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Uranium internally received by soldiers – this is the key to the next court case

eyes-surprised A hearing would take two weeks in June 2014      This case will be critical!justice

 We can win this case. The judge is interested in what happened. (So are we, so should you be). The radiation risk model and internal exposures, especially to Uranium is the key;

highly-recommendedCancer, Nuclear Weapons and Dirty Tricks http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/cancer-nuclear-weapons-and-dirty-tricks/ by CHRIS BUSBY

The United Kingdom Veterans of the Atomic Atmospheric Testing in the Pacific and Australia have always maintained that they suffered harm, including cancer and leukemia. The government has consistently denied this.

Its argument is that except for very few of them, no-one received a radiation ‘dose’ significantly different from natural background. This was recently affirmed by the new Minister when she refused to concede that the test veterans were any different from any other ex-servicemen.

There have been two challenges. Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | Legal, Reference | Leave a comment

Evidence of a cataract epidemic in Miyagi Prefecture after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

仙台市の病院で白内障手術が急増 ’09年395件,’10年399件,’11年514件,’12年784件 
Operation of cataract increased in Sendai hospitals:

395 in 2009,

399 in 2010,

514 in 2011,

784 in 2012.

The data from the official website of the Japan Labour Health and Welfare Organization.

Tohoku hospital in Aoba-ku, Sendaishi-city, Miyagi prefecture

Screenshot from 2013-12-21 12:26:25

http://www.tohokuh.rofuku.go.jp/

Above graph from here http://bran7.net/archives/43285

Evidence of soil contamination in Miyagi Prefecture Contamination by Cesium 137 and Cesium 134 from 60 Km to approximately 150 Km north of the Fukushima Daichi disater site..

Radioactive contamination in soil in Izunuma area in Kkurihara-city, Miyagi prefecture

Cs137:2100 Bq/Kg(検出下限minimum limit of detection 40.7)

Cs134:870 Bq/Kg(検出下限minimum limit of detection 10.4)

Total CesiumCs合計:2970 Bq/Kg(検出下限minimum limit of detection 51.1)

Screenshot from 2013-12-18 01:06:20 https://nuclear-news.net/2013/12/18/radioactive-cesium-levels-in-miyagi-forest-soil-up-since-2011/?relatedposts_exclude=60913

 

 

 

Meet Grigorij Nikolaevich Sorikov
Pensioner, Bartolomeevka village, Belarus


The day after the accident there was an old aeroplane, an E2 I think, flying very low, about 300 metres above ground, to and fro, to and fro. It shot at the clouds and then it rained here. I myself saw how it did it. The plane flew to and fro like a rifleman – to and fro, to and fro. First there was a cloud and then it disappeared. The clouds fell down to earth as rain. The sky cleared.”

Grigorij rolls a cigarette from a piece of torn newspaper and his homemade tobacco, leans back on the wooden bench and looks out over his radioactive garden. He has a glass eye, so he can only see the garden with one eye, which has a cataract. He is a happy man, a born optimist, and despite the lack of electricity in the village he loves living in a beautiful place with green trees. It is peaceful, it costs nothing to live here and there is water in the well nearby.

Many people living permanently in the radioactive areas have this type of eye problem. Shortly after the Chernobyl accident the doctors in the provincial town Gomel had to stop all eye operations in order to avoid bleeding. Grigorij knows nothing about this. He feels healthy and well and sees nothing strange in the fact that he has had problems with his eyes when he was in his fifties. ”I was examined by the doctor and there’s nothing wrong. They came in an ambulance and examined me. They took samples of the vegetables. I haven’t heard from them since, so everything must be OK, ” says Grigorij and invites us inside for a glass of vodka……….

More here

http://www.chernobyl-international.org/grigorij.html

December 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Critical situation of the decaying Fukushima nuclear buildings

Fukushima-reactor-6Experts: Fukushima is “increasingly critical due to decay of buildings… reactor blocks are sinking… alarming cracks in foundation” — “It was built very poorly, Japan cannot deal with problem alone… it’s a big problem” (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/experts-fukushima-is-increasingly-critical-due-to-decay-of-buildings-reactor-blocks-are-sinking-alarming-cracks-in-foundation-it-was-built-very-poorly-japan-cannot-deal-with-problem-a

City of Berkeley City Council Meeting, Dec. 17, 2013 (at 2:25:00 in): Good evening, as many of you know I spent 13 years in the nuclear engineering department at Cal.  So I’m very familiar with the construction […] The reactor was designed poorly and also the way it was built was very poor and Japan cannot deal with the problem alone. […] The biggest part of the story is Japan by itself is not capable to fix the problem. We need to get the United Nations, the United States, all the countries — It is a big problem. […]
Article in the German economics paper ‘Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten’ on Oct. 9, 2013translated by pixigirl:Fukushima – German physicist: “The probability that the rescue succeeds goes to zero” […] The German physicist Sebastian Pfugbeil[President of the German Society for Radiological Protection] is extremely pessimistic that an elementary Fukushima disaster can be averted. The consequences would be felt over the entire northern hemisphere. […] Pflugbeil explains the situation in Fukushima: “The situation is becoming increasingly critical due to the decay of the buildings. The fuel rods have not been brought to safety. The reactor blocks are sinking. The ground on which the reactor sits can no longer bear any weight…It is floating. There has been such dramatic shifts that there are 1 meter height differences between one corner to the other which have caused massive cracks in the building structure resulting in alarming cracks in the building foundation and soundness.” […] It requires only a small earthquake or a storm surge or simply the failure of building structures to set this disaster in motion.” […]  Watch speaker at the meeting here (starts at 2:25:00 in)

December 21, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Climate Change global catastrophe – Nuclear Winter could happen very quickly

Nuclear-Winter-it could occur in stages. The first is climate change. Existing literature shows that a regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan could drastically affect temperatures throughout the world. A 2007 study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics predicts that the soot created by such an event could reduce temps by 1.25°C per year for at least a half-decade.

This would wreak havoc on global crops.

The final stage of this catastrophe is starvation.

“This is a disaster so massive in scale that really no preparation is possible. We must prevent this.”

Experts Fear Nuclear Famine: “A Disaster So Massive in Scale that No Preparation is Possible” Peak Oil, Dec 20 13, “…… Whether that war is a widespread nuclear conflict involving the world’s super powers, or a more limited event in the middle east involving Pakistan and India, according to a new report published by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a nuclear engagement (even a limited one) would lead to widespread destruction across planet earth, with at least 2 billion people at risk of starvation or death.

The kicker? The effects will be so long-lasting, according to the author of the study, that there’s pretty much nothing we can do to survive it:

The threat of nuclear war has been embedded in global consciousness since the invention of the atomic bomb. Most fears are focused on blast radius and radioactive fallout; but the long-term effects of a nuclear conflict could be far more concerning. Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | climate change, weapons and war | Leave a comment

India’s nuclear power system – just not safe!

safety-symbol-Smflag-indiaHarsh criticism for India’s nuclear safety regime December 21, 2013  Delhi: India’s nuclear safety regime is “fraught with grave risks”, a parliamentary committee has reported, saying the country’s nuclear regulator was weak, under-resourced and  “slow in adopting international benchmarks and good practices in the areas of nuclear and radiation operation”.

The bipartisan Public Accounts Committee tabled a scathing 81-page report  in India’s parliament, critical of the decades-long delay in establishing an independent regulator for the nuclear-armed country. Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | India, safety | Leave a comment

Public questioning about relicensing of Seabrook Nuclear Station – no satisfactory answers

questionCritics slam nuclear plant at NRC hearing,         Seacoastonline  Relicensing of facility opposed By Nick B. Reid nreid@seacoastonline.com December 20, 2013 HAMPTON — More than 20 members of the public criticized Seabrook Station’s application for relicensing Wednesday at a public hearing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…..

 the public was given a chance to address the regional NRC group……..Several public comments went as far as recommending the plant be closed immediately. No one spoke in favor of the NRC granting an extended license anytime soon.

Doug Bogen, executive director of the Exeter-based Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, encouraged the NRC to think long range, noting that no nuclear power plant in the country has operated more than 43 years. He said it was “premature” to even consider relicensing the plant nearly 20 years before its current license expires, adding, “It doesn’t pass the credibility test to assume you can project 20, 30, 40 years into the future,” ……

After the comment period ran overtime by more than 40 minutes, the session was cut short, with 20 percent of those signed up to speak left without a chance to voice their opinions. The crowd at the Best Western Plus in downtown Hampton numbered more than 100 in the early going of the four-hour meeting.

The eight-member panel of NRC representatives, which included David Lew, the federal agencies deputy regional administrator, heard the concerns expressed by the audience and in some cases agreed with issues brought up by scientists in the crowd……http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131220/NEWS/312200341/-1/NEWSMAP

December 21, 2013 Posted by | Legal, OCEANIA, USA | Leave a comment

The $bilion political movement to stop action on climate change

highly-recommendedIt is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”

Conservative groups spend $1bn a year to fight action on climate conservative-white-maleschange http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/20/conservative-groups-1bn-against-climate-change

• Author: ‘I call it the climate-change counter movement’

• Study focuses on groups opposing US political action  US environment correspondent. Conservative groups have spent $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the anti-climate effort.

The anti-climate effort has been largely underwritten by conservative billionaires, often working through secretive funding networks. Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | climate change, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Irish National Trust loses court bid to stop UK’s Hinkley nuclear power plant

judge-1An Taisce loses bid in UK High Court to block nuclear plant plans http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/1220/494160-taisce-nuclear-appeal/, 20 December 2013 An Taisce has lost its bid in London’s High Court to overturn plans for a new nuclear power station on the west coast of England.

An Taisce brought a challenge over the legality of the decision in March by the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to grant development consent for the project at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is around 150 miles from Ireland.

Its lawyers told Mrs Justice Patterson that there was a failure to undertake “transboundary consultation” with the Irish people beforehand as required by the European Commission’s Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.

Mrs Justice Patterson found against An Taisce’s claim, and refused leave for Judicial Review.

An Taisce Policy Director James Nix commented: “We are studying the judgment with our legal team and considering our options.”

December 21, 2013 Posted by | Legal | Leave a comment

Columbia Nuclear Generating Station – cheaper to just shut it down?

scrutiny-on-costsNumbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant KUOW.ORG, By , 20 Dec 13, There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

This debate about the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington focuses on dollars and cents. A new report raises questions about whether the plant pencils out for the region…….

The heart of the debate: Would it be more expensive to continue running the nearly 30-year-old nuclear power plant or to shut it down in the next few years? Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

The truly intolerable risk of nuclear war

even if starting a war is unintentional, it could happen. 

Nuclear-Winter-Experts Fear Nuclear Famine: “A Disaster So Massive in Scale that No Preparation is Possible” Peak Oil, Dec 20 13, At last count, there are eight countries in the world that have officially designed, developed and tested nuclear weapons. Another two (Israel and Iran) deny they have built or are building such weapons, but the probability that Israel has them and that Iran is building them is believed by members of the international community to be extremely high.

That being said, it’s only a matter of time before a madman at the helm in any of these ten nuclear-armed states decides to push the button. With the global economy in shambles, the world’s super powers mobilizing military assets, and hundreds of trillions of dollars in unservicable debt soon to be realized by the financial community, how long before history rhymes with previous large-scale events that culminated in the fall of the Roman empire or the World Wars that  devastated tens of millions of lives in the 20th century? Continue reading

December 21, 2013 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Watered down – the USA nuclear security reform provisions

Nuclear Weapons Oversight Reforms Pared Down in Compromise Bill By Douglas National Journal, P. Guarino December 20, 2013  The compromise defense authorization legislation for fiscal 2014, which House Republicans released in cooperation with Senate Democrats on Dec. 10, includes remnants of House-originated provisions aimed at addressing perceived management problems in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

The measures do not go as far as the House Armed Services Committee had initially sought, however…….http://www.nationaljournal.com/global-security-newswire/nuclear-weapons-oversight-reforms-pared-down-in-compromise-bill-20131220

December 21, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Sailors lost radiation court case, but will file suit again

Radiation lawsuit dismissed; lawyers to refile UPI.com 20 Dec 13“San Diego Federal Judge Janis L. Sammartino late last month dismissed the lawsuit, filed by U.S. military personnel from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in December 2012, ruling it was beyond her authority to determine whether the Japanese government committed fraud against the U.S. military, the U-T San Diego reported Wednesday…..more than 50 crewmembers of the USS Ronald Reagan have joined the lawsuit, which lawyers say they plan to refile, Fox News reported.

“They went in to help with rescue efforts,” said San Francisco Attorney Charles Bonner who is representing the sailors. “They did not go in prepared to deal with radiation containment.”….http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/12/20/Radiation-lawsuit-dismissed-lawyers-to-refile/UPI-29891387572931/

December 21, 2013 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Renewable energy will change balance of power in the world

renewable-energy-world-SmA Renewable Energy Thought Experiment  Clean Technica 20 Dec 13, The role that renewable energy could play in changing the balance of power in the world is often overlooked. Rick Bosman of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) in Rotterdam and Daniel Scholten, Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, undertake a thought experiment with stunning implications for future consumer-producer relations. Must reading for energy market and political strategists. 

……. what does the development of renewable energy sources and supporting technologies imply for energy-related patterns of cooperation and conflict between producer, consumer, and transit countries? Will a transition to a renewable energy system provide solutions to the geopolitical challenges associated with the use of fossil fuels or merely replace old challenges by new ones?

The sheer possibility of switching to domestic production gives consumer countries leverage on the bargaining table when push comes to shove……

  • First and foremost, the availability of renewable sources of energy, especially that of wind and solar, far outstrips that of fossil fuels and uranium (graph)
  • Second, every country has access to at least some form and amount of renewable energy, be it wind, solar, biomass, hydro, or geothermal, thereby all countries could become energy producers.
  • Third, because renewable energy can be more efficiently harvested at certain locations than others, some countries can generate energy cheaper than others.
  • Fourth, electricity is the energy carrier for most renewables and especially those with the most psotential (solar and wind), influencing the distance over which energy is transported and traded.
  •  Fifth, a great part of renewable energy production is of an intermittent nature and electricity generation may be distributed in a large number of small units……http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/20/renewable-energy-thought-experiment/

December 21, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | Leave a comment

Report: owners of renewable energy systems highly satisfied

Renewable energy system owners enjoy high satisfaction, finds report,PV Magazine 20 Dec 13,  A report published by the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise has revealed a high level of satisfaction among renewable energy system owners in the U.S. state.  BY:  IAN CLOVER

The study from the NC Sustainable Energy Association suggests that rewarding policies helped bolster owners’ desires to “do the right thing” on energy…….http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/renewable-energy-system-owners-enjoy-high-satisfaction–finds-report_100013765/

December 21, 2013 Posted by | decentralised, USA | Leave a comment