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Fukushima War Crimes – R Butler

…Again and again, these agencies and their spokespersons have denied what was in front of their very eyes. Billions of dollars are poured into cancer research, research on radiation, but any attempt to carry out epidemiological studies of those exposed to internal radiation, from depleted uranium in Iraq, to Chernobyl contamination, to the shores of the massively-contaminated Baltic Sea have been turned down for funding. I know. I applied with colleagues from Latvia Technical University and from the Karolinska Institute to look at cancer on the shores of the Baltic; no way were we going to be allowed to even get the data, let alone be funded….

I recently pointed out, this operation has to go on forever – a long sickness, but at least not a sudden death. However, this week begins a new development in the potential sudden death department.

There is a curious and bizarre reversal of the natural at Fukushima: a looking-glass world inversion. Unlike the standard marine catastrophe, for example the Titanic, where the need is to manically pump water out of the ship to stop it sinking, at Fukushima the game is to madly pump water in, in order to stop it melting down and exploding.

Probably because it is now clear that the saturation of the ground from all the pumping water for cooling the several reactors and spent fuel pools has destabilized the foundations of the buildings, TEPCO is bringing forward its operation to try and deal with what is perhaps the most dangerous of the four sites, the spent fuel pond of Reactor 4. For this pond contains a truly enormous amount of radioactive material: 1,331 spent fuel grids amounting to 228.3 tons of Uranium and Plutonium buried inside a swimming pool which has already dried out once and exploded. That explosion blasted a significant, but unknown, quantity of lethally radioactive bits and pieces of fuel element around the site (where I heard they were bulldozed into the ground – who knows?), but it also blew the top off the building, covered the fuel elements under the water with rubble and pieces of crane machinery, and no doubt twisted and melted a large proportion of the remaining spent fuel.

The operation involves the kind of game that we are all familiar with in those machines in penny arcades. You know the ones. You stick in some coins. You have levers which manipulate a claw which you position over a teddy bear or a doll and then you let this down, pick the item up and drop it down a chute to win it. In the TEPCO version of this game, you build a crane over the spent fuel tank (or what’s left of it) and manoeuver a grab down into the rubble to deftly pick out a spent fuel assembly, like a 4.5meter long and 24cm square birdcage containing the zirconium metal clad fuel elements, each unit weighing about one third of a ton.

Of course, to make the game more interesting, they are not just sitting there like they were when the tank was being used. They are under water (sea water), covered in debris, corroded, busted, twisted, intertwined and generally impossible to deal with. And here is the really scary thing: if you manage to bust a fuel element, the best outcome is that huge amounts of radioactivity escape into the air and blow over Japan, just like before. The worst outcome is when two of these things get too close, perhaps because in pulling one out it breaks and falls against another one in the tank.  Because then you suddenly have lots of fission, a lot of heat, a meltdown, possibly a big blast like before, and the destruction of the entire cooling pond. Or else the water boils off and the whole thing catches fire.

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

Nuclear accident evacuees to sue government, TEPCO for damages

August 27, 2013

By GEN OKAMOTO/ Staff Writer

OSAKA–Residents of Fukushima Prefecture and other areas who evacuated after the onset of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are planning to file lawsuits in district courts in the Kansai region against the central government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator.

About 140 plaintiffs will seek a total of about 1 billion yen ($10 million) as compensation for psychological stress suffered due to the nuclear accident and for the upending of their daily lives.

These will be the first lawsuits to be filed in western Japan. On March 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 1,650 residents and evacuees filed lawsuits in district courts in eastern Japan.

According to lawyers for the plaintiffs, those who will join in the lawsuit will be 12 residents of Minami-Soma, Namie and Tomioka of Fukushima Prefecture where evacuation instructions were issued after the nuclear accident, as well as about 130 other residents of Fukushima, Miyagi and Ibaraki prefectures.

Katsutoshi Sato, left, and other prospective plaintiffs respond to questions from the media on Aug. 26 in Osaka. (Gen Okamoto)

Lawsuits will be submitted to the district courts in Osaka and Kyoto on Sept. 17, and to Kobe District Court in late September.

The lawyers will argue that the central government failed to take necessary safety measures, even though it recognized the danger of an accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The compensation will be for being forced to evacuate, as well as expenses incurred in the process of leading lives as evacuees and leaving some family members behind in Fukushima.

Some plaintiffs also plan to seek compensation for damage to their homes.

According to officials of the Reconstruction Agency, as of Aug. 12, there were a total of 61,355 residents of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate who fled their prefectures after the natural disasters and nuclear accident.

A number of prospective plaintiffs met with the media on Aug. 26 to explain their decision to sue the government and TEPCO.

Katsutoshi Sato, 52, had a home in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, that was 45 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. However, due to health concerns, Sato evacuated with his 76-year-old mother, 52-year-old wife and 17-year-old daughter to Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, where his younger brother lives. March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, was the date for his daughter’s graduation ceremony at her junior high school.

After the nuclear accident, Sato made round trips between Fukushima and Shiga on a weekly basis to try to maintain the equipment company that he owned. However, sales dropped by about 70 percent and his wife was hospitalized with post-traumatic stress disorder.

In spring 2012, Sato decided to abandon plans to rebuild his company and shifted his residence to Ritto. Although he now works as a temporary worker at a citizens’ activity center in neighboring Otsu, his income has decreased sharply.

“My life was destroyed by the accident,” Sato said at the Aug. 26 news conference. “I want to pursue the responsibility of the central government and TEPCO through the lawsuit.”

Akiko Morimatsu, 39, who will head the plaintiffs’ group, evacuated from Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, to Osaka with her 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

“I want the case to serve as a way to protect the health and future of my children,” Morimatsu said.

By GEN OKAMOTO/ Staff Writer

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YouTube takes down Greenpeace Shell video –

Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald – August 27, 2013 at 13:49 5 comments

Video of our rather hilarious hijack of Sunday’s Shell-sponsored Formula 1 ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a “Copyright” (AKA “Embarrassment”) complaint. While the take down appears to have been ordered by the Formula 1 organisers, we suspect Shell is pleased. They may even be behind it. Now, why would we think that?

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that a corporation has tried to silence a Greenpeace parody or critical piece by claiming they own their name and therefore any content mentioning them.

Nestle attempted that with a video we made exposing Kit Kat’s complicity in forest destruction, and the result was one of the greatest Social Media brand meltdowns ever: a case study today in how NOT to respond to criticism on the internet. Shell may not have gotten the memo.

Before being pulled, the Formula 1 video had earned nearly a quarter of a million views in just over 36 hours. If you’re curious why, you can see it here:

So far, nobody has contacted us about a copyright violation for THIS copy of the video. We must warn you, however, that you should not share or link this video: millions of us may be held liable for copyright infringement, and Shell has made enough money destroying our planet that they could, conceivably, go after us all. So be a good internet and do as the coporate petroleum giant says, will you? (We’re kidding. Please download and share!)

But Shell may want to note that in court case after court case, our legal right to free speech has triumphed every single time it’s been tested against a corporate giant who thinks they can silence criticism with trademark law. Thankfully, that’s not the way the world works — in part thanks to the vigilance of internet freedom fighters against laws like SOPA. This is another example of why we must continue to defend our rights to free expression on the internet over the intellectual property rights of would-be corporate censors.

The best thing you can do to register your displeasure with Shell? Join the movement to keep them out of the Arctic. Unlike free speech, oil in the frozen north is a truly dangerous thing.

Brian Fitzgerald is Head of Digital Networking & Mobilisation at Greenpeace International.

All blogposts by Brian Fitzgerald


The video Shell doesn’t want you to see from Greenpeace on Vimeo.

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Pilgrim Nuclear power plants destruction zone discussed

Entergy-Louisiana is operating a radioactive waste dump in “America’s Hometown.”

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17 U.S. nuclear power plant employees tested positive for alcohol or drugs at work in 2013

By Yvonne Zipp |
on August 27, 2013

COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI – Some 17 employees at 11 U.S. nuclear reactors have tested positive for alcohol or illegal drugs while at work in 2013, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Event Notification Reports.


The most recent was on Aug. 22 at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert Township, where a licensed employee was terminated after testing positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test.

“It’s not an everyday occurrence. Incidents like that do happen,” said Viktoria Mitlyng, spokeswoman for the NRC’s Region III, which oversees Palisades.

Hence, she said, the random drug and alcohol testing.

“This is exactly what the random drug and alcohol testing is supposed to do,” said Mitlyng.

Before being hired, employees at nuclear power plants have to undergo criminal and financial background checks, as well as psychological assessments, Mitlyng said. In addition to the random drug and alcohol testing, there is also an employee observation program – similar to mandated reporting – where employees are required to report any aberrant behavior they witness to a supervisor. That can include psychological issues, as well as substance abuse, said Mitlyng.

So far in 2013, there have been 23 Fitness For Duty reports logged on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website, an analysis by the Kalamazoo Gazette found.

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Tepco’s tricks for not revealing the true state of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors

 There’s another cause that Tepco has not mentioned – It’s the direct leakage from the reactor turbine buildings.

This means the coolant water is directly leaking to the ground and the sea. This is way more serious

we need to suspect the direct leakage of the coolant water from reactor1 and 4. Especially about reactor1, the water that actually touched the fuel may be flowing to the sea. When Tepco officially admits it, everything would be already too late.

Author-Fukushima-diaryTepco may be hiding the possible direct leakage of coolant water – Press should demand disclosure by Mochizuki on August 26th, 2013 

 Fukushima Diary reports the least important things.

It’s because the reports are based on Tepco and the government’s release. I’ve been following them long enough to know their trick.

They have us focus on the least serious matters to blind us from what really matters.

I’m telling this because since July, they’ve been focusing on the groundwater (contamination and the increasing volume) issue just on the seaside of reactor2.

I pretty much know this is the minimum problem, am trying to smell where is the real matter.

We need to separate the journalists and the media companies.

Actually (some Japanese) journalists are ferociously biting Tepco, but their reports are manipulated by the editors.

In order to stop the journalists from reaching the bigger matter, also Tepco uses another trick. Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Fukushima people in a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure

TV: “The Japanese are part of a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure” — “Everywhere now is radioactive, we can’t escape it,” say Fukushima locals at beach (VIDEO)
Title: Concern over Fukushima leaks persists
Source: Al Jazeera
Date: August 25, 2013

Concern over Fukushima leaks persists

Anita McNaught, Reporter: At the local beach, despite news that highly radioactive water’s leaching into the sea, locals are cooling off.  They told us they were philosophical — Everywhere now is radioactive, they can’t escape it.

The stricken Daiichi nuclear plant is 35 kilometers up the coast that way.

This beach only opened to the public in July. Back then authorities said that radiation in the seawater had fallen to acceptably low levels.

But when Yoshiro Watanabe took sand samples for analysis, he found levels there were far higher.

No one here knows what a safe background level is anymore — The Japanese are part of a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure. Watch the broadcast here

August 27, 2013 Posted by | Japan, Resources -audiovicual, social effects | Leave a comment

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident was just the beginning of a continuous disaster

text-Fukushima-2013-1We can see this same “continuous” trend with the accident at Fukushima. The triple meltdown itself at Fukushima in March 2011 was just the beginning

nuclear power accidents are no longer one-off events. Instead, they can span years or even decades, creating a sort of “continuous accident”.

Is Fukushima the new normal for nuclear reactors? the Conversation, Benjamin Sovacool, 27 Aug 13,  “…..In the early 1980s, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow argued that the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island was a “normal accident”. The crux of his argument was that complicated technological systems have unavoidable problems that can’t be designed around.

Perrow’s argument — still relevant today — rested on three pillars. First, people are fallible, even at nuclear reactors. Operator error is still a very common factor in incidents and accidents.

Second, big accidents almost always have very small beginnings. Nuclear power plants are so complex that relatively simple things — shirt tails, fuses, light bulbs, mice, cats, and candles — can disrupt the entire system.

And finally, many failures are those of organisations more than technology. Given the right event, all these factors can lead to system-wide failure. Perrow concludes that such high-tech, dangerous systems are hopeless and should be abandoned, as the inevitable risks of failure outweigh any conceivable benefits.

Nuclear reactors do have inherent advantages over fossil fuels, but Perrow’s argument raises serious questions about nuclear safety.

Never-ending accidents

Even so, Perrow was writing in the 1980s. Surely things have improved since then? Well, perhaps not. Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, safety | Leave a comment

Huge federal subsidies to nuclear power, but few to renewables

Ask Saint Onofrio discusses the significance of the Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act, which limits the costs for nuclear plants by shifting a portion of the liability for an accident from plant operators to taxpayers. Also discussed are decommissioning costs, which fall largely on ratepayers. In the case of San Onofre, closing estimates are in the range of $4.1 billion.

New Report Finds California Nuclear Energy Has Received $8.2 Billion in Federal Subsidies   DBL Investors examines rationale for subsidizing mature, declining energy sources By DBL Investors SAN FRANCISCO, AUG. 26, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ – DBL Investors, a double bottom line venture capital firm, today announced a report revealing that the California nuclear industry has received $8.21 billion in federal subsidies over the last 50 years. The report, Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources, compares federal subsidies for nuclear energy to those provided for distributed solar energy.

