Times: “The worst possible result” revealed at Fukushima — Plant Chief: Centuries may pass before humans find a way to deal with molten cores — Top Official: “We have no idea” what to do, “the technology simply doesn’t exist… I can’t say it’s possible” (VIDEOS)

Published: April 1st, 2015 at 11:48 pm ET
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NHK ‘Nuclear Watch’ transcript, Mar 31, 2015 (emphasis added):

  • NHK: The people trying to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been hit by setback after setback… and faced accusations of misconduct. It’s lost them a lot of public trust… [Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco's decommissioning company] revealed he’s not sure if he can comply with the government set plan [for] removing the fuel…
  • Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Company: We have no idea about the debris. We don’t know its shape or strength. We have to remove it remotely from 30 meters above, but we don’t have that kind of technology, it simply doesn’t exist... We still don’t know whether it’s possible to fill the reactor containers with water. We’ve found some cracks and holes in the three damaged container vessels, but we don’t know if we found them all. If it turns out there are other holes, we might have to look for some other way to remove the debris.
  • NHK: Asked [about the gov't target to begin by 2020], his answer was surprisingly candid.
  • Masuda: It’s a very big challenge. Honestly speaking, I cannot say it’s possible.

Dale Klein, Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee chair, Mar 31, 2015 (at 24:00 in):

  • Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times: I was at the plant last week on the tour and we talked Mr. Ono, the boss. He made no bones about the fact that the technology… to remove the molten or semi-molten fuel doesn’t exist yet… I asked him how can you be sure that it will be, and he said, “Well, 200 years ago people would never have dreamed of bullet trains or mobile phones, but they exist.” That seems to be the scale of the leap… that’s going to be required. So there must be immense uncertainties around that… There must surely be a chance that it won’t work out, and that the eventual solution will be something like the Chernobyl solution… a sarcophagus of some kind sealing in the 3 plants
  • Klein: This is something that has never been done… Units 1, 2, and 3… molten fuel penetrated the bottom of the vessel… We don’t know… how much and where it moved.

The Times (complete article), Mar 28, 2015: The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed [and] conceded that the stated goal of decommissioning the plant by 2051 may be impossible without a giant technological leap… [Tepco] continues to be embarrassed by leaks of radiation into the sea… Recent scans of one revealed the worst possible result: all the nuclear fuel that was in the reactor’s furnace has melted and dripped down into the concrete outer containment vessel… The alternative would be to seal the entire complex in a giant sarcophagus like the one covering Chernobyl — but it would have to extend underground to stop contaminated groundwater reaching the sea. [See the initial report based on an excerpt from this article here]

Akira Ono, chief of Fukushima Daiichi, Mar 28, 2015: “There are so many uncertainties… For removal of the debris, we don’t have accurate information… or any viable methodology… I believe human beings have the capability to develop technologies… It may take 200 years.”

Watch: NHK ‘Nuclear Watch’ | Klein Press Conference

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/05/national/half-of-owners-of-fukushima-land-for-site-to-store-radioactive-soil-are-unknown/#.VSDCTUJB-S0

    … The government intends to build the complex on around 16 sq. km of land in the towns of Okuma and Futaba that is designated as uninhabitable due to radiation contamination. Facility buildings have not yet been built due to slow progress in negotiations with the landowners.

    To acquire the necessary land, the government needs to negotiate with all of the landowners. With around 1,200 of them remaining unknown, construction of the complex, seen as key to the rebuilding of Fukushima, is expected to be further delayed.

    According to the sources, in many cases land registrations have not been renewed since the 1860s. It is also proving difficult to contact the two towns’ residents who remain in evacuee accommodations across the country.

    The government has begun transferring radioactive soil and other waste collected during decommissioning work within Fukushima to part of land it has borrowed free of charge from corporate landowners. But it has been able to conclude land purchasing contracts with only a few owners so far. …


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    • We Not They Finally

      So much for neat and tidy Japanese record-keeping. Some of those folks might well have died in the tsunami as well. And why oh why are they building the restoration facilities on land too contaminated to live on? Are they planning on building dorms for yet more underpaid, exploited, fired-when-sick-and-no-medical-care work force?

      Did they not even keep track of who lived there just four years ago and what happened to those people? Not that there is any sanity in this new plan to begin with.

      Well, at least some criminally-nuked people might now wind up with some compensation for their now-ruined land.

      BTW, the story about not tracking people down is sort of crap. They need to announce on prime time national government-controlled t.v. that people from those towns can now be offered monetary compensation for their land. Someone somewhere will know someone or many someones. Is it now also an f—ing secret that people could actually GET something life-sustaining from out of their devastation?


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  • rogerthat

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/column/AJ201504050005

    INSIGHT: Why not talk more about a nuclear-free future for Japan?
    April 05, 2015

    By NAOHITO MAEDA/ Senior Staff Writer
    While German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is moving to pull the plug on nuclear power in her nation, was visiting Japan on March 9, I met with a former Lower House member.

    “In my view, Japan does have energy politics but has no energy policy,” Satoshi Shima, 56, emphatically told me.

    Shima currently serves as an adviser to Softbank Corp., a telecommunications company led by Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, a high-profile entrepreneur. Having served eight years as head of the CEO’s office at the company, Shima, a stalwart champion of a nuclear phase-out, has been working behind the scenes to link policy with politics with regard to renewable energy sources.

    In Shima’s opinion, “politics” is about making arrangements as to who will gain profits, whereas “policy” is about deciding the best choice from an overall perspective.

    “Germany has chosen to go nuclear-free after properly studying energy policy,” he said. “But Japan, as it stands now, has nothing more than a sum of stakeholders’ lobbyism. Nuclear opponents are no match for pro-nuclear lobbies, which are so influential.”

    The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 prompted Shima and Son to call for pulling the plug on nuclear energy and using more renewable energy sources. …


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    • rogerthat

      Shima backed Morihiro Hosokawa and Junichiro Koizumi, an alliance of former prime ministers, who campaigned under the banner of “zero nuclear power” during the February 2014 gubernatorial election in Tokyo. But Hosokawa failed to win the governor’s seat, and nuclear opponents have barely made any headway since. They have now come to a grinding halt.

      Japan is headed, without serious debate, toward a continued reliance on nuclear power. It is a foregone conclusion for the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the country’s nuclear reactors, all of which are idled now, will eventually be restarted. No in-depth debate is being made in the Diet over what to do with nuclear power.

      The adversity notwithstanding, Shima is still pinning his hopes on elections. …


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      • We Not They Finally

        Part of their now "coming to a grinding halt" may be the new Japanese secrecy laws. Plus who knows how their elections are run? If they have public electronic voting machines like in the U.S., and other various corrupt practices, their Diet may well wind up with an 8% approval rating like the Congress here and no wonder….

        BTW, they were apparently legally prohibited from mentioning radiation in their election campaigns. I mean, why tell people what is killing them when it might actually give them a chance to vote against that?


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    • Angela_R

      There are a couple of excerpts in your extracts, Roger, that I am repeating.

      “In my view, Japan does have energy politics but has no energy policy,” Satoshi Shima, 56, emphatically told me"

      "In Shima’s opinion, “politics” is about making arrangements as to who will gain profits, whereas “policy” is about deciding the best choice from an overall perspective"


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.todayszaman.com/sundays-zaman_dont-build-a-nuclear-power-plant-thats-all-we-ask_377096.html

    Don’t build a nuclear power plant, that’s all we ask
    April 04, 2015

    Last week was marked by an hours-long power outage across Turkey.

    While we were preoccupied with questioning the cause of the blackout, that very night, Parliament approved an international agreement that allows Japan to build a second nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop.

    As you may already know, the first one was previously agreed as a project to be built by Russian company Rosatom in Akkuyu, Mersin. In recent years, the government has developed a habit of having controversial bills passed in Parliament in the middle of the night.

    Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHE) Itochu Corp. and French company GDF Suez undertook the construction of this power plant at a cost of $22 billion through an agreement signed in 2013.

    The nuclear plant will have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts (MW) and use Atmea 1 model reactors, to be produced by the MHE and French energy firm Areva. Legislation for this was passed on April 1, and with it a crucial step taken — namely, the legal groundwork, has been laid for the power plant's construction.

    At this point, I would like to supply you with some significant information regarding the location of the nuclear power plant planned in Sinop.

    – According to Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) research on life satisfaction, Sinop is …


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    • rogerthat

      Turkey's happiest province.

      – Some 70 percent of İnceburun, Turkey's most northerly spot and the location to host the planned nuclear power plant, consists of forested area. The following places are all located in the İnceburun Peninsula, within the area where the nuclear power plant will be built. The Hamsilos Nature Park, listed as a first-degree environmentally protected area, the Akliman neighborhood, a second-degree environmentally protected area and Lake Sarıkum, which has parts listed as first- and third-degree.

      – Lake Sarıkum is listed as an important region famous for hosting birds, with 150 species permanently living there and around 60 migrant species.

      – The province of Sinop has nearly 1,600 species of plants, including 120 endemic plants, with one, “Sinop crocus,” endemic only to Sinop.

      – Apart from all this, Sinop has extra significance because, although it is located in the Black Sea region, it is a place mostly populated by Mediterranean enclaves, with plant groups grown in areas far from their own endemic zones.

      – Last year, I traveled with the Anti-Nuclear Platform (NKP) to the paradisal Hamsilos Bay, İnceburun, Akliman and Sarıgöl. Now they are set to host a nuclear power plant.
      The province, which has various characteristics of nature and culture, does not currently have a factory or an industrial facility.
      Some 70 percent of the fish caught in Turkey comes from the Black Sea, with 30 percent of this amount coming from Sinop. …


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      • rogerthat

        Furthermore, İnceburun is credited for 70 percent of the fish caught in Sinop. In the province, which has around 4,000 licensed fishermen, at least 16,000 locals earn their living through fishing. So, despite all its natural fabric, this is the area due to host a nuclear power plant.

        In summary, a hell will rise in the middle of a heaven.

        Nowadays, this agreement signed by the government, which has lost its legitimacy politically, ethically and legally, needs to have every aspect of it questioned.

        Furthermore, there has been no locational reason given for Sinop to host such a nuclear power plant project.

        It is not yet known whether this region is convenient for the construction of a nuclear facility geologically, geotechnically, seismologically or oceanographically.

        Some news reports state that site investigations have been carried out, but there is no clear information on this.

        Also, thousands of trees were uprooted last year where the nuclear facility is set to be built in İnceburun. Though the uprooting was presented to the public as a “routine felling and thinning out of trees,” it is widely thought that the act was aimed at making the area lose its status as a forest.

        Hence, neither in Mersin nor Sinop has a transparent and accountable process been observed ahead of planned nuclear power plant projects. …


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        • rogerthat

          The intergovernmental agreements for these facilities with Russians in Akkuyu and with Japanese in Sinop are far from the public's involvement and transparency.

          Considering the corruption cases that have piled up, the injustice and the political atmosphere dominating the country, it is not hard to see that Turkey is definitely not a convenient place for investment in such as a nuclear power plant.

          With memories of the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents still fresh in people's minds, the nuclear issue concerns the whole country and cannot be regarded as a problem merely for Mersin and Sinop.

          Sinop was the hometown of Greek philosopher Diogenes, who is known for his response upon being asked whether he wanted anything: "Yes, stand out of my sunlight.”

          Now it is time to further raise our voice to say what we want: “Don't build a nuclear power plant, that is all we ask.”


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      • We Not They Finally

        At least the Turks found a really NICE area of their country to pollute [sarc].


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  • rogerthat

    http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/5/702.full

    Outcomes of Fukushima: Biological Effects of Radiation on Nonhuman Species
    Tomoko Y. Steen and Timothy Mousseau
    + Author Affiliations

    Georgetown University, Washington, DC and University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Accepted June 2, 2014.


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  • rogerthat

    http://climateviewer.com/2015/04/04/down-the-rabbit-hole-w-popeye-03-26-2015-the-fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-leak-its-effects/

    On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back friend, fellow broadcaster, and Fukushima expert Christina Consolo aka RadChick.

    The two of them cover the ongoing disaster that is the leaking Fukushima Nuclear power plant and all of the ongoing effects from it including: The health effects on humans and other animal life; The Pacific Ocean being contaminated and destroyed; The radiation being spewed into the atmosphere on a daily basis; The food chain; Food from the west coast; The effects of radiation on airplanes; The effect radiation exposure has on human mental health, and whether that could have been a factor in the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525. This is an extremely informational broadcast that everyone needs to hear.

    Check Out Christina’s Work on Fukushima Here: http://climateviewer.com/radchick/

    Popeye’s Radio Show YouTube Archive: http://www.youtube.com/user/DTRHRadioArchives

    Popeye’s Archive Page: http://www.federaljack.com/dtrh-radio-archives/

    DTRH w/ Popeye Downloadable Radio Show Archive: http://popeyeradio.com/

    FederalJacktube6 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FederalJacktube6

    Listen Live Page: http://www.federaljack.com/radio-show-chats/down-the-rabbit-hole-chat/

    The Truth Frequency Radio Network: http://truthfrequencyradio.com/


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/letters-dangers-reopening-yucca-mountain-far-outweigh-benefits

    … Just because something creates several hundred jobs doesn’t make it a good ideas for our society as a whole. There are several thousand illegal drug dealers who contribute a lot of money to our economy. But they are not good for our society.

    Storage of a massive amount (I believe the estimate is 70,000 tons) of extremely toxic nuclear waste is not only dangerous for Nevadans, but for the entire country, because it has to be transported from all corners of the U.S., frequently through very populated areas. Additionally, it is a fact that Nevada is a state with a very large number of fault lines. Because of this, it is highly likely that sometime in the next 10,000 years, Yucca Mountain will be subjected to a massive earthquake. Everyone that is reading this will probably be dead when it happens, but no one can predict exactly when it will occur.

    I believe it would be much safer to store this nuclear waste where it is generated, without transporting it from all over the U.S. to Yucca Mountain. Rep. Hardy is foolhardy to support this project. Yucca Mountain is a bad idea and should not be resurrected.

    DEAN TOMSA

    MESQUITE


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah, when Yucca Mountain was scratched off, there came WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) in New Mexico and look what happened to that. It was even supposed to be "low level waste" (yeah, from Hanford, Rocky Flats, and the like — real "low level") and they wound up contaminating the air with plutonium.

      Nevadans need to just say no if they can.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150403/OPINION/150409637/2011/OPINION

    Peoria Journal-Star

    Forum: Finally, someone paying attention to dangers of depleted uranium

    Apr. 3, 2015

    I would like to offer a public thank you to state Rep. Don Moffitt.

    During the last four years, since by son died from exposure to depleted uranium, I have begged members of Congress to please recognize this carcinogenic chemical, much like Agent Orange.
    I consistently have been told that no studies have been done to prove its danger.

    Several months ago, I ran into Rep. Moffit at a Central Illinois Gold Star Families event. I introduced myself and told him why I was a member. I told him about my son and the proof I had that he was allowed to die in the VA system. He asked if I had any of this proof with me. Of course, I did. I thought that was the end of it.

    Instead, on Feb. 9, what should have been my son Aaron’s 30th birthday, I received an email containing a resolution that Rep. Moffitt had written. I was ecstatic.

    Finally, someone was listening. On March 19, a hearing was held, at which I testified. It was decided that the resolution would go to the House floor. On March 24, the resolution was presented to the House, where it was decided that Illinois VA hospitals and public health departments would be asked to monitor any DU victims.

    Rep. Moffitt told me they would be sending copies of the resolution to other states to inspire them to do the same. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://diplomacist.org/articles/2015/4/3/the-toxic-legacy-of-chemical-violence-and-its-unmourned-victims

    The Toxic Legacy of Chemical Violence and Its Unmourned Victims
    April 03, 2015/ Arwa Awan

    U.S. PLANE SPRAYING AGENT ORANGE ON VIET CONG CROPS AND COVER DURING THE WAR (USAF).

    Earlier this month, bipartisan legislation titled The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act was introduced in the Senate after a companion bill was presented in the House last month.

    The bill seeks to extend VA health benefits, currently reserved for US veterans who served on the ground, to Navy and Marine veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam and suffer from illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

    Agent Orange is the name of an extremely toxic herbicide used by the US military as part of its elaborate program of defoliation — code-named Operation Ranch Hand — which involved spraying more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972.

    The aim of this campaign of chemical warfare was to deprive North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops of jungle cover and food supply.

    While the US government consistently downplayed the effects of the employed chemical defoliants as harmless and short-lived, recent evidence has shown that the military was cognizant of the deadly consequences of the dioxin contaminant. …


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    • rogerthat

      Nearly four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the devastating legacy of Agent Orange, linked to a variety of debilitating illnesses including various cancers, birth defects and psychological disorders, continues to haunt thousands of US veterans as well as the Vietnamese population and ecosystem. The legislation recently introduced in Congress is a continuation of long-standing efforts of US veterans to extract compensation for their continuing suffering. In 1984, seven large chemical companies that manufactured the herbicide agreed to pay $180 million in compensation on the condition that all charges against them be dropped, and in 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed the Agent Orange Act into law, providing benefits to veterans who served on the mainland and suffer from certain presumptive conditions related to their exposure to Agent Orange.

      While US veterans have managed to secure limited compensation after years of organized action and hard-fought legal battles, the harm inflicted upon the Vietnamese population at unspeakable levels remains uncompensated and — perhaps more importantly — unacknowledged in the American public conscience.

      Aside from widespread famine in the wake of the destruction of crops used to feed the civilian population and the long-term poisoning of soil and ecosystem imbalance, more than three million Vietnamese bear the brunt of a disastrous policy of ecocide, which figures little in our mainstream discourse on Vietnam. …


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      • rogerthat

        According to the 2008-2009 President's Cancer Panel Report, exposure to Agent Orange has resulted in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, while the Vietnam Red Cross reports 150,000 children born with birth defects in Vietnam since the end of the war.

        Toddlers with grotesquely bent spines, stillborn and mentally disabled children, kids with extra toes and fingers — these are some of the ramifications of the US military’s egregious acts in Vietnam.

        “If this was a death sentence, it would be better, but this pain still exists and I deal with it on a daily basis,” says Toan La, an 18-year-old with a paralyzed body and crooked spine, a consequence of his grandfather’s exposure to Agent Orange.

        He watches his muscles slowly degenerate and body become completely immobile. “It’s like a life imprisonment,” he says.

        The suffering of the Vietnamese receives little attention from the US government, which has evaded accountability for its actions in Vietnam.

        The Nixon administration promised to contribute $3 billion towards post-war reconstruction and assuaging the plight of the Vietnamese in the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, but this commitment has never been honored and the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange still remain uncompensated by the US. …


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        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          This war action was a direct crime against all humanity and the planet…all of them should have been thrown in jail.


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          • rogerthat

            wonderful place to visit. somewhere in the jungle you will find a 2000 year old site with beautiful ruins built of small, shaped baked bricks put together with no mortar. running through the site are B-52 bomb craters. surreal. wonderful people, if you get the chance, do visit.

            in saigon (ho chi minh city) there is a war museum. known as the war crimes museum. arresting stuff.


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        • rogerthat

          In 2004, a group of Vietnamese citizens tried to take the matter into their own hands and filed a lawsuit against the US manufacturers of Agent Orange demanding compensation, but the case was dismissed in district court, in appeals court and, in 2009, by the US Supreme Court.

          Currently, around only 200,000 Vietnamese victims receive $20-per-month subsidies by the Vietnamese government, which is certainly not enough for their proper care.

          In recent years, the U.S. has begun to fund cleanup and treatment programs as part of its “Pivot to Asia,” paving the way for greater US military involvement in the country’s affairs.

          Hence, for the most part, promises remain unfulfilled — and the plight of the Vietnamese not simply ignored, but also exploited for political gains.

          The painful history of herbicide use in Vietnam is not an isolated incident of an American foreign policy misstep. An enormous number of cases of unchecked chemical deployment in foreign lands mark the long record of American military history.

          The use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus in Iraq — illegal under international law — is only one such case that has led to an epidemic of cancer and birth defects among the region’s civilian population.

          “An enormous number of cases of unchecked chemical deployment in foreign lands mark the long record of American military history.”

          The deployment of harmful chemicals is not unique to the arena of formal warfare, however. …


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          • rogerthat

            The little known case of the US military’s target bomb practice in Vieques is one of the many examples of exploitation driven by American self-interest.

            The tiny island located off the coast of Puerto Rico was used as a practice ground for US Navy weapons for more than six decades until a massive campaign of civil disobedience finally put a halt to the bombing in 1999.

            Their food chain and soil critically contaminated, the islanders now face extremely high rates of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses — all exacerbated by a lack of access to facilities for medical treatment on the island.

            While the residents continue to suffer a situation that an editorial in Puerto Rico's main daily El Nuevo Día has called “a crime against humanity,” the US continues to deny a link and dodge accountability.

            This shameful legacy of inhumane violence, whose victims do not coincidentally belong to the Global South, is emblematic of global structures of power imbalance and reflective of a wide discrepancy in the sheer worth of human lives.

            The absence of accountability and discourse around the loss of millions of innocent lives belonging to developing countries is a testament to this asymmetry, examples of which abound.

            The uncontained radiation from France’s mismanaged nuclear testing campaign in Algeria in the early 1960s continues to cripple thousands of inhabitants, for instance. …


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            • rogerthat

              There has been minimal accountability for France’s actions, however, and the existing compensation scheme has utterly failed to provide substantial assistance to the victims.

              Truly, then, some lives are worth more than others.

              Alas, history cannot be undone, nor past injustices ever completely rectified. Besides concrete reparations, the least that can be done to alleviate the impact of historical injustices and eschew the future ones is to generate a self-critical discourse that reflects acknowledgement and guilt over the catastrophes that we have needlessly brought about around the globe.

              Until this psychological realization comes about, there is little hope we won’t continue this toxic legacy of brute violence and disregard for human life.


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              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                All of this mayhem done by a supposedly Christian nation to boot..go figure.


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                • bowling

                  The way politicians and corporations cynically manipulate what are supposed to be good things sucks obe. the way people who are supposed to be good can turn into killers hippocrits and whores also sucks. its all about being happy though:-):-):-):-):-):-):-) just put on a smiley face and go shopping . Just put on a smiley face and walk.past a sick starving seal. just put on a smiley face while bill.gates hauls in more plutonium in a town near you to build more weapons of mass destruction called nuclear reactors to use against its own citizens. dont worry be happy!!!:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)!:-)!:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)


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      • We Not They Finally

        "Nearly four decades after the end of the Vietnam War…" Regrettably, the key word is "decades." Presently with the V.A. (according to USS Reagan sailors) the V.A. medical system doesn't ascribe their appalling diseases to radiation at all, even accuses them of falsifying.

        "Decades" is WAY too long. But I guess by then, those who authorized the harm in the first place are gone and someone finally cops to cleaning up the mess.

        We don't have that kind of time with radiation, but obviously, I'm preaching to the choir here.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.nationallawjournal.com/home/id=1202722657674/Judgment-Fund-Energy-Department-Pays-Out-the-Most-mdash-Again?mcode=1202615432992&curindex=0&slreturn=20150305085623

    Judgment Fund: Energy Department Pays Out the Most — Again
    The National Law Journal
    April 6, 2015

    WASTE: The delayed opening of the nuclear storage site at Yucca Mountain, above, is costing the feds millions of dollars.

    AP / Nevada Appeal, Rick Gunn

    The federal government paid more than $3 billion last year to resolve lawsuits, almost twice as much as it did the year before, according to an analysis by The National Law Journal of hundreds of payment records.

    As in years past, the Energy Depart­ment spent the most on lawsuits in 2014, paying $929 million in taxpayer money.

    Most of the money went to nuclear power plants to settle breach-of-contract claims involving the storage of spent nuclear fuel, as in the case of Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

    Feds' Spend on Lawsuits Up
    The departments of Energy, Interior and Health and Human Services accounted for the largest share of expenditures. Those agencies spent a combined $2.35 billion to settle a series of long-running disputes that included government contracts litigation over health care programs run by Indian tribes.

    CHART: Judgment Fund Payments in 2014 for Cabinet-Level Agencies
    Created in 1956, the fund is a permanent, indefinite appropriation, exempt from annual congressional approval. Its records are opaque. …


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  • rogerthat

    read and inwardly digest:

    http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_27846210/public-gets-glimpse-at-activities-underground

    Public gets a glimpse at activities in the underground
    Two more meetings regarding WIPP to occur this month

    By Sarah Matott

    smatott@currentargus.com @SarahMatott224 on Twitter
    04/03/2015

    CARLSBAD >> The public got the chance to see what decontamination activities in the underground of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant look like with a short video presented at the WIPP town hall Thursday night.

    The video showed how WIPP workers decontaminate the underground by spraying water from the ceiling down.

    Craig Suggs, waste operations manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership, explained the process of how decontamination activities are approached.

    "Our workers have really turned into a good decontamination team," Suggs said.

    Suggs explained that they use freshwater for decontamination activities, along with a spray hose and a modified John Deere mounted sprayer. The workers start the decontamination in the back of a room and work their way to the entrance, spraying water from the ceiling downward.

    This allows the water to drip down the walls of the underground, moving any contamination to the floor.

    The water will then become a contaminated brine that is trapped with the salt rock and therefore can no longer be released into the air. After the water turns into brine, it is then covered with new uncontaminated salt, Suggs said…


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      With each pass made, more than 95 percent of the contamination is mitigated, Suggs said.

      Workers are wearing the proper protective radiological gear during these activities, along with air monitors, Suggs said.

      "We will continuously monitor the levels of contamination as we move forward with the decontamination activities," Suggs said.

      Joe Franco, manager of the Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office, stressed again at the town hall that safety is still the No. 1 priority.

      He also mentioned the Technical Assessment Team's report that indicated that the wrong type of kitty litter was used as an absorbent and led to a drum being exposed in February 2014. The report indicated that another drum malfunction is possible, yet unlikely.

      Franco said that WIPP is an ideal location for a drum exposure to happen, if it does happen.

      "We believe the WIPP underground, that the mine's geological formation, is the best place for this event to have happened," Franco said in regard to the unexpected event last year. "The repository acted the way it was supposed to, and with the TAT report we can now understand the root cause of that event to keep it from happening again."

      The Accident Investigation Board is expected to release a new report later this month. WIPP will host a second town hall to inform the public about that report and will also discuss at length what was in the TAT report. …


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        On April 29, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, an independent group that reports to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, will hold a public hearing and meeting.

        The public hearing will discuss safety during recovery and the resumption of operations.

        It will be at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center from noon to 9 p.m. WIPP will provide more information about the hearing as it gets closer.

        Sarah Matott can be reached at 575-628-5546.

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        "The repository acted the way it was supposed to''
        Yeah, right. Just like Fukushima. A triumph of human ingenuity.


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        ""We believe the WIPP underground, that the mine's geological formation, is the best place for this event to have happened." Are they out of minds? "Best place" compared to WHAT? The Pacific Ocean like the Japanese? At least it is "just" a salt cavern? And no accounting for the PLUTONIUM sprayed everywhere in the process? And that the facility is so unlikely to re-open, that they are now trying to re-tap Yucca Mountain for the job?

        These crappy liars really need to go to you-know-where.


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    http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150404/letters-shut-down-limerick-nuke-plant-before-its-too-late

    LETTERS: Shut down Limerick nuke plant before it’s too late
    04/04/15

    To quote a nuclear engineer turned whistleblower and consultant, Exelon has had “a miserable performance record” at Limerick.

    NRC Safety Inspection Reports reveal that Limerick deficiencies are massive. The fact that NRC resolves them by rewriting regulations to accommodate Limerick’s failures doesn’t change the fact that Limerick is plagued by:

    • Weaknesses in maintaining long-term plant stability

    • Failures in decision-making to ensure long-term plant stability

    • Weaknesses in Exelon’s ability to evaluate the extent of safety risks

    • Weaknesses in human error prevention

    • Weaknesses in training to avoid scrams (planned or unplanned shut downs)

    In 1972, a GE Mark II Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) caused a nuclear accident in Germany. Its design did not account for the earthquake-sized reactor vibrations that resulted when millions of gallons of cooling water a day met the reactor’s atomic heat. The water swelled in huge waves that smashed against the reactor walls as steam was created to turn turbines, generating electricity. This force caused the reactor to fail.

    That same defect exists in Limerick’s GE Mark II BWRs, which are aging faster than industry prediction models calculated. …


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      Their age-related deterioration can have potentially catastrophic unfixable consequences.

      Currently, Limerick’s material fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, and a condition called “embrittlement” are issues that could have serious consequences for public safety:

      • Embrittlement is due partly to the effects of continuous, high level radioactive bombardment of reactor walls during the fission process 24 hours a day, each day of the year, which at Limerick has been occurring for 30 years in Unit 1, and 26 years in Unit 2.

      • Embrittlement could cause weaknesses or cracks resulting in meltdowns, a concern repeatedly expressed to NRC by engineering experts, and repeatedly dismissed by NRC.

      • Every scram can increase embrittlement at Limerick, yet Exelon has a history of failing to properly analyze, determine, and correct the root cause of many Limerick scram events or nuclear reactor trips prior to reactor restart.

      Recently, Exelon instituted a series of experiments to keep Limerick’s broken systems operational, but refused to do the safety testing originally required for relicensing. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, a document created before the devastating consequences of nuclear energy were fully understood, allows for regulation “flexibility”, which has been grossly exploited by the NRC to whitewash Limerick violations. …


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        In 2012, former Chairman Jaczko explained that NRC flexibility results in “re-evaluating” deficiencies and violations using a computer model known as “pencil-whipping.” This allows nuclear plants to look “good to go” no matter how dangerous their violations may be.

        NRC’s Safety Inspection Reports confirm that circular cracks exist around at least one weld toe of one Limerick reactor. Another report reveals that hundreds of Limerick’s welds were not properly installed or inspected during Limerick’s original construction. Yet, Exelon has been granted “relief requests” for Limerick welds. Although there are several ways to test for material fatigue, we are not sure what method, if any, has been used at Limerick.

        Exelon has boasted that it makes money by not investing in costly safety upgrades. Nor did Exelon invest in critical safety testing for relicensing. This jeopardizes our future.

        The NRC is irresponsibly allowing Limerick’s virtual safety to replace actual safety.

        That leaves those of us living in the real world to deal with the unnecessarily risky, excessively expensive, environmentally devastating consequences of Limerick’s unneeded nuclear power.

        Our water is being depleted and polluted by Limerick operations. NRC and Exelon may never come to their senses and place public drinking water for millions of people, as well as the public’s health, safety, and environment ahead of Exelon’s profits. …


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    • The Corrupt Price Anderson Act, JPMorgan, GE, Edison Electric, And Thompson Houston Corp. Connection; via @AGreenRoad
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-corrupt-price-anderson-act-jpmorgan.html


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    http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_27850913/downwinders-protest-trinity-sites-70th-anniversary-tour

    Downwinders protest Trinity Site's 70th anniversary tour
    By Tara Melton

    tmelton@alamogordonews.com @Tara_Melton13 on Twitter

    04/05/2015

    Henry Herrera was 11 years old when he got up to help his father with the car on that fateful July morning in 1945.

    "He had just gotten in his truck and that thing exploded right in that direction," said Herrera, pointing in the direction of the Trinity site. "I was standing, looking at the car, and that thing blew up and went way up."

    Herrera, a Tularosa native, had been helping his dad get ready for work at Alamogordo Air Base, now known as Holloman Air Force Base, by holding a funnel while they poured water into the car's radiator at 5:30 a.m. His father worked in fuel maintenance at the base, making parts for a project he and his coworkers knew nothing about. Herrera said they were making parts for three atomic bombs.

    One bomb was dropped at the Trinity Site in the Jornada del Muerto desert and the other two were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

    Herrera spent hours outside watching the upper half of the fallout cloud spread over his town.

    "I think La Luz, Carrizozo and Alamogordo caught part of that cloud coming back because by now it was spread out and big," said Herrera.

    Herrera said the dust scattered all over Tularosa, remembering how his mother had to wash clothes twice …


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      his mother had to wash clothes twice that day due to the fallout dusting the family's clothes line.

      "And man, when my dad walked in the house from work she jumped on him like it was his fault," said Herrera.

      As an adult Herrera went to the doctor for a routine check up only to be informed that he had cancer in his face. He was operated on and doctors scrapped bone in his face to remove the cancer.

      "I stop to think I'm one lucky, fortunate guy because I'm here and so many are dead," said Herrera. "Gobs of people from around here died and nobody knew what they died of, they just went to bed and never woke up."

      On the other end of the state in Catron County, Daniel Rael was nine years old when he and his family woke up to a bang around dawn.

      "The sun was going to come up and when it went off the windows rattled and that's about 200 miles from there," said Rael. "We went outside the house and here come all the cattle, they were bawling and running to the corral."

      Both Herrera and Rael are members of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders and stood outside of Tularosa High School Saturday morning, holding signs in protest of the caravan tour heading to the Trinity Site on its 70th anniversary where Downwinders gathered sharing their personal and their families experiences after the fallout.

      "I'm the oldest of what's surviving," said Katherine Tyler, wife of the late Tularosa Basin Downwinders cofounder Fred Tyler. "My grandparents, aunts, uncles …


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        have all died of cancer and we're a large family."

        Tyler said her family believed at the time that the bomb dropping was God punishing them.

        "The bomb went off and they thought they should fall to their knees so that God would save them because they thought it was the end of the world," said Tyler.

        Tyler said her family lived in constant worry that another bomb was going to be dropped because of flyers that had been left after Trinity by the government, which told residents to collect water and supplies and find a basement.

        "I've just known for a long time that it was just strange that so many people in this area have had cancer," said Downwinder Jan Rael. "In my family, there's six family members that have cancer and two have died from cancer. I've just had it in my heart for so long that something was wrong because of the atomic bomb at the Trinity Site."

        Downwinders also gathered at 9 a.m. at the Stallion Gate entrance into the Trinity Site east of San Antonio on U.S. Highway 380.

        The goal of the two protests were to spark a conversation about what New Mexicans have been through due to the atomic bomb dropped at the Trinity Site. The Downwinders wanted to encourage others to reach out to congress to support amendments that would make it possible for New Mexicans to be covered by the 1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

        "I wish the government would put a facility here for our future people because this is genetics, it's in mine and…


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          this is genetics, it's in mine and I'm going to pass it on to my kids," said Tyler. "Our genetics have been changed and so we need something here, like a clinic or doctors, so that people don't have to go to far away places to die."

          "I don't believe you move on until you come to the point where you support and respect people who have born the brunt of things that are out of your backyard," said Downwinder Joan Price. "The Japanese people have suffered horribly and so have these people."


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            http://krqe.com/2015/04/04/trinity-site-draws-tourists-protesters-70-years-later/

            Trinity site draws tourists, protesters, 70 years later
            By Cole Miller
            April 4, 2015

            SOCORRO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Seven decades ago, a nuclear blast shook the barren desert of southeast New Mexico.

            It was the first of its kind and played a pivotal role in ending World War II. On Saturday, some went to admire the spot where the explosion took place while others made the trip to make a plea for help.

            “The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before.”

            Those are the words of Brigadier General Thomas Farrell from 1945 as he described Trinity.

            70 years ago, scientists from Los Alamos developed the atomic bomb. It was tested further south, on the White Sands Missile Range in Socorro County, on a spot now famous as the Trinity Site.

            “This is where history was made,” Lauren Harrelson said, a visitor to the site from Socorro.

            Crowds of people showed up Saturday to get a rare glimpse of that history.

            “My impression of this place has been really good,” Arun Kumar said.

            “The testing that was done here affected life everywhere on earth because this is the first place the atomic bomb was tested,” Harrelson said.

            A monument now stands at ground zero near the remains of a tower vaporized in the blast.

            Visitors only get two chances a year to stop by…


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              Aside from the monument, the history and the thousands of visitors flocking to see it, there’s another story. It has to do with “the downwinders,” or the people living in the Tularosa basin.

              “I was here when that bomb was detonated,” Wesley E. Burris said, who now lives in Socorro.

              He was just five years old and lived only 25 miles from the explosion.

              “I can remember being woken up that morning,” Burris said. “The light was so bright it’d hurt your eyes.”

              His baby brother was right in the path.

              “Well, he wound up with bone cancer before he was 15 years old and today he has radiation cancer all over his body,” Burris said.

              Doris Budris shares a similar story. She, too, has cancer.

              ”We were downwind of this bomb,” she said. “No one was warned ahead of time that this was coming. The fallout from this bomb lasted for days on end.”

              At the Trinity Site entrance, she and others made it clear they are living with that fallout and now they want the government to pay up.

              “I don’t know that there is any amount of money to compensate what I’ve been through,” Budris said.

              The morning of the explosion, Army officials told New Mexicans a munitions storage area accidently blew up near Alamogordo.

              The next chance to visit the Trinity Site will be October 3rd.


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    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/05/law-changed-so-nuclear-waste-dumps-can-be-forced-on-local-communities

    Law changed so nuclear waste dumps can be forced on local communities

    Juliette Jowit
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    Nuclear waste dumps can be imposed on local communities without their support under a new law rushed through in the final hours of parliament.

    Under the latest rules, the long search for a place to store Britain’s stockpile of 50 years’ worth of the most radioactive waste from power stations, weapons and medical use can be ended by bypassing local planning.

    Since last week, the sites are now officially considered “nationally significant infrastructure projects” and so will be chosen by the secretary of state for energy. He or she would get advice from the planning inspectorate, but would not be bound by the recommendation. Local councils and communities can object to details of the development but cannot stop it altogether.

    The move went barely noticed as it was passed late on the day before parliament was prorogued for the general election, but has alarmed local objectors and anti-nuclear campaigners.

    Friends of the Earth’s planning advisor, Naomi Luhde-Thompson, said: “Communities will be rightly concerned about any attempts to foist a radioactive waste dump on them. We urgently need a long-term management plan for the radioactive waste we’ve already created, but decisions mustn’t be taken away from local…


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      people who have to live with the impacts.”

      Objectors worry that ministers are desperate to find a solution to the current radioactive waste problem to win public support to build a new generation of nuclear power stations.

      Zac Goldsmith, one of the few government MPs who broke ranks to vote against the move, criticised the lack of public debate about such a “big” change. “Effectively it strips local authorities of the ability to stop waste being dumped in their communities,” he said.

      “If there had been a debate, there could have been a different outcome: most of the MPs who voted probably didn’t know what they were voting for.”

      Labour abstained in the vote, indicating that a future government will not want to reverse the change of rules. However, the shadow energy minister, Julie Elliott, has warned that the project is expected to take 27 years to build even after a preferred site was identified and would cost £4bn-5.6bn a year to build, plus the cost of running it for 40 years. …


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        Since the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution found in 1976 that it was “morally wrong” to keep generating nuclear waste without a demonstrably safe way of storing the waste, there have been at least four attempts to find the right site, all of them shelved after strong protest.

        There are now 4.5m cubic metres of accumulated radioactive waste kept in secure containers at sites across Britain, though only 1,100m3 of this is the most controversial high-level waste, and 290,000m3 is intermediate-level waste. It costs £3bn a year to manage the nuclear waste mountain, of which £2bn comes from taxpayers.

        The most recent proposal for a more permanent solution was to ask local authorities to volunteer to examine whether they could host the development. Initially, a coalition of Cumbria county council and Copeland and Allerdale borough councils put their names forward, but the policy stalled in 2013 when the county council pulled out.

        Last year, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a white paper which said ministers would prefer to work with public support, but reserved the right to take more aggressive action on planning if “at some point in the future such an approach does not look likely to work”.

        The day before parliament rose, MPs voted in an unusual paper ballot to implement a two-page statutory instrument which adds nuclear waste storage to the list of nationally significant infrastructure projects in England, via the 2008 Planning…


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          via the 2008 Planning Act.

          Officials have said approval depends on a “test of public support” and any site would undergo extensive geological safety tests.

          Copeland borough council, one of the two areas most affected by any such development at Sellafield, said it was pleased with the government’s change to planning rules.

          Radiation-Free Lakeland – set up to block the Sellafield proposal because they claim there is no evidence deep storage is safe or that the geology of Cumbria is suitable – claimed, however, “the test of public support is a fig leaf: the government hast’t said what the public support will be”.

          The only existing high-level radioactive underground waste storage, in New Mexico, USA, has been closed since last year following two accidents.

          Germany has put similar plans for burying high-level waste on hold and four other countries, including France and Japan, are examining the idea.


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    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-abandon-descendants-nuclear-bomb-5461250

    Tories abandon descendants of nuclear bomb test veterans and tell them: 'There's no money'

    4 April 2015 By Susie Boniface

    Children and grandchildren of men who witnessed nuclear explosions suffer with deformities and illness – but are not eligible for compensation

    Children left disabled by their fathers’ presence at nuclear bomb tests have been told there is no money for them in a new Government fund.

    Although the men’s descendants have TEN times the normal rate of birth defects, it’s been revealed the fund promised by George Osborne will not help them.

    Campaigners met Prime Minister David Cameron and officials this week to discover details of the cash that was promised to them in the Budget speech.

    But while there will be limited help for survivors of Britain’s race to build a nuclear bomb, there will be nothing for their children left to suffer the genetic curse. …


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      … Around 22,000 men, many of them on National Service, were ordered to Australia and the South Pacific in the 1950s to witness the test explosions of dozens of nuclear bombs.

      Many became sick and died, and today fewer than 3,000 survive, often with rare medical conditions. Their wives have three times the usual rate of miscarriage, while their children and grandchildren suffer congenital deformities and elevated risks of leukaemia, Down’s Syndrome and infant death.

      The genetic effects are expected to last for 20 generations, or 500 years.

      The BNTVA and Tory MP John Baron, who with the Sunday Mirror has been campaigning for a cash fund to help the families, met Mr Cameron and officials on Wednesday.

      They have learned the fund announced in the Budget will cover more than TWO MILLION veterans over the age of 60 – equal to about £2.50 each.

      The fund will get £5m a year for five years, using money from banking fines.

      And the board deciding on applications will include the MoD – the body blamed by the test veterans for irradiating them in the first place, then denying their illnesses for 63 years since.

      Mr Heaps said: “There can be no direct provision for the descendants, as that would involve admitting liability. The kind of projects we’ll be able to push forward will be things like respite care beds for the veterans and counselling provision which should also benefit families. …


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        “Those projects will be available to any veteran, not just our members, but obviously when the veterans have died the funds will stop.” …

        Last week veterans, widows and families said they felt betrayed by the government offer and called it “a way of saying they’ve done something while doing nothing at all”. …


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    off topic:

    The New Yorker has a big spread on My Lai:

    A Reporter at Large JANUARY 22, 1972 ISSUE

    Coverup—I
    BY SEYMOUR M. HERSH

    Early on March 16, 1968, a company of soldiers in the United States Army’s Americal Division were dropped in by helicopter for an assault against a hamlet known as My Lai 4, …

    (This is the first of two articles on the Army’s investigation of the Son My massacres.) ♦

    RELATED STORIES

    Letter from Vietnam

    Return to My Lai
    BY SEYMOUR M. HERSH

    News Desk

    Vietnam’s Quiet Anniversary
    BY JEFF SHESOL

    Photo Booth

    The Memory of My Lai
    BY THE NEW YORKER


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    https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/atomicage/

    U.S. to digitize A-bomb archives via The Japan Times

    Japanese and American experts are exploring ways to put the data archives of a study on A-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki online.
    […]
    The Japanese initiative focuses on the massive amount of documents generated by the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), the U.S. body that carried out the radiation study.

    According to project leader Masahito Ando, a professor of archival science at Gakushuin University’s Graduate School of Humanities, the team has so far acquired around 140,000 digital images of the commission’s entire collection at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington.

    Funded by the Japanese government, Ando’s group is now using the material to develop what it calls a “digital archive related to atomic bomb radiation effects on human body,” with assistance from the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, which holds another key ABCC-linked archive.

    […]
    The United States officially established the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in 1947 to carry out a long-term study of the medical impact of the A-bombings, which are estimated to have killed over 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the end of 1945 and left many survivors with long-term health problems.

    The ABCC carried out genetic studies involving children born to the survivors, life span surveys and health studies involving adults. …


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      Its research has been taken over by the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Japan, which was launched in 1975 and is funded by both the Japanese and U.S. governments.

      […]
      The library is already providing public access to some of the items via its website, including the personal journal of William Moloney, a U.S. hematologist who worked with the ABCC from 1952 to 1954.

      Philip Montgomery, the library’s archivist, said Moloney’s journal is interesting because it reveals the personal emotions of the doctor, which are not revealed in any of the official documents. In one entry, for example, Moloney expresses frustration with his inability to treat a 9-year-old Japanese boy who was suffering from leukemia and was the same age as his son.

      Many of the A-bomb survivors have criticized the commission’s doctors for treating them like”guinea pigs” rather than helping them.

      Read more.


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  • China, Japan and Germany Generated More Electricity From Renewable Energy Sources; Nuclear Only 2.6% of Global Energy Supply
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/11/2012-china-japan-and-germany-generated.html


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    http://www.times-standard.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150404/nuclear-power-plant-tech-shares-about-his-experience

    Nuclear power plant tech shares about his experience

    The events described in “My Humboldt Diary: A True Story of Betrayal of the Public Trust,” a newly published book by Bob Rowen, will be the subject of his talk tonight at Northtown Books in Arcata.

    COURTESY OF BOB ROWEN
    By The Times-Standard
    04/04/15

    ARCATA >> Bob Rowen, a former nuclear control technician, will share his experience during the 1960s working for PG&E at the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, in a talk at 7 p.m. tonight at Northtown Books, 957 H St.

    Rowen’s newly published book, “My Humboldt Diary: A True Story of Betrayal of the Public Trust,” documents what he describes as the reckless policies of Pacific Gas and Electric and the Atomic Energy Commission, and their attempts to cover up the facts and to “neutralize” those who spoke out for the safety of the employees and the surrounding community.

    The Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, located within 3,000 yards of three earthquake faults, was shut down in 1976 and is currently in the process of being decommissioned.

    The plant itself is located in a tsunami hazard zone, and the spent fuel rods are stored on site in dry casks 44 feet above sea level, on Humboldt Hill.

    Questions remain about the safety and longevity of the storage casks, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Green Party. ….


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    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/04/04/3495366_hanford-advisory-board-plans-evening.html?rh=1

    Hanford Advisory Board plans evening session in Richland
    Tri-City Herald April 4, 2015

    The Hanford Advisory Board plans an evening session April 8 to encourage the public to attend.

    The session is part of a two-day meeting that will start at noon the same day. Topics to be discussed include guidelines for cleaning up the inner area of central Hanford and a proposal to start treating low activity radioactive waste at the vitrification plant before the plant’s Pretreatment Facility is finished. Public comment will be heard at 2 p.m.

    The evening portion of the meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. with a primer on understanding radiological terms, followed by public comment at 7:30 p.m.

    The meeting will continue April 9 from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with public comment at 10:30 a.m. The meeting is at the Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland.

    JOIN THE CONVERSATION
    Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. …


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    http://www.fosters.com/article/20150404/NEWS/150409687/14372

    Posted Apr. 4, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine became the regional wind power leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor's renewable energy policies. …


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    http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/8099734-74/corps-parks-township#axzz3WUVQaqDX

    Public meeting set for Parks Township waste dump

    By Mary Ann Thomas
    Saturday, April 4, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting Wednesday to answer questions about the cleanup of the nuclear waste dump in Parks Township.

    The meeting will take place in the Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 119 Dalmatian Drive.

    The Corps is planning to resume an estimated 10-year, $412 million cleanup of the 55-year-old nuclear waste dump owned by Babcock & Wilcox.

    But the Corps still must approve a revised, more expensive cleanup plan.

    Unexpected amounts of nuclear materials that were difficult to identify were dug up several years ago causing the Corps to increase cleanup costs substantially and come up with a revised plan.

    The Corps will discuss the cleanup project and release recent groundwater studies.

    But most importantly, the Corps wants to answer questions from residents about the project, according to Corps spokesman Dan Jones. …


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    https://news.yahoo.com/video/search-solution-nuclear-waste-storage-015028880.html

    Search For Solution Of Nuclear Waste Storage Continues
    by KSWB – San Diego 2:13 mins
    Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre is calling for the P.U.C. to come up with a bettere plan for the storage of nuclear waste from the San Onofre nuclear plant. Souther California Edison plans to transfer the fuel from steel-lined concrete to storage pools until the federal government removes the waste from the site.

    2 min video. worth watching.


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    ha ha ha, back to business as usual:

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html
    METI reviewing Japan's energy mix
    Apr. 5, 2015

    … The ministry plans to lower the target for nuclear power from 28 percent, which was approved before the 2011 Fukushima accident.

    However, the ministry intends to keep the ratio in the lower 20-percent range …


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    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/04/04/editorials/oversight-secrets-weak/#.VSIAQEJB-S1

    EDITORIALS
    Oversight for secrets too weak
    APR 4, 2015

    Committees in both chambers of the Diet overseeing government operations under the state secrets law held their first meetings last week. But their powers are so weak they may not be able to compel the government to reverse improper designations of state secrets. …

    … committee members will have no clue as to what bits of information have actually been designated as secrets. Second, by using vague and catch-all designations, government ministries and agencies may designate as secrets a vast amount of information that does not merit such classification and should instead be made public. …

    … the committees’ request for submission of state secrets has no binding power because the government can turn it down if it deems the disclosure would greatly aggravate the nation’s security. In addition, the panels’ recommendations have no binding power. …

    … Committee members from the ruling camp have been quoted as saying that they in principle trust what the government does. Such an attitude risks turning the Diet panels into bodies whose function is to simply rubber-stamp the government’s designations of secrets. …

    … Receiving a report just once a year from the government is not enough. …
    … The description of items on government lists need to be more concrete and detailed. …


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      … More importantly, the committees each should have a section that government workers can report to when they believe information has been unjustly classified as a secret. The Diet should develop effective measures to protect such whistle-blowers.

      Even if these measures are implemented, the state secrets law can hide information that the Diet and public may need to scrutinize the actions of the government since it gives discretionary powers to government ministries and agencies to classify information related to security, diplomacy and anti-terrorism policies almost without limits. At the very least, these deficiencies in the law must be corrected.

      – now all Fuhrer Abe needs is a Chaplin mustache


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  • rogerthat

    This is a good piece which I presume everyone has seen. It's acerbic, funny and informative:

    http://nuclear-news.net

    Tepco: Technology To Decommission Fukushima Needs To Be Invented

    April 4, 2015

    by Richard Wilcox, PhD


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  • rogerthat

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com.au

    SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015

    Fukushima Alert Update

    Please see my previous post for a Fukushima Alert.

    Here is additional evidence pointing to a CRITICAL EVENT at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/04/05/3733947_letter-nuclear-waste.html?rh=1

    Letter: Nuclear waste
    April 5, 2015

    Mayor Rebecca Casper’s recent letter touting the economic benefits to the residents of Idaho Falls of expanding INL’s role in accepting nuclear waste does not mention the poor history of the Atomic Energy Commission (now DOE) in either keeping its promises of safety for the workers of the plants in which radioactive waste is produced or kept, or to the nearby residents of those plants.

    I recall the promises that were made by the AEC to the residents of Golden, Colo., and northwest Denver where I grew up about the safety of the Rocky Flats Plant where weapons and industrial grade nuclear material was processed and stored between 1952-92. I also clearly recall that it wasn’t until a raid conducted jointly by the FBI and the EPA in 1989 that the extent of the radioactive pollution that had for decades been released into the soil, air and water was revealed.

    Mayor Casper may want to read the work of Dr. Ed Martel, past president of the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Radioactivity, detailing the history of the radioactive poisoning that occurred at Rocky Flats and its surrounding urban areas, before she decides that former Governors Batt and Andrus are being alarmist.

    KENT TAUCER, ONTARIO


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  • rogerthat

    http://buffalorising.com/2015/04/nuclear-proliferation-treaty-walk-buffalo-send-off/

    Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Walk – Buffalo ‘Send Off’
    Apr 5, 2015 Posted by buffalorising

    On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Peace Walkers, organized by Nekanęhsakt: Friends of Ękwehęwę, will be convening at Niagara Square (8am), before setting out on a ‘day of walking’ that will take protesters on a 16 mile journey to Hamburg by way of South Park Avenue. See Facebook event.

    The following article was written by Agnes F Williams (Seneca), Indigenous Women’s Initiatives. The piece expresses her thoughts and concerns pertaining to nuclear waste that is buried at the West Valley site:

    The nuclear industry is a failed industry that needs to be discontinued. To this day, the industry has not figured out a way to properly contain nuclear contamination so that it does not affect the environment and people.

    Indigenous Peoples are at the beginning and the end of the nuclear chain – it is not a cycle. We are the first affected from uranium mining contamination at the beginning of the chain. And we are first affected at the end of the chain with waste disposal (see history of West Valley).

    Dilution with water is not the solution. Contamination expands experientially every time the waste is handled.
    The West Valley Demonstration Project opened in 1964, and was one of the only nuclear waste depositories at that point – high grade weapons waste was left there. …


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    • rogerthat

      Building the plant contaminated trucks and tools… and materials were buried in the ground, which is a watershed with hundreds of natural water ground springs radiated with nuclear waste.

      The waste was glassified and buried in the ground. Pools of waste water fill and overflow when it rains, which leach into the springs that flow into the Cattaraugus Creek, without any notice to the unsuspecting public. Cattaraugus Creek runs through my Indian Reservation.

      The nuclear contaminated waters flow into Lake Erie’s Sturgeon Point and into the drinking water of Western New Yorkers. Could this have anything to do with the high cancer rates we experience in Western NY since we all drink irradiated water on a daily basis?

      The Federal government has a policy of national sacrifice that identifies lands for extractive industries to mine for profit and lands that are least populated to store the wastes from extractive mining. Indigenous Peoples occupy these lands and are considered human sacrifice areas to promote the development of the first and second worlds.

      Third World Peoples remain under developed as low wage workers, and fourth world Indigenous Peoples remain undeveloped in this economic system. At Cattaraugus we do not have a grocery store and only receive the lowest level of health care for a population with the highest need. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://ohsonline.com/articles/2015/04/06/former-nrc-chair-helping-to-reopen-fukushima-plant.aspx

    Former NRC Chair Helping to Reopen Fukushima Plant

    Dale Klein, a former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission who now chairs TEPCO's Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, told the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan that he's optimistic that the company will prevail in its cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
    Apr 06, 2015

    … The complicated removal of formerly molten fuel debris in Units 1, 2, and 3 will be challenging, he said, but he said that the technology for doing it "will be within the reach of Japan's extensive experience with robotics." …


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  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/04/approx-84000-m3-of-contaminated-groundwater-has-been-discharged-to-the-pacific-from-bypass-wells/

    Approx. 84,000 m3 of contaminated groundwater has been discharged to the Pacific from bypass wells

    Related to this article.. Tritium density reached the highest level at 3 bypass wells [URL]

    According to Tepco, 83,791 m3 of contaminated groundwater had been discharged to the Pacific from last May to this February.

    Tepco is pumping up the groundwater from “bypass wells”. The pumped water is discharged to the sea as “uncontaminated” water.

    However 150,000 Bq/m3 of Tritium is detected even from the weighted average sample of this February.

    The monthly discharging volume was 1,202 m3 last May, however it went up to 8,255 m3 this February.

    There is no exit strategy about this bypass water plan. Tepco can be discharging this level of contaminated groundwater until they complete decommissioning in decades.


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  • Daisy207

    What makes them think that humans will still be here in 200 years.


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    • demise demise

      Daisy you are right. Many people who know what's going on in the back ground say the dominoes will start falling in about 6-7 months. With drought and the Pacific lost as a food supply, the debt bubble will be the big one. There is no government bail out this time, it will be a government collapse. This will cascade through the world as the US is the financial linchpin. There will be no easy times and we will lapse into anarchy and the new dark ages. Unfortunately, I have relatives and kids that will have a real tough time, but I will probably not make it vary far into the void as will be the fate of millions of 50+ year olds in the world today.


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  • GOM GOM

    100 Million Idiots

    Japan does not ask for or accept help. They are inept in dealing with this crisis. Everyone on Earth will eventually be affected by their utter imcompetence and disregard, destroyed by their senseless pride and denial.
    Japan has decided that the nuclear crisis is an 'internal matter'. It is not an internal matter. It is a global catastrophe waiting to happen.
    The situation in Japan is a dire National Security risk to the United States. There appears to be a press black-out in our nation, but other countries are recognizing danger. The Fukushima nuclear facility is far more dangerous than the general public is led to believe.

    We as a world have been incredibly lucky. Constant channeling of water keeps the plant from sinking; hurricanes, floods, solar flares, electrical failure…or anything that sets off a chain reaction would destroy all life on Earth.

    We all pretty much agree to the Big Bang Theory if your scientifically minded. Now we have a chance to go out the same way. Well, almost. In all probability, the cores (at least 2) are burrowing down into the Earth. What happens when they hit groundwater? There will likely be a Hydrovolcanic explosion. Bye bye buildings, fuel pool, spent fuel..and isn't Daini only 7 miles away? Not that it would matter much.

    So until the whole damn thing caves in on itself, the cancer and premature deaths continue to mount. Doesn't really look like anyone gives a rats ass..

    Pity Party Over


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    • bowling

      i dont buy that they have not asked for help. its beyond that now.anyway. if any leaders in the world cared about the earth its habitat its oceans its animals plants its people several nations would have converged on japan by now. they just stand around with a stick.up their collective asses pretending noyhing is wrong like the psychopaths they and the nucleoapes are. i totally understand your angst gom. but there are a lot of fables and lies afloat. i remember when fuku first happened and a dumn redneck friend said if it woulf have happened anuwhere but japan there would have been looting. turns out there was looting. you cant trust the media for anything


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The technology to recover from a nuclear plant meltdown does not exist.

    What more do we need to know?

    The nuclear vehicle is a lemon.


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  • Are those all building #4, just on different dates?


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  • Sol Man

    On Netc, town of Shibataya, JP, seems to be showing 14,000 cpm at this time. Station ID 2:JA9MIZ. When I zoom in it shows the middle of a farm field. Can you help to explain whatever it is I am seeing here.

    This link may/may not work. http://www.netc.com/map5.php


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  • from a distance from a distance

    Apparently there's an incinerator in the middle of Fukushima peach orchards, so if the spikes are coming from a farm field, I wonder if it's an incinerator burning radioactive waste in the farm field and causing the spikes…just speculating.


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  • bowling

    probably so keen eye and brain distance


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  • bowling

    where did u go.mister distance?dont stray too far and always come.back you de best


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  • Sol Man

    That is a reasonable explanation, but when I go to magnify the area that the marker points to, there is nothing shown there, but a plowed field. I suppose that it could be from one of the buildings surrounding that field. That is one bad reading!


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  • What direction are the winds going on that date?

    What is upwind?


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