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福島知事選:前副知事の内堀氏当選 与野党4党相乗り via 毎日新聞

任期満了に伴う福島県知事選は26日投開票され、現職の事実上の後継で前副知事の内堀雅雄氏(50)=無所属=が、前岩手県宮古市長の熊坂義裕氏 (62)=同=ら5人を破って初当選した。東日本大震災と東京電力福島第1原発事故後、初めての知事選だったが、自民、民主、公明、社民の各党が内堀氏を 相乗り支援したため、選挙戦は低調で、投票率は過去2番目に低い45.85%(2010年42.42%)にとどまった。

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内堀氏は「県民党」を掲げて政党からの推薦は受けず、党首級の応援演説もなかった。だが、各党や業界団体が組織選挙を展開。これまでの県政の継承を掲げつつ、原発の廃炉作業を担うロボットを核に据えた産業政策を新たに打ち出すなど、県内全域で支持を広げた。

過去最多の新人6人による知事選となったが、復興政策では大差がなく、原発問題では6人とも福島第2原発も含めた県内全基廃炉を主張した。共産党 や新党改革が支援する熊坂氏は、内堀氏が言及を避けた県外の原発再稼働について反対を強調。前双葉町長の井戸川克隆氏(68)=無所属=は原発事故に伴う 避難指示・解除の基準見直しを訴えた。ともに内堀氏の批判票の取り込みを狙ったが、及ばなかった。【岡田英、小林洋子】

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Ministry withholds minutes from nuclear accident compensation resolution meetings via Mainichi

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is withholding minutes from meetings held by the top decision-making panel of the Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Resolution Center, which is the government-backed body handling alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Moreover, the ministry has also refused to disclose all of the names of the mediating attorneys who are working out settlement proposals on behalf of the panel.

It earlier came to light that the ADR had compiled an internal document stating that the causal relationship between the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the deaths of those who evacuated from areas hit by the disaster should be set at a uniform 50 percent when calculating the amount of compensation to be paid to bereaved families.

Experts in government information disclosure have pointed out that the ministry’s refusal to disclose the details of the meetings is an extremely abnormal response.

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In response, the ministry admitted that the minutes of the panel’s sessions are preserved at the center, but refused to disclose the documents. Consequently, it is not possible to verify what the three panel members said during the meetings, the themes of the sessions, the dates and places of the gatherings, or whether the meetings were actually held.

With regard to the reasons for withholding the minutes, the ministry explained that disclosure of the information would hinder the frank exchange of opinions among the panel members, compromise the panel’s neutrality in making decisions, cause confusion among the public, and adversely affect the panel’s execution of its duties.

The Mainichi Shimbun also asked the ministry to disclose the identities of mediating attorneys in an effort to see if they have a vital interest in Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Citing the need to protect the mediators’ personal information, however, the ministry released the list of the mediators with their names and personal history blacked out.

While the Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Resolution Center discloses the names of 202 mediators in its reports on specific cases that have been settled, information regarding the 80 others remains withheld.

There are six government-backed organizations that handle ADR across the country, including the Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Resolution Center. The five other organizations have disclosed the identities of all their mediators on their respective websites. Two of the five bodies have also disclosed minutes from meetings of their top decision-making panels on their websites, while the three others responded that they will consider disclosing such information if requested under the freedom of information system.

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原発ADR:議事「不開示」…担当弁護士を黒塗り via 毎日新聞

東京電力福島第1原発事故の賠償問題を裁判外で解決する手続き(原発ADR) を担当する「原子力損害賠償紛争解決センター」を巡り、所管する文部科学省がセンター最上位の組織「総括委員会」の議事録を公開していないことが、毎日新 聞の情報公開請求で分かった。和解案を作成する仲介委員(弁護士)の一部についても氏名を明かさず、他の同種の公的機関と比べ閉鎖性が際立つ。情報公開制 度の専門家は「極めて特殊な対応」と批判している。【高島博之、戸上文恵】

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総括委は大谷禎男委員長(元裁判官)、鈴木五十三(いそみ)委員(弁護士)、山本和彦委員(一橋大教授)の3人で構成。賠償額の目安などを定める 重要な「総括基準」を決めており、これまで基準の決定日と決定内容だけしか公開していないため、毎日新聞は決定の作成過程を検証するため、文科省に情報公 開請求した。

文科省は議事録の存在を認めた上で、一切の公開を認めない「不開示」とした。一部を黒塗りにして開示する「部分開示」ではないため、3人の発言内 容だけでなく、実際に委員会は開催されたのか▽開催されたのならその日時と場所▽出席者▽議題−−など、すべて検証できない。不開示理由について、文科省 は(1)率直な意見交換や意思決定の中立性が不当に損なわれる(2)国民に混乱を生じさせる(3)手続きの適正な遂行に支障が及ぶ−−などを挙げた。

センターは和解案を作成する仲介委員282人(退任者を含む)の氏名についても全面開示をしていない。毎日新聞が東電との利害関係の有無を調べる ため、氏名の公開を求め情報公開請求したところ、文科省は「個人情報」を理由に、名前や経歴などをすべて黒塗りにした文書を開示した。一方、センターの対 応は一貫性を欠いており、ホームページで和解事例を紹介する中で202人の仲介委員名を付記している。それでも残る80人の氏名は分からないままだ。

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US opposes post-Fukushima nuclear safety proposal via RT

Reuters and Bloomberg News both reported this week that Swiss officials are seeking addendums to the 77-nation Convention on Nuclear Safety, or CNS, so that countries around the globe are compelled to upgrade energy facilities in hopes of preventing fallout like the one spawned by the Fukushima meltdown more than three years ago.

But while Reuters says the Swiss-led initiative is tentatively being backed by other European countries, the newswire alleges that energy officials in the US, Russia and Canada are all opposed to the measure, which would likely increase industry costs.

Although details of the proposed pact have not been made public, Bloomberg reported that it would involve rewriting “international standards to ensure nuclear operators not only prevent accidents but mitigate consequences if they occur, by installing costly new structures built to survive natural disasters.” In a report published on Thursday this week by Reuters, the newswire said that the proposed changes would not only apply up-to-date safety standards for new reactors, but also carry out back-fitting measures on sites that are already in operation.

According to this week’s reports, however, some of the world’s top energy powers are opposed because, as Reuters’ Fredrick Dahl wrote, any changes to the CNS could take years to be installed if, of course, they are ratified by the dozens of nations involved.
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But experts have previously said American facilities, in particular, are in need of upgrades, with a July 2014 report published by the National Academy of Science that said the US “should access their preparedness for severe nuclear accidents associated with offsite-scale disasters.” Additionally, the authors of that study wrote that America’s current approach to nuclear safety is “clearly inadequate for preventing core-melt accidents and mitigating their consequences,” yet newly-initiated upgrades in the US are being conducted on a scale hardly comparable to what’s occurring overseas: according to Bloomberg, Electricite de France SA is spending around $13 billion on implementing safety measures on its 59 reactors, whereas American utilities will spend only $3 billion on portable generators and cooling reserves for roughly 100 reactors.

Nevertheless, officials in Berne remain optimistic that the countries currently opposed to the proposed changes will come to an agreement that makes facilities around the world more secure.

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Utility scandal may impact nuke settlement via U-T San Diego

A San Diego-based consumer coalition wants placed on hold a multibillion-dollar settlement proposal for nuclear plant costs at San Onofre, in response to revelations of cozy relations between a utility and two state utility commissioners in a separate case.

The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre on Friday requested a stay until further inquiries are completed into a judge-swapping scandal at the California Public Utilities Commission involving Pacific Gas & Electric executives.

PG&E sought to have a particular judge assigned to a proceeding on natural gas and transmission rates in email exchanges with Commission President Michael Peevey and Commissioner Mike Florio and their staffs, according to records released by the company. The utilities commission also has been under fire for its handling of the deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in Northern California at San Bruno, where city officials released emails as evidence that Peevey and Florio coddled PG&E in the aftermath of the disaster.

Peevey and Florio, meanwhile, have directly overseen two years of deliberations on the shutdown of San Onofre and who should pay for an estimated $4.6 billion in leftover cost and unrecovered investments — utility customers or corporate stockholders.

Peevey was questioned at a hearing in May about his role, if any, in reaching a settlement agreement on San Onofre, and whether he had any meetings with nuclear plant operator Southern California Edison. Peevey swore and angrily refused to answer.

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再稼働見通しなく…防災訓練 (北海道) via 日テレNews

泊原発の再稼働が見通せない中、住民は複雑な思いを抱えての訓練となりました。大地震で泊原発3号機の電源が失われたという想定で、1万人以上が参加した防災訓練が行われました。
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自衛隊が避難車両を除染する訓練も今回初めて実施されました。今回は過去最高の1万1000人が訓練に参加し、このうち原発付近の住民らおよそ1100人が、30キロ圏外にバスや乗用車などで避難しました。
(訓練に参加した人)「実際に起きたときに、うまくいくのかどうか不安」「住民の意識は薄いですよ。出席者も少ないし」
泊原発の再稼働のめどが立たない中での訓練に、住民らは複雑な思いをのぞかせていました。

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きょうの潮流viaしんぶん赤旗

 核のゴミをめぐって各地で激しい反発が起きています。国は原発から出る放射性廃棄物の最終処分場建設を進めますが、候補地にあげられた住民はたまりません▼宮城の加美町では町長や住民が環境省の地盤調査を阻止。集会や署名をはじめ、他の候補地でも反対運動がひろがっています。自分たちの健康や命、周りの自然が半永久的に脅かされるのですから、立ち上がるのは必然です
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「平和利用」の名で始まった核の時代が、いま転換期にあることは間違いないでしょう▼その核の時代を生きた一科学者の足跡が東工大内の展示でたどれます。米国のビキニ水爆実験で被ばくした第五福竜丸。その調査のため、放射線量の測定器を片手に帰港した焼津に駆けつけた西脇安(やすし)博士です▼汚染の深刻さを知った博士はすぐに米原子力委員長に手紙を出し、状況を伝えて処置方法を尋ねました。しかし返答はなく、「死の灰」を独自に分析。その後、欧州を回り核爆弾の恐ろしさを訴えるなど、彼の行動は国内外の反核運動の高まりをつくりました▼亡くなる直前に福島の事故を目にした博士は「放射線防護と原発事故への備えを言い続けたのに…」とつぶやいたそうです。

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東日本大震災:福島第1原発事故 最終処分場候補地、2日目も調査入れず−−宮城・加美 via 毎日新聞

環境省は25日、東京電力福島第1原発事故で生じた指定廃棄物の最終処分場建設へ向け宮城県内の候補地3カ所で予定していたボーリング調査開始を前日に続いて断念した。候補地の一つ、加美町(かみまち)の住民がこの日も朝から横断幕を広げて道をふさぐなどの建設阻止行動を続け、2日連続で候補地に近づけなかった。同省は、26日は調査を行わないが、27日以降は未定としている。

 同省職員らは25日午前、午後の2回、候補地を訪れて交渉したが、住民側は「何回来たってダメだ」などと拒否した。職員らの引き揚げ後に現場に到着した猪股洋文町長も「誰も納得していない中で、町民が一丸となって阻止行動を取るのは当然。何度来ても調査を許さない」と話した。

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川内原発の再稼働を止めるために2つの緊急アクションを via レイバーネット

東京の杉原浩司(福島原発事故緊急会議/緑の党 脱原発・社会運動担当)です。 [転送・転載歓迎/重複失礼] 川内原発の再稼働を止めるために、2つの緊急アクションの呼びかけです。 1つ目は、東電株主で明らかに利益相反である宮沢経産相の即時退場を求 めることです。宮沢氏は、10月28日に強行されようとしている薩摩川内市 議会による再稼働賛成の表明を受ける形で、11月初め(1日~3日で調整と の報道あり)にも鹿児島県入りを強行すると見られます。これは鹿児島県 議会での再稼働容認に道をつける企てです。こうした茶番劇を許すわけに はいきません。宮沢経産相に対して、即刻辞任を求める声をこの週末から 大至急届けてください。メディアへの投書も有効です。一つひとつの声が 状況を動かします。 【宮沢洋一経産相】 (FAX) 03-6551-0820 (TEL) 03-6550-0820 (月曜以降に) (地元TEL) 082-511-5541 (ご意見フォーム) https://www.miyazawa-yoichi.com/contact.html 「東電株主で利益相反のあなたに経産大臣の資格なし。即刻辞任してください」

<ツイッター拡散用> 【緊急拡散お願い】宮沢経産相に「辞任を」の声を届けよう!→ 宮沢洋一 (FAX)03-6551-0820(TEL)03-6550-0820(地元TEL)082 - 511-5541 「東電株主で利益相反のあなたに経産大臣の資格なし。 即刻辞任を」※11月初めの鹿児島入りの目論見にNO! 2つ目は、28日(火)に再稼働賛成を表明しようとしている薩摩川内市議 会、議員に対して、再稼働に賛成しないよう、メッセージを届けてください。 郵送は間に合わないので、議員には思い切って電話で思いを伝えまし ょう。【ただし、落ち着いて、ていねいな説得、激励を心がけてください。】

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Neighbors still have questions about buried radioactive waste via WIVB.com

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – How dangerous is radioactive waste buried behind families’ homes at an old Town of Tonawanda landfill? Neighbors raised more questions after a News 4 Investigates report three months ago. We stayed on the story and dug through decades of records to find out how the waste got there and how serious the health threat really is.

BACKGROUND INFO | Watch or read News 4’s first report

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Sickness starts

The picture-perfect neighborhood turned upside down in the 70’s. “The lady next door got sick and passed away first, and then the lady around the corner was sick towards the end of the first lady,” he said. Then, she died, “….And then my mother got it.”

Cancer cases had then 20 year-old panicking. “You just start hearing as time went by more and more people in the old neighborhood [being sick].”

Across town environmental activist Phil Sweet saw the same thing. “They died off at an early, early age. They should be here today,” he said.

Sweet’s wife lost several of her friends. “You have to understand there’s so many people that are involved in this that have got to be hurting over this— that have lost their loved ones over this.”

The history

Feds first found radioactive waste in 1990. So how did it get here? We obtained records through state freedom of information law.

State scientists wrote in 2007, “…This radioactive waste originated on the Linde site from the operations of the Manhattan Engineering District (MED).”

The leftovers of the first atomic bomb are buried in the Tonawanda landfill.

News 4 investigates also obtained a 1981 state report. It digs into what happened at Llinde during World War II. Authors wrote, “The army’s ‘Manhattan Project’ disposed of 37 million gallons of radioactive waste in underground wells…” between 1944 and 1946 in the Town of Tonawanda.

Gallagher read the report, too. “They pumped it into old wells that were under the plant, and that way it would disperse in the acquifer and it’d be untraceable.”

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Jack Gallagher and his family moved in 2002. “This isn’t something that every single house had these problems. It might be one out of three. It might be three in a row, but the more you talk to people that grew up around here, the more you hear these stories, and it’s like holy moley, this is another one.”

For some, it’s another painful reminder of western New York paying the price for an industrial past.

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