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原発事故当時4歳児の甲状腺がん報告されず 家族会が要望書 via NHK News Web

原発事故当時4歳の子どもが、福島県が行っている甲状腺検査のあと、がんと診断されたのに専門家の委員会に報告されていなかった問題で、患者や家族などでつくる団体が「検査の信頼を大きく損ねかねない」として、同様のケースの公表を求める要望書を県などに提出したことがわかりました。

この問題は、原発事故当時18歳以下だった子ども38万人を対象に福島県が行っている甲状腺検査のあとで、これまでの最年少となる当時4歳の子どもが福島県立医科大学でがんと診断されたのに、健康への影響を検証する専門家の委員会に報告されていなかったものです。

福島県や県立医科大学は「検査のあとの経過観察の中でがんが判明した場合などは、網羅的な把握が困難で報告していない」と説明しています。

これについて検査でがんと診断された患者や家族などでつくる「311甲状腺がん家族の会」が28日、経過観察の中で判明したがんも公表するよう求める要望書を県などに提出したことがわかりました。

要望書で「家族の会」は「放射線被ばくの影響を評価するには、甲状腺がんの発生状況などの長期の見守りが必要で、患者数を正確に把握する必要がある」と指摘しています。

そのうえで、今回の件について「検査の信頼を大きく損ねかねず大変残念」だとして、経過観察の中でがんが判明した人数を明らかにすることや、同様のケースを今後、必ず公表する仕組みをつくることなどを求めています。

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患者の父親「情報隠さず正確に発表を」

要望書を提出した「家族の会」のメンバーで、福島県の検査で甲状腺がんと診断された当時10代だった娘を持つ父親は「娘は甲状腺がんになってから体調がすぐれず、大学をやめることになり、将来の夢を諦めざるをえなくなった。今も『社会から取り残されている』と落ち込んでいて、引きこもりがちになっている。今回の問題は、『本当はもっと多くの患者がいるのではないか』と思わせるもので、検査の信頼を損ねかねない。

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Contract awarded for Parks Twp. nuclear dump cleanup via Tribelive

Cleanup of the Parks Township nuclear waste dump could begin again in 2019.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $350 million contract to a Tennessee company to clean up the dump site, which contains various kinds of radioactive waste.

The Corps will update residents on the project and water test results on May 24 at Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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The company is expected to begin excavation at the site in July 2019, according to the Corps.

The Corps shut down cleanup of the 44-acre site along Route 66 at Kiskimere Drive in 2011 after unearthing more “special nuclear material” than its contractor or cleanup plans were prepared to handle.

That drove up costs and triggered a yearlong review of the cleanup plan. Additionally, its contractor allegedly mishandled some of the waste, according to the Corps.

Because special nuclear material is potentially suitable for bomb-making, visibly armed federal Homeland Security personnel guarded the site during prior cleanup operations.

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Some local residents will likely be hired for the estimated 10-year cleanup process, Helbling said.

Although he didn’t know how many workers, Helbling said Jacobs would be hiring subcontractors and looking for highly skilled and other workers, as well as local vendors and material suppliers.

“We want opportunities for the remediation to be economically beneficial to the community,” he said.

But the main objective for the long project will continue to be safety, Helbling said.

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<原発からの請求書 読者発編>(下)「託送料」監視なき値上げ via 東京新聞

 連載では、福島第一原発事故の賠償費用などが送電線の使用料「託送料金」に上乗せされることに読者から批判が相次ぎました。送電線の使用料である託送料金を上げることは普通の商取引なら「特定の民間工場が失火で燃えてしまったので、全国の高速道路料金を引き上げて立て直す」というような話。消費者の目にも理不尽な話が強引に進められていると映っているようです。

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昨年四月の「電力自由化」で、発電、送電、小売りは別々のサービスに分けられ、家庭への小売りにさまざまな企業が参入できるようになりました。発電を手掛ける企業も増えています。私たちは太陽光や風力など自然エネルギーに強みを持つ発電会社の電気を、携帯通信会社が母体の小売会社を通して買うこともできるようになりました。

 しかし送電線だけは、何本も同じように整備するのは非効率的ですから、これまで通り大手電力会社が地域独占で運営しています。そして送電線の使用料が託送料と呼ばれる料金です。これを東電が自由に決められるなら、もうけを増やすため高く設定するかもしれません。みんなの公共の財産がそんなふうに使われてはいけないので、東電が算出した数字を、経済産業省がチェックします。こうして決まった料金は一キロワット時当たり八・五七円(消費税込みでは九・二六円)。私たちはどの小売会社と契約していても等しく負担しています。月二百六十キロワット時使う東電モデル世帯では電気料金約六千六百円のうち、託送料は二千四百円と全体の36%も占める計算です。

 今回、この料金が上がることになってしまったのです。二〇二〇年度から福島第一原発事故の被災者への賠償費用の一部、二・四兆円が転嫁されます。先のモデル世帯では月一八・二円の上乗せ。沖縄を除く全国で、です。送電線を通るすべての電力に影響するので、自然エネルギー主体の電力会社から買っている人も料金に上乗せされます。

これはまるで全国の高速道路料金を一斉に引き上げて、ある工場の事故の後始末や再建の費用を工面するようなものです。道路は共通インフラなので、輸送される農産品、工業製品などにも広く上乗せされ、全国全ての消費者や企業が負担させられてしまいます。

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Fukushima to Host Baseball in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, But Is It Safe? via Fansided

Six years ago an earthquake hit off the coast of Japan. It caused a tsunami to hit Japan’s northeast coast, killing over 18,000 people and sending three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant into meltdown.

Fukushima was the worst nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl in 1986, although this one seems to be even worse, sending radiation into the Pacific Ocean.

However, that is not exactly the story here today, but the effects of the leaked radiation are certainly part of it.

It was announced earlier this year, but not widely reported, that baseball and softball tournaments during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held at Azuma Stadium in Fukushima.

The stadium is a mere 70 kilometers from the site of the nuclear meltdown

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The Tokyo organizing committee believes that holding the events at the Azuma Stadium will help support recovery efforts for the communities affected by the disaster, according to Bloomberg.com.

“By hosting Olympic baseball and softball events, Fukushima will have a great platform to show the world the extent of its recovery in the 10 years since the disaster,” Tokyo 2020 president and former prime minister Yoshiro Mori said in the statement.

Yet, if the cleanup of the mess is supposed to take multiple decades, how can anyone know if it is safe to have Olympic caliber athletes or even spectators in the area?

The president of the World Baseball Softball Federation, Riccardo Fraccari, said that the decision to hold the games in Fukushima Azuma Stadium showed “the power of sport to shape a better world.”

However, baseball will not be cleaning up the nuclear mess, so how is it helping “shape a better world?” In a way, it could be shaping a more dangerous one.

There are still high levels of radiation in the groundwater and soil that affects the local produce, and that is just one example of what is happening in Japan.

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How can we send our athletes and citizens there if even scientists can’t figure out how safe the area is? It just doesn’t seem right, especially according to the latest reports from Tepco.

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原発災害時の初動探る 県内自治体、福島で研究会 via 新潟日報

 県内全30市町村でつくる「原子力安全対策に関する研究会」は27日、東京電力福島第1原発が立地する福島県を視察した。同県の避難計画などについて学びながら、原子力災害時の初動対応や、本県の避難計画の実効性を高めるための課題を探った。

東電柏崎刈羽原発の重大事故に備え、原子力安全対策の充実につなげるのが目的。14市町村の実務担当者ら25人が参加した。

福島県庁では、同県原子力安全対策課が避難計画の概要を説明。東日本大震災の発生当時は地震や津波の対応に追われ、原発事故への対応が十分でなかったとして、複合災害に備える必要性を強調した。

研究会メンバーは甲状腺被ばくを防ぐ安定ヨウ素剤の配備状況や汚染検査(スクリーニング)場所の選定などについて質問した。福島県の担当者は「ヨウ素剤は30キロ圏の市町村に県が配備し、スクリーニング地点は30キロ圏の外側に77カ所選定した」と答えた。

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28日は福島県楢葉町の原発廃炉に向けた研究施設「楢葉遠隔技術開発センター」を視察する。

全文は原発災害時の初動探る 県内自治体、福島で研究会

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Reconstruction minister axed via The Japan Times

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Imamura, a 70-year-old veteran Lower House member of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, came under sharp criticism early this month for stating that people in Fukushima who had voluntarily evacuated from their homes around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant following the three reactor meltdowns at the plant should bear “self-responsibility for their decision” to stay away. He made the remark in response to questions in a news conference about the cutoff of public housing aid for those evacuees at the end of March and the government’s responsibility for their plight.

On Tuesday — with the repercussions from his earlier remark still in the air — Imamura said at an evening party of his LDP faction that it was “rather good” that the 2011 tsunami-quake disaster hit the Tohoku region and “not somewhere near the Tokyo area,” because it would have caused an “enormous amount of (financial) damage” to the country.

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A more serious question is whether Imamura’s words — coming from the minister in charge of reconstruction from the 2011 disasters — represented the Abe administration’s position toward the job of rebuilding the areas devastated by the tsunami and nuclear crisis. Right after returning to the government’s helm, Abe told the Diet in 2013 that “there will be no revival of Japan without the reconstruction of Fukushima and Tohoku.” In his address for the six-year anniversary of the 2011 disasters last month, Abe said the reconstruction is making steady progress and is “entering a new stage” with the lifting of evacuation orders to major parts of the former no-go zones around the Tepco plant. However, the presence of more than 120,000 people displaced from their homes, including nearly 80,000 Fukushima residents, signals that the reconstruction of people’s lives shattered by the disaster clearly remains a work in progress.

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Watchdog blasts Joyo reactor restart plan as ‘unacceptable’ via Asahi Shimbun

The nation’s nuclear watchdog has slammed the operator of the Joyo experimental fast reactor in Ibaraki Prefecture for its approach to safety concerns in seeking an early restart.

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, on April 26 labeled the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s proposal to bring the reactor back online as “absolutely unacceptable.”

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On April 25, JAEA officials explained that it would be able to restart the reactor faster by limiting the thermal output because that approach would save it time and effort in providing the necessary explanations to municipal authorities.

If the reactor operates with an output of 100,000 kilowatts, only local governments within a 5-kilometer radius of the reactor are required to produce evacuation plans.

However, when operating with an output of 140,000 kilowatts, local entities within a 30-km radius of the reactor are required to come up with evacuation plans.

Using a motorcycle analogy, Tanaka said the JAEA’s plan is tantamount to saying that the operator needs a “license for a 50cc bike as long as it drives a 750cc motorcycle at a speed of 30 kph or under.”

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みんなで傍聴 5月の原発裁判 via 週間金曜日

5月9日(火)14:00
京都地裁101号法廷 大飯原発差止訴訟 第15回口頭弁論期日 弁論の更新手続き(裁判官交代の場合、従前の口頭弁論の結果を報告)に伴う意見陳述予定。14時~模擬法廷(弁護士会館3階大会議室)、16時~報告集会(京都弁護士会館地下大ホール)。

5月10日(水)13:30
福岡地裁 川内原発設置変更許可取消請求訴訟(行訴) 第4回口頭弁論期日 被告国、参加人九州電力より適合性審査申請内容など主張予定。13時~裁判所前で集会。終了後記者会見・報告集会予定(海渡雄一弁護士ほか、福岡市立中央市民センター2階第二会議室)。

5月11日(木)14:30
大分地裁 伊方原発運転差止請求訴訟 第4回口頭弁論期日 原告意見陳述(小手川美咲さん)、弁論の更新手続きに伴う意見陳述(岡村正淳弁護士)予定。。終了後、仮処分の審尋期日(非公開)。終了後、記者会見・報告集会(大分県弁護士会館4階会議室)。

5月17日(水)11:00
名古屋地裁 高浜原発1・2号機運転期間延長認可等取消訴訟 第4回口頭弁論期日 火山の問題等。下記の美浜原発期日終了後記者会見・報告集会予定(愛知県弁護士会館5階ホール)。

5月17日(水)13:30
名古屋地裁 美浜原発3号機運転期間延長認可等取消訴訟 第2回口頭弁論期日 原告意見陳述等、終了後記者会見・報告集会予定(同上)。

5月18日(木)15:00
新潟地裁 柏崎刈羽原発運転差止訴訟 第19回口頭弁論期日 原告より免震重要棟の耐震不足問題、不十分な避難計画について主張 終了後記者会見・報告集会予定(新潟県弁護士会館)。

5月24日(水)15:00
鹿児島地裁 原発なくそう!九州川内訴訟(川内原発操業差止請求訴訟)第18回口頭弁論期日 弁論更新。終了後報告会・記者会見(かごしま県民交流センター東棟3階大研修室第2)。

5月24日(水)14:30
福島地裁 子ども脱被ばく裁判(安全な場所で教育を受ける権利の確認等請求事件)第10回口頭弁論期日 13:30~地裁前集会、14:00傍聴券配布、14:15入廷、原告側の(1)学校再開問題、情報隠ぺい問題について追加主張、(2)LNT(しきい値無し直線)モデルをICRP(国際放射線防護委員会)が採用している趣旨についての主張。陳述書に基づく国・福島県の違法行為と原告らの損害との因果関係についての主張、(3)小児甲状腺がん患者隠ぺい問題について。10:30事前勉強会、15:50~17:30記者会見と集会(いずれも福島市民会館)。

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東電・中電火力統合 配当議決権制限で原発事故の負担遮断 via 日本経済新聞

東京電力ホールディングスと中部電力が進める火力発電事業の統合を巡り、東電の福島第1原子力発電所事故のコストが膨らんでも統合会社に影響を及ぼさない仕組みの大枠が固まった。配当に関する東電の議決権に制限をかけるのが柱。東電は火力以外でも業界他社との再編をめざす。今回の合意は原発費用リスクを遮断するための先行モデルになりそうだ。

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Greenpeace Ignores Tibet’s Nuclear Poisoning via Tibet, Activism and Information

The world’s most high profile environmental organization, with a network of international offices and serious resources at its disposal is investing considerable time, effort, thought and finances into developing its Greenpeace-China operations.

With headquarters in Beijing and Hong Kong, it campaigns on a range of environmental issues in China, including industrial, agricultural, water and atmospheric pollution. Yet one area of significant environmental concern in China and occupied territories such as Tibet and East Turkestan, which Greenpeace-China does not campaign upon, is nuclear issues. It would appear that Greenpeace does not recognize the existence the considerable ecological damage caused by nuclear production, and uranium mining and the disposal of radioactive waste within China and the occupied territories of Tibet and East Turkestan.

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Mainland China has 20 nuclear power reactors in operation, 28 under construction, and more are scheduled, which intend to produce a sixfold increase in China’s nuclear capacity. Yet, as Greenpeace’s record testifies it exercises anti-nuclear protests around the world

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Currently a heavy importer of uranium, China is engaged in a determined effort to secure deposits within territory under its control. Significant amounts of the ore have been located in Eastern Tibet in Amdo (so-called Qinghai Province particularly in so-called Gansu Province). The China National Nuclear Corp operates in that region, and in 2008 agreed a new contract for further exploration http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-CNNC_to_develop_uranium_deposits_in_Qinghai-1707085.html

“The laborers have no understanding of health protection or prevention.Those kids sit on the uranium ore to smoke and eat their steamed buns, and at night they even set up their cots inside  and sleep in the uranium caves. I’ve told them that stuff could give people lung cancer, but they don’t understand any of it.”.

(Comments of mine employee working at No. 792 Mine located in Gansu’s so-called Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, one of China’s most important bases for uranium. This area was historically part of Tibet’s Amdo Region)

All forms of uranium mining, and the milling of ore, generate serious environmental hazards to the hydrosphere and atmosphere, waste deposits often dumped into heaps release radioactive dust particulates into the atmosphere and pollute a huge area. Two methods in particular, which are used in China, cause grave concern.’Leaching’ and ‘open pit’ extraction of uranium have resulted in radioactive contamination of soils and rivers. Not that Greenpeace appears troubled, despite these forms of mining posing a grave health-risk. Details of these mining methods, their environmental impacts, and health risks may be viewed on a slideshow here:

http://www.wise-uranium.org/stk.html?src=stkd01e&show=t

The deadly hazards of nuclear pollution is also suffered by First Nations peoples in the USA, which was documented in the film ‘Posion Wind’:

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A UK television documentary ‘Death on The Silk Road’ (Channel Four 1998) secretly filmed inside East Turkestan documented a range of illnesses linked to radiation exposure. Yet Greenpeace keeps a shameful silence, even though it would be aware of the detailed material which continues to document the extent and nature of environmental problems resulting from China’s nuclear industry, both commercial and military.

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