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USA’s new Protective Action Guidelines (PAG) designed to protect the nuclear industry

highly-recommendedFlag-USANew Protection Action Guidelines Will Leave You Chilled to the Bone, Nuclear World,  26 Dec 15, “………..On April 15th, 2013 a request for public comment regarding the new Protective Action Guidelines or PAGs was published in the Federal Register while at the same time, the EPA made the new PAGs effective immediately. Obviously, the request for public comment was just a dog and pony show designed to give the illusion of presenting the new PAGs in a public forum.

The new PAGs released under the Obama administration puts our health at risk due to its utter lack of concern regarding skyrocketing cancer rates, genetic mutations, miscarriages, infertility and other radiation induced health issues that will manifest as a direct result of these new PAGs. (Ironically, the majority of these health issues can easily be blamed on the victim’s poor eating habits, radiophobia, “genetic predisposition” and a host of other things, but it’s doubtful the word “nuclear radiation” will never be uttered.)

The vague and misleading language deliberately engineered to leave you vulnerable and unprotected will also leave you chilled to the bone once you comprehend the full impact of just how inept the new PAGs are. The root problem lies in the unconcealed fact that these new PAGs “allow massive radiation exposures without any protective actions being recommended to limit them.”

To add insult to injury, the new PAGs bury the new changes in footnotes. These changes are not included in the document itself, only citations referencing other reports. Not one word is mentioned as to how the new PAGs compare to previously established protections in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Doublespeak nuclear radiation

According to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the new Protective Action Guides would disturbingly raise allowed levels of radiation in food, water, air, and the environment. PEER is a national organization of local, state, and federal employees who were justifiably alarmed over internal EPA emails regarding new PAG standards. PEER claims these new PAGs will cause a “nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90, a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and an almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63″ in drinking water.

The EPA is turning its back on its responsibility, as previous limitations assured that we would not be exposed to “more than 5 rem over 50 years.”

These new PAGs may be the final nail in the coffin if they are not immediately repealed and the older, more responsible PAGs are reestablished.

Suspiciously, since 2011 (coincidentally the same year Fukushima started spewing its unrelenting radioactive poison all over the world) the EPA has been planning on raising limits. These planning sessions took place behind closed doors due to a loophole, since PAGs are considered “guidance” and therefore do not require public input as proposed new regulations would. However, the problem arises as these new “permissible levels” are treated as if they carry the same weight as a regulation would. It’s scary business indeed, as internal documents obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show evidence that the new “permissible levels” would allow a single glass of drinking water to contain, “the equivalent of a lifetime’s permissible exposure.”

These new PAGs are hard to swallow, as they grant “on-site authorities” a great degree of latitude in ignoring previously established limits. They also leave the EPA unaccountable. What is most concerning, is that the term “on-site authorities” is very vague and misleading. I believe it is our duty to question who qualifies as an “on-site authority.” The first thing that pops into my mind is some corporate flunky with a clip board and a checklist or a lab coat clad EPA employee well versed in all the loopholes contained within the new PAGs. Anyway you slice it, these new PAGs spell disaster for the US population as a whole. http://www.nuclearworld.net/pag/

December 28, 2015 Posted by | Reference | Leave a comment

“An Ecomodernist Manifesto” the ‘cool’ new nuclear front group

The Technofix Is In: A critique of “An Ecomodernist Manifesto”, Clive Hamiliton  28 APRIL 2015   For some years the California-based Breakthrough Institute has been vigorously promoting what it claims to be a new “post-environmentalism,” one highly critical of the mainstream environment movement ……..

The institute maintains a determinedly optimistic view of the world, although the bright facade frequently veils a rancor directed against other environmentalists. This rancor perhaps explains some of its baffling policy stances.

The institute frequently attacks renewable energy and energy efficiency, at times with a highly tendentious use of data. For an organization concerned about spiraling greenhouse gas emissions, it’s hard to work out why the group is so dismissive, except as a way of differentiating itself from mainstream environmentalism. Conversely, it vigorously promotes nuclear power, also deploying data and arguments in a misleading way.

EcoModernist Manifesto

Nuclear power has become an obsession for the institute, a kind of signifier by which players in the environmental debate are allocated to the “good guys” box or the “bad guys” box. In a perfect example of mimesis, the dogmatic stance of some anti-nuclear campaigners is reflected back by these pro-nuclear campaigners……….

An Ecomodernist Manifesto, signed by 18 “scholars, scientists, campaigners, and citizens” associated with the institute, is not satisfied with proclaiming that we can look forward to a good Anthropocene. The manifesto declares that we are entering a great Anthropocene.

What force can turn a gloomy prognosis into a golden future? The answer, of course, is technology. The manifesto’s authors are convinced that “knowledge and technology, applied with wisdom, might allow for a good, or even great, Anthropocene.”

For those who believe we must embrace low-emissions technology (i.e. all of us who recognize the reality of anthropogenic climate change) the manifesto is oddly selective, dismissing many large-scale renewable energy technologies (especially wind power and biomass), and taking a skeptical view of solar energy’s potential.

And so the manifesto returns to the ecomoderns’ peculiar obsession: only nuclear power can give us climate stabilization.But, the authors concede, the nuclear industry is flat on its face in most places, so we must wait for the next generation of nuclear fission (or even fusion!) plants, before which opposition will surely melt away. In the meantime, we will need to build more hydroelectric dams and construct “fossil fuel plants with carbon capture and storage” technology.

Here the ability to set aside science is on full display. The manifesto does not say how long we will need to wait for the next generation of nuclear plants, or how much of the global carbon budget will be used up while we cool our heels. Perhaps it might take 20 years for the first plants to be built, and 40 before they are making a large dent in global emissions. By then the planet will be, in Christine Lagard’s arresting phrase, “roasted, toasted, fried and grilled,” and there will be no way to rescue the situation……..

The technofix is in

An Ecomodernist Manifesto does not offer a new way out of the climate morass, but only a warmed-over version of the old-fashioned American technofix. Politics has gone AWOL in it. The only place politics intrudes is where the manifesto bewails social and institutional obstacles to the further spread of nuclear power. So it is the greens who bring politics to the climate debate! This is not an accidental slip, for The Breakthrough Institute gives the impression of being motivated less by the vision of a great future on a human-regulated Earth than by animosity towards other environmentalists.

Predictably, the manifesto has been greeted with enthusiasm by various purveyors of climate science denial….

The Breakthrough Institute has allied itself with some unsavory characters, like the American Enterprise Institute which has been active in promoting climate science denial and has been partly funded by Exxon and the Koch Brothers. Is this the “post-partisan politics” foreshadowed by “The Death of Environmentalism”? If so, it’s a tarnished vision and reflects The Breakthrough Institute’s self-defeating policy of cozying up to environmentalism’s natural enemies and alienating its most stalwart friends. – …….. http://clivehamilton.com/the-technofix-is-in-a-critique-of-an-ecomodernist-manifesto/

December 28, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster, USA | Leave a comment

5 Years Fukushima – 6 Years Uranium Film Festival

logo-uranium-film-festivalgreetings from the International Uranium Film Festival. The festival continues. 2016 will be an important year for us and the “nuclear” world:

5 Years ongoing nuclear accident of Fukushima and 30 years Chernobyl. We are planning the 6th Uranium Film Festival in Rio, the first in LA
and the 5th in Berlin.
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December 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Underwater drones becoming a threat to UK’s Trident nuclear submarines

submarine,-nuclear-underwatflag-UKTrident: Nuclear deterrent under threat from underwater drones, expert warns, The Independent 27 Dec 15  Advances in technology may turn Britain’s £31bn nuclear submarine programme into an expensive liability. Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent could be torpedoed by an increasingly sophisticated breed of underwater drone, a leading defence expert has warned.

