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USA – Arkansas Nuclear One plant has fatal breakdown – report

9 March 2013

Photograph of Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released some information regarding a deadly accident that happened at the Arkansas Nuclear One plan in Russellville in March.

A new report talks a nuclear accident report that occurred in March 2013 that has just been released now. The accident injured several workers and one worker was killed by the crane failure, that was holding a 500 ton turbine. Also, as a result, water was released that short circuited the electrics circuit boards. Additional findings to follow. The other nuclear reactor on the site is still operational. Video on link.

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83-year-old nun gets 20 year sentence for peaceful nuclear protest

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Calling all UK alternative media outlets! Exposing Leveson! – London event 18 May 2013

….Against the rise of a sinister level of British State spying on ordinary people, press and media controls, secret arrests, secret courts and the bullying, arrest and trial of whistleblowers, it is obvious that dark actors are at work amongst the elites and political powers…
British Free Press b. 1695, d. 18th March 2013. RIP.
Event Dates: May 18, 2013 – 10:30am6:00pm


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Calling all those that believe in the power of a Free Press and Media

The truth behind the British Government’s Plan for A Police State by the back door

Many people in the United Kingdom, across the whole spectrum of the General Public, have been shocked at the blatant attempt by the Leveson Inquiry to hijack and gag the British Press and Media.

Using a deliberate and calculated network of Common Purpose infiltrated and aligned organisations, including the Media Standards Trust, Hacked Off, Full Fact and others, this highly political and subversive campaign was designed to bring mainstream press and media under direct control of the State.

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The week that was, in nuclear news

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Fukushima has to be the top story, no matter how earnestly the mainstream media ignores it.  The critical problem remains the constant flow of groundwater into the reactors, and the storage of this radioactive water in many tanks, now holding the equivalent of 112 Olympic-size pools. Tepco is clearing the nearby forest for more tanks, and is deliberating about emptying the radioactive water into the Pacific. Reports are coming in that the ground under Reactor No 4 is sinking – posing the danger of it collapsing.

Other reports tell of the quite heroic work of people saving and caring for animals in the evacuated area. One particular horseman, Tokuei Hosokawa, just won’t leave his horses – many of them sick – he cares for them until they die.

A very sad report on the psychological aspects of Fukushima – discrimination and fear add to the very real anxiety about ionising radiation. Fukushima’s children may face the discrimination still experienced by the atomic bomb survivors – the  hibakusha.

Japan’s govt now planning to redevelop the (previously failed) Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing facility, which can produce nine tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium annually, or enough to construct up to 2,000 bombs. This raises the question of Japan developing nuclear weapons in the future.

Japan’s “transition towns” –  a more optimistic story. Towns like Fujino are becoming popular – where communities are switching to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

USA Sister Megan Rice, 83, and her 2 elderly companions found guilty of  ”intent to injure national security” when they broke into Oak Ridge nuclear weapons facility, with their prayers and flowers. They might be sentenced to 30 years’ gaol.

UK. latest survey shows the increasing popularity of solar and wind energy.

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Sellafield promotes Savannah Rivers very own Mr Wright to chairman

“Todd has done a magnificent job; Sellafield’s safety record is the best it has ever been and we have produced the first credible plan for the future of the site. And, we have delivered ($840 million) in efficiencies..”

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(Editor’s note: This article corrects several inaccuracies in an article printed in the Aiken Standard on Wednesday, May 8.) [ AND GOT ALTERED AGAIN ! Arclight2011 🙂 ]

Former Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Todd Wright is assuming a new position as chairman of the board for Sellafield Ltd., a company tasked with cleaning up British nuclear site Sellafield.

Wright was mostly recently the managing director of the site and will now be succeeded by Tony Price, who has experience with working in senior positions in the nuclear industry. He was most recently the executive officer of Sellafield Ltd.

Sellafield is located on the northwest coast of England. URS, a major player at SRS, is one of three major contractors to make up Nuclear Management Partners, which owns Sellafield Ltd.

Wright will ensure a smooth transition and develop an ongoing program to deepen stakeholder engagement and enhance governance and strategic business performance, according to Nuclear Management Partners.

“Todd has done a magnificent job; Sellafield’s safety record is the best it has ever been and we have produced the first credible plan for the future of the site. And, we have delivered ($840 million) in efficiencies for the U.K. taxpayer and built a strong foundation for the future,” said Tom Zarges, chairman of Nuclear Management Partners.

Wright was the director of the Savannah River National Laboratory when it achieved national lab status in 2004. He served as managing director at Sellafield for two years and has been a leader with Sellafield Ltd. for five years.

Price joined Sellafield Ltd. from URS three months ago.

“On taking over the running of the site in 2008, Nuclear Management Partners promised that they would utilize the global expertise and experience of the parent body organizations by bringing employees from these organizations to enhance Sellafield operations in partnership with the workforce. Tony (Prices)’s appointment is another example of the success of that strategy,” Zarges said.

Air Quality Warning for NE Europe – Contamination from Sellafield Nuclear site 11 April 2013

Shocking findings on effects of MOX processes on miscarriage and respiratory illness in the UK (Repost)

“…Placing the actual national numbers gleaned from the vaccine/miscarriage study of 2009 against the Watford Hospital, the  national figures  for pollutant caused miscarriage might be in the tens of thousands, at the very least, if you looked at these figures as representative nationally, this too will effect countries adjacent to the UK…”

29 April 2013

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London faces infringement

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Commission rejects UK application to delay compliance with nitrogen dioxide laws in 12 zones

16 of the UK’s 31 other zones, including London which does not expect compliance until 2025, also face infringement action.  Commission is seeking separate clarification on five issues in London

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Discrimination as well as radiation, for Fukushima’s children

Fukushima activist fights fear and discrimination based on radiation, Japan Times,  BY MIZUHO AOKI MAY 9, 2013 Sachiko Banba aches for children in Fukushima Prefecture, who worry whether they can lead a normal life.

“Three frequently asked questions from children are whether they are OK to live in Fukushima after they get married, whether they can give birth to a baby, and whether their baby will be healthy,” said Banba, 52, who runs a cram school in Minamisoma, Fukushima, less than 30 km from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Although tens of thousands of people fled their homes in Fukushima Prefecture following the March 2011 reactor meltdowns, many, including children, still remain. Most heartbreaking to Banba is the discrimination they face based on ignorance, and the likelihood it will follow them the rest of their lives.

Children catch snatches of the adult debates over the health risks of radiation exposure, and sense something bad might happen.“It’s due to people’s ignorance. There are still people who think radiation is something contagious,” Banba said. “By gaining correct knowledge, I hope children in Fukushima will be able to talk about radiation (exposure) when they are asked about it.”

Since last year, Banba and Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura have hosted more than 40 radiation study sessions for 1,500 children and adults, supplying people with the necessary information to counter the arguments of those who would discriminate against them.

Many locals have tales to tell, such as the Fukushima woman whose engagement was broken off due to the strong opposition of her fiance’s family.

Banba herself has felt the sting of intolerance many times outside the prefecture…..

citizens and medical experts like Tsubokura, who has been checking Minamisoma residents’ internal radiation exposure levels at Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital for nearly two years, are also holding study sessions in Fukushima and other prefectures to pass on basic knowledge as well as the latest findings.

Tsubokura said people outside Fukushima know little about radioactive materials. About half his audience at a lecture in Nagoya didn’t know that radioactive substances from Fukushima No. 1 fell to Earth in rain.

“Many thought a beam was emitted directly from the power plant,” Tsubokura said.

Similar discrimination was seen after the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people believed survivors were contagious and that marrying hibakusha or their descendants would produce babies with birth defects.

According to a 2008 survey of about 27,000 A-bomb survivors conducted by the city of Hiroshima, the main source of their emotional suffering after their exposure to radioactive “black rain” was discrimination, prejudice and anxiety over long-term health effects.

Even more than 60 years later, they are still haunted by discrimination, said Terumi Tanaka, secretary general of Nihon Hidankyo, an atomic bomb victims’ organization. Speaking at the Japan National Press Club in August 2011, he said the issue of radiation exposure is raised even today when their grandchildren try to marry……

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, psychology - mental health, radiation, social effects | Leave a comment

Corporate war against freedom of speech: example the hunt for Julian Assange

Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks, by making public in 2010 half a million internal documents from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of US helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, effectively exposed the empire’s hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence and its use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation

US government officials quoted in Australian diplomatic cables obtained by The Saturday Age described the campaign against Assange and WikiLeaks as “unprecedented both in its scale and nature.”

 The global assault—which saw Australia threaten to revoke Assange’s passport—is part of the terrifying metamorphosis of the “war on terror” into a wider war on civil liberties. It has become a hunt not for actual terrorists but a hunt for all those with the ability to expose the mounting crimes of the power elite

Assange,-Julian-1An Interview With Julian Assange, The Nation,   8 May 13 Corporate totalitarianism is spreading rapidly, and it’s not just Assange or Manning they want. It is all who dare to defy the official narrative. Chris Hedges  May 8, 2013    London—A tiny tip of the vast subterranean network of governmental and intelligence agencies from around the world dedicated to destroying WikiLeaks and arresting its founder, Julian Assange, appears outside the red-brick building on Hans Crescent Street that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy. Assange, the world’s best-known political refugee, has been in the embassy since he was offered sanctuary there last June. British police in black Kevlar vests are perched night and day on the steps leading up to the building, and others wait in the lobby directly in front of the embassy door. An officer stands on the corner of a side street facing the iconic department store Harrods, half a block away on Brompton Road. Another officer peers out the window of a neighboring building a few feet from Assange’s bedroom at the back of the embassy. Police sit round-the-clock in a communications van topped with an array of antennas that presumably captures all electronic forms of communication from Assange’s ground-floor suite. Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, civil liberties | 1 Comment

Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant could lead to nuclear weapons for Japan

Rokkkasho-reprocessing-planIs Japan Developing a Nuclear Weapons Program? By Peter Symonds Global Research, May 07, 2013 Huge reprocessing plant could be used to stockpile plutonium for the future manufacture of nuclear weapons.The Wall Street Journal published an article on May 1 entitled “Japan’s nuclear plan unsettles US.” It indicated concerns in Washington that the opening of a huge reprocessing plant could be used to stockpile plutonium for the future manufacture of nuclear weapons.

The Rokkasho reprocessing facility in northern Honshu can produce nine tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium annually, or enough to construct up to 2,000 bombs. Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Japan, reprocessing, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Youtube: ground under Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking

YouTube Japan Diplomat: Ground underneath Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking — More than 30 inches in some areas — Now in danger of collapse (VIDEO)
   Ex-Fukushima Nuclear Worker: Concern about land subsidence at plant due to pumping up groundwater — “I think Tepco knows”

Tweet from former Fukushima worker @Happy11311 translated by Fukushima Diary:
[…] the plant area may have a land subsidence depending on the volume of water to pump up. I think Tepco knows that…
More from @Happy11311: Fukushima worker concerned about ground settlement at plant — What will happen when Tepco starts pumping up 100s of tons of groundwater?

See also: Japan Diplomat: Ground underneath Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking — More than 30 inches in some areas — Now in danger of collapse (VIDEO)

See also: Japan Diplomat: Ground underneath Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking — More than 30 inches in some areas — Now in danger of collapse (VIDEO)

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | 4 Comments

France determined to keep and upgrade its nuclear weapons

Atomic-Bomb-SmFrance Isn’t Aiming for Nuclear Zero | The National Interest, Frank Klotz  May 8, 2013 The French government finally unveiled its long-awaited livre blanc on defense and national security last week. As expected, the white paper contains grim news for the French military, capping spending at flag-francecurrent levels and calling for substantial personnel reductions over the next five years. But one aspect of the French defense posture emerged virtually unscathed. Despite earlier reports about possible cuts in order to save money, the white paper reaffirms long-standing policies on the fundamental purpose and composition of French nuclear forces. While many officials and observers in the West discount the role of nuclear weapons in national security strategy now that the Cold War is over, the French government clearly takes a different view…….. Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | France, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Japan’s “transition towns” go for renewable energy, not nuclear

flag-japanEnergy transition: no longer why but how

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Fujino’s popularity as a transition town has grown. Hide Enomoto, co-founder of the Fujino transition town initiative says people around Japan are realizing just how important it is to switch towards cleaner sources of energy. “The people are no longer asking ‘why do we need an energy transition?,” Enomoto said. “Rather ‘how are we going to do it?”……

 Huge alternative energy potential

If some studies are to be believed, Japan could in future completely turn its back on fossil fuels and meets its entire energy needs through renewable energy by 2050

‘Transition Towns’ lead the way in low-carbon living, DW, 7 May 13   Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, many in Japan are talking about switching to renewable energy for a cleaner future. The “Transition town” of Fujino has already made that a reality……. Following the catastrophe, the Japanese government led by Naoto Kan initially decided to phase out nuclear energy in Japan by 2040. Since summer 2012, all Japanese reactors – with the exception of two – have been taken off the grid. Instead, Tokyo plans to set up the world’s biggest offshore wind park along the Fukushima coast by 2020. The plan foresees installing 143 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1 gigawatts. Construction is expected to begin in July 2013……. Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Japan, renewable | Leave a comment

Palisades nuclear plant leaks radioactive water to the shores of Lake Michigan

text ionisingLocal News: Radioactive leak from U.S. nuclear plant “got to the shore” — People on beaches a mile away — Officials downplaying seriousness of Flag-USAincident? (VIDEO)

Follow-up to: Nuclear plant spills radioactive water into Lake Michigan (AUDIO)

WSBT: Search for radioactive leak at Palisades nuclear plant[…] WSBT visited a park not far from the plant to hear from people on the beaches. […] Palisades sits about a mile down the beach […] “That’s not good, so I mean I get mad about ribbons and balloons, so radiation is obviously not thrilling either,” Larmee added. […] Groups opposing nuclear power plants, however, say regulators and the plant’s operator are downplaying the seriousness of the incident. “This plant is an accident waiting to happen, and it really needs to be permanently shut down before the worst happens there,” said Kevin Kamps of “Beyond Nuclear.” […]

WHTC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said that 79 gallons of the tainted water had escaped, but by the time it got to the shore, it was highly diluted and posed no threat.

Businessweek: Saturday’s radiation leak “most likely … is not a public health concern,” [Alan Jackson, a radiation health physicist at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit] said. “What’s more a concern is why do these things keep happening?” “I would fixate on, ‘OK, you have this problem. Why aren’t you fixing it?’” he said.
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Growing support in Britain for wind and solar energy

British Support For Renewable Energy Continues To Grow, Clean Technica May 8, 2013  A new survey conducted by the British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has found wind-solar-Cornwall-UKBritish support for renewable energies has grown in the past year.

The survey, DECC Public Attitudes Tracker, was run from early 2012 through to last March. There were four surveys — one longer survey and three shorter ones — concluded with a face-to-face in-home interview with a representative sample of 2,051 households.

Below are the key findings which were taken from the survey, as finalised after Wave 5. …….For a full comparison of wave 5 findings against the previous four waves, head on over to the DECC website and access the full questionnaire, the full wave 5 dataset, and more……

May 9, 2013 Posted by | renewable, UK | Leave a comment

Pentagon takes 17 officers off the nuclear missile job – safety issues

Pentagon removes 17 officers from duty to launch its most powerful nuclear missiles May 08, 2013 In an unprecedented action, the Air Force has removed 17 of its officers from a base at which they had the authority to control and launch nuclear missiles at the president’s command, thereby leaving the mission significantly understaffed. Continue reading

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Radiation risks to health staff from nuclear medical imaging

medical-radiationWhat to do when the patient is hot    7 May 13,  MAY 7, 2013  Boston, MA – Patients who’ve had a nuclear imaging study with radioactive tracers become, themselves, radiation emitters—something that hospital staff should keep in mind, say researchers in a new analysis trying to quantify that risk. Their research letter is published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology [1]. Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | employment, health, radiation | Leave a comment