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LA Times: US ‘nuclear renaissance’ short-circuited by Fukushima, study finds — “Clear that we are witnessing not a revival but a collapse” says legal expert

Report: US nuclear renaissance unlikely after Fukushima, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 28, 2011:

A new study released Wednesday said that the regulatory fallout from the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in March will short-circuit the U.S.nuclear renaissance of new power plant construction.

Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for . . . → Read More: LA Times: US ‘nuclear renaissance’ short-circuited by Fukushima, study finds — “Clear that we are witnessing not a revival but a collapse” says legal expert

Document shows high-profile nuclear experts under Japan gov’t surveillance

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List of people and organizations under the surveillance, Fukushima Diary, December 28, 2011:

This is the list of the people and organizations under the surveillance of Japanese government from 2008 to 2010. [...]

Overview of the list. [...]

原子力資料情報室 = Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center [...] 広瀬隆 = Hirose Takashi a science writer [...] 小出裕章 . . . → Read More: Document shows high-profile nuclear experts under Japan gov’t surveillance

NYT: Former NRC member says ‘nuclear party’ transcends Republican and Democratic parties

Agency Smackdown, Round 2: A Critique of ‘the Nuclear Party’

Peter A. Bradford, NRC member from 1977 to 1982

“What’s unusual here is the letter these four [NRC] commissioners have written [...] unquestionably with the intention it would become public” “These are professionals, they’re grown-ups, they don’t get scared under their desk by one . . . → Read More: NYT: Former NRC member says ‘nuclear party’ transcends Republican and Democratic parties

Diseased Alaska seals tested for radiation have abnormal brain growths, undersized lymph nodes — Environmental cause indicated — Also found in Russia, Canada — Walruses next? (PHOTOS)

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Deaths of Ringed Seals in Alaska an Unusual Mortality Event, Environmental News Service, Dec. 20, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:

Unusual Mortality Event Declared

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the recent deaths of ringed seals in [...] Alaska an unusual mortality event Since mid-July, more than 60 dead and 75 diseased seals, most of . . . → Read More: Diseased Alaska seals tested for radiation have abnormal brain growths, undersized lymph nodes — Environmental cause indicated — Also found in Russia, Canada — Walruses next? (PHOTOS)

UN Agency: Reactor 3 exploded a second time 24 hours later — Then wind and rain brought high levels of radiation over Tokyo, Sendai, Nagano

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Summary Report of RSMC Beijing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident Emergency Response, WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION (United Nations), Oct. 27, 2011:

[...] On 15 March, an explosion was heard in Unit 2 and damaged the pressure-suppression system, causing the leaks of radioactive cooling water. Shortly afterward, Unit 4 was damaged by an explosion and a large . . . → Read More: UN Agency: Reactor 3 exploded a second time 24 hours later — Then wind and rain brought high levels of radiation over Tokyo, Sendai, Nagano

Fukushima governor strongly demands Tepco decommission and dismantle all 10 nuclear reactors

Fukushima governor demands TEPCO decommission all its 10 nuke reactors – The Mainichi Daily News

[...] In the meeting, Sato strongly demanded that TEPCO decommission and dismantle all 10 reactors at the utility’s Fukushima No. 1 and 2 nuclear plants.

“Fukushima Prefecture will build a society that won’t rely on nuclear energy, and demands . . . → Read More: Fukushima governor strongly demands Tepco decommission and dismantle all 10 nuclear reactors

Prime Minister Kan: If Fukushima reactors melted down, its severity “would far exceed that of the Chernobyl accident”

Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed, Japan Times, Dec. 28, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:

[...] Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano claimed Tepco CEO Masataka Shimizu told the gov’t that Tepco wanted to withdraw all of the plant workers early March 15 [...]

At that time, three of the six reactors . . . → Read More: Prime Minister Kan: If Fukushima reactors melted down, its severity “would far exceed that of the Chernobyl accident”

Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss (PHOTO)

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Diseased seals in Alaska tested for radiation, Reuters, Dec. 27, 2011:

SOURCE: North Slope Dept. of Wildlife

Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. [...]

Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus, but they have so far . . . → Read More: Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss (PHOTO)

Japan Times: China Syndrome was near at Reactor No. 2, believed Fukushima boss Yoshida

Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed, Japan Times, Dec. 28, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:

Masao Yoshida, general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, believed the worst-case scenario — the “China syndrome” — might be near and he braced for death during the late-night hours of March 14, three days after the crisis started.

. . . → Read More: Japan Times: China Syndrome was near at Reactor No. 2, believed Fukushima boss Yoshida

Nuclear Expert: 100 years where people will not be able to use groundwater if radioactive water from Fukushima reactors goes inland (AUDIO)

Interview with Arnold Gundersen, Five OClock Shadow Radio by Robert Knight on WBAI (Support the “Shadow”), Dec. 27, 2011:

Arnold Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates, Nuclear Engineer

Transcript Summary

At 5:20 in

Quake cracked the foundations of reactor buildings Groundwater is coming in and radiation is going out into the soil Tepco building dyke on ocean . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: 100 years where people will not be able to use groundwater if radioactive water from Fukushima reactors goes inland (AUDIO)

Gundersen in June: “I try to temper my advice so it doesn’t create a panic” (AUDIO)

A reader wrote in pointing out the following statement by Fairewinds Associates’ Arnold Gundersen from an interview back in June. It may help to better understand where he is coming from on some of these issues. Consider making a donation to Fairewinds — they have done an outstanding job in 2011. As they’ve stated . . . → Read More: Gundersen in June: “I try to temper my advice so it doesn’t create a panic” (AUDIO)

TV: MOX fuel probably caused nuclear explosion in No. 3 spent fuel pool (VIDEO)

Title: Dr Chris Busby on Sky: Fallujah, Fukushima and Radiation

Uploaded by: radioactivebsr

Date: Dec 27, 2011

Description: Dr Chris Busby interviewed 20th December 2011 by Theo Chalmers on Sky TV’s “One Step Beyond” about Fallujah, Fukushima and the cover-ups over the health effects of exposure to radioactivity

Transcript Excerpts

At 34:50 in

MOX . . . → Read More: TV: MOX fuel probably caused nuclear explosion in No. 3 spent fuel pool (VIDEO)

CBC: Canada secretly shipping bomb-grade uranium to U.S.

Canada secretly shipping ‘bomb-grade’ uranium to the U.S. | The Raw Story:

According to a confidential Canadian government memo, shipments of “bomb-grade” uranium are being moved secretly from Canada into the United States. The memo was obtained through an “Access to Information Act” filed by the CBC or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Documents show that . . . → Read More: CBC: Canada secretly shipping bomb-grade uranium to U.S.

Mainichi: Residents sue to seek complete suspension of Genkai reactors

Residents sue to seek complete suspension of Genkai reactors – The Mainichi Daily News

Local residents sued the operator of the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture on Tuesday, demanding that all four reactors there be suspended from operations due to the risk of accident caused by a potential earthquake or tsunami. [...]

. . . → Read More: Mainichi: Residents sue to seek complete suspension of Genkai reactors