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Published on 26 Jul 2013

Tepco Advisor Blasts Tepco: “You do not know what you’re doing” — Japan Times: Time for gov’t to take over at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/tepco-advisor-tepc…

Officials: Gas is likely leaking from containment vessel of Fukushima Reactor No. 3 — “It was observed as the steam”
http://enenews.com/officials-gas-is-l…

Strange Bedfellows: TEPCO & Lady Barbara Judge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaxgNr…

NAIIC Report on Fukushima: Lessons Learned & Next Steps Forward
The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) was established to investigate the causes of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on behalf of the Japanese people and to make proposals on how to prevent nuclear accidents in the future. Former NAIIC Chairman Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa discusses findings from the Commission’s six-month investigation, including proposals on how to avoid future nuclear catastrophes.
http://www.japansociety.org/webcast/y…

TEPCO admits lax risk management over tainted water
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has admitted to insufficient risk management over contaminated groundwater.
Tokyo Electric Power Company made the admission in its first report to a panel of outside experts on Friday.

Japan’s Environment Ministry says 3 prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami have cleared 75 percent of their debris.
The ministry estimates that the disaster generated almost 16 million tons of debris in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Around 12 million tons had been disposed of by the end of June.

Post offices across Japan to sell Aflac products
The Japan Post group says it will sell products of US life insurer Aflac at post offices throughout Japan.
The announcement came after the US government called the group’s insurance businesses unfair at bilateral talks.
Japan Post Holdings President Taizo Nishimuro told reporters on Friday that the state-owned firm will raise the number of post offices selling Aflac *CANCER* policies from 1,000 to 20,000.

Citizen’s radiation station “530 Bq/Kg from shoji screen in Saitama”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/07/ex…

Aizuwakamatsu city Fukushima, “There is not radioactive material in the air”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/07/ai…

Fukushima rezoning set to finish in August
Japan’s government is set to finish reorganizing all evacuation zones in Fukushima Prefecture as early as August. Reconstruction efforts may now enter a new phase.
The prospect emerged as the town assembly of Kawamata approved its mayor’s rezoning plan on Friday. The town is within 50 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
It’s the last of 11 municipalities that were evacuated after the March 2011 nuclear accident to be realigned.

Hanford, PNNL isotope production expert dies
Published: July 25, 2013
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/07…

Nuclear regulator hints at possible active fault off Aomori peninsula
Kunihiko Shimazaki, acting chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. (Mainichi)
Kunihiko Shimazaki, acting chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), has hinted that a seabed fault off the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, which is dotted with nuclear fuel cycle facilities, may be active.
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/ne…

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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Depleted Uranium Found at Opa-Locka Airport

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“…but not everyone disposes of the depleted uranium waste peoperly…”

“…because they didn’t want to pay the expense of getting rid of it …”

Qoutes from the video

A HazMat crew is at Opa-locka Airport at 14201 NW 42nd Avenue monitoring depleted uranium.

By Sharon Lawson, Alexandra Leon and Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
|  Thursday, Jul 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:40 PM EDT

[Video on link)

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Depleted-Uranium-Found-at-Opa-Locka-Airport-216946071.html

Authorities were investigating after a part of the Opa-locka Executive Airport was evacuated on Thursday when depleted uranium was detected inside a 55-gallon drum and a wooden pallet.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Department of Environmental Protection were on scene at the airport,  located at 14201 NW 42nd Avenue,   trying to find a contractor to correctly dispose of the Uranium 238, said Mara Burger, a DEP spokeswoman.

Someone had dismantled an old airplane and used the containers to dispose of the parts, said Burger. The plane dates to the when uranium was used on the outside of aircraft for navigational purposes, she said.

The plane had been chopped up and the aluminum parts with uranium on them were put into the containers, Burger said. One container is half full and the other is three-quarters full.

