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  • Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside

    04/06/2016 6:50:18 AM PDT · by protest1 · 57 replies
    RT.com ^ | 6 Apr, 2016 | Petras Malukas
    Northern Japan is raising an alarm, as the area surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear disaster zone has been overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars, whose population has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, as they breed freely in the exclusion zone. With the number of animals steadily growing, the boar population has been devastating the crops of farms in the area. Since the nuclear disaster of 2011, damage to agriculture caused by boars in the Fukushima prefecture has doubled, amounting to some $15 million, according to a report from The Times. Boars also pose a threat to public safety, as reports...
  • Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

    04/04/2016 5:48:30 AM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | 04/01/2016
    Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. The nearly mile-long structure consists of underground pipes designed to form a frozen barrier around the crippled reactors. • The $312 million system was completed last month, more than a year behind schedule. • Nearly 800,000 tons of radioactive water are already being stored onsite. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years. The wall consists of a series of underground refrigeration pipes meant to...
  • Ice Wall at Fukushima Plant Switched on, but Will It Work?

    03/31/2016 1:52:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mari Yamaguchi
    The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall.
  • Terrorists have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb warns UN atomic…

    03/25/2016 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:38 EST, 25 March 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Terrorists have the “means, knowledge and information” to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against “nuclear terrorism”. “Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Mr. Amano told AFP. “Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.” […] “Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive] any big city in the world into panic,” Mr. Amano...
  • Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown

    03/15/2016 1:50:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Mar 2016 14:13 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Three energy giants Tuesday went to Germany’s top court to challenge the decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to phase out nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster five years ago. Energy giants E.ON, RWE and Sweden’s Vattenfall want the Constitutional Court to rule that the move was an expropriation of their assets. They hope that would bolster damages claims they have already launched in lower regional courts where they are reportedly demanding at least €15 billion in separate cases. …
  • Fukushima 'Decontamination Troops' Often Exploited, Shunned

    03/14/2016 10:02:47 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    The ashes of half a dozen unidentified laborers ended up at a Buddhist temple in this town just north of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Some of the dead men had no papers, others left no emergency contacts. Their names could not be confirmed and no family members had been tracked down to claim their remains. They were simply labeled "decontamination troops" — unknown soldiers in Japan's massive cleanup campaign to make Fukushima livable again five years after radiation poisoned the fertile countryside. The men were among the 26,000 workers — many in their 50s and 60s from the margins...
  • Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

    03/12/2016 11:03:59 AM PST · by Rockitz · 57 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 11 March 2016 | Aaron Sheldrick and Minami Funakoshi
    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-meter high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods...
  • Researchers puzzled over why more babies being born with organs outside the body

    01/22/2016 9:54:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/22/2016
    CDC estimates the number of gastroschisis cases between 1995 to 2012 has increased, most prevalently among young, non-Hispanic black mothers, who saw a 263 percent increase in cases during that time period. While young maternal age has long been associated with the condition, researchers don’t know the cause of the increase in cases among all the ages and ethnicities they reviewed. "It concerns us that we don't know why more babies are being born with this serious birth defect," Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a news release. "Public health...
  • Fuku-zilla? Japan's TEPCO Discovers "Living Creature" Inside Nuclear Reactor

    10/24/2015 3:24:02 PM PDT · by amorphous · 75 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    After sending robots into the Fukushima nuclear reactor (and seeing them mysteriously die), perhaps this is the reason why Japanese officials have decided to re-start the building of a huge ice-wall for 'containment'. As Fukushima Diary reports, TEPCO’s camera caught a possible aquatic living creature in retained coolant water of Reactor 3.
  • Fukushima nuclear disaster: first worker diagnosed with cancer linked to cleanup

    10/22/2015 12:30:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/22/2015 | Justin McCurry in Tokyo
    A 41-year old man has become the first worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to be diagnosed with cancer that officials recognise as being linked to his work there after the March 2011 disaster. The unnamed man, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in January 2014 after feeling unwell, spent a year working on reactor buildings that were badly damaged after a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck Fukushima and other parts of Japan’s north-east coast on 11 March 2011. The disaster caused a triple meltdown at the nuclear plant, where so far almost 45,000 workers have...
  • Fisherman reels in SUPER-FISH off the coast of Japan near Fukushima plant

    09/17/2015 10:46:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 18:47 EST, 16 September 2015 | By Corey Charlton
    Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature - believed to be a wolffish - would not look out of place in a science fiction film. The massive catch was reeled in by Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career of landing and then eating unusual fish. Normally growing to about 1.2m in length, the wolffish Hirasaka caught measured close to two metres
  • Japan Lifts Evacuation Order for Town Near Fukushima

    09/05/2015 11:51:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 5, 2015 12:19 p.m. ET
    Japan’s government has lifted a 4˝-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that forced the town’s 7,400 residents to leave following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima power plant. Naraha is the first town to get the evacuation order lifted, among seven municipalities forced to empty because of radiation contamination following the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the plant’s reactors. The central government has said radiation levels in Naraha have fallen to levels deemed safe following decontamination efforts. ... Residents have been given personal dosimeters to check their own radiation levels. To accommodate their concerns, the...
  • This nuclear power plant has been dubbed California’s potential Fukushima [Watch Video]

    09/02/2015 8:07:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2015
    Diablo Canyon is the last operating nuclear power plant in California — and arguably the most controversial. The plant sits along the scenic Central Coast and is surrounded by fault lines — one of which runs as close as 2,000 feet to the nuclear reactors. Many fear that a single earthquake could cause a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, when a tsunami devastated a nuclear plant. But despite decades of public protest, the plant's operator PG&E insists that the facility is not only seismically sound, but essential.
  • Japan Approves Plan for 26% Cut to Greenhouse Gases

    06/01/2015 9:30:36 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Tuesday, June 2, 2015 13:67 GMT | Chisaki Watanabe
    Cabinet ministers in Japan approved a plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 26 percent by 2030, a goal already criticized by environmental groups as too timid and statistically unsound. The cuts, first unveiled in a draft in April, will use 2013 as a baseline. Acceptance of the draft report was announced by Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki Tuesday in Tokyo. Final approval will be sought after public comment. Adopting 2013 as a starting point is contentious because it's a year when Japan recorded its second-highest emissions level ever as it burned more fossil fuels to replace nuclear power lost after the...
  • Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

    04/13/2015 12:33:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Justin McCurry
    Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Tepco, which recently conceded that the technology for robots to retrieve the nuclear fuel had yet to...
  • The Trumpets;A Reversal Of Creation...Revelation 8 pt 3

    And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the...
  • Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes

    11/12/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 17 replies
    More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, nearly all the workers at the Fukushima plant are devoted to the still-growing amount of contaminated water.
  • 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...
  • Would you eat “nuclear soup”? Japanese artists serve broth made with Fukushima-grown vegetables

    10/30/2014 6:46:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    RocketNews ^ | 2014/10/30 | Philip Kendall
    Would you eat “nuclear soup”? Japanese artists serve broth made with Fukushima-grown vegetables Philip Kendall 17 hours ago Would you eat a bowl of soup made mainly with vegetables grown in Fukushima Prefecture? What if the cook swore to you that everything that went into the soup had been tested and was safe for human consumption? Would you be able to push all thoughts of Fukushima Daiichi, contaminated groundwater and Blinky the three-eyed fish out of your mind long enough to risk a spoonful? A pair of artists from Japan recently gave visitors to the Frieze Art Fair in London...
  • Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

    09/01/2014 1:05:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 3:51 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a “Let’s stockpile toilet paper!” campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan’s most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people immediately think of food and water as emergency supplies, but easily forget toilet paper, and get desperate when it’s too late. …
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    07/11/2014 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 14, 2014
    Moments ago, at 4:22am local time, a major 6.8 magnitude quake struck eastern Japan, off the Fukushima coast. FLASH:M6.8 QUAKE JOLTS OFF FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN, TSUNAMI ALERT EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER JAPAN QUAKE: AP From the USGS: So far there have been no reports of damage. Those curious can keep track of Fukushima in real time at the live webcast below:
  • State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

    06/27/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 6-27-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen’s group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site. “The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it,” said a statement released by state health and environmental officials. The FDA review was based on a sampling plan developed by the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services,...
  • Angry Farmers From Fukushima Bring Sick Cow to Tokyo, Demand Probe

    06/24/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Angry farmers from Fukushima brought a large cow to the centre of Tokyo on Friday to demand Japan's government investigate a disease they say cattle have developed since the nuclear disaster three years ago. Operators of non-profit "Kibo no Bokujo", or "Farm of Hope", delivered a full-size black cow to the front of the agriculture ministry to demand an investigation into why it and many other animals have developed white dots on their skin since reactors went into meltdown
  • 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...
  • Energy Report Calls for Reliance on Nuclear Power (3 Meltdowns Trumped by Global Warming)

    06/16/2014 9:16:25 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | June 18, 2014 02:21GMT | Not Listed
    The government released an annual energy report Tuesday that called for a return to nuclear power generation, saying increasing fuel costs for thermal power and a surge in CO2 emissions are reasons why Japan should power up its idled reactors. The report reflects the pro-nuclear government’s latest national energy policy, which defined nuclear power as an “important base-load power source.” All reactors nationwide are currently offline, as most of them have remained since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
  • Boxer to Vitter: 'When you have this gavel, you make the rules'

    06/05/2014 1:45:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-4-14 | Timothy Cama
    Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.) heatedly clashed Wednesday during a hearing on nuclear power safety. Boxer, the chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was criticized by Vitter, the ranking Republican, for her treatment of a witness. At one point, she gaveled down Vitter and told him he is powerless to stop her, saying, “When you have this gavel, you make the rules.” The quarrel started when Boxer repeatedly asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane whether her agency has implemented any of the recommendations from a task force set up after the 2011 Fukushima...
  • Study Finds No Evidence Of ‘Ocean-Borne’ Fukushima Radiation Along West Coast

    05/08/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 7, 2014 4:02 PM | Tom Reopelle
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, scientists said Wednesday. KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports researchers from CSU Long Beach and other schools are sampling kelp along the California coastline to determine whether seawater arriving from Japan poses any public health threat. The Kelp Watch 2014 project – which is co-headed by Dr. Steven Manley, marine biology professor at Long Beach State – has gathered kelp samples from as far north as Kodiak Island, Alaska, to as far south as Baja California to determine the extent...
  • Study Finds Trace Levels of Fukushima Radiation in Albacore

    04/29/2014 1:39:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KVAL ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Mark Floyd
    Albacore tuna caught off the Oregon shore after the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan was destroyed in a 2011 earthquake had slightly elevated levels of radioactivity but the increase has been minute, according to a newly published study. In fact, you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level – just to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources, the authors say. Results of the study are being published in the journal...
  • i know why us govt and media ignoring fukushima radiation hitting usa

    04/17/2014 5:45:35 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 36 replies
    figured it out. 1. agenda 21. this will all of a sudden become a huge deal and they willuse it to evacuate people out of most of the western usa, which if you look at the proposed map, most of that area is off-limits to people. 2. population control, ie reducing the number of living people. they are happy to sacrifice people from any country if it furthers their goals toget human population down to 300-500 million people.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Frozen wall test to begin at Fukushima plant

    02/25/2014 4:24:31 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Engineers are to start testing a plan to build frozen walls at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The government and the operator of the plant will carry out the plan to deal with the massive buildup of radioactive wastewater. The amount of wastewater has been increasing as 400 tons of groundwater is flowing beneath the facilities from nearby mountains every day.
  • New Radioactive Water Leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant

    02/19/2014 10:35:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu February 20, 2014 | Yoko Wakatsuki
    A large amount of radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday. The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement. The tainted water flowed over a barrier around the tank and is being absorbed into the ground, TEPCO said. The plant has shut off the inflow of water into the tank and the leaking has stopped, it added.
  • Scientists to Test Malibu Kelp for Fukushima Radiation

    02/02/2014 11:11:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    In California, kelp is at once admired for its underwater beauty, grumbled over as a beach obstacle and served up on dinner plates. Now it is being used in the name of science. Local kelp, like the organism pictured above in the Malibu Colony, is going to be tested later this year for possible radiation contamination related to the March 2011 Japanese tsunami and resulting Fukushima radiation leaks. (Photo by Dave Lichten/The Malibu Times) Local kelp, like the organism pictured above in the Malibu Colony, is going to be tested later this year for possible radiation contamination related to the...
  • 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...
  • University of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

    01/25/2014 11:50:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 26, 2014
    Preface: Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed” American sailors on the USS Reagan got really sick after having snowball fights with radioactive snow blowing off of the coasts of Fukushima. University of Alaska professors Doug Dasher, John Kelley, Gay Sheffield, and Raphaela Stimmelmayr theorize that radioactive snow might have also caused Alaska’s seals to become sick (page 222): On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a...
  • The Fire at the Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Station

    01/17/2014 10:38:17 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    How a Candle Caused a Nuclear Emergency At noon on March 22, 1975, both Units 1 and 2 at the Brown's Ferry plant in Alabama were operating at full power, delivering 2200 megawatts of electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Just below the plant's control room, two electricians were trying to seal air leaks in the cable spreading room, where the electrical cables that control the two reactors are separated and routed through different tunnels to the reactor buildings. They were using strips of spongy foam rubber to seal the leaks. They were also using candles to determine whether or...
  • 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...
  • 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...