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The problem of radioactive debris from fracking

Fracking debris considered too radioactive even for waste site
RT.com : April 26, 2013  A truck carrying drill cuttings from a fracking site set off a radiation alarm at a landfill in Pennsylvania. Emitting gamma radiation ten times higher than the permitted level, the waste was rejected by the landfill.

After the alarm went off, the MAX Environmental Technologies truck was immediately quarantined and sent back to the Marcellus Shale fracking site it had come from in Greene County, Va. The 159-acre Pennsylvania landfill site accepts residual and hazardous waste, but the cuttings were too radioactive for the site to safely dispose.

The Pennsylvania landfill, located in South Huntingdon, rejects waste that emits more than 10 microerm per hour of radiation. The fracking materials were found to emit 96 microerm per hour of Radium 226 – a rate that is 84 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s air-pollution standard and ten times higher than the landfill’s permitted level, Forbes reports.

Exposure to the materials taken from the fracking site can have serious health consequences, including the risk of developing cancer. The high level of radiation emitted by the materials serves as alarming news for environmentalists and residents located near hydraulic fracturing sites across the US.

“Long-term exposure to radium increases the risk of developing several diseases,” the EPA writes. “Inhaled or ingested radium increases the risk of developing such diseases as lymphoma, bone cancer and diseases that affect the formation of blood, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia… External exposure to radium’s gamma radiation increases the risk of cancer to varying degrees in all tissues and organs.”

The drill cuttings have been sent back to the well pad where they were extracted. The production company, Rice Energy, must now apply to have the waste discarded at other landfill sites that accept materials with higher levels of radiation…… http://rt.com/usa/fracking-debris-radiation-pennsylvania-461/

April 29, 2013 Posted by | radiation, USA | Leave a comment

War with China- a prospect welcomed by USA’s military industrial complex

military-industrial-complexAmerica’s War Games, How the Obama administration is redefining the US military’s strategic priorities with far-reaching consequences, Aljazeera, 27 April 13 ”……….. Concerns about China were reflected in the Obama administration’s announcement last year that it is re-positioning US military resources to the Asia-Pacific region after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is estimated that China spends about one-fifth to one-quarter as much on its military as the US. Spinney and others see warnings about China and the administration’s so-called Asia-Pacific “pivot” as a way to bolster defence spending in the face of pressure for cuts.”We need a threat,” Spinney Chuck Spinney, who worked as an analyst in the US secretary of defence’s office for 26 yearssays, “Al-Qaeda has sort of run out of strength and we have to have a new threat to justify continued spending.” Spinney believes that there is little chance of a peace dividend after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We are going to pivot to Asia and increase the defence budget,” he says.

There are signs he could be right.

This month, President Obama released a 2014 federal budget proposal that called for $526.6bn in funding for the department of defense. It was widely expected that the defence total would be at least $50bn less.

The White House and the Pentagon chose to ignore the statutory requirement for a $50bn reduction mandated by sequestration. They apparently hope that sequestration can be overturned, and defence budget cuts already agreed to, reversed. Instead of laying the groundwork for a peace dividend by putting the Pentagon on a glide path to smaller budgets, the administration’s proposal projects increases in America’s base defence budget over the next five years. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2013/04/2013424113558268754.html

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Safe and clean – solar-powered mosquito traps

Solar Power Helps In The Battle Against Malaria http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3711 29 April 13, The Netherland’s Wageningen University is leading a project to install 4,000 solar powered mosquito traps on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. Continue reading

April 29, 2013 Posted by | decentralised, Kenya | 1 Comment

Iran again calls for world nuclear disarmament

Iran reiterates call for total nuclear disarmament http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/107215-iran-reiterates-call-for-total-nuclear-disarmament- 28 April 13, TEHRAN Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee reiterated Iran’s call for total nuclear disarmament at a meeting with the current president of the UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, in New York, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

 
During the meeting, Khazaee emphasized the importance of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament, scheduled to be held on September 26, and expressed the readiness of Iran, which holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement, to assist in the running of the conference.
 
The Iranian ambassador also called on UN officials to take the measures necessary to encourage the participation of heads of states in the conference.
 
Representatives from Egypt, Venezuela, Indonesia, Cuba, and a number of experts were meeting.

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Iran dispute can be resolved without sanctions

Iran can enjoy nuclear energy without sanctions: Presidential hopeful Press TV, 27 April 13,  Iran’s presidential hopeful Ali Akbar Velayati says the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activities can be resolved so that the country could enjoy the benefits of a peaceful energy program without sanctions.

“The nuclear program issue can be resolved, without losing nuclear technology,” Velayati said on Saturday. … Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Pointing to the fact that Iran is the first political power in the region, Velayati said none of the important regional issues can be resolved without Tehran’s effective intervention, which demonstrates the country’s influence.

The former foreign minister, who currently advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said with proper management Iran could become the region’s number one economic power by 2025.

Presidential hopeful Ali Akbar Velayati has formed a coalition with key principlist figures, Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel and Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf.

The coalition is to pick one of its members with the highest approval rating as the nominee to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. Presidential hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and candidates must be vetted for qualifications by the Guardian Council.  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/27/300599/nuclear-program-issue-can-be-resolved-velayati/

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Water damage can crack nuclear plants, says NRC

NRC warns nuclear plants to watch for water damage The Reporter, 28 April 13, YORK — Federal authorities are warning nuclear power plants that store spent fuel in dry casks to watch for water damage, citing two incidents at central Pennsylvania plants.

  The York Daily Record says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued    an information notice last week detailing how moisture can degrade structures and components associated with spent fuel storage…… Water was also blamed for cracks on concrete storage units protecting spent fuel and debris from the damaged core of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2, which is stored in Idaho. In 1999, Transnuclear installed the concrete enclosures to cover and protect the material but a year later officials started noticing insignificant cracks in the units. In 2007, officials said, seasonal freezing and thawing of water trapped near the roofs and in the cracks of the enclosures worsened the problem…… http://www.thereporteronline.com/article/20130428/NEWS03/130429512/nrc-warns-nuclear-plants-to-watch-for-water-damage

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The nuclear deterrence illusion

The Nuclear Illusion, Project Syndicate, Gareth Evans, 26 April 13 ”……the US refuses to de-alert its own nuclear missiles if Russia will not. So nearly 2,000 weapons of mass destruction still face each other on high alert, maximizing the prospect of a catastrophe through human or system error or cyber sabotage.

This deterrence logic produces a snowball effect. With Russia and the US holding 18,000 of the world’s current stockpile of 19,000 nuclear weapons, it is proving impossible to persuade any of the other nuclear-armed states to reduce their own (much smaller) arsenals until the Big Two make further drastic cuts to theirs.

China shares Russia’s concerns about US conventional and missile-defense superiority, and is increasing and modernizing its estimated 240-weapon stockpile. With China taking that course, India – outside the NPT but with 100 weapons of its own – feels the need to add to its own arsenal. And Pakistan then becomes even more determined to try to keep ahead of India.

The truth is that none of the nuclear-armed states, inside or outside the NPT, pays anything more than lip service to the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons. The continued seductive power of the Cold War logic and language of nuclear deterrence is the primary reason, though for some states it is clear that the testosterone factor – perceived status and prestige – also plays a role.

The uplifting pro-disarmament rhetoric of US President Barack Obama remains just that. No nuclear-armed state will set a timetable for a major reduction in the number of nuclear weapons, let alone their abolition. The size of their arsenals, their fissile material stocks, their force-modernization plans, their stated doctrine, and their known deployment practices all point in the same direction. All foresee indefinite retention of their nuclear weapons, and a continuing role for them in their security policies.

The implications of this stance are profoundly troubling. Concern about states in the Middle East and Northeast Asia joining the nuclear club is as high as it has ever been. But the foot-dragging by the nuclear states on disarmament is making it increasingly difficult to add necessary new muscle to the global non-proliferation regime……..
Progress toward achieving a safer and saner world requires all of the nuclear-armed states to break out of their Cold War mindset, rethink the strategic utility of nuclear deterrence in current conditions, and recalibrate the huge risks implied by retaining their arsenals. It is time for them to recognize that in today’s world, nuclear weapons are the problem, not the solution.
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/foot-dragging-at-the-npt-review-conference-by-gareth-evans#2BMXAx4LDS5Qy1xS.99

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Dr. George Jaśkowski: Chernobyl, Fukushima, Windscale, Three Mile Island and then what?

You have to remember that when inhaled while breathing particles of plutonium or uranium with the same mass, the isotope has a thousand to a million times more emissions per second than uranium.

Dr. George Jaśkowski. Fig. Inter.‘Dr. George Jaśkowski. Fig. Inter.

Translated from Polish

Nuclear physics what is it and who is it for? A series devoted to the nameless victims of megalomaniacs.

It’s not the majority creates truth
This truth should be the most!

For about a hundred years, we, as a society, put up the walls of the great discoveries that supposedly revolutionize the world. On top of these great discoveries, mass media, placed nuclear physicists.

Is this diagnosis correct and true? Is it really the people working in the profession of nuclear physics have contributed so much in a positive sense to humanity.
The facts tell a different story.

Contrary to the opinion of so-called promoted. nuclear physicists are working mainly for the military. If not for the pursuit of military fanatics to have as many weapons of total destruction, probably very few people would know what they are doing in nuclear physicists.

Especially after the murder of hundreds of thousands of people in Japan in 1945, the role of nuclear physicists was emphasized. Even a madman could pull of the trigger and kill 150 000 people in a split second.

Then, suddenly began to argue that such a man named Robert Oppenhaimer was the creator of the atomic bomb. And really the guy for cooperation with the Communists and Soviet military intelligence – GRU, after a few months in Los Allamos, even in 1944 was expelled from the team working on the development of the atomic bomb.

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Fukushima two years later – A report on the plight of fishermen – CNN

 

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Research on Fukushima Path of radioactive water

FROM 2012

Published on 28 Apr 2013

German researchers have calculated how the water that has been contaminated by the meltdown at Fukushima-1 spreads from the Japanese coast. The colors show how it mixes with uncontaminated water and diluted.

米国の研究者は、アメリカ沖のクロマグロが、放射性を多く含んでる事を2012年5月­に発見した。魚は明らかに日本の海岸に一時停滞していた。
これまで日本から広がっている放射能汚染された海水は、どのように10年以内に配布さ­れるかドイツの科学者たちは検討した。大幅により汚染されていない水との混合に希釈し­た。

Link to report

http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/3/034004/

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/09/sea-contamination-of-3946-days-later/

Fukushima two years later- CNN

 

Published on 28 Apr 2013

 

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Radiation Causing Unusual Changes: What’s Happening to Children

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This video is from a webcast program called “ContAct,” webcasted on July 14, 2011 by OurPlanet-TV (http://www.ourplanet-tv.org/?q=node/287), an independent net-based media.

Translation by EX-SKF(http//:ex-skf.blospot.jp) & tokyobrowntabby and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

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Texas water could pose a 1 in 400 cancer risk – Report 2012

A Matter of Risk: Radiation, Drinking Water, and Deception

Uploaded on 6 Sep 2011

For the past year the KHOU 11 News I-Team has been investigating the quality of the tap water in Texas.

What they found was surprising: That many of the states’ communities have a real problem with radioactive contamination in their local drinking water.

However, the team also discovered that many of those consuming it didn’t know they were also being exposed to a health risk.

With these latest discoveries, KHOU 11 News is presenting Investigative Reporter Mark Greenblatt’s findings in a comprehensive one-hour special.

In the program (seen in the five parts below), you’ll find out how state scientists found some of Texas’ water could pose a 1 in 400 cancer risk.

You’ll also find out how neighborhoods across the state have been getting illegal amounts of a particularly damaging form of radiation, an exposure that some say was “covered-up” by Texas officials.

We’ll present how water with under-the-legal-limit amounts of radiation still might not be “safe”.

You’ll also hear from the nation’s top radiation and health experts, learn the risks and even what to do if your water is contaminated. And you’ll see the KHOU 11 News I-team ask local and state government officials the questions that you want answered.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CIi3vn5IMA
part3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWJBYJcphQc
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWJBYJcphQc
part4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YGyPCSuNsI
part5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUS0J5saxRI

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Radioactive Material: You Can’t See It, and You Can’t Smell It Either – 誰にも見えない、匂いもない

Uploaded on 17 Oct 2011

(LinkAsia News: October 14, 2011) Japan reggae artists MC Rankin and Dub Ainu Band deliver a cautionary message about radioactive material through this song and music video “You Can’t See It, and You Can’t Smell It Either.”

“You can’t see it, and you can’t smell it either – 誰にも見えない、匂いもない 2011- ”

By Rankin Taxi & Dub Ainu Band
Words & Music: Rankin Taxi

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Anonymous Insider: “Something grossly wrong” at California nuclear plant — Fears for his safety — Potential reactor meltdown if restarted (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/anonymous-insider-on-tv-something-grossly-wrong-at-california-nuclear-plant-fears-for-his-safety-potential-reactor-meltdown-if-restarted-video

Published: April 27th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET
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Title: San Onofre insider says NRC should not allow nuclear restart
Source: 10News
Author: JW August
Date: April 25, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous.

“There is something grossly wrong,” said the inside source, a safety engineer who worked at San Onofre and has 25 years in the nuclear field. […]

He wants to remain anonymous because he told Team 10 he fears for his safety.

“When they made these changes, they did not look at the academic research nor use critical question and an investigative attitude,” said the source. […]

The anonymous insider and [Dr. Joe Hopenfeld, a former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] said if there is a main steam line break, there is potential for the reactor core to overheat – which could mean a full or partial meltdown. […]

Watch the broadcast on the enenews link

 

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Solar has improved unit costs soon to be 10,000 times relative to Nuclear!

by Tony Seba on April 25, 2013

http://tonyseba.com/disruption/solar-has-improved-unit-costs-by-1000-times-relative-to-nuclear/

Since the 1970′s Solar PV has improved unit costs by 1,000 times relative to Nuclear! Take a look at the embedded powerpoint.
1) Since the 1970′s the unit cost of new solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has improved by a factor of 100. That is, the dollar cost per watt, has dropped from about $65 per Watt to about 65 cents ($0.65) per watt, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[1]
2) Since the 1970s, the unit cost per watt of a new nuclear power plant has increased by a factor of 10. That is, the dollar cost per watt of building a new nuclear plant has gone from about $1 per watt to $12-$14 per watt, according to Environment America.[2]

Put these two cost trends together, and you get the fact that Solar PV has improved its unit costs by a factor of 1,000 relative to nuclear since the 1970s.

Solar Disruption

There’s no doubt solar is disrupting power markets. Disruptive innovations tend to improve quality and decrease costs over time until it’s too late for the incumbents to compete. Here’s powerful data that shows how far solar has improved relative to nuclear.

Furthermore, solar unit costs keep dropping. First Solar (FSLR) has announced costs around 40 cents ($0.40) per watt by 2017 and others are aiming to get there sooner.[3] Nuclear unit costs have gone up for decades and they will undeniably keep going up after the Fukushima-Dai’ichi nuclear meltdown disaster.

Solar is already cheaper than nuclear. The trends are undeniable: solar will keep getting cheaper and nuclear will getting more expensive. This doesn’t even include the massive taxpayer costs of insuring the uninsurable nuclear industry.[4] These costs do not include the hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers in Japan are paying the nuclear industry because of the Fukushima Dai’ichi disaster.[5]

The Future of Energy is Bright

Pay attention to the exponentially improving cost trends of solar PV and the worsening unit costs of nuclear. It won’t be much longer before solar has improved its unit costs by 10,000 times relative to nuclear.

Endnotes
[1] Bloomberg New Energy Finance, “Reconsidering The Economics of PV Power”, Sept 2012
[2] Environment America study: “Generating Failure”, Nov 2009
[3] http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/First-Solar-Surprises-With-Big-2013-Guidance-40-Cents-Per-Watt-Cost-by-201
[4] http://tonyseba.com/japan/the-future-of-energy-in-japan-solar-trillions/
[5] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-07/fukushima-137-billion-cost-has-tepco-seeking-more-aid.html

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