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Fukushima Refugees Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 3

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In the third installment of Fairewinds’ Japan Speaking Tour Series, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen recounts his visit to a resettlement community of displaced refugees from the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. Meeting with 22 women, ages 17 to 60, Arnie is the first person who has met with them to talk about the effects of radiation during the 5-years that they have been evacuees. Nuclear industry reports from TEPCO and the local newspaper have been the only information available to the isolated groups of victims from the atomic disaster.

A woman introduced herself to Arnie, “I am 6A.” Stigmatized and reduced to a numbered identity, these women have suffered radiation poisoning, and been told that their symptoms are simply due to stress. Their homes destroyed, their health in jeopardy, and their future unknown – this is the outcome of nuclear risk.

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , | Leave a comment

The week’s roundup of nuclear news

a-cat-CANNew UN Talks on Nuclear Weapons Start. United Nations works toward legalisation of absolute nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear power being beaten globally by wind energy.

JAPAN

Nuclear weapons kept on Okinawa, by USA.

Japan’s nuclear reactor restarts anger Minami Soma mayor.

Takahama Nuclear reactor leaking radioactive water.

Fukushima.

USA.

UK. The collapse of UK’s planned nuclear power programme ?

INDIA. USA govt’s position: its nuclear companies should be exempt from civil or criminal liability.

CANADA. Fukushima Cesium 137 found in 7 fish near Canada’s West Coast, but not in salmon.

GERMANY struggles with nuclear waste storage problem. Nuclear industry AND tax-payer funds both may be needed to cover nuclear shutdown costs. Germany’s “big four” utilities liable for nearly 40 billion euros for nuclear waste storage.

CHINA ramping up its nuclear industry, with plans for exporting reactors. Russia is offering bribes for Egypt to buy its nuclear reactors.

SOUTH KOREA    rejects calls for nuclear armament.

SOUTH AFRICA. Trouble brewing  over nuclear energy programme. Economist warns that nuclear deal will downgrade South Africa’s economy to junk.

AUSTRALIA. Aboriginal landowners shocked at plan for nuclear waste dump close to sacred site.

Saudi Arabia political analyst says that the kingdom has a nuclear bomb.

Huge savings in planned solar energy project for Marshall Islands.

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

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Germany Ushered in the Atomic Age; German Prototype Nuclear Reactors; Shouldn’t Germany Find Solution Other Than Dumping on Others? Deadline to Oppose German Dumping of Nuclear Waste on USA is March 11th

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Dismantling the (Nazi) German Nuclear Reactor (Pile) at Haigerloch, 50 km SW of Stuttgart, in April 1945
Dismantling the German Nuclear Reactor (Pile) at Haigerloch, 50 km SW of Stuttgart, in April 1945

As Germany is currently trying to dump radioactive waste from failed Pebble Bed Nuclear reactors upon the US – moving it from comparatively secure bunker-like buildings in Germany to sit outside, or under tarp, in the sweltering heat of South Carolina, using the lie that these were experimental reactors (whereas they were attached to the grid) and that this somehow makes the US liable for Germany’s nuclear waste (even though the US had rejected this type of nuclear reactor multiple times), it is instructive to recall that alarm at (Nazi) German nuclear research IS the reason that the US developed nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors in the first place. This is what motivated the scientists, and some opted out of the project once Germany was no long involved in World War II.

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February 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

February 25 Energy News

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Opinion:

Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over • Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now, as we approach the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster, it’s back, and has Japan’s ex-Prime Minister on board. [Greenpeace International]

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

World:

¶ The reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011 should have been announced much sooner, the operator has admitted. In a statement, TEPCO said that a public declaration of the meltdown should have been done within days of the disaster, but took almost two months. [CNN]

¶ The World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has struck a blow to India’s solar power program, ruling that New Delhi violated global trade rules by imposing domestic content restrictions on the production of…

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February 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear Trail of Tears: Swiss-German Plutonium Believed to Have Just Been Dumped on South Carolina; More on Its Way – Object Until March 11th, 11.59 pm EST

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US NPS Trail of Tears
A Journey of Injustice
Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands…
http://www.nps.gov/trte/index.htm They were forced westward to make room for European and Other Nuclear Waste?

How the US Handles Its Plutonium And Other Transuranic Waste (WIPP in 2014)
WIPP 22 May 2014

German Nuclear Waste (Spent Nuclear Fuel) on the Way – Until March 11th to Object: Comment deadline is March 11: “Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Acceptance and Disposition of Spent Nuclear Fuel“. http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOE_FRDOC_0001-3020 (Can be anonymous.) See draft EA: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/01/f28/Draft%20DOE%20EA%201977_FOR%20PUBLIC.pdf

US NPS Map showing that South Carolina was Cherokee and they were gradually forced westward.
shrinking Cherokee lands

When will Europe and the rest of world stop seeing the US as its dumping ground – first of unwanted people and now of its unwanted radioactive waste? What sense does it have to steal a land from the Natives only to destroy it, especially at…

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February 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Out of control- Fukushima nuclear wastes, but they plan Olympic events there!

Japan-Olympics-fearFukushima – Deep Trouble CounterPunch, FEBRUARY 22, 2016  by ROBERT HUNZIKER The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster may go down as one of history’s boundless tragedies and not just because of a nuclear meltdown, but rather the tragic loss of a nation’s soul.

Imagine the following scenario: 207 million cardboard book boxes, end-to-end, circumnavigating Earth, like railroad tracks, going all the way around the planet. That’s a lot of book boxes. Now, fill the boxes with radioactive waste. Forthwith, that’s the amount of radioactive waste stored unsheltered in one-tonne black bags throughout Fukushima Prefecture, amounting to 9,000,000 cubic metres

But wait, there’s more to come, another 13,000,000 cubic metres of radioactive soil is yet to be collected. (Source: Voice of America News, Problems Keep Piling Up in Fukushima, Feb. 17, 2016).

And, there’s still more, the cleanup operations only go 50-100 feet beyond roadways. Plus, a 100-mile mountain range along the coast and hillsides around Fukushima are contaminated but not cleansed at all. As a consequence, the decontaminated land will likely be re-contaminated by radioactive runoff from the hills and mountains.

Indubitably, how and where to store millions of cubic metres of one-tonne black bags filled with radioactive waste is no small problem. It is a super-colossal problem. What if bags deteriorate? What if a tsunami hits? The “what-ifs” are endless, endless, and beyond.

“The black bags of radioactive soil, now scattered at 115,000 locations in Fukushima, are eventually to be moved to yet-to-be built interim facilities, encompassing 16 square kilometers, in two towns close to the crippled nuclear power plant,” Ibid.

By itself, 115,000 locations each containing many, many, mucho one-tonne bags of radioactive waste is a logistical nightmare, just the trucking alone is forever a humongous task, decades to come.

According to Japanese government and industry sources, cleaning up everything and decommissioning the broken down reactors will take at least 40 years at a cost of $250 billion, assuming nothing goes wrong. But dismally, everything that can possibly go wrong for Tokyo Electric Power Company (“TEPCO”) over the past 5 years has gone wrong, not a good record.

And, Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympics?

Yet, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant remains totally out of control with no end in sight. As far as that goes, Olympic events alongside an out of control nuclear meltdown seem unfathomable.

As recently as October 30, 2015, The Japan Times reported: “Extremely high radiation levels and the inability to grasp the details about melted nuclear fuel make it impossible for the utility to chart the course of its planned decommissioning of the reactors at the plant.”

On the other hand, according to TEPCO, preparation is underway for removal of the melted nuclear fuel, scheduled to begin in 2021. “But it is difficult to know what is happening inside the reactors, and there are no established methods for doing so… It is not difficult to get a camera inside the reactor. The problem is the camera breaks down due to high levels of radiation,” according to Toru Ogawa, director of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (Kiyoshi Ando, senior staff writer, Long Road Ahead for Fukushima Cleanup, Nikkei Asian Review, Feb. 19, 2016)……….

“Sporting events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are to be held in the Japanese region of Fukushima… Spectators and athletes in the Olympic village will be served with food from the region as part of an effort to restore the reputation of Fukushima, formerly one of Japan’s richest agricultural regions,” Fukushima to Host Olympic 2020 Events, The Times, Feb. 25, 2015.http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/22/fukushima-deep-trouble/

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016, Japan, wastes | 3 Comments

Rising toll of missing Fukushima workers – presumed dead – coverup by mass media

death-nuclearflag-japan4,000 Missing TEPCO Nuclear Plant Workers – Presumed To Be Dead, Fukushima Radiation Caused Death Toll Is Rising Fast  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/200-or-more-missing-tepco-nuclear-plant.html

PRO NUCLEAR PROMOTERS AND THEIR MASS MEDIA SHILLS KEEP ON REPEATING THE PR PROPAGANDA THAT NO ONE DIED DUE TO FUKUSHIMA AND NOTHING BAD HAPPENED

The standard and official declaration one hears constantly from the mass media and the pro nuclear apologists, is that no one died due to Fukushima radiation, and no one will ever die from it. But how much reality is there to this statement, as opposed to a fairy tale wish?
Worst Case Scenario Around The Fukushima Mega Nuclear Disaster, Vs Best Case Scenario Presented By Nuclear Industry
Whatever happened to the Fukushima 50, the small skeleton crew that stayed on site while everything was blowing up, melting down and radiation levels were spiking up to astronomical levels that went off the radiation meter scales? No one seems to talk about those guys.. Are any of them still alive?

No One Died! How The Nuclear Industry Gets Away With Genocide Due To Nuclear Bombs And Nuclear Plant Accidents, Explained By Dr. Helen Caldicott MD
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-one-died-how-nuclear-industry-gets.html

What happens to the workers who are messing around at the tank site, where very high radiation liquids are stored, piped around and processed? Who works on the water filtering equipment, fixes the leaks and changes out broken or worn out pieces and parts in this high radiation environment? What happens to the tanks where the strontium, cesium and other deadly radioactive liquid waste is filtered out? Who checks them for leaks as they emit deadly radiation levels at anyone coming within 10 feet of them?
How much radiation are these workers being exposed to, and how deadly is that radiation exposure?

Safecast Radiation Readings From Inside Fukushima Daichi Plant Finally Revealed In Dec. 2013 – 192 USv/Hr, 5,900,000 CPM, Converting CPM radiation readings into uSv/Hr And Back Again
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/12/radiation-readings-from-inside.html

The EVIDENCE in the above link based on actual radiation readings is that many workers are and have been exposed to lethal levels of radiation, but this is also being covered up.

February 26, 2016 Posted by | employment, Fukushima 2016, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Spread of Hanford radioactive pollution is “alarming”

text-what-radiationHanford contamination spread across public highway

Fall windstorm spread radioactive contamination across Route 4 north of Richland

Some contamination likely spread by plants, animals

EPA requires report from DOE in April  

BY ANNETTE CARY acary@tricityherald.com 23 Feb 16 The Environmental Protection Agency has called the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford “alarming” after a Nov. 17 windstorm.

Surveys six miles north of Richland after the winds subsided found specks of contamination had spread beyond Route 4, the public highway from Richland out to the Wye Barricade secure entrance to Hanford.

The contamination had blown from the 618-10 Burial Ground, which is being cleaned up on the west side of the highway.

The search also turned up previously undiscovered specks of radioactive waste believed to have been spread by plants or animals outside known contaminated areas…….

EPA, in a letter to DOE, said the spread of contamination “is a matter that is alarming to EPA and requires further investigation and discussion.”

It has given DOE until the third week of April to prepare a report on its loss of control of radioactive material. DOE is required to describe for EPA, a Hanford regulator, what actions and technology it plans to prevent a recurrence.

DOE and its contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, have had problems with contamination spread at the 618-10 Burial Ground as early as summer 2014, according to the weekly staff reports of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board……..

The report required by EPA is expected to address not only issues directly related to the 618-10 Burial Ground but the spread of contamination by plants and animals. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article61710052.html

February 26, 2016 Posted by | environment, USA | Leave a comment

Cesium 137 found in 7 fish near Canada’s West Coast, but not in salmon

Radiation from Fukushima nuclear disaster not found in B.C. salmon http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/radiation-from-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-not-found-in-bc-salmon/article28846578/ MARK HUME VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Feb. 23, 2016 Five years after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, radioactive contaminants continue to circulate across the Pacific to Canada’s West Coast, but not at dangerous levels.

A B.C. scientist monitoring fish for tell-tale traces of cesium-134 said the radionuclide, which is the fingerprint of the Fukushima disaster, has been found in seawater but not in recent samples taken from 156 salmon.

Steelhead, Chinook, sockeye and pink salmon were collected by First Nations from locations spread along the B.C. coast last year as part of an ongoing monitoring program.

 In releasing the latest test results, Jay Cullen, with the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, said Monday even with the most sensitive measurements possible, no trace of radioactivity from Fukushima was detected in any of the salmon.

He said tests did find low levels of cesium-137 in seven fish, but cesium-134 was not also found in those salmon.

“Because no c-134 was detected in these fish it is not possible to say whether detectable c-137 can be attributed to Fukushima contamination, or simply normal variability in contamination owing to nuclear weapons testing fallout,” Dr. Cullen said.

“The vast majority of c-137 that’s in the environment today came from weapons testing; fallout from atmospheric weapons tests last century,” he said. “And also there is an imprint of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 in the Pacific.”

Dr. Cullen said seawater far offshore and in coastal waters continues to show low levels of contamination from 2011, when an earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima power plant. The accident released a pulse of radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere. Debris has drifted across the ocean and for the past few years has been washing up on West Coast beaches.

Dr. Cullen said tests in recent months have shown that the levels of radioactive contamination in sea water are low, but are varied depending on where the samples are taken.

“Offshore the contamination is much more evenly distributed, from place to place.

“Along the coast, probably because of complex water circulation and freshwater inputs, we see it show up in certain places more often than in others,” he said. Dr. Cullen said none of the measurements raises any health concerns.

“It’s thousands of times below the maximum allowable [level] of cesium in our drinking water. It’s still a very trace level. In order for us to detect it, we have to use the most sensitive techniques that we have,” he said.

“The amount of radioactivity from these isotopes from Fukushima in our water or in our fish [is] a fraction of the count you’d get using a Geiger counter.”

Dr. Cullen said the level of contamination in the Pacific off the West Coast continues to rise, but that was anticipated.

“Given the time that it takes for the ocean currents to bring that contamination as it spreads across the North Pacific this is when the models predict those levels should be peaking,” he said.

“The heart of that contamination is just arriving offshore.”

Dr. Cullen, who works with a network of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the University of B.C., the University of Ottawa and UVic, said monitoring of both seawater and fish will continue and shellfish will be added to the testing this year.

The research group is known as InFORM, for Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring Network.

“The goal of the InFORM project is to continue to monitor the water and fish because this information is … useful for determining what the risk might be to the ecosystem or to humans who rely on fish,” he said.

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Canada, environment | Leave a comment

Germany struggles with nuclear waste storage problem

wastes-1flag_germanyGerman nuclear exit plan fails to solve waste storage puzzle http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-nuclear-storage-idUKKCN0VW1Y9 Feb 23, 2016 FRANKFURT | BY CHRISTOPH STEITZ  When Germany committed itself five years ago to phasing out nuclear power by 2022, there was one big gap in its plans — what to do with the waste that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years.

That issue remains unresolved even after a government-appointed nuclear commission came up with ideas on how to ensure funding for shutting down all of the country’s atomic reactors.

According to a draft proposal, utilities E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall [VATN.UL] could be saddled with up to 56 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in costs to cover their share of the cost of the nuclear exit.

But the final bill could climb even higher and the extra cost may have to be met by German taxpayers.

The main uncertainty centres on the difficulty of finding a permanent storage site to house highly radioactive material.

Local opposition has ruled out turning an interim waste storage site in salt formations in the small village of Gorleben in northwest Germany into a final site, with the location having ultimately been excluded by law.

The nuclear commission has proposed capping the utilities’ liability for storage costs at 36 billion euros — twice the size of current provisions made by the four utilities for that part of the process.

This proposal would put a ceiling on costs for the power firms and remove a major source of investor concern.

But there is caution that this is only a draft settlement which does not settle the practical problem of finding a storage site.

Analysts at Jefferies are among those who “remain concerned about the potential for future cost escalations and the negative balance sheet implications that it may have for German utilities”.

GOING UNDERGROUND?

Underlining the tensions around the storage issue, German utilities have sued the government over the Gorleben decision, claiming a ban is politically motivated and will force them to incur additional costs.

The OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency says it is impossible to gauge the future costs of storage sites because each country’s geography is different and there are no previous projects to serve as examples.

In contrast, the dismantling of nuclear plants, for which utilities have set aside about 20 billion euros in provisions, is more predictable in terms of costs.

Several plants have already been torn down and several more are being dismantled after the German government decided to end nuclear in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

More fanciful ideas to dispose of the nuclear waste include shooting it into outer space, but underground storage remains the most feasible option.

Finland and Sweden are most advanced in their preparations for such a solution to their own waste issues, hoping to be the first countries to put high-level waste into underground caverns in the next decade. ($1 = 0.9088 euros)

(Editing by Keith Weir)

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Germany, wastes | Leave a comment

More about Florida lawsuit over alleged unlawful nuclear fees

justiceFlag-USAFPL, Duke Energy sued over alleged unlawful nuclear fees http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/02/23/fpl-duke-energy-sued-over-alleged-unlawful-nuclear-fees/

 Florida Power & Light  Co. and Duke Energy Florida have been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging that millions of dollars in nuclear construction  costs the companies charge their customers are  unlawful, the suit filed Monday by  consumer rights law  firm  Hagens Berman says.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida accuses Duke Energy and FPL of overcharging through alleged unconstitutional price hikes that increase customers’ electricity bills to fund nuclear construction costs.

Since 2008 the Florida Public Service Commission has authorized the two utilities to collect more than $2 billion in nuclear costs from customers. The lawsuit alleges that Florida’s nuclear cost recovery system violates the Commerce Clause and is preempted by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 under the Supremacy Clause.

“These two utilities have racked up huge expenses with nuclear power plant projects – some of which they completely abandoned – and have left ratepayers holding the bag,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “We believe the consumers in this instance are being forced to pick up the tab for Duke Energy Florida and FP&L in violation of their constitutional rights.”

To read the lawsuit, go tohbsslaw.com/uploads/case_downloads/florida_energy/fpandlanddukeenergyflorida_class_action_lawsuit_02-22-16.pdf

Juno Beach-based FPL has 4.8 million customer accounts, and Duke Energy Florida, headquartered in St. Petersburg,  has 1.7 million customer accounts.

The suit seeks relief for anyone who is a customer of either of the utility companies, including reimbursement from the companies for costs passed onto the customers to fund the companies’ nuclear projects, a declaration binding on defendants that Florida’s Nuclear Cost Recovery System and all nuclear cost recovery orders issued under it are unconstitutional and void, and an order enjoining defendants from further unlawful charges.

The named plaintiffs are William Newton, a Duke Energy customer who resides in Clearwater and is deputy director of the Florida Consumer Action Network and Noreen Allison of Naples, an FPL customer since 1991 and a retired U.S. National Park Service worker.

The lawsuit alleges that since Nov. 12, 2008, Duke and FPL ratepayers have been forced to pay “unlawful charges” to fund various nuclear power plant projects.

Duke abandoned all of its nuclear projects in 2013, and FP&L’s proposed expansion of its Turkey Point plant south of Miami continues to be bogged down in red tape, according to the complaint. FPL is seeking a license to build two more nuclear units, 6 and 7 at Turkey Point.

FPL operates two nuclear units at Turkey Point and two at its St. Lucie plant on Hutchinson Island.

The suit lists as an example that Duke abandoned a nuclear power plant in Levy County, which reportedly cost Florida ratepayers $1.3 billion, and that full amount has not yet been collected.

The Nuclear Cost Recovery System facially discriminates against electricity producers outside of Florida and violates the Constitution’s dormant Commerce Clause, the lawsuit contends.

February 26, 2016 Posted by | Legal, USA | Leave a comment

Countless Unreported Worker Deaths in the Fukushima nuclear clean-up workforce

death-nuclearflag-japanFukushima – Deep Trouble CounterPunch, FEBRUARY 22, 2016  by ROBERT HUNZIKER “………..The Tragedy of Countless Unreported Worker Deaths

Indeed, the question of whether Fukushima can ever be adequately, safely decontaminated is wide-open, which logically segues to question who does the dirty work, how workers are hired, and what’s their health status? According to mainstream news sources in Japan, workers are doing just fine, estimates range up to 45,000 workers all-in, no major problems.

As far as the world is concerned, the following headline sums up radiation-related issues for workers, First Fukushima Worker Diagnosed With Radiation-linked Cancer, The Telegraph, Oct. 20, 2015. All things considered, that’s not so bad. But, who’s counting?

Trustworthy sources outside of mainstream news claim otherwise, none more so than Mako Oshidori, a Japanese freelance journalist and a director of Free Press Corporation/Japan, and a former student of School of Life Sciences at Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, in a lecture entitled “The Hidden Truth about Fukushima” delivered at the international conference “Effects of Nuclear Disasters on Natural Environment and Human Health” held in Germany in 2014 co-organized by International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War.

Free Press Corporation/Japan was formed after the 2011 Great Sendai Earthquake as a counterbalance to Japan’s mainstream government influenced media, described by Mako as journalists who do not report truth, journalists afraid of the truth!

“There is one thing that really surprised me here in Europe. It’s the fact that people here think Japan is a very democratic and free country.” (Mako Oshidori)

According to Mako, TEPCO and the government deliberately cover-up deaths of Fukushima workers, and not only do they cover-up deaths, but once she investigated stories of unreported deaths, government agents started following her: “When I would talk to someone, a surveillance agent from the central government’s public police force would come very close, trying to eavesdrop on the conversation,” Exposed: Death of Fukushima Workers Covered-Up by TEPCO and Government, NSNBC International, March 21, 2014.

Mako Oshidori: “I would like to talk about my interview of a nurse who used to work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) after the accident… He quit his job with TEPCO in 2013, and that’s when I interviewed him… As of now, there are multiple NPP workers that have died, but only the ones who died on the job are reported publicly. Some of them have died suddenly while off work, for instance, during the weekend or in their sleep, but none of their deaths are reported.”

“Not only that, they are not included in the worker death count. For example, there are some workers who quit the job after a lot of radiation exposure, such as 50, 60 to 70 mili Sieverts, and end up dying a month later, but none of these deaths are either reported, or included in the death toll. This is the reality of the NPP workers.”

The “reality of the NPP workers… dying a month later” does not correspond very well with Abe administration insistence that nuke plants reopen, even though the country has continued to function for five years without nuclear power, hmm.

In her speech, Mako talks about problems for journalists because of government interference: “An ex-agent who is knowledgeable about the work of the Public Security Intelligence Agency (“PSIA”) said that when you are visibly followed, that was meant to intimidate you. If there was one person visible, then there would be ten more. I think that is analogous to cockroaches. So, when you do a little serious investigation about the nuclear accident, you are under various pressure and it makes it more difficult to interview people.”

Still, she interviewed Fukushima mothers, e.g., “Next, I would like to talk about mothers in Fukushima. These mothers (and fathers) live in Iwaki City, Fukushima. They are active on school lunch issues. Currently, Fukushima produce isn’t selling well due to suspected contamination. So the prefectural policy is to encourage the use of Fukushima produce in school lunches, in an attempt to appeal to its safety… the mothers claim that currently in Japan only cesium is measured and they have no idea if there is any strontium-90. They oppose the use of Fukushima produce in school lunches for fear of finding out, ten-plus years down the road, that there was actually plutonium in the food that children ate.”

Mothers who oppose the prefecture’s luncheon policy are told to leave Fukushima Prefecture, move out if they worry about contamination, pull up stakes and move on.

