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Plutonium releases from Fukushima plant highlighted in final sentence of butterfly mutation study

http://enenews.com/plutonium-releases-from-fukushima-plant-highlighted-in-final-sentence-of-butterfly-mutation-study/comment-page-1#comment-279833

Title: The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly
Source: Scientific Reports (via Nature)
Authors: Atsuki Hiyama, Chiyo Nohara, Seira Kinjo, Wataru Taira, Shinichi Gima, Akira Tanahara
& Joji M. Otaki
Published: August 9, 2012

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“…In view of the detection of plutonium released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP44, the possible risk of internal exposure from ingestion should be investigated more accurately in the near future….”

August 15, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

World health Organisation fails to protect people from nuclear radiation

At Fukushima, the lessons from Chernobyl are being ignored  http://independentwho.org/en/2012/08/06/lessons-are-being-ignored/ For the independence of WHO  «The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination.»  The Vigil is held in front of the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters. It has been maintained every working day since the 26th April 2007 to remind this United Nations body of its duties as defined in its constitution.

A directive was issued by the University of Fukushima not to mention nuclear issues. Only one young ecology professor is attempting to carry out studies on the effects of the disaster on children. He has received threats. The majority of academics are toeing the line, and are ‘looking the other way’ for the sake of their careers: this is very serious. A country as strong in matters of research as Japan, should be thoroughly investigating the genetic alterations induced by the contamination and developing antimutagenic agents to reduce genetic abnormalities that will be passed on from generation to generation.

Thyroid diseases have already appeared, but cancers have a latency period and will only appear in four years time, as will brain cancer in children – later in adults. The number of babies with low birth-weight is increasing. The number of female births is down by 5% because the female embryo is mo

August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Paul Ryan’s wife a former lobbyist for the nuclear industry

Ryan and Rafianello also represented the Vermont Yankee Corp., a nuclear power plant, on “nuclear waste issues,” according to federal lobbying registration forms. The company paid $180,000 over three years between 1998 and 2000, while Vermont Yankee was being sold; its owners hoped more favorable tax laws would make it more attractive to buyers.

Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan’s Wife, Lobbied For Cigar, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical Industries HUFFINGTON POSTChristina Wilki  08/14/2012 WASHINGTON -- Janna Ryan was introduced to America on Saturday as a stay-at-home mom who has raised three children while her husband, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), built a career in Washington.

But the wife of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick spent a decade in Washington herself, first as a congressional aide and then as a corporate lobbyist, whose clients included the cigar industry, a logging company, drugmakers, the health insurance industry and a nuclear power plant. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | USA elections 2012 | Leave a comment

Why molten salt nuclear reactors and thorium nuclear reactors are duds

Thorium: Not ‘green’, not ‘viable’, and not likely   Oliver Tickell, April / May 2012. 1. Introduction ”With uranium-based nuclear power continuing its decades-long economic
collapse, it’s awfully late to be thinking of developing a whole new fuel cycle  whose problems differ only in detail from current versions.” Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, March 2009.
A number of commentators have argued that most of the problems associated with  nuclear power could be avoided by both:
 using thorium fuel in place of uranium or plutonium fuels
 using ‘molten salt reactors’ (MSRs) in place of conventional solid fuel reactor
designs.
The combination of these two technologies is known as the Liquid Fluoride Thorium  Reactor or LFTR, because the fuel is in form of a molten fluoride salt of thorium and  other elements.
In this Briefing, we examine the validity of the optimistic claims made for thorium  fuel, MSRs and the LFTR in particular.
We find that the claims do not stand up to  critical scrutiny, and that these technologies have significant drawbacks including:
 the very high costs of technology development, construction and operation.
 marginal benefits for a thorium fuel cycle over the currently utilised uranium /
plutonium fuel cycles
 serious nuclear weapons proliferation hazards
 the danger of both routine and accidental releases of radiation, mainly from
continuous ‘live’ fuel reprocessing in MSRs
 the very long lead time for significant deployment of LFTRs of the order of half  a century – rendering it irrelevant in terms of addressing current or medium  term energy supply need….
…. We therefore see little prospect that LFTRs will present an economic solution if and  when they are ever ready for large scale deployment. Any money invested in LFTRs,
whether by governments, utilities or other investors, is likely to be wasted.
Far better to invest in the renewable technologies that are already shaping our national  and global future, and whose cost is rapidly falling – in the process developing  valuable UK-based expertise and technologies, and accelerating the renewables  revolution. http://www.nuclearpledge.com/reports/thorium_briefing_2012.pdf

August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Reference, reprocessing, technology, Uranium | Leave a comment

Implications for humans in research on irradiated butterflies

“[Because] this butterfly is found in artificial environments – such as gardens and public parks – this butterfly can monitor human environments”

Biologist on Mutated Butterflies: Study is overwhelming in its implications for humans   http://enenews.com/university-biologist-on-mutated-butterflies-study-is-overwhelming-in-its-implications-for-humans-japan-researcher-insects-believed-to-be-very-resistant-to-radiation-irregularly-developed-e    — Japan Researcher: Insects were believed to be very resistant to radiation — Irregularly developed eyes, malformed antennae, much smaller wings (PHOTO) August 13th, 2012 a  ENENews

Title: : ‘Severe abnormalities’ found in Fukushima butterflies
Source:  BBC News
Author: Nick Crumpton
Date: August 13, 2012

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment have caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests. Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

The link between the mutations and the radioactive material was shown by laboratory experiments, they report. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, environment | Leave a comment

USA govt permits dumping of radioactive wastes into salt caverns

US Gov’t: EPA specifically allows radioactive waste to be dumped in salt caverns — Exempted from hazardous waste requirements  http://enenews.com/us-govt-epa-specifically-allows-radioactive-waste-to-be-dumped-in-salt-caverns-exempted-from-hazardous-waste-requirements 
August 13th, 2012   ENENews   itle: Giant Sinkhole May Be Radioactive
Source: Courthouse News Service
Author: SABRINA CANFIELD
Date: August 13, 2012
[...]
A U.S. Department of Energy document on storage of naturally occurring radioactive material in salt caverns states that oil field wastes – but not other industrial wastes – are exempted from the hazardous waste requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Potential radiation causes Louisiana parish evacuation

ABC: “Evacuation order… for fear of potential radiation” in Louisiana parish — Company Official: Sinkhole ‘could still grow’  http://enenews.com/abc-evacuation-order-for-fear-of-potential-radiation-in-louisiana-parish-company-official-sinkhole-could-still-grow
August 14th, 2012  By ENENews
Title:  Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation
Source: ABC News
Author: CHRISTINA NG
Date: Aug 14, 2012
A nearly 400-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana has swallowed all of the trees in its area and enacted a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 residences for fear of potential radiation and explosions. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

Secrecy and injustice regarding nuclear tests in Marshall Islands

Marshalls anger over nuclear reports and compensation  http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/marshalls-anger-over-nuclear-reports-and-compensation/999420 
  15 August 2012,   The announcement was made by US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell during his visit to the Marshall Islands.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Giff Johnson, editor, Marshall Islands Journal
JOHNSON: “…..   more than 50 years after the last nuclear test was conducted in the Marshall Islands, that the US government has still not released fallout dose data for about 75% of those nuclear tests. So it’s extremely difficult for the Marshall Islands to have an understanding of what the actual exposure and impact of the test was and this relates to a lot of very big picture questions, such as the adequacy of US nuclear test compensation. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | OCEANIA, Resources -audiovicual, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Greens Party in Japan getting organised for elections

Japan Greens hope to ride anti-nuclear wave to parliament, Business Recorder, August 15, 2012 TAKEHIKO KAMBAYASAHI    With anti-nuclear sentiment riding high in Japan, a former citizens’ group is trying to make the shift to a full-fledged political party. Greens Japan in late July said it would field candidates in the next elections on an environmental platform that includes weaning the country off nuclear energy. It hopes to become the first officially recognised national-level green political party. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Thorium nuclear reactors not all they’re cracked up to be

Thorium: Not ‘green’, not ‘viable’, and not likely 
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo43.pdf
Journalist, Oliver Tickell, author of the Kyoto2 climate initiative, (1) editor of the Nuclear Pledge website (2) and Green Party candidate for Oxford City Council in three elections, has published a new briefing on Thorium reactors.
A number of commentators have argued that most of the problems associated with nuclear power could be avoided by both, using thorium fuel in place of uranium or plutonium fuels and using ‘molten salt reactors’ (MSRs) in place of conventional solid fuel reactor designs. The combination of these two technologies is known as the Liquid Fluoride Thori um Reactor or LFTR, because the fuel is in form of a molten fluoride salt of thorium and other elements.
The briefing examines the validity of the optimistic claims made for thorium fuel, MSRs and the LFTR in particular, and finds that they do not stand up to critical scrutiny – these technologies have significant drawbacks including: very high costs; marginal benefits for a thorium fuel cycle over uranium; serious nuclear weapons proliferation hazards; the danger of both routine and accidental releases of radiation, mainly from continuous ‘live’ fuel reprocessing in MSRs and the very long lead time for significant deployment of LFTRs of perhaps 50 years  – rendering it irrelevant in terms of addressing current or medium term energy supply needs.
The thorium-uranium fuel cycle has some advantages over the dominant uranium-plutonium cycle, in terms for example, of the reduced production of long-lived actinides and somewhat diminished radio -toxicity overall. However, it also creates new hazards of its own. As far as radioactive fission products are concerned, there is little to choose between the two.
Thorium reactors do not produce plutonium. But an LFTR could (by including 238U in the fuel) be adapted to produce plutonium of a high purity well above normal weapons-grade, presenting a major proliferation hazard. Beyond that, the main proliferation hazards arise from the need for fissile material (plutonium or uranium) to initiate the thorium fuel cycle, which could be diverted, and the production of fissile uranium 233U.
LFTRs are theoretically capable of a high fuel burn-up rate, but while this may indeed reduce the volume of waste, the waste is more radioactive due to the higher volume of radioactive fission products. The continuous fuel reprocessing that is characteristic of LFTRs will also produce hazardous chemical and radioactive waste streams, and releases to the environment will be unavoidable. Spent fuel from any LFTR will be intensely radioactive and constitute high level waste. The reactor itself, at the end of its lifetime, will constitute high level waste.
The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) believes that considerable research, development and testing lies ahead before thorium fuels will be ready for operational use. As the NNL states,  “Thorium reprocessing and waste management are poorly understood. The thorium fuel cycle cannot be considered to be mature in any area.” It estimates that 10-15 years work is required before thorium fuels will be ready for use in current reactor designs, and that their use in new types of reactor is at least 40 years away. (3)

(1)  http://www.kyoto2.org/
(2)  http://www.nuclearpledge.com/
(3)  Thorium: Not Green, Not Viable and Not Likely, Oliver Tickell, June 2012
http://www.nuclearpledge.com/reports/thorium_briefing_2012.pdf

August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Reference, technology | Leave a comment

Allison Macfarlane speaks out on USA’s nuclear waste problem

New U.S. Nuclear Regulator Says Spent Fuel a Top Priority Bloomberg News, By Kasia Klimasinska   August 14, 2012  The new chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said she plans to concentrate on the disposal of spent atomic fuel, an issue that is holding up decisions on power-plant licenses.

Allison Macfarlane, in her first news conference since taking over at the NRC on July 9, today also called on Congress and the White House to identify a permanent disposal site for spent fuel from the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Japanese politicians moving towards nuclear weapons

 In April the LDP published proposals for a constitutional amendment, which would eviscerate Article 9, the key to Japan’s peace Constitution. Article 9 famously renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes…..

Japan playing nuclear roulette, By KEVIN RAFFERTY  The Japan Times, 15 Aug 12,  HONG KONG — J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the prominent fathers of the atomic bomb, had read the Bhagavad Gita, and when he saw the first test of the weapon, he quoted the terrifying line from the Hindu scripture: “Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds.” It is hard to imagine the horror of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 67 years ago. It seared the sky and instantaneously wiped much of the city and tens of thousands of people, and left a trail of misery that continues today, but which should not be forgotten.

Sadly, leading Japanese politicians today seem to have forgotten the lessons of the war and its savage end. Powerful politicians are hard at work trying to scrap Article 9 of the Constitution — which renounces war — and some of them want to go all-out to build a
Japanese nuclear weapon. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Japan, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Fracture danger in Belgian and USA nuclear plants

“Emergency situation” as fractures suspected at nuclear reactor  http://enenews.com/official-emergency-situation-as-fractures-suspected-at-reactor-10-u-s-nuclear-plants-may-use-same-component— Ten U.S. plants may use same component — “Likely to reignite a debate over the risks of nuclear energy” -Financial Times
August 10th, 2012 By ENENews
Follow-up to: FOX: Nuclear reactor halted on “suspicion of cracks”; “We have found anomalies,” says Belgium official — AFP: Possible cracks in reactor vessel?

Title: Belgium shuts down nuclear power plant

Source: Financial Times
Author: James Fontanella-Khan
Date: August 9, 2012 5:47 pm
Emphasis Added

Belgium has temporarily shut down one of its seven nuclear power plants after the country’s atomic energy regulator discovered “several anomalies”, including possible cracks, in the tank containing the reactor’s core. [...] suspected fractures at the Doel 3 reactor [...]

Several other nuclear sites around the world – including the US, Germany and Spain – use tanks produced by the same company, according a nuclear energy expert who asked not to be named. Continue reading

August 15, 2012 Posted by | EUROPE, safety, USA | 1 Comment

Skydivers held by US military after accidentally landing on nuclear submarine base when wind blew them off course

  DAILY MAIL  14 August 2012 | Two skydivers were detained by the US military after accidentally landing on a high-security nuclear submarine base in Georgia when wind blew them off course.
The US Navy didn’t look kindly on the two intruders — even though they said they only drifted onto the base on Sunday by mistake.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, along Georgia’s coast, is home to eight nuclear subs — including six with ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The situation was further complicated when the military found that one of the parachutists was not a US citizen and did not have his passport with him, the Florida Times-Union reports. …….  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188361/Skydivers-held-US-Navy-accidentally-landing-nuclear-submarine-base.html#ixzz23f4hrbSf

August 15, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

EDF Delays Start Of Three Nuclear Plants: Current Halts Bloomberg, By Rachel Morison – Aug 14, 2012 Electricite de France SA, delayed the start of its Chooz B-2, Cruas-1 and Paluel-3 nuclear power plants, according to data on the website of
grid operator Reseau de Transport d’Electricite.
EDF gave start dates for its Chinon B-1, Fessenheim-2 and
Gravelines-1, RTE data show. The start date for Cruas-4 was removed
from RTE’s website.
The world’s biggest nuclear power plant operator has 37 reactors
online, representing 64 percent of available nuclear capacity, RTE
data show. That’s the lowest since June 20. EDF’s 58 atomic plants
generate about 78 percent of France’s
power….http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-14/edf-delays-start-of-three-nuclear-plants-current-halts-table-.html

August 15, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, France | Leave a comment

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