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Ringhals NPP -Seawater leak shuts down Swedish nuclear reactor

“Recent studies found that Swedes have become more negative towards nuclear energy, particularly since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. According to a survey carried out by the SOM Institute at Gothenburg University, 44 percent of Swedes favor phasing out nuclear power, either immediately or at the end of the lifespan of the current plants. Only 35 percent were in favor of expanding the use of nuclear energy.”

Published: 21 December, 2012
RT

Swedish authorities have ordered the shutdown of a reactor at its largest nuclear power plant near Gothenburg following a seawater leak. The leak is the latest in a string of similar incidents that have plagued the Swedish nuclear industry.

“There is no safety problem” at Reactor 4 of the Ringhals plant, nuclear authority inspector Jan Gällsjo told the national TT news agency. However, the presence of saltwater in the pressurized water system is an irregularity that needs to be repaired, Gällsjo added.

The Ringhals power station is located on Sweden’s southwest coast near Gothenburg, the country’s second largest city.

Earlier this month, the Radiation Safety Authority ordered the shutdown of reactor O2 at the Oskarshamn plant due to safety concerns, the Local reported. Several days later, an investigation found cracks in two of the 10 pools in which nuclear waste is stored. Nuclear waste management contractor SKB was ordered to review security and safety requirements before the reactor can be brought back online.

A report published in October by environmental organization Greenpeace heavily criticized safety conditions at Sweden’s nuclear plants.

“We are killing off the myth that Swedish nuclear power is safe. Swedish power plants are old, have great security risks, there is a lack of both personnel and skills and a large number of incidents are occurring,” said Rolf Lindahl, one of the authors of the report.

The plants, which were built in the 1970s and 1980s, are being pushed to create more energy, which is putting a strain on the facilities. Rather than taking steps to guarantee the safety of the aging stations, plant operators seem to be motivated by “financial gains,” Lindahl said.

The Ringhal station had been slammed earlier for not having sufficient protection against earthquakes and floods, according to the report. It now seems that the Forsmark and Oskarshamn plants face the same threats from natural disasters.

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December 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

19 billion dollars to go to USA nuclear programme, 80 billion dollars to military (Video: R Schoenman)

RT

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:16PM GMT

An analyst says the West is in an economic war with Iran as it is with Syria driven by an imperial agenda that will be continually expanded by the United States.

In the background of this, the US Senate has voted to violate freedom of speech and ban Iranian media by applyingcommunication sanctions on Iran. The United Nations has joined in the sanction war on Iran by imposing sanctions on Iranian companies that it is claimed smuggled arms to the Syrian government. Ironically there has been no sanctions applied by the UN against Western or Arab countries’ smuggling unlimited weapons to so-called rebels waging massacres in the country. The American military is to begin deployment of Patriot missile batteries with 400 US troops to the Turkish Syrian border to operate these batteries under a false pretext of possible attack on Turkey.

Press TV has interviewed Mr. Ralph Schoenman, author and radio host, Berkeley about this issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Missiles for Israel; a ban on Iranian media – it goes in stark contradiction to what the US claims it stands for. Tell me what you think about it?

Schoenman: Well, the US doesn’t stand for anything except imperial policy and it doesn’t attempt to disguise that reality.

The sanctions you are describing are really acts of war and of course the expansion of the sanctions to affect media and communication are an expression and attempt by the United States to eliminate the discussion or ingermation that exposes the nature of its aggressive operations.

I would like to point out that these decisions or votes by the Senate are in conjunction with the United Nations Security Council, which has now imposed new sanctions on two Iranian companies and the claim is that Iran has been smuggling arms to Syria.

The irony of course of this is here you have the full scale global war being waged by NATO and the surrogates in the Middle East such as Qatar and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and Turkey in arming the mercenary operations of the so-called rebels in Syria on an unlimited basis with meetings in Morocco representing nominally 130 countries waging war in Syria and sending openly arms and troops and intelligence operatives to Syria.

But when two Iranian companies send arms to the government of Syria in order to respond to this, that is the subject of sanctions and this services the expansion of sanctions by the Senate. It is war. It is imperial agenda and will be continually expanded because that is the intention of the United States.

Press TV: The White House has already threatened to block this Bill. What do you think is the main motivation behind it?

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December 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Norway uses rice from Japan to make Sake!

Watch Video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_WgksJFVcw

MissingSky101 News Bulletin

Norway uses rice from Japan to make Sake. @ 13.20 mins

The Brewer began the project 3 years ago but the fukushima happened 1 year and 9 months ago!

No mention of Cesium 137, 134 or Strontium 90 levels in the rice..

Codex Alimentarius levels allowed in Europe (the allowable levels are lower in Japan)

Capture10

 

PDF for Diagram here From Page 82

ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/meetings/CCCF/cccf5/cf05_INF.pdf

Published on Dec 21, 2012

Experts update quake risk projections across Japan
Japanese seismic experts have updated their earthquake risk projections for the country’s major cities over the next 30 years.
Members of the government’s Earthquake Research Committee released the estimates on Friday for the first time in two years.

Reactor screening to begin in July or later
The head of Japan’s nuclear watchdog says it cannot begin safety screening of off-line reactors until new safety standards are set up next July.

All but two of Japan’s reactors are suspended following the Fukushima accident last year.
Team finds faults at nuclear plant possibly active
A panel of nuclear experts has found that 2 faults under a nuclear power plant in northern Japan may be active.
The findings could keep the plant offline for some time.

Floating pier washed ashore in Washington
Authorities in the US state of Washington are considering what to do with a floating pier that has apparently washed ashore from Japan.
A US Coast Guard helicopter spotted the 9-meter-long concrete pier on Tuesday on the shore of the Olympic Peninsula.

15 giant tsunami hit western Japan over 6000 years
A university research team says about 15 massive tsunami have occurred near the Nankai Trough along Japan’s Pacific coast in the last 6,000 years, devastating the country’s western region.

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December 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A global perspective on American child deaths

Donna Mulhearn

A global perspective on American child deaths

DONNA MULHEARN

DECEMBER 17, 2012

Pakistani children light candles to pay tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi   Read more http://www.prafulla.net/graphics/photography/in-photos-the-world-grieving-for-sandy-hook/‘You come from a culture where it is okay to kill children,’ the Iraqi woman said. We were sheltering against the wall of a building in Fallujah in April 2004 while the city was under attack by US forces.

I began to protest, but she continued, in broken English: ‘Let me say it another way. You come from a culture where your people think it is okay to kill our children.’

What could I say? There were several little bodies at my feet, bloodied remains laid out on the footpath and covered with thin sheets. The children had been shot by US snipers that day, among at least 1000 civilians killed in that ferocious attack.

This Iraqi woman knew there would be no collective outrage at the killing of Fallujah’s children. No front-page headlines. We would not know their names, see their faces or hear their stories. Their killers would not be pursued, labelled ‘mad’ or ‘evil’, or made to face a court. There would be no calls for ‘change.’

Some commentators have compared the response to deaths of the children in the small American community of Newtown with the young victims of US wars. The point is valid. A life is a life, and all life is precious; a fact that has enough weight of its own without the need to draw comparisons.

Yet the dark, shocking words of the Iraqi woman in Fallujah have been haunting me these past days as the grief of the Newtown shootings has overwhelmed us all.

What might be helpful at this time is to build on this grief and passion of the US and international community, and allow it to shape a wider discussion; to trigger a new empathy for grieving parents everywhere, an empathy that crosses borders, and which might result in change for children worldwide who are affected by US policy.

Whenever I’ve been with parents grieving their children lost in the violence of recent wars, the same questions has emerged out of their grief and anger: ‘How would the US President feel if his children were killed in a bombing? How would Americans feel? How would your people feel?’

The question grasps at the hope that if those in the West made the effort to imagine how they might feel to lose a child violently to a drone strike, a missile, or a sniper, the result would be greater empathy and understanding.

The endless, heartbreaking cries at yesterday’s prayer vigil for the Newtown victims provided a glimpse of the horror, the emptiness, the confusion that grieving parents feel. The profound love parents have for children is something all cultures have in common.

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December 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment