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旧東独原発廃炉ルポ:「核のゴミ」24年間未解決 via 毎日新聞

 【ルプミン(ドイツ北部)で篠田航一】2022年までの「脱原発」を決めたドイツで、旧東ドイツ時代に稼働していたグライフスワルト原発(5基、出 力各44万キロワット)の廃炉作業が続く。1990年の運転停止から70年以上かかる困難な作業に加え、敷地内には処分先が決まらない「核のゴミ」が残 る。福島原発事故後は日本からの訪問者も目立つという廃炉現場に入った。 上下つなぎの防護服に着替え、用意された靴や帽子で肌を覆い、線量計を持たされて「中間貯蔵施設」に入った。2万平方メートルの巨大倉庫のような建物内に、高さ3〜4メートルの円筒形の原子炉圧力容器や蒸気発生器が30体ほど横たわる。

「危険なのでなるべく早く離れて」。ドイツ政府出資の廃炉専門会社「EWN」社のグドルン・オルデンブルク渉外担当副部長から注意され、10分ほ どで圧力容器から離れた。2メートルの距離で、被ばく量は毎時50マイクロシーベルト。福島第1原発周辺の線量が高い地域とほぼ同じだ。

解体するには汚染度が高すぎる圧力容器は50年ほど保管し、放射線量が下がるのを待つ。その後の除染作業は、未来の作業員に任せるしかない。廃炉完了までは運転停止から70年以上はかかる計算だ。

別の作業場では防護服姿の約20人の作業員が、建屋廃材などの除染作業をしていた。金属粉や高圧洗浄水を廃材に吹き付け、汚染された表面を削ったり、洗い 流したりする。「東独時代に自ら手掛けた原発を自ら壊す。技術者にとってつらい作業だった。でもこの原発を誰より知っているのは自分たちという誇りがあ る。これも大切な仕事だと今は気持ちを切り替えている」。1977年から働く技術者のハンスゲルト・メンツウェルさん(54)は話す。だが、1日の被ばく 量が200マイクロシーベルトに達すると作業は終了となるため、線量の高い部分の除染は簡単に進まない。福島第1原発については「事故を起こしており、通 常の廃炉作業より複雑。除染は容易ではない」と指摘した。

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Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports via The Malaysian Insider

Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there, officials said Tuesday.

The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh), a major wholesaler of Japanese agricultural products, said it would send 300 kilograms of the grain to Singapore.

Its provenance will be marked and it will not be mixed with other produce, an official said. The rice was grown some 60-80 kilometers west of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, he said.

It will be the first time rice grown in Fukushima prefecture–which hosts the battered Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant–has been sold abroad since fiscal 2012 when the region exported 17 tonnes to Hong Kong, a Fukushima official said.

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Local officials say rigorous testing proves there is no risk from consuming rice grown in Fukushima prefecture, an area that stretches way beyond the plant and its environs.

“All rice grown in Fukushima is being checked for radioactivity before being shipped to the market,” another Fukushima official said.

“Our rice is proved to have passed the government safety standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram (a measure of radioactive contamination), and is mostly below detection levels” of measuring instruments, he said.

Before the disaster, more than 100 tonnes of Fukushima-grown rice, peaches and apples were being sold abroad a year, chiefly in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the official said.

In 2012 export of peaches and apples to Thailand resumed and last year exports of the fruits to Malaysia resumed, he said.

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福島県産米 輸出再開を正式発表 via NHK News Web

JA全農=全国農業協同組合連合会は、原発事故以降、海外に輸出できなくなっていた福島県産のコメについて、安全性への理解が得られたシンガポールに向けて、今月から輸出を再開すると18日正式に発表しました。

発表によりますと、JA全農は、福島県須賀川市で生産されたコシヒカリ300キロを、今月シンガポールに向けて輸出するということです。

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JA全農では、輸出の再開を目指して、福島県産のコメは県の放射性物質の検査を受けているなど、各国に安全性をアピールしてきた結果、理解が得られたシンガポールに向けて、事故のあとに収穫されたコメとしては初めてとなる輸出の再開が決まりました。

コ メは今月22日からシンガポール市内の日系の高級スーパーで販売されるということですが、JA全農では、シンガポールのほかのスーパーやデパートにも福島 県産のコメの販売を要請するとともに、主要な輸出先だった香港などには引き続き安全性をアピールするなどして、原発事故の前の水準に輸出量を回復させたい としています。

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Pope calls for calm as South Korea conducts nuclear attack drill via SBS

South Korea and the United States have launched their annual military drill, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a “merciless” retaliatory strike.

The beginning of the “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” exercise, which will last until August 29, came as Pope Francis led a mass for inter-reconciliation in Seoul at the end of the five-day trip to South Korea.

Although largely played out on computers, the drill involves tens of thousands of South Korean and US soldiers and is aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion.

According to the South Korean Defence Ministry, this year’s drill will, for the first time, simulate the response to a nuclear attack threat, using a strategy of “tailored” deterrence developed last year at annual South Korea-US defence talks.

North Korea has repeatedly called for the exercise to be cancelled, and last week its military joint chiefs of staff threatened to “mercilessly open the strongest … pre-emptive strike” if it goes ahead.

South Korean officials said its military would be on a heightened state of alert during the exercise.

“If the North commits a provocative act, we would retaliate strongly”, a high-ranking military official told journalists.

The Pope has urged the divided Koreas to unite as “one family, one people” in a spirit of mutual forgiveness
at a mass that coincided with the South Korea-US military drill.

“Forgiveness is the door which leads to reconciliation” although it may seem “impossible, impractical and even at times repugnant”, the Pope said at a special mass for inter-Korean peace and reconciliation in Seoul.

“All Koreans are brothers and sisters, members of one family, one people,” he said, as he wound up a five-day visit to South Korea.

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切り捨てられた被爆者〜残留放射線の闇を追って

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【イベント】9月15日共催セミナー in HRN ニューヨーク「原子力は気候変動の解決策ではない」via Human Rights Now

9月23日からニューヨークの国連本部で国連気候変動サミット(UN Climate Summit 2014)が行われます。また、9月21日には気候変動の問題解決を訴える大規模市民運動「ピープルズ・クライメート・マーチ」(環境運動団体や労働組 合、地域活動団体など500以上のグループが参加を表明している)が開催されますが、それに合わせてHRNニューヨークでは原発に関わる諸問題について議 論するセミナー「原子力は気候変動の解決策ではない」を9月15日に国連チャーチセンターで共催することになりました。

以下、英語にはなりますが、セミナーの詳細です。
イベント案内(日本語/英語)はこちら

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HRN New York presents a seminar “Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change” September 15th via Human Rights Now

On 15th September, Temple of Understanding, Peace Boat US, Human Rights Now, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Information and Resources Service, and Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition presents a seminar “Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change”, the place to discuss issues of nuclear energy. Please see below for more information and contact us if you are interested in!

PDF version of information is availbale HERE

Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change

CONTACT: Human Rights Now NY, September15HRN@gmail.com

WHAT: In conjunction with the NYC People’s Climate March and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 in September, nuclear experts and activists will speak about issues associated with nuclear power – such as Fukushima, nuclear waste, uranium mining, human rights, health, economic, and technical issues – and will discuss why nuclear energy is not “clean” energy nor a solution to climate change. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

WHERE: UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Fl., NYC (44th St. & First Ave)

WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014, 10AM-noon

WHO: Mr. Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education
Ms. Leona Morgan, Diné No Nukes
Mr. Pradeep Indulkar, Filmmaker
Ms. Marilyn Elie, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
Mr. Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Ms. Mari Inoue, Human Rights Now
Mr. Tim Judson, Nuclear Information Resource Service

Please pre-register by sending your name and affiliation to: September15HRN@gmail.com.
Open to the public. Admission is free. No UN pass is required to enter the building.

Fukushima Radioactivity – increased exposure levels and unstoppable contamination:
More than three years have passed since March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami caused structural damage to the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a massive leakage of radioactive materials into the environment. Today, TEPCO still does not know how to stop the ongoing radioactive leaks from its facilities into the environment.
Many people, including children and pregnant women, still live in areas highly contaminated by the nuclear accident, because the Japanese government set the boundary of the evacuation zones based on an exposure level of 20 mSv per year, a threshold 20 times higher than that of the international protection standard and the pre-catastrophe national standard.

The Right to Health and a Safe Environment
Residents are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment. However, a safe and healthy environment is not available to many Fukushima affected people because sufficient protective measures and supports are not provided in contaminated areas.Also, the rights to access to medical treatment and to know about one’s own body and health parameters have been seriously denied. The Fukushima nuclear accident teaches us that nuclear energy is not sustainable, and that such a disaster cannot respect the environment or the right to health of the most vulnerable individuals.

Indian Point puts 20 million in New York City area at risk
In the United States, there are about 100 nuclear power reactors still in operation. Two of them operate at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, 25miles from New York City. Indian Point is in the process of renewing its operating licenses for an additional 20 years of operation. Nearly 20 million people reside, work or play within a 50 miles radius of thesenuclear reactors. Are there any known safety concerns at Indian Point? Where does nuclear fuel come from? Is nuclear energy a carbon-free energy? How much nuclear waste is produced and where does it go, or more to the point, how long will it stay at the reactor sites, in need of continual cooling and security? Why do we have to take the Fukushima nuclear disaster seriously?

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内閣支持率続落43%に=6割が原発再稼働反対-時事世論調査 via 時事ドットコム

時事通信が7~10日に実施した8月の世論調査によると、安倍内閣の支持率は前月比1.1ポイント減の43.5%と続落し、第2次安倍政権下で最低 を更新した。支持率が2カ月連続で5割を割り込むのは初めて。不支持率は0.5ポイント増の35.1%で、第2次政権で最高となった。

消費税再引き上げ、75%反対=軽減税率は賛成8割-時事世論調査

九州電力川内原発(鹿児島県)の再稼働については、「賛成」「どちらかといえば賛成」が合わせて36.7%。「反対」「どちらかといえば反対」は計 57.9%。原発再稼働を急ぐ政府の姿勢や、集団的自衛権の行使容認の閣議決定への反対・慎重論が根強いことなどが内閣支持率に影響したとみられる。景気 回復の実感が地方に浸透していないことも、続落の一因となったもようだ。

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調査は全国の成人男女2000人を対象に個別面接方式で実施。有効回収率は62.7%。(2014/08/14-15:21)

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Leslie Dewan on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS: “I think that for now, the U.S. is still leading the world in nuclear technology. But one of my biggest concerns is that that won’t always be the case.” via CNN Press Room

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Co-founder & CEO of the Transatomic Power Corporation, Leslie Dewan. Dewan speaks to Fareed about her aspirations to build a carbon-free, sustainable, and scalable nuclear reactor to generate great quantities of electricity.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Dewan on the repercussions of conventional nuclear power: “So each conventional nuclear power plant in the U.S. today produces about 20 metric tons of high-level waste that’s radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.”

Dewan on government funding of nuclear technology: “I think that for now, the U.S. is still leading the world in nuclear technology. But one of my biggest concerns is that that won’t always be the case.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED

FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: PRESIDENT OBAMA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BIG PLANS TO CUT CARBON EMISSIONS FROM POWER PLANTS.  WILL THIS BE A DEATH BLOW TO FOSSIL FUELS AND CO2 EMISSIONS? WELL, NO. UNDER THESE NEW RESTRICTIONS, CARBON-EMITTING COAL AND NATURAL GAS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO MAKE UP AROUND TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICAN ELECTRICITY IN 2030.

SO IT LED ME TO WONDER, IS THERE ANOTHER WAY? MY NEXT GUEST SAYS YES. LESLIE DEWAN IS COFOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER OF TRANSATOMIC POWER. SHE’S ONE OF “TIME’S” 30 PEOPLE UNDER 30 CHANGING THE WORLD.

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