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January 10, 2013
Click onto this piece of art -Unsinkable, 2013
Depicts 67,000 mushroom clouds, equal to the number of metric tons of ultra-radioactive uranium/plutonium waste being stored in temporary pools at the 104 nuclear power plants across the U.S. These waste pools must be cooled with hundreds of thousands of gallons of constantly circulating water, and many plants have inadequate or nonexistent backup cooling systems in case of power loss. In the U.S. and around the world, the waste pools are under-protected, over-filled, and vulnerable to earthquakes, storms, malfeasance, and human error. In 1997 the Brookhaven National Laboratory estimated that a calamity at just one of these waste pools in the U.S. could cause 138,000 American deaths (more than the number of Japanese who died in the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima), and contaminate 2,000 square miles of our land.
Currently, the waste pool in Reactor Unit 4 at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi plant is at risk for collapse. The building is unstable, and the cracked and leaking pool contains 262 tons of ultra-radioactive uranium/plutonium waste. For months, Fukushima has been experiencing numerous earthquakes from magnitude 4.1 to 6.2, sometimes several per day. If a magnitude 7 earthquake were to occur, causing the Unit 4 waste pool to rupture and drain, the resulting meltdown and fires could release ten times more airborne radioactive material than was released by the Chernobyl disaster. At that point humans could no longer enter or operate the facility, potentially leading to a chain reaction of meltdown events at Fukushima’s five other units, releasing 85 times as much radiation as the Chernobyl disaster.
The United States lies downwind of Fukushima, only a few days across the Pacific via the jet stream. The jet stream would carry radioactive material into the interior of the United States, eventually circling the globe and reaching the entire northern hemisphere within weeks or months. The amount of radiation released “would destroy the world environment and our civilization,” according to Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy.

http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#unsinkable

January 10, 2013
EDF and Chinese Firm Enter Talks to Build U.K. Nuclear Plants.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324081704578233441564200794.html

January 10, 2013
US and Russian Geopolitical Battle will Decide Fate of Czech Nuclear Power Plant.

http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/US-and-Russian-Geopolitical-Battle-will-Decide-Fate-of-Czech-Nuclear-Power-Plant.html

January 10, 2013
Entergy Watch: Vermont Yankee, FitzPatrick, Indian Point, Palisades.

http://beyondnuclear.squarespace.com/nuclear-power/2013/1/10/entergy-watch-vermont-yankee-fitzpatrick-indian-point-palisa.html

January 9, 2013
Court Seeks More Public Input on Nuclear Safety.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/court-seeks-more-public-input-on-nuclear-safety/

January 9, 2013
Book outlines efforts undertaken by anti-nuclear activists to oppose potential power plant.

This book is not about the merits of nuclear power in Alberta. The Fukushima disaster, the unwillingness of the community to host the project, soaring reactor costs and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) repeated failures and eventual fragmentation put an end to that debate.
This is about the corrupt and self-serving practices of industry, governments and academia we encountered in Alberta while scrutinizing Bruce Power’s nuclear proposal. It is also a “how-to” book for communities who have to deal with major issues or threats.

http://www.prrecordgazette.com/2013/01/09/book-outlines-efforts-undertaken-by-anti-nuclear-activists-to-oppose-potential-power-plant

January 9, 2013
The installation of steel columns next to Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 marks the start of construction of a cover that will aid in the removal of fuel. This is the second cover to get underway at the site.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Second_cover_assembly_underway_at_Fukushima_090113a.html

January 9, 2013
U.S. Nuclear Regulators Divided on Costly Fukushima Rule.

The U.S. nuclear agency’s staff has recommended that the U.S. operators be required to upgrade emergency venting systems by installing filters that would capture radioactive particles. The filter requirement would be the most expensive imposed by U.S. nuclear regulators since Fukushima, at a cost of $16 million or more per reactor. With U.S. nuclear operators already contending with competition from power plants running on low-priced natural gas, the added expense could be “another chip away at the viability of the nuclear industry overall,” said Julien Dumoulin-Smith, a utility industry analyst with UBS.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/01/09/us-nuclear-regulators-divided-on-costly-fukushima-rule/#ixzz2HbwmzLwg

January 9, 2013
Doctor wants more Fukushima residents to get followup full-body scans to count full body radiation levels. (see photo of the machine).

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130110f1.html

January 8, 2013
Professor “cardiac insufficiency significantly increased after 311, it wasn’t seen after other great earthquakes”.

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/prof-of-tohoku-uni-graduate-school-cardiac-insufficiency-significantly-increased-in-disaster-area-and-it-wasnt-seen-after-other-great-earthquakes/

January 8, 2013
Media Silent on Fukushima Radiation Impact in US.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Media-Silent-on-Fukushima-by-Brian-Lynch-130108-588.html

January 8, 2013
9 PFP workers checked for radioactive exposure.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/01/08/2228635/9-pfp-workers-checked-for-radioactive.html

January 8, 2013
Progress Energy Florida officials still have not made a decision on whether to fix or shut down the single-unit, 860 MW Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida.

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pe/2013/january/no-decision-on-fate-of-nuclear-power-plant-could-cost-progress-millions.html

January 8, 2013
Fallout spiked in Fukushima, highest reading in last 7 months.

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/fallout-spiked-in-fukushima-highest-reading-in-last-7-months/

January 8, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that it has acquired a 38-acre piece of land owned by the operator of the former Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power plant for $900,000.

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/01/08/news/doc50ecaf4eb444e432475107.txt

January 8, 2013
Fukushima “Decontamination” Measures Are Making Things WORSE

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/fukushima-decontamination-measures-are-making-things-worse.html.

January 7, 2013
Rense-Collins interview: High jet cabin readings with 3.8 times expected radiation over California-Arizona border, down from 5 times a year ago; L.A. air HEPA dust for 6 days 92% above background but down 18% off April 20 highs & EnviroReporter‘s 2012 Year in Review highlights are some of the topics covered.

http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/special/rense_Collins_010713.mp3

January 7, 2013
A French nuclear exit?

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/sp-afn010713.php

January 7, 2013
Futaba mayor estimates 30 years before return.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130106002813.htm

January 7, 2013
Nine minute YouTube Review of what’s happening in Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWd4wtJ1zCE

January 7, 2013
New packaging for radioactive waste claims to lower costs and speed up decommissioning.

http://www.waste-management-world.com/articles/2012/10/new-packaging-for-radioactive-waste-will-lower-costs-and-speed-up-decommissioning.html

January 6, 2013
Nuclear Security Helicopters Testing Radiation Levels Above DC Area.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/05/nuclear-security-helicopters-testing-radiation-levels-above-dc-area/

January 6, 2013
Uprates increase U.S. nuclear capacity substantially without building new reactors.

http://prometheus.org/2013/01/06/uprates-can-increase-u-s-nuclear-capacity-substantially-without-building-new-reactors/

January 6, 2013
Arnie Gunderson’s First Fairewinds podcast of 2013.

http://www.fairewinds.org/sites/fairewinds.org/files/podcast%20-%20jan%206,%202013.mp3

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2 Comments

  1. Michael..what a great way to start a New Year! It is just way beyond terrific to have all of these important articles, with their links, all listed on one page. First of all, it is really impressive to see that there are so many recent articles that MUST be read, and second…it is wonderful not to have to go hunting for them. I just wish I had the time back that I have spent in the past, trying to locate these articles, in order to forward them to friends, in an attempt to inform and educate them as to the nuclear crisis that is going on, thanks to Fukushima. I just wish that the US Government would go and do likewise!
    While I know that there are certainly articles on this potential global disaster to be found in some small newspapers, I have not, so far, found anyone, anywhere, who has been tackling the whole Fukushima disaster, head on, as you have been doing. And, in addition, you have also written many articles, plus, now, a five part series, on our local nuclear and toxic chemical contamination on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
    I cannot believe how incredibly lucky that we all are to have you here in our midst, doing your knowledgeable environmental reporting, without which we would basically all be in the dark, when it comes to understanding and interpreting everything that has been happening in California, the USA, and the World. My hope is that in 2013, you, and also Denise, will continue to have the concern, energy and courage to keep investigating and writing about all of these issues, which affect the health and welfare of all of us.
    Meanwhile, 2012 grateful THANKS!

  2. radar.weather.gov/Conus/full.php Check out this site to see the [possibly] radioactive clouds across USA

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