FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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Published: January 1st, 2016 at 11:06 am ET


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11,548 comments to FORUM: General Nuclear Issues Discussion Thread — New as of April 2016

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    While the nuclear physicists toy with "radiation" profits, the signal pathways are electrified, charged, fried and even mutated- as ions dismember homeostasis, reeking metastasis, screaming pitches of "Fukushima"… It will not end there.

    For millions of years… they will sound their horns.


    Bioelectrical signals turn stem cells' progeny cancerous
    Newly discovered 'instructor cells' can deliver deadly directions

    …Changing the chloride ion level to hyperpolarize or depolarize the cells in turn triggered abnormal growth in distant pigment cells derived from the neural crest stem cells.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Hillbilly, thanks. Some studies show seratonin re-uptake inhibitors decrease cancer incidence. (not a reason to take them though). The biological response to low level fallout is dominated by the bystander effect. Theyve discovered over a dozen messenger chemicals and compounds. Melatonin protects against radiation bystander effects, whereas (if I remember correctly) nitric oxide, (important vasodilator), nicotine, caffeine increase the bystander effect. The bystander effect is not limited to an individual animal. The messenger products float through water (and probably on magnetic fields from Russian research) to other animals. Putting a radiated fish on your skin will induce bystander effects…not from radioactivity! One affected by fallout, your biology is changed for a long time! This is very interesting;

      'irradiation of 1% cells with alpha particles lead to chromatid exchange in more than 30% of cells. This is called as bystander effect which demonstrates the relationship between irradiated and non-irradiated cells . Results of studies on survivors of Chernobyl explosion as well as radiotherapy of patients with cancer revealed that adding blood serum of these individuals to the same non-irradiated cell culture causes chromosomal damage. These effects are persistent and would remain even in those whom had a radiation exposure twenty years before. It is proposed that irradiated people blood has clastogenic factors.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        microscopists used to see tiny dust floating around cells…they called it cell dust. In the last 17 years, this dust was found to be composed of short RNA fragments and is called microRNA. It has the ability to silence certain genes…its an epigenetic factor. Apparently it can be exuded into the environment. I dont know how far or how long this stuff can operate in the ocean but it can have an effect across species.

        There are other information carrying substances also which can spread across long distances. For example insects modulate pheromones with body movements and transmit them electromagnetically…like radio. Their hairs and antenna pick this infra red band signal up and thus there is a radio net in the insect kingdom. So its obvious the ecosystem is very much interconnected. This no doubt has an effect when considering low level fallout. This differentiates it from at least some types of background radiation which does not cause these bystander effects. This needs to be studied by science

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          There seems to be a cutoff or threshold effect to animal-animal bystander transmission, so Its hard to say how much this contributed to the ocean ecosystem effects from Fukushima. The Interactions and confounding factors are enormously complicated.

          The bystander effect is very complicated. This diagram represents what they know so far. No doubt more to come

          'Research shows that because of the phenomena characteristic for low dose radiation the risk of cancer induction from exposure of healthy tissues to low dose radiation can be greater than the risk calculated from linear no-threshold model.'

          The bystander effect can cross organs, animals and even species

          Remember that these are non radiated organs and animals!

          'Are epigenetic mechanisms involved in radiation-induced bystander effects?'

          Transmission of Signals from Rats Receiving High Doses of Microbeam Radiation to Cage Mates: An Inter-Mammal Bystander Effect

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            biophotons…a possible contribution to the bystander effect. Also a possible reason that intrinsic radiation from potassium may have health supportive effects. This gets into quantum biology

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


              "So its obvious the ecosystem is very much interconnected. This no doubt has an effect when considering low level fallout."

              • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

                We've set the stage for Reverse Evolution.

                Mouse A: It's getting hot in here.
                Mouse B: I know, right?

                [Cue Music]

                Enter Algae.

                The End.

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                its biblical. The burning bush, Christ consciousness and fallout. Early mystics were interested in the underpinnings of reality and the origin of consciousness. Is it possible to have a direct experience of ones conscious origin?

                The cell has a structure of microscopic tubes that looks like a bush growing out from the center. Its on fire, a burning bush. Its on fire due to oxygen, the metabolic creation of reactive oxygen species, and the creation of light mediated to a large extent by certain amino acids, glutamine chief among them.

                It is theorized that the origin of consciousness relates to a quantum process involving these burning bush microtubules, low levels of coherent (think laser) light in the UV range, which unifies the body on an information level. This ultra weak photon emission is now big science and is used in such mundane fields as skin cream formulation.

                When nuclear fallout hits a cell, a track of ionization zips through, most of the time not hitting the DNA in the nucleous. A complex sequence of events occurs involving the mitochondria, free radicals and a slew of information signals. Glutamine, micro RNA and cytokines send distress signals in an effort to protect the body from this radical and alarming insult. The conformation of the burning bush itself is altered. laser like Ultra Weak photons send out beacons of light that can be read outside the skin. This information signal passes through quartz glass and affects adjacent organisms.

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  Chuckles..biblical…not hardly.

                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    obe, we all impose a limit on human and other animal potential based on our own level. Just because WE dont experience the direct function of consciousness on the cellular or universal level doesnt mean its not possible.

                    Is self awareness a possibility? Check these images of the cytoskeleton…is it possible that some seekers of the essence of consciousness were able to perceive this, or do you think only the rods and cones in the eyeball can see? When you imagine your wifes face, what is doing the seeing?

                    Read this theory below. Can we perceive who we are or are we relegated to the grosser sensory perception of the larger conglomerations of things? The mystics said if you only judge the material world by way of comparative sensory perception and mental bias, you miss the underlying energetic foundations…the source of consciousness itelf.
                    Consciousness, the brain, and spacetime geometry.

                    Have you never wondered why someone would come up with such an off the wall story as the burning bush? It must be allegorical, wouldnt you say? When your vision becomes singular, you see the body is full of light. Why would some old middle eastern guy say that?

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  This information effect is called the bystander effect. Its related to the hormesis effect.

                  Imagine a note reaches the king that an invasion has penetrated the castle. Guards go into action, repairmen gear up, medics bind wounds and some of the men are killed on suspicion.
                  One fallout invaded cell can cause the death of many cells not hit by radiation. Inflammation is the guard brigade on overdrive. CoxII cascades, cytokines and lymphokines attempt to halt the invasion. The action can harm the host, the castle. A cytokine storm can be deadly.

                  At the same time there is a constant trickle of radiation from natural sources, mainly potassium. 300 million radioactive decays and tracks per day course through your body from this potassium radiation. It obviously does not cause this code red alarm in the kingdom. But it does contribute to the weak photon emission of the 'burning bush' in the cell cytoskeleton and is perhaps a vital part of the bodies intrinsic information cohesion.

                  This is what the 'burning bush' looks like

                  The biophotons are not visible but if they were, it would look more blue and ultraviolet.

                  the bush branches look like this and may relate directly to the conscious experience

                  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                    That does not look a burning bush…and why you refer to biblical anything is beyond me.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      The branch structure of the cell cytoskelton is very much like a bush. The fractal geometry of the cell cytoplasm is a subject of depthy scientific enquiry with a relevance even to nuclear fallout effects. That burning effect is literally true as oxidation or burning is the source of some of the information carrying photons and also the essence of life metabolism.

                      The branching of the cytoskeleton or bush structure of the cell is key to many things, not the least of which is cell division, a crucial period that may have a lot to do with cancerous changes due to radiation.

                      Just because you dont see it doesnt mean it isnt true

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      the glassified branches of soil left by lightening strikes, tree growth and cell structure have similar mathematical relationships and this is covered in a branch of science. It is related to an basic geometric properties like the fibonaci series and the golden ratio which was known to the ancient greeks and is a part of the subject of divine geometry used in ancient architecture and art.

                      The light resulting from oxidation in the cell, but also from key amino acids like glutamine has received some intense scientific scrutiny. This image shows the wave guide created by myelin and the propagation of light from nodes along the nerve fiber. Nerve conduction is not soley chemical

                    • FaunaLord q

                      CS, Voronoi diagrams.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      here you see the bush like cytoskeleton

                      You cant see that its on fire because the oxidation is controlled and low level. Oxidation is fire. You cant see the light because its very low level and much of it is in the ultraviolet

                      a Hela Cell, an immortal cancer cell used in the lab. One test showed the suspected morgellons organisms A tumifasciens was able to insert DNA into this cell.


                      cabbage tree bush

                      fractal math produces life like structure

                      Oxford academics; Plant microtubule cytoskeleton complexity: microtubule arrays as fractals

                    • FaunaLord q

                      Natural sciences
                      A Voronoi tessellation emerges by radial growth from seeds outward.
                      Natural sciences
                      A Voronoi tessellation emerges by radial growth from seeds outward.

                      In biology, Voronoi diagrams are used to model a number of different biological structures, including cells[16] and bone microarchitecture.[17] Indeed, Voronoi tessellations work as a geometrical tool to understand the physical constraints that drive the organization of biological tissues.[18]

                      In hydrology, Voronoi diagrams are used to calculate the rainfall of an area, based on a series of point measurements. In this usage, they are generally referred to as Thiessen polygons.

                      In ecology, Voronoi diagrams are used to study the growth patterns of forests and forest canopies, and may also be helpful in developing predictive models for forest fires.

                      In computational chemistry, Voronoi cells defined by the positions of the nuclei in a molecule are used to compute atomic charges. This is done using the Voronoi deformation density method.

                      In astrophysics, Voronoi diagrams are used to generate adaptative smoothing zones on images, adding signal fluxes on each one. The main objective for these procedures is to maintain a relatively constant signal-to-noise ratio on all the image.

                      In computational fluid dynamics, the Voronoi tessellation of a set of points can be used to define the computational domains used in finite volume methods, e.g. as in the moving-mesh cosmology code AREPO.[19]

                    • FaunaLord q

                      In computational physics, Voronoi diagrams are used to calculate profiles of an object with Shadowgraph and proton radiography in High energy density physics.[20]

                      Yeah I meant to add quotes, but anyway, that mention of the variable density is particularly important to me. Like where Maxwell reckoned the aether is constant, due to the observational limits.

                    • FaunaLord q

                      And the obligatory misquoting.

                      We have been underrun, by our retinal desires. Headaches of the immediate kickback media. Keeps us obedient and unaware. Feed us this mutation, for desolation and despair. Disillusioned.

                    • FaunaLord q

                      ANd yeah, I believe in God.

                    • FaunaLord q

                      Time to put the oxygen, carbon, silicon maybe even hydrogen obsession down, take a look around.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Releasing this picture got a Department of Energy photographer fired.

    He doesn’t regret it.

    Simon Edelman leaked a photo of coal baron Robert Murray's "action plan."

    A complaint prepared by John Napier Tye, co-founder of Whistleblower Aid, a new legal organization for government and private sector whistleblowers, explained that a statement made by Murray in November motivated Edelman to share the photos — what Edelman classifies as “public domain photographic evidence” — with the public.

    In an interview with E&E News, Murray denied any involvement with Perry’s grid resiliency pricing rule. “I had nothing to do with it,” Murray said. “It was Mr. Murray’s lying that motivated Simon Edelman to share his public domain evidence with the American people,” the whistleblower complaint reads.

    “This was not an everyday meeting that happens all the time,” he said. “This was different because they knew each other and they knew each other well. Perry gave him that hug. And then Murray got right down to business and gave him the action plan.”

    Edelman said he didn’t know who Murray was at the time. But he still felt something was off. “When I heard them talking about the plan and then I saw what was on the desk, my instinct was to take the photo of them,” he said.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "These snapshots of “deformed mutant daisies” are making the rounds online this week, four years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Flax seed. "A study done at the Pearlman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania a few years ago, and published in BioMed Central Cancer, showed flax seed to be effective protection before and after exposure to radiation: including repair of tissue after exposure.

    The research was on mice and originally focused on flax’s ability to repair damaged lung tissue after exposure. The researchers were so impressed they added flax to their diets.

    Mice who were fed flax seed, survived lethal doses in good health, got healthier, put on weight and had lowered lung inflammation."

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Plutonium shipping errors in June and a potentially deadly worker safety lapse in September cost the operators of Los Alamos National Laboratory at least $2.6 million in performance award fees, according to an annual federal lab review released Friday…still..(they earned a bunch of money)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Killing Nuclear and Coal the European Way

    Phase-outs and phase-downs of unwanted generation are all the rage in Europe. Advocates are pointing to models that show a rapid and complete phase out of coal is essential to meet the region’s obligations under the Paris climate agreement. Proponents of nuclear phase-outs point to the risk of environmental calamity. The anti-nuclear movement that has its roots in the 1970s has been reinvigorated by the view that renewable energy can now replace it one-for-one.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Where Is The Damn Corium?
    New Fukushima Unit2 video not released.

    “Last week another inspection was conducted inside unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. This new work looked inside the reactor pedestal area. The space is below the reactor vessel yet within the containment vessel. This is the third time in the last year’s time that TEPCO has conducted major investigative work inside the damaged reactors and has purposely hidden information from the public.”

    Abe’s Tep/gov is getting to be as transparent as a brick wall.

    Perhaps there is no bottom at all in Unit2.
    Perhaps the camera recorded photos of the water-filled corium lava tube.
    A glympse of the glowing corium at the bottom of the coriumlava tube.

  • freebywill

    PSA – Area around US_NPS NH_Seabrook_1 experiencing an icing event.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Support for U.N. nuke ban grows in Japan as assemblies pressure Abe to join – 1/22/18

    HIROSHIMA – More than 100 assemblies throughout the nation are pressuring the central government to join the U.N. nuclear weapons ban passed last year, according to a tally compiled Sunday.

    The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has so far resisted joining the treaty because Japan relies on the United States’ nuclear umbrella.

    At least 112 municipal assemblies and one prefectural assembly have sent written opinions to the Diet urging the government to sign and ratify the treaty, according to the secretariats of both Diet chambers and the assemblies.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Davis-Besse, Perry nuclear plants could close as FirstEnergy inks deal with hedge funds

    Pearson said developments should occur quickly.

    "FirstEnergy has been very straightforward in any discussions with creditors," he said in an interview Monday.

    Pearson made it clear the company is prepared to move on.

    "We are not going to invest any more in FirstEnergy Solutions. We have contributed a significant amount of . . . support trying to save the plants. But at this point, without some type of regulatory support it would not be prudent to put any more capital into those plants,'' Pearson said.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Reactor Vessel Head Damage at Davis-Besse

      "The Davis-Besse nuclear reactor in Ohio, responding to Bulletin 2001-01, identified in March 2002 a football-sized cavity in the reactor vessel head. The cavity was next to a cracked, leaking nozzle, in an area of the vessel head covered with deposits from years of leaks. A few days after Davis-Besse discovered the cavity, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Action Letter to the plant owner, First Energy Nuclear Corporation. The letter confirmed the plant would remain shut down until the company evaluated and resolved damage to the vessel head. Later analysis concluded the leaking nozzle created boric acid, which corroded the vessel head's steel and created the cavity.

      In 2003, the NRC issued a Bulletin to address the generic implications of the Davis-Besse information on the safe operation of U.S. pressurized-water reactors. The NRC reviewed the industry's responses to the Bulletin in order to ensure proper actions were taken. More information on the agency and industry response to the Davis-Besse corrosion is available on the NRC website."

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Damaged pressure vessels in reactors all over the US according to the NRC. Cracked nozzles too. PWR reactors vulnerable to this kind of damage.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          If memory serves, there were 14 plants or reactors where there were cracks found in the pressure vessels, of varying size.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Probably reactors.

            A picture of the football sized hole in the pressure head at Davis Besse here:


            Gives me the warm fuzzies (not).

            “'In March 2002, plant staff discovered that the borated water that serves as the reactor coolant had leaked from cracked control rod drive mechanisms directly above the reactor and eaten through more than six inches (150 mm) of the carbon steel reactor pressure vessel head over an area roughly the size of a football (see photo)'. This 'left only 3⁄8 inch (9.5 mm) of stainless steel cladding holding back the high-pressure (~2500 psi, 17 MPa) reactor coolant. A breach most likely would have resulted in a mass loss-of-coolant accident, in which reactor coolant would have jetted into the reactor’s containment building and resulted in emergency safety procedures to protect from core damage or meltdown. Because of the location of the reactor head damage, such a jet of reactor coolant might have damaged adjacent control rod drive mechanisms, hampering or preventing reactor shut-down.' After finding the hole, the Davis-Besse owner (First Energy of Akron) bought a used, yes USED, replacement head, which had cracks and problems! Talk about doing it on the cheap! (The used had problems too, so had to be replaced)."

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Maybe that USED pressure head they installed at Davis Besse to replace the one with the large hole in it is failing now?

              Fukuleaks has more:


              At one time I found the NRC transcript for the discussion of the cracked reactor pressure vessels (vessel heads). Unfortunately I didn't save the document and now I can't find it.

              Beyond Nuclear discusses the inherent safety problems at US nuclear reactors:


              Great, Areva owns a Le Creuset forge which makes pressure heads. There is a flaw in the carbon content of the forged parts, and Areva falsified safety documentation.

              "Dominion Energy’s Millstone Unit 2 in Waterford, CT became the first and still only of seventeen U.S. reactors with at-risk Creusot Forge components to voluntarily inspect its reactor pressurizer manufactured at France’s controversial Creusot Forge. An Utrasonic Test (UT) enhanced visual examination found no signs of defects or cracking…. The Creusot Forge, owned by AREVA, is under investigation for the manufacture and global marketing of reactor components weakened by excess carbon contamination and falsifying quality assurance documentation. Beyond Nuclear has been pushing US operators and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) through an emergency enforcement petition…" to do enhanced safety inspections and documentation.

              Millstone – yeah, like a big one around our necks.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 37

  • freebywill


    "At 1115 EST, on 1/22/18, Fermi 2 determined that the site was in violation of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit due to an oil sheen being observed in a overflow canal that had breached the installed oil booms and entered navigable waterways.

    "Approximately 5-10 gallons of oil has reached navigable water, which resulted in exceeding State limits.

    The oil is currently contained with no additional leakage to navigable waters and cleanup is in progress.

    The cause of the oil entering the overflow canal is under investigation.

    "Reports will be made to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other local agencies.

    Since these reports are in the process of being made, this is considered a News Release or Notification to Other Government Agencies, therefore this event is reportable under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi).

    "The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

    The Licensee has notified the National Response Center.

    [ Some type of ongoing oil spill they were trying to clean up before anyone found out got past oil booms and into public waterways, so they had to fess up to it. Notice they notify other gov't agencies ( who will keep it secret ) but they don't specify if they will alert the public. ]

  • freebywill

    US_NPS IL_Braidwood_1;2 @ 100;100 %


    "At 0400 [CST] on 1/23/2018 the Braidwood Technical Support Center (TSC) HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning] Emergency Makeup Air Filter train was taken out of service to perform a planned Makeup Air Filter charcoal replacement. The TSC HVAC Makeup Air Filter train will be rendered nonfunctional during the charcoal replacement. Subsequent charcoal and HEPA filter testing will restore functionality of the TSC HVAC Makeup Air Filter train. The expected duration of the charcoal replacement and subsequent testing is 30 hours.

    "If an emergency is declared requiring TSC activation during the time TSC HVAC is non-functional, the TSC will be staffed and activated using existing emergency planning procedure unless the TSC becomes uninhabitable due to ambient temperature, radiological, or other conditions. If relocation of the TSC becomes necessary, the Emergency Director will relocate the TSC staff to an alternate location in accordance with applicable site procedures.


  • freebywill



    "The RSO [Radiation Safety Officer] […] notification at 4:05 PM [CST] on 01/09/2018. […] Citgo Petroleum Corp (CPC) had lost a XRF unit overboard while working in the Calcasieu River (CR) in Lake Charles, LA.

    […] Dive team working in the CR to recover the XRF unit. […] On 01/11/2018 […] Dive Team effort was unsuccessful and […] CPC would continue the recovery effort.

    The NRC notification of the 'LOST SOURCE/ UNRECOVERABLE' is being made by LDEQ with this report.

    "The XRF device, a Niton, Model XLP-703A, loaded with a Cd-109 source with the decayed activity of 12.34 mCi.

    The Cd-109 source S/N is 10722 and was last leak tested on 10/27/2017.

    The unit was being used for analysis when it slipped from the operator's control into the CR.

    [..] The battery pack remained with the operator and the shielded device with the Cd-109 source sank into the CR. Scaled back recovery efforts for the device will continue. It is unlikely that the XRF device will be recovered.

    "This lost Cd-109 source is in a shielded device with river water shielding. This lost source does not pose a health and safety threat to the General Public or the Employees of CPC.


  • freebywill

    Updated Spring 2018 refueling outage (RFO) schedule for US stations

    Several units that had started coastdown have since returned to full power, I think this is due to the abnormal weather conditions.

    02/04/2018 Diablo Canyon 2 –
    02/08/2018 Hatch 1 – @ 93 % – coastdown
    02/15/2018 Calvert Cliffs 1 –
    02/16/2018 LaSalle 1 –
    02/20/2018 Browns Ferry 3 –
    02/23/2018 Grand Gulf 1 – @ 63 % struggling to keep running.

    03/01/2018 DC Cook 2 –
    03/03/2018 Brunswick 1 –
    03/03/2018 Susquehanna 1 –
    03/04/2018 Catawba 2 –
    03/05/2018 North Anna 1 –
    03/06/2018 Indian Point 2 –
    03/17/2018 ANO 1 –
    03/18/2018 Beaver Valley 1 –
    03/18/2018 Wolf Creek 1 –
    03/20/2018 Braidwood 1 –
    03/21/2018 Limerick 1 –
    03/21/2018 St Lucie 1 –
    03/26/2018 Farley 1 –
    03/26/2018 Davis Besse 1 –
    03/31/2018 Palo Verde 3 –

    04/01/2018 South Texas Project 2 –
    04/07/2018 Hope Creek 1 –
    04/07/2018 Shearon Harris 1 –
    04/11/2018 Nine Mile Point 2 –
    04/15/2018 Surry 1 –
    04/20/2018 Sequoyah 1 –
    04/23/2018 Oconee 3 –

  • Nuclear energy isn’t economical. They shouldn’t be asking people who won’t benefit to fund murder by nuclear energy.

    Officials seek solution regarding future of Perry Nuclear Power Plant

    “…It was clear that NOPEC would favor a federal solution to this issue since the additional costs would be borne by a larger population,” Cirino said, who specifically asked the board to consider actually helping Lake County in influencing PJM to make a decision in the county’s favor….”

  • USA

    29th September 2017 – The Fukushima nuclear disaster: Six years later, (Special report by Fox News)


    At the end of this Fox News report, a claim is made that no one died as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

    Firstly, here is this correspondence, link below, dated March 16th 2011 between the NRC and the Japanese. In this document the Japanese state 5 people having received lethal radiation doses. (Ninth bullet item down on the document screen shot.)

    Also, here is a list of numerous reports of fatalities and injuries resulting from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. This large list probably represents just the tip of the iceberg of fatalities and injuries!

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 — A possible link between a cluster of cases in New York City of an extremely rare type of cancer and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine has been found by researchers.

    They began their investigation after 10 people in New York City were diagnosed with vitreoretinal lymphoma, or VRL, in a four-year span…
    The cluster of cases prompted the researchers to look closely at various characteristics of the patients, such as their age at diagnosis, racial/ethnic background, family history, where they've lived and other medical conditions they have.

    That's when they discovered that six of the patients had lived in areas close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant at the time of the radiation disaster. Four reported living in the Ukraine, one in Poland and one in Moldova.

    The median time from the accident to VRL diagnosis was 26 years, and there were no other medical conditions unique to these six patients, according to the researchers. The only common demographic variable was that seven of the 10 people were of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry."

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      They spread them out all over the world to lessen the documented negative impact.

      One must now search them out as the cancer diagnosis is diluted by larger population centers and contributes little to the real known disease impact from the actual melt down disaster.

      This is called good business by the masters of Nuclear Power.

  • Jebus Jebus

    7 children had metastases to their lungs – Report from Fukushima

    On January 12, this year's second Friday Action against the restart of nuclear power plants was held in front of the Office of the Prime Minister. KAMEYA Sachiko (photo), an evacuee from Futaba Town in Fukushima Prefecture, close to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, said that 197 persons are currently suffering from thyroid cancer and recently seven children had metastases to their lungs.


  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments
    Durham NC (SPX) Jan 23, 2018
    More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new Duke University study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites."

  • Jebus Jebus

    In a Jan. 4 letter from NNSA contracting officials to the LANS prime contract office, NNSA cites “inadequate management controls” of the June 2017 shipment of three Type B container plutonium shipments by air cargo on two separate aircraft from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site.

    “Although the event did not result in a direct impact to workers, the public or the environment, the event was a failure to meet the Environmental Safety and Health performance requirements and reflects a lack of focus within certain functions of the Laboratory on improving the operational discipline necessary for an effective ES&H program,” the letter states.

    It adds that the June event was preceded by other significant ES&H lapses at LANL, which indicate “a programmatic breakdown” in the LANS safety management system.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Koreans still distrustful of Japanese fish products after nuclear meltdown

    A majority of South Koreans favor banning the import of Japanese fishery products, a survey showed Friday, underscoring lingering safety concerns about possible radioactive contamination.

    The Consumers Union of Korea polled 1,023 adults across the country last year, and the results showed 55.3 percent want stronger import restrictions. Another 37.2 percent said the restrictions should be "very heavy."

    The results of the survey were released by opposition lawmaker Choi Do-ja, who obtained them from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

    In 2013, Seoul took a stronger measure to ban imports from fisheries in eight other Japanese prefectures near Fukushima.

    Results showed that 55.3 percent of South Koreans are not buying fish products from Japan. Other shunned items included agricultural products (56.3 percent), dairy products (52.8 percent), cosmetics and processed foods (37.5 percent) and other manufactured goods (35.3 percent).

    The biggest concerns from radioactive exposure included cancer (42.4 percent), newborns with deformities (30.4 percent) and hereditary disease (13.4 percent).

    Cosmetics = Fish Meal. Of course only the good fish meal…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      The other 50% are sadly screwed..almost 7 years out..Fukushima is still leaking like sieve into the Pacific Ocean. Tough break..we must call this disaster progress.

    • FaunaLord q

      You have to remember though, culturally, Korea is fucked too and they have just a tiny bit of prejudice. Their counter to imperialism? Corporatism. Failed, either way.

      • FaunaLord q

        I find it so strange that people have an issue with religion, but gleefully adopt technocratic "progressive" corporatist ideals, regardless of the guise…and worship that.

        In Japan, you have the relics of imperialism, sure. But, there's an awful lot of corporatism too. I mean, it's not THAT hard to assess the Mitsubishis, Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans of this world.

        On the other hand. Korea has, say, Samsung. Oh and like prepubescent plastic surgery.

        So concerned with cancer, that they mostly are cancer:

        "In 2014, we reported on the rate of thyroid-cancer diagnoses in South Korea that was 15 times as high in 2011 as the rate in 1993.1"


        Sound reasonable to me.

  • N.J. nuclear bill returns — amid new controversy

    “…including provisions that would shield some of the company's financial information from becoming public. …”

  • Communities offered £1m a year to host nuclear waste dump

    “…Local communities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be offered £1m a year to volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste disposal facility for thousands of years, as part of a rebooted government programme….”

  • 'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War

    A fictional 1979 account of how the town in Virginia would weather an all-out nuclear exchange between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.

  • freebywill


    "At 1901 PST on January 25, 2018, the Control Room received a fire alarm, followed by screen wash and 480v load center alarms a few minutes later.

    The intake operator and on-site fire department personnel were promptly dispatched to the scene and confirmed within 15 minutes there was no active fire. [ the fire burned itself out ]

    As a conservative measure, off-site fire assistance was initially requested, however [this request] was canceled a short time later.

    While on-site fire personnel were locally assessing the damage to screen wash pump 1-2, a brief flare-up occurred at the pump motor which was immediately extinguished.

    Units 1 and 2 remained stable and two screen wash pumps remain available.

    There is no risk to plant safety or personnel and both units continue to operate at power.

    Current efforts are focused on determining the cause of the situation."

    The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector and CAL FIRE.

    The licensee issued a media/press release.

  • freebywill






    [ Item 1 is describes how a review of procedures has raised the question of whether fuel for fork lifts/tractors is to close to the UF6 cylinders. ]

    [ Two medical reports of improper dosage. ]

    [ Two reports of rad instruments improperly disposed of. Luckily they were discovered but it adds to the stack of incompetence in managing nuclear materials. How many rad items are NOT discovered before they end up in scrap and/or a landfill? ]

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Study published September of 2017. Depleted uranium just as bad as any other radiation exposure ; DU exposure can induce the bystander effect.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    A new star
    "On Thursday, the rocket company Rocket Lab announced that it had secretly launched the Humanity Star, a satellite in the shape of a reflective sphere that effectively works as a disco ball and could at times become the brightest object in the night sky.
    The Humanity Star was launched as a way to unite all who see it under the night sky, according to Rocket Lab. ..
    But certain people on Earth aren't exactly pleased.
    Just after Rocket Lab announced the surprise launch of the satellite, many astronomers tweeted their annoyance that the New Zealand-based company would build and launch this bright object."

