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January 21 Fukushima Radiation Measures

On January 21, 21, those  radiation measures were all taken from one meter above the ground.

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At the bottom right one is 6.54μSv/h (underlined red on the map)

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The highest radiation measure taken is 7.48μSv/h (underlined red on the map)

 

Special credits to Oz Yo

These measures are not coming from government radiation monitors but from Oz Yo, a citizen himself taking measures with his own device.

http://www.gyoroman.com/product6.html

Adopted model for him and his team monitoring project. https://www.facebook.com/fukuichi.mp/?hc_location=ufi

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January 24 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Disobedience: A Primer On Climate Change Action In The Age Of Trump” • Donald Trump’s environmental proposals are
a nightmare. But what can people do to push back against this concerted campaign of lunacy? And how can you fight city hall? On April 30, a new movie entitled Disobedience will be released. [CleanTechnica]

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World:

¶ Sourcing renewable electricity by corporate entities can be a major driver of the much-needed transition to a zero-emissions economy, RE100 said in its annual report, published advance of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. It also boasted adding three major European businesses to its 100% renewable energy campaign. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Scottish Government published a draft climate change plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. Scotland exceeded an interim target of delivering a 42% emissions reduction in 2014 – six years early…

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Still Time to Stop Rex Tillerson: US Senate Vote Next Week; Things to Know About Putin’s Friend, Former Exxon CEO Tillerson

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Still Time to Stop Tillerson-Exxon-Russia! Rex Tillerson Vote will probably go to Senate next week (maybe sooner?). Contact your Senators info here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/. Sign Greenpeace petition here: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2057&s_src=gpblog
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Tillerson: Exxon Profits Ahead of US Interests, Greenpeace.org zoom
No one has really explained yet how Exxon is still active as operator and partial owner of the Sakhalin Project in Russia, despite the sanctions, in clear violation of the intent of the sanctions against Russia. Whether or not it is legal remains unknown, whatever Tillerson’s claims. The $17,701 that ExxonMobil gave Rubio appears to have served them well to get it out of committee 11 to 10. They threw McCain $10,000 to help him love Putin and forget his fears of Russia: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000000129

From Greenpeace:
Infographic: 4 Things You Need to Know About Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson by Tina Solin January 11, 2017

The Exxon CEO testified today in front of the Senate that the science of climate…

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January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NASA Data Shows the Rate of Global Warming is Accelerating — 2016 is Third Consecutive Hottest Year on Record

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR:  Climate scientists have warned us that warming will accelerate as positive feedbacks grow stronger. We may have just witnessed the first evidence that they were right. Global warming might now be self-sustaining. Fear of that possibility is what provoked all those hair-on-fire remarks about stopping fossil fuel burning before it became too late to stop catastrophic warming, before it was too late to prevent the end of civilization. Personally, I think we have a few more years, at least five or six to amend our ways. If we continue to have record years, however, it’s curtains for sure.

“Over just the past three years, global temperatures have risen by about 0.4 degrees Celsius. This was an extreme acceleration in the rate of warming. One that is unmatched in all of the past 136 years of climate record keeping.warming-since-1880-shows-acceleration-in-recent-years.

“During 2016, according to NASA, global temperatures hit 1.21 C above…

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January 23 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Coal Power: Are We Seeing The Beginning Of Its End?” • Shortly after announcing that they will be investing over $360 billion in renewable energy resources (namely hydro, nuclear, solar and wind) in the next five years, China suspended more than 100 coal power plant projects worth around $62 billion. [Wall Street Pit]

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¶ “Trump Won’t Stop The Clean Energy Revolution” • The oil and gas industry has the most industry-friendly administration in recent memory. But even as the regulatory environment for oil and gas drilling may get easier, the inroads of clean energy and innovative emerging technologies will increasingly make them obsolete. [Yahoo Finance]

Science and Technology:

¶ Scientists at the University of Calgary in Canada developed a button-sized, garnet-based rechargeable battery that may power vehicles, electronics, and grids for storing renewable energy. They created a chemically stable, non-flammable lithium-ion battery…

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Crony Capitalism: Rick Perry US Energy Secretary? Former Texas Governor’s Experience for the Job Comes From Stiffing the American People and their Environment.

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Waste Control Specialists Radioactive Waste Burial Ground in west Texas

From OtherWords.org:
Crony Capitalism Made Rick Perry Our Energy Secretary
The former Texas governor’s only experience for the job comes from stiffing the American people — and their environment. By Jim Hightower, DECEMBER 21, 2016, COLUMN, 308 WORDS

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a rejected contestant on Dancing with the Stars, the television show for has-been celebrities.

But now, having kissed the ring of Donald Trump, Perry is being lifted from the lowly role of twinkle-toed TV hoofer to — get this — taking charge of our government’s nuclear arsenal.

That’s a position that usually requires some scientific knowledge and experience. But as we’re learning from Trump’s other cabinet picks, the key qualification that Trump wants his public servants to…

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January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sizewell C consultation: EDF ‘forgets’ to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water

Arclights Note;  The IPCC report says the UK will suffer severe drought in the coming decades and that water will be needed for drinking and food production. Fracking is also an issue. The UK`s groundwater will not suffice for long and water will have to be imported from Norway and Ireland but those resources are being bought up by corporations for bottled water etc .. That is why there is no mention imo “Climate change is projected to reduce the amount of water in the environment that can be sustainably withdrawn whilst increasing the demand for irrigation during the driest months. At the same time the growing population will create additional demands on already stretched resources in some parts of the country. Even low population growth and modest climate change scenarios suggest severe water supply deficits.”

No mention of the dire report with the available pics from the IPCC report?? The IPCC timeline says within 30 years to get really serious with drought already a factor now.. A bit sloppy not to access the report instead of relying on vague assumptions from the UK climate report. The IPCC used out of date data anyway and issues with global dimming from airplanes were seriously underestimated (that data from 1992 and doesnt include increased contrails from civil and military aircraft) meaning that the drought is likely to be worse or if the level of contrails continue that flooding and large storms would be worse.. The IPCC needs serious updating Arclight2011 aka Shaun

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Sizewell C consultation: EDF ‘forgets’ to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water

Peter Lux

23rd January 2017

http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2988533/sizewell_c_consultation_edf_forgets_to_mention_600000_m3_a_year_of_mains_water.html

In its second consultation for the EDF’s planned Sizewell C nuclear power station there’s a strange omission, writes Peter Lux: that the plant would use 1,600 m3 of mains water a day, adding to stresses on important local wetlands like RSPB’s Minsmere reserve. The omission is not just strange – it’s also illegal and could make the entire exercise invalid.

The fact that EDF have completely ignored the question of mains water use despite it being queried by respondents in the first consultation and as early as 2010 shows that EDF have a complete lack of respect for the consultation process and local people.

One 23rd November EDF launched its Second Consultation Document over its proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast.

But here’s a funny thing. The 321-page document makes no mention at all about the use of mains water.

When I asked a Sizewell ‘expert’ during the Stage 2 Consultation roadshow, he was unaware that Sizewell C would require 1,600 m3 of mains water per day, and thought that I was asking about water that would be used to make tea and flush the toilets.

When I explained how much water would be required, he suggested that it was not EDF’s problem as they would just buy the water from the water company and let them work out where it is to come from.

That answer was wrong: EDF has an obligation under the government’s national policy statement for energy to submit an an environmental statement which includes details of how much water in intends to abstract and what impact this will have on existing water resources:

“5.15.3. The ES should in particular describe …existing water resources affected by the proposed project and the impacts of the proposed project on water resources, noting any relevant existing abstraction rates, proposed new abstraction rates and proposed changes to abstraction rates (including any impact on or use of mains supplies and reference to Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies)” [1]

EDF is also required to set out their strategy for mains water use in order to comply with The Suffolk Ecology Principles for Sizewell C, which state:

“The anticipated levels of water use and a suitable potable water source for the development must be identified to ensure there is adequate capacity and that this can be achieved in a sustainable manner that will not have an adverse effect upon river flows or wetland sites.” [2]

Twenty percent of Sizewell’s local water resource for the power plant

Sizewell B currently uses around 800 m3 of mains water a day, which is 7% of of the total demand of the local catchment area, which includes a number of important wetlands among them RSPB’s iconic Minsmere nature reserve. [3]

The twin-reactors of Sizewell C would require at least 1,600 m3 of mains water per day in order to cool various parts of the plant including the primary and secondary circuits of the reactor, which means approximately 20% of the water from the local catchment area would be taken by the power plant.

The East Suffolk Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS) covers an area of 1,364 km2 and includes Felixstowe, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Wickham Market, Stowmarket, Saxmundham, Halesworth, Southwold and Kessingland. [4]

Households in Suffolk are being asked to conserve water because it is recognised that this is one of the driest regions in the country and there is little scope for abstracting more water from local water sources. [4]

The committee on climate change report ‘UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017‘ [5] cites “Flooding and coastal change risks to communities, businesses and infrastructure” as the biggest threat that comes with climate change the top six risks also includes “Risk of shortages in the public water supply, and for agriculture, energy generation and industry.”

The report goes on to say: “Climate change is projected to reduce the amount of water in the environment that can be sustainably withdrawn whilst increasing the demand for irrigation during the driest months. At the same time the growing population will create additional demands on already stretched resources in some parts of the country. Even low population growth and modest climate change scenarios suggest severe water supply deficits.” [6]

A shocking disrespect for process and local people

The impact that Sizewell C will have on the mains water supply was recognised and flagged up during the Stage 1 Consultation by individuals and in the response from Leiston Town Council:

“9.5 There are serious issues concerning Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council regarding potable water. It is unclear from the information provided what the actual intake of water associated with Sizewell C is going to be, and how much will be needed for the reactors. Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council has been informed that, with the intake of Sizewell B, the potable water situation in the area is currently only just in balance.” [7]

The fact that EDF have completely ignored the question of mains water use despite it being queried by respondents in the first consultation and as early as 2010 [3] shows that EDF have a complete lack of respect for the consultation process and local people.

Furthermore they have an irresponsible blasé attitude to where the water will come from over the next 60 years.

Christmas: a good time to hide a consultation

The Stage 2 Consultation for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station runs from 23rd November 2016 until 3rd February 2017 [8]. As with the Stage 1 consultation this runs over the Christmas / New Year period.

In effect this significantly cuts the consultation period due to the disruption caused by the extended holiday period.

The probability of the 72 day consultation period starting by chance before 25 December is 72/365 which is a about 20%. The probability of this happening twice by chance is 20% x 20% which is about 4%.

Well we could just be unlucky.

As indicated above I am currently looking at local water resources. Interestingly we also received an email from Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) on the 6th December about their consultation which ran from the 6th December 2016 until 6th January 2017 [9]. Again this runs over the holiday period.

Initially I searched for Essex and Suffolk Water which I now know is part of NWG. While I was looking I found another consultation, this time by Essex County Council which runs from 16th December 2016 until 31st January 2017. [10]

It is impossible to draw any firm conclusions but this does make me suspicious that some consultations are being deliberately run over the Christmas holiday period.

Private Eye [11] claim that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy release 51 energy documents on Christmas Eve. Again this could just be a coincidence but it does make you wonder …

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And the UK has been slated for not taking risk of Climate Change seriously;

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance

Page 365

“….Biesbroek et al.,
2010; Lu, 2011). Preston et al. (2011) noted that many of the specific
adaptation plans from Australia, the United States, and the United
Kingdom indicated a need for improved gathering and sharing of climate
and climate change science information prior to or in conjunction with
the delivery of adaptation actions, perhaps reflecting a preference for
delaying adaptation actions until greater certainty or better information
on different adaptation actions was known…. “
https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/special-reports/srex/SREX_Full_Report.pdf

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trident whistleblower tells RT he ‘witnessed 4 unreported missile test failures

Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly leaked details about a number of serious test fire issues aboard Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine fleet a whole year before the June 2016 misfire that sent a missile careening towards the US.

McNeilly published a dossier highlighting a range of safety and security failures aboard Trident submarines in May 2015 – more than a year before the latest mishap

https://www.rt.com/uk/374948-trident-missile-test-mcneilly/

The Royal Navy submariner was detained and quietly discharged in June of that year. Senior officers even sought to discredit McNeilly’s claims by portraying him as an ill-informed junior sailor.

Speaking exclusively to RT on Tuesday, McNeilly said he now feels vindicated.

I warned about this exact event over a year before it happened. I was in the MCC / Missile Control Center during the end of patrol tests in early 2015 and I witnessed with my own eyes the Trident system fail its simulated missile launch tests.

McNeilly claims to have seen Trident “fail 3 out of 3 WP 186 Missile Compensating Tests” first-hand. He also says a “Battle Readiness Test (BRT) was not even attempted due to seawater in the hydraulic system.”

The whistleblower’s comments come a day after the British government faced questions over a misfire incident that occurred in June of 2016, just weeks before a crucial Parliamentary vote on Trident’s renewal. The US government apparently requested that news of the defective missile be kept secret to prevent mutual embarrassment.

Citing his extensive technical training as a submarine weapons engineer, McNeilly said it was his job “to learn about missile tests, conduct missile tests, pass tests on missile tests, be in the Missile Control Center during missile tests…

I had missile tests signed off in my task book. They wouldn’t have been signed off in my task book if I didn’t know anything about them, and clearly I was proven to be right.

“The government attempted to cover up the failed missile test and they covered up all the other information in my Trident report.”

Trident dossier

In his 18-page dossier, released to WikiLeaks in May of 2015, McNeilly offered anecdotal evidence of potentially catastrophic failures that took place during a series of end-of-patrol “shakedown” tests, designed to see whether the weapons system “could have performed a successful launch.

It was during one such end-of-patrol test that the June 2016 misfire took place.

According to McNeilly, the routine tests are vital to determining “if we really were providing the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent.

The test McNeilly witnessed was “carried out 3 times and it failed, 3 times.

Basically the test showed that the missile compensation system wouldn’t have compensated for the changes in weight of the submarine during missile launches. Which means the missiles would’ve been launched on an unstable platform, if they decided to launch.

Other readiness exercises carried out at the end of the patrol also went wrong, claims McNeilly.

Another test was the Battle Readiness Test (BRT), which proves that the muzzle hatches could’ve opened whilst on patrol,” said McNeilly, explaining that “the BRT was cancelled due to the main hydraulic system containing mostly seawater instead of actual hydraulic oil.

McNeilly has accused the British government of “endangering the public and spending billions upon billions of taxpayers’ money for a system so broken it can’t even do the tests that prove it works.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Fukushima Wildlife

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Relatively little research has been conducted on animal life in Japan and its coastal waters after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster but anomalies have already been identified.

One study found a marked decline in bird abundance in Fukushima.[i]

Spiders, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and cicadas also suffered population declines since the accident.[ii]

Another study found cesium contamination in Japanese macaques, ranging across time from a high of 25,000 Becquerels per kilogram in 2011 to 2,000 in 2012.[iii]

Yet another study published in 2015 found chromosomal malformations in wild mice caught in Fukushima Prefecture, with young mice more adversely impacted than older mice.[iv]

Research conducted by Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences on fir trees near the Fukushima Daiichi plant found significant increases in morphological defects corresponding to radiation exposure doses.[v]

Taken together, these studies point to increased biological risks for flora and fauna living in radiation contaminated zones.

REFERENCES

[i] A. Moller, A. Hagiwara, S. Matsui, S. Kasahara, K. Kawatsu, I. Nishiumi, H. Suzuki, K. Ueda, T. and A. Mousseau (2012) ‘Abundance of Birds in Fukushima as Judged from Chernobyl’, Environmental Pollution, 164, 36–39.

