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Radioactive Wild Monkey Poops from Namie-city, Fukushima

 

January 23, 2016

An example of bio-accumulation of radioactive material in Fukushima:
According to the following post, wild monkey poops from Namie-city, Fukushima had more than 150,000Bq/kg in terms of radioactive Cs137 & Cs134.
Cs137: 133987 Bq/kg
Cs134: 25186 Bq/kg
K40: 225 Bq/kg
The surrounding ground surface was about 500~600cpm.

 

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More details at the Japanese blog :
http://www.autoradiograph.org/info/%E6%96%B0%E4%BD%9C35%EF%BC%9A%E3%82%B5%E3%83%AB%E3%81%AE%E7%B3%9E2/

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , | 2 Comments

USA changes law to make it harder for nuclear radiation victims to get compensation

the directive signals an initial step toward trying to dismantle or rein in a $12 billion compensation program that has made payments to more than 53,000 sickened workers or their survivors since 2001.

sick worker IdahoNuclear workers fear new policy will make it harder to win compensation

Department of Labor says nuclear facilities are much safer since 1995

Workers and advocates worry it will be more difficult to prove cases

A fight is underway to get policy repealed in order to protect sick employees

BY LINDSAY WISE, ROB HOTAKAINEN AND FRANK MATT McClatchy Washington Bureau, 22 Jan 16  WASHINGTON 

Abelardo Garza was working near tanks full of toxic sludge at Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state last Aug. 14 when one of his co-workers noticed a strange smell.

Within minutes, Garza’s nose started bleeding. The next morning, he awoke gasping for breath.

It was the fourth time in five years that Garza would end up in the hospital after suspected exposure to chemical vapors at Hanford, a 586-square-mile site where workers once made plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.

Now Garza, 65, worries that a new federal directive the government says was intended to speed up compensation claims by sick and dying nuclear workers could harm his chances of qualifying for benefits if his health worsens in the future.

The directive, which became effective in December 2014, orders claims examiners to conclude that workers at Department of Energy nuclear facilities have not have any significant exposure to toxins since 1995 “in the absence of compelling data to the contrary.”

To Garza, the wording of the government’s directive feels like a dismissal.  Continue reading

January 23, 2016 Posted by | employment, Legal, USA | 1 Comment

Trans Pacific Partnership lets corporations override environmental laws

the TPP would give foreign corporations like TransCanada broad power to demand compensation for policies that do not conform to their “expectations.”

In other words, any time our government takes an “unexpected” step to protect our air, our water, our economy, or the health of our families from dangerous projects like Keystone XL, corporations could use that as a reason to ask a tribunal to order the government to pay.

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TPP provisions would undermine environmental efforts
 http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/opinion-tpp-provisions-would-undermine-environmental-efforts?utm_content=buffer4500f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  01/21/16 03  By Michael Brune For years the Sierra Club has warned that international trade deals could be used by corporations to undermine U.S. environmental protections. Now the Canadian oil company TransCanada is attempting to do exactly that in response to President Obama’s rejection of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

TransCanada has given new meaning to the phrase “sore loser” by suing the United States for more than $15 billion in “compensation.” The company has launched a lawsuit by using a dangerous provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) called the investor-state dispute settlement. NAFTA’s investor-state system gives foreign corporations, including big polluters, expansive rights to challenge U.S. environmental protections in unaccountable trade tribunals.
You may have seen investor-state dispute settlement in the news recently — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, and many others have warned against its inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-like U.S. trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations that could come before Congress this year. Like Warren and Stiglitz, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups are concerned about the extreme power that investor-state dispute settlement gives to already deep-pocketed corporations that want to challenge the laws that keep us safe and healthy. The TPP would grant that power to thousands more foreign corporations — roughly doubling the number of companies that could follow TransCanada’s example and challenge U.S. climate and environmental safeguards in private tribunals.
Like NAFTA, the TPP would give foreign corporations like TransCanada broad power to demand compensation for policies that do not conform to their “expectations.” In other words, any time our government takes an “unexpected” step to protect our air, our water, our economy, or the health of our families from dangerous projects like Keystone XL, corporations could use that as a reason to ask a tribunal to order the government to pay. Because TransCanada expected Keystone to be built, it is claiming that President Obama’s rejection was a violation of its special trade-pact rights.

This dispute won’t be settled in a normal court of law, though. Instead, it will be argued in a trade tribunal with no accountability to any domestic legal system — a private legal system that is outside U.S. law. No judge will hear the case. Instead, three private lawyers will issue a binding ruling that cannot be appealed. Many of these tribunal lawyers actually rotate between rendering judgments and representing corporations in their cases against governments. Therefore, it’s no great surprise when corporations come out on top and ordinary people either foot the bill or lose environmental and health protections.

This is unfair and unjust, pure and simple. We should be doing all we can to defend the environmental and health safeguards that keep us safe — not make them even more vulnerable to corporate attacks. Why would we want to lower our environmental standards to a lowest-common denominator dictated by the expectations of corporations who have proven they’d put profits before people?

Furthermore, at a time when virtually the entire world just agreed at the Paris climate talks that we must keep dirty fuels in the ground to avoid climate disaster, giant fossil fuel corporations see toxic trade agreements like the TPP as a way to trump the health and environmental protections that can keep dirty fuels in check and promote clean energy.

Luckily, opposition to the TPP is steadily growing, just as it did for the Keystone XL pipeline. Environmental groups, labor unions, public health advocates, and an array of diverse constituencies are voicing their opposition, whether because of investor-state dispute settlement provisions or one of the sweeping deal’s other controversial provisions. Many members of Congress from both parties are already saying no to the TPP.

We’ve seen what can happen when we come together to say no to a bad idea. We defeated the Keystone XL pipeline, and we can defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We need a new model of trade that puts the health and safety of people before the profits of big corporations that are already polluting our air and water.

Michael Brune is the executive director of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization. Brune is the author of “Coming Clean — Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal.”

January 23, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics international, USA | Leave a comment

Washington State Bill Calls Nuclear “CLEAN”!

Flag-USABill includes nuclear in Washington plan for clean power, Tri City Herald, 22 Jan 16 

Sen. Sharon Brown wants nuclear to be included to maximum extent possible

Sen. John McCoy says no reason to call out nuclear above all other power sources

Bill passed out of committee 5-1

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BY ANNETTE CARY  acary@tricityherald.com    A bill that would promote nuclear power in Washington state as a clean power source was passed out of a Senate committee this week, but with some opposition.

Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, the lead sponsor of the bill, proposed the legislation to maximize the use of nuclear power in the state’s carbon reduction strategy. She is particularly interested in the possibilities for small modular reactors.

The legislation would require any state plan submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to its Clean Power Plan or any rule adopted by the state under the federal plan provide for the use of nuclear generation to the maximum extent allowed. Small modular reactors are specifically mentioned.

The reactors are proposed to be manufactured in factory and then shipped in modules to where they would be used, with more modules added as needed.

EPA set carbon pollution limits for the nation’s existing power plants in August in a rule called the Clean Power Plan. It set plans for individual states to reduce carbon pollution from existing plants and requires them to submit plans to ensure they meet carbon emission goals……..

Washington state law does not include any provisions against nuclear power, said Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip.

“Nuclear is part of the power mix,” he said. “The issue is, ‘Do we move nuclear to the top of the list and only support nuclear?’ The answer is no.”

It requires too much water and requires that uranium be mined, he said. He also pointed out that the nation has no repository for storing used nuclear fuel, he said. But it should still be considered part of the overall mix of energy for the state.

He voted against passing the bill out of committee, with Brown and four other senators in favor……..

However, a representative of the Oregon and Washington chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Charles Johnson, said operation of a NuScale small modular reactor would require a vote of the people.

In 1981, state residents passed an initiative requiring voter approval before bonds are issued for energy production projects with a capacity of 250 megawatts or more. NuScale is proposing 50 megawatt reactors that could be linked together in groups of up to 12 to generate 600 megawatts.

“It is premature for us to decide to add this to the Clean Power Plan,” Johnson said. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article56194035.html

January 23, 2016 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Dangerous situation in Los Angeles gas crater

exclamation-Flag-USALA gas well has ‘destabilized’, large crater develops in area — Officials: “Could be catastrophic” — TV: Risk of massive fire, possible explosion — Expert: “If wellhead fails, the thing is just going to be full blast… a horrible, horrible problem” — Company refuses to provide photos or media access (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/la-gas-destabilized-officials-could-be-catastrophic-tv-experts-highly-flammable-gas-creating-risk-massive-fire-explosion-professor-wellhead-fails-going-be-full-blast-itll-be-horrible-horrible-pr?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

Los Angeles Times, Jan 15, 2016 (emphasis added): Efforts to plug Porter Ranch-area gas leakworsened blowout risk, regulators say — Southern California Gas Co… is trying to avoid a blowout, which state regulators said is now a significant concern after a seventh attempt to plug the well created more precarious conditions at the site. If a blowout occurs, highly flammable gas would vent directly up through the well… rather than dissipating as it does now… State officials said a blowout would increase the amount of leaked gas… That natural gas also creates the risk of a massive fire… The risk of fire already is so high that cellphones and watches are banned from the site… [The gas company’s attempts to stop the leak] expanded a crater around the wellhead, state and gas company officials said. The crater is now 25 feet deep, 80 feet long and 30 feet wide, those officials said… [The gas company] declined repeated requests from The Times… The gascompany would not provide current photos of the site or allow media access… In one internal state report obtained by The Times, an agencyofficial described [one] kill effort as a “blowout to surface.” “A large column of gas, aerated mud, and rock formed a geyseraround the wellhead,” the state observer wrote.

Scott McGurk, senior oil and gas field regulator assigned to daily watch at Aliso Canyon, Jan 15, 2016: The site and wellhead were made more unstable by the gas company’s attempts to stop the leak by pumping a slurry directly into the well… The wellhead sits exposed within the cavernous space, held in place with cables attached after it wobbled during the plugging attempt… During one of [the plugging] attempts Nov. 13, a hole in the ground opened 20 feet north of the well… Gas that had seeped through diffuse rock fissures on the western side of the narrow ridge began streaming instead from the new vent… the vent allowed a “serious amount of gas” to escape.

Gene Nelson, a physical sciences professor at Cuesta College, Jan 15, 2016: “If the wellhead fails, the thing is just going to be full blast… It will be a horrible, horrible problem. The leak rates would go way up.”

Don Drysdale, California Department of Conservation spokesman, Jan 15, 2016: Thepossibility of fire [is] “a concern” even without a blowout.

Los Angeles Times, Jan 16, 2016: [There’s] new evidence the [Puclic Utility Commission] is concerned that the compromised well site in Aliso Canyon is vulnerable to either a blowout… an explosion, or both… PUC includes a warning that damage to the well system, which was subjected to two months of aggressive high-pressure pumping to try to plug the leak, might now permit air to mix with methane in a way that “could be catastrophic.”… [T]he utility began a series of increasingly aggressive attempts to plug the well with heavy mud… those efforts instead scoured a 25-foot-deep crater around the well, blew out a large vent from which gas could escape more freely, and threatened the stability of the wellhead itself… The Department of Conservation says those facilities present “a direct and ongoing threat to public health, safety, and the environment”

NPR, Jan 15, 2016: Adding to concerns over the disaster, efforts to stop the leak appear to have destabilized the well, the Los Angeles Times reports, raising the risk of a blowout… SoCalGas’ efforts to cap the well have actually increased the risk of a blowout. Seven attempts to plug the leak have made the area less stable… even without a blowout, the leak could catch on fire.

FOX LA transcript, Jan 16, 2016: “Trying to avoid a blowout, state regulators say it’s now a big concern after SoCalGas has tried to plug a leaking well near Porter Ranch seven times. If a blowout happens, experts say highly flammable gas would go up the well, creating a risk of a massive fire — possibly even an explosion.”

Watch FOX LA’s broadcast here (wait for 2nd video to play autonatically)

January 23, 2016 Posted by | incidents, USA | Leave a comment

Legal action over Los Alamos failure to complete radioactive trash cleanup

justiceFlag-USANuclear Watch to sue over LANL cleanup problems  By Mark Oswald / Journal Staff Writer January 21st, 2016   Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE – Nuclear Watch New Mexico on Wednesday put the federal Department of Energy and the private contractor that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory on official notice that it will file suit over the lab’s failure to meet cleanup goals established in a legally binding 2005 consent order.

The notice mailed Wednesday notes the lab missed a December final deadline for completion of Los Alamos clean-up work and hasn’t asked for an extension of the now-expired schedule that was set a decade ago.

