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Four Workers Accused of “Willfully” Hiding Info Re Emergency Cooling Tank Leaking into Reactor Control Room: Another Big Easy Nuclear Reactor Day for the US NRC

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Palisades: another “Big Easy” Nuclear Reactor owned by New Orleans’ Entergy.
Emergency cooling water on top of the nuclear reactor control room gushing 90 gallons per day of radioactive water with 3 drops per minute dripping into the control room and even onto the control panels; radioactive water discharged to the environment… This was after the previous 2011 leak was repaired. Why was it radioactive if it’s emergency borated water? “On May 18, 2011, Condition Report (CR) PLP–2011–02491 was initiated when leakage from the ceiling in the Palisades main control room was identified following heavy rains in the area. Chemistry analysis of this leakage revealed several radioactive isotopes including Cobalt–58, a short-lived isotope found in the primary coolant…
90 gallons per day leak Palisades 2013
Palisades Emergency Cooling water on top of reactor control room nuclear
Main Control Room Leak Palisades
Palisades Nuclear Reactor will be 45 years old at the end of this year and is located on the Great Lakes (in Michigan). The major “news” coming out of the…

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May 17 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ Earth experienced the warmest April on record, keeping 2016 on track to be the hottest year yet and by the biggest margin ever. New data released by NASA put this April’s land and sea temperatures at 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer than average April temperatures between 1951 to 1980. [CNN]

Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef

¶ The Ford Motor Company announced that it will use foam and plastic parts sourced from reclaimed carbon dioxide. Ford plans to transition its seating and underhood foam and plastic parts to materials made with reclaimed carbon dioxide, following a test period. [CleanTechnica]


¶ Around 12,000 people have been urged to leave Canada’s oil sands camps near the fire-hit town of Fort McMurray as a resurgent wildfire heads towards them. The vast fire now covers 930 square miles. It had moved away from the city but recently…

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NASA — World Just Had Seven Months Straight of Record-Shattering Global Heat


It’s not just that we’re seeing record global heat. It’s that 2016’s jump in global temperatures may be the biggest single-year spike ever recorded. It’s that the world may never again see annual temperatures below 1 C above preindustrial averages. And it’s that this high level of heat, and a related spiking of atmospheric greenhouse gasses due to fossil fuel emissions, is now enough to begin inflicting serious harm upon both the natural world and human civilization.

Seven Straight Months of Record Heat

Last month was the hottest April in the global climate record. Not only was it the hottest such month ever recorded — it smashed the previous record by the largest margin ever recorded. And this April has now become the seventh month in a row in an unbroken chain of record global heat.

Stephan Rahmstorf Temperature anomaly

(When graphed, this is what the hottest April on record looks like when…

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Ban French State-Owned Areva-EDF in India After Scam in French Nuclear Industry Says Former Government Official

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France can’t even build one nuclear reactor at Flamanville in France, yet wishes to build a power station with 6 nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in western India. Since EDF is taking over Areva’s nuclear reactor business and they are both owned by the French State anyway, the ban needs to be for Areva AND EDF. The same EPR reactors are proposed by both. And, let’s make the ban worldwide!

Areva Go Home CC-BY-NC
Blacklist Areva Corp in India: Former Secretary Writes After Scam in French Nuclear Industry
MAY 16, 2016
Open letter by Dr. EAS Sarma, Former Secretary in Power Ministry, Government of India, to the Department of Atomic Energy –

To: Dr. Sekhar Basu
 Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE)
 Govt of India
Shri K D Tripathi 
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG)
Govt of India

Dear Dr. Basu/ Tripathi,

Subject:- Substandard parts supplied by Areva company and…

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A Cumbrian Nuclear Safety Group Urge a United Nations
Investigation into Moorside. 

Moorside in the village of Beckermet is the site name given to  
proposed new nuclear build in Cumbria. Billed as "the biggest
nuclear development in Europe, " which happens to be
right next to the Sellafield reprocessing plant and
plutonium stockpiles.

Radiation Free Lakeland have written to the United Nations following the findings that the Hinkley new nuclear build underway in Somerset is in violation of the European Transboundary Environmental Impact Convention (Espoo Convention).

The Cumbrian group question the UN saying: if Hinkley is in breach of the Espoo Convention then surely continued reprocessing at Sellafield and the plan for new build is too? Spokesperson Marianne Birkby says: "the one thing we are told that you do not do with a nuclear dump is disturb it, and yet that is exactly what…

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Fukushima police arrest 6 construction company employees after body found



Police arrested the head of a construction company and 5 employees for dumping a body believed to be that of a former colleague

FUKUSHIMA (TR) – Fukushima Prefectural Police have arrested six employees of a construction after the body believed to be that of a colleague who had gone missing was found buried on the firm’s premises in Iwaki City, reports Kahoku Shimpo (May 17).

Police arrested Daizo Hyugaji, 35, the president of Musashi Construction, and five other employees for allegedly abandoning a body at a sand storage area for the company company, located in the Hisanohama area.

On Sunday, investigators using a backhoe began digging at the site after receiving a tip that the body of man, who performed decontamination work, had been buried there in the fall of last year. A body believed to be that of the man, aged in 40s, was found on Monday evening.

Police suspect the crime was committed in September of last year. The family of the victim reported him missing the following month.

After confirming the identity of the body, police may apply murder charges to the suspects.

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Poet Ryoichi Wago tries to bridge hearts after Fukushima

“For example, Wago says the argument that Japan must rely on nuclear power to some extent may sound rational, but if one spares a thought for the misery of people directly affected by the nuclear disaster then surely championing nuclear power generation does not offer a viable future.

Despite the lack of common ground and the prospect of never resolving such differences, Wago concluded that starting conversations to talk about issues related to the disaster would be a fundamental first step in the right direction.”



FUKUSHIMA–Ryoichi Wago, a high school teacher who doubles as a poet, rose to national prominence with a series of tweets he posted days after the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in his native Fukushima Prefecture.

On March 16 of that year, he tweeted the following short free verse about the drama unfolding at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant:

“Radiation is falling.

“It is a quiet night.”

Plunged into despair by the nuclear accident, Wago began groping for ways to get a dialogue going involving all sectors of society to bridge differences brought on by the catastrophe.

At the time of the disaster, Wago, now 47, was at his home in Fukushima city, which is situated inland and northwest of the crippled nuclear power plant. It has been estimated that radioactivity levels there were as much as 500 times higher than before the accident.

Like many other local residents, his wife and son left town and took refuge in Yamagata Prefecture, north of Fukushima. But he stayed on, even though the neighborhood felt like a ghost town. A radio station kept blaring, “Keep calm and evacuate.”

“Will I be forced to leave?” Wago feared. “Fukushima will be abandoned by the nation.”

Two months later, he published “Shi no tsubute,” or “Pebbles of poetry,” a compilation of free verse he had tweeted expressing his fears and anguish. Prior to the disaster, he had only four followers. The number quickly rose to 15,000 by the time the book was released.

Clearly, his words and thoughts were reaching a wider audience. But not everyone was in his corner.

One day a message sent through Twitter gave him pause for thought: “You live inland so you are not a disaster victim. You have not lost your hometown nor your family,” the message read, questioning his legitimacy to talk about the disaster as “one of them.”

By April, gas pumps were working again and Wago was able to visit other parts of Fukushima Prefecture to listen to what people were saying. He spent a year doing this, mostly at weekends, and talked to 60 or so people.

During these chats, he noticed a wide disparity in the way people viewed the disaster.

“I want the government to promise to return us to our hometown,” one individual would venture. “I cannot go back, I will make a new life somewhere else,” another would say.

A mother’s wish that her children would ”be able to play outside” invites a stinging rebuke: “Are you trying to make them sick from radiation exposure?”

It occurred to Wago that such disparities must be felt everywhere in Japan after the 3/11 disaster.

For example, Wago says the argument that Japan must rely on nuclear power to some extent may sound rational, but if one spares a thought for the misery of people directly affected by the nuclear disaster then surely championing nuclear power generation does not offer a viable future.

Despite the lack of common ground and the prospect of never resolving such differences, Wago concluded that starting conversations to talk about issues related to the disaster would be a fundamental first step in the right direction.

That was Wago’s starting point for creating Fukushima Mirai (future) Kagura. Kagura is dance and music performed at festivals and rituals as offerings to Shinto deities.

Wago gathered 50 or so locals as production staff and dancers, and held a talk session to get them to state what they wanted to get out of the project.

“I want to tell how much my tsunami-drowned friends would have wanted to live,” said one. “I want to express my anguish that my hometown was contaminated by radiation,” said another.

Wago recalls “some kind of intangible solidarity” was born among the participants.

In August 2015, the presentation of kagura at Fukushima Inarijinja shrine in Fukushima city received an ovation from the 700 or so spectators gathered for the performance.

His kagura is made up of several parts, including poetry reading accompanied by live calligraphy and a drum performance, and dance performance representing foxes and a dragon.

“A willingness to have conversation rather than confrontation is important. It is not necessarily in words either,” said Wago.

In March 2016, Wago published a new poetry book titled “Kinou yorimo yasashiku naritai” (I want to be kinder than yesterday).

One of those poems goes to the heart of what Wago is trying to express.

“From that day, I am having fruitless discussion with him.

“He tells me he cannot understand a single thing I say.

“I also respond flatly that I cannot understand him.

“Still, we have no way but to keep up our dialogue.”

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“Lessons Not Learned From Fukushima”

Kyushu Earthquake: “Lessons Not Learned From Fukushima” Report By Hiroko Aihara Fukushima Journalist

Fukushima independent journalist Hiroka Aihara talks about the failure to learn the lessons of Fukushima in the recent Kyushu earthquake in Japan. She also discusses how the government and the mass corporate media have refused to seriously cover the dangers of another Fukushima. Using the recently passed secrecy laws the government has repressed and silenced journalists. The Abe government has also said that everything has returned to “normality” and the Fukushima crisis is over. She reports that teachers have been told not to warn the students and their families of the continuing radiation dangers and use of the secrecy law to suppress information. She also discusses the growing militarization of Japan and the connection to the nuclear power program and industry.
The interview was done in Tokyo on April, 20, 2016

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