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

Published: November 11th, 2011 at 8:50 am ET
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Traces of iodine-131 detected in Europe, Trend, November 11, 2011:

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

‘”But it’s a concern because there is a source somewhere,” an offical close to the IAEA said, adding that atmospheric measurements were made in countries including Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary.” [...]

“People who take a transatlantic flight are exposed to a radiation dose 40,000 times as high as the one detected recently, the Vienna health ministry said.”

From the International Atomic Energy Agency’s brief statement on the detection:

  • “The IAEA has learned about similar measurements in other locations across Europe”
  • “The IAEA believes the current trace levels of iodine-131 that have been measured do not pose a public health risk and are not caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan”
  • “The IAEA is working with its counterparts to determine the cause and origin of the iodine-131.”

The iodine-131 finding comes around 10 days after the announcement of xenon at Fukushima, which was suspected to be caused by a criticality.

How long did it take for radioactive particles from Japan to reach Europe back in March?

“The substances were blown eastward by a jet stream traveling at a speed of some 3,000 kilometres a day, arriving on the US West Coast on March 18, in Iceland on March 20, and many other European countries on March 22, the researchers said.” -DPA

Because radioactive releases after the March 11 quake occurred almost immediately, the radioactive isotopes from Japan took about 10-11 days to reach Europe.

UPDATE via BBC at 9:25am ET (h/t Bobby1):

“The Czech nuclear security authority said it had been detecting radioactive iodine-131 at a number of monitoring stations since late October and had informed the IAEA to see if it could identify the source, Reuters reports.”

“Czech nuclear safety chief Dana Drabova said the iodine could have leaked during production of radiopharmaceuticals.”

“It was certainly not from a nuclear power plant, she said, adding that they were almost certain that the source was abroad.”

UPDATE II: Hungarian gov't radiation expert: Iodine-131 detected in Budapest, but it's OK because "this is far below the levels found after Fukushima"

Published: November 11th, 2011 at 8:50 am ET
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59 comments to Iodine-131 now detected in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary… other countries — An indicator of nuclear chain reaction — 10 days after criticality talk at Fukushima

  • arclight arclight

    i soo need a geiger counter!!!

    uk rad monitoring down :( but not out :)


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  • Bobby1

    “The Czech nuclear security authority said it had been detecting radioactive iodine-131 at a number of monitoring stations since late October and had informed the IAEA to see if it could identify the source, Reuters reports.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15689555

    So much for the “curium theory.” It’s a criticality. This had been going on since late October. It’s the same cloud that went over the US.


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    • Bobby1

      If the xenon-135 (half-life 9 hrs.) that was detected on Nov. 1 was actually released on Oct. 23, there would have been 10 million times more of it than there would be on Nov. 1.

      Xenon-135 is the decay product of iodine-135. That means there would have been a fantastic amount of iodine-135 released, much more than iodine-131.

      Europium-152 was found at Setagaya on Oct. 30. This is a fission product, but its yields are very low. There are dozens of other nuclides that would have been found in higher concentrations. The other way that eu-152 is released is via neutron bombardment of control rods. Large amounts of eu-152 do not come from ordinary fission, or from nuclear bombs either. It comes from nuclear criticalities in nuclear power plants.

      You can be sure that there was a large amount of strontium, plutonium, tellurium etc. also released.


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    • HamburgGeiger

      Hi Arclight,

      this is a link to the official gamma measurements 2 miles from my home. I don`t believe them.

      With radiation coming with west wind Germany can`t be hit sooner then GB, I think. Here are my 24 hour averages of gamma in Hamburg (microsievert per hour). Note the higher measurements before 04.11.

      15.10.2011 0,144
      16.10.2011 0,146
      17.10.2011 0,149
      18.10.2011 0,147
      19.10.2011 0,147
      20.10.2011 0,144
      21.10.2011 0,143
      22.10.2011 0,142
      23.10.2011 0,144
      24.10.2011 0,145
      25.10.2011 0,146
      26.10.2011 0,149
      27.10.2011 0,145
      28.10.2011 0,147
      29.10.2011 0,148
      30.10.2011 0,148
      31.10.2011 0,148
      01.11.2011 0,149
      02.11.2011 0,147
      03.11.2011 0,15
      04.11.2011 0,148
      05.11.2011 0,146
      06.11.2011 0,145
      07.11.2011 0,147
      08.11.2011
      09.11.2011 0,145
      10.11.2011 0,143


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      • arclight arclight

        i think this release is possibly smaller… according to criirad, some measurable amounts, especially in the south…… the water monitor in aveau was high too!… rainout!! or river transfer!!

        after mercoule i got 0.3 mcieverts/hr or more regularly

        took a long time to finally clear too in certain terrains!!

        the winds in the uk have been mainly from the south so it is possible for uk to have contact first though i havent been noticing the details …been paying more attention to the east coast of china :( go figure!!

        nice work bro!


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    • pure water

      Great researcher as evr, Archlight! Thanks!
      According to GRIRAD the first and biggest pick has been registered on the 2 of November. Count back 9 – 13 days and search for videos from this period. This is really interesting. It is around 20-th of October. The secondary picks with reduced intensity make me think about some emergency event with a short life. They have produced another fictional story with this pseudonews about spontaneous criticality. Well, if they speak, what they like, I can just write here, that there was one of the underground burst outs! And I am not afraid, because if I am wrong, people around me will correct me. Well, I think the coriums speak out loudly from time to time.


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  • arclight arclight

    do the people of sizewell need to take these??

    “ANTI-RADIATION pills are to be handed out tonight to residents living closest to the Sizewell nuclear site – as a debate continues over whether more people should be issued with the medication for emergency use.”

    http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/anti_radiation_pills_to_be_handed_out_1_61234

    still awaiting advice from the government..?? eh?? when the government gets around to telling you, would it be too late??? should you take them now???

    thats life with nuclear… GET OVER IT!!/sarc :)


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  • pure water

    I wish some day those newsmakers will learn to support their affirmations with arguments! If they say it is not from Fukushima, or other nuclear facility, the right thing is to explain why! The hint about halflive does not work, it depends on the initial quantity and the time is short enough in this case. Any numbers from those monitoring stations? I thought they work with numbers and register different isotopes. Recently they produce just the affirmation, that everything is safe! I feel much better here at ENENEWS, because people state their arguments, even when they do not affirm positive opinion.


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  • radegan

    “The IAEA has now determined that the Iodine 131 came from heel taps on shoes in contact with banana peels and tile floors. Tap dancing has been banned temporarily in Europe as a result.”


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  • arclight arclight

    caought this post from “hamburggeiger”

    “I had a scary moment this morning, too. Instead of the “normal” 20-25 cpm I got 45 cpm in my first ten minute measurement today. Don`t know what that was. I am glad it was not repeatable. But I will have an eye on this today and in the next days.”

    http://enenews.com/post-radiation-monitoring-data/comment-page-6#comment-150098

    November 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    website date might have been nearer the 3rd european time


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    • HamburgGeiger

      I never saw such a high count again. It was and is always around 22 cpm over here. But that measurement is a fact. Maybe I was tired that morning an made a mistake, measuring two minutes instead of one?! I would love to know.

      Here are some more detailed measurements from Hamburg, always cpm averaged over 10 minutes and later cpm averaged over 1 hour.

      26.10.2011
      background:
      alpha+beta+gamma 21
      beta+gamma 21
      gamma 23, 24

      ash from wood stove:
      alpha+beta+gamma 26
      beta+gamma 25
      gamma 26

      02.11.2011
      7.40 Uhr 45 cpm gamma
      7.50 Uhr 23 cpm gamma
      8.00 Uhr 21 cpm gamma
      8.10 Uhr 20 cpm gamma+beta
      8.20 Uhr 21 cpm gamma+beta+alpha
      9.10 Uhr 20 cpm gamma
      9.20 Uhr 22 cpm gamma

      since then I measure cpm as a one hour average:
      12.40-13.40 Uhr 22 cpm gamma
      14.00-15.00 Uhr 23 cpm gamma+beta
      15.00-16.00 Uhr 22 cpm gamma

      (“Uhr” means o´clock)

      03.11.2011
      12.40-13.40 Uhr 22 cpm gamma

      04.11.2011
      08-09 Uhr 22 cpm gamma
      14-15 Uhr 22 cpm gamma

      05.11.2011
      08-09 Uhr 21 cpm gamma
      11-12 Uhr 22 cpm gamma

      06.11.2011
      10-11 Uhr 22 cpm gamma
      12-13 Uhr 23 cpm gamma+beta
      20-21 Uhr 22 cpm gamma+beta

      07.11.2011
      in the afternoon 22 cpm gamma+beta

      08.11.2011
      8-9 Uhr 21 cpm gamma
      16-17 Uhr 21 cpm gamma+beta

      09.11.2011
      10-11 Uhr 22 cpm gamma
      12-13 Uhr 22cpm gamma+beta
      19-20 Uhr 22cp

      10.11.2011
      vormittags 23cpm gamma

      11.11.2011
      07-08 Uhr 21cpm gamma


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      • arclight arclight

        the impact looks small then in northern europe with some (undiscussed by the authorities) impact in the south…
        wonbder about spain?? be nice to trace the source!! could be as far away as isreal… oh does isreal have nuclear reactors by the med. sea?? how many?? earthquake proof?


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        • HamburgGeiger

          The jetstream in that time frame made kind of a “omega” over europe. It went more or less from spain north over GB than east over norway and then back south. We were lucky over here, I think.


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          • arclight arclight

            so maybe jet stream and uk and norway got hammered?? we need a spanish rad monitor .. any takers out there!! gracias!!


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            • arclight arclight

              or portuegeal?? catalonia…maybe that mob up in the pyrennes…censored… :) somebody out there must care what they are “sucking up”! and what they are sucking up for that matter!


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              • arclight arclight

                got lost on their website…duh…
                but found this…thought i would share from three weeks ago

                ““The leader of a Citizens’ Group to Protect Children from Hotspot Radiation in Kashiwa city, Chiba, decided to suspend its activities. Mrs. Yuki Ohsaku, representative of the group evacuated recently to Kyushu after her two children started nosebleeding and other core members also are considering moving out of Kashiwa city. 10 members have already relocated. (Above video of Interview with Mrs. Ohsaku on the radio)

                In May the Kashiwa mayor wrote in his blog that those worried about the effects of radiation have some kind of mental problems. Kashiwa city originally had no plan to conduct any survey after citizens reported high radiation levels. Mrs. Ohsaku’s group collected over 10,000 signatures and submitted the petition to the City Council with 100 members, and this made the Kashiwa city start measuring radiation levels in schools and do decontamination work.

                However, the group’s activities and her relocation with two children to Kyushu caused lots of problems within her family. Her in-laws are not happy that she is disobeying the authorities and that her name gets published (since she is the group leader). Now the in-laws are demanding that she divorce her husband. She says that old and middle-aged people in general have absolute confidence in the printed media as their news source, and what’s not reported in the newspapers is not conceived as reality. The mainstream media (including newspapers) has the least coverage on health”

                http://blog.safecast.org/2011/10/citizens-group-leader/#more-1654

                brings it right home doesnt it??


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                • arclight arclight

                  Pontevedra – Daily average air gamma radiation μSv/h
                  Current reading: 0.17 µSv/h (microsieverts/hour)
                  Time of reading: 計測日: 2011/11/15計測時間: 23:57:57.416783Z

                  Historical Graphs µSv/h: Last 24 hours | Last 4 days | Last 3 months
                  Most western point of spain..just above vigo….check out the 3 month historical maps.. anyone know how to save them?…some are missing full historical data.. clean up!!???????

                  http://maps.safecast.org/feedmap

                  Geochemistry of Major and Trace Elements in Sediments of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain): an Assessment of Metal Pollution
                  Ria de Vigo is a funnel-shaped, fault-bounded coastal embayment in Galicia, NW Spain. There are a number of important centres of population and industrial activity along its margins, which serve as sources of pollution. Sixty-six subtidal sediment samples have been collected in the Ria. The samples have been subjected to a total di- gestion technique and analysed for major and trace ele- ments (Al, Fe,Ti, Mn, Cu, Pb, Cr, Zn, Co, As, Ni, Cd and Sr). Variations of absolute metal concentrations reected variations in textural and/or carbonate and organic mat- ter content.

                  http://www.mendeley.com/research/geochemistry-major-trace-elements-sediments-ria-vigo-nw-spain-assessment-metal-pollution-18/


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                • arclight arclight

                  local reactors

                  “Santa María de Garoña Nuclear Power Plant
                  “The plant was opened in 1971 and would have closed on 5 July 2009 had its license not been renewed. Nuclenor, the plant’s operator, had sought a ten-year extension, which was supported by Spain’s Nuclear Safety Council ……..On 2 July 2009, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade compromised, extending the operating license for an additional four years”

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Mar%C3%ADa_de_Garo%C3%B1a_Nuclear_Power_Plant

                  “Oct 31 (Reuters) – Spain’s 1,000-megawatt Almaraz II nuclear power station was back on line and running at 88 percent of capacity on Monday morning, operators said.
                  Seven of Spain’s eight nuclear plants were running at or near capacity by 1000 GMT and generating 6,315 MW between them, or 19.5 percent of total demand, data from national grid manager and regulator CSN showed.
                  Upgrading and uprating: Spain
                  26 August 2011
                  Unit 2 of the Almaraz nuclear power plant in Extremadura, Spain, has now completed an intense four-year power uprate project encompassing a switch to a new digital Ovation system platform, large mechanical equipment replacement, electric equipment and first-of-a-kind software analysis at the plant. By F.J. Sanz
                  Studies and analysis into the feasibility of uprating the two reactors at Almaraz nuclear power station were carried out with the support of Westinghouse, Enusa and Empresarios Agrupados. This work showed the possibility of increasing the thermal power of the two units to 2947 MWt, an increase of nearly 10% from the initial plant capacity of 2686 MWt.”

                  http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sectionCode=76&storyCode=2060519


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                • arclight arclight

                  Upgrading and uprating: Spain

                  26 August 2011

                  Unit 2 of the Almaraz nuclear power plant in Extremadura, Spain, has now completed an intense four-year power uprate project encompassing a switch to a new digital Ovation system platform, large mechanical equipment replacement, electric equipment and first-of-a-kind software analysis at the plant. By F.J. Sanz

                  Studies and analysis into the feasibility of uprating the two reactors at Almaraz nuclear power station were carried out with the support of Westinghouse, Enusa and Empresarios Agrupados. This work showed the possibility of increasing the thermal power of the two units to 2947 MWt, an increase of nearly 10% from the initial plant capacity of 2686 MWt.”

                  http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sectionCode=76&storyCode=2060519


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                • arclight arclight

                  Grrr!! (SO FAR)….. any spanish speakers in the house? If you do a search watch out for almaraz 2, as there is one in argentina as well!

                  “Westinghouse 3 Loop PWR 2696 939/894
                  157 fuel assemblies of 17×17 design with
                  264 fuel rods per fuesl assembly;
                  Unit 1 (1981);
                  Unit 2 (1984);
                  18 month cycle”

                  http://www.nucleartourist.com/world/spain.htm

                  and this is all I could find of one of the info links (power plant related)?????

                  http://www.cntrillo.es/

                  somebody got a sense of humour at the “ministry of information” is this the new “doublespeak” in action ?? LOL!


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              • arclight arclight

                looks like my reply to mungo was lost…
                i did a thing on the dodgy reactors in spain…

                short version info
                old
                crap
                censored info
                worried spanish secret service
                worried iaea director
                worried nuclear share holders
                high readings in the north west near oncology town?? something has occoured around here (just north of portugal!! now im off to post all that was lost :(

                keep up the good work admin
                :)


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  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    Yes, my GC has done that a couple of times…freaked me out, but when I couldn’t get it to repeat the high readings I calmed down.

    Although if 45 cpm is the same as 0.45, mine reaches that frequently. When mine freaked out it reached 1.72 uSV per hour! The other time 1.33…


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    • pure water

      Was there a wind, when you took our measures,westcoastgirl? This stuff can move fast in proper conditions.


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    • arclight arclight

      hi wcg
      st austell in devon uk
      when i went there with my gieger i got readings of 0.4 mcsirvrts/hr in slow pulses with the air currents (posted on rad forum) this might have had hot particles/gases but it was mainly radon..i think…the evidence i posted suggested it…

      st austell is placed near a run off to bodmin moor where the soil/rocks produce radon…this is well mapped in the uk and i posted links to that to!
      not saying its healthy….just saying


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      Dear WestCoast. I’m a guerilla gardener over in Oakland about five blocks from BART toward Broadway and Piedmont Avenue/Temescal area. If you would like to get together to take readings, I think we could think of more locations to test for radionuclides. I can’t afford to get a GC myself, it turns out, unfortunately. I would love to know what kind of even cesium accumualtion (most GC’s are calibrated either only for or at first for Cesium-137, even though there are DOZENS to hundreds of radionuclides in fallout) work in the dirt on a regular basis.

      One of the things going on with your GC could be that it maybe is already losing its sensitivity. I’m not sure what your GC is rated for. Most of the ones that are accessible to most people (the 99% lol) wear out quite quickly, or more quickly than advertised. The other problem could be calibration, which I know little to nothing about. There are probably other problems with the below $800 (or whatever price point could be associated, in general, with better sensitivity and operating longevity) level GC’s that I’m unaware of but would be happy to help research. Another thing that could be interfering with data collection, or not, is the selection of data collection sites and perhaps methods. I have a Furcrea longaeva (Agave relative) in one of my medians which more horizontal or flatter lying leaves have been covered by a very greasy black (not mold or mildew, something else)in it’s guttered leaves where rainwater can pool. Of course, a large part of that black, greasy covering could be soot from autos, as well as bunker fuel residue from the very busy Port of Oakland.

      Let me know what you think about testing together or getting together to discuss Fukushima, at your convenience. If I don’t get back to you right away, keep trying as I’m not always often on ENE due to school and obligations of living in an increasingly expensive Northern CA, to which I’m sure you can relate.

      Frank


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  • Anthony Anthony

    So whats really happening is they suffer criticality, they leak half truths eluding to some kind of problem…then they shut up and let us hash it out. I mean, is that not the pattern since 311? In fact they usually leak half truths after the fact correct?

    Our health is in these hands.

    These hands hold our future.


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  • pure water

    Anthony, we are on the half way of getting free. We know they lie, and we are learning how they make it. Step, by step.


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  • On Now ! here’s the App, live feed for Rense Radio “Jeff Rense Program”

    http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/livefeeds/16k.asx


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  • arclight arclight

    WHAT CRIIRAD AND THE EU HAD TO SAY

    “The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,” according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against “risky behaviour,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.
    In response to thousands of inquiries from citizens concerned about fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Europe, CRIIRAD has compiled an information package on the risks of radioactive iodine-131 contamination in Europe.

    The document, published on 7 April, advises against consuming rainwater and says vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid consuming vegetables with large leaves, fresh milk and creamy cheese.

    The risks related to prolonged contamination among vulnerable groups of the population can no longer be considered “negligible” and it is now necessary to avoid “risky behaviour,” CRIIRAD claimed. ”

    http://www.euractiv.com/health/radiation-risks-fukushima-longer-negligible-news-503947

    AND WHAT THE IAEA SAID

    what did they say …..huh!?? cant find it….must be around here somewhere????? :)


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    It seems the radiation is arriving in waves,GC’s “freaking out” would be an indicator that something is passing through and hot particles were on or near the devices GM tube temporarily before depositing on the ground,in our lungs,etc. BTW,The TEPCO Fuku cam has had me watching a “fireworks display” near the ground at Reactors #3-4 and is still looking like someone lights red “road flares” every couple minutes and the “white points” are red,green,yellow & pretty damn frequently seen too!!,I left it up full screen when I finally fell asleep & my wife (sadly another sheepherders daughter,lol)-she thought it was a “scary haunted house”!!LOL! More like the “Portal to Hell”!!,she likened the above ground fissions lighting effects to “eyes glowing”& moving around!!But when I told her what she was actually looking at-”I don’t wanna hear it” & “talk to the hand”…dumbass….So another day TEPCO has “gone fission”-too bad for the sea that they always “catch & release”!!


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  • arclight arclight

    from the beeb 11 November 2011 Last updated at 17:14 breaking

    Low levels of radioactive particles ‘found in Europe’

    “Czech nuclear safety chief Dana Drabova said the iodine could have leaked during production of radiopharmaceuticals.

    It was certainly not from a nuclear power plant, she said, adding that they were almost certain that the source was abroad.

    Slightly elevated readings of radioactive iodine have also been found in northern Germany, the country’s environment ministry said.”

    The iodine-131 particles do not pose a public health risk, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15689555


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hi all, I already posted this yesterday. The NPP Temelin in the Czech Republic has been reporting problems recently.
    I’d rather think the I-131 is from there than from Fuku.

    http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2011/11/11/low-levels-of-iodine-131-from-unknown-source-detected-in-europe/


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    • arclight arclight

      ahh! missed that … could be pleausable the plume/plumes moving east and north….

      will wait for details from the IAEA… sure they are on the case doing what they do? (whatever that is?? phoning WPP maybe?? )
      peace


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  • arclight arclight

    11 November 2011 Last updated at 17:14
    Low levels of radioactive particles ‘found in Europe’
    “The Czech nuclear security authority said it had been detecting radioactive iodine-131 at a number of monitoring stations since late October and had informed the IAEA to see if it could identify the source, Reuters reports.
    Czech nuclear safety chief Dana Drabova said the iodine could have leaked during production of radiopharmaceuticals.
    It was certainly not from a nuclear power plant, she said, adding that they were almost certain that the source was abroad.
    Slightly elevated readings of radioactive iodine have also been found in northern Germany, the country’s environment ministry said.
    But the levels were so low they were barely detected, a spokeswoman quoted by Reuters news agency said.”
    Errr!! a spokeswoman??? Just in “northern Germany” ????
    And this
    “The iodine-131 particles do not pose a public health risk, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15689555

    THE IAEA PRESS RELEASE
    “11 November 2011 | Vienna, Austria – The IAEA has received information from the State Office for Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic that very low levels of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere over the Czech Republic in recent days.
    The IAEA has learned about similar measurements in other locations across Europe.
    The IAEA believes the current trace levels of iodine-131 that have been measured do not pose a public health risk and are not caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan.
    Iodine-131 is a short-lived radioisotope that has a radioactive decay half-life of about eight days.
    The IAEA is working with its counterparts to determine the cause and origin of the iodine-131.
    The IAEA will provide further information via its website as it becomes available.

    http://www.iaea.org/press/

    nice and brief and not any details…feeling reassured by the good old iaea…


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    France – Desperately seeking new sources of electricity!

    “No country uses nuclear energy as intense as France. Three quarters of the electricity are generated by nuclear fission. But the French have a problem: As Germany gets out of the nuclear force, lacking electricity reserves.

    The Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande: “I’ll get something that I think is a step forward, namely the construction of the new European pressurized water reactor (EPR).”

    French Greens do not want new nuclear power plants.
    The EPR reactor is being built in northern France – 20 years since the first new nuclear power plant. Every month, the plant is scheduled to dozens of millions more expensive than. Since this commitment by Hollande, the Greens have dug up the hatchet.

    Last winter, Germany has exported the energy of one and a half nuclear power plants to France. Collette Winter, a consultant at Capgemini: “This situation is serious after the German nuclear phase-out – so either France must now look elsewhere for energy, or it must ask its consumers to consume less during peak times.”

    Indeed, France is hoping this winter for Belgium. But behind closed doors everyone says that this is not enough. So far, every late autumn in Paris, was established a crisis team, which follows the power consumption of the French.
    Industry Minister Eric Besson had to supplement this time: watching particularly closely.

    In Bretagne, for example, where there is lack of sufficient power lines, consumers now get warnings such as SMS. Then it says: washing machine, radio and television show and turn down the thermostat. It could be that the coming winter it will be like this all over France.

    I WISH! HA!

    http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/frankreich440.html


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    • HamburgGeiger

      Hi BreadAndButter,

      now that is nice. ;-) In the winter they don`t get enough energy from their rotten nuclear facilities to power all their old-style electric heating, and in the summer they have to turn them down because they lack cooling water due to draught.

      Looks like they have to import energy the whole year. Maybe that is one of the reasons why they don`t want us to end nuclear. ;-)


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      • voltscommissar

        Vive la révolution!

        Ever noticed on the thousands of TV images from helicopters during the Tour De France, you “NEVER” (or perhaps “very rarely”) see a solar hot water panel, or horror-of-horrors a solar photovoltaic panel on any of the rooftops in any French village or city?

        French politicians would do well to ENCOURAGE citizens as follows:

        1. Energy austerity: woollen clothing indoors, scarves, beanies, hot water bottles (or is that only for “British peasants”?)

        2. Properly clothed thussly, but very unfashionable, it is possible to stay vaguely comfortable — even when sedentary — down to temperatures as low as 15 to 16 degrees Celsius indoors. This will save GIGAWATTS across France in the coming winter. Just stop being so haughtily-frenchily-fashion-conscious!! C’est bourgeois!

        3. Put your fridge on an outside balcony all winter long. This will slash your household electricity bills, and the nation’s megawatt-hour usage.

        4. Get an exercise bike with a DC dynamo, and make electricity while you warm your body. This will be your indoor exercise on cloudy/rainy/snowing days, when your solar cells are not charging your batteries very much.

        5. Zillions of other small energy saving actions, that all add up to massive cost savings for householders. Jut stop being a wasteful, lazy passive “consumer”, and start your own energy revolution…

        “Vivent”(?) les cellules photovoltaïques, source d’énergie indépendante. Vive la France! “Die, you nuclear dogs” (someone please translate that into French!)

        Solar = life. Wind power = life. Nuclear = death.


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  • arclight arclight

    “either France must now look elsewhere for energy, or it must ask its consumers to consume less during peak times.”

    not heard of kyoto then??? lol :)


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  • westcoastguy westcoastguy

    Show this woman some love for all the hard work she is doing!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/tokyobrowntabby


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  • Anthony Anthony

    From what I got from article is they dont know wherer its from but its there and widespread. A British Professor states its more likely from medical patient exretions in the environment. I almost shit myself reading his summation!!


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  • Anthony Anthony

    We got another bleeder somwhere…how many plants have we had to juggle just in a year?


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