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Brain-injured man still in jail after making threat to blow up Waterford 3

By Kyle Barnett

5 Jan 2012

A man who is being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center for threatening to blow up the Waterford 3 nuclear plant is awaiting a sanity evaluation.

St. Tammany Parish resident William Dugas is being held for a felony charge of “threatening communications” after F.B.I. investigators claim that he made threats to blow up the nuclear facility in Taft and murder Entergy employees.

Dugas, 51, has been incarcerated at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center since late October for the incident.

Criminal charges filed with the U.S. States Eastern District Federal Court reveal that Dugas made the threats concerning the St. Charles Parish nuclear facility during a dispute over his electric bill.

According to F.B.I. investigators, Dugas’ complaints were related to hurricane surcharges for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Gustav in 2008 that he felt he should not have to pay since he only recently opened an account with the company.

“I will go and blow up that nuclear plant and I know you really don’t want me to do that because it will blow up this whole United States and I don’t care. I’ve already died twice and it doesn’t mean anything to me,” read an F.B.I. transcript of Dugas’ phone call dated Oct. 10.

In a message left the next day, Dugas said, “I’m telling you, I will start killing these people and walk away scot free. You better get in touch with me.”

According to the charges, Dugas also threatened to “smash the CEO of Entergy’s head off his desk until he was dead.”

After being taken into custody on Oct. 12, F.B.I. investigators said Dugas admitted to making the statements, but said he was only trying to get someone’s attention. Although he said he did not have any intention of blowing up the plant, he claimed he knew how to do so. However, when pressed by F.B.I. agents he would not reveal how the plant could be blown up.

No explosives or weapons were found in a search of Dugas’ home.

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January 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japan – Nuclear decontamination worker says illicit dumping is daily occurrence

January 05, 2013(Mainichi Japan)

Decontamination worker says illicit dumping is daily occurrence

Illicit dumping of radiation-tainted soil, plants and water resulting from decontamination work in areas affected by the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster is “common practice,” a worker has told the Mainichi Shimbun.

The Environment Ministry launched an investigation after allegations of illicit dumping by contractors charged by the government to conduct decontamination efforts emerged on Jan. 4.

According to the worker, who has been monitoring radiation levels as part of decontamination efforts in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi and elsewhere since last fall, general contractors are awarded primary contracts, and subcontractors take charge of each decontamination zone. These zones are then divided up among unions of sub-subcontractors comprising small to mid-size companies and local operators.

The worker said that branches and leaves collected during decontamination work are supposed to be stored temporarilyin special bags, but such rules are commonly disregarded.

“There’s no temporary storage space anymore, so branches and leaves are often just left there,” he said. “It’s common practice. In other words, we arrive at the conclusion that since there’s no space to put it, there’s nothing else we can do.”

Water that has been used to decontaminate surfaces must also be collected by placing plastic sheets under structures during cleaning. The tainted water is then pumped into a tank and processed with a purification system. However, failure to take such measures is common, the worker said.

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Fukushima News 1/5/13: 209,695 Bq/Kg of cesium in Tochigi dust;New Fault In Kanto Region Seabed

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Published on Jan 5, 2013

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New fault found on seabed near Kanto region
Japanese researchers have discovered a new fault on the seabed off Japan’s east coast. They say the fault may have formed fairly recently during an earthquake that hit the Kanto region that includes Tokyo.

Bluefin tuna sold for record $1.8 mil. in Tokyo
A 222-kilogram bluefin tuna has fetched an all-time high of 155.4 million yen, or 1.8 million dollars, at the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market.

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Alaska
A powerful earthquake has hit off the southeastern coast of the US state of Alaska.
The US Geological Survey says the magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at 8:58 UTC on Saturday.
The focus was about 100 kilometers west of the town of Craig, at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ovQzuQLAi8

Japanese NPO: “We need to start a rotating evacuation for children as soon as possible” — “Radiation just continues to accumulate” (VIDEO)


Fukushima Now: in the Aftermath of Nuclear Disaster
A 30 minute documentary commissioned by CWS-Asia/Pacific on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, highlighting some of the efforts made by local people and organizations to combat the problems of radiation exposure, and some of the remaining dangers of radiation. We hope that this video will raise awareness of the ongoing needs of the people in Fukushima and further donations to our extended appeal for the Japan disaster. For further information, please visit our website, http://www.cwsasiapacific.org.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=6hxTzH6f2fA#t=947s

 

For an indepth look into Fukushima i recommend this web site [Arclight]
http://fukushimaontheglobe.com/whats-fukushima#sthash.y7YIXrxf.dpbs

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A Nun’s Warning: “I just came back from Japan and Fukushima and I hear already many children start getting sick” (VIDEO)

Published: January 5th, 2013 at 10:56 am ET
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Title: A Nun’s Warning: Radiation Hurts Children Most
Source: eon3
Date: Jan 4, 2013

A Nun’s Warning: Radiation Hurts Children Most

June, Buddhist Nun: I just came back from Japan last month so I have lots of stories of suffering from Fukushima […]

I come from Japan. I just came back from Japan and Fukushima and I hear already many children start getting sick. Some thyroid problems. And so we have been studying what’s happened in Chernobyl, nuclear testing sites […]

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Europe nuke club pitches for associate member status to India

Move will open many doors for Indian scientists, says Rolf-Dieter Heur

KOLKATA, JAN. 5:
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General, CERN (Geneva), delivering his lecture during the Homi Bhabha session on ‘Mega Science and India’ at the centenary celebrations of the Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on Saturday.— A. Roy Chowdhury

The Director-General of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Rolf-Dieter Heur on Saturday pitched for India becoming an associate member of the organisation.

CERN was instrumental in the discovery of the so-called ‘God particle’ – an elementary particle believed to exist in physics — in July last year.

RIGHT TIME

“This is the right time for India to be an associate member of CERN,” Heur said here on the sidelines of a session organised by the Indian Science Congress, adding that the matter has also been taken up with Union Minister for Science and Technology S. Jaipal Reddy.

The associate membership of CERN will not only open the doors of mega science experiments for Indian scientists but also help them participate in training and education programmes held at the laboratory, he said.

India, currently, enjoys an observer status and needs to make a payment of nearly 10 million Swiss Francs to CERN for associate membership.

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Cold Fusion/Hot fusion ? ….but still hot under the collar!

January 3, 2013 / 

If you want to study journalism, don’t go to New York University where you might get Professor Charles Seife.

 

NYU Journalism professor Charles Seife shows poor practice of fact-checking.

NYU Journalism professor Charles Seife fails on fact-checking.

His last book Sun in a Bottle: the Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking published in October 2008 appears to be the fodder for his recently published article Fusion Energy’s Dreamers, Hucksters, and Loons posted on Slate.com, and he hasn’t researched the field since.

Primarily about the inability of plasma scientists to generate commercial power from hot fusion, the recent piece of typing contains gross inaccuracies about cold fusion stemming from the same falsities that pushed it out of the mainstream science community two decades ago.

For over half-a-century, hot fusion labs have received about a hundred billion dollars research funding under the auspice of producing clean abundant energy “in the future”. The joke is that the future always seems to be ‘thirty years away’. To date, hot fusion projects have not generated any useful energy.

However in the article, the author repeats the same myths about cold fusion that have long ago been dispatched by condensed matter nuclear scientists around the world. Scientists working out of U.S. Navylabs, national labs, nuclear agencies, and universities have confirmed the very reproducible reaction’s effects of excess heat and transmutations repeatedly.

Unfortunately, the Professor gets a D for not taking the time to review the facts, confusing the enormous energy gains in cold fusion with the lack of hot fusion success. He fails further by insulting two of the discoverers of cold fusion Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, implying a criminal intent by equating them with the actions of Richard Richter.

Seife writes in his article:

For one thing, the history of fusion energy is filled with crazies, hucksters, and starry-eyed naifs chasingafter dreams of solving the world’s energy problems. One of the most famous of all, Martin Fleischmann, died earlier this year. Along with a colleague, Stanley Pons, Fleischmann thought that he had converted hydrogen into helium in a beaker in his laboratory, never mind that if he had been correct he would have released so much energy that he and his labmates would have been fricasseed by the radiation coming out of the device. Fleischmann wasn’t the first—Ronald Richter, a German expat who managed to entangle himself in the palace intrigues of Juan Peron, beat Fleischmann by nearly four decades—and the latest schemer, Andrea Rossi, won’t be the last.

Seife is confusing the 100-year-old conventional theory of nuclear reactions with today’s low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), lattice-assisted nuclear reaction (LANR), and quantum fusion, names used to describe the variants of cold fusion research taking place today.

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Merkel confirms Germany won’t export nuclear waste

Deutsche Welle

  • Date 05.01.2013

The German chancellor has said the country is to dispose of its nuclear waste within its own borders. The announcement came after her environment minister denied a report that the government planned to export it.

Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered her message on her government’s nuclear waste disposal policy on Saturday at her Christian Democrat Party’s (CDU) convention in the north western state of Lower Saxony.

It’s clear “that we’ll dispose our own [radioactive] waste here,” she said, adding that this position had been “well-established.”

Merkel’s confirmation of her party’s position served to back her environment minister, Peter Altmaier, who had spoken out on the issue on Friday.

Altmaier had publicly called a report “nonsense” that had been published by the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. The article had suggested that the government was considering sending radioactive waste abroad for disposal.

A new EU guideline, to be implemented this year, would allow member nations lacking sufficient domestic storage options to ship their depleted uranium abroad. The German parliament is due to debate and ratify the bloc-wide changes.

Permanent site still sought

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust dodges the issue of Nuclear Developments

January 5, 2013

Those with an interest in wildlife will be aware that the nuclear industry from Kirksanton to Kakadu is no lover of the natural world. There are wildlife officers on the Sellafield site but they are there to make sure the wildlife is culled (the freezers on site hold many species of Cumbrian birds – waiting to be dumped as nuclear waste). Cumbria Wildlife Trust continues to receive money courtesy of the nuclear industry, Studsvik the radioactive scrap metal dealer at Lillyhall is a silver member. Meanwhile Cumbria Wildlife Trust continues to dodge the biggest issue facing Cumbria’s wildlife – that of the proposed new nuclear build at Sellafield: ‘Moorcide,’ and the proposed nuclear dump, deeper than scafell is high, under a huge swathe of Lakeland.

The following are an exchange of letters in the local press….

I am a long time member and support much of the excellent work the Trust has done. A flagship campaign into 2013 is the push for recognised Marine Conservation Zones. This is a really important campaign but I cannot support MCZs which allow for nuclear developments.

In Cumbria this is especially important with the prospect of government plans for both new nuclear build and the national geological nuclear dump.

Has CWT opposed the plan for new build at Sellafield? A new nuclear plant would require huge amounts of water (both sea and fresh) and would dangerously raise the temperature of the Irish Sea around Sellafield. The proposed new nuclear plant would burn the fuel for longer producing hotter wastes and according to the Environment Agency would require a desalination plant to provide unlimited fresh water. A desalination plant (salt water intake) would disturb substantial radioactive silts on the Irish Sea bed and the intake pipes for huge amounts of sea water per second would damage significant fish stocks.

Has CWT opposed the plan for a geological dump? The government plan is for the radioactivity to percolate out sooner or later to the Irish Sea.

As a wildlife enthusiast I cannot support Marine Conservation Zones which would allow for these nuclear developments. CWT opposed the plan for new build at Kirksanton, the same objections re water use, sea temperature rise and damage to sea life, apply at Sellafield. Will Cumbria Wildlife Trust ensure that Cumbria is safe for the next 50 years and oppose nuclear developments?

Marianne BIRKBY

Wildlife artist and founder of Radiation Free Lakeland

Reply from Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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Experts okay restart of worrisome Belgian nuclear plants

by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) Jan 05, 2013

Scientific experts have greenlighted the restart of two Belgian nuclear power plants despite signs of micro-cracks in reactor vessels, the daily Le Soir said Saturday.

No independent confirmation was immediately available from Belgium’s nuclear safety authority, AFCN.

Le Soir, which did not identify its sources, said “experts on material resistance who were asked for their opinion on the fate of the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 vessels have handed in a positive report.”

AFCN had said it would hand the government a report on whether to restart the reactors in mid-January. It has already received a positive report from the country’s Electrabel power utility.

Le Soir said the experts had however asked for “more intensive” checks.

Many “potential cracks” were found during inspections early last year at the base of the reactor vessel at Doel 3, near the northern city of Antwerp, which was closed in June, as well as at Tihange 2, near the southern city of Liege.

It was halted in August for investigation after the problems at Doel came to light.

The reactor vessels, housing the nuclear core, were built in the 1970s by the Dutch firm Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM), which has since ceased business.

RDM equipped some 20 nuclear plants, half of them in Europe.

 

Earlier this year, the Belgian nuclear regulator said the problems in the Doel 3 reactor likely dated back to its construction and while there was little risk for the present, there was “a malaise given the large number” of defects.

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has increased sensitivity over the safety of nuclear energy, with Germany deciding to phase out its plants.

The EU counts 147 reactors in 14 countries, with more than a third of the total in France which depends almost entirely on nuclear generators for electricity.

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Experts_okay_restart_of_worrisome_Belgian_nuclear_plants_999.html

January 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

“Why Don’t You Go to Fukushima I Nuke Plant? Lots of Jobs There…”, Says City Official In Charge of Public Assistance for the Poor in Hokkaido -EXSKF

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013

EXSKF

According to Hokkaido Shinbun, this is what a city bureaucrat said to a 27-year-old man who went to the counter at the City Hall to ask about public assistance after he lost his job and couldn’t find a job for a year, being late on rent, subsisting on one piece of bread per day.

Public servants whose salary derives from taxpayers’ money and/or money borrowed on the backs of taxpayers (municipal bonds for general expenses) told this young man that the assistance was not meant for people like him, and that he should go to Fukushima I Nuke Plant so that he didn’t need to receive public money.

From Hokkaido Shinbun (1/3/2013; part) as copied by this blog:

あのころ…昨年4月。男性の財布に現金はほとんどなかった。建設会社の期間雇用作業員だったが、2011年春に雇い止めに。地元企業数十社に履歴書を送り、3社の面接は受けたが、採用してもらえなかった。

Back then, in April last year. There was hardly any cash in the man’s wallet. He used to be a seasonal worker at a construction company, but the company didn’t hire him in the spring of 2011. He sent his resumes to dozens of local companies. He landed on three job interviews but he was not hired.

蓄えは底をつき、食事は一日菓子パン一個。一年で10kgやせた。アパートの家賃も払えず、家主は退去を求めてきた。行き倒れも覚悟したある日、気が付くと市役所に向かって歩いていた。最後の助けを求めるために。

His savings were depleted, and his meal consisted of one piece of bread per day. He lost 10 kilograms in one year. He couldn’t pay the rent for his apartment, and the landlord wanted to evict him. He thought he would die on the street. Without realizing it, he was walking toward the City Hall. The last resort.

だが、生活保護の窓口で、見ず知らずの職員に怒鳴られた。

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Vt. and NY seek more review of nuke waste storage

Updated 5:25 am, Friday, January 4, 2013

Seattle PI

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Twenty-four anti-nuclear and environmental groups are joining the states of Vermont and New York in calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.

The groups range from the Vermont-based New England Coalition to Washington-based Beyond Nuclear to California’s San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace.

The groups want a more thorough look at risks of fire and leakage at the expanding dry cask storage sites for highly radioactive nuclear waste at reactors around the country.

They want a moratorium on licensing and relicensing of reactors until the risks are resolved.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/Vt-and-NY-seek-more-review-of-nuke-waste-storage-4164996.php#ixzz2HEFsv4aK

 

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Professor: Cesium in wild mushrooms not caused by Fukushima accident

January 06, 2013

By SEIKO SADAKUNI/ Staff Writer

When high levels of radioactive cesium were detected in wild mushrooms in Towada, Aomori Prefecture, a restaurant owner pointed her finger at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The government slapped a ban on shipping wild mushrooms for 10 prefectures, including Aomori, Nagano, Shizuoka and Yamanashi.

