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BUSTING the NUCLEAR SPIN – theme for May 2011

Nuclear Spin has suddenly become critically important. The global nuclear industry was failing, anyway. But Fukushima could give it the final fatal blow.

The Nuclear Establishment is now in  a panic – spinning furiously on many levels.

A main focus is on downplaying the health effects of ionising radiation. They will tell you that there have been “few deaths” from Chernobyl radiation.  They’ll prove it – citing only thyroid cancer.  The World Health Organisation, (WHO, hand in glove with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA),   counts only thyroid cancer as a result from Chernobyl – not leukaemia, other cancers, or birth defects

As cancer effects from the Chernobyl disaster can be expected around 25 years afterwards, the nuclear mafia point to the early death toll (after 1986) – not to 2011, 0r future years.   From this, they then claim that the Fukushima disaster also has had a relatively small effect on health.

At the same time, the Nuclear Establishment works to weaken regulations on ionising radiation, and to push the false idea that low level radiation is benign, even beneficial to human health. Already the Japanese government is changing the rules,to permit higher radiation levels in children as “acceptable.

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Christina's themes | Leave a comment

Japanese govt raises “acceptable”radiation standard for children

3.8 μSv/h is roughly 6 times the standard for “Radiation Controlled Areas” (0.6 μSv/h or more). The Labour Standards Act prohibits those under the age of 18 from working under these conditions. Forcing children to be exposed to such radiation doses is an exceedingly inhumane decision….”The cancer risk will visibly rise in the future. By setting these standards, the government will steer clear of any liability legally, however not morally.”

Urgent Petition Against Imposing 20 milli-sievert Radiation Exposure Standard onto  Children in Fukushima
http://blog.canpan.info/foejapan/daily/201104/24

On April 19th, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) notified the Board of Education and related institutions in Fukushima Prefecture the level of 20 milli-sievert per year (mSv/y) as a Radiation Safety Standard for schools in Fukushima Prefecture. This is the standard to be used for school grounds and buildings. The Government has indicated that 20 mSv/y is equivalent to 3.8 micro-sievert per hour (μSv/h) measured outdoors. Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | civil liberties, Japan | Leave a comment

Fukushima debris too radioactive for workers to deal with

The legal limit on the amount of radiation a worker can be exposed to has been raised to 250 millisieverts for the crisis. It takes less than 17 minutes to hit that limit when working in an environment being exposed to 900 millisieverts per hour.

Hot debris hampers reactor repairs, Radiation map shows hazards lurking around every corner, Japan Times,  Kyodo, 25 April 11, A contamination map revealing radiation levels at about 150 places in the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was released Saturday by troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co………One finding acquired from the map’s data as of Wednesday night is that a piece of concrete debris near the No. 3 reactor was emitting a nearly lethal 900 millisieverts per hour of radiation. Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | - Fukushima 2011 | Leave a comment

Thousands of kilos of depleted uranium to SAVE Libyans?

The use of D.U. constitutes a war crime and crime against humanity, just as poison gas and dumdum bullets were designated in their time. The Libyan people are the latest victims of this western inflicted plague.

Irradiate the Libyan people to save the Libyan people? How else could you describe the NATO attack on Libya? 

Depleted Uranium Used In Libya, Mathaba, By Thomas C. Mountain 15 April, 2011  NATO aircraft are routinely equipped with anti-armor missiles fitted with depleted uranium war heads. It has been widely reported that NATO has fired hundreds of anti-armor missiles in many parts of Libya, including in the immediate environs of the Libyan capital Tripoli. This means that thousands of kilos of depleted uranium have been used in Libya in the past weeks. Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | depleted uranium, Libya, Uranium | Leave a comment

Atmospheric radiation from Fukushima greater than they thought

.On April 17, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in its plan for stabilization of the crippled reactors it would not start to get radiation leakage under control until the plan’s fourth month of implementation.

Atmospheric radiation leak underestimated, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 April 11, Data released by the government indicates radioactive material was leaking into the atmosphere from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in early April in greater quantities than previously estimated. Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | - Fukushima 2011 | Leave a comment

Depleted Uranium and veterans’ Gulf War Syndrome

In 1999 doctors from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas presented the results of brain scans performed on victims of the [Gulf War] syndrome showing depleted brain cells in three areas of their brains.

Nuclear War in the Mideast , Subversify, By karlsie, April 22, 2011    “………Depleted uranium weapons were liberally used during the Persian Gulf War, during the bombings by  NATO and the United Nations over the Serbian Republic of Bosnia in September 1995, against Yugoslavia in spring of 1999; in this century, during the attack on Afghanistan and then further in Iraq in 2003.

Their effects have been largely minimized by the deploying governments and the media, but the effects have long-ranging and devastating consequences…… Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | depleted uranium, health, USA | Leave a comment

World Health Organisation counts only thyroid cancer in Chernobyl radiationeffects

.independent studies conducted since 1986 in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries show that the consequences of exposure to low-level radiation are much more alarming than the global community is willing to accept…”Today, 25 years after Chernobyl, numerous studies in different countries show that the frequency of congenital malformations in children of parents exposed to radiation increased five to seven times,” 

On the Trail of a Deadly Chernobyl Killer, 25 April 2011, The Moscow Times, By Alexandra Odynova “…….Many people diagnosed with radioactive-linked illnesses in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia get insufficient medical help, or none at all.

What’s more, thyroid gland cancer is the only direct consequence of the 1986 disaster recognized by the World Health Organization, which rejects a growing number of independent studies indicating that the aftereffects of protracted exposure to low-level radiation might be much more far-reaching. Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | health | 1 Comment

The Hazards of Depleted Uranium Artillery

In April of 1991, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority described the potential problems of radioactive dust spreading over the battlefields and getting into the food chain and the water. At that time it warned that forty tons of radioactive debris left from DU weapons could cause over five hundred thousand deaths. The amount of radioactive debris left behind in the Gulf War is over three hundred tons.

Nuclear War in the Mideast , Subversify, By karlsie  April 22, 2011  “…..The Hazards of Depleted Uranium Artillery Depleted uranium artillery projectiles are  favored by the military as they are shelf sharpening, penetrate deeply into their target and are pyrophoric.  When a DU penetrator reaches the interior of an armored vehicle, it catches fire, often igniting ammunition and fuel, killing the crew, and possibly causing the vehicle to explode.  When a DU projectile explodes, it leaves behind a dust that is both toxic and radioactive.  Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iraq | 2 Comments

“Rare Earths” are radioactive, not so innocuous as they sound

why can’t the nuclear countries produce their own nuclear fuels in their own countries?  Unconfirmed reports have noted that some countries are dumping their nuclear wastes (rare earth included) in some third world countries under the guise of economic and scientific corporation!

(Malaysia) THE RARE EARTH CONTROVERSY, The Star,  by: cheaman, 25 April 11 What is ‘rare earth’? They are ‘actinide’ substances. So what are ‘actinides’, pray tell? Continue reading

April 25, 2011 Posted by | ASIA, technology, Uranium | Leave a comment

Trinamool Congress Party will scrap Haripur nuclear plant

We willscrap Haripur nuclear project: Mamata,  News One, Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said his government would review the proposed nuclear plant at Haripur, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Sunday said she will scrap the project if her party came to power in the state.

‘Haripur is not the proper place for setting up a nuclear power plant because it is a densely populated area. Fishermen will also be affected. We will do it elsewhere,’ Banerjee said in an interview to a Bengali television channel Star Ananda Sunday night.

……Banerjee’s party has led an intense agitation for the last few years against the state government’s bid to set up the proposed plant in Haripur in East Midnapore district.

Assembly polls are being held in West Bengal April 18-May 10. The results will be declared May 13.

Earlier, Bhattacharjeee said his government would review the proposed plant in the wake of the crisis in the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after an earthquake and tsunami.

‘The crisis that has engulfed the Japanese nuclear plant after the recent earthquake has led to a re-think and resentment in the world about such nuclear power projects. This is very logical as such a thing has happened even in a developed country like Japan. We have also decided to do a review of the plant,’ Bhattacharjee told a media meet here…….http://www.inewsone.com/2011/04/25/we-will-scrap-haripur-nuclear-project-mamata/45716

April 25, 2011 Posted by | India, politics | Leave a comment

University of Chicago Doubts Future of Nuclear Power in U.S.

Safer Nuclear Reactors Impeded By Marketplace, Expert Says,  Forbes, by Jeff McMahon, Apr. 22 2011 University of Chicago Panel Doubts Future of Nuclear Power in U.S.

Safer nuclear reactors have been available for years, but the energy market prefers less expensive conventional designs, a nuclear energy expert from Argonne National Laboratory said Thursday.……http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/22/safer-nuclear-reactors-impeded-by-marketplace-expert-says/

April 25, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment