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Chernobyl children get special treat in Morley USA

Children from Chernobyl visited Morley last week.

Children from Chernobyl visited Morley last week.

There were happy faces all round when 10 children from Chernobyl visited Morley .

The group from Belarus were in town on Thursday as part of a recuperative holiday.

They were treated to lunch by Mark and Chris Lupton at Luppy’s Diner in Queen Street, who provided food and drinks for the children and their host families as well as a fun ride in the diner’s genuine American vehicles.

The trip was organised by the Leeds branch of the Chernobyl Children’s Project which was set up in 1996 to help children affected by the fallout from the catastrophic explosion of a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl in 1986.

Radiation levels in Belarus are still high and will remain so for many years to come.

This results in a high level of cancer, leukaemia and other medical conditions amongst children and adults alike.

Diana Taylor from the project said: “The aim of the visit is to give the children a month of healthy fresh air, good food, and interesting activities.

“Research suggests that one month here gives the children up to three extra years of healthy life.

“The project is a self-funding charity and heavily reliant on volunteers – both to host children and to help with fundraising – as the costs of bringing the children to the UK are quite high.

“The project also relies on local organisations and businesses to sponsor the various activities.

“It is very gratifying that local businesses are able to offer their help to make this a holiday which the children will never forget.”

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August 31, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Group sues nuclear regulators over Oconee concerns

Published: August 31, 2013

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http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/08/31/2659491/group-sues-nuclear-regulators.html

— An advocacy group is suing federal nuclear regulators over documents they say would prove the government is covering up concern over what would happen to Oconee Nuclear Station if the Jocassee Dam ever fails.

The Greenville News reports Saturday (http://grnol.co/16YZJR0 ) that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The suit says the NRC improperly cited the Freedom of Information Act to withhold internal communications that show NRC engineers’ concern over Oconee’s plans for dealing with a dam failure.

The group says the NRC refused to release some records and released edited versions of others.

An NRC spokesman says the agency will present its case in court.

Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/08/31/2659491/group-sues-nuclear-regulators.html#storylink=cpy

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Economic new world order under way now, with renewable energy

piggy-ban-renewablesInvestors risk being left behind by renewable energy, Financial Standard,  29 August 2013 

By Mark Smith  Investors globally are underestimating the risk of being left behind by climate change, renewable energy and other environmental trends, according to Nanuk Asset Management director Paul Chadwick.

Nanuk manages a long/short thematic global equity fund which invests in companies that are positively exposed to a long-term structural shift towards cleaner and more efficient energy generation, management and use.

Chadwick told Financial Standard that the economic turmoil created by the global financial crisis had distracted investors from developments in the renewable energy space which he believes can spark a “new world order” with clean energy over-taking old-world fossil fuel sources much faster than most people realise.

“Out of the carnage of the GFC, solar and wind energy is fast becoming cheaper than traditional energy. There’s been carnage in the stocks related to the industry and there exists a questionable corporate situation but the theme is underpinned by unavoidable fundamentals.”…… Continue reading

August 31, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs, ENERGY | Leave a comment

Japan’s offical cover-up of how bad things really are at Fukushima

text-nuclear-uranium-liesflag-japanProfessor: Fukushima disaster “beyond a cover-up” — Japan gov’t thinks they can get away with tricking masses about extent of problem — Officials and Tepco cannot be trusted, they are lying to the camera http://enenews.com/professor-fukushima-disaster-beyond-a-cover-up-japan-govt-thinks-they-can-get-away-with-tricking-the-masses-about-extent-of-problem-officials-and-tepco-cannot-be-trusted
Title: Are the Japanese government lying about the fallout from Fukushima?
Source: Newstalk 106 FM
Author: Raf Diallo
Date: 29 August 2013

Alexis Dudden (SOURCE: University of Connecticut)
[…] Alexis Dudden, a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut  and a regular visitor to Japan [who was recently in Fukushima Prefecture] spoke to me about events in the country and why the Japanese government nor the Tokyo Electrical Power Company (TEPCO) can be trusted regarding the nuclear issue.Two years ago she told me that the way the Fukushima disaster was handled was beyond a cover-up and her opinion has not changed.

“There is a willful determination that (the government) can get away with it, that they can get away with tricking the masses about the extent of the problem. [Japan’s] former ambassador to Switzerland wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee, saying that the government lied,” says Dudden of a situation she believes is just as bad as Chernobyl in relation to its long-term impact. […]

“They blamed TEPCO for the last two years but they haven’t moved to disband the organization. Shares in TEPCO were doing well until recently so the people in charge profited in the interim. They are lying to the camera,” says Dudden. […]

She believes that hundreds of thousands of people should have been evacuated from the affected area immediately after the disaster to reduce pain and suffering and it is a view backed up by the head of Japan’s Medical Association who also happens to be from Fukushima. […]
See also: Korea Times: Japan cover-up could violate international law — Hid global issue of environmental concern?

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Reasons to treat chemical weapons differently from nuclear weapons

Atomic-Bomb-SmTreat Chemical Weapons Differently From Nuclear Weapons. HUFFINGTON POST   Professor of International Affairs at Penn State’s School of International Affairs 08/30/2013   The Obama administration has dug itself a hole in Syria by treating chemical weapons like nuclear weapons. While both are weapons of mass destruction, they are critically different on three key dimensions.These dimensions should shape U.S. chemical weapons policy in Syria now and with other countries in the future.

First, although nuclear weapons have not been used since World War II, chemical weapons have been employed in virtually every type of conflict, including interstate wars (Iran-Iraq), civil wars (Yemen), terrorist attacks (Japan), and by individuals (U.S.). Thus, rather than violating a rarely crossed “red line,” Syrian gas reflects an all-too-familiar, fatal pattern, making absolute prohibitions likely to lead to the problematic dilemma currently facing the Obama administration. Continue reading

August 31, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Iran is cautious about supporting Syria

diplomacy-not-bombsflag-IranEyes on nuclear talks, Iran tempers support for Assad, Christian Science Monitor  Iran is in a tough spot. It has a decades-long alliance with Syria to uphold, but is seeking to reengage with the US, which is considering strikes against Syria.

By , Staff writer / August 30, 2013 As an American military strike looms over Syria, Iran is weighing its decades-long alliance with Syria against its own pledges to reengage with the US and the West over its nuclear program and other issues…… the newly elected government of President Hassan Rouhani has struck a far more moderate tone. As a victim of years of chemical weapon attacks during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s – during which Syria was a lone supporter of Iran’s nascent revolutionary regime – Iranian officials have carefully condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any side and urged a diplomatic solution.

“It is a complex process, but I think Iran can do this, keep [the Syria issue] away from its negotiation with the West and also the US on the nuclear file,” says an Iranian analyst in Tehran who asked not to be named…….

Rouhani’s test   The Syria crisis is a first foreign policy test for Rouhani, the centrist cleric who won a surprise victory in mid-June elections and took office earlier this month promising to resolve tensions with the West and bring “more transparency” to stalled nuclear talks.

Noting Iran’s history of being targeted with chemical weapons, Rouhani tweeted this week: “Iran gives notice to [sic] international community to use all its might to prevent use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world, esp. in Syria.”……. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0830/Eyes-on-nuclear-talks-Iran-tempers-support-for-Assad

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Mysterious white spots on Fukushima cows – ignored by government

TV: Mystery spots on Fukushima cows ignored by gov’t — Veterinarian: It’s extremely important, Japan has to think of what to do with this problem (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/tv-mysterious-white-spots-on-fukushima-cows-ignored-by-govt-officials-veterinarian-its-extremely-important-japan-has-to-think-of-what-to-do-with-this-problem-video
Title: “White spots” on Fukushima cattle ignored by Japanese officials
Source: Channel NewsAsia
Reporter: Makiko Segawa
Date: Aug. 29, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip Channel News Asia: […] radiation exposure can cause DNA and immunological changes in living organisms. […]  Farmer Masami Yoshizawa kept his cattle alive to monitor changes due to prolonged radiation exposure. Now, mysterious white spots on the fur and skin are appearing on ten […] so far, nothing has been said about the issue.

Fukushima-cow-white-spots

SOURCE: Farm Sanctuary

Makiko Segawa, Reporter: When you visited in December 2012 do you remember? Did youu see these white spotted cows?

Kazuo Suzuki, Ministry of Agriculture official: No, I do not remember them […]

Segawa: Could you please test these cows next time you visit?

