Skip to content

Report: Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal Could Become the World’s Third-Biggest via Reader Supported news/The Washington Post

[…]The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center concludes that Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities because of fear of its archrival, India, also a nuclear power. The report, which will be released Thursday, says Pakistan is far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads.

Analysts estimate that Pakistan has about 120 nuclear warheads, while India has about 100.

In the coming years, the report states, Pakistan’s advantage could grow dramatically because it has a large stockpile of highly enriched uranium that could be used to quickly produce low-yield nuclear devices.

India has far larger stockpiles of plutonium, which is needed to produce high-yield warheads, than Pakistan does. But the report says India appears to be using most of its plutonium to produce domestic energy.

Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within five to 10 years, the report concludes. Pakistan then would probably possess more nuclear weapons than any country except the United States and Russia, which each have thousands of the bombs.

Mansoor Ahmed, a nuclear expert at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, said he suspects that a more accurate assessment of Pakistan’s capability is that it can develop no more than 40 to 50 new warheads over the next several years.

Ahmed, however, doesn’t dispute that Pakistan’s military is seeking to expand its nuclear capabilities.

“This report is overblown,” said Ahmed, who was recently named a nuclear security fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “However . . . what the world must understand is that nuclear weapons are part of Pakistan’s belief system. It’s a culture that has been built up over the years because [nuclear weapons] have provided a credible deterrence against external aggression.”

France has about 300 warheads and the United Kingdom has about 215, according to the Federation of American Scientists. China has approximately 250.


Read more.

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , .

北茨城市で3人の子どもに甲状腺がんの診断、千人に1人の有病率! それでも子どもの健康調査を拒む安倍政権の棄民政策 via LITERA


ところが、25日、福島県に隣接する茨城県北茨城市がひっそりと、しかし、重大なデータを公開した。ホームページの新着情報には、「北茨城市甲状腺超音波検査の実施結果について(2015年8月25日 まちづくり協働課)」とだけ書かれており、目立たないため気づきにくいものだ。しかしそこに書かれた内容は重大なものだった。






実は、福島県の調査が開始される数か月前の11年6月12日、「県民健康調査」関係者ミーティングが開かれた。その議事メモには「小児甲状腺がん 年間発生率:人口10万人あたり約0.2名(本邦欧米とも)」との記載がある。つまり、通常の発生率は50万人に1人なのだ。それが福島では3000人に1人の有病率。発生率と有病率は単純には比較できないとしてもあまりに差がありすぎる。




〈北茨城市では、平成25・26年度の2年間で「甲状腺超音波検査事業」を実施いたしました。(事業費:37,173千円) 対象者は、福島第一原子力発電所の事故当時、0歳から18歳までの市民であり、平成25年度は、そのうち0歳から4歳までのお子さんを対象に検査を実施、 平成26年度は、それ以降のお子さん達の検査を実施いたしました。 今回、その検査結果について、専門家や医師を含む委員で構成された「北茨城市甲状腺超音波検査事業検討協議会」より、 ① 検査は「スクリーニング検査」であり、通常の健康診断と同様、一定の頻度で「要精密検査」、「がん」と診断される方がいらっしゃること ② 平成26年度の精密検査の結果、3名が甲状腺がんと診断されたこと ③ この甲状腺がんの原因については、放射線の影響は考えにくいこと などの報告がありました〉




全文は北茨城市で3人の子どもに甲状腺がんの診断、千人に1人の有病率! それでも子どもの健康調査を拒む安倍政権の棄民政策

Posted in *日本語.

Tagged with , , , , .

Leaked report cites design flaws in plant built to treat nuclear waste via The Washington Post

A nearly completed government facility intended to treat the radioactive byproducts of nuclear weapons production is riddled with design flaws that could put the entire operation at risk of failure, according to a leaked internal report.

A technical review of the treatment plant on the grounds of the former Hanford nuclear site identified hundreds of “design vulnerabilities” and other weaknesses, some serious enough to lead to spills of radioactive material.

The draft report is the latest in a series of blows to the clean-up effort atHanford, the once-secret government reservation in eastern Washington state where much of the nation’s plutonium stockpile originated. Engineers have struggled for years to come up with a safe method for disposing of Hanford’s millions of gallons of high-level radioactive waste, much of which is stored in leaky underground tanks.

Energy Department officials have spent tens of millions of dollars to design and construct the site’s Low-Activity Waste Facility, intended to convert some of Hanford’s radioactive waste into a glasslike product that could be stored underground in the future. Although the plant is regarded as one of Hanford’s most successful projects, the internal report identified serious flaws in its design.


Hanford Challenge Director Tom Carpenter called the report “alarming,” suggesting a “safety-last culture” at the clean-up site.

“This plant is so riddled with design . . . nuclear safety and worker health threats that it is hard to see how this plant could ever open without very significant and expensive rework,” Carpenter said.

He said the document was released by a Hanford engineer who was afraid to go public for fear of losing his job. Carpenter released a statement in which the unidentified engineer said he had grown frustrated over the government’s failure to release the report.


“[The Energy Department] has proven to be incapable of managing a project of this magnitude and importance,” Alvarez said. “The agency has shown a long-standing intolerance for whistleblowers while conducting faith-based management of its contractors regardless of poor performance. This has bred a culture in which no safety misdeed goes unrewarded.”

Read more at Leaked report cites design flaws in plant built to treat nuclear waste

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Judge rejects Boeing’s bid to demolish and dispose of radioactive waste without accountability via eturbo news

SANTA MONICA, CA – Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from the site of a partial nuclear meltdown near Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog said today.

“This is an important step on the way to ensuring that state regulators must consider the demolition and disposal of any radioactively contaminated structures at the Santa Susana Field Lab in their environmental assessment of the cleanup of this site,” said Consumer Watchdog Litigation Director Pam Pressley.

Boeing had claimed that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has no regulatory authority over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures in the nuclear portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) in Simi Hills. The lab had tested small-scale nuclear reactors, rocket engines, and fuels and suffered a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959 that has never been fully cleaned up.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) did not oppose Boeing’s motion, nor did it present any evidence proving Boeing’s claim.


Tucker said that the lawsuit’s outcome could have broader ramifications over whether polluters need DTSC approval to oversee the cleanup of contaminated structures the agency routinely oversees at hundreds of other commercial and military sites across California.

Consumer Watchdog, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, Committee to Bridge the Gap, and the Southern California Federation of Scientists represented by Strumwasser & Woocher brought suit in August 2013 against DTSC and the Department of Public Health (DPH) for allowing demolition and illegal disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from Area IV of the SSFL site without prior public review as CEQA requires.

Read more at Judge rejects Boeing’s bid to demolish and dispose of radioactive waste without accountability 

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

米元長官ら広島・原爆資料館見学 賢人会議、被爆体験も聞く via 西日本新聞




続きは米元長官ら広島・原爆資料館見学 賢人会議、被爆体験も聞く



梶本さんは14歳の時、爆心地から約2.3キロ離れた学徒動員先の軍需工場で被爆した。別の場所で被爆した父は梶本さんを捜して市内を歩き回り、 1年半後に血を吐いて亡くなったという。自らも胃がんを患った梶本さんは「原爆は死んだ人間も生き残った人間も地獄。二度と原爆を使わないで」と語り、 「原爆を70年前の歴史とだけ捉えるのではなく、現在の問題として見てほしい」と訴えた。


Posted in *日本語.

Tagged with , , , .

伊方原発:防災計画、地元協議会が了承 via 毎日新聞









Posted in *日本語.

Tagged with , , , .

Kazakhstan: encouraging civilian nuclear energy, with security in mind via beyond brics

The agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme shows what can be achieved through commitment and patient negotiation. Kazakhstan was proud to have contributed to the historic agreement by hosting two rounds of talks between Iran and the P5+1 negotiators in 2013.

Building on this progress, this week will see the signing in Astana of the agreement to establish the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Bank of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) in Kazakhstan. It is an historic step which will have a far-reaching impact and underlines Kazakhstan’s strong commitment to peace and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The LEU Bank will serve as an assurance of supply mechanism of last resort in case of disruption of the open market.

It will allow states that use nuclear power stations and seek ways to ensure reliable fuel supplies, to forego the expense of developing their own enrichment capabilities, if they so choose. Of course, choosing either way of developing atomic energy is a sovereign decision of a state, yet the IAEA LEU Bank allows them an opportunity to save resources when implementing such programmes. At the same time, the Bank will make it difficult for countries to argue that they need indigenous uranium enrichment to assert their right to peaceful nuclear energy. In turn, it will reduce mistrust between nations. Fundamentally, it will prove a significant hurdle for those attempting to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Kazakhstan is a natural host for the Bank. We are the biggest producer of natural uranium. But our people also know first-hand the devastation of nuclear weapons. Our determination to work for a world free of nuclear weapons has defined our nation and our place in the international community.


We have worked tirelessly to prevent other countries suffering as we have. Kazakhstan is a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and has campaigned passionately for a universal ban on nuclear testing. We won the support of the United Nations to commemorate the annual anniversary of the closing of the Semipalatinsk site on August 29 as the International Day against Nuclear Tests. And we have launched The ATOM Project, giving global citizens an opportunity to urge their leaders to end nuclear testing permanently and ensure the early entry into force of the CTBT.

We have been active participants in all three Nuclear Security Summits to step up global efforts against nuclear terrorism. But we remain convinced that the only way to prevent the terrifying consequences of warheads being exploded, either accidentally or deliberately, is a world free of nuclear weapons.

Read more at Kazakhstan: encouraging civilian nuclear energy, with security in mind 

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , , .

Fitch: Hazy Outlook for U.S. Nuclear Power via ECT.Coop

The math is simple—the U.S. nuclear power fleet is poised to retire more plants than build new ones.


A New Jersey plant owned by Exelon is scheduled to close by the end of the decade, with approximately eight additional merchant units totaling 6.3 gigawatts also at risk of early retirement, the rating service added.

By comparison, only five units are under construction, while 73 of the 99 units in operation already are operating beyond their original 40-year operating licenses, thanks to new 20-year permits, Fitch said.

Those are among the reasons that the Energy Information Administration has forecast a drop-off of 10,800 megawatts in the nation’s nuclear electric generation by 2020.

“In our view this number could grow if more plant operators find upgrades and local political pressure too costly to continue operations,” Fitch said.

Read more at Fitch: Hazy Outlook for U.S. Nuclear Power

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , .

原発停止基準策定へ=火山噴火、専門家提言受け-規制委 via 時事ドットコム



Posted in *日本語.

Tagged with , , .

原発問題や復興 木村・遠藤両氏が熱く対談 via 愛媛ニュース



Posted in *日本語.

Tagged with , , , .