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Worker exposed to radiation at TVA nuclear plant in Alabama

Worker exposed to radiation at TVA nuclear plant in Alabama THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 03/27/2015  ATHENS, ALA. The Tennessee Valley Authority says a worker at a north Alabama nuclear plant suffered cuts and radiation exposure after a fall at the plant……

March 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Video on fictitious Fukushima (nuclear) energy drink

see-this.wayFukushima energy drink video raises nuclear concern, Eco Business By Medilyn Manibo Thursday 26 March 2015 New ad takes aim at Tepco’s lack of transparency on the water contamination at Fukushima’s nuclear site. Watch the video here: A new energy drink made in Fukushima which promises to be 30 per cent stronger than any other energy drink has taken Japan by storm and has been “flooding the market” in the past year, according to a new video ad campaign released this month on various social media.

But the video which carries the ad is fictitious.

Three German activists launched the video to feature a fake energy drink called ‘Fukushima Water’ that has gone on to sell millions of bottles in Japan. The ad said the popular beverage may have the potential to “go global and become the next must-have”. The drink has already been tested in Canada, it added.

The video ad is part of a campaign to raise awareness on how little information the world has about water contamination in Fukushima’s nuclear site, four years after a strong earthquake triggered the meltdown of three reactors in the Daiichi plant run by Japanese utility firm Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).

Activists Kenzi Benabdallah, Stefan Wittemann and Florian Tscharf, who are also art directors in Berlin, believe the parody video, which is making the rounds on social media, is one effective way to put pressure on Tepco to be more transparent. …..

News agencies reported the utlility firm continues to battle to contain the leakage, with daily flood of rainwater creating nearly 300 tonnes of radioactive water everyday.

Tepco has not warned the public promptly about the leakage, which may have slipped into the Pacific Ocean, claimed the German activists. “The best way to force change is through social media. Expose the company and force them to share with the public what is going on,” Benabdallah told The Guardian.

March 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan’s erroneus safety myth must not be reborn

Prospects for ending the crisis at the disaster site or laying the foundation for post-disaster rebuilding are nowhere in sight. We should not allow the propensity of nuclear insiders to rely on wishful thinking to come back to life. 

‘Wishful thinking’ of nuclear insiders must not be allowed to be reborn Asahi Shimbun By TOSHIHIDE UEDA/ Senior Staff Writer “……A joint survey conducted recently by The Asahi Shimbun Co. and Fukushima Broadcasting Co. showed that 69 percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents believed that little or no foundation has been laid for post-disaster rebuilding. That finding is not surprising at all.

Just as disaster areas remain in such a plight, a subcommittee of the industry ministry began meeting on Jan. 30 to discuss what energy sources should be used, and to what extent, to cover Japan’s electricity demand in the years to come.

“I believe Japan’s (nuclear) safety regulation system has become a global standard,” the minutes of the proceedings quote one former industry ministry official as saying during a subcommittee meeting. “I just hope the public will fully understand that safety standards that are at the world’s top level are now in place.”

Those remarks stupefied me.

In Japan, emergency evacuation plans have yet to be covered by the government’s safety screenings, and anti-terrorist measures are also slow in being worked out. And Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

Even if we had standards of the “world’s top level,” would that be enough? Well, the public remains unconvinced.


The remarks probably only represented “wishful thinking” of the speaker, who hopes things will be like what he said.

It is the wishful thinking of stakeholders that is talked about in Japan’s nuclear policy–I have had that impression more than a few times during the many years I have covered the nuclear issue.

Such a reliance on wishful thinking has reigned over Japan’s nuclear power community since its cradle days.

Physicist Eizo Tajima (1913-1998), who was involved his entire life in Japan’s nuclear power development, wrote an autobiography, “Aru Genshi Butsurigakusha no Shogai” (Life of a nuclear physicist), published by Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha.

Tajima engaged in research for developing atomic bombs at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, today’s Riken research institute, during World War II. He served on the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, as one of the inaugural commissioners of the now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, and in other posts in postwar years.

While serving on the JAEC, Tajima proposed adding a safety expert to the lineup of its permanent commissioners. When his proposal was rejected, he resigned as commissioner to protest the government’s attitude………


The government warned itself against a reliance on wishful thinking at least once in the past, when it issued the 2000 White Paper on Nuclear Safety.

The making of that year’s white paper followed the 1999 criticality accident at JCO Co.’s Tokai works in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, during which three workers of the nuclear fuel processing company were exposed to large radiation doses, with two of them dying. The reliance of nuclear power community insiders on a “safety myth,” which assumed nuclear power was absolutely safe, came under heavy criticism.

“Why was an erroneous ‘safety myth’ formed?” the white paper asked, and cited “excessive confidence in track records,” “loss of memory of past accidents,” “wishes for absolute safety” and other reasons as potential factors.

But that warning was left to fade into oblivion……. Prospects for ending the crisis at the disaster site or laying the foundation for post-disaster rebuilding are nowhere in sight. We should not allow the propensity of nuclear insiders to rely on wishful thinking to come back to life.

March 27, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The Northern Hemisphere in peril from its many nuclear power plants

The Northern Hemisphere’s Nuclear Power Plant Problem, Event Horizon Chronicle, 24 Mar 15 
“……..But Fukushima Daichi is the least of it. There are hundreds of other nuclear power plants, and something like 99% of them are in the northern hemisphere. They are notoriously complex, high maintenance, prone to catastrophic failure and all of them are ageing.

In the event of an emergency situation, they quickly fail, melt down and/or blow up (as at Chernobyl, Ukraine and Fukushima, Japan) and can never be repaired. They then spew massive amounts of deadly radionuclides to the global environment for a geological age to come.

There are one hundred of them in the USSA; there are still more in Europe. It is virtually a certainty that more of them will be failing, melting down and/or blowing up in the coming years, maybe even later this year.


A lot of the nuclear power reactors in the USSA are directly on the sea coast, or on major rivers, and/or near major cities and/or near major military bases.

If there is a shooting nuclear war, or serious natural disasters such as tsunamis, major earthquakes (on the New Madrid Fault, for instance), powerful storms, etc., multiple nuclear power plants will either be destroyed or fail, maybe even scores or hundreds of them, as would easily be the case in the event of a nuclear war.

You can bet on that. And the northern hemisphere of this planet will then become a sterile, “no go,” Death Zone. I am not being alarmist in the slightest. The average person has simply not thought through the dire implications of having built all of these hundreds of ticking time bombs called “nuclear power plants” and sprinkling them all over the world, almost all of them in the northern hemisphere.

What They Aren’t Telling You About Nuclear War

Let me impress upon you that I am not being melodramatic about the possibility of a shooting nuclear war. A wide range of political commentators and analysts are warning about the real risk of nuclear war, including well-known public figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, and many other, well-known and less-well-known figures.

If NATO and the USSA continue their economic and military pressure against Russia, the situation could deteriorate from a Cold War into a hot, military conflict that could easily turn nuclear, with terrible consequences.

In the Eastern Pacific region, there is also growing tension between the USSA, and China and North Korea.

March 25, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

The unsolved murder of Hilda Murrell, Anti-Nuclear Activist

murder-1flag-UKHilda Murrell, Anti-Nuclear Activist, Abducted & Murdered 31 years ago, Mining Awareness Plus, Hilda Murrell (3 February 1906 – 23? March 1984) was a British rose grower, naturalist, diarist and campaigner against nuclear power and nuclear weapons. She was abducted and found murdered five miles from her home in Shropshire,…”

In the UK House of Commons, 1984:
There is also the evidence of my friend, Mr. Gerard Morgan Grenville, whom I have known for nearly 40 years. Mrs. Morgan Grenville tells me how Hilda Murrell rang them up in a great state at the end of February, and how she fetched her husband. Mr. Morgan Grenville, with whom I have had a good deal to do and who is a deeply serious man, says that her parting words on the telephone were: “If they don’t get me first, I want the world to know that one old woman has seen through their lies“. One is reminded of Scudder, the diarist in John Buchan’s “The Thirty-Nine Steps”. Mr. Morgan Grenville had never heard Miss Murrell speak in that way before. Why should an old lady be prompted to say that? 

There has been speculation that her death was connected with a paper that she had written on the problems of nuclear waste and reactor choice, which she hoped would be read at the Sizewell B inquiry. Arthur Osman, writing in The Observer on 2 December, began his article: Silkwood parallels in English woman’s death … Was anti-nuclear power campaigner Hilda Murrell murdered because she was becoming too much of a nuisance to the industry?” “House of Commons Sitting, Miss Hilda Murrell (Murder) HC Deb 19 December 1984 vol 70 cc458-72 458 3.51 am, Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow)” © Parliamentary Copyright, OPL: [1]

Book Review of:
A Thorn in Their Side – The Hilda Murrell Murder  Continue reading

March 22, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

South Africa keeps grip on its stash of weapons grade nuclear fuel

South Africa refuses to let go of its nuclear explosives, Business Tech  By March 22, 2015 The Centre for Public Integrity, a US-based non-profit investigative news organisation, has published a report which says that South Africa has enough nuclear explosives to fuel half-a-dozen bombs.

According to the report, the nuclear explosives are locked in a former silver vault at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre close to the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Pelindaba is operated by The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, and was were South Africa’s atomic weapons under apartheid were developed, built, and stored.

These explosives were created by the apartheid government as part of its nuclear weapons programme. According to a report by Marcus Duvenhage, South Africa had six nuclear devices, and was busy constructing a seventh, by the time the programme stopped.

South Africa ended its nuclear weapons programme in 1989, and these weapons were dismantled.

However, the highly-enriched uranium fuel was extracted, melted down, and cast into ingots.

The report states that roughly 220kg of this fuel remains, and that South Africa is “keeping a tight grip on it”.

This weapons-grade nuclear fuel means South Africa can easily become a nuclear state again. However, the biggest concern to the United States is that it will be stolen by militants and used in a terrorist attack……..

March 22, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear bombs enrich weapons manufacturers, endanger everyone

weapons1 Ban nuclear weapons Bernice Russell March 22, 2015 Austria and 40 nations met to ban nuclear weapons, but the U.S. and allies opposed banning.

U.S. military and the war industry want additional nuclear bombs and nuclear missiles (bombers) for delivering bombs – radioactive bombs stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima, which killed thousands.

For 50 years, the Los Alamos Laboratory engineered profitable versions of nuclear bombs. The U.S. had 800 nuclear bombs and plans on producing 500 more of a new version at $20 million each, totaling $10 billion more in government military spending.

Only 300 are deployed at bases with nuclear missile capability. Two hundred bombs are at bases in Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, Germany. Ten million Germans would be killed in nuclear exchange. U.S. European command, former Defense Secretary Colin Powell, etc. find no military value in European nuclear bombs.

Regarding the new nuclear missile, or long-range bomber with government spending $80 billion, to target China possibly, the Congressional Research Service finds over 80 percent of crude oil supplies to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan flow through the South China Sea, and long-range bombers could check any potential adversary to threaten us and our allies “access to Asia commons” – i.e. oil, imports.

More nuclear bombs and nuclear missiles are unnecessary government military spending to profit war businesses.

Ban them and older nuclear weapons.



March 22, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Britains aging nuclear veterans get a few crumbs from government

Mean-Spirited UK Finally Throws a Few Shared Crumbs at Elderly UK Atomic Veterans Mining Awareness, 22 Mar 15 The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”Hubert H. Humphrey [1]

Victims of British Nuclear Tests have fought for decades for some recognition of their illnesses, along with some financial compensation. The UK government has now offered money to be shared with all aging veterans. Why do veterans, especially the elderly ones, have to get the run around? The US also viciously gives the run around to elderly atomic veterans who have the wrong type of cancer. Why are they so mean-spirited? Just give the veterans their damn money! They were drafted and/or trying to serve their country. The UK and the US waste tons of money. Stop subsidizing the nuclear and petroleum industries for a start. Only a few days ago the UK proposed lower taxes for petroleum companies in the North Sea.

Some background. ……..

March 22, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Tepco doesn’t know whereabouts of the Fukishima nuclear reactor 1 fuel cores

Thousands of TEPCO Nuclear Bombs missing March 19, 2015 by Mikkai No Meltdown!

Missing: The radioactivity of 1,000 uranium bombs and 40 plutonium bombs

Just in: TEPCO Reactor 1 EMPTY: “no fuel or water remaining in reactor core of Reactor 1″:

A year before: “As a result, highly radioactive parts were found near the inert gas pipes, which were used to venting in 311″:


“an average operating nuclear power reactor will have approximately 16 billioncuries in its reactor core. This is the equivalent long-lived radioactivity of at least 1,000 Hiroshima bombs.”

Unit 2 also empty: NO MELTDOWN:

March 21, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Safety is unaffordable to the nuclear industry

Nuclear Industry CAN’T AFFORD SAFETY [good illustrations) 19, 2015 by Mikkai

Japan – March 12th 2015: Four utilities to decommission five aging nuclear reactors:

2012: Japan shuts down last working nuclear reactor:

It is still the biggest success against the Nuke Industry in human history:

ALL Japanese reactors are down or exploded:

WHAT IS SAFETY in Nuclear Terms?

March 21, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan’s govt aims to end nuclear power ban – but legal obstacles remain

Japan Aims to End Nuclear Power Ban in June, Sputnik News  “…..Japan’s government is aiming to start the first reactor by around June, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

justiceThat date could be pushed back, however, if courts grant injunctions to prevent restarts of all the country’s nuclear power stations, thereby extending Japan’s longest stretch without nuclear power since the 1960s.

The NRA’s consent on Wednesday was the second in a three-step process that all reactors have to go through before they will be allowed to restart. A final inspection in advance of a restart is also required……..As many as two-thirds of the country’s reactors may never return to operation because of high costs, local opposition or seismic risks, a Reuters analysis showed last year.:

March 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Flogging a dead horse – India’s government and the nuclear industry

More important than all this is the Indian policymakers’-and-shapers’ disconnect from reality and obsession with nuclear technology

Contrary to pet myths, nuclear power is rapidly shrinking worldwide.

India would commit a historic blunder by expanding nuclear power generation

Fukushima, the world’s worst-ever nuclear accident (, has probably sounded the death-knell of the global nuclear industry. It brutally exposed the unaffordable nature of nuclear risks even in developed societies, and has made atomic power publicly unacceptable everywhere

Nuclear has nothing going for it—not when wind and solar energy annually grow worldwide at 25% and 40%-plus, when their generation costs fall to those of gas- or coal-based power, and their modularity and flexibility establish their unparalleled versatility.

Four years after Fukushima, India still flogs a nuclear dead dead-horseflag-indiahorse
Thursday, 19 March 2015 – It’s a telling comment on the state of the Indian media that most of it blacked out the fourth anniversary of the still-continuing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, which fell on March 11. The same media reported breathlessly on the Indian government’s plans to triple domestic nuclear power-generation capacity by 2020-21, and on the “breakthrough” achieved on the nuclear liability issue during Barack Obama’s recent visit to India.

In reality, there was no breakthrough—only sleights-of-hand to substitute administrative memoranda for proper laws enacted after prolonged legislative debate. This trick, meant to please US nuclear suppliers at the expense of India’s public, falls foul of Parliament’s intent. But it still won’t work. Westinghouse and GE, now owned by Japanese capital, are unlikely to sell reactors to India so long as an element of liability exists.

As for the projected capacity tripling, it belongs to an established pattern of extravagant promises and poor performance: if the Department of Atomic Energy’s 1967 projection had materialised, India by 2000 would have had 43,500 MW in capacity; it had 2,700 MW! Tripling assumes that 19 reactors would be started and completed in six years, when average global construction time is 10 years. Eight reactors are to be imported, an unlikely prospect given that companies like “nuclear champion” Areva, for which the Jaitapur site is earmarked, are on bankruptcy’s verge. Continue reading

March 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

No good reasons to tie Saskatchewan’s future to nuclear power

flag-canadaNo to nuclear THE LEADER-POST MARCH 17, 2015  Dale Dewar, Wynyard Re: “Prof says Sask. needs nuclear power” (March 7). Why hasn’t Saskatchewan gone nuclear?

1. Cost: No nuclear reactor has been built on budget (or even close to it) or on time. If it ever gets running, the energy produced has never been cost-efficient.

2. Water: No matter what the size of a nuclear power plant, it needs a lot of water. The water is returned to the rivers or lakes at a higher temperature.

3. Waste: No solution has been found. As for burying it in “solid rock”, once the rock has been disturbed to create the burial site, it is no longer solid. Two recently promising burial sites have leaked in less than two decades. One of the difficulties with problems underground is that when they occur, the tunnels are too dangerous for investigations.

4. Technology: The only time Canada has gone with unproven technology (which small modular reactors are) we were left with a government funded multi-million white elephant in the two Maple reactors near Ottawa. Need I remind people about the “new tech” reactor in Finland, still incomplete despite due date of 2012 and still uncertainty about it working?

There are no good reasons to tie our future to nuclear power. Promoting nuclear power as “green” is false – the only time it is green is the brief window during which it operates at full capacity (which is rare). And even then, its coolant water is warming the rivers. We have enough algae bloom already!


Dewar is a Saskatchewan physician, international human rights activist and author of From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You.

March 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

World peace in the balance as Iran nuclear talks reach deadline

diplomacy-not-bombsDeal or no deal? What happens next after Iran nuclear talks climax   Guardian,  and , 19 Mar 15  This weekend marks the moment when negotiators attempt to finalise an accord that could launch a new era between Tehran and the west. It’s D-day for multinational talks on Iran’s atomic ambitions, as negotiators descend on Lausanne to try to finalise agreement on what nuclear technologyIran may pursue and what is beyond the pale.

The difference between success and failure could not be more stark. So what happens next if there’s a deal – and what would transpire if the talks failed?…….

March 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe avoids Fukushima discussion, at U.N. conference on disaster risk

Abe,-Shinzo-nukeAbe mum on Fukushima at U.N. disaster risk confab, Japan Times KYODO, JIJI, STAFF REPORT MAR 15, 2015  SENDAI – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had little to say on the tsunami-triggered core meltdowns in Fukushima as representatives from across the globe met at a U.N. conference on disaster risk reduction Sunday to underscore the urgent need to address climate change and reduce disaster impacts

On the second day of the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, French Minister of State for Development and Francophony Annick Girardin said climate change is responsible for over 80 percent of the damage caused by natural disasters.

The Sendai conference is “above all a call for lucidity, because it is no longer possible to ignore climate chaos” in the context of disaster risk mitigation, Girardin told the gathering, which began Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a speech Saturday at the conference, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had few words on the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The disaster in Fukushima Prefecture erupted after a massive quake on March 11, 2011, spawned huge tsunami that took out the plant’s cooling systems.

Abe’s speech was strongly criticized by Tamotsu Baba, mayor of the town of Namie. “(Abe’s speech) was no good at all. He may not have wanted to give negative impressions (of Japan) because world leaders have gathered here,” Baba told reporters Saturday.

Namie is close to the plant, and about 21,000 of its residents were still living outside the town as of the end of February after losing their homes to radioactive fallout.

Speculation has been rife that Abe was attempting to avoid discussion about the Fukushima disaster because the No. 1 plant is plagued with radioactive water woes, including operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s failure to disclose the extent of the tainted water flowing into the Pacific……

March 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment


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