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South Korea has shut down two nuclear reactors to replace thousands of parts that were supplied with forged quality certificates. The incident has raised concerns about nuclear safety in South Korea and is even affecting the country’s exports.
Joseph Kim, Press TV, Seoul
Fri Nov 9, 2012
More than 7,600 unqualified parts were found to supply five of South Korea’s nuclear reactors for over the past decade. In what the government called, “preventive measures” to replace all unsuitable parts, two reactorssouthwest of Seoul were shut down. Public distrust deepened, as concerns over safety still linger from the disaster in neighboring Japan last year.

Still, Seoul argues that the unverified parts, such as fuses, switches, and sensors, aren’t directly tied to causing radiation.

South Korea’s presently has 23 nuclear reactors which provides a third of the country’s total electricity. The nation’s nuclear power plants however, have been stricken with ongoing problems, raising concerns for energy blackouts. In 2012 alone, nine nuclear reactors malfunctions were reported.

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November 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mascot bird teaching Fukushima children how to avoid radiation -RT

Of 38,000 children examined, 13,000 had cysts or nodules as large as five millimeters, the Health Management Surveystated, which made doctors around the globe rate Japan’s reaction to the aftermaths of Fukushima disaster as“ultimately medical irresponsibility.”

Published: 10 November, 2012, 00:19

RT News

This handout picture taken by Fukushima prefectural government on September 12, 2012 and received on November 9 shows a grinning bird mascot "Kibitan" in Fukushima, northern Japan. (AFP Photo/Fukushima Government)

This handout picture taken by Fukushima prefectural government on September 12, 2012 and received on November 9 shows a grinning bird mascot “Kibitan” in Fukushima, northern Japan. (AFP Photo/Fukushima Government)

Nearly two years after Japan was struck by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, officials have begun printing leaflets featuring a yellow cartoon bird that instructs children on radiation safety – though it may be too late for thousands.

Fukushima’s disaster task force has started issuing leaflets with a bird character called Kibitan telling children to stay away from pools and ditches where radioactive cesium from the damaged nuclear power plant might have accumulated.

The smiling, round Kibitan explains why radiation is dangerous, urging children to make a habit of washing their hands and gargling their mouths after coming in from the outdoors.

Radiation can make people sick if allowed to get inside their body, says the cartoon bird, which is a variant of the local  narcissus flycatcher.

The bird is definitely well-informed on the dangers of radiation, and the autoradiographs of a dead Fukushima flycatcher posted in April by a Japanese photojournalist confirm that.

As thousands of Japanese children risk developing cancer due to radiation exposure, the Fukushima prefecture’s mascot rings an alarm bell.

But medics and anti-nuclear activists say Japan’s government should have raised the alarm earlier, making all data available as soon as possible.

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November 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Low dose radiation increases risk of leukaemia, new research shows

LEUKEMIA RISK INCREASED BY LOW DOSE RADIATION: CHERNOBYL STUDY  Lydia Zablotska, MD, PhD 11/8/2012 A 20-year study following 110,645 workers who helped clean up after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the former Soviet territory of Ukraine shows that the workers share a significant increased risk of developing leukemia.

The results may help scientists better define cancer risk associated with low doses of radiation from medical diagnostic radiation procedures such as computed tomography scans and other sources.

In the journal Environmental Health Perspectives this week, an international team led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Chernobyl Research Unit at the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute describes the increased risks of leukemia among these workers between 1986 and 2006.

The risk included a greater-than-expected number of cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which many experts did not consider to be associated with radiation exposure in the past.
The new work is the largest and longest study to date involving Chernobyl cleanup workers who worked at or near the nuclear complex in the aftermath of the accident. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | employment, health, Ukraine | Leave a comment

South Korea’s nuclear industry scandal widens

Eight companies submitted 60 false certificates to cover more than 7,000 parts used in the two reactors between 2003 and 2012, and Economy Minister Hong Suk-woo told parliament that most of the documents, which purported to come from certifying body UCI, were

South Korea widens nuclear lapses probe; KEPCO chief resigns By Meeyoung Cho and Somang Yang SEOUL   Nov 7, 2012  (Reuters) – South Korea widened a probe into how thousands of parts for its nuclear reactors were supplied using forged safety documents, with regulators set to inspect all 23 of the country’s facilities – a move that could test public support for the industry and threaten billions of dollars worth of exports.

Two reactors remained shut on Wednesday, and five others are closed for maintenance, or through other glitches, raising the prospect of winter power shortages…..
Kim Joong-kyum, president and CEO of power utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), which owns the operator of the nation’s nuclear plants, tendered his resignation for what KEPCO officials said were “personal reasons”. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, South Korea | Leave a comment

Rokkasho: Japan’s nuclear reprocessing plant – to keep nuclear industry alive

Rokkasho has grown dependent on the reprocessing complex for nearly all its jobs and income.

“Without Rokkasho, we would not get approval to restart the other reactors—not ever,” says a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

Japan’s Nuclear Future, Rokkasho and a hard place The government’s fudge on its nuclear future remains unconvincing Nov 10th 2012 | ROKKASHO   THIS remote north-eastern coastal village in Aomori prefecture would delight a North Korean or Iranian spy. Not because of the rolling countryside, but the uranium-enrichment facility, the plant undergoing testing to make nuclear fuel by reprocessing spent uranium and plutonium, and the stash of a good part of Japan’s stockpiles of more than nine tonnes of separated plutonium—enough, experts say, to make more than 1,000 nuclear warheads.

The Rokkasho plant seems an anomaly in a country that forswearsnuclear weapons and that has shut down all but two of its 54 nuclear reactors. Yet the same government that says it wants to phase out atomic energy by the end of the 2030s also insists that it is committed soon to start reprocessing enough nuclear waste at Rokkasho to provide fuel for Japan’s nuclear-power plants to go flat out into the 2050s.

It does not take much prodding for officials to concede a potential contradiction, big enough to render Japan’s nuclear policy almost meaningless. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Japan, reprocessing | 1 Comment

Women of Fukushima speak out

Filmmaker: Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima — To this day women having abortions for fear of genetic damage, families breaking up
November 6th, 2012 Title: Production Notes 
Source: ‘Women of Fukushima’ website

The full ramifications of the aftermath of the disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 will take decades to unfold. Having shifted from the initial visceral drama to a more long-term, almost invisible threat, there is a real risk that the situations faced by residents of Fukushima Prefecture will simply vanish from the radar screens of the world’s media (or, in the case of Japanese media, remain non-existent). To this day, as a result of the meltdowns, children can’t play outside, families are breaking up, and women are even having abortions for fear of genetic damage to their unborn children. Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima.

However, after meeting a group of outspoken local women, we were compelled to capture their spirit and stories. […]
One month after the explosion, Kazue Morizono of Koriyama, fell sick with symptoms of vomiting, cold sores, diarrhea and joint pain. She was bedridden for months, but upon recovery she was out in full force, speaking up at public meetings and making heartfelt appeals to government and electric company officials— all of which fell on deaf ears. Vibrant, compassionate, angry and hurt, Morizono, like all of the Women of Fukushima, bears the burden of keeping the children safe.

“The government is 80-90% men and they are making all the decisions. It’s time for them to become enlightened to the fact that they are wrong. I want them to listen to us women; the women need to speak up, I feel that very strongly.”

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, women | Leave a comment

Climate future is dangerous for nuclear power

Nuclear Power and Superstorms Don’t Mix, Time, By Lucy Birmingham Nov. 07, 2012  Superstorm Sandy’s unexpected wrath makes a powerful case for revisiting Fukushima and the dangers to nuclear energy from natural disasters. As Sandy made landfall on Atlantic City, Oyster Creek nuclear power plant nearby was fortunately on a scheduled outage. But Indian Point 3 in Buchanan, N.Y., Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba, N.Y., and Salem Unit 1 in Hancocks Bridge, N.J., all experienced shutdowns because of high water levels or electrical disruption. Last year, the dangerous Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown was caused by similar conditions after tsunami waves flooded the plant and short-circuited both the regular and back-up electrical systems.

Equally dangerous are drought and record heat conditions the U.S. experienced last summer. In August, one of two reactors at the Millstone nuclear power plant near New London, Conn., not far from where I grew up, was shut down because water in Long Island Sound needed to cool the reactors got too warm. Cool water is necessary to produce electricity.
((MOREWill We Be Seeing More Superstorms?)

Fukushima has been a worldwide wakeup call, particularly for the United States, the country with the largest number of reactors — 104. The lesson is glaringly obvious: when nature and nuclear energy collide the consequences can be lethal. Unfortunately, Japan is not offering an inspiring example of how to handle this threat. While all but two of the country’s 50 reactors remain offline, government and nuclear industry are proposing plant restarts and construction projects. This muddled move stands against the majority of Japanese citizens who have turned against nuclear power. As we face an increasingly volatile climate, the United States could conceivably lead the way in reducing dependence on nuclear energy.

(MORE: Is Post-Fukushima Japan Safe for Tourists?)
It’s estimated that superstorm Sandy will affect more than one fifth of Americans and cost up to $20 billion in damages. Imagine the addition of a major nuclear accident, potentially more lethal than Three Mile Island. The health, environmental and economic costs would be, simply put, insurmountable. It’s time to face the facts: Mother Nature rules. The best we can do is try to lessen the damage from her wrath. Phasing out nuclear power is the safe answer. :

November 9, 2012 Posted by | climate change, USA | Leave a comment

Film reveals how Russia played down impact of Chernobyl

Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), 8 Nov 12
This was kept secret for 20 years. The documentary review says “It was kept secret by the Soviets and the West alike.” What they mean is it was kept secret by the nuclear industry all over the world so as to not let people know how dangerous nuclear power really is. As citizens we are all awake now. No more secrets. It is time to start telling the truth. Nuclear reactors were originally designed to create the material needed for nuclear bombs. The electricity that could be generated was an afterthought and ended up making the nuclear industry even more money. End the lies. Nuclear power is NOT safe. In fact it is EXTREMELY dangerous. Russian Roulette is what it is.    The Battle of Chernobyl An excellent documentary that reveals not only the danger of nuclear power, but the danger of the politics itself. 1st, the Russians play everything down. (contain panic) When they finally give total transparency, and pass on what they have learned from the disaster, France, and countries from the west dismiss the information, because they don’t like the implications for future nuclear projects. (money/profits)

When all is said, and done, the potential for nuclear power will never see the light of day, because proper containment for large scale land based production is not financially feasable, where profits rules the day. (back up systems have all failed, (Fukashima, 3 mile Island, and Chernobyl) unlike small reactors, (submarines, air craft carriers) where they can be scuttled to the bottom of the ocean, when something goes wrong.(out of sight, out of mind) Bottom line: Since no one is telling the truth, no one can be trusted.
With all this nonsense, I am supposed to be afraid of Iran getting nuclear weapons? (apparently, the least of our problems)

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Collapses uranium market forces Australian company Paladin to cut back

Paladin freezes expansion Financial Review 08 NOV 2012 Uranium miner Paladin Energy  will slash costs by up to $US80 million ($76.97 million) after putting a freeze on development due to the weak uranium price.

Paladin will cuts costs by between $US60 million and $US80 million in fiscal 2013 and 2014, after undertaking an extensive review of costs and production. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, business and costs | Leave a comment

$125 billion and decades to clean up Fukushima – says TEPCO

The clean-up is expected to take decades, with scientists warning that some settlements may have to be abandoned.

The company said it would need more government help to meet the colossal figure

Fukushima operator warns clean-up ‘may cost $125 bn’ By Kyoko Hasegawa (AFP)  7 Nov 12 TOKYO — The cost of the clean-up and compensation after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster may double to $125 billion, the plant’s operator warned Wednesday. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said decontamination of irradiated areas and compensating those whose jobs or home lives have been affected would cost much more than the five trillion yen it estimated in April. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, wastes | Leave a comment

Germany supplying Israel’s “floating nuclear arsenal”

Rising To The Surface: Germany?s Hushed Shipments Of Nuclear-Capable Submarines To Israel ANALYSIS A new report is raising important questions about Germany’s commitment to Israel’s defense capabilities.International Business Times, BY Jacey Fortin | June 06 2012

German magazine Der Spiegel published an investigative article in and online on Monday, arguing that German officials were aware that the submarines they have supplied to Israel over the past several years are capable of launching nuclear warheads.

Research Spiegel has conducted in Germany, Israel and the United States, among current and past government ministers, military officials, defense engineers and intelligence agents, no longer leaves any room for doubt: With the help of German maritime technology, Israel has managed to create for itself a floating nuclear weapon arsenal: submarines equipped with nuclear capability, said the article.
Officially, Israel does not admit to having nuclear weapons in the first place. Also officially, the German government denies any knowledge of Israel’s nuclear capabilities or intentions. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Germany’s lengthy process of dismantling nuclear power plants

Fears of low nuclear radiation run high, DW, 08.11.2012 Wolfgang Dick Decommissioned German nuclear power plants will be dismantled over the long term. Though no incidents have occurred in Germany, some citizen initiatives say legal safety measures are too lax.

Vattenfall, the company that runs the Brunsbüttel nuclear plant, recently applied to the Environment Ministry in the state of Schleswig Holstein for a permit to tear down the facility. The whole unit is supposed to be completely dismantled, rather than sealed over with a
concrete sarcophagus in the style of the Chernobyl reactor.

Since the German government decided to phase out nuclear power last year, the country has been gathering some experience dismantling nuclear power plants: Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | decommission reactor, Germany | Leave a comment

Ahmadinejad’s call against nuclear weapons

The hardline conservative president said he was open to talks with Obama on forging peace around the world and called for the dismantling of all U.S. military bases abroad.

Obama’s re-election may open an opportunity for new negotiations with

The period of using nuclear weapons is over’: Ahmadinejad says nations stockpiling atomic bombs ‘mentally retarded’ Trisha Sertori, Reuters | Nov 8, 2012 NUSA DUA, Indonesia — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday the age of nuclear deterrence was long gone and any country still stockpiling nuclear weapons was “mentally retarded.” Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Global warming – faster and hotter than we thought?

Future warming likely to be on high side of climate projections, analysis finds  , Eureka Alert 8 Nov 12 BOULDER—Climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise, according to a new analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings, published in this week’s issue of Science, could provide a breakthrough in the longstanding quest to narrow the range of global warming expected in coming decades and beyond. Continue reading

November 9, 2012 Posted by | climate change | Leave a comment

Changing nature of Israel – Iran nuclear standoff

The Drone in the Desert Itamar Rabinovich, 8 November 2012 TEL AVIV A drone recently penetrated Israel’s airspace from the Mediterranean. It was allowed to fly for about half an hour over southern Israel before being shot down by the Israeli air force over a sparsely populated area.

It is still not known who dispatched the drone and from where, but it is now assumed that it was launched from Lebanon, either by Hezbollah, acting in Iran’s service, or by forces of the Iranian regime itself.
If that is indeed the case, the episode should not be regarded as yet another incident in a region fraught by conflict and violence. On the contrary, it is a significant window into the arena in which the conflict over the future of Iran’s nuclear program is being waged.
Several developments and forces are now shaping this arena. One is by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision, announced in his
speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, to suspend his threat to launch unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear installations. He has said that Israel will give the US and the rest of the international community an opportunity to stop Iran’s progress through other means by the spring or early summer of 2013. (more…)

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Iran, Israel, politics international | Leave a comment