FUKUSHIMA & OTHER NUKE DISASTERS

Nov 22 06:50

WIPP: HuffPo Comedy OpEd So Stupid Its Dangerous - And Telling

Once it was dumped into the ...[WIPP] nuclear waste, the litter just burned ...away on the trip from Los Alamos to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant until finally it burned right through the side of the drum and leaked out. ...How many times do I have to tell you people? When you buy organic stuff, you're not just getting ripped off; you're also a serious threat to our national health. Stop it right now, or one day you'll kill us all, you mad fools.

Without a well honed critical faculty we are screwed.

Nov 17 09:21

Fukushima radiation detected off California coast: Low levels of isotope from 2011 nuclear disaster found

Trace amounts of radiation originating from the Fukushima disaster have been detected off the Californian coast.

Although the levels are not high enough to cause any health issues in humans, the discovery is a worry that radiation can travel so far from the disaster.

It is the first detection of radiation originating from Fukushima found across the Pacific Ocean.

Nov 11 07:26

Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles off California coast

Scientists have found traces of leaked radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident off the coast of California. Radiation experts, though, say the levels are harmless.

Trace amounts of isotopes linked to Fukushima radiation were detected about 100 miles (160km) west of Eureka, a city in northern California, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a Massachusetts-based research organization, announced Monday in a press release.

Nov 10 19:01

Fukushima radiation identified off northern California

Low-level radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident has been detected in multiple samples of ocean water off the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.

Nov 07 07:02

Nuclear power in Japan set to restart with green light for Sendai plant

Regional authorities in Japan have approved the restart of the idle nuclear power plant at Sendai, paving the way for a revival of the nuclear industry three years after it was shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The southern Kagoshima prefecture has voted to back a move by a local township to restart the two-reactor Sendai plant.

Nov 06 07:27

Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts

BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES… “TVA conducted a briefing for government officials… after discovery of a sink hole near the base… water and sediment [has been] found seeping from the river below the dam. TVA is continuously monitoring the dam… The dam is located upstream of all three TVA nuclear sites… The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified. The licensee is evaluating this event for potential impact on the design basis flooding level.”

Nov 06 07:26

Status Updates of Honeywell Nuclear Incident NRC On The record Re:”ALERT: Nuclear Accident in Illinois tonight at Honeywell plant, shelter in place”

There was a confirmed uranium hexafluoride release at Honeywell Works in Metropolis, IL at 8pm tonight. Sirens have sounded and Honeywell guards have told people to shelter in place, close windows, and turn off A/C.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uranium hexafluoride is the feed stock for enrichment, and is not only radioactive but toxic and corrosive.

Nov 06 07:04

Czech nuclear plant shuts down 2 reactors after cooling system leak

The Dukovany nuclear power plant in the southern Czech Republic has halted operations of two of its reactors after a pipe in the facility’s cooling system started to leak.

The Wednesday shutdown was necessary as the repair was likely to take more than three days, which is allowed under safety regulations, the plant’s operator, Czech electricity company CEZ said.

The leaking in the technical water system, which is used for cooling the important technical and safety devices at the plant, was discovered Monday, the company said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sounds like they are NOT talking about the primary cooling loop that transfers the reactor heat to the steam generators, so there is no leak of radiation involved.

Nov 05 08:42

Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream

Oct. 20 inspection of [Tennessee's Boone] dam revealed a sink hole… Six days later, an uncommon occurrence happened when seepage was found near the location of the sink hole at the base of the dam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who decided not to set the bottom of the dam on solid bedrock in the first place?!?

Nov 04 13:40

Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat

Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. The fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if exposed to air, spreading intense radiation over a wide area.

Oct 31 08:58

Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

Oct 29 09:53

Japan Reacts to Worsening Fukushima Disaster By … Reopening Nuclear Plant Next to Active Volcano Which Is About to Blow

Scientists warned that an earthquake could take out Fukushima. The Japanese ignored the warning … and even tore down the natural seawall which protected Fukushima from tidal waves.

Fukushima is getting worse. And see this and this.

Have the Japanese learned their lesson? Are they decommissioning nuclear plants which are built in dangerous environments?

Of course not!

Instead, they’re re-starting a nuclear plant near a volcano which is about to blow …

Oct 22 10:46

Prosecutors set to decide whether to indict Tepco execs over nuclear disaster

Prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives over their handling of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster, in a process that could drag the company into criminal court.

The judicial review is unlikely to see Tepco executives go to prison, legal experts say, but rehashing details of the meltdowns and explosions that followed the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami will cast a harsh light on the struggling utility and will not help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unpopular effort to restart the nation’s idled reactors.

Oct 06 09:06

New cracks in Hunterston reactor

New cracks found in the core of the Hunterston-B nuclear reactor could threaten operator EDF's plans to extend the Scottish power station's life.

Sep 22 14:43

Something Very Strange Is Going On In California And New Mexico

Is it just a coincidence that just days after a report is released by ENENews that the leader of the Fukushima study stated that “Intense” radiation exposure was headed towards the US west coast with a plume traveling very fast and that “high concentrations” would impact the west coast with a prolonged period of radioactive upwelling expected, the highest of readings in San Diego, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico, suddenly vanish, go totally offline, and when they reappear those numbers have dropped by hundreds of Counts Per Minute?

Sep 13 07:51

Plutonium found in city nearly 30 miles from US nuclear site

It appears the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is far from reopening… According to photographic evidence made public by the DOE, it appears a chemical reaction caused an explosion inside one of the waste drums. The explosion melted through portions of the drum, and the incident triggered a small release of americium and plutonium into the outside air about half a mile from the facility.

“Plutonium… about half a mile from the facility”? Recently published air monitoring data from the state of New Mexico indicates that soon after the WIPP radioactive release 3 types of plutonium were found nearly 30 miles away in Carlsbad, the state’s 10th largest city. The levels were similar to those found within the nuclear site’s boundary:

Aug 22 08:25

FLASHBACK - Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected

Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, created an inadvertent laboratory to study the impacts of radiation — and more than twenty years later, the site still holds surprises.

Reinhabiting the large exclusion zone around the accident site may have to wait longer than expected. Radioactive cesium isn’t disappearing from the environment as quickly as predicted, according to new research presented here Monday at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Cesium 137?s half-life — the time it takes for half of a given amount of material to decay — is 30 years. In addition to that, cesium-137’s total ecological half-life — the time for half the cesium to disappear from the local environment through processes such as migration, weathering, and removal by organisms is also typically 30 years or less, but the amount of cesium in soil near Chernobyl isn’t decreasing nearly that fast. And scientists don’t know why.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same will hold true for Fukushima.

Aug 19 10:15

Northwest Alaska villagers concerned about dead salmon washing up along Kobuk River

For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska's Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs.

Aug 16 08:08

TV: Devastating mystery illness hits California horses — “Nobody will even tell us what it is” — Skin falling off, covered in painful lesions, eyes swollen shut, liver damage, fainting — Expert: Never seen anything like it in 40 year career

Daily Press, Aug 5, 2014 (emphasis added): MYSTERY ILLNESS — Alyssa Langel['s] three-year-old horse [...] has large patches of skin exposed. [Owners] remain unsure what caused many horses to manifest swollen eyes and lips, as well as blisters [...] They heard of a similar outbreak affecting other horse communities in California.

CBS, Aug 6, 2014 (h/t Anonymous tip): There’s a mystery about what’s making dozens of horses sick here in Southern California. >> Watch it here

Kendall Melline, owner of sick horses: “It’s devastating… I’ve got my national champion, who her entire body, her entire first layer of skin is going to fall off.” [...] She’s not seen any improvement in Bunny and is very concerned.

Melline: “Her eyes are swollen almost completely shut… I’ve heard about 70 other horses have come down with something like this.”

Aug 16 08:07

The Crushing Effects Of Radiation From The Fukushima Disaster On The Ecosystem Are Being Slowly Revealed

A range of scientific studies at Fukushima have begun to reveal the impact on the natural world from the radiation leaks at the power station in Japan caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Biological samples were obtained only after extensive delays following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown, limiting the information which could be gained about the impact of that disaster.

Scientists, determined not to repeat the shortcomings of the Chernobyl studies, began gathering biological information only a few months after the meltdown of the Daiichi power plant in 2011.

Aug 15 14:31

Scientists detect genetic abnormalities in Fukushima birds, insects

In a set of papers published Thursday in the Journal of Heredity, a U.S. publication, Japanese and U.S. scientists warned that radioactive materials released from by the core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant could have caused abnormalities in the genes of nearby birds and insects.

Aug 07 07:23

Official: “Unfortunately, the fuel itself is exposed” at Fukushima — Scientist: Our tests show contamination isn’t going away… reactors are leaking out into ocean… there’s still a problem

NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien [...] has traveled to Fukushima three times and six times entered the exclusion zone, which he described as a “post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time.” We’ve stitched his latest reports together into this documentary-length video. They include his tour of the hazardous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and a look at the health of marine life off the coast of Japan [...] Plus, a never-before-seen exclusive tour of Fukushima Daini, Daiichi’s sister plant, which narrowly escaped the same fate.

Aug 06 08:30

Three Years later, Japan Finally Tells The Truth: More Fuel Melted At Fukushima

After years of obfuscation and, simply put, lies; TEPCO has admitted in a new report that more nuclear fuel had melted at the Fukushima nuclear reactor than previously stated. While this is dreadful news, it gets worse, as the report further confirms that despite Abe's promises and TEPCO's state-funded efforts to build ice-walls, it may miss an important deadline binding it to clean radioactive water stored inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. Bloomberg reports officials commenting "we are doing everything we can do," but it appears, that is not enough as tens of thousands of tons of toxic water are expected to remain at the site by the imposed deadline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. We have seen how governments lie about disasters, whether it was the US at Three Mike Island, the US again in the Gulf Oil Disaster, Russia during Chernobyl, and Japan/US at Fukushima.

So why would anyone trust anything government says about Ebola today?

Jul 07 09:22

No prospect to resume cooling No.5 fuel pool

The temperature in the pool rose to 25.7 degrees Celsius on Monday, up 2 degrees from Sunday.

TEPCO says the temperature will reach the company's safety limit of 65 degrees in a little over a week.

The operator plans to channel seawater into the pool to curb the rise in temperature.

Jul 07 08:40

Nuclear Radiation Releases Continue in New Mexico

Environmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only U.S. underground nuclear weapons waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.

Radiation levels in the underground storage area, 2,150 feet below the surface vary from near-normal to potentially lethal. At the time of the February accident, more than 20 WIPP workers suffered low level radioactive contamination, even though none of them were underground. WIPP assumes, but cannot confirm, that underground conditions have not changed since May 31, when the last entry team went into the mine, as reported by WIPP field manager Jose Franco on June 5:

Jul 05 07:32

Radioactive load from hijacked truck found in Mexico

Mexican authorities have recovered dangerous iridium-192 material stolen from a truck on Thursday in Tlalnepantla, north of the capital. The container had no leakage and radioactive material did not cause harm to the population, the authorities announced.

“We located the radioactive source” the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior Luis Felipe Puente said via his twitter. All of the material appears to be accounted for, he later added in an interview with Milenio television.

Jul 02 09:43

Nuclear Radiation Releases Continue in New Mexico

nvironmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only underground storage facility for nuclear weapons waste in the U.S., near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.

Radiation levels in the underground storage area, 2,150 feet below the surface, vary from near-normal to potentially lethal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THERE is a wonderful employment opportunity for those illegals!

Jun 28 07:37

State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen's group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No way would I trust the FDA on this.

Jun 17 05:42

Two moderate earthquakes hit near Japan's Fukushima

Two moderate earthquakes struck off Japan's eastern coast near Fukushima in the early hours on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, predicting a low chance of any major damage being caused.

Jun 12 06:36

On Fukushima Beach - Must See Documentary

Jun 05 06:09

The Radioactive Waste Disaster

It was always a terrible name – The Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision. Ever since the first cupful of deadly nuclear waste was generated at Chicago’s Fermi reactor, on December 2, 1942, no one has ever had the slightest ounce of confidence about what to do with it. It was the ultimate kick-the-can-down-the-road decision. Make radioactive waste now. Worry about the disposal problem later.

Now it’s later and no permanent, safe location or technology has ever been found – and may never be found – to isolate even that first cupful of radioactive waste from the biosphere. Instead, we have a mountain of radioactive waste 70 years high.

Apr 05 13:11

Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Spills Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO believes they have accidentally spilled 12 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

Apr 05 10:54

US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami

The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to fire cannons loaded with high explosive rounds to sink the vessel.

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The Japan earthquake triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, but Alaska state health and environmental officials have said there's little need to be worried that debris landing on Alaska shores will be contaminated by radiation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there were no threat from radiation the boat could be salvaged and sold, or sent back to the Japanese fishermen who no doubt miss it. They are NOT sinking it because of diesel fuel.

Apr 05 08:51

Penly 2 Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Following Fire In Oil Pumps

The Penly 2 nuclear reactor in France has been shut down after an oil fire broke out in pumps in the reactor.

Apr 04 10:17

Radiation Levels in California Rain Recorded at 506% Above Normal

A radiation test carried out after a storm swept through Southern California has recorded radiation at 506% above normal background level

Apr 04 09:04

Reconstruction minister suggests no-return zone

Japan's reconstruction minister has hinted unofficially that some areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have to be declared off-limits indefinitely.

Apr 04 09:04

Food over new limit for radioactive cesium

Following the introduction of new safety regulations in Japan, several types of food have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the legal limit.

Stricter health standards for staple foods such as vegetables and rice were introduced on Sunday. Permissible levels of radioactivity were reduced from 500 to 100 becquerels per kilogram.

Health ministry officials said bamboo shoots harvested in the Kisarazu and Ichihara regions east of Tokyo were contaminated with 120 and 110 becquerels of radioactive Cesium per kilogram respectively.

Mar 16 12:27

Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii

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