The Meltdown of Denial – Nuke Digest 4-1-11

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Photos of the Day – Fukushima Dai-ichi Aerials – A Photo Essay From
In this March 20, 2011 aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone and released by AIR PHOTO SERVICE, the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. From right to left: Unit 1, Unit2, Unit 3 and Unit 4. (AP Photo/AIR PHOTO SERVICE) MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama in radiation suit gives his NBA picks…
April 1, 2011 – Washington, DC – The president takes time out of his busy day meeting with nuclear renaissance proponents, investors and public relations experts to pick his favorite basketball teams… The Pennington Press [ It IS April Fools Day – Eds. ]

Japan pays ‘suicide squads’ fortunes to work in stricken nuclear plant as ‘battle is lost for reactor two’
# Four reactors at stricken plant to be decommissioned
# Subcontractors offered £760 a day – 20 times going rate – to brave radiation levels but some refuse
# One expert who designed reactor says race to save reactor two is ‘lost’
# Radiation levels in sea water 3,335 times higher than normal
# Readings are almost three times worse than last week
# Unmanned drone photographs plant from the air amid health fear for pilots
# American robots dispatched to help containment efforts
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EPA’s radiation detection system not 100 percent
WASHINGTON (RNN) – As reports continue to surface that radiation from Japan’s failed nuclear reactors is reaching the U.S., the integrity of the system used by the federal government to monitor risks has been called into question.

“The monitoring system isn’t functioning fully,” said Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer on nuclear policy at the University of California Santa Cruz.

The monitoring system, known as RadNet, is the nation’s comprehensive network for monitoring radioactivity and ionizing radiation, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA has acknowledged that its network isn’t fully operational. And according to media reports referenced by Hirsch, some of RadNet’s monitoring systems have gone months without receiving necessary repairs. Read more…

U.S. EPA Monitoring Map

CBG’s Dan Hirsch on NBC Nightly News

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The Japan Nuclear Disaster and Implications for Future of U.S. Nuclear Power: CBG’s Dan Hirsch On Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word on MSNBC

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Dr. Chris Busby, EU Committee on Radiation Risks – Full meltdown in full swing? Japan maximum nuclear alert

Interview – Dr. Alexey Yablokov – Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe

Rachel Maddow with Frank von Hippel – 10,000 times more radioactive

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What’s next for nuclear power? Six experts weigh in. Fortune Mag

Rachel Maddow on Dangers at US Nukes

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Crews ‘facing 100-year battle’ at Fukushima ABC News
A nuclear expert has warned that it might be 100 years before melting fuel rods can be safely removed from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.

From Mark Crispin Miller’s News from Underground
The truth about radiation, at length and in detail

From Earl Katz…
PDF: Radiation Toxicity
PDF: Yablokov Chernobyl book

Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People: New Book
NEW YORK – Nearly one million people around the world died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor, finds a new book from the New York Academy of Sciences published today on the 24th anniversary of the meltdown at the Soviet facility.

The book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,” was compiled by authors Alexey Yablokov of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy in Moscow, and Vassily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko of the Institute of Radiation Safety, in Minsk, Belarus.

The authors examined more than 5,000 published articles and studies, most written in Slavic languages and never before available in English.
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The Chernobyl nuclear reactor was destroyed by an explosion and fire April 26, 1986. (Photo issued by Soviet authorities)

Food & Water Watch: Any Dose of Radiation Can Be Harmful

Gundersen Disscuses the Environment and Radiation Levels Faced By the Fukushima Rescue Workers.

Gundersen Disscuses the Environment and Radiation Levels Faced By the Fukushima Rescue Workers. from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Dr. Michio Kaku says three raging meltdowns under way at Fukushima

“Prescription for Survival”: A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott Transcript here.

Roy Morrison: An Open Letter to George Monbiot re Global Warming & Nuke Power

NUCLEAR NONSENSE: – Arjun Makhijani – Institute for Environmental and Energy Research –
Dr. Arjun Makhihani is the author of the study commissioned by Dr. Helen Caldicott and referenced by her in her debate with George Monbiot listed above: Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy In this prescient 2007 with EON’s Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle, Dr. Makhijani debunks the idea of ‘new nukes.’

Radiation Experts Determine 200,000 Cancers Likely from Fukushima

Mothers against the Diablo Canyon reactor – Fortune Mag

Retaliation at San Onofre Nuclear Plant

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Suffers Historic Defeat

Traces of Radiation Found in Pennsylvania Rain Water
State officials say radiation traces detected in air no concern

Radiation Found in Massachusetts Rain Water

Riverkeeper Calls for Immediate Shutdown of New York’s Indian Point

CNN: Japan’s Nuclear Contamination Spreads to More US States

Marvin Resnikov: Fukushima 2.0

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