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Nuclear Hotseat #138: USS Reagan Sailors v. TEPCO Lawsuit Update w/Attny Charles Bonner



INTERVIEW: Attorney Charles Bonner, representing USS Ronald Reagan sailors harmed by Fukushima radiation, with an update on their lawsuit against TEPCO.  Now 79 named plaintiffs with cancers, tumors, blindness, wasting of limbs, internal bleeding and more face off w/power giant for medical expenses on behalf of 75,000 military personnel in Japan during the start of the Fukushima crisis.


NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:  A lying professor claims you can eat 32 grams of plutonium… and not get sick!  And TEPCO has solicited Fukushima clean-up suggestions from experts around the world.  200 ideas being vetted… and implementation not expected or possible between 2020.  Just in time for the Olympics? 



  • Eight more children diagnosed with thyroid cancer in Fukushima while medical “experts” claim it has nothing to do w/Fukushima;
  • TEPCO admits their radiation data is “wildly wrong” as new sources of radiation leaks keep showing up;
  • Tokyo gets Abe-baby’s hand-picked pro-nuke misogynist Masuzoe as their new governor because anti-nuke vote got split;
  • Hawaii getting hit hard with ongoing radiation, starts to discover how long it’s been going on (HINT: longer than they’ve known);
  • California kayakers report Fukushima radiation on their boat bottoms;
  • Teen cancer cluster in LA suburb calls in Erin Brockovich, who needs to realize they’re just ten miles from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, site of a 1959 nuclear meltdown and the largest radiation release in US history;
  • Imminent influx of radioactive Pacific water from Fukushima will leave radwaste residue on west coast beaches;
  • RadCAST radiation “weather report” with Mimi German.
  • …and more!

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Radioactive Waste 55 – Illegal Nuclear Waste Dumping in England 1

….Here we have a government agency, the U.K. Ministry of Defense, breaking rules about nuclear waste safety at a government waste repository, Driggs. It is bad enough when unscrupulous companies conspire to with the Mafia illegally dump nuclear waste as I covered in recent posts. But when government agencies are mishandling nuclear waste, where is the public supposed to turn to rectify the situation?….
By phoenix | 2/11/14

Yesterday, I blogged about illegal dumping of radioactive waste in a national nuclear repository in France. Continuing my focus on illegal radioactive waste dumping, today’s blog is about illegal dumping in the United Kingdom. The UK Ministry of Defense has shipped waste from nuclear submarines based at Devenport in Plymouth to Driggs in Cumbria on the west coast of England for decades. Recently the Observer newspaper learned and reported that since 1990, the waste being shipped to Driggs from Devenport has been exceeding the strict safety limits set by UK law for radioactivity.

Driggs is a repository for low-level radioactive waste that was operated by British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL), a company owned by the U.K. government. BNFL was founded in 1971. It made nuclear fuel, ran nuclear reactors, generated and sold electricity, reprocessed and managed spent nuclear fuel and decommissioned nuclear power plants. In 2005, it transferred all the nuclear sites it managed, including Driggs, to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. By 2009, BNFL had sold off all of its operation divisions and it was announced in 2010 that it would be abolished. BNFL had been repeatedly criticized for poor record keeping and management of nuclear sites including Driggs.

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UK – Bradwell-on-Sea nuclear plans : Fears nuclear liquid discharge could pollute famous oysters

….“We are against the process. There’s just not enough information about the impact the process might have and we need to give the oysters every chance we can.”

He has been backed by Sarah Allison, a marine officer at Essex Wildlife Trust, who said she was “seriously concerned” about the discharge plans…..


Richard Haward with some of the West Mersea native oysters

Wednesday, February 12, 201

Plans to pour nuclear effluent into an Essex estuary could pollute the region’s famous oysters, a fisherman and wildlife expert have warned.

As part of the decommissioning procedure for the nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea, near Maldon, a process known as fuel element dissolution (FED) is set to take place. It involves dissolving metal that was used to hold fuel rods in acid to reduce and capture radioactive material before discharging the liquid by-product into the sea at the Blackwater Estuary.

The process is due to start next month but West Mersea oyster fisherman, Richard Haward, who fishes the estuary and owns the well-known fishmongers The Company Shed, fears too little is known about the potential impact the effluent could have on the fragile population of native oysters that inhabit the area. In December, the estuary was designated a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to protect the oysters, which have been farmed there since Roman times.

However, both Magnox, which operates the plant at Bradwell, and the Environment Agency say the liquid discharges will be within safe limits.

Mr Haward said: “The population of native oysters is much lower than it has been traditionally and the MCZ was set up to help the population grow. If nothing is done now the population could fall beyond a level where they could recover,”

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Senate OKs task force to study nuclear power

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure that would create a taskforce to study the possibility of using nuclear energy in the state in the future.

The measure passed on a 34-15 vote Wednesday and heads to the House for consideration. The bill creates a task force that would meet up to four times and would consider environmental benefits and costs, including the storage and disposal of any nuclear waste. The task force would have to present its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by Dec. 1.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen, says that new technology exists and should be considered so that the state could incorporate new energy options. Opponents expressed concerns over safety, citing previous nuclear disasters around the world.

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OT? The Day We Fought Back – Did you miss it?

The late Internet activist Aaron Swartz famously said, when describing how the Internet defeated the SOPA blacklist bill, that: “We won this fight because everyone made themselves the hero of their own story. Everyone took it as their job to save this crucial freedom.”

February 11, 2014—The Day We Fought Back. We started something.

Of course, the battle didn’t begin today. The groups that organized this action have long been pushing hard for real surveillance reform. But we knew that the time was ripe—that the Snowden leaks, unrelenting media pressure, grassroots activism, and even pressure from within Congress—were creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the public—worldwide—the chance to voice its opposition to mass spying. We knew that 6,000+ websites were committing to stand with us in a global day of action, that dozens of advocacy organizations worldwide would fight with us. What we didn’t know was how big today’s stand against mass spying would be.

In one day, over 71,000 concerned Americans picked up the phone and told their Congress to rein in the NSA. Far more sent emails to their members of Congress. Around the world over 200,000 put their name to a set of founding principles against suspicionless surveillance: by the NSA, by their own governments, by anyone who dares to violate our human rights.

We’ve done more in this single day to pressure the U.S. Congress to reform surveillance law than what months or even years of lobbying to date have accomplished.

We’ve demonstrated our strength. We’ve shown those who want to watch us that the whole world is watching them.

This was a community-driven protest created by advocacy groups and everyday Internet users who wanted to defend the Internet from the creeping shadow of surveillance. Tech companies helped amplify their voices. Users worldwide were bolstered by the support of giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, reddit, Automattic, Thoughtworks, Namecheap, Hover and many others. In dozens of countries, activists united their forces, forming new powerful coalitions and new legal campaigns.

This day of action tapped into the creativity and diversity of the Internet. Advocates for press freedom described how surveillance chills freedom of expression. International human rights organizations articulated how unrestrained, illegal surveillance violates human rights. Tech companies demanded privacy rights for their users. Lawmakers stood with their constituents in demanding an end to mass surveillance. And worldwide, there were people holding events large and small to show that they would no longer tolerate suspicionless surveillance.

We also saw great news coverage of our protests, from The Guardian to the Washington Post to PBS and many others, ensuring people around the world learned about the protests.

Of course, the battle isn’t over. In some ways it’s just beginning. We’ve proven to lawmakers that we are powerful, united yet diverse, and that we are going to use everything within our means to combat surveillance abuses. But defending freedom online is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll need to show them, day after day, that we won’t compromise or accept reforms that fall short. And we’ll continue to make every day a day we fight back against mass surveillance—in the courts, in the legislature, and on the Internet.

The late Internet activist Aaron Swartz famously said, when describing how the Internet defeated the SOPA blacklist bill, that: “We won this fight because everyone made themselves the hero of their own story. Everyone took it as their job to save this crucial freedom.”

Aaron’s legacy of fighting for a technological world that supports, rather than undermines, human rights inspired us today. Together, the hundreds of thousands of us that took action in the last twenty four hours, can live up to that legacy. Today, we began to win.

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12m and 8m long cracks on concrete base of 2 tank areas / Tepco doesn’t mention the possibility of land subsidence

Posted by Mochizuki on February 12th, 2014

2 of the long cracks were found on the base concrete of the tank areas.

Those cracks are 12m and 8m long, found in 2 tank areas. Those tank areas are next to each other.


The concrete base is to stop leaked contaminated water leak to the ground. Tepco removed the soil around the tank areas for the possible past leakage of contaminated water.

There is a possibility that land subsidence caused the long cracks, but Tepco didn’t mention the possibility and only announced they will cover the concrete base with urethane coating.


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#Nuclear Japan: Nuclear Regulation Authority Agrees That Ooi Nuclear Power Plant Does Not Have Active Faults

11 February 2014

It’s Nuclear Regulation Authority’s turn to be bullish on nuclear power plants in Japan awaiting NRA’s approval to restart, now that the Tokyo gubernatorial election ended with the result interpreted as great endorsement of Prime Minister Abe’s policies across the board.

NRA accepted the conclusion of the experts that the fractured zones inside the Ooi Nuclear Power Plant compound are not active faults.

All set to restart, then.

From Jiji Tsushin (2/12/2014):


NRA accepted the report that fractured zones at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant are not “active faults”


Fractured zones inside KEPCO’s Ooi Nuclear Power Plant (Ooi-cho, Fukui Prefecture) compound have been suspected to be active faults. However, on February 12, 2014, Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted the report by a group of experts whose conclusion is that “they are not faults that may become active in the future”.

Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture is accessible through a tunnel. In a severe accident after a big earthquake and tsunami, the only way to access the plant is by boat, if the tunnel collapses. Even then, if the plant harbor is destroyed by tsunami, oh well. It is not supposed to happen, and therefore it won’t happen.

The experts investigating on behalf of NRA did two surveys of the site to determine whether the fractured zones were active faults. The first survey was inconclusive, with most experts saying they were active faults. Clearly that changed in the second survey.

In case of a severe accident, the emergency response headquarters at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant will be a small spare room next to the central control room. There was no objection at all from NRA to this arrangement.

Again, the Tokyo gubernatorial election was supposed to be a mere provincial election (which was not, as revealed after the election by the compliant media), and the nuclear issues were supposed to be of little significance (which were total opposite, as revealed after the election by the compliant media).

There’s no stopping the Abe administration now.

(… unless another swarm of jellyfish clogs water intakes…)

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‘Wading Through The Waters Of Fukushima Daiichi

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Description:The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan remains to this day as the single most deadly threat to face the world with the potential for radiation poisoning. Dan Dicks of Press For Truth delves deep into the issues regarding the Fukushima disaster to better understand the implications of this catastrophe while at the same time separating the facts from fiction. Joining Dan via Skype and reporting from Japan is James Corbett of The Corbett Report.
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Foreigners afraid of living near Fukushima after crisis

A non-profit group’s interviews with expats who lived in Fukushima Prefecture at the time the nuclear catastrophe broke out in March 2011 determined that over two-thirds of them have left for their home countries or moved elsewhere in Japan.

13 February 2014

The Fukushima International Association’s survey also showed that foreigners were worried by differences in domestic and foreign media coverage and that most of them relied on TV more than radio because of language barriers.

According to the prefectural authorities, up to 164,200 people had moved by May 2012, which accounts for 8% of the overall population of 2mln.

Of the 100 foreigners who took part in the survey, 53 knew that the prefecture hosted nuclear power plants before the earthquake on 11 March 2011 and tsunami that triggered the disaster.

At the end of 2010, 11,190 foreigners lived in the prefecture. Over 60% of them were either Chinese or Filipino. The number had dropped to 9,489 by the end of June 2013.

Foreigners who were given survey questionnaires pointed out that Japanese newspapers were slower in providing information than the foreign media.

Many foreigners had problems with understanding the situation even when they watched TV. They were at a loss why Japanese politicians appeared on the screen on a daily basis with a serious look in the faces. They were worried because they did not know where the nuclear plant was located and how dangerous radiation was.

Voice of Russia

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Blast ruined the inside of containment vessel at Fukushima Daichi 4

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yomiuri Shimbun reporters look at the inside of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor building on Wednesday.

6:11 am, February 13, 2014

The Yomiuri Shimbun Almost three years after the outbreak of the nuclear crisis following the Great East Japan Earthquake, debris and wreckage remain scattered at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Reporters from The Yomiuri Shimbun visited the crippled plant Wednesday, accompanied by TEPCO employees.

On the top floor of the plant’s No. 4 reactor building, a crane was moving to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool. On the lower floors, debris and wreckage were scattered.

A hydrogen explosion, which is believed to have taken place outside the reactor, destroyed a door attached to the containment vessel as well as walls and pipes inside the vessel.

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