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Simulations of radioactive substances diffusion from nuke plant released by gov’t

A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)
May 6, 2011

(Mainichi Japan) May 4, 2011

 
A chart simulating the spread of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant made at 4 p.m. on March 12. (Chart courtesy of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry)

The government has released its simulations of the spread of radioactive substances leaking from the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The government has begun releasing about 5,000 charts simulating the spread of radioactive substances — withheld since the simulations’ creation in March and April… Continue reading

Radiation danger denied

06/May/2011

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RADIOACTIVE material will not be trucked through Kwinana, according to State Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore, after claims by a WA Greens politician last week.

Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Robin Chapple said he had concerns over the proposed shipment of rare earth product from Lynas’ Mount Weld mine through Kwinana to Fremantle.

He said the material could contain thorium and would be shipped in sealed bags, similar to the method used by controversial lead mining company Magellan Metals.

“I would think that people living along the transport route and the Kwinana community would… Continue reading

Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements

World | May 3, 2011, Tuesday

 
 
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Bulgaria: Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements
64 This photograph released 30 April 2011 shows Katsuaki Kozuka showing a radiation measuring instrument in Kawauchimura located in the radius of 20-30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 2011. Phot
 

The Japanese government admitted it kept in secret at least 5000 radiation radiation measurements and assessments after the nuclear event which struck the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in March.

This was done in order not to… Continue reading

New U.S. nuclear reactors close to construction

 

NEW YORK | Wed May 4, 2011 11:11am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the first time in more than 30 years, the construction of new nuclear plants is underway in the United States despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan.

The accident at Fukushima Daiichi will cause the U.S. nuclear regulators to call for new inspections and additional regulatory scrutiny on both existing and new plants, but should not stop the construction of at least a few new reactors in the country, Standard & Poor’s credit analysts… Continue reading

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Despite Bipartisan Support, Nuclear Reactor Projects Falter

Stephen Morton for The New York Times

The Energy Department issued the first nuclear loan guarantee for the expansion of the Alvin W. Vogtle plant in Georgia.

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Published: April 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — In an effort to encourage nuclear power, Congress voted in 2005 to authorize $17.5 billion in loan guarantees for new reactors. Now, six years later, with the industry stalled by poor market conditions and the Fukushima disaster, nearly half of the fund remains unclaimed. And yet Congress, at the request of the Obama… Continue reading

Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan

 

By Zelie Pollon

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:40pm EDT

Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) – The U.S. government should rethink plans for a multi-billion dollar plutonium complex at Los Alamos after the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the discovery of increased seismic risk in New Mexico, nuclear watchdog groups said.

A hearing began on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on a lawsuit filed by the Los Alamos Study Group seeking to block any further design, construction or funding of the proposed Chemical… Continue reading

 

But where did He put the thing?

 
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Is there, or isn’t there, a God particle?

 
Most physicists believe there is, but reports of its appearance are probably premature.

A spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, was busy last week lowering expectations after a memo was leaked that suggested scientists may have discovered the long-sought Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson is an elementary particle that, according to physicists’ Standard Model, should exist. But no one has yet detected one.

Not, mind you,… Continue reading

Thomas Peracchio  for the Wilmington Technology Examiner 

Exelon also operates the world famous Three Mile Island facility in Pennsylvania
Photo: United States Department of Energy
 

Nuclear power giant Exelon Corporation announced this week their intent to merge with Constellation Energy in what investors call a stock-for-stock transaction.

While Delaware residents may not immediately recogize the Exelon name, they are probably familiar with the many Exelon nuclear power plants in our area.

Exelon Nuclear operates Peach Bottom Atomic… Continue reading

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Ties bind Japan nuke sector, regulators

(AP) – May 1, 2011

TOKYO (AP) — Nearly 10 years after Japan’s top utility first assured the government that its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was safe from any tsunami, regulators were just getting around to checking out the claim. The move was too little, too late.

But even if there had been scrutiny years before the fury of an earthquake-powered wave swamped the six atomic reactors at Fukushima on March 11, it is almost certain the government wouldn’t have challenged the unrealistic analysis that Tokyo Electric Power Co. had… Continue reading

Hundreds Voice Nuke Plant Concerns; NRC, Edison Try to Reassure Public

More than 300 turned out to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting to voice their concerns about the safety of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

By Adam Townsend | Email the author | April 28, 2011

Hundreds showed up to the annual Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday night to hear an assessment of how safely the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operated in 2010.

Residents—dozens of whom carried anti-nuclear energy placards—expressed their increased concerns that a disaster similar to the earthquake and tsunami that… Continue reading

Fukushima: Breach of Trust

From Forbes

Davia Temin
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Apr. 29 2011 – 7:23 pm
 

As news of the enormity of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear breach made its way around the world, our emotional responses were tugged in so many directions.

First, of course, came profound sadness, concern and compassion for the people of Japan.  Mother Nature is not only fickle, but sometimes downright evil. And losing over 14,000 souls to one natural disaster was devastating.

Then came admiration – for the way the Japanese were handling their trials and privations. No civil disobedience, few public… Continue reading

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www.NoNukes.org

A global library of information and links about nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear waste contamination, and citizen action for sustainable energy and human survival. Exploring paths beyond the global culture of violence. 

One of the most significant nuclear issues is that while human beings are fallible and prone to making occasional mistakes, nuclear materials are utterly unforgiving and never forget.  Once leaked, spilled or burned, their residues will cause illnesses and deaths for tens of thousands (and in the case of… Continue reading

Nuclear Power and India

Now is not the time for energy-starved India to increase nuclear dependency

Soaring costs and safety doubts post-Fukushima mean India is unwise to plan a doubling of its nuclear plants

Police officers guard the proposed site of the nuclear power project near Jaitapur

Police officers guard the proposed site of the nuclear power project near Jaitapur. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s nuclear disaster has fuelled fear and uncertainty among all of the world’s producers of nuclear power. For India, an energy-starved country with big nuclear plans, much is at stake.

The wider fear over… Continue reading

Unsure about nuclear power?

Here are the five questions you must answer to decide

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by Damian Carrington

26 Apr 2011 2:21 AM

Cross-posted from The Guardian.

ChernobylChernobyl begs a lot of questions 25 years later.Photo: Pedro Moura PinheiroContaining the elemental forces that rage inside a nuclear reactor is one of the great achievements of science, but losing control, as happened 25 years ago today at Chernobyl, is one of its greatest failures.

So what to think of nuclear power? People often ask me if I support or oppose the building of new nuclear… Continue reading

Part 1: Links (see Youtube video post)

Uploaded by connectingdots1 on Apr 27, 2011

TEPCO monitoring No.1 reactor & Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk & Workers continued the insertion of nitrogen gas into the No. 1 reactor to prevent “additional” explosions. White vapor continued to exit reactors No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, according to an IAEA statement.
http://enenews.com/iaea-vapor-rising-reactors-2-3-4

Nuclear fallout
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fallout

” New EPA radiation tests show Cesium in California rainwater ”
http://enenews.com/new-epa-tests-show-cesium-california-rainwater-highest-level-fukushima

“Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk”
http://enenews.com/radioactive-strontium-found-in-hawaii-milk

” TEPCO monitoring No.1 reactor ”
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_20.html?play

“Japan admits daily radioactive release from Fukushima at 154… Continue reading

Fukushima’s Abandoned Dogs

By Mary Hamer, M.D

27 April, 2011
Countercurrents.org

*PURPOSE: The purpose of this essay is to expose Fukushima ‘s abandoned animals, including dogs — in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear accident of March 2011.

*KEY SECTIONS: The key Sections of this paper are: I. Abandoned Animals: The Evidence from Fukushima , Katrina & Home Foreclosures. II. Human Cruelty & Animal Suffering. III. Recommendations & Comments.

I. ABANDONED ANIMALS:

*FAILURE of The JAPANESE GOVERNMENT to PROVIDE for ANIMAL EVACUATIONS after the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT:

*After the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: “The Japanese government made no provisions… Continue reading

Panel explores nuclear energy risks

 

By Barbara Richards, The Dartmouth Staff  
Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

 

Kevin Kamps, a specialist for an advocacy group that opposes nuclear energy, discussed the harmful effects of nuclear disasters at a panel on Tuesday.

Kevin Kamps, a specialist for an advocacy group that opposes nuclear energy, discussed the harmful effects of nuclear disasters at a panel on Tuesday.

Maggie Rowland / The Dartmouth Staff

The nuclear reactor tragedies at Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, as well as the unfolding disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi in Japan, demonstrate that the number of nuclear reactors and reliance on nuclear energy in the United States needs to be scaled back, Kevin Kamps,… Continue reading

Groups Urge Feds to Suspend Nuclear Licensing; Westinghouse Reactor Defect Was Missed By Regulators

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 20:35 FromPress Release HuntingtonNews.Net
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At least twelve national and regional environmental organizations called upon U.S. nuclear regulators to launch an investigation into newly identified flaws in Westinghouse’s new reactor design.

The coalition asked three federal agencies to suspend the AP1000 reactor from licensing and taxpayer loan consideration.The newly discovered design flaw is tied to documentation of dozens of corrosion holes being found in existing U.S. reactor containments, which recently has raised concern at the Advisory Committee on Reactor… Continue reading

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We’re getting a little tired hearing nuclear industry lobbyists and pro-nuclear politicians allege that environmentalists are now supporting nuclear power as a means of addressing the climate crisis. We know that’s not true, and we’re sure you do too. In fact, using nuclear power would be counterproductive at reducing carbon emissions. As Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute points out, “every dollar invested in nuclear expansion will… Continue reading

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Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Updates on Fukushima reactors and aftermath of Japan earthquake. Updated 11 am, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Highest radiation readings since onset of accident measured inside Unit 1. New video from nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson postulates Unit 3 explosion sparked by criticality in its fuel pool.

April 26, 2011. Protests, rallies and other actions in at least 21 states to commemorate 25th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe as well as ongoing Fukushima disaster. Actions for a nuclear-free world in April (and beyond). Find an action near you, tell us about your plans.

April 26,… Continue reading

Debt, Radiation and Earthquakes: It is Getting Worse and Everyone Knows It

 April 26, 2011 By Tom Burnett (posted by permission)

Greece, Ireland and Portugal are going to default on their national debts. Most other EU nations are bailing out of private bonds in those countries and converting their equity to national debt.

China is bailing out of private US debt and converting it to treasury paper. At some point, and I think we reached it in 2009, China own more of the US than the US does. The other major lender to the US is Japan… Continue reading

Chernobyl marks 25th anniversary

  
By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun April 27, 2011
 
Before Russian and Ukrainian leaders arrived at a site near Chernobyl on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident, crews washed down the site to disperse the radioactive dust that persists still.

“It’s impossible to be here without trepidation,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said to reporters at the sombre ceremony, where he joined with Ukrainian President Viktor Janukovych in calling for more security around nuclear power plants.

The explosion during a routine test at Chernobyl’s No.… Continue reading

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High radiation found at Ohio nuclear plant

Business First

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 8:16am EDT

 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inspecting a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio that recently has turned up high levels of radiation, the Associated Press reports.

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant, owned by FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) of Akron, is northeast of Cleveland. The commission said workers evacuated the plant last week when radiation levels rose amid a refueling shutdown, the news service reported.

Officials said the plant is safe and it’s unlikely workers were exposed to any radiation levels that… Continue reading

 
Plummeting Dollar: A New Wave of Treasuries and Toxic Waste
 
by Bob Chapman
 
Global Research, April 27, 2011

We believe there will be something similar to a QE3 by another name and the Fed will probably have to create some $2.5 trillion to buy Treasuries, Agencies, and toxic waste and perhaps inject funds into the economy. Japan certainly won’t be a buyer and probably will be a seller. China has indicated that they won’t be purchasers in the future either. The question also arises concerning the continued purchase of these securities by countries in the… Continue reading

From India Infoline News

China’s dance with exchange rates

 
 
 
MINT sourced by HT Media Ltd / 16:50 , Apr 27, 2011
 

Despite shaky economic fundamentals, US government securities are usually regarded as a safe haven

 
 
 
 Whenever a crisis erupts, the value of US Treasuries gets a boost. Indeed, they were among the few assets that did not decline during the 2008-09 crisis. But the safe-haven status of US government securities is an illusion. They are safe only in the sense that no one can stop the Federal Reserve from operating its printing… Continue reading

Nuclear Threat Across The Gulf Of Mannar

The ultra safety precautions taken by Sri Lankan authorities in testing the water in the Gulf of Mannar for radioactivity following the Fukushima disaster far away in the North Pacific Ocean seems comical when this month India’s biggest nuclear power generating complex at Koodankulam near Kanyakumari — just 40 miles from Mannar — will be commissioned.

India’s nuclear powerplant industry is on the rise

Of course the Indian authorities and their Russian collaborators have given 100 per cent assurances of nuclear safety but such assurances do not generate much confidence among… Continue reading

April 25, 2011

 

The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan … and the World

By HIROSE TAKASHI

Translated by Doug Lummis

The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts.  And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake activity and a major accident could happen at any time, the people live in constant state of anxiety.

Seismologists and geologists agree that, after some fifty years of seismic inactivity, with the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (Southern Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake), the country… Continue reading

Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience’s Bad Medicine Columnist
Date: 26 April 2011 Time: 09:09 AM ET
 
Nuclear Cooling Towers
 
 
Nuclear Cooling Towers
CREDIT: Orion Montoya

TOKYO — One must accept a risk of radiation exposure when flying in and out of Narita International Airport, the busiest airport in Japan, just east of Tokyo, but perhaps not for the reason you are thinking.

Fukushima Daiichi, the tsunami-damaged nuclear reactor site about 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the north, as the foolish crow flies, continues to leak trace amounts of radiation. Radioactive iodine-131 made it… Continue reading

Japan’s irradiated waters: How worried should we be?

April 26, 2011|By Ken Buesseler, Special to CNN for CNN Opinion

 Twenty-five years ago, I was a Ph.D. student here in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, studying the fate of fallout in the North Atlantic from nuclear weapons testing, when an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear plant released large quantities of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment. My colleagues and I immediately joined other scientists tracking these radioactive contaminants, which in my case focused on the Black Sea, the closest ocean to the accident site.

A quarter-century later, I can still… Continue reading

Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Will Be Rewired To Prevent Power Issues; TEPCO Promises No Problems

Uploaded to Youtube by TheFreedom2choose on Apr 25, 2011

Nothing to see here. Everything is fine. Move along folks!

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Rewiring starts at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Company is rewiring the power grid at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to secure the electricity supply in case of another strong quake.

The plant’s 6 reactors are now connected in pairs to external power sources. TEPCO began connecting the cables for the No.1 and No.2 reactors with the grid for the No.5 and… Continue reading

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis | April 28, 2011*

Uploaded to Youtube by on Apr 25, 2011

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis premieres Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT only on Discovery Channel. For more, visit: http://dsc.discovery.com/#mkcpgn=ytdsc1 | A comprehensive timeline of the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered a nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi. Paula Zahn takes us inside the dramatic story in Japan, and explores out what it will mean for nuclear power in the United States.

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The Medical Paradigm Is Fatally Flawed

Submitted by Lois Rain on April 20, 2011 – HealthFreedoms.org

When one is entrenched in a paradigm, it is difficult for those involved or simply outside observing to pinpoint its makings. A major example, why do the common medical practices touted to help us actually harm us when there are plenty of non-harmful methods? Why are some of the prevailing preventative measures those that cause the issues we were trying to prevent? Where is the common sense with both the medical establishment and those who trust its tenants… Continue reading

Monsanto’s New GM Soy to Grow “Fish Oil”

Submitted by Lois Rain on April 22, 2011 – HealthFreedoms.org 

Monsanto has a strange way of trying to regain a flagging popularity. But, they have the FDA on their side as they are just one approval away from flooding the market with their new GM soy that produces omega-3 fatty acids. FDA approval seems likely as the new soy is GRAS (generally recognized as safe by the FDA). The soy was bioengineered by inserting two genes: one from a flower and one from a red bread mold.

Even though Monsanto… Continue reading