Mako’s full interview is found here.

All of which begs the question of who does the dirty work? According to Michel Chossudovsky, director of Centre for Research on Globalization (Canada), Japan’s organized crime syndicate Yakusa is actively involved in recruitment. Personnel who qualify for radioactive cleanup work include underemployed, impoverished, indigent, unemployed, homeless, hard up, down-and-out, and poverty-stricken individuals, as well as non-destitute people willing to undertake under-paid, high-risk work. The nameless are shoe-ins……… http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/22/fukushima-deep-trouble/

February 26, 2016 Posted by | employment, Japan | Leave a comment

Gloom in USA nuclear industry: claim they’re ignored in Clean Power Plan

Nuclear industry bemoans Clean Power Plan stay, Power Source, February 23, 2016 For an industry that said it was ignored by the Clean Power Plan, nuclear interests sure took it hard when the Supreme Court halted the rule earlier this month.

Existing nuclear power plants didn’t get any credit for being the largest source of carbon-free electricity in the country, advocates said. There are no direct incentives built into the rule to subsidize new nuclear plants or keep existing ones from retiring early, as more than half a dozen have done or plan to do.

And yet, when the Supreme Court stayed the rule while its merits are hashed out in a lower court, it sent shockwaves through the industry that was counting on the states’ compliance plans to give nuclear energy the credit that the federal government didn’t…….

Across the country, five nuclear plants have already shut down or been put on the early retirement list…..

the nuclear renaissance that the industry banked on, that federal nuclear regulators staffed up for, didn’t happen. ….

February 26, 2016 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

China ramping up its nuclear industry, with plans for exporting reactors

Buy-China-nukes-1China Inc.’s Nuclear-Power PushIn a shift, Chinese state-owned companies seek to roll out advanced reactors for export, WSJ,   By BRIAN SPEGELE Feb. 23, 2016  SHENZHEN, China—China wants to shift from customer to competitor in the global nuclear industry as it seeks to roll out its first advanced reactor for export, a move that adds new competition for already struggling global firms.

Two state-owned firms teamed up to design the advanced indigenous Hualong One reactor with plans to sell overseas. On Tuesday, one of them, China General Nuclear Power Group, hosted dozens of business executives from Kenya, Russia, Indonesia and elsewhere, as well as diplomats and journalists, at its Daya Bay nuclear-power station to promote the Hualong One for export.

Asked how much of the global market share for new nuclear reactors CGN wants Hualong One to win, Zheng Dongshan, CGN’s deputy general manager in charge of international business, said: “The more the better.”

The move marks a turnaround for China and the nuclear-power industry. For three decades, China served as a big market for nuclear giants including U.S.-based, Japanese-owned Westinghouse Electric Co. and France’s Areva SA. …….

turning promotion into sales takes time, and there is no guarantee the Hualong One will find success abroad. Discussions over building the reactor overseas in many cases remain preliminary, and the first of Hualong One model reactor won’t enter service in China for several more years……

Regulatory approvals are among the challenges China Inc. faces as it seeks to sell homegrown reactors abroad. CGN executives said obtaining needed regulatory permits in the U.K. and other countries for the Hualong One would still take several years, a process that would need to conclude before construction gets under way……..

At the heart of its sales pitch for potential customers overseas, CGN touts itself as a “one-stop shop” for nuclear needs—from nuclear design to construction, financing and other services.

“If you choose the HPR1000, it’s like you’re joining a big family,”Yang Maochun, a deputy general manager of CGN’s international business department, told the visiting foreign executives on Tuesday…….

Political concerns over Chinese nuclear investment in the West could also pose hurdles, though these may be overcome through jointly investing with local partners.

While acknowledging CGN’s deepening competition with Western nuclear companies, Mr. Zheng said the company remains eager to cooperate with them too. He cited joint investment with France’s Électricité de France SA in the U.K.’s Hinkley Point C project as a model for cooperation, and said CGN would be willing to help market non-Chinese reactors in the future as well. http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-inc-s-nuclear-power-push-1456251331

February 26, 2016 Posted by | China, marketing | Leave a comment