Experts: Fukushima ‘ice wall’ could destroy reactor units, turn site into swamp — Risk of fractures, ground movement, building subsidence — Must be frozen for 200 years — Officials: High cliffs just behind plant may become unstable — Gov’t: “Observable heaving” and deformations possible (VIDEO)

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AP, Apr 29, 2016 (emphasis added): Fukushima No. 1 plant’s ice wall won’t be watertight, says chief architect… Even if the frozen barrier… works as envisioned, it will not completely block all water… because of gaps in the wall… said Yuichi Okamura, a chief architect… Tepco resorted to [this] after it became clear it had to do something drastic… [Okamura said,] “We have come up against many unexpected problems.” The water woes are just part of the many obstacles… No one has even seen the nuclear debris

Huffington Post, Apr 1, 2016: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation… [It's] a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years…

Kyodo, Mar 30, 2016: The NRA warned earlier that if the groundwater levels within the [ice] walls is reduced excessively by blocking the flow from outside, highly contaminated water within the buildings could seep out as a result.

Proposal for controlling ground water and radioactive leakage in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (by World Water and Climate Foundation): [TEPCO] has a plan to freeze soil around the plant… this idea may not be sustainable… over the 200-year period that will be required for the reactors to be decommissioned.… The problem with freezing… is that solutes may be expelled from the ice… This can result in extremely concentrated saline solutions that do not freeze even at low temperatures. It is likely that under these conditions radioactive materials could become highly concentrated in dense brines that could then flow as density currents… Also, heating and cooling during the four annual seasons in Japan may make the ground of the station site softer and wetter like a swamp, and it could create another risk to the reactors, such as building destruction… The authors would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. W.F. Vincent, Dr. I. Ostrovsky, Dr. S. Kudoh and Dr. L. Legendre for their valuable comments and suggestions for strengthening this proposal.

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Integrated model of groundwater flow and radionuclide migration at Fukushima Daiichi… we will be able to answers critical questions such as… Will the cryogenic barrier lead to salt water intrusion at the site thereby mobilizing contaminants such as Cs and Sr that are mobile under high salinity conditions?

U.S. Department of Energy, 2015: Independent Technical Support for the Frozen Soil Barrier… several references discuss soil heave in the context of artificial ground freezing… It is possible that some observable heaving will occur directly above and directly adjacent to the frozen soil barrier… Monitoring of temperatures, heave pressures, and deformations… would provide information to assist in managing impacts from soil heave…

Geological Survey of Japan, 2015: [T]he sustainability of the ice wall remains doubtful… Furthermore, the ice lenses will grow irregularly as per the distribution of chiller pipes, and the sediment desaturation might lead to the aquitards’ compaction and subsidence around the buildings. In effect, a decrease in pore water pressure could increase the effective stress of the ground and result in movements and the formation of fractures in the superficial units.

IAEA, 2016: The IAEA group of experts reviewed the status of groundwater inflow, countermeasures and modelling… During the visit to Daiichi NPS on 18 February 2016, groundwater seepage on the slopes [i.e. cliffs over 100 feet high directly behind plant] that have been covered with facing was observed by the IAEA experts… seepage through the facing could create geotechnical instability on the slope if horizontal drains are not installed…

Watch TEPCO’s video on the ‘ice wall’ here

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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Fukushima Plan

    Locate and map Units 1-3 corium now.
    Back off from the reactor ruins, where workers can be more safe.
    Use traditional reinforced concrete construction methods requiring NO development of new technologies.
    Build inland portion of underground wall first, so plant ruins won't turn into a swamp.
    Build harborside portion of underground wall last.
    Build a floor under reactor building ruins, in stages, at the 100' level, to block migration of contaminated water up and down.
    Fill corium lava tubes with concrete, or borated sand mix.
    Fill basements, torus, generator buildings, containment vessels, and reactors with concrete or sand mix.
    Fill spent fuel pools with concrete or borated sand mix, leaving spent fuel in place.
    Build reinforcing bar cages at a remote staging area, and barge them in.
    Lift cages into place by crane.
    Leave all melted fuel and nuclear debris in place.
    Surround Units 1-4 with concrete foundation, floor, and sarcophagus.
    Cover sarcophagus with a heavy, flexible membrane roof to resist outgassing and earthquake damage.
    Install shallow extraction/injection wells & pumps inside harborside leg, and inside inland leg, as part of closed loop heat sink cooling system, to cool and maintain proper level of groundwater within sarcophagus perimeter.
    Bring in portable concrete plants to facilitate continuous pours.


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  • Nick

    "Right now the people of Fukushima have been abandoned in the areas of the highest levels of radiation. And abandoned people have to find a way to live. Farmers produce agricultural goods, dairy farmers produce dairy products, and ranchers produce meat; these people must do so in order to live. They are not the ones to be blamed at all.

    As the Japanese state is absolutely unreliable in this matter, these people have no choice but to go on producing food in that place, all the while suffering further exposure. So I don’t think we can throw out the food they produce there under those conditions. Inevitably someone has to consume that food.

    Certainly not the residents of the Fukushima area. Hiroaki has a better idea.

    We should serve all of the most heavily contaminated food at say the employee cafeteria at TEPCO or in the cafeteria for Diet members [Japanese parliament] in the Diet building. But that isn’t nearly enough. We must carefully inspect the food, and once we’ve determined what foods have what levels of contamination, once that is fully measured and delineated, then those who have the corresponding levels of responsibility should eat it, should be given it.

    He’s serious."

    http://fpif.org/japanese-officials-can-atone-fukushima/

    Wish we could do this globally…make those responsible downwind eat contaminated food.


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    SimplyInfo has a total of 318 photos and 5 videos from Tepco's 2015 inspection of the Unit 3 containment vessel.
    Here is a link to a video.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/simplyinfo/22361224456/in/album-72157660124352496/

    At 1:50 in, we are looking down on clear water, which is not steaming, which is not roiling, and which indicates that there is no mass of corium anywhere nearby.
    By the way, one might expect from the massive atomic explosion of Unit 3, that the containment vessel would be a jumble of bent pipes and twisted metal.
    Remarkably, floor grates, plumbing, and internal structures seem to be pretty much in place.
    This indicates that the explosion didn't involve the containment vessel.
    Reactor explosion?
    I will be interested to see evidence of nearby corium in forthcoming videos of the inside of the pedestal area of the reactors.


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    • oldster

      If serial liar TEPCO is to be believed in this instance, the lid/cover of the containment vessel was damaged downwards, as in:

      http://enenews.com/report-deformation-in-unit-3-containment-vessel-cover-center-panel-of-concrete-cover-broken-and-sunken-photos-video

      Since the video of the explosion shows a lot of stuff shooting skyward, and since plutonium was thrown near and far, on the basis of the possibility that in this instance TEPCO told the truth, one is tempted to conclude that the corium from R3 remained behind to become one with the earth.


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      • oldster

        and furthermore begs the questions: where did the plutonium come from, and what manner and magnitude of explosion could spew pieces of plutonium all over Japan?

        "the core of at least one of the Fukushima reactors has finally been found … scattered all over Japan."

        http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2014-04-25/theyve-found-missing-fukushima-nuclear-cores-scattered-all-over-japan


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        • razzz razzz

          Heat. Intense heat atomized radioactive elements, allowing them to waft with the winds. All three melted cores were dry for a period before saltwater was added for cooling. For a time before the cores melted down and finally melted out, they were vaporizing themselves due to the heat.

          Unit 3's core would have been the biggest contributor for releasing plutonium since a third of its core was MOX fuel.

          Japan incinerating nuke wastes helps to spread all the different radioisotopes too.


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          • ISeePinkClouds

            Yes. razzz. Ty. R2 was hit with seawater, then, vented into the Environment.

            http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14318

            At 20:31 March 14th, radiation levels at the main gate reached 8217 uSv/h. With the meltdown well under way and no quenching ability in the SC, workers prepared to vent the reactor via the SC. Water in the SC is assumed to be in place and cool enough to act as a sort of filtration during a venting operation. Cool water would provide some “scrubbing” of radioactive contamination during a reactor venting in an emergency. With unit 2′s SC water past the saturation point there was no longer any “filter” in place. The remaining highly heated water in the suppression chamber likely escaped as steam. Anything released through these vents would be a direct venting of the containment system and with SRV opening, a direct vent from the RPV itself.

            At 21:00 March 14th, workers vented the reactor via the SC using an available working valve. This now creates a direct path for radioactivity from the containment structure to the environment. At the same time radiation at the front gate jumped to 11930 uSv/h and neutrons were detected at the main gate. With containment pressure again at dangerous levels workers released steam from the RPV via the SRV to the SC that now has a direct open path out of the reactor to the environment. They left this SRV open for about 1 hour and 45 minutes in this state.

            Peace


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            • oldster

              Yes there was great heat, and water, but there were also explosions:
              "Several news articles and experts have reported that nuclear fuel pieces/fragments/flakes/particles were deposited onto the ground around Fukushima at varying distances from the reactors … after one or more of the explosions."

              NYTimes on "Ejection of Nuclear Material": Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over April 6, 2011
              NYTimes: Broken pieces of nuclear fuel rods found outside Fukushima Reactor No. 2, says nuke executive — Covered up by bulldozers April 7, 2011
              Report: Nuclear fuel fragments found over a mile away were "ejected from the reactor cores in those explosions" not spent fuel pools, according to NRC (VIDEO) August 18, 2011
              Nuclear engineer: NRC now says reactors and containments have breached and released plutonium off-site — "Much worse" than if from spent fuel pools (VIDEO) August 22, 2011
              US nuke industry report: Explosions at Fukushima Units 1, 3, 4 may have caused inventory (nuclear rods) to be lost from spent fuel pools — "Debris" on ground near Unit 3 was extremely radioactive after blast November 11, 2011
              Mag: Curium and plutonium outside Fukushima plant indicate nuclear explosion at Reactor No. 3 — Broken spent nuclear fuel rods may have been scattered December 17, 2011
              PBS: "U.S. surveillance now suggested that there were flakes of deadly radioactive fuel scattered around the reactors"…


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    • ISeePinkClouds

      Yes. PhilipUpNorth. Ty. https://www.flickr.com/photos/simplyinfo/22361224456/in/album-72157660124352496/

      I cannot say I fully understand all I am seeing, or not seeing, in this video. It appears to be in part the outside of the RPV. The RPV is corroded, as is everything attached to it, yet, there it is,
      this section of the RPV is in one piece. It is not bowed outward, and cracked, as it could be expected to be, since the fuel inside went Super-critical, as demonstrated by the Thermo-Nuclear Detonation originating in the R3 building.

      I'm admittedly baffled. How did MOX Fuel Rods get to Tokyo?

      Swallows? Fine. African, or European?

      What am I to believe?

      TEPCO, or my Lying Eyes?

      Peace


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    SimplyInfo Frozen Wall Photo Album
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/simplyinfo/albums/72157646912004084
    Some informative drawings of frozen wall plan, plus many photos of components of the frozen wall.

    (Don't get confused by some photos of previous small-scale ice wall experiments, which have nothing to do with the frozen wall enclosure for Units 1-4.)


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  • GOM GOM

    MOE Revises Ordinance Changing Waste Designation to “Ordinary” When Radioactive Concentration Falls

    On April 28, Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) officially decided on a new rule regarding so-called “specified waste” from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, to the effect that when the concentration of radioactive cesium in such waste falls below 8,000Bq/kg, the waste will no longer be deemed specified and may be disposed of in the same manner as ordinary waste.

    http://www.jaif.or.jp/en/moe-revises-ordinance-changing-waste-designation-to-ordinary-when-radioactive-concentration-falls


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  • Sickputer

    Saudi Arabian pest control spammers. How quaint!

    There's a few pests in Tokyo I would like them to spray their vinegar on..


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  • ISeePinkClouds

    Yes. Enenews is under a cyber-attack? My machine is fine, but running slower. Who or what the hell is "elgammal". I am not going to click on those links. It is something. Peace


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      On a regular basis one must remove all search history cache data and all cookies from the browser in the preferences.

      Each site one visits is tracking one along with google and that will slow down one's browser drastically.

      Everyone is fighting to track one for more profits.


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  • MVB MVB

    The Tellurium-132 detection in Germany last week (April 26, 2016) turned out to not only have been the highest detection since Fukushima, but by far surpassing anything Te-132 detected in Europe in 2011, thus making it the highest detection since Chernobyl.

    https://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/tellurium-132-detected-in-northern-germany/


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  • Nick

    As we go forward…..

    ….I wish the planet would heed the warnings of those of us who have been screaming in the wilderness.

    This planet is all we have.

    All of us must rise above religious crap.

    All of us should ditch political hubris.

    Nothing less will save our genome.


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    • hadia hadia

      Think twice, Nick, that is exactly what they would like us to do:
      giving up anything and thus accepting their new political hubris.
      If we manage to perform our steps and attitudes of life correctly and without damaging others, and if we keep up our "pièce de resistance", they will be blown back into their original wicked positions and WE will go FORWARD, in whatever physical or psychologial state of corpus/soul and mind. peace and positive waves to all.


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  • Nick

    The Ice Wall was a stupid idea from the get go, merely attempted to placate the masses.

    Just Tell The Truth Japan.

    Apologies are not going to fly.

    Veracity.

    Try it.


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  • 4truth

    Another dead whale just offshore in Santa Cruz.

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160503/NEWS/160509956

    Similar article in Monterey Herald has been edited down to a few paragraphs.

    Here is the original article; online Santa Cruz Sentinel article is missing a paragraph:

    Dead whale examined by authorities in Santa Cruz
    Posted 5-3-16

    SANTA CRUZ >> A dead 40-foot humpback whale caught the attention of residents and authorities off West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz late Monday and early Tuesday.

    Leaders from Long Marine Lab launched a kayak on Tuesday to get a closer look at the whale, which was about a quarter mile off Woodrow Avenue and Columbia Street in a kelp bed.

    Jim Milbury, a spokesman for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Tuesday afternoon that a decision had not yet been made whether to move the animal further offshore or to another location. Dead whales often attract sharks, and some residents expressed concern that sharks could endanger surfers at nearby Steamer Lane.

    Don Kinnamon, senior deputy harbormaster of the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, said authorities typically don’t intervene with dead whales off beaches.

    “Any time there’s a dead marine mammal, they let it take it’s natural course. The regular chain of predators will feed off it,” Kinnamon said Tuesday. “We’re not doing anything with it at this stage.”


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    • 4truth

      Milbury said it’s not clear what caused the whale’s death.

      “There is nothing external on the whale, like entanglement or ship strike marks, that indicate the cause of death,” Milbury said.

      Missing paragraph
      Karen Grimmer, NOAA's resource protection coordinator in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, said two NOAA officials took tissue samples from the whale to help determine its cause of death.

      The Coast Guard first received reports of the whale on Monday. It appeared to be drifting slowly toward Its Beach and Lighthouse Point.
      The dead cetacean is at least the second whale to wash up on Santa Cruz County shores this year.

      A dead gray whale calf beached itself at Hidden Beach in April. Its carcass then drifted to the Cement Ship off Seacliff State Beach, said photographer and boat captain Giancarlo Thomae.

      “White sharks are feeding on it,” Thomae said April 24. “Although it’s extremely rare for sharks to attack live whales, it’s very common for them to feed on the carcass.”

      A dead 30-foot gray whale also washed up at Lower Trestles, a surfing beach south of San Clemente, last week. It was chopped up and taken to a landfill, according to the Los Angeles Times. Thousands of gray whales are migrating north this time of year, authorities said.


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    • 4truth

      Tho Monterey Herald has disappeared it off the main page. I could only find it by doing a search. Here is the link: http://www.montereyherald.com/general-news/20160504/dead-40-foot-humpback-whale-examined-by-authorities-in-santa-cruz/1

      Another local news report:
      http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/dead-whale-of-west-cliff-may-be-the-result-of-more-orcas-in-the-monterey-bay/39366164

      "There is nothing external on the whale, like entanglement or ship strike marks, that indicate the cause of death."


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        My gut says the ocean Nuclear Pollution problem will not go away anytime soon. :(

        The wildlife in the Sierra foothills appears to have fully recovered to previous levels seen in 2010.

        The initial radioactive plume onslaught was devastating in 11, 12, and 13 while 14 looked to start the recovery process.

        There are now bugs and ants and other insects visible on the ground surface. Bird populations are good and a few deer and skunks and possum and raccoons are also being seen.

        The long term damage is yet to be seen, but one must remember in nature all non perfect births are usually rejected to die, and by the current active number of Condor sightings they appear to be very busy cleaning up some of the ongoing aftermath.


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  • Nick

    Today I learned that a nephew of mine has a son who has stage 4 cancer at the age of 8.

    Thanks nuclear.

    Thanks for the future we once all had.

    More sorrow ahead.

    Wake the flock up.


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    • ISeePinkClouds

      Yes. Nick. Ty. That is heartbreaking news, even for me, an outsider.
      Cancer is not only bad for the individual, it can be in many ways very difficult on everyone in the family. My daughter is a cancer survivor, but cancer took it's toll on both of us, in ways not seen by others. There is simply nothing good about cancer. My heart goes out to you, and you're family. Peace


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    • Gasser Gasser

      Nobody needs to die from Cancer, my simple recipe stops it…I'm astounded how many enenews folks don't even try this, in two to three weeks Cancer is gone for about $40 bucks worth of materials.

      What the hell, do you think I'm bullshitting you? ..I see that bad Sheeple fear habits are hard to break.

      Just like the Nuclear scientist and professors won't admit their habitual ego actions are responsible for millions of deaths World wide, Duh.

      I highly recommend everyone cook up this recipe and do it before they CT scan you and say you got Cancer, then the fear of family/relatives peer pressure sets in, forcing one into chemo submission that only let a person live a few to four years more because radiation latency period is along that time line, just checking CT scans speeds this up to an earlier death.

      Remember there is NO! cure for Cancer thanks to any kind of Nuclear application, that shit gets lose in the environment contaminating "everything" as is now, there is no more "Organic" or pure water period!

      Now I do my Maple Syrup Baking Soda dose ever six months as a routine maintenance to stay on top of it.

      I've had only one, just one, person here on enenews say that it saved a family member, what does that tell me> 99.9 % of you all just don't get it…screw it, die Mofo's its your choice.

      Meanwhile med free and healthier than 99% of the septuagenarian's I'm on the gas @ 75 yr'ol>

      http://www.thefoat.com/video/0XMdTZ21swM53jnDCTJj2w%3D%3D


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    You would have thought they would have awoken after this speech..they didn't!

    You can only blame your last 53 years of hired educators for the current world condition we see around us today. :(

    John Kennedy! Enjoy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8HTr-F-FVM


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  • Hey; by any chance did they check for rocks in the stomach?

    How about food in the intestines? Was there any?

    sarc


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  • MVB MVB

    HIGHEST SINCE 2011: Cs-137, Ru-103, Te-132
    !-> Period: Jan.-Apr., 2016

    !-> @ https://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/highest-since-2011-cesium-137-ruthenium-103-tellurium-132-period-jan-apr-2016/

    Feel free to think "they're unrelated…", 'cause IF they are, and the fact that jet stream tracings all pass over Fukushima isn't some "odd coincidence", or the result of "harmful rumors", we're in big sh*t, as it would imply a couple things:

    If Fukushima is still having fission flare-ups 5 years later…
    … then it had an abnormal fuel geometry in at leats 1 reactor
    … and that would probably be Unit 3, the one with (Belgium-supplied) Plutonium MOX fuel…
    … and if the molten corium of that one truly were still fissioning…

    THEN that would imply it was being operated experimentally with extremely dangerous fuel configuratios ("geometries") akin to, or exactly like, a "breeder reactor" (possibly with a mixture of Plutonium and Thorium fuels) either as part of secret "free energy" research, or as part of secret nuclear weapons research, or both.

    which would explain why none of these recent detections get any bit of media attention… WHATSOEVER (outside my marginal Allegedly Appernt Blog, and those few kind folks who spread the word about what I wrote about…)

    because the implications…

    … are probably why, in Japan, the 'State Secrets Act' was passed in the first place.

    [crickets...]

    -…


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      in addition to the C-137 and the others, everyone is getting dosed with iodine-132. The nuclear cartel and mans insensitive drives has turned the world into a sick zone. Nobody is sensitive enough to realize it. Man is only half ape, the other half is ogre


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.abqjournal.com/767793/science-community-losing-its-edge-as-problems-mount.html

    Science community losing its edge as problems mount

    By James Gover And Edward Graham / Former Members Of Sandia National Laboratories Management

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

    Americans want the federally funded science community to impartially address problems important to the public while concurrently making innovations leading to long-term economic growth.

    This community is not meeting public expectations; furthermore, global warming communications, failures such as the LANL kitty litter debacle at WIPP and widespread public anger at government have helped compromise its public trust.

    Heide Hackmann, executive director of the International Social Science Council and international science policy expert at an American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting remarked, “The problems facing society, such as global climate change, are so complex and immense that nothing short of a full transformation of science will help us solve them.

    ''A new global science policy paradigm must provide the enabling conditions to support such a transformation, involving all stages of science, from how research projects are conceived and organized, to how they are carried out and disseminated, from how research is funded, monitored and evaluated to how researchers are rewarded.”

    Areas where government R&D intensity is high like New Mexico are not blessed with high economic…


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    • rogerthat

      growth.

      Instead, nations’ economic growth is taking place in cities where government-funded science research is low.

      Instead of addressing this and other shortcomings of federal R&D, this communities’ Mafia-like lobby spends its time generating reports to persuade policymakers that our 1940’s science policy is somehow critical to national prosperity.

      The problems with the federal science Mafia include:

      • Its studies (often ghost-funded by a federal agency with major R&D programs) propose more spending for federal R&D without addressing where tax increases or spending cuts should be made to cover this increase.

      • It rarely addresses how federal R&D can be made to study public concerns whose solutions aren’t entirely based on the physical sciences, e.g., job creation, growing federal deficit, income inequality, air pollution, escalating costs of health care and education, cost burden of federal regulations on small and medium business, etc.

      • It is arrogant, hierarchical, defensive, self-focused instead of public-focused, does not tolerate critics and is obsessed with cultivating a public view of federal R&D that is grandiose and rarely matched by facts.

      • It does not effectively communicate its findings to the public whose taxes fund its work.

      • While it addresses the technical dimension of problems, it often ignores economic, social, legal and political dimensions.

      • It promises far more than it delivers, e.g., fusion-generated electric power …


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      • rogerthat

        has been 25 years away since 1960, a cure for cancer is imminent, etc.

        • In contrast to what is supposed to be an inquiring, truth-seeking research culture, it endorses every Washington, D.C.-based report that calls for more federal R&D spending without examining the details of these reports.

        • It uses fear mongering to argue that federal R&D is competing with the R&D investment of other nations. For example, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in its report, “Restoring The Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving The American Dream,” a study led by Norm Augustine, expressed alarm because Israel, South Korea, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Taipei, and Austria spend a larger fraction of their GDP on R&D than the USA. There are many things wrong with these simplistic comparisons because if researchers in Israel find a cure for cancer, the entire world will benefit.

        • It is often willing to compromise the truth, e.g., the above report expressed concern that there have been major cuts in the total U.S. R&D investment, then argued for more federal spending for basic and applied research when the overwhelming part of reduced spending is on defense development (as opposed to research) projects.

        We think that it is time for the federal science community to get its act together, clean its house and address areas important to the public, stop its misguided lobbying efforts for increased funding and reestablish its respect for and by the public.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article75460602.html

    HANFORD
    MAY 3, 2016

    State AG considers legal options to protect Hanford workers


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  • rogerthat

    http://en.rfi.fr/france/20160504-atlas-toxic-france-maps-air-industrial-nuclear-pollution

    Atlas of Toxic France maps air, industrial, nuclear pollution
    By RFI Issued on 04-05-2016


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  • rogerthat

    http://allthingsnuclear.org/syoung/kendalls-mistake

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    BLOG > ALL THINGS NUCLEAR

    Kendall’s Telling Mistake on the LRSO
    Stephen Young, Washington representative and senior analyst | May 4, 2016,


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    THE ICEWALL IN THE 'GAME OF THRONES' HAS FALLEN.
    I guarantee that this headline would make more news than the headline above.
    Humans are a silly set..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Observable heaving..??
    Oh, oh.
    IS THE BARN SWAYING?


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  • rogerthat

    https://global.handelsblatt.com/edition/423/ressort/opinion/article/the-heavy-burden-of-nuclear-waste

    Handelsblatt
    04 May. 2016

    ENDGAME
    The Heavy Burden of Nuclear Waste
    BY SILKE KERSTING

    The search for a final disposal site for radioactive waste from nuclear plants has been postponed too long.

    How can a technology like nuclear energy be initiated and then operated for years without any knowledge of how to dispose of its radioactive waste, or at least store it securely?

    It seems preposterous, but that was the practice for decades when it came to nuclear power in Germany. The problem of how to store radioactive waste securely was neglected for years. Even today, there is no final storage site for the highly dangerous waste.

    It is little consolation that up to now throughout the world, almost no country that operates or has operated nuclear reactors has found a solution for this problem. …

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/blog/2229/hanford's_leaky_nuke_tanks_and_sick_workers,_a_never-ending_saga

    A project of The Nation Institute

    Hanford's Leaky Nuke Tanks and Sick Workers, A Never-Ending Saga
    POSTED BY JOSHUA FRANKMAY 2, 2016

    It's been a toxic few weeks at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington. Not that this is exactly news — Hanford is the most radioactive site in North America and is thereby always toxic. But what is news is how dangerous and negligent the remediation efforts at Hanford continue to be. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-corporategovernance-idUSKCN0XT222

    Tue May 3, 2016

    Secrecy, hierarchy haunt Japan corporate culture despite Abe's reforms
    TOKYO | BY LINDA SIEG

    A spate of high-profile scandals at leading Japanese companies show reforms and rhetoric aimed at improving the country's corporate governance do not go far enough to unwind the culture of secrecy and hierarchy that plagues Japan Inc. …

    Experts also warn against wholesale adoption of a U.S. model tying executive compensation to short-term investor returns. Some caution against at pointing the finger just at Japan, given scandals around the world, including Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) cheating on emissions.

    "If you start looking around the world, Japan has its problems, but are they really any worse than anywhere else?" said Andrew DeWit, a professor of policy studies at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. …


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.rt.com/usa/341636-us-nuclear-workers-compensation/

    Compensation denied to US nuclear workers to hush up Santa Susana radiation dangers – fmr employee

    3 May, 2016

    Cancer-struck workers at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California have been denied state compensation in order to keep the danger posed by the nuclear site to nearby residential areas out of the public eye, a former employee told RT.

    Hundreds of workers at the nuclear and aeronautical facility in Simi Valley, which was instrumental in the US space program from 1949 to 2006, have died or fallen ill due to exposure to radiation.

    However, when those people applied for compensation in accordance with a US government program, their claims were denied, McClatchy DC reported.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) explained the refusal by saying that the sick employees were unable to prove that they had worked in ‘Area IV’ at Santa Susana.

    Only staff from this section are eligible for compensations as ‘Area IV’ was the location of nuclear reactor experimentations and development, according to the Department of Labor, which is responsible for making payments. …


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    • rogerthat

      The workers argue that their “fluid” contracts allowed for them to be regularly dispatched to the radioactive section, but the government failed to maintain records of their movements.

      The lawyers believe that laboratory staff should not prove their presence in Area IV at all as DOE contractors used the entirety of the site.

      Former Santa Susana employee, William Shepler, who suffers from skin cancer and anxiety problems, was among those, who were denied their pay.

      The management of Boeing, which acquired the California facility in 1996, made the decision to leaving sick and dying people without compensation because “they don’t know anything,” he told RT.

      “And I think the DOE, probably, made a decision for Boeing and just told Boeing: ‘We know what to do and we’ll go along with it’,” the nuclear worker stressed.

      The authorities “want to keep this small” because of the danger posed by the radioactive site, he explained.

      “There are civilians living in Simi Valley and in the canyons near Santa Susana. And even in the [San Fernando] Valley. The evidence is there – there are high rates of rare cancers that are above the norm in the US,” Shepler stressed.

      The situation would become “unmanageable” for DOE if the truth about the threat posed by the nuclear lab was made public, he added. …


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      • rogerthat

        Since all reactors were considered experimental, they did not have containment structures, causing radiation leaks. “Santa Susana had no containment vessels. Chernobyl was like Santa Susana, I don’t believe it had containment for radiation,” the nuclear worker said.

        Modern nuclear facilities are “relatively safe… but they were not safe in the 1950s when they were doing this work at Santa Susana,” he explained.

        According to Shepler, he spent up to two years in the radioactive section of the laboratory, but it was not recorded because his official clock-in location had been in another part of the facility.

        “I was given no credit for working at Santa Susana. For being in what they call Area IV” despite being involved in various projects at the lab in 1981-2005, including experimental reactor steam generation and space station electrical systems, he said.

        Shepler insisted that he knows many former Santa Susana employees, who either died of or have “very serious forms of cancer” and have been denied compensation. Only a small number of former employees have been paid, the rest are “going to die off and that will be it,” Shepler said.

        According to McClatchy DC, less than a third of over 1,400 claims filed by Santa Susana staff resulted in compensation being granted. …


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          Another Santa Susana employee, Dan Kurowski, died a “painful death, from pancreatic cancer attributed to his exposure to radioactive substances,” McClatchy DC reported.

          “When I die, turn the lights off and watch me glow,” Kurowski once said to his wife Lorraine.

          After Kurowski's death in 2003 with his claim still pending, his widow attempted to file a survivor claim. At her request Boeing, a major US defense company operating at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, emailed her that her husband’s personnel record had been destroyed.

          McClatchy DC says Kurowski was not alone, since hundreds of Santa Susana workers got ill and eventually died of illnesses attributable to radiation exposure, most of them without compensation from the federal government.

          Santa Susana Field Laboratory was mainly used for the testing of liquid-propellant rocket engines for US space programs. It was operated by private corporations for federal agencies, NASA among them, up until 2006. A cleanup operations contract was signed in 2007.

          The facility saw numerous accidents, including a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959. The incident was not publicly disclosed until 1979.

          According to the 1997 Epidemiologic Study to Determine Possible Adverse Effects, Santa Susana Field Lab workers showed higher rates of some cancers.

          The study said that from 1988 through 1995, the rate of some types of cancer was more than 60 percent greater among those residents living within 2 miles of the field lab …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/02/nuclear-reactor-may-cost-35-billion/

    UK's proposed nuclear plant is one of the costliest things on Earth
    The proposed Hinkley Point C reactor could cost $35 billion.


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    • rogerthat

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/03/frances-nuclear-giant-areva-admits-to-400-irregularities-in-nucl/

      France's nuclear giant Areva admits to '400 irregularities' in power plant parts

      Henry Samuel, paris
      4 MAY 2016

      France's ailing nuclear giant, Areva, faced a major scandal on Tuesday after the country’s nuclear watchdog confirmed there have been “irregularities” in 400 parts produced in its reactors since 1965, and that “around 50 are currently in service in France’s nuclear power plant fleet”.

      France’s independent Nuclear Safety Authority, ASN, said the “irregularities” were listed in an audit it had ordered from Areva after it detected a “very serious anomaly" in a reactor vessel in the country’s Flamanville EPR nuclear plant, the same model Britain plans to use for two new plants at Hinkley Point.

      The fault in the vessel destined to house the plant's nuclear fuel and confine its radioactivity was detected last year.

      “These irregularities consist in incoherencies, modifications or omissions in manufacturing dossiers,” ASN said in a statement.

      The revelation came hours after Areva’s director general admitted that 400 documents assessing whether parts of nuclear plants met required standards may have been "falsified”. …


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      • rogerthat

        The doubts over documents supposed to rubber-stamp the quality of parts destined for new-generation nuclear power reactors will be a cause for serious concern for the British government as it is poised to finalise a controversial, multi-billion pound contract to build reactors at Hinkley Point designed by Areva.


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    • Sol Man

      How many solar panels could be installed for $35 billion?

      Plus, nobody would have to wonder where to put radioactive waste when a new generation of panels is to be installed.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987617/uranium_mining_threatens_south_africas_iconic_karoo.html

    Uranium mining threatens South Africa‘s iconic Karoo
    Dr Stefan Cramer

    28th April 2016

    Almost entirely unknown to the outside world, and even to most local residents, hundreds of square kilometres of South Africa's Karoo dryland have been bought up by uranium mining companies, writes Dr Stefan Cramer. With no strategic assessment of the industry's devastating impacts and massive water demand, official permission could soon be granted for vast open pit mines.

    There is no public debate. No local government is prepared. No strategic assessment process is in place. No advocacy groups are balancing the glossy claims of the industry against sobering experiences on the ground.

    The Karoo, a vast semi-desert area that occupies around a third of south Africa's territory, has long been known to harbour substantial sedimentary uranium deposits.

    Now the Australian company Peninsula Energy with Russian and other funding is planning to get the radioactive mineral out of the ground on a major scale.

    The company has quietly accumulated large Karoo properties and concessions around Beaufort West and plans to set up a large uranium mill (Central Processing Plant) just outside that town. As the farmers are battling with the current drought, the company was already able to buy up farms of 32,000 hectares.

    Without public debate and very little consultation, …


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    • rogerthat

      the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as the precondition for mining licences has been finalised.

      During 2016 the Western Cape provincial Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is expected to make a decision on the industry's application. It is difficult to imagine it could decline the application in the current mining industry's crisis. …


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    http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/243786253/no-economic-case-for-sa-nuclear-plan—research

    No economic case for SA nuclear plan – research

    News24
    Thursday 5th May, 2016

    Cape Town – There is no economic case to be made for a firm commitment to commissioning a full fleet of 9.6GW of nuclear power by 2030.

    This is the key finding in a research paper probing the potential risks and uncertainties of the commitment to SA's proposed nuclear build plan. It reveals that South Africa should aim to have a flexible planning approach to adapt to changing electricity demand….


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  • rogerthat

    so don't just add salt – or seawater – ha ha:

    http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/4839314-enhancement-over-all-lethal-effect-ionizing-radiations-microorganisms-sodium-chloride

    Enhancement of the Over-all Lethal Effect of Ionizing Radiations on Microorganisms by Sodium Chloride

    The over-all lethal effect of irradiation on microorganisms was enhanced by NaCl. The fact that this phenomenon of radiation enhancement was observed in the case of cells which gave the one-hit type survival curve suggested that radiation damage responsible for this phenomenon was not restricted to biological targets. (Abstr. Japan Med., 1: No. 10, 1961).

    Authors:
    OKAZAWA, Yoshishige ; NAMIKI, Mitsuo ; YAMASHITA, Satoru ; MATSUYAMA, Akira

    Publication Date:
    1960-01-01

    Journal Name: Bulletin of the Agricultural Chemical Society of Japan; Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61 …


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  • from a distance from a distance

    Don't forget Lonnie Clark LIVE at 11 a.m. today http://www.ucy.tv

    Why do I promote Lonnie Clark?

    Because she is a genuine activist. She works full-time, goes to college (she's going to college to become an attorney and to take on the nuclear industry), she makes the phone calls to get answers, she stands outside and protests, and then hosts a radio show 3 days a week.

    That's pretty remarkable.


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  • Sol Man

    Strive to make the world non-toxic at all levels for the children, our future if we have one.


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  • ISeePinkClouds

    Yes. https://www.yahoo.com/news/canadian-town-already-staggering-oil-bust-hit-wildfires-213147184–finance.html?ref=gs

    EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) – Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil town engulfed by wildfires, was already crippled by a collapse in crude prices before flames raced into the once-booming city, burning hundreds of homes to the ground and chasing residents into bush camps for safety.

    "Fort McMurray was really the ground zero of all that was happening related to oil and gas," said Sandeep Agrawal, urban studies and regional planning professor at the University of Alberta. "When this bust happened, it was catastrophic in many ways."

    Surrounded by thick boreal forest and vast oil sands deposits, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest major city, Fort McMurray was deeply reliant on a single commodity.

    contd


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  • razzz razzz

    'Biggest "red tide bloom" in history! The current outbreak is unprecedented as algae bloom kills hundreds of tons of marine life in Chile.'
    http://www.thebigwobble.org/2016/05/biggest-red-tide-bloom-in-history.html


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  • from a distance from a distance

    Continuing my comment which is getting too skinny above,

    What Enenews should be is a place where ideas can be tested back and forth, respectfully.

    IF you've ever been in a room with a bunch of scientists working on a project, they will throw out an idea, and other scientists in the room will add their knowledge and there will be brainstorming back and forth.

    At no time will another scientist hurl an insult at another scientist or at an idea of one of the other scientists.

    To do that would shut down discussion and would be rude.

    I think some Enenewser's motivation is to scare people away from ideas by hurling insults hoping you'll back down.

    Socref used to do that.

    Don't back down.

    Your theory is just as possible as theirs.

    Even multi-degreed scientists aren't sure what's going on at Fukushima, with Fukushima fallout in the environment…

    So posit your theories and don't let other posters bully you.


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