That makes DOE and Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS), the lab’s private manager, liable for civil penalties and subject to injunction, says the notice by attorney Jonathan Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

“We are putting the weaponeers on notice that they have to clean up their radioactive and toxic mess first before making another one for a nuclear weapons stockpile that is already bloated far beyond what we need,” said Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuke Watch, a nonprofit watchdog group. He was referring to DOE’s recent preliminary approvals for changes at Los Alamos, including new underground facilities, to accommodate re-starting production of plutonium “pits,” the triggers for nuclear weapons……..

The Environment Department has plans to revise the 2005 cleanup consent order with DOE and LANS, a private consortium that includes Bechtel and the University of California.

The order was a result of the Environment Department’s 2002 finding that decades worth of radioactive and hazardous waste at Los Alamos posed an “imminent” threat to health and the environment. The state issued an order requiring LANL to investigate its 40-square-mile property for waste. DOE and the lab argued their own cleanup schedule was better and sued.

The 2005 consent deal ending the dispute laid out milestones toward “fence-to-fence” cleanup by 2015, enforceable by financial penalties. But getting enough funding for the work – federal dollars have been mostly in the range of $185 million to $200 million annually – became increasingly difficult, and it was clear in recent years that the lab would come nowhere near meeting deadlines set in the 2005 document. In November, state Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said he believes it will cost much more than DOE’s own $1.2 billion estimate to finish the job.

Nuke Watch’s Coghlan said Wednesday that cleanup at Los Alamos “continues to be delayed, delayed, delayed,” despite plans to spend a trillion dollars over 30 years to rebuild the U.S. nuclear weapons force……..

Nuke Watch also has been pushing for a formal public hearing process – which Nuke Watch contends is required and allows interested parties to submit materials and question witnesses – as a revised consent order on cleanup is developed. Flynn has said that would cause delays and promised opportunities for public comment instead in other settings, such as meetings of a citizens advisory board.

Flynn also has insisted that before a new consent order is negotiated, DOE must come to final agreement with the state over plans for $73.5 million that the federal agency agreed to pay for a radioactive leak that has shut down the nation’s nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad. Two years ago, a waste drum from LANL, improperly packed, breached at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and contaminated the storage facility. http://www.abqjournal.com/709455/news/nuke-watch-files-suit-over-missed-clean-up-deadlines-at-los-alamos.html

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment

Report on errors in nuclear missile incident is classified ‘secret’

see-no-evilFlag-USAUS airmen damage nuclear missile as ‘troubleshooting’ mission goes wrong, Guardian, 23 Jan 16 
The air force stripped the three airmen of their nuclear certification following the incident in 2014 and quietly launched an accident investigation. 
Errors by three airmen troubleshooting a nuclear missile in its launch silo in 2014 triggered a “mishap” that damaged the missile, prompting the Air Force to strip the airmen of their nuclear certification and quietly launch an accident investigation.

In a statement, the Air Force declined to provide details of the incident or a copy of the report produced last November by the Accident Investigation Board, saying the information was classified and too sensitive to be made public.

Under the Air Force’s own regulations, Accident Investigation Board reports are supposed to be made public. The Air Force did release a brief summary to the Associated Press after it repeatedly sought answers for more than a year. The summary said the full report was classified by General Robin Rand, who took over as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command in July 2015……..

The accident follows a period of turmoil inside the nuclear missile corps amid an emerging national debate about the costs and benefits of investing hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize the entire strategic nuclear force at a time when war craft is changing………..

The investigation report summary said the actual cause of the accident, established by “clear and convincing evidence,” is classified. ……http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/23/us-airmen-damage-nuclear-missile-as-troubleshooting-mission-goes-wrong

January 23, 2016 Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

New educational video on Canada’s plan for nuclear waste dump near Great Lakes

Group opposed to nuclear waste dump produces short educational video, The Voice January 23, 2016 “……………”The Great Lakes are under attack from the threat of radioactive nuclear waste being buried on its shores. Ontario Power Generation plans to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste less than a mile from the shore of the Great Lakes.”

That’s the nut-shelled version of the new 3.5-minute video from Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, the Canadian group that has been spearheading an international petition drive to convince the Canadian government not to proceed with a plan to build a Deep Geological Repository to store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste in Kincardine, Ontario, on the shore of Lake Huron.

“We had been thinking about making a video for some time,” said Beverly Fernandez, founder of Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump. “With the decision coming up from the Trudeau government, we decided to go ahead with it.”

Catherine McKenna, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, is scheduled to decide the fate of the dump on March 1.

The video has a dual purpose. “The first goal is to build awareness and opposition in Canada and the U.S. to the proposed dump,” said Fernandez, who lives in Southampton, a lakefront community just north of Kincardine. “Second is to get a flood of emails going to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister McKenna so they can see how large the opposition is to this.”

The prime minister’s email address isJustin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca. McKenna’s address isCatherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca.
Video urges officials to say ‘no’…….. “OPG did not consider any other sites. Some nuclear waste remains radioactive for 100,000 years. No scientist or geologist can guarantee that this nuclear waste dump will not leak and contaminate the Great Lakes. There are only three deep underground nuclear waste dumps on the planet,” the video says.

“The three sites are Asse II and Morsleben in Germany and the Western Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico,” Fernandez said as an aside in the interview.Published: Saturday, January 23, 20162

“They all leaked,” the video continues. “The protection of the Great Lakes from buried radioactive nuclear waste is responsible stewardship and is of national and international importance. Canadians, Americans and indigenous peoples have a right to clean, safe drinking water. It is imperative that a responsible solution for dealing with Ontario’s nuclear waste be found. Burying and abandoning radioactive nuclear waste right beside the drinking water of 40 million people is not the answer. The fate of Ontario’s nuclear waste burial plan is in the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

Trudeau was elected in October.”Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and the Federal Cabinet,” the video tells us, will make a decision on March 1, 2016.

“Would you bury poison beside your well? Email Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister McKenna and your Member of Parliament. Urge them to say no to Ontario’s planned nuclear waste dump … before it’s too late,” the video says.

The video can be found online at youtube.com/watch?v=_s6C4ClH17U&feature=youtu.be or the group’s website at stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com.     http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2016/01/23/news/doc56a252c2461a4623903048.txt?viewmode=3

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Japan’s nuclear regulator needs to strengthen inspections, says IAEA

safety-symbol-Smflag-japanIAEA: Japan’s nuclear watchdog needs to strengthen inspections, staff competency http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/iaea-japans-nuclear-watchdog-needs-to-strengthen-inspections-staff-competency By Mari Yamaguchi JAN. 23, 2016 TOKYO —

Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.

It was the first IAEA review for Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority since it was established in 2012. Japan adopted stricter safety requirements for plant operators, but a law regulating on-site inspections remained mostly unchanged.

The 17-member team, which concluded a 12-day inspection that included the wrecked Fukushima plant, said the Nuclear Regulation Authority demonstrated independence and transparency — crucial elements lacking before the disaster, when an earlier agency was in charge.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, triggering triple meltdowns. Government, parliamentary and private investigations have blamed complacency about safety, inadequate crisis management skills, a failure to keep up with international safety standards, and collusion between regulators and the nuclear industry.

The IAEA inspection team urged the Nuclear Regulation Authority to enhance inspection competence and the government to amend its nuclear safety law to make on-site safety checks more effective and flexible.

Mission leader Philippe Jamet, a French regulatory commissioner, said Japan’s inflexible inspection rules do not allow inspectors to move freely at nuclear facilities or respond quickly when there is a problem.

“What we found is that the system that is regulating, that is defining the framework of inspection is very complex and very rigid,” Jamet said at a news conference.

Japan has a comprehensive framework but “it doesn’t give enough freedom for the inspectors to react immediately and to provide results,” he said. “At any time and for any plant, inspectors should be allowed to go where they want.”

A final report by the team is expected in about three months.

Japan’s top nuclear commissioner, Shunichi Tanaka, acknowledged the shortcomings and said, “We have to focus on tackling the challenges of inspection system and human resources.”

Masakazu Shima, a Japanese regulator who assisted the inspection team, said the inspection issue was also raised by an earlier IAEA mission in 2007 but Japan never took action.

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Renewable energy development hindered in Japn

The powerful nuclear industry, frozen in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, has since reasserted itself.

the so-called “nuclear village” — a term applied to the various intersecting groups with an interest in the industry — has deliberately thwarted renewables progress, through things like grid access refusal and misrepresenting costs. 

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Despite nuclear fears, Japan solar energy sector slow to catch on, Aljazeera America    January 23, 2016by Joe Jackson  FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Morihiko Shimamura has a vision for the future, depicted in a cartoonish community map on his partially biomass-powered truck. In the drawing, solar panels sit atop self-sufficient buildings, as waterways generate hydropower alongside wind turbines, and transmission cables are buried underground.

As he drives around this large prefecture, teaching schoolchildren how to make rudimentary photovoltaic cells, the 57-year-old cofounder of an umbrella of not-for-profit sustainability organizations advertises his optimistic vision.

But current reality is very different. The landscape here still bears the scars of a 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown. Piles of black bags containing contaminated topsoil litter hillsides; display panels along an expressway show high radioactivity readings; and some villages remain ghost towns, largely off-limits to residents.

“I want people to know that the technology, we can make it, and then also we can make by ourselves the energy … [and] create the society without nuclear plants,” Shimamura explained through a translator.

Local officials endorse his plan, in theory. They too want Fukushima to get all its energy from renewables by 2040. Solar panels are already visible on rooftops, in backyards and open spaces, while green enterprises and research institutes are encouraged to locate there. Nor is the prefecture is alone in its hope to use the tragedy as the catalyst for change. In opinion polls, a majority of Japanese citizens consistently support the goal of abandoning nuclear power while harnessing more renewable energy. Former prime ministers, leading businessmen and a one-time nuclear industry executive are among those urging rapid transformation. Continue reading

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Japan, renewable | Leave a comment

UK Nuclear Offshore Pipeline Test Drilling will Churn Up Old Nuclear Waste; Operation will Add More Nuclear Waste to Irish Sea-Ocean: Write to Oppose

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NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) wants to build three nuclear reactors (Moorside) near Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria UK. NuGen is a consortium of Japan’s Toshiba and France’s ENGIE (GDF-Suez). Like all nuclear reactors, they will legally discharge lethal radioactive materials into waterways. Although ocean dumping of nuclear waste is supposed to be illegal, offshore pipelines apparently remain a loophole. Radioactive discharges from the offshore pipeline(s) of Moorside would add to the already heavy radioactive burden of the Irish Sea and ultimately the Arctic. Not only Britain, but Ireland, Norway and those concerned with the Arctic should be alarmed. Additionally, cooling water intake pipes trap and kill marine life. Of current concern, borehole surveys for the intake and outfall pipes will disturb over half a century of radioactive sediment from nearby Sellafield’s discharges.
Ye Olde Nuclear Dump Marianne Birkby
Artwork by Marianne Birkby

As explained by Marianne Birkby of Radiation Free Lakeland:
NuGen plan to drill/blast 40…

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January 23, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Best Way to Cure Cancer is to Prevent It and Stephen Comley’s Letter to VP Joe Biden re Nuclear Safety Concerns

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VP Biden and President Obama know about cancer. Biden lost his son and Obama his mother. They say they want to “cure” cancer:
Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer… So tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done… I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control. For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all. (Applause.)… Medical research is critical. We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/12/remarks-president-barack-obama-–-prepared-delivery-state-union-address

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http://www.cancer.gov

The best way to cure cancer is to prevent it in the first place. Recent research suggests that cancer risk from ionizing radiation is worse than previously thought – maybe 26 times (or more) worse:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/. There is no safe…

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January 23, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Did Lightening Kill Louisiana Nuclear Reactor? Zero Power for Almost 2 Weeks After Thunderstorm. Revive It Not Again!

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Almost two weeks ago “On 1/9/16 at 0237 [CST], River Bend Station sustained a reactor scram during a lightning storm.“. It belongs to Entergy.
NASA lightening

It has been at zero power since. Is the River Bend Nuclear Reactor dead? Or will they put it back on life support for it… Death support for everyone else?

It is unclear if it took a direct hit or if it was a surge from the electrical grid, since strangely nuclear reactors are dependent upon outside power from the grid or backup diesel generators.

Huh? Yeah, that’s right! The US NRC says so:
The reactor’s core contains fuel assemblies that are cooled by water circulated using electrically powered pumps. These pumps and other operating systems in the plant receive their power from the electrical grid. If offsite power is lost, emergency cooling water is supplied by other pumps, which can be powered…

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January 23, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment