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TEPCO needs help! 3.2 trillion yen needed for Fukushima compensation

exclamation-Tepco requested additional financial support of 697 billion yen for the Author-Fukushima-diaryNuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/tepco-requested-additional-financial-support-of-697-billion-yen-for-the-nuclear-damage-liability-facilitation-fund/
 by Mochizuki on December 27th, 2012 ·
Tepco has estimated the total nuclear damage compensation to be 2.5 trillion yen and has been requesting the financial support from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund based on the revised Special Business Plan approved on May 9, 2012.

However, after deciding the compensation standard of lands or houses, adding real estate and postponing the compensation term for spontaneous evacuees and harmful rumor of agricultural products, the estimated compensation amount increased to be 3.2 trillion yen.

On 12/27/2012, Tepco requested the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund for 697 billion yen of the additional financial support.
Related article..[Bloomberg] Tepco Sued by U.S. Sailors Exposed to Radiation [Link]

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, Fukushima 2012, Japan, politics | 2 Comments

Video of radiation alarms going off on USS Ronald Reagan

see-this.wayNSFW: Footage of alarms going off during radiation scans on USS Ronald Reagan — “This is crazy… We’re dying and we’re taking videos of it” — “Hey put the camera away” (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/nsfw-footage-alarms-going-during-radiation-scans-uss-ronald-reagan-crazy-dying-videos-hey-put-camera-away-video
  December 28th, 2012 

Watch the video here

Title: Radiation Scans

Uploaded by: lil3breezy

Date Uploaded by: lil3breezy
Date Uploaded: on Jan 28, 2012
h/t Fairewinds Energy Education
Description: During our 2011 deployment on the USS Ronald Reagan, we went through a radiation plume after heading to help out Japan after the earthquake/tsunami. This is what we had to go through every time we came back off the flight deck. This was the only entry point from the flight deck.

*Not Safe For Work*

At :05 in

“This is what happens when you’re exposed to massive amounts of radiation.”
At 2:10 in

(Radiation detectors beeping loudly) “This is crazy… Oh shit can you hear it?”
At 2:45 in

“This is kind of crazy. When in your life will you ever get to do this shit again besides a nuclear holocaust?”
“We’re dying and we’re taking videos of it.”
At 4:45 in

“Hey put that camera away.” (Video Ends)

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Canadian film “If You Love This Planet” censored in USA

censorshipNuclear dangers real and widespread
BY HELEN CALDICOTT, THE STARPHOENIX NOVEMBER 9, 2012 “….  it is true that the Canadian film If You Love This Planet
along with two other films on acid rain are classified as “foreign
Flag-USApropaganda,” and one must register with the U.S. Justice Department to
show these films. This extraordinary issue was taken to the U.S.
Supreme Court, but the ruling prevailed. As a result, Terri Nash who
made the original, made another called, If You Love Free Speech.
http://limitlesslife.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/nuclear-dangers-real-and-widespread/

December 29, 2012 Posted by | civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Uranium Film Festival – first take Berlin, then Rio de Janeiro, May 2013

logo-uranium-film-festivalART AND AWARENESS – URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL IN BERLIN http://www.sustainablepractice.org/2012/12/art-and-awareness-uranium-film-festival-in-berlin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=art-and-awareness-uranium-film-festival-in-berlin December 28th, 2012  After taking place twice in Brazil, the International Uranium Film Festival came to Berlin in October 2012. The highlight of the festival was the screening of four movies about the nuclear disaster of Goiânia, 1987, one of them Cesium 137: The Nightmare of Goiânia (1990), a movie by already deceased Roberto Pires which had already won several awards at the 1990 Brasilia Film Festival. The present Brazilian directors Jorge Luiz Eduardo and Angelo Lima as well as producer Laura Pires took this opportunity to speak up against the Brazilian government and lacking response to the disaster.

The International Uranium Film Festival is the only film festival in the world dedicated to films about the whole nuclear fuel chain and radioactivity, from atomic bombs to Fukushima. The show in Berlin, 04-12 October, showcased more than 60 films. Besides the Brazilian, many other directors from other countries were also present and took part in an active discussion with the public. TheYellow Oscar, an award for the best and most important productions, went to Swedish film director Marko Kattilakoski and his crew for the short film Fikapaus (Coffeebreak). The next stop of the festival will be India in January and February 2013 visiting seven different cities.

Call for Entry – Third Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, May 2013

The International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro accepts short and feature length films and videos in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation for the competitions.
Deadline for the Film Entry: January 31, 2013.

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Fukushima victims declaration for their human rights

logo-human-rightsLegal Expert in Tokyo: Fukushima flag-japanperpetrators are escaping responsibility http://enenews.com/legal-expert-tokyo-fukushima-perpetrators-escaping-responsibility
 (Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima victims take a stand with human rights declaration
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Date: December 28, 2012
Fukushima victims take a stand with human rights declaration

[...] It was drafted by Yoshitaro Nomura, a Tokyo-based lawyer who has been providing legal consultations for those affected by the reactor meltdowns that caused mass evacuations [...]

Nomura refers to the parties directly involved, and in his view responsible for the disaster, as “perpetrators.”

“Those who caused the accident switched from having responsibility to escaping from responsibility,” he said. “In essence, they are trivializing the disaster, cutting the amount of compensation and announcing the crisis is over.” [...]

“The government delayed giving evacuation orders. Now it is giving priority to economic recovery over the health of residents.” [...]

“We want Fukushima to return to the way it was, where we can eat tasty rice, vegetables, fruit, fish and meat without the slightest fear,” says one passage in the declaration. [...]

See also: Navy rescue workers sue Japan over Fukushima cover-up — “Irreparable harm to life expectancy” — Gov’t and Tepco conspired

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | 1 Comment

Call to Philippines government to reject nuclear power, and implement the Renewable Energy Law

The group is also calling on the Philippine government to commit to
fully implement the Renewable Energy Law to achieve 50 percent
renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2020.

antinuke-badgeGreenpeace slams DOE chief’s plan to revive nuclear power program
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331337/greenpeace-slams-doe-chiefs-plan-to-revive-nuclear-power-program
By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 28th, 2012 MANILA, Philippines — The
environmentalist organization Greenpeace has asked Energy Secretary
Carlos Jericho Petilla to abandon his department’s plans to revive the
use of nuclear energy in the Philippines.

The group said it was shocked at the Department of Energy’s recent
proposal to revive the use of nuclear energy to power the country as
“this plan goes against global trends as far as safety is concerned.”
“Worldwide, the nuclear industry is declining having failed to
establish itself as a clean, cheap, safe or reliable energy source. Continue reading

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Philippines, politics | Leave a comment

$2 billion to shut down Quebec’s nuclear plant, but $4 billion to keep it open

The Parti Quebecois  also announced it will set aside another $200 million in a
“diversification fund” to help the surrounding communities retrain
their workforces and spur alternative development opportunities.

Shutdown of Que. nuclear plant to cost $2B, Ifp
QMI Agency
December 28, 2012 MONTREAL - The licence for Quebec’s only
operational nuclear power plant expired Friday, and the provincial
government said it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the
next 50 years to dismantle the reactor.

The Parti Quebecois campaigned against refurbishing the plant,
claiming that the $4-billion price tag was financially unjustifiable, Continue reading

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Canada, decommission reactor, Reference | Leave a comment

Maui increasing its electricity supply from wind energy

New wind farm boosts Maui renewable energy Star Advertiser, By Andrew Gomes , Dec 28, 2012 

Maui is now generating more electricity from the wind after a second major wind farm went into operation.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy announced Thursday that their 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind plant with eight turbines at Ulu­pala­kua Ranch is in full operation with the capability to power about 10,000 typical Maui homes…. subscribers only  http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=185012511&id=185012511

December 29, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The exploitation of indigenous peoples by uranium mining companies

nuke-indigenousNuclear dangers real and widespread
BY HELEN CALDICOTT, THE STARPHOENIX NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Caldicott is founding president of Physicians for Social
Responsibility and was featured in the Oscar winning film, If You Love
This Planet.

I write to reply to the allegations made about me in John Gormley’s
column, More private liquor stores, less Caldicott (SP, Nov. 2).

First, it is important for me to stress that the aboriginal people in
Northern Saskatchewan are being exploited by the uranium and nuclear
power industry, as they have routinely been in the United States and
Australia.

People who have lived benignly with nature for tens of thousands of
years have been forced to allow mining companies to extract uranium
from beneath their feet and to work in the mines.

Ample evidence abounds in the scientific literature that one-fifth to
one-half of uranium miners in North America have suffered from lung
cancer. Furthermore, uranium miners are also exposed to carcinogenic
whole body gamma radiation as well as the ingestion of radium – the
element that induced leukemia in Madame Marie Curie.

Many indigenous people who live near uranium mines are also exposed to
radioactive elements, and newly elevated rates of cancer are now
reported in these populations. We don’t know exact numbers because the
Saskatchewan government has not performed a baseline health study on
the populations affected.

As if this ecological danger were not enough, the nuclear industry is
proposing to bury 37,000 tonnes of extremely toxic, high level
long-lasting radioactive waste from Canadian nuclear reactors among
this vulnerable group of people, which, it is claimed will give them
jobs.

As the isotopes inevitably leak, they will contaminate the food chain
for evermore inducing more malignancies and genetic disease over
future generations…..http://limitlesslife.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/nuclear-dangers-real-and-widespread/

December 29, 2012 Posted by | indigenous issues, Reference, Uranium | 1 Comment

Russian nuclear vessel Lepse’s urgent dismantlement prevented by traffic jam with historic sub

“It is crucial for work on the Lepse to commence so that it doesn’t sink,”

“Putting the Lepse in dry dock would lessen its nuclear and radioactive dangers by 90 percent,”

MURMANSK – Environmentalists and the population of Murmansk alike three month ago cheered when the Lepse, nuclear service ship and its decades old radioactive cargo were hauled out of the city’s harbor for final dismantlement further north

.Anna Kireeva, Charles Digges, 

21/12-2012

The cheers have been muted, however, as it turns out virtually nothing has been done since it was hauled and essentially left bobbing at dockside at Nerpa, a naval shipyard further north on Murmansk harbor – presenting the same radiological risks it posed to Murmansk for more than 20 years.

The reason? One of Russia’s now-famous traffic-jams – with a bit of a twist.

Nerpa’s SR3 dry dock, on which the Lepse was to be housed for dismantlement, is currently occupied by the Leninsky Komsomol, call sign K-3, project No. 627 – otherwise known as the Soviet Union’s first nuclear submarine, and the third to be built in the world.

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The Lepse leaves Murmansk Harbor on September 14.
Frederic Hauge

And it doesn’t look like the submarine is going anywhere anytime soon.

Decommissioned in 1991, the Leninsky Komsomol put to sea in 1962. In 1967 the sub suffered a fire in its hydraulic system while traversing the Norwegian Sea, and the automatic carbon dioxide fire suppression system killed 39 crewmembers. It was suggested in the year of its decommissioning that it be turned into a museum.

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 21st to December 28th, 2012

Blogpost by Christine McCann - December 28, 2012 at 11:40

Here’s the latest of our news bulletins from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Politics in Japan

Japan’s new Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led government, headed by Shinzo Abe, who will presumably be named the country’s new Prime Minister, is considering allowing new nuclear reactors to be built and is reconsidering former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s pledge to eradicate nuclear energy by 2040. The move comes despite widespread opposition to nuclear power. “The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration took a stand, but I want to review it,” Abe said. During recent campaigning, the LDP said it would take three years to determine whether existing reactors across the country should be restarted, and would take an additional 10 years to “decide…on a sustainable ‘best mix of power generation’ for the future.”

Regarding the government’s decision to halt construction on any new reactors, Toshimitsu Motegi, who was recently tapped to head the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) said, “We need to review the policy. We’d like to make a political decision after we accumulate sufficient specialized expertise.”  Three reactors are currently under construction in Japan, with plans for an additional nine in the works. Motegi added, “The government will decide to reactivate [existing] nuclear plants on its own responsibility if they are confirmed safe.”

However, Abe’s hopes for a resurgence of nuclear power in Japan may be an uphill battle. The public is largely opposed to nuclear power and concerns about radiation contamination and residents’ safety remain widespread. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) will not release revised safety standards for the country’s reactors until July, which means that evaluations will not begin until at least mid-summer. NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said, “The basis of our judgment is scientific. Whatever politicians have to say on the issue, it matters to us not at all.”

Meanwhile, anti-nuclear activists in Japan have vowed to continue protesting nuclear power and raising public awareness about the issue through non-violent, positive demonstrations. The Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes, a group of 13 anti-nuclear groups, has held 36 separate demonstrations in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence since last March. In July, a demonstration attracted more than 100,000 people from all walks of life.

Status of the Fukushima Reactors

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NBC -US sailors sue Japan’s TEPCO for post-quake radiation exposure

“…”The carrier was less than two football fields away from the Fukushima Daiichi when it released a cloud of radiation,” said Garner, speaking to NBC News on Thursday….”

“…The plaintiffs are suffering a variety of symptoms that attorney Paul Garner says were caused by the exposure, including rectal bleeding, thyroid problems and persistent migraine headaches, and all face an increased chance of developing cancer and requiring expensive medical procedures….”

 

28 December 2012

Nicholas A. Groesch / Reuters file

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan wash down the flight deck to remove potential radiation contamination while operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance in support of Operation Tomodachi on March 22, 2011.

By Kari Huus, NBC News

A group of U.S. Navy personnel involved in the humanitarian effort after Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Co. for more than $200 million in compensation, punitive damages and future medical costs for exposure to radiation that leaked from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at the time.

The plaintiffs include eight troops serving on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier — one of whom was pregnant at the time of the alleged exposure — and her daughter.

They charge that the utility, known as TEPCO, “knowingly and negligently caused, permitted and allowed misleading information concerning the true condition of the (plant) to be disseminated to the public, including the U.S. Navy Department,” according to the complaint filed on Dec. 21 in a U.S. federal court in San Diego.

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

US, UK against Pak nuclear programme, says Asif Yasin

Posted on December 29, 2012
The Frontier Post

RAWALPINDI (INP): Defence Secretary Lt General (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik on Friday said that the United States and Britain are against Pakistan’s nuclear programme and the CIA uses foreign agencies for its operations in Pakistan.

Image from deshcalling.blogspot.com

Talking to media at the Defence Ministry here on Friday, Asif Yasin said that they had complete information of the CIA agents working in Pakistan. He said Pakistan has been informed by the US regarding presence of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents. He added that no country was allowed to work undercover in Pakistan. “The CIA also uses the agencies of other countries.”

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lawsuit by US Sailors Against TEPCO: “Goshi Hosono,You Lied!” -EXSKF

“..All I can think of is how many bento would this money could buy for Futaba-machi evacuees in that abandoned high school building in Saitama. They could build a mansion for each and every one of them. Many of them, just like Mayor Idogawa, were there in Futaba-machi when Reactor 1 blew up and shiny, white particles were falling on them from the sky…”

Picture, Dalai Lama visits fukushima last year

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012

EXSKF
It’s very interesting to see the reaction of the Japanese people on Twitter. I’d say the overwhelming majority is highly approving of the US sailors (they were not the helicopter pilots who were actually contaminated with radiation), buying all their arguments and sympathizing with them, particularly with the female sailor who was pregnant at that time.

(What was she doing on a nuclear aircraft carrier, pregnant?)

Anyway, the court paper filed on December 21, 2012 is here, for those who are interested. I’m skimming through it right now. So far, very flimsy.

One of their basis that the TEPCO/Japanese government (they use them interchangeably) lied to them was no other than Goshi Hosono, then a personal advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Page 21 of the court document says (emphasis is mine):

94. Upon information and belief, as a further direct and proximate result of Defendant’s negligence, Plaintiffs have been and will be required to undergo further medical testing, evaluation and medical procedures, including but not limiting to chelation therapy and bone marrow transplants in an effort to seek cure, and will be required to employ extraordinary means to achieve cure.

95. As a further direct and proximate result of Defendant’s negligence, the Plantiffs incurred losses and damages for personal injury and property damage, loss of use and enjoyment of life and their property, the need for periodic medical examination and treatment, and economic losses, including wage loss, and the expenditure of time and money, and will continue to incur losses and damages in the future.

96. Plaintiffs also face additional and irreparable harm to their life expectancy, which has been shortened and cannot be restored to its prior condition.

97. Solely as the result of the defendant’s negligence, carelessness and recklessness, the Plaintiffs, were caused to suffer severe and serious personal injuries to mind and body, and further, that the Plaintiffs were subjected to great physical pain and mental anguish.

Mr. Paul C Garner, who represents the Plaintiffs, seems to be an attorney from New York, specializing in “General Litigation; Corporate Law; Negligence Law; Medical Malpractice; Wills, Estates and Trusts; International Corporate; Entertainment Law; Business Law; Civil Practice; Environmental Law; Asbestos Litigation; Real Estate” (from Martindale.com)

USS Ronald Reagan’s Facebook post on that day (Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:52pm, probably the US time) by Commanding Officer Captain Thom Burke says (emphasis is mine):

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December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

RADIOACTIVE JAPAN UNDER LDP: SHINTARO ISHIHARA’S SON TO BECOME MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT

EXSKF
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012
What an in-your-face insult to citizens of Japan, particularly for people in Kanto and Tohoku contaminated by radioactive materials from the nuclear accident, and even more so for the workers at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

Nobuteru Ishihara is the eldest son of the irascible ex-Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara, for now teaming up with the boy-wonder of Osaka City. (He didn’t inherit his uncle (Yujiro Ishihara)’s good looks or charisma, unfortunately.)

In the early days of the nuclear crisis last year, Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara was the one who said that citizens should be banned from measuring radioactivity using their personal survey meter. His ostensible reason was that the survey meters may not be “accurate”. It turned out the government’s monitoring stations have been inaccurate.

In June last year, he was the one who called the anti-nuclear movement as “mass hysteria“.

He was also the one who compared Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant to Aum Shinrikyo, a cult that was responsible for the sarin gas attack on the subway in 1995. Ishihara referred to Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant as “Fukushima I Satyam“. “Satyam” is the word that Aum Shinrikyo followers used to designate their facilities.

(Aum Shinrikyo is alive and well, by the way. The name has been changed, and they are increasing followers in Japan.)

Under the prime minister whose proof of being fit to govern was to gobble up the curry rice with pork cutlet on top, Ishihara will be in charge of decontamination (or lack thereof) and ending the nuclear accident (probably by ignoring it). Needless to say, he is all for restarting nuclear power plants.

It won’t be long that people start thinking fondly about Goshi Hosono and his disaster debris craft dolls. (At least Hosono is better-looking.)

I wonder if Ishihara is going to receive double salaries for the double positions. A minister in a Japanese cabinet makes about 37 million yen (about US$434,000) a year. For many workers in Japan, that would be 10 years worth of salaries.

Even Goshi Hosono declined to receive two salaries for his double duty as Minister of the Environment and the Minister in charge of nuclear plants/Fukushima accident.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/radioactive-japan-under-ldp-shintaro.html

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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