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Wikileaks revealed details of Al Qaeda’s nuclear threats

Abu al-Libi, al Qaeda’s third in command and “operational chief” before he was captured in 2005, reportedly said the nuclear device was “located in Europe” and would be used in retaliation over bin Laden’s death, according to the leaked files

WikiLeaks docs: Nuclear reprisals if bin Laden killed, Privacy Inc, by Declan McCullagh, 3 May 11, Recently-released WikiLeaks documents show that detained al Qaeda members have predicted nuclear reprisals if Osama bin Laden were captured or killed.

The classified Defense Department files, obtained from detainee interviews at the Guantanamo Bay prison, were released by the document-sharing Web site a week before the raid in Pakistan that resulted in bin Laden’s demise. Continue reading

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US doctors say that Japan’s revised radiation rules endanger children

the exposure limit set for school grounds in the area affected by radiation from the crippled nuclear power plant  – 20 millisieverts per year – puts children and pregnant women at an unacceptable risk for cancer.

Japan: Are Kids Being Exposed to Too Much Radiation?, TIME  by KRISTA MAHR , May 3, 2011 , A U.S. medical group has slammed the Japanese government and senior nuclear adviser Toshiso Kosako has tearfully resigned over the levels of radiation exposure Tokyo says are safe for students at elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima prefecture. Continue reading

May 4, 2011 Posted by | health, Japan | 3 Comments

Grave financial risk for Japanese government if TEPCO insolvent

unlimited liability could push TEPCO into insolvency and force the government to take a majority stake in the company

Japan’s Nuclear Rescue Plan: The Unintended Consequence of Unlimited Liability, BNet, By Kirsten Korosec | May 3, 2011, The Japanese government — once bosom buddies with Tokyo Electric Power — wants the company to face unlimited liability for damages from itstroubled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Continue reading

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Robot reveals high radiation inside Fukushima nuclear plant

 Robot sends back footage from inside Fukushima plant. Telegraph 4 May 11, Tokyo Electric Power Company release new video shot by a remote-controlled robot, showing inside reactor No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

….  monitoring equipment showed that radiation levels were far higher than expected.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it will combat the danger by installing fans with filters at the damaged reactor in an attempt to reduce radiation inside to one-twentieth of current levels.

TEPCO has said it may take the rest of the year to bring the nuclear plant back under control……

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Suspected terrorists arrested at Sellafield nuclear plant

TERROR ALERT: FIVE ARRESTED AT SELLAFIELD NUCLEAR PLANT Express co, UK  May 4 2011 by Paul Jeeves and John Twomey, ANTI-TERROR police were questioning five men last night amid fears of an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack the Sellafield nuclear plant.

The suspects, in their 20s and believed to be of Bangladeshi origin, were caught filming at the highly sensitive site in Cumbria – 250 miles from their homes in London.Armed police arrested the men on bank holiday Monday only hours after Osama Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan.

The nuclear plant has been placed on high alert following Al Qaeda threats to unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” in revenge for the terror chief’s death. Last night police seized a small container of “suspicious material” at one of the suspects homes……

May 4, 2011 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

Seabed near Fukushima highly contaminated by radiation

High-Level Radiation Found on Seabed Near Japan’s Crippled Nuclear Plant, The Chosunilbo, 4 May 11, Japanese officials say radiation readings are 100 to 1,000 times the normal level on the Pacific seabed near the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was damaged in a natural disaster in March.

Local news media Tuesday quoted the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, as saying that high levels of radioactive materials were found in samples taken from the seabed at points 20 to 30 meters deep…..

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Despite the Nuclear establishment’s power, Japanese anti nuclear protestors persist

“The nuclear power industry is a strong political force here,” said Masae Yuasa, a professor of international studies at Hiroshima City University. “Their solution will be not to abandon nuclear technology; they won’t allow it politically. They’ll advocate spending even more money on nuclear power to perfect the science.”

The industry conducts detailed studies to find communities where resistance will be minimal. It pays millions of dollars a year to towns that agree to host a nuclear plant, building roads and hiring residents for well-paying jobs.

Japan islanders oppose proposed nuclear plant, year after year, For decades, residents of Iwaishima have taken an aggressive stand, turning their backs on negotiation. Graying residents, mostly in their 70s, have allied with young antinuclear activists., Los Angeles Times, By John M. Glionna, May 4, 2011 Continue reading

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France doesn’t want airline crashes included as nuclear safety threat

principally France, see the measure as excessively burdensome, fearing it could force the closure of plants that would otherwise be deemed fit for operation.

EU divided over inclusion of plane crashes in nuclear tests, EU Observer, ANDREW WILLIS, 4 May 11, BRUSSELS – EU member states are divided over the need to include airplane crashes as a criterion in European nuclear stress tests, currently being drawn up in response to Japan’s accident….. A final decision on whether the voluntary stress tests should be limited to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods is likely to be taken by national nuclear regulators next week. Continue reading

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Philippines ban plant products from 6 Japanese prefectures

The department said that the well-being of the consuming public is its priority in protecting the country from harm coming from radiation-contaminated product

PHL bans Japanese agri products on radiation fears, GMA News, 05/04/2011Plant products and planting materials including fruits and vegetables from six prefectures affected by the nuclear radiation in Japan have been banned from entering the Philippines for now, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Greenpeace now blocking construction of dangerous Flamanville nuclear reactor

The EPR design in particular has a number of safety risks similar to Fukushima, as the French nuclear safety authority ASN pointed out a few weeks ago.

Greenpeace Blocks Construction at France’s Flamanville Nuclear Reactor, Greenpeace by Justin – May 4, 2011 , At dawn on Monday this week, Greenpeace activists began blocking the construction of the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) under construction at Flamanville, France. Two trucks were anchored to the ground, blockading the entrance carrying activists. More activists scaled four cranes, attempting to impede further construction work at the site. Continue reading

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USA rally against new nuclear plant at Turkey point

Rally opposes new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point, Sun Sentinel 3 May 11….. nuclear power opponents rallied Saturday near the Turkey Point plant in southern Miami-Dade County, staging a mock evacuation to protest Florida Power & Light’s plans to expand the plant with two new reactors.

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard and representatives from nine environmental groups expressed concern about the state’s evacuation plan, the likelihood that FPL customers would see higher bills to finance the new reactors and the strain the new reactors would place on the region’s supply of fresh water……,0,1771069.story

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