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Bahrain’s Arab Spring: “The inconvenient revolution?” – Truthloader

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

News from the past week in matters nuclear

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UK govt has done a complete about face, and now announces that it will subsidise new nuclear power, despite all previous promises of “no subsidy for nuclear”. Conflict of interest, as nuclear career executives now in government planning department.   In UK, the angst and agonizing about Sellafield’s  huge amount of high level nuclear waste continues. Nuclear submarine leaking radioactive waste in Scottish waters

USA also having wrangles about who will pay for new nuclear reactors, and for nuclear waste cleanup. Utah and Florida communities getting rebellious about having to pay upfront for reactors that might never be built. Hanford nuclear site – the most polluted place in America, now leaking radioactive fluids, and even semi solids.

Mass rally to urge Obama to act on climate change

China. Wind energy now surpassing nuclear energy, and rapidly being developed, while nuclear power development slows down.

Russia. had an awful scare when a meteorite exploded above an old nuclear weapons site.

Fukushima. The story just gets worse. Much continues to be covered up, by Japan, USA and mainstream media. which is the history of this nuclear disaster. Fukushima’s Governor is asking for the “acceptable” level of ionising radiation to be raised. TEPCO is arranging “temporary compensation” for nuclear victims – they will have to repay this money. Radiation level still found in blufin tuna, off Fukushima coast – indicatng that leakage into the ocean is still happening.

February 21, 2013 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Fukushima Cover-Up by NRC et al. – Video interviews concerning Operation Tomodachi

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

Please see these documents below for proof of a conspiracy to cover up the magnitude of the cover up of the radioactive plume from March 20, 2011 conference calls from the NRC obtained by the FOIA documents
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/M…
and these NRC conference calls
March 21 Part 1 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 21 Part 2 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…

NOTE: The Mar 27th one is the one that talks about the plume model not picking up the first 24 hours of the plume so all the “runs” were skewed 50 percent lower as a result. And the most that they modeled for, the “Super-core” was only 33 percent of the reactor inventory. The conservative plausible “bounding” model was at 25 percent reactor inventory. But like I said, it allowed for most of the plume to escape before it started recording. Big F up, as this became an arguing point that the numbers for particulate measurement was way too high for them to make sense of. Trusting a flawed program from TEPCO (& the Japanese Gov’t) rather than the actual measurements that the Navy measured was a fatal flaw.

March 20 http://pdadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/M…
March 21 Part 1 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 21 Part 2 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 22 Part 1 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 22 Part 2 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 23 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 24 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 25 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 26 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…
March 27 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/M…

Operation Tomodachi was a humanitarian mission conducted in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that began March 11th, 2011 and lasted 80 days. 70,000 US servicemen & women from the Navy, Airforce, Army & Marines delivered food, blankets & water in areas of devastation. What they didn’t know was the severity of radiation exposure they received since TEPCO refused to acknowledge the extent of what was happening at the Fukushima plant. A registry was created to track subsequent health problems by the Department of Defense, but that program was recently abandoned. As many servicemen and women have already begun to exhibit severe health issues a lawsuit was filed in San Diego Federal Court against TEPCO by Environmental Law Attorney Paul Garner, to establish a medical fund for the servicemen & women who were involved in this operation as well as their families in Japan. We speak to Mike Seybourn about what it was like to work in a highly radioactive environment and what the future may hold for he and his family in terms of health. Paul Garner also joins us to discuss the lawsuit, dealing with TEPCO, and what kind of problems his clients are having.

If you were involved in Operation Tomodachi and have questions or concerns about your health status please contact Paul Garner at 760.600.0081 or email him at pcg@garnerlaw.com or his associate daryljbrooks@roadrunner.com
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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why I myself cannot evacuate, a father in Fukushima confesses

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Published on Feb 20, 2013

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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima Governor is asking for the legal dose limit of ionizing radiation to be increased!

Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato is asking for the legal limit of a dose of ionizing radiation in Fukushima to be higher

“…16 billion yen was earmarked for a five year programme to restore the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and yet 48 million yen was spent on investment in Nuclear fusion for example. Why was this money not spent on restoring the area most in need?….”

“I will revive Fukushima no matter how hard it is.”
“It is my dream to be born in Fukushima, grow in Fukushima, get employed, get married, give birth to a baby, see my grandchildren, see my great-grand children and live my final stage in Fukushima.”
I was very impressed by the straightforward and strong words of high school students. To respond to such children’s desire and implement measures for revitalization for the future of the prefecture, we have drawn up ‘The vision for revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture’. Assuming this vision as a marker, I will go forward with residents and municipalities hand in hand to revive ‘FUKUSHIMA’, which is widely known to the world due to the nuclear accident, to “A new Fukushima” in which we can take pride to the world.
Fukushima Prefecture has many tourism sources, such as affluent and beautiful nature, venerable traditional culture, and 130 hot springs that you can fully enjoy…..

http://www.pref.fukushima.jp/kokusai/IADwebsite/html/governormessage.html

 

1mSv per year is the legal limit of an ionizing radiation dose in Japan. This regulation was set up as a compromise level after the amounts of ionizing radiation that were released into the air by nuclear bomb experiments.
The currently set up temporary regulation for Fukushima prefecture is 20mSv per year.  This is very high for our everyday life, especially for children.  People in Fukushima are being forced to live in high radiation areas. When the Japanese government announced their plan for decontamination back in 2011, first they said they are aiming to reduce to 1uSv /h.
However I have noticed over the past years, that the media have been using confused information; even some translations into English have mixed up the values 1mSv/y and 1uSv/h.  It should be stated clearly 1uSv/h=8.76mSv/y.  According to official sources, equivalent amounts of C134 and C137 were discharged from the crippled plant into the atmosphere at the time of the explosions.
While C137 has a half life of 30 years, C134 has only 2 years. Therefore according to Professor Koide of Kyoto Nuclear Laboratory, the ionizing radiation level will go down to 1uSv/h (=8.76.mSv/y) in 2 years anyway without taking into the account of the effects of decontamination.
However with continuous leaking of ionizing radiation for the last 2 years, I don’t think this would apply.  At the time of the announcement, Fukushima citizens criticized the government, asking to keep 1mSv/y as the level for the safety.

Then, former Environment Minister Hosono promised that the government would aim to keep 1mSv/y in response to the request from citizens.

I have to say however that it appears to be just empty words to keep the citizens quite and manipulated…an empty promise.
Despite various reports from Chernobyl that says decontamination work is meant to be only local and is not effective enough for larger areas, the government has been appealing to the nation through the mainstream media and the rest of the world via the IAEA meeting last December that people in Fukushima can live safely after the decontamination work even if after a level 7 nuclear disaster.
Almost the entire city of Fukushima with 90,000 households is eligible for decontamination work to lower the level of ionized radiation to 1mSv/y, but so far it’s only been completed in about 4000 households.
Problems of decontamination haven’t been solved here yet. Also there is no help being provided to avoid recontamination from blowing dust, seed pollen and ongoing radionuclide in the environment from the crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant.
One month ago there were revelations of sloppy decontamination work being carried out. It turned out that the reason behind this sloppy work was that the government wanted to try and minimize the cost of decontamination.
At the same time, over a two year period huge amounts of money were misspent on unrelated things.
16 billion yen was earmarked for a five year programme to restore the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and yet 48 million yen was spent on investment in Nuclear fusion for example. Why was this money not spent on restoring the area most in need? 
Not enough workers were employed for the tight schedules.  Furthermore, they still haven’t sorted out where the soils contaminated by radioactivity can be stored.  So, shockingly workers have on occasion been dumping them into the river.  As a result, I’m sure that ionizing radiation will just continue to circulate around the area.  The plan of decontamination work proved to be unrealistic.  We haven’t heard about what’s happening for a while now, so we need to follow it up.
Recently Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato has asked the central government to loosen the amount of allowable ionizing radiation level.  He commented that 1mSv/y under the current law in Japan is no longer achievable.  I think he should really ask the government to evacuate children and pregnant women instead.
Dr. Yamashita has resigned from his post as a Fukushima radiation risk advisor, (he was appointed by Mr. Yuhei Sato) after so much manipulation over the health survey.
I would like to see the former Fukushima governor Eisaku Sato, who was made to resign over a minor allegation in 2006 because he was opposed to the use of a MOXed-fuel reactor in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, come back as Fukushima governor once again to protect people of Fukushima.

(Reference) http://www.kahoku.co.jp/news/2013/02/20130218t61011.htm

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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Warning on UK subsidies for nuclear power, and conflict of interest

RWE boss warns over nuclear plant subsidies ,  and ,  The Guardian,  20 February 2013

revolving-door1CEO’s concern that consumers could face ‘unnecessarily high bills’ comes as industry staff are seconded to ministries RWE npower, one of the big six power suppliers, has warned ministers not to seal a long-term subsidy deal with the nuclear industry behind the backs of consumers and saddle them with “unnecessarily high bills” for the next 40 years.

The warning from Paul Massara, RWE UK’s new chief executive, comes as the Guardian can reveal that up to 15 private sector executives with links to the atomic sector have been seconded to government departments or other public sector roles.

UK-subsidy“We are very concerned that decisions currently being taken around guaranteed revenue from new nuclear power stations in return for their delivery could force the next three generations of British consumers to pay an unexpected and perhaps unnecessarily high bill for the next 40 years, especially given the track record of delivery of nuclear power stations,” said Massara.

“There must be an open and honest conversation about the future direction of energy bills. Customers must be given the best information to be able to make informed decisions, take control of their bills and reduce their energy waste.”…..

. “We believe UK customers should not be made to write a blank cheque to pay for new power stations,” A Freedom of Information request undertaken by the campaign group, NuclearSpin.org, showed at least 15 people working for the nuclear energy industry or its consultants have been seconded to areas responsible for policy or regulation, some being paid for by the taxpayer…….

February 21, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

UK’s nuclear cleanup problems are echoed in USA

Across the Pond, Florida’s Progress Energy’s Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant is also inFlag-USA the process of being decommissioned. Not only for consumers but those living nearby, the decisions regarding Sellafield’s decommissioning are likely to reverberate across the Atlantic.

flag-UK WHO WILL PAY FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CLEANUP?  Yves here. Holy moley, the cost estimates focus the mind! And the little mishap recounted below isn’t encouraging either.

Naked Capitalism, By John Daly, a non-resident scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and chief analyst at OilPrice. Cross posted from OilPrice   20 Febv 13

Many of the civilian nuclear power plants built in the US. and Western Europe during the halcyon days of the Eisenhower administration are coming to the end of their operational lives as their operating licenses expire.

The looming deadlines leave their operators with two stark choices – apply for a license extension beyond the original forty years, or decommission.

coffin-reactor

A bad choice, however you look at it. For a license extension, aging NPPs must upgrade, while decommissioning raises the primordial question sidestepped since the dawn of the civilian nuclear age – what to do with the radioactive debris? The British imbroglio. Continue reading

February 21, 2013 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Rebellion looming in Utah and Florida against customers paying upfront for nuclear reactors

dollar-2Editors Rebel Against Ratepayer Financing For Nuclear Flag-USAPlants, Forbes, Jeff McMahon 20 Feb 13,  This is a tale of two editorials today: one in Utah, lambasting a lawmaker for trying to sneak a price hike into energy bills to pay for a proposed nuclear plant, and one in Florida, demanding the repeal of just such a price hike, which has collected hundreds of millions from ratepayers for nuclear plants that may never be built…

.. In Utah, State Sen. Curt Bramble introduced SB199, a bill that allows utilities to bill customers in advance for “zero-carbon emissions generation” plants that produce up to 3,000 megawatts. The Salt Lake Tribune sees right through that language, saying the bill was “dropped in the hopper at the behest of developers who just won’t give up the foolish idea of building a nuclear power plant on Utah’s Green River.”

The bill proves that nuclear power is too risky and expensive for private capital markets, says the Tribune, so utilities that want to build plants and developers who want the electricity are trying to shuffle the cost onto ratepayers. The problem is that the billions needed for permitting and design could, as the Tribune puts it, “lead to a dry hole.”

And that’s just what seems to have occurred in Florida, where the editors of the Lakeland Ledger and Winterhaven News Chief want to repeal a 2006 law that allows utilities to bill customers in advance for proposed nuclear plants. Thanks to this law, Florida Gas & Light will collect $151 million this year, by the Ledger’s account, and Duke Energy will collect $143 million.

And the utilities are not obligated to return that money. “To the contrary, the fee translates into hundreds of millions in profits for the companies, regardless of what they do,” the Ledger contends. “Duke Energy is forecast to pocket $150 million, whether the Levy plants are built or not.”….. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/02/20/editors-rebel-against-ratepayer-financing-for-nuclear-plants/

February 21, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | 1 Comment

in three quarters of breast cancer cases, genetics is not a factor

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This is a very important research finding.  For decades,  women have been fed stories on how breast cancer is probably genetically caused.  Each women is advised to look into the cancer background of her family.  OK. Still a good idea.

So the cancer is supposed to be initiated from inside us.  But how about environmental causes?  How about the chemical bath in which we all swim?  In food additives, in chemical sprays on fruit and vegetables.  And how about ionising radiation – some from (often necessary) medical radiation, some from uranium, nuclear facilities, and atomic bomb testing.

We’re always being urged to donate to breast cancer research.  How about some research into environmental causes of breast cancer?

BREAST-CANCERGenetics not a factor in three-quarters of breast cancer cases Herald Sun, Susie O’Brien, 16 Feb 13, FAMILY history plays no role in breast cancer in three out of four women, a shock new Victorian survey has revealed.

Analysis of the breast screens of almost 20,000 women over two decades shows 72 per cent of women who got breast cancer had no family history of the disease.

The findings contradict the popular belief that genetics plays a key role in determining which one in nine women will get breast cancer….. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/genetics-not-a-factor-in-three-quarters-of-breast-cancer-cases/story-e6frf7kx-1226579439609

February 21, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, health, women | Leave a comment

Fukushima, the hidden disaster – Politicians in Japan that spoke out!

21st February 2013

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One of the situations that developed after the earthquake and the resulting Meltdowns of three nuclear reactor cores and a mysterious explosion in the number four reactor building, was that the Japanese government and local officials did not appear to be open and transparent in their dealing of the crisis,

Some vocal outrage on the issues surrounding the people of Fukushima was heard, even though the local and national press (with few exceptions) were censored in not making any statements on any possible or happening effects caused by ionising radiation from the Daichi nuclear disaster and to generally support the Japanese government and corporate line.

However, here one of the members of parliament to challenge the way the disaster was being held was Kawada Ryuehi. He is a Member of the House of Councillors and amongst other accomplishments he is a representative of the Human Rights Activist Society.

On the 2nd November 2012 he made an explosive challenge to the way the disaster was being managed. He brought some urgent questions to the floor of the house concerning the Child Victims Support Law. This issue was not covered by the main stream media outlets outside of Japan.

Here is the video with English subtitles and a full transcript of the Law in question below it on the link provided  :

http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2013/02/20/urgent-questions-in-upper-house-of-parliament-on-newly-passed-child-victim-support-law/

 

Some memorable quotes here

“People feel betrayed and are disappointed”

“ The east Japan reconstruction project, set up after raising taxes specifically to rescue nuclear accident victims, has been used for unrelated purposes as the media has disclosed…. because the government modified the Reconstruction Law insidiously so it could use the budget for things other than reconstruction.”

And concerning the governments mismanagement in keeping records of the placement of refugees throughout Japan, he had this to say:

“…keeping us yet from getting hold of the number of refugees. Twenty months have passed since the quake and the refugees can no longer wait. We can not go ahead with the Child Victim Support Law without knowing the number of affected people…..”

I or someone will be breaking down his speech further in another article/post but the video is worth a watch even if to hear the hecklers trying to shout him down.. They did not succeed!!

File:Akira Matsu.jpg

Akira Matsu is a Japanese politician of the New Komeito Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kanagawa Prefecture.

In September 29 2011 made an impassioned speech on behalf of a pregnant mother with 4 four children who had discovered her children had all tested positive for cesium 137 and cesium 134 (no tests for Strontium 90 etc have been done to date).

The children were publicly rebuked by their teachers if they did not drink the contaminated milk. Please note the reaction (or non reaction) of the politicians during her talk. To compare the situation of these victim children who refused the contaminated milk, she made this quote:

“They were treated like traitors during the war”

And as she talked of the mother fears about being forced to consider leaving her home in the fukushima prefecture, Osamu Fujimura and Yukio Edano both ministers of the government are seen on the video to be laughing at her concerns of her constituents. Here is a short video for that

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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tepco demands that Fukushima nuclear victims pay back compensation money!

Hear-This-wayAUDIO Company asking Fukushima victims to repay compensation: Greenpeace http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/company-asking-fukushima-victims-to-repay-compensation-greenpeace/1090696

 ABC: Fukushima victims must repay money to Tepco (AUDIO) http://enenews.com/abc-fukushima-victims-must-repay-money-tepco-audio : February 19th, 2013 

Title: Company asking Fukushima victims to repay compensation: Greenpeace
Source: ABC Radio Australia
Author: Mark Willacy, North Asia correspondent
Date:  February 19, 2013
h/t Pu239

[…] A report by the environmental activist group Greenpeace, to be released later today, points out that the firms that helped design and build the Fukushima reactors [such as General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi] are not required to pay a cent in compensation and are profiting from the disaster.

Meanwhile, the ABC program AM has learned that the operator – TEPCO – is handing out what’s called ‘temporary’ compensation which victims of the meltdown have to repay.

“We had that money deducted from our compensation. I was surprised, so I called TEPCO and said that they were using dirty tricks, that they were using fraud. Why did they give it to us to if we had to pay it back?” -Yukiko Kameya of Futaba

full broadcast here

February 21, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, Resources -audiovicual, social effects | Leave a comment

Washington’s Governor alarmed at major radioactive leak from Hanford

text-radiationEditorial: Radioactive leak at Hanford may suggest “serious tank failure of such magnitude that even semisolid materials are now able to find a way out” http://enenews.com/editorial-radioactive-leak-hanford-suggest-serious-tank-failure-magnitude-semisolid-materials-able-find
Title: Editorial: A perfect radioactive storm
Source: Daily Astorian
Date: February 19, 2013 

“Perfect radioactive storm” are not words any resident along the Columbia River ever wanted to hear coming from the lips of a top elected official about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Yet this is how Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week characterized news about a major leak of highly toxic sludge from a single-wall storage tank, at the very time the nation nears across-the-board funding cuts that could hobble any response.

[…] All the liquids that could be pumped from it were removed in 1995. That a serious new breach has developed suggests the possibility additional water is seeping into the tank, or there has been a serious tank failure of such magnitude that even semisolid materials are now able to find a way out. […]

It is time for Pacific Northwest leaders and citizens to express our concern about this matter in the strongest possible terms. […]

See also: Governor alarmed about leak at most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. — “You couldn’t find a more perfect radioactive storm” (VIDEO)

February 21, 2013 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

Obama shifting away from his previous pro nuclear stance

Obama-1Obama’s Shifting Stance on Nuclear Energy?, Energy Collective, Joseph Koblich February 20, 2013 In his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress in 2011, President Obama lauded nuclear power as an essential part of the non-carbon mix that he would champion while revamping our inefficient, high-carbon energy sector:

“Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all…”

In 2012′s address, the president mentioned “renewable energy” and “jobs”, but didn’t explicitly mention or neglect nuclear power. This year, however, he listed a number of energy sources on which the energy future of the United States would rely. Wind, solar, natural gas, and oil all made the list again this year, but nuclear power was absent. In the same breath that the president touted natural gas, he even pointed out “…our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.”….

February 21, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

New USA Energy Secretary must commit to cleanup of Hanford radioactive pollution

wastesSen. Wyden wants nuclear cleanup commitment from next Energy Flag-USAsecretary THE HILL, By Zack Colman- 02/20/13 The Senate Energy Committee chairman said Tuesday that any Energy secretary nominee must agree to clean up high-level nuclear waste at a Washington facility to get his support. Continue reading

February 21, 2013 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Nuclear lobby does not divulge the numbers in the global nuclear energy decline

For the longer term picture on the decline of nuclear I still recommend theirWorld Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012.

Nuclear Lobby Doesn’t Tell How Much Nuclear Generated Last Year http://k.lenz.name/LB/?p=8858 Feb 19 2013   by  The good news for Australian Fossil Nukes like the one I discussed yesterday is that nuclear didn’t decline at all in Australia last year.

That is of course caused by the fact that it is completely illegal there in the first place, and there is no way to further decline from zero…..

While it is easy to find out how much nuclear declined in Australia, it is surprisingly difficult to find out what happened world wide. Continue reading

February 21, 2013 Posted by | general | 1 Comment