Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 2 July 2011

  • Radioactive Leak at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station

    Overwhelmed by the rising Missouri River, a 2000-foot stretch of a protective water balloon, surrounding the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska, collapsed at 1:25 AM on Sunday, June 26.

    Two days earlier, Kansas State University reported an emergency when radiation leaked at 149 times the Derived Air Concentration (DAC) limit for Iodine during a trial run of its reactor.

    Six and a half hours after the Ft Calhoun water berm collapsed, operators reported it to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, registering it as a “non-emergency.”

    The NRC says there’s nothing to worry about. The flooding has “had no impact on the reactor shutdown cooling or the spent fuel pool cooling.”

    Operating since 1973, Ft Calhoun filled its spent fuel cooling pool to capacity in 2006. The structure is 40 feet deep and 38 feet above ground. Ft Calhoun then built a dry cask storage facility, circled below, which the NRC says does not need the AquaDam water berm:

    Source: globalresearch.ca

  • Treatments for Radiation Poisoning

    You've heard that potassium iodide helps protect against some types of radiation.

    In fact, it only protects against iodine 131 poisoning (and, if not needed, may cause severe adverse reactions in some individuals).

    But there are actually different treatments for different types of radiation.

    The following chart provided by the Food and Drug Administration summarizes the treatments for exposure to various radioactive elements (click chart for better image):

    Source: globalresearch.ca

  • Fukushima in the US? Flood berms break around Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, ten-mile evacuation zone declared

    The unfolding situation at Fort Calhoun reads a lot like the Fukushima disaster. Officials have been downplaying the severity of the situation from the start, and yet it has only continued to get worse, despite their empty promises. First it was the fire, then the loss of power, then the establishment of a no-fly zone around the plant, then the breaking of the berm, and now the apparent flooding of various facilities with no end in sight.

    Source: naturalnews.com

  • Suit seeks to shut Hamaoka reactors for good

    SHIZUOKA — A group of residents and a mayor in Shizuoka Prefecture filed a lawsuit Friday seeking the decommissioning of the reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant for safety reasons.

    The reactors were ordered taken offline by the Naoto Kan administration due to their location on a major fault zone.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • Radiation hot line receives 10,000 calls

    Kiyomi Kasai, an official at the Research Center for Radiation Protection, says some people are worrying too much.

    Unlike in March, when explosions at the plant spread radioactive substances to the Tokyo area, almost all of the radioactive fallout is now gone, she said.

    She said since radioactive cesium has fallen to the soil, opening windows and hanging laundry outdoors is safe unless the wind whips up a dust cloud.

    Webmasters comment:
    Japanese Gov's official are nothing but retards. See below for safe to swim in the sea & radioactive urine in children is OK statements.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Wildfire threat to Los Alamos nuclear lab lets up, but dry weekend looms

    “It’s not over yet,’’ US Senator Jeff Bingaman said during a briefing in the heart of Los Alamos.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory remained closed, and fire officials said there was no chance the thousands of evacuated residents and lab employees would be able to resume their normal lives soon.

    Still, the fire chiefs in charge of battling the massive blaze were confident because their crews were keeping flames from spreading down a canyon that leads to the lab and the town.

    Source: boston.com

  • Gov't finds all surveyed bathing areas suitable for swimming

    TOKYO —

    The Environment Ministry said Friday that none of the bathing areas it recently surveyed in Japan, excluding those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is unsuitable for swimming.

    Citing a survey conducted from early April to early June, the ministry said 643 of 793 bathing areas at sea or in rivers and lakes overseen by local municipalities were judged to have good water quality, with the remaining 150 ranked lower but still regarded as suitable for swimming in.

    Webmasters comment:
    Japans Gov also thinks that all the children peeing radioactive urine is nothing to worry about either. See article below.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • Our nuclear-power conundrum

    Last Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a damning report on what went wrong at Fukushima, which is still leaking radioactive emissions. Its 160-page enumeration of design and operating faults in Japan, one of the world's most sophisticated operators of nuclear-power facilities, is a sobering indictment of how little we've learned from Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986 and the recent shutdown of our own troubled Chalk River medical-isotope reactor.

    Source: thestar.com

  • Nuclear: A tortuous timescale

    Future gazing

    The UK had the world's first commercial-scale power station at Calder Hall - its other purpose was to make plutonium for weapons, but let's leave that aside for a moment.

    Calder Hall opened in 1956; but there's no chance of waste resulting from its very first watts of electricity being buried before 2040 at the very earliest.

    Some of its fellow Magnox power stations, meanwhile, will not be fully decomissioned until a century from now - 150 years after they were conceived.

    Source: bbc.co.uk

  • Radioactive dust from Fukushima plant hits N. America

    Radioactive materials spewed out from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant reached North America soon after the meltdown and were carried all the way to Europe, according to a simulation by university researchers.

    Source: staradvertiser.com

  • Toshiba lobbying U.S. to build nuclear waste repository in Mongolia

    The basic idea of the scheme is to supply countries wishing to introduce nuclear energy with reactors made by U.S., Japanese and other major companies that would use nuclear fuel produced in Mongolia, with the spent fuel returned to the country.

