Sunday, July 3, 2011

You can't see it, and you can't smell it either | Nuclear Nightmare Unfolding

Rankin & Dub Ainu Band "You can't see it, and you can't smell it either "

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Radiation is scary, radiation is dangerous, you can't see or smell it, and you can't run from it

Look out! Look out! Nuclear...

Look out! If anything goes awry...
Look out! Look out! Fukushima...
Look out! Look out! They've really screwed up...

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn't discriminate, and you can't beat it
Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn't discriminate, and you can't beat it...

Video: Japan's Post-Fukushima Nuclear Protest Music - Max Fisher - International - The Atlantic: "In the U.S., the phrase 'protest song' is synonymous with the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War and its draft, and the nuclear arms race of the Cold War. More recently, that same protest song paradigm has been sporadically adapted to the war in Iraq. But, in Japan, protest music can tend to be associated with something much more specific: nuclear power."

From Fukushima to disarmament
Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In our rush to find a solution to climate change, nuclear energy has again been promoted. But the disaster at Fukushima reminds us of just how devastating nuclear can be.

MONTHS AFTER THE devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima compounds the humanitarian tragedy and impedes recovery. The damaged reactors and spent-fuel ponds contain around 10 times as much nuclear fuel as did the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986. In three reactors, the fuel has melted, almost certainly through the reactor vessels; primary containment structures have been breached; explosions have torn away the secondary containment (the buildings); radioactive releases continue; and closed-loop cooling has not been re-established...

Radioactive water leaks from Japan's damaged plant

(Reuters) - Tonnes of radioactive water were discovered on Tuesday to have leaked into the ground from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, the latest in a series of leaks at the plant damaged in a March earthquake and tsunami, the country's nuclear watchdog said.

More than three months after the disaster, authorities are struggling to bring under control damaged reactors at the power plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

About 15 tonnes of water with a low level of radiation leaked from a storage tank at the plant on the Pacific coast, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

New nuke accident radiation map released

A map of Japan indicating the levels of estimated accumulated external radiation exposure (0.01 millisievert or higher) in the two months after the crisis erupted at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Provided by Japan Atomic Energy Agency) - - The original caption continued: "Radiation spread over the sea in the map is not scientifically significant because radioactive substances that fall in the sea become diluted" - BUT we all know that the substances are accumulated in the food chain!

AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
"When the 00.1 millisievert standard is applied, the central and eastern areas of the Kanto region as well as the southern part of the Tohoku region fall into the exposure zones."朝日新聞社):
Radiation levels rose above 0.01 millisievert in the central and southern areas of the Tohoku region as well as the Kanto region. The results are largely in line with the measurements taken by the science ministry. - When it comes to internal exposure of iodine-131, only part of eastern Fukushima Prefecture shows more than 1 millisievert of estimated exposure.

Nuclear Nightmare Unfolding

a nice collection of images - many have great descriptions and links to more -

A pellet of plutonium, illuminated by the glow of its own radioactivity. Plutonium (Atomic number 94, symbol Pu) does not occur in nature except in minute quantities from the decay of Uranium-238, the heaviest naturally-occuring element.

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Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
By Michail Hengstenberg, Gesche Sager and Philine Gebhardt

Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones -- showing just how dangerous the technology really is.

The area around Fukushima will likely remain contaminated for decades, if not centuries. And many are once again wondering if the returns from nuclear technology justifies the risks. How can anything be considered under control which can so quickly mutate into an apocalypse?

Sadly, though, disasters like Three Mile Island and Fukushima are not as rare as one would hope. There have been plenty of atomic accidents resulting in significant radioactive leaks, spills and explosions. And the Chernobly Exclusion Zone, for all the attention it gets, is far from the only nuclear no-go area on the planet. A look at some of the worst incidents is enough to demonstrate just how high the price of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons truly is.

OpEdNews - Article: Atomic Energy: Unsafe in the Real World

Nuclear power requires "perfection" and "no acts of God," we were warned years ago. This has been brought home by the ongoing disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Fukushimi Daiichi nuclear plant complex, the flooding along the Missouri River in Nebraska now threatening two nuclear plants, and the wildfire laying siege to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of atomic energy.

Fukushima Disaster Shows Nuclear Power Is Never 'Safe' - Energy Intelligence (

Nuclear power is never 'safe.' Splitting atoms to produce heat, boil water, and generate electricity is an inherently dangerous activity. Splitting atoms can be made less dangerous, but it can never be 'safe.' The 104 nuclear power plants in the United States and the 440 operating around the world all carry the threat of a catastrophic meltdown with devastating consequences. To claim this technology is safe is no more than atomic hubris. Nuclear power plants will fail, and when they do, the consequences are catastrophic for individuals and society. As the codiscoverer of the DNA molecule once put it, 'the idea that the atom is safe is just a public relations trick.'

As we saw at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima, nuclear power is never "safe." The improbable happens, and regulations put in place by nuclear bureaucrats are insufficient to the catastrophe. Probability will not protect the public from the consequences of a nuclear meltdown. The nuclear industry's practice of lulling regulators into complacency based on low probability of a meltdown is irresponsible at the least. Rather than promoting the expanded use of nuclear power, government regulators will be lucky if they can manage the end of the nuclear age and secure deadly radioactive wastes without more Black Swan events like the fiasco at Fukushima.

Beyond Nuclear - "National crime" and "graveyard governance" in wake of Fukushima catastrophe

Hokkaido Cancer Center director Nishio Masamichi, a radiation treatment specialist, has published a very hard hitting critique of the Japanese government and nuclear power industry's performance regarding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. The Asia-Pacific Journal's Japan Focus has published a review.Masamichi expresses grave concerns for the health of residents downwind and downstream of the catastrophic radioactivity releases, and offers suggestions of critical changes that need to be made to thus far incompetent and confused emergency response.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Safe Nuclear Power
by Stephen Lendman

In any form, nuclear power is inherently unsafe. For decades, nuclear expert Helen Caldicott warned it must be abandoned, saying:

'As a physician, I contend that nuclear technology threatens life on our planet with extinction. If present trends continue, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink will soon be contaminated with enough radioactive pollutants to pose a potential health hazard far greater than any plague humanity has ever experienced.'

Anti-nuclear activist/expert Professor Karl Grossman agrees, calling 'Atomic Energy: Unsafe in the Real World' in his June 29 article, saying:

'Nuclear power requires perfection and no acts of God' to avoid accidents that may become catastrophes. Humans and technology aren't perfect. Natural and other type disasters happen. '(W)e can't eliminate them. But we can - and must eliminate atomic energy' or it will eliminate us.

On March 18, Bloomberg said Japan's Fukushima disaster 'follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risks in Japan's atomic power industry.'

The same is true in America and elsewhere - governments, regulators, and power companies suppressing vital truths, instead of shutting down inherently unsafe plants, making all of them ticking bombs...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Safe Nuclear Power
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