Nuclear Engineer: Studies show multiple fuel cores ejected from Fukushima reactors… I thought so too, it was one of my big concerns — Radiation Expert: Hot particles of uranium and plutonium fuels detected nearly 300 miles away (VIDEO)

Published: August 25th, 2014 at 10:13 am ET
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Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer, Aug 21, 2014 (at 24:00 in): NHK just [broadcasted] that many studies are showing… that multiple cores — parts of it, or some, or even most of it — had been ejected. We thought that too. Once you breach containment, that was one of my big concerns — where did the core go after an explosion like? Whether it be steam or hydrogen explosion or a combination of both… it got ‘sneezed out’ all over the place. It’s totally – it’s a huge mess.

Marco Kaltofen, Nuclear Science and Engineering (pdf), presented at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, March 19, 2014: High Radioactivity Particles in Japanese House Dusts… The Fukushima Dai‐ichi accident released very high activity inhalable dust particles that travelled long distances… Airborne dusts can transport radioactive materials as isolated individual particles containing high concentrations of radioisotopes. Alpha and beta emissions related to fission wastes and dispersed fuel particles are hazardous when inhaled or ingested. Radioactively‐contaminated environmental dusts can accumulate in indoor spaces, potentially causing significant radiation exposures to humans via inhalation, dermal contact, and ingestion… a micron‐scaled particle [had] activity greater than 1.0 PBq kg [1 Quadrillion Bq/kg]. The particle was collected from a home in Nagoya, Japan. Nagoya is 460 km from the accident site… It contained both fission products and decay products of 238U… tellurium up to 48.0 %, cesium up to 15.6 %, rubidium up to 1.22 %, polonium up to 1.19 %, dysprosium up to 0.18 %, as well as trace amounts of Sn, lead, nickel, iron, and chromium… 226Ra, 134Cs, and 137Cs, 241Am, and 230Th [were] the most commonly detected gamma photon-emitting isotopes… about 25 % of dusts sampled [were] autoradiographically positive for hot particles… the majority of these hot particles were 10 um [micrometers] or less in size, meaning that they were potentially inhalable… Radioactively‐hot particles on the respirable size range were routinely detected, with one as far as 460 km [285 miles] from the release site.

Kaltofen (pdf): Radioisotopes in dusts released by Fukushima Daiichi units [include] Uranium and plutonium fuels and transuranics such as americium and neptunium… individual radioactive particles [in an] Ibaraki dust sample [include] Eu, Y, Zr, Th, Ce, Sr… in 1 to 15 um size range…

Kaltofen (pdf): The Japanese samples came from as far north as Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture and as far south as Tokyo, a range of 780 km. Fifty nine samples of dust from Japan were analyzed… Radioisotopes specific to the Fukushima Daiichi accidents, including Cs134, Cs137, and Co60 were detected in dust samples taken throughout Northern Japan, including areas more than 200 km outside of the accident exclusion zone. Cs134 was detected at all of the Japanese sites tested… Japanese samples… analyzed in the first month after the accident also contained I131 and Am241… Radioactive dust has become a ubiquitous part of life in northern Japan.

Full interview with Harris here

Published: August 25th, 2014 at 10:13 am ET
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84 comments to Nuclear Engineer: Studies show multiple fuel cores ejected from Fukushima reactors… I thought so too, it was one of my big concerns — Radiation Expert: Hot particles of uranium and plutonium fuels detected nearly 300 miles away (VIDEO)

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Water-borne nuclides from Fukushima are causing a general collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem after only 3 1/2 years.
    The Frozen Wall cannot work because 3 underground nuclear cores are heating up groundwater, which will be too hot to ever freeze.
    The flow rate of groundwater under the plant has been estimated to be 1,000 tonnes per day.
    Flowing water cannot be frozen.
    This is why cold weather residents are told let water trickle from a faucet during winter cold snaps, to keep the pipes from freezing.
    It will probably take another two or three years for TEPCO to give up on the Frozen Wall project.
    It will take another two or three years for TEPCO to decide what to try next, and get the groundwater diversion project underway.
    Over that time, hundreds of additional species could be lost in the Pacific Ocean, due to excess radiation flowing from FDNPP.
    It seems like we are waiting forever for the groundwater to be diverted around the reactor ruins.
    This is something TEPCO knew it had to do from day one, back on 3/11/2011.
    Still not accomplished.
    Won't be accomplished anytime soon.

    The "black substance" is soot from nuclear fires burning underground under 3 broken reactors.
    This soot blankets Japan.
    They will find out soon that human beings cannot long exist amid clouds of this nuclear fuel soot.
    Japan is toast.

    Where is the damn corium, TEPCO? 😉

    • Bay Area Guy 2

      Not disagreeing with any of what you wrote Phillip, but when you say divert the water, where can it be diverted?

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Bay Area Guy 2 asks:
        To where can the groundwater be diverted?

        Answer:
        Into the Ocean.
        Right now, groundwater is washing over nuclear debris trapped in the walls of the corium lava tubes in the ground under Reactors 1-3.
        As long as this happens, the groundwater is picking up bits and pieces of nuclear fuel debris, and depositing them into the ocean.
        What is necessary is to divert the groundwater away from the area under Reactors1-4, and into the ocean before the groundwater becomes heavily contaminated by contact with nuclear debris.

        • It's pretty evident from the aerials how the original site flat they carved out would have no choice but to soak up groundwater like a darn sponge. (I'd read the design idea was that for reactors 1-4, the pumps might have problems if they weren't closer to sea level.) And weren't reactors 5 and 6 built later on higher terrain? Not sure about what got built when, but anyway….yes that Perfect Sponge sure doesn't need the extra groundwater from the higher surrounding elevations draining through it. Ugh. 🙂

  • Socrates

    If these particles were inhaled, many will get lung cancer. It is misleading to talk of background when people inhale hot psrticles.

    Also, many do not know that radon may be pumped into your home from clean-burning natural gas.

    Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second-leading cause among smokers and indirect (secondhand) smokers.

    Dr. Sheila Bushk8n-Bedient at the University of Albany.

    Plus, it destroys your stove, oven, dryers, residential and commercial broilers. The Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission approves these pipelines at 30 -80 times EPA baseline levels. They cannot remove the radon.

  • Yes. Multiple cores were ejected.

    A refresher course:
    Fukushima Reactors #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6l2YxxQZz4

    Now what? For those compelled to share the rad news…..

    Fukushima Business Cards 4 U! And everyone else, too!
    http://tinyurl.com/fukushimabusinesscard4u

    These nifty cards are easy to print and pass out.
    Or leave randomly, where ever you please. Distribute liberally.

    Other easy resources for getting the rad word out
    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-13#comment-478924

    • P.S. Dana has a boat!!!

      Boat Test – Intrepid II Hits the water "Expedition for Marine Life"
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFkDqd_xenE

      Due to jet streams and ocean currents, what are the chances some portion of those cores end/ed up in Canada?

      Fukushima Ejected Cores (headlines)
      http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/page-8-fukushima-melted-and-ejected-nuclear-cores/

      Canada's Fukushima Nuclear Fallout (headlines)
      http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/new-index-1/#/page-9-canadas-fukushima-radioactive-fallout/

      Errhrrmmm … and the US (headlines)
      http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/new-index-1/#/page-10-california/

      Had to go somewhere, yep.

      • kintaman kintaman

        Wow, people are actually following and listening to Dana? He has no scientific background to be speaking on such topics and is simply a layman that can only provide observations which cannot be taken seriously.

        Anyone would be a fool to donate money to this man. But alas there is a fool born every minute.

        This is not to say there no impact yet to the Western shores of North America from the Pacific. There very well may be but he is not the man to be telling us (but on the flip side no government back scientist will do that).

        I just find it hard to believe that anyone would give this man (and Kevin Blanch) any attention as he makes us, who are very concerned about Fukushima, look like nutbar crazy folks.

        • Beyond how you perceive Dana, what he is doing is a valuable activity: collecting evidence.

          Dana is a veteran diver and has lived on the ocean or near it for far more years than most of us. These attributes qualify him for collecting information. He acknowledges he does not have the expertise to do this venture alone and is getting volunteer help as well.

          It is unfortunate that anyone would try to portray Dana as anything other than a caring human being who is dedicating his life to finding out what is going on.

          • Jebus Jebus

            +311

            It's obvious that the existing publicly funded science community has failed deeply. Especially in it's integrity.

            Real science considers all observations.

            More power to those with the guts to stand up and do something. Even if they are in a wheelchair.

            It should inspire those who care and can do some of the same…

            "Do or do not, there is no try" – Yoda

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            Obvious
            I'm all for him getting people thinking and he has with the headlines the " pacific is dead"
            I prefer the "pacific is dying "
            But I am in agreement and have some concerns
            And I am risking attack by the "hounds "

            Some of My concerns

            No transparency to speak of ie money
            A lot of money
            In wheel chair
            Big waves small boat
            No scientific back round
            Does not take any suggestions
            You have to be in total agreement or you get nailed
            Did not turn over any rocks
            Lack of disclosure ..labs ??

            I have more but don't want polarize this group here

            I just don't think that a lot of planning has gone into this and perhaps they are making it up as they go along

            That's not a good plan when you are on the ocean ..
            Last video …no life jackets on ..he's in a wheel chair

            I will also add he is under investigation for fraud
            He slanders people
            He is not a professional
            The hounds have threatened the store owners

            We just don't do that in the real world

            The hounds are going to be unleashed now

            Oh noooo…

            There is a video by a local young woman who has brought up a lot of goodoints about what he is sayin she can be found on Claire stanhopes you tube page …she has short blond hair says part one

            We can all do what he is doing for free
            Those of us that live on the shore and don't need a boat

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              He already showed the shoreline…

              And ..ya ..anyone can do it.
              Check your local shoreline..
              Check carefully.
              Very few are aware of their natural surroundings..
              But don't just run out there and come back saying .."It's all good."
              Remember that different areas did and are taking different exposures.
              Take stock..
              Take some time and observe.
              PLEASE.

              All sources info are appreciated.

              • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                HOR I live directly on the east coast between mass and nh and I have been extremely aware of my surroundings

                I even found a coconut last year

                That creeped me out

            • clamshellernh clamshellernh

              EDUCATING DANA DURNFORD EPISODE 1: Discrepancies in your story and a history of our coast. – YouTube
              https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PnEBF0YfSU0

              Just sayin

              This young woman whatever her personal feelings for Dana
              Has some interesting points about Dana's video
              I like to turn over every rock myself

              Sent from my F-iPad

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                Cute girl! Life is either present or it is not and I would prefer to see life present! 🙂

                I believe buffalo used to roam the prairie along with wild mustangs..humans came along.. and no more! 🙁

            • clamshellernh

              well, all I can do is ask:

              What can you do to help? I'm sure he'd appreciate some constructive ideas if you aren't able to contribute…

              since he has just embarked on this venture, I'm sure he's going to run into a few bumps.

              • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                I have been in the anti nuclear community for three decades , my boots have been on the ground

                Email me rrnicosia@gmail.com

                I don't wish that this site gets mired in this

                And yes I have gotten in touch in a nice way , to get attacked for not going with the party line and comments removed

                As have many

                • I haven't had any issues in communication with him. Instead of putting energy into degrading others…. video tape your findings and publish… send samples off for testing… show us the reports.

          • kintaman kintaman

            Beyond how you perceive Dana, what he is doing is a valuable activity: collecting evidence.

            Dana is a veteran diver and has lived on the ocean or near it for far more years than most of us. These attributes qualify him for collecting information. He acknowledges he does not have the expertise to do this venture alone and is getting volunteer help as well.

            It is unfortunate that anyone would try to portray Dana as anything other than a caring human being who is dedicating his life to finding out what is going on.

            I fail to see how anything he is doing can be classified as "valuable activity". It is more like a waste of time and money and also causing unsubstantiated panic. Being a qualified diver does not make one an expert on the biological impact of radiation from an ongoing nuclear disaster. He has no ability to discern anything as being related to Fukushima….neither does Kevin Blanch.

            I realize we are all extremely concerned about Fukushima (as I have said before I have evacuated my family from Japan due to it and I personally believe the impact will be beyond our belief) but people like this are just as bad as the pronuclear folks who are spreading disinformation that everything is safe.

            In times like this there will always be those with ulterior motives (to push their beliefs, agenda, political, nuclear views and/or for personal financial gain and attention) who will spread disinformation under the guise of helping others. This is not unlike Jesse…

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              If I had to choose between all the government agencies doing no testing, or hiding the results, and one unqualified person doing SOMETHING (No Insects?? No sea anemones?!) I would choose the latter. Im sure any scientists would be more than welcome to ride along with Dana… Anyway, its what weve got! and that says as much for the state of affairs as Danas results!

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          Dana is involved in one of the pillars of science.
          Natural observation ..taking it the logical next step further ..comparison.

          Awesome…

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            I agree he is involved in documenting what he sees ..
            We all are

            I wish him safety and productivity

          • kintaman kintaman

            This statement is sadly rather telling.

          • kintaman kintaman

            If I was a blind person and my seeing eye dog would not guide me I would rather find my own way than have some not very intelligent individual with likely ulterior motives guide me while trying to take money out of my wallet.

            Just saying. I know my statements seem harsh but individuals like this are an insult to us all at times like this (and ongoing disaster whose long term impact we can only guess…even real scientist likely do not know what will happen over the next 20, 30, 50 years and beyond).

        • Kintaman, i see your point and experts have their place, but, they nearly ALL limit their truth. Official science lost it's way when it compartmentalized and set standards of AGREEMENT and removed individual responsibility to pave the way for technological innovation rather than standards for FACTS and outcomes. Science used to be done by laypeople until it merged with industry. It wasn't the authority someone could gather to themselves by their name, which is the case now, it was the actual science, the seeable results that were to be the measure if something was true or not. Those days, though touted as vigorously applied, are gone. Doctors, biologists, leaders regularly lie and pass out false information or pass it along without taking time to read and understand what they are parroting. Over 50% of official researchers fake their data for money and prestige. Many medical protocols are based entirely on made up stories. Radiation is argued to be harmless. Killing bees is said to be no problem. Eating poison is good for you. Bananas are dangerous. These are scientists and doctors assuring us of these lies. That is why Dana and GreenPeace and others go out and look for themselves. It is time to return empowerment back into the hands of people passionate enough to do a thing, whoever they are, start looking at the data ourselves, and making up our own minds. Understanding radiotoxicity IS NOT difficult.

        • SOUL VOICE

          I would rather the data from a disabled layman, than a scientific traitor of the human race. It seems to me there are those so desperate to hide anything about their masters crimes.

          In days not so long ago scientists had morals and humanity. Even some discovered great cures for humankind. They never made a ¢ent.

          If Dana finds flourishing life, then he will publish it. If he finds otherwise, he will publish it. Which is more than some!

          Dana has a job to do, his frustration is clearly evident in his latest clip. He is focused on his objective. I have yet to see dotty dot show any macro evidence to defame Dana's claims. Put up or shut up, I say!

          If you go to a church and put cesarean coins into the bribe box, is there a declaration of what percentage of your tribute goes to where your being made guilty to pay, ends up? Seems to me charities are the biggest skimmer crooks on earth.

          Let him do his job.

          what's the saying "A picture tells a 1000 words"

          I'm waiting for the sequel "The wrath of Dana" in TOHoscOPE

  • curly

    According to Wikipedia, uranium is currently mined in the democratic republic of the congo, gabon, nambia, niger, south africa, china, india, Jordan kazakhistan, Russia, uzbekistan, Czech republic, Estonia, finland, and Germany, hungary, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, spain, united kingdom, Australia, new Zealand, Canada, united states, argentina, and last but not least our safest place from radioactive poisoning—Paraguay. Please get more uranium. We need more bombs and weapons to keep the world safe from terrorists and provide safe nuclear power for the world.

  • dunkilo

    I have read on the Chosun llbo "U.S. troops ready to enter Japans nuclear danger zone"
    Worth a read….

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    The news just show numbers that an average citizen does not understand….. millión sievert, billion sievert, trillion sievert, etc.
    The very true is hiden this way while apparently releasing news.
    The very honest thing should be ALWAYS to show the effects of those releases, the accumulation of all additional releases of radiation of all criticalities and its effects on human life, food chain, plants, ocean, soil, etc etc etc.
    Showing more and more numbers is just making people get bored and anoyed and lately… uninterested. That's what the people that releases this "news" is looking for.

  • bluetick

    uranium plutonium neptunium americium

    ahhh such beautiful names, makes me feel like i am laying under the stars on such a great night…

    hahahh

  • Shaker1

    From the single page of Kaltofen, the second link in the post above:

    "Autoradiographic, gamma spectral and SEM/EDS results demonstrated that qualitatively similar particles were present in about 25 % of dusts sampled. This quartile of the samples was contaminated with 134Cs, an indicator contaminant for the reactor accident, and was autoradiographically positive for hot particles. SEM analysis showed that the majority of these hot particles were 10um or less in size, meaning that they were potentially inhalable."

    Conclusion: Radioac6vely‐hot particles on the respirable size range were routinely detected, with one as far as 460 km from the release site."

    Enough information for me on one single page if I were to live in the vicinity.

    I don't particularly find it informing to think of the numbers, as once it gets beyond a certain point, which Fukushima is well beyond, a common man like me has no idea of the scale. When considering chance, does it particularly matter if it's 1/5, or 1/20, when that '1' event's timing is uncertain and it may just be a single encounter? When breathing or going about one's normal business exposure is wildly certain, what good do the numbers really do? 1PBq or 3PBq? Doesn't seem the difference is applicable.

    Just think like a human, who basically has to be disciplined to think so linerally. Seems life only appears to be linear because, again, we've no idea of the scale.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Shaker1, the scale is global, and that's as far as the scale goes…

      • SOUL VOICE

        Breaks into song….

        2U There's no limit.

        ♪Lemme hear ya say yeah! (wow!)

        No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no ,no ,no, no there's no limit!
        no, no, no ,no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no there's no limit!
        No no limits, we'll reach for the sky!
        No valley to deep. No mountain too high.
        No no limits, we'll reach for the sky,
        we do what we want and we do it with pride.♪

        I'd offer it GEH they probably wouldn't be impressed. Catchy tune?

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Radiation exposure to the population of japan after the earthquake

    Microsoft PowerPoint – MarcoKaltofen-Mar2012.ppt [Compatibility Mode]
    https://engineering.dartmouth.edu/~d30345d/courses/engs43/MarcoKaltofen.pdf

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    High
Radioac+vity
Par+cles
in
Japanese
House
Dusts


    http://bostonchemicaldata.com/wpi/mKaltofenNagoya2014.pdf

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    HOT PARTICLES DETECTED IN USA . . .

    They emanated from Fukushima, and blew across the ocean. Hot particles breathed-in on a daily basis, no way to avoid it.

    • Crickets Crickets

      Hot particles! I can't even feel safe working in my garden for fear of inhaling one of these things. People-don't take your children outside today or any day in the future. They might inhale one of these and be doomed. What kind of piece of crap world have we created for the generations that follow us? So sad that it is all in the name of ego, greed and total ignorance that this is being allowed to continue.

  • The French get like 75% of their power from nuclear, I never did think they had their heads screwed on straight as an overall country.

    But the nuke cartel keeps promoting how nuke brings wealth to countries, what a joke. Nuke does steal from the future, and even the near cost of stealing are too high.

    French Government has been disbanded.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/25/french-president-dissolves-government-amid-dispute-over-economy/?intcmp=latestnews

  • Crickets Crickets

    It's Monday morning in the U.S. and it appears that nobody gives a damn about any of this. They are too busy either keeping up with their debt or chasing an unattainable fantasy. It will take a proverbial 2×4 up side the head to bring people down from their illusive dreams. Too bad the radioactive threat doesn't come in the form of things like 2×4's upside the head. It's a hidden nemesis that we can choose to ignore long after it's way too late to do anything about it. This week it's been "ice bucket challenges," but not a peep from anyone as to the possible link of any disease to the fallout from FUCKU.

    • Crickets Crickets

      Ooops, sorry, I misspelled that. No edit button. I meant to write "FUKU" 🙂

    • Crickets Crickets

      And when I say nobody. I mean that in a general, overall sense. There are you people here at ENENEWS, who should be given a medal for your efforts, but, generally, people don't care or they choose to take the words of the shills, hoping and gambling that "everything's gonna be OK," and that's the biggest problem with all of this.

    • Jebus Jebus

      How about a nuclear ice bucket challenge?

      A bucket of primary loop water chilled, not frozen!

      Straight from the reactor cores.

      Or

      Donate to childhood leukemia…

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        Almost none of the #Fukushima tweets we pass along as Women for Survival get re-tweeted, unlike almost every other issue. It is very weird. Maybe it is just Twitter.

  • Nick

    The other day I was talking to a lawyer who knows more about asbestos and litigation than I do. We got to talking about an asbestos roof removal of a structure that he and I are both familiar with. Our conversation switched to the early leaf color I had noticed (mid-Atlantic region). He said it's genetics. I hypothesized "stress" a la Fukushima. He rambled on about early leaf fall being due to frosts (none that I know of so far) and reiterated the genetic thing. He said " ha!, show me the data, how is Fukushima going to stress trees?"

    This is an international asbestos expert, totally buying into the lies from the nuke folks.

    If someone as brilliant as he is so clueless, no wonder we have a problem.

    Back to the trees. I am talking about red coloring in sweet gum, sour gum, and sassafras and I noticed the massive color change (and leaf drop) starting 8/09/14.

    I have never, in my life seen such an early change . Yea, the sun maybe a tad less intense and we have had somewhat of a cool summer, but my gut says Fuku/etc.

    So it becomes a faith-based discussion since the data is clearly lacking.

    • Crickets Crickets

      Yea, the truth coming from a lawyer. Tee-hee-hee.

    • I think it get's through to people really well when we describe actual changes we're noticing. I was telling a neighbor who dropped by that I still don't see a comeback with my earthworms. I dig a hole to plant something and may see one or two but when I uncover them they can't handle being exposed to air now. Not lively like they used to be. I try to put them back quickly. 🙁

      He said strange that you brought that up…he'd dug some worms to go fishing at he and his wife's OG garlic farm by the river and they died before he got to the fishing hole.

  • weeman

    I don't know about you but if ever reactor had a 100 tons of molten fuel that drop into secondary containment, in my humble position I would have expected it to go ex building and when it reached ground water or sea level a massive steam explosion should have occurred, why did it not happen, is it possible that the majority of the cores was ejected and or vapiourized and hence not enough fuel load in reactors, so as it did not leave the building.
    What would be worse ejection and vapiourization or corium in ground?
    Trick question none of the above.

  • why only now are we informed about that?
    Is it because it is so bad that they cannot do anything else about it?
    Or is it because consequences are showing now in the eastern costs of USA and Canada?
    Or is if because the health consequences in Japan can no longer be hidden?
    They were informed about all of it but did nothing, and they aren't the only one.. Even in America they knew it was very bad!

    • name999 name999

      logosky, classified information is a handcuff, a box, a prison to which people are tied.

      They can literally be put in jail for saying anything. It is anti-american but they can do it.
      NSA, 1947.

  • name999 name999

    arizonian…I am sure they went up because I saw the results on the land, water and air. This stuff traveled around the globe.

  • Ana Ana

    Regarding how earthquakes can cause reactors to fail (not tsunamis), Friends of the Earth has published a document by Dr. Michael Peck, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s former senior resident inspector, regarding the serious seismic risks at Diablo Canyon in California. This document has been suppressed for some time.
    http://www.foe.org/projects/climate-and-energy/nuclear-reactors
    I have turned this site into admin in case it should be posted as a headline.
    Ana in Sacramento

  • rogerthat

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/us-japan-nuclear-suicide-idUSKBN0GQ09Z20140826
    (Reuters) – A Japanese court has ruled that Fukushima nuclear operator Tokyo Electric was responsible for a woman's suicide after the March 2011 disaster and must pay compensation, in a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for other claims against the utility.
    The civil suit by Mikio Watanabe claimed that Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc (9501.T) (Tepco) was to blame for the July 2011 death of his wife, Hamako, 58, who doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire after falling into depression.
    The district court in Fukushima ruled in favor of Watanabe, a court official told reporters. Kyodo news reported that Tepco was ordered to pay 49 million yen ($472,000) in compensation. Watanabe had sought about 91 million yen in damages. …

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

      TY, rogerthat. Well, some good news. Since everyone is suffering from Fukushima fallout, I think every person on earth should receive $1,000,000. each from the owners and shareholders of every nuclear reactor. This would put the nuclear industry out of business. We are all effected and should not have to wait until we die to collect.

    • RogerThat: amazing how much is now being said and done. it's almost like the door to the twilight zone has begun to open and reality is seeping in…tweet that article find also, thank you

      • rogerthat

        Hi Obvious, it's noticeable on the web. I trawl through every day, and the tower of babel presents itself; many more people in many more countries appear to be paying attention. so there is now a wider awareness about the thyroid cancer issue, for example. and the issue of fukushima is popping up in art and in song. and people in japan are starting to talk about what happened to them. it feels rather as if the world is awaking from a long sleep after a very deep trauma. of course, maybe they did not notice, felt no trauma, and they are not waking up but just rolling over lol.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Any pain and suffering in that 8% contaminated land mass now in Japan..think so! 🙁

      Shut this entire Nuclear Industry down..now! 🙂 Worldwide!

  • rogerthat

    http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5N0QV2XP20140825
    FRANKFURT, Aug 25 (Reuters) – RWE said on Monday it will seek damages from Germany to compensate for losses caused by a government-imposed moratorium on nuclear power stations in 2011 in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
    The German utility was forced to close its Biblis nuclear power station, causing more than 200 million euros ($264 million) in lost income …

    http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/almost-3-000-people-urge-government-to-scap-cumbria-nuclear-reactor-plans-1.1157508?cache=cachehiguain

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/25/honeywell-intl-workers-idUSL1N0QV13H20140825

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/25/us-japan-mercury-ban-idUSKBN0GP1WS20140825
    Japan industry fights 'Minamata' costs as mercury trade ban looms
    One government panel estimates Japan would need to secure total storage space equivalent to around the size of an Olympic swimming pool for mercury waste collected over 50 years …
    With the chance that storage could be dotted around the country, industry lobbyists say convincing local communities to host disposal sites would be a major challenge in one of the world's most seismically active regions….
    – good yarn with nuke parallels

  • rogerthat

    http://calcoastnews.com/2014/08/facts-see/

    http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/6676933-74/plant-nrc-earthquake#axzz3BToZPWju
    By The Associated Press
    Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
    LOS ANGELES — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is failing to protect public safety, California Sen. Barbara Boxer charged on Monday, announcing that the Senate committee she chairs will hold hearings on how regulators have assessed earthquake risks at California's last operating nuclear power plant.
    Boxer, a Democrat, announced the hearings as The Associated Press disclosed that a federal expert has been urging the NRC to shut the Diablo Canyon plant until regulators can determine whether its reactors can withstand shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
    Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, says she is alarmed that the recommendation by Michael Peck, the NRC's former lead inspector at the plant, was made a year ago and that the agency hasn't acted.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2014/08/environmentalists-must-stop-ignoring-needs-poor-nations-when-combating-global
    BY AMARTYA SEN PUBLISHED 25 AUGUST, 2014
    … The second is a much more specific problem: the failure to develop a framework for assessing the comparative costs of different sources of energy (from fossil fuels and nuclear power to solar and renewable energy), inclusive of the externalities involved, which can take many different forms. (By externalities, I mean the consequences that operate outside the market and that market prices do not reflect, such as the release of pollutants into the air, of effluents into rivers and public water supplies, of radiation into the atmosphere.) One of the externalities – the evil effects of carbon emission – has received enormous attention, which in its context is a very good thing, but there are other externalities that also demand our urgent attention. These include the growing danger from the rapidly increasing use of nuclear energy – in China and India especially, where the use of nuclear energy is gathering momentum and large expansions are being planned, but also elsewhere. The dangers of nuclear energy have received astonishingly little systematic attention in scientific and policy discussions. …
    (Amartya Sen, a Nobel laureate in economics, is a winner of the National Humanities Medal, and teaches economics and philosophy at Harvard University.
    This article originally appeared in the New Republic.)

  • rogerthat

    http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/top-stories/where-is-the-states-earthquake-alert-system-140825?news=854066
    – belongs in ripley's believe it or not …

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20140825p2a00m0na010000c.html
    … The true number of people who remain disaster refugees more than three years after that terrible March day is unknown, lost in the cracks of government negligence. …

    http://solartopia.org/mitsuhei-murata-to-prevent-fukushima-from-causing-the-ultimate-global-catastrophe/
    (harvey wasserman)
    August 23, 2014
    To prevent Fukushima from causing the ultimate global catastrophe.
    Mitsuhei Murata
    Former Ambassador to Switzerland
    Executive Director, Japan Society for Global System and Ethics
    Fukushima constitutes a global security issue. Fukashima is out of control and the situation at the site is dangerously worsening … It is the responsibility of the international community to prevent Fukushima from causing the ultimate global catastrophe…

  • Socrates

    No mention of Bill Deagal and "Chris Harris" (not his real name) by any blogger?

    Dr. Deagal states (beginning at 24:00 in @ NHK that Chemtrail spraying is part of the Star Wars creation of a plasma that would help detect incoming Soviet missiles. He claims that the plasma of earth has been changed to create more crustal movements and vulcanism- all by accident. We are moving through an arm of the Galaxy that alters the laws of physics. Therefore, we can look forward to many bad things happening on earth. He suggests that you might get a few more good years by living in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Dana's observations must be taken with a grain of salt. I myself am not seeing any pelicans this summer. There are many die-offs. Earth is losing its magnetic shield through weakening. Fissures are opening up, releasing methane. Something big is happening.

    Looking at the number of species in North Coastal San Diego, it is a fact that most had disappeared before 3-11. The cute girl from British Columbia who "refutes" Dana has not studied the decline in marine biota. She like many young people never saw the abundance in nature.

    Many factors are at work in moving us toward a great extinction. We understand very few of these processes. Activities of mankind have not helped a single one. Every year, things are much worse in the oceans. Tipping points from multiple causes over-determine a poor outcome. There may be little we can do. We understand very little about these…

    • That there are young people who have no knowledge of nature's previous abundance, is a real worry. 🙁

      I've felt like a an archivist hoarder at times. My house is full of books of all kinds…even stacks of old nat. geographics, magazines and things I'd refer to when drawing or painting…could be a whale or any animal… just to be sure I wasn't putting eyes or ears not quite right.

      Now I'm glad I saved them all through various moves. My grandkids may only know some species via photographs in them. It weirds me out just thinking about that.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Two things –

    1) "The Fukushima Dai‐ichi accident released very high activity inhalable dust particles that travelled long distances".

    All around the northern hemisphere dozens of times over by now.

    2) NHK … that many studies are showing… that multiple cores — parts of it, or some, or even most of it — had been ejected."

    Could they possibly mean that spent fuel pools burned as they contained many different cores. Each having their own unique signature, hence they can ID 'multiples'.

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