Fukushima timeline - July 2011
- Citizens' radiation fears beyond crisis zone mount
Reiko Nakamura, a 37-year-old mother of three children, said she has been checking radiation levels outside her house in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, every day since she bought a dosimeter in May.
Based on her readings, she decides whether to open the windows or leave them shut tight.
Trying to protect her children from radioactive materials spewing from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Nakamura has been buying produce grown in west Japan since mid-March.
"I'm buying produce on the Internet. Also we've been drinking water delivered from Yakushima (in Kagoshima Prefecture)," said Nakamura, who was at a gathering organized by Setagaya Kodomo Mamoru Kai (The Group to Protect Children in Setagaya) in late June. Nearly 30 mothers discussed ways to prevent radiation exposure.
- UPDATE 1-France includes nuclear power exit among options
"We will study all possible scenarios for what we call the energy mix," he said. "It will be done with total objectivity, in full transparency, without avoiding any scenario (...) including the scenarios of a nuclear exit."
- Latvia Should Delay Nuclear Investment, Berzins Tells Diena
Latvia should delay a planned investment in a nuclear power plant in Lithuania because the country’s debt level is too high, President Andris Berzins said in an interview with the Diena newspaper.
Latvia’s debt level is about 45 percent of gross domestic product, which won’t allow investment in the nuclear plant in the “coming years,” Berzins said, according to the Riga-based newspaper. Berzins, who was sworn into office today for a four- year term, said adding a few billion lati of debt for investment in the nuclear plant would be “technically not possible,” Diena reported.
- Dangers at Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
As corporate media coverage of the ongoing disaster at the four failed nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has faded, a new concern has emerged in the U.S. as flood waters threaten two nuclear plants on the Missouri River. Both Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant and the Cooper Nuclear Station sit on the shores of the Missouri River, which is now facing record flood levels. The Fort Calhoun plant has been shut down for refueling since April, and operators there have installed berms, floodgates and piled up sandbags to help protect the facility. When floods caused the local electricity grid to fail, emergency generators had to be used to supply power to keep the reactor cool and prevent a meltdown, such as occurred in Fukushima. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has assured the public that the plant is equipped to safely survive the flood.
- Important steps to help protect yourself against harmful radiation
As we have written about previously on NaturalNews, one of the best ways to help mitigate exposure to radiation is to load up on superfoods like chlorella and spirulina, both of which have demonstrated radioprotective benefits.
Iodine, another sea-based nutrient, offers radioprotection as well, and it is important for the glandular system. The thyroid gland in particular, which requires iodine in order to produce healthy levels of thyroid hormones, will quickly deteriorate in the presence of radiation if it does not have enough iodine. In the US especially, where iodine deficiency is prevalent, it is crucial to supplement daily with high- quality iodine in order to maintain proper glandular function (http://www.naturalnews.com/031708_i...).
"Any iodine in your diet will be protective against the destructive radioactive iodine that is one of the by-products of uncontrolled nuclear fission reactions," says Dr. David Blyweiss, an expert in nutrition and functional medicine."
- Moms rally around antinuke cause
Japanese mothers, many with no history of political activism, have started taking to the streets to urge the government to protect their children from radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
- Falling confidence in 'Japan brand' more than just a domestic problem
The nuclear power plant in Fukushima has completely tarnished the "Japan brand," which enjoyed a reputation around the world as being safe, clean, and high tech. All of that has been wiped away now by the black cloud of radioactive contamination.
- News Navigator: Can a referendum on nuclear power plants be held in Japan?
Q: Are local referendums held in Japan, too? A: The former Niigata Prefecture town of Maki (the present-day city of Niigata) held the country's first local referendum in 1996, based on an ordinance. The poll was about the planned construction of a nuclear power plant, and nearly 90 percent of voters, or 20,500 residents, participated in the vote. As a result, opponents to the plan outnumbered proponents. Similar referendums were also held in the Niigata Prefecture village of Kariwa in 2001 and in the Mie Prefecture town of Miyama (the present-day town of Kihoku) the same year. Both referendums were themed on nuclear power plants and other issues, with opponents outnumbering proponents even though the mayors and many of the assembly members were pro-nuclear power.
Q: Does that mean the ideas of those elected by voters conflicted with local residents' opinions?
A: Yes, and that's why citizens groups and other organizations are calling for the creation of a national referendum system that can put nuclear power generation to the question. Prime Minister Naoto Kan also advocated such an idea, telling the Diet the other day, "I believe it's a good idea to give voters the opportunity to make the choice (over nuclear power plants)." A broader debate on the national referendum system may be spurred by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
- 4 months on, disaster debris still a huge, smelly problem
Ishinomaki Commercial High School in Ishinomkai, Miyagi Prefecture, is plagued by more than 100,000 tons of wreckage. Ranging from concrete fragments, lumber and tatami mats to home appliances and polluted mud, the debris has been dumped around the school since April.
The presence of massive amounts of rubble has caused health problems among students.
"It smells awful," said Toru Kazusa, an assistant principal at the school, adding that school officials were not given details about the dump site beforehand. "The dust and flies are awful."
- Kyushu Electric bid to manipulate public opinion on reactor restart a colossal mistake
It has been confirmed that a division chief-level employee at the company asked four employees at subsidiaries and three individuals at the firm's nuclear power-related divisions to pose as members of the general public and send e-mail comments to a TV program about the Genkai plant, expressing support for the reactivation. He also asked them to send e-mails from their home computers to conceal their identities as employees at Kyushu Electric or its subsidiaries. These revelations illustrate the employee's willful attempt to manipulate public opinion on the issue in an unfair manner.
- Survey: radioactive materials found in plankton
The group collected samples from the seabed along a 120-kilometer stretch off the coast of Fukushima.
- Four cities request bigger nuclear safety zone
Mayors and representatives from the cities of Fujieda, Yaizu, Fukuroi and Iwata handed a petition requesting the change to nuclear crisis minister Goshi Hosono on Friday.
The mayors asked that the emergency planning zone around the Hamaoka nuclear power station be expanded from the current 10-kilometer radius to 30 kilometers.
- TEPCO: 13.1 meter tsunami hit Fukushima plant
TEPCO also says the ground beneath the 2 plants fell by 50 to 65 centimeters after the disaster.
- Ratio of operating nuke reactors stands at 36.8% in June
The ratio of Japan's 54 commercial nuclear reactors operating came to 36.8 percent in June in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster in March, according to the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.
As of the end of June, 35 reactors, including those at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, were suspended, bringing the rate down to the lowest level since May 1979, when the figure dropped to 34.2 percent, as reactors across Japan were suspended following the nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island in the United States.
- Resumption of nuclear reactors this year in serious doubt
Electric power industry insiders are now resigned to resuming operations at nuclear power plants that have undergone periodic inspections only in 2012. They are unsure whether restarts will be possible even then.
- Radiation detected in beef from Fukushima
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on Friday that it had detected 2,300 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in beef from a cow raised in a Minami Souma. The national limit is 500 becquerels per kilogram.
- RADIATION ALERT - Meat From #Fukushima Tests Show Cesium 460% Over Provisional Limit
It is the first time an excessive level of radioactive cesium has been found in meat, according to the health ministry. The meat in question contained radioactive cesium, measuring 2,300 becquerels per kilogram, against the provisional ceiling of 500 becquerels, according to the local government.
- Japan insider: Breakup is only a matter of time as Tepco runs out of cash — “We’re basically waiting for the natural death of Tepco”
A government-led panel looking into the future of Tokyo Electric Power Co. is keen to wrest monopoly power away from Japan’s largest utility, but it has for now put aside more radical proposals to break up the company and sell off [...] its transmission networks, which are estimated to be worth as much as ¥5 trillion ($62 billion), enough to handle the likely compensation claims from the nation’s worst-ever nuclear accident.
- Japan professor: “The more the media pulls back the veil, the angrier the public is getting” — We can’t believe the nuclear industry, says lawmaker
“The more the media pulls back the veil, the angrier the public is getting.” [...] “They (Tokyo Electric) have zero credibility,” Kingston said. [...]
- Since Chernobyl, Belarus has seen a sharp rise in birth defects
*published in 2004*
The average level of contamination on the polluted territories, thirty- seven curies (Ci) per square kilometer, is notated scientifically as 37Ci/km2. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) set the “safe for residency limit” at a maximum of 5Ci/km2. Eighty-eight percent of contaminated Belarus is 111 to 370 times more contaminated than that. Two million people still live on that land.
- Nuke plant equipment fails quake-resistance check
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency inspected nuclear power plants nationwide after the March 11th earthquake damaged equipment at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The plant was unable to cool its reactors after losing power.
The agency found that the level of quake-resistance of the electrical equipment at Tokai Daini nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture was below the standard set by power companies.
Source: nhk.or.jp via WRH
- Company Finally Admits 765 KG of Uranium Burned In March 11 Oil Refinery Fire Following Japan Quake
Cosmo Oil Refinery in Japan finally admits, 4 months later, that 765 KG of Uranium was burned into the atmosphere at the oil refinery fire in Japan following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
Almost 4 months after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami the Cosmo Oil Refinery finally admits that 765 KG of Uranium was burned into the atmosphere when the oil refinery caught fire.
EX-SKF gives us a translation of the Japanese press release.
Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WRH
- Plutonium from Sellafield in all children's teeth
*november 2003 article
Radioactive pollution from the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria has led to children's teeth across Britain being contaminated with plutonium.
The Government has admitted for the first time that Sellafield 'is a source of plutonium contamination' across the country.
Source: guardian.co.uk via WRH
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