Suzuki: As I explained before it’s not my duty. They should go to the nearby Livestock Hygiene Service. […]

Channel News Asia: Local farmers disagree, saying they were told by the Fukushima prefectural officials that all such investigations do actually fall under the Ministry of Agriculture’s authority […] Beef from Fukushima [Prefecture] was still the 5th most traded and shipped [in 2012] at Japan’s biggest beef market in Tokyo. […]

Toshimitsu Matsubara, veterinarian and president of the BBB Beef Association: “What is happening [to these cows] now is extremely important. Japan has to think of what to do with this problem.” […]
More photos of Yoshizawa’s affected cattle
Watch the Channel News Asia broadcast

August 31, 2013 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2013, Japan | Leave a comment

Protest against dangerous shipment of nuclear wastes from Scotland to South Carolina

map-wastes-UK---USAGroups protest plan to ship UK nuclear waste to South Carolina  http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-08-29/groups-protest-plan-ship-uk-nuclear-waste-south-carolina?v=1377827799 By Rob Pavey Staff Writer  Aug 29, 2013 Environmental groups want to halt a plan to ship spent nuclear fuel from Scotland to Savannah River Site, saying it could make bomb-grade uranium more vulnerable to terrorists. The spent fuel would be moved from the Dounreay research facility in Scotland to SRS, where its highly enriched uranium could be removed at the South Carolina site’s H Canyon facilities, said Tom Clements, southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth.

The material should instead be processed at Sellafield, a former weapons plant in Cumbria, United Kingdon, said Clements and another environmental group – Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment. Continue reading

August 31, 2013 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, safety, USA | Leave a comment

AUDIO about USA’s mounting nuclear waste problem

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/fukushima-s-continuing-struggles-raise-questions-about-america-s-nuclear-waste-storage-14875.html  30 Aug 13, Fukushima’s continuing struggles raise questions about America’s nuclear waste storage Nuclear waste is piled up around the United States. Similar waste were part of the problem at Japan’s Fukushima plant, which continues to leak even 2.5 years later. That continued crisis has some asking if the U.S. is asking for trouble with its waste storage…… In the United States, there’s no urgent disaster, but there is the still-unsettled question of where U.S. radioactive waste will be stored.

Back in the 1980s, Yucca Mountain in Nevada was chosen as the nation’s nuclear waste dump, but widespread resistance has stalled the project. The waste is still with us, though, and Ed Lyman, the nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists says that’s a problem.

Back then, Lyman says, the Department of Energy was supposed to collect all of the radioactive waste by 1998. But that hasn’t happened — and it’s not going to happen any time soon.

With Yucca seemingly off the table, the government is starting over to find a permanent disposal site……. nuclear wastes continue to pile up, at the approximately 60 operating nuclear plants, at the decommissioned nuclear plants and at other places around the country.

“Most of the spent fuel is stored in swimming pool type structures called spent fuel pools,” Lyman said. “These are concrete, steel-lined pools filled with water, and the fuel is submerged under there. However, many of these pools have been overstuffed over the years because there’s been no place to send them.”

Beyond just being overstuffed — far beyond what they were originally designed for — they also represent a security risk, he added…… In the meantime, a group of Senators have proposed creating a new entity to manage nuclear waste, and to find a new long-term storage site for all of the country’s nuclear waste.

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Radiation protection measures for female astronauts seen as DISCRIMINATION !!

exclamation-Flag-USASpace radiation concerns holding back female astronauts, they say NBC News, Miriam Kramer, 31 Aug 13, “……….Depending on when you fly a space mission, a female will fly only 45 to 50 percent of the missions that a male can fly,” Peggy Whitson, the former chief of NASA’s Astronaut Corps, said. “That’s a pretty confining limit in terms of opportunity. I know that they are scaling the risk to be the same, but the opportunities end up causing gender discrimination based on just the total number of options available for females to fly. (That’s) my perspective.” [Radiation Threat for Mars-Bound Astronauts (Video)]……..

“I think that the current standards are too confining for exposure limits based on my personal experience and because I think it limits careers more than it is necessary,” Whitson said during an Institute of Medicine Workshop on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Class Spaceflights requested by NASA on July 25.

“In my case, if I had a Y chromosome, I would be qualified,” Whitson added. “Because I have two X’s, I’m not.”…. http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space-radiation-concerns-holding-back-female-astronauts-8C11043076

August 31, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, radiation, USA, women | Leave a comment

USA tuan contamnated by Fukushima radiation

radiation-in-sea--food-chaiFlag-USAFukushima Radiation Affecting U.S. Tuna http://www.energyrefuge.com/blog/fukushima-radiation-affecting-u-s-tuna/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EnergyrefugecomBlog+%28EnergyRefuge.com+Blog%29
by ANTONIO PASOLINI on AUGUST 28, 2013

Recent reports have exposed what some people had predicted at the time of theFukushima nuclear disaster: that radiation would spread. And it has, through fish that migrates between North America and Japan.

Reuters recently reported  that “low levels of radioactive cesium from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident turned up in fish caught off California in 2011”. The statement was based on a recent report compiled by Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station.

Bluefin spawn off the Japanese coast and many migrate across the Pacific. The researchers analyzed tissue samples collected in August 2011, five months after the nuclear spill. All samples contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels that produced radiation about three percent higher than natural sources.

According to  this report,  anada and the U.S. are feeling the effects of the radiation in food and water, with babies born with thyroid issues. Government has increased acceptable levels of certain toxic substances in the food imported from Japan.

Most of the radiation leaked in April 2011. Radioactive cesium does not quickly sink to the sea bottom but remains dispersed in the water column, from the surface to the ocean floor. Fish can swim right through it and will ingest it through seawater or by eating contaminated organisms. Bluefin tuna typically have low levels of natural radiation such as potassium 40.

August 31, 2013 Posted by | oceans, USA | Leave a comment

Secrecy and inadequacy in India’s nuclear regulation

in-bedflag-indiaINADEQUACY of Indian Nuclear Regulation Manifest in Reactor Accident IEEE Spectrum,  By Bill Sweet
 29 Aug 2013 It is no secret that India still lacks a politically independent nuclear oversight authority that is well separated from the industry it oversees. The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe was a recent reminder of just how important it is to have independent nuclear oversight, a lesson already driven home a generation before by the serious U.S. accident at Three Mile Island (TMI). The stubborn refusal of India’s government to set up the kind of regulatory authority that is so obviously needed means, in effect, that one cannot have real confidence in a nuclear program that could in principle be one of the world’s most important.

A telling but little-known and little-discussed example of what can happen under weak regulatory circumstances was a serious accident that took place at India’s Narora reactor in March 1993,, an incident that “came close to joining Chernobyl and Fukushima in the annals of industrial civilization,” as writer Madhusree Mukerjee put it in a recent review of M.V. Ramana’s The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Power in India (Penguin/Viking, 2012)……….

From its earliest inception, as Mukerjee spells out in her review, India’s Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have reported directly to the prime minister, enabling them to function largely in secrecy. Thus, when it comes to nuclear safety, “DAE never shares its emergency plans with locals,” “does not reveal the health records of its workers,” “does not even monitor the health of temporary workers,” and “never reveals the quantities of radioactive substances released into the environment by accidents or routine operations.” http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/nuclear/weakness-of-indian-nuclear-regulation-manifest-in-reactor-accident

August 31, 2013 Posted by | India, safety | Leave a comment

Sellafield unions want new Sellafield planning authority

nuclear-worker-it's-a-jobUNIONS WANT DEDICATED PLANNING AUTHORITY SET UP FOR SELLAFIELD, TIMES AND STAR,  By Julian Whittle , 30 August 2013  Sellafield unions are calling for a dedicated planning authority to be set up specifically for the nuclear site and surrounding area. This new body would rule on any proposals for a nuclear power station or underground waste repository, taking over planning powers which are currently held by local authorities.

The call is a reaction to Cumbria County Council’s decision in February to block investigations into the suitability of west Cumbria for a repository and is among 10 recommendations drawn up by the Unite union on behalf of the Sellafield Workers’ Campaign.

Unite’s report asks the Government to “begin a new search” for a suitable site for a geological disposal facility with the search taking place “within the perimeter of the proposed new planning authority”.

The report, Sellafield – at the heart of a low carbon energy future, was launched this morning at Energus at Lillyhall with Copeland MP Jamie Reed as keynote speaker.

It contains a three-point plan to secure 10,000 jobs. This involves building a nuclear power station, exploring the use of Sellafield’s plutonium stocks as fuel for power stations, and pursuing the idea of a waste repository……. http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/unions-want-dedicated-planning-authority-set-up-for-sellafield-1.1081398

August 31, 2013 Posted by | employment, UK | 2 Comments

Lawsuit alleges Nuclear Regulatory Commission cover-up

justiceNRC sued over documents related to Oconee Nuclear Greenville online.com , 30 Aug 13 A n advocacy group for public employees is suing federal nuclear regulators over documents they say are unlawfully withheld — documents they say would prove Duke Energy and the government have been covering up concern over what would happen to Oconee Nuclear Station should the Jocassee Dam ever fail.

The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission……..

The suit alleges that the NRC has improperly cited the Freedom of Information Act to withhold internal communications that show just how concerned NRC engineers have been over Oconee’s plans for fending off floodwaters unleashed in the unlikely event of a dam failure.

The suit involves FOI requests for 11 records the group filed.

The group alleges that the NRC refused to release some records, released edited versions of others and did so citing concerns over security that the agency couldn’t prove.

Last fall, two NRC whistle-blowers publicly challenged their agency’s secrecy behind two decades worth of concerns. …… http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20130830/NEWS/308300066/NRC-sued-over-documents-related-Oconee-Nuclear

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment