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Fukushima: Hundreds of thousands of people still live in territories heavily contaminated areas

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Press release from CRIIRAD

Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

In Japan, the external radiation always causes unacceptable health risks for hundreds of thousands of citizens 

1 / Many people still live in territories heavily contaminated 

During the first weeks after March 11, 2011, deposits of radioactive cesium were widespread in Japan. 
Only the population living in the circle of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was evacuated during the first days of the disaster, but the fallout has affected a large territory, well beyond the 20 km zone and limits of Fukushima Prefecture. Depending on weather conditions, contaminated air masses moved hundreds of kilometers and precipitation (rain and snow) have aggravated the deposition of radioactive particles in soils and vegetation.

 

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CRIIRAD Commission of Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity

January 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Launch of new Russia sub class to put more nuclear missiles at sea

“….Indeed, Kurdrik has been skeptical of the perceived submarine build up in the North – a sabre Putin has largely rattled to protect  enormous oil and gas reserves in the Russian Arctic….”

“….A recent report published by the Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia has a total of 144 missiles with 350 warheads deployed on submarines currently.

Between 30 and 40 of the missiles are on the two to three operativing Delta-III class vessels based in the Pacific, and the rest on submarines based in Gadzhiyevo near the border to Norway. The total number for both fleets will increase to 172 missiles with as many 624 warheads by 2022 – nearly twice as MANY as today, according to the American estimates….”

“….Indeed, looking at a map of the existing nuclear weapons free zones, it only takes a glance to be reminded that a nuclear-free Arctic would bring some balance in a world where most nuclear weapons free zones are located in the South….”

Russia’s first Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine – and its first strategic submarine since 1992 – the Yury Dolgoruky, was officially commissioned Thursday to great fanfare and the presence of Russian president Vladimir Putin via video feed – to Russia’s Northern Nuclear Fleet.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk in northern Russia, RIA Novosti reported. The signing of the acceptance act by the Defense Ministry took place on December 29.

The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia’s strategic submarine fleet, replacing the aging Project 941, or NATO Typhoon class, and Project 667 class, or Delta- Delta-4 boats.

Russia is planning to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020.

With the commissioning of the sub comes an increase in the number of strategic nuclear warheads deployed from Russia’s Kola Peninsula.

It also brings with it no small measure of Soviet-style jingoism: Upon the hoisting of the sub’s flag, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Vice Premier and former ambassador to NATO posted a tweet to his twitter account reading “shiver bourgeoisie. You’re done for.

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January 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

War in Mali – to preserve France’s control of uranium resources?

eyes-surprised French mining company Areva, had lost its almost complete exclusive right to Niger’s uranium. This could easily explain why France could not afford to lose Mali as well.

On Monday, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said… Key interests were at stake for us, for Africa, for Europe, so we had to act quickly,” said Fabius. Could one of the key interests mentioned by Mr. Fabius be uranium?

Uranium is indeed France’s key energy resource… , the country is heavily dependent on uranium..

 Mali: France’s Neo-Colonial War for Uranium? News Junke Post, By  15 Jan 13  In late December 2012, the  United Nations Security Council approved the dispatch of an “African-led intervention force” to Mali’s to help the army reconquer the north of the country from Tuareg separatists and their allied Islamist militants. But in recent days, it is not the African-led troops who have been operating in Mali. Instead, troops from former colonial power France have been unilaterally deployed to fight the rebellion in the north….

Recipe for a failed state Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | AFRICA, France, Uranium, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear reactors in operation – drop in numbers, as IAEA reclassifies 47 Japanese reactors as “Long-term Shutdown” (LTS)

IAEA Shifts 47 Japanese Reactors Into “Long-Term Shutdown” Category 16 January 2013 In an unprecedented move, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has shifted 47 Japanese nuclear reactors from the category “In Operation” to the category “Long-term Shutdown” (LTS) in its web-based Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). The number of nuclear reactors listed as “In Operation” in the world thus drops from 437 yesterday to 390 today, a level last seen in Chernobyl-year 1986 and a dramatic step of the IAEA’s official statistics in recognizing industrial reality in Japan.

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This is without doubt a unique revision of world operational nuclear data. However, numerous questions remain. The definitions of the IAEA’s reactor status categories remain unclear. Units can remain in the LTS category for many years, without any apparent limit. Japan has now 48 units listed as LTS, one of which is the fast breeder reactor Monju that has not been generating electricity since a sodium fire severely damaged the plant in 1995, while three further units at Kashiwazaki-kariwa have not been generating power since an earthquake hit the site in 2007.

Of the other 47 Japanese units, 42 have been retroactively classified as LTS as of 1 January 2012 (strangely including the 3 Kashiwazaki-kariwa units), while five reactors have retroactively entered that listing between 14 January and 26 March 2012. One reactor, Tomari-3 in Hokkaido—the last one to generate electricity before the country entered a two-month nuclear-free period between 5 May and 5 July 2012—remains, for unknown reasons, in the categories “In Operation” (world overview) and “Operational” (country file). This is despite the fact that only two reactors are currently effectively generating power in Japan, units 3 and 4 at the Ohi plant in Fukui Prefecture.
The future of the Japanese nuclear power plants remains highly uncertain. In spite of a clearly more pro-nuclear government that came in with the election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it will likely take years until more power plants could get back on line. Abe stated on 4 January 2013:
“We will first of all determine whether or not to restart nuclear power plants on the basis of scientific safety standards. Then over the course of roughly three years we will assess the futures of existing nuclear power plants and transition to a new stable energy mix over ten years. The new construction or replacement of nuclear power plants is not a matter that is able to be determined immediately. Naturally this is an area in which we should make our determination in accordance with the principle of gradually decreasing our degree of reliance on nuclear power to the greatest extent possible.”
Other sources have also suggested that it could take a long time for nuclear plants to adapt after the newly established Nuclear Regulatory Authority will come up with new safety standards in July 2013.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, Japan | Leave a comment

New nuclear power- not a good investment

the nuclear renaissance may be largely over before it started.

New Centralized Nuclear Plants: Still an Investment Worth Making? Forbes,  Peter Kelly-Detwiler,15 Jan 2013, 

“…….Even without Fukushima, the verdict on large centralized US nukes is probably in, for the following reasons:

1)     They take too long: In the ten years it can take to build a nuclear plant, the world can change considerably (look at what has happened with natural gas prices and the costs of solar since some of these investments were first proposed).  The energy world is changing very quickly, which poses a significant risk for thirty to forty year investments.

2)     They are among the most expensive and capital-intensive investments in the world; they cost many billions of dollars, and they are too frequently prone to crippling multi-billion dollar cost overruns and delays.  In May 2008, the US Congressional Budget Office found that the actual cost of building 75 of America’s earlier nuclear plants involved an average 207% overrun, soaring from $938 to $2,959 per kilowatt.

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3)     And once the investments commence, they are all-or-nothing.  You can’t pull out without losing your entire investment.  For those with longer memories, WPPS and Shoreham represent  $2.25 bn (1983)  and $6 bn (1989) wasted investments in which nothing was gained and ratepayers and bondholders lost a good deal. Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs | Leave a comment

San Onofre leads the way for USA rust bucket nuclear reactors to go

The fiasco at San Onfre is being replayed at rust bucket reactors throughout the US. 

Meanwhile, the conversion to green power in Germany is booming.  When 8 reactors were shut and the conversion to wind, solar and biomass became official policy, “experts” predicated energy shortages and soaring prices.  But the opposite has happened as supply has boomed and prices have dropped.

The same things will happen in California and elsewhere as these radioactive jalopies begin to shut.  The effectiveness of citizen activism in California is now vastly multiplied as these two decrepit reactors become increasingly obsolete, inoperable and economically insupportable.  

nuclear-plant-San-OnofreShowdown at San Onofre: Why the Nuclear Industry May Be Dealt a Big Blowhttp://www.alternet.org/environment/showdown-san-onofre-why-nuclear-industry-may-be-dealt-big-blow?akid=9919.1085969.01RI09&rd=1&src=newsletter775567&t=19 Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power.January 7, 2013

Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power.

They sit in a seismic zone vulnerable to tsunamis.  Faulty steam generators have forced them shut for nearly a year.

A powerful “No Nukes” movement wants them to stay that way.  If they win, the shutdown of America’s 104 licensed reactors will seriously accelerate.

