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Fukushima area: radioactivity in 79 tested cattle

text Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima — “In the event of a nuclear Armageddon, don’t eat the steak” — Newborns, fetuses concentrating contamination
Title: Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima
Source: Discovery News
Author: Tim Wall
Date: Jan 30, 2013
Radioactive Cattle Found Near Fukushima
[…] Now, nearly two years after the disaster, those abandoned cattle were found to be contaminated with radioactive elements. Traces of radioactive cesium, silver and tellurium were found in the 79 cattle analyzed by a scientific team led by Nagoya University engineer Toshio Fukuda and published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Fetuses and calves had radioactive materials concentrations up to 1.5 times higher than the adults. The calves had been born, and the fetuses conceived, after the disaster.

In the event of a nuclear Armageddon, don’t eat the steak. Radioactive elements collected most heavily in the cattle’s skeletal muscle. […]
See also: Gov’t to begin testing fetuses for gene mutations in “Fukushima Genomic Analysis”

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, radiation | Leave a comment

Fukushima Genomic Analysis will test three generations for gene mutations

Gov’t to begin testing fetuses for gene mutations in “Fukushima Genomic Analysis”
September 9th, 2012 …


Grandparents will also be investigated if possible in order to investigate three generations of gene mutations

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, health, radiation | Leave a comment

A manufactured danger- the supposed nuclear weapons threat from Iran

Contrast, then, the Iranian nuclear posture with that of the U.S. and
Israel – the two supposedly threatened parties.

Israel has perhaps as many as 200 nuclear weapons.  It is unknown
precisely just how many bombs Israel possesses because it refuses to
sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (which Iran has done), or allow in
international inspectors (which Iran continues to do).

Meanwhile, the U.S. – the only nation to actually deploy nuclear
weapons in combat – is currently in the midst of upgrading its arsenal
of 5,113 nuclear warheads.  With conservative estimates approaching
$400 billion, the Washington Post reports, it will be the “costliest
overhaul in its history.”

And yet, it is Iran that poses the nuclear threat?

flag-IranThe Iran Nuclear Threat: Phantom Menace
By Ben Schreiner
Global Research, February 01, 2013 They say you can’t kill that which
has never lived.  It’s useful advice when analyzing the persistence of
the so-called “Iranian nuclear threat.”

According to a report in McClatchy, “Israeli intelligence officials
now estimate that Iran won’t be able to build a nuclear weapon before
2015 or 2016.”

Recall that just this past September Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu was theatrically warning that Iran would achieve nuclear
weapons capability by “next spring, at most by next summer.”

Of course, Netanyahu has made a career out of warning that Iran is
about to go nuclear – claiming as early as 1992 that Iran was 3 to 5
years away from being able to produce a bomb

As one Israeli official justifiably lamented to McClatchy, “Did we cry
wolf too early?”  Yes – early and often, to be precise. Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Iran, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Abandonment of Virginia uranium mining proposal

“This is not just environmentalists,” Jaffe said. “This is small business owners in Southside, it’s farmers, it’s parents of small children, it’s community leaders, it’s physicians — all these disparate voices coming together.”

Environmentalists were joined in their opposition by local grass-root organizers, Virginia’s largest farm lobby, the state’s medical society, municipal and church groups, the NAACP and others

logo-NO-nuclear-SmUranium mining proposal abandoned in Virginia  Bloomberg,  By Flag-USASteve Szkotak on January 31, 2013  RICHMOND, Va. (AP)— A proposal to mine uranium in Virginia was abruptly abandoned Thursday in the Legislature, and supporters scrambled to appeal directly to the governor to salvage what would be the first full-scale mining operation of the radioactive ore on the East Coast.

Unable to deliver the votes in the General Assembly, Sen. John Watkins withdrew his legislation to establish state regulations for uranium mining in Southside Virginia, a rural area along the North Carolina state line and home to the largest known deposit of the radioactive ore in the U.S.

Watkins instead asked fellow Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to use his administrative powers to have state agencies draw up the rules. McDonnell has not taken a position on the divisive issue and his spokesman J. Tucker Martin said the governor was reviewing the request.

Meanwhile, opponents of uranium mining, many of whom had traveled to Richmond for a hearing on the legislation, cheered when Watkins announced his decision.

“This is a resounding — a resounding — victory,” said Cale Jaffe of the Southern Environmental Law Center.

He credited broad opposition to the proposal, which was pitched by the mining company as a job creator in a hard-hit section of the state.

“This is not just environmentalists,” Jaffe said. “This is small business owners in Southside, it’s farmers, it’s parents of small children, it’s community leaders, it’s physicians — all these disparate voices coming together.”……. Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, politics, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

Lots of government incentives fail to win Cumbrians: nuclear waste dump rejected

flag-UKCumbria sticks it to the nuclear dump lobby – despite all the carrots on offer Guardian UK, Terry Macalister, 31 Jan 13, Council’s decision to turn down the hosting of huge underground nuclear waste depository is a body blow for government Cumbria county council’s decision to “dump the dump” by voting against a nuclear waste repository close to the Lake District has drilled a nasty great hole in the middle of the government’s wider nuclear strategy.

Ministers had made clear that part of the agreement with the public over a new generation of atomic power stations would involve finding a safe and permanent home for the high-level waste created by the old ones.

Cumbria’s decision is a body blow for government because though it may not necessarily have been the most geologically suitable spot, it certainly was the most politically suitable.

Oscar-wastesThe “energy coast”, as the region calls itself, is home to Sellafield, formerly Windscale, the largest nuclear complex in Europe with more than 5,000 well-paid jobs, as well as the nuclear submarine-building base at Barrow-in-Furness.

Even a secretarial job there can pay £10 an hour, and to win votes in the local constituency you need to pin your nuclear colour – yellow – to the mast, as the MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed, and his predecessor, “Neutron Jack” Cunningham, have done.

The Unite union, representing many Sellafield workers, can also be relied upon to bang the nuclear drum on a national level, and was quick to condemn the county council’s decision on Wednesday.

The government had dangled all kinds of carrots in front of Cumbria’s local and regional councils, including the prospect that up to 1,000 jobs could be created from the proposed £12bn underground project. It made some headway when Copeland and Allerdale councils voted in favour of further dialogue, but that was not enough without the county council.

Now, if an area steeped in a nuclear culture is not prepared to countenance a waste dump, then who will?…… Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Public hearing on San Onofre nuclear plant February 2nd

nuclear-plant-San-OnofreSafe to Reopen Nuclear Plant, Edison Says 4NBC, 31 Jan 13, A year after the seaside San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut down, its owner says it will be safe to reopen. Activists express alarm
By Sharon Bernstein
 A year after safety a radiation leak prompted the shutdown of California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant, owner Southern California Edison insists the facility can be re-opened safely.
Thursday is the anniversary of the controversial beachside plant’s closure, and activists plan to use the occasion to call once again to make the shutdown permanent. …..

Under its plan, [Edison’s] the utility would not operate the reactor at full strength. Instead, it would only be used at 70% of its capacity. In addition, the company promised to close the plant for inspection within 150 days of starting it up again.

But activists in the communities around the plant oppose Edison’s plan to re-open the San Onofre, saying that it would not be safe.

“One year ago, a radiation leak nearly became a major nuclear disaster,” activist Donna Gilmore wrote on a website dedicated to opposing the plant. She and others are holding an event for opponents of re-opening the plant on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center.

A public hearing on Edison’s proposal for the facility will be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Feb. 12 in Capistrano Beach.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Curiouser and curiouser- it’s now assumed that there was no explosion at Iran nuclear site

man-puzzledThe IAEA Says It Has Inspectors At Iran’s Fordo Nuclear Site And flag-IranThere Has Been No Explosion Robert Johnson | Jan. 30, 2013,Conflicting reports of a recent explosion at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility appear to have been put to rest.

 (This is an updated post)

Reza Kahlili originally reported for WND on the “blast”: “The blast shook facilities within a radius of three miles. Security forces have enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles, and the Tehran- Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast.”

Kahlili’s report said the Fordo nuclear facility was severely damaged in an explosion and up to 240 workers trapped inside.

Jay Carney then told reporters in a press conference, that the White House had no information on the report: “We [the U.S.] have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible. We don’t believe those are credible reports.”

Iran’s official news agency, said the same thing, with the IRNA, promptly denying the explosion, claiming the news was simply the result of the Western media-fueled “propoganda machine.”

That might have ended the story there, but The Times of London’s Israel correspondent Sheera Frenkel also confirmed the incident through her own independent sources: Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | incidents, Iran | Leave a comment

Urgent need for USA to adopt a new strategy with Iran, as Nixon did with China

highly-recommendedThe U.S. needs a completely different approach to Iran  By Flynt and Hillary Leveret Reuters,   JANUARY 31, 2013 As Washington and its great power partners prepare for more nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration and policy elites across the political spectrum talk as if America is basically in control of the situation. Sanctions, we are told, are inflicting ever-rising hardship on Iran’s economy. Either Tehran will surrender to U.S. demands that it stop enriching uranium or, at some point, the American military will destroy Iranian nuclear installations.

This is a dangerous delusion, grounded in persistent American illusions about Middle Eastern reality. Because of failed wars-cum-occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan; a war on terror that has turned Muslim societies ever more firmly against U.S. policy; and de facto support for open-ended Israeli occupation of Arab populations, America’s position in the region is in free fall.

Increasingly mobilized publics will not tolerate continuation of such policies. If, in this climate, the United States launches another war to disarm yet another Middle Eastern country of weapons of mass destruction it does not have, the blowback against American interests will be disastrous. Nonetheless, that is where our current strategy – negotiating on terms that could not possibly interest Iran while escalating covert operations, cyber-attacks, and economic warfare against it – leads. Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Japan’s Nuclear Board sets out safety regulations: nuclear industry working to weaken these

The government that won election in December had said during its campaign that it wants to restart most of the currently idled 48 nuclear reactors within the next three years…….

The power industry, which has a more supportive government potentially on its side, has been lobbying heavily against some of the regulations.

During the process, the requirements can be watered down.”

safety-symbol-SmJapan Nuclear Board Offers New Safety Plans, WSJ,   By MARI IWATA , January 31, 2013, TOKYO—Japan’s revamped nuclear-safety regulator issued its first proposed safety guidelines, telling utilities they need to flag-japanplan for “unthinkable incidents,” such as the mammoth earthquake and tsunami that caused the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

Under the new rules, power plants will need to have more than a single access to the external grid power and to install enhanced filters to prevent contamination from being released if the reactors need to be vented due to a dangerous buildup of pressure.U.S. regulators, for example, require nuclear plants to have at least two connections to the external power grid. They require filters on some, but not all, venting valves and are weighing whether to adopt rules that would require expensive new filtering systems at 31 U.S. reactors with designs similar to Fukushima Daiichi.
The utilities also will have to plan how to deal with other types of risks previously not considered, such as a terrorist attack or a plane crash, proposing measures such as stronger buildings surrounding the reactor units and having critical backup systems at greater distance.

The new measures, which are subject to public comment, were issued Thursday by the new Nuclear Regulation Authority, set up in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident. The new body was created following criticism that the previous regulator, part of the energy ministry, was too close to the industry. Nuclear-power opponents say the agency’s work so far has shown that the previous cozy relationships, dubbed the “nuclear village,” are still in place.

Some experts said the new regulations sidestep many of the most important questions that will likely determine whether Japan will again have a heavy dependence on nuclear-generated electricity.

One key issue not yet addressed is how to determine whether a plant should be shut down because it sits on an “active” earthquake fault…..Another critical question for the utilities is whether additional equipment must all be installed immediately or over time, a question that could prompt some utilities to close older plants.

Antinuclear activist Takeshi Sakagami, who has been a regular attendee at NRA events and related expert-panel meetings since the agency began in July 2011, says the agency has been largely taken over by bureaucrats who want to restart Japan’s reactors. “Bureaucrats have been drafting the proposed rules and answering questions in the panel meetings,” he said. “It’s already back to the hands of the nuclear village members.”

He pointed out that the authority has held two sessions with power utilities in its discussions about reactor safety regulations, but so far none with residents from around Fukushima nor with antinuclear groups……

The government that won election in December had said during its campaign that it wants to restart most of the currently idled 48 nuclear reactors within the next three years…….

The power industry, which has a more supportive government potentially on its side, has been lobbying heavily against some of the regulations.  One utility posted a profit and the other, Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.,9501.TO +0.94% has yet to report.

Makoto Yagi, president of Kansai Electric Power Co., 9503.TO 0.00% Japan’s second-largest power utility and previously heavily dependent on nuclear power, said on Jan. 25 that the company will need at least ¥285 billion ($3.15 billion) in additional capital investment to equip its 11 reactors with safety measures required by the new guidelines.

The draft rules are still open to public comment. “It’s not as simple as you might think to evaluate the guidelines at this point,” said Hiromitsu Ino, emeritus professor of the Tokyo University and an expert of raw materials used in reactors. “During the process, the requirements can be watered down.”

The utilities have been hit by higher costs of oil- and gas-fired power plants. Of the nation’s nine utilities that own and operate nuclear-power plants, seven have so far reported losses for the nine months to December……

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Japan, safety | 1 Comment

Video: radiation in bodies of Fukushima evacuees

see-this.wayBBC: Medical tests show exposure to “high levels of radiation” in Fukushima evacuees (VIDEO)
  January 30th, 2013
 Title: Tsunami: The Survivors’ Stories (Documentary)
Source: BBC
Upload by: BlueBagBrigade
Date Published: Jan 29, 2013

Fukushima Evacuee: I’m prepared for the fact that probably we [my family] suffered some internal and external radiation exposure. […]

Narrator: He’s had medical tests that show he has been exposed to high levels of radiation.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Deafening silence of the mainstream media about Fukushima

censorshipJournalism Professor: Goebbels would smile in his grave to see how nuclear establishment handled disaster — Lots around world will die from Fukushima contamination (AUDIO)
January 30th, 2013 
flag-japan Update Here: Jiji: Japan plummets in press freedom list — “Almost zero respect for access to information related to Fukushima… Should sound an alarm” -Group

Hear-This-wayTitle: Nuclear Hotseat #85: Journalist Karl Grossman Reveals 40+ Years of Nuke Media Manipulation
Source:  Nuclear Hotseat

Date: Jan 29, 2013
Karl Grossman, , Professor of journalism at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury: What we’re undergoing now is a huge coverup […]

There’s nothing. When was the last time you read or heard or saw, regarding mainstream media, any information about Fukushima?

Lots of people are going to end up dead, not just in Japan, but all over the world because of the radioactivity released, continuing to be released […]

The media have been basically silent. I mean Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, would smile in his grave to see how the nuclear establishment has handled, quite successfully, the Fukushima disaster.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | media, Resources -audiovicual, USA | Leave a comment

Freedom of press in Japan has gone down drastically, since Fukushima nuclear disaster

news-nukeJiji: Japan plummets in press freedom list — “Almost zero respect for access to information related to Fukushima… Should sound an alarm” -Group
 Title: Japan dives to 53rd in press freedom list 
flag-japanSource: Jiji Press
Date: Jan. 30, 2013
Japan plummeted to 53rd from 22nd last year in the 2013 press freedom ranking released by Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based nonprofit organization, on Wednesday.

Japan “has been affected by a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects directly or indirectly related to Fukushima,” the group said in a statement, referring to the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. “This sharp fall should sound an alarm,” it added. […]
See also: Professor: Goebbels would smile in his grave to see how nuclear establishment handled disaster (AUDIO)

February 1, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, Japan, media | Leave a comment

Uranium miners’ hope – African fighting might lift price of uranium

Uranium Price May Spike On Geopolitical Tensions In Africa Daily Markets By Jeb Handwerger updated January 31, 2013 Keep a close eye on Al Qaeda in Africa.  France is sending in Special Forces into Niger to protect their uranium sources controlled by state owned Areva.  France is concerned that the fight in neighboring Mali may threaten neighboring Niger which has been a huge producer of uranium for 50 years.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | business and costs | Leave a comment

Loan guarantee for Vogtle new nuclear plant – a dangerous waste of tax-payers’ money?

nukes-hungrygroups that oppose the construction of the Vogtle reactors are arguing that the proposed loan guarantee for the project is “Solyndra-like,” a reference to the scandal over a solar panel manufacturer in California that went bankrupt in 2011 after receiving a $535 million federal guarantee.

the Vogtle project is more than a year behind schedule, they noted. And the owners and the contractor are enmeshed in a $900 million dispute on costs

Nuclear Opponents Invoke Solyndra NYT, By MATTHEW L. WALD, 31 Jan 13,  Are new nuclear power plants a good bet for taxpayers? Congress evidently thought so in 2005, when it set aside $17.5 billion in loan guarantees to help restart nuclear construction in this country after a three-decade drought.

The theory at the time was that nuclear power was essential to maintaining diversity in the nation’s electric power system and to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The program was signed into law by President George W. Bush, and President Obama later proposed expanding that program to more than $50 billion.

Eight years later, no actual loans have been made, and opponents of one nuclear project in Georgia are now arguing that none should be, because the risk of default is too high. Continue reading

February 1, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Bulgarian government confirms it will not build new nuclear power plant

Failed referendum leaves Bulgaria without nuclear future Rt 31 January, 2013,  A referendum on nuclear energy in Bulgaria failed due to low turnout, and the country’s ruling party has confirmed it will not build a new nuclear plant….. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov confirmed that his ruling center-right GERB party would not resume construction on a nuclear power plant in Belene.

In March 2012, the GERB party scrapped the 2,000-megawatt nuclear plant project, which had been under construction by Russia’s Atomstroyexport since 2008. The Bulgarian government said that the country could no longer afford the plant’s 6.4-billion euro price tag……

Kozloduy’s two operational 1,000-megawatt reactors, designed by the Soviet Union, were modernized in 2005 and 2006 to meet EU safety demands. They will be operable until 2027 and 2032 respectively, at which point Bulgaria will no longer generate nuclear energy.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Bulgaria, politics | Leave a comment