Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

Experts Admit Fukushima is Causing Hidden Cancer Deaths


  • Experts Admit Fukushima is Causing Hidden Cancer Deaths

    Anthony Gucciardi
    Activist Post

    Health and radiation experts are now admitting that the Fukushima disaster is contributing to an unknown number of deaths as a result of increasing cancer rates around the globe.

    They are also stating that these deaths will be ‘hidden’ from the public eye due to a lack of accurate identification when it comes to targeting Fukushima-related cancer deaths.

    Of course the scientific experts are focusing primarily on the evacuation zone radiation and surrounding areas, despite the fact that Fukushima radiation is now so far reaching that it is adversely affecting the health of United States citizens.

    Source: activistpost.com


 

Japan Not to Extend Jobless Benefits Further for Disaster Victims



 

Sewage sludge keeps piling up amid radiation concerns


  • Sewage sludge keeps piling up amid radiation concerns

    Concerns about radiation among residents have kept contaminated sludge and incineration ash piled high at sewage treatment facilities across eastern Japan with nowhere to go.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, faces demand from local governments for compensation for rising costs associated with disposing of the sludge.

    In September, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi was forced to postpone a plan to bury ash at a waste disposal site on Yokohama Port's Honmoku Pier after more than 100 people protested, citing the possibility of marine pollution.

    "We did not give sufficient explanation," Hayashi said Sept. 14. "I am sorry."

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-3: 'Am I going to die?'


  • The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-3: 'Am I going to die?'

    Where did the 25 people who stayed with Mizue Kanno go after leaving her home?

    One of them, Misako Yatsuda, 62, is taking shelter in municipal housing in Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture.

    She is a distant relative of Kanno and has a house in the Onoda district in Namie. Yatsuda's house is closer to the sea, approximately 20 kilometers from Kanno's home. It lies within 10 km of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    On the afternoon of March 11, the earthquake struck while Yatsuda was at home.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

Fukushima accident raises spent fuel concerns in U.S.


  • Fukushima accident raises spent fuel concerns in U.S.

    Tuesday November 22, 2011

    BRATTLEBORO -- How well prepared is Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to respond to an accident that cuts off power to the plant’s spent fuel pool cooling system?

    That’s a question the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be asking as part of its "lessons learned" review of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan.

    In late July, the Union of Concerned Scientists suggested to the NRC that now would be a good time to review how power plant operators would respond to a "design basis accident" that compromises a spent fuel pool’s cooling system.

    Earlier this month, the NRC agreed and is asking operators of power plants with reactors such as that at Yankee in Vernon how the plant systems are capable of removing the combined heat loads, including the heat load from the spent fuel pool, from the reactor building during an accident.

    Source: reformer.com


 

Federal agency reprimands Pilgrim nuclear plant owner for May shutdown


  • Federal agency reprimands Pilgrim nuclear plant owner for May shutdown

    PLYMOUTH —

    The Pilgrim nuclear power plant will be required to face another Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection now that the agency has finished its evaluation of the plant’s accidental shutdown in May.

    The commission on Monday issued a white inspection finding – that is, a finding of low to moderate safety significance – for the Plymouth power plant. The label is a rare reprimand for a nuclear plant: Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the agency, said eight white findings have been issued against nuclear reactors in the past year, as well as two more-stringent evaluations.

    Plant owner Entergy Corp. determined that operator error caused the unplanned automatic shutdown, known as a scram, on May 10. The reactor was being returned into service after a refueling and maintenance outage, and was generating 4 percent of its capacity at the time

    Source: patriotledger.com


 

SOLAR MEGASTORMS can GENERATE a GLOBAL NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE


  • SOLAR MEGASTORMS can GENERATE a GLOBAL NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE

    Sunspot 1339 is a complex region and earlier ejected an X1.9 flare. X-class flares can cause major problems. An X-class coronal mass ejection heading for Earth could have devastating effects. NASA warns they can cause power outages lasting for years. Little recognized and unpublicized, a solar megastorm could cause a mortal threat - meltdowns at nuclear power plants across the planet.

    We are unprepared and are playing Russian roulette with the sun. The NOAA sees the peak peril during the next 2 to 5 years. They state the maximum threat may occur in 2013

    Source: opednews.com


 

Study: Probiotics help protect gut from radiation damage


  • Study: Probiotics help protect gut from radiation damage

    (NaturalNews) Cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments or individuals looking to protect themselves against general radiation damage can look to probiotics for help, according to a new study. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., have found that radiation therapy patients who take probiotics prior to getting blasted can gain intestinal radioprotective benefits.

    For their study, published in the online journal Gut, Dr. William F. Stenson and his colleague Dr. Nicholas V. Costrini compared the effects of radiation on mice, some of which were given probiotics prior to and after exposure. They found that those who had received a probiotic mix that included Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) before exposure were protected against radioactive damage in their intestines.

    webmasters comment:

    NaturalNews.com has a vast number of articles covering cancer, remedies, cures and protection. Recommended reading. This article especially stands out. Flax seeds - Amazing tiny seeds protect from radiation and improve health (23.9.2011)

    (NaturalNews) A new study by the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania revealed the radiation protection of conferred humble flax seeds. The researchers noted that the protection offered by flax seeds even included repair of tissues after exposure. The study was published in a recent issue of BioMed Central Cancer.

    Source: naturalnews.com


 

10 more companies recall soaps, shampoos and facial products


  • 10 more companies recall soaps, shampoos and facial products

    TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan’s recall of soaps, shampoos and skin creams that contain a wheat extract foaming agent has been expanded to 10 more companies.

    The ingredient, which causes severe gluten allergic reactions, was initially found in Yuka Cosmetics’ soap, Cha no Shizuku (Drop of Green Tea), and this set off a recall of 34 different products totaling four million items.

    The 10 companies are voluntarily carrying out this recall but given the pressure from consumer groups, they had no choice.

    “It’s up to the manufacturers to ensure their personal care products are safe,” wrote Julie Gabriel, a former beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar, in her book, Green Beauty.

    This is true in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. However, the European Union and the United States both publish lists of banned chemicals in cosmetics, while Japan only issues a list of permitted substances. This leaves it up to the Japanese manufacturers to anticipate potential problems.

    As of Oct. 17, 471 women had sought medical treatment because of severe allergic reactions to the ingredients in Cha no Shizuku soap.

    It is not yet known why the wheat extract foaming agent caused the gluten allergic reaction.

    webmasters comment:

    Oh, they don't know why "wheat extract" caused the allergic reactions, but they know for certain that the extract is the cause?

    Right.

    Source: majiroxnews.com


 

Australia Could Be A Geothermal Powerhouse


  • Australia Could Be A Geothermal Powerhouse

    This map shows the geothermal potential over the entire country of Australia. According to an analysis by Hot Dry Rocks, a geothermal consulting group, and Google, just 2% of Australia’s geothermal potential could generate ten times more electricity than its total coal and gas electricity production today. (Image credit: Hot Dry Rocks)



    webmasters comment:

    I guess this clarifies why they are trying to push uranium mines to India.

    Source: forbes.com


 

Fukushima: 27 Hiroshimas per day, China Syndrome inevitable, Abused Islanders



 

Un-Tepco


  • Un-Tepco

    Kunitachi City “UnTEPCO”, Switching Power Supply Source.

    Kunitachi City switched its electric power source of the City Hall, Community Center, Schools, etc., totaling in 20 locations, from TEPCO to small business “Ennet” (headquarter: Minato Ward).

    Affected by the accident of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiich Nuclear Power Plant, the City made a decision in September to select a new electric power supply business through a bidding process. A general competitive call to bid was published in October only to the businesses that passed the City’s environmental impact criteria including greenhouse gas emission ratings, and Ennet, a company funded by Tokyo Gas Company among others, won. Four businesses competed, and the Ennet’s unit price came the lowest.

    webmasters comment:

    As i have said, the "power shortage" is a scare for japanese to continue supporting the nuclear village. There is no power shortage... if one company goes under, the other will take it's place.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com


 

Contaminated Water from Fukushima I Nuke Plant Crossing the International Date Line


  • Contaminated Water from Fukushima I Nuke Plant Crossing the International Date Line

    The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), which only yesterday announced the cesium contamination of Pacific Ocean at 5000 meters deep, disclosed the result of their simulation of dispersion of radioactive cesium on the surface of Pacific Ocean.

    Now they tell us that the contaminated water from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident may have reached the international date line in 4 to 5 months after the accident.

    That would be in July-August time frame.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur


  • Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur

    Fukushima May Blow

    I’ve repeatedly noted that we may experience a “China syndrome” type of accident at Fukushima.

    For example, I pointed out in September:

    Mainichi Dailly News notes:

    As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide [says]:

    The nuclear disaster is ongoing.

    ***
    At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again.

    At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater.

    webmasters comment:

    Good summary of troublesome facts.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Viewpoint: Time to shutter Diablo


  • Viewpoint: Time to shutter Diablo

    Edward L. Quinn, past president of the American Nuclear Society, ignores the grim reality of what happened at Fukushima in March in his Viewpoint of Nov. 11. The catastrophic release of radiation into the air, sea and soil from three nuclear meltdowns continues to this day. The Japanese Atomic Energy Commission said on Nov. 2 that it will take more than 30 years to dismantle the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    The magnitude of the catastrophe at Fukushima is recognized by Gregory B. Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Committee chairman. On Nov. 10, he stated, “...

    there are a number of nuclear power plants that have experienced significant safety challenges. Right now, there are two plants that are shut down due to safety concerns, three plants that are showing declining performance, and there are 19 plants that have been singled out for special inspections — more than at any point in memory.”

    These are the words of the NRC chairman, not those of anti-nuclear activists.

    Source: sanluisobispo.com


 

Reactor-maker Areva denies report on French job cuts


  • Reactor-maker Areva denies report on French job cuts

    "Areva categorically denies the information in today's AFP article regarding job cuts in France," said the company.

    Areva has been reviewing its investments since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan shook confidence in the industry. New Chief Executive Luc Oursel is expected to unveil his new strategy in mid-December.

    AFP's report, which cited unnamed sources, said that Areva would cut between 2,700 and 2,900 jobs as part of a strategic plan to save at least 500 million euros ($673.4 million) in costs per year, with over 1,000 staff cuts seen in France.

    webmasters comment:

    The nuclear industry is getting hit by the markets... GOOD! Altough they deny the reports, fact is that the EPR - European Pressurized Reactor mostly designed by Areva doesn't work and their decon systems performed miserably at Fukushima.

    Source: reuters.com


 

Nuclear programme Nigeria


  • Nuclear programme Nigeria

    ...Nigeria desiring to establish a nuclear power plant as an alternative source of power supply, may drop the idea, but the reverse is the case as interest in establishment of nuclear power plant by countries is on the increase. Countries strongly committed to nuclear power as Nigeria include, UAE, Turkey, Belarus, Poland and Vietnam.

    According to the Technical Officer for Nigerian power plant from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Masa Aoki, "Looking at the impact of this accident over nuclear power, there was speculation that the expansion in interest in nuclear power seen in recent years could come to an end. However, it is clear that there will, in fact, be continuous and significant growth in the use of nuclear power in the next two decades"...

    webmasters comment:

    Alert! Big danger of womiting while reading the article.

    Posting so all can see what markets countries that export nuclear power have set their eyes on...

    Countries strongly committed to nuclear power as Nigeria include, UAE, Turkey, Belarus, Poland and Vietnam.

    Sounds like the league of the leading nations huh?

    Source: afriquejet.com


 

Japan passes $157 billion recovery budget



 

India eyes Australia uranium assets: Report


  • India eyes Australia uranium assets: Report

    SYDNEY: Energy-hungry India will consider acquiring Australian uranium mining assets if a controversial ban on exports to the nuclear power is lifted, a report said Tuesday.

    Australia has the world's largest reserves of uranium and senior New Delhi officials said the country could move to buy up assets if a ban on sales is removed, as favoured by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

    "Once Australia comes into the fold all properties will be reviewed," said A.K. Sarangi, deputy general manager of strategic planning at the Uranium Corporation of India, the government agency responsible for mining and purchases.

    "Australian deposits will be a target along with assets in other countries," he added to The Australian newspaper.

    webmasters comment:

    Australia's image dropped significantly with the recent uranium sales announcements to India, now they will just play the card differently and drop the blowback on India. But still, somehow it is ok to sell uranium mining rights to a country that is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

    Also, why is Australia selling it's uranium mines if the industry is suppose to pick up with great pace?

    Source: thenews.com.pk


 

Radioactive cesium blankets 8% of Japan's land area



 

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