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Roundup of news on severity of Fukushima radiation fallout

VIDEO  New Radiation Releases: Governments Underreported Severity of Fukushima Massive New Radiation Releases Possible from Fukushima … Especially If Melted Core 
 Global Research, 15 Sept 11, As I’ve noted for 6 months, the Japanese and U.S. governments have continually under-reported the severity of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima. Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | - Fukushima 2011 | Leave a comment

Governor Rick Perry fiddles with Climate Change denialism as Texas burns

It’s time to get real about green policy, Thomas Friedman, The Age, September 15, 2011, EVERY time I listen to Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann describe climate change as some fraud perpetrated by scientists trying to gin up money for research, I’m reminded of the line that actor Jack Nicholson delivers to the needy neighbour who knocks on his door in the film As Good As It Gets. ”Where do they teach you to talk like this?” asks Nicholson. ”Sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.”

Thanks, Perry and Bachmann, but we really are all stocked up on crazy right now. I mean, the Texas Governor rejects the science of climate change while his own state burns after the worst droughts on record propelled wildfires to devour an area the size of Connecticut. As a statement by the Texas Forest Service said last week: ”No one on the face of this earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions.” Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

Time to get rid of climate anti science in USA politics

scientific leaders have a responsibility to expose the bunkum.

Stamp out anti-science in US politics New Scientist, 14 September 2011 by Paul Nurse It is time to reject political movements that turn their backs on science, says Nobel prizewinner and Royal Society president Paul NurseIF YOU respect science you will probably be disturbed by the following opinions……”On climate change: variations are “natural, cyclical environmental trends”. That  “we can’t say with assurance that human activities cause weather changes”  and thatclimate problems in Texas are best solved through   “days of prayer for rain”

You would probably be even more disturbed to be told that these are the opinions expressed by potential Republican candidates for the US presidential nomination (see “Science rears its head in Republican debates“). It’s alarming that a country which leads the world in science – the home of Benjamin Franklin, Richard Feynman and Jim Watson – might be turning its back on science. How can this be happening? What can be done? Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Over 20,000 people in relay fast against nuclear power

Several political parties, the Federation of Traders Association and local social organisations have extended their support to the protest
Govt calls for talks with anti-Nuclear Plant protestors, Hndustan Times, Press Trust Of India, Tirunelveli, September 14, 2011  As the protest against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the district continued to gather momentum with over 20,000 people staging a relay fast on Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu Government invited representatives of the core group spearheading the stir for talks. Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Catholics, Hindus, Muslims against nuclear energy in Kudankulam

The Catholic Church and the Church of South India have joined the Hindu and Muslim communities in the protest fast being undertaken by 127 people over the past four days, giving a new turn to the protest. Religious leaders who have formally pledged their support to the protest include Kottar bishop Peter Remigus, Palayamkottai bishop Jude Paulraj, Tuticorin Nazareth bishop Jebachandran, CSI bishop Christudas, Swami Balaprajapathi and Mohammed Elias. 

“This has nothing to do with the Catholic Church in particular. We are supporting the cause in our individual capacities. We see this as a fight between good and evil”, said bishop Ambrose, 

After caste, south Tamil Nadu on the boil over nuclear power, ECONOMIC TIMES, 4 SEP, 2011,  JOE A SCARIA,  CHENNAI: On Sunday, seven lives were lost in Paramakudi in south Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district when a gathering to pay homage to Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran turned violent, triggering police firing. Just as the last of the victims are being cremated, three other districts in south Tamil Nadu are up in revolt, demanding closure of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district.

Once a barren landscape, Kudankulam village is on the verge of being the latest nuclear power location on the world map, but just weeks away from the commissioning of the first of its two1,000 mw nuclear reactors, villagers in Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts are massing to demand that the Rs 13,000-crore, ready-to-commission plant be scrapped. ….

“There is no middle path. We want the plant to be shut down. What we are demanding is that the lives of people should be the first priority”, Tuticorin bishop Ivan Ambrose, who participated in the protests today at the Idinthakarai village adjacent to where the power plant is located, told ET.

The Catholic Church and the Church of South India have joined the Hindu and Muslim communities in the protest fast being undertaken by 127 people over the past four days, giving a new turn to the protest. Religious leaders who have formally pledged their support to the protest include Kottar bishop Peter Remigus, Palayamkottai bishop Jude Paulraj, Tuticorin Nazareth bishop Jebachandran, CSI bishop Christudas, Swami Balaprajapathi and Mohammed Elias.

“This has nothing to do with the Catholic Church in particular. We are supporting the cause in our individual capacities. We see this as a fight between good and evil”, said bishop Ambrose, demanding that the Indian government also take a line like the Germans, to steer clear of nuclear power in the interest of people’s safety.

SP Udayakumar, co-ordinator of the People’s Movement against Nuclear Power, said the organisation’s demand was to have a resolution passed in the Tamil Nadu assembly against commissioning the plant. He said the project had given false hopes of thousands of jobs, while the reality was different. “When the plant was under construction, there were many north Indian labourers, to whom local people rented out houses or rooms, but now even that income has stopped”, says Udayakumar.

Experts say that a plant as sophisticated as the one at Kudankulam typically does not employ people in the hundreds, and that the Kudankulam unit’s employee strength is in the region of 1,000.

September 15, 2011 Posted by | India, Religion and ethics | 1 Comment

Catholic priest gaoled with other anti-nuclear protestors

 Jean Gump and Jesuit Fr. Bill Bichsel, were sentenced by Guyton yesterday to time served and three months in jail, respectively…..

Anti-nuke activist gets eight months, National Catholic Reporter, by Joshua J. McElwee on Sep. 14, 2011  In the third of eleven sentencing hearings expected in coming days for a group of anti-nuclear activists opposing a $7.5 billion new nuclear weapons manufacturing facility, a veteran of the peace movement was sentenced to eight months in jail this afternoon. Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | Religion and ethics, USA | Leave a comment

International Atomic Energy Agency gears up to preach spin to public

IAEA Vows to Restore Faith in Nuclear Power and Sees Further Growth in China, India, Nuclear Street, Sep 14 2011  The United Nations’ nuclear agency announced it will work to restore faith in nuclear power following the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan, ….

. The agency is in the process of drafting a post-Fukushima plan that considers a number of ways to improve the international response to nuclear accidents.

As it does, a UN release dated Monday also indicated the IAEA will put its weight behind efforts to reassure the public that the world’s 432 operating civilian reactors are safe. The release also announced the IAEA will trim its estimates for growth in the nuclear field…

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Getting rid of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors a tortuous and dangerous task

Tepco also needs to find ways to prevent any new nuclear reaction, which could happen if the fuel is not adequately cooled during the entire process…

Japan Atomic Energy Body Sees Technical Hurdles Ahead, WSJ, By MITSURU OBE, 14 Sept 11, TOKYO—Japan’s efforts to safely dismantle the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex is expected to be fraught with technical challenges and take more than a decade to complete, the government’s Atomic Energy Commission said Wednesday.

Removing the fuel from the spent-fuel pools and the reactors is vital to ensuring there will be no radiation leakage from the quake-ravaged facility. Experts fear that their structures might have been weakened by the heat and radiation from the damaged fuel and the large amount of seawater that was poured into them as an emergency measure to cool down the fuel. Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | decommission reactor, Japan | Leave a comment

Iran’s nuclear reactor starts


Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Plant Comes Online – World Survives
Oil Price by John Daly   
 15 September 2011 

On 12 September Iran brought its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr online, connecting it to the country’s electrical grid. Iranian officials at the opening ceremony said that the 1,000 megawatt plant has begun generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity and will reach full capacity by the year’s end following further testing.

Quite aside from demonstrating Iran’s touching post-Fukushima faith in nuclear energy despite being a seismically active country, Bushehr represents a Rorschach test of sorts for all the fears and anxieties in the Middle East, in which everyone looking at the facility has his preconceptions reaffirmed. Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

India’s nuclear regulators to study France’s nuclear accident


AERB to study French nuclear accident, Business Standard
Sanjay Jog / Mumbai September 15, 2011, 0:22 IST
  India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) would conduct a comprehensive study on the accident in a nuclear waste recycling plant in southern France which killed one man and injured four others.

At the Centre for Treatment and Conditioning of Low-level Radioactive Waste, or Centraco, in Codolet, an oven dedicated to melt low radioactive metallic waste exploded inside the building on Monday. The radioactivity was contained inside the building. AERB would also look anew at safety measures on nuclear waste disposal and treatment facilities at nuclear power plants….

September 15, 2011 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment

Europe’s old nuclear reactors might have to be shut down

Old nuclear plants may not survive tests: OECD, Fukushima raised concerns about backup power supply, Montreal Gazette, By Karolin Schaps, Reuters September 14, 2011 LONDON – Nuclear reactors older than 40 years may need to shut down following Europe-wide stress tests as additional safety costs will make them too expensive to run, the head of the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency told Reuters on Wednesday.

“I think there will be a few reactors where decisions are really challenged. In the end it will be a strictly economic decision,” said Ron Cameron in an interview. Europe’s regulators ordered region-wide stress tests on nuclear plants following Japan’s Fukishima crisis, which include testing the impact of an airline crash, an element that was left out in tests carried out in the U.S.

“It is the addition of the aircraft factor that has made the tests much more challenging.”…..

EDF Energy said it will announce its revised start date this autumn.

Fukushima has also thrown up concerns about backup power supply at power plants, the failure of which was the main reason for the contained reactor meltdown in Japan.Additional costs for ensuring emergency power supply is likely to add five to 10 per cent to the construction bill of new nuclear plants, Cameron said…..

September 15, 2011 Posted by | EUROPE, safety | Leave a comment

AREVA cuts back new nuclear power projects by 30%

Areva Cuts Outlook for Nuclear Plant Projects, CEO Tells Echos, Bloomberg, By Stephen Taylor – Sep 14, 2011 Areva SA cut by 30 percent its outlook for growth in nuclear plant orders through 2030 as Japan’s nuclear disaster dims prospects for atomic projects, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Luc Oursel toldLes Echos…..

September 15, 2011 Posted by | France | Leave a comment

NRC should suspend all nuclear reactor re-licensing

The NRC is currently involved in licensing activities at 21 existing and new nuclear power plants in 15 states across the country. The petition asks the NRC not only to suspend those activities, but to begin an investigation into what caused the Japanese reactor disaster and the lessons to be learned for U.S. nuclear plants, and to empower an independent commission to review those findings.

NRC rejects petition to suspend nuke plant licensing activities, By Shir September 14, 2011 The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected a petition signed by 45 nuclear safety and watchdog groups, including the Exeter-based Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, asking the agency to immediately suspend all licensing activities for nuclear power plants until a full analysis of the Japanese nuclear disaster is complete.

The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant is in the process of asking for a 20-year extension of its operating license.  Continue reading

September 15, 2011 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment