Fukushima timeline - October 2011

Radioactive news 11 October 2011

  • 20 year olds on anti-nuke Hunger Strike Japan

    After the tragic nuclear accident in Fukushima, many people in Japan decided to further educate themselves about energy. There is now a nation wide critical thinking based debate going on about energy policy to which people are openly expressing themselves. This could be a sign of societal shift because in Japan, going against convention is not common. If an action or view point disturbs the harmonious status-quo, it is often avoided. I heard about a few young people who were on a ten day hunger- strike, camped out in front of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Finance building in Tokyo. To further understand why they are starving for change, I asked them for an interview. The long-term question is will these pockets of cries for change actually lead to reform in Japan.

    Source: japonkokoro

  • 25,000 Employed In UK Solar Power Sector

    An analysis carried out by the UK's Renewable Energy Association (REA) has found the UK solar sector now employs around 25,000 people...

    ...The REA says the actual number of new employment opportunities may be more than its estimate and the 25,000 figure doesn't include new manufacturing and supporting jobs. REA believe there could be as many as an additional 7,000 jobs created by April 2012.

    webmasters comment:

    The england's Northwest nuclear industry according to slightly outdated info from 2008 employs 25.000..."

    "England’s Northwest is home to one of the world’s largest concentration of nuclear facilities ... There are 25,000 people employed in the region’s nuclear sector, with seven nuclear sites and over 300 companies in the supply chain."

    Source: energymatters.com.au

  • 2010 Overview of occupational exposure to ionizing radiation:

    Notes: 1 - The collective dose is the sum of individual doses received by a group of data. For example, the collective dose of 10 people who each received 1 mSv is equal to 10 man.mSv.

    2 - According to the Labour Code, workers exposed to more than 6 mSv / year are classified as category A, those exposed to less than 6 mSv / year in Class B.

    3 - In case of internal contamination by radionuclides, the dose is delivered committed itself over the entire period during which the radionuclide is present in the body. By default, the commitment period is taken equal to 50 years.

    webmasters comment:

    Very important document from Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN). It would be interesting to see the specs of category A, beacuse obviously most of Japan population can be treated as category A radiological workers. In french, posting googletranslate into eng.

    Source: irsn.fr

  • Fukushima starts thyroid check-ups for children, but many problems are still unsolved

    While the examination is conducted free of charge, it is currently held at only the Fukushima Medical University Hospital, a place far from many evacuated residents. Those who wish to undergo a check-up must cover all transportation expenses by themselves, in addition to risking additional exposure to radiation by returning to Fukushima.

    Source: mainichi.jp

  • Sellafield nuclear waste ponds can never be modernised, says inspector

    STORAGE PONDS for nuclear waste at Sellafield, some up to 50 years old, can never be brought up to modern standards, but Sellafield Ltd, the company which runs the site, is making acceptable progress in removing the radioactive waste, Britain’s top nuclear inspector has declared.

    Source: irishtimes.com

  • Radioactive waste discovered at Bethesda Naval

    A contractor discovered low-level radioactive medical waste in a dumpster at the National Naval Medical Center, Montgomery County Fire officials say. Eleven people were evaluated and one person was found to have a small amount of radioactive contamination on their gloves.

    Source: wjla.com

  • Tokaimura mayor calls for scrapping Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The mayor of a village hosting the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power station in Ibaraki Prefecture told the central government on Tuesday that the plant should be scrapped because it is aging and located near an area where many people live, village officials said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • TAKING IT TO THE STREETS - Nuclear fears reawaken mass anger

    Compared with the West, and recently the Middle East, which has been swept by civil uprisings, Japan is not commonly known for having large-scale demonstrations or violent antigovernment protests.

    News photo Dispersal: Riot police use firehoses to remove students occupying Yasuda Hall at the University of Tokyo's Hongo campus on Jan. 19, 1969. KYODO

    But since March 11, when the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region and triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the public has found a new cause for standing up and demonstrating on a scale unseen since the student protests of the 1960s.

    Sept. 19 saw an unprecedented tens of thousands of people gather in Tokyo to protest nuclear power, surprising even the participants.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • Dominican Republic starts up wind power project

    (Reuters) - Dominican Republic inaugurated its first large-scale wind power project on Tuesday in a move to develop renewable energy sources in the Caribbean country's crisis-ridden power sector.

    Source: reuters.com

  • Environmentalists say renewable energy is better option for Jordan

    AMMAN - Environmental activists opposed to the Kingdom’s nuclear programme and experts in nuclear energy will convene in Amman next month at a conference to propose alternative renewable energy strategies.

    “The conference will discuss the possibility of exploring energy alternatives which are more secure and economically feasible in comparison to nuclear energy,” Ayoub Abu Deyeh, head of the conference’s scientific committee, told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.

    Source: jordantimes.com

  • The true cost of coal and nuclear

    The day when the market price of electricity generated by using renewable energy sources will be on par with that produced by nuclear and coal-fired power plants is closer than you might think. In fact, if all of the behind -the scenes costs - the expenses not actually included in the price paid by consumers - were factored in, renewable energy would already be cost competitive.

    In the case of atomic energy, for instance, the financial costs involved when nuclear reactors are shut down are only starting to become clear now. A study released at the end of September suggests that Germany’s efforts to decommission its fleet of nuclear plants will come at the expense of at least $24.5bn and that doesn’t even include the cost of long-term nuclear waste disposal. Analysts fear that the final bill may significantly exceed the sum the country’s nuclear power industry is legally required to put aside for the purpose.

    Source: news24.com

  • Ministry criticises Fennovoima over incomplete nuclear waste storage plans

    Questions have been raised at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, which supervises nuclear energy operations in Finland, about bickering between Fennovoima, which is planning to build a new nuclear power plant in Finland, and Posiva, which is building an underground storage area for nuclear waste for two existing nuclear operators. Reijo Sundell, CEO of Posiva, which represents the power companies TVO and Fortum, said on Friday that Fennovoima’s nuclear waste will not fit into the Onkalo, the storage facility that it is building in Olkiluoto. Fennovoima CEO Tapio Saarenpää nevertheless persists in hoping that his company might also be able to store its waste in Onkalo. The ministry feels that Fennovoima is drawing some very far-reaching conclusions by suggesting that Olkiluoto would be the only possible final storage area for its nuclear waste.

    Source: hs.fi

  • Areva's Finnish EPR reactor delayed again

    HELSINKI - A third generation EPR nuclear reactor being built in Finland by French-German consortium Areva-Siemens will likely be delayed once again, to 2014 from 2013, Finnish power company Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said Wednesday.

    "Based on the latest progress information submitted by the plant supplier Areva-Siemens, (TVO) estimates that the start of regular operation of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant unit may be postponed until 2014," it said in a brief statement.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • New, Clear Energy: Russia's Atomic Revolution

    webmasters comment:

    This is a low i wouldn't expect from RT. With this segment they put them self inline with CNN and similar western MSM. It is more than obvious throughout the video, that it reflects the official message from russian government, Rosenergoatom etc...

    Source: RussiaToday

 

Radioactive news 10 October 2011

  • How Germany became Europe’s green leader: A look at four decades of sustainable policymaking

    Over the last 40 years, all levels of government in Germany have retooled policies to promote growth that is more environmentally sustainable. Germany’s experiences can provide useful lessons for the United States (and other nations) as policymakers consider options for “green” economic transformation. Our analysis focuses on four case studies from Germany in the areas of energy, urban infrastructure, and transportation. We show how political challenges to the implementation of green policies were overcome and how sustainability programs were made politically acceptable at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Within the three highlighted sectors, we identify potential opportunities and barriers to policy transfer from Germany to the United States, concluding with specific lessons for policy development and implementation.

    Source: energybulletin.net

  • Waldner: “New momentum for the relations between Austria and Slovenia”

    In his meetings, the State Secretary once again emphasised Austria’s concern about the plans to extend the operation of the Krško nuclear power plant and to even expand the plant. Waldner: “The strict criteria of the stress tests agreed at EU level apply to all currently existing nuclear power plants in Europe and to the ones planned to be constructed in future. We are also expecting clear consequences from the investigations carried out by independent experts.”

    Various new and highly promising initiatives for more in-depth cooperation have recently developed, especially with Slovenia. One example is the quadrilateral dialogue (with Switzerland and Liechtenstein) on consular and visa issues and human rights.

    webmasters comment:

    The State Secretary is reaching out to Slovenia. Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria are all either non nuclear or phasing out. The call will be overheard in Slovenia, where corrupt political environment and officials are trying to suck the last cent out of anything still running. Our nuclear power plant is no exception.

    Source: bmeia.gv.at

  • Belarus agrees to Russian building of nuclear station

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko agreed on Tuesday that Russia should build the country's first, $9 billion nuclear power station.

    "It is only today that I've signed the resolution and agreed to sign a contract with the Russian Federation to build our first nuclear power station," he told a meeting with a Russian governor.

    Source: en.rian.ru

  • Independent Nuclear Experts to Speak at Fukushima Forum Tuesday

    Presenters include Daniel Hirsch, lecturer in nuclear policy at UC Santa Cruz and former director of the Stevenson Program on Nuclear Policy at the university. Hirsch is also president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a 40-year-old nonprofit organization working to reduce risks of nuclear accident and problems of radioactive waste disposal. He recently testified before the Select Committee of the California Senate on earthquake and disaster preparedness, response and recovery on implications of the Fukushima disaster for California’s San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors. A question and answer session will follow Hirsch’s presentation.

    In addition, the program will include a live video presentation and teleconference for public interaction with Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president and energy advisor with nearly 40 years of nuclear power engineering experience. He has managed and coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the country. An independent nuclear engineering and safety expert, Gundersen provides testimony on nuclear operations, reliability, safety and radiation issues to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, congressional and state legislatures and government agencies throughout the world.

    Source: missionviejo.patch.com

  • How to Enjoy Radioactive Autumn in Japan in Kindergartens and Elementary Schools

    In Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, they all do these fun-filled activities to enjoy and celebrate autumn, just like they did last year and year before, radioactive fallout or not. A minor nuclear accident must not disturb the preset schedule, ever.

    At this point, though an increasing number of parents are simply horrified, the majority are quite happily following whatever the school teachers say and accuse the concerned parents as "monster parent" (a Japlish word that they use in katakana) - a troublemaker. The majority are more worried about their children's prospect of getting into prestigious schools.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • UPDATE: Strontium-90 at 195 Bq/kg found 30 km south of Tokyo

    [...] The number is 195 becquerels/kg, more than 150 times more than the background (1.2 becquerels/kg).

    This is probably the lower of the two samples; the other sample is currently being analyzed.

    As far as the Ministry of Education is concerned, the southern most detection of strontium-90 was in Shirakawa City, 79 kilometers from the plant. [...]

    Source: enenews.com

  • Breaking News: Tokyo on the edge

    In the simplest put, it’s over.

    The amount was 195 Bq/kg.

    Detected by a university staff teaching engineering, so the measurement is trustworthy.

    It has nothing to do with the historical world-wide nuclear test, because it was measured on the roof of and apartment, which was built only 5 years ago.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Thyroid gland radiation checks start amid parents' anger

    A 43-year-old mother who took her four sons, from 5 to 11 years old, to the Fukushima Medical University for the Oct. 9 thyroid gland examinations questioned the government's earlier reassurances.

    "Now it says my sons need to take thyroid gland tests for the rest of their lives.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Fishery Industry in Disaster-Hit Miyagi Pref. Facing Crisis

    Kesennuma, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--The northeastern Japan prefecture of Miyagi is facing a fishery industry crisis because many seafood processing plants have been unable to resume operations even seven months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Post-Fukushima, France breaks silence on nuclear safety

    For a country as given to debate and argument as France, there has been a deafening silence surrounding the choice of nuclear as the prime source of energy. With a population of 62 million, France boasts 59 nuclear reactors — the highest per capita in the world, with over 75 per cent of its electricity coming from the power of the atom.

    webmasters comment:

    according to poll by PressTv over 70% of the french population supports gradual shutdown by 2030.

    Source: thehindu.com

  • Algeria to invest 15 bn euros into alternative energy

    ALGIERS - Algeria will invest nearly 15 billion euros ($20.5 billion) over the next 20 years to boost electricity production from renewable energy sources, the public Sonelgaz group said on Monday.

    "The total sum of electricity production development between 2011 and 2021 is nearly 2,600 billion dinars (25.9 billion euros, $35.4 billion), 1,500 billion of which (15 billion euros) will be dedicated to renewable energy," Nordine Bouterfa, the head of Sonelgaz, told a press conference.

    "By 2030 some 40 percent of electricity production for national consumption will come from renewable" energy, he said.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • 90 MW Addition to Iceland's Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

    On October 1st 2011, Reykjavik's utility company, Orkuveita Reykjavikur, celebrated the start-up of the 5th phase of the Hellisheidi geothermal combined heat and power plant (CHP), located just outside Reykjavik, Iceland. This fifth phase added an additional 90 MW of power. The plant, which was designed by a group of consulting firms led by Mannvit, is now one of the world's largest geothermal energy plants, producing 303 MW of power and 133 MW of thermal energy for space heating and hot water.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Students return to Fukushima schools for first time since start of nuclear crisis

    IWAKI, Fukushima -- On Oct. 11, seven months after the earthquake and the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, students of three schools here returned to their classrooms for the first time since the disasters.

    The schools, south of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, had been part of the government-designated indoor advisory zone, and their reopening is the first for any schools within the indoor standby and evacuation zones.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Residents near Fukushima mountains face nuclear recontamination every rainfall

    ...The unease is especially strong in areas in and around mountains that must be repeatedly decontaminated, as every rainfall brings a new batch of radioactive substance-contaminated leaves and soil washing down from the hills. Since some 70 percent of Fukushima Prefecture is mountainous, such instances of regular recontamination could occur over a broad area, while the same effect has also been observed in some undeveloped areas of cities.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Beyond its battered shores, Japan still pushing for nuclear power

    It may seem a stretch for Japan to acclaim its nuclear technology overseas while struggling at home to contain the nuclear meltdowns that displaced more than 100,000 people. But Japan argues that its latest technology includes safeguards not present at the decades-old reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, which continues to leak radiation.

    webmasters comment:

    Preaching latest technology and safeguards, exporting nuclear technology etc only means that gov. of japan intends to continue its nuclear program despite the majority of the population against it.

    It would look strange selling "high tech" nuclear power plants, while not building any at home...

    Source: todayonline.com

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 7th - 10th, 2011

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - October 11, 2011

    (This post is by Christine McCann)

    Today marks seven months since the nuclear disaster occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Here’s the latest of our news bulletins from the ongoing crisis.

    Source: greenpeace.org

 

Radioactive news 8 - 9 October 2011

  • Activist Sues Belarusian President Over Nuclear Power Plant

    ASTRAVETS, Belarus -- An antinuclear activist in western Belarus is suing President Alyaksandr Lukashenka over plans to build a contentious nuclear power station there, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

    Mikalay Ulasevich, who helps coordinate the "A Nuclear Power Station in Astravets Is A Crime" campaign, told journalists on October 7 that he has submitted his lawsuit to the Supreme Court.

    He said Presidential Decree No. 418 "On the location of a nuclear power station in Belarus" contradicts Article 18 of the country's constitution, which proclaims Belarus "a neutral country with a nuclear-free territory."

    Source: rferl.org

  • Switch to sun, live with comfort

    Odessa, Ukraine - Three rural districts in Ukraine were chosen to receive training on self-constructing solar collectors for warm water and heating.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Thorium reactors for the future

    The old technology represented at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is the product of the Cold War. It was chosen because of, not in spite of, its ability to create plutonium. In the 1950s, when the nuclear power was developed, manufacture of "a bomb a day kept the other side away." This was true for the Soviets and for the United States. It has cursed Japan with 60 to 70 tons of plutonium stored at various waste locations.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • News: Actual fallout was 10 times more than reported

    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology admitted that they have made a “mistake” on the report about fall out in Fukushima.

    The data is about the amount of fallout and the rain, from 6/6/2011 ~ 8/4/2011.

    Having said that it was a simple error, it turned out that it was 10 times more than originally reported.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Report: More plant mutations observed — Cases on the rise (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

    Plants’ mutation are observed everywhere, and the cases are increasing.

    webmasters comment:

    wow, great video. You can observe the destructive force of radiation, tearing apart the most intangible fabrics of life.

    Radiation is like shooting bullets into DNA several thousand times per second, splitting and ripping apart the normal DNA sequence of each living creature.

    Nature, even universe as a whole functions in such a synchronous way beacuse of its common underlying principle, described in so called Fibonacci numbers. (please ignore the religious tone of the video posting beacuse it contains lots of examples)

    This of course is not the sole example. Many are not aware that the underlying sequence of todays information technology follows the same pattern. The binary system, attributed to philosopher and mathematician Liebnitz was derived from chineese I Ching, describing the world as we see it as an interaction of ying and yang, of ZERO and ONE. And the virtual world is no exception.

    Source: enenews.com

  • Fukushima Daiichi NPS 8 October 2011 Photos

    Fukushima Daiichi NPS 8 October 2011 Photos

    Photos and videos released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. on 8 October 2011.

    Cryptome Nuclear Power Plants and WMD Series:
    http://cryptome.org/nppw- series.htm

    Source: cryptome.org

  • Free Trip to Japan for the Lucky 10,000 Foreigners Next Year

    The Japan Tourism Agency under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is competing with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in giving away free trips to Japan to foreigners in the hope of "favorable" coverage on the Internet social media.

    webmasters comment:

    Here's an idea. Use that money to help 10.000 children out of contaminated areas. That might ring a favourable buzz across the social media. Anything else is a FAIL.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Largest Private Solar Array Unveiled in Northern Arizona

    U.S. Representative Paul Gosar, a native of Flagstaff, led a dedication ceremony at the plant, where nearly 1,900 glistening solar panels span over 70,000 square feet on the rooftop. The solar array will take advantage of Arizona's average of 300 days of sunshine annually to produce emission-free solar electricity.

    webmasters comment:

    Each private company that decides to ditch the grid, cut costs, go green and profit at same time from lower electricity costs that can become a profit center by itself, is a nail in the coffin of nuclear power industry.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • TEPCO starts to eject dense hydrogen from Fukushima reactor pipe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said Saturday it has started to discharge hydrogen with high concentration levels from a pipe connected to a reactor containment vessel at the plant, as a measure to prevent an explosion.

    webmasters comment:

    Ejecting dense hydrogen is similar to "sprinkling"... Nothing else than venting and discharing of highly radioactive concetrations.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Huhne will use Fukushima report to revive nuclear programme

    Greenpeace is already pursuing a judicial review for alleged insufficient lack of consultation on nuclear power, and has been further antagonised by a perceived lack of transparency over submissions made to Weightman.

    Anti-nuclear protesters are infuriated that EDF, the French state-owned energy company at the heart of the UK's new nuclear plans, has started preparatory work on a facility at Hinkley Point in Kent ahead of the report's publication.

    Source: guardian.co.uk

  • Tokyo under illusion that things are normal while Fukushima remains a war zone

    We are well into autumn. And despite the growing sense in the Tokyo metropolitan area that things are now all right -- with train services back to pre-disaster schedules and the regret we once felt over our wasteful consumption of electricity dissipating -- Fukushima remains a war zone.

    webmasters comment:

    Tokyo got shelled too, some people just can't see it.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Farmers frustrated on removing tainted straw

    More than 600 bales of straw sat in one greenhouse at a cattle farm in southern Iwate Prefecture. Their combined weight was more than 60 tons, the farmer said.

    Radioactive cesium of more than 8,000 becquerels per kilogram was detected in the straw, more than the limit allowed for incinerating the straw or taking it to a landfill.

    webmasters comment:

    Government of Japan crooks par excellence. It's ok for 8.000 bcq/kg x 60.000kg = 480.000.000 bcq = 480.000 Kbcq to be stored at some farmers home, while nothing can be done to help him remove the nuclear waste from his backyard. And it keeps comming.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Ministers gamble on new £6bn Sellafield plant

    Sellafield unions and politicians in Cumbria have lobbied for a second Mox plant to save the 1,000 jobs that could be lost with the closure of the existing £1.3bn Sellafield Mox Plant. However, the possibility of keeping the plant open in order to make low-grade "disposable" Mox has been ruled out.

    Source: independent.co.uk

  • France 24 Program on Fukushima Workers

    It's a program from July 10, 2011 on France 24 International News in English. Unlike NHK documentaries or Germany's ZDF programs, France 24 managed to get the workers talk in front of the camera without hiding their faces and having their voices changed to avoid identification.

    It is a well-made program.



    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 1 Aerial Video

    This may be your last chance to see Reactor 1 from the top, before TEPCO manages to cover the whole reactor building up.

    webmasters comment:

    the main question remains if the new building will suffer substantial damage when the original structure finally collapses. "by TepCon"

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Maersk, Apex team up for offshore wind farm projects

    While offshore wind turbines is well established in Europe, with some wind farm projects there in place for more than 20 years, there are not yet any in operation or under construction in North America.

    Maersk Line Ltd., a Norfolk-based shipping line, is teaming up with Apex Offshore Wind LLC to develop utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities, the two companies announced Friday.

    Source: evwind.es

  • Cooperative bans saury fishing within 100 km of Fukushima nuclear plant

    A national fisheries cooperative has decided to ban saury fishing within a 100-kilometer radius of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in an effort to gain consumer confidence in the safety of saury caught in other areas.

    webmasters comment:

    Propaganda tricks... see todays other article regarding fishing

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Bringing the Plight of Fukushima Children to the UN, Washington and the World

    Arriving in Washington on the six month anniversary of the March 11 Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, they have addressed the National Press Club, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the United Nations Human Rights Commission, as well as participating in an action at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant just 38 miles north of New York City. Their central messages to the American and to the Japanese people:

    • Save the children of Fukushima and Northeast Japan

    • End nuclear power everywhere drawing on the lessons of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

    • Asylum for Fukushima refugees: help both in Japan and abroad.

    • UN stop promoting nuclear power.


    Source: japanfocus.org

  • 4 generator failures hit US nuclear plants

    ATLANTA (AP) — Four generators that power emergency systems at U.S. nuclear plants have failed when needed since April, an unusual cluster that has attracted the attention of federal inspectors and could prompt the industry to re-examine its maintenance plans

    Source: Associated Press

  • Quake hits nuclear crisis zone, but plant stable

    TOKYO — A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Fukushima area and parts of Miyagi Prefecture on Monday, but a nuclear plant there that was crippled by a huge quake and tsunami in March remained stable, officials said.

    webmasters comment:

    quakes keep comming and japan gov. keeps promoting nuclear power.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • TEPCO begins sprinkling purified low-level radioactive water

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. has begun sprinkling low-level radioactive water from the No. 5 and No. 6 reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the ground elsewhere to prevent fires at the site, the utility said.

    webmasters comment:

    video posted above... but still...

    SPRINKLING LOW - LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WATER? SPRINKLING?

    Source: asahi.com

  • Agency asks prefectures to specify where fish are caught

    Under the current system, fishermen can simply write down the ports where they have taken their fish and other marine products as the locations for their catches. For example, if fish caught off Hokkaido end up at Kesennuma Port in Miyagi Prefecture, the fishermen can say the fish were caught off Miyagi Prefecture.

    webmasters comment:

    make no mistake about it... your favourite sushi is radioactive.

    EU only checks for radiation in food comming from 3 designated prefectures.

    Source: asahi.com

  • Rush' for new nuclear power plants condemned

    Environmental campaigners today accused the Government of pushing forward with new nuclear power plants before lessons could be learned from the Fukushima disaster, ahead of the publication of a report on the crisis.

    This week the Department of Energy and Climate Change is expected to publish the final report into the implications for the UK nuclear industry of the disaster at the tsunami-hit Fukushima reactor in Japan.

    Source: independent.co.uk

  • South Africa government denies progress on nuke plants

    Reports of a tender process being under way for six new nuclear power plants are wrong, says South Africa's Department of Energy.

    "At no point has the Government committed to build six new nuclear reactors," it said.

    Source: nzherald.co.nz

  • Support for Japan PM dips after 1 month in office

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government dropped by 10 points to 55 percent one month after he took office, with more than half opposing planned tax increases for post-quake restructuring efforts, a poll showed on Monday.

    Source: mb.com.ph

  • Security Expert: U.S. 'Leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

    One year ago, German cyber security expert Ralph Langner announced he had found a computer worm designed to sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. The Stuxnet worm is now recognized as a cyber super weapon, and it could end up harming those who created it.

    webmasters comment:

    A reminder that Siemens pulled out of nuclear industry. What happens now to all them CS7 run Siemens controllers, targeted by Stuxnet? No driver update available?

    Source: weeklyintercept.blogspot.com via WRH

  • Plans for up to 7 geothermal plants approved in NV

    FALLON, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have approved plans for construction of up to seven geothermal power plants in a portion of Churchill County southeast of Fallon.

    Source: canadianbusiness.com

  • THE THIRD TEMPLE'S HOLY OF HOLIES: ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS

    The Author

    Colonel Warner D. “Rocky” Farr, Medical Corps, Master Flight Surgeon, U.S. Army, graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama before becoming the Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also serves as the Surgeon for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare

    Abstract

    This paper is a history of the Israeli nuclear weapons program drawn from a review of unclassified sources. Israel began its search for nuclear weapons at the inception of the state in 1948. As payment for Israeli participation in the Suez Crisis of 1956, France provided nuclear expertise and constructed a reactor complex for Israel at Dimona capable of large- scale plutonium production and reprocessing. The United States discovered the facility by 1958 and it was a subject of continual discussions between American presidents and Israeli prime ministers. Israel used delay and deception to at first keep the United States at bay, and later used the nuclear option as a bargaining chip for a consistent American conventional arms supply. After French disengagement in the early 1960s, Israel progressed on its own, including through several covert operations, to project completion. Before the 1967 Six-Day War, they felt their nuclear facility threatened and reportedly assembled several nuclear devices. By the 1973 Yom Kippur War Israel had a number of sophisticated nuclear bombs, deployed them, and considered using them. The Arabs may have limited their war aims because of their knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons. Israel has most probably conducted several nuclear bomb tests. They have continued to modernize and vertically proliferate and are now one of the world's larger nuclear powers. Using “bomb in the basement” nuclear opacity, Israel has been able to use its arsenal as a deterrent to the Arab world while not technically violating American nonproliferation requirements. Center and School.

    Source: fas.org via WRH

  • British nuclear forces, 2011

    ....Abstract

    The United Kingdom has been the most successful of all the nuclear weapon states in terms of creating a minimum nuclear deterrent; in fact, there is reason to believe that the country is considering whether to move toward denuclearization. The authors assess the country’s nuclear forces, providing clear analysis on the British nuclear stockpile and its reductions, the modernization of its nuclear deterrent force, the British– French collaboration on defense and security matters, the country’s nuclear policy, and the country’s nuclear accidents.

    Two months after the collision, the Ministry of Defence disclosed that there have been 14 collisions (mostly groundings) involving British SSBNs since 1988, as well as 236 fires. Of the fires on Royal Navy nuclear submarines, 213 were classified as small-scale, while 20 were more serious (the size of three of the fires was not characterized).7 Two of the collision incidents involved the grounding of nuclear-armed SSBNs: the Repulse in the North Channel off Northern Ireland in July 1996 (the sub was decommissioned the same year) and Victorious on Skelmorlie Bank on the Irish Sea in November 2000 (Ainsworth, 2009; BBC, 2009b). The February 2009 collision of the Vanguard was not on the list.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com

  • 'Minor' radioactive leak at Dounreay nuclear plant

    Radioactive material has leaked at the site of the former Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, it has been confirmed.

    Radioactive liquid effluent is understood to have leaked inside a treatment facility.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the leak was minor and did not get outside the plant.

    Sepa has launched an investigation. Dounreay is currently undergoing a £2.6bn decommissioning process.

    Source: bbc.co.uk via WRH

   

Radioactive news 6 - 7 October 2011

  • Experts Discuss Pros and Cons of Nuke Power

    When asked during the question and answer session about the status of the Calvert Cliffs 3 project, Vanderheyden explained why the project is being held in abeyance. “Funding isn’t our problem,” he said. “Our problem is the economy. We are not going to build a power plant today. At the current price of electricity, it would lose money.”

    webmasters comment:

    This is a very very important development if not a litmus test of nuclear power industry. What he actually means is that with the current price of electricity generated by nuclear power plants, the project would loose money, since obviously cost of electricity is far from being on historic lows, rather vice versa. Also, the current price is not really relevant... it is the projection of the price when the plant comes online that is important.

    What this means is, that companies, corporations and individuals are turning towards renewables and buying electricity from renewable sources at an advanced pace. Altough it remains to be debated what is the "lesser evil", the fact remains that oil industry is jumping the green tech wagon in order to improve it's image.  Distributors selling nuclear generated power will suffer. Distributors ready to tranform and promote electricity out of renewable sources as the only option, will prosper at an amazing pace.

    For a moment it looks like we might get lucky and the nuclear power industry might simply get demolished by the markets.

    Also note the article posted below "Britain's nuclear future is not so bright as firms look for exit strategy ".

    If we spice up this info with UN statement that 1.4 trillion is needed for green energy investments, which would equal about 280 nuclear power plants (that will not be build), this might just be the sign of things to come.

    Keeping my fingers crossed :)

    Source: thebaynet.com

  • FUKUSHIMA: POSSIBLE CAUSES & COVER UPS

    Israeli Double Cross in Secret US-Japan Nuke Deal (That Presupposed A New Japanese Defense Program) Set Stage for Fukushima Crisis?!?!

    The following article blew my mind -- and I don't think it can be disregarded, I think it checks out, but that is merely an opinion. Perhaps you can help me? I would like to verify, corroborate, correct, or debunk every statement of the following intense little article to which WRH linked on Sunday October 2, 2011. The article itself appears in Rense; the author, Yoichi Shimatsu, is no lightweight (more on that later). His article is iframed below, for your convenience (you can leave comments easily), and mine (in receiving your comments). If you haven't yet read it -- sit down, cancel appointments, turn off the phone...

    webmasters comment:

    I found it odd from the very beginning, that Japans government in the early days of the crisis declined the entry of Russian experts with vast experience from handling the Chernobyl crisis.

    At the time when they could use all the help they could get, they have BANNED Russian scientists from the site. You don't turn down neighbours waterhose when your house is burning... Something sinister was going on even before earthquake occured... Stuxnet, nukes... it remains to be seen altough the presumption in the article "American-made uranium and plutonium is the world's finest nuclear material. The lack of mineral contaminants means that it cannot be traced back to its origin", comes in quite handy.

    Source: femalefaust.blogspot.com

  • Surface deposits of cesium 134 and 137

    webmasters comment:

    in 20 -30 km range, most of the areas are above 100.000 - 300.000 Bcq/m2 or way above. The Chernobyl evac zone was 37.000 bcq/m2. Japan government is forcing the population to return in the 20-30km range, while it can be clearly seen that in 30- 60km range only about 30% of the area is bellow 30K - 100k bcq/m2. Also using radius from the power plant as the criteria is utterly moronic, as the graphics clearly show.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • US eases travel alert around Japan nuclear plant

    The State Department on Friday advised U.S. citizens to stay more than 12 miles away from the Fukushima (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah) Dai-ichi plant — in line with Japan's own no-go zone.

    The previous U.S. travel alert recommended against going within 50 miles of the plant. The latest announcement said Americans staying for more than a year within that wider area should consult with local authorities on radiation levels.

    webmasters comment:

    Sigh. 50 mile radius and prompt evac by us military was one of the rare proper examples on how to start dealing with such a situation.

    This just came out as writing this...

    The alert recommends that U.S. citizens stay away from any place within 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the plant. They are also being told to stay away from territory northwest of the power facility in what Japan has described as the "Deliberate Evacuation Area" and includes Iitate-mura, the Yamagiya district of Kawamata-machi, Katsurao-mura, Namie-machi and parts of Minamisoma.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/07/world/asia/japan-us-travel- alert/ 

  • Source: google.com/hostednews/ap

  • Japanese Government Insiders Reveal Fukushima Secrets

    The former Prime Minister of Japan has revealed that scientific advisors to the Japanese government warned that evacuataions of as many as 30 million people up to 250 kilometers away from Fukushima would have to take place in the event of a worst case scenario at the stricken nuclear plant in the country’s Northeast. The proposal would have seen Tokyo itself subject to evacuation, but the idea was immediately rejected because of the chaos it would have caused.

    The revelations come as Naoto Kan, who stepped down as Prime Minister last month, finally opened up about the deliberations that took place in the wake of Japan’s nuclear disaster.

    Source: corbettreport.com

  • Soil contaminated by cesium limited in Tokyo, neighboring prefecture

    High levels of soil contamination caused by radioactive cesium have been detected in Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, but only sporadically, according to the science ministry.

    On Oct. 6, it released its latest version of a map showing soil contamination by cesium 134 and 137 due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, adding Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture to the previous version...

    After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the former Soviet Union, areas with 37,000 becquerels of cesium 137 per square meter or more were designated as the contaminated zone. ...
    Source: ajw.asahi.com

  • Panel Launched to Aide Japan Agriculture Exports

    Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry inaugurated a panel of experts on Friday to discuss measures to help boost agricultural exports, which have plunged since the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    webmasters comment:

    exporting radioactive produce while just yesterday they announced a panel that will help acquire natural resources from foreign countries (such as uncontaminated water).

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Britain's nuclear future is not so bright as firms look for exit strategy

    The future of Britain’s nuclear power is at risk, with one of the three groups looking to build the next generation of reactors on the brink of splitting up.

    RWE, which owns npower, is in talks with partner E.ON about the future of its involvement in their joint project to open a reactor by 2020.

    According to people familiar with the situation, RWE is looking for a way to pull out of the Horizon Nuclear Power scheme.

    Source: thisismoney.co.uk

  • Protests thwart India's nuclear plans

    Violent protests in April halted construction in Jaitapur in the western state of Maharashtra, where a French company was to build six 1,650- megawatt reactors, and West Bengal state refused permission in August for a proposed 6,000-megawatt facility near the town of Haripur intended to host six Russian reactors, Nature reported Thursday.

    Source: upi.com

  • Japan's Achievement Rate for Health Goals at 17 Pct

    apan has achieved only some 17 pct of the goals set in the country's health promotion program for fiscal 2000-2010, a health ministry panel said Friday.

    webmasters comment:

    17% ? I guess Fukushima will be much lower... like 1.7% of all the BS comming out of government about cleanups and how fine and shiny all things are.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • News: Genocide

    As mentioned in an earlier post today, another Fukushima worker died.

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/news-another-nuc-worker-died/

    According to the very trustworthy announcement of Tepco,the worker was only exposed to 2.02 mSv in total.

    If that is right, it means you can die from only a 2.02 mSv dose. If that is not right, they manipulate the dose data. Anyway,it’s clear that they totally ignore the internal exposure risk.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Entergy hires Rudy Giuliani to vouch for safety at Indian Point

    According to a spokesman for Entergy, the ads for the Indian Point plant will begin running next week on cable television and in newspapers.

    The operator is seeking to renew its licenses for its two reactors.

    Entergy spokesman James Steets tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/qBEu6i ) the campaign is aimed to reassure the public about the plant’s safety.

    Source: enformable.com

  • Above-Limit Cesium Detected in Compost at Tokyo Elementary School

    The compost, made from fallen leaves at the school, had radioactive cesium of 1,488 becquerels per kilogram, higher than the 400 becquerels set by the government for agricultural fertilizers...

    Five kindergartens and 20 elementary and junior high schools in the ward have been making compost for use in flower gardens.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Ministry of Education's Radiation Map for Tokyo and Kanagawa

    "Radiation? What radiation?" must be the message from the Ministry which has been doing the aerial survey of radiation in Tohoku and Kanto.

    They did Tokyo and Kanagawa from September 14 to 18, using one helicopter that flew 10 times over the area. The radiation detection device on board the helicopter measured gamma radiation from the radioactive materials deposited on the ground from 150 to 300 meters off the ground. The measurement of about 300 to 600 meters radius below the helicopter is then averaged out. Here's the report by the Ministry (PDF).

