Monthly Archives: April 2015

Chernobyl (Ukraine) Vs Fukushima (Japan) Health Consideration Comparison.


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Nuclear Alchemy


Nuclear Alchemy

If only we could turn uranium and plutonium,
to non-radioactive gold.
We could fulfil the dream of the alchemists of Old.
And vindicate their poisoned dreams
Oh? How many alchemists died from heavy metals?
How many were seduced by gold shines,
into dreams of turning lead to gold.
 
If only uranium were good for more than boiling water,
and blowing up cities, and killing civilians downstream?
If only we weren’t filling the world,
with poisoned particles and deadly salts.
 
But after a thousand years of dreams and poisoned death
Alchemists never found their gold
Now it turns out that our Nuclear Alchemists
Like their forefathers before them
Are poisoning all of us with fools gold
Christopher H. Holte 4/20/2015

I was going to put this on my blog, but thought folks interested in what is going on Fukushima might appreciate it.

Report says 32 million people in Japan are exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster


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GREEN CROSS REPORT SYNOPSIS


(PRWEB UK) 11 March 2015
11 March, 2015 | Geneva: Approximately 32 million people in Japan are affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to the 2015 Fukushima Report now available from Green Cross. This includes people who were exposed to radiation or other stress factors resulting from the accident, and who are consequently at potential risk from both long and short-term consequences.
The 2015 Fukushima Report is available for download in English at
As with the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which impacted 10 million people, Japan is expected to see increased cancer risk and neuropsychological long-term health consequences. The stress-related effects of evacuation and subsequent relocation are also of concern. The evacuation involved a total of over 400,000 individuals, 160,000 of them from within 20km of Fukushima. The number of deaths from the nuclear disaster attributed to stress, fatigue and the hardship of living as evacuees is estimated to be around 1,700 so far.
… Trace amounts of radiation have already reached the North American continent, in particular parts of the North West Coast of the United States. The overall risk of cancer will increase, especially for those who were still children at the time of the accident. Their health will be at risk over their entire lifetime as a result of the radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
According to calculations by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the total atmospheric release of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster (iodine-131, cesium-134, cesium-137, and noble gases) was estimated to be less than 15 percent of the total radiation emitted by the Chernobyl accident [ED: Bullshit] “However, the number of people affected by radiation in Japan has tripled compared to Chernobyl,” said Nathalie Gysi of Green Cross Switzerland.
In addition to the radioactive material initially released in the ocean, water leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant remains a problem four years after the accident. Reports of pipes breaking and water escaping from containment tanks in the months and years since the accident are a source of worry for workers and the public. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) reported that radioactive material had been released as late as May of 2013. [ED: And continuing]
There continue to be concerns about additional psychological stress and rising doubts over the safety of seafood, such as radioactivity levels in tuna and other fish. The threshold for cesium in Japan is 100 Becquerel per kilogram. Flounders caught close to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant were found to have high cesium levels, exceeding the allowable limit of 100 Becquerel.
The Fukushima Report was prepared under the direction of Prof. Jonathan M. Samet, Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California (USC), as a Green Cross initiative. A systematic approach was taken to gather information regarding the number of people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, using the same measurement standards as a similar 2012 study on Chernobyl.
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Highly Contaminated Water Remains in Unit 1 Basement


As groundwater has been pumped up via the outdoor subdrain pits, this has created a situation where the standing water in the basements could end up higher than the surrounding groundwater.
TEPCO is making an effort to lower the water level in some of the basement rooms of the unit 1 reactor buildings.
This work also showed that much of the water still sitting in certain areas of the basements of unit 1 is highly radioactive as seen in this table below.
TEPCO is installing more water level monitoring sensors to better control the water in the basements.
This could lead to more contaminated water leaking out of the buildings.
 Source: Tepco handout

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150406_01-j.pdf

Radiation Exposure – Nosebleed in Fukushima – Internal Exposure


福島の鼻血「内部被ばくか」  Nosebleed in Fukushima – Internal Exposure  神戸の医師、学会で発表 

After the nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, numerous nosebleed cases in children in the prefecture of Fukushima raised immediate worries.

 

東日本大震災による原発事故の後、福島県では、子どもを中心に鼻血が出る症状が相次いだ。
As it was shown in the now infamous Manga “Oishinbo”, which was heavily criticized for showing these nosebleeds and was accused of spreading “harmful” rumors, these cases can be attributed to internal exposure by inhaling metal radioactive particles substance that cling on the mucosa of the nose. According to Dr. Goji Hideo, about one in two evacuees from Fukushima are experiencing nosebleeds, sometimes entire families. Sudden nosebleed started to subside after evacuation.  Goji sensei graduated at the Kobe University School of Medicine and is the Director of the Higashikanbe clinic (Kobe). He continues to treat survivors and serve as a health counselor for the victims of Fukushima. You can follow some of his seminars and speeches on IWJ.
particles nose inhaling
東 日本大震災による原発事故の後、福島県では、子どもを中心に鼻血が出る症状が相次いだ。漫画「美味(おい)しんぼ」で登場人物が鼻血を流す場面が「風評被 害を招く」などと批判されたが、実際に放射性物質が結合した金属粒子が鼻の粘膜に付着し、内部被ばくを起こした可能性があることを、東神戸診療所(神戸市 中央区)の郷地(ごうち)秀夫所長が12日に名古屋市で開かれた日本社会医学会で発表した.

郷地所長は神戸大学医学部卒業。兵庫県内で約35年間、被爆者の治療を続け、福島などから避難している被災者の診断や健康相談にも当たっている。
郷地所長によると、福島からの避難者の2人に1人ほどが家族などの鼻血を体験している。突然出血し、普段あまり鼻血を出さなかった子どもが多いのが特徴。避難後はほとんどの症状が治まっているという。

iwaki kids

500ミリシーベルト以上の放射線を全身に浴びれば、急性障害で鼻血が出る場合がある。だが福島ではそうした被ばく例はなく、放射線と鼻血の因果関係を疑問視する専門家もいる。
しかし、東日本大震災の被災地では、原発から飛散した放射性セシウムなどが金属粒子と結び付き拡散したことが気象庁気象研究所の観測などで確認され た。東 日本一円で医療機関のエックス線フィルムが粒子で感光する現象もみられ、当初から健康への影響を疑う声が聞かれていた。
郷地所長は、金属粒子が鼻の粘膜に付着したのが引き金となった可能性を指摘する。金属粒子は直径数ミクロンで、人体のごく小さな範囲に1日100ミリシーベルトを超える放射線を出し、組織を損傷する。
郷地所長は「もともと花粉症やアレルギーなどで粘膜が炎症していた人が出血を起こしても不思議はない」と話す。大量に吸い込んだ人も少なくないとみられ、内部被ばくの問題と捉え、早期に科学的な調査と分析をすべきだったと強調する。

Dr Goji Hideo 郷地秀夫氏

Dr Goji Hideo 郷地秀夫氏

「福島から避難した方の半数が同様の経験」

漫画「美味しんぼ」で話題になった福島県の鼻血ですが、東神戸診療所(神戸市中央区)の郷地(ごうち)秀夫所長が7月12日に「福島県の鼻血は放射能被ばくが原因の可能性が高い」という調査結果を学会に発表しました。
郷地所長が福島県からの避難者などを調査してみたところ、避難者の2人に1人ほどが家族などの鼻血を体験し、普段あまり鼻血を出さなかった子どもの報告数が特に多かったとのことです。

郷地所長は金属粒 子が鼻の粘膜に付着したのが引き金となった可能性を指摘しており、実際に福島原発事故では原発から飛散した放射性物質が金属粒子と結び付いているのが発見 されています。放射能を含んだ金属粒子は1日100ミリシーベルトを超える放射線を放出する物もあるようで、これが鼻の粘膜等に付着することで鼻血のよう な急性被ばく症状が発生するようです。
また、アレルギー等で粘膜が弱っている人ほど少ない線量でこのような被ばく症状を発症する可能性が高いとも郷地所長は述べています。

  

当 ブログでは美味しんぼ騒動の時に鼻血の大量報告を証明する数々の資料を紹介しましたが、やっぱり放射能被ばくが原因でしたね。岡山大、広島大、熊本学園大 のグループが2013年に発表した調査資料では、福島県双葉町の鼻血報告数は西日本の数倍と記載されています。双葉町の議事録にも鼻血の被害を訴えている 男性の言葉が書いてあるわけで、あの時に鼻血のことを「デマだ!」と叫んでいた方がデマだったと言えるでしょう。

これから政府や原子力村による放射能被ばく被害隠しは更に酷くなると思いますが、周りから何を言われてもそれを無視して声を上げ続けるのが重要だと私は思います。

Source: Evacuate Fukushima
http://www.evacuate-fukushima.com/2015/04/%E3%80%90%E8%A2%AB%E3%81%B0%E3%81%8F%E3%80%91%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%E3%81%AE%E9%BC%BB%E8%A1%80-radiation-exposure-nosebleed-in-fukushima/

Tepco: Technology To Decommission Fukushima Needs To Be Invented


April 4, 2015
by Richard Wilcox, PhD

Anyone with a brain could have told you back in 2011 at the time of the Fukushima nuclear triple meltdown that Tokyo Electric (Tepco) was lying about the true condition of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 (“Dai-ichi”). Four years later, Tepco officials have finally admitted that it may not be technologically possible to decommission the plant.
The long history of the criminal insanity and negligence of the nuclear industry is revealed in our book, Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization? (edited by Nadesan, Boys, McKillop & Wilcox) which was published last year, and includes detailed chapters from a number of writers who document the nuclear crimes.
In the case of Tepco (Tipkill), the facts are overwhelming that not only was Fukushima an “accident waiting to happen” but rather “a foregone conclusion.” The location of the plant on soft fill soil at a low altitude near the ocean in a tsunami zone was the first big mistake of the planners, who must have graduated from the Homer Simpson school of donutology. Cost-cutting, corruption and incompetence is part of the well-documented history, which ultimately led to the triple meltdowns.
Will the destroyed reactors ultimately need to be buried in a sarcophagus as has been done with Chernobyl which now has the world’s largest moveable “building” covering it (at no small expense)? One big problem — Chernobyl was just one reactor and rests on rock-solid ground, so the radiation can’t go too far downward. At Fukushima the reactors rest on a mushy place next to the ocean which is also atop an underground aquifer/river deep below it. It is theoretically possible that the radiation could leak into that aquifer and reach Tokyo someday.
If they have to build a sarcophagus it will be Mission Impossible since the shielding would have to be underground as well. Nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen proposed this as the only solution and noted a complicated underground piping system would have to be installed to process the leaking radiation before it escapes to the ocean. He also said it may take 500 years to decommission Fukushima.

Now, some of the big-wigs at Tepco have admitted it may be impossible to decommission Fukushima due to the technical hurdles, namely, that retrieving the melted fuel is going to take years to accomplish since the technology does not yet exist (1; 2). Decommissioning Fukushima will involve a great deal of time and money, but also intelligent coordination of R&D, which has thus far not been the path. Bureaucracies, as everyone knows, do just the opposite, they wallow in inefficiency. Maybe Japan needs a strong and benevolent dictator.
One of the main technical problems with retrieving the melted fuel is that it must constantly be cooled in water, but the containers are full of holes and leaks. However, as our friend Nancy Foust of the Simply Info website points out, “the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) already includes a ‘no water’ option in their rough planning. If that is the route they will have to go then they will need to put all their effort into that research” (personal communication, April, 2015).
Focusing effort into the right research is good advice, however IRID also made the dubious claim that the fuel could be retrieved within ten years which contradicts the pessimism of other officials and draws into question IRID credibility. Somebody ought to get the story straight.
The level of BS at Fukushima is almost as deep as how far the fuel may have melted underground. One scenario from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) describes the melted fuel in a state whereby it “erodes sideways…. The final size of the pooling maximum case is 10 to 15 meters in diameter, and 6-7 meters deep– or even deeper” (3).
Fukushima Diary reports that “Tepco and the government of Japan have been saying though molten fuel had a core-concrete reaction in [the] pedestal, but [has] stopped sinking in the concrete.” Now Tepco is starting to admit the fuel may be “outside of [the] pedestal, Tepco needs to investigate the sub-basement floor of Reactor 1. It is reported that the feasibility of inspection would be confirmed in the end of 2015” (4). Maybe they are now getting ready to admit it is indeed outside the concrete floor.
Foust told me that the location of the fuel could have been determined back in 2012 using “muon” cosmic ray scanners. Apparently this was not done because Homer Simpson, who is in charge of Fukushima decommissioning, spent the funds on donuts.
Seriously, not only is this a kind of gross incompetence (which is reminiscent of the way nuclear operations have been carried out throughout most of the world since the technology was adopted) but also appears to be a blatant political cover-up. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) want to keep news of the actual location of the fuel secret until after they have restarted a number of the currently idled reactors in Japan. Politicians lie, governments lie, corporations are amoral killing machines. Abe even admitted he lied to the Olympic committee in order to get the 2020 Olympics bid when he told them “everything is under control” at Fukushima.
Could it be these admissions by Tepco of the dire situation are part of a psychological conditioning to get more money out of the government? One should never take statements from powerful individuals or governments/corporations at face value. On the other hand, the new chief of decommissioning, Mr. Masuda, may be a more honest and intelligent engineer and sincere about getting at the problem.
Foust provides us with a useful overview and summary of the sorry situation:

At some point the true state of Daiichi will have to be made public. The true state must be known and understood in order to do the needed research towards whatever resolution is determined to be the end goal. Right now that is fuel retrieval so the buildings could eventually be torn down. The muon scans are a step in that direction. They can use those to establish if any fuel is left in the reactors or not. If you remember back to 2011 TEPCO was insisting that most of the fuel was still in the reactor vessels. As more data is completed TEPCO is forced to admit reality. The next step after the muon scans for units 1-3 is to put the Hitachi shape changing robot into containment. If that goes as planned it will tell them where the fuel is, or isn’t. That is going to be the huge bit of data. Once the fuel is located and disclosed the extent of the meltdowns will have to be admitted. IMHO this is why LDP is so intent on getting reactors restarted right now.
What is problematic in all of this is that TEPCO is still involved. Because TEPCO is involved and also ultimately responsible for the bill for the entire mess, it is a conflict of interest. They want to deal with the problem but as cheaply as possible. You can’t have a challenge of international proportion and a self serving company who only cares about profits. TEPCO has a documented habit of taking concepts put forth by contractors or outside researchers then trying to do them on the cheap. Then the project doesn’t perform as planned and the money is wasted. The holding ponds are a perfect example of that.
Some of these efforts really are experiments. Nobody has tried these things before in this context. So it should be expected that some things won’t work as hoped right out of the box, some might need adjustments. But when you add TEPCO cost cutting to that challenge is becomes very problematic.
As far as the condition of the reactors. We had a pretty good idea in 2011 about what took place in the three melted down units. TEPCO won’t admit the possibility of something until there is no denying it so it is a slow process of enough evidence that some facet can no longer be ignored.

 I must remind readers that alternative energy is viable, it is here and now. Even Forbes magazine published an article by the world’s leading alternative energy expert, Amory Lovins, proving irrefutably that Japan could be a rich source for solar and wind power which could significantly diminish the need for carbon let alone nuclear energy sources.
Ultimately nuclear power is rooted in the liberal ideology of unleashing nature’s potential as an inevitable process of human development. However, as Russia’s leading political philosopher, Alexander Dugin points out, “liberalism” in its truest form leads to the ultimate destruction of humanity: by replacing traditions with corporate hegemony; by replacing nature with artificial reality; and by replacing humans with robots (transhumanism) (5).
It could be argued that the wind and sun are natural sources of energy in keeping with his conservative ideology. In that sense, Dugin states correctly:

If you are in favor of global liberal hegemony, you are the enemy.

References
1. Decommissioning Chief Speaks Out
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/features/201503312108.html
2. Japan faces 200-year wait for Fukushima clean-up
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:bfGJG7i7o0gJ:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4394978.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
3. AP: Melted fuel may have “dropped even beyond” the bottom of Fukushima plant
http://enenews.com/ap-melted-fuel-could-dropped-beyond-bottom-fukushima-plant-iaea-expert-pools-corium-could-be-taller-2-story-house-video
4. Tepco started stating molten fuel might be out of pedestal of Reactor 1
http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/04/tepco-started-stating-molten-fuel-might-be-out-of-pedestal-of-reactor-1/
5. Alexandr Dugin – The Fourth Political Theory
http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2015/03/RIR-150327.php

Source:  http://freedomsfloodgates.com/2015/04/04/tepco-technology-to-decommission-fukushima-needs-to-be-invented/

Radioactive waste "forgotten"


April 2, 2015

Any material that radioactive cesium contamination exceeds 8000 Bq / kg should be classified radioactive waste. However, according to the Ministry of Environment, 3648 tons of waste, which contamination is exceeding this limit, were not correctly classified.This is in Miyagi Prefecture where are the most, with 2711 tons and in Iwate Prefecture, with 710 tons. It is mostly rice straw and hay.
The municipalities concerned are responsible for storing this waste the time that a final solution is found by the government. But some preferred to say nothing to protect their image. For others, it’s a hardship. In Kurihara (Miyagi Prefecture), for example, there are officially 974 tons of rice straw exceeding the 8000 Bq / kg limit, which the town does not know what to do with. And the government has nothing to offer for now because the search for a storage site is blocked. So as there is more downside to declare the waste many prefer to say nothing.
In late December 2014, there were officially 157,420 tons of radioactive waste accumulated in 12 provinces other than Fukushima.
Source : Acro