EMERGENCY: Fire breaks out at another US nuclear plant — Blaze ignites in turbine building — “It took so long to put out” — Alert issued to government officials (VIDEO)

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mar 9, 2016 (emphasis added): WATTS BAR [Tennessee]… Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT… EMERGENCY DECLARED… UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A FIRE GREATER THAN 15 MINUTES… Watts Bar Unit 2 declared an Unusual Event at 0342 EST based on a fire greater than 15 minutes in the turbine building – 2B Hotwell pump motor… Notified DHS… DOE, FEMA… and Nuclear SSA…

WBIR, Mar 9, 2016: An electrical fire overnight at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in southeast Tennessee triggered an alert… It took about 29 minutes from the time the fire was discovered until it was extinguished by the Watts Bar Fire Brigade. The pump was in a part of the plant that is hard to access, and that’s why it took so long to put out. Because the fire burned longer than 15 minutes, a Notice of Unusual Event (NUE) was declared. The NUE triggered an alert to TEMA and other agencies… Unit 2 is fueled but is non-operational. The hot well is where the steam from power generation ends up after being condensed back into water.

WTVC, Mar 9, 2016: TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says the fire broke out at 3:45 a.m. in one of the pump motors, one that received an operating license back in October.

Power Engineering, Mar 9, 2016: Watts Bar 2 Shut Down After Turbine Building Fire — Workers with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) declared an Unusual Event at Watts Bar Unit 2 in Tennessee due to a fire inside the turbine building… The cause is under investigation.

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mar 10, 2016: Fire at Watts Bar… triggers emergency event

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mar 9, 2016: Fire in Watts Bar pump motor on Thursday declared an emergency… fire ignited early Wednesday in one of the pump motors for TVA’s newest reactors, forcing the federal utility to declare the lowest of emergency classifications at the plant even before it has produced any power… The Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor will be the first new nuclear reactor added to America’s nuclear grid since the other Watts Bar unit started up in 1996. TVA has spent more than $5 billion to build the unit through a series of starts and stops in construction since the project began in 1973.

WRCB, Mar 9, 2016: Fire in Watts Bar pump motor today brings emergency declaration

WJHL, Mar 9, 2016: TVA: Watts Bar Dam generating unit caught on fire… Tennessee Valley Authority was alerted of an “usual event” [and] was able to extinguish the fire after the alert.

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  • rogerthat

    the NYT version:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-disaster.html?_r=0

    Fukushima Keeps Fighting Radioactive Tide 5 Years After Disaster
    By JONATHAN SOBLE MARCH 10, 2016


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  • rogerthat

    the bloomberg version. a peurile effort, imho. it's a good thing this numnuts is not running for president.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-10/here-s-what-life-is-like-in-fukushima-now

    … Here's the reality that they're facing.
    Most of Fukushima's safe …


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    • ISeePinkClouds

      Yes. rogerthat. TY. Conca is mentally retarded. He is unable to form a cohesive thought. Please don't poke fun of him. Just because he can't wipe his own ass is no reason to point a finger and laugh uncontrollably. I admit it is a funny sight to see,but remember,he's just not right in the head.

      If you want to poke fun of someone,poke fun at this numbnut.

      "Georgetown University Medical Center radiation expert Timothy J. Jorgensen, PhD, MPH discusses the impact of radiation in his brand new book, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, Princeton University Press, 2016. He does not discount the dangers of radiation, maybe soft pedals it; however, his viewpoint clearly states that harm to people from Fukushima radiation is, and will be, minimal. Interestingly, Dr. Jorgensen claims “there were no cases of radiation sickness among plant workers, because their radiation doses were too low to produce sickness.”

      http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/02/fukushimas-5th-year-of-full-blown-crisis/

      On second thought,I see he is retarded too. Never mind.

      Peace


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  • rogerthat

    from james conca:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/03/10/after-five-years-what-is-the-cost-of-fukushima/#190aff1c6016

    … No radiological health effects have yet to result from the Fukushima disaster – neither cancers, deaths nor radiation sickness …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/03/10/these_fukushima_decontamination_bots_are_dying_trying.html

    Decontamination Bots Are Dying on Our Behalf in Fukushima

    By Rachel E. Gross

    When it comes to cleaning up a nuclear disaster like Fukushima, robots are the ones you want to call.

    Unlike human “decontamination troops,” machines don’t requires workers' comp.

    You don’t have to worry about them getting cancer, and it’s fine to send them into harm’s way and work them as hard as you want. Plus, they’re generally better equipped than people to go into the heart of disaster, and come out unscathed.

    Except … they do succumb to nuclear radiation, we’re finding out. Japan has been sending bot after high-tech bot into the core of the Fukushima nuclear reactor to retrieve dangerous melted fuel rods, only to have them die in droves.

    When they approach the radioactive rods, the robots' wiring gets short-circuited, rendering them effectively dead.

    At least three robots—and remember, each of these custom-designed machines takes two years to develop—have now perished in the continued effort to remove radioactive materials from the site.

    Not that we should be surprised, as the Inverse notes: …

    The failure of the Japanese authorities to realize they were sending in doomed robots my simply demonstrate just how dangerous the melted core of a nuclear reactor can be. Since the fuel rods melted through the core, nobody even knows exactly where they are,…


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  • rogerthat

    not a bad effort:

    https://www.rt.com/news/335199-fukushima-five-years-cleanup/

    Fukushima 5yrs on: Botched response, radiation danger, murky prospects
    11 Mar, 2016

    … Five years on, the radiation is still not contained, and neither Japan’s energy industry, nor the country has recovered. …

    It is not known how many people have succumbed to or suffer from radiation-caused cancer diseases directly linked to the crippled plant, but individual and collective lawsuits brought against Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), keep appearing in the news.

    This includes a 2014 class action filed by dozens of US Navy members from the USS Ronald Reagan, who took part in a cleanup effort near Fukushima in the aftermath of the tsunami, but were never warned of the radiation levels there.

    Several hundred sailors have since had fallen ill with various forms of cancer, including leukemia, thyroid cancer, and testicular cancer, while some had to have their organs removed or bore babies with unexplained birth defects. …


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  • penny penny

    So this is what nuclear war looks like, 21st century-style. The only question is: Who is ordering the strikes? I would guess "the stateless oligarchs" – many of whom are American by birth. Or perhaps this is payback for Tianjin? At any rate, my plan is to double up on the calcium and magnesium, take cold showers to boost the immune system, and (as always) seize the moment.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLN3DOJsdDA


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fukushima-opposition-quashes-hopes-tourist-tours-stricken-nuclear-plant-1548796

    Fukushima: Opposition quashes hopes for tourist tours of the stricken nuclear plant
    By Adam Justice
    March 10, 2016

    Opposition surrounding Fukushima have put an end to plans by a group of individuals in Japan who were hoping to turn the Daiichi nuclear power plant into a tourist destination.

    The plan had been for ordinary people to visit Daiichi nuclear site without wearing radioactive protective suits by 2036 and had been in an early stage of planning. Members of the group promoting what some have called "dark tourism" come from various backgrounds including business, journalism, architecture and sociology. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elliott-negin/five-years-after-fukushim_b_9402962.html

    Five Years After Fukushima, U.S. Nuclear Safeguards Lagging

    … The NRC set up a task force to analyze what happened at Fukushima and assess how to make U.S. reactors safer. In July 2011, the task force offered a dozen recommendations to help safeguard U.S. nuclear plants in the event of a Fukushima-scale accident.

    Unfortunately, the NRC has since rejected or significantly weakened many of those recommendations and has yet to fully implement the reforms it did adopt, according to a new Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report. UCS also found that the agency abdicated its responsibility as the nation's nuclear watchdog by allowing the industry to routinely rely on voluntary guidelines, which are, by their very nature, unenforceable.

    "Although the NRC and the nuclear industry have devoted considerable resources to address the post-Fukushima task force recommendations, they haven't done all they should to protect the public from a similar disaster," said report author Edwin Lyman, a UCS senior scientist and co-author of the 2014 book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster. "If the NRC is serious about protecting the public and plant workers, it should reconsider a number of recommendations it scrapped under pressure from the industry and its supporters in Congress." …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/fukushima-decontamination-troops-often-exploited-shunned

    Fukushima 'decontamination troops' often exploited, shunned
    By MARI YAMAGUCHI
    MAR. 11, 2016

    The ashes of half a dozen unidentified laborers ended up at a Buddhist temple in this town just north of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Some of the dead men had no papers, others left no emergency contacts. Their names could not be confirmed and no family members had been tracked down to claim their remains.

    They were simply labeled “decontamination troops” – unknown soldiers in Japan’s massive cleanup campaign to make Fukushima livable again five years after radiation poisoned the fertile countryside.

    The men were among the 26,000 workers – many in their 50s and 60s from the margins of society with no special skills or close family ties – tasked with removing the contaminated topsoil and stuffing it into tens of thousands of black bags lining the fields and roads. They wipe off roofs, clean out gutters and chop down trees in a seemingly endless routine.

    Coming from across Japan to do a dirty, risky and undesirable job, the workers make up the very bottom of the nation’s murky, caste-like subcontractor system long criticized for labor violations. Vulnerable to exploitation and shunned by local residents, they typically work on three-to-six-month contracts with little or no benefits, living in makeshift company barracks. …


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    • rogerthat

      And the government is not even making sure that their radiation levels are individually tested.

      “They’re cleaning up radiation in Fukushima, doing sometimes unsafe work, and yet they can’t be proud of what they do or even considered legitimate workers,” said Mitsuo Nakamura, a former day laborer who now heads a citizens’ group supporting decontamination laborers. “They are exploited by the vested interests that have grown in the massive project.”

      Residents of still partly deserted towns such as Minamisoma, where 8,000 laborers are based, worry that neighborhoods have turned into workers’ ghettos with deteriorating safety. Police data shows arrests among laborers since 2011 have climbed steadily from just one to 210 last year, including a dozen yakuza, or gangsters, police official Katsuhiko Ishida told a prefectural assembly.

      Residents are spooked by rumors that some laborers sport tattoos linked with yakuza, and by reports that a suspect in serial killings arrested in Osaka last year had worked in the area.

      “Their massive presence has simply intimidated residents,” said Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai. “Frankly, the residents need their help but don’t want any trouble.”

      Most of the men work for small subcontractors that are many layers beneath the few giants at the top of the construction food chain. Major projects such as this one are divided up among contractors, which then subcontract jobs to smaller outfits, some of which have dubious records. …


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      • rogerthat

        The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare examined more than 300 companies doing Fukushima decontamination work and found that nearly 70 committed violations in the first half of last year, including underpayment of wages and overtime and failure to do compulsory radiation checks. Those companies were randomly chosen among thousands believed to be working in the area.

        “Violations are so widespread in this multilayer subcontract system. It’s like a whack-a-mole situation,” said Mitsuaki Karino, a city assemblyman in Iwaki, a Fukushima city where his civil group has helped workers with complaints about employers.

        Karino said workers are sometimes charged for meals or housing they were told would be free, … and if they lose jobs or contracts aren’t renewed, some go homeless.

        “It’s a serious concern, particularly for workers who don’t have families or lost ties with them,” he said. …

        Government officials say they see no other way than to depend on the contracting system to clean up the radiated zone, a project whose ballooning cost is now estimated at 5 trillion yen ($44 billion).

        “That’s how the construction industry has long operated. In order to accomplish decontamination, we need to rely on the practice,” said Tadashi Mouri, a health and labor ministry official in charge of nuclear workers’ health. He said the ministry has instructed top contractors to improve oversight of subcontractors.

        Several arrests have been made in recent months …


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        • rogerthat

          over alleged labor violations.

          A complaint filed by a worker with labor officials led to the October arrest of a construction company president who had allegedly dispatched workers to Fukushima under misleading circumstances. The investigation found that the worker had been offered pay of 17,000 yen ($150) per day, but after middlemen took a cut he was getting only 8,000 yen ($70).

          In another case, a supervisor and a crane operator were arrested in July for alleged illegal dumping of radiated plant debris in Minamisoma. Five companies heading the project were suspended for six weeks.

          Most workers keep their mouths shut for fear of losing their jobs. One laborer in a gray jacket and baggy pants, carrying cans of beer on his way home, said he was instructed never to talk to reporters.

          A 62-year-old seasonal worker, Munenori Kagaya, said he had trouble finding jobs after he and his fellow workers fought for and won unpaid daily “danger” allowance of 10,000 yen ($88) for work in Tamura city in 2012.

          Officials keep close tabs on journalists. Minutes after chatting with some workers in Minamisoma, Associated Press journalists received a call from a city official warning them not to talk to decontamination crews.

          Beyond the work’s arduous nature, the men also face radiation exposure risks. Inhaling radioactive particles could trigger lung cancer, said Junji Kato, a doctor who provides health checks for some workers.

          Although most laborers …


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          • rogerthat

            working in residential areas use protective gear properly, others in remote areas are not monitored closely, according to workers and Nakamura, the leader of the radiation workers support group. Many are not given compulsory training or education about dealing with radiation, he said.

            Though group leaders’ radiation exposure levels are regularly checked, decontamination workers’ individual levels have not been systematically recorded. The government introduced a system in 2013 but only for a fee, and many lower subcontractor workers are likely not covered. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2016/03/forestry-agency-announced-8800-bqkg-of-cs-134137-detected-from-cedar-pollen-with-2-other-data-concealed/

    Forestry agency announced 8,800 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 detected from cedar pollen with 2 other data concealed

    by Mochizuki March 2, 2016

    On 2/1/2016, forestry agency announced they measured 8,800 Bq/Kg from cedar pollen in Fukushima. The sampling date was 11. 2015.

    Because radioactive cedar pollen spreads from Fukushima to Tokyo area, they analyze the pollen at 24 locations from 2011.

    The highest reading was 8,800 Bq/Kg.

    However, they did not publish the data collected at 2 of 24 locations. They comment they could not enter one of the 2 locations for some reason. They measured 25,400 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 at this location last year.

    Regarding the other location, forestry agency stated no male flower was found there. They did not investigate the possible relationship between the absence of male flower and radioactive contamination. Atmospheric dose was reportedly 1.06 μSv/h at 1m from the ground.

    http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/kaihatu/jittaihaaku/pdf/280201.pdf

    ori Mochizuki
    ____


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  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2016/02/photo-still-over-1-%CE%BCsvh-measured-beside-a-rice-field-in-tochigi/

    On 2/7/2016, a Japanese citizen posted on Twitter that over 1 μSv/h is still detected next to a rice field in Tochigi prefecture.

    According to the post, the measurement was implemented this January. Location was Nasushiobara city Tochigi prefecture.

    At 5cm from the ground, the radiation level was 1.13 μSv/h. At 1m, it was 0.41 μSv/h.

    Restriction of rice distribution from Tochigi is not imposed.


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  • tarpitboss tarpitboss

    Greetings Everyone! Could somebody please inform us about radiation readings in the southern hemisphere? I am in Ecuador and would appreciate a resource similar to Veterans Today.


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  • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

    At this rate they will be remote controlling robots from Mars before they figure out how get near any molten fuel!


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160310080824.htm

    Continuous leaking of radioactive strontium, cesium from Fukushima to the ocean
    Date:
    March 10, 2016
    Source:
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


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  • rogerthat

    https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/fukushima-the-misery-piles-up

    Five years on from the Fukushima nuclear disaster there is now an emerging thyroid cancer epidemic and 174,000 people are still displaced

    By Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne


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    • rogerthat

      … Despite inadequate health monitoring of exposed people, ultrasound screening of almost 370,000 children in Fukushima has yielded clear evidence of an emerging thyroid cancer epidemic among children and adolescents in Fukushima.

      Whereas across Japan three cases of thyroid cancer per million per year would be expected in children, a total of 166 have been identified in Fukushima children.

      Rates are up to 50 times the national average in the most contaminated regions. Nor are these cases of little long-term consequence, detected earlier than usual because of an active screening program.

      Post-operative findings indicate that over 90 per cent had spread outside the thyroid gland, to local lymph nodes, or with distant metastases.

      It is highly likely that this emerging thyroid cancer epidemic will be the harbinger of increases in other cancers and chronic illness. However, there is regrettably no register of people exposed from the disaster or of the doses they are likely to have received to enable long-term follow-up of health outcomes and appropriate targeting of health screening services. …


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      • rogerthat

        The Japanese government is acting as if it wishes the Fukushima nuclear disaster could be quietly swept under the carpet before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It has announced cuts to housing and other assistance for displaced people by this time next year, and plans to clear the public evacuation orders for areas still contaminated at more than 20 times the internationally recommended and previous Japanese radiation limit.

        Along with limited subsidies for those who choose to return to evacuated areas, these measures serve to push those whose lives have already been disrupted and health harmed by the disaster back into areas that remain significantly contaminated.

        No other government has failed in its first duty to protect its citizens by accepting such a high level of radiation exposure in the long term, including for pregnant women and young children.

        We should not be at all surprised about emerging evidence of human health damage from a disaster which most Japanese and some international agencies, like the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation – but not the World Health Organisation – claimed would have no discernible adverse radiation-related health impacts. Extensive evidence from a large number of plant and animal species in Fukushima confirm earlier findings …


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        • rogerthat

          from the region of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine showing high rates of genetic damage and a wide variety of illnesses and abnormalities in direct proportion to the level of contamination in essentially every species studied. In none of these studies was a threshold identified below which no damage occurred.

          In Fukushima, malformations have been demonstrated in fir trees, butterflies, reduced diversity and numbers of birds and mammals, and reduced diversity of a wide variety of intertidal marine species, including anemones, worms, sponges, crustaceans and bivalves. Since 2012 rock shells within 30 km of the damaged reactors have completely disappeared.

          Australians bear a special responsibility to ensure that the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its victims are not forgotten or neglected. The fallout contaminating Japan comes in part from uranium mined in our country. Once mined and processed, there are only three ways that uranium can end up: as nuclear waste, in nuclear weapons, or as radioactive fallout.

          The most important lesson from Fukushima is that sustaining global health demands a renewable energy future, not a radioactive one. …


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  • irhologram

    http://www.sott.net/article/314077-Texas-tornado-news-broadcast-interrupted-by-dog-on-lawn-mower Here's an anniversary metaphor to my virtual family.

    I feel like we're all dogs on lawnmowers. But by the look on this dog's face, while a lot is destroyed, we can still look around and find reasons to smile. I love you all, have spent many sleepless nights because of some, but most of all I have learned so much. Cheers!


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/fukushima-tragedy-not-accident

    … Professor Rodney Ewing, an expert on nuclear materials at Stanford University, outlines three key lessons to be taken from the tragedy at Fukushima. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/03/return-fukushima-japan-tsunami-nuclear-disaster-rebuilding-photos

    15 Moving Photos of Heartbreak and Hope After the Fukushima Disaster
    If this was your home, would you move back?
    —By Michael Forster Rothbart | Fri Mar. 11, 2016

    If you were from Fukushima, Japan, would you move back, despite your fears about radiation?


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/03/11/national/nuclear-refugees-tell-distrust-pressure-return-fukushima/

    Nuclear refugees tell of distrust, pressure to return to Fukushima
    BY YURI KAGEYAMA
    AP
    MAR 11, 2016

    They feel like refugees, although they live in one of the world’s richest and most peaceful nations.

    Five years ago, these people fled their homes, grabbing what they could, as a nearby nuclear plant melted down after being hit by tsunami, spewing radiation. All told, the disaster in Fukushima displaced 150,000 by the government’s count.

    About 100,000 are still scattered around the nation, some in barrack-like temporary housing units and others in government-allocated apartment buildings hundreds of kilometers away.

    Although authorities have started to open up areas near the damaged reactors that were previously off limits, only a fraction of residents have returned. For example, in the town of Naraha, where evacuation orders were lifted in September, 459 people, or 6 percent of the pre-disaster population, have gone back.

    Most say they don’t want to return for fear of lingering radiation. Some don’t want the upheaval of moving again after trying to start their lives over elsewhere.

    With government housing aid set to end next year, many feel pressured to move back.

    Tokiko Onoda, 80, lives with her husband in a cramped, cluttered apartment on the 21st floor of a high-rise in the edge of Tokyo where about 1,000 people …


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    • rogerthat

      displaced by the disaster live in rent-free housing.

      Several Fukushima towns that were deserted are now urging residents to return, saying it is safe to live in certain areas. An ambitious effort to decontaminate vast swaths of land by removing topsoil and razing shrubbery has turned farmland and coastlines into stretches of dirt with rows upon rows of black garbage bags filled with grass, soil and debris.

      When housing aid ends in April 2017, people in apartments under the government program will have to start paying rent or move out. Those whose homes in Fukushima that are in areas still off-limits for living will continue to receive the aid.

      Onoda fears hers will be cut off because her home is in Namie, where evacuation orders are gradually being lifted in parts of the town.

      She doesn’t believe it’s safe to go back. She feels duped because she had believed that nuclear power was safe.

      Onoda angrily talks about how authorities are treating people like her. Why didn’t the government give her land elsewhere to build a new home?

      When she lived in Fukushima, she had a big house with a garden where she grew vegetables and peonies. She picked mushrooms and ferns in the hills.

      “We worked so hard to build that house,” she said, often stopping to wipe away tears. “We had no worries in the world except to plan vacation trips to the hot springs.”

      That home is now in shambles. Although it survived the magnitude-9.0 quake on March 11, 2011, burglars have…


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      • rogerthat

        ransacked it and rats have chewed the walls. The last time she visited, the dosimeter ticked at 4 microsieverts an hour, more than 100 times the average monitored in-air radiation in Tokyo.

        That’s not immediately life-threatening but it makes Onoda feel uncomfortable because of worries that cancer or other sicknesses may surface years later.

        Before the disaster, the government had set the safe annual radiation dosage level at 1 millisievert. Afterward, it has adopted the 20 millisievert recommendation of the International Commission on Radiation Protection set for emergencies, and 1 millisievert became a long-term goal.

        Onoda says she has done her best to cope. She has made friends. She keeps busy with tea parties, art classes and a sewing circle.

        And now they want her to go back, after all she has gone through?

        “Only someone who has gone through this evacuation can understand,” she said.

        Ryuichi Kino, a journalist who wrote, edited and compiled the 2015 book, “The White Paper on Nuclear Evacuees,” believes people like Onoda have been treated like kimin, which means “people who have been discarded” because they have been forgotten or abandoned by society.

        “We don’t even know their real numbers,” he said, noting the government lacks a clear definition for “evacuees,” and bases its figures on tallies of those receiving aid. A recent count in Fukushima and a neighboring prefecture found the total number may be as high as 200,000, Kino said. …


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        • rogerthat

          “Evacuation is a term that assumes the situation is temporary, and there is a place to go back,” said Kino.

          The government is spending about ¥40 billion ($400 million) a year on housing aid for those displaced by the disaster. It’s also financially backing Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, to make monthly compensation payments, now at a cumulative ¥5.9 trillion ($59 billion) and rising.

          Tests with volunteers who wore dosimeters for two weeks in the town of Naraha found average radiation exposure to be at a rate of 1.12 millsieverts a year.

          Government official Yuji Ishizaki, who is overseeing the lifting of evacuation orders, says he is merely following policy.

          “There is no clear boundary for what is safe or not safe for radiation,” he said. “Even 1 millisievert might not be absolutely safe.”

          Fukushima Medical University, the main academic body studying the health effects of the nuclear disaster, says no sickness linked to radiation has been detected so far, although sickness from lack of exercise, poor diet and mental stress has been observed.

          The more than 100 cases of thyroid cancer found among the 370,000 people 18 years old and younger at the time of the disaster the university calls “a screening effect,” or a result of more rigorous testing.

          Some scientists say that is unusually high, given that thyroid cancer among children is rare at 2 or 3 in 1 million. Thyroid cancers among the young surged ….


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          • rogerthat

            in the Ukraine and Belarus after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.

            Seiichi Nakate is relatively content in his new life with his wife and two children, 13 and 11, in Sapporo, 600 km from Fukushima. There, some 1,500 people from Fukushima have formed a support network, often getting together for drinks and helping each other find jobs.

            Nakate recently bought a house and started a company that refers professional helpers to disabled people, and has hired former Fukushima residents. He vows to never return to Fukushima because of the radiation danger.

            He believes that from the beginning, authorities underplayed those risks. He doesn’t trust them.

            After the disaster, he immediately sent his wife and children to a relatives’ home in southern Japan. The family started living together in Sapporo a year later.

            The end of government housing support makes people feel pressure to return, he says.

            “The government abandoned the people of Fukushima, even the children. Now the policy is to push us to go back,” he said. “It’s a policy that forces radiation upon people.”

            Megumi Okada, a mother of four, is fighting hard to keep her housing aid in Tokyo, getting people to sign petitions and meeting with government officials …


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              She scoffs at how officials keep saying that people are living “as normal” in much of Fukushima. She doesn’t want her children eating the food or breathing the air. They get periodic blood tests to make sure they are healthy.

              Her husband has found a job as a construction worker in Tokyo. Their apartment is just two rooms and a kitchen, but the rent is covered. Okada wants to work, but publicly funded child care is scarce in Japan, and private ones are costly.

              “Nothing has progressed in five years,” she said. “We have the right to stay evacuated.”

              Okada says she wants to apply for U.N. refugee status and move to Europe with her family, if she could.

              “I know Japanese can’t become refugees now. But I wish we could,” she said. “It is about our staying alive.”

              Government evacuation map for Fukushima September 2011: jtim.es/ZhwVq

              Government evacuation map for Fukushima September 2015: jtim.es/ZhwTp


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            • unincredulous unincredulous

              "The end of government housing support makes people feel pressure to return, he says."

              ………….

              http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140115/govt-oks-new-business-turnaround-plan-tepco-give-more-

              "Upon issuing his approval, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told TEPCO President Naomi Hirose, "I want all of the company's employees to bear in mind that the company has been given an opportunity to survive and carry out compensation payments"

              ……………

              Is it possible for today's governments to earn less respect?


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  • rogerthat

    https://ecowatch.com/2016/03/10/fukushima-wake-up-call-nrc/

    Fukushima Should Have Served as Wake-Up Call for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists | March 10, 2016


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Put Hillary in charge of the NRC. At least her friends will be safe, and that's a start.

      Gooooo Hillary Spice! Yayyyy


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      • earthsmith

        Or we can have folks like this….a Trump supporter, John McGraw
        “We don’t know if he’s ISIS. We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American and cussing me . . . and sticking his face in my head,” McGraw said, according to a video of the interview. “He deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”….wtf
        Divide and conquer. I actually think the establishment wants him in. The good ol USA will be much easier to bring down and in The eyes of the world, justified.


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        • unincredulous unincredulous

          I wish he would have smacked Hillary instead. She doesn't act like an American.

          Neither does Trump.

          Why spend money on a giant wall to keep the border secure? People have property rights, let them defend it. If they can't handle it, send in the National Gauard or the US military to fight ALONGSIDE of the property owners. Oh, wait, we constitution lovin' patriotic, government criticizin, bbq lovers are the terrorists now…

          Why build a wall when we don't even know who the hell WE are.

          I really don't know who "we" are! I put up with Both Mexican and Burmese groups at work for two years a while back. I held my tongue and kept the peace. Then, I was mistreated and quit.

          I ran into the guy who replaced me a few weeks ago. He got fired for punching out the Mexican supervisor. I was a minority of white workers, and I was never an "equal" or a member of the white group.

          If the country is has the money to build a giant fence, why not instead put it between corporate prople and human people? Put the fence around D.C. and put "KEEP OUT" signs on the DC side?


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  • earthsmith

    Five years in to five years out
    Five years gone five years long
    Five years singing their nuclear songs
    Five years in and the ocean is gone
    Five year swim no more do the mammals adorn
    Five year winds and the atmosphere is torn
    Five year rains and the soil begins to spawn
    Five years in and the masses just roll on
    Five years in and the media still mows their lawn
    Five years in and still nothing is wrong

    Many thanks to all posters here and everywhere who make this ongoing catastrophe the headline news it should be.
    Peace


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Based on reports of the initial radionuclide counts in the Northwestern part of the US and bordering BC,CA coastal regions, miscarriages still born babies, and new borns, born in that time-frame, Leukemia should be showing up in that 3-5 year demographic.

    Additionally, and aside from cancer, we should begin to record, record levels of deaths, heart attacks, diabetes and a variety of other auto-immune diseases. It's going to get ugly for that region, for humans. Maybe Bill will reconsider his support for nuclear?


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Mornin. Started the day with Kevin Blanch videos.

    Kevin Blanch says San Onofre school parents have to sign a waiver.

    A brief internet search returned nothing on that. If you learn nothing from Kevin Blanch, listen more.

    Found this,

    http://www.copswiki.org/Common/NewsMedia

    links for the link jockeys.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT.

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For the Common Man

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLWgrr671g

    Keith Emerson Dead From Gunshot To Head In Apparent Suicide
    3/11/2016

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/keith-emerson-dead-from-gunshot-to-head-in-apparent-suicide/ar-AAgG2LG?ocid=ansmsnent11


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  • cedar cedar

    Sorry I don't know where this post will appear as I had to log in by leaving a reply to another post. The normal way doesn't work.

    Tonight at 7:00 PST on CBC News is "Fukushima: A Nuclear Story by Matteo Gagliardi. He documents what was happening in the plant from March 2011 through March 2015.

    Peace. Love. Laughter.


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