The story of San Onofre Units 2 & 3 is one of atomic idiocy.  Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Radioactive groundwater leaking into Fukushima reactors

Tepco Official in US: “We are still seeing leakage” — Contaminated groundwater seeping into reactor areas http://enenews.com/tepco-official-leakage-contaminated-groundwater-seeping-reactor-areas
  Title: Fukushima recovery aided by SRS cleanup technology
Source: The Augusta Chronicle
Author: Rob Pavey
Date: Jan. 15, 2013
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[…] Even after almost two years of nonstop cleanup work, managing the flow of water contaminated with radiation continues to be one of site’s most significant challenges, [Masumi Ishikawa, TEPCO’s general manager for radioactive fuel management] said.

“We are still seeing leakage,” he said. “That is an important challenge we must meet.”

Maintaining the essential flow of cooling water to the melted reactors, he said, has been complicated by the need to remove and treat contaminated groundwater that has seeped into the reactor areas since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

[…] Ishikawa said the plant site will almost certainly play some sort of role in the future.

“Our new prime minister explicitly has said, Japan’s revitalization will not happen without the revitalization of Fukushima Dai-ichi,” he said.
See also: ‘Impermeable wall’ between leaking Fukushima reactors and ocean yet to be built — Tepco still working on silt fence (PHOTO)

January 17, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Virginia would be gambling its future, with uranium mining

Uranium mining: A fiscal conservative might say, ‘no’,  http://www.wpcva.com/altavista/opinion/article_7de6346e-5ff6-11e2-9db4-001a4bcf887a.html   ALTAVISTA Journal, Katie Whitehead/Special to the Journal. January 16, 2013

 

Traditional conservative values support continuing the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia. Moving forward with legalization of uranium mining in Virginia would be expensive for taxpayers, with no guarantee the costs would ever be recovered.

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The governor’s Uranium Working Group (UWG) report lists the many protective actions Virginia would need to take to regulate and monitor uranium mining and milling. Following through on all the suggested safety measures would require establishing a comprehensive uranium mining and milling regulatory program. The only proposal worth considering — other than maintaining the moratorium — is a fully funded, fully staffed, comprehensive, state-level, statewide program that incorporates all the measures outlined by the UWG. Even then, it might be impossible to guarantee a degree of safety in operation that would be acceptable to a majority of citizens.

Dr. Paul Locke, chairman of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study committee, recently told reporters, “Putting protective regulations into place would be a very, very, very difficult task. Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Hear Arnie Gundersen on USA’s costly shutdown nuclear reactors

Gundersen,-Arnie-1AUDIO http://www.fairewinds.com/content/fairewinds-podcast REPAIRS AT FOUR NUCLEAR REACTORS ARE SO EXPENSIVE THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE RESTARTED Jan  13, 2013 Fairewinds examines continuing problems at four US nuclear reactors, each of which have been shutdown for more than two years.  Upstream dam failures continue to plague Ft. Calhoun, steam generator tube failures at San Onofre jeopardized Los Angeles.  Crystal River’s containment repairs burden Floridians with excessive costs.  Finally, Arnie examines a new proposal by the Department of Energy to melt radioactive scrap metal and reuse it in consumer goods like knives and forks.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

Chrystal River, Vermont nuclear plants likely to follow Kewaunee into closure

Analyst: Florida nuclear plant will likely be closed — Gundersen: “The dominoes are starting to fall” (AUDIO)

Title: Repairs at Four Nuclear Reactors Are So Expensive That They Should Not Be Restarted http://enenews.com/analyst-florida-nuclear-plant-will-be-closed-gundersen-dominoes-starting-fall-audio
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: January 13, 2013

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: Duke is seriously considering pulling the plug on the [Crystal River nuclear] plant […]

Last week we had a financial analyst at UBS suggest that Vermont Yankee didn’t make economic sense.

This week, we’ve got a financial analyst at another firm called Fitch and he says that the Crystal River plant will likely be closed because Duke can’t make economic sense out of it.

So the dominoes are starting to fall.

We’ve have Kewaunee, which is shutting down in the Midwest because of financial reasons. And now we’ve got UBS analysts and Fitch analysts also claiming it makes no economic sense to keep other nuclear plants running.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

USA’s Dept of Energy announces goals for nuclear waste management

wastes-1 DOE touts interim storage option for spent nuclear fuel, Augusta Chronicle, By Rob Pavey  Jan. 16, 2013  “……….Read the complete report:

highly-recommendedhttp://energy.gov/downloads/strategy-management-and-disposal-used-nuclear-fuel-and-high-level-radioactive-waste

Legislative goals for next 10 years:

• Active engagement in a broad, national, consent-based process to site pilot and full-scale interim storage facilities, and site and characterize a geologic repository;

• Siting, design, licensing, and commencement of operations at a pilot-scale storage facility with an initial focus on accepting used nuclear fuel from shut-down reactor sites.;

• Significant progress on siting and licensing of a larger consolidated interim storage facility capable of providing system flexibility and an opportunity for more substantial progress in reducing government liabilities;

• Development of transportation capabilities (personnel, processes, equipment) to begin movement of fuel from shut-down reactors;

• Reformation of the funding approach in ways that preserve the necessary role for ongoing discretionary appropriations and also provide additional funds as necessary, whether from reclassified fees or from mandatory appropriation from the NWF or both; and

• Establishment of a new organization to run the program, the structure and positioning of which balance greater autonomy with the need for continued Executive and Legislative branch oversight.

Source: U.S. Energy Department http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-01-16/doe-touts-interim-storage-option-spent-nuclear-fuel?v=1358336852

January 17, 2013 Posted by | Reference, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Quantum Pendants radioactive – 2 independent tests from bloggers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxX3ZWY4nw

The Quantum Pendant

Published on Jan 13, 2013

I bought a Quantum Pendant and MY pendant turned out to be radioactive. 🙂

Please note, my analysis was only for my personal quantum pendant and not others. I make no claim about any quantum pendant beyond my own.

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Radioactive quantum scalar energy pendant review

A second analysis of another pendant

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Published on Jan 13, 2013

the atomic age’s quack cures, today!
let’s have a closer look at this radioactive pendant…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfGKJK8Zgtc

i personally would not know why this should have any beneficial effects on my body. the stuff i have read about it sounds like absolute pseudoscience; scientific words are mixed up randomly in a context that makes zero sense to the literate person (but may sound amazing to an uninformed person).
maybe i’ll still wear it for a month or so, though, “just in case there’s something i don’t know”. i did the same with homeopathy once (with zero effects, but that’s probably because i believed it was quack from the first second – but i did take my sugar beads exactly as prescribed).

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January 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

National governments are legislating to fight climate change

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23079-nations-are-taking-action-on-climate-change.html
 15 January 2013 by Fred Pearce
It may be climate change’s best-kept secret. While global talks
founder, national governments are passing legislation to curb
greenhouse gas emissions – a Plan B for fighting climate change that
was hatched at 2010 climate talks in Cancun.

This optimistic message is at the centre of a new London School of
Economics analysis, published by GLOBE International, a group of
environment-minded parliamentarians. Of 33 major economies, 32 have
now passed legislation to either combat climate change or improve
energy efficiency, the analysis suggests, with industrialising
countries like China, Mexico and South Korea at the forefront.

These national measures are not enough, of course – the World Bank
recently concluded that the world is still heading for 4 degrees of
warming by 2100 – but national measures may help enable a global
emissions-cutting deal in time for the 2015 UN target date.

“Only if national regulatory frameworks are in place will it be
possible to reach an agreement in 2015,” says GLOBE secretary Adam
Matthews. There is no Plan C.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | Leave a comment

David Bradbury: background to his documentary films on nuclear issues

A first wave of David Bradbury’s critically acclaimed filmography is now available for immediate streaming video on ScreenZone.tv:

http://www.screenzone.tv/products/jabiluka

http://www.screenzone.tv/products/hard-rain

http://www.screenzone.tv/products/public-enemy

http://www.screenzone.tv/products/blowin-in-the-wind

Frontline-filmsON THE FRONTLINE: A ScreenZone interview with David Bradbury, 15 Jan 13   ”……DB: My current film examines the three stages of the nuclear film cycle on a very personal level. It started when I met an aboriginal woman called Isabelle Dingamah (sic) about four years ago, and I started to film her story. She is one of the traditional custodians of the land at Roxby [Downs]. As a little girl she’d had the British atom bomb dropped on her and her family when she was 18-months-old. It’s kind of Shakespearian. Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

France’s President Hollande calls for renewable energy spending

Hollande calls for more renewable energy spending http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=56456 16 Jan 13, French President warns failure to invest in developing renewable energy will increase demand for fossil energy, risks of global warming. Middle East Online

ABU DHABI – French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for pumping more investments in renewable energy projects to prepare for the post-oil era and to avoid global warming.

“If we don’t spend … we will have a catastrophe,” Hollande told the opening session of the World Future Energy Summit (WEFS) in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading

January 17, 2013 Posted by | France, politics | Leave a comment