Chronology of Fukushima News and related radioactive stuff

Radioactive news 1 November 2011

  • Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles

    Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

    Washington, DC - October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.

    webmasters comment:

    I encourage the readers to visit fairewinds.com website and make a donation.
    Mr. Gundersen is the one who gave credibility to alternative media regarding the Fukushima issue and i believe its right we show him our gratitude.

    Source: fairewinds.com

  • Anti-nuclear fasting continues in India

    CHENNAI: The protest fast against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) continued for the 14th day Monday in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, an activist said.

    “Around 400 people from Thomaiarpuram, Idinthakarai and Kudankulam participated in the fast,” S. Sivasubramanian, coordinator of the People’s Rights Movement, an organisation fighting for the plant’s closure, told IANS.

    Source: fukushimaupdate.com

  • Chinese nuclear forces, 2011

    Today, China is the only one of five original nuclear weapon states that is increasing its nuclear arsenal. According to some estimates, the country could “more than double” the number of warheads on missiles that could threaten the United States by the mid-2020s. Earlier this year, China published a defense white paper, which repeated its nuclear policies of maintaining a minimum deterrent with a no-first-use pledge. Yet China has yet to define what it means by a minimum deterrent posture. This, together with the fact that it is deploying four new nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, invites concern as to the scale and intention of China’s nuclear upgrade. The authors estimate that China has a total inventory of approximately 240 nuclear warheads.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com

  • 1.7 Millisievert External Radiation in One Month for 3rd Grader in Fukushima City: "Will Not Affect Health" Says City Official

    Japan's new normal in radiation exposure is getting ridiculous almost every day, particularly in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Fukushima City announced the result of the readings of the glass badges worn by children and pregnant women in the city for the month of September, and the highest reading was 1.7 millisievert external radiation exposure in one month for a 3rd-grader in an elementary school. Her two brothers were also found with high radiation reading off their badges.

    The city says, "That level of radiation does not affect health".

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO Confirms I-131 Still One of Three Main Nuclides Found In Seawater Near Unit 1 to 4

    We reevaluated the nuclide analysis results of the samples taken during October 1 – 15 from the atmosphere in the station site, seawater / marine soil around the station, seawater around the intake of Unit 1 to 4, sub- drain water around the turbine buildings, sub-drain water around the Centralized Radiation Waste Treatment Facility and seawater offshore of Ibaraki and Miyagi [...]

    webmasters comment:

    Another article found its way on cold meltdown page.

    Source: enformable.com

  • Cesium in pollen not viewed as health risk

    In June, the education and science ministry studied cedar leaves in the town of Kawamata, located about 45 km from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and determined the cesium-134 and -137 levels ranged from 54,300 to 177,600 becquerels per kilogram...

    webmasters comment:

    Note* from 54.300bcq/kg. ok, now some facts:

    Cedar trees are rare in that they pollinate throughout the year. This means that, unlike seasonal allergies, cedar allergy symptoms can be present all year long. In fact, many people with cedar allergies in the winter months believe they have a cold because it is not the typical allergy season. www.ehow.com

    Fukushima has about 185,000 hectares of cedar forests

    If there is one tree in each 3m x 3m that means 1.111 trees in hectare or about 205 million cedar trees in Fukushima. Now the closest data i found was that a 16 year old pine tree produces 81 grams of pollen per day. Thats on average 1134 grams of pollen (> 1 liter) over a 14-day pollen shed.

    So, basically what we get is that when trees start feeling funky... there will be 205 mio liters (205.000 tons) of radioactive pollen flying out of Fukushima each 14 days.



    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • UPDATE 1-NRC approves South Texas amended ABWR reactor design

    NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday said it has approved a new version of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) nuclear power plant design proposed by the South Texas nuclear power project.

    Source: af.reuters.com

  • Sellafield waste plant closure could cost taxpayer £100m

    Taxpayers will be expected to pay the full costs of closing down and decommissioning a controversial nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria which was built to provide plutonium-uranium mixed oxides (Mox) fuel to foreign power companies.

    Japanese customers have been told that they will not have to pay a penny towards the expected £100m costs of decommissioning the Sellafield Mox Plant, which was closed in August because of Japan’s “anticipated” cancellation of orders.

    Source: independent.co.uk

  • Fukushima and the inevitability of accidents

    Governments regulate risky industrial systems such as nuclear power plants in hopes of making them less risky, and a variety of formal and informal warning systems can help society avoid catastrophe. Governments, businesses, and citizens respond when disaster occurs. But recent history is rife with major disasters accompanied by failed regulation, ignored warnings, inept disaster response, and commonplace human error. Furthermore, despite the best attempts to forestall them, “normal” accidents will inevitably occur in the complex, tightly coupled systems of modern society, resulting in the kind of unpredictable, cascading disaster seen at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com

  • Japan restarts reactor despite nuke power concerns

    TOKYO -- Officials have restarted a reactor in southern Japan after a monthlong shutdown despite strong public opposition to nuclear power since the country's March 11 disaster. webmasters comment:

    Private nuclear company terrorizing japanese public, thats what this is.

    Source: miamiherald.com

  • International humanitarian law and nuclear weapons: Irreconcilable differences

    In 1996, the International Court of Justice issued an opinion that the use of nuclear weapons is “scarcely reconcilable” with international humanitarian law and concluded that nations have an obligation to pursue good-faith negotiations leading to disarmament. The 2010 Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty Review Conference reaffirmed the need for all states to comply with international humanitarian law, which governs the use of nuclear as well as conventional weapons. When the rules of war are applied to nuclear weapons, it becomes clear that these weapons cannot comply with international law. The effects of nuclear weapons are inherently uncontrollable and do not meet international criteria for discrimination between military and civilian targets, for proportionality, and for necessity.

    Source: bos.sagepub.com

  • New Materials Turn Heat into Electricity

    This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

    Most of today's power plants — from some of the largest solar arrays to nuclear energy facilities — rely on the boiling and condensing of water to produce energy.

    The process of turning heated water into energy was essentially understood by James Watt all the way back in 1765. Heat from the sun or from a controlled nuclear reaction boils water, which then expands, moves a turbine and generates power.

    ..."Ni45Co5Mn40Sn10 is a remarkable alloy," said James. "The low temperature phase is nonmagnetic but the high temperature phase is a strong magnet, almost as strong as iron at the same temperature." The researchers immediately realized that such an alloy could act like the phase- transitioning water in a power plant.

    "If you surround the alloy by a small coil and heat it through the phase transformation, the suddenly changing magnetization induces a current in the coil," said James. "In the process the alloy absorbs some latent heat. It turns heat directly into electricity."

    Source: livescience.com

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 28th – October 31st, 2011

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

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    Over 80% of Japan’s nuclear reactors are now out of service, a number that is expected to increase to 100% by next spring. The majority of the reactors were stopped for routine safety inspections, but have not been restarted because of safety concerns raised by residents

    webmasters comment:

    Greenpeace is to busy furnishing their new boat to be following the worst nuclear disaster properly. Wondering if Japan government paid for it.

    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Recipients of Organ Transplants at Increased Risk For Broad Range of Cancers

    Patients who have received a solid organ transplant, such as kidney, liver, heart or lung, have an overall cancer risk that is double that of the general population, with an increased risk for many different types of malignancies, according to a study in the November 2 issue of JAMA

    Source: medicalxpress.com

  • New material to pave way for battery-free cardiac pacemaker

    OSAKA -- Researchers have developed a new material that can generate power after being embedded in a human body and absorbing light from outside, paving the way for a battery-free cardiac pacemaker.

    The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, succeeded in developing the new material and is seeking to put the technology into practical use.

    Currently, pacemaker users need to replace lithium-ion batteries in the equipment once every several years by undergoing surgery. The new material will relieve patients of such a hassle as it can generate power in itself by converting light from outside into heat and eventually electricity.

    webmasters comment:

    Integrating flora and fauna with tech is something that is going to be common in the future. Fancy to plug your laptop into a tree?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • From BSE to oil spills: politicians and media stunts

    Drinking a glass of water from Fukushima power plant is not the first – and is unlikely to be the last – in a string of such political stunts over the years, many of which failed to have happy endings.

    Yasuhiro Sonoda appeared to be following in the footsteps of Japan’s former prime minister Naoto Kan and his then-chief government spokesman Yukio Edano with his water drinking antics.

    Earlier this year, as public concerns surrounding food contamination safety reached fever pitch in Japan, Mr Kan and Mr Edano both made a point of publicly eating food produced in Fukushima, home to the power plant.

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

  • Chernobyl residents share the pain of Fukushima

    According to the Ukrainian government, 168 villages disappeared due to the effects of the Chernobyl disaster and the wide-scale evacuations.

    Notices carrying the names of those villages stand in the city's central plaza in alphabetical order. The notices were completed this spring, which marked the 25th anniversary of the accident.

    The key facilities of the government organizations for such work as radiation monitoring and ecological surveys are located in the city.

    As decontamination work has been intensively conducted in the city, city officials have been allowed to stay there. At present, they spend about half a month at a time in dormitories in the city.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com

  • Japan near ready to loosen beef import limits: report

    The raised ceiling is "believed to reflect Tokyo's intention to adhere more strictly to scientific grounds and to seek to ease restrictions imposed by many countries on Japanese farm products over fears of radioactive contamination in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis" in March, Kyodo said.

    webmasters comment:

    no matter what country you are from, you need to be cautious of any trade agreements that your government might be doing with Japan at this moment, since easing restrictions usually goes both ways.

    Source: albertafarmexpress.ca

 

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