Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

France opposition in first push to reduce nuclear power


  • France opposition in first push to reduce nuclear power

    France's long-held support for nuclear energy emerged as a key issue in next year's elections Wednesday as the opposition Socialists and Greens agreed to joint efforts to reduce reliance on atomic power.

    The deal marks the first significant move toward limiting nuclear power in France since it embraced atomic energy after the oil shocks of the 1970s and comes amid growing disquiet here after Japan's Fukushima atomic disaster in March.

    Green party leader Cecile Duflot hailed the opposition deal as a revolution in French thinking on nuclear energy.

    "This was a real break with the past and will, in the case of a victory for the left and environmentalists, mark a change in France's energy policy," Duflot, the national secretary of the Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) party, said on Canal Plus television.

    webmastes comment:

    In France 70% support gradual shutdown of nukes. The people are not stupid, only government shills are.

    Source: expatica.com


 

Fukushima Diary: “I’m under their surveillance… I can’t post everything I know” — Next day writes “4 men interrogated me”



 

Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers


  • Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers

    The 16,000 cubic meters or so of sludge that is produced at sewage plants in Yokohama each day is divided up equally and processed at the city's northern and southern treatment centers. The southern center previously handed incineration ash over to cement manufacturers, but after businesses stopped collecting the ash in mid-May due to the detection of radioactive materials, ash started piling up at the center.

    As I was photographing workers transferring ash into bags, one worker warned me, "Don't get too close." Since pickups of the ash stopped, each worker has continued to pack 500 kilograms of ash into bags by hand. The fine ash particles rose into the air, making me realize the importance of wearing a mask. Since May, the workers have worn special filter masks.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Australia’s PM pushes for uranium sales to India – Australia Network



 

Japan pushes for reactor exports even as it debates nuclear policy at home


  • Japan pushes for reactor exports even as it debates nuclear policy at home

    But the nuclear technology companies think the setback will be modest, at most. Hitachi, even before the March 11 disaster, had outlined a plan to construct 38 overseas plants by 2030. Because of the nuclear crisis, Hitachi nuclear power systems Chief Executive Officer Masaharu Hanyu said, “we are now thinking that target might be a little bit delayed.” But Hitachi has not formally lowered its target.

    The Japanese companies have found that much of the world still wants nuclear power.

    webmasters comment:

    How mind-sick are these death dealers? Destroying their own country is just not enough. Now they will try to sell their death traps to countries that other countries wouldn't sell their nuke tech to.  For corporations, even Japan corporations, their own country is not a country. Its a market with money to be made. Now who of them you think cares if the moneys come from building reactors or "cleaning up" when they blow up?

    Source: washingtonpost.com


 

The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-2: Radiation information did not make it to residents


  • The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-2: Radiation information did not make it to residents

    On March 13, after the 25 people had left the Kanno's home, the majority of evacuees still remained in the Tsushima district.

    At 5:44 a.m. on March 12, the evacuation order was expanded to cover a radius of 10 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. After the hydrogen explosion at the No. 1 nuclear reactor, the evacuation order was widened to 20 km at 6:25 p.m.

    However, at a news conference on the evening of March 12, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, "There will be no leakage of radioactive material in a large quantity. Persons in areas outside of the 20-km radius will not be affected."

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


   

Report: Power plants taxing water resources


  • Report: Power plants taxing water resources

    Nuclear and coal-fired plants put the most stress on freshwater resources, the study found.

    webmasters comment:

    Nuclear power plants are the worst water polluters even without blowing up.

    Remember that when you hear some idiot spreading bs about clean nuclear energy.

    Source: macon.com


     

#Radiation in Japan: 60,000 Bq/kg Cesium in Riverbed Soil in Fukushima


  • #Radiation in Japan: 60,000 Bq/kg Cesium in Riverbed Soil in Fukushima

    On November 15, the Ministry of the Environment announced the result of the survey of the radioactive material density in bottom soil in 193 locations in rivers, lakes and dams in Fukushima Prefecture. Radioactive cesium was detected in almost all locations, with the highest density of 60,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in the riverbed soil in the Ota River that runs through Minami Soma City, which was designated as "evacuation-ready zone" after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident.

    ... ..

    The provisional "safety" standard for drinking water in Japan is 200 becquerels/liter of radioactive cesium. (For reference, in Belarus, it is 10 becquerels/kg.)...

    webmasters comment:

    Just a thought here. Floods? Typhoons? Landslides? Dam failures? Nature & habitat, that nourished Japan is now their enemy.

    What more does it have to be before world realizes that the nuclear industry is selling one thing only. Death.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Guest Post: IEA Report Advises Governments To Embrace Renewables And Nuclear



 

Small fire reported at Davis Besse nuclear plant


  • Small fire reported at Davis Besse nuclear plant

    OTTAWA COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A small fire was reported at Davis Besse nuclear plant early Wednesday.

    Few details are available. The Carroll Township Fire Department was called out but then told they weren't needed afterall. Davis Besse has their own fire crews at the site.

    webmasters comment:

    Hum, there was a "small fire" at the same plant on 19.1.2011

    Source: wtol.com


 

Whose finger on Pakistan's nuclear trigger?


  • Whose finger on Pakistan's nuclear trigger?

    SLAMABAD - While the United States has officially refuted recent international media reports questioning Pakistan's nuclear safety mechanisms, saying that its security measures are state-of-the-art, it is the country's all-powerful army leaders who will have the final say in the use of nuclear weapons if it ever came to that.

    This is despite the fact that in theory the prime minister's finger should be on the nuclear trigger as chairman of the Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) that handles the command and control of strategic nuclear forces and organizations.

    webmasters comment:

    "Today every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness. The weapons of war must be abolished, before they abolish us."

    Source: atimes.com


 

UPDATE 1-Japan kerosene stocks rise to almost 3-year high


  • UPDATE 1-Japan kerosene stocks rise to almost 3-year high

    TOKYO, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Japan's commercial kerosene stocks last week rose 2.3 percent to an almost three-year high, industry data showed on Wednesday, helped by expectations that demand for the heating fuel will rise amid worries over electricity shortages.

    webmasters comment:

    ? Helped by expectations...? this is not just usual money talk. It's a strategy of spreading fear in order to justify nuclear power plants. And we have seen that play out in  Japan over and over again in the last 8 months. There were no electricity shortages. As soon as there is a gap in the market, something fills that gap. Electricity shortage is a myth, simply because the Japanese can afford to pay for it.

    Nuclear power provides nothing more than 12% of worlds electricity production. That's 12% the world can easily go without, not to mention there are hundreds of established and emerging technologies that can easily take it's place.

    Source: reuters.com


 

IAEA Urges Japan To Secure Permanent Sites For Radioactive Waste



 

Protestors Halt Commissioning of India's Kudankulam Nuclear Plant


  • Protestors Halt Commissioning of India's Kudankulam Nuclear Plant

    Commissioning of the 1000-MW first reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in India has ground to a halt due to protests by the local population. Originally scheduled for December, commissioning and start up of the estimated $3-billion plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was moved to March 2012 because protestor blockades have prevented engineers from gaining entry into the plant....

    ... Plant officials hope the protestors, which once numbered in the thousands, will disperse by the new commissioning date...

    webmasters comment:

    The protestors will not "disperse". They are on a hunger strike in the hundreds. But as we have seen, shooting anti-nuclear protestors in not unheard off in India.   Nuke protester murdered in India as police open fire on peaceful crowd 24.4.11.

    Authorities responded to peaceful protest of a proposed nuclear power plant site in India by shooting at the crowd, killing one and injuring eight. Over sixty others were arrested. Killed by police on Monday, the body of 30-year-old Tabrez Sayekar was carried through the streets at a funeral march attended by more than 2,000 people on Wednesday. No one has been charged in his murder.


    Source: enr.construction.com


 

Alice in wonderland


  • Alice in wonderland

    Today I appeared to somewhere official.

    4 men interrogated me.

    They wanted to make up a story that I was an international criminal or something.

    It was a strange spectacle.

    They tried to make me state I was involved in an international money laundering though I only bought an A-bike on eBay.

    and I explained how risky the internal exposure of tritium is. lol

    I told them to evacuate too ,but they were too busy at suspecting me.

    It makes me feel like I’m alice in wonderland.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com


 

Japan Hosts Fukushima Radioactive Marathon


  • Japan Hosts Fukushima Radioactive Marathon


    This ad is for a TV show in Japan. A marathon was run right down the middle of some of the worst radioactive roads in Japan outside of the ‘red zone’ right next to Fukushima. This insane race was hosted by the Japanese government which seems little changed from WWII when the rulers in Tokyo demanded all Japanese fight literally to death.

    Just as the Banzai Samurai lying about Tokyo set out suicide squads to die for the Emperor who was as protected as a silkworm in its cocoon of mulberry leaves, so today, the financial wizards running Japan send out suicidal school girls to prove that the contaminated parts of Japan are OK for the masses (but not the rich upper class families who rule Japan). From one of many anti-TEPCO blogs from Japan is this terrible story: “Let’s die together” marathon | Fukushima Diary


    Source:emsnews.wordpress.com


 

Gov't to reinforce protection of nuclear plants from terrorists


  • Gov't to reinforce protection of nuclear plants from terrorists

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government drew up Monday a set of measures to protect nuclear power plants from terrorist attacks, including the protection of emergency power sources and cooling mechanisms by the state and electric power companies, officials said.

    The protection of backup power sources and cooling systems should be upgraded as it proved ineffective in the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the officials said in reference to the package of countermeasures adopted at a meeting of government experts on international organized crime and terrorism.

    webmasters comment:

    Note that no one is talking about shutting down the nukes anymore... all they talk about is upgrades.

    But still what does the failure of pumps in Fukushima have to do with terrorism? Nothing, unless article posted on rense.com is true to the letter.

    But that really is not the issue. On the subject of terrorism, the last event as we all know included a boeing hitting the structure. Not 1 nuclear power plant is build to withstand a boeing 737 impact. Each and everyone would fail. That is also the reason why terrorist attacks were excluded from the stress test, because obviously all nuclear power plants would have to be shutdown if this would be considered. Look at the article Europe’s nuclear reactor safety tests leave many unanswered questions by greenpeace, where it states:

    The risks of a large airplane crash have been largely ignored, probably because no reactor in Europe could withstand a terrorist attack like those we saw on September 11, 2001. Why have evacuation plans for towns and cities close to reactors been ignored?


    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

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