“In keeping with our nation’s tradition of supporting the emergence of new energy sources, federal subsidies were necessary and highly-effective for the early growth of the nuclear industry and have been vital to the recent growth of the nascent distributed solar industry,” said report co-author and Managing Partner of DBL Investors Nancy E. Pfund,

Nuclear energy has received four times more federal support than distributed solar over a period six times as long. While solar is beginning to comprise a significant portion of installed capacity in California, it has received less support than nuclear did in its earliest years. At the same time, the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has reduced California’s in-state nuclear generation by almost 50 percent.

Pfund adds, “The difference is that despite the declining role of nuclear power in the Golden State, federal subsidies for nuclear have become a perpetuity. Meanwhile, solar subsidies are at risk of ending during the industry’s infancy, even as solar creates thousands of California jobs.” Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

USA West Coast Tuna, Salmon and Herring contaminated by radiation?

radiation-in-sea--food-chaiThe bottom line – as nuclear experts said 4 days after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami – is that we all need to demand that fish be tested for radiation.

Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?
 By Washington’s Blog Global Research, August 26, 2013 Demand that Fish Be Tested for Radiation

We’ve extensively documented that radioactivity from Fukushima is spreading to North America.
More than a year ago, 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna tested in California waters were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Fukushima.

Bluefin tuna are a wide-ranging fish, which can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year. But what about other types of fish?

Sockeye salmon also have a range spanning all of the way from Japan to Alaska, Canada, Washington and Oregon: Associated Press reports that both scientists and native elders in British Columbia say that sockeye numbers have plummeted:…….

Another example – pacific herring – is even more dramatic.   Pacific herring is wide-ranging fish, spanning all the way from Japan to Southern California:

Every single pacific herring examined by a biologist in Canada was found to be hemorrhaging blood.  As Ene News reports:

See also: Alexandra Morton via Vancouver 24 hrs,  Vancouver 24 hrs, Alexandra Morton)

 The Globe and Mail, Aug 13, 2013 (Emphasis Added):

Independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is raising concerns about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing fish to hemorrhage. […] “Two days ago I did a beach seine on Malcolm Island [near Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island] and I got approximately 100 of these little herring and they were not only bleeding from their fins, but their bellies, their chins, their eyeballs.  […] “It was 100 per cent … I couldn’t find any that weren’t bleeding to some degree. And they were schooling with young sockeye [salmon]

Sun News, Aug 12, 2013: Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | oceans, radiation, Reference, USA | 1 Comment

Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo opposes nuclear waste dump for Mississippi

Oscar-wastesMiss. nuclear waste plan sparks early opposition  BY JEFF AMY ASSOCIATED PRESS JACKSON, Miss. –– The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in Mississippi at the same time that one of the state’s congressmen is coming out against it.

Leaders of the institute, which promotes energy development, pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee. Jason Dean, who works for a unit of the Butler Snow law firm, says Mississippi should explore interim storage and reprocessing of fuel rods.

The Energy Institute also touts Mississippi’s “unique geologic salt domes.” That’s an echo of a proposal to entomb nuclear waste in the Richton salt dome that sparked public opposition starting in the 1980s.

Congressman Steven Palazzo, a Biloxi Republican who represents Richton, is voicing opposition. “Not now, not ever,” Palazzo says in a Monday statement.


August 27, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA, wastes | 1 Comment

USA’s Minuteman missiles – supremely dangerous – to the USA

nuclear-missile-readyUS nuclear weapons poised for catastrophe By James Carroll BOSTON  GLOBE    AUGUST 26, 2013 

The vulnerability is there for all to see. The United States nuclear establishment has been wracked with problems for years. These are especially acute among thousands of officers at the controls of three bases where 450 Minuteman III missiles stand in buried silos on high alert.

In 2008, a Pentagon review found “a dramatic and unacceptable decline” in the way the Air Force was handling its nuclear mission. Senior officials were cashiered. Their replacements were ordered to fix the problems. They have failed to do so. What should be the most rigorously disciplined element in the US military is repeatedly found unworthy of its awesome responsibility. That’s a wake-up call, yet the nation sleeps on……..

supremely dangerous. The missiles are positioned in easily targeted fixed silos across a wide-open western landscape. They are poised for launch on moments’ notice less because of strategic necessity than because they are bound by the rule of “use them or lose them.” The scenario was conceived 50 years ago, under circumstances that are now forgotten. The land-based ICBMs, more than nuclear armed submarines or aircraft, have become the thread from which hangs the sword of accidental holocaust. Fail-safe “right procedures” are the only protection — yet current crews are proving incapable of following those procedures. Fail-safe is the joke that is not funny………

August 27, 2013 Posted by | Reference, safety, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

How the West ignores the horror of depleted uranium weapons and their biological effects

ethics-nuclearLast week, U.K. foreign secretary William Hague, said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is “not something that a humane or civilized world can ignore.” Ironically, Western countries such as the U.K. and their allies have appeared to ignore the use of weapons that are equally vicious.

 When “non-Westerners” make use of weapons of mass destruction, there is outrage and calls for military intervention from “the West,” but when “Westerners” themselves use them, it is totally permissible and the world can hardly react.


By this time you have likely heard of the atrocity that recently took place in which over 1,000 Syrian civilians reportedly died at the hands of a chemical weapon attack. Seeing the video and images of dead or helpless Syrian civilians struggling for life reminds me of another terrible weapon of war – depleted uranium.

It is no secret that the U.S., with the assistance of OTHER GOVERNMENTS, used depleted uranium in the Gulf and Iraq War. A simple Google search of this topic can produce dozens and dozens of credible reports or stories to confirm these war crimes. For example, an important REPORT on Harvard University’s website discusses the fallout of depleted uranium contamination in Iraq. Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi, who authored the report after the GULF WAR, wrote that:


Similarly, as Democracy Now! REPORTED in an interview with Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail,  ”the U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ has left behind a legacy of cancer and birth defects suspected of being caused by the U.S. military’s extensive use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus.” Democracy Now! wrote: Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iraq, Reference | Leave a comment

Bananas and radiation – the nuclear lobby’s favourite lie

When you eat a banana, your body’s level of Potassium-40 doesn’t increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

Bananas aren’t really going to give anyone “a more realistic assessment of actual risk”, they’re just going to further distort the picture. 

banana-happyFukushima: Think Low Level Radiation Is Harmless? Think Again UKIAH BLOG  In Around the web on August 25, 2013Time to combat radiation threat From WASHINGTON’S BLOG

 ”…………Nuclear apologists pretend that people are exposed to more radiation from bananas than from Fukushima.

But unlike low-levels of radioactive potassium found in bananas – which our bodies have adapted to over many years – cesium-137 and iodine 131 are brand new, extremely dangerous substances.

The EPA explains:

The human body is born with potassium-40 [the type of radiation found in bananas] in its tissues and it is the most common radionuclide in human tissues and in food. We evolved in the presence of potassium-40 and our bodies have well-developed repair mechanisms to respond to its effects. The concentration of potassium-40 in the human body is constant and not affected by concentrations in the environment.

Wikipedia notes:

The amount of potassium (and therefore of 40K) in the human body is fairly constant because of homeostatsis, so that any excess absorbed from food is quickly compensated by the elimination of an equal amount.

It follows that the additional radiation exposure due to eating a banana lasts only for a few hours after ingestion, namely the time it takes for the normal potassium contents of the body to be restored by the kidneys. Continue reading

August 27, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, radiation, Reference | 1 Comment

China calls Fukushima radiation a serious international environmental issue

flag-ChinaOfficial Chinese Press: Fukushima contamination is “serious international environmental issue” — Crisis concerns the core interests of people who share the planet

Title: Commentary: Japanese gov’t has to shoulder responsibilities over toxic water leakage in Fukushima
Source: Xinhua (China’s official press agency)
Authors: Liu Tian, Zhang Cheng
Date: Aug 23, 2013

[…] it is the time for the Japanese government to shoulder more responsibilities to address the global concerns. […]

Studies showed that radioactive substances have spread into high sea from the crippled nuclear plant, proving that the tragedy has no longer a national problem, but a serious international environmental issue that needs stronger efforts to deal with. […]

A priority for the Japanese government to relieve the global anxiety is to make the accident relevant information more transparent to the international community so as to precisely assess the graveness of the entire accident and its aftermath.

It is hoped that the Japanese government would not keep the information for its own political interests as the issue concerns not only the core interests of the Japanese people, but also people who share the planet. […]

See also: TV: China, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, and others are going to want to know just how out of control this newly revealed radiation emergency is at Fukushima (VIDEO)

August 27, 2013 Posted by | China, environment, Japan | 1 Comment