  • freebywill

    FUKUSHIMA: Where are the People? – Arnie Gundersen on the Ongoing Human Toll of the Nuclear Disaster – NH #344

    This Week’s Feature:

    Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, focuses on the human toll inflicted by the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Recorded December 2, 2017, at DePaul University, at an event sponsored by Chicago’s Nuclear Energy Information Service, or NEIS.

    Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

    The only “conspiracy” I can determine thus far in Hawaii’s 38-minute false alert of an incoming nuclear missile is one to hide GROSS INCOMPETENCE in the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Password “security,” anyone?

  • freebywill

    A-bombed girl in 1945 Mainichi photo identified

    January 26, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)

    The photo of the girl was taken by Mainichi photographer Yukio Kunihira on Aug. 9, 1945 while he was covering the aftermath of the bombing in the center of Hiroshima, but her identity had long remained unknown.

    Yukiko Fujii, who was 10 years old at the time of the bombing and passed away in 1977 at age 42.

    [ many years later her son saw the picture and came forward to identify her ]

    [ more detail at the link ]

    [ pic of injured girl in article, beautiful girl.]

    [ The stain of shame will never be erased from the ledger of history of the crimes of the US government. ]

  • Jebus Jebus

    Nuclear Weapons Tests and Environmental Consequences: A Global Perspective

    The beginning of the atomic age marked the outset of nuclear weapons testing, which is responsible for the radioactive contamination of a large number of sites worldwide. The paper aims to analyze nuclear weapons tests conducted in the second half of the twentieth century, highlighting the impact of radioactive pollution on the atmospheric, aquatic, and underground environments. Special attention was given to the concentration of main radioactive isotopes which were released, such as 14C, 137Cs, and 90Sr, generally stored in the atmosphere and marine environment. In addition, an attempt was made to trace the spatial delimitation of the most heavily contaminated sites worldwide, and to note the human exposure which has caused a significantly increased incidence of thyroidal cancer locally and regionally. The United States is one of the important examples of assessing the correlation between the increase in the thyroid cancer incidence rate and the continental-scale radioactive contamination with 131I, a radioactive isotope which was released in large amounts during the nuclear tests carried out in the main test site, Nevada.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The United State’s efforts at containing public awareness of the dangers of radiation from nuclear weapons were generally successful prior to the manufacture and testing of thermonuclear weapons in the early 1950s. The first thermonuclear test conducted by the United States, the Mike test of the Ivy series at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1952, did not raise public concern as the U.S. was able to keep the thermonuclear nature of the Mike test secret. However, after the Bravo test in the Castle series in 1954, the scale of the radiological disaster that the test wrought proved to be both a humanitarian and a public relations disaster for the United States. The Bravo weapon yielded a cloud of lethal levels of radioactive fallout that, according to AEC calculations in 1955, had the weapon been detonated in Washington DC, would have left downwind Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City uninhabitable.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "The federal agency that oversees nuclear waste stored at plants across the country has granted exemptions to the amount of insurance required at the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)…
    But at least one critic says the exemptions should not have been granted because there are still 3.55 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel at SONGS, which is located between one of the busiest freeways in the country and the Pacific Ocean.",amp.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "TOLEDO, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp.'s nuclear plant near Toledo is likely headed for closure and the outlook is just as bleak for its two other plants near Cleveland and Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania, a company executive said Thursday.

    No date has been set for the potential closures, and selling the plants will be almost impossible because of the costs to operate them in deregulated electricity markets, James Pearson, FirstEnergy's chief financial officer, told The Blade .

    The company has been warning that it could decide this year whether to sell or close the three aging nuclear plants because they can't compete with new natural gas plants.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The Nuclear Industry in Ukraine – An overview

    This report is the result of an endeavor to make a comprehensive overview of the current state of the Ukrainian nuclear industry. The Ukrainian government has declared that nuclear power will continue to be an important part of the country’s energy mix in the near future.

    Bellona’s conclusions and recommendations touches upon operational safety, decommissioning issues and handling of radioactive waste. One of the main challenges is how and when to move away from nuclear energy, as it is doubtful whether it is economically viable to exchange the current reactor units that are approaching the end of their life-time with new reactors to cover Ukraine’s energy needs.

    Ukranian Nuclear industry report – English version (pdf)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Not just Russian, but any nuclear new build is a poor choice for South Africa, Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist Amory Lovins and University of Cape Town (UCT) emeritus professor Anton Eberhard argue in a newly released occasional paper published by the UCT Graduate School of Business

    Titled ‘South Africa’s Electricity Choice’, the paper warns that, owing to the inherent complexity of nuclear procurement, financing and construction, no new nuclear-generated electricity could flow for at least a decade, even if procurement were to begin immediately.

  • Jebus Jebus

    A total ban on nuclear weapons is the only path to global security

    The essence of the Trump nuclear doctrine is, “What’s the point of having nuclear weapons if we can’t use them?” That’s why the cooler heads in Davos have been pushing another solution to this existential crisis: prohibiting and eliminating all nuclear weapons. The majority of the world agrees. My time here at Davos has put me face to face with leaders of industry, civil society and politics. Everyone I have spoken to here agrees that we won’t solve the crisis in North Korea by threatening more nuclear war. Many of them are already part of an alternative solution.

    That solution has already been supported by 122 nations in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by the United Nations last year. It has a simple aim to eliminate nuclear weapons by making them illegal. Rather than trying to “de-nuke” North Korea by threatening to make more nuclear weapons and make it more likely to use them, the best way Trump can make sure North Korea does not have nuclear weapons is to join the global treaty to ban them.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Secure, insecure ..insecure secure.
    Banning nuclear weapons is the only way out of the pathetic paradigm Humans are in.

  • Jebus Jebus

    USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill reports the drills at the Nevada Test and Training Range will cause rolling GPS blackouts for the vast portions of the Western United States from January 26 through February 18. All GPS-equipped aircraft operating in the Western United States should be prepared for possible navigation failure in the region.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Was wondering about nuke plants on the Seine with flooding forecast and this one fits the bill..
    Then started reading this…
    "What's more, the Paluel and Penly nuclear power plants are actively involved in agricultural recycling experiments in the Seine-Maritime County. For example, since 2003, sludge from the wastewater treatment plants at Paluel has been used to generate compost for reed beds and Penly provides algae to companies who use it for recycling into fertilizer."
    Oh well.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Genetic damage from radiation highlights need to protect physicians in cath lab

    These studies were novel because they showed genetic damage related to radiation exposure.

    This differs from previous research, Chambers said, which centered on hard clinical outcomes or the development of orthopedic injuries from years spent wearing heavy lead clothing to shield against radiation.

    “But now these two studies suggest that radiation is what we were worried about all along. It really does increase genetic alterations,” he said.

    Because dysregulated miRNA has been linked to certain forms of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancers, the study authored by Andrea Borghini and colleagues raises the concern that radiation may also tie into cognitive impairment.

  • TEPCO Withholds Critical New Fukushima Meltdown Data From Public
    January 23, 2018

  • freebywill

    7 Times The US Lost Nuclear Weapons That Still Haven’t Been Found

    By Rachel Blevins – January 28, 2018

    February 1950 – The first known [ keyword is 'known', considering the lying gov't covering up it's incompetence there may be an earlier incident ] flying from Alaska to Texas [ more economical to fly it then sea ship ] 30-kiloton Mark 4 (Fat Man) nuclear bomb, into the Pacific Ocean.

    March 1956 – from MacDill AFB in Florida to an overseas base, carrying two nuclear weapon cores. […] experts believe […] somewhere in the Mediterranean.

    July 1957 – left the Dover AFB, Delaware, to transport three nuclear bombs over the Atlantic Ocean. […] crew jettisoned two of the nuclear bombs […] around 100 miles from Atlantic City.

    February 1958 – midair [collision] during a simulated combat mission from the Homestead AFB, Florida. [ nuke weapon during simulation, how smart ]
    multiple failed landing attempts at the Hunter AFB, Georgia […] jettisoned the Mark 15 Mod 0 nuclear bomb […] somewhere in the Atlantic near Tybee Island, Georgia.

    [ cont.]

    • freebywill

      January 1961 – B-52 carrying two 24-megaton bombs […] crashed after taking off from an airbase in Goldsboro, North Carolina. One of those weapons struck the ground and then sank in swampy farmland, and while the Air Force recovered its plutonium, most of the thermonuclear stage —including highly enriched uranium that made up the bomb’s core—was never found.

      December 1965 – An A-4E Skyhawk attack plane carrying a B-43 thermonuclear bomb sank into the Pacific Ocean after it rolled off of the USS Ticonderoga while returning to a naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after a deployment to Vietnam. It was not until 1989 that U.S. officials finally admitted the accident took place, 70 miles from Okinawa.

      May 1968 – USS Scorpion was returning to its base in Norfolk, Virginia […]
      sank in the Atlantic Ocean, about 500 miles southwest of the Azores Islands.
      […] one nuclear reactor and two nuclear-tipped torpedoes […] one of the most prominent theories is that “a battery within one of the submarine’s torpedoes overheated and ignited. The subsequent fire caused a warhead detonation and blasted open the torpedo loading hatch at the top of the forward compartment,” which led to a flood of water to the hatch that sent the Scorpion over 10,000 feet into the ocean. [ theory, they actually have no idea ]

      [ And now the incompetent nuclear nitwits want to start things up again. ]

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "San Francisco wants to build 12,000 new homes on a former nuclear test site — but the project is in turmoil after the Navy found evidence of a botched cleanup"

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Monitors at the federal Hanford Nuclear site found plutonium and americium contamination up to 10 miles from a troubled demolition project that was suspended in December due to concerns about the spread of radioactive particles.

    The monitoring last year was conducted in the federal nuclear site by the state Department of Health, which notified the federal Energy Department of the findings in December."

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