Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Lawyers to help people affected by nuclear crisis negotiate compensation with TEPCO


  • Lawyers to help people affected by nuclear crisis negotiate compensation with TEPCO

    A group of lawyers said on Dec. 13 that it would help people seriously affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant collectively negotiate compensation with Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

    The group of layers told a news conference that it would call several hundred people affected by the nuclear disaster together and help them negotiate collectively with TEPCO, the operator of the crippled nuclear power station, as early as next spring.

    The group of lawyers based in Tokyo and Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, was formed in October to advise and consult with affected people on compensations for damages. About 50 lawyers belonging to the group have given consultations to those affected by the crisis. However, many of them were dissatisfied with the amounts of compensation shown in the government's compensation guidelines, and therefore the group has decided to go ahead with preparations for collective bargaining with TEPCO.

    webmasters comment:

    this is a big step forward, if this group of lawyers is what they claim to be, altough  the " call several hundred" part doesn't seem reasuring. 

    The sistem is only afraid of the sistem, lawyers backed by people being the largest dogs in the pack when such situation occurs.

    But something more is needed. It is frustrating to see all these pockets of protesters around the world, altough growing in numbers, doing Sisyphus work.

    Integrate, create a network of ALL anti nuclear organizations around the world, an organic anti-nuke people's corporation that will help as a whole the separate groups in different countries!

    I believe we need an army to fight the industry and the army is outthere, only it is scattered around the battlefield.

    The people only need to know the truth and the truth is on our side.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp via australiancannonball.com


 

Film: Nuke absurdities (full)


  • Film: Nuke absurdities (full)

    webmasters comment:

    Caution, your rage against the nuclear industry supporter smucks is set to grow if you watch this video. 80% of women 80km from chernobyl gave birth to  children with birth defects and 30% of newborn babies  in intesive care units...

    Nuclear energy is a crime against humanity and the planet, and anyone claiming otherwise is either stupid, paid for or a criminal that deserves nurnberg type trial.

    Look at the girl in the start of the video, then picture your favourite government idiot talking about safe and clean nuclear energy.  This deadly mafia must be stopped, Hitler was a joke in comparison to the current nuclear industry establishments, IAEA included.

    Bring back the whips and lashes!

    Note that this is the truth of chernobyl where only 180 tons of nucler fuel were placed. In Fukushima, according to Forbes report that amount was 24 times larger- 4320 tons of rods in reactors and spent fuel pools.

    Source: redbuttonstudio via australiancannonball.com


 

France's Nuclear Giant's Areva Stock Meltdown


  • France's Nuclear Giant's Areva Stock Meltdown

    Call it a post-Fukushima hangover.

    On 12 December French nuclear energy giant Areva SA, the world’s biggest supplier of nuclear fuel and services, asked that trading in its shares be suspended shortly before the opening of the Paris Stock Exchange, the company said.

    Areva SA shares subsequently fell 5 percent before modestly rebounding 1 percent on 13 December. Since the beginning of the year Areva SA shares have lost 47 percent of their value.

    This will hit Jean Sixpack directly in the pocketbook, as Areva SA is majority owned by the French state.

    Why the reversal of fortune? Areva SA acknowledges a 2011 consolidated operating loss of $1.84-$2.1 billion, but attributes it largely to debts incurred related to its June 2007 acquisition of South African uranium exploration company UraMin, running up $1.9 billion in depreciation.

    Areva SA is a major player in the global nuclear energy market, with its activities covering the whole process from the extraction of uranium to the disposal of nuclear waste.

    Source: oilprice.com


 

Kori Nuclear Power Plant Stops Operating


  • Kori Nuclear Power Plant Stops Operating

    A nuclear power plant in Busan suspended operations on Wednesday following the shutdown of a plant in North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday for problems at that facility.

    Officials from the number three reactor at the Kori Nuclear Power Plant in Busan said on Wednesday that the plant stopped power production from 8:36 a.m.

    Source: world.kbs.co.kr


 

Top Iran official: We may move nuclear facilities to 'safer' locations


  • Top Iran official: We may move nuclear facilities to 'safer' locations

    Comment by Revolutionary Guards official and quoted by official Mehr Iranian news agency comes following series of unexplained blasts near Iranian facilities.

    Iran will move its uranium enrichment plants to safer sites if conditions make this necessary, the semi-official Mehr news agency on Wednesday quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander as saying.

    "If conditions require, we will move our uranium enrichment centers to safer places," Mehr quoted Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali as saying.

    Jalali's comment came in the wake of several recent reports of unexplained blasts in Iran.

    webmasters comment:

    Hm, unexplained blasts and small drones that look like little B2 bomber albino babies.



    Source: haaretz.com


 

UPDATE 2-UK clears Areva/EDF, Westinghouse reactor designs



 

India in Advanced Talks With Russia for Nuclear Plant


  • India in Advanced Talks With Russia for Nuclear Plant

    NEW DELHI – India is in advanced discussions with Russia to expand an upcoming nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the federal foreign secretary said Wednesday.

    "Discussions are in advanced stages and there are prospects for taking them forward very soon," Ranjan Mathai said at a news conference, ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit to Russia that starts Thursday.

    He didn't give any deadline for sealing a final deal...

    webmasters comment:

    Russia has an interesting way of selling nuclear power plants, where they 1st lend the country the moneys so they can pay Russia for building it, next they profit from selling them fuel, maintenance etc. They are actually building their own nuclear profit centers on foreign teritories. Smart from their side and very stupid from any country accepting such a deal.

    Source: online.wsj.com


 

Nuclear disaster response recommendations shelved 10 days after explosion



  • Nuclear disaster response recommendations shelved 10 days after explosion

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government shelved the Nuclear Safety Commission's proposal to evacuate residents around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant and provide iodine to them after receiving a forecast on the spread of radioactive materials, government sources said Tuesday.

    The government determined that it would be too late to take such measures as around 10 days had already passed since the first of a series of hydrogen explosions occurred at the Fukushima complex, the sources said.

    The forecast was based on data from a government computer system known as the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, or SPEEDI, designed to predict the spread of radioactive materials released in a nuclear plant accident. The prime minister's office received the first SPEEDI-based report on March 23, according to the sources.

    webmasters comment:

    what kind of bs is this? Japan gov is trying to turn its own story around, so it would look like their decisions were legitimate. Disquisting, i knew it would come to this.

    This is exactly why i started to work on this webpage. To  have a record when they will finally try to paint them selves as saviours that did all they could to help the nation.

    Fukushima timeline > March 11:

    - Japan to evacuate residents near nuke plant
    -
    Six-mile exclusion zone placed around crippled nuclear reactor as radiation hits 1,000 times safe level

    Fukushima timeline > March 12:

    - Japan to distribute iodine among people

    - Possible Meltdown At Tepco Reactor   (this is the first official mention of a meltdown, or better, they knew right away, posted on Nikkei to inform the business community on whats happening)
    - and then the nuclear propaganda started: Officials Claim Positive Signs on Japanese Reactor

    but check this out... also published on 12.3. on Nikkei (article date has later changed to 13.3.)

    Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.

    and finally Nuclear Meltdown Fears Grow - Japanese Government Slow To React With Potassium Iodide,

    ...

    So, this is just stuff from the first 2 days... now please explain to me, why them morons are now saying " The government determined that it would be too late to take such measures as around 10 days had already passed since the first of a series of hydrogen explosions occurred at the Fukushima complex, the sources said."  as if they didn't know the severity of the situation from the very begining.

    They "shelved the recommendations" with the sole intention of covering up the whole nuclear issue in case the things wouldnt turn out as bad as they did, a failed process we can observe daily with ever repeating cold shutdown mantra. 

    They are trying to say that all of the fukushima residents lives were the whole time depending only on what some slow ass 10 day number crunching software would put out?

    It is not our fault, it is the old processor and almost no freaking RAM?

    This is the excuse for a FAIL to protect people in all these areas?



    Lame try jap gov shills, you will not be excused beacuse you are trying to look even more stupid than you really are.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Report highlights radiation outside Fukushima


  • Report highlights radiation outside Fukushima

    TOKYO -- Residents outside the Fukushima exclusion zone were likely most exposed to radiation in the four months after the nuclear plant was wrecked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the local government said on Tuesday.

    Their exposure of 19 millisieverts is just below the annual limit set by an international nuclear safety body, it said.

    The greatest exposure was in the town of Iitate, where residents were allowed to take their time to leave, located 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the plant and outside the 20 km evacuation zone imposed by the government.

    Source: chinapost.com.tw


 

Interim storage facilities planned for near N-plant


  • Interim storage facilities planned for near N-plant

    The Environment Ministry plans to build interim facilities to store soil and ash contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in the prefecture's Futaba county, sources said Tuesday.

    The ministry is expected to officially announce the plan by the end of the year. The ministry said it would select a location for the storage facilities by the end of fiscal 2012 at the latest. It now plans to choose municipalities to hold the material.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Moms make radiation risks a study


  • Moms make radiation risks a study

    ... Hitomi Dewa, a 27-year-old mother of two who hails from the city of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, said she is worried about her sister and relatives who still live relatively close to the troubled nuclear plant.

    "My sister called the farm ministry to ask it to prevent schools from serving kids milk produced in Fukushima, but an official said such an act would just enrage local farmers. ...

    Source: japantimes.co.jp


 

High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school


  • High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school

    Radioactive cesium more than 10 times the standard for waste disposal has been detected on lawn covers that had been placed in a schoolyard from mid-March until early April at Horinouchi Elementary School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward.

    The measured value, 90,600 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, was more than triple the 26,400 becquerels contained in sludge at a sewage treatment facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    "The cover, with its wide surface area, became contaminated with large amounts of radioactive substances (shortly after the onset of the nuclear accident)," said a Suginami Ward official. "We suspect the light weight of the covers has led to radioactive cesium being detected at such high levels, given that the concentration levels of the substance are calculated on a per kilogram basis."

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


   

Radiation alert sounded at Point Lepreau nuclear plant


  • Radiation alert sounded at Point Lepreau nuclear plant

    NB Power is investigating after a radiation alert went off at Point Lepreau nuclear generating station Tuesday afternoon, though officials don't believe there was a serious incident.

    The reactor building was evacuated about 4 p.m., immediately after the alert was initiated as a precaution, spokeswoman Kathleen Duguay stated in an email.

    Source: cbc.ca


 

India may have to look abroad for N-cover


  • India may have to look abroad for N-cover

    MUMBAI: Domestic insurers have said they can insure only a fourth of the $320 million liability cover mandated by the government for nuclear plant operators. This is compelling General Insurance Corporation to push for purchase of cover from international markets which will require opening up reactors to inspection.

    webmasters comment:

    1. India agreed to 5 year warranty only on the newly build nuclear power plants
    2. How far does $320 million go with a raging meltdown?
    3. Privatization of india's nuclear power while at the same time we had reports about police shooting anti-nuclear protesters. Thats nuclear-corporate-fascism by definition. Integration of capital & politics, mandated and driven by the nuclear industry.

    Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com


 

Initiative to close down California's nuclear power plants


  • Initiative to close down California's nuclear power plants

    *posting following readers email request.

    Hello!

    Are you aware of the California ballot initiative to close down California's nuclear power plants?

    The initiative requires over 500,000 valid signatures of California registered voters needed by April 1, 2012 !!

    Here is the petition with the full instructions:

    http://sanonofresafety.org/print-petition/

    Can you please feature this initiative on your website for any Californians to see!

    Thank you so much!

    Source: sanonofresafety.org


 

Call for Entry: Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2012


  • Call for Entry: Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2012

    The International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro is inviting entries for its 2nd edition.

    The Festival is interested in any movies and documentaries, shorts and features with uranium or nuclear energy related contents

    produced at any time: From Atomic bomb tests to nuclear power plants, uranium production or radioactive mining waste and radioactive accidents.

    The festival will be held in Rio de Janeiro June/July, 2012. The deadline for receiving entries is January 31, 2012.

    Satellite festivals in other cities and countries are planned.


    webmasters comment:

    * link fixed
    *posted following readers request. i bet some of our readers and webcam watchers could contribute significantly to the project.

    Source: uraniumfilmfestival.org


 

LEAD: Areva to cut jobs as Fukushima stifles demands for reactors


  • LEAD: Areva to cut jobs as Fukushima stifles demands for reactors

    Paris - France's Areva, a leading manufacturer of nuclear reactors, will cut up to 1,500 jobs in Germany in a cost-cutting plan designed to help it withstand shrinking demand after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, chairman Luc Oursel said Tuesday.

    Oursel said the decision of the German government to close all its nuclear plants by 2022 after the March disaster in Japan, meant Areva would cut between 1,200 and 1,500 jobs out of 6,000 in Germany.

    At home Areva would freeze hiring of workers in support roles, he said.

    webmasters comment:

    France's Areva, a leading manufacturer of nuclear reactors, will cut up to 1,500 jobs in Germany in a cost-cutting plan designed to help it withstand shrinking demand after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, chairman Luc Oursel said Tuesday

    This might be the first official admitance that nuclear power demand is shrinking and not "projected to grow" as we are fed from various mainstream propaganda articles.

    Source: monstersandcritics.com


 

France’s Biggest Nuclear Breach Raises Alarm as Support for Reactors Wanes


  • France’s Biggest Nuclear Breach Raises Alarm as Support for Reactors Wanes

    Just after 6 a.m. on Dec. 5, under cover of darkness, nine Greenpeace activists cut through a fence at the Nogent-sur-Seine atomic plant 95 kilometers (59 miles) southeast of Paris and headed for a domed reactor building.

    They scaled the roof and unfurled a “Safe Nuclear Doesn’t Exist” banner before attracting the attention of security guards. Two remained at large for four hours. On the same day, two more campaigners breached the perimeter of the Cruas-Meysse plant on the Rhone, escaping detection for more than 14 hours while posting videos of their sit-in on the Internet.

    Source: bloomberg.com


 

Persistent drought in Romania threatens Danube's power


  • Persistent drought in Romania threatens Danube's power

    Drop in the level of the river's waters means that nuclear reactor may have to close down

    In Cernavoda, a small town in southeast Romania, social housing projects stretch all along the left bank of the Danube. The now dilapidated buildings sprang up in the 1970s and 1980s, after the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided to build the country's first nuclear power plant there.

    In his ambition for power and prosperity, he also ordered a canal to be built from Cernavoda to Constantza, a port on the Black Sea, to shorten the trade route by 400km. The excavations were done by thousands of political prisoners, many of whom died.

    Today, 21 years after the fall of communism, the threat to Cernavoda is not from dictatorship but the drought that has hit Romania since August. "Look at the water level," said Vasile Mogos, who lives in a council flat by the river. "I would never have imagined that the Danube could fall so low.

    Source: guardian.co.uk


 

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