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IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Power


IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Power

«The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination.»

Last Friday 5th July 2013 I went to participate for few hours to the Independent WHO’s vigil in Paris in front of the French Ministry of Health, where I met a few Anti-nuke veterans,
I believe that this Vigil is in fact particularly important, as it denounces the treacherous 1959 agreement made betwween the WHO and the IAEA, with a continuous citizen’s presence demanding due real protection from the WHO and each country’s Health Department,

I do think it would be great if the Vigil was extended from Geneva and Paris in Europe to USA and Japan, by having the American people also having a vigil in front of their own Health Department in Washington D,C, and the Japanese people as well in Tokyo in front of Japanese Health Ministry, so that people on 3 continents would be united in denouncing that devious agreement, demanding for its reviewing and its revocation, as this agreement is maintaining a conflict of interest keeping the WHO subservient to the nuclear own interests of the IAEA, therefore blocking the WHO to perform its dued mission of protecting internationally the people from all kinds of sanitary dangers

The Vigil for June 2013 – Geneva and Paris
« Since April 26, 2007, the Hippocratic Vigil has been held outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva, which now makes a total of 322 weeks without interruption. The vigil consists of a silent presence that aims to remind the World Health Organization of its obligations as set out in its constitution. We have added the name of Hippocrates to our description because of the ethical rules he instituted for health practitioners. As far as the protection of the health of people affected by the consequences of the nuclear industry is concerned, the World Health Organization ignores these rules.
The Vigil takes place outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva every working day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and in Paris every Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We now believe it is important to address ourselves to those who are partly responsible for deciding WHO policy. It is for this reason that, on 9th November 2012, we began a Vigil outside the Ministry of Health in Paris. The Ministers of Health are the representatives of the member countries of WHO, and they are involved in deciding the policies and actions that this institution pursues in the area of radioprotection.
We will maintain this silent and peaceful vigil every Friday from 9am to 5pm outside the Ministry of Health in Paris, until France takes the necessary steps to ensure that WHO fulfils its mission to protect the population from radioactive pollution, and that a programme of independent research is put in place on a national and / or European level, on the theme of “Health and nuclear power”.

Links to the Independant WHO’s website in several languages:
In English : http://independentwho.org/en/
In French : http://independentwho.org/fr/
In German : http://independentwho.org/de/
In Russian : http://independentwho.org/ru/
in Japanese : http://independentwho.org/jp/

The Agreement WHA 12-40 between WHO and IAEA http://independentwho.org/en/who-and-aiea-aggreement/

Agreement between the WHO and IAEA in 1959 http://www.crms-jpn.org/doc/IAEA-WHO1959.pdf

WHO / IAEA Conflicts of Interest http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3288.cfm

Agreement Between the International Atomic Energy Agency
and the World Health Organization http://www.ippnw.de/commonFiles/pdfs/Atomenergie/Agreement_WHO-IAEA.pdf

Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA has effectively gagged the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/28/who-nuclear-power-chernobyl

WHO agreement with IAEA http://www.llrc.org/health/subtopic/iaeawhoagreement.htm

Conflict of interest between IAEA and WHO http://www10.antenna.nl/wise/index.html?http://www10.antenna.nl/wise/521/5111.html

WHO and why they should not be in bed with the IAEA http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/blogs/who-and-why-they-should-not-be-in-bed-with-the-iaea.html

Japan made secret promise with U.S. to restart pluthermal nuclear program



A Japanese prime ministerial envoy secretly promised to the United States that Japan would resume its controversial “pluthermal” program, using light-water reactors to burn plutonium, according to documents obtained by the Mainichi.

The secret promise was made by Hiroshi Ogushi, then parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office, to Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, during Ogushi’s visit to the United States on behalf of then Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in September last year.

The revelation comes as Japan’s pluthermal project remains suspended in the wake of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster due to safety concerns. The fact that a Japanese official promised to the U.S. to implement such a controversial project without a prior explanation to the Japanese public is expected to stir up controversy.

According to the official documents obtained by the Mainichi, upon being pressed to reduce the amount of plutonium in Japan that could be diverted to military use, Ogushi told Poneman that Japan would burn plutonium in plutonium-thermal (pluthermal) reactors. The then ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was in the final stages of formulating its nuclear energy policy at the time.

Under the pluthermal plan, spent nuclear fuel generated in light-water reactors is reprocessed to extract plutonium, which is then mixed with uranium to create mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel for use in power generation. However, many experts have raised questions about the program, citing its high costs and the risks posed by the fuel’s comparatively low melting point and the decreased effectiveness of control rods. The plan to burn plutonium in conventional reactors was introduced in 2009 because there were no prospects for putting the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor into practical use.

The documents that the Mainichi obtained are a compilation of cables recording the Ogushi-Poneman talks in the U.S. on Sept. 12 last year. During the meeting, Ogushi explained that Japan would inject all available policy resources to break away from nuclear power generation in the 2030s, that it would steadfastly promote the nuclear fuel cycle program in the medium and long term, and that Japan would end research on the Monju reactor after confirming its achievements. The explanation was in accordance with the government’s Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment, which was finalized on Sept. 14.

The promotion of a nuclear fuel cycle implies extraction of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Aomori Prefecture. But Japan’s “zero nuclear power” policy and the suspension of the Monju reactor could leave the nation without a facility to burn plutonium. Poneman expressed concern that this would create a situation in which plutonium could be diverted to military use. In response, Ogushi promised the continuation of the pluthermal program to burn plutonium in light-water reactors.

During an interview with the Mainichi, Ogushi declined to reveal the details of the meeting, saying, “I can’t disclose whom I met from a diplomatic standpoint.” He added that he didn’t remember the pluthermal issue.
The Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment states that “nuclear reactors whose safety has been confirmed will be utilized,” but contains no reference to pluthermal plans.

Yukio Edano, a House of Representatives legislator who was serving as economy, trade and industry minister at the time, defended Ogushi, saying Japan had made no distinction between pluthermal and conventional reactors that were to be operated. “There were no such micro-level talks in the Energy and Environment Council. I would have given the same answer (if I had visited the U.S.),” he said.

The current administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also upholds a policy to resume the pluthermal program, according to documents obtained by the Mainichi that were produced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on March 1 and submitted to minister Toshimitsu Motegi. The documents clearly state that the government will “promote the use of MOX fuel in light-water reactors (pluthermal) after reprocessing (nuclear fuel) at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant.” Based on the content of the documents, Motegi stated at a lower house Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry session on March 22, “We will steadily promote the pluthermal plans.”

Despite the country not knowing which nuclear reactors will be authorized to resume operations following the July implementation of the new regulatory standards, the government has been pushing ahead with its plans to restart the controversial pluthermal program.

“It is abnormal for sure,” said one official with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. “But it can’t be helped if the Rokkasho plant is to be put into operation.”

TEPCO to raise electricity rates for corporate users by 17% from April 1


NationalJan. 18, 2012 – 07:15AM JST

TOKYO —

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Tuesday announced that it will hike electricity bills for corporate users, starting April 1, to cover costs of switching to other forms of power.
TEPCO also said the extra revenue will be needed to compensate those evacuated for radiation risks, as well as the massive costs for shutting down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant….
…Compensation for victims, decontamination expenses and costs for scrapping the plant are likely to balloon to trillions of more yen, and some taxpayer money has already been earmarked for a part of that bill…

Full Article and Comments Here….

building built with radioctive cement has 12 families living in it 1.24 m/serv


Gov’t to probe radioactive apartment block

National Jan. 17, 2012 – 06:43AM JST ( 24 )
Radiation fears have become part of daily life in Japan AFP
TOKYO —
The government on Monday said it would investigate how an apartment had been built with radioactive concrete in the latest scare from the country’s ongoing nuclear crisis.
Radiation cesium levels of up to 1.24 microsieverts per hour were recorded in the building in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, 55 kilometers from the crippled power plant, local authorities said Sunday.
Local media reported that 12 families were living in the block.

how many more buildings were built around the same time?
 [link to www.japantoday.com]