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CSRP Symposium 2013 on Fukushima related health effects and legal responses

http://csrp.jp/

What We Do

Since March 2011, we have been committed to minimizing damage and radiation exposure resulting from Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in our individual positions. Victims, children and citizens, who are concerned about radioactive contamination, demand the establishment of better radiation protection measures and radioactivity control measures. To satisfy these demands, we need to scientifically examine the health effects of radiation, a major part of which is unknown. The purpose of the Citizen–Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection, is to provide citizen scientists from within and outside of Japan with an opportunity of discussing health effects from radiation and prevention measures, thus contributing to the establishment of an extensive international network for radiation protection. We would appreciate your cooperation.

CSRPの活動紹介

私たちは2011年3月以降、東京電力福島第一原発事故による被害と被ばくの最小化に取り組んできました。放射線防護、放射能対策の確立を求めるた めには、とらえどころのない放射線による健康影響を科学的に究明していかなければなりません。市民と科学者が、専門的知見を社会のなかで最善の形で生かし ていけるよう、国際的にも連帯しながらネットワークを維持発展させていくことは今後ますます重要になってきます。私たちの活動は、東京電力福島原発事故の 対処において様々な取り組みをしている市民・団体・科学者が一同に会して情報シェアとフィードバック・意見交換をし、その可能性を長期にわたって最大限に 探っていくものです。

CSRP Symposium 2013
2013年 市民科学者国際会議

Oct 13th, 10:10 ~ 12:25
Session 1: Biological effect and its mechanism
セッション1 生物影響とそのメカニズム

Oct 13th, 13:40 ~ 15:15
Session 2: Epidemiology and dose evaluation
セッション2 疫学と線量評価

Oct 13th, 15:30 ~ 16:55
Session 3: Law and Rights for Public health
セッション3 健康に関する法と権利

  • ITO_Kazuko_2013

    The Japanese Government Must Act Now, Making a Fundamental Policy Change regarding the Protection of Residents Following the Nuclear Accident, based on the UN “Right to Health” Special Rapporteur (Grover Advisory)
    国連「健康に対する権利」特別報告者の勧告(グローバー勧告)に基づき、日本政府は今こそ、原発事故後の住民保護について、抜本的な政策転換を図るべき

  • FUKUDA_Kenji_2013

    Law on Support for Children and other Victims of Nuclear Accidents
    原発事故子ども・被災者支援法の現状と課題

  • ITO_Emiko_2013

    For the Protection of Children from Radiation
    The Power of the People and Support by Local Governments

    被ばくから子どもを守るために
    〜民間の力と自治体の支援と〜

Oct 14th, 14:00 ~ 18:40
Round-table 円卓会議

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Japans Homeless exploited by Yakusa and dodgy contractors – International companies ignore this – Petition

“….An increasing proportion of the 3,000 contract laborers at Fukushima are poorly trained, with little technical expertise or knowledge of radiation. They earn about $150 a day, less than what a regular construction job pays. Few are given insurance coverage. Many are destitute, recruited by ruthless labor brokers, some with ties to the mob. And the laborers are tossed out once they are exposed to the legal radiation limit. Critics point to the poor quality of the laborers for the series of large leaks of contaminated water.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, known as Tepco, responsible for decommissioning the plant, hires contractors, which, in turn, hire subcontractors. The contract laborers stand at the bottom of this multilayered pyramid of subcontracting, and they are exposed, on average, to twice the amount of radiation compared with Tepco employees, as reported recently in The Times. Tepco says it is not in a position to comment on the employment practices of the contractors, and the company seems unaware of what is happening on the ground. There are more than 1,000 firms at work at Fukushima…..”   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/opinion/fukushimas-shameful-cleanup.html?_r=0

Two homeless men eating a meal outside shuttered shops at night in the western Japanese metropolis of Osaka. (AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks)

AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks

Private labor contractors in Japan are “recruiting” homeless men and men to work in the disaster area of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, taking advantage of their desperation to pay them less than minimum wage and with no proof that their health is being protected.

In a devil’s bargain between organized crime bosses and the nation’s top construction firms, laborers are exploited by these contractors as they take in state funds for the cleanup, giving them miniscule cuts for the dangerous untrained work and then subtracting more for food and lodging.

We call on the government of Japan to investigate this shady practice, ensuring these workers are properly protected from the radiation and being well-compensated for the dangerous work. Don’t let these companies keep preying on the homeless to expose them to radiation — write the Japanese government now!

PETITION TO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT: Protect your country’s homeless from being exploited and exposed to dangerous radiation levels. Investigate construction companies to make sure they’re paying a fair wage and training and protecting their workers.

 

Click here to sign — it just takes a second.

Thanks,
— The folks at Watchdog.net

P.S. If the other links aren’t working for you, please go here to sign: http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/4158?n=72339185.GVL80d

Corporate greed turns a blind eye to the crimes!

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“…..Immediately following the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the United States—through the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies—began supporting the Government of Japan and TEPCO in response efforts, decommissioning, and cleanup activities. We are committed to providing support as long as it is necessary. At Fukushima Dai-ichi, I saw examples of the assistance we provided, as well as the continuing partnerships between TEPCO, U.S. Government agencies, U.S. national laboratories, and U.S. companies…..” https://nuclear-news.net/2014/05/14/ambassador-caroline-kennedy-statement-on-visit-to-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant/

“..British engineers Amec, Babcock International, and Atkins are believed to be circling nuclear
decommissioning work estimated to be worth at least $5bn (£3.2bn) in Japan as a result of the Fukushima disaster….”  […] “…US-owned Energy Solutions will also be interested.
“This is a huge opportunity,” claimed the source. “Japan should start
making some real progress on decommissioning now.”….”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-firms-to-bid-for-japans-nuclear-cleanup-8458524.html

“….Veolia Environnement SA (VIE), which treated radioactive water from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, plans to use the experience to move into decontamination and power plant dismantling.

The water utility and the nuclear research group known as CEA plan to earn as much as 400 million euros ($534 million) in revenue within about four years by cleaning radioactive sites and taking apart installations, they said today….”   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-15/veolia-draws-upon-fukushima-to-move-into-nuclear-dismantling-1-.html

“…On June 7, 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President François Hollande agreed on and released a joint statement to promote comprehensive cooperation in the field of nuclear power. In step with this, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) and Areva released a Joint Statement on the Future of Nuclear Fuel Recycling….”  http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit155/nit155articles/08_nw155.html

 

 

 

 

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Germany’s spy agency ‘in bed’ with US – Snowden on Berlin’s inhospitality

http://rt.com/news/161824-germany-spy-us-snowden/

May 27, 2014

Reuters / Tobias Schwarz

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says he has more revelations about Washington’s spying on German citizens, but Berlin is reluctant to invite him to testify because Germany has used the exact same surveillance methods as the US, Stern magazine reported.

The former NSA contractor – wanted by the US for disclosing its surveillance program – told the German magazine that he had been “personally involved with information stemming from Germany” and that the “constitutional rights of every citizen in Germany were infringed” during the process.

Snowden said he had used systems able to intercept large amounts of data, adding: “I’d be surprised if German lawmakers learnt nothing new if I laid out all the information.”

The rights activist suggested that the only reason Merkel’s government does not want him to testify is because Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, used the same methods of mass surveillance.

“The BND is with the Americans in bed,” he told Stern.

So far it is unclear whether Snowden will be invited to Germany to provide new details for the investigation. Merkel’s government has rejected quizzing him in person, citing diplomatic reasons. The chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union party believes a personal invitation would put a strain on US-German relations. But despite the pressure from the government, the majority of German lawmakers on a committee investigating the spying decided earlier this month that they wanted to hear the leaker in person.

In response to the interview published in the German magazine on Tuesday, the chairman of the parliamentary committee, conservative lawmaker Patrick Sensburg, questioned Snowden’s competence in the matter.

“According to the information we have Edward Snowden was never especially involved with the mass spying of German citizens in Germany,” he said, as quoted by Reuters. “If he doesn’t deliver proof in terms of original documents soon, he could lose all credibility with the committee.”

Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the second major political party after CDU, took a neutral stance, saying that it is open to questioning Snowden in Germany or Russia, while German opposition members involved in the investigation believe that Snowden is a key witness and should testify in person.

Since Snowden leaked sensitive US information last year, he has been charged with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person.

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Nuclear Hotseat #153: Special Encore: WHO/IAEA Unholy Alliance

http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/Blog/

THIS IS A SPECIAL ENCORE PRESENTATION of Nuclear Hotseat, the first of two on the unholy alliance between the World Health Organization and the pro-nuclear International Atomic Energy Agency.   

 Alison Katz, today’s interviewee, is a sociologist and psychologist who worked inside the WHO for 18 years.   Now a leader within Independent WHO, which she will explain, Alison dissects the history, politics and manipulations of the United Nations agency we’re supposed to trust to safeguard the world’s health – especially in nuclear matters. This is a Nuclear Hotseat exclusive.

DOWNLOAD HERE:

http://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/4fe934f5-3bd4-0155-d229-6b32ad5e462e.mp3

NEXT WEEK:  Joseph Mangano, Director of Radiation and Public Health Project (radiation.org), will go over the flawed epidemiology used by the WHO in its analysis of Chernobyl’s impact, based on the work of the late Dr. Rosalie Bertel. 

more here;

http://independentwho.org/en/

 

 

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EDF Nuclear Costs Seen Jumping With Investments in Safety

Spending on measures ordered by France’s atomic regulator following the Fukushima meltdown in Japan three years ago will cost about 11 billion euros between this year and 2025, the auditor said. Efforts to align safety at existing reactors with new generation models will cost another 1.6 billion euros a year over the same period.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-27/edf-nuclear-costs-seen-jumping-with-investments-in-safety.html

By Tara Patel May 27, 2014

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Electricite de France SA’s costs to produce atomic power are spiraling upward as investment needed to keep aging reactors safe over the next two decades could reach 90 billion euros ($123 billion), the state auditor said.

“Production costs from the existing fleet are heading higher over the medium-term,” France’s Cour des Comptes said in a report to parliament published today. They already increased 21 percent over the past three years.

The authority called for a “rapid” decision on how long EDF reactors should operate to allow the Paris-based utility to plan future spending, which it said is expected to rise “significantly” through 2017 and cost more than anticipated.

The report marks an era when the state-controlled operator of 58 nuclear reactors has reached a crossroads. The government is preparing to unveil an energy law in the coming weeks that could lower France’s future reliance on atomic power. President Francois Hollande has pledged to reduce nuclear output to 50 percent of the country’s total power by 2025 from around three-quarters, the highest proportion in the world.

Lawmakers asked the auditor to make EDF’s power production costs public so they may be compared with other energies like renewables, which France wants to increase.

The costs to produce electricity rose to 59.8 euros a megawatt-hour in 2013 from 49.6 euros a megawatt hour in 2010, a period when spending on the utility’s 58 atomic generators rose 118 percent, according to the report.

Dismantling Costs

The higher power production costs were driven by increased operating costs at EDF as well as provisions for future dismantling of atomic installations and waste treatment, the auditor said.

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Modi govt may go slow on nuclear energy expansion, focus on wind, solar

An industry expert from KPMG, who did not want to be identified, said that before the new government takes any decision on nuclear power, it will first have to tackle issues of supply chain, safety and acceptance from locals.

“Wind, solar and hydro, on the other hand, are safe and tried models of clean energy. Though countries like Russia, Canada, the US, France and Japan are keen on investing in the country’s nuclear energy growth story, the government, which is looking at FDI in power sector, will not take hasty decisions.

http://www.firstbiz.com/economy/modi-govt-may-go-slow-on-nuclear-energy-expansion-focus-on-wind-solar-pwc-86030.htm

Mumbai: The new government may put on the back-burner a plan to install 20 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity in the country by 2020 and instead focus on wind and solar to achieve energy security, says PwC.

“Nuclear projects are not likely to be on the radar of the Modi government, at least for the next two years. It will first focus on increasing coal production, allocation and pricing, apart from clearing the balance sheets of distribution companies,” PwC executive director energy utilities Sambitosh Mohapatra said.

Rather than nuclear, the Modi government may focus on increasing wind and solar power capacity, especially when these models worked successfully in Gujarat, Mohapatra said.

The power, coal, and new and renewable energy portfolios in the Modi Cabinet are held by Piyush Goyal, who is from Maharashtra, where BJP ally Shiv Sena was opposing the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear project.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had set a target of installing 20 GW of nuclear power capacity by 2020 and 63 GW by 2032.

In its election manifesto, the BJP promised to take steps to maximise the potential of oil, gas, hydel power, ocean, wind, coal and nuclear sources. The party said it considers energy efficiency and conservation crucial to energy security.

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Rolls Royce Rolls the dice on dodgy Turkish nuclear reactors!

Patrick Regis, Rolls-Royce Regional Director, Turkey and Central Asia said: “We are delighted to enter into this important agreement. Working closely with Istanbul Technical University, Rolls-Royce can support the Ministry for Energy and Natural Resources in its plans for a programme of civil nuclear power.

Screenshot from 2014-05-28 01:28:47

Image source ; http://www.allvoices.com/cartoons/c/102545558-corruption-in-turkey

 

By K. Steiner-Dicks on May 8, 2014

http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/supply-chain/rolls-royce-puts-more-capital-nuclear-activities

Rolls Royce will focus on growing its civil nuclear power activities and dispose of other assets after agreeing to sell the majority of its energy unit to Siemens, it has been reported.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Rolls Royce may also sell residual activities in fuel cells and smaller power stations that Siemens does not want, Rolls-Royce’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Morris said.

The company has signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785m cash consideration.

The business being sold supplies aero-derivative gas turbines, compressor systems and related services to customers in the Oil and Gas and Power Generation sectors.

On completion of the transaction, Rolls-Royce will receive a further £200m for a 25 year licensing agreement, granting Siemens access to relevant Rolls-Royce aero-derivative technology for use in the 4 to 85 megawatt power output gas turbine range.

Siemens’ Energy sector has around 83,500 employees and in 2013 contributed revenue of €26.6bn and underlying profit of €1.9bn.

John Rishton, Rolls-Royce, CEO, said: “This agreement will give the Energy business greater opportunities as part of a much larger energy company and allows Rolls-Royce to concentrate on the areas of business where we can add most value.”

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Canada – Where have all the medical isotopes gone?

There is a sadness among scientists and doctors as they watch this era of once ground-breaking science quietly come to an end.

“Getting out of it I think is a mistake,” says Dr. Laurin. “It will mean a loss of Canadian know-how and expertise. Very good science will be lost, business and jobs are going to go elsewhere or be lost altogether, so I personally think it’s a mistake.

“I may be biased because I’m a physician and I need what’s being made at Chalk River for patient care. But if you look at it from a Canadian point of view, I think it’s a loss for the entire community, not just Ontario, but all of Canada.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/the-made-in-canada-isotope-shortage-facing-medical-scans-1.2652667

May 26, 2014

Albert Mann winced as he sat upright on the scanner bed to talk to me. A large camera had just processed an image of his body, reading the gamma rays radiating from his bones.

I asked him what he had to do to prepare for this test. “What did I have to do? Get cancer,” he said.

Down the hall, seven other camera rooms were buzzing with patients having similar scans. At this hospital in Brampton, Ont., the machines run six days a week.

Across Canada, about 20,000 patients undergo nuclear imaging procedures every week and the field of nuclear medicine is growing around the world.

But almost all of it rests on an increasingly fragile supply of radioactive isotopes, a short-lived medical product made mostly by small research reactors, and a looming shortage has specialists worried.

“I don’t want to sound alarmist,” said Dr. Norman Laurin, president of the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine. “But it’s going to have medical consequences. There are people who are going to be denied care, or have a different kind of care that might not be the best for them.”

These patients probably won’t know there’s a problem until their test is cancelled, or they have to wait months for a diagnosis. But if they ask enough questions they’ll find out the shortage of medical isotopes is largely a made-in-Canada problem.

Going out of business

Most Canadians don’t realize it, but this country has been an international leader, the world’s largest single supplier of medical isotopes used in nuclear imaging, for more than 50 years.

But all of that is about to end. Buried deep in the federal budget bill, now winding its way toward approval, is something called the Nordion and Theratronics Divestiture Authorization Act.

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