Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

New nuclear plants face public backlash


  • New nuclear plants face public backlash

    While most Yeongdeok residents are believed to back the project on hopes to rejuvenate the local economy, some remain jittery, citing the region’s geological features that are fragile to natural disasters like earthquakes.

    In the wake of the Japanese debacle, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and other countries adopted plans to phase out or cut back their nuclear facilities.

    But Korea, which has an ambition as a new leader in nuclear power plant construction following a landmark export to the United Arab Emirates in 2009, clings to its standpoint. Japan has also no plan to abandon its stations.

    webmasters comment:

    article just usuall gov. propaganda. Posting for the line in bold.

    Source: koreaherald.com


 

#Radioactive Concrete Debris (3000 Bq/Kg) OK and Safe to Use in Fukushima Prefecture


  • #Radioactive Concrete Debris (3000 Bq/Kg) OK and Safe to Use in Fukushima Prefecture

    What a wonderful present from the Japanese national government to its subjects, particularly those in Fukushima. Instead of coals it gives radioactive concrete bits.

    Asahi Shinbun and others report that the Ministry of the Environment, getting bolder by the hour with its 1 trillion yen budget, has decided unilaterally that it is "safe" to use radioactive concrete bits from the March 11 quake/tsunami disaster in Fukushima as substrates under the pavement of the roads and breakwaters in Fukushima.

    There will be no effect on the health of residents living nearby, assures the Ministry.

    Why are they doing this? Why because they enacted the law that says the radioactive concrete debris in Fukushima to be "recycled".

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Study: Fukushima Radiation Has Already Killed 14,000 Americans


  • Study: Fukushima Radiation Has Already Killed 14,000 Americans

    Already 14,000 U.S. Deaths From Fukushima ?

    A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal International Journal of Health Services alleges that 14,000 people have already died in the United States due to Fukushima.

    Specifically, the authors of the study claim:

    An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

    [The authors] note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks. v The authors seem – at first glance – to have pretty solid credentials. J

    Janette Sherman, M.D. worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (forerunner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) at the University of California in Berkeley, and for the U.S. Navy Radiation Defense Laboratory in San Francisco. She served on the EPA’s advisory board for 6 years, and has been an advisor to the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer. Dr. Sherman specializes in internal medicine and toxicology with an emphasis on chemicals and nuclear radiation.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Canadian Medical Association Journal Blasts Japanese Government: "Culture of Coverup" Exposing Japanese Citizens to "Unconscionable" Radiation Risk


  • Canadian Medical Association Journal Blasts Japanese Government: "Culture of Coverup" Exposing Japanese Citizens to "Unconscionable" Radiation Risk

    The official journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), "Canadian Medical Association Journal" is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. On their website, there is an article dated December 21, 2011 which severely criticizes the Japanese government's response (or lack thereof) to the nuclear disaster which has just been declared "over" by the current Noda administration.

    Written by Lauren Vogel of CMAJ quoting medical experts, the article states:

    The Japanese government has been "lying through their teeth" ever since the March 11 accident;

    The Japanese government hasn't disclosed enough information for the citizens to make informed decision, with “extreme lack of transparent, timely and comprehensive communication”;

    The response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the Japanese government is far worse than the response to the Chernobyl accident by the Soviet Union government;

    The annual radiation exposure limit for the general public of 20 millisieverts is "unconscionable", and there has been no government "in recent decades that's been willing to accept such a high level of radiation-related risk for its population"

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


     

15.15 microSv/h, NHK Koriyama broadcasting station, ground level



 

Fukushima Radiation Fallout in Switzerland up to 0.57 nSv by rain storm on 16.12.2011


  • Fukushima Radiation Fallout in Switzerland up to 0.57 nSv by rain storm on 16.12.2011

    webmasters comment:

    Well, it might be Fukushima, on the other hand we still don't know what was the source of the misterious radioactivity detected across europe, beacuse clearly IAEA was lying through their teeth when they said that isotope maker in Hungary was the source. see IAEA baking bullbiscuits in Hungary for details. This calls for wide alert across Europe. Please if you own a geiger counter and have detected similar elevated levels in any eu country, pls don't hesitate to contant me with details: administrator(at)radioactive.eu.com.

    Source: Swissguard007


 

Announcement of “Cold Shutdown” of Fukushima Reactors Is Based On a Political Decision, Not Science


  • Announcement of “Cold Shutdown” of Fukushima Reactors Is Based On a Political Decision, Not Science

    If The Reactors Are “Cold”, It May Be Because Most of the Hot Radioactive Fuel Has Leaked Out

    The Japanese Government and Tepco say that they have achieved a “cold shutdown” of Fukushima nuclear reactors. Specifically, they claim that the water inside the reactors is now below the boiling point.

    In reality, no one knows what’s really going on inside the reactors.

    A representative of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it doesn’t know what’s going on inside the reactors (video at link).

    NHK reports:

    At Reactor No. 1 they believe most of the molten fuel has fallen from the pressure vessel to the bottom of the containment vessel where there is no thermometer

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Compensation for Fukushima Residents: Gift Certificates?


  • Compensation for Fukushima Residents: Gift Certificates?

    As Prime Minister Noda plans to ask China if he can borrow pandas for the disaster recovery in Miyagi, Minister of Economy Yukio Edano wants to give gift certificates to all people in Fukushima as compensation for the nuclear accident.

    Gift certificates are to be used only within Fukushima Prefecture, in order to promote economic recovery of Fukushima.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Report criticizes Fukushima evacuations


  • Report criticizes Fukushima evacuations

    Then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan received the first fallout estimates 11 days after the March 12 explosion at the Fukushima complex. The estimates were based on data culled and analyzed from the government's special computerized System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information.

    The report, which will be publicly released Monday, alleges the government stonewalled the data, declining to send it to the prime minister's crisis management center, the newspaper said.

    The thinking, the Times said, was that the data were "merely a hypothetical calculation result."

    Source: upi.com


 

AEC chairman warned people within 170 km of Fukushima plant might need to relocate


  • AEC chairman warned people within 170 km of Fukushima plant might need to relocate

    Kondo assumed that in a worst-case scenario, another hydrogen explosion could occur in the No. 1, 2 or 3 reactor buildings, raising radiation levels. Continuing aftershocks would prevent workers from cooling down the reactors for an extended period and that all fuel in a pool for spent nuclear fuel in the No. 4 reactor building pool would melt. At the time, the pool held 1,535 fuel rods that could fill two nuclear reactors.

    If that happened, Kondo estimated the level of radioactive cesium per square meter of soil in areas within a 170-kilometer radius of the plant would surpass 1.48 million becquerels -- as high as that around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after the crisis there broke out. Moreover, he estimated areas within 250 kilometers from the plant, including Tokyo and Yokohama, would be contaminated with radioactive substances to a degree that residents would have to be evacuated at least temporarily.

    webmasters comment:

    If with 2 additional reactors ( rods in spent fuel pools) the evacuation zone would be 250 km, then with 3 meltdowns the evacuation zone would have to be 150km radius. All while jap gov is forcing people back to fukushima 30km from 3 meltdowns, just to try to paint a picture of a situation under control.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Fears as India ditches nuclear watchdog


  • Fears as India ditches nuclear watchdog

    INDIA, Australia's newest uranium export destination, will dismantle its nuclear regulator, replacing the current expert panel with a government-controlled body critics say will be a ''sham''.

    Legislation before the Indian parliament will result in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, which has monitored the use, transfer and disposal of nuclear material in India for 28 years, being replaced with the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority. The authority will be answerable to a clutch of government ministers who can direct the regulator, and even sack its members, giving rise to allegations the new body will be captive to government.

    The move comes as Australian Foreign Affairs officials prepare to begin negotiations with India over the sale of Australian uranium to India's civilian nuclear program.

    Source: theage.com.au via australiancannonball.com


 

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 20th –December 22nd, 2011


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 20th –December 22nd, 2011

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    A government panel investigating the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will submit an interim report on December 26, without addressing the impact of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that occurred in Japan before a tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Panel members said that determining the impact has proved difficult, because radiation levels remain so high that equipment, buildings, and the reactors themselves cannot be examined. Many experts believe that the earthquake severely damaged the plant before the tsunami hit. However, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) insists that all major damage was caused by the tsunami, in spite of the fact that they have not been able to physically inspect the reactors. The panel’s decision is significant, because it does not rule out the possibility that the earthquake caused serious damage to the plant. If that proved to be true, reactors across Japan would be rendered unsafe and would need to be retrofitted for seismic safety. Many municipalities are unwilling to approve restarting idled reactors until the probe has concluded and reactor safety has been assured. Currently, almost 90% of the nuclear reactors in Japan are offline. Panel members are continuing to study the issue; their report will be delivered in the second half of 2012.

    Source: greenpeace.org


 

“Nuclear Can Be Safe Or It Can Be Cheap … But It Can’t Be Both”


  • “Nuclear Can Be Safe Or It Can Be Cheap … But It Can’t Be Both”

    Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen was said in a recent interview that nuclear power can be made safe, but not at a competitive price:

    [Interviewer] With air transport, it’s incredibly safe. Could nuclear power ever reach that level of safety?

    [Gundersen] I have a friend who says that nuclear can be safe or it can be cheap, but it can’t be both.

    ***

    It boils down to money. If you want to make nuclear safe, it gets to the point where it’s so costly you don’t want to build the power plant anyway … especially now with plummeting renewable costs.

    So can you make a nuclear reactor safe? Yes. Can it also at the same time compete with renewables, which are, of course, higher [priced] than natural gas? And the answer is no.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Toshiba Welcomes U.S. Reactor Design Approval


  • Toshiba Welcomes U.S. Reactor Design Approval

    Tokyo, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)--Toshiba Corp. said Friday it welcomes U.S. regulatory approval of a new nuclear reactor design by subsidiary Westinghouse Electric Co.

    webmasters comment:

    Japan nuclear village set to wreck havoc across the U.S.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Samcheok, Yeongdeok Selected as Possible Sites for Nuclear Power Plants


  • Samcheok, Yeongdeok Selected as Possible Sites for Nuclear Power Plants

    Samcheok in Gangwon Province and Yeongdeok in North Gyeongsang Province have been selected as possible sites to build nuclear power plants.

    The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company made the selection after evaluating the two sites and Uljin in North Gyeongsang Province. The company’s decision comes after Samcheok and Yeongdeok submitted bids in February to house nuclear power plants.

    Source: world.kbs.co.kr


 

South Africa's Nuclear Hubris


  • South Africa's Nuclear Hubris

    We, members and representatives of faith communities, ask our Minster of Energy, Dipuo Peters, to meet with us and our advisers as a matter of urgency - rather than only with the energy corporations who command most of her attention - to discuss our energy future in South Africa.

    In a recent Mail & Guardian article, Minister Peters claimed that South Africa still needs our considerable coal resources and must invest in nuclear. These claims have no sound moral basis - they are founded in the narrowest conceptions of what is economically viable and betray the limited vision of the Minister's advisers. For coal is immensely destructive of human health, climate and future wealth while the pursuit of nuclear energy with its immense costs, risks and health and security hazards is the ultimate expression of the sin of pride.

    Source: allafrica.com


 

Commission declines to hear Indian Point appeal


  • Commission declines to hear Indian Point appeal

    ALBANY — A federal commission dismissed an appeal from the owner of Indian Point Energy Facility on Thursday, declining to hear arguments on a previous ruling requiring the company to beef up its plan to deal with major accidents.

    Entergy Corp. had appealed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to reverse a July decision by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The initial decision required a more intensive review of its accident mitigation measures as it applies for a new, 20-year license for the Buchanan, Westchester County plant.

    Source: democratandchronicle.com


 

NRC approves rule to certify amended AP1000 reactor design; Chu: “an important milestone”


  • NRC approves rule to certify amended AP1000 reactor design; Chu: “an important milestone”

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted to approve a rule certifying an amended version of Westinghouse’s AP1000 nuclear reactor design for use in the United States. (Earlier post.) The amended certification, which will be incorporated into the NRC’s regulations, will be valid for 15 years.

    The AP1000 is a 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized-water reactor that includes passive safety features that would cool down the reactor after an accident without the need for human intervention. Westinghouse submitted an application for certification of the original AP1000standard plant design on 28 March 2002; the NRC issued a rule certifying that design on 27 January 2006. Westinghouse submitted an application to amend the AP1000 on 27 May 2007. The NRC’s technical review of the amendment request focused on ensuring the agency’s safety requirements have been met.

    Source: greencarcongress.com


 

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