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Hypocrisy of Japanese govt’s pretense of a no nuclear policy

The entire [zero nuclear]policy had been watered down to nothing due to opposition from both the US and the Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren). 

If we don’t, someone else will (and other dubious rationalizations)Kanagawa Notebook, September 23, 2012  ZERO NUCLEAR POWER BY 2030′s: OFFICIAL GOAL!!  ….    protestors in Tokyo are calling for an end to reliance on nuclear power NOW, which could be achieved simply by shutting down the two reactors at the Oi Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Zero nuclear power by the 2030′s??  That would give the government plenty of opportunity to keep the Ooi reactors running and re-start others in the meantime.  So I read the article calmly and objectively, and was not surprised to discover the clause at the end added by the Prime Minister: “It is extremely hard to predict how things may develop in the future and we should make sure that we are able to take a flexible approach.”  Flexible, meaning “Well, we’ll TRY to keep this promise. But it may not work out, so please understand, okay?”

And to add insult to injury, the article made it very clear that the government intended to continue the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, and did not plan to give up on the Monju fast-breeder (a prototype reactor that theoretically will run on reprocessed uranium and plutonium. The reactor has been plagued by accidents and cover-ups, and currently sits idle; it has actually only produced a single hour’s worth of electricity since its completion, which involved four decades of work and an appalling amount of money),  scheduled to come on-line in 2050. Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Deformities in butterflies – effects of Fukushima radiation

More images of deformed butterflies after Fukushima — Wings folded over, rumpled, much different sizes (PHOTOS) 
 September 21st, 2012 
By ENENews 
The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly
Scientific Reports
Volume 2;  2012 See more photos here

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3414864/figure/f1/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3414864/figure/f2/

September 24, 2012 Posted by | environment, Japan | 1 Comment

Fishing boats: protest against uranium fuel loading for Kudankulam

Fishermen protest against Indian nuclear plant The Nation By: AFP | September 23, 2012 CHENNAI  - Indian fishermen and anti-nuclear activists on Saturday mounted a sea protest against an atomic power plant following violent demonstrations earlier this month, police said.

Some 3,000 fishermen and anti-nuclear activists in 500 fishing boats sought to block a port in southern Tamil Nadu state to protest against the loading of uranium at the under-construction power plant, police said.

Tuticorin port spokesman V. Satyarajan described the protest as “peaceful” and said there was no disruption to traffic at the port from the attempted blockade off Tuticorin town, 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the project. Witnesses said the boat-borne protesters shouted anti-nuclear slogans and demanded an end to the loading of uranium at the Russian-backed project.
“We will continue to protest until the nuclear plant is shut down,” said Subash Fernando, one of the leaders of the sea protest. On land, demonstrators from villages near the plant formed a human chain in Tuticorin to protest against the loading of the fuel rods. Earlier this month, one fisherman was shot dead by police as hundreds of protesters clashed with armed officers.
Last week, India’s Supreme Court denied a request to suspend the loading of the rods at the plant which opponents say poses a danger to local people…..
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/23-Sep-2012/fishermen-protest-against-indian-nuclear-plant

September 24, 2012 Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Comforting government nuclear propaganda 1952 and 2012

VIDEO: US Gov’t: If exposed to radioactive fallout watch for unknown bruising, nosebleeds, nausea, sore throat, loss of hair, diarrhea — “Make the best of it… don’t be discouraged”   http://enenews.com/us-govt-if-exposed-to-radioactive-fallout-watch-for-unknown-bruising-nosebleeds-nausea-sore-throat-loss-of-hair-diarrhea-report-problems-to-doctor-video    Title: Fallout: When and How to Protect Yourself Against It
Source: U.S. Government
Uploaded by: TheBestFilmArchives
Date: 1950s
Date Published: Sept 21, 2012

Make the best of it. If there are others with you help them by being as calm as you can and don’t be discouraged. [: Head of Fukushima health study: 100 mSv/yr OK for pregnant moms — “Effects of radiation do not come to people that are happy… They come to people that are weak-spirited”
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If food or water has been contaminated by the dust, internal damage may occur

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If civil defense radio announcements have said that radiation has been high in your section [...] watch especially for these developments in the two weeks following exposure:

These conditions [...] should be reported to a doctor or the nearest first aid station.
Watch the video here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFcRhDtkQyQ

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

VIDEO: how much radiation was released in the Three Mile Island nuclear accident?

http://www.fairewinds.com/content/three-myths-three-mile-island-accidentKEEP IN MIND THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SHUT DOWN AUTOMATICALLY TWO TIMES IN JUST THE LAST MONTH! THE FIRST TIME A HEATING ELEMENT WAS REPLACED AND THIS TIME A PUMP HAD TO BE REPLACED

Three Myths of the Three Mile Island Accident (lecture in 2009)
Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen gives a talk on his calculations of the amount of radiation released during the accident at Three Mile Island. Mr. Gundersen’s calculations differ from those of the NRC’s and official industry estimates. Arnie Gundersen was a senior executive in the nuclear industry with over twenty years experience. Mr. Gundersen holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1990 he came forward as a whistleblower and was fired that same year. Over the next several years, his case got a great deal of attention, and he testified before Congress during hearings on ways to protect whistleblowers. Mr. Gundersen is now a prominent nuclear safety expert witness.

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Loopholes in Japan’s “zero nukes” policy – can allow continuing nuclear power

Next Big Future 23 Sept The energy policy announced by Maehar’s boss, Prime Minister Noda, calls for reactors to operate to the end of their 40 year life, but it offers a loophole to operate them for another 20 years if it can be proven they can do so safely. That loophole would allow a reactor that loads fuel for the first time in 2015 to have a decommissioning date of 2075.

Reactors already under construction will be completed, says Yukio Edano, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry trade minister. They are the No. 3 reactor at the Shimane plant (94- percent complete) in Matsue, capital of the Shimane Prefecture, which is operated by Chugoku Electric; a reactor at the Oma plant (38 percent complete) in Aomori Prefecture, which is operated by Electric Power Development; and, No. 1 reactor (10 percent complete) at the Higashidori plant also in Aomori Prefecture.

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

In Tamura, Fukushima, children play in radiation contaminated area

Many children playing sports on field with radiation dose over 5 millisieverts per year (PHOTO) http://enenews.com/photo-many-children-playing-on-field-with-radiation-dose-over-5-millisieverts-per-year
September 23rd, 2012
By ENENews 0.581μSv/h at an athletic field in Tamura, Fukushima, where children run and breathe the contaminated air. twitter.com/GuciYama/statu…

0.581 microsieverts per hour * 24 hours in a day * 365 days in a year = 5089.56 microsieverts per year or 5.09 millisieverts per year. The Japanese government’s radiation dose limit for the public is set at 1 millisievert per year -Yomiuri

See the children paying near the radiation detector here

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Vietnam, in ignorance, buying Japan’s nuclear technology

Japan lobbied aggressively to win the contract to build a nuclear power plant in Vietnam.   Japan and other nuclear powers are now desperate to sell plants to developing nations, since Fukushima has destroyed the dream of a nuclear renaissance in advanced economies.  

If we don’t, someone else will (and other dubious rationalizations) Kanagawa Notebook, September 23, 2012  “…..Vietnam, a nation which, with the assistance and “know-how” of both Russia and Japan, is about to go nuclear.  In spite of the Fukushima disaster, the Vietnamese government plans to honor their contract with a Japanese firm to build a nuclear power plant, and in fact, preparations are already underway.

While the Noda administration waffles and stumbles before its own citizens, it is “leading the way” with confidence in Vietnam, where residents believe that 1) the nuclear industry is safe and trustworthy, and 2) Fukushima was something unfortunate, but unrelated to their own situation. Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Posted by | marketing of nuclear, Vietnam | Leave a comment

Fukushima study on cows shows how radioactive cesium collects in the kidneys

New Japan Study: Kidneys accumulate most radioactive cesium by far — Highest levels of any tissue inside cows: http://enenews.com/study-kidneys-accumulated-most-radioactive-cesium-highest-levels-of-any-tissue-inside-japanese-cows  September 21st, 2012   By ENENews 
« 1 quadrillion becquerels of total strontium into Pacific via wastewater — Giant spike in levels offshore Fukushima many months after 3/11    Chemist: Dangerously elevated hydrocarbons in sinkhole sludge — Levels may be in flammable range »
New Japan Study: Kidneys accumulate most radioactive cesium by far — Highest levels of any tissue inside cows
September 21st, 2012
Title: Radiocesium distribution in the tissues of Japanese black beef heifers fed fallout-contaminated roughage due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident
Source: Biosci Biotechnol Biochem.
Authors: Sasaki K, Hayashi M, Narita T, Motoyama M, Oe M, Ojima K, Nakajima I, Muroya S, Chikuni K, Aikawa K, Ide Y, Nakanishi N, Suzuki N, Shioya S, Takenaka A. (National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)
Date: 2012 Aug 7
Abstract
This study examined the accumulation and tissue distribution of radioactive cesium nuclides in Japanese Black beef heifers raised on roughage contaminated with radioactive fallout due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 2011. Radiocesium feeding increased both (134)Cs and (137)Cs levels in all tissues tested. The kidney had the highest level and subcutaneous adipose had the lowest of radioactive cesium in the tissues. Different radioactive cesium levels were not found among parts of the muscles. These results indicate that radiocesium accumulated highly in the kidney and homogenously in the skeletal muscles in the heifers.

See the full report here   Title: Radiocesium distribution in the tissues of Japanese black beef heifers fed fallout-contaminated roughage due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident

September 24, 2012 Posted by | health, Japan | Leave a comment

USA’s solar energy – a chequered history, but now resurging

the solar industry is actually expanding quickly in the United States, and under the Obama
administration solar is having a real resurgence, helping lift the cloud that has surrounded the industry.

Changing Cities: Where Are the Solar Panels Mr. President? By Carrie Halperin abc news, Sep 23, 2012   “…..In 1979, [President Jimmy] Carter predicted  at the dedication ceremony of the White House solar system that by 2000 solar panels like the one on the roof would either be supplying cheap, efficient energy or “a museum piece , an example of a road not taken or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.”

During his administration huge strides were taken in curbing the country’s dependence on foreign source of energy, including investing heavily in renewable power.  But with a shift of administrations and the new Reagan era, research and development budgets for renewable
energy were slashed and the Department of Energy eliminated tax breaks for solar and wind projects.
Carter’s worries about his solar panels ending up in the museum proved prescient. Half the panels were taken by the Unity College cafeteria in Maine, but the other half did indeed end up as  museum pieces, now housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History , the Carter Library , and the Solar Science and  Technology Museum in Dezhou, China.
Yes, that’s right China, which seems a bit symbolic, since China now produces close to 80 percent of the world’s solar water heaters. Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Posted by | renewable, USA | Leave a comment

France’s largest solar energy array built in just 6 months

France’s Biggest Rooftop Solar Array Using Hanwha Solar Panels by Energy Matters, 23 Sept 12 Hanwha Group has announced it delivered 7.7 MW of  solar modules for the largest rooftop installation in France.

A  Rion-des-Landes building designed for the cultivation of ginseng is now sporting 36,900 PV panels in total. The rooftop is massive, covering 9 hectares. The solar array is expected to generate 10,000,000 kilowatt hours annually, enough to supply the needs of 4,000 households.

Constructed  by Solvéo Energie, the project was finished in just 6 months.
“The cooperation with Hanwha Solar made the realization of this huge project possible,” said Jean-Marc Matéos, President of Solvéo Energie. “The professionalism and responsiveness of service that Hanwha Solar displayed during the process have significantly contributed to the successful construction.”

As well as commercial solar power installations; Hanwha SolarOne panels are also used in residential installs. Offering guaranteed power output, Hanwha SolarOne modules perform particularly well in low-light conditions..  http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3391

September 24, 2012 Posted by | France, renewable | Leave a comment

Mumbai conference on solar energy

EU cos look to tap India renewable energy market Indian Express 23 Sept 12 EU companies are looking forward to have tie-ups with Indian companies in the clean energy segment at the two-day conference on renewable energy in Mumbai on September 25-26. Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Time that the White House got those solar panels

Changing Cities: Where Are the Solar Panels Mr. President? By Carrie Halperin abc news, Sep 23, 2012  America is in the midst of something of a solar resurgence, but not at the White House.
On June 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels, used to heat water, on the White House roof.  In 1986 under the Reagan administration those panels were taken down for a routine roof resurfacing and never returned. However, in 2010, President Obama announced he was bringing solar panels back to the White House roof, which the administration said were slated for installation by the spring of 2011.
But as 2012 winds down, the panels — which the Department of Energy had said would likely produce 19,700 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, more than twice the electricity used by the average Washington home — have still not been installed, and many are asking where are they Mr. President?…..http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/09/changing-cities-where-are-the-solar-panels-mr-president/

September 24, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Mecca to become a Mecca for Solar Energy

Mecca Seeks to Lead Saudi Arabia’s Solar Energy Expansion, Bloomberg News
By Wael Mahdi  September 23, 2012 Mecca, which hosts millions of pilgrims a year visiting Islam’s most holy shrine, is working toward becoming the first city in Saudi Arabia
to operate a utility-scale plant generating electricity from renewables. Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Posted by | renewable, Saudi Arabia | Leave a comment

Oops a 25 foot metal beam fell in nuclear fuel pool at Fukushima

Watch: 25-foot-long metal beam drops into Reactor No. 3 pool at Fukushima — Not clear if any fuel rods have broken — Could further complicate removal efforts (VIDEO)  http://enenews.com/25-foot-long-metal-beam-falls-into-no-3-fuel-pool-at-fukushima-no-major-increase-in-radiation-levels-nearby-tepco-says-could-complicate-removal-efforts
September 22nd, 2012
By ENENews

UPDATE: Japan TV: “Grave mistake” that crane knocked beam into No. 3 fuel pool — Checking for fuel damage with camera soon (VIDEO) <<

Title: Day 560 Oops, dropped it  Source: uhohjapan2 Date: Sept. 22, 2012

According to the Yomiuri Newspaper, up at FD1 reactor #3, a steel beam, 470kg (30cmX20cmX7m), fell into the spent fuel pool. [...]

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20120922-00000555-yom-soci

Jiji Tsushin report from Sept. 22, 2012 translated by EXSKF:
TEPCO announced on September 22 that a steel frame weighing about 470 kilograms dropped into the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 3 during the debris removal operation of the Reactor 3 building [...] So far, there is no major increase in radiation levels nearby, TEPCO says.

According to TEPCO, the accident happened at 11:05AM on September 22 when [EXSKF: the crane operator] tried to grab a piece of debris, an H steel lying next to the Spent Fuel Pool on the 5th floor of Reactor 3 building and failed. The H steel slid into the Spent Fuel Pool.

Source: RT News line
Date: Sept 23, 2012

A huge metal beam was dropped into a spent fuel pond at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Workers were trying to extract cement wreckage [...] The crane boom accidentally pushed a metal beam into the pool from its casing, reports ITAR-TASS news agency. [Tepco] says the metal construction, 7.3 meters [~25 feet] in length and weighing 470kg, did not cause any breach in the cooling system, but could complicate further retrieve of spent nuclear rods.

Title: Another accident at Fukushima plant
Source: Voice of Russia
Date: Sept 22, 2012

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Reports say it was accidentally dislodged from its place by a crane.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident. It is not yet clear whether any of the spent rods has been broken.

Watch video of the crane at 11:05a JST here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4y0D4Wh2OU

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

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