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The rainwater data is just one example of failings in how Canada monitored radiation from Fukushima. The accident has exposed a pattern of nonchalance and seeming willful ignorance on the part of Canadian health authorities when it comes to the dangers of nuclear power.
Drinking water is another example. In Vancouver, the city did its first test of the drinking-water supply on March 16, a few days after the Fukushima accident on March 11. No radiation was detected in that day’s sample. But this was to be expected because it took until March 18 and 19 for the radioactive plume from Fukushima to first hit the west coast of Canada. Instead of continuing with frequent monitoring, the city didn’t do another radiation test until March 25—nine days after the first test. On March 25, testing detected alpha radiation at 0.11 becquerels per litre in the drinking water at the city’s Seymour-reservoir intake. Alpha radiation comes from isotopes like plutonium-238 and is the most dangerous form of radiation when ingested or inhaled.
That nine-day hole between March 16 and 25 is exactly when SFU prof Starosta found massive radiation spikes in rainwater in Burnaby.
Originally posted by matadoor
Originally posted by matadoor
New Arnie video that some folks need to watch...
Man, so much of what Arnie is saying sounds SO familiar. Like someone said it here first.
edit on 19-10-2011 by matadoor because: (no reason given)
Vindication is a sweet prize....
Greenpeace today urged the Japanese government to strengthen its food screening and labeling system, after the environmental organization’s new radiation screening station discovered cesium 134 and 137 in seafood samples from five major supermarket chains around Japan.
Greenpeace said. 34 out of the 60 samples tested at the lab exhibited contamination levels of up to 88 becquerel per kg. Following Chernobyl, the Ukrainian limit remains 150 becquerel per kg.
“While the samples are well below the 500 becquerel per kg limit set by the authorities, the contaminated seafood still represents a health risk, especially to pregnant women and children, and it is being distributed over a wide area,” said Wakao Hanoaka, Greenpeace Japan oceans campaigner. “More concerning, however, is that there is no labeling that notifies consumers if the seafood had been screened, making it impossible for them to make informed decisions.”
The decision to shut down nuclear power in Germany and Switzerland might actually end up accelerating carbon-free nuclear development in France. French national utility, EDF, could then export the power to the German and Swiss markets. Traditionally Germany has been an electric power exporter, but this situation has changed since its nuclear shutdown.
“However, this measurement of neutron rays makes everything clear. Now Uranium 235 is all around in Tokyo, which came from MOX with Plutonium,”
KARACHI: A nuclear power plant imposed a seven-hour emergency after heavy water leaked from a feeder pipe to the reactor, but no radiation or damage has been reported, an official said on Thursday.
The leakage at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, commonly known as KANUPP, started around midnight on Tuesday during a routine maintenance shut down, said Tariq Rashid, a plant spokesman.
The 137-megawatt power plant, which started commercial operations in 1972, is located about 24 kilometres to the west of Karachi.
“During the emergency no radioactivity was recorded. None of our staff is affected,” said the official. “The plant was already shut down since October 5 and the leakage started during maintenance checks,” said Rashid.
* Demand shutting down of plant to ward off risk to human, costal life
KARACHI: The Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) has expressed concern over the leakage of heavy water from a feeder pipe of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) reactor and asked the government to shut it down.
In a statement issued on Thursday, PPC General Secretary BM Kutty said that the nuclear power plant was actually non-productive and was posing serious threat to human life and coastal environment. Kutty said that the government had not provided any detail about the release of radiation from the plant.
According to the media reports, KANUPP Director General Javed Iqbal has refused to give any detail of the incident, saying the situation has been reported to the head office in Islamabad. The safety of the current nuclear installations remains a serious concern because there is very little information about security measures adopted by the plant management to protect the population from any potential risk in case of a mishap.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
reply to post by thorfourwinds
Greetings and thank you for the continued proof.
The fundamental problem is, when people wake up and realize what's happening, the nightmare continues. Waking up does not stop what has already happened, and continues to happen.
People have accepted what they they feel they cannot change. If they have no ability to protect themselves and those they hold dear, what purpose does waking serve?
Stopping the next accidents....there lies the need.
How people, once awake, can possibly protect themselves, if at all....there too, is the need.
All of your thoughts and counsel on this 24/7/365 nightmare continue to be appreciated.
Be well and do good things.
First, the former editor of a national newspaper in Japan says the [color=limegreen]U.S. and Israel knew Fukushima had weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that were exposed to the atmosphere after a massive tsunami wave hit the reactor.
Second, he contends that Israeli intelligence sabotaged the reactor in retaliation for Japan’s support of an independent Palestinian state.
According to Yoishi Shimatsu, a former editor of Japan Times Weekly, these nuclear materials were shipped to the plant in 2007 on the orders of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, with the connivance of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The shipment was in the form of warhead cores secretly removed from the U.S. nuclear warheads facility BWXT Pantex near Amarillo, Texas.
Work performed at Pantex supports three core missions – Stockpile Stewardship, Nonproliferation, and Safeguards and Security.
The Plant’s Programmatic work falls within these missions.
• • Evaluate, retrofit, and repair weapons in support of both life extension programs and certification of weapon safety and reliability; • Develop, test, and fabricate high explosive components;
• • Dismantle weapons that are surplus to the strategic stockpile; • Provide interim storage and surveillance of plutonium pits; • Sanitize components from dismantled weapons;
Safeguards and Security
• • Protect the Plant personnel, facilities, materials, and information.
All work at Pantex is carried out under these overarching priorities: the security of weapons and information, the safety and health of workers and the public, and the protection of the environment.
While acting as the middleman, Israel transported warheads from the port of Houston, and in the process kept the best ones while giving the Japanese older warhead cores that had to be further enriched at Fukushima.
Shimatsu credits retired CIA agent and mercenary Roland Vincent Carnaby with learning the warheads were being transported from Houston.
In a strange twist, Carnaby was mysteriously shot dead less than a year later by Houston police at a traffic stop...
Liberty & Equality
TIANJIN - The mainland and Taiwan signed an agreement on nuclear safety on Thursday to boost cooperation following Japan's nuclear crisis.
Under the deal, officials from both sides will alert each other if a major accident occurs and cooperate in limiting any damage.
The mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) signed the agreement during talks in Tianjin.
"Nuclear safety touches everyone's lives on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and is related to the environment we all share," said Chen Yunlin, president of ARATS.
On March 11 a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in Japan, which crippled cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing meltdowns and radiation leaks and forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes.
Wang Huazhong contributed to this story.
(China Daily 10/21/2011 page2)
The Japanese minister in charge of disaster management has apologised for describing victims of the March tsunami disaster as idiots.
Tatsuo Hirano told people at a meeting in Fukushima the story of a former classmate, saying that like many others his friend was an idiot for not fleeing to higher ground as the tsunami moved towards the coast.
The minister then told the gathering that his former friend died in the disaster.
Mr Hirano's comments were reported on Japanese TV, prompting the minister to issue an apology.
220 days later: Radiation levels in San Francisco-area milk remain above EPA’s Max Contaminant Level — Cesium-137 continues steady increase that began in August
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Two boys in Fukushima Prefecture were found to have been internally exposed to the highest levels of radiation detected during checks conducted on nearly 4,500 local residents in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the northeastern prefecture, the prefectural government said Thursday.
The level of exposure is estimated to be equivalent to 3 millisieverts during their lifetime, which would not have harmful effects on their health, according to government officials. The local government has not disclosed the boys' exact ages, saying only that they are between 4 and 7 years old.
The boys, who are from the town of Futaba, which partly hosts the plant that was severely damaged by explosions after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, showed the highest levels of internal exposure among 4,463 residents of 13 high-risk municipalities tested between June 27 and Sept. 30, the officials said.
Among others tested, eight people measured 2 millisieverts, six 1 millisievert and the remaining 4,447 below 1 millisievert, they said.
(Mainichi Japan) October 21, 2011
Tokyo - Scientists, environmentalists and citizens groups have called for Japanese authorities to evacuate more areas in the wake of March's nuclear accident after finding wider radiation contamination than officially reported.
Researchers have found up to 6.15 million becquerels per square metre of soil in Fukushima city, 60 kilometres north-west of a nuclear power plant that has been leaking radioactive material into the environment since it was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami in the spring.
The measurement is four times higher than the levels used to declare mandatory evacuation areas around Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the 1986 nuclear accident there, the Japanese branch of the environmental organization Friends of the Earth said.