Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011
- "China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third World War"
Source: ThePiRaTeCoPy via WRH
- Russia To Discuss Missile Shield With Iran, China
Russia has announced plans to pursue talks with Iran and China about a global missile shield.
Ria Novosti reports that Russia’s representative to NATO, Dmitri Rogozin, will travel to China and Iran in mid-January to discuss the subject.
Rogozin told the members of the Russian Duma: “I would like to inform you that, as dictated by the mission from the president, we will soon travel to China and Iran to examine issues regarding global missile shields in these countries.”
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has told his country’s armed forces to consider possible measures to counter NATO and U.S. missile shields.
Source: eurasiareview.com via WRH
- 'US used nukes on Iraq, Afghanistan'
The United States has used tactical nuclear weapons in its military campaign against Iraq and Afghanistan, a Middle East expert tells Press TV.
“Tactical nuclear weapons were used, at least one in Iraq and several were used in Afghanistan --in the Tora Bora mountains,” Peter Eyre, a Middle East consultant, said.
Eyre pointed out that the atomic bomb dropped on Afghanistan's Tora Bora region was so powerful that it actually created an earthquake there.
Source: presstv.ir via WRh
- New Iran Nuclear Plant Blast 'No Accident': Report
A mysterious blast which reportedly rocked Isfahan in western Iran on Monday damaged a key nuclear facility in the city, the Times of London reported on Wednesday.
On Monday, Haaretz sited Iranian media as reporting that an explosion was heard near Isfahan, home to a uranium conversion plant operational since 2004.
According to reports by the semi-official Fars news agency, frightened residents called the fire department after the blast, forcing the city authorities to admit there had been an explosion. Residents reported that their windows shook from the explosion’s force.
At first, Iranian officials denied the reports, with the governor of Isfahan later alleging that the blast was caused by an accident that had occurred during a nearby military drill.
However, a report in the Times on Wednesday alleged that the blast had not been a military accident, and that the city’s nuclear facility was damaged.
- Talvivaara has EU approval for uranium offtake deal
Nov 30 (Reuters) - Finnish miner Talvivaara has secured approval from the European Union to sell uranium, it said on Wednesday, allowing it to press ahead with an offtake agreement with Canadian producer Cameco signed earlier this year.
Approval from the Euratom Supply Agency, which is charged with ensuring a regular supply of nuclear fuels to EU users, follows approval from the European Commission and is the first step in the uranium permitting process -- and a requirement as part of the Finnish government licensing procedure.
- Walhi - The Indonesian Environment Forum calls for rejection of nuclear reactor in Kalimantan
The Indonesian Environment Forum (Walhi) has called on the government and the West Kalimantan people to reject the idea of developing a nuclear reactor in the province.
Hendrikus Adam of West Kalimantan Walhi research and campaign division said nuclear reactors had impacted badly across the globe.
“We must remember that a developed country like Japan still struggled to handle a nuclear leakage,” Adam said. “The safety of a nuclear reactor is not guaranteed by the ability to master high technology.”
- Germany vs. the UK on Nuclear Power
While Germany and Japan are backing away from nuclear power, the United Kingdom is looking in completely the opposite direction – 8 new nuclear plants are scheduled to be built. As a close neighbor, Germany has a number of words on the topic (all of them polite, but not particularly flattering).
Germany’s announcement of zero nuclear was prompted by the Sendai quake and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown last spring, as Clean Technica readers may remember, but those phase-out plans were already in place. The announcement gave rise to fears of insufficient power feeding into the grid anyway. However, Jochen Flasbarth, president of Germany’s EPA, pretty much thinks the entire idea is ridiculous, and furthermore that nuclear power is not the answer to a stable power supply:
During the last month, there was no need for electricity imports due to capacity shortfalls in Germany. Short-term imports were merely market-driven. The phase-out is doable and I don’t expect unsolvable problems. I wonder why Germany feels the pressure to defend its decision, but not the countries who stick to nuclear energy, which has been proved to be unsustainable.
- Video: Fukushima guilty of world's worst sea contamination
The title should be: Tepco guilty of world's worst sea contamination.
- Endangered Species of the Week: Japanese crane
Species: Japanese crane (Grus japonensis)
Status: Endangered (EN)
Interesting Fact: The Japanese crane is considered sacred and seen as a symbol of fidelity, good luck, love and long life in the Orient.
The symbolism is hardly coincidential.
