UCLA Researchers: Fukushima “not only affecting that local area, but also worldwide” — Gov’t Expert: “Immediately the Iodine-131 plume moved eastward reaching US West Coast [then] covering entire northern hemisphere… Significant concern on the safety of the population and environment worldwide” (VIDEO)

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In the Fukushima Disaster Zone with UCLA researchers, Mar 3, 2015: Four years after Fukushima disaster, some areas remain untouched, clocks recording the exact time that the tsunami swept through. Access is highly restricted but two UCLA researchers were recently given permission to document the disaster zone. — at 3:45 in — “With this study I think that’s what we’re trying to explore — is that once a nuclear catastrophe strikes, it’s not only affecting that local area, but also worldwide.”

Atmospheric dispersion of Iodine-131 released after the Fukushima event, by Giuseppe A. Marzo, ENEA (Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development), 2014: From March 12, 2011, a significant amount of radioactive material… discharged into the atmosphere… Total emission of 131I has been estimated in [128** petabecquerels (PBq)], while 133Xe, and 137Cs total emissions have been estimated in [15,300 PBq and 36.6 PBq], respectively. In this work the global atmospheric dispersion of 131I released by the Fukushima accident is carried out, focusing on this specific radionuclide due to its radiological relevance in terms of consequences on the human health… Figure 1 summarizes the simulation results. It illustrates the radioactivity concentration due to 131I released into the atmosphere at specific times and integrated over the total atmospheric column. Immediately after the initial release on March 12, the plume moved eastward reaching the United States west coast on [March 15 at 10:00p PST]… In early April the plume extended over the entire northern hemisphere… A significant accidental event occurred at the Fukushima NPPs… volatile radionuclides such as 131I were transported away from the source posing significant concern on the safety of the population and the environment worldwide… the atmospheric dispersion of 131I [was] covering the entire northern hemisphere by early April

**According to a document released by TEPCO, “Our result shows a higher I-131 amount (500PBq) compared to the result obtained from a thirdparty organization (120-200PBq).”

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    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=5436

    March 10, 2015

    Public Citizen: Alternative Energy Could Save Texans Billions

    Report Shows Coal Power Too Costly to Continue

    AUSTIN, Texas – A new Public Citizen report shows that shifting from coal power to alternative energy sources could save utilities – and indirectly their customers – several billion dollars in capital and annual operating expenses. The switch also would save the Texas public as much as $2.5 billion in pollution-related health care costs and economic losses due to premature mortality.

    Using data from government, academic and industry studies, the report demonstrates that renewables like solar, wind and geothermal power are cheaper than coal, once the costs of upgrading plants to control pollution are factored in.

    “Renewables are a clean, safe and financially smart alternative to coal,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, which authored the report. “Our report shows that replacing our oldest, dirtiest coal plants with alternative energy sources could save 21 to 24 percent in capital and annual operating costs. That’s billions of dollars. It’s no longer clean energy that’s expensive. Now coal is too costly to continue.” …


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    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/ZeroNuclear-Fukushima/blog/52281/

    TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Disaster: four years of an ongoing nuclear crisis
    Blogpost by Kendra Ulrich – 10 March, 2015


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    http://safeenergy.org/2015/03/09/lamar-alexanders-nuclear-fantasyland/

    Lamar Alexander’s nuclear fantasyland

    Michael Mariotte
    March 9, 2015

    … Most people are able to adjust to reality–in this case the reality that the short-lived nuclear “renaissance” is long over.

    But not Senator Alexander …


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    http://allthingsnuclear.org/no-more-ft-calhouns/

    All Things Nuclear
    Insights on Science and Security

    No More Ft. Calhouns!

    David Wright, co-director and senior scientist
    March 8, 2015

    The nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan in March 2011, which resulted in the meltdown of three reactors and the release of huge amounts of radiation, led to intense study of the causes of the accident and the catchphrase “No more Fukushimas!”

    Last week, Dave Lochbaum released a report that looks in detail at an event that occurred around the same time but garnered much less attention and scrutiny—the shutdown of the Ft. Calhoun reactor in Nebraska for what turned out to be a two and a half year outage to make extensive repairs. Problems at the plant had been missed by inspections for years and accumulated to the point that such a long outage was needed to fix them.

    And this is not an isolated case. The outage at Fort Calhoun marked the 52nd time a U.S. reactor had to shut down for longer than a year to fix extensive safety problems that had accumulated.

    The report argues that rather than just fixing the problems at Ft. Calhoun and other reactors, the NRC must carefully investigate why these problems were not detected by either the plant’s inspectors or NRC inspectors over a period of many years.

    In other words, the shutdown of Ft. Calhoun revealed two different problems: (1) problems with the reactor itself, and (2) a failure of the inspection systems…


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      (2) a failure of the inspection systems designed to identify and fix those problems before they become so severe to require such a long shutdown.

      The problems that were allowed to accumulate at Ft. Calhoun weakened the plant’s safety systems that are intended to prevent accidents. So a critical step to “No More Fukushimas” is making sure there are “No More Ft. Calhouns.”

      As Dave says at the end of his report:

      If the NRC’s effort to prevent an American Fukushima is to be successful, it must augment that with an effort to prevent another Fort Calhoun. The NRC responded to Fukushima by forming a task force that examined the accident and made more than 30 recommendations to better manage nuclear power plant risks. It is now in the process of implementing those recommendations.

      The NRC similarly needs to respond to Fort Calhoun by forming a task force to determine how the agency and the plant owner missed—or dismissed—numerous longstanding safety problems for years despite thousands of hours of inspections. The task force should recommend changes that will improve the effectiveness and reliability of the NRC’s inspection and oversight efforts. The NRC then needs to implement these changes as quickly as possible.


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    http://bellona.org/news/climate-change/2015-03-europes-electromobile-future-norway-model

    Europe’s electromobile future – Norway as a model?

    “We only have one planet, let’s live on it as if we mean to stay”

    - Green MEP Keith Taylor.


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    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/10/c_134055635.htm

    Post-traumatic stress disorder prevalent among Fukushima nuclear disaster victims: survey
    2015-03-10

    HONG KONG, March 10 (Xinhua) — Four years after the 3.11 Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remained prevalent among the victims, a Hong Kong charity group said on Tuesday.

    According to the Post Crisis Counseling Network (PCCN), a charity group focusing on mental health and psychological support for disaster victims, 44 percent of their interviewees in Fukushima, Japan, showed symptoms of the PTSD.

    The main causes for their post-traumatic stress disorder included sadness for the departure of loved ones, worries over nuclear radiation as well as the uncertainty about whether they can move back to their original residence sites, said Timothy To, executive director of the PCCN.

    The PCCN, currently the only agency providing psychological counseling and support near the Fukushima nuclear plant area, conducted the survey from Feb. 26 to March 5.


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    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/03/750-t-contaminated-rainwater-leaked-underground-bubble-came-ground/

    750 t of contaminated rainwater leaked to underground / “Bubble came up from the ground”


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    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201503100068

    March 10, 2015

    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on a number of things during her talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but where the two leaders parted company was on the issue of nuclear energy.

    Merkel explained her decision to cancel Germany's dependence on nuclear power plants was a direct result of the Fukushima disaster in Japan four years ago.

    Abe, on the other hand, was at pains to state that Japan must continue to rely on nuclear energy as a cheap and stable source of power. …

    … Trained as a physicist, Merkel gave a detailed explanation of her decision to move away from nuclear energy during a lecture she gave prior to her meeting with Abe. …


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    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150310p2a00m0na015000c.html

    Mar. 11, 2015 (Wed.)

    Earthquakes in some areas of Japan around 100 times as frequent as before 3/11

    Earthquakes in some parts of the country are around 100 times as frequent as before the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to a researcher's analysis.

    Professor of earthquakes and geology Shinji Toda at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science says, "Even four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, there are areas where the effects are lingering. We need to be yet more vigilant against a major earthquake caused by the increase in activity."

    Toda looked at the rates of earthquakes of magnitude 1 or over occurring within 20 kilometers of the surface between March 11, 2013 and Feb. 18 this year, and compared them to the rates during the 10 years before the Great East Japan Earthquake. He left the two years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, when there were many aftershocks, out of the analysis.

    The areas found to have earthquake rates some 100 times what they were before the disaster fall largely along a region including the Hamadori area of Fukushima Prefecture, Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, and Choshi, Chiba Prefecture. Each of these areas had comparatively few quakes before the disaster, but the effects of crust changes from the Great East Japan Earthquake appear to have left lasting effects in them. …


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      The results showed that there are areas of high activity further inland than the aftershock region for the Great East Japan Earthquake, which extends from off the coast of Aomori Prefecture to off the coast of Chiba Prefecture.

      For the Tokyo metropolitan area, where there are fears of a massive earthquake striking, Toda expanded the scope of his analysis to quakes within 100 kilometers of the surface. He found that the rate of quakes over magnitude 3 for the past two years was around twice what it was for the 10 years before the 2011 disaster.

      Areas including the Chuetsu region of Niigata Prefecture had a lower incidence of quakes than before the Great East Japan Earthquake, but this is believed to be because of a decrease in aftershocks from an inland earthquake that occurred there before the 2011 disaster.

      Meanwhile, on March 9, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced its recent records for aftershocks from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

      Over the one-year period from March 11 last year to March 7 this year, there were 737 earthquakes registering 1 or higher on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 and detectable by humans in the aftershock region.

      The number was well above the average yearly number of 306 for that region in the 10 years before the Great East Japan Earthquake.

      "The area remains active," the agency said.

      March 10, 2015 (Mainichi Japan)


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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-11/fukushima-radiation-levels-high-four-years-after-disaster/6297718

    Fukushima disaster: Radiation levels posing cancer risks on fourth anniversary of earthquake
    AM By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney

    … Ms Muto said her daughter and son, like many other children, had not been the same since experiencing the Fukushima fallout.

    "They had rashes on their bodies then nose bleeds. My son's white cells have decreased and they both have incredible fatigue," she said.

    "They may not have cancer now but they both have multiple nodules around their thyroids. I'm really worried."

    Ms Muto is part of about 100 Fukushima residents taking the local and central governments to court.

    They claim both governments failed to protect the children and they do not trust what the government or TEPCO, the operator of the crippled nuclear plant, are telling them about radiation levels and safety.

    I lost my hometown of Namie to the disaster and I cannot see any future. A lot of people are depressed they feel isolated.

    So they are conducting their own radiation tests. Near a school in Fukushima city they record three microsieverts an hour, around 100 times the rate in Tokyo.

    Sumio Konno has worked as a engineer at nuclear plants for 29 years and said the levels needed to be investigated.

    "I have to investigate and inform the public of the facts, that is why I have become one of the plaintiffs of the court cases," …


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    http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/10/fukushima-water-fake-energy-drink-contamination

    … In a bid to raise awareness of the ongoing contamination crisis, the three friends Stefan, Kenzi and Florian Tscharf have created a fictitious website and commercial about a glow-in-the-dark mineral water sourced from the site: Fukushima Water.

    The Fukushima Water campaign aims to create awareness of contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean Photograph: Fukushima Water
    “We are accessing something that has slipped from the primary consciousness of the media and are repackaging it so when you watch the parody documentary, the gravity of the Fukushima catastrophe comes straight back to mind,” says Kenzi.

    The ambition is to pressure those involved into making more information, such as about the leaking contaminated water, publicly available, says Kenzi. “The best way to force change is through social media. Expose the company and force them to share with the public what is going on.” …


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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/photos/japan-s-fukushima-cleanup-4-years-on-1.2988743

    Japan's Fukushima cleanup 4 years on
    Japan has allocated over $15B to lowering radiation levels around the plant

    A protestor raises a placard at a rally denouncing nuclear power plants in Tokyo on March 8, 2015. Thousands of people took part in the demonstration and rally ahead of the fourth anniversary of the tsunami-linked disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty)


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    http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/3/fukushima-victims-speak-will-anyone-listen.html

    Fukushima victims speak. Will anyone listen?
    Four years later, Japanese police and prosecutors have yet to conduct a thorough investigation
    March 11, 2015
    by Trisha Pritikin @TrishaPritikin

    … On the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, Americans may be surprised to learn that no one in Japan has been held accountable. In fact, Japanese police and prosecutors have yet to conduct a thorough investigation.

    The Fukushima victims are demanding criminal prosecution of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and relevant government officials for criminal negligence for not safeguarding the reactors and the often catastrophic mishandling and misinformation during and after the disaster.

    The innocent people whose lives were devastated by an arguably preventable nuclear disaster believe a successful investigation and prosecution will result in more stringent regulations, more cautious and responsible corporations and ultimately the protection of future generations.

    All this is crucial. But a public accounting of the tragedy is just as urgent not only to Fukushima victims but also to the disenfranchised victims of radiation exposure around the world.

    Seeking accountability

    I feel a personal connection to the downwind victims of Fukushima. I, too, have felt disempowered and invisible, longing to see those responsible for my radiation-induced health damage …


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      to finally be brought to justice.

      Just as Fukushima’s children could have been protected from thyroid cancer, thousands of people, including me, were exposed to radiation discharged decades ago from the (still leaking) Hanford nuclear weapon production facility near my childhood home in Richland, Washington.

      As in Richland, the children of Fukushima were not given potassium iodide tablets to block the uptake by our developing thyroid glands of radioiodine in contaminated milk and food — a simple protective measure understood since the dawn of the atomic age.

      Both Hanford and Fukushima communities put their trust in authorities who violated that trust and put their lives in danger.

      I don’t want to see anyone else’s lives destroyed by radiation and nuclear catastrophes. A criminal investigation of Fukushima sets a precedent for governments and corporations around the world, declaring, “You are responsible for nuclear safety.”

      Any nuclear disaster can have global health implications. This was demonstrated in reports of health damage across Europe after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986 and now in suspected damage to the marine ecosystem after Fukushima Daiichi, where 300 tons of radiation-contaminated water pours into the Pacific Ocean daily. …


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        … Fukushima victims have tried for years to compel police and district prosecutors to charge TEPCO and government officials with criminal negligence. In June 2012 more than 1,000 Fukushima residents filed a complaint with the Fukushima District Prosecutor’s Office, calling for the indictment of 33 people, including the management of the Fukushima nuclear plant and relevant officials.

        Their action became a national movement in Japan. In November 2012 more than 13,000 people, many of them from outside Fukushima prefecture, joined the complaint. In early 2013 supporting petitions signed by more than 100,000 people were submitted to the Fukushima District Prosecutor’s Office. Scores of rallies, lectures and press conferences were held across Japan to demand legal action.

        But these protests, filings and demonstrations have not compelled Japanese prosecutors to initiate legal proceedings. The case now goes to a committee for inquest of prosecution, a group of citizens that can order a case be reinvestigated and prosecuted. If the committee finds that the case should be prosecuted, the court will designate a lawyer to conduct the duties of the public prosecutor in the case, and the designated lawyer will prosecute suspects and conduct a trial.

        As of today, Japanese police and prosecutors have turned a deaf ear to these pleas. This disregard of their losses and sacrifices has deeply affected victims; some have committed suicide. Many others …


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          are redoubling their efforts to be heard. We victims know that you can have a thousand rallies in the street in vain. Without an official forum to legitimize our concerns, no change happens.

          Victims speak

          To bring global attention to their cause, in April 2015, Fukushima victims will publish an English translation of select statements from their complaint as a book, available to the English-speaking world, “Will You Still Say No Crime Was Committed?”

          Their goal, according to Ruiko Muto, the chairwoman of the Complainants for Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, is to let the world “know that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has not been brought under control, that it continues to spread harm and that the nation of Japan is choosing to abandon the victims.”

          The book’s personal stories are compelling. Their statements offer a rare glimpse into their deep sense of betrayal. They tell of mortgages still being paid on contaminated homes that they can never inhabit. Livelihoods have been lost, families torn apart. They are under constant stress, uncertain whether the food they are eating or the air that they breathe is poisoned, unable to trust the authorities to tell them the truth.

          “With no one taking responsibility for the nuclear accident, what we have is a situation of paradise for the perpetrators, hell for the victims. I cannot go to my grave like this,” says complainant No. 48, age 68. …


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            Through the English-language publication of their stories, grief-stricken Fukushima victims are now asking the English-speaking world to join in their battle for justice. These innocent victims of Fukushima Daiichi have reached across the Pacific to raise awareness and obtain our help.

            Let’s add our voices to theirs.

            Trisha Pritikin is a Hanford Downwinder, an attorney and an internationally recognized advocate on behalf of populations exposed to Hanford’s radiation releases. She blogs at http://www.trishapritikin.com.

            The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera America's editorial policy.


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    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/03/11/comment-fukushima-four-years-what-lessons-has-australia-learnt

    … instead of a measured review into how Australia sold uranium to a utility with a self-declared ‘lack of safety culture’ and in so doing fuelled a massive disaster we get a federal government that wants to hand uranium licensing powers over to the states, an accelerated rush to ink increasingly irresponsible uranium deals – including the current India plan – and now a state nuclear Royal Commission in South Australia that seeks to quarantine the uranium sector from criticism or scrutiny. …

    Dave Sweeney is a nuclear free campaign for the Australian Conservation Foundation who travelled to Fukushima in Japan in 2013 with a team of international medical experts to assess health impacts.


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    http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2015/03/the-fourth-winter-of-fukushima/

    … Four years later, as the tragedy continues to unfold in Japan, Alexis Dudden, a Japan scholar and professor of history at UConn, recently visited Tomioka, a small town in Fukushima near the nuclear power plant, for an essay published last month in the journal Foreign Policy in Focus.

    Dudden spent 2009-10 in Niigata, Japan on a Fulbright Research Fellowship and was in Japan when the earthquake struck. UConn Today spoke with Dudden and has edited her essay, “The Fourth Winter of Fukushima,” that deals with the tsunami, nuclear power, and the resiliency of the Japanese people. …


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    Does anyone know the outcome of this? From May 2014:

    https://news.vice.com/article/how-a-single-tweet-could-land-a-japanese-nuclear-activist-in-jail

    How a Single Tweet Could Land a Japanese Nuclear Activist in Jail
    By Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
    May 12, 2014

    In 2012, more than 15,000 people living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant filed a criminal complaint at the Fukushima prosecutors’ office. They alleged that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Japanese central government were criminally negligent for the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown and the way in which the resulting cleanup was handled.

    The Fukushima police, however, declined to investigate. And prosecutors quietly dropped all charges against TEPCO, arguing that it was too difficult to prove criminal negligence even though several third-party watchdogs found that TEPCO and government officials had failed to carry out measures necessary to prevent the disaster despite knowing that a devastating earthquake could potentially strike near the plant. Even an independent investigative commission set up by the Japanese National Diet had concluded, "The meltdown was a manmade disaster."

    Meanwhile, Fukushima police and prosecutors have set their sites on a 47-year-old single mother named Mari Takenouchi because she wrote a tweet critical of a nuclear lobbyist. Takenouchi may go to jail for it.

    Fukushima police and prosecutors are currently investigating Takenouchi for criminal contempt; …


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      if found guilty, she could face a month in jail. Prosecutors confirmed they will be flying to Okinawa, where Takenouchi lives, to question her on May 13. Police have already traveled from Fukushima to Okinawa to interrogate her — an unusual occurrence.

      “We only send police officers from one prefecture to another if the subject is really a potentially dangerous criminal,” Fukushima police spokesman Lieutenant Tadashi Terashima told VICE News.

      Takenouchi, the potentially dangerous criminal in question, is a journalist and blogger who fled her hometown of Tokyo with her infant son days after the disaster, hoping to avoid fallout from Fukushima. (She was too late; radiation had already reached Tokyo.)

      Today, she reports on the health of children in Fukushima. This is the translation of the tweet that has authorities flying across the country to interrogate her: …

      - this is a simply amazing story. what happened, does anyone know?


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    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html

    Contaminated wastewater yet to be controlled
    Mar. 11, 2015

    Contaminated wastewater … is increasing by about 350 tons a day … 600,000 tons, including processed water, is stored at the facility. This plus wastewater pooled in the buildings brings the total to 680,000 tons.

    The government and TEPCO have been pumping up groundwater to keep it out of the plant, and releasing it into the sea since last May. They say this has reduced the daily inflow of groundwater by about 100 tons.

    Also underway are efforts to keep groundwater out of the site by freezing soil around the buildings and surrounding them with a wall of ice 1,500 meters long. TEPCO plans to start making the ice wall this month.

    But a plan to pump up groundwater from a monitoring well near the buildings, filter it and release it into the sea has been fiercely opposed by local fishers. …


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    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/11/why-fukushima-ended-all-debate-about-nuclear-power/

    MARCH 11, 2015

    Radiating the Pacific
    Why Fukushima Ended All Debate About Nuclear Power
    by MIRIAM GERMAN

    It’s March 3rd, 2015, just eight days away from the fourth anniversary of the triple meltdown and explosion at Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. As I write this, I’m seated on a plane heading back to the East coast to see family far from my home in Cascadia, otherwise known as the Pacific Northwest.

    Next to me is my current reading, A Field Guide to Radiation by Wayne Biddle. Why this book? Because I’ve already read the books about the creation of nuclear power, nuclear bombs, the making of the nuclear power plant in the NW that caused the largest bond default in the history of the United States, books about the effects of radiation on citizens written by individuals who grew up near nuke plants and books by both scientists and doctors on the effects of radiation from Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima-Daiichi.

    So why read one more? Because I want to know more. Because I need to know more. Because I have to know more about what has happened to me, my family, friends, animals and plants along the West Coast as the effects of Fukushima-Daiichi’s fallout hit us just days after 3.11 occurred and continues to do so intermittently at any time on any given day as things continue to steam up in Japan. …


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      I have to know more because I live downstream from the Hanford Nuclear Dump, the largest nuclear dump in the northern hemisphere, and because I live downstream from a nuclear power plant called the Columbia Generating Station …

      We’ve decommissioned five nuke plants in the US so far with ninety-nine more to go. Many of us believe that Diablo Canyon is close to being shut down. CGS is close, Pilgrim is close. There are many more, but all 99 on-line nuke plants need to be shut down and NOW. There is no time left.

      On 3.11, our group, No Nukes NW, is holding an open memorial for our Pacific Ocean. …


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    http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-filmmaker-documents-stories-those-living-after-fukushima-nuclear-accident

    Ann Arbor based filmmaker Toko Shiiki just made her first full-length film, Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima that illustrates life after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

    It will be screened tonight at the Helmut Stern Auditorium at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

    Here's a trailer:

    Shiiki says she aimed to tell the stories of those who still live in Fukushima and why they have chosen to stay.

    "There are people who want to share their story with people in other countries," Shiiki says.

    The film features a former plant worker, a man who founded a small village near Fukushima in the 70s who is now the only remaining resident with his wife, along with a teacher and the students of a middle school. As she began to learn more about each of them, she discovered that they all shared a love of music.

    "Interestingly, and beautifully, everyone played music for this film," Shiiki says.

    While their hardships are unique, Shiiki says she believes everyone can relate to facing difficulty and the struggle to find their own happiness in life.

    Shiiki says the film doesn't endorse living in Fukushima.

    "I'm not saying Fukushima is safe, or this is the right way or this is the wrong way," she says.

    She says nobody in the film makes a clear statement on whether living there or leaving is the proper choice…


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      She says the film captures more of a "whisper" of their real feelings.

      "I really hope each of you can sense that whisper, sense from their music, and then think from there what we can do for a better future together," Shiiki says.


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    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com.au

    TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015
    Four Years Later in Japan

    A reporter and a cameraman from Jiji Tsushin went to Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on February 26, 2015 and made the video available on Jiji's site and on Youtube on March 2.

    http://www.jiji.com/jc/movie?p=mov350-movie03&relid=1_1
    - 5min, in japanese

    … At about 50 seconds into the video, the reporter and the cameraman go to the location where they can see across the reactors (with Reactor 1 being the closest). The guide, a TEPCO worker, tells them to be brief because the radiation is high and there is nothing to shield the radiation (coming from the reactors?). The guide says, "It's 300 microsieverts/hour." …

    Reuters Japan has a collection of 70 photographs titled "Four Years Ago in Japan". …

    http://jp.reuters.com/news/topNews/rpSlideshows?articleId=JPRTR4SUIS#a=21


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    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/nowhere-to-put-nuclear-waste

    REUTERS/Toru Hanai

    Black plastic bags containing irradiated soil, leaves and debris from the decontamination operation are dumped at a seaside devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tomioka town, Fukushima Prefecture, near Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    Every day, teams of workers blast roads with water, scrub down houses, cut branches and scrape contaminated soil off farmland. That radiated trash now sits in plastic sacks across the region, piling up in abandoned rice paddies, parking lots and even residents’ backyards.

    - this stuff is stacked ON THE BEACH, waiting for the next big storm or tsunami. 43 comments, worth a look.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.nukewatch.org/watchblog/

    The New Mexican
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/

    Letters to the editor, March 10, 2015
    Department of Energy waste needs to be cleaned up

    As usual, the Department of Energy gets it exactly wrong. The department was fined by our state Environment Department for lousy procedures that caused the explosion and leak at WIPP. As predicted more than 25 years ago, improperly characterized and mislabeled wastes make a dangerous mix. Now the feds want to steal from nuclear cleanup programs to pay the fine. Cleanup is already perennially underfunded, and environmental targets remain unmet year after year — because all DOE really wants to do is make more unneeded weapons, and thus more waste that doesn’t get cleaned up.

    Every time DOE is fined for shoddy work, it should have to pay out of weapons research and development funds — and then throw double the amount of the fine into the cleanup budget. New Mexicans, have we had enough of watching the weaponeers roll around in their pork dollars while we pay the price with our land, water and future? Bad theater, indeed.

    Sasha Pyle
    Santa Fe

    (Sasha is a former NukeWatch NM Steering Committee member.)


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  • rogerthat

    - as does marianne birkby. but it's past my bedtime, lol, even tho she has some wonderful stuff.

    https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com


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  • “With this study I think that’s what we’re trying to explore — is that once a nuclear catastrophe strikes, it’s not only affecting that local area, but also worldwide.” See World affected by Fukushima-Map here.
    It is very intriguing that the authorities are feigning ignorance about this phenomenon. Operation Sunshine was in the 1950s, they took baby bones from India to determine effects of atmospheric nuke tests. They know full well and my research shows glaringly and in time series the deterioration of the Indian and worldwide gene pool during the period 1945 to 1990s. India alone lost via IMR during this period some 23 to 30 million infants due to Sr90 contamination. The slackness with which the public is being shown the data is criminal re Fukushima and Chernobyl. Due to Chernobyl some 400000 of indian infants met their untimely bloodless death ! Fukushima for India will be infant mortality in the billions. Rotten Modern Civilization. Stop this charlatanry and make the process transparent NOW. By the way pay trillions of dollars in reparations. Whats stopping you nuclearisers? Germans paid reparations to the Jews! See the synchronous infant morality parade of the period 1945-1999 for India and the World in the figure 137 in http://deathdealersnukes.blogspot.in/2008/01/unacceptable-dangers-of-nuclear-energy.html
    depicting Biphasic Response of India and World Infant Mortalities to Northern Hemisphere(NH) Internal Radioactive Contamination: 1945-1999.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    navilu, Excellent! :)

    The truth is all around us!

    If only we humans would open our eyes and see it!


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  • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

    The equator all the way around is where it will accumulate. Before Fuku NASA posted monthly radiation (and everything else you could imagine except a time lapse of the jet stream after 2009) and shut down that website in April of 2011. "Budget cuts". The equator was pretty much all light red and gradually tapered off away from it.


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