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An independent investigation in Japan has revealed a long history of nuclear power companies conspiring with governments to manipulate public opinion in favour of nuclear energy.
One nuclear company even stacked public meetings with its own employees who posed as ordinary citizens to speak in support of nuclear power plants.
"The number one reactor has been operating for 30 years and I've never had a problem selling my rice or vegetables because of fears of radiation," a man posing as a farmer told a gathering of citizens discussing a proposal to use plutonium fuel at the Genkai nuclear plant on the southern island of Kyushu.
The man was not a farmer at all. It turns out he is an employee of the Kyushu Electric Power Company, the operator of the Genkai nuclear plant.
In another meeting aired live on TV after the Fukushima meltdowns, the company asked viewers to email in questions.
But again, the questions were all written by the company and sent in by employees posing as ordinary citizens, and these emails urged the company to restart reactors left idle after the Fukushima disaster.
Helen Caldicott to Speak Oct. 10
Helen Caldicott, MD, will speak on "Lessons from Fukushima: What role should nuclear energy and natural gas extraction play in our energy future?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the UU-Mandela Room. Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war, Caldicott was named by The Smithsonian as one of the most influential women of the 20th century. She has has authored seven books, including "Nuclear Power is Not the Answer" (2006) and "A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography" (1996). Her most recent book is the newly revised and updated "If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth" (2009). Sponsored by the Student Environmental Action Coalition and the Environmental Studies Progra, Broome County Peace Action and the Sierra Club, Susquehanna Group. Free and open to the public. The talk will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a free concert by folk musician Janet Burgan. A book signing will follow.
Originally posted by Aircooled
In countries with nuclear power, radioactive wastes comprise less than 1% of total industrial toxic wastes, much of which remains hazardous indefinitely. Overall, nuclear power produces far less waste material by volume than fossil-fuel based power plants. Coal-burning plants are particularly noted for producing large amounts of toxic and mildly radioactive ash due to concentrating naturally occurring metals and mildly radioactive material from the coal. A recent report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory concludes that coal power actually results in more radioactivity being released into the environment than nuclear power operation, and that the population effective dose equivalent from radiation from coal plants is 100 times as much as from ideal operation of nuclear plants. Indeed, coal ash is much less radioactive than nuclear waste, but ash is released directly into the environment, whereas nuclear plants use shielding to protect the environment from the irradiated reactor vessel, fuel rods, and any radioactive waste on site
No one who has taken any interest in the world around them should be surprised by Arnie Gunderson’s latest video, Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide, released by Fairewinds yesterday. Whether you are talking big pharma, big agriculture, big energy, big mining, big forestry, or big banks, the established mode of operation in our world is the same. It is all about profit as an end by any means and, lest we forget, power to control. It’s a revolving door between regulators and industry.
“Stakeholders” sit behind closed doors with bureaucrats writing the laws and the regulations. Then they self-test and self-report, often on a voluntary basis. They lobby and buy our representatives in government who subsidize their industries with taxpayer dollars for the “economy” and “jobs”. They manipulate the mainstream media (perception management) with onslaughts of opinion pieces based on junk science which has been bought and paid for. They can afford to do this because they have virtually all the money. And they justify it all as being in the public interest.www.pacificfreepress.com...
Since the start of the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, hundreds of doctors and nurses have resigned from nearby facilities, according to a survey by an association of Fukushima Prefecture hospitals. Their departures have resulted in some hospitals in the prefecture suspending nighttime emergency care and other treatment services, the association said. The survey found that 125 full-time doctors had resigned from 24 hospitals in the prefecture, or 12 percent of all doctors working at those institutions. As for nurses, 407 had quit from 42 hospitals in the prefecture, representing 5 percent of the nursing staff at those institutions.www.yomiuri.co.jp...
The government should relax restrictions on the amount of allowable radiation in food and also rethink its evacuation criteria for Fukushima Prefecture, site of the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, a British physics professor said Monday. "The real problem is fear," Oxford University professor emeritus Wade Allison said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
Citing the doses of radiation received in medical procedures, such as CT and PET scans, Allison said Japan's standard — which bans the sale of food containing more than 500 becquerels per kilogram of radiation and requires the evacuation of areas receiving 20 millisieverts a year — is far too conservative.
Allison insists that he has no ties to the nuclear industry.
Pine trees were the most sensitive of the biota examined. Where dose rates to needles were 5–10 rad/d or higher, complete mortality of pines occurred within 2 years. At lower dose rates, a variety of sublethal effects were observed.
Originally posted by GhostR1der
reply to post by Purplechive
'The red forest' of Chernobyl is supposed to have been caused by ionising radiation as well.
I've been wondering why this is not more apparent around the Fukushima area.
Six months after the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, the Japanese utility that owns the plant is fighting to keep its pre-disaster emergency-response procedures a secret from politicians and the public, arguing they contain valuable trade information. Tokyo Electric Power angered members parliamentary committee last month when it handed over manuals outlining steps that its nuclear plant operators are meant to follow in the case of accidents.
Hormonal and other irregularities were detected in the thyroid glands of 10 out of 130 children evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture, a Nagano Prefecture-based charity dedicated to aid for the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident said Tuesday. The Japan Chernobyl Foundation and Shinshu University Hospital did blood and urine tests on youngsters aged up to 16 including babies under the age of one for about a month through the end of August in Chino, Nagano, when the children stayed there temporarily after evacuating from Fukushima.
In a fresh blow to public confidence, a reactor in southern Japan went into automatic shutdown on Tuesday because of problems with its cooling system, clouding the outlook for an imminent restart of the country’s idled nuclear plants.Source:
Originally posted by Purplechive
Pine Trees/Evergreens dying...
- Purple Chive
edit on 4-10-2011 by Purplechive because: (no reason given)
Nearly six months after the tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, officials won’t let anybody — not even photographers or tsunami survivors — go near the tree. While his colleagues in blue uniforms and masks operate giant cranes and trucks, a stern official closed a gate and hollered, “Get out of here,” at a driver who stopped to take a brief look at the forlorn tree.
The panel's deliberations are important as they will "probe a road Japan will take over the next 100 or 200 years," Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the first meeting of the group yesterday. The panel, newly created under the energy advisory committee of the industry ministry, is tasked with reviewing Japan's basic energy plan that calls for greater reliance on nuclear energy, revised just last year. It envisages nuclear power accounting for 53 per cent of all electricity generated in Japan by 2030 from about 30 per cent before the March 11 disaster.
"Since the (Fukushima) accident, citizens' opinions and their trust on nuclear power have changed substantially."
“Some people do evacuate,” says Komae Hosokawa, a nuclear sociologist. “But the problem is they are the minority and they have been accused by their neighbors, by their classmates and of course by official personnel that they are causing unfounded anxiety among people, which is not good.”