Monthly Archives: June 2013

Chernobyl’s children. Fukushima and beyond are our next sad legacy of Cold War madness.


So I asked myself, what is the sad legacy of this entire video?

The implications are sadly quashed by lack of sensationalism, horror and immediacy of action.

But, to be fair, Chernobyl was a ‘Cold War’ incident, shrouded in the historical secrecy of the time.

We do know, they threw everything and everyone into the effort to contain a global disaster, as evidence by their collateral loss of equipment, land and lives.

Step into Fukushima.

Not more than 2 hours drive from the Capital of Japan, Tokyo, lies the now entirely destroyed carcass of not 1 but 4 decimated nuclear power plants, with 2 more on the same plant. Not only that, but Radiation releases go on unabated with the lack of knowledge of where the melt cores are. Indeed, the serious situation is uncounted for, due to the lack of any equipment that can go close enough to assess, or abate, the on going crisis.

Back to Belarus, where the children, as indicated in the video, are becoming sicker and sicker. Indeed, the entire landscape was wiped clean of human habitation,  live-stock slaughtered and no-go zones enforced. The land is dead land, for unknown years, decades, indeed centuries. We know not.

So in light of the evidence from the no longer so secretive event at Chernobyl, the scientific understandings (if only scant) of Fukushima, what can we conjecture?

The fact that T.E.P.C.O (site overseer) and the Japanese Government have not only been shown to lie, obfuscate and  conjecture, have done nothing to quell growing concern that the situation is uncontrolled, and indeed beyond the scope of our currently known sciences.

Why then, is an entire populous left in both social, and media isolation?

Is it the Global fear that this is real, happening and acknowledged as unabated and more sadly, unfix-able?

What can we say of all our advancements, that we allow an entire populations demise, in favor of ignorance that which we cannot fix?

Moreover, this extends to the entire Globe; if not today, eventually.

Radiation releases into the environment are now confirmed by the lead entities as not only flowing from 6 Meters from our Global oceans and into the Ground water, but more likely than not into the oceans themselves.

At what point you may be left asking is, what is the point, but to turn a blind eye.

For more, read the Tepco releases from Japan.

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TEPCO Thumbs Nose At Everyone: yeah, denying compensation yet increasing $$$


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June 26th, 2013 [Translate]
TEPCO has announce a total rejection of a plan by the government arbitration board to compensate victims from Iitate Village. The government declared the area off limits due to unsafe levels of radiation. TEPCO has claimed that “science” does not support this, rejecting both the arbitration board plan and the government classification of the village….

…The only proposal that passed was appointing new board members…

TEPCO has also attempted to dismiss a lawsuit brought by US sailors over their exposure due to TEPCO’s lying about the early stages of the disaster at the plant. The government is also considering suing TEPCO to force them to pay for decontamination work. TEPCO’s previous legal tricks include trying to avoid a lawsuit by a nearby golf course by claiming they didn’t “own” the radiation that contaminated the course.

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only one thing left to say to (as Atom-twat puts it) our ‘TEPCO friends’


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US Pressured Japan In Secret To Continue MOX Program



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June 25th, 2013 
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The Mainichi has uncovered secret government documents that prove the US and deputy DOE secretary Danial Poneman put intense pressure on Japan to continue the plutonium fuel MOX program in Japan. The documents clearly show the US is pressuring Japan to continue with the MOX fuel cycle program, something the US has failed to do themselves. The US has claimed the concern to be that the plutonium would be diverted to military use. Japan has a massive amount of spent nuclear fuel, more than they could ever realistically use through reprocessing into MOX. The US stance also ignores the prospect of vitrification, a technology that encases the material in a glass substance rendering it unusable for weapons.

The US is still struggling to create an operating vitrification plant at the Hanford nuclear site but France has two functioning vitrification plants.

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TEPCO faces angry shareholders, calls for abandonment of nuclear power


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TEPCO faces angry shareholders, calls for abandonment of nuclear power

At the annual shareholders’ meeting, the first since the Japanese government acquired control, of TEPCO on Wednesday in downtown Tokyo, demands of the electric utility were hurled towards executives. Shareholders have been unsatisfied with TEPCO’s actions since the 2011 disaster in Fukushima.
It’s been two years since the meltdown in Fukushima, but the cleaning up the nuclear reactors has made little progress. Radiation threats due to radioactive substance leaks also keep residents from returning to their homes. With such state, many people expect to never be able to return to their livelihood. Another stockholder, Ryuko Tachibana from Namie, reminded TEPCO of what they went through. “Please think of our suffering, our uncertainty, our fear of living with radiation,” she said.
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Utilities unreceptive to shareholders’ proposals to phase out nuclear power

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Shareholders arrive at a meeting site as protesters stand with anti-nuclear placards in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on the morning of June 26. (Mainichi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. Shareholders arrive at a meeting site as protesters stand with anti-nuclear placards in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on the morning of June 26. (Mainichi)
Proposals to phase out nuclear power were rejected at general shareholders’ meetings held at nine of the country’s 10 utilities on June 26.
With Japan’s new nuclear standards set to take effect July 8, and the government’s enthusiasm for resuming operations of idled nuclear reactors around the country, Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. And Kyushu Electric Power Co. have also voiced a willingness to restart their reactors at an early date.
As Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shareholders arrived at a gymnasium in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward where the shareholders’ meeting for the operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was to take place, they were welcomed by anti-nuclear activists holding placards .
“Abandonment of nuclear power is the will of the people. Since there have been changes in the (board) membership, I have some hope,” said 60-year-old Yui Kimura, who heads the civic group Nuclear Phase-Out TEPCO Shareholder’s Movement.
Individual stockholder Kenji Furuhashi, 34, said he took the day off of work to participate in the meeting. “I want to feel the passion of people who are against nuclear power, and listen to the voices of people from the disaster areas,” he said. “I want the company to move in the direction of eliminating nuclear power.”
Inside, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose opened the meeting at 10 am by reiterating his intention to devote energy to bringing the disaster under control and rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture.
“We will continue to deal responsibly in compensating victims of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant accident and the long-term decommissioning process of the reactors,” he said.
Meanwhile, outside the site of Kansai Electric’s shareholders’ meeting, anti-nuclear civic groups held banners calling for “non-nuclear management,” and passed out flyers to shareholders walking in demanding that Oi Nuclear Power Plant be stopped and that operations at Takahama Nuclear Power Plant remain halted.
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Mexican Standoff?

Fukushima Health Management Survey Team announced that 12 children under 18 years old developed thyroid cancer and 15 children with suspected to develop it.


(So far 174,000 out of 360,000 children were examined.) 

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We should not conclude on the result of thyroid examination as nothing to do with Fukushima fallout. Normally 1 to 2 in 1 million children develop thyroid cancer. However in Chernobyl, 4 children developed thyroid cancer in the following year. Also we should be well aware that cancer spread into lung in one in six cases in Chernobyl. Nuclear disaster is a national crisis. We haven’t learned a lesson from the Chernobyl disaster and been neglecting the danger of Nuclear energy. The Japanese Government should support the Fukushima disaster victims financially by giving them more regular and full examination and evacuating them into safer area.
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