[ii] A. Moller, I. Nishiumi, H. Suzuki, K. Ueda, T. A. Mousseau (2013) ‘Differences in Effects of Radiation of Animals in Fukushima and Chernobyl’, Ecological Indicators, 24, 75–81.

[iii] S. Kimura and A. Hatano (4 October 2012) ‘Scientists in Groundbreaking Study on Effects of Radiation in Fukushima’, The Asahi Shimbun, http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210040003, date accessed 6 October 2012.

[iv] Yoshihisa Kubota, Hideo Tsuji, Taiki Kawagoshi, Naoko Shiomi, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yoshito Watanabe, Shoichi Fuma, Kazutaka Doi, Isao Kawaguchi, Masanari Aoki, Masahide Kubota, Yoshiaki Furuhata, Yusaku Shigemura, Masahiko Mizoguchi, Fumio Yamada, Morihiko Tomozawa, Shinsuke H. Sakamoto, and Satoshi Yoshida Chromosomal Aberrations in Wild Mice Captured in Areas Differentially Contaminated by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (16), pp 10074–10083. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01554.

[v] Watanabe, Yoshito, San’ei Ichikawa, Masahide Kubota, Junko Hoshino, Yoshihisa Kubota, Kouichi Maruyama, Shoichi Fuma, Isao Kawaguchi, Vasyl Yoschenko, Satoshi Yoshida, “Morphological defects in native Japanese fir trees around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,” Scientific Reports 5.13232 (2015): doi:10.1038/srep13232.

http://majiasblog.blogspot.fr/2017/01/biological-effects-of-ionizing.html

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , , , | Leave a comment

Farm in ex-evacuation area near Fukushima nuke plant ships milk again

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FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — A dairy farm near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan began shipping raw milk again on Tuesday.

It was the first milk shipped for processing and public sale from an area previously designated for evacuation following the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the seaside plant in Fukushima Prefecture, according to the prefectural government.

Milk produced at the farm in the Naraha district had been checked for radioactive cesium every week from last May to December, with no reading ever surpassing the government-set limit of 50 becquerels per kilogram. In fact, the readings were below the testing equipment detection limit.

Around 400 kg of raw milk from 18 cows was shipped Tuesday.

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“We were able to start operating this farm again with the support of so many people,” said farm head Hiroaki Hiruta, 48. “I want to pay a debt of gratitude by making good milk.”

Following the disaster, in which a massive amount of radioactive material was spewed into the air and sea, the central government banned milk shipments from the area in March 2011. Restrictions were lifted last December for the area where Hiruta’s farm is located.

Similar restrictions are still in place for eight other districts, including the towns of Okuma and Futaba where the nuclear power station is located.

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170124/p2g/00m/0dm/080000c

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064959/farm-near-fukushima-nuke-plant-ships-milk-again-public-sale

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Fukushima 2017 | , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima camera probe hits a snag

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Workers attempting to get a better look inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have encountered a problem.

On Tuesday they inserted a camera in a pipe leading into the container vessel of the No. 2 reactor, with the aim of capturing footage of molten fuel inside.

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But plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company says the camera, which is marginally smaller than the pipe, quickly became stuck.

TEPCO says a simulated trial run went off without a hitch. The utility will investigate what went wrong before deciding whether to try again.

Workers need a clearer picture of the debris to determine how best to remove it, an important step in the decommissioning process for the 3 reactors that suffered meltdowns.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_22/

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NRA clears Genkai reactors

The R3 and R4 of the Genkai nuclear power plant, Pref. Saga, have met the new safety standards of the NRA. Restart announced at the end of summer.

As of today: Have met the safety standards, 10 reactors in 5 nuclear plant namely also Sendai R1, R2 – Takahama R1 to R4 – Mihama R3 – Ikata R3.

Two reactors have now been restarted: Sendai 1 and Ikata 3 (using MOX).

 

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority formally decided Wednesday on the screening document certifying that the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture satisfied the country’s safety standards for their restart.

The latest decision made at an NRA regular meeting brings to 10 the number of reactors, at five nuclear power plants, that have satisfied the regulator’s new safety standards, introduced after the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011. The two Genkai reactors are scheduled to be back online sometime in or after summer this year.

The Kyushu power company applied for a safety screening on those reactors in July 2013. At that time, the company anticipated an earthquake with an acceleration of up to 540 gal at the Genkai plant followed by tsunami of up to 3 meters high. However, the NRA deemed the simulation as “too optimistic” and the figures were raised to an acceleration of 620 gal with 4-meter-high tsunami.

In November last year, the NRA approved a draft document as the two reactors complied with the new standards. The NRA then solicited public opinions and received 4,200 comments, including concerns over possible earthquakes, but concluded that there was no problem with compliance.

With the formal decision being made on the Genkai plant, the focus for the restart has moved to an approval of a construction plan that maps out the specifications of related equipment for safe operation as well as whether it can obtain the consent of local governments for the restart.

So far, nuclear reactors that have passed the NRA’s screenings under the new standards are the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kyushu’s Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Nos. 1 to 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama plant and KEPCO’s No. 3 reactor at Mihama plant, both in Fukui Prefecture, and the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture. Currently, two reactors — Sendai plant’s No. 1 and Ikata’s No. 3 — are online.

http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003466628

 

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Japan | , , , | Leave a comment

Nordic Conference tries to strike environmental balance in Arctic

arctic frontiers The Arctic Frontiers forum in Tromsø. (Photo: Alberto Grohovaz / Arctic Frontiers 2017)

TROMSØ, Norway ­­– Prime minsters and foreign ministers of Nordic countries are convening in this city to balance economic interests and environmental harm in the Arctic at talks that began Monday.

http://bellona.org/news/arctic/2017-01-conference-tries-to-strike-environmental-balance-in-arctic

But Norwegian environmentalists are apprehensive that big money projects in the region frequently derail political statements of ecological good faith.

Climate change, melting ice and nearly monthly new record high temperatures are hardly the stuff of science fiction, but a daunting reality. The message of leaders of many countries bordering on the Arctic has been focused on balancing economic development with environmental priorities.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said climate change is happening too fast and Arctic countries should make decisions that would be damaging to the Arctic environment.

“Today, the world is looking to the oceans and their potential for development of shipping routes, bio-resources, and energy,” Solberg told the gathering. “In order to feed the growing population of the planet, we need a healthy and productive ocean in which there is a balance between consumers and preservation of ocean resources.”

As the ocean is Norway’s breadbasket, the Solberg administration this year is presenting its strategy for handling water zones.

“The aim of the strategy is in using existing experience and technology in working on the Arctic shelf and the transition to environmental and more effective technology,” she said. She added that climate change should force the switch to a fuller embrace of green innovation to balance the search for Arctic resources.

“Unify shipping traffic, energy, the fishing industry and aquatic health is possible. The balance must be maintained,” said Solberg.

Margot Walhström, Sweden’s foreign minister, supported Solberg’s statement and said the Arctic is now the at the epicenter of the global climate crisis.

“Being an Arctic country isn’t only advantageous because of the possibility of exploiting the rich resources of the region,” said Walhström. “It’s also the huge obligation to find a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability. We have to improve life in the Arctic region not only for ourselves but for future generations.”

She said a special focus should be devoted to issues of ocean development. Temperature rises are threatening the worldwide marine system.

Many of the leaders appearing at the conference said in one way or another that the region’s countries have an obligation to leave behind a sustainable and developing Arctic to future generations.

But Nature and Youth (Nature I Ungdom) Norway’s biggest youth environmental movement, took a measured response to politicians’ assertions, and said economic development routinely comes before environmental stewardship.

“Over many years, not one month in the year passes without setting new temperature records,” said the group’s Ingrid Skjoldvær. “We understand that you have to pay for any development. It what we are paying now proportional? I represent the generation that will have to live with climate change.”

Skjoldvær said politicians are making decisions that don’t take the environment into account, and that will directly affect the future. She said oil exploration in the Arctic was unreasonably ramping up.

“What kind of development to you want for your children?” she asked the gathered leaders. “On what foundation do you want to build future societies, on a foundation of limited or renewable resources?”

She said that parliamentary elections in Norway were coming up in four years but that the decisions today’s politicians were making “would last far longer than their terms of office.”

“Future generations will have to deal with the consequences of these decisions,” she said.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NATO invades neutral country Ireland – 2016 report – Shannonwatch

In answer to recent parliamentary questions from Clare Daly TD the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade gave some sparse details of the foreign military traffic that passes through Ireland. Any of these that are engaged in war-related activities are of course is in breach of Irish neutrality.

The main piece of information obtained from the Minister were that in 2016 there were 645 requests for military landings at Shannon. 592 – thats 92% – were from the US. We don’t know exactly how many of them were refused permission, but we do know from our own monitoring records that most of them landed.

The other important information received is that there are quite a few foreign military landings at other Irish airports – 101 of them in 2016 to be exact.

Requests for Military Landings at Shannon Airport

During 2016, there were 645 requests for landings by military aircraft at Shannon Airport. These were from 11 different countries. The details are set out in the table below:

The Minister’s accompanied his response with the usual very unlikely claim that “arrangements under which permission is granted for foreign military aircraft to land at Irish airports are governed by strict conditions. These include stipulations that the aircraft must be unarmed, carry no arms, ammunition or explosives and must not engage in intelligence gathering, and that the flights in question must not form part of military exercises or operations.”

Requests for Military Landings at Other Irish Airports

During 2016, there were 101 requests for landings by military aircraft at airports other than Shannon Airport from 17 countries. Almost all of these are NATO countries.

The details are set out in the table below:

The Minister also said that iaddition to the above requests, his Department also received one military aircraft landing request from the British Embassy in connection with a VIP visit at Donegal Four Masters GAA grounds during May 2016.

And of course he said again that arrangements under which permission is granted for foreign military aircraft to land at Irish airports are governed by strict conditions etc. etc.

Has anyone EVER inspected one of the military aircraft to see if those conditions are complied with?

As far as we know, the answer is NO.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spent nuclear fuel shipment to Idaho lab remains in limbo

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho National Laboratory says it’s problematic whether a small quantity of spent nuclear fuel needed for research will be allowed into Idaho this spring.

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The lab renegotiated a research agreement to allow the shipment to be received later this year, Mark Peters told the Post Register (http://bit.ly/2j1eP2W).

However, the continued failure of a treatment facility to process 900,000 gallons of high-level nuclear waste stored at the 890-square-mile U.S. Department of Energy site in eastern Idaho has caused the federal agency to violate a 1995 agreement with Idaho.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as a result is refusing to allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into Idaho until the facility, called the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit, is operating.

“We still have the need to bring in small quantities,” Peters said. “And the official position of the attorney general is, until IWTU is running hot, he will not allow that to happen. So this is problematic. Very problematic.”

A previous research shipment has instead been sent to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Peters said his lab could potentially lose the next shipment as well.

“If IWTU goes beyond (spring), then we need to continue to rethink,” Peters said.

The shipment from the Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Illinois was originally scheduled for last June.

Late last month, the Department of Energy said a small-scale version of a key component of the waste treatment facility was being sent to Colorado to better understand why the treatment facility isn’t operating as planned.

The continued failure to get the treatment facility operating is a blow to the federal agency’s desire to bring in the research shipments of spent commercial nuclear fuel to the lab in Idaho, one of 17 Department of Energy labs in the nation and the primary lab for nuclear research.

Work on the spent fuel, if it gets to Idaho, is expected to bring in millions of dollars to the area.

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment