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Any missile launch may be perceived as nuclear strike amid tensions

Any missile launch may be perceived as nuclear strike amid tensions — security official, Tass, 16 Feb 22,

“Hardly anyone, except specialists, comes to realize that modern systems spot launches of missiles quite quickly but cannot identify whether these missiles carry nuclear weapons,” Mikhail Popov noted

…………….. Commenting on a statement by German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer that the West must be increasingly decisive in its deterrence of Russia, demonstrating its readiness to employ nuclear weapons, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council pointed out that it is “quite irresponsible” for an official of this level.

“Moreover, considering that Germany does not possess nuclear weapons, this statement can be viewed as a call on the United States to use its nuclear potential, including tactical nuclear charges deployed at forward bases in NATO countries,” the security official said.

An official of this level must be aware that in the event of employing nuclear weapons, US facilities on Germany territory will be subjected to a retaliatory or a retaliatory counter strike, he pointed out.

It would be interesting to hear an answer to the following question: In the event of a nuclear apocalypse, would the surviving electors forgive such short-sighted behavior by their country’s defense minister?” the security official said.  https://tass.com/defense/1404657

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February 17, 2022 Posted by | EUROPE, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov informs UN chief about Russia’s talks with NATO on security guarantees

Lavrov informs UN chief about Russia’s talks with NATO on security guarantees  https://tass.com/world/1403199

Russian Foreign Minister drew the attention of Antonio Guterres to the problems the Russian mission to the organization is facing in the United States due to the US side’s non-implementation of its commitments

MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov informed United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres about Russia’s ongoing negotiations with NATO and OSCE member countries on security guarantees, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday after their online talks.

“The sides exchanged views on a range of current international topics (Syria, Libya, the activities of the UN mission in Kosovo), including in the context of Russia’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council in February. Lavrov informed the United Nations secretary general in detail about the ongoing talks with on security guarantees to Russia with NATO and OSCE member states,” the ministry said.

Apart from that, Lavrov drew the attention of the UN chief to the problems the Russian mission to the organization is facing in the United States due to the US side’s non-implementation of its commitments. “Lavrov drew special attention to the problems Russia’s permanent mission to the United States is facing due to the United States’ failure to implement its liabilities under the agreement regarding the UN headquarters in what concerns the return the mission’s official premises blocked by the Americans and the issuance of visas to its employees and members of Russian delegations taking part in the work of the General Assembly and its committees,” the ministry said.

The sides stressed the importance of further efforts “to strengthen the United Nations’ central coordinating role in global politics” and reiterated their commitment to the cooperation between Russia and the United Nations.

Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with Lavrov the United States’ and NATO’s responses to Russia’s proposals on long-term legally binding guarantees of its security. Lavrov informed the president about these responses, noting that NATO and the US gave a negative answer on Russia’s key concerns. He stressed that Moscow cannot be satisfied with these responses. However, in his words, some of the responses are quite constructive. These are concrete measures concerning shorter-and medium-range missiles and a series of proposals on reducing military risks, building up trust and military transparency

On January 26, the US and NATO handed over written responses to Russia on Moscow’s security guarantees that it was demanding from Washington and Brussels. The American side requested that the documents not be made public, although US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg enumerated their basic provisions. According to these statements, the West did not make concessions to Russia considered to be critical, but did indicate directions for further negotiations.

February 17, 2022 Posted by | politics international, Russia | Leave a comment

Lord Truscott questioned the idea that a thermonuclear war with Russia would be an ”unwelcome outcome”

“If we were still in the city we wouldn’t appreciate this as much.”

 In a written question submitted by Lord Truscott in December, he asked: “Further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 29 November (HL Deb, col 1130), what are their reasons for believing that a thermonuclear war with Russia would be an ‘unwelcome outcome’?”

The question has now gone viral on social media after resurfacing amid reports of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Reassuringly, Goldie was steadfast in her reply. “It is difficult to envisage any scenario in which war, whether accidental, thermonuclear or otherwise, and irrespective of which other parties may be involved, would be a welcome outcome,” came the curt response.

 The National 15th Feb 2022

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19925593.peer-asks-nuclear-war-russia-unwelcome-outcome/

 The Spectator 15th Feb 2022

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/peer-asks-why-nuclear-war-would-be-unwelcome-

February 17, 2022 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Terrifying “nuke map” reveals danger zone if nuclear bomb dropped on YOUR city

DEAD SCARY Terrifying “nuke map” reveals danger zone if nuclear bomb dropped on YOUR city, Jamie Harris, Technology and Science Reporter, The Sun 16 Feb 2022  

EVER wondered what the devastating impact would be if a nuclear bomb dropped on your area?

A terrifying tool reveals how some of the most destructive weapons known to humankind would pan out if launched on any spot around the world.

The NUKEMAP estimates everything from possible casualties to radioactive fallout.

Real weapons tested by North Korea, Russia and the US are among the detonations that users can simulate.

Even catastrophic bombs such as the ‘Little Boy’, which killed up to 166,000 people in Hiroshima in 1945, are available to try.

Expert Professor Alex Wellerstein came up with the idea using declassified nuclear weapons effects data.

Since launching it in 2012, the historian has seen 220million virtual detonations carried out on his site.

At one point he said the site picked up on a possible visit originating from North Korea………….

The so-called ‘King of the Bombs’, aka the Tsar Bomba’s maximum design yield (100 Mt) which was tested by the Soviet Union, has proven to be the most popular nuke to try.

If it was launched on London right now for example, casualties could be over 5.9million people.

Dropping it on New York would be even more devastating, with an estimated death toll of more than 8million people…………… https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/17670602/nukemap-nuclear-bomb-simulator/

February 17, 2022 Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Why the Iran nuclear talks have stalled

Why have the nuclear negotiations with Iran stalled?  Middle East Monitor, February 16, 2022   ””    …………………………………………………………………… Optimism about the outcome of the current negotiations remains difficult, not only because of the internal pressures — US negotiators obliged to make changes to the agreement; the Iranians calling for the complete lifting of sanctions — but also because of the other Iranian demand for a pledge that a new deal will remain in effect even when the US administration changes.

The difficulty in this is that it is not related to America’s relationship with Iran, but to the nature of the US political system, which refuses to make any agreement or treaty binding on future administrations. At the moment, the Iranian negotiator does not want to understand this, and instead insists on pressing for a guarantee which the Biden administration cannot provide.  https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220216-why-have-the-nuclear-negotiations-with-iran-stalled/

February 17, 2022 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Opposition to Holtec dumping nuclear waste into Cape Cod Bay

Preventing nuclear wastewater dumping, MV Times, By Eunki Seonwoo, February 16, 2022   The Aquinnah select board was in favor of Mara Duncan’s request for a non-binding ballot question. Duncan’s ballot question was for Holtec International, owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, decommissioned in 2019, not to discharge nuclear waste into Cape Cod Bay.

Federal leaders from Massachusetts — Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as well as U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton and Bill Keating — have expressed opposition to Holtec dumping nuclear wastewater into the bay in a letter they wrote in January.

When evaluating the proper method of disposal, Holtec must consider the public’s concerns surrounding and perception of the release of irradiated material into Cape Cod, especially when viable alternatives are available,” the letter reads.

Duncan told the board a number of groups, such as Physicians for Social Responsibility and the fishing industry, are against the dumping. Holtec has other disposal methods.   “It is their cheapest option, obviously. It is very easy to open up just open the [lid] and let it spill,” Duncan said. …………….. https://www.mvtimes.com/2022/02/16/preventing-nuclear-wastewater-dumping/

February 17, 2022 Posted by | oceans, opposition to nuclear, politics, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Michigan Senators Oppose Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes


Michigan Senators Oppose Canadian Nuclear Waste Site Near Great Lakes  
https://www.radioresultsnetwork.com/2022/02/16/michigan-senators-oppose-canadian-nuclear-waste-site-near-great-lakes// Radioresultsnetwork.com

Jack Hall Feb 16, 2022 U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced a resolution opposing Canada’s placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin. Canada is currently considering a storage site at South Bruce, just 30 miles from Lake Huron. The resolution urges President Biden and his administration to work with the Canadian government to find an alternative location to permanently store nuclear waste that does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

“Placing a nuclear waste facility next to one of the world’s largest supplies of fresh water makes absolutely no sense and is dangerous. Our Great Lakes are central to our Michigan way of life, and any nuclear waste spill would be devastating. I strongly urge our Canadian neighbors to make the right choice and stop any plans to store nuclear waste so close to the Great Lakes,” said Senator Stabenow.

It’s simple: hazardous nuclear waste should not be stored anywhere near the Great Lakes. Not only do they provide drinking water to millions of Americans and Canadians – they are also an economic and ecological treasure,” said Senator Peters. “Any accident could be long-term and catastrophic – and could directly threaten the health and well-being of Michiganders. I strongly oppose this proposal from the Canadian government and urge them to reconsider.”

Over 40 million people in the United States and Canada get their drinking water from the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, a nonprofit created by the Canadian government, is proposing to build a permanent nuclear waste repository at South Bruce to store high-level nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin. The highly toxic waste could take tens of thousands of years to decompose to safe levels.

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are cosponsors of the resolution.

February 17, 2022 Posted by | politics international, wastes | Leave a comment

Legal challenge to license for EDF to dump radioactive mud in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary

Campaigners are calling on the government to prohibit energy giant EDF
from dumping contaminated mud in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.
They say mud from the new Hinkley power station development is ‘a risk to
human health, threatens protected marine habitats and damages a treasure of
Britain’s natural world’.

EDF says all waste from the site is controlled
and regulated to ‘ensure the environment and public are protected’.

But Save the Severn, organised by a collaborative group of scientists and
environmental activists, is urging people to get behind its campaign to
halt further waste – including chemical and radioactive contaminants –
getting dumped in an international marine protected area near Portishead.

Campaigners will also challenge the legality of a license granted by the
Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to EDF for dumping waste in March,
when they will present a legal challenge against the company at a judicial
review.

 Weston Mercury 15th Feb 2022

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/campaign-group-wants-to-save-the-severn-8692070

February 17, 2022 Posted by | environment, Legal, UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Replacing environmental despair with hope and action

Replacing environmental despair with hope and action

We all have the power to cause change, even if we don’t recognize it.

February 17, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mini-reactor for Highlands -too “high cost and high risk” says Scottish MP Maree Todd

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Maree Todd has declared that she cannot support the idea of a mini-reactor being built in her constituency,pointing to the “high cost and high risk” associated with nuclear energy.

Engineering giant Rolls-Royce hopes to build up to 10 small modular reactor(SMR) power stations by 2035 and there have been calls for one to be established in Caithness, which has been described as “one of the most nuclear-sympathetic parts of the UK”.

However, Ms Todd said her party, the
SNP, has been clear in its opposition to nuclear development and she argued
that Scotland must look to “safe, sustainable and cost-effective” renewable
sources for its future energy supply.

Ms Todd said: “As an MSP representing a vast and rural Highland constituency, a constituency with the highest fuel poverty rates in the country, I cannot in all conscience
support a nuclear fission solution as a cost-effective, safe energy source
for our community and I believe the vast majority of the public back my
position. We must focus on reliable energy sources that offer value for
money and align with our net-zero ambitions.

 John O Groat Journal 16th Feb 2022

https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/maree-todd-says-she-cannot-give-her-backing-to-high-cost-an-266090/

February 17, 2022 Posted by | politics, Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, UK | Leave a comment

Severn Estuary – internationally significant fish nursery – threatened by Hinkley radioactive mud

Four Weeks to Save-the-Severn estuary!

Energy giant, EDF,  has been dumping millions of tonnes of mud and sediment contaminated by the decades of discharges from the Hinkley nuclear power stations.  Dumping is convenient and cheaper than using the sediments on their construction site.  They are dredging these sediments to build a giant seawater  extraction system for cooling water, which will be short-lived as its slaughter of millions of fish a year has to end.  This Estuary is an internationally important fish nursery and Marine Protection Area.

Despite fierce opposition, dumping of Hinkley mud and sediment went ahead off Cardiff in 2018 and it’s too late to change what happened. Since that time, increased radioactivity has been detected in coastal mud. It could have been different. Now they have a licence to dump off Portishead, Bristol – but we have Court permission to challenge that licence and stop EDF resuming dumping in April.
Save The Severn, an independent, science-led campaign group, have won a day in court to challenge further dumping. Without the effort and expense of delaying EDF through legal means, the bosses of the company would be able to simply do as they please. Can you help to ensure the legal case is heard?

The court case is heard on Tue 8 March 2022. We have four weeks to save the Severn Estuary and many donations from  £1 upwards will reach our target. It’s easy to do, please visit the Save The Severn fundraising page here:

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/save-the-severn-estuary/

February 17, 2022 Posted by | environment, UK | Leave a comment

Health care for displaced persons in Fukushima to be phased out

November 10, 2021

According to Asahi, the Reconstruction Agency wants to phase out medical care for people displaced by the nuclear disaster and has started discussions with local authorities, as acknowledged by the minister in charge.

Currently, residents of 13 municipalities in Fukushima who had to evacuate either compulsorily or by recommendation receive a full or partial reduction of their health or nursing care costs. The number of evacuees from these municipalities amounted to 150,000 in August 2011. This assistance is expected to be phased out starting in 2023 for people in areas where evacuation orders were lifted before April 2017. It would still be maintained for the 22,000 people from the so-called difficult return areas.

In some communes, such as Minami-Sôma or Tamura, the only beneficiaries are the people who had to evacuate. The “voluntary evacuees”, who left on their own, do not benefit.

The end of aid worries some people who have seen their health conditions worsen following the evacuation. It should be better targeted to those who need it, regardless of their original status.

A house is torn down after it was left vacant by its occupants in Futaba, a town co-hosting the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, in July 2021.

The agency spearheading rebuilding efforts stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is now in talks with local authorities about phasing out assistance programs to help evacuees meet their medical and nursing care costs.

Kosaburo Nishime, the minister in charge of rebuilding, acknowledged Nov. 9 that the Reconstruction Agency is engaged in discussions to assess what local governments want in the planned overhaul of the program.

Under the current program, residents of 13 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture who were ordered or advised to evacuate in the aftermath of the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in 2011 have had full or partial reductions of their health or nursing care costs. The number of evacuees from those municipalities totaled 150,000 as of August 2011.

The agency plans to begin scaling back the size of the aid as early as in fiscal 2023, according to a senior agency official.

The target that will come under the review concerns residents of 11 municipalities where the evacuation orders had been lifted by April 2017.

The agency plans to phase out the assistance over several years after notifying the appropriate authorities a year in advance of the end of the aid program.

But about 22,000 evacuees, including those from Okuma and Futaba, the towns co-hosting the crippled nuclear plant, as well as those who are not allowed to return due to continuing high levels of radiation, will not come under the planned review, according to agency officials.

The agency will consider that situation at a later date.

The move toward a full-scale review was prompted by concerns raised within the agency about the fairness of extending the assistance program when many residents in the same municipality had no access to such benefits.

For instance, Tamura and Minami-Soma have two types of evacuees, depending on where affected communities are located in their cities: residents ordered to evacuate and those who evacuated voluntarily. The latter are not eligible to receive any reduction in their health and nursing care costs.

This has given rise to a growing sense of resentment among those without access to the assistance in light of the fact the aid program has now been in place for many years.

On the other hand, plans to review the program have already met with fierce opposition from local officials.

“It is totally unacceptable,” said Ikuo Yamamoto, the mayor of Tomioka.

Evacuation orders were lifted in April 2017 for most parts of the town. But some areas are still off-limits.

“We are still in the middle of rebuilding,” Yamamoto complained. “I strongly request that the central government keeps the current program going as it is.”

Yuichi Harada, who is 72 years old and lives as an evacuee in Nihonmatsu after he fled Namie, both in the prefecture, said a blanket review of the program was the wrong approach.

“Some evacuees have to pay a lot more in medical fees than before as their health started to deteriorate” due to the evacuation, he said. “The government should fine-tune the program to reach out to people who badly need assistance.”

The central government sets aside about 25 billion yen ($221 million) annually for health and nursing care assistance to evacuees.

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14478893

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Japan’s decision to release over 1.2 mil. tons of wastewater from nuclear plant under review

The IAEA promotes the nuclear industry, it is the accomplice of the nuclear industry. How in the hell could we ever expect of fair impartial review of Tepco’s radioactive water sea dumping plan? They are partners in crime, so it’s all B.S. play for the general public eyes….

February 16, 2022

Japan’s decision to release nuclear wastewater into the Pacific alarmed the international community last year. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) travelled to Japan this month to carry out another review of the safety of this plan.

February 17, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima Thyroid Cancer in Kids – Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano – NH #556

  • Joseph Mangano is Executive director of Radiation and Public Health Project.  He is an epidemiologist – one who searches for the cause of disease, identifies people who are at risk, determines how to control or stop the spread, or prevent it from happening again. Joe has over 30 years of experience working with nuclear numbers and comes from a history of teasing out health information from data.  We spoke on Friday, February 11, 2022.

http://nuclearhotseat.com/2022/02/16/fukushima-thyroid-cancer-in-kids-mangano/?fbclid=IwAR2d_WRilJ3HlDPNgRKAMz3bU_cB77kLW3TJ_DvNzC25kFDTWHK9TFVrMjs

February 17, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment

Once discharged, the nuclear contaminated water never goes back

Gustavo Caruso (2th L), director and coordinator of the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security department, meeting with Junichi Matsumoto (4th R), the chief officer for the treated water management of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) in Tokyo, Japan, February 14, 2022.

15-Feb-2022

It has been almost 10 months since Japan initially announced its plan to discharge the contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power station into the Pacific Ocean. Amid the roaring criticism and anger from across the globe, Japan chose to close its eyes and ears while stubbornly wading to the end of the cliff.

When this article goes to press, a delegation from International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) is now visiting the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to review Japan’s discharge plan, which is the result of long and tiresome international bargain since it is always a tough job asking the Japanese government to correct its mistakes.

The 2011 Fukushima earthquake was an inevitably tragic accident, but the irresponsible treatment of the contaminated water is tantamount to a man-made disaster, setting the worst precedent of human response to nuclear threat.

By releasing the contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, Japan is spreading the risk of nuclear exposure to every coast of the ocean and eventually the whole maritime system potentially poisoning creatures off-shore and under the sea alike.

A barely discussed issue about Japan’s decision is what a grave international human right abuse it could be. It deprived people both in Japan and beyond of the very basic human need – to live and thrive in a sound and healthy environment.

This is literally of everyone’s concern – the water we drink, the seafood we consume, the beaches on which we relax, and we don’t want all those things bright and beautiful screwed up by the enduring threats of nuclear radiation. Not a chance.

Releasing the nuclear contaminated water into the ocean is by no means a responsible solution. Many other options that are more scientific and eco-friendly are actually on the table. However, the Japanese government has chosen the least time-consuming and expensive one, i.e. to dump it into ocean, citing a crappy explanation such as a lack of storage space. And that is why the ceaseless and furious protests from local communities in Fukushima and neighboring countries have all been met with a deaf ear in Tokyo.

The act of Japanese government has not only disgraced itself internationally, but also stained Fukushima’s reputation and stigmatized the local people and food, for whom it should be most responsible. Historically, Hiroshima paid for the imperialist government’s evildoing and, sadly, became almost an acronym for nuclear destruction.

Now, Fukushima has paid for the current government’s irresponsibility and, sadly, has to risk becoming the acronym for man-made disastrous nuclear exposure. From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Japanese politicians sacrificed the fundamental interests of the Japanese people for their own mistakes.

According to the data released by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan recently, the radioactivity of cesium detected in Schlegel’s rockfish captured off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture reached 1400 Bq/kg, way exceeding the national standard of 100 Bq/kg. It is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Tremendously proud of its booming fishery industry, Fukushima feels stabbed in the back by its national government. But that surely won’t take one yen away from the pockets of the Japanese decision-makers, while those expensive but responsible and eco-friendly solutions will.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-02-15/Once-discharged-the-nuclear-contaminated-water-never-goes-back-17FJa4wHK8M/index.html

February 17, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment