In this March 24, 2011 aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone and released by AIR PHOTO SERVICE, damaged Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. (Air Photo Service Co. Ltd., Japan)
IAEA Briefing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident (5 April 2011, 20:25 UTC) -
Japan Begins Discharge of Low Level Radioactive Water
Japanese authorities have confirmed to the IAEA that they began to discharge 11,500 tonnes of low level radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea on 4 April. The operation is being conducted to create storage capacity for highly radioactive water that has pooled in parts of the reactor facility, hindering efforts to restore electrical power from the grid to the facility.
Japanese officials have reported that they plan to release 10,000 tonnes of water from a waste treatment facility and 1,500 tonnes from drainage pits around reactor Units 5 and 6. The operation is expected to last no more than five days.
Pacifica Radio's Nuclear Teach In, April 5, 2011
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Japan Releases Radioactive Water Several Million Times the Legal Limit into Ocean
Radiation at the shoreline of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility has measured several million times the legal limit, just four weeks after the earthquake and tsunami and days after workers discovered a crack where highly contaminated water was spilling directly into the Pacific Ocean. Experts say radiation dissipates quickly in the vast ocean, but they are unclear what will be the long-term effects of large amounts of contamination. The new levels prompted the Japanese government on Tuesday to create an acceptable radiation standard for fish for the first time. We’re joined by Philip White of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo. “Cancers from this sort of level of radioactivity will not appear in the first few months or year; they will be late-onset phenomena,” White says. “So, it’ll require a lot of monitoring of health to actually see what the impact of this is.” [includes rush transcript]
U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Says It Will Continue to Push for New Nuclear Power Plants Despite Growing Global Nuclear Concern
The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan has set off a debate in the international community about the future of nuclear energy. There are currently 440 nuclear reactors in operation worldwide, generating about 14 percent of global electricity—and plans for construction of new plants have soared in the last decade, especially in India and China. This was the focus on Monday as the fifth review meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety kicked off in Vienna, hosted by the United Nations atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. We are joined by Philip White of the Tokyo-based Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center and Jan Beránek, the director of Greenpeace International’s Nuclear Campaign. Baránek argues the IAEA is preventing an honest review by “focusing its efforts to restore the public confidence in nuclear power and to help other countries expand the usage of civilian nuclear reactors to generate electricity.” [includes rush transcript]
"Prescription for Survival": A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott (March 30, 2011)
The crisis in Japan has refueled the rigorous global debate about the viability of nuclear power. Japan remains in a "state of maximum alert" as the experts scramble to contain radiation that is leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Nuclear energy remains a controversial topic in climate change discourse, as environmental activists argue how to best reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere—often the debate pits one non-renewable energy against another as renewable energy technology and research remains underfunded. Democracy Now! hosts a debate today about the future of nuclear energy between British journalist George Monbiot and Dr. Helen Caldicott. Monbiot has written extensively about the environmental and health dangers caused by burning coal for energy, and despite the Fukushima catastrophe, stands behind nuclear power. Caldicott is a world-renowned anti-nuclear advocate who has spent decades warning of the medical hazards posed by nuclear technologies, and while agreeing about the dangers of burning coal, insists the best option is to ban nuclear power. [includes rush transcript]
Greenpeace Updates on Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Update 42 - Field team finds high levels of contamination outside of Fukushima evacuation zone...
Demonstrations in California: No More Nukes!
In San Francisco there is an urgent call to action for April 14th. Organizers are encouraging California residents to speak out at the Board of the California Public Utility Commission's public meeting to call for the closure of Diablo Canyon, a nuclear reactor that is a mere 200 miles from the city.
April 26th will see a global day of action against nuclear power on the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl. Demonstrators will gather in cities throughout the U.S. and in many countries. Near San Francisco, a protest will be held in Menlo Park.
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The Code Killers by Ace Hoffman
Why DNA and ionizing radiation are a dangerous mix
An expose of the nuclear industry
by Ace Hoffman
First Published: Fall 2008
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35+ years in the making -- thousands of interviews conducted to research this book! Hundreds of books read -- thousands of magazines scoured! Hundreds of drawings, photos, diagrams, and vital historic documents presented in one place! A unique work! Great for the beginner OR the expert! Bring THE CODE KILLERS to public hearings (and submit it electronically) so you always have the facts handy and THEY DO TOO!
Over 200 copies have already been sent to U.S. Congresspeople and other elected officials around the country. (We are trying to send it to the rest as fast as possible.) But of course, letters from someone in their own district make the most difference, so please ask your Congresspeople to read THE CODE KILLERS when it arrives!
* Rems, Rads, Grays, Sieverts, Curies...
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A slow, agonizing death...
(1) A slow, agonizing death... (by Ace Hoffman)Gamma sponges, glow boys, suicide squads, jumpers, bio-robots and liquidators: It's all the same...
(2) By George, is dilution your only solution to Fukushima's pollution? (by Ace Hoffman)
(3) George Monbiot's column in today's Guardian
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(5) Frying blind: Frustrated monitor finds levels "immeasurable"
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Deconstructing Nuclear Experts by Dr. Chris Busby
March 31st, 2011
This article by Dr. Chris Busby is unbeatable. I saw him speak in Chicago many years ago, and believe his scientific understanding of the issues involved is second to none.
"Since the Fukushima accident we have seen a stream of experts on radiation telling us not to worry, that the doses are too low, that the accident is nothing like Chernobyl and so forth. They appear on television and we read their articles in the newspapers and online. Fortunately the majority of the public don't believe them. I myself have appeared on television and radio with these people; one example was Ian Fells of the University of Newcastle who, after telling us all on BBC News that the accident was nothing like Chernobyl (wrong), and the radiation levels of no consequence (wrong), that the main problem was that there was no electricity and that the lifts didn't work. " If you have been in a situation when the lifts don't work, as I have" he burbled on, "you will know what I mean." You can see this interview on youtube and decide for yourself..."
Fukushima I nuclear accidents
Nuclear and radiation accidents
Benjamin K. Sovacool has reported that worldwide there have been 99 accidents at nuclear power plants. Fifty-seven accidents have occurred since the Chernobyl disaster, and 57% (56 out of 99) of all nuclear-related accidents have occurred in the USA. Relatively few accidents involved fatalities.
The worst nuclear accident to date was the Chernobyl disaster which occurred in 1986 in Ukraine. That accident killed 56 people directly, and caused an estimated 4,000 additional cases of fatal cancer, as well as damaging approximately $7 billion of property. Radioactive fallout from the accident was concentrated in areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. Approximately 350,000 people were forcibly resettled away from these areas soon after the incident. Recent estimations say that between 400,000 and 500,000 inhabitants (when including unborn children) near Kiev province had been exposed to a comparatively high dose of radiation, and there's a possibility of developing cancer, leukaemia and DNA malformation in the next 10 to 40 years.
Lists of nuclear disasters and radioactive incidents
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rc: we evolved with background radiation, but now it isn't normal, not any more... as we now live with 18% of our average radiation dosage being "manufactured," it is a complicated affair, to be sure, pondering what the threshold might be - ??? - for us? - for the biosphere upon which we depend? - for the weakest links which may execute our fate? - and how could people think that nuclear power is even possibly worth the risk?
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