Scientist: Massive spikes in radioactivity are being hidden from public — Radiation doses around nuclear reactors increase exponentially — It’s a major worry… very, very important — Something must be done (VIDEO)

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Interview with Dr. Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist, Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy, Aug 19, 2014 (at 35:30 in): One of the key things I’d like to mention to your listeners is this; Up until 2012, we didn’t really know what happened with emissions from nuclear reactors. The only data that we had was annual data… we didn’t really know the time pattern — now we do. Now we know that the large majority — say two-thirds, three-quarters — of the annual emissions from a reactor occur just once, during one spike. And that spike occurs when the reactor is opened up to take out the old fuel and to put in fresh fuel. During that time period — about a day, day-and-half — the reactors are depressurized… they open up the valves and the radioactive gases shoot out. It’s during that time that we think that the people down wind are exposed to high levels of radioactivity, i.e. high radiation doses… Instead of having even, little bits of emissions throughout the 365 days, you have one big, massive spike which happens over a day-and-a-half period. And that happens roughly speaking, once a year… That’s important — Very, very important — because it results in doses that are at least 20 times higher, maybe even as much as 100 times higher… That’s a major worry… I’ve said to a number of nuclear operators, “Why don’t you do this at night time when people are in bed? Why don’t you do it when it’s really, really windy out — and it’s not raining?” … When it’s very calm it just drifts everywhere and you get big doses — No response… These spikes have been hidden from us ever since the beginning of the nuclear power program … nobody knew about them apart from people who work in the nuclear industry and they keep really quiet about it.  I’d like to say to your American listeners, this is very important. You have to go to your regulator and say, “There’s no reason why this is not occurring at US reactors. These data are from German pressurized water reactors… We know that it’s very, very likely the same thing is happening with US reactors.” I hope that at least some of your listeners will pick this up and say, “Whoa, we’ve got to do something here.” >> Full interview available here

Dr. Donald Mosier, Scripps Research Institute’s Dept. of Immunology and city council member in Del Mar near San Onofre nuclear plant,  Oct. 19, 2013 (at 27:15 in): The problem with the data is that tritium releases are episodic. They’ll have a release of tritium one day a month, but when they report that to the NRC, they’ll say this is the amount of tritium we’ve released over the year. You have 5 days of release, but you divide that by 365 days, it doesn’t look like so much tritium. But if you’re sitting right next to the plant on the day of the release, it’s quite a bit. There’s some data from Europe that says those spikes are dangerous. There’s no data in the US that you can interpret. >> Watch the community symposium here

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175 comments to Scientist: Massive spikes in radioactivity are being hidden from public — Radiation doses around nuclear reactors increase exponentially — It’s a major worry… very, very important — Something must be done (VIDEO)

  • The criminal nuketards state that "you can't prove it" is due to Fukushima.

    However, thyroid cancer in young people is normally around 1.7 cases per 100,000. But in Fukushima it is 35 per 100,000. And the radiation pimps say that doesn't mean anything…..

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201408240011


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well, the thyroid stats there are SO WORSE. They have to be. If a child has a thyroid cyst or nodule, the parent is told to not come back for two years and to not seek a second opinion. By then, the child could be dead, or saddled with yet another illness.

      According to an article way back, nearly half the kids under the age of 12 already had DIABETES a little over a year in! A killer if left untreated and/or getting worse from escalating radiation. Yet we do not hear ANY follow-up on that. There should be a massive national alert with huge public clinics for parents having to treat their child's diabetes. But apparently there is nothing.

      If there is any national register for childhood illness, it's apparently not hit the light of day except for dribs and drabs here and there. Maybe all we will hear is, "There are fewer people now in Japan"?

      And in the U.S? Well, we'll see. Different style, same proclivity for cover-ups.


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  • You know that Woods Hole is a pimp organization for nuke.

    Want to send them an email, here is the contact information

    http://www.whoi.edu/main/contact-us


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  • Oceania - foreknowledge of pain Oceania - foreknowledge of pain

    It is discouraging that there are no voices with power. Doctors, City Councilmen, Radiation Biologists, it does not matter. There is silence or canned answers,no real numbers. There are numbers released regarding two years ago at which time there were no numbers. Whatever dangers we face now will not be available untilit gets so much worse that the


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      @ ocean
      We pay their salaries
      We need to demand that any rules made are based on science
      Our congressmen should have a prerequisite in basic science
      Kudos to any scientist who steps up to the plate and Accually gets thru the mud to bring us the truth

      We need to support this type of thing , redirect our money


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    • We Not They Finally

      There actually are voices with power — powerful people like Helen Caldicott and Chris Busby. And there are others — like Libbe HaLevy is very committed — just been around for a shorter time, and a smaller base of operations.

      There just are few voices with MEGAPHONES, due to media monopolies.

      Everyone scorned Marx for telling workers to seize the means of production. Nor is that quite what happened in the old Soviet Union (obviously)! But were such possible, our modern-day "overlords" in no way serve the public, and it would be great to get the reins out of their hands.

      We don't seem to have the wherewithal to do that, or maybe it would just take a wholly different CONSCIOUSNESS.


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  • Oceania - foreknowledge of pain Oceania - foreknowledge of pain

    It is discouraging that there are no voices with power. Doctors, City Councilmen, Radiation Biologists, it does not matter. There is silence or canned answers,no real numbers.

    There are numbers released regarding the past, say, two years ago at which time there were "no numbers." Whatever dangers we face now will not be known or made available until it gets so much worse that the old numbers become acceptable.

    I'm tired of having no voice, of being sold a Ponzi Scheme of "cheap and safe" energy. We should deny any new nuclear facilities until the old ones are completely decommissioned.

    We need a NO NUKE government or it is all over.
    Why do we pay taxes to support a corrupt industry ?

    Because we have no voice and no choice.


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      @ocean
      http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt

      Plenty of scientists have been moved by their research findings to take action in the streets. Physicists, astronomers, medical doctors and biologists have been at the forefront of movements against nuclear weapons, nuclear power, war, chemical contamination and creationism. And in November 2012,Nature published a commentary by the financier and environmental philanthropist Jeremy Grantham urging scientists to join this tradition and “be arrested if necessary”, because THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY “is one of the only the crisis that's part of your lives – it is also the crisis of our species’ existence”.

      I took the liberty of changeling a few words

      But the correlation to the hurdles that the scientific world faces is reflected in this article
      DEMAND EVIDENCE BASED SCIENCE


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  • Born Mohammad Farok Sharif in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on March 7, 1962

    Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/biz/27215457biz12-27-10.htm#ixzz3BL8p0Gp2
    Subscribe Now Albuquerque Journal

    Mohammad was running the WIPP at the time of the dirty bomb explosion, he was removed as president of the joint venture shortly after the plutonium explosion.


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      @stock
      ARE YOU KIDDING ME FILE

      A: If you look at WIPP, it's the only one in the world actually, and we are the pioneer. So working at the only one in the world that's operating and licensed and, by the way, us solving a major problem — to me that just fascinated me. We are actually leading the way for everybody else in the world. They all want one; they don't have one. So ours is a model. We are the trendsetter.
      Q: That's got to be a lot of pressure.
      A: If I sit and think about it, it overwhelms you. I take it one step at a time. … Because this job here, a small mistake can cost and cause a lot of problems. … You have to think strategically, you have to see the future and you just have to pull it all together. It's kind of hard to comprehend that I've gone from a simple life in Malaysia now to I'm doing this.
      Q: You are obviously passionate about your job. Is there anything outside of that you are equally passionate about?
      A: I love cars. My baby's sitting right out there (pointing to a BMW M3).
      Q: You were chosen to be part of the international performing group Up With People in college. Is performing something you've always done?
      A: I liked to sing even when I was a little kid. … I can do either first or second tenor, and I actually traveled with the chorale group out of the college. When I moved to Carlsbad, they have a Community Chorale, so I joined them.

      Soo this is who is guarding…


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      This is new

      NewRuling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk" | Mother Jones
      http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/08/nuclear-regulatory-commission-radioactive-waste-magwood
      Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. According to a congressional source who does not wish to be identified, the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry.

      The rule would establish that the environmental risks of storing spent fuel in pools of water at reactor sites for extended periods are negligible and for the most part don't need to be studied as part of the licensing requirements for nuclear power plants. But critics of the rule say that the NRC is blatantly ignoring its own research, which shows that the practice could lead to serious disasters: "You will have all the waste sitting, basically, in a giant swimming pool," the source says, "and the potential of the swimming pool draining or being breached by an accident or an attack or a power loss that causes the water to boil off—all of those things would have impacts that the NRC's own analysis says would equal that of a meltdown of the reactor core."


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      • Angela_R

        Clam, I wonder what Barbara Boxer might say about "Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week."

        Here is quite an interesting indepth look at the still existing dangers from San Onofre, a nuclear plant no longer in operation. Published on Jun 16, 2014

        "Following the May 14, 2014 wildfire that came within one half mile of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in southern California, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer questioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about Southern California Edison requests to the NRC to be exempted from numerous safety requirements.To the NRC credit, in it March 26, 2014 San Onofre inspection report, the NRC did cite Edison for eliminating 39 emergency response positions without obtaining NRC approval.The video is an excerpt from a June 4, 2014 hearing convened in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.For more information go to SanOnofreSafety.org"

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76uEq_eIpxc


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      • We Not They Finally

        It's disgraceful on top of disgraceful on top of disgraceful. All living beings (including plants and animals) seem to be reduced to "the cost of doing business."


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Another stacked deck.."the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry."

        Are there any cards that are not stacked?

        Cold Deck
        The term, cold deck (when used as a noun), refers to a "stacked" deck (i.e., a deck of playing cards arranged in a preset order, to effect a specific outcome, once dealt) which is deceptively switched with the original deck of cards in play—to the benefit of the player/dealer making the switch. The term refers to the fact that the cards in the stacked deck often are literally colder (to the touch) than those of the original deck (as constant handling of playing cards over several consecutive "hand"s warms them, due to transfer of body heat from the fingers to the cards).


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  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    t . This is very well done and a keeper , it covers the time story too
    It has loads of links

    No One Wants You to Know How Bad Fukushima Might Still Be | VICE News
    https://news.vice.com/article/no-one-wants-you-to-know-how-bad-fukushima-might-still-be
    But it's hard to give TEPCO the benefit of the doubt when misinformation, lying, and a sub-par approach to safety culture have been central to this quagmire since before the natural disasters. While it's rarely constructive to point fingers in a time of crisis, it's worth noting that TEPCO has been reprimanded by the Japanese government, international scientists, peace-keeping organizations, global media outlets, and both anti- and pro-nuclear advocates for its unwillingness to disclose key details at a time when they are desperately needed. Coupled with the unmitigated radiation still pouring into Pacific waters, this helps explain why a Japanese judicial panel announced in late July that it wants TEPCO executives to be indicted.

    This negligence can be traced back to the Fukushima plant's meltdown. Just three months after the plant was crippled, theWall Street Journal came out with a report culled from a dozen interviews with senior TEPCO engineers saying its operators knew some reactors were incapable of withstanding a tsunami. Since the Daiichi plant's construction in the late 1960s, engineers had approached higher-ups to discuss refortifying the at-risk reactors, DENIED


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  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Dr's of this calibre are a hindrence to the exposure of nuclear energy as a scheme to pick your pockets, enslave rate payers and insure volocity of money in the health care industry.. Not to mention the fact that are a roadblock to decentralization. They are really pushhing the envelope here. Still using BWR and PWR what a surprise that they are dirty and dangerous. No co2 here folks, no worries. Shut the off the alarms while we reload our single cycle fuel load.


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  • Nick

    Here we are in 2014 and I see no significant change in the world's nuclear madness.

    None. Vast amounts of uranium are being mined. Old nuclear weapons are being dismantled to get the fissile materials and new ones get built from newer isotopes, etc

    Many countries are building new plants and extending operating licenses to aging ones.

    Sanity is in short supply and many Eco-freaks buy into the carbon as the enemy crap while giving nuclear a pass (or worse…..calling a technology that will alter the human genome forever…green!).

    The spikes and puffs of radioactive releases have always been part of the modus operandus of the nuclear cycle.

    Tritium cannot be filtered so it is deemed "harmless" and released in vast quantities.

    The noble radioactive gases that get released are also a constant.

    Just what do you think TEPCO vented all those decades through those tall vent stacks at FD-NPP?

    We're we an intelligent species, we would never have split the atom.

    I have never trusted nuclear anything. Why create even one radioactive atom?

    As you watch your future fade love while you can.


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  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Clam if I may,
    Partly yes. Partly no.
    "One of the key things I’d like to mention to your listeners is this; [Up until 2012, we didn’t really know what happened with emissions from nuclear reactors.][mine} The only data that we had was annual data… we didn’t really know the time pattern — now we do."
    Maybe, maybe not. Believe it or not. What on earth would make someone all of a sudden take an interest in emissions from NPP. Purely dogmatic. Let us wait on pins and needles for the next dispensation from the next Dr. of BS.


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  • dunkilo

    test test thump thump thump is this thing on ?


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