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Japan’s corrupt ‘nuclear village’ still ruling policy?

The Fukushima plant looks to be a bottomless pit, with the tab set to grow as decontamination and decommissioning will take decades. And, how much will it cost to deal with all the radioactive waste accumulated at Japan’s 50 other reactors and where will that be stored?

Is it safe? Ruling party pushes nuclear village agenda BY JEFF KINGSTON  JAPAN TIMES, 26 May 13,  “……This April, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) began assessing whether the two Oi reactors meet new safety standards slated to go into effect in July. There are three active fault lines near the Oi plant on the Sea of Japan coast, but it will not have a remote command center ready until 2015 and its raised sea wall will not be completed until March 2014. The new safety guidelines also require that utilities equip reactors with filtered venting systems to reduce radioactive releases in the event of an emergency, but they are granted a five-year grace period before these must be in place.

Consequently, the reactors are now operating based on the hope that these countermeasures will prove unnecessary; Fukushima demonstrates the folly of wishing risk away. The findings of three major investigations into the Fukushima accident were released in 2012, detailing the absence of a culture of safety in the nuclear industry in Japan and cozy, collusive relations between regulators and the utilities that compromised safety……
In fact, tsunami risks should have come as no surprise to Tepco, as the Tohoku coastline has been battered by major ones in 1611, 1677, 1793, 1896 and 1933. Indeed, there are tsunami stones dotting the Tohoku coastline warning future generations to heed the perils. Tepco’s own researchers warned about the tsunami risk in Fukushima, and clearly the one triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, was no black swan, once in a 1,000-year event. But the utilities and the government ignored the risks and sited reactors in tsunami-risk zones.

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The Diet investigation concludes that what’s termed “regulatory capture” — regulators regulating in favor of the regulated — was at the heart of the nuclear accident, and it blasts the absence of a culture of safety. Moreover, it outlines an institutionalized culture of collusion, complacency and deceit involving regulators and utilities that explains why Fukushima in particular, and the nuclear industry in general, settled for inadequate safeguards…….. Continue reading

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe willing to take a chance on nuclear safety

Abe,-Shinzo-nuke Abe to pledge resumption of Japan nuclear plants By MarketWatch, May 26, 2013, TOKYOPrime Minister Shinzo Abe will clarify his government’s plan to resume operation of idled nuclear power plants in a growth strategy to be compiled in mid-June, Kyodo News quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying Saturday.

The draft energy policy to be included in the growth strategy states that steps will be taken to restart reactors judged safe for operation by the nuclear regulatory authorities, they said.

The government will pledge that it will make utmost efforts to ensure plant safety to gain support from municipalities hosting nuclear plants, the sources said.

The energy policy laid out in the growth strategy will be the government’s official endorsement of Abe’s plan to rely on nuclear power until the nation’s final policy is made on nuclear energy use…. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/abe-to-pledge-resumption-of-japan-nuclear-plants-2013-05-26

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Nuclear phaseout proving to be a success in Germany

solar,-wind-aghastflag_germanyWe can let fission fizzle out in a renewable worldNew Scientist, 20 May 2013 by Jochen Flasbarth If Germany can phase out nuclear power and still thrive, why would other nations pursue a uranium-fuelled future?  AT THE start of this year Germany officially entered the Dark Ages again – at least according to its state weather service. A mere 22.5 hours of sunshine were recorded in January – a 60-year low. Despite this, the country’s power supply, which has a world leading input from solar panels, firmly stood its ground, even without the eight nuclear reactors that were switched off in 2011.There was sufficient energy for charging smartphones, running dishwashers and the like – and enough for slightly more essential things such as industry or life-support systems in hospitals. And people in need of a fake tan could easily get one.

Such good news probably did not go down well with the pro-nuclear lobby. Grim and cold spells of this type had been their favourite doomsday scenario. Talk of a Stromlücke, or electricity gap, made headlines after the 2011 decision to shut nearly half of Germany’s 17 reactors in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

The fear ran rampant that, without a nuclear backbone, blackouts might push German industry out of business – or at least out of the country. This proved groundless. Continue reading

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Germany, renewable | Leave a comment

Images of potential radioactive fallout, if San Onofre nuclear plant had an accident

see-this.wayImaging Potential San Onofre Fallout What might the radioactive fallout cloud look like at San Onofre from a Chernobyl-like or Fukushima-scale nuclear accident? http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=6317
Recently two concerned men, each in his own way, have set out to answer that question. Torgen Johnson mapped a scaled overlay of the Fukushima fallout cloud over the San Onofre region. Paul Frey mapped a scaled overlay of the Chernobyl radioactive plume. Their findings are presented

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Taiwanese protest against unfair nuclear referendum

see-this.wayflag-TaiwanVIDEO: Hundreds rally against Taiwan nuclear referendum http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/17337705/hundreds-rally-against-taiwan-nuclear-referendum/May 27, 2013,  TAIPEI (AFP) – Hundreds of Taiwanese protested in the capital Taipei on Sunday over government plans to hold what they call an unfair referendum on the fate of a nearly-completed nuclear power plant.

Chanting slogans like “Stop dangerous nuclear power”, the protestors stood together in front of parliament to spell out the word “STOP” and held up black and yellow signs.

The demonstration came a few days before the ruling Kuomintang party plans to push through a bill to host a nationwide referendum that will decide whether the the island’s fourth nuclear plant should be completed.

A “No” vote would only be accepted if turnout reaches 50 percent of the island’s 18 million people, rather than a poll based on a simple majority.

“Such a design is unfair,” Liu Hui-min, a spokeswoman for the protest, told AFP.

“Since so many people have voiced against the risky power plant, the government should scrap the project instead,” referring to several public surveys which indicated around 70 percent of respondents opposed the plant.

Concerns about the island’s nuclear power plants have been mounting since the March 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan……

May 27, 2013 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, Taiwan | Leave a comment

Abandon useless £100 billion Trident nuclear programme, Hans Blix urges UK

Hans Blix urges Britain to relinquish Trident nuclear programme , The Guardian,  27 May 2013  Former UN weapons inspector says UK will not be more protected if it extends life of Trident, at a cost of £100bn Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has said it is time for Britain to relinquish its Trident nuclear programme.

Speaking at the Hay literary festival, the Swedish international lawyer who led the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the Iraq war, said he did not see how the UK would be any more protected if it extended the life of the nuclear programme – at an estimated cost of £100bn….. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/hans-blix-trident-abandon-britain-nuclear

May 27, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi General Electric, Westinghouse, Areva will make Japan keep nuclear power

flag-japanIs it safe? Ruling party pushes nuclear village agenda BY JEFF KINGSTON  JAPAN TIMES, 26 May 13,  “…..The election of the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party to power in December 2012 was not about energy policy, but has revived prospects for the nuclear village; citizens may favor phasing out nuclear energy, but they will not get to decide. Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi tie-ups with General Electric, Westinghouse and Areva mean that Japan stands at the nexus of the global nuclear-energy industry. The recent award of a $22 billion contract by Turkey to a Japanese-led consortium indicates how high the stakes are, explaining why domestic firms’ nuclear-policy preferences are fully reflected in government policy.

exclamation-If Japan terminated nuclear power, the pain would extend beyond the utilities and vendors; lenders and investors, including Japan’s major banks and insurance firms, would also face huge losses. Pulling the plug on nuclear power could also drive some of Japan’s 10 utilities into insolvency. In addition, there have been strident voices from the political right calling for the retention of nuclear energy because it leaves available the nuclear-weapons option. Washington, too, has warned Tokyo that phasing out nuclear energy would harm bilateral relations because it would raise concerns about Japan’s large stockpiles of plutonium and uncomfortable questions about the consistency of U.S. nuclear non-proliferation efforts targeting Iran and North Korea…….http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/26/commentary/is-it-safe-ruling-party-pushes-nuclear-village-agenda/#.UaPpE9JwpLs

May 27, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Japan, politics, Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

UN calls on Japan to help Fukushima victims more

UN asks Japan, operator to help nuclear power plant victims Times Live, Sapa-AP | 26 May, 2013 A United Nations expert who investigated the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 nuclear power plant disaster says the government and the operator of the facility should do more to help those affected by the catastrophe.

