FUKUSHIMA & OTHER NUKE DISASTERS

Apr 18 23:32

MIT team pushing to develop offshore floating nuclear power plants

While technology add convenience, it can also be a duel-edged sword

Apr 18 19:35

NM Radiation Leak Called 'Dirty-Bomb' by Noted Author, Judge, & TV/Radio Personality William Boardman | WIPP Files

A thorough treatment of the crisis to date.

...The first thing the U.S. government and the government contractor charged with running the supposedly secure radioactive waste project immediately did, when faced with the first-time-ever release of radioactivity from the underground site, was not tell anyone anything. They told no one the truth for four days, even though the truth didn’t seem all that bad, as such things go. Unless contradictory data emerged, this would seem to be a brief release of a relatively small amount of very dangerous isotopes from nuclear weapons waste stored half a mile underground in a salt deposit. While the full scope of the release remains unknown weeks later, it seems clear that this was no Fukushima, except for the operators’ default to instant deceit....

...Among the details that remain unclear about this WIPP accident are how long it took the system to detect the release and how much Plutonium and Americium were released. The government’s initial position was none. That wouldn’t last long....

Guest post. Highly recommended.

Apr 18 11:42

Nuclear power plants will become America’s extinction level event

On April 11, 2014, I received a communication from a reader, who is a nuclear power plant employee, that warned me about an impending FEMA visit to the nuclear power plant at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant in Arizona.

Apr 18 08:24

More Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Leaks

A Waste Isolation Pilot Plant manager on Thursday said crews have found contamination underground. A team wearing protective gear discovered radioactive contamination in the storage unit known as panel seven, one of eight sprawling panels built into an excavated salt mine designed to house waste from the country's nuclear defense program. The team made its discovery on Wednesday. "The more they went into panel seven, the more (the contamination) became more widespread," said Tammy Reynolds, deputy recovery manager, at a Thursday town hall meeting in Carlsbad.

Apr 17 08:43

L.A. News Outlet: Fukushima plume worries to sink fishing industry? Area newspapers “warning readers to avoid eating locally-caught fish” — Homeland Security Center director: Banana has 100 times more radiation

According to Isaac Maya, oxymoronic Director of Research at USC’s oxymoronic Homeland Security Center: One ten ounce serving of Blue fin Tuna that swum from Japan to the United States contain one nanosievert of radiation. By comparison one banana contains 100 nanosieverts.

Isaac Maya contact info:
isaac.maya@usc.edu
(213) 740-3865

Let him know that his false statements are treason and acts of genocide. Please post everywhere. People need to know that the US government is complicit in the eradication of all life on this planet.

Apr 15 07:36

Japanese government seeks approval to dump more radioactive groundwater into ocean

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is currently handling cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, is pushing the country's fisheries federation to allow more dumping of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. GlobalPost reports that the electric utility wants to start mixing highly contaminated radioactive wastewater with fresh groundwater, which it would then release into the Pacific in diluted form.

Apr 13 13:15

Japan's Radioactive Potemkin Village: The Government's Double-Dealing Data

Richard Wilcox, PhD
Activist Post

I stand to be corrected but what I recently witnessed first hand and face to face in the city of Nihonmatsu can be interpreted as nothing other than scientific fraud and blatant misrepresentation of the facts on the part of the Japanese government regarding gamma radiation levels, leading to the early deaths of tens of thousands of residents. I visited a large nuclear refugee camp in a beautiful location near Nihonmatsu, a modest sized city just outside the evacuation zone of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 (FNPP#1) disaster site...

Apr 12 09:41

This Article Is ONLY For People Who Eat

If we can stand this down with loving support of our fellow men, it will be a real victory. And if we cannot, you’d better plant a garden and be ready for your turn to be “Cliven Bundy.”

Apr 10 21:02

US Service Members Lied To About Killer Fukushima

US service members who took part in cleanup efforts after the Fukushima nuclear disaster have since been diagnosed with ailments like cancer. Now, in a class action lawsuit, they allege they were misled about radiation risks, RT’s Ameera David reports.

Apr 09 12:47

‘Anti-radiation belt’ developed by Israeli firm for nuclear emergencies

An Israeli company called Stemrad has developed a body belt that protects people from the worst effects of gamma radiation. Called the Stemrad 360 Gamma, the belt could be a lifesaver for the emergency services in a nuclear accident.

Oren Milstein, the co-founder of Stemrad, says it’s partially made out of lead and is designed to first and foremost protect the pelvic area, where most of the body’s renewable bone marrow is made, Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is of very limited value. Gamma rays can still impact other areas of the body, triggering cancers, and this device does not do anything to prevent contamination by a hot particle.

Apr 09 12:17

Defect found in water treatment system

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is blaming a chipped filter for the latest breakdown of its water decontaminating system.

Apr 08 06:31

The Hottest Particle

Three years ago, Fairewinds was one of the first organizations to talk about “hot particles” that are scattered all over Japan and North America’s west coast. Hot particles are dangerous and difficult to detect. In this video Mr. Kaltofen discusses the hottest hot particle he has ever found, and it was discovered more than 300 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi site. If Fairewinds Energy Education was a Japanese website, the State Secrets Law would likely prevent us from issuing this video.

Apr 07 04:25

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Cancer rates in many areas of Japan are on the rise following the global catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility back in March 2011. And some Japanese doctors now caring for all those radiation refugees who were shipped out from areas surrounding the nuclear plant after it exploded say fallout from the disaster is likely to blame for this massive uptick in disease.

The German media group Deutsche Welle (DW) reports that many radiation refugees are having to watch as their family members and pets suffer gruesome fates at the hands of what appears to be radiation poisoning. One elderly woman told reporters that her dog lost all the hair around his neck, his skin turned black, and he eventually died, all signs that suggest a link to radiation.

Many people are also suffering, as evidenced by tests revealing an increase in thyroid damage among folks who lived in close proximity to the plant.

Apr 06 06:58

TEPCO relies on destitute alcoholics to clean up Fukushima; workers bathed in radioactive waste

Officials with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have shifted attention away from the energy producer's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in recent months, leaving a poorly trained, often unskilled and demoralized workforce to take care of the dangerous radiological cleanup there, multiple reports say.

Meanwhile, as reported by The New York Times, TEPCO continues to pour a wealth of resources into Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, another plant that the company hopes to restart later in 2014 as part of the government's plan to begin using nuclear-generated power again some three years after the world's second-worst nuclear disaster - a move that some on the country's nuclear regulatory board have criticized.

Apr 04 19:36

The Monster on the Hill

If Adelson could dictate our future, it would spell disaster for our country. INDEED, IF anyone had any illusions about American politics, they were dispelled this week.

The casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, organized a public display of his power. He summoned to his Las Vegas betting paradise the four most probable Republican candidates for the next presidential elections, in order to choose one of them. All the invitees heeded the summons, of course.

It was a shameless exhibition. The politicians groveled before the casino lord. Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

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Apr 03 09:43

Global Power Structures: Masterlist of 1,150 NGOs and 300 Key People in Them

"[Think tanks] exert definite and even considerable influence on the process of elaborating and making political decisions. It is connected with the fact that ... leaders of such centers have as a rule personal close links with the [government]. Second, the centers are created in order to prepare and adopt the major political decisions in the shade, far from public. Third, such analytical and expert centers really accumulate the best intellectual forces of the country and fourth, not always but rather often, the centers were founded simply to provide jobs to [retired] politicians."

Notice that Henry Kissinger is first on the list with 104 known associations.

Apr 03 08:31

Canadian 10th Grader Discovers Radioactive Imported Seafood Long After Government Stopped Testing

Radioactive seafood isn’t foreign to Canadian grocery stores, but we have no research and development professionals to thank for that information—just a 10th grader from Alberta.

Bronwyn Delacruz of Grande Prairie Composite High School in Alberta made her discovery with the help of a $600 Geiger counter her father purchased and the need to complete a science project. She told Metro Canada that she decided to test the radioactivity of seafood—mostly seaweed—because she was shocked to learn that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods in that manner the year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

“Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”

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Apr 02 12:27

Fukushima Fallout: Canadians Are Eating Radioactive Seafood

Radioactive seafood isn’t foreign to Canadian grocery stores, but we have no research and development professionals to thank for that information—just a 10th grader from Alberta.

Apr 02 10:36

Contamination Even More Widespread After Nuclear Dump Site Leak

Four more workers have now tested positive for radiation after being exposed to a February leak from an underground nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad, New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday, bringing the total number of contaminated workers to 21.

Apr 02 09:37

Fukushima radiation ‘unlikely’ to increase cancer rates – UN report

Fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is unlikely to increase cancer rates in Japan, a UN study has found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United Nations has lost all credibility by issuing this report, which flies in the face of the experiences following Chernobyl, arguably a less severe nuclear accident than Fukushima. In the same week, the United Nation's IPCC issued a report that states carbon dioxide could potentially end the world unless it is taxed!

Apr 01 18:41

Alberta student’s science project finds high radiation levels in grocery-store seafood

Alberta (Canada) high-school student Bronwyn Delacruz loves sushi, but became concerned last summer after learning how little food inspection actually takes place on some of its key ingredients.

The Grade 10 student from Grande Prairie said she was shocked to discover that, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods for radiation in 2012.

So, she decided to carry out her own tests.

Armed with a $600 Geiger counter bought by her dad, Delacruz studied a variety of seafoods – particularly seaweeds – as part of an award-winning science project that she will take to a national fair next month.

“Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”

Apr 01 14:50

Fukushima Families Return to Homes in ‘Hot Zone’

The completion of decontamination work allowed residents of a small part of the Fukushima exclusion zone to return home Tuesday, just over three years after they were forced into exile.

Mar 26 06:23

fukushima still out of control March-2014

Mar 25 08:23

Caldicott: Fukushima to be pouring radioactive water into Pacific “probably for the rest of time… forever more”

There seems to be no end in sight for this dreadful catastrophe. About 300 to 400 tons of radioactive water per day are pouring into the Pacific, have been for the last 3 years, and will continue probably for the rest of time because no one can find out where the molten cores of a hundred of seethingly hot uranium are. No one can get near them because they’re so radioactive, and the water will continue to flow over them, I guess, forever more. I can’t see any other way out of it. [...] I had the same reaction as you when two days after the tsunami and earthquake occurred [...] I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach [...] there is simply nothing anyone can do about it. And people are asking me all the time what can I take, what nutrients can I take? There’s nothing you can take to remove the radioactive elements from your body once you’ve eaten them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only true for Fukushima, but for Hanford, Washington, and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Mar 23 08:01

Dr Helen Caldicott debunks rumour of death threats in Japan

That was debunked today by Doctor Helen Mary Caldicott herself. No one threatened her in Japan, during an interview there she was asked if she had ever been threatened before. She answered that in the past she had been threatened several times in the USA.

Mar 22 07:56

New Mexico cancels permit to expand leaky nuclear waste site

New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said.

Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after an accidental leak last month from the site which stores waste from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons production facilities.

Mar 22 07:29

Japan’s Radioactive Nightmare

I first saw “Nuclear Nation,” a haunting documentary about the Fukushima meltdown, at its New York première, late last year. It felt very Japanese to me. Instead of looping the most sensational footage—frothy waves demolishing harbors and main streets, exasperated talking heads—“Nuclear Nation” chronicles, through three seasons, the post-disaster struggles faced by so-called nuclear refugees from the tiny town of Futaba, one of several officially condemned and abandoned communities near the site of the disaster.

Mar 22 07:17

Thousands of Japanese Join Anti-Nuke Protest in Tokyo

As the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster nears, tens of thousands rallied in the country’s capital Sunday to protest against the nuclear industry and speak out against the government’s plans to resume nuke energy production to power the economy.

Mar 21 06:48

KPFA: Dr. Helen Caldicott threatened with death while in Japan for speaking about nuclear power — Students being charged with disturbing the peace for handing out flyers

We went to Osaka […] we were told there’s continuing repression. Activists here are being threatened, including Professor Shimoji who was arrested for handing out leaflets. The government is trying to suppress opposition to nuclear power by passing the secrecy law which just passed the parliament and also by intimidating antinuclear activists and saying they have to keep quiet. [...] We also learned from Dr. Helen Caldicott that she was threatened. She spoke at a meeting in Kyoto on the 8th and it was reported at the meeting that she had been threatened by right-wingers with death for speaking out about the dangers of nuclear power.

Mar 18 11:44

TEPCO halts water treatment system at Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Company has halted its system for decontaminating radioactive water at the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

TEPCO says it is testing operation of the ALPS water treatment system at the plant. The system is a key part of decontamination measures and is said to be capable of removing almost all radioactive substances from wastewater.

But TEPCO officials say they found performance had sharply deteriorated in one of 3 lines in the ALPS system when operation was halted to clean filters.

Mar 13 07:53

If Successful, Fukushima Class Actions Could Wipe Out GE

General Electric faces two multibillion-dollar class actions from people hurt by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its aftermath, who say GE and GE-Hitachi failed to properly design and maintain the power plant.
One 2-page summons and notice in New York County Supreme Court demands compensatory damages of at least $3 million per plaintiff, but does not estimate the size of the class.
No one died in the radiation leak set off by a tsunami, but more than 100,000 people were evacuated.
At $3 million apiece, damages would come to $300 billion.

Mar 11 13:05

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Blatantly Covered Up Significance of Fukushima

In the tense days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a concerted effort to play down the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis to America’s aging nuclear plants ….

The emails, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, show that the campaign to reassure the public about America’s nuclear industry came as the agency’s own experts were questioning U.S. safety standards and scrambling to determine whether new rules were needed to ensure that the meltdown occurring at the Japanese plant could not occur here.

Mar 10 13:29

Nuclear regulators misled the media after Fukushima, emails show

Emails obtained by journalists at NBC News reveal that officials at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission — the government agency that oversees reactor safety and security — purposely misled the media after the Fukushima, Japan disaster in 2011.

On Monday this week — one day shy of the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown — NBC published emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act that for the first time exposes on a major scale the efforts that NRC officials undertook in order to diminish the severity of the event in the hours and days after it began to unfold.

“In the tense days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, staff at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a concerted effort to play down the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis to America’s aging nuclear plants,” Bill Dedman wrote for NBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have every expectation that every US government agency will lie to the citizens of the US whenever they have the opportunity.

OF course, this means that when they actually, by accident, tell the American people the truth, they will have utterly no credibility.

Mar 07 09:56

NPR: Operators struggle with major crack in dam; Spillway could topple — AP: “Extends all 65 ft across monolith”; About 20 miles from Hanford nuclear site — TV: “Pretty crazy… one of biggest dams in state, going to be a catastrophe if something happens”

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington [...] The worst-case scenario is if the spillway was to topple. But [Thomas Stredwick, Grant County Public Utility District] thinks other sections of the dam would hold on and downstream communities should be safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maintenance by wishful thinking?

Let's look at a map.

Yep, that is a lot of water there. Now let us move downstream a bit, and we find another dam near Desert Aire. I doubt that one will contain the flood should the dam at Wanapum fail. Even if the dam at Desert Aire doesn't collapse, it will likely overtop. So, let's move a bit further downstream into where the resulting flood will flow, and we find ... The Hanford Nuclear Waste site!

Just imagine all that water getting into all those weakened and poorly constructed tanks holding all that highly radioactive material, and what that will do to the downstream lands fed by the Colombia River all the way to Portland, Oregon.

The long history of short-changing maintenance on US infrastructure to fund wars, prop up Wall Street, and fund Israel may well come back to haunt the US Government in a way they clearly did not imagine!

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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