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Voices of the Residents in Date, Fukushima

By Kurumi Sugita Nos Voisins Lointains 311

The City of Date has divided its territory into three zones to program decontamination work: Zone A where the measurement of ambient radioactivity exceeds 20 mSv/yr, the area adjacent to the B zone A and zone C where radioactivity does not exceed 5 mSv/yr.

In zone C, instead of decontaminating entire areas, the municipality only cleans hot spots that exceed 3μSv/h measured at 1cm off the ground. For example, if a measurement exceeds this limit on a rooftop, it won’t be decontaminated.

date-decon-e1436750145432Before and After decontamination according to the lying local authorities

During the election campaign of January 2014, the incumbent Mayor Shôji NISHIDA promised to work on decontaminating the entire specified C areas. However, since his re-election, he did not fulfill his promise.


Frustrated by the lack of response from the mayor on their repeated requests for him to fulfill his promise, some residents of Date city gathered to found the “Association to Protect the Future of Children in the Date city” (Kodomo no Mirai wo kai mamoru in Date).  They began installing flags and signs across town, calling for effective decontamination work. The association brings together their voices and publish on their website and Facebook page.

The following is a sample of these voices trying to pierce the ongoing deafening silence.

Frustrated by the lack of response from the mayor on their repeated requests for him to fulfill his promise, some residents of Date city gathered to found the “Association to Protect the Future of Children in the Date city” (Kodomo no Mirai wo kai mamoru in Date).  They began installing flags and signs across town, calling for effective decontamination work. The association brings together their voices and publish on their website and Facebook page.

The following is a sample of these voices trying to pierce the ongoing deafening silence.

Voices of the Residents

01 Decontamination work was only done in public gardens and on school sites, but not around the house.

02 How come in Area C, the minimum threshold for decontamination work is at 3μSv/h?

03 Children go fishing for crayfish and fish near rice fields.
04 Children play with mud around the house. These are spots which have not been decontaminated yet.
05 I want to see results on decontamination work come true.
06 Is it safe to let children play outside?
07 Our house is located in zone B, but the workplace and the school are located in Area C.
08 My child is still small and picks up things off the street and eat them.
09 Is it necessary to separate Zone B and Zone C? It would make more sense to work the entire area.
10 I live in zone B. The radioactivity is remains high, even after decontamination. It seems we are being affected by radiation in places surrounding us.
11 Without decontaminating around the house, radioactivity does not decrease.
12 Why in our city of Date, they only clean the house? I have heard elsewhere, that’s different.
13 I am afraid of radiation during farming operations.
14 Small children play sitting on the floor. Sometimes they are barefoot. I saw them at the parking lot of a store where
decontamination work has not yet been made. These are not my children, but I got the chills.
15 I see fumes from things being incinerated. Is this normal? It often happens when children are on the way to school. This worries me.
16 I have concern regarding low-dose radiation. It frightens me to think that the children will live their entire lives in this environment.
17 I will consider possibilities to join a recuperation program or even evacuate.
18 Why isn’t the town Date performing the decontamination work?
19 In 2011, the mayor promised decontamination work would be done in all households. I am still waiting. What happened?
20 I envy inhabitants of the cities and surrounding municipalities.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Japan | | Leave a comment

Global silence on developing radiation crisis in the oceans

text-relevantFukushima: The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About, Collectively Conscious, July 15 by  Source: “……….Roughly 72% of the Earth is made up of water, and if you look at a global map, you can see that all of the world’s oceans are connected; it’s essentially one ocean. So what happens when two of the planet’s large bodies of water are rendered lifeless? Since roughly 90% of Earth’s life is contained in the oceans, and two-thirds of the planet is water, what happens when the oceans die? What happens when we can no longer fish the oceans for food? The answer is simple: When the planet’s oceans die, all life on Earth will follow, but who cares? There’s a game on tonight, or some stupid shitcom that insults the intelligence.

What level of cognitive dissonance is adhered to that causes people to look away from painful truths? How is it that people can convince themselves that everything is just fine when we are staring our very extinction in the face? How many actually give a shit? Far too few unfortunately. The fact that the world’s top scientists have no idea how to contain the radiation at Fukushima speaks volumes about what happens when a species develops technologically yet does not operate with wisdom. They destroy themselves.

Has humanity made its decision that it will simply bow down and allow the few, through psychopathy and corporate greed to drive the planet into its very extinction? Is it game over for life on planet Earth?

Fukushima extinction 1

We are certainly headed in that direction, but why would I want to face this painful truth and find my center when Miley Cyrus is on TV sucking off a blow up doll in her latest piece of shit video?

The time for humanity to collectively wake up and come together is here and now! We can no longer put off the mess for future generations to mop up because at the rate we are going, the planet will be unable to support life and very may well become a dead rock resembling Mars. This is where we stand as a species. Does this sound paranoid? Maybe, but that does not negate the fact that it’s true! So as we bow our heads in quiet approval, our home is being destroyed and your children’s futures are being stolen right from under them. Sleep on, everything is OK, and raise your glass to the extinction of humanity!

July 13, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, oceans, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Simply Info’s concise roundup of nuclear news for July; Fukushima News Roundup, July 12, 2015 

NRA has begun work to consider BWR (boiling water reactors) for potential restarts. The initial push for restarts has focused on newer PWR units. All of the reactors involved in the Fukushima disaster at TEPCO’s two plants there were BWR units. The disaster proved a long list of design flaws and operational shortcomings that contributed to the disaster. This initial inspection process on BWR units is limited as seismic safety issues have yet to be addressed. This move will likely create considerable criticism since many of the root causes and damage outcomes from the Fukushima disaster are still not fully known.

In the same week NRA began considering BWR reactors for restarts, Japan’s nuclear power companiesasked that 40 year life limits for reactors be reconsidered. They want the rule changed to allow longer running. The current requirement is to have a major inspection for aging issues after 40 years in order to obtain permission to operate past that date. This request would be a major roll back of safety rules and would go against what is the norm in other countries.

Japan’s power companies are set to spend over $19 billion USD to try to deal with safety deficits at their plants. These numbers did not include some anti-terrorism efforts and is 1.5 times the previous estimate……….

July 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

USA plans for B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb “fictitious” and “bizarre,” says MIT professor

nuclear-missile-readyMIT Professor Shames US for ‘Fictitious and Bizarre’ Idea that New Nuclear B61-12 Bomb Could Win War   13 July 15US plans to deploy the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb are “fictitious” and “bizarre,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security Policy Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force and the National Nuclear Security Administration have successfully completed the first development flight test of a B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb with no warhead in Nevada.

“The military capabilities of this weapon stem from a totally fictitious and bizarre idea that the United States can fight and win nuclear wars,” Postol said on Friday.

Postol, 69, is one of the leading US experts on ballistic missile defense technologies and ballistic missiles.

“This weapon could never be used in a real-world situation against any nuclear-armed state, as it would likely provoke an uncontrolled nuclear escalation,” he said.

The projected $11 billion upgrade program for the B61 has been described as the most expensive nuclear warhead refurbishment in history.However, the upgraded B61-12 is designed to have far greater accuracy and generate less radioactive fallout than earlier versions of the bomb.

Nevertheless,  Postol charged that the new moves to modernize and upgrade the gravity bomb were likely to backfire on US policymakers with unintended consequences.

“This is yet another example of how the US nuclear modernization program continues to undermine the security of the United States and its allies,” the scientist said.

He warned that even “against states not armed with nuclear weapons, its use could have global political consequences with very far ranging and unpredictable results.”

Far from advancing US strategic security, Postol argued, developing the B61 was likely to undermine it by alarming Russia and China, and provoke them to respond by developing new strategic weapons of their own.

“It is the wrong signal to send to countries like Russia, which is already on edge over continuous advances in US nuclear strike capabilities, and to China, which is trying in spite of constant provocation to maintain a sensible posture of minimum deterrence,” Postol continued.

Pushing ahead with gravity bomb development also threatened to undermine already fragile prospects for arms control and for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Postol warned.

“It is the wrong message to send to the non-weapon state signatories of the Nonproliferation Treaty,” he stated.

Postol suggested that the Obama administration did not appear to have thought through the potential diplomatic and strategic consequences of modernizing the gravity bomb weapon.“It is hard to understand what the Obama White House thinks it is accomplishing by pushing such a counterproductive program,” he concluded.

Before joining MIT, Postol worked as an analyst at the US Office of Technology Assessment and as a science and policy adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations, the operational head of the US Navy.

In 2001, Postol received the Norbert Wiener Prize from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for uncovering numerous false claims about missile defenses.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Russia to be the big loser in any nuclear deal with Iran

The Great Debate Big loser in any nuclear deal with Iran may be Russia By Agnia Grigas and Amir Handjani, Reuters,  July 10, 2015 As Iran and six world powers edge closer to solidifying an accord that puts limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, a unique opportunity presents itself for the West. The United States and its European partners could begin to decouple the unnatural Iranian-Russian alliance to reign in Moscow’s hegemonic ambitions, as well as bring Iran back into the global economic fold. Competition between Moscow and Tehran would reduce Russia’s influence in the Middle East, unlock Iran and may even serve Europe’s future interest as it looks for alternatives to Russian gas.

Iran and Russia share a complicated history rooted in both countries’ imperial past. In fact, over the past two centuries, Iran has ceded more territory to Russia than any other country. After the Second World War, the Soviet Union destabilized and encouraged separatist movements in the province of Iranian Azerbaijan, similar to what Moscow is doing in Ukraine. As recently as the 1980s, Iran backed Afghan rebels in their conflict against the Soviet Union.

The recent Russo-Iranian alliance has been more a marriage of convenience than a genuine partnership. Russia uses Iran as a geopolitical foothold in the energy-rich Persian Gulf and to poke a finger in the eye of U.S. allies in the region. In return, Iran takes advantage of Moscow’s veto power at multinational forums such as the United Nations. An Iran that is engaged with the West in areas such as energy, trade and peaceful nuclear power generation would no longer see Russia as protector of its interests. It is a fact that Iran’s fractured and vitriolic relationship with the West has driven it to form political, commercial and military ties with Russia. Those ties are still fragile, at best.

Russian companies have signed deals that underwhelmed the Iranian market in contentious areas such as energy and nuclear power. Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear reactor was riddled by delays and cost overruns. Over the past year, Russian firms have been quick to sign all sorts of long-term agreements in aviation, commercial shipping and agricultural trade out of a fear they would be pushed aside by superior Western firms as a nuclear deal looked more likely.

Russia and Iran have competing interests in energy more so than in any other area of strategic importance. ……..The pending deal between Iran and the six world powers has the potential to be a net loss for Russia. The West should grasp the opportunity and encourage Iran’s drift away from Moscow’s economic orbit. Fostering economic competition between the two historical rivals would eventually reduce their political collaboration. In the long run, this deal may result in achieving a strategic win for the United States and Europe.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Iran, politics international, Russia | Leave a comment

Radiation safety is not a “psychological” issue – say Fukushima town residents

text-radiationflag-japanFukushima town residents protest official’s comment about radiation safety, Mainichi, 13 July 15 Nuclear evacuees from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Naraha have protested over a government official’s comment that he thinks the safety of the town’s drinking water is “a psychological issue.”

The whole town was designated as a no-entry zone after the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster, but is set to have its evacuation order lifted on Sept. 5, as announced by Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke Takagi on July 6 when he visited the town. After the announcement, he held a press conference where, in response to a reporter’s question he pointed out that radioactive cesium amounts in Naraha tap water are below the detectable level, and said, “People differ in how they think about radiation. I think whether you think (the water source is) safe or not is a psychological issue.”

There is deep-rooted concern among town residents after sampling in July last year by the Ministry of the Environment found up to 18,700 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram of soil at the bottom of the reservoir at the Kido Dam. That reservoir is the source of tap water for the town.

After Takagi’s comment, a Naraha resident in his 60s who has already finished reconstructing his house in preparation for returning to the town said, “That comment makes me lose my desire to go back. Does he intend to say it’s people’s own fault (that they feel unsafe)?”……..

At first, the government was aiming to have Naraha’s order lifted in early August, but after criticism that there were not enough measures in place to help residents live there, the government delayed the lifting of the evacuation order by around a month to prepare additional measures such as increasing the number of free buses.

“We are reminded once again that the government can’t be trusted,” said Naraha resident Noboru Endo, 43, who is living in the western Tokyo suburb of Musashino as an evacuee with his 9-year-old son Shota. He feels that the national government is not listening to the voices of those calling for the safety and ease of mind of Naraha residents…….

