Radioactive news 22 March 2011

  • 56 People Died in Cherynobl - 52 min.
    Best-selling author Michael Crichton examines the intersection of media, politics, and science, inspiring viewers to challenge old assumptions and to search beneath the surface of issues

    Is environmental debate today, including global warming, bio-technology, and other issues, based on science or politics? Are popular accounts of such issues rooted in science or phantom risks? Are government policies focusing on the trivial while ignoring the real, and in the process wasting limited resources, crippling human innovation to address true dangers, and inviting tyranny? In discussing not just environmental issues but the increasing politicization of science itself,
  • Japan says high seawater radiation levels are no cause for alarm
    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced today that in samples taken 1,100 feet south of the plant on Monday, radioactive iodine exceeded legal limits for wastewater by 126.7 times, cesium-134 by 24.8 times, and cesium-137 by 16.5 times. Samples taken 16 kilometers (10 miles) south were up to 16 times above legal levels.

    Radioactive elements in the ocean will not likely pose a threat to human health because they quickly become diluted, says Masaharu Hoshi, a specialist in environmental impact assessments at Hiroshima University’s Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine. He says contamination of seawater was not a problem following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Source.: csmonitor.com
  • Japan: The Solution to the Blown Reactors
    Dr. Michio Kaku’s Recommendations to the Prime Minister.

    “If I had the ear of the Prime Minister, I would recommend the “Chernobyl Option.”

    * Put the Japanese Air Force on alert
    * Assemble a huge fleet of helicopters. Put shielding underneath them.
    * Accumulate enough sand, boric acid, and concrete to smother these reactors, to entomb them forever.

    This is what the Soviets did in 1986, calling out the Red Air Force and sandbagging the reactor with over 5,000 tons of concrete and sand.”
    Source.: veteranstoday.com
  • Japan Extended Reactor's Life, Despite Warning
    Despite concerns about the safety of its oldest reactor, a 10-year extension was approved last month. Multimedia Interactive Feature Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel Related New Repairs Delay Work at Nuclear Plant in Japan (March 22, 2011) No Urgent Changes Seen for U.S. Nuclear Plants (March 22, 2011) Radiation Over U.S. Is Harmless, Officials Say (March 22, 2011) Eisaku Sato, a former governor, called the system flawed. TOKYO — Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of...
    Source.: N.Y. Times
  • Spent Fuel Hampers Efforts at Japanese Nuclear Plant
    Workers at Japan’s ravaged nuclear power plant on Tuesday renewed a bid to bring its command centers back online and restore electricity to vital cooling systems but an overheating spent fuel pool hampered efforts and raised the threat of further radiation leaks.

    The storage pool at Fukushima Daiichi Power Station’s No. 2 Reactor, which holds spent nuclear fuel rods, was spewing steam late Tuesday, forcing workers to divert their attention to dousing the reactor building with water. If unchecked the water in the pool could boil away, exposing the fuel rods and releasing large amounts of radiation into the air.
    Source.: N.Y. Times
  • Radiation Levels Continue To Rise In Fukushima, Japan Continues to Downplay Disaster
    Radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels has been detected in an area about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency officials said Monday.

    Status of nuclear power plants in Fukushima as of 10:00 March 22 (Estimated by JAIF) FUEL RODS IN REACTORS 1,2, and 3 ARE ALL EITHER FULLY OR PARTIALLY EXPOSED!
    Source.: TheIntelhub
  • Safety breaches reported at UK nuclear reactors
    EDF Energy, the company that runs Britain's nuclear power stations, has been reprimanded by government inspectors after a series of safety blunders at reactors in Scotland.

    Two reactors at Torness in East Lothian have suffered failures in electricity supplies, several "unplanned shutdowns", and a seaweed blockage. It was the loss of power caused by the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the still unfolding nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan.
    Source.: guardian.co.uk
  • Radionuclide Blankets United States; Authorities Insist Levels Are Harmless
    Contradicting Barack Obama’s assertion last week that radiation from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant would not even reach Hawaii, the mainland United States has been blanketed with radioactive Xenon 133 particles, while spent nuclear fuel pools at Fukushima have now reached boiling point and threaten to spew out more radioactive smoke.
    Source.: prisonplanet.com
  • Letterman With Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku On Japan
    From last night's show...

    Theoretical physics professor and author Dr. Michio Kaku shares his opinions on the best-and-worst-case scenarios for the nuclear crisis in Japan.
    Source.: The Daily Bail
  • Radioactive tobacco
    Cannabis is often compared to tobacco, with the damage caused by smoking tobacco given as a reason to prohibit use of cannabis. Yet most of the harms caused by tobacco use are due not to tar, but to the use of radioactive fertilizers. Surprisingly, radiation seems to be the most dangerous and important factor behind tobacco lung damage.

    Radioactive fertilizer
    Source.: acsa2000.net
  • Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil
    On the morning of April 26, 1986, a small town in the former Soviet Union was the site of a nuclear explosion that literally shook the earth. The historic accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 in the Ukraine caused severe radioactive contamination. Families within a 30-km zone of the power plant were evacuated, and in the months that followed, extensive contamination was discovered in areas up to 100 km from the site. Scientists are hopeful that plants may play a key role in cleaning up some of the contamination.
    Source.: nsdl.org/resource

 

  • Cameron ‘relaxed’ nuclear safety checks
    The British and Japanese governments are making nuclear power more unsafe.

    Japan changed nuclear inspection rules in 2009 to let nuclear plants run for up to two years without any inspection. It also wants to cut the length of time that inspections take.

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    Meanwhile, David Cameron still plans to go ahead with a new generation of nuclear reactors in Britain to replace older plants that are due to be decommissioned.

    They will be less safe. The government is privatising safety inspections for the nuclear industry as well as responsibility for the safety of transporting nuclear waste.
    Source.: socialistworker.co.uk
    • Some Radiation-Tracking Air Monitors May Not Be Working Properly, EPA Says
      Monitors are listed as undergoing review if they report an abnormal reading, Fraass said. Scientists then evaluate the reason, Fraass said.

      An abnormality might mean that the monitor isn’t working correctly, or the device measured a spike in radiation levels attributable to an environmental change, Fraass said. For example, higher temperatures can cause higher levels of naturally occurring radon gas, he said.

      Twenty-two monitors weren’t working and were listed as out of service today, Fraass said.

      “If a monitor in one area is being repaired, EPA’s network will still be able to detect any fluctuation in background radiation levels,” Gilfillan said.
      Source.: Bloomberg
    • Can we trust anything the US government says about war, money or energy?
      The 5-minute video on the left, along with the re-posted information from "AntiCorruption Society," presents important considerations in understanding the oligarchies who have hijacked the US government. The presenter is Benjamin Fulford.

      What we know from the facts are

      the US engages in unlawful wars all based upon lies known to be lies as they were told.
      the US engages in predatory economic policies that steal trillions every year from the American public, while ignoring the obvious solutions of creating a national money supply rather than a national "debt supply."
      there is compelling evidence that the US has the technological capability to cause tsunamis and earthquakes.
      Source.: examiner.com

     

     


     

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