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17 workers exposured to plutonium inside old Idaho nuclear reactor — Details on health “not immediately provided” — “No evidence” of radioactive release outside facility

(Emphasis Added) KTLA News at 6:28 pm ET: The Idaho National Laboratory, a U.S. Energy Department nuclear research site in eastern Idaho, said on Tuesday that 17 employees have been exposed to plutonium.

Deseret News at 6:12 pm ET: “There is no evidence of a release of contamination outside the facility, emergency command officials . . . → Read More: 17 workers exposured to plutonium inside old Idaho nuclear reactor — Details on health “not immediately provided” — “No evidence” of radioactive release outside facility

Gov’t Report: Kansas detected Iodine-131 in grass at over 2,000 pCi/kg — “Attributed to Fukushima” — About 700% higher than highest levels reported by UC Berkeley

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Report of Radiological Environmental Monitoring of the Environs Surrounding Wolf Creek Generating Station, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, July 2010-June 2011:

Sample: WCFV-1-A-005-2.5 Location: Sharpe Type: Pasturage Date: April 5, 2011

“Sample contained 2072.0 ± 72 pCi/kg 131I and 503.0 ± 29 137Cs. This was not a result of WCGS operation, but is . . . → Read More: Gov’t Report: Kansas detected Iodine-131 in grass at over 2,000 pCi/kg — “Attributed to Fukushima” — About 700% higher than highest levels reported by UC Berkeley

Gov’t: Japanese on average exposed to 100 microsieverts/yr of internal radiation from Fukushima… via food alone

Fukushima health concerns, Japan Times Editorial, Nov. 8, 2011:

“The health ministry estimates that at present, internal radiation exposure among various age groups from food in the wake of the Fukushima No. 1 accidents is about 0.1 millisieverts per year on the average and that if the new standard is enforced, the lifetime radiation . . . → Read More: Gov’t: Japanese on average exposed to 100 microsieverts/yr of internal radiation from Fukushima… via food alone

Japan Times: People “fed up with the shroud of secrecy” in Fukushima — Starting to smuggle in journalists — Must rely on media for help

Fukushima health concerns, Japan Times Editorial, Nov. 8, 2011:

“Increasingly [those forced from their homes as a result of the disaster] are fed up with the shroud of secrecy thrown over the Fukushima plant and the abandoned towns and villages where families had lived for centuries.”

“The less media coverage there is, the more . . . → Read More: Japan Times: People “fed up with the shroud of secrecy” in Fukushima — Starting to smuggle in journalists — Must rely on media for help

Expert on Fukushima radiation in US: “We know its going to impact public health” (VIDEO)

Title: Interview – Marco Kaltofen – Airborne Radiation Spread

Uploaded by: talkingsticktv

Date: Nov 6, 2011

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Interview with Marco Kaltofen, PE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, about his research studying airborne radioactive particles from Fukushima

Transcript Excerpt:

At 12:45 in

It’s more a matter of something happened that we didn’t want to happen. We know . . . → Read More: Expert on Fukushima radiation in US: “We know its going to impact public health” (VIDEO)

Tokyo Professor: Spiders bio-concentrated radioactive silver at 1,000 times level in soil

#Radiation in Japan: Spiders in Iitate-mura Concentrating Radioactive Silver 1,000 Times, EX-SKF, November 8, 2011:

Dr. Bin Mori is a professor emeritus at University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture.

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In his post on October 30, Professor Mori wrote about his discovery, probably the world first, he made in spiders (Nephila clavata) he caught . . . → Read More: Tokyo Professor: Spiders bio-concentrated radioactive silver at 1,000 times level in soil

The Economist: Fukushima engineer reveals workers “often keeled over” while clearing radioactive rubble, heat blamed — Taken away in ambulance, “usually” they returned

Nov. 5 — Setting the scene for its revealing report on the plight of workers at Fukushima Daiichi, the Economist details conditions outside the stricken plant. “Patrol cars stop passing vehicles,” notes the reporter, “The police are particularly vigilant in preventing unauthorised people getting near the stricken plant.” Meet the Workers

“The air of . . . → Read More: The Economist: Fukushima engineer reveals workers “often keeled over” while clearing radioactive rubble, heat blamed — Taken away in ambulance, “usually” they returned

FORUM: Discussion Thread for November 8 – 14, 2011

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