- Hokkaido governor admits gov't attempt to manipulate opinion on 'pluthermal' plan
SAPPORO -- Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi has admitted the prefectural government's involvement in Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s alleged attempt to manipulate public opinion on a "pluthermal" plan at its nuclear plant.
Takahashi told a prefectural assembly session on Nov. 29 that she has "decided to accept" a third party fact-finding panel's report, which concludes that an official who headed the prefectural government's nuclear safety division was involved in the case.
- Couple leaves radioactive mystery in wake of suicide
NIIGATA -- Mystery was mixed with tragedy here on Nov. 29 with the discovery of a couple who had hanged themselves as well as a can holding radioactive materials in the husband's car.
The wife and husband, both in their 60s, were found hanged to death by a passer-by in a local forest at around 9:30 a.m. Police found what appears to be a will in the husband's car, along with a large can containing sand and seven small bottles of the radioactive element thorium. The will also made references to thorium.
How does this sound? Couple commits suicide in the darkness of radioactive devastation.
- Farmer who unknowingly shipped radioactive rice says prefecture's testing not enough
DATE, Fukushima -- "I shipped my crops trusting Fukushima Prefecture's declaration about crop safety. It's really a shame that things turned out as they have," says farmer Ichiko Takahashi, whose rice was found to be over the government's radiation limit after part of it was sold to consumers.
"If the testing methods are not changed, the same problem (of crops over the government limit making it through) will happen again."
Even after the prefecture made its announcement that crops were safe in October, Takahashi had doubts that the radiation tests were sufficient and brought her crops in herself for testing. The results she received on Nov. 18 were under the provisional government limit of 500, but not by much, at 476 becquerels of cesium.
- Fukushima Pref. to decommission all 10 local nuke reactors
The Fukushima Prefectural Government has decided to decommission all 10 reactors in its jurisdiction, including those at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, in conjunction with its disaster recovery project, it has been learned.
A vision for restoration created by the prefectural government in August promoted the formation of a "society not relying on nuclear power," but made no actual reference to decommissioning reactors. Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato was expected to formally announce the measure in a news conference on Nov. 30.
- Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for November 22nd –November 28th, 2011
This week, lawyers for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) argued that “radioactive materials (such as cesium) that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO.” The utility was trying to defend itself in court proceedings after owners of a golf course near the crippled plant charged that they could not continue operations because of safety risks to employees. In November, grass samples on the course measured 235,000 Bq/kg of cesium; radioactive strontium was measured at 98 Bq/kg. The court rejected TEPCO’s claim, but said that cleanup should be the responsibility of local municipalities, not the utility. Lawyers are appealing the decision, but experts say that if the ruling stands, local governments may be bankrupted by decontamination costs.
- Fukushima: Ban on 4322 rice farms. Plant manager hospitalised
Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Fukushima Prefecture has decided to ban the trade of rice from 2,381 farms in Nihonmatsu and Motomiya as a result of high levels of radioactive cesium (above 500 becquerels / kg) found in the harvests in the area near the cities of Date and Fukushima. The provision, the latest in a series since the crisis at the nuclear power plant damaged by the earthquake / tsunami of 11 March, thus reinforces the ban already in place in recent days and brings to 4322 the total number of farms involved.
- BREAKING: Military Confrontation between Washington and Moscow? Russian Warships head for Syria
Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country.
The Russian battle group will consist of three vessels led by the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov.
Russian military officials insist that the move has no connection with the ongoing crisis in the region and was planned a year ago, the Izvestia newspaper reports. Apart from Syria, the aircraft carrier and its escort ships are set to visit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Genoa in Italy and Cyprus, says the former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Viktor Kravchenko.
Nevertheless, he added that the presence of a military force other than NATO’s is very useful for this region, because “it will prevent the outbreak of an armed conflict,” Izvestia quoted Kravchenko as saying.
- Amano downplays Fukushima disaster
IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano has presented himself on the international stage as champion of the global agenda, taking what appear to be tough moral stands on issues like nuclear weapons proliferation.
However, there are many in his own native country of Japan who question this official's behavior, especially as it relates to the unprecedented disaster of three nuclear reactors melting down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Hisako Sakiyama is one of Japan's most respected independent medical experts on the effects of radiation.
- Radioactive cesium hotspot detected near Tokyo
TOKYO (majirox news) — A high level of radioactive cesium was detected in the soil today at Kashiwa City, Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo, according to Japan’s Ministry of Environment. It is probably the result of the fallout from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The high concentration was detected in a vacant lot. According to the city government, up to 450,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium was detected in one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of soil 5 to 10 cm centimeters (2 to 4 inches) below the surface.
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