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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  • rogerthat

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607310028.html

    Extra safety precautions balloon costs to restart reactors
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    July 31, 2016

    Eleven operators of nuclear power plants expect to spend more than 3 trillion yen ($32 billion) to safeguard their facilities, revealing the continuing skyrocketing costs, an Asahi Shimbun survey has found.

    The overall costs will likely grow even further in the coming years as many of the plants applying for a restart did not include expenses to build centers to deal with a terrorist attack, required under the new regulations set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

    The latest survey, conducted in June, found the combined spending on safety precautions totaled 3.32 trillion yen, up about 935 billion yen from a similar survey a year ago.

    The estimate was partly updated to implement measures to continue to operate reactors past the 40 years of their lifespan. …


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    • rogerthat

      … Although companies believe that they can recoup their investments once their plants go back online after the NRA’s examination, it is unclear whether events will transpire as envisioned.

      Kansai Electric has been ordered to suspend the operation of reactors at its Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture following a court injunction in March.

      Unforeseen problems could force operators to shut down their reactors for a prolonged period, experts say.

      (This article was written by Takashi Sugimoto and Masanobu Higashiyama.)


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2016/08/01/manufacturers-oppose-proposed-7-billion-nuclear.html

    Manufacturers oppose proposed $7 billion nuclear power subsidy
    Aug 1, 2016

    Marie J. French
    Reporter
    Albany Business Review

    Big energy users, including large manufacturers in the state, oppose a plan to subsidize nuclear power plants that could cost as much as $7 billion.

    New York's utility regulator is set to consider the proposal on Monday. …

    That price tag is much higher than initial estimates for subsidies as part of a broader clean energy plan for the state and would be paid for solely by customers, a group representing big utility customers wrote in comments on the proposal. …

    "In New York’s apparent haste to appease the owners of selected nuclear generation facilities to ensure the continued operation of those facilities, customers are being exposed to potentially 12 years of artificially inflated and excessive subsidy obligations," the group wrote. …

    Multiple Intervenors and other groups objected to the speed at which the nuclear subsidy is being pushed forward, as the proposal was first released July 8.

    Exelon Corp., which would benefit from the subsidies, argues a prompt decision is needed …


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  • rogerthat

    http://asiapacificreport.nz/2016/08/01/former-minister-juppes-nuclear-impact-admission-leaves-tahitian-activists-bemused/

    … ‘The truth’
    A day before leaving Tahiti, Juppé went to a meeting with antinuclear organisations.

    After two hours of talking (journalists were not invited), Juppé declared: “Considering nuclear tests as safe isn’t right. It is not the truth – nuclear tests had, and still have, an impact on the environment which is worrying. They also had an impact on people’s health.”

    Juppé also announced to the antinuclear groups that, if he would be elected in 2017, he would modify an article of the so-called “Loi Morin” (Morin Law) of 2010, which outlined the conditions for compensation for nuclear testing victims.

    His modification would remove the heavily criticised “insignificant risk” clause, which could lead to a larger population being potentially eligible for compensation.

    Only 19 people have received compensation – seven from French Polynesia – out of 1043 claims filed under the law.

    Before leaving Tahiti, Juppé also advised the antinuclear organisations not to press the issue at the United Nations Decoloniisation Committee hearings in October.

    Leaders of the Tahitian antinuclear organisations were puzzled.

    “I’m waiting to see what is going to happen when he is going to be elected, if he becomes president,” said Roland Oldham, …


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  • rogerthat

    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/big-bucks-radioactive-waste-and-a-biased-sa-royal-commission,9304

    Big bucks, radioactive waste and a biased SA Royal Commission
    Dave Sweeney 1 August 2016,

    A STATE-BASED Royal Commission unleashed a plan with massive national implications when it recommended, in May, that South Australia should move to import, store and bury around a third of the globe’s high level radioactive waste ‘as soon as possible’.

    The Royal Commission, initiated by Premier Jay Weatherill in 2015 and presided over by former governor and self-proclaimed state salesman Kevin Scarce, has unsurprisingly generated column inches, congratulations and critics.

    With its pro-nuclear terms of reference and advisory panel, and its often oblique process, the exercise has been a case study in issue management. Radioactive waste may be hot but a well-funded series of rolling roadshows, a citizens’ jury, and a social media initiative are all part of a state campaign working to make the topic tepid and the "conversation" constrained.

    The concerns that this approach is focused more on manufacturing social license or acceptance of the dump plan, rather than forensically and objectively analysing the full range of risks and opportunities, have increased following news that a key adviser to the nuclear Royal Commission was an industry "true believer" linked to a failed attempt to open a global radioactive waste dump in Australia in the…


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    • rogerthat

      1990s.

      Pangea Resources was a consortium of nuclear agencies and utilities from Europe and the U.S. that tried to advance a waste dump in Australia during the 1990s, before news of the plan leaked and became a focus of public attention and outrage.

      After the company’s enforced radioactive retreat from Australia, Pangea’s technical manager Charles McCombie became a foundation partner of MCM, the Swiss based firm contracted by the recent Royal Commission to model economic and technical information, and analyse potential customer demand and economics.

      MCM’s report strongly influenced the Commission’s enthusiastic pro-dump recommendations. …

      How times change. In the late 1990s, public outrage forced Pangea to abandon its dumping plan. Today, a pro-nuclear Royal Commission is using public funds to facilitate Pangea’s inheritors to rewrite the proposal.

      Mr McCombie is also President of ARIUS, the Association for Regional and International Underground Storage. MCM and ARIUS both aim to advance global radioactive waste disposal and neither are independent or objective. This, of course, raises questions about the independence and objectivity of the advice provided to the Royal Commission.

      Clearly, any examination of a plan to ship, store and bury the largest amount of the world’s worst nuclear waste would require engaging with those industry players who think and work in this space. No surprises, conflicts of interest or covert operations there. …


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      • rogerthat

        But these players should not be allowed, or paid, to shape the fundamental documents, data and discourse surrounding such a contested and lasting public policy issue.

        Radioactive waste management is complex, contaminating and costly, and it lasts far longer than any politician or headline. It needs real analysis, not industry assumptions.

        The costs involved with the South Australian plan – currently estimated at $145 billion – are huge and both uncapped and uncertain. The security, safety, environmental and human health implications are profound and permanent. The issue deserves and demands the highest level of scrutiny and transparency, not limited disclosure and insiders promoting a pre-determined agenda.

        What is being planned and promoted in South Australia would be by far the largest high level radioactive waste dump in the world and it has never been done before.

        MCM has stated that a positive State Government response to the Royal Commission report would

        ‘… change the worldwide paradigm of radioactive waste management.'
        Any moves to further advance this high risk plan should not be based on a report that is compromised, deeply deficient and unfit for purpose.

        South Australians – and all of us – deserve better.

        Dave Sweeney is the nuclear free campaigner with the Australian Conservation Foundation. You can follow him on Twitter @nukedavesweeney.


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.nrc.gov/materials/miau/response-2016-gao-audit-investigation.html

    Response to the 2016 GAO Audit and Investigation on NRC and Agreement State Materials Licensing

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on July 15, 2016, on their investigation to test the NRC and some Agreement States on the process of issuing licenses for possession and use of radioactive materials.

    In October 2015, GAO notified NRC staff that it had conducted an undercover investigation focused on whether vulnerabilities identified in the 2007 GAO investigation were addressed by the regulatory framework and improvements made since 2007.


    GAO placed an order to one manufacturer/distributor (M&D) for a 16 curie AmBe source using the illegitimate company name and their Agreement State license. GAO then altered the license to change the manufacturer and model number of the source and placed a second order with another M&D. Both M&Ds provided quotes and were ready to deliver. In the language of radioactive materials categories (see box), the illegitimate GAO company had a valid license for a Category 3 quantity, but used a modified copy of that license to order two Category 3 quantities that, when combined, would have been a Category 2 quantity. The sources were not actually purchased or shipped; however, GAO demonstrated the capability to obtain 32 curies of AmBe, an aggregated category 2 quantity of material.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-mining-environment-idUSKCN10D094?il=0

    Aug 1, 2016
    Australian miners leave clean-up bill after taking the cash
    SYDNEY | BY JONATHAN BARRETT

    A move by Australia's biggest mining state to support the industry by handing back funds earmarked for mine rehabilitation has backfired, critics say, with more than 70 projects suspending operations, raising fears taxpayers will be left to pay the clean-up bill. …

    "It seems that as we move into the mining downturn, we now have a system that leaves taxpayers with the bill," said state lawmaker Robin Chapple, a Greens politician whose outback electorate covers the iron ore-rich Pilbara.

    "In some cases, just months after they got their bond back, they went into receivership." …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-01/japan-panics-grinds-halt-officials-issue-massive-earthquake-false-alarm

    Japan Panics, "Grinds To A Halt" As Officials Issue Massive Earthquake False Alarm

    by Tyler Durden
    Aug 2, 2016

    With the government losing faith in the central bank's capabilities, it seems perhaps they should not be throwing stones from their glass house. In a shockingly unsurprising snafu on Monday, trains ground to a halt, a mobile network became jammed, and thousands of citizens began to panic as Japan’s meteorological agency sent an alarm that a massive earthquake was about to strike the capital Kanto Region, home to more than 40 million people… before admitting the false alarm: "it's an error on our part, we sincerely apologize."

    The warning was issued at 5:09pm local time on Monday, and as RT reports, quickly relayed to mobile apps that warned millions of Tokyo residents about an earthquake measuring 7 out of 7 on the scale used within the country – equivalent to 9.1 on the Richter scale, and as bad or worse than the Tohoku disaster of 2011.

    Bullet trains began to stop services, in accordance with regulations, and NTT Docomo, the country’s largest mobile provider, reported that for 15 minutes the network was overloaded and went down.
    But then – nothing happened.
    “The quake that had been predicted has not taken place. It’s an error on our part. We sincerely apologize,” …


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    RogerThat,
    Many thanks.
    There is a coronal hole stream arriving today, to be closely followed by a small CME.
    Theory is that sunspots, CMEs, and coronal hole streams cause earthquakes.
    The sun is quiet right now. Grand minimum. But Earth shields are very weak. So we are vulnerable.
    Japan freaks. They should. The Big One right in Tokyo? Entirely possible. Probable, even.

    Anybody who wants to read up on sun/earthquake/typhoon connection, go to:
    http://www.suspicious0bservers.org
    In addition to the latest video at the top of the page, view also the video right below "The #1 Risk To Earth".
    Earthquake uptick forcast for yesterday and today.

    Many thanks to Ben Davidson at SO for all his good work. Daily reports are not to be missed, ENEnewsers.


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Frozen Wall

    (Admin. doesn't do threads on things that are happening at the Fukushima Reactor Ruins anymore.) :(

    There are still problems with the Frozen Wall.
    As predicted, the water is moving too fast, and is too warm, for the wall to freeze.

    Tepco/Japan: "Stupid engineers do stupid stuff."
    Told you this would happen.
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15659

    You need a wall.
    Just not a "Frozen Wall".
    Try reinforced concrete, 100' deep diversion wall, surrounding Units1-4.


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  • Sol Man

    12. Thou shalt not treason.


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  • Hot climates more likely to spawn violent behavior, theory suggests

    A team of researchers recently published a study that proposes a new model on how violent human behavior may be impacted by a warmer climate.
    ——————————–
    righto…its not the out of control governments, running false flag shootings to steal rights and establish jack boot control over the "little people" whilst sociopathic corporate leaders create financial emergencies that allow them to extract even more wealth from a decrepit economy stifled by stupid rules and regulation and corruption.

    No it's not that getting people angry….its the "climate"


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  • Nick

    Heat.

    I had a thought the other day…..

    ?
    ….what if we have altered the thermodynamics of the oceans by toxic alteration of the marine life? What if the sun and cosmic rays (the rest of The Universe) heat the water column up differently as we flood the oceans with our toxins?

    Now add in ionization of the atmosphere and ozone depletion.

    We never "solved" the ozone depletion, we only fed pablum to the masses to make us feel better.

    Less ozone.

    More UV-B and assorted cosmic rays.

    The sun is quiet now so the magnetic fluxes don't shield us fully from space; sort of counter intuitive.

    That said, it makes no sense for us to keep adding into the
    mix our political and religious insanities.

    We are too dumb of a species to see what we have done to ourselves.

    Sure folks march in vigils and pray for this and that, beyond earthbased spirituality, but it is our hatred and lust for violence that is a clue that all is not well.

    I spent a week trying to map star distances within given constellations while grasping human foibles.

    Turn off the Lights.

    Look to the stars.

    Nothing else matters.


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  • Sol Man

    Radionuclides and their sisters attack life. Check out the condition of the trees in your town, no doubt they are diseased and dying or dead. Their bark is burnt off evidenced by the scars on the tree that goes all the way to the heartwood in some places. I've noted the trees from CO to OR on trips and folks, it looks bleak out there.

    Locally, there is a constant sound chain saws and chippers at work all over town trying to keep up with getting the unsightly trees out of sight. The half dozen or so tree chopping companies can't keep up with the number of trees checking out.

    It's the R, stupid!


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwH7Yin3pUk

    Fukushima Meltdowns: The Nuclear Industry Lying to You
    MsMilkytheclown1
    Aug 2, 2016

    Reminder: feel free to re-upload any or all of my videos on either this channel (MsMilkytheclown1) or my original channel (MsMilkytheclown withOUT a number one after the name). I should be back reporting more regularly after early September 2016 – after my copyright strike expires.


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  • rogerthat

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/fukushima-daiichi-august-3-2016.html

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016

    Fukushima Daiichi August 3, 2016

    I don't know what the glowing phenomenon is, located on top of the common spent fuel storage building. The glowing disappeared after a few minutes: …


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  • rogerthat

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160803/p2g/00m/0dm/058000c

    License renewed for new nuclear plant project in western Japan

    August 3, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

    YAMAGUCHI, Japan (Kyodo) — The Yamaguchi prefectural government on Wednesday renewed a license for Chugoku Electric Power Co. to reclaim land for a new nuclear power plant in the western Japan prefecture, surprising and angering local residents opposed to the project.

    Whether to extend the expired license for landfill work in the coastal town of Kaminoseki to build the Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Station had been a pending issue after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis led to the suspension of the work. But the local government decided to grant permission, saying that the plant is positioned "within the country's energy policy."

    The utility is unlikely to quickly restart the work due to local opposition, however. The local government's license renewal is also conditional: It said landfill work should not start until prospects of building plant facilities become clear.

    But the latest development could open up substantial discussions on whether new reactors should be built in Japan, which the central government has largely avoided so far in consideration of antinuclear sentiment that has prevailed after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

    Meanwhile, the government has already been pushing for the resumption of existing reactors that have met post-Fukushima safety requirements. …


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    • rogerthat

      On Wednesday, the No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama plant in Fukui Prefecture became the latest unit to have effectively cleared the state safety assessment.

      Chugoku Electric was initially granted the landfill license in October 2008 for the two-reactor Kaminoseki nuclear complex on an island in the Seto Inland Sea.

      The company began landfill work a year later, but progress was slow amid local protests and was suspended after the Fukushima crisis was triggered by a huge earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011.

      Just before the license was set to expire in October 2012, the utility applied for a three-year extension to the prefectural government. "We have not changed our idea that we need the Kaminoseki plant. We want to keep the license," a utility official said at the time.

      Then Yamaguchi Gov. Shigetaro Yamamoto said the local government will "examine the issue appropriately" but did not make a decision, citing "special circumstances after the nuclear accident."

      But on Wednesday, the prefectural government reversed course and permitted the extension of the license, though saying that landfill work should not begin until the utility has clear prospects of building plant facilities.

      Chugoku Electric Vice President Akira Sakotani said the same day that there is currently no specific date set for building the facilities. …


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      • rogerthat

        "We will seriously take to heart the request (by the prefectural government) and carefully consider (our response)," he said.

        The license will be effective until July 6, 2019.

        The decision of the prefectural government drew mixed responses from local residents.

        "I can't believe the permission was given," said Toshiyasu Shimizu, 61, who heads a group of residents on an island several kilometers from the construction site.

        But Naonori Koizumi, a 58-year-old member of a group supporting the construction project, said, "I don't think work will immediately resume, but the town is depopulating and graying. I hope nuclear power will make this town richer."


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  • rogerthat

    http://enformable.com/2016/08/aging-nuclear-power-plants-new-york-uneconomic-without-bailout/

    Aging nuclear power plants in New York uneconomic without bailout

    Karl Grossman

    The New York State Public Service Commission—in the face of strong opposition—this week approved a $7.6 billion bail-out of aging nuclear power plants in upstate New York which their owners have said are uneconomic to run without government support.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo—who appoints the members of the PSC—has called for the continued operation of the nuclear plants in order to, he says, save jobs at them. The bail-out would be part of a “Clean Energy Standard” advanced by Cuomo. Under it, 50 percent of electricity used in New York by 2030 would come from “clean and renewable energy sources”—with nuclear power considered clean and renewable.

    “Nuclear energy is neither clean nor renewable,” testified Pauline Salotti, vice chair of the Green Party of Suffolk County, Long Island at a recent hearing on the plan.

    “Without these subsidies, nuclear plants cannot compete with renewable energy and will close. But under the guise of ‘clean energy,’ the nuclear industry is about to get its hands on our money in order to save its own profits, at the expense of public health and safety,” declared a statement by Jessica Azulay, program director of Alliance for a Green Economy, based in upstate Syracuse with a chapter in New York City. …


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    • rogerthat

      http://coalitionagainstnukes.org/

      New York Just Proved Why Bailing Out Nuclear Power Is a Bad Idea
      August 2, 2016


      Spend more, get less electricity, get more carbon emissions–and get a lot of radioactive waste.

      Basically all of the $7.6 billion in nuclear subsidies will leave New Yorkers’ bank accounts and go to companies headquartered in Chicago and Paris: Exelon and Electricite de France, which jointly own the company that will own all of the bailed-out reactors. The money will produce not one more job for unemployed New Yorkers, put not one more solar panel on a roof, provide not one more dollar of economic development. And by soaking up so much of New Yorkers’ energy dollars, the subsidies could prevent them from investing in energy efficiency and renewables.

      There is going to be a lot of pain—economic, human, and environmental—for no real gain, and possibly a lot of political blowback for Governor Cuomo in the next election. Power bill hikes will start in May, 2017, as New Yorkers get hit with $480 million per year in surcharges for nuclear power. …


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      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        https://www.nrdc.org/experts/kit-kennedy/new-york-adopts-historic-50-30-renewables-goal

        Nuclear power: Separately, the Public Service Commission also approved an incentive program to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating through 2030. The nuclear incentive level, the amount that power plant operators will receive to help keep these plants running, was set for only the next two years and can be adjusted up or down after 2018 based on market conditions. These plants’ operating licenses don’t expire until 2030 or later. But their owners had previously announced plans to shut them down because they are uneconomic in today’s electricity markets. Significantly, the Public Service Commission has made clear that these nuclear incentives are separate and apart from the “50 by ‘30” renewables requirement; not one megawatt hour of nuclear power will count toward the 50 percent renewables requirement. That is as it should be; while nuclear power is a low-carbon source of electricity, it’s neither clean nor renewable.


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  • rogerthat

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/32227936/australia-rejects-uranium-mine-project-over-wildlife-concerns/#page1

    Australia rejects uranium mine project over wildlife concerns
    AFP on August 3, 2016

    Sydney (AFP) – Australian environmental authorities Wednesday rejected a Canadian bid to build a mine at a major uranium deposit due to fears the project could threaten tiny underground wildlife.

    Cameco, one of the world's biggest publicly listed uranium producers, wants to develop the Yeelirrie deposit in Western Australia after buying it from BHP Billiton four years ago.

    But the state's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said Wednesday the project could threaten the viability of some species of tiny subterranean fauna.

    "The stygofauna habitat at Yeelirrie is particularly rich, with 73 species recorded," said its chairman Tom Hatton.

    He said despite Cameco's "well-considered management strategies" the EPA concluded that "there was too great a chance of a loss of species that are restricted to the impact area".

    Stygofauna, named after the Styx river in Greek mythology, are blind and colourless. Most live exclusively in groundwater, according to the Australian government.

    They are made up mostly of crustaceans but include some invertebrates, and in Australia, two blind fish species. …


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    • rogerthat

      Cameco said it respected the decision and would work with the government on how to manage the viability of such fauna at the proposed mine, which was to extract 7,500 tonnes of uranium oxide concentrate each year and include two open pits, processing facilities, roads and housing.

      "We believe that with further sampling and research, subterranean fauna can be appropriately managed" at Yeelirrie, said managing director Brian Reilly.

      Yeelirrie, 650 kilometres (400 miles) northeast of Perth, is one of Australia's largest undeveloped uranium deposits. Cameco estimates that the site holds about 127.3 million pounds (57.7 million kilograms) of uranium.

      Australia does not use nuclear power but is the world's third-ranking uranium producer behind Kazakhstan and Canada. In 2013-14 it exported 6,701 tonnes of oxide concentrate worth Aus$622 million (US$472 million).

      Uranium prices have plunged since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, hitting mine developments and operations.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.independent.com/news/2016/aug/02/diablo-nuclear-plant-faces-threats-and-threatens-p/

    Diablo Nuclear Plant Faces Threats and Threatens: Part I
    From Cyber Attack to Tsunami, Facility Hazards Are Too Great to Ignore

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    by HARVEY SHERBACK

    The operator of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, PG&E, announced in June that it would close the plant by August 2025. Longtime activist Harvey Sherback wrote this letter, published in two parts and edited by The Santa Barbara Independent, to the state Public Utilities Commission prior to its vote regarding the decision. Part I follows.

    Open Letter to Michael Picker, president of California Public Utilities Commission; and PUC Members and Staff: …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608030068.html

    The Asahi Shimbun

    Nuclear disaster evacuation plans worry many local authorities
    By ATSUSHI SHINGEN/ Staff Writer
    August 3, 2016

    Nearly half of local governments polled are concerned about the recommendation that residents living within 5 to 30 kilometers of a nuclear power plant should “evacuate” by staying indoors if a serious accident occurs, an Asahi Shimbun survey found.

    The survey also showed that a quarter of local governments want a review of the central government’s evacuation guidelines, which were set in October 2012 following the Fukushima nuclear disaster the previous year.

    It was taken to find how local governments hosting a nuclear facility or located in the vicinity of a nuclear plant view the guidelines in light of the recent series of earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture.

    In the quakes that began in mid-April, a large number of homes, as well as roads and other structures, were damaged. Continuing aftershocks added to difficulties in victims’ abilities to evacuate quickly.

    The nuclear disaster evacuation guidelines were compiled on the assumption of a serious accident occurring at a nuclear complex, but do not take into account the destruction of evacuation routes, bridges and other buildings in the surrounding area, caused by a powerful earthquake, for example. …


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      Shiga Prefecture, which called for a review of the guidelines in May, said: “Indoor evacuation would be unrealistic if a nuclear accident were coupled with an earthquake. Evacuation to the area beyond 30 km should be considered.”

      Under the current setup, people living within a 5-km radius are ordered to evacuate immediately.

      Those within a radius of 5 to 30 km are advised in principle to stay indoors initially and evacuate in stages, depending on the amount of radiation released into their neighborhoods.

      “Indoor evacuation” for such a zone is aimed at allowing the smooth evacuation of people in the 5-km zone first to avoid an expected gridlock.

      But many local governments are wary of the central government’s recommendations, citing the possibility of a complex disaster involving more than just a nuclear accident, according to the survey.

      The survey, conducted in mid-June and mid-July, covered 21 prefectural governments and 135 municipalities that fall within the 5-30 km radius. All the local governments responded but one, the Fukui prefectural government.

      Of the total of 155, The Asahi Shimbun analyzed the responses of 151, as the remaining four municipalities replied that they will evacuate immediately. Most of these municipalities' jurisdictions are also situated within the 5 km radius. …


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        The survey showed that 71 local governments, including Niigata and Ibaraki prefectures, expressed concerns about the guidelines, while 22 replied that they are not.

        Asked to choose one or more reasons for their anxiety, 56 cited the response to a situation where a large number of structures are destroyed.

        As for the need to review the guidelines, 37 respondents, including Nagasaki and Shizuoka prefectures, agreed while 13 did not. Sixty-four said they don’t know.

        According to the survey, 12 local governments replied that they are well prepared with regard to the infrastructure that enables smooth evacuation, whereas 69 cited problems with that issue.

        How to evacuate in a nuclear accident that could be triggered by a devastating earthquake or another disaster that destroys homes and infrastructure has emerged as a pressing issue since the Kumamoto temblors.

        Kagoshima’s new governor, Satoshi Mitazono, was elected in July on his campaign pledge to review the existing evacuation plan in connection with a hypothetical accident at the Sendai nuclear power plant.

        The nuclear power station in Satsuma-Sendai in the prefecture is the only plant online in the nation and is situated relatively close to an active fault that is believed to have slipped in the Kumamoto quakes.

        Despite growing concerns voiced by local governments, the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s secretariat, which compiled the guidelines, said in an interview …


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    with The Asahi Shimbun that it will not consider a review.

    “Indoor evacuation will not be for a prolonged period,” said an official. “Gyms and other public facilities would be available for residents even if their homes were destroyed.”

    The official also said local governments can improve their evacuation plans based on their understanding of local conditions.


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    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/to-prevent-a-nuclear-disaster-washington-firefighters-burned-a-whole-mountain

    To Prevent a Nuclear Disaster, Washington Firefighters Burned a Whole Mountain

    Written by
    SARAH EMERSON
    CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
    August 3, 2016

    The nation’s largest nuclear waste dump was almost ignited by wildfire this weekend. The raging inferno, called the Range 12 Fire, threatened to summit Washington’s Rattlesnake Mountain, and creep down the other side toward the Hanford Nuclear Site, an aging nuclear production complex that sits along the Columbia River.

    On Sunday night, more than 100 firefighters in Yakima and Benton Counties attempted to triage the blaze that had by that point consumed 70,000 acres of land, according to KOMO News. The fire had already hopped several highways, and was making its way toward Rattlesnake Mountain—the only thing stopping “America’s Fukushima” from setting aflame. …


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    http://www.newslaundry.com/2016/08/02/when-arundhati-roy-met-ed-snowden-and-julian-assange/#

    When Arundhati Roy met Ed Snowden and Julian Assange
    Arundhati Roy and John Cusack’s new book steps into a rabbit-hole, raising questions about nationalism, security, the imagination and more

    Posted by Arundhati Roy …


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    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article92709492.html

    JULY 29, 2016
    Do new rules make Florida water safer or more toxic? It’s debatable

    BY MARY ELLEN KLAS
    Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

    TALLAHASSEE
    How safe is Florida’s drinking water?

    The agency charged with protecting it says it’s very safe, especially with the approval this week of a new rule that imposes limits on 39 additional toxins and updates the allowed limits on 43 other chemicals dumped into Florida’s rivers, streams and coastal waters.

    “Each and every criterion protects Floridians, according to both EPA and the World Health Organization,” the Department of Environmental Regulation said last week after the governor’s Environmental Regulation Commission approved the new water quality rule on a narrow 3-2 vote.

    But environmentalists are so convinced that Florida’s water will be further harmed, they are ready to go to war.

    They say that new rules allow for higher levels of carcinogens and chemicals that can disrupt natural hormones to be discharged into Florida waters than current standards. They claim that weak enforcement by the Department of Environmental Protection already fails to shield Florida’s drinking water from infiltration by health-harming contaminants and, if the new rules are approved by the federal government, more clean-up will be needed. …


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      “That policy now says that more Floridians are expendable to cancer and other serious health diseases in order for industries to be more profitable,” said Linda Young, executive director of the Florida Clean Water Network, which tried and failed to get the commission to reject DEP’s proposed rule.

      The rule updates the state’s water quality standards for the first time since 1992 by allowing for 23 toxins, including 18 carcinogens, to be discharged from industrial polluters at higher levels into Florida waterways than in the past. The chemicals are among those released by oil and gas drilling companies, dry cleaners, pulp and paper producers, electricity plants, wastewater treatment plants and agriculture.

      Chemical discharges into water are regulated at different levels, depending on the types of water bodies. Class I water bodies are those used as drinking water sources and Class III is used for fishing and swimming.

      Under the new rules, at least 10 chemicals will now be allowed to be discharged into drinking water sources in amounts that exceed current drinking water standards.

      “That means, if the new criteria goes into effect, then those waters could have higher levels of those chemicals than it is legal to send to homes for drinking,” Young said. “So the utilities would have to get those chemicals out before putting it in our tap water.’’

      The Clean Water Network, and numerous other environmental groups, are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency…


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        to reject the rule and order the state to revise it.

        Florida regulators test the water bodies only once every five years. They allow industries to release toxins into rivers and aquifers daily based on permits. The industries self report to DEP how well they do at meeting the discharge goals allowed by the permits, and the agency orders corrective action if it believes a company has exceeded the allowed chemical discharge.

        If the federal Environmental Protection Agency approves the new rules, chemicals such as benzene, beryllium, trichloroethane, dichlorotheylene and at least six other toxins will be allowed into water in rivers, streams and aquifers at levels that are higher than the state currently considers safe for drinking water, agency records show.

        If there are more toxins in Florida’s drinking water sources, water utility companies must clean it before they pipe it into people’s homes, said Dee Ann Miller, DEP spokesperson.

        “Drinking water facilities are responsible for providing treatment that ensures the water they are providing to their customers meets state and federal drinking water standards,” she said.

        Take benzene, for example. The chemical is used as a solvent and degreaser of metals and is often found in oil and gas drilling operations, in gasoline and has been found to get into groundwater from leaking underground petroleum tanks.

        The federal government uses two rules to regulate benzene and dozens of other hazardous chemicals in water…


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    http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lanl-estimate-29-billion-%E2%80%98remaining%E2%80%99-cleanup-leaves-nuclear-and-toxic-wastes-behind

    LANL Estimate Of $2.9 Billion For ‘Remaining’ Cleanup Leaves Nuclear And Toxic Wastes Behind
    Submitted by Chris Clark on August 2, 2016

    NukeWatch News:

    SANTA FE ― The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the cost of “Remaining Legacy Cleanup” of radioactive and toxic wastes from more than 70 years of nuclear weapons research and production at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will cost $2.9 billion through fiscal year 2035, averaging $153 million per year.

    That cost estimate assumes that the Lab’s major radioactive and toxic wastes dumps will not be cleaned up. Instead they will be “capped and covered,” leaving some 200,000 cubic yards of radioactive and toxic wastes at Area G, its largest waste dump. Those wastes sit in unlined pits and trenches, 800 feet above groundwater and three miles uphill from the Rio Grande (plutonium contaminants have been detected 200 feet below Area G).

    During this same period of time the Lab’s nuclear weapons programs that caused the mess to begin with will cost ten times as much, even before expected funding increases for expanded production of plutonium bomb core “pits” and increasingly aggressive “Life Extension Programs” that give existing nuclear weapons new military capabilities.

    DOE’s announcement also pegs the cost of past cleanup at LANL …


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      at $3.2 billion to date, raising the question of what has been and will be accomplished with precious taxpayer dollars. The answer is not much for the money.

      According to DOE’s own data, for the next couple of years only around a sixth of LANL’s “cleanup” funding will actually go to cleanup. Approximately one-third will be used to catch up on worker pensions and another third to babysit improperly treated radioactive waste barrels, one of which ruptured and closed the multi-billion dollar Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. More than half of the remaining one-third for real cleanup goes to LANL’s notoriously high overhead.

      DOE’s cost estimate for future LANL cleanup assumes flat funding out to FY 2035, and notes how that cost is “Aligned to [the] 2016 Consent Order.” Despite repeated requests, DOE refused to estimate cleanup costs at LANL until a new Consent Order was finalized with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).

      Both agencies recently signed it, creating a giant loophole in which the Lab can claim that cleanup is too expensive or impractical to achieve. This is the exact opposite of the original 2005 Consent Order, whose underlying intent was to make DOE and LANL ask Congress for additional cleanup funding. Subsequently, funding for LANL cleanup has fallen from $224 million in FY 2014 to $189 million requested for FY 2017. …


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        Under the Gov. Martinez Administration, NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn granted more than 150 milestone extensions to the 2005 Consent Order at the Lab’s request and then claimed that the old Consent Order did not work.

        Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed suit against DOE and LANL for missing compliance milestones under the original Consent Order, with potential fines of more than $300 million. NMED explicitly absolves those violations and fines through the new Consent Order and has intervened in the lawsuit against NukeWatch. This raises the question of whose side the Environment Department is on, the environment or the polluter (in this case, a $2.3 billion per year nuclear weapons facility)?

        DOE and NMED kill the chance for serious job creation at the Los Alamos Lab with a deceptive plan for so-called cleanup that leaves tons of radioactive and toxic wastes in the ground that will permanently threaten northern New Mexico’s precious water resources.

        In addition to the environmental and safety threats and contamination, nuclear weapons programs are not big producers of new jobs. For example, the environmental impact statement for a planned $6.5 billion plutonium facility for expanded nuclear weapons production explicitly stated that not one new Lab job would be created because it would merely relocate existing jobs. …


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          In contrast, a LANL study of full cleanup of Area G assumed that around 40 percent of the total cost would go to labor. Thus, as a rough approximation, for every additional billion dollars put into cleanup, another 3,000 years of cleanup work could be created for one hypothetical worker (in other words, hundreds of high paying jobs for the regional economy).

          “The Department of Energy and the New Mexico Environment Department deal New Mexicans a bad hand by pushing a plan that blocks genuine cleanup at the Los Alamos Lab,” NukeWatch Director Jay Coghlan said. “We need real cleanup that protects our precious water resources for future generations, not more nuclear bombs that cause the mess to begin with.”


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    http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2016/08/1/assemblywoman-lifton-argues-nucleur-isn-t-truly-cleanenergy.html

    Assemblywoman: Nuclear Isn't Truly Clean, Safe or Renewable Energy
    By TWC News Web Staff
    Monday, August 1, 2016


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    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/02/2003652278

    Nuclear waste promise is empty: Lanyu Aborigines

    By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

    President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) promise to deal with radioactive waste stored on Taitung County’s Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) is an empty one, because it fails to specify exact relocation measures and a timetable, Aborigines on the island said yesterday.

    “The apology aside, Tsai did not make any specific promise to remove radioactive waste from the island. It was a pity. It was disappointing,” Orchid Island-based Tao Foundation chief executive Sinan Mavivo said.

    “Tsai fudged the issue at a historic moment when she, as the head of state, delivered an apology [to Aborigines],” Mavivo said.

    “Officials of previous administrations and even former presidents have delivered apologies, but none of them promised to remove nuclear waste by a specific date,” she said.

    Tsai should personally lead Cabinet and Taiwan Power Co (台電) officials on a visit to the island and hold meetings with residents to discuss when and how the nuclear waste will be removed, which is the only way to achieve reconciliation and transitional justice, Mavivo said.

    Tsai apologized for the government depositing low-level radioactive waste on the island in 1982 without the knowledge or consent of the Tao people, also known as the Yami. …


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    http://www.ecowatch.com/ny-times-got-it-wrong-renewable-energy-key-fight-climate-change-1954418758.html

    Aug 01, 2016
    The NY Times Got It Wrong: Renewable Energy Is Key to Fighting Climate Change
    Natural Resources Defense Council

    By Noah Long and Kevin Steinberger

    Renewable energy is one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against climate change and there is every reason to believe it will succeed. A recent New York Times column seems to imply that renewable energy investments set back efforts to address climate change—nothing could be further from the truth. What's more, renewable technologies can increasingly save customers money as they displace emissions from fossil fuels. …


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    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=7969

    Aug. 1, 2016

    Aging New York Nuclear Plants Do Not Deserve Ratepayer-Funded Handouts

    Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program


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    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=7968

    August 1, 2016

    Lack of Trust – and a Proposed Dump in Texas – Threaten the U.S. Department of Energy’s Attempt to Restart the Federal High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Program

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As it decides what constitutes community consent to a nuclear waste dump, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) should acknowledge its past mistakes, be responsive to public input and disavow attempts by the private sector to site a nuclear waste storage facility in Texas, Public Citizen has told the agency.

    Public Citizen submitted its comments (PDF) on Sunday in response to the agency’s invitation for public input on how it should go about establishing sites for high-level nuclear waste facilities.

    Over the past six months, the department has been holding public hearings across the country to solicit public input on and move forward consent-based siting, a new approach to siting nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities.

    The concept of consent-based siting, part of recommendations made in 2012 by the Obama administration’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, reportedly has enjoyed success in other countries pursuing nuclear waste disposal. It has been touted as a potential antidote to the four decades of failed nuclear waste policy in the U.S. and has been embraced by the DOE. …


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      But the success of this process and its aim to reset the federal radioactive waste program is already jeopardized. While the DOE is deciding what constitutes consent, an application for a new, high-level radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, Texas, is moving through the process at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

      Waste Control Specialists, which now operates a low-level radioactive waste dump there, wants to expand. Its plan would involve more than 10,000 shipments of radioactive waste generated across much of the United States over 20 or more years.

      “This proposal for ‘interim storage’ in Texas is putting the cart before the horse and is clearly at cross purposes with the DOE’s effort to develop a new approach that is safe, adaptive, staged and aimed at achieving state and community consent for storing our country’s lethal nuclear waste,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office.

      “While the Blue Ribbon Commission and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tout Texas and New Mexico as communities that might want this waste, the DOE has failed to even hold hearings in the targeted West Texas community to ascertain what the citizens think would constitute consent. This blatant omission further erodes public trust in the DOE and could derail its new approach before it even begins. To correct course, the agency should publicly oppose WCS’ proposal as premature.” …


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        Added Allison Fisher, outreach director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program, “The DOE has an opportunity to overhaul an agency culture that has systematically disregarded the public and failed to meet its commitments.

        ''But it is already wasting it. Acknowledging its past and present shortcomings – including failing the people of Andrews County – and taking steps to correct its mistakes are the first step to saving consent-based siting from becoming another blot on the DOE’s record.”

        Other recommendations by Public Citizen include:

        Stop promoting nuclear power. The DOE has, in part, framed the need for a nuclear waste repository as essential to continuing to use nuclear power. By conflating its role as a waste manager with that of a nuclear advocate, the DOE is inviting wariness and skepticism into the process.

        Reconsider consolidated storage. The DOE’s pursuit of consolidating nuclear waste at one or more facilities is ill-conceived and is motivated by politics and profits rather than safety. It would needlessly require the waste to be moved twice, would draw resources and attention away from siting a permanent repository and could condemn those temporary sites to indefinite waste management facilities. Once waste is “stored” and title is transferred to the federal government, the site will likely become the nation’s permanent repository because the utilities will no longer be lobbying to get the waste off their sites. …


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          Plus, a costly and controversial waste repository will be at the bottom of Congress’ funding priority list.

          Acknowledge past and present mistakes. From mismanaged federal facilities and unmanaged contractors, to disregard for public input, to whistleblower retaliation, the DOE is far from a model agency. To begin to restore trust, the DOE should admit to its shortcomings and announce a break with the past by taking corrective measures.

          Implement transportation recommendations. A 2006 National Academy of Science report found that the DOE must take steps to adequately plan for a national spent fuel transportation campaign and engage with stakeholders. But nearly a decade later, many of the report’s recommendations have yet to be implemented. Worse, the routes for transporting the waste won’t be finalized until the next decade, making it difficult for all the potentially affected communities to give informed consent.

          Refrain from setting deadlines that are unachievable.


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            When nuclear decay chains are millions of years in length then the ten of thousands of years needed for safe nuke waste storage are called 'interim' and 'indefinite'.

            Leave it to the government to change the definition of 'community consent' so the dangers of transporting and storing nuke wastes, to yet unnamed storage sites, can be ignored.

            Really one of the unsolvable problems of nuclear power generation, isn't it?…The DOE has, in part, framed the need for a nuclear waste repository as essential to continuing to use nuclear power.


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    Tepco Releases Video of Damaged Fukushima Reactor

    Aerial views show damage at the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant's No. 4 reactor.

    http://www.wsj.com/video/tepco-releases-video-of-damaged-fukushima-reactor/1B48AA40-7101-489D-BFB5-070D436AD614.html

    ..who? would get this close..


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    Graphic of the gravity data off Japan where the 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake occurred. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego 2016

    Raised image
    http://cdn.phys.org/newman/gfx/news/2016/newstudypinp.jpg

    Scripps researchers used gravity and topography data to produce a detailed map of the geological architecture of the seafloor offshore of Japan.
    "There's a dramatic change in the geology that parallels the earthquake cycle," said Scripps geophysicist David Sandwell.

    http://m.phys.org/news/2016-03-stress-factor-mega-earthquake-japan.html


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    Oil refinery explosion Japan [video]
    March 11 2011

    [pre-tsunami]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb9u7vWxTbE&sns=em


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    Fukushima Daini (INES 3)

    Although the height of the tsunami was below plant elevation at Fukushima Daini, the plant was partially flooded as water reached as high as 14.5 m in part of the plant location due to local geography.11 To̅kai Daini was partially flooded by a 4.6 m tsunami as its 6.1 m seawall was being retrofitted at the time and was not watertight.

    Fukushima Daiichi is classified as the most vulnerable to inundation, followed by Fukushima Daini, Tokai, and Onagawa.

    Plant, sea wall, and backup power height (m), international comparison. Color graph [6084]

    The Fukushima Disaster and Japan’s Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective

    http://web.stanford.edu/~plipscy/LipscyKushidaIncertiEST2013.pdf ..7 pages


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    Radiological protection after Fukushima
    Evacuation

    "Immediately after the Fukushima Daiichi accident and the start of the release of radioactive substances from the power plant, the Japanese government recommended the evacuation of the 78 000 people living within 20 km of the plant. It also recommended the sheltering of approximately 62 000 people living between 20 and 30 km from the plant, and the evacuation of a further 10 000 people living further to the north-east of the plant which was determined to be the most contaminated area. Because of these rapid government measures, health-significant exposure to radiation was avoided" http://www.oecd-nea.org/news/press-kits/fukushima.html

    Bullshit

    "For four days after the meltdown, the wind blew out to sea. But then it swung sharply around and turned to the northwest. To make matters worse, there was rain and snow, which captured radioactive particles in the air and drove them deep into Fukushima’s mountain forests and streams. For days, the government stayed silent about where the fallout was going. Leaders were “afraid of triggering a panic,” Goshi Hosono, the minister in charge of the crisis, has said. It was unwise; some evacuees fled into the plume, a mistake that has prompted one local mayor to accuse the government of murder." http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/17/the-fallout


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    "Further lessons learnt

    The accident at Fukushima Daiichi also raised the significant technical challenge of dealing with prolonged loss of electrical power, or station blackout. The NEA is working towards improved predictive data and modelling to form a better understanding of how plants would respond if the power supply is cut for long periods.

    In view of the hydrogen explosions which severely impacted units 1-4 at Fukushima Daiichi, the generation and transport of hydrogen following core damage is also being examined. Lessons can also be learnt on the impact of nuclear accidents on the ability to protect fuel stored in spent fuel pools. At Fukushima Daiichi, spent fuel pools were exposed to the environment. Their protection is therefore an important issue."

    Changing the safety approach following Fukushima: probabilistic vs deterministic

    "Currently nuclear regulators and industry use two basic analytical approaches for evaluating nuclear safety. The probabilistic approach is based on the likelihood of something occurring. With a deterministic approach, there exists the assumption that there will be a failure of some kind. Following the Fukushima Daiichi accident, these concepts will be better balanced for evaluating nuclear safety in both technical and organisational areas to ensure that nuclear power is made even safer." [...]

    http://www.oecd-nea.org/news/press-kits/fukushima.html

    Like they did not know about the dangers of spent fuel pools sitting…


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    Currently nuclear regulators and industry use a third basic analytical approach for evaluating nuclear safety.

    Denial


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    Photographer Sneaks into NEA Fukushima meeting : “I can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick smell”… We drove straight out — An “almost entirely lifeless” post-apocalyptic world… “IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!”

    sarc


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    Eel and flounder… bottom dwellers, like the nuke industry.

    "April 2015, the Government of Japan ordered the removal of restricted Ridged-eye Flounder and Nibe Croaker from the Fukushima Prefecture from distribution into the market.

    July 2015, the Government of Japan lifted ordered the removal of restricted Whitespotted Char from the Tochigi Prefecture from distribution into the market.
    August 2015, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of Sea Raven from Fukushima Prefecture and Soybean from Iwate Prefecture.

    November 2015, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of Azuki Beans from Fukushima Prefecture.

    January 2016, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of Panther Puffer from Fukushima Prefecture.

    March 2016, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of Seabass from Ibaraki Prefecture and soybeans form Miyagi Prefecture.

    April 2016, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of soybean from Fukushima Prefecture and rice from Miyagi Prefecture.

    ***June 2016, the Government of Japan lifted the ban on distribution of Olive Flounder and Conger Eel from Fukushima Prefecture.***

    FDA recognizes that the government of Japan is taking steps to address this issue and FDA will continue to provide support to their efforts."

    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_621.html


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    No reason to get excited said the joker to the thief… (Bob Dylan lyrics)

    http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm247403.htm


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    • And, truly speaking, it's all fake!!!! From the amount of Plutonium you can ingest that won't actually kill you (yea right, there is no amount that won't kill you eventually) to the acceptable level of this or that? This crap is lie after lie about substances that WILL cause your death, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when!!!!!

      Lies are lies and it's time to come to grips with that…

      Life is good, death from some "money madness" poison created by those that don't care about anything or anyone is not!!!

      Duh?


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  • Sol Man

    So older plants require further scrutiny be regulators and utilities, and further studies must be funded, and we are baffled by the death of everything in the Pacific….meanwhile, what is the condition of the genomes of the still living?

    What is to be done with the heavies in the snowpack and surface waters, crops and the dust everywhere…

    Of course, the costs of the entire planet-wide remediation effort is figured into the kw cost…oh, there is none. Well, that keeps it cheap. Ever more.


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