Fukushima timeline - September 2011

Radioactive news 27 September 2011

  • NASA Says Sunspot 1302 Continues To Turn Toward Earth

    September 27, 2011

    A strong-to-severe (Kp=8) geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 8:15a.m. EDT (12:15 UT) on Sept. 26, NASA said.

    According to NASA, the Goddard Space Weather Lab reported a strong compression of Earth’s magnetosphere.

    Source: eurasiareview.com

  • Electrical problems trigger radioactive steam release at Palisades

    Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant near South Haven on Lake Michigan is venting radioactive steam into the environment as part of an unplanned shutdown triggered by an electrical accident.

    This shutdown, which began Sunday evening, came just five days after the plant restarted from a shutdown that was caused by a leak in the plant’s cooling system.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Prema Chandrithal said that the current shutdown happened because an object slipped during work on a circuit breaker and caused an arc that took out power for one of two DC electrical systems that power safety valves and other devices.

    "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us." --President John F. Kennedy"

    Source: michiganmessenger.com

  • Fukushima and the Battle for Truth – Japanese Population Face Mass Casualties

    Japanese face mass casualties as large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination. by Paul Zimmerman

    Alexander Higgins Blog, September 27, 2011

    Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

    Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

    A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.

    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WRH

  • Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki as Population Flees From Fallout

    Beyond the police roadblocks that mark the no-go zone around Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, six-foot tall weeds invade rice paddies and vines gone wild strangle road signs along empty streets.

    Takako Harada, 80, returned to an evacuated area of Iitate village to retrieve her car. Beside her house is an empty cattle pen, the 100 cows slaughtered on government order after radiation from the March 11 atomic disaster saturated the area, forcing 160,000 people to move away and leaving some places uninhabitable for two decades or more.
    Source: bloomberg.com via WRH

  • Nuclear Power Plant In Michigan Venting Radioactive Steam Into The Environment

    The media is once again quiet as another nuclear power plant in the United States is releasing radiation into the environment, this time in Michigan.

    The Palisades Nuclear Generating Station In South Haven, Michigan is now venting radioactive steam into the environment after an unplanned shutdown caused by an electronic accident.
    Source: theintelhub.com via WRH

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 23rd-26th, 2011

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    Japan will announce a new energy policy in March, which will set the stage for the country’s outlook on fossil and renewable fuels, greenhouse gasses, and how it will deal with nuclear power through 2030. Some experts have raised concerns that this will delay research into renewable energy sources.

    Because of uncertainty about the country’s energy policy in coming years, Japan is cutting 80 to 90% of funding for the Monju fast-breeder reactor, though it will still spend JY20 million on maintenance costs. The lost funds will affect research and development.
    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Tepco reform plan calls for job cuts, asset sales-paper

    TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co should cut 14 percent of its workforce and begin selling 600 billion yen ($7.8 billion) in assets to help pay compensation for the disaster at its tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a government committee will recommend, according to the Yomiuri newspaper.

    The guidelines will call for laying off 7,400 full-time workers, a reduction in pension payouts, and measures to ensure banks continue lending to the struggling utility as it pays people forced to evacuate after the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter century, Japan's biggest daily said.

    webmasters comment:

    Austerity measures for Tepco. Where have we seen that before? Hum, everywhere.

    Laying off much needed workers is a strategy used by big banks when they get paranoid about the COSTS. Beacuse every payout to victims is a loss for the banks.

    In case you are wondering who is the true evil force behind the almighty spin and propaganda...

    Source: reuters.com

  • Entergy: Limit Vt.'s power to shut down nuke plant

    New Orleans-based Entergy has argued that the state Legislature had no business blocking the Vermont Public Service Board, which usually regulates utility matters, from issuing a new certificate of public good for Vermont Yankee to operate for another 20 years.

    In its pleading Monday, Entergy went further, adding that the board should not be allowed to consider several of its usual criteria for determining whether a power plant should be allowed to operate in the state.
    Source: forbes.com

  • Russian museum cancels exhibition in Gunma over nuke concern

    An exhibition of glass artworks from Russia's State Hermitage Museum that was scheduled to open in eastern Japan has been cancelled over concerns about radiation contaminating the showpieces amid the ongoing nuclear crisis, according to the Japanese museum
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Japan Holds Propaganda Seminars To 'Ease Chinese Concerns' Over Radioactive Contamination

    Japan explains to China situation of Fukushima

    The Japanese government is hoping to ease Chinese people's concerns over radioactive contamination with seminars on the Fukushima nuclear accident.

    More than half a year after the plant accident, many Chinese are still not buying Japanese food products and avoid traveling to Japan.

    The Japanese embassy in China and the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, jointly held its second seminar on Monday in Beijing.

    Among the 100 or so participants were Chinese government officials, corporate representatives and journalists.

    Source: TheFreedom2resist

  • Rich Japanese should not receive favorable taxes despite signs of fleeing overseas

    A growing number of Japanese people are reportedly moving to Singapore where income and corporate tax rates are far lower than their home country.

    A friend of mine who previously worked as a bureaucrat said celebrities were among those who have moved to Singapore. I will withhold their names as it doesn't matter if they have chosen to live away from Japan.

    webmasters comment:

    evacuation of the rich is now official and no, it's not about taxes or they would have done it much sooner wouldn't they?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan May Restart Suspended Nuclear Reactors by March

    Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano suggested Tuesday that the government may allow the restart of nuclear power reactors that have been suspended for routine checkups during the current fiscal year to March 2012.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Nuclear waste OK for SA, not Blue Mountains

    The Government is planning to dump thousands of tonnes of waste at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek.

    Under the new plan, up to 8000 tonnes of low level and short-lived intermediate level waste will be transported either by rail or road, with B- double semi trailers moving the shipping containers.

    Another 67 tonnes of intermediate level waste reprocessed spent fuel rods will be shipped to Adelaide from Scotland and France, destined for the new dump.

    Source: m.news.com.au

  • Nuclear plant expansion spurs protest outside Dominion HQ

    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Louisa residents express concern about the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant restarting after last month's strong earthquake.

    Many of those people protested out in front of Dominion Virginia Power's downtown Richmond headquarters.

    Source: nbc12.com

  • U.K. utility shies away from nuclear power

    LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Scottish and Southern Energy has decided to focus its investments on wind rather than nuclear power, an executive said.

    SSE's Generation and Supply Director Alistair Phillips-Davies was quoted by The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London as saying "our core investment in generation should be in renewable energy."

    Source: upi.com

  • Noda must make promoters of nuclear power take responsibility for disaster

    Sure, three Japanese bureaucrats who promoted nuclear power -- the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's (METI) administrative vice minister, the head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency chief -- were sacked. But legally speaking, they were not issued disciplinary dismissals, but rather were "recommended" to leave their jobs. They were offered a more favorable retirement package, i.e. an additional 20 million yen, if they resigned then and not later, totaling upwards of around 80 million yen in severance pay. 

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


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