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • News: Helicopter monitoring data is published

    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology quit measuring plutonium but they mistakenly published the contamination map of Tokyo, Kanagawa and north Kanto area.

    It was measured by a helicopter.
    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Osaka residents voice radiation concerns over Fukushima-made bridge girders

    OSAKA -- Residents of Kawachinagano in Osaka Prefecture have expressed concerns over radiation from girders made in Fukushima Prefecture, which will be used for a bridge construction project as part of National Route 371's bypass linking here with Wakayama Prefecture.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Why Go Nuclear When Efficiency, Renewables Fit the Bill

    neither Florida nor Georgia have meaningful renewable energy standards but do have significant potential for developing them.

    In Florida, renewable energy could provide almost 20% of the state's electricity by 2020, its Public Service Commission reported in 2008. And renewables could have supplied 25% of Georgia's energy in 2008, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

    Source: sustainablebusiness.com

  • Bulgaria files counter claim against Atomstroyexport

    SOFIA - Bulgaria has filed an international arbitration court claim against Russian nuclear company Atomstroyexport over delayed payments, Economy Minister Traicho Traikov said Thursday.

    "On Friday, (Bulgaria's power utility) NEK filed its claim in the Geneva- based arbitration court," Traikov told state BNT television, without providing details.

    NEK was not immediately available to comment but it had previously said that Atomstroyexport owed it as much as 61 million euros ($81 million) for equipment the Russian state-owned company bought back from the stalled Belene nuclear plant.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • The Pacific Divided

    Challenge: find a map of the Pacific Ocean that includes both Japan and California. Or that focuses on any of the island nations in between.

    One of the casualties of mapping a three-dimensional planet on two- dimensional paper is the part of the world that is split between the edges of the paper. Usually, this is the Pacific. As Sarah Palin made famous in the 2008 presidential campaign, as an Alaskan, she can see Russia from her house. While I admit that for Palin, this is an exaggeration, but for the residents of St. Lawrence Island, this view is a reality. In fact, they are as likely (if not more) to speak Russian than English and have the capability of kayaking to Russia if so desired. But your average world map makes that distance look infinite.

    Source: southernfriedscience.com

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 4th - 6th, 2011

    Here’s the latest of our news bulletins from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    TEPCO Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) finally submitted full, unredacted copies of three accident manuals to Japan’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), after numerous requests. However, the company has requested that no more than 50% of the manuals be released to the public, citing intellectual property concerns. Two of the manuals are only a few pages long. In the case of the so-called serious accident manual, TEPCO says that 90% of the document must remain confidential, because of ‘terrorism concerns.’ NISA said it would consider the request; the documents will be released by the end of this month.

    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Video: Aurora Borealis from space, amazing and beautiful

    Northern Light, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a natural light display (Aurora) in the sky, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (Wikipedia). In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the Aurora Borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.

    Source: greenfudge.org

  • Solar Power on US Campuses Surges 450% in 3 Years

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations on university and college campuses have surged 450% over the last three years, according to a new database constructed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

    Source: cleantechnica.com

  • With 24 high-tech fingers, Japan robot washes hair

    TOKYO (Reuters) – It may look like a glorified salon chair, but a new Japanese hair-washing robot replicates the dexterous touch of a human hand to care for the locks of the elderly and the infirm.

    webmasters comment:

    hairdressers get fancy new robots while fukushima workers get.... ? seems like hair industry is putting more moneys into R&D than nuclear...

    Source: news.yahoo.com

  • Massive Japanese earthquake altered Earth's gravity

    "The most important implication of our findings is that the massive Tohoku -Oki earthquake brings significant changes to not only the ground but also the underground structure of Japan," researcher Koji Matsuo, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University in Japan, told OurAmazingPlanet.

    Source: msnbc.msn.com

 

Radioactive news 5 October 2011

  • How to Dwarf Fukushima

    If you don’t want Fukushima USA to happen, there’s only one choice:

    Shut ‘em down! Shut ‘em all down NOW!

    But don’t for a minute think that Fukushima was as bad as it can get!

    It was bad. It was under-reported how bad it was — and is.

    But Fukushima could have been worse — and still might be. In fact, it still probably WILL get worse — when the corium (reactor cores, melted into blobs) start hitting the water table.

    At that point, Fukushima will get worse.

    Source: counterpunch.org

  • Steve Jobs dead at 56, his life ended prematurely by chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer

    (NaturalNews) It is extremely saddening to see the cost in human lives that modern society pays for its false belief in conventional medicine and the cancer industry in particular. Visionary Steve Jobs died today, just months after being treated for cancer with chemotherapy at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. In recent months, he appeared in public photos as a frail shadow of his former self. The thin legs, sunken cheek bones and loss of body weight are all classic signs of total body toxicity observed in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.

    Source: naturalnews.com

  • UN atomic energy official involved in radiation contamination incident in Belgium

    5 October 2011 – The United Nations atomic energy agency reported today that one of its safeguards inspectors has been involved in a contamination incident at a nuclear waste processing facility in Dessel, Belgium.

    The incident happened yesterday at the Belgoprocess facility, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said, adding that the agency’s staff member was in the company of a European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) inspector and a Belgoprocess official carrying out routine inspection when the exposure occurred.

    Source: un.org

  • Storage facility for nuclear waste to open in Chornobyl zone in 2013

    A centralized storage facility for nuclear waste is to open in the Chornobyl zone in 2013, Head of the State Agency for Managing the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone Volodymyr Kholosha told reporters during a briefing in the Chornobyl zone (Kyiv region) on Wednesday.

    webmasters comment:

    better to move radioactive waste in allready contaminated area than people, as is the case in Japan.

    Source: kyivpost.com

  • Japan's Ministry of Education Ready to Formally Loosen the Annual Radiation Exposure Limit

    The Radiation Council at the Ministry of Education and Science submitted its opinion on the domestic standard on radiation exposure on October 6. Considering the current situation of radioactive materials widely spread after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, the Council's opinion is to set the lowest possible standard in stages between 1 to 20 millisieverts per year for the residents in Japan [who are not engaged in occupations that deal with radiation].

    webmasters comment:

    This is nothing else but an official declaration of Japan as a 1- 20mSv/year radioactive zone.

