demand a patch for the software as specified above.

    But seriously. Tepco has turned all of the Japanese into unvoluntary radiological workers. They are cleaning up the radioactive mess, created by a PRIVATE company. Those that have invested, the shareholders should be the ones paying for all of this, when Tepco runs out of moneys of course. All of the Japanese people should be compensated and given free medical care. All of the useless japanese nuclear agencies should be closed and funds previously used for them transfered to relief funds for victims. For starters.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Vietnam, Japan nuclear project intact despite Fukushima

    Exporting social infrastructure, such as high-speed railway systems and nuclear power generation systems, is a pillar of Japan's ruling Democratic Party's growth strategy.

    webmasters comment:

    Exporting social infrastructure... such as ...nuclear power... pillar of Japan's ruling Democratic Party's growth strategy...

    Exporting social infrastructure... such as ...nuclear power... pillar of Japan's ruling Democratic Party's growth strategy...

    Exporting social infrastructure... such as ...nuclear power... pillar of Japan's ruling Democratic Party's growth strategy...

    OHHHHH, i get it... f. everyone up worse then your own country and voila... you 've got GROWTH

    Source: in.reuters.com

  • Fukushima Plant Released Record Amount of Radiation Into Sea

    Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was responsible for the biggest discharge of radioactive material into the ocean in history, a study from a French nuclear safety institute said.

    The radioactive cesium that flowed into the sea from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was 20 times the amount estimated by its owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., according to the study by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, which is funded by the French government.

    Source: businessweek.com