Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

'US uses Depleted Uranium, makes graveyards in Afghanistan'


  • 'US uses Depleted Uranium, makes graveyards in Afghanistan'

    Video at source..

    If you look at Afghanistan as well as in Iraq as well as in Yugoslavia you find that wherever these weapons were used you find graveyards of people dying from cancer and other unusual diseases."

    Dr. Mohammad Daud Miraki, an Afghan activist

    An Afghan activist reveals the US is still using horrific depleted uranium weapons in Afghanistan, creating graveyards of people who die of cancer and other unusual diseases, Press TV reports.

    Source: poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com


 

Japan's Ministry of Education Radiation Council: No Need to Have Stricter Standard for Radiation for Food for Infants



 

‘Unusual’ wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant raises concern


  • ‘Unusual’ wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant raises concern

    LOS ANGELES — The integrity of some equipment installed in 2009 at Southern California’s San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant is drawing concern after unusual wear was found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

    Thursday’s disclosure came two days after a tube leak at the plant’s other unit prompted operators to shut down the reactor as a precaution. A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped, but officials say workers and the public were not endangered.

    Source: washingtonpost.com


 

More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant


  • More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant

    TOKYO -- Leaks of radioactive water have become more frequent at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant less than two months after it was declared basically stable.

    The problem underlines the continuing challenges facing Tokyo Electric Power Co. as it attempts to keep the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant under control. A massive earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant last March, resulting in the melting of three reactor cores.

    Workers spotted a leak Friday at a water reprocessing unit which released enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness, TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said. He said no one was injured and the leak stopped after bolts were tightened on a tank.

    Source: miamiherald.com


 

San Onofre generator steam tubes under scrutiny


  • San Onofre generator steam tubes under scrutiny

    Concerns about unusual wear on generator steam tubes at the San Onofre nuclear plant emerged Thursday as plant operators began tracing the source of a radioactive steam leak.

    The leak, in the southernmost of two reactors tripped radiation alarms Tuesday and shut the plant down within 2 1/2 hours as workers traced the problem to a heat transfer tube in a recently installed generator.

    Small traces of radioactive gas from the leak may have reached the atmosphere without endangering workers or residents around the seaside facility 45 miles north of San Diego, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant operator Southern California Edison.

    A routine inspection of the other reactor, initiated in early January, has found excessive wear on its generator steam pipes.

    Source: utsandiego.com

 

Indictment of contractors exposes illicit work at nuke plants


  • Indictment of contractors exposes illicit work at nuke plants

    FUKUOKA -- Three people and two firms were indicted Feb. 2 on charges of dispatching a worker to the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture under a falsified contract in violation of the Employment Security Law.

    Those indicted by the Kokura Local Public Prosecutors Office are Hideo Ichise, 58, of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Yoshimi Tomita, 59, of Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, and Kanae Ikegami, 36, of Kitakyushu's Wakamatsu Ward. Prosecutors also indicted Taihei Dengyo Kaisha Ltd., a Tokyo-based power plant construction and maintenance firm, and Takada Kiko, a plumbing firm in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Siemens to Implement U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic System at White Sands Missile Range


  • Siemens to Implement U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic System at White Sands Missile Range

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/—Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center has awarded a $16.8 million task order to implement energy-conserving upgrades, including a 4.465 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power generating system—the largest to date for the U.S. Army—at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

    Source: greentechmedia.com


 

Portugal sells 40% of electric grid to China, Oman firms


  • Portugal sells 40% of electric grid to China, Oman firms

    Bailed out Portugal said Thursday it will sell a 40 percent stake in the national electricity grid for 592 million euros ($775 million) to Chinese and Omani groups as part of its austerity programme. China State Grid will pay 387 million euros for a 25 percent stake in REN and Omani Oil 205 million euros for 15 percent, treasury secretary Maria Albuquerque said after a cabinet meeting.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com

 

UT biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, easy green electricity


  • UT biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, easy green electricity

    Barry D. Bruce, professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is turning the term "power plant" on its head. The biochemist and a team of researchers have developed a system that taps into photosynthetic processes to produce efficient and inexpensive energy.

    Source: physorg.com


 

Radioactive Cesium Detected in Fukushima Trees


  • Radioactive Cesium Detected in Fukushima Trees

    Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Radioactive cesium was detected in trunks of trees in three municipalities of Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, a university professor said Wednesday.

    Among the trees, a cedar in Minamisoma showed the highest reading of 2,300 becquerels per kilogram, said Takahisa Hayashi, a tree genetic engineering professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Small traces of Iodine-131 mysteriously appear throughout Barents Sea region


  • Small traces of Iodine-131 mysteriously appear throughout Barents Sea region

    While authorities in Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland have detected insignificant concentrations of the radioactive isotope Iodine-131, the numerous Russian nuclear industry installation on the neighboring Kola Peninsula are denying responsibility for the residues.

    The source of the Iodine remains unknown, reported the Barents Observer.

    The first evidence of the presence of Iodine-131 in the Norther Barents Sea reagion, which all of these countries border, came to light a number of days ago, but the results of the analysis where publicized in parallel press releases by Norway and Finland Tuesday evening. According to The Norwegian Radiation Authority (NRPA), heightened levels of Iodine-131 concentrations were discovered in two of six so-called online measuring stations in Norway’s northerly Finnmark County.

    Source: bellona.org


 

480,000 Terabecquerels Emitted from Fukushima N-Plant


  • 480,000 Terabecquerels Emitted from Fukushima N-Plant

    Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--A total of 480,000 terabecquerels of radiation was emitted from crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station just after its March 2011 accident, a new estimate showed Wednesday.

    The estimate was unveiled by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. In the agency's previous estimate last June, the total emission came to 770,000 terabecquerels. The June estimate was reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    webmasters comment:

    This is how government will cut radiation according to its goals. By cooking the data.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


   

Clouds gather over Spain's renewables sector as aid cut


  • Clouds gather over Spain's renewables sector as aid cut

    Spain's push to become a world leader in renewable energy risks collapsing after the government slammed the brakes on generous subsidies as part of an austerity drive.

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government passed a decree on Friday to "temporarily suspend" subsidies for all new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants as it seeks to curb the public deficit.

    webmasters comment:

    Same announcement today from Greece. All while China is doing it beacuse of low panel costs...

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

China Cuts Subsidies for Pilot Solar-Power Projects on Declining Costs


  • China Cuts Subsidies for Pilot Solar-Power Projects on Declining Costs

    China, the world’s biggest producer of solar panels, cut subsidies for demonstration sun-power projects approved in 2011 and this year after the cost of components declined.

    The government reduced the subsidy for projects approved last year by 11 percent to 8 yuan ($1.3) a watt, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement yesterday. It will offer a subsidy of 7 yuan a watt for those that are eligible for the assistance this year.

    Source: bloomberg.com


 

Fukushima farmers furious over lack of consideration in decontamination subsidies


  • Fukushima farmers furious over lack of consideration in decontamination subsidies

    FUKUSHIMA -- Municipalities and farmers in Fukushima Prefecture are furious at the national government for ignoring the state of local farmland in extending subsidies for decontamination of areas tainted with radioactive substances.

    "A huge machine like that can't enter my rice paddy," lamented a farmer who saw a large machine and a tractor during a demonstration of decontamination work at a rice paddy in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture, in mid-December last year.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

#Radiation in Japan: This Is How Japan's Ministry of the Environment Presents "Radiation-Free" Looking Tohoku and Kanto


  • #Radiation in Japan: This Is How Japan's Ministry of the Environment Presents "Radiation-Free" Looking Tohoku and Kanto

    in order to push for the wide-area processing of tsunami debris contaminated with radioactive fallout from the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures which involves shipping the debris as far away as the island of Kyushu, burn it, and bury or recycle the ashes and slags.

    Take a look at this clean-looking map created by the Ministry of the Environment in its effort to persuade the municipalities to accept the debris, burn it and bury it, vis a vis the map created by the Ministry of Education and Science from the aerial survey of the air radiation levels. The Ministry of the Environment says it created the map based on the data from the Ministry of Education and Science:

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

(Updated) Food in Japan: Radioactive Cesium from Mandarin Oranges, Milk Industry to Test Milk, and Octopus Found with Body Parts


  • (Updated) Food in Japan: Radioactive Cesium from Mandarin Oranges, Milk Industry to Test Milk, and Octopus Found with Body Parts

    As days go by, food in Japan doesn't look very appetizing, to say the least.

    1. Radioactive mandarin orange from Kanagawa Prefecture

    Radioactive cesium was found from the edible part of mandarin oranges (which in the US are called "satsuma" for some reason) and the skin. Security Tokyo is a private testing laboratory that uses the high-precision germanium semiconductor detector, not one of those fly-by-night testing "laboratories" cropping up in Japan (like the one who claimed to have "measured" high radioactive "iodine" in the snow in Hachioji. Totally false. Did I write about it? I don't remember...)

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

TEPCO says 8.5 tons of water leaked from Fukushima No. 4 reactor


  • TEPCO says 8.5 tons of water leaked from Fukushima No. 4 reactor

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that 8.5 tons of radioactive water leaked from the No. 4 reactor of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant because a pipe connected to the reactor dropped off, but added that the liquid has not flowed outside the reactor building.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

New leukemia medicine to get approval in Japan


  • New leukemia medicine to get approval in Japan

    A new medicine that fights adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) is set to be approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as early as within the fiscal year.

    A subcommittee of the ministry's Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council agreed on Feb. 1 to approve the medicine developed by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co.

    ATL affects some 1.1 million people in Japan, with around 5 percent showing symptoms. It is known as the hardest type of leukemia to treat, and around half the patients with symptoms who undergo treatment using current anti-cancer drugs are said to die within a year.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

 

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