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February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 75 Fukushima children

thyroid-cancer-papillary75 children have now been diagnosed with thyroid cancers. 福島県、こどもの甲状腺がん75名に  Evacuate Fukushima  BY NELSON311 ⋅ FEBRUARY 8, 2014 In September 2012, the first case of thyroid cancer was diagnosed in a child out of 38 000 children.

By September 2013, the number increase by 58 cases including 26 confirmed.

By February 2014, a whooping 75 children out of roughly 270 000 are either confirmed or suspected to have contracted the disease. We all know what that means;  Those not confirmed WILL soon be confirmed and will be tag up to the exciting numbers by the next survey (probably around May 2014).

NOTE; More than 100 000 children have yet to participate in the survey

The sociopaths in charge are still denying this is not related to the ongoing nuclear crisis…….http://evacuatefukushimanow.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/    .http://evacuatefukushimanow.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/breaking-news-75-children-have-now-being-diagnosed-with-thyroid-cancers-

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ice wall – the only hope to keep Fukushima’s nuclear reactors safe?

text-cat-questionMy question –   Is this ice wall supposed to last for thousands of years? Through winters and summers? How much electricity needed to keep it going? How much will it cost?

Critics say Fukushima is a stark reminder that there are safety issues still outstanding for the nuclear industry and the consequences of these disasters have not been properly addressed.

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SUPER-COOL PLAN TO STOP JAPAN’S RADIATION Fukushima nuclear plant gets frozen treatment, WND 6 Feb 14  STEVE ELWARTV A construction project is being launched at Japan’s imploded Fukushima nuclear power plant, which melted down after an offshore undersea earthquake and the resulting tsunami three years ago, to try to limit the release of immense amounts of radiation.vOfficials already had announced plans for a $300 million project to build an almost mile-long subterranean ice wall around the complex, which is hoped to have the effect of halting the drainage of contaminated water from the plant site.

Construction is scheduled by Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Japanese utility that owns the failed site, to begin on the complicated system within days.

It was September of last year when the Japanese government released plans for an underground wall based on technology first tested in the 1990s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with encouraging results…….

“It’s just sometimes it’s the only scenario that will really work,” said Sopko. “When nothing else will work, it just jumps out at you and says, ‘Wow, it’s a freeze job.’”

Ice wall plan Fukushima

To build the wall, 1,073 pipes will be sunk about three feet apart into the ground to a waterproof rock layer (a depth of about 90 feet). The pipes will then be filled with brine (concentrated salt water) and circulated through the pipes. Using 14 400 kW refrigerating units, the brine will be cooled to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, which will freeze the ground around the pipes……..

Critics say Fukushima is a stark reminder that there are safety issues still outstanding for the nuclear industry and the consequences of these disasters have not been properly addressed.

In the U.S., politicians are starting to turn up the heat on regulatory agencies to submit plans to prevent a Fukushima-like incident from occurring in the United States.

One year after calling on regulators to issue a progress report on their efforts to implement a range of safety measures identified in the aftermath of 2011 calamity, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., renewed her call for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, to speed up its review of nuclear plant vulnerabilities to seismic activity both in her home state and across the western part of the United States.

To date, the NRC has taken nearly three years to assess the risks and has stated that it may take an additional three years to complete the process.

“This is an unacceptable delay – earthquakes will not wait until after the paperwork has been completed,” she said during opening remarks at a hearing on the issue.

Boxer is the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

She warned that it will be another three years at least before some 60,000 Fukushima-area residents can return to their homes. There are other complications……..http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/super-cool-plan-to-save-japan-from-radiation/

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima groundwater radiation 1000 times more than claimed by TEPCO

exclamation-text-radiationRecord-high 10 Million Bq/liter of strontium-90 & beta emitters finally revealed in Fukushima plant groundwater — 1,000% more than Tepco has claimed for last 6 months http://enenews.com/record-high-10-million-bqliter-of-strontium-90-beta-emitters-finally-revealed-in-fukushima-plant-groundwater-1000-greater-than-what-tepco-claimed-for-last-6-months

Jiji Press, Feb. 6, 2014: TEPCO Corrects Last Summer’s Water Pollution Data to Record High […] Samples collected from an observation well close to the sea in early July contained a record 5 million becquerels of strontium-90 per liter of groundwater, the company said. When TEPCO announced the original data that month, the firm said the total amount of radioactive materials emitting beta particles, including strontium-90, was 900,000 becquerels […] the total amount of beta particle-emitting materials […]  are likely to be around 10 million becquerels, far higher than the previous record high of 3.1 million becquerels for the well.

Kyodo News,, Feb. 6, 2014: Record-high strontium-90 in past Fukushima plant groundwater sample — [TEPCO] said Thursday that a groundwater sample taken from a well at the site in July last year contained a record-high 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90.[…] TEPCO official said that “all beta radiation could have been 10 million becquerels in total.”
See also: Highest Yet: Radiation level hits new record in Fukushima groundwater well — Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters

Full map and corrected test results here

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nuclear power as an issue in Tokyo’s governor election

ballot-boxSmflag-japanTokyo governor’s race puts nuclear power to electoral test, Aljazeera by E. Tammy Kim @etammykim February 7, 2014 High-profile candidates challenge front-runner’s support for restarting nuclear plants and for PM Abe’s national agenda As Tokyo prepares to elect its next governor on Feb. 9 — a vote occasioned by a resignation mired in corruption — more than local politics is at stake. The race has become something of a referendum on key national policies, including nuclear power, social services for a ballooning senior population and current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attack on Japan’s post–World War II “peace constitution.” There are four main candidates: Hosokawa; progressive human-rights lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya; former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Yoichi Masuzoe, Abe’s preferred man and, until last week, the clear leader in most opinion polls; and Toshio Tamogami, the ultra-nationalistic hawk who once led the Japanese air force…….

An anti-nuclear Tokyo governor, while lacking a controlling stake in TEPCO, could join other shareholders to oppose restarting the nuclear power plants. In theory, the city could also change its energy supplier from TEPCO to another utility. 

So far, nuclear worries lag behind economic concerns for most Tokyo voters…….

, three of the four top contenders — including Masuzoe — made a point of opposing nuclear energy at least in the long term, though specific alternatives remain elusive.

With so many candidates making anti-nuclear vows, advocates who had hoped for a unified endorsement worry about splitting their votes. “We had asked the (anti-nuclear) candidates to consolidate, but unfortunately that was rejected,” said Hajime Matsukubo, international liaison for the Tokyo-based Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.

“Now we hope that any anti-nukes candidate will win the election.” http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/7/in-tokyo-electionreferendumonnuclearpowerandnationalpolicies.html

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hawaii Senators push for radiation monitoring. – concerned about Fukushima effects

VIDEO: Concerns in Hawaii over Fukushima radiation, Big Island Video News,  7 Feb 14, “……..While the Fukushima Kids Hawaii Project does a lot of work for those living in the nuclear shadow of Fukushima, Kikuchi and Morita are also concerned about the effects of radiation here in Hawaii. Thats why they support a bill in the state legislature that would call for monitoring around Hawaii.

State Senators Josh Green and Russel Ruderman have introduced SB3049 which requires the Dept Of Health to implement a pilot project to monitor radiation levels over the next five years and to post periodic reports on its website.

According to the bill, the Department of Health shall:

(1) Measure and monitor radiation levels in items such as food, dairy products, rainwater, aquifers, and drainage ditches that may be susceptible to increased radiation levels due to the March 11, 2011, Fukushima nuclear disaster; and

(2) Post periodic reports on the department’s website of those radiation levels and their significance to the State.http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2014/02/06/video-concerns-in-hawaii-over-fukushima-radiation/#sthash.ACrSOsao.dpuf

 

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima evacuees not eligible to vote in Tokyo elections

Election’s nuclear focus draws mixed emotions from Fukushima evacuees Kyodo News International February 6, 2014  Evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture, relocated to the nation’s capital region following the 2011 nuclear crisis, will be among those closely following Sunday’s Tokyo gubernatorial election, with some voicing mixed feelings about the focus on nuclear power as an election issue.

“For evacuees, doing away with nuclear power is something that is taken for granted,” said Megumi Okada, a 31-year-old homemaker who moved out of Fukushima City.

“I wonder if (candidates) squarely face up to the suffering and sorrow of those who were directly affected.”…..

Many other evacuees have left their resident registration unchanged in Fukushima and thus remain ineligible to vote in Tokyo.

They include Yoko Kanno, 72, one of the Fukushima evacuees who live in Shinonome Jutaku, a 36-story housing for government workers in Tokyo’s Koto Ward…..tinyurl.com/mddgmou

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

South Korea faces more nuclear plant shutdowns, as it investigates corruption by foreign companies

corruptionSouth Korea to widen safety probe on certificates for nuclear reactor parts, BY MEEYOUNG CHO
SEOUL Fri Feb 7, 2014
 (Reuters) – South Korea’s nuclear watchdog said on Friday it will expand its investigation of reactor parts manufactured or certified by foreign companies since 2008 to see if it can find more instances of forged safety certificates.

The broadened investigation may require parts replacement at some reactors via extended maintenance shutdowns that could trigger power shortages again this summer.

Asia’s fourth-largest economy has been striving to avoid blackouts during peak demand seasons ever since the discovery of locally forged safety certificates for replacement parts kicked off a nuclear scandal in late 2012. The scandal sparked an investigation of locally produced parts in January of last year that was broadened to some foreign produced parts in June……

The expanded investigation is likely to lead to extended shutdowns for two nuclear plant that are already offline for scheduled maintenance. The statement said the restart of those reactors would be delayed until they are proved to have no foreign or local components with fake certificates …………..http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/07/us-nuclear-korea-idUSBREA160C820140207

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australian uranium company Paladin finally has to shut down its Kayelekera mine

Paladin uranium mine shuts, PAUL GARVEY, THE AUSTRALIAN FEBRUARY 08, 2014 PALADIN Energy has bowed to persistently low uranium prices and moved to stop production at its Kayelekera mine in the southern African nation of Malawi.

The mine, which has been in production since 2009, has been bleeding money in recent years……

      Last month Paladin sold a 25 per cent stake in its flagship Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia to China National Nuclear Corporation for $US190m, as well as debt refinancing.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/paladin-uranium-mine-shuts/story-e6frg9df-1226821070631#

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We ignore the danger of low level radiation at our peril

text ionisingIf radiation from x-rays is dangerous to pregnant women and their offspring, what is it doing to us?

Radiation Facts We Cannot Ignore if We Want to Live http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/pr/00080074-fukushima-radiation-pollution.html  February 07, 2014 Japan’s harsh dictatorial Silence Act does not stop the radiation from spewing out and polluting the world’s environment. However, Fukushima’s disaster is not the first radiation threat we have had to deal with.(Ne wswire.net — February 7, 2014) Orlando, FL. –– “Nobel-winners Linus Pauling and Andre Sakharov correctly warned of a massive global death toll from atmospheric Bomb testing, they were dismissed with official contempt … until they won in the court of public opinion,” the article titled “50 Reasons to Fear the Worst from Fukushima” written by Harvey Wasserman and published on the EcoWatch.com site states.

 “The first loud calls for banning the testing of nuclear weapons came in 1954 as fears began to rise about potential expanded use in theatre as well as the dangerous effects of radiation. The Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 was the first international agreement affecting nuclear weapons. From there, activists’ goals broadened to include a comprehensive test ban that would, as Nichols stated, ‘ban nuclear testing at any time, at any place, by any state.’ The reality of the 1963 treaty assumed a less ambitious form, banning only atmospheric and underwater testing, thus allowing for the continuation of underground tests,” the Paulingblog explains.

Albert Einstein wrote this compelling statement in 1947, “Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into the world the most revolutionary force since the prehistoric discovery of fire. This basic power of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms. For 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. We scientists recognize our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of the simple facts of atomic energy and its implications for society. In this lies our only security and our only hope–we believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not death.”

 Will we the people stand up and do something about this, or will we continue to stand silently by as we have been allowing our world to be polluted beyond the ability to sustain life?

The article written by Harvey Wasserman continues by stating, “When British Dr. Alice Stewart proved (1956) that even tiny x-ray doses to pregnant mothers could double childhood leukemia rates, she was assaulted with 30 years of heavily funded abuse from the nuclear and medical establishments. But Stewart’s findings proved tragically accurate, and helped set in stone the medical health physics consensus that there is no ‘safe dose’ of radiation … and that pregnant women should not be x-rayed, or exposed to equivalent radiation.”

 If radiation from x-rays is dangerous to pregnant women and their offspring, what is it doing to us?  We are just innocent people that are being exposed to radiation from nuclear power plant disasters like Fukushima that has been pouring out radiation for years now. Or are we really innocent, if we continue to just stand idly by waiting on someone else to do something while every week we hear of new reports on Fukushima radiation escaping into the environment.

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Delays plague Turkey’s nuclear power plans

Turkey’s first nuclear plant facing further delays – sources, BY ORHAN COSKUN AND HUMEYRA PAMUKANKARA/INSTANBUL Fri Feb 7, 2014 (Reuters) – Turkey‘s first nuclear power plant has hit further delays that will push back the start of production by almost a year after Turkish authorities requested resubmission of an environmental report, industry sources and experts said on Friday……A major reason for the hold-up of the project is the lack of an eligible company to review and assess Rosatom’s reactor plans to ensure the design meets safety standards.

A tender by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) to pick a firm to carry out this work has been cancelled at least three times after bidders failed to meet the pre-qualification criteria……

Industry sources have said the first reactor at that plant is slated to come online by 2023, but experts also see that schedule as too optimistic. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/07/uk-turkey-nuclear-delay-idUKBREA160P220140207

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Opposition in parliament, protests against Hungary’s secretly done nuclear deal with Russia

Hungary: Sirens sound as parliament backs Russian-financed nuclear deal http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/06/hungary-sirens-sound-as-parliament-backs-russian-financed-nuclear-deal/ 06/02 As parliament backed controversial plans to expand the country’s only nuclear power plant, opposition Green MPs made their objections clear.

While some raised the alarm, disrupting the parliamentary session by holding up loudspeakers, others held up signs saying “Hungary sold and indebted” and “We will not become a Russian nuclear colony”.

Moscow is to lend Budapest up to 10 billion euros in a nuclear cooperation accord struck last month between Presidents Viktor Orban and Vladimir Putin.

It will see two new reactors built at the Paks plant which provides 40 percent of Hungary’s electricity.

Already heavily reliant on Russia for energy, Hungary will, critics say, become fully dependent in future.There are also claims that the deal was shrouded in secrecy, with fair competition principles flouted.

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Hungary’s govt kept secret report showing massive losses from nuclear deal with Russia

Concealed study shows Hungary’s nuclear deal with Russia causing massive losses – paper Portfolio.hu  6 Feb 14 February 7, 2014 Hungary’s government does not want to disclose the detailed estimates for the Paks nuclear reactor construction project because these forecast rising electricity prices and massive losses, local daily Népszabadság reported on Friday. Changing agenda The newspaper reminded that the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was oddly taken off the agenda of a meeting of Parliament’s Commission on Sustainable Development on 10 December, as the government majority argued the discussion of the matter was not timely. Then members of the commission received an invitation for a meeting on 16 December that said they would be informed about measures to be made to maintain the capacities of the Paks NPP. …….http://www.portfolio.hu/en/economy/concealed_study_shows_hungarys_nuclear_deal_with_russia_causing_massive_losses_paper.27340.html

 

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Most HUngarians against plan to expand nuclear power plant

Poll Finds Hungary’s Majority Against Paks Pact  http://www.xpatloop.com/news/poll_finds_hungarys_majority_against_paks_pactchrchr 7 Feb 14 Most Hungarians, 59%, believe that the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant should be put to a referendum, according to a survey by pollsters Medián. While 51% are in favour of expanding the plant, 56% do not believe that the work should be carried out by a Russian company and financed by a Russian loan.

A slim majority of Fidesz supporters, 52%, favour the Russian deal, while 38% are against it. Moreover, 56% agreed that electricity will cost more due to the enormous cost of the expansion, while 35% said the project will lead to lower energy prices.

The results are based on a January 24-28 survey of 1,200 people.Source: Hungary Around the Clock

 

 

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Nuclear and Climate issues, Weasel Words and Omissions – theme for February 2014

I believe that “weasel words”and omissions, are often used by pro nuclear propagandists.  For omissions, there really are plenty of examples. A pro nuclear writer will often completely ignore a major issue, such as costs of waste disposal, or risks of terrorism.

However, of course it is true that anti-nuclear writers can also omit issues, and can also use “weasel words”.   So as in shopping – it’s “buyer beware” – so, on nuclear (and climate) issues  – it’s reader beware.

weasel-words1 It has long been a widespread belief that weasels suck the yolks from bird’s eggs, leaving only the empty shell. This belief is the basis of the term ‘weasel words’, used to describe statements that have had the life sucked out of them.

Wikipedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_word- The expression refers to words that are added to make a statement sound more legitimate and impressive but which are in fact unsubstantiated and meaningless. Examples of weasel words are ‘people say that…’, ‘studies show that…’, ‘up to 50% or more…’.

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weasel word (also, anonymous authority) is an informal term for equivocating words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_word

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Words_to_watch “Weasel words” are statements which appear to assert something but subtly imply something different, opposite, or stronger in the way they are made. A common form of weasel wording is through vague attribution, where a statement is dressed with authority with no substantial basis. 

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment