“Like the plot of a summer horror flick”: All along Canada’s Pacific coast, mussels are dying… Bodies are swollen by cancerous tumors — Unprecedented mutations allowing cancer to spread from one species to another like a virus — Scientists: “It’s beyond surprising” (VIDEO)

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Washington Post, Jun 22, 2016 (emphasis added): All along the western Canadian coast, mussels are dying. Their blobby bodies are swollen by tumors. The blood-like fluid that fills their interiors is clogged with malignant cells. They’re all sick with the same thing: cancer. And it seems to be spreading. For all its harrowing, terrifying damage, the saving grace of cancer has always been that it dies with its host. Its destructive power comes from turning victims’ own cells against them and making them run amok. But when molecular biologist Stephen Goff biopsied these mussels, he found something strange. The tumor cells didn’t have the same DNA as their host. Instead, every mussel was being killed by the same line of cancerous cells, which were jumping from one individual to the next like a virus

National Geographic, Jun 23, 2016: It sounds like the plot of a summer horror flick: Malignant cells floating in the sea, ferrying infectious cancer everywhere they go. The story is all too true, say scientists who’ve made a discovery they call “beyond surprising.”… “The evidence indicates that the tumor cells themselves are contagious – that they can spread from one clam to another in the ocean,” says biochemist and immunologist Stephen Goff of Columbia University, co-author, along with Michael Metzger of Columbia, of a paper reporting the results in the journal Cell. These mussels are one of four species of mollusks affected. The mussels at Copper Beach in West Vancouver, Canada, are infected with the disease. This week the team reported new findings in the journal Nature. The transmissible cancer has been discovered in… mussels (Mytilus trossulus) in West Vancouver… Mytilus trossulus is the main native intertidal mussel in the northern Pacific. In North America, it’s found from California to Alaska… The cancer, it’s believed, originated in one unfortunate mollusk. It’s astounding, Goff says, that a leukemia that has killed countless clams traces to one incidence of the disease… What will happen in other mollusk species?  Ominously, says Goff, “It’s too soon to know.”

University of British Columbia, Jun 23, 2016: 1st contagious cancer that spreads between species — UBC scientists were involved in research that found the first contagious cancer that can spread between species, CBC News reported. The leukemia-like disease seems to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, or bivalves, like clams, mussels and cockles. Environment Canada scientists worked with UBC researchers to collect mussels in West Vancouver and Esquimalt, B.C. and test them for cancer.

CBC News, Jun 22, 2016: Contagious cancers are a scary idea to begin with, but scientists have made some startling new discoveries about them – they are likely more common in nature than originally thought, and some can even spread between species… Mussels living off the coast of British Columbia [are] prone to the contagious cancer… scientists reported Wednesday in Nature… Canadian scientists collected mussels in West Vancouver, above, and Esquimalt, B.C. They then took them back to the lab and screened them for cancer… Sherry worked with Reinisch and scientists at the University of British Columbia to collect mussels in West Vancouver and Esquimalt, B.C. Then they took them back to the lab and screened them for cancer… Samples that tested positive for leukemia were sent to Goff and his postdoctoral researcher Michael Metzger, lead author of the new paper, for genetic analysis. That analysis showed that not all the mussels with leukemia had a contagious cancer – in some cases, the cancer had developed from an individual’s own cells, as is typically the case. But contagious cancers were found in all three species, and were typically clones from a single individual… Stephen Goff, a professor of microbiology at Columbia University who also co-authored the new paper, is interested in finding out what mutations allowed the transmissible cancer to spread to other individuals.

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  • Just to prove my point, take a look at the Woods Hole ocean testing map of the Pacific. Click on 2016 (at the top of the map) and look at the Cs134 readings!!!!

    If scientists saw ANY Cs134 AT ALL anywhere in our environment and didn't already know where it was coming from there would be a worldwide alert and EVERY agency on the planet would be hunting the source 24/7!!! The most destructive and insidious substance you can think of!!!! Let's not forget Strontium, Calcium analog and bone seeker. Could this be the Leukemia connection? Duh…

    Reads on Gold Beach, Oregon were 0.3 Cs 134!!!!!! AND 2.6 Cs 137 in Jan of 2016! Cs 134 Only lasts 2 years so that means fresh fission is coming from somewhere, take a guess from where (Fuku?).

    You can see the massive wave of Cs134 coming to america by looking at the middle of the map in 2015…

    So our pacific sea life is dying from a cancer causing virus?

    TOTAL BS!!!

    Kinda like someone is trying to distract us from the truth?

    Yepper!!!!

    Fresh fission released into our environment couldn't be it could it?

    Naaaah it must be warmer ocean temps or something…

    Disgusting isn't it!!!

    Here's the map, take a look for Cs134 and know this means fresh (less than 2 year old) releases that trawled completely across the Pacific in less than 2 years and are in large enough quantities to still be detectable!!!

    http://ourradioactiveocean.org/results.html


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    • HD please review my work on the 134 137 ratio, it is important in relation to what you are talking about.

      http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/01/cd134-cs137-ratio-and-food-chain-in.html


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    • Jebus Jebus

      I say louder. The choir is pretty loud and the rest of the monkeys ears are captured.

      Sing it. It's the truth…

      Fission happens, when reactors melt down.

      Five + years…


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    • Good observations. Thanks for your comments Hippie Dog.


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    • There are already many examples of cancer spread among humans such as the virus that causes skin cancer…

      …what about hepatitis causing liver cancer? AIDS causing what was referred to as "Gay Cancer" when the virus was first discovered and so on…

      As far as I'm concerned (and most anyone else that has a brain and has been following the releases into the pacific from Japan) these communicable cancers in sea life are being caused mainly by the plutonium, strontium, cesium and too many other cancer causing agents to list here being in the waters!!!!

      ALL ELSE IS PART OF THE COVER UP of FUKU and other radioactive releases and anyone that states anything else is NOT based in science or even common sense.

      IE:
      A pacific shellfish gets cancer and dies, the dead body breaks down and the neighboring animals that are filter feeders for the pool they live in filter and ingest the floating particles. Let's not even get into the gills of other fish/sea creatures in the area.

      With so many sea creatures dying right now, these DNA signatures are bound to turn up in any (and all) filter creatures eventually. Means absolutely NOTHING about the actual cause of the cancer

      This DNA and or virus activity may be a effect of the releases and ensuing mass death that has occurred for several YEARS, but it is NOT the cause, POLLUTION IS!!!!

      DON'T be gullible,"global warming", "It could be a virus", "the pacific is unusually warm is NOT THE CAUSE!!!


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      My boss at my last job, the owner of a restaurant (serving seafood and steaks mostly) died of a sudden heart attack a couple of months ago. (May God bless his soul)

      Stress or a cesium atom or two ?

      I was offered a thick slab of gourmet cooked fish while I was there. I passed. The proprietors seemed a bit perturbed.


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      • Yepper that's normal, most people just don't get it. I've been ridiculed for even speaking about this disaster. Fact is, the proof is there but people in general are so afraid of this stuff that their instinct to ignore it kicks in like a ostrich burring it's head into the sand.

        I even spoke to former law enforcement folks and one of them unbelievably rolled her eyes at me when I mentioned it, and these are close lifelong people to me.

        So you have to expect this kind of reaction. I personally refuse ANY fish or other waterborne creatures from anywhere anymore. Some may find this view extreme but why play roulette with your health.

        That is what eating something when you have no real idea of it's purity is. It's like playing the cancer lottery that millions will loose and only a few will win. You don't want to loose this one!!! Even if it takes years to kill you.

        Not giving advise on this one, just stating my opinion.

        Smart move…


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        • Hippy dog. I can relate to how people react to you. I went to the emergency room a couple of years ago and mentioned to the ER Dr about the rads from Fukushima and knew by the look she gave me that if I didn't shut my mouth soon I was going to be put on a 72 hr 5150 ( crazy ) hold. She had never heard of three mile island either.


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          • That is ON PURPOSE.

            Medical doctors know nothing about ionizing radiation, other than in a positive way to sell rads to patients, for PROFIT.

            Ask your doctor if they know the symptoms of radiation poisoning?

            Or more specifically, how many Bq/kg it takes to poison a child with radioactive cesium?

            Get them THINKING.. They will do the research and get the answer, but you cannot give it to them. Just ask QUESTIONS that lead them to the water.


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          • Pretty scary ain't it…

            Some of this is a simple lack of knowledge, the rest is misinformation and/or the stonewalled lack of proven info. to our health care workers.

            Bananas (k40)? The xray machines in the basement and the comparison of particulate radiation to xray machines (non particulate machines that turn on and off) and transatlantic flight exposure from natural sunight versus radioactive particles that stay in your body forever, simply continue this awareness problem!!!

            And did you know if they find particles in the (radiation shielded) room from a malfunctioning xray machine that area must be quarantined until it's cleaned up?

            Why?

            Because it will xray anyone who ingests these particles, from the inside of their body out, for the rest of their lives!!!!

            Sure is a good thing they can turn these "non particulate" radiation machines off at a moments notice huh…

            Here's a radiation and fact suppression problem she (the doctor you saw) probably doesn't even know about…

            https://youtu.be/rBUGVkmmwbk

            http://www.burzynskimovie.com/

            Until the individual health care provider acknowledges ingested heavy metal particulate radiation as a real problem (not to mention the proven toxic effects of metal ingestion), this kind of denial and fact suppression will continue…


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Uni, your still here..very wise choice..says he! :)


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  • Jebus Jebus

    GE, We Bring More Cancer To Life…


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  • Great Site Stock!!! We need more like you!!!

    Everyone should look at this data!!!

    I personally think the ratios would be allot wider (and wilder) in the ocean versus the air born releases due to the longer travel time via water and ocean currents. There will be more decay time for Cs134 and dilution/hotspots before it reaches a testable destination in the water versus the air. Won't be nearly as uniform compared to the air releases

    We have many air testing sites around the world working together for airborne readings that have been documented and studied for decades. But (until recently) almost no testing of northern pacific waters.

    I'll have to say unequivocally there are extremely hot places in the ocean we are not able to see yet as the testing of a area that large for these materials suspended in a natural shield (water) is almost impossible. And it really is impossible at this time to test the entire northern Pacific top to bottom.

    We need to study the release, dilution, decay rates for the ocean environment. Then work out the math and enlist a solid network of test personnel on a situation we've never encountered (or even thought possible) before.

    This one's going to be brand new territory for everyone!!!

    Our world is acutely ill and needs incentive care. Let's all work together seeking the truth, no matter what the truth may be for a solution.

    Thanks for the link Stock, I'll signup and study it more in-depth as time allows!!!


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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

    EPA Proposed New Emergency Limits For Radioactive Drinking Water, And They Don’t Look Good
    Jun 10, 2016

    “New and higher radioactivity limits for drinking water tainted in the case of a nuclear emergency were put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency this week, a move that environmental organizations are calling “egregious.”
    “’The upshot really is that the [nuclear] industry really wants to be able to release more radioactivity and not be responsible for it,’ Diane D’Arrigo, a project director at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, told ThinkProgress. ‘This is really a big loss.’…”
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/10/3786993/new-radiation-protection-manual-proposed/


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

      July 25 is the deadline for comments.

      Please comment here and have your say:
      https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0210


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Here is one comment:

        As a physician I can not agree with your plans to increase the allowed levels of radiation in drinking water.
        Radiation that is taken internally is dangerous and causes many kinds of illness including cancers of the blood, lymph nodes, thyroid and many other organs along with Multiple Sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus. It causes miscarriages and genetic diseases in children that are passed on to subsequent generations.

        The EPA should be protecting Americans health not killing people!
        ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0281


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          • +1

            VERY important!

            We all knew this was coming and has been happening. Getting, (a majority), of PEOPLE to understand this and take action is where the system fails us.

            The Nuclear Power Industry's stranglehold control of government agencies, media and information feeds, along with the power of human minds to deny a global catastrophe of this magnitude plays in their favor. :|

            Fukushima's TRIPLE ongoing CATASTROPHIC MELTDOWNS… Melting through containment and/or exploding sky high… are out of control and getting worse with every minute of every day. Rogue cores have not been located and humans CANNOT ENTER buildings. Robots don't last long inside either.

            :arrow:
            The higher than we were led to believe radioactive contamination which initially hit us and the persistent contamination that continues to spread and accumulate should be of concern to us all.


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Another comment:

        Docket ID No. EPA HQ-OAR-2007-0268

        I oppose the EPA Protective Action Guides (PAGS) because they threaten the public with unacceptably high “allowable” radiation levels that simply do not protect us.

        The PAGS admit that the amount of radioactive waste from a nuclear power disaster could be much greater than the nuclear disposal capacity in the county! So prevent the disaster instead of permitting much of that waste to be sent to regular trash, setting the precedent for doing this routinely.

        Don’t use the threat of nuclear power and terrorists to justify increasing drinking water contamination thousands of times or more! Maintain or strengthen the drinking water standards. Don’t even consider reducing them so that less cleanup would be needed.

        Keep, or make more protective, the action levels for doses to the thyroid (a highly radio-sensitive organ) and the skin that are already in place. The 2013 EPA PAGs do away with this protection.

        Remove the automatic acceptance of very high food and water contamination levels (higher than being used in Japan after Fukushima) incorporated from 1998 Food and Drug Administration and 2008 Homeland Security PAGs.
        Sincerely,…

        https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0027


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Another comment:

        This proposed change is blatantly harmful to the health and wellness of the population. While the proposal would only be in effect under a catastrophic situation, that is precisely why it must NOT be allowed to happen.

        In the event of a catastrophe, normal safeguard and systems are not working. As such, the idea that energy plants containing toxic substances that can lead to cancer, mutation, and other server and permanent health defects must not be allowed.

        It is the responsibility of the energy provider that chooses to use at risk methods to produce that energy, to satisfy the inherent need to do so safely in all situations. It must not be the provenance of the EPA to abandon its congressional mandate to protect the people by allowing those whose inherent responsibility it is to ensure safe and reliable power, to not take precautions to ensure that such is the situation always.

        Nuclear energy as it stands is both incredibly powerful, and incredibly dangerous. The public already faces the everpresent danger of a runaway reactor or the leak of highly toxic spent nuclear fuel. It must not be allowed to assume the risk of being exposed in the event of a Fukushima type disaster, or whatever other natural or man-made disaster may occur.

        I charge the EPA Director and Council to remember that they are bound my congressional mandate to safeguard the lives and well being of the general public.


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Another comment:

        The concept of Hormesis has NEVER been scientifically proved, however, science has shown that 100% of the time, there IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF RADIATION.

        Why do we need to the EPA to raise the limits of radiation in an accident, which basically allows toxic poisoning and future DNA damage to happen in future generations? Why are we paying your salaries?

        The EPA stands for Environmental PROTECTION Agency, NOT Every Polluters Advocate.

        It is unreasonable to raise the limits of radiation in a nuclear catastrophe simply because the nuclear industry has no idea how to stop the damage or radiation from leaking into the environment.

        Will St. Louis residents be declared living in a safe zone if this is passed?

        Ignoring the harm to not only human health, harm to our entire environment is not a viable option.

        ALLOWING THE EPA TO PERMIT THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY TO HARM MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITH IMPUNITY IS NOT WHY I PAY MY TAXES.

        Raising the radiation levels is immoral and a crime against humanity, much less against everything that is considered American.

        WE ARE BEGGING YOU TO NOT RAISE THE LIMITS OF RADIATION LEVELS IN AN EMERGENCY. YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE ALLOWING OUR CITIZENS TO BE CRITICALLY AND MORTALLY HARMED BY THIS ACTION.

        DEMAND THESE CORPORATIONS SPEND MONEY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO SOLVE THE HARM THEY HAVE CAUSED BY THE FAILED NUCLEAR EXPERIMENT. …


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Here is majia's comment. You have to open the attachment to read it:

        https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0286


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        As a resident of New Mexico, a state who hosts 2 nuclear labs and a nuclear waste site (all built near major aquifers), I am dismayed by the EPA's proposal for the "Protective Action Guide" for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident. Just who is the EPA "protecting"? It certainly is not protecting the citizens of this country by increasing the allowable exposure to radioactive elements in the water.
        This proposal appears to be a scapegoat solution for the EPA by conveniently not responding to a major nuclear incident and deny liability for any and all health effects to the people affected.

        This proposal simply dilutes, if not nullifies, the existing Safe Drinking Water Act, though it says it does not. It seems obvious to me the only reason the PAGS would be implemented is NOT for the safety of the public, but to cover up any incident and keep the public from knowing about the increase of radiation in our drinking water. I suppose the EPA learned their lesson during the Flint water crisis, and maybe that incident is why they are creating new guidelines for a radiological event. Increasing the limits of exposure on paper doesn't solve or alleviate the actual problem of exposure.

        And to think the "EPA expects that any drinking water system adversely impacted during a radiation incident will take action to return to compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act levels as soon as practicable" cannot be taken seriously, especially after the Flint debacle….


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      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

        Comment submitted by Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear
        https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0195

        There are 2 attachments to open. One is a cover letter.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/

    Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Takes A Horrible Turn
    July 13th, 2016

    NHK reports that the decommissioning authority in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster is now considering a sarcophagus to entomb the failed reactors rather than attempting to remove the melted fuel, debris and buildings. The authority told NHK they would still consider the two fuel removal techniques but they are adding the sarcophagus option to the list. They did not elaborate about why it is now being officially added to the considered … Read entire article »


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    • rogerthat

      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15605

      … The idea of leaving the plant as is and creating a sarcophagus around the three melted down reactors is extremely problematic. The groundwater issue is just one problem that would be a permanent problem. Even the ice wall if it eventually works as planned can only operate for a few years. Erosion and groundwater flows would create a permanent problem for the ocean and the region around the plant. This would also leave the fuel and crumbling buildings in place. Building failures, radioactive dust and fuel debris would all still be in place. This would need to be managed not just due to aging but further natural disasters such as typhoons and tsunami. Current problems include fuel fragments that have been found in unit 1′s torus room basement water. These have been a concern as groundwater flows through these basements that if improperly managed, more of these fuel fragments could leave the basement into the groundwater.

      At Chernobyl, the new cover building there is expected to be needed for 100 years while they attempt to eventually deal with the damaged building. When and how that happens is still vague decades later.

      TEPCO and the related groups tasked with dealing with the disaster at the plant site have been rather reserved in engaging the press in recent months. An admission that the company had purposely covered up the reactor meltdowns for months was told to NHK with a document on the issue showing up …


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      • rogerthat

        on the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant website weeks later. This new admission that a sarcophagus is being considered was again told to NHK without any public announcement on the NDF website nor TEPCO’s.

        This all raises concerns that new information has been discovered or confirmed recently that shows problems at the plant that the decommissioning authority can not overcome. …


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      • rogerthat

        http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2016/jul/nuclear-reactor-construction-fall.cfm

        Nuclear reactor construction falls to zero globally in 2016
        13 July 2016 By Jack Loughran

        Construction starts for new nuclear reactors fell to zero globally in the first half of 2016 as the atomic industry struggles against falling costs for renewables and a slowdown in Chinese building.
        The last time there were no new reactors started over a full year was in 1995, according to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016.

        The number of reactors under construction is in decline for a third year, with 58 being built by the end of June, down from 67 reactors at the end of 2013, the report said.

        The latest figures highlight the struggles the nuclear sector is facing after the Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan five years ago, as higher costs and delays take their toll while other sources of energy become cheaper.

        The nuclear industry faces a risk it ‘will not be easily protected from: the economic and financial risks from nuclear power being irreversibly out-competed by renewable power', Tomas Kaberger, energy professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, wrote in the report.

        Kaberger is also a member of the board of state-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall, which owns 10 nuclear reactors. …


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        • rogerthat

          Construction started on six reactors in China in 2015, three times more than the rest of the world, while eight went into operation there last year, out of 10 globally, underlining how the world's biggest energy user is a bright spot for the nuclear industry.

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          Renewables investments totalled $100bn in China last year, more than five times the amount for new reactors, which was $18bn.

          Wind energy output totalled 185 terawatt hours (TWh) last year in China, compared with 161 TWh for nuclear. Solar power output totalled 39 TWh in 2015, up from 23 TWh the year before.

          The report is available in full here.

          A Japanese court recently upheld an order to keep two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power closed, in a further blow to efforts to get the country's struggling nuclear industry up and running.


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        • unincredulous unincredulous

          58 being built by the end of June

          Story must be a "feel pity on nuke industry, give them tax breaks" story.

          I mean FIFTY-EIGHT? Do you know how much a reactor costs now? Thats alot. 58 is more than 0

          http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear-power/cost-nuclear-power


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      They may have planned a sarcophagus the whole time, and the ice wall was seen as necessary to commence construction. But telling public that building a sarcophagus sounded too much like Chernobyl, and it would bum people out to hear that: it will take years to build an ice wall and then maybe we could start on a sarcophagus. 'Cause see we built it on a river and the ground is a swamp…


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        They built it in a swamp, in a river, by a volcano, on an earthquake fault, in a tsunami flood zone, in a typhoon prone island because risks are borne by the taxpayers and they wanted us all to get our money's worth. They're looking out for us.


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    • rogerthat

      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160713_25/

      JapanWednesday, July 13

      Reactor decommissioning plan cites 'sarcophagus'


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    • I thought I would go with a common science approach to this one…

      1) Remove the fuel? Yea right…

      Can't even find it, can't send a million+ dollar robot in without it frying in a very short time and that's not even getting close to the melted fuel.

      They may can empty some of the fuel pools that are intact and on top of a 5 story structure (way far away from the melted cores) but no one will be getting close to the melted fuel, that's just plain silly.

      2) Ice Wall?

      Hey getting cold from heat is a great thing and in this case, it's a great idea, should be perpetual with no moving parts. My ammonia fridge in the RV creates cold from heat (up to -20 degrees F) with no moving parts from a flame not much bigger than a butane lighter. GREAT technology but you won't freeze that hotsopt (Fuku) for another 5 years if it (the ice wall that isn't frozen yet) even lasts that long. The whole idea there is to simply try to cool it using it's own heat below the point that the meltdowns won't split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

      Ever heard a car with a blown head gasket? Sounds like a cannon being fired!
      Just water splitting…

      Not even the car's muffler can quiet that kind of violent explosion.

      3) Sarcophagus? (and this is the big one)

      NO possible way! You don't have to be able to read Ulysses to know this will not work in the next 100 years! The gasses must be vented for some time or you risk the violent explosions listed above. Oh…


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      • Didn't you know you simply can't enclose these pits of hell, they are producing so much heat and gasses it would be like filing a pressure cooker with gasoline and placing it on the stove on high with the vent hole plugged! Goodbye house, or in this case Japan and the northern Pacific (and eventually the entire northern hemisphere from the fallout)!!!

        That Sarcophagus "fairy tale" doesn't even include the fact that they can't get close enough to build one, oops, I meant 3…

        Surely there is someone out there that has a real solution, instead of blind talk designed to lull the public into a false sense of something being done.

        This is not a new tactic, it's just lots of paperwork designed to give em more time and funding. Maybe someone, somewhere, will get this stopped!

        I wish I didn't have to state these (obvious) facts but this is the outta control world we live in.


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  • rogerthat

    mad cow: interesting that taiwan is careful about what its people eat.

    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/07/14/2003651006

    Thu, Jul 14, 2016
    Legislators question end of ban on Canadian beef

    By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.enviroreporter.com/2016/07/Critics-question-safety-of-Boeings-Santa-Susana-Field-Lab-hikes/

    Critics question safety of Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Lab hikes

    The Boeing Company hosts public hikes and tours through Santa Susana Field Laboratory areas contaminated with radiation and chemicals as part of its efforts to paint SSFL as ready parkland not needing full cleanup

    • Hundreds of hikers and tour-goers made to sign waivers indemnifying Boeing & NASA for harm, with no opportunity to review waiver in advance
    • Massive chemical and radiation contamination not yet cleaned up
    • Radium-226, Plutonium-239/240, TCE, dioxins, PCBs, perchlorate pollution
    • Rocketdyne official called area “Love Canal” decades ago
    • Boeing says no press allowed on hikes, won’t divulge route or answer questions about safety but their own reports indicate high contamination in hiking areas
    • Local residents hold April Earth Day demonstration to warn hikers about SSFL’s Southern Buffer Zone

    Eighteen demonstrators with vivid placards lined the roads into the Santa Susana Field Laboratory [SSFL] April 23. They were protesting lab owner Boeing’s “Nature Walk Earth Day Celebration” through the so-called 1,143-acre Southern Buffer Zone [SBZ] of the former Rocketdyne lab.

    Two Protesters April 23 2016“BOEING EARTH DAY FRAUD” and “TURN BACK! Toxic Trails AHEAD” greeted startled hikers arriving in cars at the entrance to the 2,850-acre lab at the top of Woolsey Canyon in the Simi…


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    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/state-board-approves-25m-help-nevada-fight-yucca-mountain-waste-dump-plan

    By SEAN WHALEY
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
    CARSON CITY — The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved $2.5 million more for Nevada to keep fighting against a proposed high-level nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.

    The contract with the Virginia legal firm Egan & Associates increases the maximum amount to $7.5 million and extends it through Sept. 30, 2017.

    The contract extension comes after Congress last week held another hearing on Yucca Mountain despite the project being declared dead by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

    “I think it is money well spent,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval, a board member. “I have, in my entire public service career, been opposed to the Yucca Mountain project and will continue to do so.

    “As long as there is a possibility that that project could be built I think the state of Nevada has to continue to be vigilant and aggressive in terms of preventing that from happening,” he said.

    Sandoval last week sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which heard the issue, to reiterate Nevada’s steadfast opposition to the project for scientific, technical and legal reasons.

    The latest effort to revive the project is in legislation in the house that would allot the U.S. Department of Energy $150 million to continue an application process to license Yucca Mountain as a nuclear storage facility.


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    http://www.postregister.com/articles/news-todays-headlines-west/2016/07/12/feds-plan-boise-nuclear-waste-meeting#

    Feds plan Boise nuclear waste meeting
    Posted: July 12, 2016
    By LUKE RAMSETH
    lramseth@postregister.com
    The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a public meeting Thursday in Boise to gather input on how to deal with the country’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste.

    The Boise stop is part of an eight-city national roadshow that DOE officials began in March. It will include presentations by top DOE officials, Idaho nuclear experts, and include opportunities for public input.

    The department is developing a “consent-based siting process” that it hopes will lead to finding a locally accepted location where it can bury the nation’s growing amount of spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste. …

    Speakers on Thursday include DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy John Kotek, who will discuss the department’s need for an “integrated waste management system,” and “need for a consent-based approach to siting,” according to a DOE news release. A panel will include Beatrice Brailsford of the Snake River Alliance, Talia Martin with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Gary Peterson, a nuclear executive, and Jen Schneider, a Boise State University professor.

    More details on the meeting is at tinyurl.com/ConsentMeeting. A live webcast will be available to watch at tinyurl.com/ConsentWebcast.


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    http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_74627.shtml

    UK refusing to help clean up Iraq after raining down radioactive shells

    By Staff Writers, RT
    RT.com
    Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016

    Britain has no intention of cleaning up its deadly radioactive legacy in Iraq or even monitoring the terrifying impact depleted uranium (DU) shells will have on the population in the future, it has been claimed.

    Writing in the Ecologist on Tuesday, Doug Weir, who is coordinator of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW), says that hidden within the Chilcot report is a previously classified military document setting out the UK’s rejection of any duty to cleanse Iraq of DU of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

    “In it, the clearance of unexploded ordnance and DU is considered and the Ministry of Defence [MoD] argues that it has: "… no long-term legal responsibility to clean up DU from Iraq" Weir writes.

    “Instead it proposes that surface lying fragments of DU only be removed on ‘an opportunity basis’ – i.e. if they come across them in the course of other operations.”

    This indicates, according to Weir, that the UK has effectively swerved any obligation to clear up after itself in Iraq.

    “In other words, the UK's stance is that chemically toxic and radioactive DU 'ash' from spent munitions is strictly the problem of the country in which the munitions were used – in this case Iraq – and that the UK, which fired the DU shells, has no formal responsibility of…


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    http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/ep-urges-eu-governments-support-unga-du-res

    European Parliament urges EU governments to support UN depleted uranium resolution
    European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs sends report to European Council calling for progress on DU at this October’s UN General Assembly.
    13 July 2016 – ICBUW


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  • rogerthat

    http://q13fox.com/2016/07/13/two-more-hanford-workers-report-possible-exposure-to-vapors/

    Two more Hanford workers report possible exposure to vapors
    JULY 13, 2016, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Even while workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are engaged in a job action to protest getting sick from chemical vapors, two more employees reported possible exposure to the vapors.

    The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council issued a stop work order on Monday to demand greater protections for workers at underground nuclear waste storage tanks.

    The order required a halt to work at Hanford tank farms if employees were not using mandatory supplied air respirators.

    The tank farm contractor complied with the order by giving employees the bottled air on Tuesday, allowing work to continue.

    However, two workers who were outside the tank farm boundaries reported smelling chemical vapors and developing symptoms of illness on Tuesday.

    The two workers were given medical evaluations and cleared to return to work.


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  • rogerthat

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/13/nuclear-agency-brags-about-duping-washington-post-reporter/

    Nuclear Agency Brags About Duping Washington Post Reporter

    … When Dana Priest toured a laboratory of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in 2012, she was treated to “a serious rope-a-dope” by the administrators and lab directors, according to an internal NNSA email obtained by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

    “Yeh [sic], Ms. Priest was subject to a serious rope-a-dope by Neile [Miller, NNSA Principal Deputy Administer] and the Lab Directors,” an unnamed NNSA official reported internally in an email.

    The official goes on to suggest that lab employees made conscious effort to delude Priest during the tour. “She [Priest] just mirrored what she saw, lab choreography was perfect, and nobody told her what she didn’t know,” the email says.


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    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2016/07/421147.html

    13 July 2016

    Incoming governor to ask utility to suspend Sendai nuclear plant
    KAGOSHIMA, Japan, July 13, Kyodo


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Taxpayers Pay For Fukushima Decommision

    "Nikkei.com asks who will pay for F. Daiichi decommissioning. Former site manager Akira Ono said, "Decommissioning is a project that will last 30 or 40 years, and we will have to pass the work on to future generations. We must turn this place from a disaster site to a decommissioning site." The project will take new technology and a lot of money. How much money? It is estimated that the total decommissioning cost will approach $100 billion. But, Nikkei says “…nobody mentions who will pay the bill and how. Currently, compensation and decontamination are being covered by the state, on Tepco's behalf, without charging interest. Tepco and other power companies will eventually have to reimburse the government for compensation payouts through a pool of contributions. The government will recoup decontamination costs by selling the Tepco shares it owns.” The problem is that Japan’s move towards liberalization of the electricity market could “become increasingly difficult to maintain.”
    Nikkei.com is the world’s largest financial newspaper with an international circulation of over 3 million. http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Who-will-pay-for-decommissioning-the-Fukushima-reactors

    http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com


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    • PhilipUpNorth

      Tepco shareholders took millions, perhaps billions of dollars in dividends from nuclear power.
      They took excessive risks putting the nuclear reservation in an earthquake zone.
      They destroyed the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem.
      And they expect taxpayers to pay the bill?
      Typical!
      Nationalize Tepco.
      Put the army in charge.


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      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        And thus…All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Fukushima together again.

        No different than any other nuclear-based economy. The US, for example.

        Nuclear: No hope for the future.


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Sarcophagus Update for HillbillyHoundDog:
    "NHK reports that the decommissioning authority in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster is now considering a sarcophagus to entomb the failed reactors rather than attempting to remove the melted fuel, debris and buildings."
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15605

    New in today's post.
    A sarcophagus is the obvious solution, which, sooner or later, Japan must undertake.
    Leave all the corium and spent fuel where it is.
    Cast it all in concrete. ;)


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    • PhilipUpNorth

      Fukushima Decommission Impossible!
      "This all raises concerns that new information has been discovered or confirmed recently that shows problems at the plant that the decommissioning authority can not overcome. "
      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15605


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      • PhilipUpNorth

        SimplyInfo headlines this story:
        "Fukushima Diiachi Decommissioning Takes Horrible Turn"
        http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15605
        "Horrible"?
        Not so much. ;)


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        • Sol Man

          Re: "Fukushima Diiachi Decommissioning Takes Horrible Turn"

          With the great cluster fuck fiasco that has been foisted onto the public by the industry, their banksters, political toadies and whatnot, where the costs of the failures absolutely beyond measure, that one could conclude that they never could have foreseen the potential for these immense problems. That would be incorrect. The percentage chance for these events had been calculated, and disseminated to the decision makers. They went ahead regardless of the eventality of catastrophic consequences.

          The health of all organisms, their genomes, and therefore their progeny (downlines). and ecosystem, are now at risk forever.

          And yet, more of these death machines are being built!!

          Sanity flew the coop!


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Those that by/through the force of written law will control the direction of human livestock money flow and they are the ones that will determine what yours, ours, and the rest of the world's acceptable sanity.. is.

            It is all about the true meaning of that elusive word..is! :)


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    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "Leave all the corium and spent fuel where it is."

      That would have been a good idea before the triple meltdowns. Now? Not so sure.

      You'd have to find it first, anyways.

      I do admire your optimism, however. And your consistent pleas on how to deal with the Fukushima disaster lead me to believe that you might actually know some things (that I don't) that, in the end, might have some impact on the contamination going forward.

      I have developed a tremendous bias for all things nuclear and thank you for making me realize, like auna, that we have to deal with nuclear going forward, forever, and that we need our best nuclear experts to do so. Now, if we could just enlist those that have biology in mind, as opposed to proliferation, profit and greed…

      So, my friend, I wish you luck in your endeavors.

      Godspeed.


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  • Nick

    TEPCon.

    What more do you need to know?

    Now that they want to build tomb for Fukushima, what about all that water endlessly cycled through the residuals of the plant?

    Entombing is fine, it is just that up until now, all manner of distribution of the awol reactor cores and fools' pools has ALREADY transpired.

    It is crucial going forward that we acknowledge that fact; that it is a lullaby to sooth our nerves to say walk away only option.

    TEPCon.


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    • PhilipUpNorth

      Nick asks:
      "Now that they want to build tomb for Fukushima, what about all that water endlessly cycled through the residuals of the plant?"

      Water to be replaced with borated sand mixture, or with borated concrete.
      Sand will move to fill gaps and holes, as buildings settle and are moved by future earthquakes.
      Corium lava tubes, containment, reactor, torus basements, torus, and spent fuel pools.
      Perhaps the reactor building will be filled with sand, to provide more mass to block neutrons and gamma rays.

      Water must be decontaminated, salinated, cooled, put into barges, towed out to the trench, and sunk.
      An outer harbor must be built, with locks, and the seabed concreted.

      Job 1: 3D Map of the corium.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article89279707.html

    JULY 12, 2016
    Idaho: Ready to give ‘consent’ to allow more commercial nuclear waste?

    BY BRENT MARCHBANKS

    Longtime Idahoans remember being shocked some 40 years ago when it was revealed the INL was dumping radioactive waste water directly into the volcanic, porous ground above the Snake River Aquifer; the source of our agricultural irrigation and the water supply for thousands.

    Many have seen the pictures from the ’70s of trucks dumping blue barrels full of transuranic waste into ditches at the site.

    Public outcry stopped those specific practices. But that waste is still there. Radioactive isotopes have leached into the aquifer. Tons and tons of other people’s nuclear waste kept arriving.

    In 1995 Gov. Phil Batt worked a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy: In exchange for a limited amount of new military waste shipments (the “nuclear Navy,” Three Mile Island, etc.) the DOE would: 1) Build a permanent site for those (and previous) shipments, and 2) Clean up the mess that was already there.

    Radioactive isotopes have leached into the aquifer. Tons and tons of other people’s nuclear waste kept arriving.

    In 1995 Gov. Phil Batt worked a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy: In exchange for a limited amount of new military waste shipments (the “nuclear Navy,” Three Mile Island, etc.) the DOE would: 1) Build a permanent site for those (and previous) shipments, and 2) Clean up…


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    • rogerthat

      the mess that was already there.

      The agreed-to shipments began to arrive. Neither the permanent storage nor the cleanup has happened.

      The military waste shipments that were allowed into Idaho continue to this day; I saw new shipments in rail cars at the Pocatello yard two weeks ago.

      Many of us anti-nuclear types, including the Snake River Alliance, opposed the Batt 1995 Agreement at the time, believing it was too weak; it allowed for too much waste and caved in to the Feds.

      But, even if too weak, it was at least some kind of a brake on the seemingly endless shipments to our state. Idaho voters approved the Batt Agreement. Even the campaign slogan of the pro-Batt Agreement forces, including INL itself, was ”Keep the Waste Out.”

      Now, those same forces want to get rid of the Batt Agreement altogether; not because it’s too weak, but because it’s too strong. It doesn’t allow enough waste in. It commits the feds and our state to clean-up. Apparently, they want more waste, with no permanent repository in sight, and they want it without a commitment for cleanup. They want to throw out the people’s referendum vote. The governor has used state dollars to support this campaign by creating the Leaders In Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission. One of the appointed members is Larry Craig.

      The DOE is coming to Boise on Thursday for a discussion of whether Idaho is willing to throw out the Batt Agreement. …


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      • rogerthat

        The federal jargon being used is whether Idaho is now willing to become a become a “Consent State;” volunteering to allow tons and tons of new shipments of commercial waste generated by the dying nuclear power plant industry (in our own country and overseas.)

        The meeting is being held 5 to 9:30 p.m., at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

        The public is invited to listen, ask questions and comment.

        Brent Marchbanks is a retired lawyer and longtime Boise resident. He remains active in social issues.

        CONSENT-BASED SITING PUBLIC MEETING
        The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a public meeting on how to deal with the stockpiles of nuclear waste around the country. Several speakers and presentations are on the program, which begins with an informal open house at 4 p.m. and then is followed by the meeting from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise.


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  • curly

    Why would the EPA raise acceptable limits? It must be because they know how much of this poison has been released already or they know how much is gonna be released in the bright future. It doesn't matter what the legal limits are. It doesn't change how much radioactive poison you drink with your water. The EPA knows how many tons of uranium are being mined and processed every day. They know the waste just keeps piling up and there's no place to put it. They know that there are new npp's being built. Legal limits or not, we're fucked.

    At least the people at the EPA and the other agencies that protect us so well can't escape the forever increasing vitrified nano sized radioactive particles that we're all breathing. Even if your in an underground bunker you still have to breath and there is no technology to filter out the nano particles. So do your master's bidding and breath it all in.


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

      In case of a future nuclear accident, they want higher allowable amounts so that no one is responsible for the nuclear mess. The real answer is to shut down all the nuclear reactors so there are no accidents and no more increases in the amounts of radiation people are subjected to.

      This is what they have learned from Fukushima. If they keep extending the use life of a nuclear reactor, there will be accidents and huge amounts of nuclear radiation contamination. The industry just wants to be free from any responsibility.


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    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "As market pressures continue to impact operators' profits, an efficient implementation of new decommissioning rules is required to help limit the cost to industry and the regulatory authority."

      “Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.”
      ― Suzy Kassem


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Correct..they do not care about you, your children or their children..they only care about themselves.

        We have all been scammed by the best since the very beginning when the first human livestock farm concepts took hold..


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Vermont-nuclear-plant-owner-wants-to-ship-8356199.php

    VERNON, Vt. (AP) — The owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is seeking to ship hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive water to an Idaho processing facility. …


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.rt.com/news/350881-nuclear-waste-hazardous-france/

    ‘Underground Chernobyl’: French parliament OKs nuclear waste facility despite protests
    13 Jul, 2016

    A controversial project of an underground facility storing the most hazardous nuclear waste in France has been recently approved by the parliament. Opponents of the law have already called the project an “underground Chernobyl.”
    On Monday, the National Assembly adopted the project of a nuclear waste landfill site, named Cigeo (Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal) in the town of Bure, eastern France. …

    The facility is expected to bury some 80,000 cubic meters of France's most dangerous, highly-radioactive nuclear waste. …

    … anti-nuclear activists don’t believe that the project is safe and sound for local residents or the environment. Opponents have staged numerous protests calling to halt the construction. …

    The hazardous waste planned to be buried some 500 meters underground accounts for around 3 percent of the total volume of waste produced by French reactors. The waste will concentrate some 99 percent of the radioactivity and must remain confined for around 100,000 years before it becomes not dangerous to humans.

    The whole project is scheduled to function for at least 100 years or more if needed. …


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      The project has been heavily criticized for its price tag – French media speculate it may be about €25 billion ($27 billion). However, some sources claim it will cost up to €35 billion ($38 billion). EELV party member Ronan Dantec dubbed the price of the project sheer “madness.” …


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      • or-well or-well

        A lot more on French nukewaste project -

        http://nf2045.blogspot.ca/2015/12/french-nuclear-waste-project-hungry-for.html

        "This latest installment illustrates how the original plan, once it has got some level of local agreement and momentum, can later take on other aims and have wider effects than the locals originally understood."

        Previous posts on this topic:

        2014/02/20: L'état, c'est MOX

        2015/01/02: The Inconvenience of a Geothermic Energy Source Under France's Nuke Waste Dump

        2015/01/19: France's Bure Nuclear Waste Site on Trial

        2015/05/30: French court: NGOs have no right to challenge nuclear "public authorities"

        2015/09/13: Executive Privilege Invoked for Approving French Nuclear Waste Site


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/security-guards-placed-on-leave-nuke-plant-lake-michigan-federal-regulators-386549841.html

    A nuclear power plant on the shores of the Chicago area’s largest source of drinking water is facing scrutiny from federal regulators over its fire protection practices. …

    The NRC said it does not have an immediate safety or security concern, but it is monitoring the plant’s actions in response to the situation. …

    Nuclear watchdog group Beyond Nuclear said the developments raise deep concerns about security and fire risks at the aging atomic reactor.

    “If an undetected fire were to spread to safety-significant systems, structures, or components, a reactor meltdown or high-level radioactive waste storage pool fire could result,” said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.

    Kamps also raises questions about why security guards are burdened with the added responsibility of making fire watch rounds in the first place.

    In April, the NRC issued a confirmatory order to Entergy following an investigation that determined that workers at the company’s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant in Louisiana failed to perform fire inspections and falsified records over a ten month period between 2013 and 2014. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://wskgnews.org/post/proposed-nuclear-subsidies-could-save-upstate-power-plants#stream/0

    … The proposal calls for an investment of $965 million into the four aging nuclear plants between 2017 and 2019 …

    Alliance For a Green Economy (AGREE) spokesperson Jessica Azulay notes that the latest PSC proposal is a major increase in the subsidy price from an April report where the state proposed spending only $270 million dollars through 2030.

    "By my calculations, this means for every $1 that the clean energy standard puts toward renewable energy between now and 2030, they’d be putting $2 toward this nuclear bailout," Azulay said. "This is no longer a clean energy standard, this is now a nuclear subsidy program." …


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    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elliott-negin/nuclear-giant-exelon-blas_b_5446623.html 2014


      “If the government believes that they’re improving the environment by subsidizing wind, they are wrong,” Exelon CEO Christopher Crane told the Chicago Tribune in late April. “It is going to shut nuclear plants down.” Around the same time, Exelon Senior Executive Vice President William Von Hoene Jr. clarified the company’s position. Exelon is not “anti-wind,” he told trade reporters, “but anti-subsidy.”

      Anti-subsidy?! The nuclear industry is awash in subsidies. In fact, the industry wouldn’t be economically viable without subsidies underwriting every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, according to a 2011 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Altogether, those subsidies have often exceeded the average market price of the power produced.



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  • rogerthat

    http://wtop.com/virginia/2016/07/virginia-group-says-new-nuclear-plant-would-be-boondoggle/

    Virginia group says new nuclear plant would be boondoggle

    By ALAN SUDERMAN
    July 13, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A consumer group says if a new $19 billion nuclear plant in Virginia were built it would be one of biggest ratepayer ripoffs in the history of producing electricity.

    The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council filed a comments Tuesday with state regulators arguing that Dominion Virginia Power should stop spending money on a potential new nuclear power plant because it will unfairly burden the company’s customers while enriching its investors.

    Dominion has not committed to build the new plant, known as North Anna 3, but plans to have spent at least $647 million by next year preparing for a potential build. The company says ratepayers will benefit from having the option to build a reliable, long-lasting and carbon-free power source.

    The VCCC wants Dominion to use more solar energy.


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    • Silverlok Silverlok

      "…known as North Anna 3, but plans to have spent at least $647 million by next year preparing for a potential build…"

      hhmm…

      It's easy to find solar panels for about a dollar a watt, so even if half of that money is spent on infrastructure $647 million dollars could easily buy a 323 megawatt solar plant at today's prices.

      If the plant does actually cost 6 billion, then one could spend the same sum on a(n at least, due to scaling)3 gigawatt solar farm.

      Seems to me maintenance cost ( and decommissioning) for a nuker are far higher than maintenance costs for solar, so investors would see much larger profits.

      Also, The sun is always shining somewhere on planet earth. If we blow the dust off of Chico state and MIT's research into microwave power transmission ( to satellites with a retention rate of over 85%), THEN ANY COUNTRY WITH ARID AND SUNNY LANDS ( like the Sahara,southwest america and most of australia) should be calling elon musk and asking him how to combined three of his big passions.


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      • Silverlok Silverlok

        I should add, for the nukers that support nuke plants because they are the three legs the nuclear weapons stand on, that the future of weapons ( of mass destruction ) is: space based.

        Get a 71 VW into space. Fill it with lead, cover it in space shuttle tiles, use laser, canae drives and gravity sling shots to accelerate it to 20, 30 or 40,000 KPH and you have an energy delivery system that makes nuclear bombs look like a rubber band threatening a rail gun.


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  • rogerthat

    http://louisianarecord.com/stories/510956308-man-alleges-he-was-exposed-to-radioactive-material-on-jobsite

    … According to the claim, the plaintiff was employed by AMF Tuboscope from 1978 to 1991, during which time he completed various tasks, including visiting and working at a number of pipe-cleaning facilities. While working at the facilities, the plaintiff alleges was caused to breathe in radioactive dust which was released in the cleaning process. The suit further states that the plaintiff was caused great physical damages, including an increased risk of cancer.

    The defendants are liable for the plaintiff's damages due to their failure to properly test for radioactive properties, failure to warn the plaintiff of the dangers and overall negligence and failure to exercise reasonable care. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4073289-environmental-groups-argue-radioactive-waste-rules-passed-inadequate-public-notice

    Environmental groups to argue radioactive waste rules passed with inadequate public notice
    By Lauren Donovan on Jul 13, 2016

    BISMARCK — If two environmental watchdog groups have their way in court, North Dakota’s relatively new radioactive waste disposal rules could be in jeopardy. …

    The Health Council approved the radioactive waste program in August and new rules allowing up to 50 picocuries in special landfills went into effect in January.

    The two environmental groups objected to the lack of timely public notice during the meeting and afterward secured an Attorney General’s office opinion. That opinion agreed that two working days’ notice was not adequate given that the council had set the meeting date four months earlier. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/12/national/court-rules-third-time-takahama-reators/#.V4eqQCN95aV

    Court rules a third time against Takahama reactors

    BY ERIC JOHNSTON
    STAFF WRITER
    JUL 12, 2016

    OTSU, SHIGA PREF. – The Otsu District Court ruled against Kansai Electric Power Co. for the third time in five months Tuesday, in a decision that will keep its Takahama No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture shut down indefinitely.

    Both sides are now gearing up for an appeal by Kepco to the Osaka High Court, where a decision could come next year, while the plaintiffs are expected to file further suits.

    The utility had filed an objection to the Otsu court’s March decision, which granted a temporary injunction on the reactors, forcing Kepco to shut them down about two months after they had been restarted.

    The court reaffirmed its decision in June and again made the same ruling on Tuesday after Kepco fought the June decision.

    “The utility was not arguing that both reactors were safe based on expert evidence and reasonable safety standards, but that they were safe due to detailed assertions directly related to their safety and prima facie evidence,” said presiding Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto, the same judge who has twice ruled against Kepco. “However, the new safety standards haven’t drawn the limits of what dangers should be accepted by society.” …


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    • rogerthat

      Representatives for the plaintiffs welcomed the ruling.

      “Once again, the Otsu court has ruled against the safety of restarting the reactors, especially with Lake Biwa nearby, even though Kepco has said it’ll likely appeal to the (Osaka) High Court,” said Yoshinori Tsuji, one of the chief plaintiffs.

      The case boiled down to the basic question of what determines adequate safety for a nuclear power plant. It has raised questions about the way the Nuclear Regulation Authority is handling safety inspections for restarts.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.nuclearpowersillinois.com/news-resources/news-articles

    These aren't news articles…They're nuclear industry funded commercials.


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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

    PETITION TO STOP THE NUCLEAR BAILOUT

    To: The 110th United States Congress

    "We ask that all members of Congress join us to remove from the appropriations process massively expensive loan guarantees currently earmarked for the building of many more nuclear power plants. We also ask that you join us in opposing all proposed subsidies for building new reactors that may come in future legislation. …"
    http://www.nukefree.org/petition


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    3 days left to have a say in New York's future…and the future of our children and planet.

    http://www.alternet.org/environment/new-yorks-governor-andrew-cuomo-would-rather-prop-nuclear-industry-invest-renewable

    …Governor Cuomo should protect the safety of millions of New Yorkers. He should say no to subsidizing the nuclear industry and yes to New York’s clean and green energy economy.

    Call him today at

    (518) 474-8390

    SIGN: Tell Governor Cuomo to Stop Subsidizing Dangerous Nuclear Power


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.aikenstandard.com/20160714/160719741/federal-report-condemns-department-of-energy-savannah-river-site-company-for-failure-to-protect-whistleblowers

    A newly published investigation reveals systematic failures and retaliation against contractor employees who speak up about health and safety concerns throughout the Department of Energy.

    In a press conference Thursday, three U.S. senators released the results of a two-year investigation from the Government Accountability Office into whistleblower protections at Department of Energy sites.

    The information presented by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was presented as a condemnation of practices throughout the Energy Department.

    “The report makes it clear that the DOE has utterly and completely failed to protect whistleblowers,” Markey said. “Whistleblowers’ currency is the truth, and they are repaid with retaliation.”

    The legislators were joined by two former contract employees from two of the Energy Department’s nuclear sites, one from the Hanford Site in Washington state and one from the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina.



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  • from a distance from a distance

    Another really good interview.

    Lonnie Clark interviews Chuck Johnson of Oregon's Physicians of Social Responsibility

    Very interesting discussion about radiation and cancers around nuclear power plants

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj7hI2-Qels


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  • We Not They Finally

    Anyone watching the Republicans preparing to lynch Hillary..I hope she picks the best VP!!!! Meanwhile TRump and other neo fascists preparing to deastroy America…


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  • We Not They Finally

    Im also having terrible results for WIIP explosion that occurede in Carlsbad. I now have a deadly series of neuiropathy that has even wrecked my colon.Neuropathy can destroy the nerves in the body.Good old radiation doing its thing…Soon all life on this planet will be gone…Am i angry.you bettere believe it. My wife has helped me but what will be will be.


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  • antipodes

    We not they: My advice to you Eat Macrobiotic foods (not from Japan or other affected areas, go into the mountains or the sea shore and hike, breath deeply and try the Native American sweat lodge, the are now found around the country, try your local food co-op for information on that. Sweat out the toxins and pray to the Great Spirit for help.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Listen. Some of the parts…

    "manifests itself inside the tumor…"

    Fukushima news; Aml OS De nuvo leukemia pioneers lighting strikes twice, Surviving

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEL6-tcNB0M

    Results…


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  • In addition to the unusual mortality event of dolphins and whales matching well the maritime traffic routes in the Gulf of Mexico, I am getting high correlations with the unusual mortality event in dolphins, pelicans and manatee in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida with cargo ship traffic and cargo ports & marinas.

    The animals are showing signs of shock. Electric shock drowning is the leading cause of death in humans swimming near marinas. The cargo/oil tankers and cruise ship are each pumping up to 500-1500 amps @ 50-100 VDC into the surrounding seawater for corrosion protection of the hull.

    The Military Industrial Complex is shocking our marine life and corroding all of our coral reefs through accelerated electrochemical corrosion(oxidation). 0.01 mA of DC current in water accelerates corrosion.

    https://darkmattersalot.com/2016/07/31/under-the-water/


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  • jennywalters001

    I am Jenny Walters from USA, i never believe that HIV AID cure is real on till i got in contact with Dr AKULA, my HIV started six years ago, i was even waiting for death because all my money went out for drugs, one day i saw in the internet that HIV cure is out i then email Dr AKULA, and he prepared out the herbs for me which i took, after taking it he told me to go to the hospital which i did, could you believe that i was confirm HIV negative after the test and i went to another hospital and it was also negative as the same. if you have this kind of problem and you want to be free from it please contact this doctor with this email address sangohealingtemple@gmail.com


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Forever: Iodine-129 “a growing radiological risk” — 15.7 million year half-life — Almost undetectable — Traveled along with iodine-131 from Fukushima — Concentrates in hotspots

    April 3rd, 2012

    The radioisotope iodine-131, a significant constituent of the fallout, is a by-product of nuclear fission, highly radioactive, acutely toxic and presents a health risk upon its release to the environment. It does have a relatively short half-life, which is both a blessing and a curse, Landis notes. “It releases a lot of radioactivity, which makes it dangerous, but it’s gone very quickly so there is no long term exposure risk,” he says. Its high radioactivity, however, makes it very detectable by the gamma-ray spectroscopy instruments used by the Dartmouth team in its analyses.

    This is not the case with another isotope, iodine-129, released concurrently with iodine-131. It is not as radioactive, which makes it much harder to measure, but it is much longer lasting [15.7 million year half-life] and, as it concentrates in certain areas over time, it may become more hazardous. “Due to its long half-life and continued release from ongoing nuclear energy production, [iodine-129] is perpetually accumulating in the environment and poses a growing radiological risk,” the authors point out.

    http://enenews.com/forever-iodine-129-growing-radiological-risk-157-million-year-half-life-almost-undetectable-traveled-along-iodine-131-fukushima-concentrates-hotspots


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Tepco has lost 750,000 customers since 2011.
    Profits have fallen by 37% in post-Fukushima Japan.
    Falling power use, and an aging population has decreased demand.
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15663

    Japan needs to nationalize the Fukushima decommissioning effort. (But won't.) :(
    Use the army for manpower.
    Alas, it is already too late to do much.
    I hope that they will recover and safely sequester some of the corium.

    How many fatal doses of plutonium?
    How many fuel fleas ingested?
    How many hot particles breathed in?
    How much black substance tramped indoors?
    How much glass nanoparticles inhaled?
    How much strontium become bone?
    How much cesium become muscle?
    How much radio-iodine taken up by thyroids?
    How much corium sputtering and crackling in the ground?
    How many years for complete decommissioning?
    How many days until new threads appear on ENEnews?

    Who knows?
    Lots, you betcha!
    Philip out.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Amen Phillips…Now what do we do???? No more planckton no more fish.No more birds..no more animals..no more humans..We go where we go.Buy the way when is trumph going to sign that he is a representative for Putin and has borrowed enormous amounts of cash from Russia…


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  • We Not They Finally

    Trump is a satellite of putin.listen closely.Manohar is definitely working with Putin.Dontlieve a THING TRUMP SAYS…


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  • We Not They Finally

    The problem is that we havent understood soon enough …that we have made
    a huge mistake to go nuclear energy and have thus entered a truly horrific
    time where not only humanity but all life on thia planet threatened….WE live at the end of it all…Its beyond idiotic…This is truly the end times…


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