Fukushima: 16 more cases of child thyroid cancer linked to nuclear disaster
The second follow-up survey of the 2011 Fukushima disaster has thrown up more diagnoses of children with thyroid cancer. Since April 2014, 16 children
have been confirmed to have the condition, as well as 35 suspected cases, all aged between six and 18-years-old.
This is a rise from the previous survey, which ran from March 2011 to March 2014, which showed 15 confirmed diagnoses of thyroid cancer in children,
with 24 unconfirmed reports. The Fukushima Prefectural government announced on 15 February that the latest figures have given rise to a total of 116
cases of thyroid cancer since the disaster, according to Japan Today.
LONDON—The future of the nuclear industry in Europe took another blow this week when the French state-owned power company EDF again postponed a
final decision on whether to build two large nuclear power stations in the UK. Construction will now not start before 2019, the company said.
This is the eighth time a “final investment decision” on building two European Pressurised Water Reactors (EPRs) has been postponed because the
company has still to secure enough backing to finance the £18 billion (€23.26 bn) project.
“Definitive construction of what will be built on the site, what we call the first concrete, is on the horizon for 2019,” Levy said.
This date is a year after the reactors were originally due to be completed. The timetable has gradually slipped backwards. Last year the date for
power to start being generated was put back to 2025, but this new date for pouring concrete makes 2030 more likely—if the reactors are built at
(But the following is very troubling. Costs have tripled and they don't even know if this type of reactor will work effectively.)
The new proposed start date of 2019 is very significant for reasons the company dare not spell out. This is because there is no evidence yet that
these so-called Evolutionary Power Reactors will operate effectively. Four are under construction, but are years behind schedule, and costs have
tripled. In Europe their earliest proposed start date is 2018—so it looks as though EDF is being careful not to begin building another one until it
can prove the design actually works.
The EPRs are “third generation European Pressurised Water Reactors”—the largest nuclear plants in the world. They have a chequered history, even
before any has actually produced a single watt of electricity. Construction of the first prototype began in 2005 in Finland: expected to be finished
in 2009, it is still under construction.
In it he says that plutonium is being found everywhere, and that the only place it could have come from is reactor 3. But reactor 3 is still intact,
so where else could plutonium have come from. More proof that the underground weapons factory was the cause of the explosion at unit 3.
I must have been asleep lately. Did anyone post info that Takahama had started up one of their reactors in early January. First Sendai, now Takahama.
No wonder they're keeping the state of Fuku as silent as possible.
Nuclear reactor in Japan leaking radioactive water amid nationwide restart
A nuclear power station in Japan is leaking, this time the Takahama plant, about 380km west of Tokyo. The radioactive water leak comes amid a
nationwide push to restart reactors after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima five years ago.
The reactor would have been the fourth to come on after the shutdown. The push by the government and utility companies came amid protests across Japan
against the continued reliance on nuclear energy, prompted by failures to get the Fukushima crisis under control.
Now Kansai Electric Power says about 34 liters of radioactive water have escaped the plant’s reactor No. 4. An investigation is underway.
The 30-year-old Reactor No. 4 has been idle since the 2011 shutdown, as part of post-Fukishima regulations that involved taking reactors offline for
scheduled backups. Takahama Reactor No. 3 was activated earlier in January, while No’s 1 and 2 at the Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant
were restarted last year.
"Shinzo Abe says 'everything is under control'", said Iida, speaking at an event hosted by Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Green Cross, and Nuclear
Consulting Group in late January. It was headlined by the former Japan Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who was at the helm when the triple disasters
struck. "Yes - under the control of the media!"
A trial for Tepco like post-war Tokyo Trials
The media may have played the willing government handmaiden in reassuring the public with falsehoods, but in July 2012, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Independent Investigation Commission concluded that the disaster was really no accident but "man-made". It came about, the researchers said, as a
result of "collusion" between the government, regulators and the nuclear industry, in this case, Tepco.
"There should be a Tepco trial like the post-war Tokyo Trials", Iida said, referring to the post World War II war crimes trial in which 28 Japanese
were tried, seven of whom were subsequently executed by hanging.
Hope for such accountability - without advocating hanging - is fleeting at best. In 2011, while addressing a conference in Berlin hosted by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation, I suggested the Tepco officials should be sent to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, (a body the US still
conveniently refuses to recognize) to answer for what clearly amounts to crimes against humanity.
The remark caused a bit of a stir and earnest questions about the mechanism by which Tepco could be brought there. Needless to say, nothing of the
kind ever happened, or is likely to.
Instead, the Abe's government's preferred tactic is to go full out to restart reactors and move everybody back home as soon as possible, as if nothing
serious had happened. Just scoop off a little topsoil, cart it away somewhere else and, Abracadabra! Everything is clean and safe again!
Dana Durnford Update From The Edge Of Hell & Fukushima Hit Canada youtu.be...
Dana is very ill.
It is my understanding that Dana's attacks from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Victoria British Columbia (Ken Buesseler and
Jay Cullen) were particularly offended by the following information in these next videos listed below.
Although they tried to have Dana arrested earlier (without success), apparently these next series of videos pissed them off enough to actually arrest
Dana for criminal harassment.
Fukushima: Japan's Radiation SAFECAST Perverts Data (part 1 of 5) youtu.be...
Fukushima: Japan's Radiation SAFECAST Perverts Data (part 2 of 5) youtu.be...
Fukushima: SAFECAST Irreparably Compromised by Abuse Liars youtu.be...
Official Report: West Coast hit with 220,000,000 atoms per liter of Iodine-129 in
rain after Fukushima — 15 Million year half-life — Detected in aquifer that supplies drinking water to large number of people — “Transported
rapidly” to Canada and US — Elevated levels continued for many months
According to Mako, TEPCO and the government deliberately cover-up deaths of Fukushima workers, and not only do they cover-up deaths, but once she
investigated stories of unreported deaths, government agents started following her: “When I would talk to someone, a surveillance agent from the
central government’s public police force would come very close, trying to eavesdrop on the conversation,”
As of now, there are multiple NPP workers that have died, but only the ones who died on the job are reported publicly. Some of them have died suddenly
while off work, for instance, during the weekend or in their sleep, but none of their deaths are reported.”
“Not only that, they are not included in the worker death count. For example, there are some workers who quit the job after a lot of radiation
exposure, such as 50, 60 to 70 mili Sieverts, and end up dying a month later, but none of these deaths are either reported, or included in the death
toll. This is the reality of the NPP workers.”
Tepco admits it should have declared meltdowns at Fukushima plant much earlier
BY REIJI YOSHIDA
FEB 24, 2016
Nearly five years after the nation’s worst nuclear accident, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has admitted that its staff failed to follow damage assessment
guidelines, according to which they should have reported the meltdowns almost immediately.
A Tepco spokesman on Wednesday said the company’s Disaster Management Manual requires a reactor to be declared “in meltdown” if 5 percent or
more of its fuel rods are determined to be “damaged.”
Tepco knew the extent of the damage early on. As of March 14, 2011, it estimated that 55 percent of the fuel rod assemblies of the reactor No. 1 and
25 percent of those at reactor No. 3 were “damaged,” based on the levels of radiation detected, Tepco spokesperson Yukako Handa told The Japan
Times by phone.
I kinda expected this to happen. The NRA has now suggested that maybe the molten fuel at Fuku should be left where it is, polluting the Pacific
forever. Thank god Abe says that everything is fine or Id be losing sleep.
TEPCO has admitted that they failed to officially notify the government of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi and that they knew by at least March
14th of 2011. The official required notification would have made denying the meltdowns impossible. It took TEPCO until May of 2011 to even admit
publicly there was any meltdown at all and years before they began to admit the true extent of the damage.
Information that came out in the Diet and other investigations showed that both TEPCO and the Japanese government knew the severity of the disaster
at the plant at the time it was happening. Prime Minister Kan had discussions about the potential for cascading massive nuclear failures down the
Japanese coast if Fukushima Daiichi spiraled so far out of control that workers would need to abandon the plant. This would have resulted in the need
to evacuate Tokyo and most of western Honshu.
On March 12, 2011 Koichiro Nakamura, an official at NISA admitted that meltdowns “may be taking place” and was abruptly removed from his public
PR position. TEPCO and the Japanese government publicly denied meltdowns even as they clearly knew that was the case. TEPCO has also been caught in
convenient phrasing for other major events at Fukushima Daiichi. They tried to characterize the explosion of unit 4 as a fire. The massive hydrogen
explosion at unit 3 was called a fire or an “event” when speaking to the press.
TEPCO’s claim for why they lied to the public and only now are admitting to the cover up was that their executives didn’t know a disaster
management manual existed. That manual outlined what amount of core damage would be considered a meltdown. Without the manual TEPCO’s executives
clearly understood that meltdowns were underway. They also showed they knew serious events at the plant needed to be reported to NISA in a timely
manner as they repeatedly did when emergency systems were lost at each reactor.
Tracing deep ocean currents
February 25, 2016
Radioactive isotopes typically take four years to reach the Norwegian coast from Sellafield on the north-eastern coast of England. Researchers like
Yongqi Gao follow the radioactive waste to understand how ocean currents are formed and to see where they flow.
After the Fukushima incident in Japan in March of 2011, where the nuclear power plant was hit by a tsunami, scientists used numerical models of ocean
currents to predict the possible speed and direction of radioactive materials that had been released.
Yongqi Gao, a scientist at both the Nansen Center and the Bjerknes Center, is one such researcher who has worked with simulations of ocean currents
and the flow of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean.
Radioactive material has also been released from the Sellafield nuclear power station in England. From this site, Gao followed the isotope Cs-137 in
order to understand its flow pattern along particular ocean currents. From the Sellafield plant on the north-western coast of England, these isotopes
typically take four years until the reach the Norwegian coast.
Useful waste for researchers
Yongqi Gao is involved in the ORGANIC research project which started in 2015. He is working on including biogeochemical tracers in an ocean
circulation model to understand the formation and movement of deep ocean currents.
a reply to: matadoor and everyone, sure, excellent photos, but not worth the price that was paid. The photographer, later in
that same visit, took off his hair covering and respirator to have his photo taken on a bay with the FD nuclear disaster site in the background.
Problem? There are many millisieverts of airborne radiation in that area. Once hair acquires radiation, the hair must be cut off because that
stuck-on radiation cannot be removed. And as for the consequences of removing a respirator in that location, my only question about that photographer
is, Dead Man Walking?
Here is the free full text and some photos from the new March/April 2016 issue of Popular Science magazine, Fukushima Daiichi Five Years On. They
say some onsite slope areas, formerly landscaped, have been stripped and paved over now, a la Chernobyl:
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