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Fire in reactor containment at Swedish nuke plant blamed on Vacuum cleaner — Over $250 Million in losses

‘Vacuum cleaner’ behind Swedish nuke plant fire, The Local (Sweden), Nov. 13, 2011:

The fire in reactor 2 at nuclear power plant Ringhals, south of Gothenburg, will cost the power plant roughly 1.8 billion kronor ($267 million) in lost profits, reports TV channel SVT.

The fire broke out when performing a pressure test of . . . → Read More: Fire in reactor containment at Swedish nuke plant blamed on Vacuum cleaner — Over $250 Million in losses

Poland tries to blame Pakistan for iodine-131 over Europe — Pakistan says no: “Release of Iodine-131 is not possible unless there is a nuclear fuel failure”

No KANUPP linkage to Radioactivity in Europe, PAEC clarifies, AP of Pakistan, Nov. 12, 2011:

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on Sunday refuted a news item appeared in a section of national and international media alleging that higher than normal radioactivity noticed in parts of Europe could have originated from the recent KANUPP incident. . . . → Read More: Poland tries to blame Pakistan for iodine-131 over Europe — Pakistan says no: “Release of Iodine-131 is not possible unless there is a nuclear fuel failure”

Now Poland and Denmark report “radioactive dust” — IAEA official: “We are a little concerned”

Radioactive dust over Sweden, Stockholm News, November 12, 2011:

”The countries affected are Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Hungary” “The problem is that no one knows where the radioactive dust comes from” IAEA official: “We are a little concerned, because there must be a source somewhere”

There are more countries affected than . . . → Read More: Now Poland and Denmark report “radioactive dust” — IAEA official: “We are a little concerned”

AP: Anonymous IAEA official says iodine-131 release appears to be continuing across Europe

Nuclear agency reports low, but unusual, radiation across Europe, Associated Press, November 11, 2011:

“The International Atomic Energy Agency [...] said the cause [of the radiation across Europe] was not known but was not the result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster” [...]

“However, an official familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity . . . → Read More: AP: Anonymous IAEA official says iodine-131 release appears to be continuing across Europe

Elevated radiation also in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia — UK expert claims iodine very unlikely from Fukushima since it was “so many months ago”

Low levels of radioactive particles in Europe: IAEA, Reuters, Nov. 11, 2011:

“Germany’s Environment Ministry said slightly higher levels of radioactive iodine had been measured in the north of the country” [...]

“Slovakia [... and] Sweden also reported traces [in addition to Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary]”

Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics . . . → Read More: Elevated radiation also in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia — UK expert claims iodine very unlikely from Fukushima since it was “so many months ago”

Hungarian gov’t radiation expert: Iodine-131 detected in Budapest, but it’s OK because “this is far below the levels found after Fukushima”

Nov. 11 — Dr Geza Safrany of Hungary’s National Research Institute for Radiobiology and Radiohygiene told Reuters:

“A very minimal increase in activity was registered (in Hungary) on Nov. 5 … but this is far below the levels found after Fukushima” “For the time being the source of the leakage cannot be determined” Detections . . . → Read More: Hungarian gov’t radiation expert: Iodine-131 detected in Budapest, but it’s OK because “this is far below the levels found after Fukushima”

Iodine-131 now detected in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary… other countries — An indicator of nuclear chain reaction — 10 days after criticality talk at Fukushima

Traces of iodine-131 detected in Europe, Trend, November 11, 2011:

“Low levels of a radioactive isotope have been detected in several European countries in the past days, but the source of the emission was unknown, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday, DPA reported.” [...]

‘”But it’s a concern because there is a . . . → Read More: Iodine-131 now detected in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary… other countries — An indicator of nuclear chain reaction — 10 days after criticality talk at Fukushima

Top Indian nuke official: Fukushima “not a nuclear accident” … MORE

SOURCE: The Hindu

AEC chief puts odds of N-plant accidents at ‘1-in-infinity’, The Hindu, November 10, 2011:

Excerpts from  a speech by Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee on Nov. 10

“The probability of an accident due to a nuclear plant is one is to infinity” “There are nearly 14,000 nuclear plants . . . → Read More: Top Indian nuke official: Fukushima “not a nuclear accident” … MORE

French presidential candidate proposes massive cuts to nuclear industry — Holds large lead in polls over Sarkozy

Nov. 7 — “François Hollande, the socialist candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections who has a hefty lead over Nicolas Sarkozy, the incumbent, has proposed cutting the nuclear sector’s share of electricity provision to just half by 2030 from 82 per cent today,” reports the Financial Times.

Hollande’s political party says, “France could replace . . . → Read More: French presidential candidate proposes massive cuts to nuclear industry — Holds large lead in polls over Sarkozy

Bloomberg: Mexico abandons plans to build 10 nuke plants — Fukushima causing nations around world to reconsider energy future

Nov. 4 — “Mexico, one of three Latin American nations that uses nuclear power, is abandoning plans to build as many as 10 new reactors,” reports Bloomberg at 10:26 am ET.

James Williams, an economist at WTRG Economics, an energy research firm in London, Arkansas, said, “This is a very good decision by the . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: Mexico abandons plans to build 10 nuke plants — Fukushima causing nations around world to reconsider energy future

Cesium-137 hotspot detected in Seoul, South Korea — Emitting 1,000% normal background radiation — 1,200 km from Fukushima

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Nov. 3 — “South Korea’s Institute of Nuclear Safety says it has discovered a patch of pavement in Seoul is emitting radiation at levels 10 times higher than normal,” according to Voice of America News.

“The institute says the pavement is emitting radiation from cesium-137 at 10 times the normal background level,” said the . . . → Read More: Cesium-137 hotspot detected in Seoul, South Korea — Emitting 1,000% normal background radiation — 1,200 km from Fukushima

Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

Translation via Google Paper: Frankfurter Rundschau

Date: November 2, 2011

Headline: The nuclear lobby infiltrated universities

Report (emphasis added):

German nuclear companies finance about 30 professors – and thus largely determine, what is being discussed at universities. [...]

D ie finance four largest German energy companies for information on this newspaper at universities nationwide . . . → Read More: Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

TV: Melted Chernobyl fuel has turned into “solidified uranium” — “Far more dangerous” than ordinary nuclear lava (VIDEO)

PBS: Melted Chernobyl fuel has turned into “solidified uranium” — “Far more dangerous” than ordinary nuclear lava (VIDEO)

Title: The hunt for Chernobyl’s nuclear fuel (Clip from NOVA – Inside Chernobyl’s Sarcophagus)

Uploader: ENENEWS

Upload Date: Oct. 31, 2011

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Fuel located by seeing concrete steaming from the heat of nuclear mass beneath it. Explosion dislodged sand surrounding reactor, which mixed with melted fuel, glassifying the mixture. Years, later however everything has . . . → Read More: TV: Melted Chernobyl fuel has turned into “solidified uranium” — “Far more dangerous” than ordinary nuclear lava (VIDEO)

BBC: Belgium agrees to end nuclear power

Oct. 31 — “Belgium plans to phase out nuclear power,” reports the BBC.

The country’s main political parties agreed on a plan to shut down all seven nuclear reactors.

Three of the reactors could be closed as early as 2015.

Recall the plutonium mishap in Belgium from earlier this month:  Nuclear workers dosed with . . . → Read More: BBC: Belgium agrees to end nuclear power

Soviet Radiation Doctor: We were wrong — A huge new group has appeared… The children of parents who have been irradiated (VIDEO, 1hr 2min)

*Sunday Night Movie* Lead Radiation Doctor: We were wrong — A huge new group has appeared… The children of parents who have been irradiated (VIDEO, 1hr 2min)

Title: True Stories: After The Apocalypse (Nuclear Testing Effects)

Uploader: AfterApocalypseMovie Upload Date: April 27, 2011

Description: During the Soviet era, the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan were used as human guinea pigs in the testing of nuclear weapons. Today they live with the consequences. Whilst sheep graze in radioactive bomb craters, many in . . . → Read More: Soviet Radiation Doctor: We were wrong — A huge new group has appeared… The children of parents who have been irradiated (VIDEO, 1hr 2min)

MSN: Mutated 3-eyed fish caught in reservoir fed by nuke plant — Locals residents say “radiation has spread from the plant” (PHOTOS)

SOURCE: Gentileza Diario Uno

Google Translation of The three-eyed fish from The Simpsons was an Argentine, Infobae (Argentina), October 29, 2011:

A group of fishermen caught a three-eyed wolf fish in a lake near a nuclear power plant in Cordova.

The discovery occurred in the reservoir lake called “Hot Water Jet”, which is located near the nuclear power . . . → Read More: MSN: Mutated 3-eyed fish caught in reservoir fed by nuke plant — Locals residents say “radiation has spread from the plant” (PHOTOS)

27 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 flowed into sea — Doesn’t include first week of crisis — 30 times what Tepco claimed

Cesium-137 flow into sea 30 times greater than stated by TEPCO: report, Kyodo, October 29, 2011:

The amount of radioactive cesium-137 that flowed into the Pacific after the start of Japan’s nuclear crisis was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May, according to a recent report by . . . → Read More: 27 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 flowed into sea — Doesn’t include first week of crisis — 30 times what Tepco claimed

Leading Director in Japan: “Nuclear power generation is the only invention that may destroy the future of human beings”

FUKUSHIMA, Oct. 29 — “German movie director Wim Wenders, visiting Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, said nuclear power generation is the only invention that may destroy the future of human beings,” reports the The Japan Times.

“When a woman told Wenders she has nagging concerns about radiation, he said he didn’t know how to help her . . . → Read More: Leading Director in Japan: “Nuclear power generation is the only invention that may destroy the future of human beings”

France: 20 times more cesium was released from Fukushima into sea than TEPCO claims

Oct. 28 — “On October 27, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN, Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire) of France announced its research report in which the researchers estimated the total amount of radioactive cesium-137 leaked from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean was 27,100 terrabecquerels from March . . . → Read More: France: 20 times more cesium was released from Fukushima into sea than TEPCO claims

French Gov’t: Fukushima to make Pacific TWICE as radioacitve as after atmospheric nuclear testing in ’60s — “Significant” releases could persist

PARIS, Oct. 27 — “This is the biggest single outflow of man-made radionuclides to the marine environment ever observed,” the Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said in a press release, reports the AFP.

The IRSN said that, for the Pacific generally, cesium levels would ultimately stabilize at “twice the concentration that prevailed during . . . → Read More: French Gov’t: Fukushima to make Pacific TWICE as radioacitve as after atmospheric nuclear testing in ’60s — “Significant” releases could persist

Fire at Swedish nuke plant — Reactor shut down for safety reasons — Extinguished by rescue workers — Cause of blaze unknown

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 23 — “A nuclear reactor in southern Sweden has been shut down after a fire at the plant,” reports the Associated Press. “Plant operator OKG’s spokesman Anders Ostberg says a fire started in a turbine hall of Reactor 2 around midnight Saturday but was quickly extinguished by local rescue workers.”

Read More: . . . → Read More: Fire at Swedish nuke plant — Reactor shut down for safety reasons — Extinguished by rescue workers — Cause of blaze unknown

German Gov’t Study: Children living near nuclear plants have double leukemia rates, high incidence of solid cancers — Reactors cannot prevent radiation from escaping (VIDEO)

LINK TV, Oct. 21 — Dr. Helen Caldicott appeared on the LINK TV program Earth Focus to discuss the Fukushima crisis and other nuclear issues.

Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School. In 1977 she joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and taught pediatrics . . . → Read More: German Gov’t Study: Children living near nuclear plants have double leukemia rates, high incidence of solid cancers — Reactors cannot prevent radiation from escaping (VIDEO)