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Message from Noam Chomsky about support to the Fukushima Evacuate Children Lawsuit

On 2012/01/12, at 11:50, Noam Chomsky wrote:

It is a privilege to be able to lend personal support to the Fukushima Evacuate Children Lawsuit.  
There is no better measure of the moral health of a society than how it treats the most vulnerable people within it, and none or more vulnerable, or more precious, than children who are the victims of unconscionable actions.
For Japan, and for all of us, this is a test that we must not fail.

 

http://fukushima-evacuation-e.blogspot.jp/2012/01/message-from-noam-chomsky-about-support.html

September 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The first case of paediatric thyroid cancer was discovered this month in Fukushima Prefecture

Date posted 17 September 2012

Child Rights International Network have posted a mail shot to about 4000 charities relevant to children across the world. Here is a quote from this weeks CRINmail

 

Meanwhile in Japan, a petition is seeking to relocate children still living in the area affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, amid ongoing evidence that the area is still dangerously contaminated. The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial (FCET) is urging the government to support the collective evacuation of the 260,000 children still remaining in the area, and transfer them to a non-contaminated area. To substantiate the petition, the FCET points out that the first case of paediatric thyroid cancer was discovered this month – normally, the possibility of a child developing this cancer is around one in a million. Also, a thyroid gland examination found that 43 per cent of the children have worryingly abnormal thyroid growth. To sign or read more about the petition, follow the link.

http://fukushima-syomei-e.blogspot.jp/

 

And here is the CRIN website link to more resources for children

http://www.crin.org/email/index.asp#

 

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Serbia Lacks Funds, Space to Secure Nuclear Waste Materials

Nations reported 2,164 cases of smuggling or other incidents involving nuclear and radioactive substances between January 1993 and last December,

Aug. 22, 2012

Serbia lacks both the financial resources and the facility space to adequately safeguard all of the its radioactive materials, the Serbian news site Politika reported last week.

Nuclear Facilities of Serbia does not have government funding to meet its mandate of overseeing atomic efforts in the nation. Additionally, two principal sites for holding radioactive waste, Hangers 1 and 2, are completely packed and cannot take in new material, according to NOS Executive Director Jadranka Djuricic.

Presently, industrial and medical sector radioactive waste is stored in “the generator facilities, but we do not know how long this situation can continue,” Djuricic said. Her agency has not yet been given authorization to begin operating the recently constructed Hanger 3.

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Adoption of Nuclear Security Pacts Stalls in Senate

“An amendment attached to the legislation by Grassley would also reintroduce a measure to extend federal wiretapping authorities to specifically include investigations related to a nuclear incident.”

( A tool to use against activists ? )

Sept. 27, 2012

By Diane Barnes

Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON – A congressional attempt to bring the United States into line with two nuclear security agreements appeared to stall late last week as a Republican senator sought changes to a compliance bill cleared this summer by the House of Representatives.

The proposed updates might prove unacceptable to House lawmakers, preventing approval of the legislation before the current Congress adjourns in January. Meanwhile, a secret GOP hold has prevented the House-approved language from advancing through the Senate, according to a key Democratic lawmaker in that chamber.

The amended version of the bill — put forward on Friday by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) — would eliminate several alterations House lawmakers made to an earlier Obama administration draft of the legislation. Among other changes, the senator would reinstate language to the House proposal that might allow for the execution of a person convicted of an “act of nuclear terrorism” if it results in death, according to Beth Levine, Grassley’s Judiciary panel spokeswoman.

“The death penalty is something that Senator Grassley and many others thought necessary,” said Levine, who declined to elaborate on the identities or political leanings of others in support of its inclusion in the bill.

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Eight UN States to ratify the CTBT. Ban Ki moon demands action (Video)

Posted at: September 27, 2012 12:53 pm
Duration: 01:58
Available in: SD
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SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“There is a direct link between ending nuclear testing and eradicating nuclear weapons. The cessation of nuclear tests will constrain the development of nuclear weapons. Today, I repeat my call to those eight States to ratify the CTBT. To countries that remain outside of this Treaty, I say: you are failing to live up to your responsibility as a member of the international community.”

Stressing that the entry into force of the United Nations-backed treaty banning nuclear tests would be a milestone in advancing the cause of nuclear disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (27 September) renewed his call on those States that have not yet signed on to do so without delay. UNTV

Posted at: September 27, 2012 12:53 pm
Duration: 01:58
Available in: SD
http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/2012/09/un-nuclear/

The CTBT is the only treaty to ban all nuclear tests, everywhere and by everyone. The treaty also has a unique global alarm system to detect nuclear explosions. Out of a total listed number of 195 States, 183 have so far signed the treaty and 157 have ratified it.

Mr. Ban specifically called on those eight States whose ratification is required for the treaty to enter into force – also known as the Annex 2 States – to ratify the CTBT. They are

China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.

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IAEA Launches Database of Fukushima Radiation Information

NOTE: The radionuclides available for research do not include Strontium 90, Plutonium nor Uranium for example. The list of available radionucldes are here;

https://iec.iaea.org/fmd/search_by_radionuclide.aspx

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency on 7 September 2012 launched a database of radiation measurements collected in Japan following last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo ElectricPower Company (TEPCO). The Fukushima Monitoring Database – available to all IAEA member states and the public – provides radiation measurements collected both near and far from the power plant since the Fukushima Daiichi accident began on 11 March 2011.

Prepared by the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC), the database enables analysts to both search and download such data as dose rate measurements and environmental samples including leaves, water, and soil. The information was collected as part of the IAEA’s role in implementing theConvention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, under which Japan has been providing the IEC with information about the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Following the accident, the IEC regularly summarized this information in itsStatus Updates to Member States and the public, and now the database provides Member States and the public with access to the data that was previously summarized. The IEC will continue to update the database with additional radiation monitoring information it has received from Japan.

“This new database consolidates a large amount of radiological monitoring information into a useful, effective tool for studying the effects of the Fukushima accident,” said Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security. “I’m grateful for the strong support from the Japanese Government to make available this invaluable resource to scientists and the public around the world.”

— By Greg Webb, IAEA Division of Public Information

 

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2012/fukushimadb.html

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Ukraine to start building nuclear fuel plant in October 2012

 

BULLETIN RELEASED: 27/09/12 2:19PM GMT :: 1 hour ago
NEWS WIRE: RUSSIA ENERGY NEWS »
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UKRAINE-RUSSIA-FUEL-FACTORY KYIV. Sept 27 (Interfax) – Ukraine will start building a nuclear fuel factory in October, Alexander Ivanov, chief representative of Russian nuclear fuel corporation TVEL in Ukraine, …

http://www.interfax.co.uk/russia-energy-news/ukraine-to-start-building-nuclear-fuel-plant-in-oct/

 

 

 

In mid 2012 it announced that the 11 oldest 1000 MWe reactors are to have 20-year life extensions by 2030.

Ukraine’s best-known nuclear power plant was Chernobyl (Chornobyl in Ukrainian). This had the only RBMK type reactors in the country. Unit 4 was destroyed in the 1986 accident, unit 2 was shut down after a turbine hall fire in 1991, unit 1 was closed in 1997 and unit 3 closed at the end of 2000 due to international pressure.

 

Radioactive soil from Ukraine ‘returned’ to IAEA by Greenpeace

Press release – April 24, 2006

Radioactive soil from a public area outside the exclusion zone at the site of the Chernobyl disaster – so contaminated it must be classified as radioactive waste under European law – was delivered today to headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by Greenpeace activists.
 
“People harvest wood, mushrooms and berries from those forests, notknowing that they are subjecting their health to serious radiationrisk. The samples are 10-25 times more radioactive than the limits setby the European Commission for defining a substance as radioactivewaste” said Ivan Blokov, Greenpeace nuclear campaigner.
 

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France’s Total swears off artic oil drilling, putting other majors in environmental hot seat

There are many places in the world we can drill, and the Arctic is not a place we want to be,” de Vives was quoted by Aftenbladet newspaper as saying. “Therefore, we are not on drilling off Greenland, for example.”

 

French Total oil’s Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie said drilling in the Arctic may be too risky to the environment in what may be the first time a major oil company has publicly raised doubts about offshore oil exploration in the region, according to a report by the Financial Times on Wednesday

.Charles Digges, 27/09-2012

De Margerie told the newspaper the chances of an oil spill are too high.

“Oil on Greenland would be a disaster,” he said in the interview. “A leak would do too much damage to the image of the company.”

Bellona President Frederic Hauge said that he is “very happy with Total’s clear stance on this issue” and that, “I am proud to work with them.”

“Total is far more open with information, even in crisis situations,” said Hauge. “It is enough for both economy and environment to be  behind such a statement and a decision.”

The announcment is not altogether surprising given remarks made by Patrice de Vives, Total’s Vice President of Northern European operations at last month’s Offshore Northern Shores (ONS) oil conference in Stavanger, Norway.

“There are many places in the world we can drill, and the Arctic is not a place we want to be,” de Vives was quoted by Aftenbladet newspaper as saying. “Therefore, we are not on drilling off Greenland, for example.”

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Result of Pu nuclide analysis in the soil Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

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http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/images/2012sampling/soil_120927-e.pdf

I notice that no methodology nor sample rate is given? and no Strontium 90 nor cesium comparing readings to clarify the Fukushima contamination as opposed to seperating earlier weapons testing data?

according to this very limited report Tepco did 3 tests with 3 samples and managed to say this

there is a possibility that
the higher densities…..

Maybe a more thorough check of the whole area and retesting old sites to ascertain contamination movement or accumulation. plutonium is hard to find and Tepco are hardly trying to find it, obviously.

And they still havent

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The Welsh Plaid Cymru Party loves nuclear power after all!

Wales Green Party will not u-turn on nuclear power

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

‘”..This is where the Greens are different from all other political parties. We have the courage of our convictions, and when we say no to nuclear, we mean it!..”

 

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No U turn for Wales Green Party!

 

The leader of Plaid Cymru has done a U turn on nuclear power. When questioned by the BBC she indicated that her party would not interfere with any move to build a bigger nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Pippa Bartolotti, Leader of the Greens in Wales said: ‘Just a few months ago Leanne Wood was proud to say that she was against nuclear, and that Plaid was against nuclear, and on this basis she was elected. It is very sad to see how easily a person can change their views when there are a few votes in it.’

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Obama all too cosy with nuclear company Exelon

Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility, NYT  By ERIC LIPTON August 22, 2012  WASHINGTON — Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president’s utility.” And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago.

Exelon’s top executives were early and frequent supporters of Mr. Obama as he rose from the Illinois State Senate to the White House. John W. Rogers Jr., a friend of the president’s and one of his top fund-raisers, is an Exelon board member. David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime political strategist, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor and Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, helped create the company through a corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker.

With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House, a review of Exelon’s relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how, in some cases, the outcome has been favorable for Exelon. Continue reading

September 27, 2012 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Third steel beam found beside the fuel rack. Tepco “Fuel assemblies may be damaged” Fukushima Diary, by Mochizuki on September 25th, 2012 · 
As to the latest accident in reactor3, Fukushima Diary reported Tepco
found 2 steel beams in SFP3.
(cf. [Reactor3] Underwater video, “Two steel beams were found in the pool”)

After this article, Tepco found another steel beam in the pool, now
they are considering the possibility that the fuel assemblies are
damaged.

So far, Tepco finished investigating the 1/8 of the pool and found 3
steel beams in total. One of the 3 steel beams was found beside a rack
of fuel assemblies.

Tepco still hasn’t verified the dropped steel beam.

They have been stating there is no change in the radiation level in
the pool water and no change of the water level, which suggests the
state of the pool and fuel assemblies were sound, but they are
starting to suggest the possibility that fuel assemblies were
damaged…….. http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/09/third-steel-beam-found-beside-the-fuel-rack-tepco-fuel-assemblies-may-be-damaged/

September 27, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, incidents | Leave a comment

Max Keiser and The artist taxi driver hit old London town- where it hurts!

Published on Sep 26, 2012 by 

The artist taxi driver

interviews the god of finance.. max kaisers source of angst revealed.. max reads a newspaper and more…

 

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Black tie activists crash HMRC boss’ retirement do! – UK funny

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w4tcIsaInE&feature=player_embedded

 

Published on Sep 23, 2012 by 

HMRC boss Dave Hartnett is the man responsible for cutting dodgy deals with Vodafone, Goldman Sachs and other large corporations that have cost the taxpayer billions in lost revenue.

When we discovered that he was making his retirement speech at an elite tax avoidance conference, we couldn’t resist popping in. We donned our best Goldman Sachs and Vodafone costumes, bought some flowers and knocked up a fake award. This is what happened.

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