Yahoo News: Mutated plants near Fukushima gain internet fame — Pics show centers fused together, petals growing out of sides, ring-shaped flower with 4 stems — US Gov’t Expert: Plant abnormalities can be induced after only 24 hours of exposure to radioactive fallout (PHOTOS)

Published: July 15th, 2015 at 2:21 pm ET
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Yahoo News, Jul 13, 2015: Deformed daisies from Fukushima disaster site gain Internet fame… one Japanese amateur photographer has captured something a bit more unique than a beautiful bloom. Twitter user @san_kaido posted a photo of mutated yellow daisies last month, found in Nasushiobara City, around 70 miles from Fukushima… The photos show daisies with fused yellow centres and with the petals growing out the side of the flower…

Tweet from @san_kaido, translated by Fukushima Diary: “The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied beltlike. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 μSv/h at 1 m”…

Taka Katsumi, former aide to Member of Japan’s Parliament, Jun 21, 2015:  Deformed Margaret flowers found 130 km from Fukushima Daiichi plant at Nasu Shiobara on May 26, 2015.

Video from Nasushiobara City: Sep 2012, I measured radiation in front of SEKIYA elementary school of Nasushiobara… The monitor indicates… 6.94 on mud in the road side garter, 8.10 micro Sievert per hour on dusts of the school road.

More on Plant Fasciations (emphasis added)

> Univ. of Chicago w/ grant from Rockefeller Foundation (pdf), 1933: All vegetative parts are subject to injury by x-rays. Root tips may become bulbous and swollen, with tumor-like enlargements in which giant cells may occur. Stems become fasciatedflowers of plants rayed in seed or seedling stages may show fasciation

> Japan’s National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, 2009: The proportion of plants showing stem fasciation increased with gamma-irradiation… Each single mutant also showed stem fasciation at a low frequency without gamma-irradiation, while gamma-irradiation induced stem fasciation. Importantly, in wild-type plants, the frequency of stem fasciation was very low (<0.1%) [but] were induced by gamma-irradiation.

> Affidavit of James Gunckel, Brookhaven National Lab (pdf), 1984: I have carefully examined… plants, collected shortly after the [1979] accident at TMI and compared them with specimens collected more recently. The current abnormalities [5 years post-accident] are probably carried forward by induced chromosomal aberrations. There were a number of anomalies entirely comparable to those induced by ionizing radiation — stem fasciations [etc.]… Most of the stem abnormalities… are induced by relatively high doses of X or gamma rays extending over a period of usually 2-3 months. Notable exceptions, however, are similar responses to beta ray exposure from radioisotopesfor only 24 hours. In other words, it would have been possible for the types of plant abnormalities observed to have been induced by radioactive fallout on March 29, 1979…  I am the world authority on modifications of plant growth and development induced by ionizing radiations…

Watch the video from Nasushiobara City here

Published: July 15th, 2015 at 2:21 pm ET
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173 comments to Yahoo News: Mutated plants near Fukushima gain internet fame — Pics show centers fused together, petals growing out of sides, ring-shaped flower with 4 stems — US Gov’t Expert: Plant abnormalities can be induced after only 24 hours of exposure to radioactive fallout (PHOTOS)

  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/16/national/despite-pressing-need-japan-continues-grope-nuclear-waste-site/#.VaiBjEJB-S0

    Despite pressing need, Japan continues to grope for nuclear waste site
    BY YURIY HUMBER, MASUMI SUGA, AND EMI URABE
    BLOOMBERG

    …It will be a “failure in our ethical responsibility to future generations” to restart reactors without a clear plan for waste storage, the Science Council of Japan said in April.

    The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, known as NUMO, has been searching for a permanent storage site for years, initially inviting districts to apply as a host.

    In 2007, it got one when the mayor of Toyo, Kochi Prefecture, submitted interest. Like the residents near Yucca Mountain, the town’s citizens didn’t like the idea and voted him out of office. His successor canceled the plan.

    Now facing the accelerated shutdown of some reactors post-Fukushima, NUMO in May ditched the idea of waiting for a volunteer. Instead, scientists will nominate suitable areas.

    “We’d like all citizens to be aware and feel ownership of this situation,” said Takao Kinoshita, a NUMO official. “We should feel grateful for the community that’s doing something for the benefit of the whole country and respect their bravery.”

    NUMO’s plan for a final underground repository was drawn up in 2007 and would cost ¥3.5 trillion.

    It would contain about 40,000 canisters, each weighing half a ton and holding waste at temperatures above 200 degrees. …


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    • rogerthat

      The contents would give off 1,500 sieverts of radiation an hour, a level that would instantly kill a human being.

      The canisters need to cool in interim storage for as long as 50 years before heading 300 meters below ground. Their stainless steel inner layer is wrapped in bentonite clay to make sure water can’t leak inside.

      “That’s the biggest risk we see, water leaking through,” said Kinoshita. …

      Without a clear disposal strategy, costs to take apart the reactors can end up being double original estimates, said Colin Austin, senior vice president at Energy Solutions, which has worked on every decommissioning project in the U.S.

      Another wrinkle in Japan for finding a final disposal site is that the country sits on a mesh of colliding tectonic plates that make it one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

      Former NRC chief Macfarlane, who is also a seismologist, said that doesn’t make it impossible to bury the waste. A repository hundreds of meters underground is partly protected against quakes in the same way submarines are during high storms, she said.

      Leaving nuclear waste on the surface indefinitely means it will get into the environment, so Japan has to solve this, she said.

      “An adequate place underground is better than waiting for the best possible place.”


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        "Former NRC chief Macfarlane, who is also a seismologist, said that doesn’t make it impossible to bury the waste. A repository hundreds of meters underground is partly protected against quakes in the same way submarines are during high storms, she said."

        Stupidest thing she ever said Most likely.


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  • rogerthat

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

    Japan’s nuclear safety culture still lacking, says watchdog via E&T (Engineering & Technology) Magazine
    Japan’s nuclear industry still lags on safety, the country’s regulator said, after discovering documents submitted by an operator had been falsified.
    Chugoku Electric Power Co said on June 30 it had not conducted the mandatory inspection of equipment for handling low-level nuclear waste, yet had recorded that the checks were carried out.

    Shunichi Tanaka, head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) set up in 2012, said this highlighted the fact that safety standards are still far from perfect more than four years after the Fukushima plant meltdown.

    “From a safety culture point of view, if that kind of thing happens, it’s not good enough,” he said at a regular press conference today, when asked about the incident by Reuters. “It is not a violation under law, so I don’t think we would take legal action.”

    Since the meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in 2011, the NRA has been pushing operators to improve safety and the mindset of their personnel.

    Investigations into the disaster concluded that close relations between nuclear power companies and regulators led to poor industry oversight and all nuclear reactors have been shut down while utilities apply for new operating licenses. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://resource.co/article/new-report-provides-insight-nuclear-waste-10296

    … The report estimates that there is about 1,100 cubic metres (m³) of high-level waste (HLW) in the UK, 290,000m³ of intermediate-level waste (ILW), 1.4 million m³ of low-level waste (LLW), and 2.8 million m³ of very low-level waste (VLLW). …


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  • rogerthat

    http://dupagepolicyjournal.com/stories/510626370-senate-committee-passes-kirk-amendment-to-protect-great-lakes-from-nuclear-waste

    Senate committee passes Kirk amendment to protect Great Lakes from nuclear waste
    by Mark Reccek | Monday, Jul 13, 2015

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday approved Sen. Mark Kirk's (R-IL) amendment to protect the Great Lakes from a Canadian plan to store 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste less than a mile from the lakes.

    Kirk's amendment calls on the Department of State to request an International Joint Commission Review of Ontario Power Generation’s proposal and to urge the government of Canada to postpone the plan until the review is complete.

    “This dangerous plan to store 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste less than a mile from the shores of the Great Lakes could cause irreparable damage to our nation’s most precious natural resource and the source of drinking water for millions in Illinois,” Kirk said. “We are one step closer to saving the Great Lakes, the crown jewel of the Midwest, from being polluted by toxic nuclear waste.”

    Kirk said the ban on Great Lakes sewage dumping is the most aggressive measures taken to date to protect the ecosystem.

    “Lake Michigan is our state's most precious natural resource, and we must work to keep it, and all of the Great Lakes, safe and clean for future generations," Kirk wrote in an an op-ed in the Daily Southtown last week.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/aldermaston-nuclear-weapons-factory-told-9657082

    Aldermaston nuclear weapons factory told it needs to improve waste management
    14 JULY 2015
    BY RAHUL VASHISHT
    Atomic Weapons Establishment given improvement notice despite already being in special measures


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  • rogerthat

    http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2015-07-no-radioactive-contamination-sunken-subs-barents-sea-say-experts-conditions-must-monitored

    No radioactive contamination from sunken subs in Barents Sea, say experts, but conditions must be monitored

    MURMANSK – Russian and Norwegian scientists have tallied up 20 years of radiation studies in the Barents Sea, Kola Bay, as well as results of algae, sediments and other biological samples taken from the Novaya Zemlya Peninsula, Sayda Bay and Andreyeva Bay. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-nominates-ex-bush-official-as-nuclear-regulator/article/2568364

    … She also has served as a consultant and worked at a few electric utilities, including running the nuclear regulatory program at Exelon Corp. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/nevadas-chief-attorney-yucca-retiring

    By Steve Tetreault
    Las Vegas Review-Journal Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON —€” Marta Adams, a senior attorney for the state of Nevada and its chief in-house lawyer on Yucca Mountain, has announced her retirement at the end of the month.

    Adams, chief deputy attorney general, has represented Nevada in all matters involving the controversial nuclear waste program since 1998. She also has handled a variety of other environmental law issues since shortly after joining the attorney general‘s office in 1983. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/heres-what-it-would-take-for-florida-to-run-on-100-percent-renewable-energy-7755978

    HERE'S WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR FLORIDA TO RUN ON 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY

    BY JESSICA WEISS THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015

    Stanford researchers say Florida's sustainable energy future depends on access to solar power
    Photo by Brookhaven National Laboratory, CC-licensed
    Think oil and gas drilling and nuclear power plants are only way to power South Florida’s economy? Think again.

    A group of Stanford scholars say they've proven that it is “technically and economically feasible” to run Florida’s economy 100 percent on renewable energy. And they’ve already done all the hard work for politicians, mapping out exactly how to achieve such a shift by 2050.

    “People aren’t aware of what’s possible,” says Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Jacobson, who led the research. “But when they become aware, their whole mindset changes. You’re not actually going to have all these problems people claim you’re going to have.”

    The research is part of a paper published in May in the journal Energy & Environmental Science that presents road maps for how each of the 50 states can transform their energy infrastructures to be powered by wind, water and solar by 2050.

    The shift would completely eliminate present day greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from energy, grow jobs …


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    • rogerthat

      and stabilize energy prices, according to the paper.

      Being that Florida is one of the most sunlight rich states in the country, it should come as no surprise that a road map for Florida includes shifting to an energy mix dominated — at 79 percent — by solar energy. Setting aside for a moment how unlikely this it to occur in the short-term, due to the ongoing ugly fight over solar power in Florida, let’s look at the projected energy mix:

      The largest single chunk of the total (42.7 percent) would come from utility solar photovoltaic (PV) plants — a large-scale, “solar farm” style utility system. This energy source dominates because it’s the lowest cost, Jacobson says — “as cheap as natural gas.

      “You just put it on a field, thousands of them together,” he says. “When you do things on a large scale, you don’t have to pay people to install them on everyone’s roof and the cost of labor is less.”

      A proposed 15.5 percent of Florida’s renewable grid would come from residential rooftop PV, and 10.8 percent from commercial/government rooftop PV, meaning that panels would be placed on existing rooftops or elevated canopies above parking lots, highways and other structures.

      Additional energy would come from offshore wind (14.9 percent); concentrated solar power (CSP) plants (10 percent), which use mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight; onshore wind (5 percent); and wave devices (1 percent).

      The plan also involves “electrification” …


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      • rogerthat

        of everything that currently runs partially or entirely on fossil fuels — including transportation, heating/cooling, and industry.

        Sure, the road map is ambitious, but it proves the change is possible, says Sarah Shanley Hope, the executive director of the Solutions Project, which is working to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Some states, such as New York, are already adopting much greater reliance on renewables. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Energy Plan, released earlier this month, champions affordability of clean energy for 100 percent of people.

        In Florida, the shift to 100 percent wind-water-solar would create over 500,000 new jobs, according to researchers, and result in thousands of dollars in savings annually per person.

        And Shanley Hope says it’s important to point out that none of this technology is actually out of reach. All the tech is ready. So what’s stopping plans from being implemented?

        “Arizona is the only other state that has more sun than Florida,” she says. “And yet Florida has the most regulatory and political barriers to allowing citizens to access that sun to power their homes, businesses and schools. We need to ensure choice and access to affordable technologies.”


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.interaksyon.com/article/114310/video–pnoys-townmates-peeved-over-canadian-wastes-in-tarlac-landfill

    Townmates of President Benigno Aquino III in Capas, Tarlac expressed disappointment after the municipality was made the dumping ground of wastes from Canada …


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