As this blog edition goes to post the spirit of nuclear abolition is reawakening around the world, even as the news from Fukushima worsens by the day.
In this digest of recent video and print postings you’ll find eyewitness reports from Japan on protests and pollution; Chris Busby’s and Arnie Gundersen’s current assessments; Karl Grossman’s take on Siemans dropping nuclear; Senator Ed Markey calling for a hearing on nuclear loan guarantees; nuclear blackouts in California; explosion at a French nuke; how US officials ‘learned nothing’ from Fukushima; information about about the Coalition Against Nukes’ demonstration plans, and more.
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Nuclear Experts Say U.S. Learned Nothing From Fukushima
Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis.
In anticipation of that milestone, three leading U.S. experts held a news conference Friday to outline both what is now known in the wake of the Fukushima and where things stand for the nuclear power industry in the United States.
The overwhelming opinion of the panel, which included Peter Bradford, former member of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Edwin Lyman, Ph.D., senior scientist, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists and Dr. Andrew Kanter, national board president-elect, Physicians for Social Responsibility, was that major lessons from the Japanese nuclear disaster are in danger of going unheeded.
The experts outlined eight concerns and lessons from this crisis that should guide decisions regarding the future of nuclear power in the U.S.:
1. The U.S. regulatory response since Fukushima has been inadequate…read more
Global resources needed to combat radiation levels
Professor in Oregon Paper: Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl — Now at level unknown to humans or machines — Human rights violations?
This month marked the half-year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, and TEPCO and the Japanese government remain unable to control the nuclear emergency that continues to unfold.
Radiation levels exceed the Chernobyl disaster and now reach a level that is unknown to humans or machines. Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was so high in August it exceeded the monitoring equipment’s maximum measuring capacity.
Radiation experts estimate that more than 1 million people will die from Fukushima’s radiation. According to Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, the director of Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo, the amount of radiation released thus far is equivalent to more than 29 “Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.”
“This is really bad”: Tokyo train radiation dose at 10.6 microsieverts per hour — “Geiger counter was off the charts” (VIDEOS)
8-26-2011 I took a train to Narita airport only to find it was highly radioactive. My SOEKS Gieger counter was off the charts in detecting radiation. However the People sitting next to me did not care at all even after I explained to them how dangerous this amount of radiation was. Please make this video viral and warn people not to take the trains since they have not been decontaminated yet.
Japan Confronts 29 Million Cubic Meters of Radioactive Soil
Japan Sizes Up Task of Fukushima Waste Disposal
by Yoko Kubota – Reuters
TOKYO – Japan faces the prospect of removing and disposing 29 million cubic metres of soil contaminated by the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years from an area nearly the size of Tokyo, the environment ministry said in the first official estimate of the scope and size of the cleanup.
Karl Grossman: On Siemens Abandoning Nuclear Power
Democracy: The Antidote to Nuclear Hegemony
by Karl Grossman
…What did it take for Germany to abandon nuclear powerand followed now by Siemens?
Germany’s decision was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself a physicist, after historic post-Fukushima election losses for her party and large wins by the anti-nuclear Greens.
Nuclear power — a product of Big Government followed by Big Business.
What can end it and lead to safe, clean, renewable energy? So far, we’ve seen only one answer. The will of the people — democracy — in action.
WATCH: Nuclear, City Officials Respond to Angry Crowd
Nuclear Regulators and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station officials explained important safety lessons learned by the industry from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March.
Click the title above for video thanks to Adam Townsend
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima: Never Again!
Fighting Back Against Nuclear Power
by MICHAEL LEONARDI – Counterpunch
As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Industry, and Obama administration continue to push nuclear energy as safe and clean, a grassroots insurgency is growing from the awakening depths of the growingly vociferous American maelstrom. Fukushima’s three meltdowns continue to emit over a billion bequerels of radioactivity a day into the environment and that radiation is spreading. The international media and all Atomic regulatory agencies around the world have been complicit in keeping the reality of this catastrophe silent. In the United States of America, despite reports of a decrepit, failing and unsafe nuclear program from the pages of CounterPunch to the Associated Press, CBS News and beyond, most Americans remain quiet and numbed on this issue. Much of this country’s union leadership, beholden to a broken and corporate owned Democratic Party and the monstrous energy giants that provide them jobs, have a slave plantation mentality toward their Radioactive, Oil Extrapolating and Gas Fracking bosses. The promise of a Green revolution based around economically viable, RENEWABLE and truly safe energy sources seems to be bound and shackled by a ball and chain mentality, but signs of a breaking point have finally begun to surface!
A truly grassroots insurgency is underway and is introducing itself to the world on October 1st with actions across North America. The Coalition Against Nukes has mobilized for the past several months to begin a no nuke uprising that won’t stop until ALL of our nuclear power plants are shut down and our future generations can look forward to a Nuke Free World. Isn’t it enough that we are leaving our future generations with the legacy of millions of gallons of nuclear waste and thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel to monitor and control for thousands of years? A part from Governor Perry’s idea of nuking Texas — which we might want to consider — there is no solution to ridding ourselves of this extremely toxic and highly radioactive waste piling up in hotspots around the globe. Enough is Enough!
Coalition Against Nukes Rally
10.1.11, Noon-3:30 Pier 95, Hudson River Park. 55th St., NYC. Stand with the people of Fukushima suffering multiple nuclear meltdowns. We cannot let that happen here!
Japan media reports on new daytime video showing steam rising from Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Asahi: “Under the steam are the reactors”
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Steam Rising from Reactors 2 and 3
The latest videos of Reactors 2 and 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant show steam rising from the locations where the reactors are located.
Breaking News: High level of radiation is making hydrogen from H2O, Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki, September 26, 2011:
These are the tonight’s tweets of actual Fukushima worker called Happy20790
* I managed to come back safely today. We couldn’t work at reactor 1 today, again. Last week, they said they detected 4% of hydrogen but it turned out to be over 100%. The current measurement tool is to detected only flammable gas, but Tepco says probably it is all hydrogen. […]
* We would have been all dead if we cut of the pipe [reportedly using blow torches]. Unbelievable story, but as our original schedule, we didn’t plan to check the presence of flammable gas. The process was added the day before the day. It’s so scary. […]
* [T]hen we are going to inject nitrogen to cut out to pipes. but normal air contains 18% of oxygen, which is enough to cause a hydrogen explosion even without fire. It’s so scary. Injecting nitrogen may also cause lack of oxygen. […]
* It’s probably that high radiation is producing hydrogen out of H2O. […]
From his valuable statements, we can tell the hydrogen is still being produced by the very high radiation hitting H2O in the reactor.
Nobody has seen it by their own eyes, but the melted fuel rods must be very active still.
Insurers discuss scrapping liability coverage for Fukushima plant
BY MAKOTO ODA SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Nonlife insurers are leaning toward ending liability coverage for the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which would complicate compensation payments if another emergency unfolds and render the plant’s reactors “illegal.”
“The insurance contracts are targeted at nuclear reactors that are operating normally and are not leaking out radioactive substances,” said a senior official at a major nonlife insurer. “It will be difficult to renew the contract under the current circumstances.”
The contract with Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant expires in January.
For Insight On Solyndra Loan, Ask The Nuclear Industry, Markey Says
Sept. 23, 2011: Markey calls for hearing on nuclear loan guarantees
Radioactive Rice “Far Exceeding” Safe Levels Found in Japan
by Chikako Mogi
TOKYO – Japan found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop, requiring thorough inspection of the rice to be harvested from the region, the farm ministry said late on Friday.
A rice field is seen in Soma, about 40 km (25 miles) north of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Fukushima prefecture, September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon The ministry said radioactive caesium of 500 becquerels per kg was found in a sample of the pre-harvested rice in Nihonmatsu city, in Fukushima Prefecture, 56 km (35 miles) west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, triggering the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
An anti-nuclear protest in Japan
Sayonara, nukes, but not yet
An unusual civility brought to civil protest
Sep 24th 2011 | TOKYO | The Economist
IN A country that has had almost no experience of mass protest since the 1960s, an unexpectedly large rally in Tokyo on September 19th against nuclear energy was a polished affair. As many as 60,000 people gathered on a public holiday in the city centre.
Explosion Rocks French Plutonium Plant
Leak risk after France nuclear site blast
NIMES, France — The French government sought to play down fears of a radioactive leak after the explosion Monday at a nuclear site in the south of France in which at least one person died.
Blackout a reminder of US power grid vulnerability
Questions linger over how such a huge outage could have been caused by a single worker doing
Video: Power restored after huge blackout
Video: Worker blamed as millions lose power
Can We Stop the Next Fukushima Times 10,000?
by Harvey Wasserman
The horrible news from Japan continues to be ignored by the western corporate media.
Greg Palast, reports yearly at Fighting Bob Fest
This one on nuclear corruption.
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