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[Editorial] Take IAEA findings with a grain of salt
[link to english.hani.co.kr]

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Judging from its track record, the IAEA cannot be trusted with its safety inspections. Over the years, the IAEA has conducted numerous safety examinations on reactors that had outlived their design lives. Not once has it recommended shutting one down or presented major grounds for disqualification. This time around, four of the eight team members were from the nuclear power industry, and both the time and human resources were inadequate for a thorough examination. It appears to some that the IAEA was just for show, a formality request by KHNP to get the Gori plant running again. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan was given an extension based on an IAEA examination, only to later be the site of an explosion and meltdown.

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Editorial: PM's flawed arguments for Oi reactor restarts play on fear, hobble reform
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First of all, Noda stated that "accidents can be prevented even if the Oi plant is hit with an earthquake or tsunami on the scale of the one that struck Fukushima," and "even if the plant lost power, this would not result in damage to the reactor cores."

To begin with, the greatest lesson we've learned from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that no matter how thorough preparations may be, accidents can still happen.

Nevertheless, Noda has gone back to the now broken premise that "accidents can't happen" as a way to push forward with the Oi reactor restarts. In other words, the government has returned to the "safety myth" that underpinned nuclear power in Japan before the Fukushima disaster.

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Largest childhood leukaemia study ever conducted finds 15% of cases due to gamma radiation
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Ministry sorry for school radiation limit flipflop
Japan's education ministry says it is sorry that it initially set the radiation exposure limit for schoolchildren at a high level that drew parents' concerns.

The ministry has drafted a report reviewing its response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that was triggered by the quake and tsunami on March 11th last year.

The report refers to a decision made in April to set the safety limit of radiation exposure for outdoor school activities at no more than 20 millisieverts per year.
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Antinuclear civic group submits 7.48 mil. signatures to lower house speaker
An antinuclear civic group led by Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and others submitted on Tuesday part of over 7.48 million signatures to the lower house speaker, calling for the abolition of nuclear reactors following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami last year.
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Fukui gov. confirms safety steps in place at Oi nuclear plant
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa said Tuesday he has confirmed that safety measures have been implemented at the Oi nuclear power plant, suggesting his readiness to endorse later this week the restart of two idled reactors at the plant.
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TEPCO blames gov't for public's lack of nuclear accident information
Tokyo Electric Power Co. suggested that it failed to provide sufficient information promptly to the public on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster because the government "restricted" its publicity activities, a draft report of the utility's in-house investigation on the nuclear accident showed Tuesday.

"Because we had to seek approval from the prime minister's office and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (on publicity matters), the timing of the announcement and the content were restricted," Tokyo Electric said, defending itself against criticism that its announcements on issues related to the disaster were slow and the content poor.
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Tokyo Electric Power Co. suggested that it failed to provide sufficient information promptly to the public on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster because the government "restricted" its publicity activities, a draft report of the utility's in-house investigation on the nuclear accident showed Tuesday.

"Because we had to seek approval from the prime minister's office and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (on publicity matters), the timing of the announcement and the content were restricted," Tokyo Electric said, defending itself against criticism that its announcements on issues related to the disaster were slow and the content poor.
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laugh

This should be good... let the insults fly..

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Idiots...

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Thanks for your time, I really appreciate that there are people like you out there taking readings.
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This is so long ....
I remember thinking the Gulf shit was forever...

this is so much longer...

So much dirtier...

It's ironic... I had just purchased a years supply of rices from the different areas around Fukushima..., some of the finest flavors and textures in japanese rice.. organic too...
Now a "Real Treasure"... every bag the last one of its type I will ever see again...

and my beloved Fermented soy'sauces from the region....

2000 years of history behind those rice crops...

Compromised... gone.

... and here I look at every cold a kid has differently... especially those that don't seem to go away.....

the japanese side of the family has been near Hiroshima since 400 ad.
Granny (Tamako Kubota) survived the bomb, she's 98 now..., the story I know is not the one you see in the media,... so it's a personal interest...

low level continued exposure has a cost... it is not safe...

worked out the bugs..and now the meter is out side, the cable to the laptop, and the laptop logging and recording pretty much 24/7 1 minute samples, so... won't be left blind again ...

I would sugest that whatever method you choose you boost you Iodine Levels, you Calcium Levels, Some Calcium Carbinate(baking soda), and some good source of Magnesium Citrate at the very least... there's is a really good forum somewhere within this site...
Don't ask where... Me and compu's have a love hate relationship... I simply have no idea how to get you there..

I post when there is a need or to let people know that there is a certain temporal stability to the problem... but I do follow... especially here.
Thank you

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capitalist,facist,nazi,communist,
socialist,militarist,religi​ous nutbars...family nuked,gassed,or robbed by all of them. history never lies but but men who write it do.
take the man away you have the truth...
...grandpa stole first MIG17 in 52..
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IEER on “Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations near Nuclear Facilities, Phase I”
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Phase I, Prepublication copy

[snip]

Critical data gaps

The following represents a list of critical data gaps that should be addressed. They are especially important for non-cancer effects as well as cancer risks as a result of in utero and/or early childhood exposure. These data gaps are especially important for the case-control study for children born near nuclear power plants.

Tritium releases to the atmosphere:
Tritium discharges to surface waters:
Tritium minimum detectable amounts (MDAs)
Strontium-90:

details at link.

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I wonder if Japan has active advocates for children?

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October 19, 2006
Science for the Vulnerable
Setting Radiation and Multiple Exposure Environmental Health
Standards to Protect Those Most at Risk
[link to ieer.org]
PDF

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Open Letter to President Bush on Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Dear President Bush:
We are writing to call your attention to a serious problem in public health protection and ask that you take
action to fix it.
Presently, many federal radiation protection standards are based on average lifetime exposure or on
Reference Man,” a hypothetical adult “Caucasian” male who is 20 to 30 years old, weighs 154 pounds, is
five feet seven inches tall, and is “Western European or North American in habitat and custom.”
Reference Man is widely used to set federal rules and regulations, for instance, limits on how much
residual radiation will be allowed in radioactively contaminated soil.
The problem is that different groups are affected differently than adult men when exposed to radiation or
toxic materials. According to the National Research Council of the National Academies, cancer mortality
risks for women are 37.5 percent higher than for me n for the same radiation exposure. Sometimes the
most vulnerable period is not in adulthood but rather in infancy, childhood, puberty, or when the ova are
developing in a female fetus. Prenatal exposures to certain toxic chemicals or radiation can increase the
risk of certain disorders, like breast cancer, later in life. The combined effects of chemicals and radiation
are little understood.
Further, the use of Reference Man is not in accord with Presidential Executive Order 13045 on the
Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks, which you endorsed with
amendments in 2003. The Order acknowledges that children are disproportionately vulnerable to
environmental hazards and directs federal agencies to ensure their policies address the disproportionate
risks.


Thank you very much for considering our request on this crucial matter related to public and
environmental health. For more information, please contact Dr. Arjun Makhijani ([email protected]) or
Lisa Ledwidge ([email protected]), President and Outreach Director of the Institute for Energy and
Environmental Research, respectively, or visit www.ieer.org.
Sincerely,

Initial signatories as of October 18, 2006 (who signed on by invitation, prior to opening it up to the
public)

[partial list]

American Public Health Association
Brent Blackwelder, PhD, President, Friends of the Earth, Washington, DC
Mary Brune, Co-Founder, Making Our Milk Safe, Alameda, California
Theo Colborn, PhD, President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), Paonia, Colorado
Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns
Michael Flynn, Associate Director, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New
York, New York
Erica Frank, MD, MPH, Professor and Senior Advisor, Preventive Medicine Residency Program,
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta,
Georgia

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Natural gamma rays linked to childhood leukaemia
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Jun 12

Oxford University

A small but statistically significant link between risk of childhood leukaemia and the gamma rays we are all exposed to from our natural environment has been detected in a very large study led by Oxford University researchers.

Exposure to gamma rays from natural sources in the environment isn't something that can readily be altered, but the study adds to our understanding of the small cancer risks associated with other low doses of radiation, such as from medical X-rays and CT scans. The findings demonstrate that there are small effects of radiation at very low doses.

The researchers conclude that the size of the increased risk of childhood leukaemia with natural gamma-ray exposure is consistent with these models and supports their continued use in radiation protection. The results of the study contradict the idea that there are no adverse radiation effects, or might even be beneficial effects, at these very low doses and dose rates.

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Well.. there goes the 'low-dose radiation is harmless' theory... Shills take notice..chuckle


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Noda hints more reactors may restart if able to get Ohi reactors online
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Kan fires blog broadside at Diet nuclear disaster investigative committee
[link to mainichi.jp]

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Of particular concern during Kan's testimony on June 8 was whether the utility had tried to abandon the nuclear plant early in the crisis, as Kan has consistently claimed. The committee concluded that it "could not see clear evidence that TEPCO ever decided to withdraw all its personnel."

Firing back, Kan insisted in his blog entry that TEPCO had probed the possibility of pulling out its entire staff, and rejected the suggestion of a misunderstanding on the part of the Prime Minister's Office.
The former prime minister also demanded the public release of all video conference call recordings between the Fukushima No. 1 plant and TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo.

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Ole Kan ain't backing down..
aaa
This is getting interesting.

popcorn


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TEPCO again fails to find leaks at Fukushima plant
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a new method has failed to locate radioactive water leaking from one of the reactors. Identifying the leaks is a key step towards decommissioning the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said workers used an infrared camera on Tuesday to search for the leaks in the suppression chamber at the No.2 reactor.

Video at link.
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Report to Congress on Abnormal Occurrences – Fiscal Year 2011 (NUREG-0090, Volume 34)

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[link to pbadupws.nrc.gov]

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New NRC reports on: Ft. Calhoun, North Anna and Fukushima-Daiichi are in the PDF, pg. 49, appendix C..

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Fukushima Watch: Japan Gets ‘Feudal’ on Reactor Restarts
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The two high-ranking government officials are being sent to the rural seaside town as part of a promise made last month by nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono, in order to pave the way for restarts of Oi’s No. 3 and No. 4 reactors—a controversial decision amid widespread public anxiety about nuclear safety.

To many in Japan, the move brings to mind a modern-day interpretation of the feudal-era practice of “sankin-kotai,” or alternating residency, in which local warlords returning to their seats in the countryside were forced to leave their families in Tokyo, as high-class hostages.

In today’s modern version, deputy trade minister Seishu Makino, a ruling party lawmaker, and top nuclear regulator Shinichi Kuroki, will likely be dispatched to help oversee operations at the Oi plant, according to ministry officials, who half-jokingly refer to the two as “hostages” of Tokyo’s nuclear policy.

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Business as usual..
If it weren't so idiotic.. this event would be slightly amusing.

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Experts warn of possible catastrophe at Japan reactor

Some nuclear experts are warning that spent fuel rods at a damaged plant in Japan could trigger a major catastrophe despite the government’s declaration in December that the emergency phase of the nation’s worst nuclear disaster was over.

Fifteen months after a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant and led to meltdowns, fears about reactor 4 have grown as its building holds a storage pool filled with 1,535 nuclear fuel rod assemblies.

The pool, which is 30 metres above ground, has been left uncovered since a hydrogen blast last year blew off the upper part of the outer wall of the containment building.

Most of the assemblies are spent fuel rods with a total amount of radioactive caesium equal to 5,000 atomic bombs of the kind that destroyed Hiroshima, said Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

The government estimated the amount of caesium—137 already released by the Fukushima disaster were equal to that of 168 Hiroshima bombs.
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hmmmmmmm.....

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Hands up who can tell me WTF is wrong with this picture???

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all dead-men walking :(
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Thread: Japan Maddness.....

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Because of too much radiation inside, they aren't able to find the leaks.
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TEPCO studied huge tsunamis in in-house training
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it failed to make use of an in-house study that estimated the extent of damage by huge tsunamis on nuclear reactors.

A group of TEPCO employees conducted a study in 2006 to determine what would happen at the plant's No.5 reactor if it was hit by waves higher than 5.7 meters, the maximum height assumed by the company.

The group estimated that if the waves exceeded 13.5 meters, all power would be lost and it would be impossible to inject water into the reactor.

The study also said it would cost about 25 million dollars to implement measures to prevent such an occurrence.
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Quake-proof buildings yet to be set up at 9 nuclear plants in Japan
Quake-proof emergency response buildings are yet to be set up at nine out of 17 nuclear power plants in Japan, reflecting the lack of progress in utilities' safety measures even after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, a survey by Kyodo News showed Wednesday.
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TEPCO studied huge tsunamis in in-house training
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it failed to make use of an in-house study that estimated the extent of damage by huge tsunamis on nuclear reactors.

A group of TEPCO employees conducted a study in 2006 to determine what would happen at the plant's No.5 reactor if it was hit by waves higher than 5.7 meters, the maximum height assumed by the company.

The group estimated that if the waves exceeded 13.5 meters, all power would be lost and it would be impossible to inject water into the reactor.

The study also said it would cost about 25 million dollars to implement measures to prevent such an occurrence.
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Tepco is cheap. They scrapped plans to enclose SFP 4 because of the cost, as well.

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Quake-proof buildings yet to be set up at 9 nuclear plants in Japan
Quake-proof emergency response buildings are yet to be set up at nine out of 17 nuclear power plants in Japan, reflecting the lack of progress in utilities' safety measures even after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, a survey by Kyodo News showed Wednesday.
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They must also move them a little farther than the one near fuku. They couldn't use it because the radiation level was too high..pick

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Markey, Burgess Call For GAO Investigation of DOE Support for Near-Bankrupt USEC
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“We’ve been told this earmark is all about avoiding risk to our national security, but the real risks of this nuclear bailout is for taxpayers who will be on the hook for questionable government handouts that are worth more than the entire company,” said Rep. Markey. “The GAO should immediately commence an investigation into DOE’s ongoing support for USEC before we throw more money at a company whose junk bond status and junk technology make it better suited for the budgetary junk heap.”

“The Department of Energy has been harming the uranium mining industry for years, dumping excess uranium tails into the market to prop up a failing company that couldn't stand on its own feet. As a result, thousands of miners from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, and others, have had their livelihoods put in jeopardy,” said Rep. Burgess. “It is time the Department of Energy is held accountable for their activities. This GAO report will be the first step in bringing justice for an industry still damaged by Department of Energy policies.”

A copy of the letter to the GAO can be found HERE.

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South Miami commissioners want more planning for nuclear disaster

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SRS waste plutonium to be sent to New Mexico
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Some of Savannah River Site’s most contaminated Cold War nuclear waste will leave South Carolina this month under a new program to export plutonium to New Mexico.
The goal is to ship 5 kilograms at a time to the De­partment of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., where lower-level “transuranic” waste is buried in 250-million-year-old salt deposits a half-mile beneath the Chihuahuan Desert.

Currently, 585 kilograms of waste plutonium are awaiting shipment to New Mexico, but Howell said the amount could be expanded to 4.3 metric tons over a 20-year period.
John Gilmour, the solid waste management director for SRNS, said the decision to send the material to New Mexico was made after it was determined the plutonium could not be used in the MOX program.

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