Nuclear Expert: We’ve detected a lot of cases “gargantuanism” in Fukushima — Reporter: “Gigantic beet… it’s almost as big as the upper part of man trying to hold it” — “They’re seeing more and more of this… people are reporting more and more of these abnormalities” (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: April 22nd, 2016 at 10:09 am ET


Coast to Coast AM – ‘Fukushima and Nuclear Issues’, Mar 31, 2016 (emphasis added):

At 55:00 in

At 1:14:30 in

  • Linda Moulton Howe, reporter: “Remember when [Arnie Gundersen] was referencing the gargantuanism — it appears to be increasing, as he said, in the third generation of plants. And who knows what’s going to happen in the fourth, fifth, and so forth. The trauma of seeing these gigantic… there is a photograph of this, what they call ‘gargantuan strawberry’ in Fukushima Prefecture… [There] is a gigantic beetit is almost as big as the upper part of the man trying to hold the big beet. And then [there] is something that several people have reported in different parts of Fukushima — where trees of, in this case, it’s a photograph of [leaves] from two species of maple. And it shows a contrast from what a normal leaf should look like, to one that is, gosh, three times bigger. And they’re seeing more and more of thispeople are reporting more and more of these abnormalities in the trees in the surroundings.”

Linda Howe’s website ‘Earthfiles’, Apr 1, 2016: PHOTO: Gargantuan beet in Fukushima Prefecture after March 11, 2011; PHOTO: Gargantuan strawberry in Fukushima Prefecture after March 11, 2011; PHOTO: Enlarged maple leaves from two trees of same species

See also: Fukushima Mother: It’s very weird… plants with huge, huge flowers & giant stems — I brought deformed vegetables for radiation measurement, but officials didn’t test any and yelled “Don’t you understand? We say it’s safe!” — “All the beetles were disfigured and died”

And: Radiation Biologist: Tree leaves were gigantic after Chernobyl (VIDEO)

Broadcast of Gundersen interview available here

Published: April 22nd, 2016 at 10:09 am ET


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  • skizexq skizexq

    and we have Chernobyl too and DU and mininukes in Yemen and…all the testing…Mucho Maniacalists!!

  • skizexq skizexq

    I grew inside.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Kyushu Electric publishes peak ground acceleration figures for Genkai and Sendai:

    Maximum was at Genkai (still shut down) at 30.1 gals or JMA intensity 3 in the auxiliary building. Sendai had a larger ground measurement of 30.3 gals, but the aux building only 'felt' 12.6 gals on the first floor.

    Gal = g = Gallileos = 1cm/sec/sec = a measure of acceleration. Gravity = 975 gals or so. Sometimes, peak ground acceleration (PGA) is measured as a percent of gravity and indicated by %g or %gal.

    For comparison, see this article on PGA measured during the Tohoku (Fukushima) Earthquake in the 1000 – 2000 gal range:

    A reactor trip on PGA is shown on the document to be around 160 gal for Sendai. The PGA at the plant was far below that point. That doesn't mean no damage was possible, but that the shaking was not severe enough for the designed reactor trip level. The document lists the vertical component PGA trip points, but does not list the measured vertical component of PGA at the sites. Not sure what to make of that – a strike-slip fault does not normally have a large vertical component. They measured this at the plant, so they could have reported it. Maybe that component was closer to the trip point.

  • FXofTruth

    This is what they always wanted…to bring GMO foods to a whole new level!

    Genetic Modification done across an entire country's food supply…Very Cool!

    If the food is going GMO super-sized …the same thing is happening to the people very soon.

  • rogerthat

    Chernobyl’s Silent Exclusion Zone (Except for the Logging) via The New York Times

    PRIPYAT, Ukraine — The road through the forest, abandoned, is at times barely discernible, covered with the debris of fallen tree limbs, vines, leaves and moss pushing up through cracks in the crumbling asphalt.

    The moss is best avoided, says our guide, Artur N. Kalmykov, a young Ukrainian who has made a hobby of coming here to the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, set aside in perpetuity after the catastrophe in 1986. It can be radioactive, having carried buried radiation to the surface as it grew.

    Above all, he says, watch out for windblown dust, which could well be laced with deadly plutonium.


    The Zone of Alienation, as it is also known, is a rough circle with an 18-mile radius, fenced off with barbed wire. Access is strictly controlled, so that delegations and guided tours typically travel a few fixed routes. Outside those areas frequented by tourists, Stop Corruption said, under the guise of salvage logging of trees killed in wildfires, healthy pines are being felled in great numbers for sale in Ukraine and Romania, from where the timber may be resold throughout Europe. …

    • rogerthat

      “We thought these incidents were isolated and unimportant, but when we started to investigate, it turned out the problem was gigantic and systemic,” said Vadim V. Vnukov, the group’s head lawyer.

      Lumber from Chernobyl, while not exactly glowing in the dark, would pose risks to anybody living in a house made from it, Mr. Vnukov said.

      “There is a clear health risk here,” he said. “We ran into a system worked out over the decades, and under any government, this system of corruption was preserved.”


      Loggers fell burned trees after forest fires, to avoid pest outbreaks, and cut firebreaks and routes for electrical wires, he said. Since 2004, it has been legal in Ukraine to sell timber from the zone if it passes radiological controls.

      Mr. Petruk is an unabashed advocate of increased commercial activity in the zone, including logging.

      “How do we turn our shame into our advantage?” he said. His answer is “Zone of Change,” a proposal by his agency for increased logging to feed a chip-fueled steam power plant at the site that he noted would reduce dependence on Russian natural gas.


      The concept of the exclusion zone, an important experiment for the nuclear industry, was to limit, through isolation, the lethality of an accident at the nuclear plant. (Fewer than 200 people stayed here after the evacuation of more than 100,000.) Radioactive elements degrade at predictable intervals, called half-lives, that can vary enormously. …

      • rogerthat

        Particles left in the soil while their half-lives tick past harm nobody; the average particle half-life at Chernobyl is about 30 years.

        But logging in a postapocalyptic forest would pose a number of health concerns. Trees, like moss, absorb radiation from the subsoil. Also, clear-cutting churns up soil, stirring radioactive dust and accelerating erosion.

        Read more at Chernobyl’s Silent Exclusion Zone (Except for the Logging)

  • rogerthat

    Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years via McClatchyDC

    PRIPYAT, Ukraine

    Before the fire, the vomiting, the deaths and the vanishing home, it was the promise of bumper cars that captured the imagination of the boys.

    It will be 30 years ago Tuesday that Pripyat and the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant became synonymous with nuclear disaster, that the word Chernobyl came to mean more than just a little village in rural Ukraine, and this place became more than just another spot in the shadowy Soviet Union.

    Even 30 years later – 25 years after the country that built it ceased to exist – the full damage of that day is still argued.

    Death toll estimates run from hundreds to millions. The area near the reactor is both a teeming wildlife refuge and an irradiated ghost-scape. Much of eastern and central Europe continues to deal with fallout aftermath. The infamous Reactor Number 4 remains a problem that is neither solved nor solvable.


    “We knew this,” he says. “Three years earlier we’d sent out a warning to all plants with reactors with these absorbers, warning of this problem. But no actions had been taken. This was our arrogance at the time. We believed we were the masters of the atomic reactions. It was a horrible mistake.” …

    • rogerthat

      When Chernobyl’s operators raised the control rods into the reactor to absorb the flying neutrons and slow down the reaction, the action took only about 15 seconds to complete. But in those seconds, the reaction, instead of slowing, sped up and the temperature inside the reactor reached 3,000 degrees, turning the water used to cool the uranium into steam.

      In the sealed environment of the reactor, the steam had no place to expand. That’s when the roof blew, and an estimated 10 tons of the 200 tons of enriched uranium blasted into the atmosphere.

      After the roof blew, the walls collapsed and the superheated uranium melted and consumed all that fell into it. The long-term problem was forming, a 2,000-ton mass of metal, concrete and uranium that was pooling below the reactor.

      But that was a long-term problem. The more immediate concern was the 10 tons of enriched uranium streaming into the atmosphere above Chernobyl, and spreading out in all directions over northern, eastern and central Europe. Eventually, a scientific report commissioned by the European Parliament would estimate that, to some extent, Chernobyl radiation contaminated 40 percent of Europe.

      The time was 1:23 a.m. The world had changed. But those sleeping just downwind had no idea.


      Earlier, in the dark, the bridge had been crowded with adults watching the multicolored flames of burning graphite from the reactor. They’d “oohed” and “aahed.” It was beautiful. …

      • rogerthat

        They’d also been soaking up a radiation dose determined to be about 500 roentgen, or two-thirds of a fatal dose. The legend is that none of those who stood on the bridge that morning survived.

        Sirota says that isn’t true. He survived. He saw others who survived. Still, as he left the bridge, he was leaving behind many who would soon die agonizing deaths.

        All told, about 4,000 people would eventually die from the accident, according to a report by the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

        Others say those numbers are wildly low. Alexey Yablokov, a former environment adviser to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, estimated the global death toll to be 1.44 million. Other reports placed the cancer death totals at 30,000 to 60,000. Belarusian physicist Georgiy Lepin, a vice president of the association of liquidators of Chernobyl, the men brought in to fight the fire and clean up, estimated that within a few years, 13,000 rescue workers had died and another 70,000 were left unfit for work. The official number of disabled Chernobyl rescue workers today in Ukraine is 106,000.

        A United Nations study says that “5 million people currently live in areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine that are contaminated with radionuclides due to the accident; about 100,000 of them live in areas classified in the past by government authorities as areas of ‘strict control.’ ” About 4,000 people, mostly children, developed thyroid cancer …

        • rogerthat

          from the radiation, the U.N. says; the survival rate for the cancer is 99 percent.


          All of central and eastern Europe was at risk. Even today, in Bavaria in southern Germany, wildlife officials warn hunters not to eat the meat of wild boars, which continue to show high levels of radiation contamination.

          Across Europe, children were advised to stay indoors that April and May. In East Berlin, shoppers were astonished to find grocery shelves teeming with fresh lettuce, which usually would have been sent across the wall for wealthier West Berliners. But West Berliners didn’t want the tainted stuff, so East Berlin had salad.

          Chernobyl changed the way nuclear engineers viewed nuclear power. “Safety culture” – the idea that protecting the people and the environment should be emphasized over all other goals – became the watchword.


          Sirota had hoped beyond reason to gain it back when a few years ago he bought a small house at the end of a gravel lane just outside the the exclusion zone imposed around the old reactor. Move the modest but sturdy house across the pasture and it would be inside an area identified as unsafe for human habitation for the next 3,000 years.

          There are several reasons he moved back to the area. For one, his house, on a decent plot of land, cost the equivalent of just $125. Even in poor rural Ukraine, that’s cheap.

          It would be even cheaper inside the exclusion zone. Ukrainian officials are known to have turned a blind eye …

          • rogerthat

            to a small group of very poor, and illegal, residents who returned to the homes standing inside the forbidden zone. Officials estimate that 197 squatters hide there. And for short spells, workers can live inside the zone. There’s even a hotel for overnight visits.


            Sirota worries, but he’s drawn to this place. He lives with a Geiger counter around his neck. He carries a second one in case the first malfunctions.

            The constant clicking as the Geiger counter measures the local radiation serves as a soundtrack to his life. The faster the clicking, the higher the radiation levels. When the clicking goes into overdrive, he moves on, to find a place where the levels are safer.

            Even at home, resting or cooking, the clicking is constant, click . . . click . . .click.

            His work these days is showing visitors around the irradiated area. A couple of days a week he passes through the heavily guarded gates into the contaminated zone. It’s how he earns a living.

            “People want to see this,” he explains. “I can understand the curiosity, but there isn’t much to see.”


            Reactor Number 4 today is essentially an unplanned nuclear-waste dump. To serve in that role requires it to last for 3,000 years. That means the area surrounding Chernobyl will be safe to inhabit by people again in the year 4986.

            How likely is that? To get an idea of what it means to contain and control a deadly and potentially devastating radioactive pile in Ukraine for 3,000 years, consider …

            • rogerthat

              what the world looked like 3,000 years ago:

              The Iron Age was beginning. The Trojan War was fairly recent news. Egypt had Pharaohs. King David was succeeded by his son, Solomon. Canaanites were the big world traders. Christ was 1,000 years from showing up. Muhammad was 1,500 years away.

              The legendary founding of Rome, of Romulus and Remus and the wolf, wouldn’t take place for 300 years.

              It’s not simply that a lot has changed in the last 3,000 years, it’s that almost everything has.

              And yet, Detlef Appel, a geologist who runs PanGeo, a Hamburg, Germany, company that consults on such nuclear storage issues, notes that 3,000 years probably isn’t long enough.

              He suggests that truly safe radioactive waste storage needs to extend a million years into the future. Think back to when man’s earliest relative began to walk the Earth.

              Read more at Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years

              • unincredulous unincredulous

                Maybe the names of the world's richest and powerful could be be made into nuclear fuel rods all fancy shmancy so that those vane effers would make sure they remained safe and intact forever. Display them in a special museum commemorating special asshats.

  • The operators of Chernobyl overrode all the safety systems and were in the process of removing all the control rods from the reactor… when it blew there was only 6 of them left in the reactor well below the minimum to keep the reactor safe. They blew it up trying this test. Who knows why. But they did.

    • Sol Man

      Small children not fathoming that if they bring the hammer down on their hand that it's going to hurt, bad.

      But, those adults had the opportunity to rethink their position, but did not. Now everybody pays in one way or another.

    • I still maintain that Chernobyl was a test of a process to catch a melted core… with sand. Look at the released drawings of the plant and ask was all that sand released by accident or on purpose.

  • ISeePinkClouds

    Yes. I awoke this morning, and my thoughts were on the dead Pacific Ocean. The Pacific is dead. It is so obvious that it is dead. It is overly obvious that radiation from Fukushima has killed the Ocean. Is it such a leap of thought to think that the radiation will do the same thing, kill everything, and everyone in the U.S., and beyond?

    Potentially, Fukushima could, in time, if it continues releasing radiation like it has been, leave a preponderance of this Planet as dead as the Pacific. Who, or what, will stop the radionuclides, and isotopes, from contaminating the entirety of Earth's Life sustaining Environment? Who…no one, that's who. So, we can expect more deadly radiation, streaming into the old Realm of Life, ad infinitum; forever.

    Waking this morning with the realization that the Pacific is now void of Life, and Life on Earth is evaporating away, as Fukushima radiation sneaks and creeps into all corners of the Earth; this poor sense of perception is much as it was the morning after the assassination of JFK. Everything is changed. Everything. Now we see…but, it is too late to put a finger on the hole in the dam. Can time be turned backwards? America is now enslaved again by the Oligarchs, and in the final throws of vanishing Life at the sweaty, hot clutches of Nuclear.


  • 4truth

    In case this hasn't been posted yet.

    Tuesday, April 26: Sacramento, California
    DOE "consent-based siting" hearing on nuclear waste
    Agenda, bios, posters, etc. —

    DOE is asking for reservations, but it's not clear if that is required. Meetings can be viewed on the web.

    Public comment time is being siphoned off into small groups. Only 1 hour, 15 minutes of public comments is allowed, while 1 hour 45 minutes is devoted to small groups. The public should insist that the small groups be eliminated and all public comment be held in the open meeting so that it can be heard by all. Small groups are held to dilute opposition.

    Upcoming hearings in Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Idaho, and Minnesota

    The DOE presentation: Moving Forward with Consent-based Siting — full of omissions and assumptions

  • rogerthat

    Published on Apr 24, 2016
    This is what Harvard University said about Fukushima on March 16th 2011 5 days into the worst nuclear accident in history .

  • rogerthat

    Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (03-26-2015) The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Leak & It's Effects

  • ISeePinkClouds


    22.55 Principles of Radiation Interactions

    Effects of Radiation on DNA

    Irradiation of cells causes:
    •cell killing

    22.55 Principles of Radiation Interactions

    B. Types of DNA Damage

    Radiation can produce a variety of lesions in DNA

    •Rupture of the strand
    •Alteration to bases
    •Destruction of sugars
    •Crosslinks and formation of dimers

    Radiation damage to DNA
    DNA Strand Breaks

    Single strand breaks:
    • Can take place at the phosphodiester bond,
    or at the bond between the base and the sugar.
    • A large proportion of the single strand breaks
    are caused by hydroxyl radicals (OH•).

    Radical scavenging experiments have demonstrated this.

    Double strand breaks:

    •Involves breakage of both strands at points
    less than 3 nucleotides apart (there are still questions about whether further spacings are recognized and repaired as dsbs).

    •Production by single particle crossing both strands?

    •Production by two independent events?

    •Can be measured by various techniques (e.g., sucrose gradient

    •Double strand breaks have shown a direct proportionality
    to radiation dose.

    Base changes:
    Bases can be damaged or destroyed or chemically modified by radiation. Hydroxyl radical and byproducts can add to bases.
    Pyrimidines (T, C) more…

    • ISeePinkClouds

      Yes. rogerthat. Ty.

      UK. £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station plan headed for a’grinding halt’? EDF plan to help finance Hinkley nuclear project could be illegal. Clean water for 10 million people, due to London’s new floating solar farm.

      Illegal? The Nuclear Industry? Yes.



      • ISeePinkClouds

        Yes. Nuclear is Dead.

        “But even if they could agree a finance package, it could be declared illegal state aid by the European Commission. This may now be the sign that the entire project is coming to a grinding halt and the UK government urgently needs to back renewable energy as a more reliable alternative.”


  • rogerthat

    Fukushima) employees involved in the decommissioning, about 3 million people Reconstruction Agency investigation
    April 2016 24

    Reconstruction Agency revealed that 23 days, that of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant decommissioning workers amounting to about 3 million people. Of which about 1 million people are likely to stay for more than one year on the job.

    Interviews from companies 24 companies involved in the decommissioning trying to figure out the actual situation of decommissioning workers, was published in the "experts Study Group on the future of Fukushima 12 municipalities" to this day open.

    In the survey, employees were asked to condition some companies at the time living in the 12 municipalities around nuclear power plant. From the fact that Iwaki City and No. 6 national highway that connects the nuclear power plant is crowded with nearly two hours morning and evening, there was a reply to find the shortening and work near the site of the house of commuting time.

    Employees currently attending to the work site from the evacuation destination is to return home before the nuclear accident, it was also answers to seek the development of environment that can live in the family, such as nursing homes and schools.

  • rogerthat

    Tomioka High School holds last semester-opening ceremony before closure
    12 April 2016

  • rogerthat

    from april 12:

    OECD agency eyes new global standards on radioactive content in food
    12 April 2016

    The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is poised to lay down new international standards regarding concentration of radioactive substances in food. The move is expected to lead to a unified yardstick for judging safety, thereby helping relax import restrictions still imposed by some foreign countries on Japanese food in the wake of the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant.

    The NEA policy was made known by officials concerned during the first International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station held in Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 10-11. The agency is urging member countries to endorse the policy in an effort to reach agreement within a year.

    In his keynote speech on the opening day, NEA Director General William Magwood pointed out that even if a country that has experienced a nuclear accident declares its food safe, other countries do not have a means of confirming the accuracy of such information. He stressed the need to unify ways of measuring radioactive concentration and standards that differ from country to country. Magwood indicated that his agency will work with its 31 member countries more strongly to reach agreement on the proposed unification. …

    • rogerthat

      Standards on radioactive content in food vary widely depending on the countries concerned and the type of products. In Japan, the maximum allowable radiocesium content in vegetables and other ordinary food is 100 becquerels per kilogram as provided for by the Food Sanitation Act. Food exceeding the standard cannot be shipped or distributed.

      A similar standard for bread in Ukraine, where the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred, is 20 becquerels and it is 40 becquerels in adjacent Belarus. In the European Union, the standard for general food is 1,250 becquerels while the U.S. standard is 1,200 becquerels for all food.

      (Translated by Kyodo News)

  • rogerthat

    Ban lifted on "himemasu" salmon fishing at Fukushima lake after 4-year hiatus
    10 April 2016

    Fishing of "himemasu" kokanee salmon, a landlocked variety of sockeye salmon, was resumed at Lake Numazawa in the town of Kaneyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 9 after a four-year ban imposed in the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant. Officials concerned with fishing at the lake, the only place in Fukushima to have the particular breed of freshwater salmon, are pinning high hopes on the resumption of himemasu fishing as an opportunity to increase tourism in the remote town nestled in a mountain range.

    Shortly after 5:30 a.m., countless lines were dropped onto the bluish lake surface. Mitsukatsu Sato, a 73-year-old angler from Motomiya city, Fukushima Prefecture, said he came to the lake for the first time in five years since the nuclear disaster. "I was looking forward to this day," he said with a smile. Boasting a decade-long record of himemasu fishing, Sato caught more than 30 fish by noon. "Sashimi (sliced raw fish) tastes like 'toro' (fatty tuna). I'll come every day."

    After the nuclear accident, radioactive cesium content exceeding the maximum allowable level of 100 becquerels per kilogram set by the Food Sanitation Act was found from himemasu samples and fishing was banned in April 2012. …

    • rogerthat

      But no sample has surpassed the standard since August 2014, prompting the prefectural government to withdraw its request for voluntary ban and leading a local fisheries cooperative to lift the ban. The current himemasu fishing season continues until Sept. 30.

      (Translated by Kyodo News)

  • rogerthat

    Tohoku prefectures huddle to find ways to woo, cater to foreign tourists
    17 April 2016

    【Translated by The Japan Times】To attract more foreign visitors to Tohoku, governors from the six prefectures in the region have agreed to establish a comprehensive sightseeing route and develop other promotional measures.

    At a symposium earlier this month in Sendai, the Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization, which hosted the event, set a goal of bringing in 1 million tourists this fiscal year.

    The governors shared the view that Tohoku is far behind places like Hokkaido, Kyushu and Okinawa.

    “We are not seeing an increase in overseas visitors to Tohoku because of the negative effects of the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant,” Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori said.

    “It’s important that we convey the message in and out of Japan that Fukushima is making . . . steady progress in reconstruction,” he said, calling on governors from the other Tohoku prefectures to cooperate.

    Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai stressed the importance of the task, saying “tourism won’t expand if we are only looking at domestic visitors when the population is declining.”

    Yamagata Gov. Mieko Yoshimura said Tohoku’s snow should be marketed. …

    “We need to cooperate (on a sightseeing route) and hopefully, we can hold a snow festival together with 1 million visitors,” she said.

    Aomori Gov. Shingo Mimura, Iwate Gov…

  • rogerthat

    Gov't formally offers to lift evacuation order for Katsurao village on June 12
    13 April 2016

    The government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters, responsible for assisting Fukushima Prefecture to recover from the 2011 nuclear power plant accident, formally offered on April 10 to lift an evacuation order for the bulk of Katsurao village on June 12. The offer was made at a meeting with villagers held in Tamura city to brief them on the plan. Covered by the move are two zones of the entirely evacuated village: one is an area where residency is restricted and the other is being prepared for the lifting of the evacuation order. Another zone designated as a "difficult-to-return area" will remain intact.

    The briefing session was held twice, in the morning and afternoon, with some 300 village residents taking part. At the outset, Katsurao Mayor Masahide Matsumoto sought residents' understanding of the government move. But some residents took issue with the offer, saying work to decontaminate the village, polluted by nuclear fallout from Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, is still insufficient. Others questioned the advisability of lifting the order for the two zones at the same time.

    Some participants in the meeting said a medical institution should be put in place before the evacuation order is terminated. "Is it really safe to live there?" another resident asked, …

    • rogerthat

      expressing concern over radioactive substances remaining. Other villagers called for deferment of the proposed action. But some residents favored it, saying they wanted the date when the order will be lifted to have been specified and expressing hope for continued government support for post-disaster reconstruction.

      Matsumoto said he would like to decide when to lift the order on the basis of views of village assembly members and residents. "Personally, I would like to follow the schedule of ending evacuation on June 12."

      (Translated by Kyodo News)

  • rogerthat

    … The waste level may have dropped after Sunday's initial detection because some of the liquid went into the tank's internal ventilation system, the Herald said. …

  • rogerthat

    APRIL 23, 2016
    Cost to decommission Diablo Canyon escalates


    Someday, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will close, and when it does, PG&E will be required to remove everything, from the mammoth reactor domes to nondescript parking lots, guard shacks and restrooms.

    The plant’s dismantled remains — the concrete rubble, the scrap metal, even the massive breakwater — will be loaded on trains and shipped out of state, according to a revised post-closure plan and cost estimate released this spring. (It may be possible to keep some facilities, such as the desalination plant, but that would require special approval.)

    The dismantling of Diablo will cost an estimated $3.8 billion, making it one of the most expensive and complex projects in San Luis Obispo County history. To put that figure in perspective, it cost $5.7 billion to build the plant in the 1970s.

    Nothing about Diablo’s dismantling — as detailed in a report by PG&E consultant TLG Services — will be routine.

    One example: While it was once anticipated that most waste could be disposed of locally, that’s no longer the case, in part because of an executive order signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 that prohibits disposal of low-level radioactive waste from California Class III landfills.

    Now, the plan is to send scrap metal to Nevada. Low-level radioactive waste …

    • rogerthat

      will go to Utah or Texas. Concrete rubble will be packed into bags and shipped to an out-of-state disposal site.

      Spent fuel rods — classified as high-level nuclear waste — will be stored on site until they’re picked up by the Department of Energy.

      Who will pay?

      PG&E has been collecting money from ratepayers for years to pay for the decommissioning. It has approximately $2.6 billion in trust, according to PG&E executive Loren Sharp.

      But the cost could far exceed that by the time the plant closes; in the past few years alone, estimates jumped from $2.5 billion in 2012 to $3.8 billion in 2016 — a difference of $1.3 billion. …

      • rogerthat

        Dismantling the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County will cost an estimated $4.4 billion — possibly the most expensive decommissioning project in the history of the nuclear industry, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. By comparison, the most recent decommissioning estimate for Diablo Canyon is $3.8 billion.

        One reason for the cost difference: San Onofre must be restored to the standards of the U.S. Navy, which owns the property. That means Southern California Edison will have to remove all subsurface structures, such as foundations and piers, which will require deep excavation.

        Because the Diablo Canyon plant is on private property, it comes under Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards, which require excavating to 3 feet below the surface, or deeper if necessary to remove contamination.

        Decommissioning costs for some nuclear plants: …

        Read more here:


    Soft Rains..

    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

    And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

    Robins will wear their feathery fire,
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

    And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.

    Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.

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    Reader View: PNM’s coal, nuclear investments must be halted

    April 23, 2016
    By Josh Allen

    I’m a carpenter, father and concerned advocate for alternative energy in New Mexico. Fifteen years ago, I built my home off the grid and saw firsthand the potential of our state’s abundant solar and wind energy.

    I’m pleased by the recent “COP21” agreement in Paris on slowing climate change and President Barack Obama’s moratorium on new coal leases.

    However, I feel disheartened that the Public Service Company of New Mexico is so out of step with the current realities that we need to face to address our survival. Here’s some information on what PNM has been up to lately and what I see as our alternatives.

    PNM has filed a new application at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to raise our electric rates an additional $123.5 million. Part of that includes a proposal to raise the fixed monthly charge on residential bills by 163 percent, from $5 to $13, which hurts people on a fixed income. The rate hearings on PNM’s request are underway through the end of April.

    Additionally, PNM has purchased 64 megawatts of power from Palo Verde Nuclear Generating
    Station …

    • rogerthat

      , tying ratepayers to this resource until 2046.

      PNM didn’t present the PRC with any financial or risk evaluations before purchasing the nuclear power.

      Rather than evaluating this purchase against other feasible alternatives of wind and solar, PNM is skirting these ratepayer protections because PNM knows that their legacy nuclear investments can’t compete against cheaper solar and wind.

      The public’s only chance of being protected against PNM’s quest to increase shareholders’ profits at the expense of ratepayers is if the PRC requires PNM to analyze their resource choices against other alternatives with transparency.

      Questions that come to mind are risks and liabilities associated with nuclear waste, water use, radiation poisoning and cost.

      I find it troublesome that PNM hasn’t addressed these issues, and the PRC has failed to require PNM to do so. Isn’t the PRC supposed to be regulating PNM on our behalf?

      PNM’s San Juan coal plant has been the focus in the news, but PNM also has an interest in the Four Corners Power Plant, located on the Navajo Nation.

      PNM owns 13 percent in the Four Corners Power Plant, too. In December 2013, PNM signed a $580 million coal contract until 2031. The coal contract is a take-or-pay coal contract, meaning ratepayers have to pay whether or not PNM takes the coal.

      It doesn’t seem wise for PNM to be reinvesting in coal for such a long period of time, especially given the nationwide (and global) shift away from coal…

      • rogerthat

        climate and health concerns. Importantly, El Paso Electric chose to leave the Four Corners Power Plant because of the costs for pollution controls and the expensive take-or-pay coal contract.

        Solar and wind resources address three important goals in New Mexico: the challenge of climate change; the challenge of economic stagnation; and the high costs of dirty energy that threatens public health.

        PNM has made tiny investments in solar power with a huge PR splash. They’ve gone from 1 percent solar, “doubled” their investment to 2 percent and are heading toward about 2.5 percent.

        In a state that has the sun — through the Zia symbol — on our flag, we should insist that the PRC ends PNM’s risky coal and nuclear investments and demand an investment in renewables in New Mexico.

        This isn’t only reasonable, but a necessary step toward a sustainable future I envision for my daughter.

        Josh Allen is a carpenter, father and concerned advocate for alternative energy in New Mexico living in Santa Fe.

  • rogerthat

    Chernobyl pushed North Wales farmers to the brink

    24 APR 2016
    Effects of Soviet nuclear plant accident and its aftermath lasted for decades

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    Entire Chernobyl disaster report translated into Japanese

    April 24, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

    Japanese version

    Mahito Shindo (Mainichi)

    KYOTO — A researcher who supervised the recently completed Japanese translation of a 2011 Ukrainian report on the Chernobyl nuclear accident hopes the information will aid Japan's discussion on the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    The translation was supervised by a Mahito Shindo, a researcher at Kyoto University's Graduate School of Law. …

    "The Ukrainian report includes reflection on the covering up of information by authorities at the time and the lack of attention given to safety. It is different from other reports like Japanese government white papers, which tend to become self-promotions," he said.

    The translated report can be found online at: .

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    NHK president: Nuclear power reports after quakes shouldn't stir up needless alarm

    April 23, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

    Reporting on nuclear power after the deadly Kumamoto Earthquake should not stir up needless alarm, NHK President Katsuto Momii has been quoted as saying — a comment criticized as having a "chilling effect" on coverage.

    Momii reportedly made the comment during an April 20 meeting of the public broadcaster's disaster policy headquarters set up following the powerful earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture.

    "Ongoing reporting on nuclear power plants should be based on official announcements so as not to stir up residents' anxiety unnecessarily," a source quoted him as saying in the meeting at the NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

    Momii, who serves as head of the disaster policy headquarters, also said as the meeting was wrapping up, "Although there were initial problems such as local governments not being fully equipped to handle the distribution of food and other items, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have come on the scene and supplies are now being delivered." He then added, "I would like for this matter to be reported upon in a detailed manner, along with other aspects of providing supplies," according to the source.

    The source said that the board members and bureau heads who were in attendance at the meeting did not object …

    • rogerthat

      to Momii's comments.

      The minutes of the meeting were shared via the network's intranet, prompting some to speak out in opposition. One executive commented, "This is an order wherein the president is trying to make sure that broadcasts reflect his own personal viewpoint."

      Hiroyoshi Sunakawa, a professor of media theory at Rikkyo University, commented, "President (Momii) has strong authority over personnel-related matters, and if the remark (on nuclear power) was indeed made, it is a problematic statement that has a chilling effect on on-the-ground reporting."

      Sunakawa added, "It could threaten independent reporting that aims to verify the appropriateness of evacuation plans in the event of a nuclear power plant accident, assuming that traffic networks would have already been disturbed due to the preceding Kumamoto earthquakes, and review the cooperation between the SDF and local governments."

      Meanwhile, a public relations representative from NHK commented, "We are unable to comment regarding internal meetings. With respect to reporting on nuclear power plants, we will continue to provide correct information based upon the truth in a way so as not to cause needless anxiety among residents."

  • rogerthat

    Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants
    Michael Hill, Associated Press Saturday, April 23, 2016

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Corporations are people… they too can have addictions, vices, sit on the computer all day surfing porn…

      I still have not recieved my EBT card from Kentucky after 6 months. So nuclear dudes, just a tip, don't come here to mooch. Build yourself a six-pack in D.C.

      • Yes, if you want lots of entitlements, subsidies and get paid to fail over and over again, build a nuclear plant in your back yard and ask the gubberment for money.

        Odds are you will get as much as you want, even if it blows up and poisons the whole town. Then you get paid even more.

      • ISHI ISHI

        Nuclear corporations only addiction is wealth at any cost, even the entire human race. One thing they detest more than anything is the abomination of paying tax. Only suckers do that.

        Their porn is having a good laugh at little children being washed up on beaches and women giving birth to deformed babies.

        Since they are not human and only a financial non living entity, they will not find this comment offensive.

  • rogerthat

    Study claims wind, solar power expansion will save Mass. customers cash

    By Matt Murphy
    State House News Service

    Apr. 23, 2016

    A new study on the impact large-scale hydro and wind power imports could have on the Massachusetts energy market predicts significant savings for consumers, challenging the narrative put forward by critics of Gov. Charlie Baker's energy bill that hydropower would be a costly alternative to natural gas.

    The economic analysis, conducted for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Partnership by Power Advisory, concludes that energy customers in the state would see a net benefit of $171 million a year from long-term contracts for hydropower or a combination of hydro and land-based wind from northern New England or Canada. …

  • rogerthat

    Ebb tide for press freedoms in Shinzo Abe’s Japan

    APR 23, 2016

    A perfect storm is descending on freedom of the press in Japan: The country just sank to No. 72 in the global press freedom ranking issued Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders, down from No. 11 in 2010.

    And David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, gave a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday decrying censorship, weak legal protections and media intimidation in Japan — consequences of various media-muzzling initiatives by the Shinzo Abe administration.

    It also emerged that one Liberal Democratic Party member is the designated Internet attack dog who goes after foreign journalists for criticizing Abe, while in Sekai magazine, ousted NHK anchor Hiroko Kuniya talked about Japan’s unfavorable media culture that inhibits robust journalism.

    Abe’s press-freedom black eye comes just as “Spotlight” opens in theaters, and a month before G-7 leaders arrive. …

    • rogerthat

      Editorial: Japan must heed concerns about press freedom

      April 23, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

      U.N. Special Rapporteur David Kaye, a professor at the University of California who visited Japan to investigate the state of press freedom, has warned of "serious threats" to the independence of the press in Japan.

      Kaye called for amendment to the Broadcast Act among other measures to rectify the situation. He is expected to make recommendations on freedom of the press to the Japanese government next year. Both the Japanese public and the government should humbly listen to his opinions on freedom of expression, a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

      The United Nations launched an investigation into the situation of freedom of the press in Japan as Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi hinted that the government could temporarily ban broadcasters from going on air under Article 4 of the Broadcast Act, which requires TV and radio stations to be politically impartial.

      Kaye called for abolition of the clause and urged the government to stop regulating media organizations. Moreover, he called for an independent administrative body, not the government itself, to supervise TV and radio stations.

      Article 4 of the Broadcast Act has been regarded by many legal experts as an ethical provision encouraging broadcasters to show …

      • rogerthat

        self-discipline. Rather than focusing on whether the clause should be abolished, questions should be raised about the way the government has wrongly interpreted it as a legal restriction with a view to take punitive measures against broadcasters.

        The Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO), set up jointly by public broadcaster NHK and private broadcasters, should solve problems involving the content of TV and radio programs at its own discretion. The Broadcast Act provides the bare minimum rules, considering the huge influence broadcasters have on society.

        What is worrisome is that some private organizations are putting pressure on broadcasters, citing violations of Article 4 of the law.

        One organization that calls itself "a viewers' association urging that the Broadcast Act be observed" issued a statement saying it is considering initiating a nationwide "awareness-raising campaign" among program sponsors, arguing that coverage of Japan's security-related legislation on commercial television station TBS lacks political impartiality.

        People are free to criticize programs, but it is impermissible to put pressure on and suppress freedom of expression. It is only natural that TBS has argued that the organization's move is a serious challenge to freedom of expression and eventually to democracy.

        On the issue of political impartiality, NHK President Katsuto Momii previously stated that the public broadcaster needs to try to achieve a…

        • rogerthat

          balance in each and every program it airs. His remark appears to support the government's view that the political neutrality of a broadcaster should be assessed by examining each program it airs — a stance that could have a chilling effect on those producing programs.

          Reporters without Borders, an international organization of journalists, recently announced that Japan's ranking in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index had fallen to 72nd, significantly below its place at 61st a year earlier.

          The United Nations had planned to probe the state of freedom of expression in Japan last year, but the investigation was suddenly postponed until this year at the urging of the Japanese government. During his investigation in Japan, Kaye interviewed Japanese journalists and others in news organizations, but was unable to meet Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Takaichi.

          Some past investigations conducted by the United Nations have not accurately grasped the actual situation. If the government disagrees with the outcome of such an investigation, then it can provide a detailed and careful explanation of its position. However, the government should be aware that concerns about freedom of the press in Japan are spreading overseas.

          • rogerthat


            SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016

            NHK Pushes State Control of Information About Status of Nuclear Power Plants in Wake of Earthquakes

            … The unstated issue is of course the status of the NPPs in Kyushu that may have been impacted by the 500-plus earthquakes that recently occurred on the island.

            In particular, the status of the Sendai nuclear power plant is at issue because it is the only one (officially) operating in Japan right now.

            I've been checking Netc regularly to identify unusually high radiation readings. The levels in Kyushu seem to fluctuate quite a bit while the levels in the far north of Japan have remained elevated for the last week or so (what is going on up there?). …

  • rogerthat

    AP Exclusive: Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl
    Apr. 22, 2016

    ZALYSHANY, Ukraine (AP) — Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest.

    But the cash-strapped Ukrainian government canceled the local school lunch program for 350,000 children last year — the only source of clean food in this village near Chernobyl. So rural families are resorting to milk and produce from land still contaminated by fallout from the world's worst nuclear accident three decades ago. Vetrova's 8-year-old son Bogdan suffers from an enlarged thyroid, a condition which studies have linked to radioactivity.

    "We are aware of the dangers, but what can we do?" said Vetrova, standing in her kitchen after pouring a glass of milk. "There is no other way to survive."

    Vetrova's family and thousands of others are caught between the consequences of two disasters: the residue from Chernobyl and the recent plunge of Ukraine's economy.

    After the April 26, 1986, explosion and fire, the most heavily affected areas in Ukraine were classified into four zones. Residents from three of them were evacuated or allowed to volunteer for resettlement. But the village of Zalyshany, 53 kilometers (32 miles) southwest of the destroyed reactor, …

    • rogerthat

      is in the fourth zone — not contaminated enough for resettlement but eligible for subsidies to help with health issues.

      Ukraine's Institute of Agricultural Radiology says the most recent testing in the zone showed radiation levels in wild-grown food such as nuts, berries and mushrooms were two to five times higher than what is considered safe.

      However, Ukraine's economy has since been weakened by separatist war in its eastern industrial heartland, endemic corruption and the loss of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia. Last year, the Ukrainian government, which is propped up by billions of dollars in loans from the United States, the European Union and the World Bank, cut off paying for school lunches in Zone 4. There are no official cost figures, but a typical price of about 20 hryvnia (80 U.S. cents) would put the program's funding at about $50 million a year.

      "Hot meals in the schools were the only clean food, which was tested for radiation, for the children," teacher Natalya Stepanchuk said. "Now the children have gone over to the local food, over which there is absolutely no control."

      In 2012, the government halted the monitoring of radioactive contamination of food and soil in Zone 4, which was called the "zone of strict radio-ecological control." The state has also cancelled a program for buying Ferocin, known as Prussian Blue, a substance farmers could give their cattle to hasten the elimination of the cesium-137 isotope. …

      • rogerthat

        Without financial help, farmers in the area are unwilling to buy it on their own.

        "The government spends huge funds for the treatment of the local population, but cannot put out a little money on prevention," said Valery Kashparov, head of the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology. "I am ashamed to look people in the eye."

        In the view of Vitaly Petruk, head of the agency that administers the "exclusion zones" closest to the Chernobyl plant, the decision on the school lunches came down to how best to use limited funds.

        "What is better: to give all the money to people who have radiation sickness and save them, or split the money … and give each of them four hryvnia (15 cents)?" he asked. "The idea was to focus on certain things, rather than dissipate energy and waste money."

        This calculation means that many in the village of about 350 people go without food. And beyond Zalyshany, there are some 1,300 settlements in the zone where the lunches were cancelled. Even when the lunches were available, children were likely eating contaminated food when out of school.

        Nine-year-old Olesya Petrova's mother is sick with cancer and can no longer work. Olesya hungrily awaits the coming of warm weather, when she can scour the woodlands for berries and other goodies.

        In the meantime, she can hope that one of her classmates will slip her a sandwich. But in economically depressed Zalyshany, such largesse is fitful.

        The lunch cancellations did not …

        • rogerthat

          affect kindergartens, such as the one that's in the same building as the local school. The kindergarten's cook, Lyubov Shevchuk, sometimes slips the older children a little something.

          "Children faint and fall. I try to at least give them some hot tea, or take from one child to give to another," she said.

          With no government agency taking responsibility for feeding the schoolchildren, it's left to warmhearted efforts like Shevchuk's or to charities. An Italian group, Mondo in Cammino, took notice of the Zone 4 lunch cancellations and raised money to supply the 130 pupils in one village, Radynka, with a year's lunches at a cost of 15,000 euros ($17,000).

          "We know that Ukraine is near default. They decided that these families were no longer children of Chernobyl," said the organization's director, Massimo Bonfatti.

          The overall effects of radioactive fallout remain intensely debated. A United Nations report concluded that the additional radioactivity over a 20-year period was approximately equivalent to that of a CAT scan, because of higher levels of the long-lived cesium-137. Ausrele Kesminiene, a doctor with the World Health Organization, said there is little evidence associating radioactivity-contaminated food with cancers other than in the thyroid.

          But a review compiled by the Greenpeace environmentalist group and published in March found scientific studies indicating children in areas contaminated like Zalyshany show much-reduced respiratory capacity…

          • rogerthat

            A European Union-funded study tracking 4,000 children for three years in contaminated areas also found cardiovascular insufficiencies in 81 percent of the children.

            Yuri Bandazhevsky, a pediatrician who has studied the effect of small doses of radiation on the human body, said there are "very serious pathological processes" which can lead to defects of the cardiovascular system and cancer. Bandazhevsky, whose work is widely cited abroad, was imprisoned in his native Belarus for four years. Supporters allege it was due to his work on studying Chernobyl's consequences; he now works in Ukraine.

            "With regret I have to state that nobody cares about this, and those hungry children are another proof of how authorities treat a population which suffers on these territories," he said.

            Nadezhda Ivanchenko, whose grandson was monitored in the European Union study, agreed that the government seems callous. She brought the 10-year-old boy for examination at the hospital in the district center of Ivankiv. He shows advanced sinus arrhythmia of the heart.

            "People get sick a lot, but neither children nor anyone here are needed. We were thrown away and forgotten," she said.

            Olesya, the 9-year-old who now often has to go without lunch, wants to eventually become a doctor, so she can "treat everybody for radiation." But for right now, her desire is to fill her stomach with treats foraged from the woods.

            "In the forest, you don't need money," she said. …

            • rogerthat

              "There's all kinds of food that can feed everyone."

              Associated Press writers Jim Heintz in Moscow and Colleen Barry in Milan, Italy, contributed to this story.

  • rogerthat

    SOURCE: National Security Archive

    Concerned About Nuclear Weapons Potential, John F. Kennedy Pushed for Inspection of Israel Nuclear Facilities

    Breaking News

    President John F. Kennedy worried that Israel’s nuclear program was a potentially serious proliferation risk and insisted that Israel permit periodic inspections to mitigate the danger, according to declassified documents published today by the National Security Archive, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

    Kennedy pressured the government of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to prevent a military nuclear program, particularly after stage-managed tours of the Dimona facility for U.S. government scientists in 1961 and 1962 raised suspicions within U.S. intelligence that Israel might be concealing its underlying nuclear aims.

    Kennedy’s long-run objective, documents show, was to broaden and institutionalize inspections of Dimona by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    On 30 May 1961, Kennedy met Ben-Gurion in Manhattan to discuss the bilateral relationship and Middle East issues. However, a central (and indeed the first) issue in their meeting was the Israeli nuclear program, about which President Kennedy was most concerned.

    According to a draft record of their discussion, which has never been cited, and is published here for the first time, …

    • rogerthat

      Ben-Gurion spoke “rapidly and in a low voice” and “some words were missed.” He emphasized the peaceful, economic development-oriented nature of the Israeli nuclear project.

      Nevertheless the note taker, Assistant Secretary of State Philips Talbot, believed that he heard Ben-Gurion mention a “pilot” plant to process plutonium for “atomic power” and also say that “there is no intention to develop weapons capacity now.” Ben-Gurion tacitly acknowledged that the Dimona reactor had a military potential, or so Talbot believed he had heard. The final U.S. version of the memcon retained the sentence about plutonium but did not include the language about a “pilot” plant and “weapons capacity.”

      The differences between the two versions suggest the difficulty of preparing accurate records of meetings. But whatever Ben-Gurion actually said, President Kennedy was never wholly satisfied with the insistence that Dimona was strictly a peaceful project. Neither were U.S. intelligence professionals.

      A recently declassified National Intelligence Estimate on Israel prepared several months after the meeting, and published here for the first time, concluded that “Israel may have decided to undertake a nuclear weapons program. At a minimum, we believe it has decided to develop its nuclear facilities in such a way as to put it into a position to develop nuclear weapons promptly …

  • rogerthat

    ha ha ha:

    A DELEGATION of South Australian business leaders have travelled to Europe to learn how the state could protect its “clean, green” image and ensure safety if it becomes more involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. …

  • rogerthat

    Looming deadline for nuclear waste plant, future in limbo

    By LUKE RAMSETH – Associated Press – Sunday, April 24, 2016

  • rogerthat

    Australia’s unrecognised nuclear test veterans – sailors on HMAS Murchison 1952

    Montebello atomic test 1952
    HMAS Murchison conscripts still seeking recognition as nuclear participants, SMH, Lucy Cormack April 24, 2016

    Ken Palmer remembers standing on the upper deck of the HMAS Murchison in 1952. Dressed with his fellow national serviceman in “shorts and sandals,” he remembers the mushroom cloud, formed from the explosion of Britain’s first atomic bomb at the Monte Bello archipelago, off Western Australia.

    “They said, don’t face the blast and when I tell you, you can turn around. We had just left our mother’s breast, we didn’t think much about it,” said Mr Palmer, now in his 80s.

    “When we got to Monte Bello it was a complete surprise to us. Nobody ever told us we were there . . . circling [to keep] everybody else out of the road until the climate was right to explode this atomic bomb in the bowels of the H.M.S. Plym.”

    Mr Palmer is one of 23 surviving national serviceman of the 62 that were conscripted to serve on the Murchison in October 1952.

    This Anzac Day Mr Palmer is hoping to reignite a long-running campaign of the surviving servicemen, seeking recognition as “Australian Participants” in the British government’s nuclear tests at the Monte Bello archipelago.The campaign was launched around eight years ago by the late Michael Rowe, …

    • rogerthat

      who also served on the Murchison. He believed many of the cancers and illnesses suffered by his shipmate were related to nuclear radiation, following their time on the Murchison.

      Mr Rowe began the campaign after a 2006 decision to award health care assistance to participants in Britain’s atomic bomb tests, with the exclusion of all serviceman on the Murchison, on grounds they were not close enough to the blast site.

      Radiation exposure claims not accepted

      A Department of Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson said Defence Force members who served on the Murchison could claim compensation and benefits under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act for any condition, however any claim based on radiation exposure “would not be accepted.”………

      Another national serviceman, Col Crawford, said “there was no denying we were there,” adding that he had given up the fight long ago, as it had become “complete and utter bureaucratic nonsense”.

      Sandy Godfrey, who has assisted Mr Palmer and his fellow serviceman with their campaign over the years, said he cannot understand the “arbitrary” barriers being put up by the government.”The way the nuclear test participant has been defined in the Veterans Entitlement Act gives an arbitrary 10 kilometre radius, which excludes an enormous number of people that actually participated in the testing in the 50s,” he said. …

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      All these young guys gonads were fried and then they went on and had children..seems the world has a huge problem now with what some call gender identity..and some wonder why?

      “They said, don’t face the blast and when I tell you, you can turn around. We had just left our mother’s breast, we didn’t think much about it,” said Mr Palmer, now in his 80s."

      The problem these people cerated is now a generational problem.

  • rogerthat

    Comment: Pro-uranium social media campaign’s #epicfail
    Posted on 25/04/2016 by Autonomous Action Radio
    by Jim Green

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    Hundreds take part in protest event expressing opposition to plans for nuclear waste repository

    Prague, April 23 (CTK) – Hundreds of people protested in seven places in the Czech Republic Saturday against the possible construction of a permanent radioactive waste storage facility, in which the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (SURAO) wants to do geological exploration survey.

    The protest had the form of marches, running and cycling relays, exhibitions as well as film screenings.

    Localities in north Bohemia and in south Bohemia and Moravia have been considered as possible sites of the future repository.

    The repository is to be established by 2065. Thousands of tonnes of spent fuel from nuclear power plants are to be permanently deposited in it.

    The Czech Republic has a nuclear power plant in Temelin, south Bohemia, and Dukovany, south Moravia.

    Day Against the Repository was held simultaneously in all localities considered as its future site for a second time this year.

  • rogerthat

    Compilation Of Selected Energy-related Legislation: Nuclear Energy And Radioactive Waste, Including Atomic Energy Act Of 1954, Energy Reorganization Act Of 1974, Nuclear Waste Policy Act Of 1982, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act, Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Of 1978, Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act And Compacts, Miscellaneous Laws
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    Never Again: Survivors fleeing the firestorm after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

  • rogerthat

    One Hundred Centuries Of Solitude: Redirecting Americas High-level Nuclear Waste Policy
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    OPG complies with request for further study on nuke dump

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

  • rogerthat

    i don't know whether to laugh or cry …

    … Senegal proposes the construction of a facility in Senegal sized to deal with all nuclear waste produced by nations signing up to our program in perpetuity. An end to political problems with choosing sites within your own borders. We ask that you shunt some of this unallocated cash in your energy budgets into the project to help get it started and we apply the economies of scale and differences in labor costs to allow for Senegal to make a reasonable profit while cutting costs for individual members. …

  • rogerthat

    NAU student helps uncover years of water contamination from uranium in Sanders
    EMERY COWAN Sun Staff Reporter Updated Apr 22, 2016

  • “Rosatom has a unique legal status within the Russian government, which provides it certain special protections. Outside of the strategic direction of the Russian government and President, Rosatom has an unusually high degree of autonomy. Russian federal authorities, authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation or local authorities have no right to interfere with Rosatom’s activities, except in special cases, are defined in law… Rosatom is also excluded from obligations to make public its activities, expenditures or use of property. The Director General also has the right to classify information as state secrets, as provided by Russian Federal Law.” (Emphasis added) Read especially pages 12 and 15 in Greenpeace’s “Rosatom RISKS Exposing the troubled history of Russia’s state nuclear corporation”


  • Hey, that sounds just like the Japan nuclear industry and the US nuclear industry..

    Lots and LOTS of radioactive SECRETS.

  • PBS News Hour featured Miles Obrien tonight;

    He sold and promoted nuclear power, and said that 1.5 BILLION has been invested in 50 startups, so it looks like it is thriving, despite Chernobyl and Fukushima. He said it is zero carbon and offers stable 'baseload'.

    He repeated the standard IAEA line, only a few people died and radiation is nothing much to worry about.

    Then they featured a PHOTOGRAPHER, who said he TALKED with a scientist, who said that wildlife is THRIVING in the exclusion zone, and a local resident living in the zone, said that there was no effect in terms of radiation.

    Of course all of this is pro nuclear propaganda. With a news organization that does ZERO fact checking, and ZERO offering another opposing point of view, the nuclear industry does not even to spend a dime promoting nuclear, because incompetent 'news' organizations do all the selling for them.

    With ZERO EVIDENCE, and ZERO DATA, anyone can promote anything. Maybe we need to start promoting Hitler, after all, he just got some bad press? extreme sarc

    • dunkilo

      Doc,May I add ZERO ZIP NADA love for anything human.

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