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Video Interview of Former Plant Manager of #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Masao Yoshida: “I Saw Divine Beings in Workers in Hellish Situation” (Part 1 of 2)

http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/video-interview-of-former-plant-manager.html

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In a Buddhism text that I’ve been reading for a long time, there is a mention of divine figures issuing from the ground. That was what I felt was happening in the hellish situation at the plant. Workers would go to the scenes of the accident, then come back upstairs (at the Anti-Seismic Building), they were dead tired, without sleep, with not enough food, reaching the limit of their physical strength. Then they would go out again, and come back, and go out again. There were many workers like them. When I saw these workers, I knew I had to do whatever I could for them. It’s my belief that we have been able to restore the plant to the current level [of relative stability], because of these workers.

 

The precise word Mr. Yoshida uses for “divine figure” is “Bodhisattva” – one who vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha.

It was probably the first time that anyone from TEPCO spoke words of praise and appreciation for the workers at the plant in a personal way like Mr. Yoshida did. According to the local Fukushima newspapers, Yoshida’s words were much appreciated by the families whose members worked or still works at the plant….”

 

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August 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012 Just In on Kyodo News: Over 80,000 Public Comments on Government Policy on Reliance on Nuclear Energy in 2030, Government Announced

http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/just-in-on-kyodo-news-over-80000-public.html

 

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The three choices of nuclear reliance were 30% (same as pre-Fukushima reliance on nuclear energy), 15%, or 0% of electricity to be generated by the nuclear power plants by 2030. It is pretty clear where the administration wanted to steer the opinions – 15%. Big mistake. Opinion polls indicate 0% is the most popular choice.

All those token (or sham) town hall meetings in select cities throughout Japan by the government (Goshi Hosono, as the minister in charge of nuclear accident, I think) but actually planned and carried out by one of the largest PR agencies in Japan (Hakuhodo) for the sum of 50,000,000 yen (US$640,000) did nothing to appease net citizens.

The government bureaucrats and experts with close ties to the government have said in the past that while the government may not pay any attention to the protests on the streets, it does care about the public comments which by law they cannot easily ignore. We’ll see what the tenor of the comments are, soon enough…..”

 

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Radio: Fukushima ranked Level 8 on newly developed nuclear scale, above Chernobyl (CHART)

http://enenews.com/fukushima-ranks-level-8-newly-developed-nuclear-event-scale-audio

The following image was provided by Scott Portzline to accompany his appearance on the8/11/12 show.

Follow-up to: Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8” on INES scale for Fukushima

Title: Scott Portzline Interview (Security consultant to Three Mile Island Alert)
Source: Coast to Coast AM
Date: August 12, 2012

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Nuclear industry stymied by NRC freezing licensing decisions

The NRC will be forced to analyze the potential for fires and leaks at wet spent fuel pools to comply with NEPA and to establish a timeline for how long the waste must be stored on site, 

NUCLEAR WASTE: Industry, activists gird for fallout from waste debate Hannah Northey, E&E NewsGreenwire:   August 10, 2012  The nuclear industry tried to quell anxiety yesterday about the government’s decision to freeze licensing decisions while tackling the country’s nuclear waste woes, but environmentalists and some experts say change is afoot for the nuclear fleet because of an underlying court case.

At issue is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision this week to delay final license approvals and extensions until it answers a federal appeals court’s ruling that found the commission’s “waste confidence” rule violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

The rule, the court said, didn’t fully consider the potential for fires and leaks at spent fuel pools and had inappropriately assumed Congress would find a final repository “when necessary.” The court vacated both the waste confidence decision and a separate storage rule (Greenwire, June 8)….. Continue reading

August 13, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Cancer and other diseases in US veterans, due to nuclear radiation

If a Veteran who participated in a radiation-risk activity (including “Atomic Veterans”) develops one of these diseases, VA presumes the disease is related to ionizing radiation exposure during service. These Veterans do not have to prove a connection between these diseases and their military service to be eligible to receive disability compensation.

Diseases Associated with Ionizing Radiation Exposure, United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/radiation/diseases.asp Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for any disea Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for any disease that VA recognizes as related to radiation exposure during military service. Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who died as the result of diseases related to radiation exposure during military service may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.

Also, VA presumes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosed in all Veterans with 90 days or more continuous active military service is related to their service.

