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BRIT GOVERNMENT AND NUCLEAR CARTEL COLLUDED TO PLAY-DOWN FUKUSHIMA

30 Jun 2011

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM (UK-ENGLAND) Internal e-mails seen by the Guardian show how the business and Energy Departments worked closely behind the scenes with the Multinational Conglomerates such as EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the Fukushima Tragedy quickly “going bad”, did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK.  British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a coordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima meltdown, just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (11 Mar 2011), and before the extent of the radiation leak was known. Officials stressed the importance of preventing the incident from undermining public support for nuclear power.

One official at the (British) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose name has been withheld said: “This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally…We need to ensure the anti-nuclear “chaps and chapesses” (NOTICE THE SNOBISH NAME-CALLING) do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear…We need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public…Anti-nuclear people across Europe have wasted no time blurring this all into Chernobyl and the works,” The official told Areva (France‘s giant nuke industry): “We need to quash any stories trying to compare this to Chernobyl.” The official also suggested that Companies send in their comments, so they could be incorporated into briefs to Ministers and Government statements.

BRITS LOVE TO “HANG THEIR HAT” ON INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS – IT ENHANCES CREDIBILITY; so, the government was very clear from the outset that it was important not to rush to judgment, and that a response should be based on hard evidence. “This is why we called on the INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) fact-finding team leader Dr. Mike Weightman to provide a robust and evidence-based report.” Weigthman later reported back to government that UK nuclear reactors are safe.  OF COURSE HE DID!  THE IAEA IS NOTHING OTHER THAN A NUCLEAR CARTEL WHITE-WASHING ORGANIZATION, AND NOW WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS SUCH.  The Brit Government last week confirmed plans for eight(8) new nuclear stations (Nukes) in England and Wales. “If acceptable proposals come forward in appropriate places, they will not face unnecessary holdups,” said the energy minister, Charles Hendry. SEE THERE, POWER AND INFLUENCE AT ITS BEST ? OR WORST!

Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Zac Goldsmith, who sits on the British Commons environmental audit committee, condemned the extent of co-ordination between the government and nuclear companies that the emails appear to reveal.  Goldsmith said: “The (Brit)government has no business doing PR for the industry and it would be appalling if its departments have played down the impact of Fukushima”.

Louise Hutchins, a spokeswoman for Greenpeace, said the emails looked like: “scandalous collusion…This highlights the government’s blind obsession with nuclear power and shows neither they, nor the industry, can be trusted when it comes to nuclear,”

Tom Burke, a former government environmental adviser and visiting professor at Imperial College London, warned that the British government was repeating mistakes made in Japan. “They are too close to industry, concealing problems, rather than revealing and dealing with them,” he said.  Another former regulator, who preferred not to be named,  said the degree of collusion was “truly shocking”.  THAT,  IS “CALLING IT LIKE IT IS”

Thanks to The Guardian – UK.  For the complete story(more suited for Brits) click on link below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/30/british-government-plan-play-down-fukushima

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COMMENT:

BRITAIN PLAYS A POWERFUL ROLE IN THE OIL AND GAS CARTEL ALSO.  Remember the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy provoked by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico last year?  How quickly the public forgets its anger and frustration..  Many have already forgotten, and the Brits are back to exploring for oil there.  THE POWERS OF “B”(AS IN BILLIONS), EXERTS A POWERFUL CONTROL OVER MUCH OF THE WORLD MEDIA JUST BY BUYING VERY EXPENSIVE ADDS, AND OVER GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS BY SPREADING THEIR WEALTH AROUND AT ALL LEVELS OF INFLUENCE -EVEN JUDGES.  SUCH WAS CONFIRMED BY THE DEEPWATER HORIZON TRAGEDY.

IT IS HIGH TIME FOR BLOGGERS TO “TELL IT LIKE IT IS” BY ANALYZING THE NEWS FOR WHAT IS NOT SAID, WHAT IS IMPLIED, BUT MAY NOT BE, AND FOR OUTRIGHT LIES.  AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING PRESUMPTUOUS, WE MAY BE THE ONLY COUNTERFORCE AGAINST THE POWERS OF “B”.

gonzedo

June 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM Comments (0)

LOS ALAMOS FIRE EXPOSES GRAVE CONCERN OVER HANDLING OF DEADLY TOXINS

29 Jun 2011,

LOS ALAMOS (Sp. Sycamores), N.M. One would scarcely recognize this sprawling laboratory as the former home of the “Manhattan” Project that ushered-in the Nuclear era by developing the first atomic bomb in 1944.  In the last few days it has been visited by intense wildfires (again) which has raised great concern because of what sits atop the ground there.  Lab spokeswoman Heather Clark said Wednesday there are 10,000 drums stored there under fire-retardant tents. OMINOUSLY, Lab Director Charles McMillan said the barrels contain transuranic (man-made Isotopes)waste, gloves, toolboxes, tools, and other items that may have been contaminated during the course of their work.  Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker, whose department is responsible for protecting the lab, said the barrels are stacked about three-high inside the tents.

LOS ALAMOS IS NOW THE U.S. MAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS LABORATORY; So, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. The lab covers more than 36 square miles and includes about 2,000 buildings at nearly four dozen sites. They include research facilities, as well as radioactive waste-disposal sites. Some facilities, including the administration building are in Los Alamos, while others are miles from the town. Los Alamos probably contains one of our nation’s greatest aggregation of nuclear PhD’s among its more than 15,000 employees.

AIR QUALITY MONITORING dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying lab” dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The special twin-engine plane is outfitted with sensors that can collect detailed samples. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico  requested the EPA’s help early-on in the monitoring effort near the Los Alamos National Laboratory. EPA officials said the “flying-lab” was set to make its initial data-collection fight on  29 Jun 2011(Wednesday), additional ground-based monitors were on their way, some of which would be placed in neighboring Espanola and Santa Fe.  Both State and Federal officials have vowed to make all findings from the monitoring efforts public. Sen. Udall said: “I know people are concerned about what’s in the smoke …so we can assure the public…there will be multiple layers of oversight”.  Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said environmental specialists were monitoring air quality, but the main concern was smoke; Hence, the need to monitor for radioactivity and particulates.  Kevin Smith, is the site’s manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration(NNSA) said he evaluated the precautions and felt comfortable. NNSA oversees the lab for the Department of Energy(DOE). Smith said: “I have 170 people who validate their measures.” SEE THERE – EVERYBODY IS HAPPY, INSTEAD OF MAD AS HELL!)

THE WHY OF THE CONCERN Lab Director Charles McMillan said the barrels contain transuranic (cesium, plutonium, krypton, etc- Nasty stuff!) radioactive contaminated waste such as gloves, toolboxes, tools, etc.  Lab spokeswoman Heather Clark said Wednesday there are 10,000 drums stored there under fire-retardant tents. Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker, whose department is responsible for protecting the lab, said the barrels are stacked about three high inside the tents. Area “G” holds drums of cleanup from Cold War-era waste that the lab sends away for storage in weekly shipments, according to lab officials. Top lab officials and fire managers say there have been no releases of toxins, and that they confident the flames won’t reach key buildings, or areas, where radioactive waste is stored. As a last resort, foam could be sprayed on the barrels containing items that might have been contaminated through contact with radioactive materials to ensure they aren’t damaged by fire (shades of Fukushima delirium tremens), they said.

NEARBY RESIDENTS WEARY About the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents at the lab. Mai Ting, a resident who lives in the valley below the desert mesas that are home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory said: “If it (the fire) gets to this contamination, it’s over—not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe and all of us in between,” THEIR CONCERN IS THAT GREAT!

FIRE APPEARS UNDER CONTROL The wildfire has already destroyed 30 structures south and west of Los Alamos;  However, favorable winds have helped firefighters, who were busy trying to keep the fire from moving off Pajarito (sp. Tweety) Mountain to the west of Los Alamos and, into two narrow canyons that descend into the town and the lab. The spot fire last Monday scorched a section known as Tech Area 49, which was used in the early 1960s for a series of underground tests with high explosives and radioactive materials. Lab officials warned that people might see more smoke coming from the lab border, but that there was no fire burning on the site as of mid-Wednesday.

MY TAKE

It appears nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel don’t get any “Respect”.  Perhaps those who produce the waste would like to ignore it, but it will not go away- not for a few thousand years.   It is alarmingly worrisome to know that at Los Alamos, there are 10,000 drums of waste , under fire-retardant tents, which contain transuranic waste (THIS IS REAL UGLY STUFF in terms of radioactive persistency), …UNDER FIRE-RETARDANT TENTS- GET REAL!  DOE, THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE, AND UNPROFESSIONAL.  WE EXPECT BETTER FROM TRANSURANIC PRODUCERS AND HANDLERS.  Honest…

Gonzedo

June 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM Comments (0)

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27 JUNE 2011,  Updated 17 Dec 2013

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June 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM Comment (1)

“FUKUSHIMA IS THE SINGLE GREATEST INDUSTRIAL CATASTROPE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND”

So says Arnold Gundersen, a former Nuclear Industry Senior V. P., and a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience and managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the U. S.

FAR MORE RADIATION HAS BEEN RELEASED THAN REPORTED; Gundersen says: “They recalculated the amount of radiation released, but the news is really not talking about this…The new calculations show that within the first week of the accident, they released 2.3 times as much radiation as they thought they released in the first 80 days…These get stuck in your lungs or GI tract, and they are a constant irritant…These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can’t measure them with a Geiger counter. Clearly people in Fukushima prefecture have breathed in a large amount of these particles; Likely, the upper West Coast of the US has people being affected. That area got hit pretty heavy in April.”

“Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuke plant has three(3) nuclear reactors exposed, and four(4) fuel cores exposed…You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled…They are pouring in water and the question is what are they going to do with the radioactive water that comes out of that system, because it is going to contain plutonium and uranium. Where do you put the water?…The fuels are now a molten blob (a melt-down) at the bottom of the reactor…TEPCO announced they had a “melt-through”.  A “melt-down” is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt-through means it has melted through some containment layers. That nuclear fuel blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water thus generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water.”

Gundersen added: “The data I’m seeing shows that ‘hot spots’ are being found further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared “no-man’s-land” for Chernobyl. We are seeing radioactive square kilometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can’t clean all this up…the units are still leaking radiation and emitting radioactive gases, plus an enormous amount of radioactive effluent…It will be at least a year before it stops boiling, and until it stops boiling, it’s going to be cranking out radioactive steam and liquids.”

GUNDERSEN WORRIES ABOUT FUTURE  QUAKES AND THEIR EFFECT “Unit four(4) is the most dangerous, its “Spent Fuel Pool” could topple…we are at a point where, if that happens, there is no science for this – no one has ever imagined having hot nuclear fuel lying outside the fuel pool. They’ve not figured out how to cool units three and four.  It is worrisome that after the earthquake in Sumatra there was an 8.6 [aftershock] about 90 days later; so we are not out of the woods yet.

THE BOTTOM LINE LOOKS GRIM for solving this crisis given current technological methods. “Units #1, # 2, and #3 have nuclear fuel on the floor from the melted core.  Worse yet,  #3 reactor has plutonium in the fuel (MOX) that must be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years…Somehow(perhaps) robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put the molten fuel in a container and store it for infinity.  Problem is: such  technology doesn’t yet exist. Nobody knows how to pick up a molten core from the floor of a reactor; there is no solution available now”.

IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 10 YEARS Gundersen believes, to design and implement the plan.”So ten to 15 years from now, maybe we can say the reactors have been dismantled, and in the meantime you wind up contaminating the water…We are already seeing Strontium [at] 250 times the allowable limits in the water table at Fukushima. Contaminated water tables are incredibly difficult to clean. So I think we will have a contaminated aquifer in the area of the Fukushima site for a long, long time to come.”  It is terrible to contemplate that “With Three-Mile-Island, Chernobyl, and now with Fukushima, you can pinpoint the exact day and time they started, Gunderson said, but they never end.”

FUKUSHIMA EFFECT ON N.W. of the U.S.– Physician Janette Sherman, MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano said: “There is and should be concern about younger people being exposed, and the Japanese government will be giving out radiation monitors to children,”  An essay she published shed light on a 35 % spike in infant mortality in U.S. N.W. cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant. The eight cities included in the report are San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Portland, Seattle, and Boise, and the time frame of the report included the ten weeks immediately following the disaster.

RADIOACTIVE – CAR ENGINE AIR FILTERS Gunderson said:  “We are discovering hot particles everywhere in Japan, even in Tokyo…Scientists are finding these everywhere. Over the last 90 days these hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. A lot of people are picking these up in car engine air filters…Radioactive air filters from cars in Fukushima prefecture, and Tokyo are now common; and in the greater Seattle area of the US as well…The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer”.

JAPANESE PHYSICIST BLAMES U. S. FOR USE OF URANIUM Dr Shoji Sawada, a theoretical particle physicist and Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University in Japan is concerned about the types of nuclear plants in his country, and the fact that most of them are of US design. He states: “Most of the reactors in Japan were designed by US companies who did not care for the effects of earthquakes…I think this problem applies to all nuclear power stations across Japan… Using nuclear power to produce electricity in Japan is a product of the nuclear policy of the US…Most of the Japanese scientists at that time, the mid-1950s, considered that the technology of nuclear energy was under development or not established enough, and that it was too early to be put to practical use…The Japan Scientists Council recommended the Japanese government not use this technology yet, but the government accepted to use enriched uranium to fuel nuclear power stations, and was thus subjected to US government policy… the creation of nuclear fission generates radioactive materials for which there is simply no knowledge informing us how to dispose of the radioactive waste safely…Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations;  to do otherwise, is simply an immoral act…That is my belief, both as a scientist and as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

To read the original story, click on link below.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201161664828302638.html

MY TAKE

Dear Readers,
Please excuse my having taken heavy license to clarify and abbreviate this lengthy story.  We recognize that many of the concerns expressed therein have surfaced before on this forum as well.  Even so, we thought it proper to hear them from someone as authoritative on such matters as Arnold Gundersen.

We should take note that this very important story appeared on Aljazeera, and not in the Western Media.  My take is that a large segment of our Western Media is covering up the Fukushima story in an effort to protect the Uranium Cartel.  Oh! I am sure they rationalize it to their publishers as: “Let’s not create panic among our readers”; Specially when there are such important non-news to cover as someone’s sexual aberrations, the love children of the rich and famous, or the mother who killed her beautiful child for incomprehensible reasons.

Such is life in the World today, but events such as Fukushima are beginning to change our world (as we know it) in transcendental ways; For Instance, both Italy and Germany have said “no to Nukes! It was Honest Abe who said: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”. -Wake-up America!  Complacency has a heavy price – Just ask Japan!

gonzedo

June 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM Comments (5)