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Why Are Researchers Finding Traces of Radioactive Particles in Baby Teeth? via AlterNet

Data indicates we still don’t understand the dangers of nuclear energy.

The meltdown disasters at Fukushima and Chernobyl have solidified the American public’s reticence about nuclear energy. The full health significance of these events is still being debated, as government and academic monitoring programs generate a patchwork of data about their impact. And while many studies show that the risks from nuclear power are negligible in the U.S., these two catastrophes continue to raise questions about long-term safety and the cumulative affect of small and large releases of radioactive material. Meanwhile, researchers are attempting to track these contaminants in the food chain, in our bones and even in baby teeth.


Fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and ’60s spread Strontium 90 widely throughout the environment. By comparison, nuclear power plants are  thought to contribute a minute fraction of this contamination. Public concerns about the health risks ultimately led to the global ban on nuclear weapons testing and an expectation that environmental and human body burdens of Strontium 90 would drop over time.

By 1999, government monitoring programs of Strontium 90 had largely been phased out, based on significant decreases in milk and teeth found in the first four years after the ban went into effect. But a small group of academic researchers conducted followup tests and were surprised to find Strontium 90 in new baby teeth, at levels higher than expected, concluding that there must be some  unidentified sources to account for the levels found.

They turned their focus to nuclear power plants. Though tiny by comparison to atomic bomb tests, releases from power plants are not an uncommon result of accidents, planned leaks or releases from incidents the Nuclear Regulatory Commission deems of little consequence.

How much of the Strontium 90 in teeth that comes from these releases and how much is past contamination that’s recycled and further concentrated up the food chain is heavily debated, and the work of the Radiation and Public Health Project has been widely criticized. However, no other studies have been done in the U.S. to challenge the findings which link concentrations in baby teeth to proximity to nuclear power plants.


National averages reported for foods tested to date are well below quantities that would be considered a health threat. Still, the American Medical Association and other advocates are calling for more comprehensive ongoing tests, both in Japan to characterize fully the health risks from Fukushima and its impact on the Japanese food supply, and in the U.S. to rule out possible pockets of contamination that may emerge from unreported releases from U.S. nuclear power plants or atmospheric drift from the incident in Japan. Recent tests by researchers at Oregon State University have identified minute, but significantly increased levels of radioisotopes in albacore tuna that trace back to the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Researchers are undertaking a larger study.

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「原発と地方紙」癒着暴露本でわかった収賄全貌! via アサ芸プラス


原発立地県で発行される「地方紙」には多くの原発広告があるはず──そんな疑問から、延べ136年間もの莫大な量の新聞を調べた 結果が本になった。暴露されたのは「広告料」を軸にした「原発」と「メディア」の“収賄”関係。圧倒的な地域シェアの媒体は住民を洗脳するために使われて いた!


「完全に国民をダマそうとする意図が政府や電力会社にあり、その意図に基づいて40年以上も行われてきた事実を見ていただきたい。国民の原発に対す る無知をいいことに、電気料金を使って洗脳を続けてきました。そのことを思い返してほしい。現実味を帯びてきた再稼働も皆さんをダマすものです。証拠はこ の本の中にあります」






79年、アメリカのスリーマイル島原発で人為的ミスによりメルトダウンが起こる。のちにレベル5(最高はレベル7)と判定されたこの事故は日本に 伝わり、作り上げてきた原発の安全神話が崩壊しかかった。原発立地県民の不安を解消するためか、この年の広告出稿量の合計は前年の389段の約2倍に当た る789段となっている。





「歴代最高の出稿記録です。この年、青森県『六ヶ所村再処理工場』建設の前段階である海洋調査が行われました。誘致から工事に進む第一歩の年です。 チェルノブイリの恐怖を払拭するために、紙面全部を買うくらいの資本を投下したのでしょう。危ないことが起こると、それを消すためにアクションを起こすと いうことです」(本間氏)












全文は(1)広告の量が重大事故と連動 と(2)安全神話から安心神話へ転換


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Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments via Reuters

(Reuters) – Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

The Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office had been reinvestigating the case, after a citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former Tepco executives, including then-chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, should be indicted over their handling of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The official at the citizens’ panel declined to comment on the details of the notice. Kyodo news agency said the deadline for a decision had been extended by three months to the end of January.

Prosecutors last year declined to charge more than 30 Tepco and government officials who had been accused by residents of ignoring the risks from natural disasters and failing to respond appropriately when the crisis struck.

If the prosecutors again decline to take up the case, as some experts expect, the 11-member panel of unidentified citizens can order prosecutors to indict if eight members vote in favor.

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Hanford reactor unsealed for inspection via World Nuclear News

Workers have entered the cocooned former plutonium-producing F Reactor at the Hanford site in the USA for the first time in six years to conduct a scheduled inspection.

