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  • Judge: Sailors' class-action suit can proceed over alleged radiation exposure

    10/30/2014 5:49:32 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/30/2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit filed by about 200 Navy sailors and Marines can proceed against Japanese utility TEPCO and other defendants who they blame for a variety of ailments from radiation exposure following a nuclear reactor meltdown 3˝ years ago. In a decision released Tuesday, Southern District of California Judge Janis Sammartino ruled that the suit can be amended to add the builders of the Fukushima-Daichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors — General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi — as defendants. Sammartino also denied a change of venue to Japan and dismissed several minor aspects...
  • Experts: Workers in danger at Hanford

    10/28/2014 8:10:17 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    King5 News ^ | 10/28/2014 | Susannah Frame
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  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Japan: Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool

    08/30/2014 5:38:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 30, 2014
    Heavy equipment falls into Fukushima reactor pool →National Aug. 30, 2014 - 06:55AM JST ( 28 ) TOKYO — A 400-kilogram machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor. A massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 ravaged Japan’s northeastern coast and wrecked the plant, sparking meltdowns at three of its six reactors.
  • Cause of New Mexico nuclear waste accident remains a mystery

    08/25/2014 7:20:07 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/23/2014 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct to the surface and delivered low-level radiation doses to 21 workers. The accident contaminated the nation's only dump for nuclear weapons waste — previously a focus of pride for the Energy Department — and gave the nation's elite ranks of nuclear chemists a mystery they still cannot unravel. Six months after...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • Health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew) **UPDATE**

    08/24/2014 6:29:46 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 2 replies
    multiple | 08/26/2014 | multiple
    Okay. I'm not sure how I missed the updates/reports other than the fact that they appear not to have been posted here at FR. Principal source link is the PDF report to Congress in regards to a prior post here:("Final Report to the Congressional Defense Committees in Response to the Joint Explanatory Statement Accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, page 90, “Radiation Exposure” "). (link will open/download the PDF) An update on the USS Ronald Reagan crew lawsuit re their mysterious illnesses in the wake of Operation Tomodachi is here: ("USS Reagan Sailors’ Lawsuit Found ‘Lacking’ Nuclear Expert...
  • VA, News Media Fail America's Fukushima First Responders

    07/23/2014 8:04:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    It’s been more than three years since the Fukushima disaster, in which an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the Fukushima region of Japan and significantly damaged its nuclear power plant. *******snip***** Once the demand for news from Japan waned, however, little follow-up ever occurred in the media to those stories being told days after the tsunami struck, particularly those of American first responders. The USS Ronald Reagan responded almost immediately to the tsunami disaster. The carrier, reports in 2013 noted, may have coasted through a radiation plume. Photos of bizarrely foamy snow aboard the ship began to circulate in some...
  • Lack of information hampered government's evacuation efforts in Fukushima crisis

    06/20/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | June 17, 2014 | No Byline
    As the crisis unfurled at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, the prime minister’s office issued a series of evacuation orders in reaction to worsening developments without sufficient information and expert knowledge, according to testimony by a former top government official. In testimony to the government’s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, then Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama, who was in charge of evacuating residents, detailed how government officials were forced to issue evacuation orders in a flurry. The Asahi Shimbun recently obtained a copy of his testimony. “We only...
  • NEW MEXICO SAYS 57 NUKE CONTAINERS COULD BE THREAT

    05/20/2014 5:54:58 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 5/19/14 | JERI CLAUSING
    Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment, New Mexico officials said Monday. State Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn issued a formal order giving the lab two days to submit a plan for securing the waste containers, many of which are likely stored outdoors on the lab's northern New Mexico campus or at temporary site in west Texas.
  • Radiation Network

    05/20/2014 6:15:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    Minerallab, LLC ^ | 2013 | Minerallab,LLC
    How the Map Works: A growing number of Radiation Monitoring Stations across the country (and world), using various models of Geiger Counters, upload their Radiation Count data in real time to their computer using a Data Cable, and then over the Internet to this web site, all of this accomplished through GeigerGraph for Networks software. This system is completely automated - there is no manual posting of data required. How to Read the Map: Referring to the Map Legend at the bottom left corner of the map, locate Monitoring Stations around the country that are contributing radiation data to this...
  • Vanity: Is there a brand of canned tuna that isn't all mush?

    04/04/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 88 replies
    Seriously, the cans say chunk light but it's all mush.
  • School Science Project Reveals High Levels Of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation in Grocery Store Seafood

    03/28/2014 5:48:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    The Truth Wins ^ | March 27th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world. But that is precisely what has happened. Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination. What she discovered was absolutely stunning. Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation. So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima? Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases? The American people...
  • Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump (NM)

    03/27/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/27/14 | Staff
    he Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week. The dump has been shuttered since mid-February, when radiation was released above ground and into the air around Carlsbad, contaminating at least 17 workers with low doses of radiation. Four...
  • Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident

    03/10/2014 2:01:19 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | March 10, 2014 | Matthew Carney
    Full title: Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident labelled 'irresponsible' A nuclear industry insider has told the ABC that the situation at the stricken Fukushima reactor is still not under control, three years after the disaster there. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced he wants 30,000 residents to return to their homes and the reactors to be switched back on within two years. SNIP At the risk of losing his job if his identity is revealed, a senior TEPCO staffer, who has worked at the Fukushima plant for more than 20 years, says...
  • *Vanity* Fukushima Radiation likely to arrive on West Coast next month.

    03/09/2014 6:32:40 PM PDT · by bushwon · 135 replies
    me | March 9, 2014 | Bushwon
    Drudge posted an article (from a banned source) which stated that very low levels of Fukushima radiation will likely reach the West Coast next month. Incredibly, the article states that there is no federal agency which currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation. I find it disturbing that: 1. There is money being spent for many frivolous activities, yet three is no monitoring for radiation on the West Coast? 2. The EPA is monitoring puddles on people's private property, yet there is no monitoring of radiation on the West Coast!
  • WIPP Updates

    02/28/2014 10:28:51 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 32 replies
    me | 2/28/2014 | self
    I just sent an email to someone outlining some 'odd things' about the WIPP 'radiological event'. Most following it know the best sources (perhaps a bit fringe, but detail-oriented nevertheless) are:https://www.radcast.org/updates-on-wipp/ and http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/ I'm avoiding speculation on radiation releases (for those that want to piss on my 'histrionics'), just noting some really large discrepancies in what's been released to-date, as it's a template for future radiological events. Here is the base content of the email: Sorry for the length. No way to condense this further as I have my own analysis below not really elaborated in the linked blogs. First,...
  • Radiation leak forces closure at New Mexico waste burial site

    02/21/2014 1:43:43 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies
    www.LATimes.com ^ | February 17, 2014, | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    Normal operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been suspended for four days as the leak is investigated. ... the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, activated air filters as a precaution and barred personnel from entering the 2,150-foot-deep repository as they investigate what caused the leak. Radiation sensors sounded alarms at 11:30 p.m. Friday, when no workers were in the underground portions of the plant. ... Any prolonged shutdown could cause a backup of waste at a dozen nuclear-weapons-related sites across the nation, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area. In 2012, those dozen sites made...
  • Excessive radiation levels detected at New Mexico waste site

    02/16/2014 9:55:41 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 2/17/2014 | Laura Zuckerman
    Reuters) - Underground sensors have detected excessive radiation levels inside a nuclear waste storage site deep below New Mexico's desert, but no workers have been exposed and there was no risk to public health, U.S. Department of Energy officials said on Sunday. An air-monitoring alarm went off at 11:30 p.m. local time Friday indicating unsafe concentrations of radiation inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in what DOE officials said appeared to be the first such mishap since the facility opened in 1999. As of Sunday, the source of the high radiation readings had yet to be determined, and a plan...
  • N. Korea: Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant

    02/05/2014 2:57:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 26 January 2014 | Sebastien Falletti
    Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant Sebastien Falletti, Seoul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 January 2014 North Korea's decision to restart its 5 megawatt electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear scientific research complex threatens Northeast Asia with a disaster potentially worse than Chernobyl, according to nuclear experts. "This reactor comes from another world. The Yongbyon site has a concentration of so many nuclear facilities that if there was a fire in one building it could lead to a disaster worse than the Ukrainian one," said Seo Kyun Reul, a professor at the nucleonic department of...
  • Congress wants answers on health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew)

    01/28/2014 8:25:16 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 1/27/2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Congress has instructed the Defense Department to launch an inquiry into potential health impacts on Navy first-responders from Japan’s March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The request, made in the explanatory statement from the House that accompanied the fiscal 2014 budget bill that passed Congress this month, comes as a growing number of sailors and Marines have joined a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. While the instruction is not law, Defense Department officials said that they were taking the request seriously. “The Department treats reporting requirements included in committee reports seriously and tries...
  • Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radiation! (Discovery News YouTube video)

    01/15/2014 9:07:38 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/13/2014 | Discovery News
    Video only. No idea if my embed worked until after I hit 'post', as I can't seem to get it to work. If not, go to the link.
  • Antinuclear ex-PM Hosokawa to vie for Tokyo gov., backed by Koizumi

    01/15/2014 6:34:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Global Post ^ | January 14, 2014
    January 14, 2014 11:31pm Antinuclear ex-PM Hosokawa to vie for Tokyo gov., backed by Koizumi Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa said Tuesday he will run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election with an antinuclear agenda after securing the backing of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at a meeting in Tokyo. The move, which could have game-changing impact on the race for the helm of the Japanese capital, drew a quick response from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who suggested during his trip in Ethiopia that candidates should not focus too much on the issue of nuclear energy. Abe's ruling Liberal...
  • Scientists to create controlled nuclear meltdown in Ibaraki facility

    01/12/2014 5:30:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Jan. 12, 2014
    Scientists to create controlled nuclear meltdown in Ibaraki facility National Jan. 12, 2014 - 03:20PM JST TOKYO — A team of nuclear scientists in Japan plan to create a controlled reactor meltdown in a bid to learn how to deal with future disasters like that at Fukushima. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said it was working on a project using a scaled-down version of a reactor which they would deliberately cause to malfunction at a research facility in Ibaraki, north of Tokyo. “We want to study exactly how meltdowns happen and apply what we will learn to help improve ways...
  • Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning

    01/12/2014 5:08:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    RT ^ | 2014/01/10
    Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the facility, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, has been utilized to liquidate radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the plant. The crane to get rid of the container from the ALPS ceased working on Tuesday. On Wednesday, TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems at the facility. The company officials say the system may take a long time to restart. The container where the...
  • Fukushima radioactive material “has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport”

    Jay T. Cullen, Associate Professor of marine chemistry at the University of Victoria, Daily Kos diary, Jan. 4, 2014: [...] Fukushima derived Cs has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport but [the] concentrations of Cs continue to be well below levels thought to pose environmental or public health threats. There have been a number of popular press articles that [...] report the timing of the arrival of the radionuclides but offer no perspective on the actual levels and the associated risk to residents of the west coast (e.g. link). [...] About 93% of radioactivity in...
  • Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

    The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: “This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.” Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues...
  • Fukushima danger 'under control' – Not!

    Much has been said about the Fukushima nuclear power-plant disaster, much of it true, some untrue. The problem with the news coming out of the troubled complex is that the operating company TEPCO, the Japanese government and international agencies are not being completely forthcoming. Some call it political spin, but others just say the world is being told lies. The epitome of the falsehoods being told about Fukushima comes from no less than the Japanese prime minister himself. At the final International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires, the one deciding who would host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Shinzo Abe...
  • 130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia

    01/06/2014 3:48:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 2014/01/06
    130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia More than 130 used cars from Japan were denied access to Russia last year as consumer watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor remains concerned about the contaminated water leaks at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Strict control of all cargo, arriving from Japan, will continue in 2014 as well, Rospotrebnadzor said on its website. “In 2013, Russia has banned 165 batches of contaminated goods from entering the country. There were mainly used cars – 132, and spare parts for vehicles – 33,” the statement said. Deliveries of fish coming from Japan and those caught...
  • Health officials respond to beach radiation scare (Half Moon Bay, CA)

    01/04/2014 3:32:31 PM PST · by ransomnote · 56 replies
    hmbreview.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Mark Noack
    An amateur video of a Geiger counter showing what appear to be high radiation levels at a Coastside beach has drawn the attention of local, state and federal public health officials. Since being posted last week, the short video has galvanized public concerns that radioactive material could be landing on the local coastline after traveling from Japan as a result of the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Government officials say they are looking into the video shot on Dec. 23 and performing their own sampling of the beaches, but they have found no indication so far that radiation...
  • HHS Orders 14 Million Doses of Potassium Iodide

    01/01/2014 12:42:22 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 101 replies
    Full disclosure: I'm posting this fearmongering 'news' as a result of histrionics ('cause another Freeper said so). </sarc> See below: Potassum Iodide Solicitation Number: 14-284-SOL-0015A Agency: Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice: Program Support CenterLocation: Supply Service Center Opportunity History Original Synopsis Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm Solicitation Number: 14-284-SOL-0015A Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Synopsis: Added: Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm (i)  This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial item prepared in accordance with FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information in this notice.  This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation...
  • Fukushima ghost towns struggle to recover amid high radiation levels

    01/01/2014 10:36:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 January 2014 11.21 EST | Simon Tisdall
    Post-tsunami reconstruction and radiation cleanup could take 10 years, but officials say something has been permanently lost Nearly three years after a major earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation leak devastated coastal and inland areas of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, 175 miles north-east of Tokyo, Namie has become a silent town of ghosts and absent lives. Namie's 21,000 residents remain evacuated because of continuing high radiation levels, the product of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, six miles to the south. Homes, shops and streets are deserted except for the occasional police patrol or checkpoint.
  • Fukushima radiation cleanup: Send in the homeless?

    12/31/2013 8:55:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. He isn't a social worker. He's a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head. "This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day," Sasa says, as he strides past men sleeping on cardboard and clutching at their coats against the early winter cold. It's also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the...
  • Fukushima Panic (Activists Raise Alarm About Radiation From Japan)

    12/31/2013 11:43:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | Sam Levin
    Activists raise alarm about radiation from Japan, but nuclear researchers say their fears are unfounded.Cynthia Papermaster has stopped eating fish from the Pacific Ocean. The Berkeley resident also tries to stay out of the rain, and even leaves her rain boots outside of her house. The reason? She's worried about radioactive fallout from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. "It's all one planet," she said. "The radiation will spread around the world." Papermaster, an activist with the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee, is part of a...
  • Anyone else hear? TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down NOW [see post 80']

    12/30/2013 9:07:12 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 156 replies
    Susan posel news ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Turner Radio Network
    Turner Radio Network (TRN) has issued a report regarding Fukushima Diachi Nuclear Plant that is expected to affect the entire Northern Hemisphere. According to the report: “Persons residing on the west coast of North America should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan.” TEPCO has confirmed that via camera surveillance, that steam has begun to pour from Reactor 3, although they have “not been identified abnormal plant conditions.” TEPCO are reporting that “radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor building #3 at the Fukuishima...
  • Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue(billows of metallic-tasting snow)

    12/24/2013 10:47:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha
    Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue By Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha December 22, 2013 | 6:40am Navy sailor Lindsay Cooper knew something was wrong when billows of metallic-tasting snow began drifting over USS Ronald Reagan. “I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” Cooper recalled of the day in March 2011 when she and scores of crewmates watched a sudden storm blow toward them from the tsunami-torn coast of Fukushima, Japan. The tall 24-year-old with a winning smile didn’t know it then, but the snow...
  • Radiation from Fukushima Will Be 10 Times Bigger than All of the Radiation from Nuclear Tests

    12/22/2013 7:51:41 AM PST · by Errant · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/22/2013 | George Washington
    This graphic from Woods Hole in Massachusetts – one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – shows how much more cesium was dumped into the sea off Japan from Fukushima as compared to nuclear testing and Chernobyl [above]: The Canadian government has confirmed in October that Fukushima radiation will exceed “levels higher than maximum fallout” from the nuclear tests. The party line from the Japanese, Canadian and American governments are that these are safe levels of radiation. Given that those countries have tried to ban investigative journalism and have tried to cover up the scope of the Fukushima...
  • Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima

    12/21/2013 4:20:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima By Perry Chiaramonte Published December 20, 2013 FoxNews.com When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power...
  • Radiation alerts hit U.S. cities

    12/13/2013 11:28:14 AM PST · by Errant · 99 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bob Unruh
    A private organization that monitors radiation data from network points across the United States issued email alerts today for two Western U.S. cities, Reno, Nev., and St. George, Utah. The alerts came from the the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center, which explains its mission is to provide radiation monitoring information from hundreds of sites in Japan and the U.S., including those run by the Environmental Protection Agency. The warning pinpointed an area “of concern” in St. George, Utah, where background radiation levels more than doubled today from the typical reading. In Reno, “the current background radiation level has increased suddenly...
  • Police block Mexico hospital, 6 may have radiation [poisoning]

    12/06/2013 11:50:56 AM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    WKOW ^ | 06 December 2013 | Adriana Gomes Lincon, Emilio Lopez
    PACHUCA, Mexico (AP) - Federal police blocked access Friday to a central Mexico hospital where six people were reported to have been admitted with radiation exposure. An official familiar with the case confirmed Mexican media reports that the six have been admitted to the general hospital in the city of Pachuca and may have been exposed to a stolen source of cobalt-60.
  • TEPCO may consider discharging contaminated water into sea: IAEA

    12/04/2013 3:27:26 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | 12/4/2013 | no byline
    Link only because "Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."
  • Japan proposes more steps to store Fukushima water

    12/03/2013 7:20:25 AM PST · by oxcart · 2 replies
    <p>TOKYO (AP) -- A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the radioactive water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster.</p> <p>Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage space for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable.</p>
  • Fukushima operator starts hazardous year-long fuel removal

    11/19/2013 4:35:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 18, 2013
    Fukushima operator starts hazardous year-long fuel removal TOKYO Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:50am EST Nov 18 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant took the first step on Monday in the long and hazardous process of decommissioning the facility, extracting a fuel rod from its container for later removal. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it transferred the rod to a steel cask within the same cooling pool in a badly damaged reactor building, beginning the delicate and unprecedented task of removing 400 tonnes of highly irradiated spent fuel from that reactor.
  • Interview with Dr. Shigeru Mita (Tokyo disease vs. Fukushima radiation)

    11/12/2013 11:58:47 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 6 replies
    World Network for Saving Children from Radiation ^ | 11/11/2013 | save-children-from-radiation.org
    I'm pasting the whole interview here: The Mita clinic in Kodaira city, Tokyo, has carried out blood examination and thyroid ultrasound examination on 1,500 patients, including children. Mamarevo Magazine here interviews Dr. Mita, the head of the clinic, about what he has seen through the blood exam.   Kanto usually consists of metropolitan Tokyo, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tochigi and Kanagawa prefectures.   The original article in Japanese is in Mama-revo magazine website What is a ‘differential white blood cell count’? What can we learn from checking it? Q: Please tell us about the examinations that are conducted by the Mita clinic.   ...
  • We’re In The Most Dangerous Moment Since the Cuban Missile Crisis

    11/08/2013 1:57:13 PM PST · by Errant · 60 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Novemeber, 2013 | George Washington
    Scientists Warn of Extreme Risk We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month. The head of the U.S. Department of Energy correctly notes: "The success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely."
  • Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

    10/29/2013 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies
    CFACT.org ^ | October 12, 2013 | Kelvin Kemm
    I have watched a TV programme called ‘Fear Factor.’ In the series there are contestants who have to confront their worst fears to see who bails out and who can fight the fear and get through.
  • Fukushima nuclear plant operators prepare for dangerous procedure(spent fuel rods removal)

    10/27/2013 7:22:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    SCMP ^ | 27 October, 2013 | Julian Ryall
    Fukushima nuclear plant operators prepare for dangerous procedure Hundreds of radioactive rods must be removed at Fukushima without exposing them to air PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 6:07am UPDATED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 6:07am Julian Ryall in Tokyo The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is making final preparations before starting the most delicate and dangerous procedure attempted at the plant since three reactors were wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Engineers from Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) need to remove 1,533 rods of highly irradiated spent fuel from the damaged storage pool alongside the...
  • The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation

    10/26/2013 6:59:16 PM PDT · by oxcart · 27 replies
    NASA.gov ^ | 10/25/13 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    The next time you step onto an airplane, consider the following: In any given year, the pilot of your aircraft probably absorbs as much radiation as a worker in a nuclear power plant. And you are about to follow him wherever he goes. The FAA classifies pilots as "occupational radiation workers." Flying high above Earth with little atmosphere to protect them, they can absorb significant doses of cosmic rays and solar radiation. During a typical polar flight from Chicago to Beijing, for instance, a pilot is exposed to the equivalent of two chest x-rays. Multiplied over the course of...
  • Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters

    10/26/2013 6:44:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2013/10/25 | Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito
    Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito IWAKI | Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:45pm EDT Oct 25 (Reuters) - Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks. Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to...
  • Fukushima situation calls for international emergency work – expert

    10/20/2013 6:46:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Voic of Russia ^ | 19 October 2013
    Fukushima situation calls for international emergency work – expert Sharp radiation growth was registered in ground water samples throughout just one day, October 18th, in the area of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tritium concentrations, for example, exceeded the admissible values 6,500 times. This is the gravest situation since the 2011 Fukushima accident. The area of the nuclear meltdown remains open and is being cooled by flowing water, says an expert in nuclear physics and nuclear power generation, Igor Ostretsov. "Radioactive water keeps coming and should be stored somewhere, Igor Ostretsov says. They have deployed a great number of...