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甲状腺癌被害の韓国原発地域住民248人が2次共同訴訟 via the Hankyoreh

反核釜山市民対策委員会など反核8団体は「釜山古里(コリ)原発、慶尚北道月城(ウォルソン)原発、慶尚北道蔚珍(ウルチン)原発、全羅南道霊光(ヨン グァン)原発など稼動中の原発4カ所の半径10キロメートル以内で5年以上暮らしたり暮らしていた甲状腺癌発病住民248人で構成された2次共同訴訟原告 人団が先月25日、原子力発電所を運営する公企業である韓国水力原子力(韓水原)を相手に釜山地方裁判所東部支所に損害賠償請求の訴状を出した」と3日明 らかにした。

 これに先立って昨年12月16日、原子力発電所近隣の甲状腺癌発病住民300人とその家族1335人で構成された1次共同訴訟原告人団は、韓水原を相手に裁判所に損害賠償請求訴訟を提起した。

 2次共同訴訟には蔚珍原発94人、霊光原発63人、古里原発54人、月城原発37人など、248人の原告が参加した。 また、甲状腺癌の発病で精神的・経済的被害を被った原告の家族957人は韓水原に慰謝料を請求した。 2次訴訟に参加する原告の損害賠償訴訟請求金額は一人当たり1500万ウォン(約160万円)だ。原告の配偶者は300万ウォン、両親・子供は100万 ウォンの慰謝料を請求した。

 反核団体は議論を経て共同訴訟3次原告を追加で募集する予定だ。

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キム・ヨンドン記者 (お問い合わせ japan@hani.co.kr )

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韓国語原文はhttp://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/area/680683.html 訳J.S(762字)

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Radiation safety breaches up 50% in one year at Scotland’s nuclear bomb bases via Herald Scotland

Fresh alarms over nuclear dangers on the Clyde have been sounded after the Ministry of Defence revealed that the number of radiation safety incidents had leapt by more than 50 per cent in a year.

There were 105 “nuclear safety events” officially recorded at the Faslane and Coulport submarine and bomb bases in 2013-14, compared to 68 in 2012-13. That’s by far the highest for at least the last six years.

Most of the incidents last year – 99 – involved the reactors that power Trident and other Royal Navy submarines. The remaining six involved nuclear weapons, which are carried by Trident submarines and stored at Coulport.

The MoD has not given details of all the incidents, but it stresses that they were minor and did not endanger the health of workers or the public. Forty-five of the events in 2013-14 were categorised as level C, meaning there was “moderate potential for future release or exposure, or localised release within a designated radiological controlled area”.

The other 60 incidents were classified as level D. This is defined by the MoD as “low potential for release – but may contribute towards an adverse trend producing latent conditions”.

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The MoD, however, argued that it was “entirely misleading” to focus only on the number of incidents. “They include very minor issues such as the failure to fill out the correct form before painting works began,” said an MoD spokeswoman.

“This rigorous system shows how seriously MoD takes all aspects of nuclear safety, ensuring lessons are learned, and we can be clear that none of the events in the reports posed any risk to the health of our personnel, or to any members of the public.”

One of the recorded events was the incorrect labelling of an empty pallet. Minor events were reported and investigated so that performance could be continuously improved.

“This comprehensive, independent recording process allows Clyde to maintain a robust reporting culture, undertake learning from experience and to take early corrective action,” the UK Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, told MPs.

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強制排除を前に緊迫 経産省前・脱原発テント via Blogos

東京地裁は先月26日、経産省前の脱原発テントに明け渡しを命じる判決を言い渡した。判決には仮執行が付いていることから国はいつでもテントを強制排除できる。

緊急事態を受け、テント前できょう記者会見が開かれた。

「いつ(強制執行に)来てもおかしくない、緊迫している」。被告(テント代表)側代理人弁護士の大口昭彦氏が冒頭から危機感を示した。

明日未明に、執行官が夥しい数の制服警察官と作業員を連れてテントを強制排除に来ても不思議はないのだ。

(略)

「自主撤去はあるのか?」という記者団の質問に渕上氏は次のように答えた―

「テントはどういう力によって支えられてきたのか? (テントを維持してきた)1271日を相当深刻に考えていきたい。原発廃止を願う全世界の声がそこにある」。簡単には明け渡せないという意思表示でもある。

事故の原因究明も果たせず、東電は補償を満足にしていない。それでも国は原発を再稼働させる。これこそ不法ではないだろうか。

「原発事故がなかったらこのテントが建っていることはなかった」。裁判でも貫かれた渕上氏の一貫した主張だ。

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Justice Department Surpasses $2 Billion in Awards Under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act via Imperial Valley News

Washington, DC – The Justice Department announced today that it has awarded more than $2 billion in compassionate compensation to eligible claimants under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).

The RECA was enacted in 1990 as a non-adversarial alternative to litigation for individuals who contracted certain illnesses following exposure to radiation as a result of the United States’ atmospheric nuclear testing program and uranium ore processing operations during the Cold War. Congress expanded the scope of the law’s coverage in 2000. In its present form, the RECA provides lump sum compensation awards to individuals who contracted specified diseases in three defined populations: uranium miners, millers and ore transporters who are eligible for $100,000 per claim; participants in atmospheric nuclear weapons tests who are eligible for $75,000 per claim; and individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site (downwinders) who are eligible for $50,000 per claim.

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Compensation has been awarded to individuals residing in every state. Since 1990, nearly 43,000 claims have been filed and 32,000 claims have been approved. Residents of the Four Corners Region of the American southwest have filed the majority of RECA claims. The department has awarded more than 9,400 claims filed by residents of Arizona, valued at more than $500 million. Approximately 3,800 claims filed by residents of New Mexico have been awarded, valued at nearly $350 million, and approximately 5,800 claims filed by Utah residents have been awarded, valued at approximately $330 million. Colorado residents have received awards in more than 3,200 claims, valued at more than $213 million.

Awards to Native American claimants total approximately $264 million distributed among members of 17 different tribes. The department has awarded more than 2,800 claims filed by members of the Navajo Nation, valued at more than $212 million. In addition, the department has awarded more than $24 million to members of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe and more than $9 million to members of the Apache Tribes.

Since 1990, the department has awarded more than 3,600 claims filed by veterans, civil servants and contractors who participated onsite in atmospheric nuclear tests, valued in excess of $266 million. Nearly $100 million of this compensation was awarded following a surge in claims filed in 2011 and 2012.

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The RECA will expire on July 9, 2022, and claims received after that date will be barred. Individuals interested in filing a claim may visit the department’s RECA website or contact the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program at 800-729-7327.

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Conference to dismantle case for nuclear via Molly Scott Cato

A special conference hosted by Green MEPs will this week seek to dismantle the case for Hinkley C nuclear power station and bring an end to the argument that nuclear is ever part of a sustainable energy future. The London conference will take place to coincide with the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and will reveal the findings of a soon to be released report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP [1]. The report will say:

  • The South West has the potential to generate more than enough of its energy needs through renewables
  • Renewables would provide significant revenue by keeping money circulating in the local economy and through exporting surplus energy to the national grid
  • There is the potential for at least 80,000 new jobs in the renewables sector
  • Rapidly declining costs of renewables together with new energy storage technologies and local smart grids will ensure that renewables are highly competitive with other forms of energy generation and ultimately cheaper than nuclear
  • Inadequate funding mechanisms and a lack of political will are holding back the renewables sector in the South West
  • Large scale divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear power and investing instead in renewables could rapidly create a low carbon resilient future for the South West.

The report will make clear a new economic model is needed which encourages community ownership of energy and divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear. It will call for a mechanism to broker ethical investors with renewable energy initiatives that are seeking funding.

[…]

Notes

If you would like to attend the conference please contact Amanda Williams, Regional Liaison Officer to Molly Scott Cato: 07780 970621 dorwilts@mollymep.org.uk

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福島事故、隣県でも甲状腺検査を 医師団体示唆 via 福井新聞

【ベルリン共同】東京電力福島第1原発事故から4年となるのを前に、核戦争防止国際医師会議(IPPNW、 本部・米マサチューセッツ州)が3日、ドイツの首都ベルリンで記者会見し「子どもの甲状腺検査が福島県に限定されている」と懸念を表明、事故の影響の全体 像把握には隣県での検査も必要との考えを示唆した。

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甲状腺がんと診断が確定した子どもが、これまでに87人に上るとして「予想よりも多い数に驚いている」と述べた。(アレックス・ローゼン医師)

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Radiological Dose Rates to Marine Fish from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: The First Three Years Across the North Pacific via Environmental Science and Technology

Abstract

A more complete record is emerging of radionuclide measurements in fish tissue, sediment, and seawater samples from near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) and across the Pacific Ocean. Our analysis of publicly available data indicates the dose rates to the most impacted fish species near the FDNPP (median 1.1 mGy d–1, 2012–2014 data) have remained above benchmark levels for potential dose effects at least three years longer than was indicated by previous, data-limited evaluations. Dose rates from 134,137Cs were highest in demersal species with sediment-associated food chains and feeding behaviors. In addition to 134,137Cs, the radionuclide 90Sr was estimated to contribute up to approximately one-half of the total 2013 dose rate to fish near the FDNPP. Mesopelagic fish 100–200 km east of the FDNPP, coastal fish in the Aleutian Islands (3300 km), and trans-Pacific migratory species all had increased dose rates as a consequence of the FDNPP accident, but their total dose rates remained dominated by background radionuclides. A hypothetical human consumer of 50 kg of fish, gathered 3 km from the FDNPP in 2013, would have received a total committed effective dose of approximately 0.95 mSv a–1 from combined FDNPP and ambient radionuclides, of which 0.13 mSv a–1 (14%) was solely from the FDNPP radionuclides and below the 1 mSv a–1 benchmark for public exposure.

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Transportation Budget Has $3 Million For Nuclear Ship via Roll Call

Tucked in President Obama’s $94.7 billion Fiscal Year 2016 budget request for the Department of Transportation is $3 million for a ship berthed in Baltimore which has carried neither cargo nor passengers since 1970.

The Maritime Administration is seeking the money for maintenance and “radiological protection” for the nuclear-powered merchant ship Savannah, a National Historic Landmark and an artifact of the Eisenhower Era.

To anyone concerned about fossil fuel pollution, a merchant fleet with no carbon dioxide or sulfur emissions might seem appealing.

The Savannah was launched by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1959 as part of her husband’s Atoms for Peace campaign. It was to be a prototype of clean, efficient, nuclear-powered merchant ships.

In launching Atoms for Peace, President Eisenhower said he wanted to “hasten the day when fear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people” and assure Americans that the billions of dollars they’d spent on nuclear research and development wasn’t for “the sole purpose of using it for world destruction.”

Hopes were high: “Just as the steamboat freed merchant shipping from dependence on wind and tide, so nuclear power can free merchant ships from dependence on the availability of fuel at remote ports of call,” wrote the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in a bullish report in 1964.

That report also makes interesting reading today as pro-merchant shipping members of Congress worry about the future of the U.S. fleet and argue for the Jones Act and other federal support to keep it afloat.

[…]

The Savannah was taken out of service in 1970 and its reactor core was defueled in 1971, but the reactor components remain low-level radioactive waste and must be removed and disposed of by 2031.

If you’re interested in some nuclear tourism, the Maritime Administration holds one public open house each year on the Savannah. This year it’s on May 17.

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福島第一汚染水漏れ 情報開示できず官房長官おわびvia 東京新聞

菅義偉(すがよしひで)官房長官は二日午前の衆院予算委員会で、東京電力福島第一原発の排水溝から高濃度汚染水が外洋に漏出している問題について「情報開示ができなかったことは心からおわび申し上げたい」と述べた。
 宮沢洋一経済産業相も「漁業者ら地元関係者との信頼関係は大事で、今回の事態は大変遺憾だ」と強調。問題の排水溝が外洋に直接つながっていることを把握しながら東電の対策待ちだったことについて「経産省としてのこれまでの対応は必ずしも十分でなく、反省している」と述べた。
[….]

 一方、菅氏は「(港湾外の海水の)濃度は国際基準に照らして問題なく、汚染水の影響は完全にコントロールされているという安倍晋三首相と現時点で同じ考えだ」と指摘した。

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福島へ介護就職 伸びず…厚労省の奨学金事業via 読売新聞

 東京電力福島第一原発事故の影響のため、介護職員不足が深刻な本県で、介護施設に県外から就職する人が無利子で最大45万円を国から借りられる奨学金事業の利用が低迷している。国や県は今年度80人の利用を見込んでいたが、2日までの申し込みは20人にとどまっている。放射線への不安などから、県内での就職を敬遠する人がいるためとみられる。

 同事業は厚生労働省が今年度から始めた。原発事故や津波被害の影響が大きい沿岸部など14市町村の福祉施設に就職が決まった県外出身者が対象で、年齢制限はない。借りられる資金は、福島まで通う交通費や福島で暮らすための生活用品購入などにあてられる「就職準備金」が30万円、講習会などへ参加するための「研修受講料」が最大15万円。

県によると、今年度、同省から交付を受けた補助金約1億9000万円のうち、貸し付け実績は約620万円にとどまる。貸し付けの窓口となっている県社会福祉協議会の担当者は「県外の人ほど原発事故の影響を気にして、福島で働くことへの不安が強いのでは」と指摘する。[…]

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