    Webmasters comment:
    The basic idea is to export dangerous nuclear technology to underdeveloped countries.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Radioactive materials in kids' urine pose no health risks: minister

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Education and science minister Yoshiaki Takagi on Friday downplayed concerns about trace amounts of radioactive substances found in urine samples of children from Fukushima Prefecture, saying the amounts pose no health problems.

    Webmasters comment:
    This minister should get his head examined. Japans government is commiting crimes bordering genocide against their own people.

    Source: mainichi.jp

  • Unknown bomber explodes levees near Ft Calhoun

    Neglected farmers taking matters in their own hands?

    An investigation is underway in attempt to determine who used explosives to blow up levees upriver and east of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station around 10:00 Friday morning. In the rich farmland where families still depend on crops for a living and American families depend on those crops for their dinner table, officials report there has been "no damage" to the area, assuring that they had nothing to do with these levee explosions according to KETV News in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Farmers have been increasingly disgruntled with the way officials are managing the epic flooding. The levee explosions come less than a week after "workers" punctured the aqua-dam, recently erected to help protect the nuclear station from rising waters, sending thousands of tons of flood waters into the nuclear plant area.
    Source: examiner.com

  • Las Conchas Fire Now State's Largest Ever

    acres, making it the largest wildfire in the history of New Mexico. More Las Conchas Fire Now State's Largest Ever Fire Still Burning North Through Santa Clara Pueblo; Containment Still Low
    Source: koat.com

  • Fire Closes in on Plutonium at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    As I noted Tuesday, raging wildfires are threatening the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    As Reuters reported the same day:

    The fire ... surrounds the lab complex and adjacent town of Los Alamos on three sides.

    Today, Associated Press provides details on the size of the fire:

    A wildfire that is threatening the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory ... is poised to become the largest fire in state history.

    The fire near Los Alamos has charred nearly 145 square miles, or 92,735 acres.

    Source: globalresearch.ca

  • British Government Devised Propaganda Campaign To Downplay Fukushima

    Just 48 hours after the onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the British government devised a propaganda campaign to downplay the severity of the crisis, a talking point that was hastily parroted by leading global warming alarmist George Monbiot.

    “Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK,” reports Rob Edwards.

    “We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear,” wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

    Source: theintelhub.com

  • Massive wildfires threaten to ignite 30000 barrels of plutonium waste at New Mexico nuclear weapons facility, EPA on radiation alert

    (NaturalNews) Threats of radioactive disaster from what is shaping up to be the largest wildfire in the state's history are escalating, as heavy winds and plenty of dry brush have fueled flames to within 50 feet of New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), home of the first atomic bomb.

    Crews claim there are currently no fires burning on the lab's 36 square mile property, but the entire town of Los Alamos, population 11,000, has been evacuated, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now on radiation alert in the area.

    As of Sunday, the massive wildfire had already burned up nearly 145 square miles of land across New Mexico, or 92,735 acres, which is just a few hundred acres short of the massive Dry Lakes fire that swept Gila National Forest in 2003.

    Source: staradvertiser.com

  • Design flaw Fueled Nuclear Disaster

    “Some senior engineers at Tokyo Electric Power Co. knew for years that five of its nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture had a potentially dangerous design flaw, but the company didn’t fully upgrade them, dooming them to failure when the earthquake hit, a Wall Street Journal examination of the disaster shows.

    Source: bobtuskin.com

  • Thorium Revolt: Mineral to replace uranium as nuclear power source?

    An obscure metal that could energise our world... It's called thorium, it's eco-friendly, and there's lots of it. Many scientists say it could even replace uranium as a nuclear power source. But despite its potential, the metal is yet to gain a foothold in the market. RT's Laura Emmett explains why...

    Source: RTNews via Whatreallyhappened.com

  • 'Scandalous collusion': Gov't, nuclear industry planned Fukushima cover -up

    Human rights to health of children and pregnant women, the most vulnerable to radiation, have been violated in what Greenpeace called "scandalous collusion," a planned Fukushima nuclear cover-up conducted by government and the multi-national nuclear industry according to leaked emails to the Guardian that it exposed Thursday. The emails show that the Fukushima "PR campaign" cover-up planning started hours after the catastrophe, specifically targeted nuclear disarmament human rights defenders, and aimed to protect industry's plans for more nuclear facilities rather than protect human life.

    Source: examiner.com

  • Fukushima spin was Orwellian

    Emails detailing how the UK government played down Fukushima show just how cosy it is with the nuclear industry

    Source: guardian.co.uk

  • Fire at Nebraska nuke plant injures worker

    A fire yesterday at an embattled Nebraska nuclear plant sent one worker to the hospital with severe burns, according to reports from local media.

    The Omaha World-Herald reported that the incident occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday outside a security building on the grounds of the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant, but that it was not near any of the reactors.

    The worker was reportedly refueling a portable pump when it caught fire. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital with burns on his arms and face.

    Source: rawstory.com


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