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Fukushima forests found to be radioactive

News Daily

Published on 30 Apr 2013

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“Do NOT come to Fukushima and do NOT eat the food products!” – Support evacuation instead!

“They said they just need to wait patiently and let the land to heal from the radioactive contamination by itself, and hope for the best.
Removing the radioactive contamination from the leaf moulds is impossible. And anyway, getting rid of the leaf moulds would be detrimental to the environment because the most important aspect of the leaf moulds is that the forests water retention capability would be lost if the mould were removed.
Therefore, decontamination of the forest wouldn’t work for us. We would lose our jobs. Fukushima prefecture is 70-80% mountainous. If they decontaminate the land, they need to do all of it (according to what he described, it’s impossible) or Japan admits the extent of the contamination in Fukushima prefecture and acts accordingly. That’s the only way to show the world our sincerity, and then we can only start to gain our trust from the rest of the world.”
 
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Fukushima residents fear govt. underestimates radiation risks

 

 

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Published on 30 Apr 2013

Ready-to-air-story People living near Japanas Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in the March earthquake fear the government is playing down the contamination risks.

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Radiation reading taken at ground level in Fukushima City ( 60 Km from the nuclear plant disaster danger zone edge

Image source ; http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/multimedia/photo-essays/Shadowlands/

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Fukushima Exclusion Zone – A short story about cows – Video

David Henningson·

Published on 1 May 2013

FREE HIROSHI HOSHI, and LEO HOSHI, Fukushima Animal Rescuers

    1. Petition by

      The Hachiko Animal Federation

       

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      http://www.change.org/petitions/free-hiroshi-hoshi-and-leo-hoshi-fukushima-animal-rescuers

  1. Hiroshi Hoshi and Leo Hoshi were arrested on January 28th and are still in custody at the Futaba Police station.  They are under arrest for “allegedly” breaking laws.  We believe that that they are being targeted and unjustly detained due to their animal rescue of Fukushima animals.  They have actively rescued, cared for, vetted and adopted out over 200 animals left to die inside the Nuclear Zone by the Government of Japan.  FREE HIROSHI AND LEO HOSHI!  Please sgin as an individual or if you are an animal group we need your support. Please read our letter below in English and Japanese and share it .  We thank you.

FREE HIROSHI HOSHI, and LEO HOSHI, Fukushima Animal Rescuers

To:
Fukushima Japan, Chief Prosecutor Toru Sakai
Your Honorable Mr. Sakai:
On behalf of the Hachiko Animal Federation, Inc, a non-profit organization in the United States we humbly request that you release the Hoshi Family, Hiroshi and Leo on their own merit and without any bail.

The Hoshi’s have actively rescued, cared for and placed animals in adoptive families for almost two years. Because of the unforeseen disasters in Japan, unfortunately, many of these animals were sadly left behind in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone, or Nuclear Zone. It appears that there were no plans in place to deal with such drastic human circumstances and much less to include the animals that were people’s household pets. The Hoshi’s have actively rescued over 200 animals on their own with very limited monetary resources. The Hoshi Family is a humanitarian group and their sole mission has always been and remains one of altruism; to help reunite animals with their families or to find new families for animals in need.

The Hachiko Animal Federation was formed to honor your national treasure and our mascot, Hachiko, the loyal Akita dog. Our mission was and remains to assist animal shelters in Japan as well as animal rescue groups and volunteers who received little or no aid from the Japanese government. Our group will continue to assist Fukushima animals and animals around the world.

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Fukushima…a Dire SOS Message from Thom Hartman

TheBigPictureRT

Published on 2 May 2013

Screenshot from 2013-05-07 15:24:34

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster first began back in March of 2011, there have been near-daily updates on the condition of that stricken plant, updates which have been getting worse and worse, painting a very dire scene at the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

From the moment the earthquake and tsunami devastated the plant, officials have been struggling to contain the leaks of radioactive waste, fuel, and cooling water.

In February, for example, officials discovered a fish in a nearby water intake station for the plant that contained more than 7,400 times the recommended safe limit of radioactive cesium.

Screenshot from 2013-05-07 15:26:37

And now, officials are concerned that, because of all of the leaks, power outages, and glitches that have occurred, the Dai-chi nuclear power plant could begin to break apart and cause an even worse nuclear disaster, when a decades-long clean-up process finally begins.

Full Show 5/1/13: Fukushima: Is the Worst Yet to Come?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cp1EcbV6H4

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Sister Megan Rice and two others in federal court for nuclear breach

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    • Three peace activists face trial this week for breaching a nuclear weapons site
    • The incident last year took place at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
    • If convicted, they could face 20 years in prison

 

 

(CNN) — When an elderly nun and two fellow peace activists walked undetected onto one of the nation’s most secure nuclear facilities last year, they wanted to call attention to the dangers of nuclear weapons.

 

Yet their actions in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, triggered a very different concern:

 

If three older peaceniks can easily trespass onto the Y-12 National Security Complex — once considered the “Fort Knox” for highly enriched uranium — just how safe are the nation’s nuclear weapons facilities from terrorists?

The three activists are accused of defacing property at the Oak Ridge nuclear facility.

Sister Megan Rice, 83; Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63, will stand trial this week on federal charges of destroying U.S. government property, depredation against federal property exceeding $ 1,000, trespassing and injuring national-defense premises.

The last charge alone carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday at federal court in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In the predawn hours of July 28, 2012, Rice, Boertje-Obed and Walli walked under the cover of darkness through the woods and up a hillside, approaching a chain-link fence surrounding the Oak Ridge nuclear facility.

Armed with flashlights and a bolt cutter, they cut their way through the fence, fully expecting to be arrested on the spot.

Instead, they walked nearly a mile, cutting through four fences in all, breaching what was supposed to be the most tightly secured uranium processing and storage facility in the country.

“When we got to the very high security fence where there’s a lethal force authorized … I thought, maybe we should turn around,” Boertje-Obed told CNN’s David Mattingly.

But they didn’t. Hours later, the three activists were finally confronted by a guard after hoisting banners, spray-painting messages and splattering human blood on a building that houses highly enriched uranium.

The Y-12 nuclear complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, stores weapons-grade uranium.

Since the incident, Congress has held a series of hearings and issued security recommendations to the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration, which runs Y-12 and seven other nuclear weapons sites.

Most recently, Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March that the Department of Energy has taken “several major actions … to improve security” since the Y-12 breach, including management changes and independent security reviews.

Today, changes at Y-12 are noticeable. A new security contractor is in charge. New signs and security fences are going up.

While last year’s security breach shed light on systematic weaknesses at Y-12, a former nuclear reactor safety manager at the Sandia National Laboratories said he doesn’t think the nation’s nuclear weapons material were ever at any risk.

“What these people did was more like trespassing than gaining access to any weapons-grade material,” said Michael Allen, who is now a vice provost and dean at Middle Tennessee State University.

“Once they got in, they could spray paint things, but it’s just like if you got into Fort Knox, you wouldn’t know the combination to the locks.”

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World Nuclear Power Reactors & Uranium Requirements

3 May 2013

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Facts-and-Figures/World-Nuclear-Power-Reactors-and-Uranium-Requirements/#.UYjmc9dx0xB

This table includes only those future reactors envisaged in specific plans and proposals and expected to be operating by 2030.

The WNA country profiles linked to this table cover both areas: near-term developments and the prospective long-term role for nuclear power in national energy policies. They also provide more detail of what is tabulated here. (Click on picture to enlarge)

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Reactor data: WNA to 3/5/13 (excluding 8 shut-down German units)
IAEA- for nuclear electricity production & percentage of electricity (% e) 13/4/12.
WNA: Global Nuclear Fuel Market report Sept 2011 (reference scenario) – for U.

Operable = Connected to the grid;
Under Construction = first concrete for reactor poured, or major refurbishment under way;
Planned = Approvals, funding or major commitment in place, mostly expected in operation within 8-10 years;
Proposed = Specific program or site proposals, expected operation mostly within 15 years.

New plants coming on line are largely balanced by old plants being retired. Over 1996-2009, 43 reactors were retired as 49 started operation. There are no firm projections for retirements over the period covered by this Table, but WNA estimates that at least 60 of those now operating will close by 2030, most being small plants. The 2011 WNA Market Report reference case has 156 reactors closing by 2030, and 298 new ones coming on line.

TWh = Terawatt-hours (billion kilowatt-hours), MWe = Megawatt (electrical as distinct from thermal), kWh = kilowatt-hour.

66,512 tU = 78,438 t U3O8

** The world total includes 6 reactors operating on Taiwan with a combined capacity of 4927 MWe, which generated a total of 40.4 billion kWh in 2011 (accounting for 19.0% of Taiwan’s total electricity generation). Taiwan has two reactors under construction with a combined capacity of 2700 MWe, and one proposed, 1350 MWe. It is expected to require 1291 tU in 2013.

Note: This table is routinely updated approximately every two months, and more frequently as required.
Earlier tables on link

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Caesium gas and the worlds first atomic clock – Putting waste to work!

….developed by Symmetricon for military applications in drones and cruise missiles…..

03 May 2013

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ON_Pocket_atomic_clock_0305131.html

London watchmaker Hoptroff has produced the world’s first watch with true atomic-clock accuracy.

Several manufacturers already offer affordable watches that synchronise to the radio signals transmitted from atomic clocks around the world, but Hoptroff’s ‘No.10’ movement is different because it actually features a miniature atomic clock of its own. A first production run of only 12 seagoing-style pocket watches for collectors is intended.

Hoptroff No.10 movement
The back and the front of the Hoptroff No.10 movement and a potential face for the watch

The watch will use a Quantum SA.45s ‘chip scale atomic clock’ developed by Symmetricon for military applications in drones and cruise missiles. Despite being only around 4.1 cm across and 1.1 cm thick, this contains caesium gas at a controlled temperature, a laser exciter and a microwave resonator that combine to stimulate the caesium, measure its vibrations and mark the passage of time.

Researched and written
by World Nuclear News

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A quick nuclear roundup of news for the start of May

 

 

USA – Offshore Wind vs Nuclear Energy for Mid-Atlantic
Energy Collective, 06/05/2013

USA – Entergy says no to NY plan for nuclear waste storage
CNYcentral.com, 05/05/2013

USA – Millstone Gets OK To Expand Nuclear Waste Storage
CBS Local, 02/05/2013

USA – New Mexico – Repository wins environmental recognition
WNN, 01/05/2013

Irish challenge to UK approval of new nuclear plant in Somerset
BBC News, 02/05/2013

Twitter row after Oettinger dubs UK nuclear plans ‘Soviet’
EurActiv, 01/05/2013

Russia to spend over $30 billion in nuclear energy development
RT, 01/05/2013

Andreyeva Bay and Lepse nuclear service ship remain major nuclear dangers to Northwest Russia
Bellona, 30/04/2013

Japan’s Nuclear Plan Unsettles U.S.
Wall Street Journal, 01/05/2013

Leaks, Rats and Radioactivity: Fukushima’s Nuclear Cleanup Is Faltering
TIME, 01/05/2013

Japan signs Turkey nuclear deal
BBC News, 03/05/2013

Japan, UAE set to sign nuclear agreement as Abe visits
GlobalPost, 02/05/2013

Japan eyes opportunities in UAE’s new nuclear age
The National, 01/05/2013

h/t http://www.nuclearmarket.com/news/morenews.cfm

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US may face inevitable nuclear power exit and France too!

Mar 01, 2013.

Published by Phys.org

….The breadth and depth of the data and analysis presented by the authors in all three Nuclear Exit issues make clear that this question has no simple, one-size-fits-all answer. They make something else clear: The question deserves a serious, considered answer in every country with a commercial nuclear power industry…..

In a 2012 report, the Obama administration announced that it was “jumpstarting” the nuclear industry. Because of the industry’s long history of permitting problems, cost overruns, and construction delays, financial markets have been wary of backing new nuclear construction for decades. The supposed “nuclear renaissance” ballyhooed in the first decade of this century never materialized. And then came Fukushima, a disaster that pushed countries around the world to ask:

Should nuclear power be part of the energy future?

In the third and final issue in a series focused on nuclear exits, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, turns its attention to the United States and looks at whether the country’s business-as-usual approach may yet lead to a nuclear phase-out for economic reasons.

The Obama administration injected significant funding into two new nuclear reactor projects in Georgia in 2012. But this investment—the first of its kind in three decades—belies an overall dismal US nuclear power landscape.

Where Japan and many European countries responded to the Fukushima disaster with public debate and significant policy shifts in the nuclear arena, the US has scarcely broached the subject.

According to former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Peter Bradford, current market forces challenge the economic viability of existing nuclear power plants, with new reactors representing an extremely unattractive investment prospect.

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Long Shadow of Chernobyl (3): Dried Mushrooms from Italy Still Found With 170 Bq/kg of Cesium-137

http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/long-shadow-of-chernobyl-3-dried.html

One of the scientific researchers that I follow who goes by the name of “Tomynyo” on Twitter has been measuring all sorts of things after the Fukushima nuclear accident – soil accumulated on top of his apartment complex in Yokohama City with high levels of radioactive cesium to bamboo shoots and mushrooms served in the kindergarten lunch.

His latest tweets is not about the domestic mushrooms but about mushrooms from Italy:

イタリア製のボルチーニ茸6検体を測定したところ全ての検体からセシウム137が検出されました。 最大は170.3±18.0Bq/kg、最低は31.6±6.2Bq/kgでした。スーパーの乾椎茸はほとんど九州産ですから、普通に買える乾椎茸より汚 染されていると思います (link)

We measured 6 samples of [dried] Italian porcini mushrooms, and all samples were found with cesium-137. Maximum was 170.3±18.0Bq/kg, and minimum was 31.6±6.2Bq/kg. Dried mushroom you buy at a supermarket are almost all grown in Kyushu, so we think these Italian mushrooms are more contaminated than the dried Japanese mushrooms you can buy at a supermarket.

ボルチーニは水戻しした場合セシウム濃度は1/4になるそうです。… 3.11以前からそれなりの汚染された食品食べていた可能性があることは認識すべきです。(link)

If porcini mushrooms get rehydrated, the density of radioactive cesium would be one-fourths, we are told. We should recognize that we may have been eating food with certain levels of contamination even before March 11, 2011.

Just like the wood pellets from trees in Shikoku, Japan tested by one of my Twitter followers, cesium-137 is most likely from the atmospheric testing and the Chernobyl accident.

I happened on this video, supposed to be the raw footage of Chernobyl soon after the accident. I got scared watching workers with scant protection dumping loads of what looks like concrete debris:

Posted by GlobalSuperstorm

Other “Long Shadow of Chernobyl” posts:

Long Shadow of Chernobyl: 224 Bq/kg of Cesium-137 in the Ashes from Burning Wood Pellets Made from Trees in Shikoku

Long Shadow of Chernobyl (2): German and Belarusian Researchers Say 64% of 229 Belarusian Children with High-Risk Thyroid Cancer in Complete Remission, 30% in Near-Complete Remission

Startling new find! – Boars “radioactive” in the woods of Valsesia NE Italy More than 600 Bq/Kg

ALARM – “We need to immediately extend the analysis to other wild animals as soon as possible and make clear the sources of contamination,” said Coldiretti. “The boars are animals sentinel pollution conditions in the areas where they live, because they provide precise information thanks to a certain way of exploiting the environment,”

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/03/08/startling-new-find-boars-radioactive-in-the-woods-of-valsesia-ne-italy-more-than-600-bqkg/

radiation map

Italy doesnt look to bad.. what about somewhere nearer to ground zero?

6,000 Bq/kg of Cesium-137 found in mushrooms from Bulgaria — EU-wide food safety alert issued

June 12th, 2011

http://enenews.com/6000-bqkg-cesium-137-found-mushrooms-bulgaria-eu-wide-food-safety-alert-issued

 

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Fukushima NHK Documentary: “Meltdown” Oversights in the Reactor Cooling System

MissingSky101

Published on 6 May 2013

Oversights in the Reactor Cooling System

Successive meltdowns of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulted in significant nuclear contamination. How did the disaster unfold? NHK interviewed more than 400 people and conducted simulations based on volumes of data. Our independent investigation sheds new light on the accident 2 years after it occurred.

Air Date 4/20/13

All material provided on this channel is for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

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Nuke Industry Double Standards? Fairewinds web site hacked again!

 

Published on 6 May 2013

Image source ; “The new interest in attacking enemies rather than simply defending against them has even spread to the business community.”

http://fairewinds.org
http://fairewinds.org/content/nuke-in…
http://fairewinds.org/donations

Fairewinds Kevin Hurley, Maggie Gundersen, and Arnie Gundersen share this podcast. Kevin and Maggie discuss the recent internet attack against the Fairewinds website. Arnie, Maggie and Kevin discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s double standard of allowing Nuclear Senior managers off the hook for significant violations while strongly reprimanding, firing, or filing criminal charges against its technicians and engineers. Lastly, Arnie Gundersen then discusses saltwater intrusions and what that means for Japan’s Hamaoka nuclear plant and how nuke speak is used to confuse the general public and press.

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Iitate 飯舘村 _Fukushima Hot spot with full English translation

japanwebdocproject

Published on 4 May 2013

http://www.yonaoshi311.com
Iitate radioactive Hot spot / 飯舘村 /Zone contaminée de Iitate
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We are on a road approximately 40km north-west of Fukushima Dai Ichi power plant near Iitate. The village is now a famous Hot spot with high levels of radioactivity.
It has been nearly completely evacuated. It looks like a ghost town with deserted homes everywhere. But here and there on the side of the road, among abandoned fields, one can see some farmers still growing vegetables. While we were filming this, an old man came to me and started talking.
FR
Nous sommes à environ 40km au nord-ouest de la centrale sur une route près de Iitate. Le village est connu maintenant pour être un “hotspot” avec des taux de radioactivité élevés. Il a été évacué presque en totalité. On dirait parfois une zone fantôme avec des maisons et serres abandonnées. Pourtant aux détours des chemins et des champs en friches, on aperçoit encore des agriculteurs qui continuent de cultiver leurs terres. Alors que j’étais en train de filmer, un monsieur s’est approché pour me parler.
日本
原発から四〇キロ地点の飯舘村に近い道を走っている。村は「ホットスポット」 と言われている。ほとんどの住民が避難している。荒れた畑の間に空き家が散在し­てい て、まるでゴーストタウン のようだ。けれどもやがてところどころに、田畑を耕しつづけている農家の人々がいる­ことに気がついた。撮影していると、一人の男性に声をかけられた。
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Interview conducted by Keiko Courdy for 霧の向こう*AU-DELA DU NUAGE°Yonaoshi 3.11_ Japan Webdoc project in Iitate, Fukushima on July 1, 2012
All rights reserved – Copyrights KI 2013

Further translation by Mia

“….. 0.6-0.8uSv/h measured in my house, 0.8uSv/h in my bedroom upstairs, 1uSv/h outside and 1. 2.5uSv/h in my vegetable field.

Therefore, I haven’t grown any vegetables since last year.  Even if I grew them I wouldn’t want to give them to other people because they are no good any more.

For myself I buy and eat vegetables produced in the other areas such as Ibaragi prefecture.  I think I’m managing just about ok by taking some herbs to help detoxify the contamination out of my body effectively.”

(Editor note ; He went on saying that what he does to look after himself at dinner time.)

“Before I eat my main meal I take a fair amount of vegetables that are high in fibers and seaweed.  I think they are digested easier so that the body can detoxify itself more effectively.

I don’t want to be too nervous… We’ve got to enjoy our life as much as we can.  I’ve just retired at the age of 65… Were your children not worried about you?

They came and invited me to live with them but I didn’t want to leave here.  (He greeted another farmer who just passed by.)   …He lives over there.  He still grows vegetables…”

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