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Belarus’ children – mental, physical, and social effects of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Figures released by UNICEF  in 2010 showed that more than 20% of adolescent children in Belarus suffered from disabilities and chronic illness. Belarus absorbed 70% of Chernobyl’s fallout…..

VIDEOS   http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/iyw-chernobyl-children/?hpt=wo_mid  26 years on: helping Chernobyl’s children, By Katie Walmsley, CNN April 25, 2012  Chernobyl refuses to be relegated to the past. Indeed it may still be devastating the lives of millions who continue to live in the fallout zone. Aside from the potential health hazards of living in an area contaminated with radiation, domino socioeconomic effects have caused multiple problems in these regions.

Chernobyl Children International , or CCI, works to help kids in the region whose lives have been impacted by a disaster that happened years before they were born. Many suffer from physical problems such as congenital heart defects. Many kids have chronic illnesses or disabilities, and many live full time in institutions. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | health, Resources -audiovicual, social effects | 1 Comment

Global nuclear catastrophe could result from Fukushima’s still perilous situation

VIDEO Nuclear experts: Fukushima crisis may become ‘global catastrophe’  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/323733   By Elliott Freeman Apr 27, 2012 - A nuclear watchdog official told RT News that the ongoing crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could become a “global catastrophe”, echoing warnings from other experts.

 Kevin Kamps, a radioactive waste watchdog with Beyond Nuclear , described the potential nightmare to “The Big Picture” host Thom Hartmann , stating that if the pools of nuclear fuel at the plant caught on fire, the area would become so radioactive that the entire containment operation would have to be permanently abandoned. Mitsuhei Murata, the former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, also expressed grave concerns about what would happen if the damaged building that houses Reactor 4 collapsed. According to the Huffington Post , he explained to the Swiss House of Councilors last month that should such an event occur, it would adversely effect the thousands of spent nuclear fuel rods nearby, which are dangerously exposed to air.
 Nuclear expert Robert Alvarez, the former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, spelled out the potential disaster  in more specific — and chilling — terms in an email sent to renowned Japanese diplomat Akio Matsumura.
 ”If an earthquake or other event were to cause the pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of [radioactive] Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl incident,” Alvarez stated.
 However, things could get much worse. According to Alvarez, if the 11,138 spent nuclear fuel rods contained in the facility also went up in flames, it would unleash 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl disaster.
 In addition, a recent study of the meltdown at Chernobyl offers a sobering analysis of the situation, ENS News reports. According to research compiled by Russian scientists and published in the New York Academy of Sciences, the nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl disaster killed over one million people worldwide  from 1986 to 2004. If the worst-case scenario at Fukushima becomes a reality, the effects could lead to millions of casualties around the globe. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/323733#ixzz1tNK5PTJN

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Another example of corruption in the nuclear industry

Another Nuke Scandal: Theft and Bribery After a blackout-and-coverup episode recently, another development is emerging that could deepen distrust in South Korea’s nuclear industry: a corruption scandal. WSJ, April 27, 2012,

Prosecutors in Ulsan and Busan on Thursday announced the arrest of six nuclear industry executives and an equipment broker on corruption charges. The prosecutors allege the officials received bribes up to 100 million won ($88,100) each in return for providing business favors to a Korean manufacturer.

In one case, an official is alleged to have secretly handed over a sealing unit part made by French Areva, along with its specification, to a local manufacturer in return for 80 million won. The manufacturer produced a copy and sold it to four nuclear power plants…… The
arrests came less than two months after officials were caught trying to cover up a blackout at the Gori-1 nuclear plant, the oldest nuclear facility in the country. A power failure, if persisted long enough, could be lead to a serious problem like a nuclear fuel meltdown. KHNP CEO Kim Jong-shin stepped down earlier this month due to the incident. Seven other officials were relieved of their duties.

Jan Vande Putte, a nuclear expert at Greenpeace International, said in a statement Friday that the latest case is “a clear indication that the Korean nuclear industry is out of control.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/04/27/another-nuke-scandal-theft-and-bribery/?mod=google_news_blog

April 28, 2012 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, South Korea | Leave a comment

Excessive radiation levels received, but 16 Fukushima workers have to stay on

How’s this for injustice to workers?   An illustration of  three things: the heroism of Japan’s Fukushima “liquidators”,  the nuclear industry’s ruthless lack of concern for its workers, and the desperate situation of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Workers with high radiation levels to stay at N-plant http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120427006236.htm Jiji Press 28 April 12, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that a total of 16 employees whose cumulative radiation doses have exceeded 100 millisieverts, a government-set limit, will continue to work at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. According to TEPCO, the 16 are engaged in equipment operation and radiation control and have advanced expertise and extensive experience at the nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year.

Following the accident at the plant, the health ministry raised the cumulative dose limit to 250 millisieverts for workers there. But this measure will expire at the end of April. The cumulative limits revert back to 50 millisieverts per year and 100 millisieverts over a five-year period.

As the 16 people are vital for containing the plant’s nuclear crisis, the company will keep them at work and take steps to reduce radiation levels at the quake-proof building used for its disaster response team, it said. With TEPCO taking such measures as covering some ceilings and floors with lead in the quake-resistant building, radiation levels there have fallen to 0.7 microsievert per hour from 1.6 microsieverts, according to the utility.

April 28, 2012 Posted by | employment, Japan | Leave a comment

A window into the very controlled State of North Korea

(includes video)  http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/24/11365838-north-korea-nuclear-test-ready-soon   North Korea nuclear test ready ‘soon’ NBC’s Richard Engel spent two weeks in North Korea and got a rare and revealing look inside this very closed country. World News msnbc, By Reuters 27 April 12 BEIJING – North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | North Korea, Resources -audiovicual, social effects, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The military madness of North Korea

there it is: a nation that starves its people to feed its military spouting a philosophy of friendship and cooperation.

The despairing result of all this is that it is the people who suffer, not the leaders. It’s not enough that famines devastate the population, as North Korea endured in the nineties and from which it has not recovered, but that military madness should overwhelm all other considerations.

Paranoid state fuels military madness SMH, April 27, 2012 ‘The Government of the Republic promotes friendship and cooperation with the various countries of the world. It makes every effort in unity with all the peace-loving peoples of the world to … reduce armaments, nuclear armaments in particular, thereby meeting the desire of human beings to live in a world, free from nuclear weapons.’ -  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea website
Once the above-said special actions kick off, they will reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style’.  -  The Korean People’s Army Command
It would be lunacy, rib-chuckling idiocy, if it were not so serious.
Both statements are the creation of North Korea. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Satellite photography indicates North Korea’s nuclear activity

New photo shows work at NKorea nuclear test site Google News, By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press 28 April 12, WASHINGTON  — New satellite imagery appears to show a train of mining carts and other preparations under way at North Korea’s nuclear test site but no indication of when a detonation might take place. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | Leave a comment

A compromise solution may let Iran partially enrich uranium

US may let Iran partially enrich uranium: report, Business Recorder , 28 APRIL 2012   LOS ANGELES: The United States could let Iran partially enrich uranium in return for strict measures to curb its ability to build a nuclear bomb, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Nuclear missile envy played out between India and Pakistan

Anything you can do... Pakistan follows India with its own missile test Launch is latest proof of escalation of arms in Asia as new report stresses the threat to rest of the world ANDREW BUNCOMBE    The Independent,  26 APRIL 2012  A week after India successfully tested a long-range missile, Pakistan yesterday said it had also fired an upgraded nuclear-capable device in a reminder of the ongoing arms race that has gripped Asia. Officials in Pakistan said they had completed a positive trial of the Shaheen-1A, an intermediate range missile that is capable of reaching targets across India. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | India, Pakistan, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Israel’s Secret Illegal Nuclear Biological And Chemical Weapons

  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/israels-secret-illegal-nuclear.html April 2012, In this article, we will explore the secret weapons of mass destruction program in Israel, which still has not been disclosed to the UN or anyone else for that matter. Not disclosing the possession of weapons of mass destruction is illegal.

 The UN required Iraq to disclose the nuclear program it had along with all other weapons of mass destruction. The UN did not require and still has not required that Israel disclose all of it’s weapons of mass destruction; nuclear, biological or chemical. Why not? ….
According to this BBC movie , Israel not only possesses weapons of mass destruction, it has actually used one or more of these secret weapons of mass destruction in Gaza. Of course, they will not confirm or deny that they even have any of these weapons. Nor will they admit that they used any of these weapons.
The thing that is so ironic about the possession of weapons of mass destruction is that this nation has been subject to genocide in the past, so one would think that they would be the LAST nation on Earth to use or stockpile these types of weapons. They know the horrors of genocide, but now they seem intent on accumulating and also using them.
Israel is outside of all international weapons of mass destruction treaties. It will not even disclose whether it even has a nuclear plant, much less nuclear weapons. The whole nuclear and weapons program is completely secret, and completely covered up.  Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Israel, Resources -audiovicual, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Iceland could supply renewable energy to Europe via submarine cable

Europe Could Receive Renewable Energy From Iceland via Submarine Cable Market watch, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, Apr 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) – The Icelandic energy provider, Landsvirkjun, one of Europe’s leading renewable energy companies, may help supply Continental Europe with renewable energy via a North Atlantic submarine power cable. Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | EUROPE, renewable | Leave a comment

Legal action for more scrutiny of nuclear license renewal process

The environmental group’s legal filing also criticizes Ameren for what it says is the company’s “inadequate discussion” of wind energy as an alternative to continued use of nuclear power in its required environmental reviews for the
renewal request

Environmentalists contest Ameren nuclear renewal, Bloomberg, By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, 27 April 12, COLUMBIA, MO.A Missouri environmental group is asking the federal government to more closely scrutinize Ameren Corp.’s request for a 20-year license renewal at the state’s only nuclear power plant.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment on Tuesday filed a legal
objection to the utility’s plan with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission. The coalition wants the federal agency to hold a formal
public hearing on Ameren’s license renewal application, a move that
would likely delay consideration of the request. Ameren’s current
40-year operating license for the Callaway County plant expires in
2024…….
The nuclear agency has given Ameren and other U.S. nuclear reactor
operators a deadline of February 2013 to submit updated seismic
studies and complete another safety plan sought in the immediate
aftermath of the Japanese disaster, with a December 2016 deadline to
put those improvements in place….
Curran said the license renewal shouldn’t happen until Ameren provides
the government those requested plans. The St. Louis-based utility
submitted its license renewal application for the nuclear plant late
last year.

“The decision on a license renewal should be delayed until all of this
information is in,” she said….. The environmental group’s legal filing also criticizes Ameren for what it says is the company’s “inadequate discussion” of wind energy as an alternative to continued use of nuclear power in its required environmental reviews for the
renewal request. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9UCLVKG1.htm

April 28, 2012 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment

USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff recommends license renewal

“The NRC staff’s decision is very upsetting because it makes a total mockery out of the process,” said Mary Lampert, director of Pilgrim Watch, who has long called for the plant to be shuttered. “They’re essentially requesting that the game be called before the game is over, while the players are still on the field.”.

NRC staff recommends renewing license for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth Boston Globe,  04 27, 2012 By David Abel,   After six years of review and a succession of lawsuits, the staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recommended that commissioners vote to renew the license of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, which expires next month.

The staff, in an eight-page document, said the 40-year-old plant has “taken, or will take, appropriate actions to manage the effects of aging during the period of extended operation.” Continue reading

April 28, 2012 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

   

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