Rapid advances in underwater drone technology – autonomous underwater vehicles that can be controlled by ship- or land-based operators – threaten to make the controversial Trident nuclear submarines vulnerable, according to Paul Ingram, the chief executive of the British American Security Information Council (Basic).

Submarines have traditionally been seen as capable of providing stealth and invulnerability to pre-emptive attacks. The current requirement for Trident replacement subs is for them to operate as near to silently as possible.

However, a revolution in underwater drones, as well as advances in sonar, satellite and other anti-submarine warfare systems, mean that even totally silent submarines are likely to become detectable. Some sensor technologies can detect large submerged objects by monitoring small movements of surface water.

Experts warn that as the capabilities of detecting systems improve and their cost falls, large-scale remote and potentially autonomous sensor deployments become possible. The result is that the world’s oceans will become increasingly transparent, seriously calling into question the UK’s heavy reliance upon the Trident submarine programme for its nuclear deterrence………

In January, Carol Naughton, of the non-proliferation group British Pugwash, will launch a research project into the appropriateness of Trident as a platform for the UK’s nuclear weapons capability.

“We are in danger of embarking on a major spend that will not only fail to deliver the invulnerability required of the proposed deterrent system, but is also likely to add a worrying degree of instability into the nuclear weapons situation,” she said.

Last month the Prime Minister revealed that the strategic defence and security review (SDSR) had put the cost of the four subs at £31bn, up from £25bn nine years ago. The review said a contingency fund of £10bn would be set aside, suggesting the MoD anticipates the costs could rise still further.

The first sub is not due to come into service until the early 2030s. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/trident-nuclear-deterrent-under-threat-from-underwater-drones-expert-warns-a6786946.html

December 28, 2015 Posted by | safety, UK, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Inspection records were faked at USA nuclear power station

liar-nuclear1Flag-USANuclear plant contractors faked 10 months of inspection records By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  December 27 2015 Contractors at Entergy‘s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant on the west bank of St. Charles Parish failed to conduct required hourly fire inspections and falsified records for 10 months to show the inspections occurred, according to the results of a 15-month-long investigation announced Wednesday (Dec. 23) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a Dec. 14 letter notifying Entergy of its findings, the commission’s regulatory staff also said an Entergy Operations Inc. supervisor “deliberately failed to identify and take corrective actions upon being provided with information of suspected wrongdoing by contract fire watch individuals.”

Further, the agency found that a manager for the contracting firm providing the fire inspection workers “deliberately provided incomplete and inaccurate information to an access authorization reviewing official regarding the trustworthiness and reliability of a contract fire watch individual.” Entergy identified the company that provided the fire watch workers as GCA Contractors.

The NRC has given Entergy the opportunity of requesting a “pre-decisional enforcement conference.” Or the company may request “alternative dispute resolution,” before the commission decides on enforcement penalties.

The hourly fire watch tours are required to assure that no fires break out in parts of the huge nuclear power plant building where sensitive equipment is located, including wiring and piping involved in operating the nuclear reactor during accidents or emergencies. The inspections were skipped, and the records falsified, between July 2013 and April 2014. …….. http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/12/contractors_skipped_fire_inspe.html

December 28, 2015 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

Radioactivity in seafoods, especially from Russia, found in South Korea

Study finds 5.3% of domestic and Russian seafood contains radioactive material http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/723574.html  By Kim Young-dong, staff reporter Please direct questions or comments to [english@hani.co.kr

radiation-in-sea--food-chaiflag-S-KoreaDec.26,2015 Highest rates of Ce-137 detected in Russian cod, though overall rate for domestic and imported seafood actually down 1.4% from last year

Radioactive material was discovered at detectable levels in domestic and Russian seafood products, a recent study confirms.

The news comes amid growing concerns about radiation contamination in seafood products entering the country since the 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. In response, environmental groups are calling for more intensive inspections of seafood for radioactivity.

The findings were announced on Dec. 23 after a study by three groups: the Institute for Environment & Community Development Studies (IECDS), the Korea Radiation Watch Center, and the Gwangju chapter of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement. Analysis of 150 samples of mackerel, pollock, cod, kelp, and sea mustard taken from discount stores and markets in Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju between March and November showed the presence of radioactive cesium-137 in eight of them, or 5.3%.

Cesium-137 is considered one of the chief examples of a radioactive isotope detected in the process of artificial nuclear fission, with an acceptable standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

The isotope was found in samples of pollock and cod from Russia and domestic mackerel and kelp at levels of 0.37 to 1.09 becquerels per kilogram. The highest rate of detection was for Russian cod at 13%, followed by Russian pollock at 11.5%, Korean kelp at 7.7%, and Korean mackerel at 3.3%.

By place of origin, Russian products showed the highest detection rate at 13.3% (six out of 45 samples), compared to a 3.2% rate for domestic products (two out of 63 samples). No radioactive material was found in other imported seafood.

The overall Ce-137 detection rate for domestic and imported seafood was down slightly from a similar survey conducted last year, falling from 6.7% to 5.3%. But the rate for Russian products showed a slight increase from 13% last year to 13.3% in 2015.

“The radioactive material detection rate for Russian products was quite high. We need greater monitoring and more stringent standards,” said IECDS researcher Min Eun-ju. “We also need to figure out the cause behind the radioactive material detected in Korean sea grasses and take appropriate steps,” Min added.

Min also weighed in on the South Korean government’s current plans to consider lifting import bans on seafood from eight Japanese prefectures. “If that happens, there will be no way to stop the import of seafood contaminated with radioactivity. We should be beefing up our standards, not loosening them, and we should be responding forcefully to the Japanese government’s complaint with the World Trade Organization,” she said.

Ce-137 has a half-life of over thirty years and is known to cause radiation exposure within the body as it accumulates in muscles and subcutaneous fat. The details of its effects on the human body from exposure through accumulation of small amounts remain unknown. By Kim Young-dong, staff reporter Please direct questions or comments to [english@hani.co.kr]

December 28, 2015 Posted by | oceans, South Korea | Leave a comment

Dangerous to evaporate Fukushima’s radioactive water

Fukushima: Evaporating tank contents is not the solution http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/fukushima-evaporating-tank-contents-is-not-the-solution/ April 10, 2015 Recent news stories are suggesting that TEPCO is considering evaporating the 280,000 tonnes of highly radioactive water held in the 1,500 tanks at Fukushima.  See http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/us-japan-fukushima-water-idUSKBN0MZ0WC20150408  and
http://rt.com/news/248041-fukushima-waters-evaporate-tepco/

Disposing large volumes of highly tritiated water is a serious problem for TEPCO but its evaporation proposal is quite dangerous. It is based on several misconceptions.

First, evaporating this radioactive water will NOT isolate the radioactivity:  all it would do is convert liquid tritiated water to tritiated water vapour which would be emitted to the air at Fukushima and result in high exposures to those downwind of the plumes.

Fukushima-water-tanks-2013

Second, evaporation would make the problem worse as, contrary to what many people assume, aerial emissions are more hazardous than liquid discharges to sea. Briefly, this is because you can avoid drinking tritiated water and food to a large degree, but you can’t avoid breathing in tritiated water vapour or absorbing it through skin.

Third, tritium is not “relatively harmless” as alleged. This is a common misconception: in fact, tritium is a relatively dangerous nuclide. For example, its beta particle inside the body is more harmful than most X-rays and gamma rays. But that’s just one aspect: tritiated water vapour has several other dangerous properties, and organically bound tritium (ie attached to lipids, carbohydrates and proteins) inside us is even more dangerous. See “Tritium- risks not properly assessed” in http://www.ianfairlie.org/lectures/

A complicating factor is the very high tritium levels in the tanks. From Japanese Government Meti fileshttp://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/pdf/140424/140424_02_008.pdf
– see slides 5 and 21- it can be seen that the tritium concentration in March 2014 was about 500,000 Bq per litre.

This is a very high level. As far as I’m aware, no internationally agreed limits exist for discharging tritium to water. But as a yardstick, the limit used by Ontario Power Generation (a nuclear utility in Canada) is 4,000 Bq/L.

TEPCO is facing a storage problem with its tanks on site now full, and no space to build more. But neither evaporating the tank contents nor discharging them to sea appears to be a solution. http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/fukushima-evaporating-tank-contents-is-not-the-solution/

December 28, 2015 Posted by | Fukushima 2015, Japan, safety | 2 Comments

Iodine tablets to be distributed to France’s communities near nuclear stations

potassium-iodate-pillsflag-franceFrance to distribute iodine tablets near nuclear power stations RFI 27 Dec 15 France’s nuclear safety watchdog is to distribute iodine tablets to people living near the country’s 19 nuclear power stations, warning that an accident is possible but not probable. …..

In the fifth such distribution campaign since they began in 1997, the Nuclear Security Authority (ASN) will make iodine tablets available to 400,000 households and 2,000 establishments, such as schools, businesses and local government offices, in a radius of 10 kilometres of a nuclear power station.They will be distributed through pharmacies or sent to those who fail to collect them……http://www.english.rfi.fr/environment/20151226-france-distribute-iodine-tablets-near-nuclear-power-stations

December 28, 2015 Posted by | France, health | Leave a comment

Mutations in fir trees near Fukushima nuclear station, abnormalities in animal species

Major Japan Newspaper: Mutations in nearly every fir tree by Fukushima plant — Insects with missing legs or crooked — Abnormalities also found in monkeys, fish and frogs  http://enenews.com/major-japan-newspaper-mutations-every-fir-tree-fukushima-plant-insects-missing-crooked-legs-abnormalities-found-monkeys-carp-frogs?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

Asahi Shimbun, Dec 22, 2015 (emphasis added): More than 90 percent of the fir trees in forests close to the site of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster are showing signs of abnormality, and plant lice specimens collected in a town more than 30 kilometers from the crippled facility are missing legs or crooked. But it remains unclear whether the mutations in plants and animals are definitively connected to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. All that scientists in Japan are prepared to say is they are trying to figure out the effects of radioactive cesium caused by the release of huge amounts of radioactive materials from the triple meltdown at the Fukushima plant… Scientists are seeking… signs of mutation in plants and animals in areas close to the stricken nuclear plant…

Scientists have reported onmutations and abnormalities among species varying from fir trees and plant lice to Japanese monkeys, carp and frogs. The National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), a government-affiliated entity, said in late August that the trunks of fir trees are not growing vertically. Fir trees are among the 44 species that the Environment Ministry asked the NIRS and other research organizations to study in trying to determine the effects of radiation on living creatures. The NIRS reported that the frequency of these mutations corresponds to a rise in natural background radiationMore than 90 percent of fir trees in the town of Okuma, just 3.5 kilometers from the crippled plant, showed signs of abnormal growth… Among other changes reported: the legs of plant lice collected in Kawamata, a town more than 30 km from the plant, were found to be missing or crooked and the white blood cell count of Japanese monkeys was lower in Fukushima, the prefectural capital, which is about 60 km from the plant… There is also a possibility that some animals, even if they exhibited signs of radiation’s effect, may no longer be alive for analysis.

See also: Japan Reporter: Mutations increasing in Fukushima — TV: “Strange things are happening to the plants and animals” — Gov’t News Agency: “Long list of mutated life forms reported” (VIDEO)

And: Former Japan TV News Anchor: The mutations have begun in Fukushima; Birds found blind, unable to fly — Magazine: “Birds in tailspin 4 years after Fukushima… the proverbial canary in a coalmine” — Professor: Birds with mutations popping up all over in contaminated areas (VIDEO)

And: Professor: “It’s really a dead zone” in areas of Fukushima — “Huge impacts… there are no butterflies, no birds… many dramatically fewer species” — “Why does it matter to you (in the U.S.)? The reason is, it’s coming, it is coming” (VIDEO)

December 28, 2015 Posted by | environment, Fukushima 2015, Japan | Leave a comment