Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

 

IAEA says Fukushima office still under consideration, no decision yet


  • IAEA says Fukushima office still under consideration, no decision yet

    VIENNA (Kyodo) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency said it is "giving careful consideration" to Japan's request to open an office in Fukushima Prefecture but that it has not decided on any details, dismissing reports which it says have misquoted its chief Yukiya Amano.

    "The IAEA will consult as necessary on this matter," the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a press statement Monday in response to recent media reports that IAEA Director General Amano has expressed the intention to establish an office in Fukushima.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

INDIA: Assault and stone-pelting on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors including women activists


  • INDIA: Assault and stone-pelting on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors including women activists

    February 1, 2012

    Justice Shri K.G. Balakrishnan,
    Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission
    Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg,
    New Delhi, PIN 110001
    INDIA
    Fax No. 23384863
    E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Re: Tirunelveli: Assault and stone-pelting on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors including women activists

    Dear Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission,

    I am a Human rights activist and journalist. I am sharing my deep concern the attack and stone pelting on the representatives of Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy including 15 women.

    Incident:

    A civil group spearheading the protest against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) called off talks with the central government-appointed experts’ panel, after the former’s members were assaulted in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu on January 31, 2012 when they were on their way for the talks.

    webmasters comment:

    Japan is heavily invested in India's NPP's. To protect Jap. investors india has proved that it is willing to shot their own people, so this comes as no surprise.

    Source: mukto-mona.com


 

Nuclear approvals to be resumed at slower rate


  • Nuclear approvals to be resumed at slower rate

    China will slow approvals of nuclear projects after the resumption, which is expected to take place this year, according to an industry expert from a national energy think tank.

    "China will be cautious in pursuing nuclear power and is likely to approve only three or four projects each year, compared with the boom in new projects during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2005-2010)," said Xiao Xinjian, a nuclear industry expert at the national Energy Research Institute, affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission.

    Source: china.org.cn


 

Hamaoka N-Plant Costs Higher than Thermal: Panel


  • Hamaoka N-Plant Costs Higher than Thermal: Panel

    Shizuoka, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Power generation at Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear plant costs more than that at its thermal power plants, a third-party panel of experts has estimated.The cost of power generation comes to an estimated 9.78 yen per kilowatt-hour for the nuclear plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, compared with 9.37 yen for thermal power plants and 7.74 yen for hydroelectric power plants, according to a report released by Wednesday by the panel of the central Japan prefecture.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Nuclear Fears Help Fuel Record Renewable Energy Investment


  • Nuclear Fears Help Fuel Record Renewable Energy Investment

    A new generation of renewable energy deals is elevating the global clean energy market to record high levels of investment.

    Fears in many countries over the safety of nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster is fuelling a rush of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the renewable sector.

    Details of a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) show billion dollar deals are the now the norm, with the value of new renewable energy deals rising 40 percent year on year, from $38.2 billion in 2010 to a record level of $53.5 billion in 2011.

    Source: energymatters.com.au


 

Analysis:Nuclear crisis bolsters Japan push for utilities reform


  • Analysis:Nuclear crisis bolsters Japan push for utilities reform

    (Reuters) - Mayor Nobuto Hosaka had more than saving taxpayers' money on his mind when he recently invited bids from rivals of giant utility Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T) to supply power to his ward in Japan's capital.

    Hosaka, like other advocates of reform, hopes altered public sentiment after the nation suffered the world's worst nuclear crisis in a 25 years will spur reforms of an electricity oligopoly dominated for decades by regional utility fiefdoms.

    "Doing this will reduce our electricity costs," said Hosaka, a former lawmaker from a tiny left- leaning party who now runs a area of Tokyo that is home to some 800,000 people.

    Source: reuters.com


 

1,704 people seek shutdown of Genkai nuclear plant in largest group suit


  • 1,704 people seek shutdown of Genkai nuclear plant in largest group suit

    SAGA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A total of 1,704 people from across Japan, the largest number of plaintiffs in a pending nuclear-related suit, sued the government and the operator of the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture on Tuesday, demanding that all four reactors at the plant be halted.

    In the suit filed with the Saga District Court against the state and Kyushu Electric Power Co., the plaintiffs from Saga and 28 other prefectures assert the reactors are dangerous and make them feel insecure amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    They are also seeking compensation of 10,000 yen each per month covering the period from March 2011, when the crisis erupted at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, until Kyushu Electric suspends operation of the Genkai plant.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Radioactive water from Fukushima reactor found leaking from pipe


  • Radioactive water from Fukushima reactor found leaking from pipe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that it has found radioactive coolant water leaking from a broken pipe in the No. 4 reactor of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant, but added that the liquid has not flowed outside the reactor building.

    At the time of the devastating earthquake and tsunami last March 11, the reactor's fuel rods were in its spent fuel pool due to maintenance work that was taking place. However, the leaked coolant water contains radioactive materials as it is connected with the pool's coolant.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Wind energy milestone: California now gets about 5 percent of its electricity from wind power


  • Wind energy milestone: California now gets about 5 percent of its electricity from wind power

    California now gets about 5 percent of its electricity from wind power, according to data released Tuesday by the California Wind Energy Association.

    The majority of California's electricity -- 42 percent -- comes from natural gas, followed by nuclear power and hydropower. According to 2010 figures from the California Energy Commission, wind made up 4.7 percent of the state's electricity mix and solar was 0.3 percent.

    But in 2011, wind projects that generate 921 megawatts -- enough electricity for more than 400,000 homes -- were installed across the state, which the wind association says should put it above the long-sought-after 5 percent threshold. California has set an ambitious goal of getting 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020, and utilities are increasingly signing contracts for renewable projects.

    "2011 was a banner year for wind generation in California," said Nancy Rader, executive director of CalWEA, based in Berkeley. "Wind has come a long way and is helping to drive California closer to reaching its goal of 33 percent renewable energy."

    Source: mercurynews.com


 

Officials: Faulty insulator caused US nuclear reactor shutdown, NRC inspecting water pumps


  • Officials: Faulty insulator caused US nuclear reactor shutdown, NRC inspecting water pumps

    CHICAGO — A failed electrical insulator blamed for a power loss to a nuclear reactor in northern Illinois was replaced Tuesday, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began a special inspection into how some equipment responded to the outage, officials said.

    Exelon Energy began preparations to re-start the Unit 2 reactor at the Byron Generating Station about 95 miles northwest of Chicago, though it was unclear how soon it could return to service, spokesman Paul Dempsey said.

    Source: washingtonpost.com


 

Japan’s Nuclear Plant Safety Tests Ignore Fukushima Lessons, Advisers Say


  • Japan’s Nuclear Plant Safety Tests Ignore Fukushima Lessons, Advisers Say

    Japan’s so-called stress tests to review nuclear plant safety don’t include lessons from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi disaster, effectively ignoring the reason for running the checks, two government advisers said.

    The stress tests were initiated after the earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant last March causing radiation leaks in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

    Yet, the checks ignore the potential for two natural disasters to occur at the same time, which is what happened at Fukushima, said Masashi Goto, a former atomic plant designer who is a member of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency’s stress test advisory committee. The tests also don’t take into account the ages of plants, he said.

    Source: bloomberg.com


 

Cesium-137 Dispersion Simulation in the Pacific Ocean, 3/21/2011 - 1/27/2012


  • Cesium-137 Dispersion Simulation in the Pacific Ocean, 3/21/2011 - 1/27/2012

    The radioactivity dispersion simulation JCOPE (Japan Coastal Ocean Predictability Experiment) by JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), showing cesium-137 dispersion in the Pacific Ocean from March 21, 2011 to January 27, 2012.

    March 21, 2011 was when the high levels of radioactive materials from the seawater near the plant were first detected.

    Screenshots from their JCOPE page with the simulation animation (1/30/2012). Click for bigger view:

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Israeli Nukes Triggered Fukushima Quake, Crackpot Claims


  • Israeli Nukes Triggered Fukushima Quake, Crackpot Claims

    Seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the International Seismological Center, and NASA have come to a consensus about last year’s cascading tragedies in Japan that left at least 16,000 dead and half a million homeless. A massive, 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit just off the country’s coast on Friday, March 11, the scientists say. The quake triggered huge tsunami waves, and those, in turn, catalyzed a series of nuclear accidents whose consequences will affect Japanese residents for decades.

    Jim Stone, a self-professed former National Security Agency analyst with an “engineering background,” has a different explanation: The whole thing was a deliberate and dastardly act of nuclear war.

    Time to recalibrate your seismographs, because this is Tinfoil Tuesday, our weekly look at the planet’s most insane conspiracy theories. Like Stone’s. He is pretty damn confident — 9,000 words kinda confident — that the earthquake in Japan was no earthquake at all. It was a nuclear explosion, detonated by the Israeli government to stop Japan from enriching uranium for Iran.

    webmasters comment:

    If i were to judge both articles, the original and this one trying to bash it, i wouldn't be able to decide which one is more "controversial". Wired's claim that israel has no tech capability for mini nukes is more far out than anything Stone writes.

    The reason why i posted the original one is beacuse it does offer a link to ynetnews.com article that Japan has offered to enrich uranium for Iran.

    Source: wired.com


 

The European Super Highway of Debt


  • The European Super Highway of Debt

    These info-graphics shows how much banks borrowed to Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece & Spain (PIIGS). Europe is in a deep crisis, and this shows how much must be repaid.

    Source: demonocracy.info via WRH


 

'US DU weapons: high kill, low cost'


  • 'US DU weapons: high kill, low cost'

    Depleted uranium is radioactive and extremely destructive to humans - with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. In other words, it takes 4.5 billion years for one kilogram of depleted uranium to reduce to a half a kilogram - the US has forever contaminated the Middle East." A prominent professor says that despite the deadly effects of depleted uranium on humans, the US has chosen to use this weapon because of its low manufacturing costs.

    Numerous UN human rights commissions have prohibited the use of depleted uranium on humans - including during military conflicts - because it causes congenital deformities and cancers.

    However, the US government has notoriously used weaponized depleted uranium on humans, including: 340 tons during the first [Persian] Gulf war in 1991; every missile used during the 1998 Yugoslavian invasion; at least 1,000 tons in Afghanistan in 2001; and 2,400 tons in Iraq in 2003.

    Source: poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com


 

Japanese Atomic Agency Exposes Nuclear Accident in Beijing


  • Japanese Atomic Agency Exposes Nuclear Accident in Beijing

    Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency says a nuclear reactor in suburban Beijing had an accident last October and has stopped operating since then. Chinese authorities did not report the accident.

    The information was reported by Japanese media Sankei Shimbun on Jan. 25. It said the nuclear reactor was Russian-built at a military facility 38 miles west of Beijing. In October 2011, an accident took place in the building housing the power generator for the reactor, causing the reactor to stop running. The reactor does not have an outer container to stop radiation leakage, it said.

    webmasters comment:

    Now i call on the chinese gov. to return the favour and expose some dirty fukushima secrets...

    But jokes aside. Think of how many nuclear accidents have occured just in the last 10 months. Several in Japan, several in Europe, more than a few in the U.S. ... radiation leaks are constant and ever occuring, everywhere.

    Source: theepochtimes.com


 

Page 7 of 7