Photographer Sneaks into Fukushima: “I can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell”… We drove straight out — An “almost entirely lifeless” post-apocalyptic world… “IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!” — “Radiation leakage is damaging environment and life in Pacific” (PICS & VIDEO)

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Facebook post by Keow Wee Loong, Jul 13, 2016 (English edited and emphasis added): Fukushima exclusion zone… Never seen before photo of the Fukushima exclusion zone. When i enter the red zone, i can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell in the air. before i went there the authority told me that i need a special permit to visit this town and it take 3-4 weeks to get the approval from the local council,, well too much bureaucracy bullshit for me..so i just sneak in the forest to avoid cops on the road …AND IT WAS AMAZING !!!!! … Have you ever wonder what is like in Fukushima exclusion zone now ??? . to feel what is like to be the only person walking in the town when you have 100% full access to every shop and explore??. when i was young i always had a dream like this… everything is exactly where it is after the earthquake struck this town… The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people seen this town for the last 5 years…is like it vanished … i can find food, money, gold, laptop and other valuable in the red zone… I’m amaze that nobody looted this town clean. unlike Chernobyl [where] the entire town is been looted clean. this is the difference between Chernobyl disaster and the Fukushima disaster.

Facebook post by Keow Wee Loong, Jul 9, 2016 (English edited): Ever wonder what is like in Fukushima exclusion zone now ??? … The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people seen this town for the last 5 years…is like it vanished … I can find food, money, gold, laptop and other valuable in the red zone… I’m amaze that nobody looted this town clean. Well this is the devastating effects of using nuclear energy. Resident lives in Fukushima will never be the same again… The radiation leak at red zone by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is damaging the environment and marine life in the Pacific Ocean…

CNN, Jul 14, 2016: Photographer sneaks into Fukushima ‘Red Zone’… For more than half a decade, towns like Tomioka, Okuma, Futaba, Namie, have remained almost entirely lifeless, sealed off from the outside world, as the Japanese government keeps in place an exclusion zone for fear of radiation contamination. Last month, under the cover of night, photographer Keow Wee Loong and two colleagues slipped past authorities and made their way into the exclusion zone, taking a three-hour walk through the woods to reach the abandoned towns… There are few signs of life in the exclusion zone, Loong said, apart from a few cats and dogs; pets abandoned, now turned wild, he speculates. One dog chased the photographer and he was forced to fight him off with his tripod.

RT, Jul 14, 2016: Urban explorer and photographer Keow Wee Loong illegally visited abandoned settlements around the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant and produced a series of photos of a post-apocalyptic world inhabited only by feral beasts… Despite often venturing into abandoned sites, Loong was taken aback. “It’s very empty, it’s very quiet, and it’s kind of scary”… “Unlike Chernobyl, where everything valuable has been looted clean, here everything is in place.”… Unsettled by what he experienced, Loong got in his car and drove straight out… “I want people to see the devastating effect of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl or Fukushima. I don’t care about the fame, but I want people to see those photos.”

Mailonline, Jul 12, 2016: Wearing a gas mask but no other protective clothing, Loong, 27, visited four of the evacuated towns in Fukushima – Tomioka, Okuma, Namie and Futaba – in June this year with friends Sherena Ng and Koji Hori… the towns have been completely untouched by humanity since then… [Loong said] If you visit any boutique or shopping mall in these towns, you will see the merchandise exactly where it was since 2011, nothing has been changed or moved.’… Loong added: ‘I even found money laying around the pachinko parlour, books dating back to 2011, gold and other valuables all still in place… Due to the high level of radiation, the adventurers only had a limited amount of time to explore all four towns and had to wear gas masks to protect themselves from the contaminated air. Loong explained: ‘The radiation level in the red zone could go as high as 4.8mSv – 6.5 mSv according to the reading on the electronic signboard on the road. ‘Upon arrival in the red zone, I could smell chemicals and felt a burning sensation in my eyes.’ … The urban explorers walked along an abandoned train station in Futaba, Fukushima, which was eerily devoid of life… ‘This was one of the creepiest things I have ever seen, I have been to many places, but nothing like Fukushima, the traffic lights are still operating but there are no cars around. ‘It all reminded me of the movie I Am Legend, like stepping foot into a post-apocalyptic city.’

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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NYeCfvWKHI

    Yeppers, Fukushima Daiichi is one great place to work.

    The narrator of this film was about to have an orgasm just talking about it.

    Can't stop the leak. Ah well a positive attitude is what's important.

    Sarc

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fricken reality..

    VOX POPULI: There’s no end to Fukushima crisis while melted fuel remains
    July 23 2016

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607230013.html

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Reality is such a cold and 'grown up' place ..ahh.
    Just so painful ..Humnas have to watch it in the movie's .. rather than watch reality on the faces of the worried population, it seems.
    Listening to the distortions, reworking the facts, is not going to change reality.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Reality bites.

      Slept 10 hours and got some energy, so I mopped my floor.

      Washed some walls, too.

      Left the rag in the mop bucket for a minute.

      Forgot the rag and poured the mop water in the toilet.

      Niw the toilet was stopped up. Thankfully it still flushes.

      I should put this on a resume and apply to be a nuclear

      plant manager.

      NOT!

      Don't trust humans with planet destroying power.

      Only human

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I will all ways have zero qualms here.
    Because the agenda is not 'fear based'.
    My emotions don't play in.
    The reality of the nuclear material missing from Fukushima..is what it is.
    REALITY.

    • Absolutely!!! If more thought as you do a solution would be closer or already in place by now!

      Most people (and even the press), much to my surprise, have ignored this thing for WAY too long AND TO OUR GRANDCHILDREN's PERIL!!!!!!!!!!

      We gotta be ready to see the facts about pollution and "shout them out" to anyone (and everyone) to make a difference…

      …it's exactly what it is and nothing else (without lies or foo foo fluff).

      And….

      ….It ain't a banana, sunlight or a x-ray machine.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Don't they ever wonder what the real ambition of the anti-nuke anti- war activist is about?
    It's not good enough to not want the children's thyroids, hearts and bones filled with cesium and strontium ..and PLUTONIUM, etc?
    WHAT KIND OF THING IS THIS TO WANT?
    Maybe we don't want OUR CHILDREN or ANYONE ELSE'S CHILD to be BLOWN TO SMITHETREENS by NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
    WHAT KIND OF CONCEPT IS THAT?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Greenpeace: ‘Extremely High’ Jump in Post-Fukushima Radioactive Chemicals

    Concerns are 'both ongoing and future threats, principally the continued releases from the Fukushima No. 1 plant itself and translocation of land-based contamination'
    July 22 2016

    http://www.infowars.com/greenpeace-extremely-high-jump-in-post-fukushima-radioactive-chemicals/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh,, but TPTB know the various stages on the nuclear path..the 'burned' and the newbies.

    U.S., Mexican Leaders Talk Nuclear Energy Collaboration
    July 22 2016

    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Mexican-Leaders-Talk-Nuclear-Energy-Collaboration.html

    I was wondering what he was doing down there.
    A little salesman/henchman action ..I see.

    How noble..(SARC)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Messengers passing messengers messages of passing in passing…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjQtRr4CKcc

    Have you noticed?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How can I not notice.. there are a few more birds here than say three years ago.
    Some but not the variety of species and the numbers.
    There are no exaltations in the morning.
    No lifting to the sky of bird and song.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Gone here, too, the joyous sound of birdsongs, the hundreds of birds greeting a new day each morning.

      I, too, notice their absence, and how few of them are now seen.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Birds. An apex destroyed by the hand of man.

    Breathe, to fly. Natures most efficient machine.

    A dinosaur ran till he could fly. Just breathe.

    Canaries and coal mines. The irony of the hand of man.

    Just breathe, to fly, or not to die…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    In todays news, lots of salmon ..Bristol Bay.
    Sure…(sarc)

    For the First Time in History, There Will be No Salmon at This Year’s Yurok Salmon Festival
    July 22 2016

    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2016/jul/22/first-time-history-there-will-be-no-salmon-years-y/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    One more..(I love NW Native American art.)

    http://northwestcoastindianart.net/img/artwork/2.jpg

    Be back in a bit.
    Hug my plants ..funny and not.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Yes, hug everything alive…

    Fukushima Deadlier Than Ever 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=2EA-rIN7JDw

  • Jebus Jebus

    There is a possibility that everything will be just fine… 😐

  • Jebus Jebus

    But there's a message of increasing importance.

    Genetic Toxicology and Ecotoxicology Research Group projects

    Trojan Horses

    TREE

    https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/genetic-ecotoxicology/genetic-toxicology-ecotoxicology-research-group-projects

    The weight of hidden heavy metal on life…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Born in the fire

    Chernobyl Fukushima

    There is no fire

  • Jebus Jebus

    Just some dots when asking how much is too much.

    Bikini A-Bomb Tests July 1946

    http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb555-Bikini-A-Bomb-Test-1946-Turned-Ships-into-Radioactive-Stoves/

    The fire…

  • GOM GOM

    Catastrophic risk.. by the numbers

    US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1975 estimated the probability of a core melt at 1 in 20 000 per year for a single reactor unit.

    a. Probability of core melt 1 in 10 000 per year;

    b. Probability of containment failure 1 in 100;

    c. Probability of unfavourable wind direction 1 in 10;

    Source: European Geosciences Union.

    • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

      The sloth puzzle is always a winner

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      To increase the odds just build more nuclear plants.

      Beat the odds. Fukushima did it.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery/Joan_Ginther_tops_other_multiple_winners_in_lottery_history.html

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Those are rational thoughts and very sound principles and the world is now simply a..gambling house!

        Nothing more and nothing less..Earth does not stand a chance.. of/for long term survival.

        Pretty sure we all know it..and that is why we humans have to get just a little more..right now!

        Bring me more of everything..do this now! 🙂

    • DUDe DUDe

      "..US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1975 estimated the probability of a core melt at 1 in 20 000 per year for a single reactor unit.."

      Such mindblowing competence..in repressing the own conscience when taking a whole planet's population on a suicide mission and calling it a picnic safe for children just for the heck of it..of "succeeding" in the suicide..never mind it becomes total omnicide..

      Jobs with the responsibility that it can cause grave harm if attention levels drop or something else goes wrong really should have mandatory psychopathological dissorder test's combined with liedetector test..repeated yearly..

      Judges , cops , army , bankers , politician's , ceo's..you name it..even the media should have mechanismes to filter the malevolent psycho's out of it..

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Now 1 meltdown every 10 years with Zero containment and Zero technology to stop one!

    All waste now considered a guaranteed 250,000 years of pure "Hell on Earth" slaves job program!

    Rifkin Knows!
    Q&A with Jeremy Rifkin on nuclear power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwIvGJJ_dtU

    This will happen again and is coming soon if we leave these Nuclear Rattle Traps operating! 🙁
    Dial M for Meltdown… Chernobyl, Fukushima, What Next?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAszZG6GRY8

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

    Health Effects of Prenatal Radiation Exposure
    “Ionizing radiation includes particles and electromagnetic radiation (e.g., gamma rays, x-rays). In utero exposure to ionizing radiation can be teratogenic, carcinogenic, or mutagenic. The effects are directly related to the level of exposure and stage of fetal development….
    “The risk of cancer is increased regardless of the dose….”
    http://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0901/p488.html

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

      The Cause of Congenital Anomaly and Cancer in Fallujah Iraq is Identified As Enriched Uranium From Novel Weapons Systems Deployed by the US.
      http://www.thecbdf.org/en/cbdf-news/34-press-releases/96

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

      Chris Busby: Cyclop child and the cause of congenital anomaly and cancer in Iraq
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_KW9ntBU_8&feature=player_embedded

      Cyclop child caused by enriched uranium nanoparticle internal exposure in mother traveling through her body and the placenta to the fetus late in the preganancy causing a teratogenic birth defect.

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

      Even low exposure to X-rays, gamma rays increases cancer risk, study finds
      Radiologist Herbert Abrams was among 16 international experts on the National Research Council committee
      http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/october26/abrams-102605.html

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

        “Current evidence suggests that any
        exposure to radiation poses some risk
        , i.e. there is no level below which we can say
        an exposure poses no risk.”
        http://www.nukewatchinfo.org/resources/Fact%20Sheets/NO%20DOSE%20TOO%20LOW%20-%20half%20page.pdf

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

        Nuclear Worker Study Affirms that Low Doses of Radiation are Deadly: Increased Cancer Risk Much Worse Than Previously Believed
        “…A former USNRC Counsel has commented that this 100 mSv proposal will make the US the laughing-stock of the world. As the 100 mSv would mean extermination of the US population …
        “The new study appears to show that the risk is much, much higher, as high as 10%! After 10 years of 100 mSv this would be 100%!…
        “Most nuclear workers were men, whereas radiation risk for non-leukemia cancers is higher for women. Children and the unborn are at higher risk, as well. …
        “Furthermore, the nuclear effluent “standard” excludes consideration of accumulation in the environment and within the body!,,,
        “This ignores build up in the environment; it excludes greater impacts on women and children; it excludes internal doses. This is excess cancer deaths and not excess cancer rates. Excess cancer rates (incidence) will be higher – probably double.]…
        “There is no threshold and no safe dose. Even by removing outliers showing more risk (e.g. Canada), and apparently keeping ones which show less risk, the proof remains overwhelming – there is no safe dose of ionizing radiation and increase dose is increased risk.]…
        “It is about cancer and not about other diseases induced by radiation.
        “A BELIEF IN HORMESIS (aka some radiation is good for you) IS WISHFUL THINKING. HORMESIS IS DEADLY BS. …”
        https://miningawareness.wordpress

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

        “…All radiation is dangerous, whether it is natural or man-made. There is no “safe” amount of radioactive material or radiation. ‘The U.S. Department of Energy has testified that there is no level of radiation that is so low that it is without health risks’, reports Jacqueline Cabasso, the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation. (full article)
        Why?
        “It takes only one radioactive atom, one cell, and one gene to initiate the cancer or cell mutation cycle.” (Helen Caldicott, Nuclear madness: what you can do). Hence, any exposure increases risk of cancer or genetic damage….”
        http://www.radiationtruth.org/the-myth-of-low-level-radiation/

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

        “…The call to permit higher levels of radiation exposure only makes sense if there is unmistakable proof that a threshold dose must exist for the onset of irreversible radiation injury. This means that the damage produced by doses below this threshold are flawlessly repaired. One hidden assumption in this conjecture is that all people in the population have equivalent immune systems and that there is not a range in immune response between people. If such a range is admitted, then radiation protection standards must address the most vulnerable among the population or the value judgment must be made explicit that these people should be put at heightened risk of radiation induced illness so that the rest of the population can benefit. But there is a deeper problem with the conjecture of perfect repair. Evidence exists that the immune system makes mistakes when repairing DNA lesions. In chapter 18 of his book Radiation-Induced Cancer from Low-Dose Exposure, Gofman presents a powerful argument for why irreversible genetic damage, and thus cancer induction, can occur at even the lowest levels of exposure. His argument is based on the fact that the cellular mechanisms for repairing carcinogenic injuries do not operate flawlessly. Thus, “repair” is at the heart of the threshold issue:…

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

          “’The radiation-induced cancers arising from the unrepaired lesions at low doses do not wear a little flag identifying them as any different from cancers induced by higher doses of radiation, or induced by causes entirely unrelated to radiation. Therefore, threshold proponents cannot argue that the cancers arising from the lowest conceivable doses of radiation will somehow be eliminated by the immune system or any other bodily defenses against cancer. Such an argument would require the elimination of cancer in general by such defenses. Instead, we observe that cancer is a major killer (roughly 15-20% of many populations). So the proposition would lead to a non-credible consequence, and must be rejected. This means that repair is the key’ {6}.

          “Gofman’s analysis proceeds by first reviewing nine reputable low-dose studies: the Nova Scotia Fluoroscopy Study, the Israeli Scalp-Irradiation Study, the Massachusetts Fluoroscopy study, the Canadian Fluoroscopy Study, the Stewart In-Utero Series, the MacMahon In-Utero Series, the British Luminizer Study, the Harvey Twins In-Utero Series, and the Israeli Breast-Cancer in Scalp-Irradiation Study. These studies involved a range of exposures from 9.0 rads down to 0.1 rad which Gofman translates into 12 tracks per nucleus per exposure down to 0.29 tracks per nucleus….

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

            His argument is that if flawless repair exists at some threshold dose, every carcinogenic lesion will be successfully undone below that dose and no excess cancers will be induced. However, in every study an excess of cancers was in evidence. Gofman summarizes the conclusion of this line of reasoning as follows:

            “’1. One primary ionization track is the least possible disturbance which can occur at the cellular level from ionizing radiation. Without a track, there is no dose at all.
            2. Every primary ionization track has a chance of inducing cancer by inducing carcinogenic injuries; it needs no help from any other track.
            3. This means that there is no conceivable dose or dose-rate which can be safe, unless (A) the repair system always successfully undoes every carcinogenic lesion, when the dose or dose-rate is sufficiently low, or (B) every failure of the repair system, at low doses, is always successfully eliminated by some post-repair defense system.
            4. Human epidemiological evidence shows that the repair system for radiation-induced carcinogenic lesions has a failure rate even under minimal strain.
            5. Observation and logic show that the post-repair defense systems (for instance, the immune system) cannot possibly be perfect with respect to providing a safe dose or dose-rate of ionizing radiation.

            “’It follows that there is no safe dose or dose-rate of ionizing radiation, with respect to induction of human cancer. The risk is related to dose, right down to zero…

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

        NUCLEAR RADIATION & THE DESTRUCTION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
        March 12, 2011

        “…This minute amount – one trillionth of a Curie – is much less than the present reporting limit used by the EPA of 15 picocuries per liter of milk – even though, as we have shown, such small amounts, far below the government’s reporting requirements, have drastic health ramifications. In fact, concentrations of one to 10 picocuries per liter of milk occur routinely during normal operation of commercial nuclear reactors under existing radiation standards. It therefore appears that the existing standards for allowable radiation – based on observing the effects of short exposures to high doses of external X-rays and gamma rays that occur in medical uses and the direct flash of bomb-radiation – have vastly underestimated the risk of low-level, chronic exposures. [See Figure 7]

        Figure 7. Dose-response curve: Percent increase in mortality as a function of Iodine-131 levels.
        Thus, the rapid rise of serious biological effects at very small doses followed by a levelling-off at higher doses explains the present underestimate of low-dose effects, which are based on a linear extrapolation from studies done at high doses. The new studies following Chernobyl and Three Mile Island not only point to the dangers from nuclear accidents but explain the unexpectedly large increases of infant and total mortality rates in areas near nuclear reactors observed in recent years….

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

        Radiation Is a CarcinogenRadiation Is a Carcinogen: Any Exposure Can Cause Cancer
        “There is no safe level of exposure to ionizing radiation, only legally "allowable" doses. Types of ionizing radiation include gamma rays, beta and alpha particles, and X-rays emitted by radioactive elements — like the iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and even plutonium-239 — that have been spewed into the air and the sea in huge quantities by the triple reactor meltdowns that began in Japan last year, and that are dispersed to the air, water and to dump sites in smaller amounts by the everyday operation of nuclear power and medicine.
        “Legally permitted releases of radiation — from landfills, power reactors, research reactors, production reactors and accidents — increase the so-called "background" level of radiation to which the public is exposed. This is allowed in spite of the fact that every federal agency that regulates commercial or industrial releases and medical uses of radiation warns that any and all exposure to either external or internal doses, no matter how small, increases one's risk of cancer. The National Council on Radiation Protection says, "every increment of radiation exposure produces an incremental increase in the risk of cancer."
        “The Department of Health and Human Services warns that ‘Ionizing radiation is invisible, high-frequency radiation that can damage the DNA or genes inside the body….

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

        What Is Factually Wrong with This Belief: "Harm from
        Low-Dose Radiation Is Just Hypothetical — Not Proven"

        By John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D.
        Fall 1995
        c. The menace to health involves the genetic damage which is unrepaired, unrepairable, or misrepaired. The "troublesome trio."
        d. When the damage is complex — for example, when the opposite strands of the double helix have been broken — pieces of the DNA double-helix sometimes end up in the wrong place, or become permanently lost. These failures of repair are not in dispute.

        “…i. The explanation for residual, post-repair damage is not a lack of repair-capacity or time, but rather an inherent inability of the repair-system to fix certain complex injuries to genetic molecules….”
        In Gofman 1990, we developed the method and the evidence in detail. Full presentation takes 70 pages [http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/RIC/contentsF.html#section5]
        — not suitable for a journal. We wanted to know if the threshold issue, for ionizing radiation, could be settled. Our analysis proves, by any reasonable standard of scientific proof, that there is no safe dose or dose-rate of ionizing radiation.
        “ f. Ionizing radiation has demonstrated beyond any doubt its ability to break both strands of the DNA double helix at the same time. This ability has made it "famous" among toxic agents as a chromosome-breaker. (If only one DNA strand breaks, the other strand holds the chromosome…

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

        Current Issue > vol. 100 no. 9 (2002) > Kai Rothkamm, 5057–5062

        Evidence for a lack of DNA double-strand break repair in human cells exposed to very low x-ray doses

        Kai Rothkamm and
        Markus Löbrich*
        Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
        PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
        http://www.pnas.org/content/100/9/5057.long
        Low-Level Doses of Radiation Can Cause Big Problems
        http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/04/low-level-doses-of-radiation-can-cause-big-problems.html

        Direct and indirect action of ionizing radiation on DNA
        http://curriculum.cna.ca/curriculum/cna_bio_effects_rad/direct_indirect-eng.asp?bc=Direct%2520and%2520Indirect%2520Action%2520of%2520Ionizing%2520Radiation%2520on%2520DNA
        EFFECTS OF RADIATION
        http://www.marts100.com/Effects.htm

        Barcinski 1975.
        M.A. Barcinski et al, "Cytogenetic Investigation in a Brazilian Population Living in an Area of High Natural Radioactivity," Amer. J. of Human Genetics 27: 02-806. 1975.

        Maruyama 1976.
        K. Maruyama et al, "Down's Syndrome and Related Abnormalities in an Area of High Background Radiation in Coastal Kerala [India]," Nature 262: 60-61. 1976.

        __________________________

        http://www.oasisllc.com/abgx/radioactivity.htm

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

        BNES, 2002
        High Risks at Low Doses
        Chris Busby, Green Audit, Aberystwyth, UK
        http://www.nukefreetexas.org/downloads/high_risks_at_low_doses_busby.pdf

        Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation High-Level Cover-Up Paperback – April, 1991
        by Jay M. Gould (Author), Benjamin A. Goldman (Author)
        http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Deceit-Low-Level-Radiation-High-Level/dp/0941423565

        http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/RIC/chp15F.html

        Even Low-Level Radioactivity Is Damaging, Scientists Conclude. Science Daily. November 13, 2012 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121113134224.htm
        H/T: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-internal-emitters.html

        Cardiac Pathology Concequence of Ecological Problems
        http://www.ratical.org/radiation/radioactivity/RadCsAndHeart2001.pdf

        Radioactive Cesium and the Heart: Pathophysiological Aspects
        http://www.ratical.org/radiation/radioactivity/RadCsAndHeart2013.pdf
        H/T http://www.ratical.org/radiation/Fukushima/StevenStarr.html

        Christopher Busby (2013). Aspects of DNA Damage from Internal Radionuclides, New Research Directions in DNA Repair, Prof . Clark Chen (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-1114-6, inTech, DOI: 0.5772/53942. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/new-research-directions-in-dna-repair/aspects-of-dna-damage-from-internal-radionuclides

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

        Radiation-Induced Cancer From Low-Dose Exposure
        John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D. 1990.
        https://ratical.org/radiation/CNR/RIC/contentsF.html

        CHAPTER 15
        Radiation Risk by Age and Sex, from the Cancer-Rate Ratio Method
        https://ratical.org/radiation/CNR/RIC/chp15F.html

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

        “…(7) Here are just some of the Dangers of low-dose radiation and increasing
        exposures could increase these Dangers

        • Cancers
        • Cell damage
        • Gene damage
        • DNA damage, single-strand breaks, double-strand breaks, unwinding
        • Damage to the mitochondrial function and mitochondrial DNA
        • DNA lesions
        • DNA genomic instability
        • Leukemia
        • Cell mutations
        • Gene mutations
        • Genotoxicity
        • Chromosomal aberrations
        • Heart disease, diabetes, circulatory disorders, neurological damage
        • Stochastic effects
        • Somatic effects
        • Bystander effects
        • Transgenerational effects
        • Tissue-reaction
        • Cataracts
        • Tumors
        • Liquid Peroxidation
        • Cell Cycle Arrest
        • Apoptosis
        • Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplastic Syndromes“Please remember that there is so much damage caused by radiation, and how varied each individual's response to radiation exposure can be. This is why the best radiation-protection-model should be to expose people and all life to as little radiation as possible….”

        https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/SABPRODUCT.NSF/2B1D03537F4BB4DD85257EF20074F3FD/$File/Public+comments+submitted+by+Anonymous-10-28-15.pdf

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

        Dr. John Gofman, A Nuclear Researcher
        Who Refuses To Lie About Radiation Dangers
        “…In 1970 they were concerned that there was no threshold level below which doses of ionizing radiation to the human body were safe. By 1990 Dr. Gofman had proved this beyond reasonable doubt. In other words, there is no safe dose. Even one track of ionizing radiation passing through the chromosomes in a cell's nucleus can cause damage, leading to cancer, leukemia or genetic defects.
        “Gofman and Tamplin concluded that the 'permissible' extra dose from proposed nuclear power plants in the United States, if reached, would cause approximately 32,000 extra cases of fatal cancer each year. (Subsequent evidence indicates that this estimate is too low.) Though they had not opposed nuclear power at the beginning of the research, they now proposed a five year moratorium in constructing any new plants to allow for public debate and some serious thinking.
        “The AEC regarded these findings as heretical: such results would jeopardize the nuclear industry. Unlike some scientists, who, to protect their careers and programs, compromised their professional integrity, Gofman refused to dismiss his research results. In 1972 the AEC stopped his funding and the research project was ended. He returned to his original office at the University of California at Berkeley and to research work on cancer and chromosomes. He also took time to assist in lawsuits; …

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

          for example, he was a lead witness in the Karen Silkwood case and in the trial of the Downwinders in Utah in 1982-84 .
          “He became increasingly unhappy that what he did not do on the health effects of radiation did not get done. Only a small coterie was doing research, Rosalie Bertell, Ernest Sternglass, Alice Stewart, and all had difficulty getting funded. Since 1985 he has devoted his time to research and writing, and in reply to the many trial-related requests from lawyers, activists and others, Gofman says "When enough people wake up so that a lot of people are doing research and writing on the health effects of radiation, then I'll be available to do lawsuits." Meanwhile his papers did not get published in professional journals, while researchers whose papers supported safe dose levels appeared extensively. So Gofman decided to publish his own books and papers on the subject through the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility (CNR). Among these are his elaboration of the Law of Concentrated Benefit Over Diffuse Injury (that diffuse injury processes get ignored when industries look at costs versus benefits) and his specification of essential Rules for Research. …”
          http://www.ratical.org/radiation/NGP/DrJohnGofman.html

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

        Study: No Radiation Level Safe
        June 29, 2005
        "…’The scientific research base shows that there is no threshold of exposure below which low levels of ionized radiation can be demonstrated to be harmless or beneficial," said Richard R. Monson, the panel chairman and a professor of epidemiology at Harvard's School of Public Health….”
        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-no-radiation-level-safe/

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        So why does the EPA want to raise the nuclear contaminants allowed in our water?

        They want to give everyone cancer or is that a fistful of dollars in their pockets?

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

        Dr. Catherine Euler
        Document: NRC-2015-0057-DRAFT-0140
        Comment on Fr Doc # 2015-15441
        http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1523/ML15239A858.pdf

        with attachment ECRR 210 Recommendations of the European

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

        “…IQ DECLINE IN EUROPE – HUMAN COST OF DEPLETED URANIUM POISON DUST FROM WARS IN IRAQ, YUGOSLAVIA, AND AFGHAN: In Ukraine few people are aware that nuclear weapons are not just indiscriminate killers (WMD) of the targeted ethnic Russians, but also all Ukrainians, non-citizens, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all living things on and off the battlefield throughout Ukraine and across all borders. Radiation respects no borders [FIG. 5(a)], no socio-economic class, and no religion. It is an equal opportunity killer. For example, [FIG. 5(b)] presents UK govt. data on uranium levels detected in the British atmosphere from 1998-2003, from depleted uranium, 4th generation nuclear weapons, and other lethal weapons used by US and UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
        P FIG. 5(a): RADIATION-CAUSED DECLINE IN IQ BY COUNTRY: FROM BOMB TESTING, AND IN NUCLEAR CONTAMINATED WAR ZONES: Bomb testing contamination lowered IQ in Ireland and Portugal. NATO attacks on Yugoslavia with DU caused the greatest decline in IQ in areas of heaviest fighting (darkest red areas Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania). Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contaminated the eastern Mediterranean and US [FIG. 8]. And Chernobyl had a large effect on Eastern Europe. The U.S. has the highest rate of mental illness in the world (26% of the population) due to 1300 nuclear bomb tests the US govt. conducted in Nevada [FIG. 13].
        Source: MAP: http://www.theapricity.com/forum/showthread

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

        Chernobyl's Subclinical Legacy: Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout and School Outcomes in Sweden
        Douglas Almond, Lena Edlund, Mårten Palme
        NBER Working Paper No. 13347
        Issued in August 2007
        NBER Program(s): AG CH EEE ED HE LS
        “Japanese atomic bomb survivors irradiated 8-25 weeks after ovulation subsequently suffered reduced IQ [Otake and Schull, 1998]. Whether these findings generalize to low doses (less than 10 mGy) has not been established. This paper exploits the natural experiment generated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in April 1986, which caused a spike in radiation levels in Sweden. In a comprehensive data set of 562,637 Swedes born 1983-1988, we find that the cohort in utero during the Chernobyl accident had worse school outcomes than adjacent birth cohorts, and this deterioration was largest for those exposed approximately 8-25 weeks post conception. Moreover, we find larger damage among students born in regions that received more fallout: students from the eight most affected municipalities were 3.6 percentage points less likely to qualify to high school as a result of the fallout. Our findings suggest that fetal exposure to ionizing radiation damages cognitive ability at radiation levels previously considered safe.”
        http://www.nber.org/papers/w13347

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

        “A researcher says a drop in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores among teens in seven states is attributatlb to radioactive fallout from nuclear tests that entered their milk when they were infants.

        “Ernest Sternglass, professor of radiological physics at the University of Pittsburgh, Monday said SAT scores had dropped as muck as 18 percent in Utah, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado and Iowa….”
        https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=860&dat=19841030&id=n4VUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LI8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5401,3850540

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

        Fallout and SAT Scores: Evidence for Cognitive Damage during Early Infancy
        Ernest J. Sternglass and Steven Bell
        The Phi Delta Kappan
        Vol. 64, No. 8 (Apr., 1983), pp. 539-545
        Published by: Phi Delta Kappa International
        Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20386800
        http://www.jstor.org/stable/20386800
        http://www.sole-jole.org/13365.pdf

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

        This Is Only a Test? Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout

        By Sandra E. Blac
        http://www.sole-jole.org/13365.pdf

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Just think of all those "enriched uranium nanoparticle" that never make it to the placenta and stop off somewhere else in the body for awhile are doing to everyone/thing exposed. 🙁

    Humans are staring into the face of pure evil..Party On!

  • GOM GOM

    90% & 621.37miles and beyond..

    Occurrence of INES 7 major accidents and the risks of radioactive contamination have been under- estimated. Using a global model of the atmosphere we compute that on average, in the event of a major reactor accident of any nuclear power plant worldwide, more than 90 % of emitted 137Cs would be transported beyond 50 km and about> 50 % beyond 1000 km distance before being deposited <

    Such accidents have large-scale and trans- boundary impacts. Vast majority of the radioactivity is transported outside an area of 50 km radius, which can undermine evacuation measures.

    Estimate for the Chernobyl accident, suggest that an area of about 200 000[2] km was contaminated.

    200,000 to the 2nd power

    200,000 x 200,000 = 40,000,000,000 km

    Fallout..Global
    137Cs fallout in the Pacific Rim vicinity of the reactor (i.e., the domain shown in Fig. 9). It thus appears that our stochastic approach is appropriate, though possibly leading to > conservative estimates < of the contamination impact after severe reactor accidents.

    [Stochastic: randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely]

    http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/12/4245/2012/acp-12-4245-2012.pdf

    note: 14 pages, global maps all accident releases, release/death eval per event
    an excellent document

  • GOM GOM

    Southern Airways Flight 49

    Crashing into Oak Ridge National Lab.. Almost

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Airways_Flight_49

  • GOM GOM

    The Bombing of Brennilis Nuclear Power Plant

    1975
    This was the only time in history that a terrorist group successfully stopped operation of a nuclear power plant.

    http://broom02.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Brennilis%20Nuclear%20Power%20Plant

  • wc

    Drinking water petition signed.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-23/first-emergency-decree-erdogan-shuts-down-thousands-hospitals-schools-charities

    In First "Emergency" Decree, Erdogan Seizes Thousands Of Hospitals, Schools, Charities

    by Tyler Durden
    Jul 23, 2016

    With the failed/staged Turkish coup quickly fading from memory and media attention, just as Erdogan likes it, and opposition from "western democracies" to a historic purge virtually non-existant aside from the occasional media soundbite, overnight Erdgoan implemented his first decree since imposing a state of emergency in the country last week, and tightened his grip on Turkey by ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup.

    In his first "emergency powers" decree, published by the Anadolu state news agency, Erdogan authorised the closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade unions, 15 universities and 35 hospitals over suspected links to the Gulen movement.

    The government also announced it would seize the properties of all these schools, universities and private institutions. …

    • DUDe DUDe

      I just hope Japan has not the same happen to them somewhere in their future..their "leader" shows all the same criminal character flaws as erdogan to me..

  • from a distance from a distance

    Phew, MINING AWARENESS does not hold back and does great research!

    This is a MUST READ:

    " Gina McCarthy Says “Let Them Drink Radioactive Water 100s and 1000s of Times the Legal Limit or Dehydrate” "

    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/gina-mccarthy-says-let-them-drink-radioactive-water-100s-and-1000s-of-times-the-legal-limit-or-dehydrate-gina-and-moniz-dance-the-nuclear-waltz/

    Quoting mining awareness:

    " On Gina McCarthy’s watch, the US EPA is recommending in the event of a nuclear accident a so-called PAG:

    The maximum amount of Strontium 90 (28.8 yr half life) allowed in water is increased almost 1000 fold (x 925);

    The maximum amount of Cesium 137 (30 yr half life) allowed in water is increased by 83 fold (83x);

    Iodine 131 has an 3,450 times increase!

    Cesium 134 (half-life 2 years) is not listed in the US EPA recommendations and is a major radionuclide emitted after a nuclear accident …"

    " There is nothing on the EPA list except Strontium 90-Yttrium 90, Cesium 137 and Iodine 131! "

    "…where are the 179 man-made radionuclides that the EPA is supposed to regulate? "

    "Where is Cesium 135? Where is Technetium 99? Where is the tritium? Where is plutonium, americium and other actinides? Does the 5 mSv (500 mrem) include alpha emitters like plutonium and americium? Or only the Beta-photon emitters? Where is Iodine 129? "

  • Sol Man

    Why do you suppose that Gina hates the People and the babies so?

    Or describe how else can this anti-life behavior be explained.

    TPTB are anti-life.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    At 38:08 in this VIDEO is a VIDEO of that truck BO was looking for a while back. The truck blown from the reactor building

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4knc6IIFM0

    If anyone communicates with BO

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    2011 video Japanese man taking Geiger counter readings near Fukuichi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nsc2dusyO8

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Helicopter video 2011 of destroyed plant
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPFFiHu8gt0

    Wade Allison says So what?"

    But then, he has a small brain. Microunsmpatheticy

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmlIv8XGvR8

    "So what?"

    Well, this video does prove that nuclear power is green

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    To the workers at Fukushima Daiichi: Thanks for all your efforts.

    To the politicians covering up for the nuclear industry:

    suck my banana

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Water truck on unit 4 fuel pool

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWzPU5fgThA

    Ya know how much fuel a water truck burns?

    Carbon fee

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Can anyone translate this Japanese song?

    While back people were talking about a Enenews theme song. This could be it

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Unit 3 video from crane mounted camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqezjN9k86s

    2 1/2 years ago.

    Japan's secrecy laws have really stopped this kind of video. Alot of Japanese you tube channels still have old videos up, but their channels have not posted in a couple of years. Dead as the exclusion zone

  • rogerthat

    http://www3.zapto.org/92968591-755655625145745408.html

    Nemesisネメシス @zodiac0088
    Mori, former KEPCO chairman lobbies for legislation to immunize nuclear operators against lawsuits.http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJ7F55ZRJ7FPLFA005.html …#Fukushima
    4:48 PM – 20 Jul 2016

  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/business-lobby-says-abe-govt-cant-rely-on-nuclear-energy

    Business lobby says Abe gov't can't rely on nuclear energy

    By Osamu Tsukimori and Aaron Sheldrick
    Jul. 24, 2016

    TOKYO —
    Japan’s use of nuclear power is unlikely to meet a government target of returning to near pre-Fukushima levels and the world’s No. 3 economy needs to get serious about boosting renewables, a senior executive at a top business lobby said.

    Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s energy policies, nuclear is supposed to supply a fifth of energy generation by 2030, but Teruo Asada, vice chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, said Japan was unlikely to get anywhere near this.

    The influential business lobby has issued a proposal urging Tokyo to remove hurdles for renewable power amid the shaky outlook for nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

    The move shows how business attitudes are now shifting as reactor restarts get held up by legal challenges, safety issues and public skepticism.

    “We have a sense of crisis that Japan will become a laughing stock if we do not encourage renewable power,” said Asada, who is also chairman of trading house Marubeni Corp. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article91391937.html

    EDITORIALS
    JULY 22, 2016
    Whoa, why no criminal charges in dumping of radioactive fracking waste?

    Attorney General Andy Beshear’s decision is disappointing

    Ban on bringing low-level radioactive waste into Kentucky for disposal is clear and longstanding

    At least now Estill County residents can get public records in the case

    Attorney General Andy Beshear’s decision not to pursue criminal charges in the illegal dumping of radioactive fracking sludge in a solid-waste landfill in Estill County is disappointing.

    Beshear did recommend pursuing civil damages and penalties “to the fullest extent of the law” against the owners of a West Liberty company, Advanced TENORM Services, for “flagrant violations and reckless disregard for the safety of the community.” Beshear urged the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is responsible for controlling radiation hazards, to “levy the harshest civil penalties available under Kentucky law against those responsible in this troubling case.”

    Perhaps the AG’s criminal prosecutors decided that gaps in state and federal regulation of radioactive fracking waste left loopholes big enough for a defendant to wriggle out of felony charges which could carry a prison term as well as fines.

    There are gaps in both state and federal oversight that should be tightened to protect the environment and public health from the enormous amount of waste, much of it…

    • rogerthat

      radioactive, that is being generated by new oil and gas drilling techniques.

      But the ban on importing low-level radioactive waste into Kentucky for disposal is already clear and indisputable — and has been for a long time.

      It’s inconceivable that a Kentucky company that billed itself as expert in managing radioactive drilling waste could have been ignorant of the Kentucky law. After all, the “TENORM” in the company’s name stands for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material.

      If there’s any doubt about what the company knew and when, consider environmental lawyer Tom FitzGerald’s testimony before a legislative committee last week about a possible smoking gun.

      FitzGerald said that in April 2015, months before the waste was trucked to Estill County, a state official emailed an Advanced TENORM executive links to the laws and regulations that prohibit importing low-level radioactive waste into Kentucky from any state but Illinois. (Kentucky and Illinois are part of a regional compact.)

      Intentionally violating this prohibition is a class D felony.

      Also, the manifests accompanying the waste to the Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill County described it as “exploration and production soil and debris.” In fact, it was radioactive recycled drilling wastewater sludge, including some that testing had shown was so hot that it more properly belonged in a landfill designed to contain low-level radioactive material.

      Because such landfills …

      • rogerthat

        are few, far between and expensive, dumping 2,000 tons of the sludge in a municipal waste landfill in Estill County saved someone a lot of money.

        And now it’s costing Estill County residents a lot of sleep.

        The manifests also show that drilling waste generated in Ohio was dumped in Estill County.

        Whether the misleading manifests amount to criminal fraud is something that an Estill County grand jury might want to consider.

        And, under Kentucky statutes, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services could ask Beshear to reconsider pursuing criminal charges.

        Estill County residents, worried about waste that will be radioactive for more than a millennium, did win an assurance from Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely that the public will get a chance to review and comment on any settlement or remediation proposal the state reaches with the landfill owner, Advanced Disposal.

        State testing has shown no current danger from the low-level radioactive waste. The risk from exposure was much greater for the workers who handled it at the landfill, where it was spread as cover. Long-term, the danger is that radioactive leakage could pollute groundwater and streams.

        Now that the AG’s office has finished its investigation, a group called Concerned Citizens of Estill County and others will be able to use the Open Records Act to get more information about how their home became a dump for illegal out-of-state waste and the state’s response.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607230013.html

    VOX POPULI: There’s no end to Fukushima crisis while melted fuel remains
    Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a daily column that runs on Page 1 of The Asahi Shimbun.
    July 23, 2016

    A massive concrete structure encases the wrecked No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the catastrophic 1986 accident.

    Dubbed the "sarcophagus," it was erected to contain the fuel that could not be extracted from the crippled reactor.

    I never expected this word ("sekkan" in Japanese) to crop up in connection with the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Local governments raised objections to the use of this word in a report compiled by a government organ that supports the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    While the report discusses the extraction of melted fuel as a requirement, it is written in such a way as to suggest that the construction of a sarcophagus is an option that should not be dismissed out of hand.

    This outraged the governor of Fukushima, Masao Uchibori, who lashed out, "Containing (the melted fuel) in a sarcophagus spells giving up hope for post-disaster reconstruction and for returning home."

    The government organ has since deleted the word from the report, admitting that it was misleading and that constructing a sarcophagus is not under consideration.

    The report lacked any consideration for the feelings of local citizens. …

    • rogerthat

      But more to the point, just deleting the word does not settle this case.

      Even though five years have passed since the disaster, nothing has been decided yet on how to extract the melted fuel. How, then, can anyone guarantee that the fuel will never be "entombed"?

      I am reminded anew of the sheer difficulty of decommissioning nuclear reactors. The Fukushima edition of The Asahi Shimbun runs a weekly report on the work being done at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

      The report portrays the harsh realities at the site, such as leaks of contaminated water and accidents involving workers. Efforts to decommission the crippled reactors continue day after day, but the task is expected to take several decades.

      Elsewhere in Japan, the rule that requires nuclear reactors to be decommissioned after 40 years is becoming toothless, and preparations are proceeding steadily for restarting reactors that have remained offline.

      "Normalcy" appears to be returning, but there is a huge gap between that and the unending hardships in the disaster-affected areas.

      –The Asahi Shimbun, July 23

  • rogerthat

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607230021.html

    More slipshod safety work revealed at Monju reactor
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    July 23, 2016

  • rogerthat

    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/07/23/2003651619

    Power plant closure to take 25 years

    By Lee Ya-wen, Lai Hsiao-tung and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer

  • rogerthat

    http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/07/22/poison-in-the-heart-the-nuclear-wasting-of-south-australia/

    Poison In The Heart: The Nuclear Wasting Of South Australia
    in Resource Crisis — by Vincent Di Stefano — July 22, 2016

  • rogerthat

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/investigations/ag-files-emergency-action-to-force-end-to-hanford-safety-crisis/279021445

    AG files emergency action to force end to Hanford safety ‘crisis'

    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson makes his boldest move yet at Hanford – filing emergency legal action to force the federal government to protect Hanford workers.

    Susannah Frame, KING July 21, 2016

    Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday filed an emergency legal motion to force improvements in worker safety at the Hanford Site, the 586-square-mile former plutonium production facility.

    Ferguson called the action "as serious as it gets."

    The motion for injunctive relief asks a federal judge intervene in the operations at the site to protect workers from continued exposure to toxic chemical vapors. It names as defendants the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the private company that manages the nuclear waste storage tanks at Hanford.

    In legal proceedings, an injunction is considered an extraordinary remedy, reserved only for the most extreme situations.

    “At Hanford there’s a culture of indifference by the federal government and their contractors. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” said Ferguson. “So right now we’re trying to get before the judge immediately asking for immediate steps required from the federal government …

    • rogerthat

      to protect workers. That’s the bottom line.”

      The move follows a three-month period during which nearly 60 workers were exposed to suspected chemical vapors at Hanford. Some workers were evaluated at hospitals in the Tri-Cities and at Harborview in Seattle and remain too sick to work. Others sought medical evaluation at Hanford’s onsite medical clinic after experiencing symptoms including nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches, difficulty breathing and a metallic taste.

      “The State of Washington moves the Court for a preliminary injunction to require the Defendants to do what their own panel of experts has already advised is necessary to protect Hanford’s workers form the potentially devastating effects of chemical vapor exposures. The State strongly believes and history confirms, that in the absence of injunctive relief additional workers will be harmed before the Court is able to fully adjudicate the matter at trial,” wrote Ferguson in the motion.

      Monday afternoon a spokesperson for the government contractor in charge of the nuclear waste tanks sent a statement about the motion.

      "Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) is committed to the safety and health of our workers. WRPS is disappointed by the actions taken today by the Washington State Attorney General. We believe the claims are not reflective of the safe work our team is accomplishing in the tank farms’ challenging environment.

      ''While we review the motion, …

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