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Japan, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Iran developing depleted uranium weapons? Actually – NO!

diplomacy-not-bombsflag-IranNo, Iran probably isn’t developing depleted uranium weapons

Suggestions that Iran’s plans to develop DU weapons had become a sticking point in the Vienna nuclear talks surfaced yesterday, which was news to us.
10 July 2015 – Doug Weir The marathon talks between Iran and the P5 plus Germany over the future of Iran’s nuclear programme appear to be reaching yet another crescendo. Details of the possible deal are few and far between but it appears that the lifting of the United Nations’ arms embargo against Iran has become a major issue in the last few days.

The Russians, would like to see it dropped – although not necessarily as part of the negotiations, as would Iran. A major feature of the embargo and discussions on Iran’s military capabilities has been ballistic missiles capable of reaching Iran’s neighbours and the sale of Russian-made S-300 air defence missiles. Iran is also keen to undertake a general modernisation programme of its military.

However on the 6th July, Bloomberg reported that it was not only an issue of ballistic missiles but also Iran’s plans to develop DU anti-tank ammunition, like those stockpiled and occasionally used by the militaries of the P5 negotiators, though not Germany, for now. The story was duly picked up by the Irish Independent and by Foreign Policy’s blog.

ICBUW has long wondered whether Iran might be tempted to develop DU weapons, given that it has an expanding stockpile of DU tails from its uranium enrichment facilities. However, this has always seemed unlikely, given its long-running and vociferous condemnation of the US’s use of DU, support for UN resolutions via its membership of the Non-Aligned Movement and its official statements over the threats from the DU travelling across the border from Iraq.

Nevertheless, the Iranian military may have a different view to the government’s public line on DU and, as with many other states, including even the Swiss, may have experimented with DU kinetic energy penetrator rounds. Nor can one exclude the possibility that 125mm DU ammunition could have been sourced from Russia at some stage. From a military perspective, one could see a certain regional strategic temptation in developing advanced tank armaments but with DU that is always balanced by the stigmatisation of the weapons – as evidenced by the comparatively limited worldwide proliferation of DU ammunition.

Ironically, the closest Iran may have got to acquiring DU weapons was a proposalin the late 1970s from the Shah of Iran, who offered the use of an Esfahan firing range to the British if domestic public opposition against DU test firing proved too great.

Bloomberg’s evidence for Iran’s alleged plans to develop DU weapons purportedly came from two experts, Karl Dewey, a CBRN specialist with Jane’s and Robert Kelley, a former IAEA director and nuclear non-proliferation expert. The article also cited sources in the negotiations who said that the issue of DU ammunition had been discussed. ICBUW contacted Dewey and Kelley and found that their comments had been misrepresented in Bloomberg’s article, which has subsequently been modified in parts.

Robert Kelley told ICBUW that: “I have no evidence whatsoever that Iran has DU or natural uranium weapons. I said nothing of the kind and I am very disappointed in this article. I am asking for a retraction or clarification.

“What I said was that Iran certainly has penetrators but I never said uranium. I did say that if they decided to use tails or freshly produced natural metal for weapons they should have to declare that to IAEA and ask for a safeguards exemption. No big deal.”

So where does this leave us? Clearly the UN arms embargo has become an issue in this final(ish) round of negotiations and is doubtless causing some headaches for the P5+1. Is it all about DU tank ammunition? Probably unlikely as there are far greater concerns over ballistic missile delivery systems that could present a regional strategic threat, ditto the advanced Russian air defence systems that could inhibit a future strike by the US or Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran is clearly keen to modernise its military, but are they dead set on developing DU weapons from their new tails stockpiles? Probably not. Should you take excitable media reports on DU proliferation at face value? Never.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

France says they’ll fix their nuclear problem: it’s just that nobody believes them

plants-downFrance Will Fix Its Nuclear Problems. But Will That Satisfy Other Nations? , Forbes, July 11 15 “…….“AREVA and EDF have informed the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) that a new series of tests is underway as of April 2015 for the qualification of the … EPR reactor vessel head and bottom,” says a joint statement by EDF and Areva, which are involved in the projects. Areva designs the reactors and Electricite de France runs the nuclear operations.
“This series of tests follow chemical and mechanical tests performed on a representative model of the reactor vessel head and bottom,” the statement adds. “Following the initial tests, the results … showed that one of the criteria was not met in an area with greater than average carbon content.”

That “Flamanville” project has already been pushed back five years to 2017. However, this latest obstacle could delay it once again. With that, the French Socialist government there may well decide to pump national treasure into those French operations — to help soothe over the loss of $5.6 billion for Areva in 2014. The French government owns about 85 percent of both Areva and EDF.

Meantime, a different French project in Finland is suffering delays and cost over-runs. That Finnish facility was to be completed in 2009, and is now projected to be 2018. Cost, meanwhile have escalated …..

“….the European Pressurized Reactor and the export business in Europe may become a victim of cost extremes and schedule overreach.”…..

Critics say that the billions it will cost to make such upgrades is money that could otherwise be spent developing the country’s green energy program…..

July 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

No solution to the Fukushima nuclear pollution: is that why global authorities are ignoring it?

There has been a massive die-off of marine life along the west coast of the US, which has scientists “baffled.” Do you mean to tell me that scientists studying this death of the Pacific haven’t taken into account the possibility that it could be caused by the hundreds of tons of nuclear waste that has been pouring into the Pacific each day for the last four years?

Fukushima: The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About, Collectively Conscious, July 15  by  Source:  A massive earthquake of 9.0 magnitude struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami, which left parts of the country in utter shambles. Official reports claim that 15,891 people lost their lives, 6,152 were injured and 2,584 were reported missing.

This was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have struck Japan, and the fourth most powerful in the world, since modern record keeping began in 1900.[1]This earthquake was so intense in magnitude, that it shifted Honshu, the main island of Japan by an estimated eight feet and actually shifted the Earth’s axis by between four and ten inches![2]

Japan is a nation containing many nuclear reactors which produce roughly 30% of the nation’s electricity.[3] The majority of operable nuclear reactors are right along the coast, in one of the most seismically active areas on the entire planet!

map Japan's nuclear stations

The powerful tsunami caused complete devastation of three of the six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi facility, the cores of which melted within the first three days. In November 2011, the Japanese Science Ministry reported that radioactive cesium had contaminated 11,580 square miles of the land surface of Japan,[4] with an additional 4,500 square miles contaminated.[5]

The destroyed reactor sites have been dumping hundreds of tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean, every single day for the past four years and the devastating results are now becoming plainly obvious. Radioactive cesium (an alkali metal) rapidly contaminates an ecosystem and poisons the entire food chain, and this waste offshoot has been detected in Japanese foodstuffs over a 200 mile radius of the Daiichi facility.[6]

Cesium and other radioactive waste products are bioaccumulative, meaning that they accumulate in an organism at a rate faster than the organism can eliminate it. Of course the Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) have blatantly lied about the amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking into the Pacific, however, the devastating results have been impossible to ignore.

I’ve wondered since the beginning of this disaster-which has already shown to be far worse that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine, in 1986-why the world’s top, leading scientists have not come together to figure out how to stop the leaking radiation. The reason is because no one knows how to deal with this catastrophe.

In March of 2015, it was reported in the Times of London, that Akira Ono, the chief of the Fukushima power station admitted that the technology needed to decommission the three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed.[7]

More recently, Naohiro Masuda, the decommissioning chief of the Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Company, also stated that the technology does not exist to remove the highly radioactive debris from the damaged reactors:

Ono also claimed that decommissioning the plant by 2051 may be impossible without huge leaps in technological advancement.[8] It’s also been estimated that plutonium fallout has been 70,000 times greater than atomic bomb fallout in Japan![9]

Japan has also seen a skyrocketing of childhood Cancer rates, particularly, thyroid Cancer.[10] As of August, 2013, TEPCO admitted that between “20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels[11] of radioactive tritium may have leaked into the sea since the disaster.”[12] Since it’s been shown over and again, that TEPCO repeatedly lied and covered up the true extent of the disaster, that number is most likely far greater.

While official sources keep claiming that there is no danger from the leaking radiation, sea life all along the west coast of the US has been dying in alarming numbers, and many fish and sea creatures tested off the west coast have shown extremely high amounts of radioactivity, that far exceeds safe limits. In actuality though, there really are no “safe” limits of radiation.

The Japan Times reported on Feb 25th, 2015, that cesium and other radioactive waste was pouring from the reactor one site, directly into the ocean.[13] TEPCO did nothing to prevent the leak and simply ignored the problem for close to a year![14]

There has been a massive die-off of marine life along the west coast of the US, which has scientists “baffled.” Do you mean to tell me that scientists studying this death of the Pacific haven’t taken into account the possibility that it could be caused by the hundreds of tons of nuclear waste that has been pouring into the Pacific each day for the last four years? So few dare to admit the extent of damage caused by this disaster or the fact that it is forcing us to face the possibility of our own extinction. What happens when the planet’s largest body of water is rendered lifeless on a planet made up mostly of water? What happens when the radiation accumulates in the atmosphere and is spread throughout the world by the jet stream?

In 2013, the Huffington Post reported that massive amounts of krill washed up along the west coast in a 250 mile stretch from Oregon to California.[15] Krill is an essential part of the ocean’s food chain. When marine life on the low end of the food chain dies off, the larger animals that feed on that marine life starve to death. Carcasses of dead sea lions and seals that were examined revealed high doses of radiation,[16] and yet, mainstream scientists remain “baffled.”…………

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Fukushima 2015 | 1 Comment

Key dates for public hearings on Relicensing for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

text-Please-NoteRelicensing hearing for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is located in the municipality of Clarington on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and has four nuclear reactors.

With the operating licence set to expire at the end of 2015, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has applied to the CNSC to renew it until 2028…..

Hearing and key dates

The CNSC will hold a two-part public hearing to examine OPG’s request.

Here are some key dates:

Participant fundingFunding has been made available to assist the public in participating in the hearing. As proceedings were originally scheduled for last year, this funding was advertised in March 2014.

The independent committee that reviews applications has approved funding for seven groups, of up to $65,394.

Read more about the history of participant funding offered for the Darlington relicensing hearing……..

July 13, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association and ICAN/Amnesty campaign for veterans

Moulton man speaking out against nuclear testing 2 July 2015
Doug Hern can speak of the devastation of nuclear weapons – and he does so on a regular basis in his position with the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association.
His latest presentation was last week, when he was a speaker at an ICAN/Amnesty International campaigners’ meeting attended by delegates from all over the world.

Doug is also liaising with a producer from BBC2 who is proposing to work on a documentary recording the Maralinga detonations in Australia.
He says: “Thirty seconds after detonation the blast is 20 miles across. It is travelling at the speed of sound.

“I am one of the few out of the 22,500 that have managed to live a productive and reasonably healthy life, but I do feel now the legacy of the tests at Christmas Island is catching up with me.”

July 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

US Department of Energy’s dilemma over radioactive White Oak Lake

text-radiationFlag-USAWhat to do with DOE’s radioactive lake?  Frank Munger, Jul 10, 2015 More than 30 years ago, when the magnitude of pollution problems on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation was just becoming apparent, White Oak Lake was dubbed the nation’s — if not the world’s — most radioactively polluted body of water.

The 25-acre lake was created during the World War II Manhattan Project to collect radioactive discharges from Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s nuclear operations. The construction of White Oak Dam backed up White Oak Creek and prevented the nuclear wastes from flowing directly into the Clinch River and downstream reservoirs.

Much of the worst stuff settled into the lake’s sediments. That, of course, reduced the potential exposures to downstream dwellers, but it created an environmental problem all its own.

For decades, as the DOE-funded cleanup of Oak Ridge sites has progressed, there has been an often-asked, never-answered question: What to do with White Oak Lake?

The good news is that large-scale capping and closure projects in ORNL’s old burial grounds — where tons and tons of hot wastes were dumped — have greatly reduced the seepage of radioactive materials into the basin that empties into the lake. Over time, the radioactivity in the sediments of White Oak Lake has, via the process of radioactive decay, gradually diminished.

Where once there were thousands of curies of radioactivity — notably cesium-137, which has a half-life of about 30 years — that total is probably a few hundred or maybe less by now. But the lake is still a big hazard that requires attention. The dam is regularly inspected and maintained to reduce the chances of failure, and the water released over the dam is monitored continuously.

Years ago, regulators declared the DOE would be held accountable for the environmental degradation and at some point would probably be forced to drain the lake, clean up the radioactive muck and return the area to its pre-war condition.If so, it’s expected to be one of the last DOE-sponsored cleanup actions in Oak Ridge.

Based on a federal facility agreement with the EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the DOE is supposed to provide a range of alternatives to “remediate” the lake by 2036.

However, Chris Thompson, TDEC’s Oak Ridge overseer, said recent projections of future cleanup funding indicate the decision on White Oak Lake may be delayed until 2048. Mike Koentop, executive officer of the DOE’s cleanup program, said there are ever-changing budget projections, but the DOE currently plans to submit a final proposal for the lake in 2036.                      Senior Writer Frank Munger may be reached at 865-342-6329.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry confident about Hinkley’s future – REALLY ??

exclamation-flag-UKNuclear industry confident over long-term prospects, 12 June 15“……….a petition against it has attracted almost 8,000 signatures.

There were also objections to the overhead power lines that would be needed to carry the electricity in an area famed for its peaks and lakes……..

The first nuclear power station in the UK, Calder Hall, was built nearby. But the legacy has also left the multibillion-pound problem of how to clean up Sellafield, one of the world’s biggest nuclear waste dumps.

The government wants to build a permanent underground storage facility but in 2013 Cumbria county council voted against hosting it. The process to find a site has restarted.

Mr Samson said a long-term storage solution would improve public perception of the nuclear industry. “We encourage the government and local community to find a solution.”

The waste for the 60-year life of the Moorside plant would fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools, he said. “The UK government is committed to nuclear power and it is important for them,” he said. “It is a clean and low-carbon source.”

July 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Eerie images of Satsop Nuclear Power Plant, Washington

The $2bn nuclear power plant that never split an atom: Eerie images of Satsop Nuclear Power Plant nestled deep in Washington

  • The deserted building in Washington was one of the largest nuclear power plant constructions in U.S. history 
  • But the 481-foot cooling towers on the site were never used, after the billion dollar development was scrapped
  • Satsop Nuclear Power Plant was funded by the Washington Public Power Supply System 
  • It defaulted on $2.25 billion of municipal bonds that were sold to finance the project 
  • Developers turned the area into a business park for companies instead of demolishing the structure


Eerie images show the empty shell of an abandoned nuclear power plant that was never used.

The deserted building in Elma, Washington, was part of the largest nuclear power plant construction project in U.S. history.

But the 481-foot cooling towers on the site were never used, after the multi-billion dollar development was scrapped in 1983.

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July 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dossiers of deception: decades of corporate disinformation revealed

The climate deception dossiers: internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal decades of corporate disinformation     Kathy MulveySeth ShulmanDave AndersonNancy ColeJayne PiepenburgJean Sideris   8 July 2015

Union of Concerned ScientistsThis report presents seven “deception dossiers”—collections containing some 85 internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. While many of these documents have been analyzed by others (Oreskes 2011; Oreskes and Conway 2010; Gelbspan 1998), these dossiers offer the most complete and up-to-date collection yet available.

Excerpts of the documents are provided in the report’s appendices; the complete dossiers—totaling some 336 pages— are available online. Each collection of internal documents reviewed here reveals a separate glimpse of a coordinated campaign underwritten by the world’s major fossil fuel companies and their allies to spread climate misinformation and block climate action. The campaign began decades ago and continues today. The fossil fuel industry—like the tobacco industry before it—is noteworthy for its use of active, intentional disinformation and deception to support its political aims and maintain its lucrative profits.


The following case studies show that:

  • Fossil fuel companies have intentionally spread climate disinformation for decades. The roots of the fossil fuel companies’ deception and disinformation run deep. Internal documents dating back to the early 1990s show a series of carefully planned campaigns of deception organized by companies and by trade groups representing the industry. As the scientific evidence concerning climate change became clear, some of the world’s largest carbon producers—including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy, and Shell—developed or participated in campaigns to deliberately sow confusion and block policies designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming.
  • Fossil fuel company leaders knew that their products were harmful to people and the planet but still chose to actively deceive the public and deny this harm. The letters, memos, and reports in the dossiers show that company executives have known for at least two decades that their products—coal, oil, and natural gas—cause harm to people and the climate.
  • The campaign of deception continues today. With documents made public as recently as 2014 and 2015, the evidence is clear that a campaign of deception about global warming continues to the present. Today, most major fossil fuel companies acknowledge the main findings of climate science. Many even say they support policies to cut emissions. And yet, some of these same companies continue to support groups that spread misinformation designed to deceive the public about climate science and climate policy.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | Leave a comment