“Depleted uranium is used in the fabrication of counterbalance weights. It’s a common practice. However, this material must be disposed of properly. It cannot be discarded as it was in this case,” said Lt. Arnold Piedrahita, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Authorities cordoned off a 150-foot radius for the hazardous materials crews to test the material. They found the radiation being released was minimal.

Meanwhile, Burger said there will be an investigation. Authorities were tipped off to the situation from anonymous caller to the state watch office run by the Department of Emergency Management.

The airport offers aircraft maintenance and repair services.

Authorities said there were no injuries.

Stay with NBC6.com and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tim Deere-Jones analyses UK government’s monitoring of marine radiation

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On the basis of this review it’s my conclusion that the current programme for monitoring doses of marine derived radioactivity in food lacks the appropriate scientific rigour.  It is not fit for current purpose because, owing to the weaknesses described above, it cannot provide sufficiently detailed data to justify the FSA claim that there is a “low risk from radioactivity in food” and that “no food safety risks have been identified”.

radiation-in-sea--food-chaiflag-UKUK government failing to protect population from potentially radioactive food highly-recommended http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1915331/uk_government_failing_to_protect_population_from_potentially_radioactive_food.html by Tim Deere-Jones 25 July 13,  Tim Deere-Jones dissects the UK Government’s system for monitoring doses of marine derived radioactivity in food and concludes that the current programme is deeply flawed.

2013 has seen a major surge in the potential for expansion of UK nuclear power. In February, the Environment Agency (EA) found no objection to the discharge and disposal of radioactive wastes from a proposed nuclear power station with two CPWRs (contained pressurised water reactors) at Hinkley Point on the Somerset coast. It stated that the discharge of gaseous and liquid wastes to the marine environment and atmosphere of the Bristol Channel could proceed.

One month later the UK Government granted permission for the construction of the Hinkley CPWR, paving the way for a three-fold increase in the amount of some radio nuclides discharged to sea and also for the rolling out of planning permissions for another eight stations holding two or three reactors each.

In the same period, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), responsible for monitoring radioactivity in food, stated that, since “an annual monitoring programme has been in place for more than 25 years and no food safety risks have been identified during this period”, it now proposed to “optimise” the monitoring of radioactivity in food by reducing the scope and volume of its annual environmental monitoring and analysis programmes.

The FSA risk estimate for marine radioactivity is based on the outcome of assessment modelling of dietary dose, received from a range of foodstuffs thought to be representative of dietary exposure pathways. Here follows my review of the data inputs quality, upon which such modelling relies for its accuracy and relevance. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | oceans, radiation, Reference, UK | Leave a comment

Richard Wilcox’s personal journey to Fukushima’s irradiated “dead zone”

We also spotted many suspicious looking flowers and other forms of vegetation. According to Yoichi, radiation has affected some flowers in the nuclear zone to go haywire and outgrow their natural size (a
topic for future research). Yoichi noted that radiation affects different plants differently, some are hardy and not affected; others, especially flowers may receive small doses but have big results in terms of mutations.

Below:  Yoichi indicates the normal height of this flower compared to this giant version

Fukuahma giant flower compared to normal size

We already know that the biologist and expert on mutagenetic affects, Tim Mosseau, has shown that in Fukushima prefecture a variety of insects and other species have been affected (1).

highly-recommendedMy Trip To The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Zone http://rense.com/general96/trip.html
(Part One) By Richard Wilcox Ph.D. 7-26-13 On July 20, 2013 Yoichi Shimatsu and I departed from Ueno station in Tokyo to visit the Fukushima nuclear disaster region and see what we
could see…..
Undoubtedly Japan’s countryside regions have suffered from brain drain and thus the numbers of passengers do not justify the number of trains. After the Fukushima disaster many people moved out of the immediate area and this has reduced the need for trains.

Beyond that fact, Yoichi speculates that the Japanese government does not want people going up there to snoop around, Fukushima is now a DEAD ZONE and off limits. Indeed it is, even while they are urging
some people to move back in. Families that moved out of the immediate area of the nuclear disaster may now live in safer zones to the south, but they are forced to train their kids back to their original schools during the daytime, if that is where their family property is registered. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2013, Japan, radiation, Reference | Leave a comment

Depleted uranium, birth defects Iraq, and the official cover-up

WHO-and-IAEAThe withholding of the WHO report suggests extreme pressure on the World Health Organization by nations which have something terrible to hide. It would be difficult for the report to sidestep epidemic rates of cancer in Iraq regions where depleted uranium was used. Chowdhury’s article, “WHO’s Iraq Birth Defect Study Omits Causation,” indicates the WHO report purposefully avoids considering the causes of the overwhelming birth defects, disease, and death rates.

depleted-uraniumhighly-recommendedSyria, Iraq and Depleted Uranium http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-iraq-and-depleted-uranium/5343806 By John Bart Gerald
Global Research, July 25, 2013 As the U.S.considers expanding its war on Syria to overt military aggression, Iraq provides some warning of the human cost of accepting the policies of madmen. In Iraq military action starting with “Desert Storm” in 1991, caused the near total destruction of Iraq’s society, culture, environment and eventual losses of millions of innocent people. Health and mortality information risks heavy suppression and manipulation since it provides evidence concerning a crime. In Spain, theBrussells Tribunal‘s cogent case attempting to prosecute George Bush, Tony Blair and others for genocide inIraq was rejected by the court. Lack of legal recourse for the people of Iraq before a non-partisan international court marks the International Criminal Court’s failure to bend the major powers from illegal wars of aggression.

Primary alleged crimes of the U.S. and NATO coalition’s war on Iraq remain unaddressed:

1. aggression and the betrayal of Iraq’s sovereignty.

2. massive military bombardment of civilian areas.

3. intentional destruction of the civilian infrastructure and water supply.

4. use of depleted uranium weaponry to cause the slow death of civilian populations and render portions of the land unable to sustain health and life in the future.

While these points are neglected by the media, current information concerning use of depleted uranium is so notably missing there may be an attempt to remove the issue from the public’s awareness (1 and 2). While depleted uranium is a lethal radiological weapon, relevant public information is suppressed, excised, falsely countered and ignored. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iraq, Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 2 Comments

Steaming continuing from Fukushima nuclear reactor 3

Author-Fukushima-diary[Steaming reactor3] Thermography shows the steaming area is over 15℃ hotter than atmosphere http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/07/steaming-reactor3-thermography-shows-the-steaming-area-is-over-15%E2%84%83-hotter-than-atmosphere/
 by Mochizuki on July 25th, 2013 Following up this article..Reactor3 steaming again / Over 1 Sv/h at 6 of 25 locations on the operation floor [URL]

On 7/24/2013, Tepco conducted the second thermography survey of the operation floor of reactor3, where the steam was observed.

The surveying time was 4:40 ~ 6:04 AM. They conducted the first thermography survey on 7/20/2013 but because the surveying time was from 12:39 to 14:40, sunshine distracted the details. (cf, Thermography shows 50℃ on operation floor of “steaming” reactor3 [URL 2])

This second thermography survey showed the steaming area is about 34.3℃, where the atmospheric temperature was 18.6℃.

It was surveyed at 5m above the floor.

Around where they detected over 1Sv/h, the temperature was 24.7℃, which was also higher than back ground. However, it was surveyed at 40m above the floor. Details are not clear. (cf, Reactor3 steaming again / Over 1 Sv/h at 6 of 25 locations on the operation floor [URL 3])

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Effect of public opposition to nuclear power, USA project in India cancelled

flag-indiaUS company nukes Rs 2724 cr nuclear parts project at Vizag Manish & Swati Rathor, TNN | Jul 26, 2013,  “….. US player Brighton Energy Corporation Ltd’s Rs 2724 crore megaproject to make forged steel components for use in nuclear power plants  was to come up inVisakhapatnam district.  According to officials of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), the project planned by US player in Nakkapalli mandal of the district has been shelved. ….

