Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Fat Man, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Little Boy, Nagasaki, Potsdam, radiation, Stalin, Stimson, Tepco, Truman
WASHINGTON: US service members are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co. for more than $2 billion on grounds the utility lied about the dangers of helping clean up the nuclear disaster that struck two years ago, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The case was first filed by nine plaintiffs in December but has now expanded to 26, and another 100 are in the process of joining the suit, said Stars and Stripes newspaper.
The plaintiffs says the have suffered a number of ailments that they say are linked to their exposure, including headaches, difficulty concentrating, rectal bleeding, thyroid problems, cancer, tumors and gynecological bleeding.
So they say, things that go around come around and all that.
Filed under: maps | Tags: bone cancer, cesium, Cesium-137, contamination, Fukushima, HYSPLIT, hysplit model, Iodine-131, meltdown, multiple meltdown, NOAA, radiation, radioactive cesium, thyroid cancer
NOAA’s HYSPLIT model shows clouds of highly radioactive Cesium wafting over the US after Fuku blew sky high. Only one month’s worth shown.
To see animation:
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: cancer, Carl Johnson, Cesium-137, denver, fission event, Iodine-131, Leroy Moore, plutonium contamination, radiation, Rocky Flats
Figure 2. Carl Johnson studied cancer incidence for 1969-1971 among Anglos in three areas downwind of Rocky Flats defined by levels of plutonium contamination in millicuries per square kilometer (mCi/km2) as compared to the uncontaminated control area. See the text above for cancer incidence rate for each area. From Johnson, “Cancer Incidence in an Area Contaminated with Radionuclides Near a Nuclear Installation,” AMBIO, 10, 4, October 1981, page 177 and Table 3 (copyright Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, reprinted by permission of Allen Press Publishing Services).
Fires in 1957 and 1968 sent an unknown amount of highly radioactive material over the Denver area. Johnson found higher cancer rates the closer he got to Rocky Flats.
Filed under: maps | Tags: climate, energy, Kalamazoo, Lansing, license renewal application, Michigan, nature, NRC, nuclear accident, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nukes, palisades, Palisades nuclear plant, radiation, radiation leak, radioactivity, reactors, renewal applications, science, South Bend
…which is leaking, perhaps exploding, etc.
The 41-year-old plant’s license was due to expire, but in 2007 the NRC granted a 20-year extension.
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Via the Palisade license-renewal application (pdf): http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/palisades/palisades_er.pdf
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: energy, Fukushima, Fukushima Daiichi, Hiroaki Koide, nuclear accident, nuclear power, radiation, radioactivity, Tepco
Why should little kids have to eat it? An interesting moral dilemma.
There is no clean food.
Sadly, the Fukushima accident happened, and has spread contamination throughout the world. So there is no food that is clean or safe.
But there is a continuous variety of food from extremely contaminated food to relatively safe food. The issue is how to accept [allocate] such food.
Extremely contaminated food should be eaten by people who have promoted nuclear power. TEPCO top management, and politicians and scholars who have promoted nuclear power. I would like to build such a system.
The rest of the contaminated food should be eaten by adults, who have allowed nuclear power to this extent, so that the non-contaminated food goes to children.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bridgestone, China, cobalt-60, Japan, MEXT, radiation, Saitama
Uh huh. Cobalt-60 radiation detected from Bridgestone bike’s basket by the bike’s owner in Japan. Leads to wider discovery. The baskets were made in China.
It was first reported to Bridgestone by a buyer of the bicycle, alerting the company that the basket attached to the bicycle was emitting radiation. Bridgestone had the baskets tested, and found the source of radiation to be cobalt-60. The baskets were imported from China, according to Bridgestone.
From the press release by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) on April 18, 2012:
Report from Bridgestone Cycle Company to MEXT at about 4:10PM on April 17 that radiation was detected from the baskets installed on the bicycles that the company sells.
The bicycles were assembled at the Ageo Factory [in Saitama Prefecture].
7.5 to 10.6 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected on the surface of the baskets at 1 centimeter.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Cesium-137, earthquakes, Fukushima, Japan, MOX, nuclear accident, Plutonium, radiation, radiation leak, reactor 4, spent fuel pool, Tepco
Which dude said, Hey, let’s put the spent fuel pool on the roof of the reactor building. Are the US reactors like that as well (except with far more spent fuel)? Ack.
It would be good to remove the material from the spent fuel pool before it all collapses in a heap. Currently the crane is crumpled in the pool itself. So a new crane will be needed, and a structure to support it. Here are the plans for such released today:
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Caesium, cesium, China Syndrome, Fukushima, Iodine-131, leukemia, massive fail, meltdown, nuclear wreck, radiation, thyroid cancer
The outside annual radiation dose due to the radionuclides from the Fukushima accident is estimated to be 10 mSv in Naka-Dori, 40 mSv in Iitate, 0.2 mSv in the region between northern Ibaraki and eastern Saitama, and 2 mSv in southern Ibaraki and northern Chiba prefectures (note that the present estimate does not include the doses from short-lived radionuclides). No internal dose contribution is assumed in these estimations.
Filed under: maps | Tags: cesium, Cesium-137, China Syndrome, contamination, Fukushima, meltdown, nuclear disaster, OMFG, radiation, radiation plume, USGS, wet deposition
Via USGS — http://bqs.usgs.gov/fukushima/
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: contamination, decontamination, fake decontamination, Fukushima, OMFG, radiation
Amateur cleanup, pro revenue. Nuke companies make the mess, then make a profit pretending to clean it up. Is there a Corexit for nuclear accidents?
It was these same three companies that helped build 45 of Japan’s 54 nuclear plants — including the reactor buildings and other plants at Fukushima Daiichi that could not withstand the tsunami that caused a catastrophic failure — according to data from Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, a watchdog group.
One of them, the Taisei Corporation, leads the consortium that sent out the workers now tramping around Iitate in hazmat suits. Consortiums led by Taisei and the other two big companies — Obayashi and Kajima — among them received contracts for the government’s first 12 pilot decontamination projects, totaling about $93 million.
“It’s a scam,” said Kiyoshi Sakurai, a critic of the nuclear industry and a former researcher at a forerunner to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which is overseeing this phase of decontamination. “Decontamination is becoming big business.”