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USA Defense Department closes medical registry of Fukushima radiation affected servicemen and women

eyes-surprisedThe decision to cease updating the registry means there will be no way to determine if patterns of health problems emerge among the members of the Marines, Army, Air Force, Corps of Engineers, and Navy stationed at 63 installations in Japan with their families. In addition, it leaves thousands of sailors and Marines in the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group 7 on their own when it comes to determining if any of them are developing problems caused by radiation exposure.

Flag-USAJust In: Over 150 U.S. service members say Fukushima radiation has triggered medical issues — Now Defense Department abandons medical registry, leaving them on own
February 1st, 2013 
 Title: Fukushima Rescue Mission Lasting Legacy: Radioactive Contamination of Americans
Source: New Jersey Newsroom
Date: January 31 2013

The Department of Defense has decided to walk away from an unprecedented medical registry of nearly 70,000 American service members, civilian workers, and their families caught in the radioactive clouds blowing from the destroyed nuclear power plants at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | health, radiation, USA | Leave a comment

Criminal gangs in the money again in Japan – now in “nuclear waste disposal”

money-in-nuclear--wastesAsahi: Gangsters cashing in on Fukushima disaster — Involved in “disposal of waste”
  Title: Gangster illegally hired workers for decontamination projects
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: January 31, 2013
Criminal organizations are cashing in on the disaster that shook Japan nearly two years ago by sinking their claws into all aspects of recovery operations to skim off handsome profits.

Police have just turned up an instance of a gang member brazenly providing laborers to help clean up contaminated areas in Fukushima Prefecture, and pocketing part of their wages. […]

“The recovery operations involve a lot of money, so they are a godsend for gangs that have trouble making money due to a police crackdown on gang activities,” a gang insider said.

The man said these groups have been involved in the demolition of buildings and the disposal of waste in devastated areas. […]
 See also: Police make arrest over cleanup workers at Fukushima Daiichi — Crime syndicate “allegedly participated in containment work for the damaged facilities”

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Crisis of Fukushima No 4 reactor a worry for entire world

Japan Experts: Fukushima Unit 4 is the immediate crisis… entire world is concerned — No good solution for speeding up fuel removal
Report from Jiji on January 30, 2013 meeting of the Fukushima accident council with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

[…] Mr. Kurokawa, the chairman of the governmental accident investigation committee commented the SFP of reactor 4 is the crisis in front of us. The entire world is concerned about that.
Mr. Kitazawa, the chairman of the council stated it takes a while to remove all the spent fuel from the pool. There is no appropriate solution for that.
Systran Translation

[…] The same nuclear plant 4 the anxiety for the used nuclear fuel pool of the machine was shown from the group of members […]

[…] Kurokawa which is National Diet accident pitch chairman is clear Science Council of Japan former chairman “the crisis which is immediately. The inside of the world feels concern” […]

[…] Chairman Hiroshi Kitazawa who serves the chairman of intellectual person meeting, points out that time is required for the fuel removal. “There is no good solution method” […]
See also: TV: Gov’t seeking to empty Fukushima No. 4 fuel pool much sooner than planned — Worries it could become ‘unsafe’ (VIDEO

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

USA’s Blue Ribbon Commission has no idea what to do with 70,000 tons of nuclear waste

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future reported that “no currently available or reasonably foreseeable reactor and fuel cycle technology developments — including advances in reprocessing and recycling technologies — have the potential to fundamentally alter the waste management challenges the nation confronts over at least the next several decades, if not longer.”


Report: US will have to bury 70,000 tons of nuclear waste.   A report by a government research lab found that the U.S. will have to bury nearly Flag-USA70,000 tons of nuclear waste after the Obama administration cut funding for the Yucca Mountain repository in 2011, reports the Moscow-based news service RT.

A 2012 report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which does research for the Department of Energy, said that “about 68,450 [metric tons] or about 98 percent of the total current inventory by mass, can proceed to permanent disposal without the need to ensure retrievability for reuse or research purposes. The report also found that the rest of the nuclear waste can be used for research on fuel reprocessing and storage.

The Oak Ridge report also notes that the stock of spent nuclear fuel being held at 79 temporary locations in 34 US states “is massive, diverse, dispersed, and increasing.” Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | 2 Comments

Poor UK new nuclear industry !- stalled by Cumbria’s rejection of waste dump

Oscar-wastesMuch of the UK’s high level nuclear waste is stored above ground at SellafieldNo other community had come forward as a potential site, and no other community looks likely to. And given West Cumbria’s nuclear history it always seemed the best bet.

The government also has to find a solution. It will be harder to justify new nuclear power stations if the country can’t find a long term way of dealing with its existing waste problem.

Is it all over for Cumbrian nuclear waste store plans?, BBC News 1 Feb 13,  The long term plan could have seen nuclear waste buried underground in Cumbria For the second time in 14 years the hunt for a long-term solution to Britain’s nuclear waste stockpile seems to have foundered in Cumbria.

flag-UKIn 1999 Cumbria County Council rejected plans for a rock laboratory that could have paved the way for an underground nuclear waste store. And now the same council has again withdrawn as a potential site for a repository. Cumbria’s decision The majority of the council’s executive decided the county wasn’t suitable. The government has also said it accepts Cumbria’s decision and will look elsewhere.

So is it all over? Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Uranium industry is being killed off by cold, hard, economics

graph-down-uraniumFor now, at least, uranium is dead. Its killer was cold, hard economics. 

Virginia Uranium’s Strangely Short Half-Life, Bacon’s Rebellion,   February 1, 2013 by Peter Galuszka “…….Back in 2007, uranium prices were about $140 a pound. That touched off a renewed effort to mine the Coles Hill Farm tract in Pittsylvania County, one of the country’s largest uranium deposits.

As both sides of the argument poured money into lobbyists’ pockets, something happened that was beyond their control. Uranium prices set by global demand started dropping. By 2010, they had plummeted to about $70 a pound because of the global economic slowdown. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011, they fell to the mid-$40-a-pound level, where they are now.

What that means for uranium mining in Virginia can be explained with simple arithmetic. According to Brett Arends of the Wall Street Journal, “The industry needs prices to be at $75 to $80 a pound for future mine production to be profitable.” In other words, for Virginia Uranium’s project to work, prices would likely need to rebound by about $30 a pound. I have noted this in a previous blog.

The bad news for uranium continues. Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

Republican senators’ ignorant and disrespectful treatment of defense nominee Chuck Hagel

exclamation-Zero Tolerance for Nuclear Weapons, HUFFINGTON POST, William Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy, 1 Feb 13,  There were many low moments in yesterday’s disrespectful, intolerant inquisition of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel by key Republican senators, but some of the most troubling involved the dismissive, ill-informed tone they took towards serious proposals for reducing global nuclear arsenals.

Flag-USAThe criticisms centered around Hagel’s support for Global Zero, an organization whose goal is to set in motion a process that will lead to a world free of nuclear weapons. The goal itself should be uncontroversial. Presidents of diverse political leanings, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, as well as a majority of former U.S. secretaries of defense and secretaries of state have endorsed it. What has too often been missing is a road map for getting there.

In a May 2012 commission report with the decidedly non-threatening title “Modernizing U.S. Nuclear Strategy, Force Structure and Posture,” Global Zero made a series of suggestions on how to responsibly reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals on the road towards nuclear disarmament.  Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Louisiana sinkhole contaminating land, water, air – say residents

see-this.wayTV: ‘Heated’ Meeting on Giant Sinkhole — “This is getting even worse, unbelievable” — “The land is contaminated, water is contaminated, air is contaminated” (VIDEO)

Title: Unanswered questions, frustrations remain after Bayou Corne community meeting
Source: NBC 33
Author: Kris Cusanza
Date: Jan 30, 2012
A community in Assumption Parish meeting got heated after Texas Brine Officials and representatives from it’s contracted companies tried to give an update to residents of Bayou Corne. […]

“I don’t trust anything that we’ve heard so far,” Wallace Cavalier, Bayou Corne resident, exclaimed. “We hear the same thing over and over again. Everything is safe. They have an answer for everything, and they really don’t know nothing. Mother nature is going to have to handle this.” […]

“I don’t see any scientist or anybody in this world correcting this problem,” Cavalier disagreed. “Mother nature is going to have to correct this problem.” […]

“We are tired and this is getting even worse. Unbelievable,” [Kenny Simoneaux, Bayou Corne resident] stated. […]

“The land is contaminated.The water is contaminated. The air is contaminated. It is not a safe place for anyone to live,” Cavalier described. […]
Watch the report here

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Cumbrians (UK) suggest that underground nuclear waste storage should be ruled out forever

flag-UKIs it all over for Cumbrian nuclear waste store plans, BBC News 1 Feb 13,”…….Above ground storage  ..some say it’s time to rule out underground storage forever.

Martin Forwood, from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, has accused Jamie Reed of petulance by insisting Copeland could plough on. He says improved above ground storage is the only way forward.


He said: “We will continue to oppose underground dumping anywhere in the UK.

“With significant blight from at least one major nuclear proposal now averted, Cumbria can now look forward to attracting non-nuclear inward investment and diversifying its local economy towards a safer and clean future for all its communities.”

But despite that wish it does appear this story is far from over, and this week’s “no” may not prove to be the end of a Cumbrian nuclear waste saga that’s dragged on for more than 20 years.

February 2, 2013 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

The rise and fall of Virginia Uranium

thumbs-downVirginia Uranium’s Strangely Short Half-Life, Bacon’s Rebellion,   February 1, 2013 by Peter Galuszka After years building up to a critical mass, Virginia’s uranium controversy never quite reached fission. State Sen. John Watkins, a Republican and uranium backer from Powhatan, pulled the plug on his pro-mining bill Thursday as it faced certain death at a Senate committee. There are a couple of other legislative efforts out there, but it probably safe to say that the state’s now 31-year-old ban on mining uranium stays….

 Flag-USAVirginia Uranium, which wants to develop the 119 million pound deposit near Chatham, had given thousands of dollars in donations, trips and gifts to many legislators. Anti-mining advocates, including the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach who feared for their drinking water sources, hired their own advocacy muscle. Ordinary folks down in the gently rolling hills of Pittsylvania County organized a strikingly tightly-disciplined and effective anti-mining campaign.

At the end of the day, however, the real reason uranium failed lurks behind the scenes far from the polished floors of the State Capitol.

The fact is that the dynamics of energy pricing are undergoing a huge change in this country. A flood of natural gas, some from controversial “fracking” drilling methods, is making other forms of electricity generation, notably nuclear, financially less attractive.

February 2, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Uranium, USA | Leave a comment

USA’s energy use down, renewable energy production up

Renewable energy sources are being built quickly while renewable energy production costs are plummeting. The total installed renewable capacity has more than doubled in the five years between 2008 and 2012. The cost of electricity generated by average large solar power plants has fallen from 31 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2009 to 14 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2012 (excluding the effect of tax credits and other incentives, which would bring those costs down even lower). Over the same period, the cost of power from a typical large wind farm has decreased from 9 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2009 to 8 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Big switch under way in US energy use: report, SMH,  February 1, 2013 

The US is consuming energy considerably more efficiently and with lower emissions than just five years ago thanks to a slew of modern technologies that are changing decades-old patterns, research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance and industry group the Business Council for Sustainable Energy find in a new report.

The Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook portrays a dynamic and rapidly changing US energy landscape. Natural gas and renewables have gained market share largely at the expense of conventional resources. Energy efficiency is also making a major impact, and as a result energy demand has fallen steeply.


From 2007 to 2012, natural gas rose to 27.2 per cent of total energy consumption (including electricity, heat, and transportation) from 23.4 per cent, while renewables including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower have jumped to 9.4 per cent from 6.4 per cent. Meanwhile, during the same period, coal declined to 18.1 per cent from 22.5 per cent and oil fell to 36.7 per cent from 39.3 per cent. The winner of all this is US emissions. From 2007 to 2012, US energy-related CO2 emissions declined 13 per cent.

“Significant changes are occurring in the US energy sector that are boosting investment and accelerating deployment of a range of commercially available clean technologies,” Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | ENERGY, USA | Leave a comment

Sweden in no hurry to press charges against Julian Assange

Assnage,JulianWith Assange in Diplomatic Limbo, Sweden in No Rush to Press Rape Charges , 01 February 2013  By Alissa Bohling, Truthout | News Analysis With Julian Assange remaining in diplomatic limbo in London, Sweden refuses his offer for an interview, leading some to suspect they are not anxious to pursue allegations of rape that have been lodged against him……

 In an October 2012 letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, they asked the Department of Justice to give its word that Assange will not be extradited, subject to indefinite detention or prosecution under the Espionage Act for the activities of WikiLeaks, but with no response, he and his Swedish accusers remain in legal limbo, calling into question whether Assange’s civil liberties and the women’s right to take their accusations through the criminal justice process can both be upheld. Continue reading

February 2, 2013 Posted by | politics international, Sweden | Leave a comment

Danger of radical Islamists and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

flag-pakistanPakistan’s nuclear bombs could be hijacked by radicals, claims scientist
Press Trust of India : February 01, 2013 
 London: Increasing radicalisation within Pakistan’s military could lead to its nuclear weapons being hijacked by radical Islamists, a Pakistani scientist has warned.
“Safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is of a major concern. The growing radicalisation within the military, given attacks on its own internal bases, could lead to these nuclear weapons being hijacked by radical Islamists,” said Pervez Hoodbhoy, who was in London for the launch of his book ‘Confronting the Bomb’.
The nuclear physicist and defence analyst estimated Pakistan’s arsenal to be similar to India’s, at around 120-130 warheads.
“Earlier, such weapons were seen just as a means of deterrence. The most dangerous development is the increasing search for fissile material as a new dimension of tactical nuclear war has entered the picture. This means the number of weapons will steadily increase,” he said……
“Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani & Indian Scientists Speak Out”, published by Oxford University Press and edited by Mr Hoodbhoy, is a compilation of essays by scientists from both sides of the border…….
He is now even sceptical of the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in India and Pakistan.

“Whether electricity generated from nuclear sources is really efficient is a big question mark. The construction of nuclear reactors is very expensive and should an accident similar to Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 were to occur in India or Pakistan, both countries may not have the capacity to deal with it the same way,” he added.

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Pakistan, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear company Exelon under-reported decommissioning costs

nuke-reactor-deadExelon Probed on Nuclear Funding Shortfall, Bloomberg, By Julie Johnsson – Feb 1, 2013 Exelon Corp. (EXC), the largest U.S. nuclear operator, “deliberately” under-reported for four years the amount of money needed to retire its reactors, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

Exelon, based in Chicago, faces “escalated enforcement action” for the financial reporting errors that may total as much $140,000 for each day of the violation, Scott Burnell, a spokesman for the regulatory agency, said in a phone interview today. The agency asked Exelon to explain the errors for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 in a Jan. 31 letter.

The investigation is “very unusual” and may be the first related to contributions to a federal nuclear decommissioning trust fund, Anneliese Simmons, a financial analyst with the commission’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, said in a phone interview. The shortfall totaled $1 billion in 2009. The company is now in compliance, Simmons said…..

February 2, 2013 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

The space exploration dream. What a pity only robots could stand the radiation!

Space robots: Coming soon to a planet near you Phys Org, February 1, 2013 by Gordon Roesler “……the reality is, if we want to achieve our dreams of exploring the solar system, robots will be the means. With the exception of a few select missions, human space flight is in a prolonged hiatus. It has languished in low-Earth orbit over the past four decades and is likely to continue languishing for many more. The International Space Station, or ISS (take a guided tour) continues in its orbit 400 kilometres up. And China will soon visit the moon. But for more distant destinations, we’ve realised that radiation and bone loss would harm space travellers for life……

February 2, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health, radiation | Leave a comment