28 Sep 2011

The Director General of the “International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”, Yukiya Amano, announced the IAEA would send a team of experts to Japan next month to help sanitize areas contaminated as a result of the nuclear accident. “For the engineers, what is going on in the reactor is the main issue of interest. For the local people, the most important is what happens with their house or rice field, so we need to decontaminate,” Mr. Amano told reporters, Japan does not have much experience in this area (Hell nobody does; that, is the problem), adding that some people were spraying water and digging up the earth in an attempt to clean up their homes. “These things should be done properly, otherwise the amount of debris becomes huge(this man does not know what he is talking about). I hope we can give some advice.”  YEAH! -SPECIALLY HOW TO KEEP THE CLEAN-UP CREWS SAFE, AND HOW TO DISPOSE OF ACCUMULATED NUCLEAR WASTE – TOUGH NUT TO CRACK!!!

IAEA ACTION TEAM – another SHAM. The IEIA,Vienna-based agency was setting up an “action team” to oversee prompt implementation of newly agreed-to measures designed to enhance nuclear safety standards around the world after Fukushima. The IAEA’s annual gathering of its 151 member countries last week endorsed an IAEA plan to help ensure there is no repeat of the world’s worst Fukushima Dai No.1 triple meltdown, and its consequences globally. Chairman Amano said: “The IAEA “Action Plan on Nuclear Safety”…requires immediate follow-up”.  The plan is already criticized by some nations for not going far enough towards more mandatory measures; instead, it outlines a series of VOLUNTARY STEPS (WE ALL KNOW  THESE DO NOT WORK WELL IN THE GREEDY NUKE INDUSTRY – JUST LOOK AT THE NRC IMPASSE ) aimed at improving reactor safety and emergency preparedness. Mr. Amano made clear the agency needs more money to turn the plan into reality, but did not give details.  Now he is talking turkey; not birds – Give me more money! – IAEA has a huge budget for its “secretariat” Offices, and its 2,300 Staff employees.  

A HELL OF A TIME TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY Mr. Amano is worried that expanding demands for assistance from member states for nuclear safety, etc., will require an increase in the agency’s resources. He said: “I encourage all countries in a position to do so, to make additional resources available to the agency.”(my guess is his Board members were looking at each other looking for “pigeons”) Even before Fukushima added to its workload, experts warned that budget austerity in member states may block funding required by the IAEA to deal with “growing demand for atomic energy and the attendant risk of weapons proliferation” (THAT, IS AMANO’S  TRUMP CARD); Traditionally, the bulk of money for the IAEA, comes from Western member states on a voluntary basis. For 2010, the agency secured a budget increase of 2.7 % in real terms to 315 million euros ($434.1 million), but this was considerably less than it had sought. At a time of economic problems squeezing government finances everywhere, some European states have resisted budget hikes for the agency, although the United States has increased contributions in recent years.

The IAEA plan also calls on countries to quickly conduct assessments on how their nuclear reactors would be able to withstand extreme natural hazards, and also encourages them to invite IAEA-organized safety inspections.  Oh yeah! We know that does not work!  Not with greedy “Merchant” power providers everywhere.



In my opinion the IAEA Director, Mr. Yukiya Amano, has created what I believe time will show a “Sham” plan to aid the people of the Fukushima region of Japan.  He has to show the world IAEA is “doing its thing”, even when most nuclear technicians and scientists do not know what that is/would be.  If they did, they would have done it already.

Actually, Mr. Amano is begging member countries for more money – lots more, to fund his 2,300 Staff organization, and doing so at global economic doldrums time – fat chance!  By the way, contrary to some media reports, IAEA IS NOT,  AND HAS NEVER BEEN, A PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS. They are privileged to report to the United Nations on occasion.


The IAEA Board of Governors met 26 Sep 2011, in a one-day session to address matters arising from the 55th regular session (they have been around since 1957) of the General Conference was held in Vienna on 19-23 Sep 2011.  Another reason was to elect the Board Chairman and the Vice-Chairpersons(2) for the period 2011-2012, and to appoint/elect 13 new “Governors”.

PRESENT IAEA “DIRECTOR GENERAL” MR.YUKIYA AMANO In his opening address,  announced the establishment of a “Nuclear Safety Action Team” tasked with overseeing the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which was endorsed last week by the General Conference. Director Amano said: “This team will oversee prompt implementation of the Action Plan and ensure proper coordination among all stakeholders (SAY WHO? – READ ON)…I will update you on initial progress in implementation at the Nov. Board( probably the Nov 2011 Board Meeting); In the meantime, I count on all other stakeholders – especially governments, regulatory bodies, and operators to take a “proactive approach” to fulfilling their responsibilities under the Action Plan.” (My translation: “You all come up with a lot of money –  now  hear!”- PR is very expensive, and besides…you know! ).  

TIME TO TAKE THE BURR OUT FROM UNDER THE IAEA SADDLE – JAPAN. Mr. Amano also updated the IAEA Board on plans to further assist Japan in the wake of the Fukushima Dai No.1 triple Nuke meltdown last 13 Mar 2011. Amano said: “At the request of Japan, I am preparing to dispatch a mission whose mandate will include assisting with plans for the remediation of large areas contaminated as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.”- THIS I WANT TO SEE!!! So do most Japanese.  I bet all they will get is a “pronouncement” that things are much better, and should return to normal very soon.  They lie a lot!, and people of Japan already know this.  IN MY OPINION, ALL THAT IAEA SEEKS IN JAPAN IS TO QUASH THE ANTI-NUKE FERVOR ALL OVER THE WORLD.  THEY ARE BLEEDING MONEY, AND WANT TO PLACE A TOURNIQUET ON THE WOUND.  NO WAY MR. AMANO!!  WE KNOW THE HAND YOU AND YOUR ENERGY BARONS  PLAY, ALL TOO WELL.

INCOMING TOP DOGS FOR 2011-2012;  Are: Board Chairman: Mr. Gianni Ghisi (Governor for Italy), and Vice-Chairpersons (2) Ms. Dana Drábová (Czech Republic), and Mr. Makram Mustafa Queasy( Jordan).

NEWLY  ELECTED IAEA TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS: The General Conference in Vienna Austria, elected 13 countries to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for a one-year period from 2011-2012. THEY  WILL REPRESENT THE NUCLEAR INTERESTS OF: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan (NOTICE A NEW MEMBER FROM JAPAN), Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (see there, North Ireland considers itself independent of GB), and the United States of America.

COUNTRIES WITH EXISTING MEMBERS ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS ARE:  Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Niger, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Republic of Tanzania.  WE MAY NOT KNOW THEIR NAMES, BUT THEY ARE WORLD-CLASS ENERGY BARONS – ONE AND ALL!

THEY ARE FIGHTING TO HOLD-ON TO THEIR WEALTH AND POWER.  To paraphrase Niccolo Machiavelly, an astute 15Th century Italian: “Those that know what they stand to loose, will always fight harder than those who do not know what they stand to gain”  Generally true, but we, the people have everything to loose, SO IT IS WE THE PEOPLE who must fight Nuke mentality the hardest.  AND SO WE WILL!!



September 28, 2011 at 2:32 AM Comments (0)


24 Sep 2011

THE PETITION HEADED BY “BEYOND NUCLEAR” An anti-nuclear organization headed by longtime anti-nuke activist Paul Gunter, calls for the immediate suspension of 17 Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs – or Nukes) in the USA, still using General Electric(GE) Boiling Water reactor(BWR) Mark 1 units. These are the same type of reactors that experienced a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai No.1 plant last 13 Mar 2011.  Paul Gunter, Director of the “Reactor Oversight Project” for “Beyond Nuclear” said: “We should be freezing our Fukushima-like, Oyster Creek, and 16 OTHER NUKES LIKE THEM; not allowing them to operate, given all the post Fukushima concerns raised, until all those concerns can be addressed with confidence”  The petition currently has over 6,000 signatories, including the local group “Grandmothers, Mothers and More for Energy Safety (GRAMMES)”.

WHAT THEY WANT The group is advocating for the revocation of a 1989 approval of an experimental venting system for G. E. Mark 1 reactors, and also for Nuke operators to install “emergency backup power for the ‘Spent-fuel cooling system”  According to Gunter, the USA “Petition Review Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering revoking the approval of the vents currently installed at Oyster Creek in 1990. The same type vents now installed at Oyster Creek were installed at Fukushima in 1991. It was such vents that utterly failed at Dai No.1 last Mar 2011 with a 100 % failure rate on three(3) reactors.  Gunter added: “They (the vents) are a significant hazard (at Oyster Creek Nuke)now…The NRC unfortunately, has refused to shut the plant down until they figure out what to do about the vents.”

ENSURING “SPENT-FUEL COOLING POOLS” ARE KEPT COOL during a nuclear accident is a primary concern. Nearly all Nukes receive 100 % of their power from the electrical grid…PROBLEM IS: when operators switch to emergency power, they automatically trip a set of “Priority safety systems” which currently focus only on the reactor cooling,  However, in so doing, they shut-off electrical power for the fuel pool, putting it at risk of overheating, and even of a meltdown(as happened at the Dai No. 1)  Just like in Fukushima, the Spent-fuel Cooling Pond at Oyster Creek (and most other GE Mark I nukes in the USA), sit atop the Nuke buildings.  Gunter added: “Given what we’ve seen at Fukushima, we think that cooling that pool should be the priority of the operator…They haven’t factored all the unintended consequences from allowing this water(in the spent fuel pool) to boil away. The petition asks for both automatic, and manual backup systems to be installed, to keep the fuel pool cool in the event of an emergency  The NRC is considering additional backup systems, but he believes they’ll simply require the installation of fire hoses (to the spent fuel pools).

“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” OF NUKES IS CENTRAL: Unfortunately, (or fortunately as the case may be)each of the GE Mark 1 Nukes is located next to large bodies of water. Gunter said: “Nuclear plants rely on a large amount of water; so they are typically located next to oceans, lakes, rivers, or reservoirs…The Oyster Creek plant is located off of Oyster Creek, close to Barnegat Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. But many others are located on Flood planes, Tidal zones, or storm-surge prone areas…The Cooper Station in Nebraska is on a flood plane…there is a re-evaluation going on right now…We believe that many of these plants are operating well below full safety considerations.

“OYSTER CREEK” NUKE SPOKESPERSON: Suzanne D’Ambrosio said: “These are all issues that our critics believe there is a connection because of the horrible events that happened in Japan…Can you compare the entire nuclear industry in the U.S. to the entire nuclear industry in Japan?  I don’t think the comparison is there…The design of Oyster Creek and Fukushima are similar but the Forked River-based nuclear plant has been modified and kept up-to date…Changes have been made over the years to keep it continually safe and in tip-top condition, and to address industry concerns as they come about. We stand by the integrity of Oyster Creek, the design itself. We saw firsthand a few weeks ago that it can withstand earthquakes and hurricanes”. BUT…WHAT ABOUT THE VENTS?

NRC HAS SCHEDULED THREE (3) MEETINGS, and even created a “Petition Review Board” to consider the “Beyond Nuclear” petition. NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan, and other staff met with the petitioners on 08 June 2011  The Petition Review Board accepted some of the concerns raised by the petition on 16 Aug 2011. The NRC will continue to review the back-up electric power to spent fuel pool cooling systems, and the reliability of the hardened vent system or direct torus vent system and flooding concerns.  Spokesman Sheehan said: “At this point, action is not required…The threshold for continued assessment of the concerns is somewhat low at this stage of the review…Of course, these issues are also being evaluated as part of a broader Japan-related review being carried out by the NRC staff…Along those lines, the NRC staff last week provided the Commission with recommendations in response to Fukushima Daiichi that it believes should be acted on ‘without delay‘…Another meeting with “Beyond Nuclear” addressing their concerns is scheduled for Friday, 07 Oct 2011, from 10 a.m. to noon.

For the complete story see:



On one hand it is good to see grass-roots efforts such as his one. They raise public awareness and a sense of need for public personal involvement.  If nothing else, it may give the NRC Staff added political clout in their uphill struggle against three NRC Commissioners who appear intractable in their intent to “Do Nothing”.  That, is precisely what “for profit” Nuke Operators want – To save money, and to hell with public safety! What an immoral, greedy bunch of profiteers!!!!

On the other hand, it is easy to recognize that the NRC staff is “being nice” to a large petitioning group, even though they feel they are already tackling such issues, but probably to no avail.

The NRC is not in an enviable position. You may find this article useful for “background” in this continuing impasse.




September 24, 2011 at 1:56 AM Comments (0)


19 Sep 2011

ANTI-NUKE DEMONSTRATIONS In a country like Japan where a majority of the residents is now against nuclear power, demonstrations attended by ordinary citizens are a vital and significant method of expression; And in fact, they are becoming a daily fact of life.  About 60,000 people marched in Tokyo on 19 Sep 2011(Monday) in the biggest show of public opposition to nuclear power since the start of the Fukushima Dai No.1 crisis in March 2011. The demonstration was the biggest the country has seen in years. Police said 20,000 people had taken part, while media reports put the number as high as 60,000 (notice the broad disparity in numbers).  The protesters, who included residents of Fukushima prefecture, called for the immediate closure of all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and a new Energy Policy focused on renewable energy sources.

JAPANESE NOTABLES DEMONSTRATED;  Among them were: Nobel Literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe, who told protesters: “We need to let leaders of major(political) parties, and the ‘Japan Business Federation’ to know that we intend to resist nuclear power.”  MUSICIAN Ryuichi Sakamoto, and ACTOR Taro Yamamoto, who was forced to leave his production company earlier this year because of his opposition to nuclear power. Yamamoto (Illustrious name) said: “We already have enough electricity, even without nuclear plants…if we don’t act, Japan will become a disposal site for nuclear waste.”  (SOUNDS LIKE TARO WAS A VICTIM OF THE POWERS OF “B”-  What a shame!!!)

JAPAN HAD HOPED FOR 50% NUCLEAR. Before the Fukushima accident, Japan depended on nuclear for about 30% of its electrical power. The government has abandoned plans to increase its share to 50%.  Now, almost three-quarters of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors are inoperative due to “emergency safety checks” and/or regular maintenance. Pro-nuclear groups, including Japan’s biggest industry lobby, ‘Keidanren‘, have warned that the country faces power shortages unless idle reactors are brought back online.

FORMER PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN, supported phasing out nuclear power. In recent media interviews he said that at the height of the Fukushima DaiNo.1 crisis(About 13 Mar 2011), he had feared Japan would cease to function as a nation, and that 30 million people would have to be evacuated from Tokyo. No wonder he got sick!

NEW PRIME MINISTER JOSHIHIKO NODA on the other hand, has hinted that reactors which pass newly introduced stress tests, will go back on line, although he accepts that Japan must also look to other sources of energy. According to a recent poll by Associated Press and the market research firm GfK, 55% of Japanese residents want to reduce the number of reactors, while 35% believe the number should be kept the same. Only 4% wanted an increase, while 3% supported abolition.

GOSHI HOSONO, Still Japan’s Environment Minister, has been in charge the government’s response to the Dai No.1 crisis from day one.  Hosono, in my opinion, has demonstrated a “PIE-IN-THE-SKY” attitude.  Totally unrealistic, and often indifferent, and, or disingenuous.  Now he said on 19 Sep 2011, that Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) would stabilize the reactors earlier than planned. Hosono is also quoted as saying that Japan  would accept a team of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquartered in Vienna.  IAEA inspectors due to arrive next month(OCT 2011) again, to advise on how to clean up the grounds surrounding the Dai No.1 plant. We would hope the Pacific Ocean’s coastal waters also.  Unfortunately, any such hopes are ill founded.  We know from experience that the IAEA (as in: Ea..EA – OH! – Old Mc Donald had a Farm, you remember the song, don‘t you?). Is nothing more than an INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR WHITEWASH GROUP, Funded by the powers of “B”, and until recently under a British Chairperson.  Truth is, they’ve been there, done that already – They left Fukushima with praises for TEPCO, and their work crews, AND NO RECOMMENDATIONS. THAT! IS WHAT THEY DO!  The Japanese Nuclear industry Is calling on foreign organizations to get them “Back to normal” – AS IF THAT WERE POSSIBLE!!

For the full demonstration story see:



This protest group seems very well organized, intent in its purpose, reasonable in its demands, and peaceful in seeking their demands.  WE CONGRATULATE THEM!

FUKUSHIMA – ONE HELL OF A TRAGEDY Six months after three(3) of its Dai No.1 , suffered core meltdowns, the plant continues to release radiation. The leaks have contaminated the water supply and food chain, and forced the evacuation of 100,000 people living near the Nukes. Residents of towns closest to the facility have been told it could be years, perhaps decades, before radiation levels are low enough for them to return.  It would be harsh, or perhaps cruel, to tell them the truth: THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO POISONED LANDS – Except for those who choose ending to their life, abandoned, shunned, mostly deprived of public and medical services; And yet, there will be some who opt so.


1. Shut-down of all Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) presently online – ASAP.

2. Permanent suspension of governmental consideration to authorize a Re-activation” of Nukes currently idle for any reason. New Prime Minister Joshihiko Noda is no so inclined- Perhaps that is the reason he was “Elected”.

3. An acknowledged governmental prohibition of any future plans/approval for NPPs construction. – Wonder how P.M. Noda feels about that?

4. A full revocation of the 20 mSv/year radiation exposure level for children.  That level is considered too high by most health organizations. – Wonder how Goshni Hosono feels about that?

5. An acknowledged shift in political policy, from nuclear power to natural energy.




September 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments (3)


16 Sep 2011

ANTI-NUCLEAR DEMONSTRATION IN INDIA’S SOUTH-MOST STATE. A massive public demonstration spearheaded by various religious and anti-nuclear activists, protested against the 1000 Megawatt (MW) “Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP)” located in Tirunelveli, India. The plant is one of two(2) being built (next to each other) on the site, by the “Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL)”. The first Nuclear Power Plant is expected to go start producing commercial electricity in Oct 2011(next month) offering some relief to the power starved Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The second unit of  KNPP will start providing power to the national grid in June 2012. Hectic activities are underway at the plants for the timely commissioning of the first two (2) plants; However, an additional four(4) Nukes are planned on the same site.

RUSSIAN DESIGNED NUKES The power plants are being built under technical collaboration with Russia. The Russian government has expressed its willingness to help India build four(4) more reactors of 1200 MW each at the Tirunelveli site, which would then be converted into an “energy park”.

TROUBLEMAKERS PROTEST Some 127 persons including 20 women, three nuns, four priests belonging to a Roman Catholic group, and four physically challenged men are on indefinite fast at the site of the plant since Sunday demanding its shutdown at the earliest. Intelligence officials in Chennai said the agitation looks very dubious.

SPEAKING FOR THE PROTESTERS, SP Udaya Kumar, of the “People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy”, and one of the participants sitting in fast, says he does not know whether any villagers have been deprived of their land because of the plant. “Those things are immaterial. We do not need this nuclear power plant here in (the City of)Tirunelveli he told India’s DNA publishers.  He expressed his ignorance when asked about the land acquired by the NPCIL for building two(2) nuclear power plants of 1000 MW each.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES BAFFLED? A senior intelligence official(UNIDENTIFIED) said the presence of leaders of a particular religion (Roman Catholic) has been noted. “This needs to be studied and analyzed…There were no protests or agitations when the ground works of the reactor began in 2001”  Udaya Kumar, a political scientist, charges that no public hearings were held prior to the sanctioning of the project. But he was evasive when asked why they did not approach the courts. NPCIL authorities said the area selected for the site was barren land. In Tirunelveli, land is still being sold at throw-away prices because there is no irrigation facility.

INDIA’S ACADEMIA LIKES THE PROJECT. Prof AJA, Ranjit Singh, principal, Sri Parama Kalyani, College of environmental Science, said there is something suspicious about the way the agitation has been organized. Dr Anil Kakodkar, former chairman, Department of Atomic Energy, said that the KNPP would be the safest of all nuclear reactors in the world (naturally). NOTHING IS SAID ABOUT THE TYPE OF REACTORS USED, BUT GEN-III, are a good bet. 

From a DNA 14 Sep 2011 article

As it is now well recognized, the Nuclear Industry follows the same Modus Operandi (MO) worldwide;  In this case, in India 2001, they clearly colluded with the Local authorities for permission to carry out their plans, even without consulting with the locals.  Next, they obtained engineering technical, and other support from Russia. We do not know the details of their arrangement, but they normally include life-long monopoly on nuclear fuel provisioning; That way, Nukes become: “The gift that keeps on giving”.  Next they got Academia to say how great this project would be if faced with opposition (as it is now).  Finally, they paid-off the press for “good coverage”.

NOT SO FAST! Everybody involved was economically set-up for life….but then, on 12 March 2011 Fukushima exploded in their faces;  FUKUSHIMA CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR THE URANIUM NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE!  THE NUCLEAR CARTEL IS NOW IN A STEEP DIVE.

NIMBY! Now that the people of Tirunelvely, India have had the chance to see, and read about the demise of Japan and its Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuke complex, everyone says: NOT IN MY BACK-YARD(NIMBY), AND RIGHTLY SO!.  That is exactly what the demonstrators are trying to tell the Nuke builders. 

Judging from the tenor of the article referenced above, The clearly biased Indian Press would like to present the Demonstrators as ignorant, “religious nuts”, and agitators.  THEY JUST DON’T GET IT!!! OR RATHER, DON’T WANT TO GET IT!!!  The demonstrators are clearly knowledgeable, articulate, vocal,  and even using M. K. Gandhi peaceful protest means.  I am happy to report that now protests against Nukes are becoming nationwide in India, (and regrettably, more violent). BRAVO FOR THEM! AND ALL LIKE THEM.  WE WISH THEM SUCCESS AGAINST THE “POWERS OF B”, FOR THE SAKE OF THE WHOLE WORLD.



September 16, 2011 at 1:41 AM Comments (6)


12 SEP 2011
An explosion was reported  at a French nuclear power plant of Marcoule, in Chusclan(near the city of Nimes) in southern France. The explosion occurred at the “Centraco Nuclear Waste Treatment Center” operated by the “Socodei” subsidiary of EDF.  The blast purportedly occurred in an oven during production of Mixed Oxide(MOX). Normally MOX consists of between 6% to 10% Plutonium(worlds most toxic substance) with Uranium. According to emergency services, one person was killed, and three(3) were injured in the explosion.

WHO IS EDF ? Just the world’s largest Utility Company- that’s who!  EDF is headquartered in Paris and had €65.2 billion in revenues in 2010.  They are more commonly known as: “Électricité de France S.A. (Electricity of France) – S.A. stands for “Corp.” worldwide.

The site is partly used by French nuclear giant AREVA to produce MOX fuel which recycles plutonium(world’s most toxic substance) from nuclear weapons. Part of the process involves firing superheated plutonium, and uranium pellets in an oven. MOX normally consists of 6% to 10% Plutonium, with the remainder being Uranium.

Evangelia Petit of the “Agency for Nuclear Safety”(French counterpart to our NRC) said on 12 Sep 2011, that Marcoule is a “nuclear waste management site” that does not include any reactors, and that an explosion had taken place, but declined to provide any further details. Officials in the “Gard region” also confirmed Monday’s explosion but also said they could not give any more information.

THE BIG “HUSH’ IS ON! A spokesman for the French Atomic Energy Commissariat (CEA) said:  “For the time being nothing has made it outside”(specially real news).  A security perimeter has been set up around the installation, firefighters said, but gave no further details.



“THE BIG HUSH” IS ON – As usual, the first casualty of a nuclear “incident” is news.  The Uranium Nuclear Cartel’s financial interest would not be served by adverse news; especially if it is true; That, is very bad news for people living in close proximity to the MOX processing facility where the explosion took place.

When officials say: “nothing has made it outside”, they IMPLY that radiation has not escaped into the air, or the nearby body of water; AND SO, NO SWEAT!…WELL, NOT REALLY.  Problem is that in the Fukushima Tragedy of 3/11, the first casualty became the public trust on Academia, Government Agencies, and even local authorities, who do not want their sources of income impacted negatively.  We find it deplorable that they should take such an attitude, when their first concern ought to be public safety.  WE’LL SEE.

The fact that first Great Britain, and now France are known to be/have been  involved in reprocessing Plutonium, be it derived from Nuclear weapons, or a fissile by-product of Nuclear Power Plants(NPPs), is a good indication that “nuclear waste disposal” is reaching critical proportions worldwide;  Quite simply, because we are running out of places to “long-term store” such waste.  We have recently written articles on that very problem, as well as the closing-down of the MOX factory in Northern England:  AND YET,  THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO CREATE WASTE WITH EVER MORE NUCLEAR POWER-PLANTS.
You may find these related articles published here informative:



I feel certain more information will be forthcoming in the days to come.


September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM Comments (2)


10 Sep 2011

IS JAPAN STILL A SAFE COUNTRY TO LIVE IN ? Soon after the Fukushima Dai No 1 meltdowns, Emperor Akihito delivered a televised address to his people.  The almost archaically formal speech was so rare, that it was compared to the historic radio broadcast by his father, Hiroito, that announced Japan’s surrender after the atomic bombing of Hirohima and Nagsaki in August 1945.  The Emperor prompted an era of national reform and rebuilding. Six months later, the nuclear emergency may be over. But another disaster is becoming apparent: a psychological CRISIS OF DOUBT AND DEPRESSION that could prove more destabilizing than a nything that came before. Many residents are deeply distrustful of their government and, seem to be looking for an outsider’s judgment on that question.

IT HAPPENED AT CHERNOBYL TOO. Twenty years after the 1986 reactor explosion in Chernobyl, the World Health Organization (WHO) said psychological distress was the largest public health problem unleashed by the accident: “Populations in the affected areas exhibit strongly negative attitudes in self-assessments of health and wellbeing and a strong sense of lack of control over their own lives. Associated with these perceptions is an exaggerated sense of the dangers to health of exposure to radiation.” Russian doctors have said survivors were “poisoned by information”.  In Japan, However, it would be more accurate to say that people are “contaminated by uncertainty”.

WORD-OF-MOUTH NEWS THE MOST WORRISOME. Each day for most of the past six months, there has been a steady drip, drip, drip news: cesium found in the breast milk of seven mothers; strontium discovered inside the city limits; 45% of children in one survey testing positive for thyroid exposure. There are reports of suicides by desperate farmers and lonely evacuees, contaminated beef smuggled on to the market, and warnings that this autumn’s rice crop may have to be abandoned.

JAPANESE TOP- SHRINK ALSO WORRIED Satoshi Takahashi, one of Japan’s leading clinical Psychologists predicts the mental fallout of the Fukushima meltdown will be worse than the physical impact. He adds: “Individuals are being forced to make decisions about what is safe to eat and where is safe to live, because the government is not telling them; Japanese people are not good at that…Unlike an earthquake, he says, the survivors do not suffer post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) that soldiers experience, such as insomnia, shaking, and flashbacks; Instead, the fear of radiation creates a slow, creeping, invisible pressure that can lead to prolonged depression…Some people say they want to die. Others become more dependent on alcohol. Many more complain of listlessness.”

FOOD SHOPPING IN JAPAN IS AN ADVENTURE NOW In a country long famous for safety, hygiene and raw food, millions of people are now being asked to accept a small but persistently higher health risk, long-term contamination of their homes, gardens, streets and schools; and food that is now deemed safer if it is prepackaged, and from as far away from Fukushima as possible.  In the supermarket, where people used to shop for fresh produce, they now look for cooked-food, a shopper lamented:  “the older the food, the safer now…We are misinformed, WE ARE MISINFORMED! Our problem is (entrenched) in our society. We have to fight against it. And that seems as hard as the fight against those reactors(the nuclear industry)”.  She then expressed fears for her son, anger at the government, and deep distrust of the (hollow ringing)“reassuring voices” she was hearing in the traditional media.

A ZEN MONK TRYING TO BE HELPFUL Abe, a Zen monk who owns a temple just outside Fukushima city says his greatest concern is the mental well-being of his followers, and is committed to the “fight against radiation…There is a lot of information but huge uncertainty. That makes everyone uneasy. The politicians, bureaucrats and academics cannot agree on anything, so how can people feel reassured? We need positive action, but we don’t know what to believe….Many locals are farmers, who are despairing about their contaminated soil…Young people are leaving. In the past six months, there has been an increase in suicides. There will be more. If you don’t give people hope, they lose their reason for living.”  Abe allows people to dump the irradiated soil from their gardens on the hillside behind his temple, where it will be buried and covered with zeolite. He is also planning to decontaminate the forests with high pressure sprays so the leaves are less of a hazard when they fall in the autumn.  Strange how clerics often promise a lot, but seldom deliver.  When they enumerate action needed they really mean: Somebody do it!  Let me be you leader!

FUKUSHIMA DAI NO 1 WORKERS and contracted workers, were likewise in the dark.  One of the workers, let us call him ” T-san” was evacuated from the plant after the earthquake struck and returned almost two weeks later to join the containment operation. T-san said: “They didn’t tell us anything…Nobody mentioned a meltdown. We didn’t get any critical accident training or instructions. But we all knew the situation was very bad. I thought this might be my final mission. I know it sounds a little silly, but I felt like a “kamikaze” (WWII suicide pilot) who was prepared to sacrifice everything for my family and my country.” Since March, he estimates he has been exposed to 50 mSv of radiation. Under the government’s previous guidelines, this was the maximum allowed for an entire year.  At least 6 workers are known to have received upwards of 250mSv.  A pretty heavy, perhaps lethal dose!

TYPES OF “TRANSURANICS”(radionuclides) ALREADY DETECTED The Fukushima Dai No.1 explosions/spews of 12 Mar. 2011, scattered deadly , persistent, radiation like the debris from a firework display.  Such radioactive particles, were spewed according to wind direction, and the weight of the particles. Each has a different impact on the body. First and farthest to spread was Gas-light iodine 131, which tends to accumulate in the thyroid gland, but decays quickly, it was quickly detected as far away as Tokyo. Next came particles of cesium 134 and 137, which affect the bladder and liver with a half-life of about 30 years, – this contaminated the soil, water and trees of most of Fukushima as well as chunks of Miyagi, Chiba and Tokyo and remains the biggest problem. Then there is Strontium, which tends to accumulate in the bones and cause leukemia, It is heavier and spread less widely, but it has been found in 64 locations, including Fukushima city. The heaviest radionuclide, plutonium – with a half-life of tens of thousands of years has been detected in small quantities inside the plant perimeter, and may have been leaked or discharged into the Pacific Ocean along with more than 10,000 tons of heavily contaminated water.  OOPS! THERE GOES THEIR FOOD CHAIN, AND PERHAPS THE WORLD’S FISH AS WELL.

WHAT IS AN EXPECTANT MOTHER TO DO? Among them, is Mari Ishimori, another evacuee in Tokyo, who is due in Oct 2011. She is struggling to balance health concerns for her unborn baby, and pressure from her in-laws to return to her husband in Fukushima. It though Fukushima is a conservative rural area, many wives, are now arguing with their husbands. As  a dutiful expectant mother, as soon as she heard about the accident at the plant, she fled. “I love my husband, but I will never return to Fukushima…I want my child to have a normal childhood. But if we were in Fukushima,  I could never raise my child as I did; That’s hard!  I’m not sure if my husband and I will live together again.”  So Ishimori is now alone. Her first concerns are for the child she expects; so, she avoids eating fish, meat or eggs, and is deeply skeptical about official safety assurances. She adds: “I don’t trust anything they say. Tokyo Electric and the government have told us so many lies.”

ANOTHER MOM-TO-BE Sachiko Matsuyama (29) lived just 25 Km from the disaster, and discovered  two days before the Fukuhima meltdowns, that she was expecting her third child;  Since then, her life has been turned upside down, first by a desperate escape from the disaster zone, then by a growing worry about the effects of the radiation on the highly vulnerable fetus growing inside her.  Now, each time she goes to the hospital for a checkup, she is filled with anxiety that the ultrasound might reveal a deformity, so she counts and recounts the fingers and toes. The doctors have reassured her there is no sign of abnormality, but they won’t know for sure until the birth in November, and perhaps not for years later. For Masuyama, the worry has become so all-consuming, that she has considered abortion and suicide. “For the first two months after the disaster, I was focused only on survival… I became, depressed and so worried that I stopped eating. I wanted to die.”

NEW “LEPERS” OF JAPAN: THE “HIBAKUSHA”  Unfortunately,  deep prejudice, born out of ignorance, is being endured/suffered by the “hibakusha” (nuclear survivors)  whose children are sometimes treated as though they bear the contamination in their genes. The discrimination is well documented. Some are refused employment. Others are rejected as marriage partners because of medically unproven fears that their offspring may be born with deformities. Even so, the Hibakusha are also revered as “survivors and repositories of knowledge” about the very real risks or radiation. After the disaster, they were among the first to demand a greater sense of crisis even as the government was offering soothingly ambiguous words about there being “no immediate health impact”. – IN TEXAS WE SAY: NO SWEAT! – LIKE HELL!

TODAY IN JAPAN LOOKS ARE DECEPTIVE Watch the bullet train speed through a frame of distant mountains and sharp blue skies and this seems to be postcard-perfect Japan. But look more closely at the people, and you will see that many families now own Geiger Counters (dosimeters) to check their exposure. DVD chain stores have started to rent them along with the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Inside hundreds of school playgrounds, bulldozers are scraping off the top a foot of dirt to reduce contamination from the soil. Local newspapers and TV bulletins carry daily radiation updates with a breakdown for every neighborhood. Strange activities indeed!

IN LAND-RICH COUNTRIES people might want to just move away from the radiation source, but that is next to impossible when living on a crowded archipelago, with a rigid job market; Even so, thousands have fled, but most people in the disaster area will have to stay simply because they have no real choice.  Life in Japan might be easier if there existed credible  guidance from scientists and politicians, Unfortunately such is not the case. The country has just got its seventh prime minister in five years. Academia, and the Media opinion have been tainted by the evident/powerful influence of the nuclear industry; As a result, residents continue to flounder in their greatest worries: Contamination, and the daily need to suppress the “Fight or Flee” dilemma – One of man’s toughest choices since time immemorial.  WOULD I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN JAPAN TODAY?  No way!,  no-how!

My sincerest appreciation for a well written, empathetic and comprehensive story written by Jonathan Watts, for the  This is my abbreviated version with added commentary. For the full story use link below.




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01 Sep 2011

WASHINGTON, On 31 Aug 2011, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Senior Staff member announced that NRC is refining a plan to change its rules for Nuclear Power Plants(Nukes *) originally intended to address “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Dai No.1 tragedy, to additionally address recent seismic activity concerns in the central USA;  Accordingly,  the NRC is updating its requirements for Nukes to resist earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. A process expected to take years.

QUAKE AND RISING WATER A NEW IMMEDIATE CONCERN  The new changes advocated by the NRC Staff, will now include requiring commercial operators of the USA’s 104 Nukes to take a new look at the risks posed by earthquakes and floods.  Amy Cubbage, a part of the NRC Taskforce, helped prepare a list of changes for U.S. reactors aimed at addressing concerns raised by the Fukushima Dai No.1 Tragedy of 12 Mar 2011, an subsequent results/findings. Ms. Cubbage said: “The full re-analysis proposed will take sometime,”  while there is no imminent risk from the design of aging nuclear plants, there is now emerging/ improved seismic data which seriously heightens earthquake hazard concerns in parts of  California, Central and Eastern USA.

“WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY” NRC staff proposed NRC move forward on ordering upgrades to reactors with designs similar to the Fukushima plant, and safety improvements to “Spent Fuel Pools”. NRC thinks the changes can move forward “without unnecessary delay”, but gave no specific timeline. Other items identified by the NRC’ s Fukushima taskforce will need further study as part of a longer-term review, including its top recommendation to streamline its aging “patchwork” of rules and guidelines into a more useful/streamlined  regulatory structure. It is recognized that given the political climate, it will take years for NRC to adjust its regulations, and for the industry to implement the changes.

SEISMIC RISK REVIEW PROPOSED Separately, the NRC last Wednesday said it would require that plants evaluate their seismic risk, part of a process that started years before the Fukushima disaster. “In view of the potential safety significance of this issue, it is necessary to reexamine the level of conservatism in the determination of original seismic design estimates”,  the NRC said in a Federal Register Notice. While there is no “imminent risk” from the design of aging plants, there is higher earthquake hazard in parts of the central and eastern United States than was assumed when they were first designed.

NORTH-ANNA NUKE IN VIRGINIA UNDER THE LOOKING GLASS Last week’s magnitude R5.8 earthquake was centered about 12 miles from Dominion Power’s aging “North Anna” Nuke. The quake triggered a shutdown of two(2) reactors built more than 30 years ago to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 quake. The “close call,” as some critics label it, led to demands from US Sen. Barbara Boxer(D-CA) and others, for new safety measures to protect such plants against earthquakes and other natural disasters. In a letter sent to the NRC on Friday, Sen. Boxer asked whether NRC believed the safety margins of the “North Anna” plant had changed since the time the plant was built. In non-sequitur fashion, Dominion says the North Anna plant suffered little damage last week, and that its safety systems worked effectively.  A Diesel generator used to power safety systems in case of emergency, malfunctioned after the quake, but three(3) other “backup generators” performed well, and there was no effect on plant safety. David Heacock, Dominion’s chief nuclear officer, said the day after the quake: “The point is, the station is in good condition with multiple layers of defense…We’ve already done extensive walk-thru(s) and we’ve found virtually no damage, except minor cracks in some ceramic insulators on a transformer”.

NRC STAFF WILL ADVICE THE FIVE(5) MEMBER COMMISSION on logistics for the changes on 03 OCT 2011, and how to weave in input from the industry, the public and an advisory committee. Senior NRC staff discussed the changes with industry and nuclear critics at a public meeting on Wednesday. Such seismic risks in the United States were highlighted last week by an earthquake in Virginia that may have shaken The Dominion ‘North Anna’ plant more severely than the facility was designed to withstand.

GOV CUOMO WORRIED ABOUT INDIAN POINT Nuke. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo(Dem), called the ‘Indian Point” nuclear plant in his state “a catastrophe waiting to happen,” noting that a geological fault was recently discovered near the site. Republicans in Washington however, are generally inclined to defend the Industry and its record, even though we are talking mainly about 40 year-old reactors, nearing the end of their approved life.

“NRC LOOKS AT EARTHQUAKE DANGER THROUGH ROSE COLORED GLASSES” according to California congressional delegation member Sam Blakeslee (R-CA), who wants the NRC to review the most recent seismic data, and apply the data AS IT CONSIDERS RE-LICENSING CALIFORNIA PLANTS.  Blakeslee (a geophysicist) representing San Luis Obispo, has taken the lead in pushing for updated seismic information on Nukes in California, including data on a new fault discovered near the “Diablo Canyon” Nuke in his district.  Echoing Sen. Boxer, and other members,  Blakeslee said: “Even after Fukushima, they( three members of the NRC Commission) rely on assertions from the nuclear industry”(remember Blakeslee is a Republican, and a geophysicist by profession).  His scientifically-based concern about the safety of his constituents DESERVES NRC’s ATTENTION!  Sen. Barbara Sen. Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the “Environment and Public Works Committee”, said in an interview she would press for an explanation from NRC members who recently declined to support immediate action on a list of safety recommendations from an NRC Staff Task force, and said: “I question their dedication to safety”.  Sen. Boxer said she also was concerned about seismic safety and evacuation plans at the “Diablo(Devil) Canyon” and “San Onofre” Nukes in California’s both now located in highly populated areas.

DEMOCRATIC HEAVYWEIGHTS WANT SWIFT ACTION. The task force issued 12 recommendations in July 2011, including reshaping NRC’s regulatory framework, and developing updated information on seismic risk. NRC’s chairman, Gregory Jaczko, called on the commission to vote on the recommendations quickly. At a Senate hearing earlier this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) praised the NRC Staff’s recommendations but, like US Sen. Barbara(D-CA) Boxer, expressed concern that some Commissioners were not likely to approve action on all 12 measures within three(3) months. Sen. Sanders said: “I KNOW WHAT DELAY MEANS IN THIS TOWN…It means nothing is going to happen.” In the interview on 26 Aug 2011(Friday), Sen. Boxer complained of a “pattern of delay at the NRC” and said the majority of her committee was committed to pressing for faster action.  Sen. Boxer has found an ally in NRC Chairman G. B. Jaczko, who wants the commission to adopt at least some of the task force  recommendations quickly, but (3) Republican Commissioners said his approach was too rushed.

REPUBLICAN HEAVYWEIGHTS ARE IRKED BY NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO, AND WANT HIM REMOVED (He must be embarasing them). During the last week of Aug 2011, Congressional Republican Heavyweights have attacked NRC Chairman Jaczko personally, and even asked for his removal.

Timothy Greten, a Policy Specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), said at the NRC meeting: “We need to look, and see if we can learn lessons from anything that’s happened, whether it was the earthquake in Japan, or whether it was even the earthquake under Lake Anna, VA”

NRC STAFF WILL ADVICE THE FIVE(5) MEMBER NRC COMMISSION on logistics for the changes on 03 OCT 2011, and how to weave-in input from the Industry, the public and an advisory committee. Senior NRC staff discussed the changes with Industry and nuclear critics at a public meeting last Wednesday. Seismic risks in the United States were exacerbated last week by an earthquake in Virginia that may have shaken The Dominion ‘North Anna’ plant more severely than the facility was designed to withstand, or acknowledge. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko has urged that the work be complete within five years.  An historically accelerated timetable for the NRC.

Note * For simplicity, we usually use the term: “Nuke” to denote a Nuclear Power Plant (NPP);  Technically however, a Nuke is a thermo-nuclear device(bomb).

Thanks to The LA Times, 27 Aug 2011, and Reuters 31 Aug 2011 for quotations.



This article is a sequel to our 22 Jul 2011 article titled: NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) ALSO SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES

Three Republican NRC Commissioners are opposed to taking any measures to comply with NRC proposed regulations/guidelines.  The NRC Staff Task Force has added on additional concern:  Improved seismic data which seriously heightens earthquake hazard concerns in parts of  California, Central and Eastern USA should force plant operators to make a new “quake risk assessment”. Unfortunately, the NRC, composed of five Commissioners, includes three(3) Republicans on record as opposed to any NRC rules/guidelines changes at this time; They, and their rationale, are outlined below:

(1) On 20 Jul 2100, 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).

(2)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.” She said 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(already looking to do so) no matter what!

(3)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!  LET US THEN EXPLORE THE ROLE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS IMPASSE.

THE NRC STAFF continues to diligently explore necessary safety changes to the nuclear Industry in the US, and to provide proposals to improve it, but to no avail.  Their recommendations are falling on ears deafened by politics, and the corruptive influences of the Uranium Nuclear Cartel.  It is hard to imagine how the NRC Staff can “keep the faith” knowing their best efforts and concerns are for naught.

NRC CHAIRMAN GREGORY B. JAZCKO continues to “take them to water, but he can’t make them drink”.  It must be a thankless, disappointing, and tough job.  We admire his courage and determination to do what is clearly needed to spare America from a nuclear disaster.   He can always say: “I told them so”, but unfortunately they keep saying: so what!

DEMOCRATIC HEAVYWEIGHTS Such as: Sen. Barbara Boxer(D-CA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), Gov. Cuomo of New York, and others, have aptly represented the concerns/will of their constituents, and as they feel, “of the American People”, unfortunately the Energy Barons wield an awesome force called BIG MONEY which corrupts absolutely.  It is sad to recognize the same MO works in Japan(and in most other Nuclear generating countries) and with disastrous consequences for Japan, and the world. 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.which is not over yet – not by a long shot!

That means that the NRC continues to be hog-tied and impotent to make any changes to the Nuclear Safety status quo. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said: “I KNOW WHAT DELAY MEANS IN THIS TOWN…It means nothing is going to happen”. To my chagrin, I think he is a realistic man!


P.S. I am happy to report that in Aug 2011, we had readers from 31 countries.  Top among them were the USA,  Russian Federation, Great Britain, and Japan.

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