Presumptive diseases related to ionizing radiation exposure

VA has recognized, or presumed, certain cancers are related to ionizing radiation exposure during military service. These are called “presumptive diseases.”

Cancers of the bile ducts, bone, brain, breast, colon, esophagus, gall bladder, liver (primary site, but not if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated), lung (including bronchiolo-alveolar cancer), pancreas, pharynx, ovary, salivary gland, small intestine, stomach, thyroid, urinary tract (kidney/renal, pelvis, urinary bladder, and urethra), leukemia (except chronic lymphocytic leukemia), lymphomas (except Hodgkin’s disease), and multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells). Continue reading

August 13, 2012 Posted by | health, USA | 1 Comment

Potentially very dangerous radiation situation at Louisiana sinkhole

Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible  Examiner.com 
 BAYOU CORNE SINKHOLE DISASTER AUGUST 12, 2012 BY: DEBORAH DUPRE  Louisiana State  of Emergency: Oil and gas sinkhole disaster area risks and rights violations escalating

A possible breach of a butane-filled well 1500 feet from Bayou Corne’s sinkhole, the size of three football fields, is so “very serious,” it has Assumption Parish sheriff and local residents ordered to evacuate worried about a catastrophic explosion, one according to scientists in an Examinerinvestigation, would be in the range of one and a half B83 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs, the most powerful United States weapons in active service.

 

“The disaster is made all the more worrisome because the hole is believed to be close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release,” CNNreported Friday about the declared State of Emergency…….

Since Saturday, disaster workers are required to wear respirators, although the public within the disaster area is not.

Government cover up continues angering residents and elected leaders“You can give us a straight answer because that’s all we want,” a woman said at the community meeting Tuesday. “We want to know when we can come home and be safe. Because you all go home after a days work. You’re safe, but we’re not,” she said, expressing sentiments of other locals with whom Dupré has spoken….. http://www.examiner.com/article/sinkhole-h-bomb-explosion-equivalent-bayou-corne-possible?CID=examiner_alerts_article

August 13, 2012 Posted by | incidents, USA | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Norway cops radioactive water waste from UK’s Sellafield nuclear site

Norway’s Nuclear Problem  http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/thalassa/ Radioactive material from the Sellafield nuclear plant in the UK has been detected in Norwegian waters.In the early 1990s in Norway, scientists discovered the presence of radioactive material in the seawater, seaweed and lobster.  But Norway has no nuclear facilities, and no nuclear weapons, so it had to be coming from another country.

Russia was a prime suspect, but it is in fact in southern Scotland on the edge of the Irish Sea that the problem originated.  Over fifty years ago the British government built the Sellafield plant to produce electricity and plutonium for the making of atomic bombs. Now it has reconverted into a nuclear waste processing plant, but security is still not guaranteed and fires, leakage and accidental toxic discharge have occurred over the years.
Some speak of negligence. Environmental activists around the world are on the case, demanding the closure of the site once and for all. In 1997, a huge rock concert was organised by U2 to raise the alarm.

August 13, 2012 Posted by | oceans, politics international, Resources -audiovicual, wastes | Leave a comment

Poisonous legacy of rare earths mining in China

Rare-earth mining in China comes at a heavy cost for local villages Guardian UK  Pollution is poisoning the farms and villages of the region that processes the precious minerals ,   7 August 2012 From the air it looks like a huge lake, fed by many tributaries, but on the ground it turns out to be a murky expanse of water, in which no fish or algae can survive. The shore is coated with a black crust, so thick you can walk on it. Into this huge, 10 sq km tailings pond nearby factories discharge water loaded with chemicals used to process the 17 most sought after minerals in the world, collectively known as rare earths.

The town of Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, is the largest Chinese source of these strategic elements, essential to advanced technology, from smartphones to GPS receivers, but also to wind farms and, above all, electric cars. The minerals are mined at Bayan Obo, 120km farther north, then brought to Baotou for processing.

The concentration of rare earths in the ore is very low, so they must be separated and purified, using hydro-metallurgical techniques and acid baths. China accounts for 97% of global output of these precious substances, with two-thirds produced in Baotou.

The foul waters of the tailings pond contain all sorts of toxic chemicals, but also radioactive elements such as thorium which, if ingested, cause cancers of the pancreas and lungs, and leukaemia. “Before the factories were built, there were just fields here as far as the eye can see. In the place of this radioactive sludge, there were watermelons, aubergines and tomatoes,” says Li Guirong with a sigh.

It was in 1958 – when he was 10 – that a state-owned concern, the Baotou Iron and Steel company (Baogang), started producing rare-earth minerals. The lake appeared at that time. “To begin with we didn’t notice the pollution it was causing. How could we have known?” As secretary general of the local branch of the Communist party, he is one of the few residents who dares to speak out.

Towards the end of the 1980s, Li explains, crops in nearby villages started to fail: “Plants grew badly. They would flower all right, but sometimes there was no fruit or they were small or smelt awful.” Ten years later the villagers had to accept that vegetables simply would not grow any longer. In the village of Xinguang Sancun – much as in all those near the Baotou factories – farmers let some fields run wild and stopped planting anything but wheat and corn.

A study by the municipal environmental protection agency showed that rare-earth minerals were the source of their problems. The minerals themselves caused pollution, but also the dozens of new factories that had sprung up around the processing facilities and a fossil-fuel power station feeding Baotou’s new industrial fabric. Residents of what was now known as the “rare-earth capital of the world” were inhaling solvent vapour, particularly sulphuric acid, as well as coal dust, clearly visible in the air between houses.

Now the soil and groundwater are saturated with toxic substances. Five years ago Li had to get rid of his sick pigs, the last survivors of a collection of cows, horses, chickens and goats, killed off by the toxins.

The farmers have moved away. Most of the small brick houses in Xinguang Sancun, huddling close to one another, are going to rack and ruin. In just 10 years the population has dropped from 2,000 to 300 people…… http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/aug/07/china-rare-earth-village-pollution

August 13, 2012 Posted by | China, Uranium, wastes | Leave a comment

Danger of poor oversight of rare earths mining in Greenland

Will Mining For Rare Earth Metals Destroy Greenland?  http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680333/will-mining-for-rare-earth-metals-destroy-greenland  12 Aug 12,  To stop China’s stranglehold on the minerals necessary for our digital economy, mining companies are looking to the icy expanse of Greenland. But with no regulation, no light, and no oversight, what will those mines do to this pristine Arctic landscape?  Continue reading

August 13, 2012 Posted by | environment, EUROPE, Reference | Leave a comment

Radiation danger in dental X rays – shown to raise risk of meningiomas

Dental X-Rays Linked To Meningiomas   http://www.southasiamail.com/news.php?id=106219    13 Aug 12, – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.  What should you do the next time the dentist tells you he or she is going to take full dental X-rays? A new study shows that just as porcupines make love very, very carefully you should also take care to limit the amount of radiation exposure during your lifetime, particularly the amount your children receive.

Dr. Elizabeth Claus of Yale University reports in the American Cancer Society Journal “Cancer”, that there’s a link between dental x-rays and the risk of developing a brain tumour called a meningioma.  Continue reading

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Veil of secrecy for families of atomic test veterans

TO THE WIDOWS AND CHILDREN  http://www.atomicvetkin.com/widowschildren.html  You too are the victims of an unconscionable, haphazardly executed military plan to deify the atomic bomb.

Because of “secrecy” surrounding the nuclear test program and the veteran’s “oath of secrecy” very little is known by their families about the veterans involvement and experiences. Widows are often unaware of the veteran’s test participation and that the illness that led to their death was the result of ionizing radiation exposure. You may not be aware that your husband or father died in the service of our country and has made the ultimate sacrifice.
This dedication is to the young women, who along with the Atomic Veterans, were denied the right to know of the possible deleterious effects of radiation exposure on their lives and that of their children. They were denied the right to know that their futures held increased possibilities of any or all of the following effects:  Continue reading

August 13, 2012 Posted by | social effects, USA, women | 1 Comment

Agressive statements from Israel leaders upsetting Iran, and upsetting Israel’s military leaders

The report claimed that the prime minister and the defense minister were encountering stiff resistance to the idea of ordering the strike now from military and intelligence chiefs

Talk of military strike ‘makes Tehran nervous’ Jerusalem Post, By YAAKOV LAPPIN08/13/2012 Israeli media continue to be dominated by reports of supposed imminent strike on Iran’s nuclear program.ran is disturbed by threats emanating from Israel to strike its nuclear sites and takes such threats seriously, a senior Iran expert told The
Jerusalem Post. Continue reading

August 13, 2012 Posted by | Iran, Israel, politics international | Leave a comment

Fukushima radiation harmed second generation of butterflies more than first

 Fukushima radiation spawned mutant butterflies  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-13/fukushima-mutant-butterflies/4194240  By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy
 August 13, 2012 Researchers in Japan say radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns has created abnormalities among the nation’s butterfly species.The researchers collected hundreds of butterflies in the weeks and months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They found abnormalities – including unusually small wings – in more than 10 per cent of the butterflies they surveyed.

The rate of abnormalities then rose to more than 33 per cent with the second generation, with some butterflies dying before reaching adulthood. In an article published in the British journal Nature , the scientists conclude that nuclear fallout caused the mutations. They have called for further research to be conducted on other animal species.

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Protest organised against uranium mining in Selous Game Reserve

UNESCO sacrifices wildlife preserve for uranium mine New World Heritage sites are always announced with an especially effective publicity. However, the decision for the boundary change in the Selous Game Reserve was not communicated to the public. Now that the UNESCO has accepted the boundary change, they have made way for a major uranium mine called  Mkuju River Uranium Project . It will be owned by  Russian ARMZ, a  subsidiary of ROSATOM, together with the Canadian company Uranium One.

“Uranium mining is incompatible with World Heritage”

In 2011, the UNESCO announced that „mining activities and dam projects would be incompatible with the status of World Heritage sites“. At the same time, the government of Tanzania announced that they had agreed to a declaration of intent for the construction of a dam in the Rufiji river with a Brasilian Company. The river runs through the centre of the Selous Reserve and is supposed to secure the electricity for the planned uranium mining project.

The „Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage“ of UNESCO has been ratified by 189 states. The UN runs a list of 962 World Heritage sites, this includes 188 World Natural Heritages, as well as the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

In the areas where uranium mines are active, there have been severe damages to the environment and the health of the local communities. With their decision, the UNESCO is co-responsible for the future destruction of the environment and human life in the Selous Game Reserve.

Environmental groups accuse the UNESCO of failure and irresponsibility. Their decision appears to be influenced by corporate and lobby interests. Now there is a risk that this case has set a precedent that endangers the protection of other World Heritage sites for similiar interests.

We must not let a World Heritage site be sacrificed. Please support this letter of protest to the UNESCO. https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/883/unesco-sacrifices-wildlife-preserve-for-uranium-mine#.UCZ9m-i6aQF.facebook

August 13, 2012 Posted by | AFRICA, environment | Leave a comment

Tanzania uranium project held up till Australian company Mantra pays taxes

Tanzania: Uranium Project Licence Shelved Till Tax Bill Paid, Beyond Nuclear 12 Aug 12,  Dodoma – A SPECIAL mining licence to allow Russian firm, Uranium One start mining at Mkuju River in the Selous Game Reserve buffer zone, will not be issued until Australian Mantra Resources pay over 180 million US dollars (approx. 292.12bn/-) in taxes, the Parliament was told.

 Mantra Resources sold majority of its shares to Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) of Russia for 980 million US dollars (approx. 1.54trn/-) last year, according to Kigoma North lawmaker, Zitto Kabwe.
Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, made the remarks while responding to a main question from Mkoani MP, Ali Khamis Seif (CUF), who wanted to know the government’s benefit from the Mkuju uranium mining project.
Prof Muhongo said his ministry’s experts were meeting with Uranium One representatives and State Mining Corporation (Stamico) to discuss a number of issues, including the project’s shares, that would also involve the local communities in the mining area.
“I can assure you that the licence has not been issued and we are very careful with the current negotiations,” said Prof Muhongo. The minister pointed out that his team was shifting from the ‘business as usual’ practice to ensure that the nation and communities benefit from mining.
“We want to make sure the government gets its fair share of revenue including dividend. Local communities should not be forced to rely on generosity of mining companies. They have to benefit directly,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Kabwe sought the Speaker’s guidance to alert the minister that the Tanzania Revenue Authority was still pressing Mantra Resources to pay 20 per cent taxes after selling its majority stake to ARMZ last year.
“Let us avoid the mistakes we made that resulted in huge losses in the gold mining projects,” the fiery lawmaker who is also Deputy Leader of the official opposition in parliament said. Prof Muhongo said his ministry was in contact with its Malawian and Namibian counterparts who have ongoing uranium mining projects.
“Malawi has the only known uranium mining project in the region and as such, we are learning from their experience,” the minister noted.

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