The 70-year-old woman was forced to stop using wild mushrooms in the stew and vinegared dishes served at her restaurant in Towada, 350 kilometers from the crippled nuclear plant. She now buys screened mushrooms from a vegetable stand.

She still asks, “How can the mushrooms be contaminated when the city is so far away from the nuclear power plant?”

Gakushuin University professor Yasuyuki Muramatsu, an expert on radioecology, has an answer: The high radioactivity levels in the mushrooms were not caused by the Fukushima disaster, but by events much farther away.

If the Towada “chichitake” mushrooms had been contaminated by the Fukushima accident, then two types of radioactive cesium–cesium-134 and cesium-137–would have been detected in roughly equal amounts, he said.

Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, was detected at a level of 120 becquerels, exceeding the government-mandated safe level of 100 becquerels per kilogram. But no cesium-134, which has a half-life of two years, was found in the mushrooms.

Similarly, in “sakura shimeji” mushrooms from the city of Aomori, cesium-137 was measured in late October at 107 becquerels, while almost no cesium-134 was found.

“The fact that no cesium-134 has been detected proves that the contamination happened prior to the Fukushima nuclear accident,’’ Muramatsu, 62, said. “It is from nuclear weapons tests conducted by the Soviet Union and China from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, and from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.”

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The women of Fukushima with rare footage from inside the exclusion zone and opinions on the nuclear disaster

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

 

6人の日本人女性が、福島原発事故以降の汚染除去の現状、隠ぺいと嘘について包み隠さぬ本音を打ち明け、そして事故が彼女たちの人生、故郷、家族にどのような影響を及ぼしたかについて語ります。

Women of Fukushima – Pt 1 of 2

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Published on Jan 5, 2013

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Woman of Fukushima – Pt 2 of 2

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Published on Jan 5, 2013

 

Over a year since three reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a broad, disparate anti-nuclear movement is growing in Japan. Nowhere is that more apparent, perhaps, than in Fukushima prefecture, where a group of local women boldly protest the deafening silence of the Japanese government over the worst nuclear accident of this century.

Largely ignored by their own media, these brave women brush aside their cultural shyness and share their brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups, the untruths and the stagnant political climate in today’s Japan.

Supported with rare footage from inside the exclusion zone, as well as from abandoned neighboring towns, the Women of Fukushima (“Fukushima no Onnatachi”) offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of 3/11.

 

福島第一原子力発電所で3基の原子炉がメルトダウンを起こしてから1年以上。さまざまな人々による大がかりな反原発運動が日本国内で拡大しつつあります。この運動がもっとも顕著なのは、おそらく福島県でしょう。そこでは地元の女性グループが勇敢にも立ち上がり、今世紀最悪の原発事故に対する日本政府の沈黙に抗議しているのです。国内メディアにほとんど無視されてきたこの勇敢な女性たちは、内気な県民性を脇へ押しやり、現在の日本における汚染除去の現状や隠ぺい、嘘、そして停滞した政治情勢について包み隠さぬ率直な意見を公表しています。立ち入り禁止区域内や周辺の荒れ果てた無人の村々の貴重な映像と共に、「福島の女たち」は3・11によって彼女たちの人生、故郷、家族がどのような影響を受けたのかについての驚くほど率直な見解を、彼女たち自身の声で伝えます。

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http://www.women-of-fukushima.com/

 

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Enenews from this article highlighting one comment in the film

Co-Star of Fukushima Film: “I think my phone is bugged, and when I’m out I think someone might be entering my house” (VIDEO)

Published: January 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm ET
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Film: Women of Fukushima
Director: Paul Johannessen
Co-Director: Jeffrey Jousan
Director of Photography: Ivan Kovac
Women of Fukushima on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-of-Fukushima/421693721210035

At 13:00 in

Setsuko Kuroda:

The Japanese police in this sense are very good.

Everyone could be watched.

I think my phone is bugged.

And when I am out I think someone might be entering my house.

http://enenews.com/star-fukushima-film-phone-bugged-when-im-be-entering-house-video

could be some interesting comments on that link 😉

January 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments