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WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS! EVEN IN JAPAN (SADLY – SELDOM IN TEXAS)

30 Jul 2011

TORRENTIAL RAINS FORCE EVACUATIONS IN Japan’s N.E. Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures. About 9,000 people have evacuated out of some 400,000, who were asked to do so. Several spots of the two prefectures have seen rainfall exceeding 25 inches since last Wednesday, causing floods and landslides with significant loss of life and property. Two people have been killed, and five others are missing.

IN NIIGATA PREFECTURE The Igarashi River in Sanjo flooded, leading local authorities to evacuate 10,000 residents nearby.  A total of about 184,000 people(in some 59,000 households in seven cities and one town) were advised to evacuate.   Some were evacuated to enable work to discharge water that overflowed two(2) dams in the city of Sanjo. Evacuation directives were also issued to some 1,200 others(in about 300 households).  Prefecture Officials asked the Ground Self-Defense Force to dispatch troops to help rescue residents who are missing or stranded due to mudslides and other water-related disasters.

IN FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE the towns of Tadami, and Mishama issued an evacuation advisory to all of its residents.  About 4,800 people in some 1,800 households are homeless.

No one in government is talking about what role the flooding will have on spreading the radiation on the ground.  NO, IT WILL NOT WASH IT AWAY, IT WILL JUST MIGRATE  ELSEWHERE DOWNSTREAM, OR INTO THE SEA.

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ANOTHER STRONG QUAKE  JOLTS FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE early 31 Jul 2011; in the same region that was devastated by a massive 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami earlier this year. The U.S. Geological Survey(USGS) says the quake had a 6.4 Richter magnitude (that makes three(3) such 6.4 quakes in succession ).  The quake epicenter was at a depth of about 43 kilometers in the Pacific Ocean, near the east coast of Japan’s Honshu island, 185 kilometers N.E. of Tokyo. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake, and no tsunami warning was issued.

NO NEW DAMAGE – Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the latest tremor did not cause any new damage to the fatally damaged Dai No.1 plant.  MY CONCERN ABOUT FOLLOW-ON QUAKES CONTINUES TO BE THAT THE “SPENT-FUEL-POOL” LOCATED ON TOP of Nuke no 4 (already leaning to the outside of the building ), could topple creating the world’s first uncontrolled dumping (for want of a new term) on the grounds of  SEVERAL NUKE LOADS OF “TRANSURANICS”- EXTREMELY PERSISTENT Isotopes of all kinds. (Truly mean stuff).  THERE IS (to my knowledge)NO EXISTING TECHNOLOGY TO HANDLE SUCH A CALAMITY.   

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THEFT OF ABANDONED HOMES IN “NO -GO” ZONE A REAL PROBLEM. Prefecture and Municipal governments in Fukushima Prefecture are demanding compensation for victims of burglaries committed in the no-entry zone around the Fukushima Dai No.1 nuclear power plant.  Since the nuclear accident, there have been more burglaries in about two months, than in the whole of last year. Residents have confirmed losses from burglaries during short visits back home. According to Prefectural Police(PPs – tongue-in-cheek), as of 28 Jul 2011, there were 376 REPORTS OF BURGLARIES, involving property worth a total of about  $200,000.  Residents reason that since TEPCO caused the evacuation, they are liable…HMM!! It will be very hard to make that stick.  FOLKS, ADVICE FROM TEXAS:  Do not get lawyers involved!  Only they will get anything!  Here, there, and everywhere.

Hideki Ishibashi, an Associate Professor of Civil law at “Ritsumeikan University’s College of Law”, and an expert in compensation matters, said: “Because there was action committed by third parties, namely the thieves, the link of responsibility is broken”. SORRY ABOUT THAT!  WHAT IS SAD TO CONTEMPLATE IS HOW THIN THE VENEER OF HONESTY SOME CITIZENS EXHIBIT IN DIFFICULT/TRYING TIMES.  If this can happen in Japan, it can happen worse elsewhere. Remember New Orleans after Katrina? No one likes to -now!

P.S. We have received many “ SPAM COMMENTS” covertly seeking free advertisement for their stuff, or selling software to make me rich.  DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME, I AM NOT IN THIS FOR PROFIT!

gonzedo

July 30, 2011 at 10:29 PM Comments (0)

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE QUESTIONNAIRES – JUST A USELESS NEEDLESS IMPOSITION

26 Jul 2011

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE (STATE) is worried about health problems stemming from radiation leaked from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.  Such worries have been exacerbated by the finding of “hot-spots” in Fukushima City (some 60 Km from the plant). So, the Fukushima State government has decided to carry out health checks on all of the about 2 million residents in the State. PROBLEM IS: LENGTHY QUESTIONNAIRES – WHAT GOOD ARE THEY?

“DO I HAVE TO WRITE-IN SO MUCH DETAIL ?” asked Mrs. Makiko Kowata, 37 who has been taking shelter in the City of Fukushima after evacuating from Namiemachi (located within the no-go zone around the crippled nuclear power plant).  She was unpleasantly surprised when she saw the questionnaire from the State government in mid-July. External radiation exposure is estimated based on data about radiation in the air and a person’s activities. Kowata has been asked to write a MINUTE-BY-MINUTE ACCOUNT about what she did for the two(2) weeks after the disaster. She is also asked to write the amount of vegetables, fruits and milk she consumed through the end of March 2011;  However, since the disaster, Kowata has moved many times from evacuation centers in and outside the prefecture to her relatives’ and acquaintances’ houses with her 37-year-old husband and their three daughters.  She said the health check may be necessary for children;  But, as for me: “I don’t remember what I did four(4) months ago. If the government planned to conduct this research, it should’ve told us earlier. Then I would/could have recorded what I ate, and where I went…I wonder if precise radiation exposure can be estimated through this kind of questionnaire” – She ponders angrily.

ANOTHER FUKUSHIMA STATE RESIDENT Mr. Katsuaki Honda, 66, who lives in the Watarimatsuho district in Fukushima State, measured radiation levels in his yard using a dosimeter that his community association had purchased. The result was between 3.2 and 3.5 (mS) per hour – close to the outdoor activity restriction limit of 3.8 mS. Thinking it was a problem, he removed the grass from his lawn with a hoe. His grandchildren, aged 3 and 5, who live in the neighborhood, have not visited his house to play due to radiation fears;  Now, Honda says with a sadly bitter smile: “The other day, I met them at a restaurant and we were able to eat together,”

The State government also plans to closely monitor internal radiation levels taken in through food, targeting about 200,000 people from evacuation areas; However, it is likely that very little radioactive material will be detected, according to experts.  In addition to the fact that ingested radioactive material is carried out of the body in urine, radioactive iodine has a half-life of just eight days.  FOLKS, ALL THESE STATISTICAL IMPOSITIONS SEEM LIKE “MAKE-WORK” MEASURES THAT WILL HELP NO-ONE, AND BURDEN ANALYSTS FOR YEAR TO COME.  IT IS CLEAR THE EFFORT IS NOT BEING RUN BY SCIENTISTS, BUT BY BUREAUCRATS.  PUT PLAINLY, IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO HELP MANY CITIZENS, AND QUESTIONNAIRES ARE A WASTE OF TIME, AND A VIOLATION OF PRIVACY RIGHTS.

Makoto Akashi, Executive Director of Japan’s “National Institute of Radiological Sciences”, said: “I don’t think radioactive iodine will be detected. It’s likely that State residents were not exposed to high levels of radiation, but I don’t think it’s possible to make a precise estimate of their radiation exposure.” Some experts have questioned whether exact radiation exposure can ever be tested four(4) months after height of the radioactive spew.  Thanks to The Yomiuri Shimbun for quotations,  26 Jul 2011.

MEANWHILE THE CITY(Municipality )OF FUKUSHIMA tried on 24 Jul 2011(Sunday) to remove radioactive materials from school routes, and other locations in a the Watari District believed ( don’t they know?) to be a “hot spot” , by mobilizing some 400 experts and 3500 residents in the effort. Although Fukushima City, the State Capital, is about 60 km from the stricken Fukushima Dai No.1 nuclear power plant, its Watari district showed higher radiation levels than elsewhere in the city in a survey in Jun 2011.  A specialized cleaning vehicle (Mechanized broom?) brushed around 1.5 km of roads on routes; especially those used by children to commute to school, while residents removed soil and weeds from and around ditches.  With over 300 “experts” on hand, one hopes all necessary safety measures were observed, to preserve the workers health. If the effort proves successful, it could be applied to other local areas.  Now, the city plans to monitor radiation in the district after several days, to gauge the result of their decontamination effort.

DETAILS ON THE CLEANUP ARE SCANT; HOWEVER, WHILE WE APPLAUD THE CITIZEN’S SELF-SACRIFICE AND EFFORT (IN THE ABSENCE OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE)WE REGRET TO SAY CONTAMINATED SOIL IS NOT LIKE SNOW.  It will not melt or go away for perhaps thousands of years.  ENSURING THE REMOVED SOIL IS PLACED IN REMOTE, IMPERMEABLY-LINED PITS, TO PREVENT LEACHING INTO ADJACENT WATER; THEN, COVERED-UP TO PREVENT RAIN FROM ACCELERATING THE PROCESS IS A NECESSITY. 

“A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON”  Late Singer Jerry Lee Lewis never imagined such events: On 23 Jul 2011(Saturday afternoon), a magnitude 6.4 quake struck off the east coast of Honshu; Then, on 25 Jul 2011(Monday 03:51) a magnitude 6.2 quake struck, also with an epicenter 282 km northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 35.6km in the Pacific Ocean, 94km east of Fukushima State.  Both quakes were felt in Tokyo, but no losses or casualties reported.

NATURE TOO IS RATCHETING UP FEARS. Last week two magnitude 5+ quakes were felt.  This week, both earthquakes were in the magnitude 6.2 Richter class.  It is amazing no losses were reported.  Quakes such as this could have had disastrous effects on other parts of the world.  It is no wonder Japan’s suicide rate is significantly higher.

gonzedo

July 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM Comments (10)

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) ALSO SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES

22 Jul 2011

WASHINGTON – Despite calls by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko for swift action,  three(3) of the five (5) NRC Commissioners  have given notice that they wish to move(MORE) slowly on at least some new recommendations from its staff, on how to reduce the chance of a Fukushima-type accident at an American Nuke.  The recommendations, were issued last week, by a team of six(6) senior NRC staff members. Mr. Jaczko said that since the task force had completed its evaluation in 90 days, the Commissioners should be able to decide within a similar time frame what changes to make in safety regulations, although the reforms themselves would take longer. (MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES TO SAFETY REGULATIONS ASAP). 

This is not the first indication of conflict of interests (OH – YES! THIS IS ABOUT NOT SPENDING MONEY)within the NRC. After an inquiry, the Commission’s Inspector General reported last month that some staff members were troubled by Mr. Jaczko’s “aggressive management style” and by his decision to halt the staff’s work on Energy.  SEE THERE , JACZKO IS A MEAN DUDE! – COME ON YE WHINING HYPOCRITES!

On 20 Jul 2100 (Wednesday), a day after the task force briefed the commissioners on the post-Fukushima report, Commissioner, William D. Magwood IV, posted a statement at the commission’s Web site asserting that the task force had worked “without the benefit of the full analytical resources of the agency.” Given its 90-day mandate, “it was not possible to give all issues the consideration they deserve,” he wrote. (LET ME DRAG MY FEET ! – IT REDUCES THE ITCH).

Another NRC Commissioner, Kristine L. Svinicki, also posted a statement that said: “I do not have a sufficient basis to accept or reject the recommendations of the Near-Term Task Force…the agency should proceed with the systematic and methodical review of lessons learned.” A VERY IRRESOLUTE COMMENT – GIVE ME MORE PROOF! (THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT PROOF IN THE WORLD FOR IRRESOLUTE PERSONS – THEY AVOID RESPONSIBILITY AS THE PLAGUE). Both commissioners noted that the task force had found no imminent threat to public health and safety from continued operation of the nation’s 104 power reactors, or from extending their licenses.

A third Commissioner, William C. Ostendorff,  said at the 19 Jul 2011 meeting:  I personally do not believe that our existing regulatory framework is broken.” (IF IT AIN’T BROKE- DON’T FIX IT).  See there, no problem!

The NRC Task Force recommended some specific improvements (see par. below),  and some sweeping reforms, like integrating decades of regulations and informal changes in operating practices into a single framework that systematically addresses the full range of safety risks. For example, some equipment stored at nuclear reactors in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks such as portable pumps, hoses, extra batteries and extra sources of energy protected from flooding, and the periodic inspection of all such contingency items to ensure reliability.  Currently, such items are not regularly tested, the task force found.  ALL OF THE ABOVE MAKE GOOD SENSE TO THOSE LOOKING TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, BUT NOT TO THOSE WISHING TO MAINTAIN THE “STATUS-QUO” IN A BROKEN-DOWN FATALLY-FLAWED INDUSTRY, FOR A LONGER TIME. 

THE STUDY RECOMMENDED: (1)periodic re-evaluation of earthquake risk as an understanding of geology evolves, and (2)rethinking the design of vents that have been added to some reactors to control excess pressures and get rid of hydrogen, to prevent a repeat of the Fukushima disastrous events of 11 Mar 2011.  Similar vents to those at Fukushima exist at reactors of the same type in the U.S.  NATURALLY, the nuclear industry argues that not enough is known about the vents at Fukushima or the recent sequence of events there to justify changes in the United States.  NO LESSONS LEARNED – EVEN ON THIS ONE EASY TO VERIFY ENGINEERING  ISSUE.

USA Rep. EDWARD J. MARKEY (D-MASS) feels the issue of “how urgently to move” is acquiring a partisan character. On 20 Jul 2011 (Wednesday), Markey, a longtime critic of nuclear safety regulation, said that Commissioners Svinicky, and Magwood; who posted comments, “want to direct the NRC staff to endlessly study the NRC staff’s own report before they will even consider a single recommendation made by the very same NRC staff…We do not need another study to study the NRC staff’s study,” he said in a statement.

On 18Jul 2011(Monday) the Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took the opposite tack. After reviewing the task force’s report, they urged Mr. Jaczko in a letter to proceed slowly.  “We believe it is essential that the Commission have the benefit of the full and deliberate process of review, in accordance with established commission procedures, its principles of good regulation and statutory requirements.”

Thanks to N.Y. Times for quotes, 21 Jul 2011

OUR TAKE:

This article(Post) is a sequel to: NRC TASK FORCE 90-DAY REPORT / GUIDELINES FOR US NUKE INDUSTRY DUE SOON  Dated 14 July 2011

The NRC must vote to move forward expeditiously with improving nuclear power plant safety for our Nation. Anything less would be abdicating its job of protecting public health and safety, IN THE INTEREST OF MONETARY INTERESTS; THE RUB IS: THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF “SPENT-FUEL”, WHICH IS FAR MORE TOXIC THAN THE URANIUM THAT GOES INTO NUKES, CONTINUES TO BE THE ACHILLES HEEL OF THAT GIGANTIC INDUSTRY/CARTEL

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28 Jul 2011  UPDATE : Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass), said in a statement today that  Commissioners Magwood, Ostendorff and Svinicki “have done this country a tremendous disservice in their collective votes to ensure that the NRC will not lead efforts to ensure the safety of the nuclear industry sector”.  As the old saying goes: “YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE HIM DRINK”.   

We must point out that it was precisely such “Penny wise, and Pound foolish” attitude by colluding Japanese politicians, and “for profit” Nuclear Industrialists that led to the Fukushima Dai No. 1 Tragedy.  Such actions point clearly to corruption in high places, in the U.S. as well.

HERE WE THOUGHT WE WERE PROTECTED BY THE NRC, BUT IT TURNS OUT IT IS JUST JUST ONE MORE GOVERNMENTAL “PAPER TIGER”.  NOT GOOD NEWS AT ALL!!. CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS NOW!

gonzedo

July 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM Comments (0)

JAPAN’S GOVERNMENT STILL “FROZEN INTO INACTION” ABOUT CONTAMINATED FOOD

17 Jul 2011.

The NY Times reports that the Second-biggest retailer in Japan” AEON, admitted on 17 Jul 2011 (Sunday) that it had sold beef from cattle that ate (“WAS FED” – IS MORE LIKELY) cesium contaminated feed. Aeon said it had sold the contaminated beef at a store in Tokyo, and at more than a dozen stores in the surrounding area. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said that 136 cattle are so far known to have been fed contaminated rice straw, and sold.  They do not say if they found their AEON beef tasty!  Do You think?  Remember: “IT DOES NOT COOK-OUT EITHER”

AEON IS JAPAN’S NO.2 FOOD RETAILER, and trails only “Seven & I” Holdings in the retail sector, confessed it had sold 319 kilograms, (703) pounds, of the tainted beef from April 27 to June 20 at one shop in Tokyo, and at other shops in Kanagawa and Chiba. Aeon also admitted having sold the contaminated beef at outlets in Shizuoka and Ishikawa, in central Japan.  BOY HOWDY! – THOSE 700 LBS OF BEEF SURE WENT A LONG WAY!  AEON added that it would start to check beef shipments from all areas that could be contaminated.  Yeah! Now hey will check, but where is the Japanese equivalent of the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors?  WHY NO FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOGS IN JAPAN?  IF THEY ENTRUST THEIR LIFE TO THE LEGENDARY BASIC HONESTY OF THEIR PEOPLE, I FEAR FOR THEIR “LOSS OF INNOCENCE”, OR WORSE.  

GOSHNI HOSONO “TALKS THE TALK, BUT DOES NOT WALK THE WALK”  Hosono the “Central Cabinet Minister responsible for coordinating the nuclear cleanup”, said on a Television Program Sunday, that the government was “now likely” to ban shipments of beef from around Fukushima;  He added: “The most likely outcome is that we will ban beef shipments…We are discussing the matter along these lines. We have to ensure food safety.”  WE KNOW FROM PAST EXPERIENCE WITH MR. HOSONO’s REMARKS, THAT HE IS AT BEST IRRESOLUTE, AND AT WORST  CRIMINALLY REMISS IN HIS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. He should be replaced ASAP for the good of Japan.

BEEF CONTAMINATED WITH CESIUM (deadly stuff) levels three(3) to six(6) times higher than safety standards, was found last week in beef cattle shipped to Tokyo from a rancher in the city of Minamisoma (near the Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuke power plant). Agriculture ministry officials have said that consuming such meat “a few times” poses no immediate health risks.  Y’OU-MAMA! THAT MINISTER IS EITHER NAÏVE, OR COVERING-UP ILLICIT BEEF-SALES OPERATIONS.  CONSIDER THIS:  RETAILER AEON ADMITS SELLING 703 LBS OF SUCH BEEF- THAT IS LESS THAN ONE CARCASS.  PROBLEM IS: OVER 136 HEAD OF BEEF CATTLE WERE REPORTED SOLD.

UPDATE – 18 Jul 2011 , The Wall Street Journal reports that Fukushima Prefecture government said Monday that 411 more beef cattle (steers) potentially contaminated with radioactive cesium have been shipped around Japan. A development sure to fuel food-safety fear. Today’s announcement said the rice-straw feed tested  at more than 500 times the government’s safety limit. This after weeks of reassurance from the government that measures are in place to ensure food from the region near the stricken Fukushima Dai No. 1 nuclear reactor is safe, sudden rise in both the number of cattle fed contaminated rice-straw, and the very high levels of cesium in the straw will exacerbate concerns over food safety, and the government’s evident NO GIVE A DAMN! attitude.  The spread of potentially contaminated beef around the nation, and to some of its best-known stores, will/should surely intensify pressure on the government to ban all cattle shipments from Fukushima, and even neighboring prefectures.  THE QUESION IS :  WHY ARE STORE OPERATORS, OR THE GOVERNMENT, NOT CHECKING THE BEEF ON THEIR COUNTERS WITH A VIEW TO REMOVE IT?  AS IF WE DID NOT KNOW THE ANSWER!  TRULY SAD DEVELOPMENTS .

20 Jul 2011 – UPDATE, Reuters reports that just after Tokyo ordered the suspension of all beef cattle shipments from Fukushima prefecture after discovering that cattle fed rice-straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium, that an additional 735 cattle had been shipped nationwide.  Now a total of 1,235 contaminated cattle have been reported shipped from Fukushima, and seven(7) other prefectures, to other parts of Japan;  That is up from the 500 heads reported only yesterday.  ONCE AGAIN “BIG BROTHER” DID “TOO LITTLE TOO LATE”.  JAPAN’S CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LITERALY CLOSED THE GATES AFTER THE CATTLE WAS GONE!.. BEWARE !  THERE MAY  SOON BE A ” HOT-BEEF SALE” ALL OVER JAPAN.  Eat it at your own peril.  “BIG-BROTHER” WHERE ART THOU! 

NEARLY ALL FOOD AND WATER CONTAMINATED TO SOME EXTENT coming from areas near Dai No 1. Nukes, have been halted because of high radiation levels. Crates of contaminated vegetables, tea, milk, seafood, and water have already stoked anxiety in Japan, despite assurances from officials that the levels are not dangerous.

SEAFOOD ALSO FOUND TO BE TAINTED in tiny Kounago village.  Fish in waters near Fukushima were found to contain cesium at levels above safety limits (not surprisingly so), stoking worries about seafood in a country where sushi and sashimi(raw sea-fish) are eaten widely.

Folks, lets keep hoping for the best, and planning for the worst.  The real trials and tribulations of the Japanese people are just beginning.

Respectfully,

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09 Aug 2011 UPDATE – RADIOACTIVE FISH CONFIRMED IN JAPAN

GREENPEACE SAID the government must work quickly to ensure the safety of consumers, including measures to trace the origin of such products. Wakao Hanaoka, the oceans campaigner for Greenpeace Japan, said: “We have requested the Fisheries Agency, and the Consumer Affairs Agency, to label each fish with its origin as well as the level of radiation contamination…Under the current circumstances, consumers cannot purchase (fish) with complete knowledge that it is safe”.  Hanaoka also revealed that Greenpeace has requested major retailers in Japan to take part in providing safe fish, possibly through establishing their own screening system for radiation and providing accurate data of the product to consumers. Allowing only safe fish to hit the market will ultimately be the key to reviving Fukushima’s fisheries.  HE IS REALLY SAYING: DO THIS OR YOUR FISHERIES INDUSTRY WILL DIE.

THE RUB IS: BEEF IS “ORIGIN-TAGGED”; WHILE FISH IS NOT The farm ministry tags every cow with a 10-digit identification number that consumers can use to trace where the beef they purchase came from; However, a similar system for fish hasn’t been set up yet. ”

FRENCH LABS CONFIRMED that Samples of fish were obtained between July 22 and 24 2011,  and examined at laboratories certified by the French nuclear authority, Greenpeace said.

gonzedo

 

July 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM Comments (10)

JAPAN’S CENTRAL GOVT. SEEMS “FROZEN INTO INACTION” IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY

16 Jul 2011

WHAT’S THE “BEEF” ??(American expresion for: what is the complaint?).  More than four(4) months after the Fukushima Tragedy, Japan’s Central Government has not yet set-up a system to check food for radiation; Instead, they “Pass the Buck” to testing carried out by Prefectures and Municipalities. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said that one beef sample tested at 650 becquerels(Bq) per kilogram (kg), exceeding the maximum limit of 500 Bq per kg. The radioactive Isotope Cesium was found in large quantity in the hay-feed given to the cattle.  Cesium has an affinity for calcium, hence it goes for the bones; and there, begins to change the human DNA to produce cancers of several sorts. NOT A GOOD THING!  YOU CAN’T SEE IT, YOU CAN’T SMELL IT… AND YOU CAN’T COOK IT OUT EITHER!

A THIRD SHIPMENT OF RADIOACTIVE BEEF has been reported since last weekend, unfortunately, officials believe much of it has already been consumed. It is as though the Central Government has abdicated its responsibilities to Japan as a whole. IN THE LATEST SUCH INCIDENT, A cattle farm in the town of Minamisoma (just outside the 20 kilometer no-go zone placed around the Fukushima nuclear plant), was found to have shipped meat from cows fed with straw containing 75,000 Bq of cesium per kg.

WORSE YET, The Central government has sought to assure the public that there is no immediate health threat from eating “standard servings” of the beef.  Those who say so, are either “lying through their teeth” to protect their nonchalance, or incredibly ignorant;  SO, THEY DO NOTHING! to protect the people of Japan. AS WE SAY IN TEXAS: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW, COWBOY!  For now, officials are also calling it an isolated incident, while vowing to increase inspections of food in wake of the country’s nuclear crisis.  WE’LL SEE!

RADIATION DOSIMETERS (GEIGER COUNTERS) ARE A “HOT” COMMODITY.  Not surprisingly: “It was a wave of panic buying,” Huang said…it was absolutely a seller’s market,” with some manufacturers selling out a year’s worth of inventory in a week through March and April.. we have since restocked supplies”;  PROBLEM IS: Most of the dosimeters on the market now are questionably accurate, and tend to break-own often. Contaminated products including spinach, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tea, milk, plums beef, and fish with cesium-137, and iodine radioactive Isotopes as far as 360 kilometers from Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuclear station. Unfortunately, it is clear radioactivity has entered the food chain over much of the Japanese mainland.

FORTUNATELY, Japan’s “Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology” has handed out 1,700 dosimeters made by Tokyo-based Fuji Electric Co. to kindergartens, elementary and middle schools since April.  We say fortunately because dosimeters are not inexpensive: somewhere betweent $200 and $800 ea.  Japanese people prefer those made elsewhere in the world: “The Russian and Ukrainian-made dosimeters sell out in a flash.”

MEANWHILE AT FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1, Nuke plant, 15 Jul 2011  The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that a contaminated water filtration system was temporarily shut-down after a pipe junction snapped. About 1.3 gallons of radioactive water leaked following the break last 13 Jul 2011(Wednesday). TEPCO said repairing the break will require human intervention, but the high radiation levels of 100-150 millisieverts per hour in the surrounding area make it very difficult to get to the system and, it was unclear when the repairs would be completed.  This is bad news!

One has to feel compassion for the Japanese people these days. A weak, in-cohesive, irresolute Central government, contaminated food, soil, and water(in some areas).  Even Mother Nature continues to “rattle” the country with 5+ magnitude quakes all too frequently still.  It is no wonder there are reports of many young women and children leaving Japan to go to Okinawa. Fortunately for those folks, they are very welcome there, although for how long that will continue remains to be seen.  In most such cases, the husbands found it necessary to remain in Japan to earn a living,  thus adding  family separation to their daily stresses.

Gonzedo 

July 16, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments (11)

NRC TASK FORCE 90-DAY REPORT / GUIDELINES FOR US NUKE INDUSTRY DUE SOON

14 July 2011

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is(SUPPOSED TO BE) the U.S. nuclear industry’s “top cop”.  Their immediate task is to weigh major changes in how it regulates the country’s 104 reactors using the Fukushima Tragedy as a “Lessons-Learned” frame of reference.  The task force’s recommendations will be considered in a formal hearing on 19 Jul 2011, and will be part of a longer-term review.

THE TASK FORCE (APPOINTED BY THE NRC) praised new reactor designs(none exist yet)  that include “passive cooling” features, saying the new designs would be in line with many of its recommendations. Accordingly, It urged the NRC to complete its review “without delay” of Toshiba-Shaw’s Westinghouse AP1000 reactor and GE-Hitachi’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor(ESBWR).  The AP1000 is the reactor design of choice for the nation’s first new nuclear plants in 30 years: Southern in Georgia, and SCANA in South Carolina. Gregory Jackzo, NRC chairman said: “I am proud of the diligence and dedication of the Task Force, and look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to respond to these recommendations”.

THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE (NEI) IS A NUCLEAR INDUSTRY LOBBY that recognizes that applying the Task Force retro-fitting/modification recommendations would cost their industry $billions; so they appear to want to delay implementations of any recommendations at this time. They argue that the “longer-term review” now under way would incorporate more definitive information about the Fukushima disaster. Tony Pietrangelo, NEI Senior V.P. , and chief nuclear officer, said the Task Force’s 90 day report does not cite significant data from the Fukushima experience to support many of its recommendations: “Given the mammoth challenge it faced in gathering, and evaluating the still-incomplete information from Japan, the agency (NRC) should seek broader engagement with stakeholders on the task force report, to ensure that its decisions are made in the light of the best information possible,” – SOUNDS LIKE FOOT-DRAGGING! YOU KNOW! – PUT-OFF UNTIL TOMORROW, WHAT YOU DON’T  REALLY WANT TO DO.

THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS (UCS) expert nuclear watchdog said if anything, the NRC’s 90 -day review does not go far enough. UCS offered a list of 23 recommendations for making nuclear power (which it does not oppose) a safer means of generating electricity.  David Lochbaum, who worked in the US nuclear industry for 17 years, and is now a UCS expert said: “Japan’s reactor designs are similar, their protective barriers are similar, and their regulations are, in some cases, even stronger…If a U.S reactor were faced with a similar challenge, maybe not the exact combo of earthquake and tsunami, but some other natural disaster or human error, it’s unlikely that the story would have a happier ending…What the Task force did not address, is the need for the NRC to extend the scope of its regulations to include “severe,” or extreme, low-probability accidents. Instead, the agency’s regulations concentrate on design-basis accidents (those that US reactors must be designed to withstand).  The industry’s voluntary severe-accident GUIDELINES ARE NOT ENOUGH to protect the public, especially when a significant number of Nuke Operators do not pay attention to those guidelines”.  Among other things, Lochbaum wants the NRC to: (1)make the emergency planning zone around plants greater than 10 miles; (2)require plant owners to transfer “spent fuel” from storage pools to less-vulnerable “dry-casks” after five years; and (3)force owners of more than 40 reactors to comply fully with fire-protection regulations that the agency established decades ago.

NRC’s “TASK-FORCE” SAYS: NRC regulations on handling station blackouts need to be expanded and improved . At the Fukushima Dai No. 1, the tsunami wiped out backup power. It is vital to boost regulatory requirements – including so-called “coping capability” to exist safely without electrical power until such time a generators arrive, or outside power is restored. (THEY SEEM TO SUGGEST THE NEED FOR “PASSIVE COOLING”- SUCH AS ENVISIONED FOR THE “GEN III+ NUKES”. The Task Force concludes that revising and expanding the ‘coping capability’, to include measures for  cooling the “spent- fuel”, preventing a loss-of-coolant accident, and preventing a containment failure would be a significant benefit,” the Task Force report says.  WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THAT???-GET REAL!  JUST TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO ENSURE OUR SAFETY. 

Now it is up to the five-member NRC to decide which ideas to accept, and how quickly to proceed in dealing with an industry where new safety plant retrofits/modifications can run into $ Billions. THE RUB ISTHE FINAL DISPOSITION OF “SPENT-FUEL”, WHICH IS FAR MORE TOXIC THAN THE URANIUM THAT GOES INTO NUKES, CONTINUES TO BE THE ACHILLES HEEL OF THAT GIGANTIC INDUSTRY/CARTEL.

Gonzedo

July 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM Comments (34)

CHINA TO SPEND MILLIONS ON THORIUM-FUELED NUKE RESEARCH / DEVELOPMENT

12 Jul 2011

CHINA FREEZES APPROVAL OF URANIUM-FUELED NUKES The public outcry following the problems at the Fukushima plant led to The Chinese government (Beijing) putting a freeze on approvals of new uranium-fueled Nukes, and to require additional safety checks at all 25 Uranium-fueled Nukes currently under construction. PROBLEM IS: China is currently 80% reliant on coal-fired electrical generation and choking in coal fumes, so they see nuclear energy as a green viable alternative;  However, with the global opinion now firmly against the highly dangerous use of Uranium-fueled nuclear power ( as evidenced by the Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuke plant Tragedy), China is looking for clean safe nuclear power alternatives.

ENTER THORIUM AS THE NUCLEAR FUEL OF THE FUTURE China is looking at spearheading efforts to make the nuclear industry safer by investing millions into research with reactors powered by the element Thorium – a metal, proponents say, is as common as lead, and  which, despite some concerns, would lead to nuclear power plants with far fewer safety issues as well as other benefits.

Wang Kan, leader of the Chinese “Tsinghua University Thorium Research Team” said: “Thorium-based reactors certainly have advantages…The energy release from Thorium is greater than from Uranium, the by-products from using Thorium are less toxic than from Uranium, and it’s much harder to make weapons from those by-products.”

Uploaded by Russia Today, 10 Jul 2011

MY TAKE

Please note that once again our Murdock Media Empire shunned this story, and that it was Russia who released it.  Fortunately both the Murdock Media Empire, and The Uranium Cartel are fast loosing their grip.  It is almost as hard to find real news in the Western World, as it is in Japan; that “tell it like it is”.  The Western media moguls are covering-up any news adverse to the very powerful Energy Cartels such as Uranium, Coal, Oil and Gas.

These days, the government of China is burdened with runaway industrial growth, choking air pollution, a more educated, ever more demanding society, whose energy demands are extremely hard to satisfy.  In China however, its central government is now willing to look at non-uranium fueled Nuclear power generation.  Thorium is a much safer, plentiful, and produces far fewer long- life radioactive isotopes.  Please see our recent article (Page) listed at right and titled : “It is High Time to Re-think Thorium as Fuel of The Future”.

We are glad to see China has put a “freeze” on any more Nukes, and to require additional safety checks at all 25 Uranium-fueled Nukes currently under construction.  It is clear t he Fukushima Tragedy is causing a political “double take”.  Even so, it is a bit disheartening that China is only willing to invest millions on Thorium Nuke Research & Development (R & D).  Such an effort will require Billions; not Millions of Dollar equivalents to succeed.  As a frame of financial reference, consider that it currently costs between $6B and $12B to build a single Nuke.

It is possible however, that China might consider allowing the Chinese “Tsinghua University Thorium Research Team” to “Modify” one of its Uranium Nukes under construction to use Thorium as a fuel.  Such a step would yield quicker, and cheaper R & D.  OUR WORLD NEEDS SOMEONE TO LEAD THE THORIUM NUKE DEVELOPMENT RACE, AND IT WILL NOT LIKELY BE THE WEST.  We certainly hope China will consider such initiative.  Western Cartels are too corrupted and colluded to do so.

gonzedo

July 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM Comments (3)

IS AN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL EXODUS BEGINNING IN JAPAN? IT SEEMS SO

11 Jul 2011

MANY JAPANESE INDUSTRIES SEE A NEED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. According to a survey by the “Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry” in May 2011, 69% of the 163 participating companies said that the March 2011 Fukushima catastrophe would accelerate the complete or partial relocation of Japanese parts makers to other countries.

SIGNS OF MAJOR SOCIAL CHANGE OCCURRING TODAY The Nippon Life Insurance Research Institute(NLIRI) is a “for profit” Corp. established in 2005 “to adequately meet the diverse and growing needs of society… with a mission to fulfill the needs of basic research and formulate solutions on a broad range of issues. These issues span the domestic and international economy, from finance and industry to urban development, and the supply of services to meet minimum living standards”.  NLIRI believes that the SIGNS OF MAJOR SOCIAL CHANGE ARE OCCURRING TODAY, point to the need for “think-tanks”; and that these, will become increasingly important.

“WE’RE GOING TO SEE A SHIFT IN THE INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE IN THE COUNTRY” said Koichi Haji, NLIRI’s Chief Economist.  Companies that use a large amount of electricity will consider more overseas production if they have power supply problems. Those that don’t have to use much power will find ways to save electricity…Fears of power shortages stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster are prompting companies to move to the Western part of Japan, and even overseas, to reduce the risk, while companies that own offices only in Tokyo, are taking steps to relocate, in order to reduce the risk of being hit by possible blackouts.

OMINOUSLY FOR JAPAN, Companies that need to use large amounts of electricity for long periods (ON A SUSTAINED BASIS), are planning to shift some of their production centers overseas…

“WHEN IT RAINS – IT POURS” Already burdened with the dollar’s prolonged weakness against the yen, and the highest corporate taxes in the industrialized world, many Japanese manufacturers are worried that instability in Tokyo’s power supply will undermine their global competitiveness. After quake and Tsunami March 11 crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant – Tokyo’s main power source, the government asked large-scale users in the east and northeast to reduce electricity use by 15 % starting 01 Jul 2011.  Kansai Electric Power Co., the biggest utility in western Japan, likewise asked companies and households to voluntarily cut power use by around 15 % until Sept. 22.

RISING ENERGY COSTS would present another threat to companies operating in eastern Japan. The rub is that Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) is facing enormous damages and compensation expenses to relocated victims, in addition to the huge long-term remediation/stabilization costs of it four(4) Dai No. 1 Nukes, plus their four (4) Spent Fuel Pools.  How else but to raise prices in the near future?  Somebody always pays!

ELECTRICITY IS ALSO A DIRE COMMERCIAL NEED; Surprisingly, even to Companies that rely completely on the Internet.  One such is “Kenko.com” which does all its buying and selling on the Internet.  They saw the light soon after March 11 because its only offices were in Tokyo.  Spokeswoman Haruka Takizawa said: “If we can’t log-in to our computers, we can’t have access to do anything at all…that means the company cannot receive orders, and cannot direct storehouses to ship products – including much-needed necessities such as bottled water and toilet paper, to customers”. Since May 2011, the Kenco.com has been moving some of its operations to the city of Fukuoka, Japan. Now they plan to expand to roughly 50% of its operations and staff to Fukuoka by the end of next March 2012”.  Additionally, Kenco.com has moved one of its storehouses in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, to Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, to reduce costs, and expedite deliveries.

OPTICAL-GLASS MAKERS “HOYA CORP” IS LEAVING JAPAN and its plant in Akishima, Tokyo. HOYA is already building a production plant in Shangdong, and plans to start its operations in December 2011.  Hoya spokeswoman Akiko Maeyama said: “The plan to build a new plant in China is to diversify our risks,”  HOYA’s problem is their Akishima plant was forced to switch-off its electric glass-making furnaces for a few hours a day during the rolling blackouts last March; This forced it to dig into its inventories, briefly curtailed output, and pressured them to set up a plant overseas to avoid any power outage which could damage melted raw material in the furnaces.

Nidec is a Kyoto-based Multi-National Corp. which acquired Emerson Electric Co.’s Motors & Controls Business in 2010.  Nidec Corp. claims that it needs uninterrupted electrical energy to succeed, so they looking to relocate some of their motor-testing facilities in Shiga Prefecture, and its development centers in Kyoto and Nagano, to overseas.  Nidec claims it must have a stable source of power to test the durability of its electric motors, which are used in automobiles and other machines. Such testing requires running motors without interruption for a couple of months; hence the need for reliable electricity supply.  Nidec Corp. already has 12 subsidiaries in countries such as Canada, Mexico, U.S. and the U.K.

Thanks to The Japan Times for quotations, 08 Jul 2011,

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20110708a1.html

MY TAKE:

On 30 Mar 2011 we published the article below at our SA-EN site. Unfortunately It is proving to be an early call for Japan’s leader’s to PLAN FOR THE WORST-NOW!  Time is being wasted!!

In my mind, the article above proves that clear -headed Japanese planners such as those at the NLIRI are now calling for “Think-Tanks” to plan for the very uncertain future of Japan as we now know it.  In the affairs of all nations there were/are “tipping points” which need(ed) to be recognized in time to prevent going down “the slippery slope” due to inaction. I believe Japan has reached that point in its history.  Things will never return to normal, and joint planning at the highest Governmental levels, Academia, Commerce, and Industry is in order now!!!

Very Respectfully,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

San Antonio, Texas

Home of a great Toyota Tundra Assembly Plant

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THE FUTURE OF JAPAN MADE UNCERTAIN BY THE FUKUSHIMA MULTIPLE MELTDOWNS.

30 Mar 2011

Mr. Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO), expressed his deep remorse for the accident at Fukushima in northern Japan, including explosions, the release of radiation and contamination of crops and tap water. Katsumata added that the Fukushima plant could be entombed in concrete (like Chernobyl – but a bigger – much bigger “sarcophagus”). Although Katsumata referred only to scrapping reactors No. 1, 2, 3 & 4, government officials and other experts have been saying for more than a week that the entire complex, including the less problematic reactors 5 and 6, eventually would have to be decommissioned. Katsumata’s remarks came even as authorities work heroically to bring the battered plant under control; even as they were considering new methods to limit radiation leakages from the facility, including draping some kind of large tarp or cloth over the reactors and, applying resin or glue to the ground to prevent contamination of the soil. SOUNDS VERY TEMPORARY AND QUESTIONABLY EFFECTIVE.

Chief Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, cautioned later that was just one option being considered, but: “We should look at all the options (UNSAID WAS: ANYBODY GOT ANY?),” Regarding Fukushima’s Prefectural Governor’s request to force people living 12 and 18 miles from the plant to evacuate the area, Edano said: “We are considering the Fukushima Prefectural Governor’s request; People living within 12 miles of the plant have BEEN TOLD to leave their homes, while those living between 12 and 18 miles, have been URGED to move out or stay indoors”. WE CAN EXPECT THAT 18 MILE UNSAFE RADIUS TO EXPAND SWIFTLY OVER THE NEXT 2 WEEKS.

U.S. ON THE SCENE -U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman, Gregory Jaczko came to Tokyo earlier in the last week of Mar 2011. We feel certain he will be deeply concerned about the usual complacency of the U.S. nuclear facility industry. Amen!

FRANCE ON THE SCENE French President Nicolas Sarkozy will visit Japan on 31 Mar 2011 to hold a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Nuclear experts from the French utility “Areva” arrived in Tokyo on 30 Mar 2011 to advise on the situation at Fukushima, thus (at last) expanding the team of international specialists now consulting on the situation.

WHAT’S TO DO NOW – Nuclear experts are also mulling whether radioactive water that has flooded parts of the facility could be “sucked-up” and placed in a barge; However, radioactive material continues to seep from the plant. Japan’s “Government Nuclear Agency”(counterpart to our NRC) said on 30 Mar 2011 that radioactive Iodine-131 had been detected at 3,355 times the legal limit in seawater several hundred yards from the Fukushima plant. That’s the highest such concentration recorded at sea to date. Nuclear specialists said Iodine 131 isotopes decay in a matter of days, plus the diluting effect of the ocean meant there was negligible concern about the impact of radioactive Iodine 131 on human health.

No comment was made about the presence of more enduring Cesium (with a half-life of 30 years), and Plutonium (Pu 238). THE MOST COMMON PLUTONIUM ISOTOPES (Pu 238), and those found at Fukushima Japan HAVE A HALF-LIFE OF 88 YEARS. SOURCE OF THE FUKUSHIMA PLUTONIUM is still unknown. Experts at France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) say it could have come from the Fukushima No. 3 reactor, which uses mixed oxide (MOX)- about 5% Plutonium and Uranium that has been extracted from spent nuclear fuel and reprocessed. Alternatively, it could be a fissile by-product from burning uranium in the No. 1 and 2 reactors. Plutonium radiation is in alpha particles, which only travel very short distances, and cannot penetrate human skin: HOWEVER, IF INHALED OR INGESTED EVEN IN MINUSCULE AMOUNTS it is extremely damaging to HUMANS AND FAUNA because its radiation causes DNA damage in tissue, thus boosting the risk of cancer. The bone marrow and liver, are especially vulnerable. Just a dozen milligrams of plutonium are lethal to humans/fauna – according to tests on lab animals cited by France’s “Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety” (IRSN).

Folks, one loves to “accentuate the positive”, However, such an attitude can delay/exclude preparation for the worst; at a time when early planning is of the essence. THE FUKUSHIMA INCIDENT will live on as the “MOTHER OF MELTDOWNS”. Born of greed, in a seismic cradle, and with six(6) siblings, it was a disaster waiting to happen. I fear the worst is yet to come, and that the “Unthinkable” should be planned for: JAPAN, ITS PEOPLE, ITS INDUSTRY, AND ITS CULTURE MUST BE RELOCATED to “Host” countries such as Australia, Canada, the U.S., and anywhere else they want, and that wants them. Many (notably the elderly) will choose not to leave “no matter what” Such is life, tradition and culture; Yet, the young and strong, will go on. Through millennia Humanity has survived because of its innate trait to accept change, and to adapt to new circumstance and even cultures. Indeed, such a trans-national migration is already happening on a massive global scale for socio-economic and political, non-nuclear reasons.

The question every nuclear country must ask is: What does my country need to change in our nuclear facilities after the bitter lessons of FUKUSHIMA 2011?.

gonzedo

July 11, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments (12)

BRITISH PETROLEUM WANTS COMPENSATION LIMITS SET ON MACONDO OIL WELL TRAGEDY

08 Jul 2011

On Apr 2010, British Petroleum Pl’s(BP) “Deepwater Horizon” Deep water oil exploration rig burned and sank, killing 11 rig workers. That set the stage for the Macondo well to rupture nearly a mile below sea level, causing the calamitous “Gusher in the Gulf”.  For months the Macondo gushed uncontrollably more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – off the Louisiana coast. The accident closed waters to fishing, disrupted tourism, and caused the U.S. Government to shut down deepwater exploration for months;  Now however, affected Gulf coast residents are getting back to work, and their former industries such as lodging, fishing and other appear to be rebounding.

ON 2010 A COMPENSATION /REPARATION FUND was set up at the urging of president Obama, and  Kenneth Feinberg was appointed administrator of the $20 billion fund; Accordingly, “The “Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF)” was organized to compensate people and businesses for losses related to the BP oil disaster.  Feinberg said: “The GCCF welcomes any and all input from any interested sources including BP…We take all of the submissions under advisement.” As of 01 Jul 2011, the GCCF had paid $4.5 billion in claims to 195,000 claimants; Additionally, there are about $430 million worth of offers(from GCCF to victims) that are under consideration by Gulf residents.

BP WANTS COMPENSATION LIMITS SET.  BP Plc now wants to limit future claims related to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster as the region’s economy recovers.  On 08 Jul 2011:  BP said on an e-mail: “The Gulf economy is strong and there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the oil spill…Oystermen, whose beds have been destroyed by crude, should be considered for future payments… BP supports the payment of legitimate claims and future losses that are substantiated, but BP objects to the GCCF’s practice of assuming FUTURE losses on certain claims,”

BP HAS VERY POWERFUL FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES, AND EVEN JUDGESHIPS and traditionally gets what it wants. It will be interesting to watch the outcome of this BP initiative.

gonzedo

July 8, 2011 at 6:35 PM Comments (9)

FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1 PLANT CONTAMINATED WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM IMPROVING

07 July 2011

PROBLEM IS ABOUT 120,000 TONS OF CONTAMINATED WATER As of 05 Jul 2011.  Additionally,  Cooling water has to be pumped into the plant at a rate of about 400 Tons /day to prevent the four(4) Nukes, and their spent fuel ponds from boiling and giving off  transuranic (long-life radioisotopes) in steam and other exhalations(spews); THAT, IS WHAT MUST BE STOPPED ASAP.

Plant owner/operator Tokyo Electrical Power Co. (TEPCO) is required to inform Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) of progress in the storage and treatment of water on a weekly basis until all the accumulated water has been transferred to storage facilities and treated.

A DOWNWARD TREND AT LAST. Until about a month ago, highly radioactive water has accumulated at Dai No. 1 until there is nowhere else to store it;  Now however, a cooling water filtration system designed in collaboration between France’s Areva, and America’s Kurion Co. is in process of being optimized (“tweaked”), and has steadily improved to enable “recycling” of the cooling water.  As of 29 Jun 2011,  About 6,380 tons had been filtered, bringing the cumulative amount to 13,610 tons; This is important, because it indicates a downward trend in the accumulated radioactive cooling water total.

ADDITIONAL FILTRATION. The concentrated salt water from the operation will be treated in a 250 ton/day evaporative concentration plant, expected to start operation in August 2011. This will be able to generate up to 83 tons of fresh water per day, leaving 167 tons of concentrated salt water.

WORK IN PROGRESS TO PREVENT CONTAMINATED COOLANT “LEAKAGE” INTO THE SEA. A total of 109 concrete plates have been installed in the water intakes for the four units, forming a barrier against any leakage into the sea. The plates measure 1.4 x 4.42 meters, are 32 cm thick and weigh over 4.5 tons.

Most experts agree that containment, decontamination, and “recycling” of the coolant water is the key to stabilizing the three(3) melted-thru Nukes, and their “Spent Fuel Pools” over the long-term.  PROBLEM IS: THE COOLING EFFORT COULD REQUIRE YEARS. TEPCO is going “ where no one has gone before”, and that isn’t good!

Still, it is good to be able to report ANY good news from the Fukushima Dai No. 1. Nuke Complex.

gonzedo

 

July 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM Comments (0)

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