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Fukushima Plant Volunteer: It’s not just an accident for Japan, but for people around the world — Pressure from U.S. is needed — Tepco can’t handle situation -Kyodo

http://enenews.com/fukushima-plant-volunteer-its-not-just-an-accident-for-japanese-but-for-people-around-the-world-us-pressure-needed-to-get-japan-to-act-faster-a-private-company-cant-handle-such-a-long-te

 

Published: August 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET 
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Title: Safety and technology advances not easing nuclear anxiety
Source: ESI Africa
Date: August 7, 2012

“…The Japanese government is very sensitive to American voices,” [former technician with Sumitomo Metal Industries] Yasuteru Yamada, 73, of the Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima said Tuesday…”

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Possible nuclear reactor problems in Belgium United States, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

http://www.demorgen.be/dm/nl/6779/Kernenergie/article/detail/1486947/2012/08/16/Doel-3-zal-eind-september-nog-niet-opgestart-worden.dhtml

Edited by: Anneleen De Vel – 16/08/12, 6:08 p.m. – Source: belga.be

“…There will now be investigated whether there are also there are problems. If both Goal 3 and Tihange 2 during a severe winter would still lie still threatens a power shortage, as operator Elia had previously understood. The press conference of the FANC was attended by dozens of journalists. Foreign journalists wanted to know whether in their country also may be a problem….”

 

“..The Roovere went there not in and referred to the authorities in those countries. FANC colleagues received today from the United States, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Worldwide there are 22 reactor vessels of the type installed. striking was that the insurers Roovere admitted that the meeting of the authorities wished to attend. They were so permits, however, he emphasized…”

“..Thousands cracks Roovere The clarified that it is thousands of cracks, with a diameter of approximately 2 inches. Immediate risk of a leak in the reactor vessel is not, however, because the cracks are almost parallel with the surface. There must now determine whether the cracks may evolve into a dangerous situation….”

“…Who is responsible, according to The Roovere is difficult to say…”

(The above translation is google )

This is relevent

https://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/12/expert-sparks-nuclear-fears-of-european-meltdown-after-belgium-shuts-reactor/

and today there was an earthquake in the netherlands 3.7 at a depth of 15.1 km

details from pinks video (you tube independent news source)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXnU45DAVo

And a big thank you to Red Cloud (enenews blogger) for the heads up and first translation of the article

http://enenews.com/forum-general-discussion-thread-nuclear-issues-july-2012/comment-page-9#comment-280355

And this

Report: “Global public sentiment is still vehemently anti-nuclear” — “Extreme public resistance” in Japan, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland…

http://enenews.com/report-global-public-sentiment-is-still-vehemently-anti-nuclear-extreme-public-resistance-in-japan-italy-germany-belgium-switzerland

Fracture danger in Belgian and USA nuclear plants

https://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/15/fracture-danger-in-belgian-and-usa-nuclear-plants/

More to come on what Europeans can do about it will be posted this weekend on nuclear-news.net

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Japan showing how it manages well WITHOUT nuclear power

With summer soon ending, fears that Japan couldn’t function without nuclear power during summer periods of heaviest electricity demand are being proven unfounded.

Dire predictions of what would happen to the Japanese economy without restarting reactors haven’t held up. 

 As More About Fukushima Contamination and Casualties Is Known, Japan Proceeding Without Nuclear Reactors,  Samuel S. Epstein Cancer prevention expert, Prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago HUFFINGTON POST, 16 Aug 12,    “….the impact of Fukushima continues…..
………..Aside from the changes in health, Fukushima has also had a major impact on public policy. . Within days of the meltdowns, Germany shut some reactors, four of them permanently; the Merkel government then announced a plan to phase out all remaining reactors by 2022. Belgium and Switzerland soon followed with similar phase-out plans.
Italy, which has no operating reactors, placed a moratorium on plans to build new ones. Newly-elected French president Hollande campaigned on a pledge to drop the percent of French electricity from nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2030.

But the biggest development has taken place in Japan,….. Continue reading

August 17, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, Japan | 3 Comments

Japan’s media controlled – not reporting deaths of nuclear evacuees

Complete Information Control”: Japan newspapers receive much frightening info that’s covered up — Some evacuees died from acute symptoms yet not reported — Journalists scared  http://enenews.com/complete-information-control-newspapers-receive-tons-frightening-information-covered-fukushima-journalist-frightened-govt-died-acute-symptoms-never-reported   August 16th, 2012  By ENENews  According to the news received yesterday, 6 evacuees out of 10 from a certain area of Namiecho who relocated themselves in Yonezawa died of acute symptoms (it was said leukemia), and that horrified the remaining evacuees. They presented this fact to the administration and medias, however, the media didn’t report it at all. They said they are scared of the government…

.. Local newspaper companies receive tons of frightening information, however, all are covered up. After the protest that took place in front of the PM’s residence, Tokyo Simbun expressed its regret to be not able to report it. Tokyo Simbun is a conscientious company. What are the other companies doing?..

.. Extracted from Mailing List of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster complainant. This document represents the actual situation of Fukushima. Majority are aware of the ongoing crisis. Complete information control is being carried out. My little brother is a local journalist of Fukushima, and he told me the government keeps a tight lid on information and it frightens him. Google Translation

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Japan, media | Leave a comment

Secrecy and un-safety in nuclear reactor designs – a first hand report

Fukushima They Knew, Nation of Change, Greg Palast
http://www.nationofchange.org/fukushima-they-knew-1345037631 16 Aug 12
I’ve seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level. Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:

Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated. . . . In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earth- quake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could “completely and utterly fail” during an earthquake.

“Utterly fail during an earthquake.” And here in Japan was the quake and here is the utter failure.
The warning was in what the investigations team called The Notebook, which I’m not supposed to have.  Good thing I’ve kept a copy anyway, because the file cabinets went down with my office building ….

WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWER 1, FIFTY-SECOND FLOORNEW YORK, 1986
Two senior nuclear plant engineers were spilling out their souls and files on our huge conference table, blowing away my government investigations team with the inside stuff about the construction of the Shoreham, New York, power station.

The meeting was secret. Very secret. Their courage could destroy their careers: No engineering firm wants to hire a snitch, even one who has saved thousands of lives. They could lose their jobs; they could lose everything. They did. That’s what happens. Continue reading

August 17, 2012 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Early plan was for USA to drop concrete on Fukushima nuclear reactors

Former Japan Official: US army planned to entomb Fukushima reactors days after 3/11 — Given permission to use Yamagata airport  http://enenews.com/former-japan-official-us-army-planned-to-entomb-fukushima-reactors-days-after-311-given-permission-to-use-yamagata-airport  June 21st, 2012 a
By ENENews 1. There is elephant’s foot coming from reactor 4, which is produced from nuclear explosion.ormer NHK news broadcaster Hori Jun interviewed Mr. Matsuda, policy secretary of former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

2. In the night of 3/14/2011, Japanese government and US army were planning to drop coolant onto Fukushima plants by airplane and cover the plants with sarcophagus.

At 10:00AM of 3/15/2011, when Kan, former Japanese prime minister was in the headquarters of Tepco, Kitazawa, Minister of Defense gave US army the permission to use Yamagata airport.

[…]

US army was planning to fly to Fukushima plants. To complete this mission, Japanese government needed to evacuate all the Tepco workers from Fukushima plants but they ended up not removing Tepco from the plant area, the plan was not realized after all.

[…]

August 17, 2012 Posted by | - Fukushima 2011 | Leave a comment

Madras High Court highly critical of India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board

Court frowns on ministers over Kudankulam launch date Court says ministers respects only Supreme Court IANS August 16, 2012 Chennai: With the protest against Kudankulam nuclear power plant entering its second year, the Madras High Court hearing two petitions against the project Thursday came down on union ministers, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). Continue reading

August 17, 2012 Posted by | India, Legal | Leave a comment

USA farmers like Obama’s renewable energy policies

Many Farmers Favor Obama Renewable-Energy Policies Over GOP’s  http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/08/16/many-farmers-favor-obama-renewable-energy-policies-over-gops/  August 16, 2012  Rural America almost always votes reliably red. But many farmers say they’re growing uneasy with the Republican presidential ticket’s opposition to renewable-energy policies that have helped them economically — and that could hurt the GOP this year in traditionally friendly farm country.
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney opposes a wind-energy production tax credit that has helped farmers bring in thousands of dollars in extra income by leasing their land to wind producers. And Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., opposes a national mandate for ethanol production, a policy that’s driven up demand — and, some say, prices — for corn.
The ethanol mandate, part of the reformulated fuel standard established in a 2007 energy law, has come under increasing attack as the drought continues to send crop prices soaring, but farmers still say they need it and other renewable-energy policies to maintain economic growth.
While Romney stands by his support of the ethanol mandate, Ryan’s record of full-throated opposition to it rubs corn and crop farmers the wrong way. In addition, Ryan’s budget roadmap proposes deep cuts in renewable-energy and nutrition programs that help farmers.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been doing steady outreach in farm states for months, spearheaded by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, who has held a slew of events with farmers aimed at highlighting the administration’s support for farm-friendly renewable-energy policy. And on Monday, Obama for the first time brought farm policy to the center of his campaign, slamming Ryan and House Republicans for failing to move a sweeping farm bill this year.
“We’re delighted that the president is talking about the farm bill. This is the first time that I can recall presidential candidates debating farm legislation,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, which has not endorsed a presidential candidate. “We’ve been encouraging him to talk about it. Secretary Vilsack has been talking about it for a long time. If there’s anything that unites us in the agriculture sector, it’s the desire to have a farm bill passed by September.”
But Johnson said that Romney’s opposition to the wind PTC and Ryan’s record of opposition to the ethanol mandate “are a big problem for us. We support renewables…  Read more: Coral Davenport, National Journal

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Santa Monica council calls for full investigation of San Onofre nuclear plant

Santa Monica Council urges probe of San Onofre reactors  Aug. 15, 2012 Council unanimously votes for state investigation of San Onofre costs, reliability and alternative energy resources and urges federal license amendment hearing

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Last night, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to urge the state to fully investigate the costs and reliability of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and to compare it to other available energy sources. The council also voted unanimously to urge federal regulators to hold a transparent and public license amendment procedure for the plant’s twin reactors…..

Under state law, Edison can ask the California Public Utilities Commission to allow it to recover its costs through rate increases to its customers. An investigation by the CPUC, such as the one called for by the Santa Monica City Council, could end in a ruling that Edison, not its customers, is liable for the costs. Such a ruling could push Edison to  permanently shut down the reactors rather than incur additional expenses.

The Council vote also directs the City of Santa Monica to urge the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct a public, transparent license amendment hearing on San Onofre. A license amendment is a formal, open and legally adjudicated procedure that would allow for independent expert review of the significant modifications to the replacement steam generators. Under NRC rules, a license amendment is required for major design changes to replacement equipment like those Edison made to these replacement components. In a petition before the NRC, Friends of the Earth and other public interest groups charge that the replacement generators were not “like for like” as Edison presented them to regulators, but instead were substantially altered.

Santa Monica’s action is similar to the resolution unanimously adopted last week by the Laguna Beach City Council.

Contact: Kendra Ulrich: (216) 571-7340kulrich@foe.org

Diane Moss: (310) 463-1355  http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2012-08-santa-monica-council-urges-probe-of-san-onofre-reactors

August 17, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | 1 Comment

Israeli President Shimon Peres rejects idea of attacking Iran

Israel’s Peres against any solo Iran attack, trusts Obama August 17, 2012 Business Recorder  Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted US President Barack Obama’s pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

His comments appeared to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who have both raised the prospect of a unilateral Israeli strike, despite assurances from Washington it will not let Iran get the atomic bomb.

“I am convinced this is an American interest. I am convinced (Obama) recognises the American interest and he isn’t saying this just to keep us happy. I have no doubt about it, after having had talks with him,” Peres told Channel Two television. “Now, it’s clear to us that we can’t do it alone. We can delay (Iran’s nuclear programme). It’s clear to us we have to proceed together with America. There are questions about co-ordination and timing, but as serious as the danger is, this time at least we are not alone.” …..

August 17, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Climate change: understanding grows as climate ‘sceptics’ won over by the evidence

Climate sceptics shifting their views, SARA PHILLIPS ABC 15 AUG 2012 ”……..among those who deny that climate change is real, there appears to have been a palpable shift away from a refusal to accept the climate is warming and towards those who doubt the severity of the damage.

It’s a subtle but important shift, and suggests that holding the view that climate change is not occurring is intellectually untenable in the long-term.

American physicist Richard Muller is one climate sceptic who has recently changed his mind after reviewing the evidence.
Muller crunched a bunch of numbers to do with global temperatures and announced in the New York Times that he is a “converted sceptic”. It was this opinion piece in arguably the world’s most influential paper that set tongues wagging about climate change all over again……
Over time, it seems that the weight of evidence is pushing those who disbelieve climate science further and further towards the view of the majority of researchers working in the area. Few so-called climate sceptics now doubt that humans play a role; fewer still doubt that temperatures are rising.

The roadblocks that have slowed or prevented action to reduce the effects of climate change are being smoothed.
While there will always be hold-outs who cling to their own beliefs despite the evidence, the trend away from complete denial can only be positive news for those on the road to addressing climate change.
http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2012/08/15/3568554.htm

August 17, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Pacific islands Tonga and Tokelau moving to 100% solar energy

Tonga joins Pacific solar drive to cheaper, safer, cleaner power REneweconomy By   17 August 2012 Last week, New Zealand-based Powersmart Solar officially switched on the first of three solar power systems being installed on the South Pacific archipelago of Tokelau. As reported on RenewEconomy earlier this month, Tokelau is replacing the diesel electricity systems that have powered its three atolls with solar power systems and battery storage.

But Tokelau is not the the only South Pacific nation currently undergoing a solar transformation. The Kingdom of Tonga switched on its own maiden solar plant at the end of last month – another New Zealand-funded project that, along with the plant at Tokelau’s Fakaofo atoll, are set to be the first of many to come in the region, according to NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

As is the case in Tokelau, the Tongan solar plant – Ma’ama Mai, which means “Let there be Light” – is part of a scheme to reduce the island nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and, in particular, diesel. According to reports, Tonga was consuming about 30 million litres of diesel a year; an average of about one litre every two seconds.

A collaborative effort between Tonga Power and NSW-based Meridian Energy, Ma’ama Mai’s nearly 6,000 solar panels will generate around 1MW a year, which equates to 4 per cent of electricity used on the main island of Tongatapu. For such a seemingly small amount, this will help Tonga save an estimated 470,000 litres of diesel – $NZ15 million-worth – over the 25-year-life of the plant.

According to an ABC News report, the plant was originally going to be funded by Tonga Power and the Tongan Government, but the World Bank would not loan Tonga any more funds, so New Zealand stepped in to cover the $7.9 million cost.

Already it is paying off, with the government announcing a reduction in the price Tongans pay for electricity from August 1. And this could just be the beginning – Tonga’s Minister for Public Enterprises, William Clive Edwards, says the aim is to have 50 per cent of the country’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2018; including solar, wind and biomass….. http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/tonga-joins-pacific-solar-drive-to-cheaper-safer-cleaner-power-60042

August 17, 2012 Posted by | decentralised, OCEANIA | Leave a comment

Saudi Arabia to go solar energy in a big way

Kingdom eyes 40 GW solar energy by 2032 Saudi Gazette, August 16, 2012  JEDDAH – Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target of installing more than 40 GW of solar power capacity by 2032, of which 60 percent would be from concentrated solar power (CSP) and remaining from photovoltaics (PV). Continue reading

August 17, 2012 Posted by | renewable, Saudi Arabia | Leave a comment

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant to be run by private company

Private firm to run nuclear plant Omaha.com By Erin Golden, 16 Aug 12,    BLAIR, Neb. — The Omaha Public Power District is planning to turn over control of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station to a private company — a move the district’s board says is essential if the plant is to reopen.

In a meeting Thursday night at Blair City Hall, the board voted unanimously to allow OPPD officials to negotiate a 20-year contract with Exelon Corp. for day-to-day operations of the troubled plant, which is about 20 miles north of Omaha.

The plant’s reactor has been shut down since April 2011 because of concerns over Missouri River flooding and a series of safety violations. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is overseeing the facility, has not set a restart date for Fort Calhoun.

One board member, John Green, said it has become clear that the NRC
was interested in outside management of the facility. “I’ve been convinced over the last few months … that we weren’t going to be able to open the plant without doing this,” Green said.

Gary Gates, the utility’s CEO, said the district has been considering looking to an outside company for some time and has been negotiating with Exelon for a month….. An NRC spokesman declined to comment….. http://www.omaha.com/article/20120817/NEWS/708179925/1685

August 17, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Film reveals the secret story of nuclear research on the Marshall Islands people

The long term study of the human health effects of exposure to fallout and remaining nuclear waste in the Marshallese environment extended over four decades with a total of 72 research excursions to the Marshall Islands involving Marshallese citizens from Rongelap, Utrik, Likiep, Enewetak and Majuro Atolls. Some 539 men, women, and children were subject to studies documenting and monitoring the varied late effects of radiation. In addition to the purposeful exposure of humans to the toxic and radioactive waste from nuclear weapons, some Marshallese received radioisotope injections, underwent experimental surgery, and were subject to other procedures in experiments addressing scientific questions which, at times, had little or no relevance to medical treatment needs and in some instances involved procedures that were detrimental to their health. 

Human Rights, Environment and Nuclear Disaster  Nuclear Savages http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/01/nuclear-savages/  Counter Punch by BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON, June 2012  also at http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/nuclear-savages.html  (with video) Are you wondering about the disconcerting contradictions in the nuclear news in recent weeks?…. We have been here before, in a world blanketed with nuclear fallout, where massive amounts of iodine, cesium, strontium and other radioactive isotopes moved through the marine and terrestrial food chain and the human body, in well-documented ways, with degenerative and at times deadly outcomes.  Yet, for many reasons, while the environmental and biomedical trajectory of such exposures are well documented, the human experience and associated public health risks are largely suppressed, classified, or simply and persistently denied.
Sometimes clarity is best achieved by stepping back, taking pause, and considering the historical antecedents and experiences that have brought us to these chaotic times.  A new documentary film by Adam Horowitz offers an opportunity to do just that.

Premiering June 2, at 6:30 pm at the  Lincoln Center in New York City, Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1    is a poignant, provocative, and deeply troubling look at lingering and lasting effects of nuclear disaster and the human consequences of US government efforts to define, contain, and control public awareness and concern.

Nuclear Savage recounts the experiences of the Marshallese nation in the years following World War II, as they played host to the US’s Pacific Proving Grounds and served as human subjects in the classified, abusive pseudoscience that characterized the US government medical response to civilian exposures from the 1954 Bravo Test, the largest and dirtiest hydrogen bomb detonated by the United States. Detonated in the populated nation of the Marshall Islands.

Here is the story: Continue reading

August 17, 2012 Posted by | history, indigenous issues, Reference | Leave a comment