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December 17, 2012
Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake. (VIDEO)
“Realize that we have 5 reactors in various states of degradation in the area. The accident is not over by any means. The accident could start up all over again if there’s a secondary earthquake or another pipe break. In a worst case scenario, if there is a major pipe break or secondary earthquake, they would have to evacuate the workers and because the pumps are not working at the site, it means that you have to manually, manually, insert the water over the reactors and without the workers you would be in free fall. At that point with an evacuation of all the workers, water levels would begin to drop, the reactors would then start to melt again and we would breach containment – that is the release of uncontrolled amounts of radiation in to the environment. And that is a catastrophe beyond comprehension.”

Question: “So why doesn’t the international community…get heavily involved before this catastrophe takes place?”

Answer: There’s no-one left in charge. People that used to be ‘responsible’ for events such as this no longer work there. Virtually all government branches have been trained to help corporations maintain market share. Literally every government and corporate level spends its time making money. As if it were like food, clothing, shelter or love and kindness. Thus, the CFIA, DFO and many, many agencies simply respond and react to markets. If something is destroying the environment or the planet, it’s ‘externalized’ and dismissed as irrelevant. So no-one’s in charge. We’re on our own. This is what its like to live in an insane culture. Sadly, it is likely to affect everyone who is exposed to it.

Jeff Jones (B.C. lawyer)


December 17, 2012
Radiation no respecter of borders — Fukushima conference.
The conference re-emphasised the point that radiation does not respect national borders.


December 17, 2012
More Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Containment Failures and the Loss of the Ultimate Heat Sink.

Arnie says there are three things that the NRC has ignored from the lessons from Fukushima and the NRC needs to acknowledge these:
1. The containment can leak.
2. A containment can be destroyed by a detonation shock wave – as happened at reactor #3 at Fukushima. NO reactor is built to withstand a detonation.
3. If the backup diesels get submerged under water, they will fail and this loss of the ultimate heat sink will cause a meltdown.


December 17, 2012
Rense and Collins: What it means for Southern California and the legal ramifications of EPA wasting $41.5 million while subverting the Rocketdyne cleanup with the help of Boeing and a cadre of astroturfers.


December 16, 2012
Destroyed Fukushima Unit 3 will never be reinforced over next 40 years (VIDEO).


December 16, 2012
In Japan, right-wing party scores landslide election win.


December 16, 2012
Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discusses two recent safety equipment failures at operating nuclear plants in the United States. Just this week, a containment failure in New York State and an emergency cooling water failure in Tennessee prove yet again that Fairewinds previous analyses of nuclear plant weaknesses are correct. Arnie also discusses how containments are leak tested and how the NRC allows those containment leak tests to be manipulated.


December 15, 2012
Cover-up of true radiation levels Fukushima residents were exposed to? WHO accused of underestimating disaster’s impact on human health. The WHO report, published in May this year, on estimated radiation doses received by residents near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, was compiled mainly by officials related to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which promotes the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.


December 15, 2012
Nuclear energy is out of date and dangerous.


December 15, 2012
Fukushima firm ‘neglected safety’.

The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records.

The task force said on Friday that TEPCO just did not think disasters beyond their anticipation would occur, and failed to follow international standards and recommendations that could have mitigated the impact of the accident. The utility could have done more to back up its power and cooling systems, was short on emergency equipment such as fire engines and had treated crisis management drills as a formality, the group said.


December 15, 2012
IAEA, Fukushima agree to cooperate on decontamination, waste control.


December 15, 2012
M10 quake possible, says study — An hour of shaking — Tsunami lasting for several days.


December 14, 2012
A study on the world wide transport of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima in the two months after the nuclear incident suggests that they were at official levels of contamination for 34,000 km2 of Japan, and that 2.8% of iodine radionuclides from the event were calculated to have reached the EU.


December 14, 2012
Radiation levels rise for 5th month straight in Fukushima city.


December 14, 2012
“In general one of the important takeaways from the Fukushima accident is the importance of a strong, independent regulator that operates transparently and is well-funded and has the backing of the government,” said NRC chair Macfarlane, in Japan to attend the weekends’ international conference on nuclear safety in Fukushima.


December 14, 2012
Japan’s ‘nuclear radiation projection’ had errors. Simulations at Fukushima were flawed.


December 14, 2012
Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority: Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori may be on an active fault – restart unlikely.


December 14, 2012
Decontamination produces 1.5 tones of contaminated soil per a household. Editor’s note: can you imagine trying to decontaminate your neighbourhood if your local reactor melted down?


December 14, 2012
Crackdown: Japanese professor’s arrest “extremely unjust” — Publicly opposed burning of radioactive debris.


December 14, 2012
Fukushima operator takes blame for world’s worst nuclear accident. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant admitted that its lack of safety and bad habits were behind the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.


December 14, 2012
New Study: “Depopulation with Rapid Aging” after Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Kazunobu Ishikawa MD1,2, Yukio Kanazawa MD3, Shigeto Morimoto MD4, Takashi Takahashi MD5


December 13, 2012
BBC: “One of the most contaminated places on Earth” — Silence is deafening 10 miles from Fukushima plant — Nuclear power’s lie has been so tragically exposed.


December 13, 2012
Macfarlane, who is leading a delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials to a meeting in Japan on improving nuclear safety, toured the stricken complex and praised assembled employees. She said,”The accident has profoundly changed the nuclear safety landscape and brought a new urgency to improving nuclear safety worldwide. We’ve learned a considerable amount from the accident, identified numerous specific technical issues that require renewed attention, and made measurable progress in implementing improvements. But there is more work ahead and we are committed to working with Japan and other international partners to ensure long-term sustainability in the nuclear safety enhancements made since the accident.


December 13, 2012
25,550 Bq/Kg of cesium from Matsutake mushroom, 10,980 Bq/Kg from wild boar from Minamisoma.


December 13, 2012
2 minutes utube against NUKES.


December 13, 2012
Mark Jacobson from Stanford University talks against nuclear power.


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  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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