The reactor was sealed in 2003 with its core encased in a concrete shell as part of the so-called interim safe storage process, which allows time for radiation levels to decay naturally. Workers last inspected the inside of the reactor in 2008.

The Department of Energy (DOE), which manages the site, said the welds around the steel door of the F Reactor were removed last week, allowing workers to once again enter it. Once the inspection was completed, the door was resealed.

Mission Support Alliance director of long-term stewardship Rick Moren said, “This inspection gives us an opportunity to conduct radiological surveys, make any repairs to the roof and remove any hazardous substances.” He added, “During the inspection, workers found the reactor to be in good shape and almost identical to the last time it was inspected.”

Hanford was a plutonium production complex with nine nuclear reactors and associated processing facilities that which played a pivotal role in US defence for more than 40 years. The site is now undergoing environmental cleanup managed by the DOE.

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「石棺」密閉が2年遅延 チェルノブイリ原発 via 47 News

【モスクワ共同】ウクライナ北部のチェルノブイリ原発で旧ソ連時代の 1986年に大量の放射性物質拡散を伴う爆発事故が起きた4号機を覆う「石棺」を巨大なシェルターで密閉する作業の完了が、予定されていた来年10月から 2017年11月へと大幅に遅れる見通しになった。多額の資金不足が主な理由。



全文は「石棺」密閉が2年遅延 チェルノブイリ原発

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原発:賠償金拠出法案を閣議決定 メーカー免責を後押しvia 毎日新聞




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開沼博の分析に欠けるものー福島県知事選挙をめぐって3 via レーバーネット











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Japan PM’s new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill via Reuters

(Reuters) – Japan’s new trade minister on Thursday called his support group’s spending at a racy bar “inappropriate,” but declined to sell shares in Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant his ministry supervises.

The revelations about the trade minister come as a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations this week over separate funding scandals.
Abe’s administration has been pushing to restart nuclear plants more than three years after the devastating Fukushima disaster. As the head of the powerful trade and industry ministry, Miyazawa will be in charge of key decisions on energy policy and the reopening of idled reactors across Japan.

Miyazawa, 64, said he learned from news reports of the 18,230 yen ($170) that the support group spent at the sadomasochism-themed bar in his political district of Hiroshima.
Miyazawa also admitted on Thursday to owning shares in the de facto nationalized Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima plant that the trade ministry oversees.

While it is not illegal for him to hold such shares, it is customary in Japan for politicians to divest them when assuming a cabinet post.

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Wind Energy Could Generate Nearly 20 Percent of World’s Electricity by 2030 via EcoWatch (Reader Supported News)

ind power has a pivotal role to play in the world’s energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in energy efficiency and solar power gain momentum.

Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council have just released a two-yearly status report on wind energy and its prospects up to 2050.

In as little as five years’ time wind power could prevent more than a billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being emitted each year by dirty energy. That’s equivalent to Germany’s and Italy’s emissions combined, or Africa’s total CO2 emissions, or those of Japan, or two-thirds of what India pumps out.

Ten years after that, wind power could be supplying up to 19 percent of the world’s electricity and avoiding more than three billion tons of CO2 a year. By 2050, 25-30 percent of global power could come from harnessing the wind.

The wind industry has grown at around 26 percent per year over the past 18 years. Europe and China have been solid wind markets for over a decade.

Now the U.S. is on the way to gaining a 20 percent share of the world market. In the coming five years, the rapidly developing economies of Brazil, South Africa and India are likely to be among the next to reap the benefits of wind power.
(By the way, forget the claim by sceptics that more energy is used in manufacturing wind turbines than they supply. A wind turbine ‘pays back’ all of the carbon dioxide emissions from its manufacturing, installation, servicing and decommissioning in its first three to nine months of operation. That means pollution-free power for the rest of its 20-year design lifetime).

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Dr. Caldicott Tells of Fukushima’s Lethal Toll and Meeting Ronald Reagan via EcoWatch


“Nuclear Power Plants are cancer factories and bomb factories … because any country that has a nuclear reactor makes 500 pounds of plutonium a year and you need 10 pounds to make an atomic bomb … so the nuclear power industry in this country in its wisdom and in Japan, Canada and elsewhere is selling nuclear reactors as fast as it can … and they will have enough plutonium to make enough atomic bombs for the next half a million years … cause that’s how long the plutonium lasts …,” said Dr. Caldicott.

Then she shared one of modern American history’s most critical episodes. In the early 1980s, during the global campaign for a nuclear freeze, Helen met Patty Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Davis figured that Dr. Caldicott might be one of the few people who might reach her father about the dangers of nuclear war.

So she brought Helen to the White House. Dr. Caldicott quickly sized up the President and determined to treat him “like a patient.” He was already showing early signs of the Alzheimer’s disease that would eventually claim him … and much of his second term in office.

For more than an hour Dr. Caldicott talked with the world’s most powerful about what atomic war might do to the human race. It was, she said, a uniquely long meeting with our oldest president.

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