A report by special rapporteur Anand Grover, posted on the UN Human Rights Council’s website, says the government’s takeover of Tokyo Electric Power Co. allowed the utility to evade full responsibility for the nuclear disaster, the worst since Chernobyl. The report points to problems with the handling of the crisis, including a difficult process for seeking compensation for radiation exposure, a lack of openness about health risks from radiation and inadequate protection for nuclear plant workers.

It urges Japan to improve its emergency preparedness and its handling of compensation claims.

The Geneva-based council is due to discuss the report, compiled after a visit to Japan by Grover late last year, at its general meeting starting Monday.

Japan’s atomic energy industry remains in crisis more than two years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant…… http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/05/26/un-asks-japan-operator-to-help-nuclear-power-plant-victims

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Japan, social effects | Leave a comment

Strict safety measures would mean Japan’s nukes are uneconomic

nuke-earthquakeflag-japanIs it safe? Ruling party pushes nuclear village agenda BY JEFF KINGSTON  JAPAN TIMES, 26 May 13,  “………the NRA has signaled its intention to not approve restarting a reactor at the Tsuruga plant in Fukui, and there are several other candidates for closure; Tepco’s Kashiwazaki plant with six reactors is sited near an active fault line as proven in the 2007 earthquake there, but the utility’s business plan depends on restarting this facility. There are some tough calls ahead.

There has also been no conclusion declared as to whether or not seismic damage compromised cooling-system pipes at the Fukushima plant in the interval before the tsunami hit. This is an important issue because if the earthquake caused the meltdowns, all Japan’s reactors would require extensive safety upgrades that would further undermine their financial viability. In any event, The Economist magazine has concluded that nuclear power is simply not economically feasible.
The NRA is set to adopt stricter safety regulations in July, but the key will be the implementation and monitoring of compliance. Problematically, there are only nine inspectors overseeing the 3,000 workers engaged in decontamination and decommissioning efforts at Fukushima, a bungled operation that has been left to the discretion of Tepco.

The utility decided against bringing in outside experts and failed to anticipate the problem of what to do with massive volumes of radioactive waste water that are accumulating at the plant. The improvised responses have proved inadequate, while the touted “solution” involves dumping the toxic water into the ocean. The Tokyo-based New York Times reporter Martin Fackler concludes that Tepco is “lurching from one problem to the next without a coherent strategy … a cautionary tale about the continued dangers of leaving decisions about nuclear safety to industry insiders” (NYT 4/29/2013).

Despite this and other red flags on nuclear safety, the political pressures on the NRA to resume business as usual are intensifying……. .http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/26/commentary/is-it-safe-ruling-party-pushes-nuclear-village-agenda/#.UaPpE9JwpLs

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Finland’s nuclear waste tunnels

see-this.wayVIDEO  Finland to bury nuclear waste underground http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/05/201352154030372976.html Country plans to solve problem of disposing radioactive waste permanently by using tunnels. 21 May 2013 Finland has struggled with disposal of radioactive waste for decades, with temporary storage sites requiring constant monitoring.

The country now plans to bury its nuclear waste in tunnels underground.

But in the United States and elsewhere such tunnels have been prevented because of safety fears.

Al Jazeera’s Tim Friend reports from a facility in Olkiluoto island.

 

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Manmohan Singh off to Japan for a nuclear deal

Policy Watch: The PM’s nuclear dreams, May 27, 2013,  Agency: DNA, R N Bhaskar  Minister Manmohan Singh is off to Japan this week.  Among other things, he is expected to sign papers relating to a nuclear deal. If true, that would be most unfortunate. 

First, general elections are just round the corner. It is not appropriate for any government to sign high-priced deals just before elections are due. Unfortunately, politicians love making big-ticket expenses just before elections.  
Past experience has shown that even a small percentage as commissions can be hugely tempting.
Second, all the data currently available indicates that nuclear power is more expensive than coal based power
Third, except for France, which depends heavily on nuclear power, almost every country is reducing its dependence on nuclear energy.  In fact, as one of the two charts reproduced shows, the US itself has never depended on nuclear energy for more than 20% of its energy mix. Had this source of energy been cheap, it would have enjoyed a bigger share of the US energy basket….. http://www.dnaindia.com/money/1839827/report-policy-watch-the-pm-s-nuclear-dreams

May 27, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Germany meeting the challenges of intermittent renewable energy

flag_germanyWe can let fission fizzle out in a renewable world, New Scientist, 20 May 2013 by Jochen Flasbarth“……One of the most pressing challenges of a 100 per cent renewable world is how best to use energy sources that by their very nature do not run constantly. Your average German wind turbine operates for 1600 hours of the year. Equally, there are times when wind turbines or solar panels produce too much electricity. How to store this excess? This can be done conventionally by pumping water to fill a reservoir during the day, and using it to produce hydroelectric power at night.

More sophisticated is power-to-gas: carbon dioxide and water are combined in a series of steps to produce methane. Renewables will supply the electricity and the methane can be fed into the gas network to heat homes, fuel cars or generate electricity. The technology has yet to mature. But firms such asAudi are trying to get it off the ground commercially.

Another challenge is to transport power from the wind-rich north to the more populous southern and central Germany. That will mean building hundreds of kilometres of new power lines. Opposition is predicted. But this could be tackled by offering locals a financial share in mid-scale, private solar power installations or wind farms.

A quick word on prices: the financial support for renewables has taken some flak. Critics argue that ladling out money for solar panels has overheated the market and created too much capacity at too high a price. But this can be dealt with. Cuts to payments to panel owners for the electricity they generate, the feed-in tariff, have been made, more will follow. To put things in perspective: under the present system the average German is expected to pay €5 a month towards the feed-in tariff. This is a sound investment in clean technology, protecting us from the spiralling prices of conventional energy.

In a recent study we showed that in 2030, renewable electricity on average will cost 7.6 cents per kilowatt hour; electricity from gas or coal-fired power plants will probably be 9 cents. Onshore wind turbines already match prices of some fossil fuels…… http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829170.200-we-can-let-fission-fizzle-out-in-a-renewable-world.html

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Germany, renewable | Leave a comment

Rise of the Proto Fascists – Written by Chris Hedges – Just released!

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Published on May 26, 2013

Short remix of ‘Obey’ documentary with excerpts from book – Death of the Liberal Class – written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges.

Interesting to see how many of these predictions have become true and this in itself hints that these fascists groups have been manipulated by concentrated economic power to fight manufactured enemy. Both fascists and their enemy are ultimately victims of the political and economic elite – the Corporate Class.

“Until industrial feudalism is replaced by industrial democracy, politics will be the shadow cast on society by big business” – John Dewey

Full Documentary here

Warning: Viewers may find some of the clips in the film disturbing.

http://youtu.be/hH6UynI5m7Y

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A day in the life of the Fukushima children – 19 April 2013

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Published on Apr 19, 2013

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WARNIING !!!! you all can now see clearly what we will all have to accept as routine exposure (and make no mistake cs137 am241 detection is very serious} if the nuclear plants are kept operating as more shall surely meltdown.

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More clear evidence of radionuclides in the schoolyard
Please help children from radioactive contamination 茨城県高萩市
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013…

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment