Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011
- Air Filter Friday: Radioactivity at 300% of normal background in Los Angeles-area dust — 350 CPM in St. Louis-area Ionic Breeze (VIDEOS)
Some food for thought on this Friday evening in North America:
RADIOACTIVE Los Angeles AIR 11-16-11 – YouTube
Note: Los Angeles-based Enviroreporter says at 15:00 in, “Los Angeles… which has received some of the lowest overt fallout in the US and Canada”
- TEPCO clears woodlands of trees for storage tanks>
The view of the plant from an Asahi Shimbun helicopter showed that blue and gray tanks are filling up the space where wild birds once took wing.
The combined capacity of all tanks at the plant has exceeded 110,000 tons as of Nov. 17.
Water used to cool reactors at the plant, as well as ground water, has continued to flow into the basement of the plant's reactor buildings after being contaminated. TEPCO has treated the water before transferring it into the tanks.
The institute said it first registered an increase in the emissions in the first half of the year and that the level was below the threshold that poses a risk to health. It suspended output between June and August and made adjustments to its filtering system.
In September the institute resumed iodine-131 production, but emissions did not decline to previous levels, so it has stopped output until the necessary further adjustments to its filtering system are made, it said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) first announced last Friday that traces of iodine-131 had been detected in Europe, after it was tipped off by authorities in the Czech Republic.
The IAEA has said the traces should not pose a public health risk and that it does not think the particles are from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant after its emergency in March.
Hungary's Izotop Intezet said it had emitted 300 gigabecquerels (GBq) between January and May and another 324 GBq between September and November -- or roughly 39 percent of its maximum total annual output combined.
"A portion of iodine-131 measured in the atmosphere of Budapest was very likely to have originated from the emission of Izotop Intezet," it said.
"We stress that the emissions have remained below annual limits ... the public exposure is negligible, so the (emissions) have no health or radiobiological consequences."
Mihaly Lakatos, director of the institute, told Reuters that despite the higher than usual emission of the isotope, Hungary could not have been the source of the leakage registered in several European countries over the past weeks.
"The amounts of iodine-131 measured in neighbouring countries cannot have much to do with this, because the distances involved rule out that the amount we emit could be registered over there," he said.
"That is why we have issued this statement to reveal the extent of emission (in Hungary), which if someone looks at (it), they will see that it cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe," Lakatos said.
Took me an hour to find this damn article... but here it is... Proof that IAEA is lying.
This company Izotop was straightforward from the beginning. They were the ones to announce the emissions and clarified that they were working on the problem, that was lasting for a year.... They were not trying to hide it, but were changing the filters then testing the sistem. IAEA was clueluess before this report.
Did IAEA notice anything in the first half of the year? No. Did anyone else? No. Now IAEA is full of it all over.
IAEA jumped on the first possible excuse. Izotop on the other hand clarifies very neatly that they can not be the source of the Iodine detected all over Europe, beacuse concentrations in Hungary are on the approx same levels as detected thousands of km away.
Officially measuring stations in Slovenia didn't register anything, the same goes for Croatia and yet, if Hungary would be the source, the possibility that iodine wouldn't get detected in Slovenia and Croatia, while at the same time would get registered in France, is slimm or better close to zero.
This Izotop is a scapegoat for a melting nuclear power plant.
- Did Israel Just Kill Us All?
Heretic Productions present: Mike Rivero's Comments at
Stuxnet is real and present danger. Most manufacturing facilities and especially nuclear power plants are not prepared and there are hundreds of facilities that utilize the targeted controlers. . It has been known to disrupt major manufacturing facilites ... for example in this article Duqu, Stuxnet are different worms: Kaspersky
It is believed the Stuxnet virus was originally developed to disrupt Iran's nuclear programme. Analysis by computer security experts has showed the worm exploited no fewer than four previously unknown vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows to take over industrial control systems, making it more sophisticated than any virus seen before. Once inside a Windows systems, the self-replicating code looks for connections to Siemens industrial control systems exploiting more vulnerabilities in the Siemens' own operating system to make clandestine adjustments to industrial processes.
Stuxnet targeted industrial control systems sold by Siemens that are widely used around the globe to manage everything from nuclear power generators and chemical factories to water distribution systems and pharmaceuticals plants.
also worth notingKaspersky Lab said the Duqu worm was first detected in early September 2011, after a user in Hungary uploaded one of the components of the malware to the Virustotal website, which analyses infected files with anti-virus programs of different manufacturers.
now how does that look in connection to yesterdays..
Hungary's nuclear authority told the International Atomic Energy Agency that iodine-131 had been released from the Institute of Isotopes Ltd from Sept. 8hum, there is another thing that bothers me... i just noticed, that most of the articles regarding the emissions in hungary have changed. The first official statement included detailed information on when the institute of isotopes was emitting Iodine, and the timeframes were short, they stopped everything to change the filters after they realised their leaks etc... Now after the IAEA has found its scapegoat all the articles state that the emissions were going on from 8sept to nov 16 continuously, which is one big fat lie.
Source: Snordelhans via WRH
- ANALYSIS: European radiation safety agencies detect traces of iodine-131 in air, source of leak unknown
Radiation safety agencies in the Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, and other European countries report traces of iodine-131 in the atmosphere – an indication of either a radiation leak or a severe accident at a nuclear facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) asserts no risk to population health, but the lack of reliable data on specific concentrations or locations where the radionuclide was detected suggests safety might be a concern. Andrei Ozharovsky, 17/11-2011 - Translated by Maria Kaminskaya
Radioactive iodine found over the Czech Republic
On November 11, the IAEA issued a press release stating that “low levels” of radioactive iodine-131 – an artificial radionuclide produced as a result of nuclear fission – was detected in the atmosphere above the Czech Republic and other European countries. “The IAEA has received information from the State Office for Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic that very low levels of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere over the Czech Republic in recent days. The IAEA has learned about similar measurements in other locations across Europe,” the press release said.
above article is a very good summary of the recent events.
Just in: Hungary isotope lab likely radioactive source-IAEA (which is a bunch of bullbiscuits. IAEA jumped at Hungary's report, although they clarify more than eloquently that they can not be the source of the detected emissions in question).
- HyperSolar Discovers Method to Make Renewable Natural Gas Using Solar Power
Company's breakthrough technology uses sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to produce, clean, renewable natural gas
SANTA BARBARA, CA - HyperSolar, the developer of a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using solar power, today announced that it has filed a patent application for the production of renewable natural gas using sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. This renewable natural gas is a clean, carbon neutral methane gas that can be used as a direct replacement for traditional natural gas to power the world, without drilling or fracking, while mitigating CO2 emissions.
- Fukushima radiation 'mostly fell in sea': study
"The results mean the ocean was more contaminated than land, although recent data have shown that ocean pollution resulting from the accident was well below levels affecting humans," Takahashi said.
- Energy minister: Turkey supports closing of old nuclear power plants
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.17 / Trend, A. Tagiyeva /
Turkey supports the closing of nuclear power plants whose lifespan has expired, Anadolu Agency quotes the Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz as saying.
"These nuclear power plants, reaching as many as 26, pose a threat to the world," he said. Earlier, Mr Yildiz said that Turkey will appeal to the IAEA, demanding the closure of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia.
The Metsamor NPP was built in 1970.
- Hungary says noticed increase in iodine-131 emission
BUDAPEST, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Hungarian isotope maker Izotop Intezet had registered an increase in radioactive iodine-131 emission at its Budapest laboratory earlier this year and suspended production until its filters are fixed, it said in a statement.
The institute said it had first registered an increase in iodine-131 emission in the first half of the year, which were below the health threshold, however it suspended output between June and August and made adjustments to the filtering system.
- Hydrogen buildup at Fukushima? What does it mean & why does it happen?
TEPCO recently discovered hydrogen buildups within the containment buildings in Fukushima Units 1, 2 and 3. Could there be another explosion, and if so how? Fairewinds conducts a laboratory experiment to show that if oxygen is present with hydrogen in a nuclear power containment, a deflagration explosion might occur.
- NRC responds to electrical fire at Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio
Source: U.S. Nuclear regulatory Commission
Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station southeast of Toledo, OhioNuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors responded this morning to a brief electrical fire-related Alert at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station southeast of Toledo, Ohio.
The alert was declared at 2:22 a.m. EST due to a small fire on an electrical breaker caused by a water leak from an overhead valve. The fire was put out within minutes. The Alert was terminated at 4:43 a.m.
Water leak.... allegedly "Small fire burns itself out" ... also see previous post about the same nuclear power plant Ohio: Scientists Sound Alarm on Nuclear Plant, that is obviously in very poor condition and into wich they are about to place a new reactor head.
- Smoke from Dormant Nuclear Reactor Concerns Washington Co. Residents
White smoke coming from a nuclear reactor in Washington County had some residents asking questions Tuesday. But the University of Arkansas, which owns the plant, says there’s no need to worry.
White smoke coming from this dormant nuclear reactor caused some alarm yesterday.
But university officials say there was nothing to be worried about.
A crew was trying to clean the cooling system and that caused a release of nitrogen gas.
“Because of the warmer weather and the high humidity the tank built up pressure,” says Facilities Manager Kyle Cook. “And it just releases some of the pressure some of the nitrogen was released in the air and when it does that it shoots off a plume.”
- Australia backflips on uranium to India
TOKYO - Fresh from her Asia-Pacific Economic Forum meeting in Hawaii and on the eve of President Barack Obama's arrival in Canberra on November 15, in an opinion piece published in an Australian newspaper, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that at the next month's Labor Party annual convention she would seek support from her party to end the ban on exports of uranium to India.
Gillard's sudden and surprising backflip will most definitely bring smiles in political and policy circles in India and many in Australia will also be celebrating this announcement.
But the Greens' leader Bob Brown, whose support for the Gillard government remains crucial, has already warned in his typical language that uranium sales to India would lead to a "nuclear arms race".
See this great recent report by James Corbett: China, the U.S. and the Next Cold War
- Police brace for huge nuclear waste protests
The police will deploy 19,000 officers to secure a shipment of German atomic waste from France to Lower Saxony next week amid expectations of huge anti-nuclear protests.
Gorleben protests reawake as nuclear lobby work revealed - Politics (30 Oct 11)
Dismantling nuke plants to cost €18 billion - Business & Money (28 Sep 11)
Thousands of demonstrators will descend upon the northern German state on November 26, when the waste in a so-called Castor container heads from the La Hague reprocessing plant to Germany's nuclear waste depot in Gorleben.
Thats 19.000 police off. that could be doing their work of fighting crime instead of "securing" deadly nuclear waste barrels.
Who is paying these 19.000 people? The nuclear industry? Or the taxpayers?
- How to Protect Ourselves from Radiation
Self-Help: How to Protect Ourselves Against Damage from Radiation
Now that much of Europe is being blanketed with radioactive iodine, high levels of radiation in Tokyo and other areas of Japan have been confirmed (and see this and this), and some areas of the United States and Canada – such as the Cascades – are getting hit with fairly significant amounts of radiation, it is time to revisit the question: how can we protect ourselves?
The initial answer is that we should reduce our exposure to radiation in the first place. For example, world renowned physicist Michio Kaku told his Japanese family and friends months ago that they should leave if they can.
If you live in an area receiving any radiation exposure, you should also take off your shoes and leave them by the door (Asian style) and use a Hepa vacuum to get rid of excess dust.
As nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen said in June:...
- Half of radioactive materials from Fukushima fallen into sea: study
Once released into the atmosphere, the materials were dispersed mostly northbound and reached the western coast of the mainland United States around March 17 after passing through eastern Russia and Alaska, according to the simulation. They are likely to have largely completed a round-the Earth trip around March 24.
Around the world in 13 days in EU in 8?
We know we can not ever trust anything that comes out of IAEA. And IAEA has excluded the possibility of Fukushima being the source of I-131 in EU by default. This is very important in the light of recent and not so recent news about the ongoing criticality happening in Fukushima's units 5&6 as well.
Although anything regarding the "mystery iodine in europe" (it's no "mystery" someone knows exactly where it's leaking and is covering up) is just a far guess at this point, the most obvious culprit should not be taken out of the picture.
The IAEA can not ever admit that the I-131 comes from Japan. That's done and over with you know. The reactors are on cold shutdown. People can return to their homes, they just need to clean up a weee bit faster. Admitting that it's iodine from Fukushima that's being detected in europe is like putting a final nail in the coffin of the IAEA credibility and nuclear industry's image.
- Japan mulling banning cesium-tainted rice shipments from Fukushima
...the government will continue to make efforts to prevent the spread of unfounded rumors about Japanese products being contaminated by radioactive substances.
the government will continue their propaganda and a cover up of their utter failure to protect the japanese people and will poison the others along the way.
- Cesium-137 deposition and contamination of Japanese soils due to the Fukushima MAPS
The largest concern on the cesium-137 (137Cs) deposition and its soil contamination due to the emission from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) showed up after a massive quake on March 11, 2011. Cesium-137 (137Cs) with a half-life of 30.1 y causes the largest concerns because of its deleterious effect on agriculture and stock farming, and, thus, human life for decades.
Maps up by readers requests. See the original article at enenews.com: New contamination map shows Cesium-137 deposited over 900 km from Fukushima
- High levels of radiation found in rivers of Fukushima
In the North of the Prefecture, the levels of radioactive caesium were 3,200 becquerelios per kilogram in the Lolita River in Iitate. Levels in the River in the province of Soma, further down in the channel, were 13,000 becquerelios.
In this way, the levels in the upper part of the River fell to one-fifth of those observed in may, but those present in the lower area of the River tripled. The levels of radioactive caesium near the mouth of the Mano River, also in Soma, doubled since may, according to Office of Europa Press.
See yesterdays post Mountains limited spread of fallout from Fukushima.
- Investments in Renewable Energy to Double by 2020, Reaching $395 Billion Per Year, Says Bloomberg New Energy Finance
The good news: renewable energy investments are projected to double over the next eight years and reach $395 billion per year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s up from $195 billion in 2010.
Follow the money? with an imaginary price of 3.95 billion / per nuclear power plant, this is 100 nuclear power plants per year that WILL NOT BE BUILD. Nuclear power is currently producing only 12% of worlds electricity and with such projections, the share will inevitably fall, regardless of the "push" that uranium and nuclear industry is trying to put out.
Why carry high risks of nuclear power plants, where a nation can loose their country in a split second while there are hundreds of other options that can be utilized?
Why allow these nuclear dinosaurs to continue their destructive path, with their contribution to electricity production will be inevitably nearing zero?
People of the world should never accept to risk their lives to protect the investments of uranium mining and nuclear industry!
Because that's whats is all about. A destructive industry with tons of capital is wrecking havoc around the world and it will continue to do so if not stopped by the people. Because sad truth is, that money that comes out of the nuclear industry doesn't smell either (similar to radioactivity), but is deadly nonetheless when put in the hands of corrupt government officials.
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