    20 mSv per year was official dose for radiological workers before Fukushima accident. But do take into account that such workers have a reduced work week span and also much shorter time to retirement age. What will people in Japan do... retire early? from life?

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Breaking News: The camera guy showed up at the press conference of Tepco

    THE camera guy showed himself up in the press conference of Tepco on 9/29/2011 and 9/30/2011.

    It was shocking enough to make the Tepco spokes man blush.

    His name is “Takeuchi”. He called himself “a freelance journalist”.

    Here is the highlight of his question on 9/29/2011.

    webmasters comment:

    After the 1st official unveiling of the person i suspected he is planted "alternative" by tepco. I still think so. His language is way off, sounds like a very thought out propaganda where feeding lesser evils to hide larger ones. 

    The question remains whats up with the real person behind the cam or what was he pointing at before this "semi official alternative bs" came out regarding working conditions. Hello, it's a freaking hellhole not what you could consider a normal work environment is it?

    My opinion about the actual "pointing man" is the importance of direction to where he was pointing. Namely after i checked the radioation levels around the plant published on NHK

    ▼southern side of The main office: 500 meters north-west of the Unit 2 . 306 μSv/h Time:09:00 October 03, 2011 Winds: northwesterly 1.4 m/s

    i realized that radiation level 500 m northwest (exactly where the "pointing man" is pointing - NW) remains constantly very high around 300uSV/h. Many simply dismiss the data as an error, but i believe that that is where they have pointed the exausts to vent out the accumulating radiation plumes, which are constant and ongoing.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Can the world live with a self-regulating nuclear industry?

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - October 5, 2011 at 16:44 1 comment

    Take a look at this video. In it, Olivier Loubiere, Corporate Business Ethics Advisor of French nuclear conglomerate AREVA (it mines uranium, designs and builds reactors, and attempts – badly - to deal with nuclear waste), tells us how the company is to ‘self -regulate’ and adopt ‘a set of voluntary best practices’.

    The nuclear industry is said to be one of the most tightly regulated industries in the world. The problem is, when you see what the nuclear industry gets up to under the supposedly watchful eye of its government watchdogs – leaks, accidents, cover-ups, and attempts to influence public opinion by subterfuge – one wonders what it might do under so-called self-regulation.

    The problem is this: what the nuclear industry gets up to in the public eye is bad enough. What it does away from the public gaze can be even worse.

    Source: greenpeace.org

  • DOD paid $35 million for families to leave Japan following nuclear crisis

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Department of Defense paid nearly $35 million for U.S. military families who chose to flee Japan amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis earlier this year, according to figures obtained by Stars and Stripes.

    webmasters comment:

    The article is a spin in a way that it intends to paint the evac as unnecessary, while it was the only right thing to do.

    Also:

    "During the crisis, military commanders on the ground had repeatedly told families living on bases in Japan there was no significant radiation threat, but there was still a flood of frightened residents boarding flights out of the country after the DOD issued the voluntary evacuation order March 17."

    Here is the video featuring capt. Gardner providing evac info to service members in Atsugi, march 17th. It doesn't say anything about no significant radiation threat but rather goes on with saying: "women and children first".



    Source: stripes.com

  • Report says tourism in Japan is rebounding slowly

    Those conclusions came from a report by the Worth Travel and Tourism Council that said the number of international visitors to Japan dropped off significantly in June and July, 36% below the average for the same period in 2010. Foreign visitors generate about $16 billion in annual spending in Japan.

    But domestic travel demand dropped by only 2% in June and July, helping to keep the overall tourism numbers at just 5% below 2010 levels, the report said.

    webmasters comment:

    Foreign tourists 40% down. (I m certain that the actual % is higher)

    Domestic travel down 2%, but somehow overall decrease in tourism is 5%.

    ???

    Oh... i guess the evacuees are tourists also. o.O


    Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com

  • British physicist Wade Allison calls for radical increase in radiation exposure limits

    Oxford University physicist Wade Allison, who wants limits on radiation exposure to be increased by as much as a thousandfold.

    In a provocative speech at Tokyo's Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Professor Allison said current limits were "what the radiation-phobic world demanded in the Cold War years".

    webmasters comment:

    LOL @ Oxford? And the guy still has a job?

    Professor Wade Allison is a nuclear and medical physicist at the University of Oxford

    This is how paid nuclear shill looks like. You can "arrange a lecture" but rather I encourage the readers to email the dear prof. at

  • wade.allison@physics.ox.ac.uk

    and let him know what you think of him and people like him and perhaps add a picture or two of Chernobyl children.

    Source: theaustralian.com.au

  • Maehara: Use strong yen to acquire foreign companies, natural resources

    The main feature of Maehara's proposal is to increase to about 10 trillion yen ($130 billion) the loan limit of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation by adding about 2 trillion yen from the foreign exchange funds special account.

    The increase in possible loans would provide support to Japanese companies seeking to acquire foreign companies involved in the food and natural resources fields, as well as to purchase stakes in ore mining rights.

    webmasters comment:

    This is about purchasing clean water resources, an issue completly avoided all over the media. All of the information is focusing either on air, earth or seawater. Drinking water contamination is out of public eye from obvious reasons.

    Source: asahi.com

  • UPDATE 3-Finland names 1st nuclear site after Fukushima

    HELSINKI, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Finnish nuclear power consortium Fennovoima said it would build a reactor in Pyhajoki, northern Finland -- the first announcement of a new site anywhere in the world since the March disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan.

    Source: reuters.com

  • Vestas receives 129 MW order in Sweden

    With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S' company announcement No. 38/2011 of 6 October 2011, Vestas has received an order from a joint venture consisting of Arise Windpower AB and Platina Partners LLP for delivery of 43 units of the V112-3.0 MW wind turbine. The order has a total capacity of 129 MW and the turbines will be installed in Jadraas, Sweden.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

  • Nuclear agency urged to review spent fuel pools

    WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should take immediate steps to improve the safety of pools containing radioactive waste stored at U.S. nuclear plants, an internal report released Wednesday said.

    The report by NRC staff elevates the importance of spent-fuel pools, saying current regulations do not require instruments measuring water levels to be operable in case of accident.

    Source: news.yahoo.com

   

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