Confirming that the project had been shelved, APIIC managing director Jayesh Ranjan said, “In view of the controversy surrounding the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the country, Brighton Energy Corporation felt that the atmosphere was not conducive to go ahead with the project as they were to set up the unit for manufacturing components for nuclear reactors. Moreover, there were agitations in the Vizag area against the setting up of the unit. The company decided not close down the project three to four months ago.”….

July 26, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

A global turn away from nuclear nightmare: the chance is now

A so-called “inalienable right” of nations to the “use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes” articulated in Article IV of the NPT in reality means exposing people and other living things worldwide to a risk of indiscriminate, catastrophic radioactive contamination at any time. Nuclear power erodes the health and rights of future generations. Through its inevitable generation of plutonium, and the intrinsic potential of uranium enrichment plants to enrich uranium beyond reactor grade to weapons grade, it exacerbates the danger of nuclear war and its catastrophic human consequences. Nuclear power thus undermines fundamental human and biosphere rights, responsible custodianship and human security.

To quote Albert Einstein again: “There is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused
understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world.”
PeaceSTUMBLING IN THE DARK, REACHING FOR THE LIGHT, Right Now  By Tilman Ruff, 25 July 13, ”………While the extraordinary responsibility we bear is a difficult burden, it is also a precious gift. Few people in all of human history have had as great an opportunity as we now have to avert harm and do good for humanity

The fundamental realities of nuclear weapons are as profound as they are clear. Nuclear weapons are by far the most destructive, indiscriminate, persistently toxic weapons ever invented. Single nuclear weapons have been built with more destructive power than all explosives used in all wars throughout human history. In its landmark Resolution 1 of 2011, the Council of Delegates of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, its highest governing body, “finds it difficult to envisage how any use of nuclear weapons could be compatible with the rules of international humanitarian law, in particular the rules of distinction, precaution and proportionality”. They cannot be used in any way compliant with international law.

While they exist, there is a danger they will be used. The only way to eliminate this danger is to eradicate nuclear weapons. While some nations possess them, others will inevitably seek to acquire them, or the means to produce them in short order. These means are now readily accessible around the world, even to isolated and impoverished countries like North Korea.
The lifetimes of uranium and plutonium isotopes, which can fuel bombs, are measured over tens of thousands to millions of years. Human
intent, nation-states and politics can change on a dime. Hence stocks of fissile materials, the capacity to create more, and nuclear weapons themselves are the problems, irrespective of the intentions of their custodians at any point in time. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Religion and ethics | Leave a comment

Nuclear nationalism – the dangerous hubris

The dangers of nuclear hubris, Praful Bidwai Thursday, Jul 25, 2013,   Agency: DNA Nuclear weapons and aggression always go together. So do nuclear weapons, hubris and machismo. Aggressiveness — and readiness to wreak mass destruction or inflict great cruelties upon an adversary’s civilians — lies at the heart of the nuclear weapons rationale, the acceptance and normalisation of their mind-numbing violence, and the development and deployment of such armaments, whether they are used or not.

Nuclear deterrence seeks security through terror, by threatening the enemy with “unacceptable” damage. As the Dr Strangelove film shows, nuclear scientists and experts quintessentially, yet naturally, imbibe deeply cynical, male-supremacist and pathologically aggression-prone attitudes. Many of them personally, literally, exude violence.

This mindset is often expressed in boastful and extravagant claims of nuclear prowess and “achievements”— having bigger and more warheads, more and longer-range missiles, and above all, having them first. This has nowhere been in greater evidence than in South Asia. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | India, psychology - mental health | Leave a comment

100,000 solar panels installed by UK supermarket chain

UK Supermarket Chain Installs 100,000th Solar Panel  by Energy Matters, 26 July 13 Sainsbury’s says it has now installed 100,000 solar panels, representing 22MW capacity across 210 of its UK stores.

Enough to cover 35 football pitches; the company says the modules will reduce its carbon impact by an estimated 9,785 tonnes per year.

The company has also extended its renewable energy efforts to other technologies, including solar hot water and ground source heat pumps. A recently installed heat pump at its Crayford store supplies 30 per cent of that supermarket’s energy requirements…..http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3859

July 26, 2013 Posted by | decentralised, UK | Leave a comment

Doubts on whether nuclear energy has a future in South Africa

Russia’s state energy group Rosatom and the French Areva – will be watching upcoming developments in South Africa with interest. In addition to safety and financial viability, concern has also been raised around the opacity of the government’s nuclear plans. All of these issues are discussed in a recent Occasional Paper titled, “South Africa’s Nuclear Future”, published by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). The paper argues that unless South Africa’s nuclear planners meet the concerns mentioned above head-on, their programmes will fail to inspire confidence, both at home and abroad.

Africa: Nuclear Future Requires Urgent Clarity ALL AFRICA BY MARI-LISE DU PREEZ, 22 JULY 2013 Observers hoping to gain insights into South Africa’s nuclear energy plans have had their hopes dashed. Two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conferences have recently taken place in quick succession. The first, an International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century held in St Petersburg Russia from 27 to 29 June 2013, saw the last minute withdrawal of both the Energy Minister and the CEO of Eskom.

This seemed to indicate that the tussle between the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Planning Commission (NPC) on the future of nuclear energy in South Africa is yet to be resolved. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | politics, South Africa | Leave a comment

Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup costs – $50 billion and climbing

dollar-2With Fukushima nuclear plant still leaking, Japan clean-up bill soars to $50bn Many are sceptical that government-led effort will make area habitable again THE INDEPENDENT, DAVID MCNEILL TOKYO
WEDNESDAY 24 JULY 2013   Japanese researchers say the cost of cleaning up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could top $50bn (£32.6bn), more than four times the amount allocated by the government.

The figure does not include compensation for those affected by the explosion and the subsequent fallout, or the multibillion-dollar price tag for decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which the
government and regulators say will take at least 40 years to complete…….. Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, Fukushima 2013, Japan | Leave a comment

Fukuxshima nuclear reactor 3 in “cold shutdown” but boiling!

BBC: It’s boiling somewhere inside Fukushima Unit No. 3 — Reactor supposed to be in cold shutdown — Situation ‘worrying’ http://enenews.com/bbc-boiling-inside-fukushima-unit-3-reactors-supposed-be-cold-shutdown-situation-worrying

Title: Fukushima nuclear plant: Japan takes steps over sea leak
Source: BBC News
Date: July 23, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
[…]  (Tepco) said steam was seen around the fifth floor of the building housing Reactor No 3 […]

It is not clear what is causing the steam […]
The sight of steam rising is worrying because it means somewhere inside the reactor building water is boiling, says the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.

Th badly damaged reactors are supposed to be in what is called “cold shutdown”; the temperature of the cooling water inside the reactor should be well below boiling point.

It is another sign that Tepco still does not fully know what is going on inside the damaged reactors […]

See also: AFP: ‘Fukushima reactor site engulfed by steam’ — Kyodo: ‘Something like steam’ coming from unknown source at Unit No. 3 — Tepco: ‘Continuously wafting through the air’ — Work to remove rubble suspended

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | 1 Comment

American Medical Association (AMA) warns on seafood radiation danger

radiation-in-sea--food-chaiThe AMA Responds to Radiation in Seafood, FFAN Urges FDA to Act Now  July 24, 2013 by 

 Food Safety Group Applauds Recent American Medical Association (AMA)Recommendation to Test U.S. Seafood for Radiation

FFAN  urges responsible, transparent testing guidelines and national database for seafood radiation. Wants results to be made public.

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) today applauded the recent American Medical Association (AMAresolution that calls on the U.S. government to test all U.S.seafood for radiation and fully report the results to the public. The AMA joins FFAN in demanding the public’s ‘Right to Know’ regarding radiation levels in food. The California Medical Association (CMA) initiated the resolution.  Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | oceans, radiation | 2 Comments