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BULGARIA TO “BITE THE BULLET” AND TELL RUSSIA “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS”

27 Oct 2011

In Bulgaria, the European Union (EU)’s poorest member, faces a seemingly impossible task to finish the 2,000 Megawatt (twin reactor), Russian-designed Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), in Belene, Bulgaria.  The lessons of the Fukushima Dai No.1 triple meltdown on 12 Mar 2011, have caused Bulgarians to reassess the 30 year-old Russian NPP design planned there.  Russia’s Rosatom wants an extra $2.1 billion Euros now, for a total of 6.1 Billion Euros, that they say would be needed for improved safety measures, and insurance.

BULGARIAN STUDY CENTERS  Such as “Balkans and Black Sea Studies Center”- A Sofia Research Group agree the project is practically on “life support”… Separately another Bulgarian, Ilian Vassilev, former Chairman of a Consulting firm from Deloitte, Bulgaria, said: “With additional billions of Euros in debt, it (the NPP) will never take off”.  All seem to agree that no one would lend Bulgaria enough money to complete the project, except for the main contractor, Russian state-run Rosatom Corp. The findings by Bulgarian study centers may give the Bulgarian government the arguments it needs to “bite the bullet”, and cancel the Belene NPP without upsetting Russia, its chief supplier of oil and natural gas. Mark Hibbs, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Berlin, said on 22 Oct 2011: “Some observers in the nuclear financing and nuclear project management field believe that the present Bulgarian government would prefer to walk away from this project.” – IF ONLY THEY COULD DO SO GRACEFULLY.

SEVERAL EUROPEAN NATIONS HAVE ABANDONED NUCLEAR AMBITIONS.  Germany canceled license extensions, shut down some of its oldest reactors, and ordered the rest closed by 2022. Swiss lawmakers approved phasing out five (5) plants by 2034. Italy permanently banned atomic power, and there are many worldwide movements against any further NPP involvement, notably in India, and soon in Great Britain.

EARTHQUAKE PRONE AREAS WILL BE RECONSIDERED. The Fukushima tragedy has triggered safety probes across Europe, and the world;  jeopardizing potential returns on investment (ROI), and scaring potential investors away from the Belene NPP project. European nations plan to publish conclusions of stress tests for their existing NPPs by the end of 2011.  Their findings, and new seismological science findings, will likely accentuate the consideration of added safeguards against earthquake damage, specially in areas known to be near geological fault areas.  Such findings should be used to preclude any new NPP in such quake-prone areas.  Prudence dictates so.

A FEW BULGARIANS STILL WANT THE BELENE NPP BUILT.  Sergei Stanishev, a former Prime Minister, and leader of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, told reporters last week in Sofia: “Bulgaria needs new nuclear capacity, and a project like Belene will guarantee the country’s energy security…the longer the government puts off the decision, the higher will be the cost.”  Meanwhile, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s 27 month-old government (that  inherited the project from a Socialist-led Administration), is reviewing whether it can successfully complete Belene NPP, and salvage its investment, or cancel it, and gain more independence from Russia, Bulgaria’s traditional economic partner.  SUCH ARE THE HORNS OF THE DILEMMA AREN’T THEY?

MOST BULGARIANS OPPOSE THE BELENE NPP PROJECT.  Prominent Mr. Minchev opposes the project because the government chose the Russian supplier in 2005 without any regard for fair competition. The reactor design is obsolete, the costs are running out of control, and the project is making Bulgaria even more dependent on Russia for energy supplies  HE IS A MAN WHO “ TELLS IT LIKE IT IS” Minchev adds: “This project was developed without any consideration for our national interest, or the broader political and strategic interests of our European allies…The nuclear reactors proposed were developed 20 years ago (old technology). Why are we buying them?”.  GOOD QUESTION!  ANSWER: JUST BECAUSE!  The proposed pressurized-water reactors already licensed by Russia, would be installed 14 kilometers (9 miles) from a village where more than 100 people died in a 7.2-level earthquake in 1977; whose epicenter was in Romania. Even so, the site was declared safe by the Bulgarian nuclear regulator and approved by the European Union in 2008.  Bulgaria owns 51 % of the Belene NPP Project (Just a hole in the ground), and has spent about $2 billion so far, including  site preparation, safety studies, greasing palms for governmental approvals, and all in the expectation of buying obsolete reactors that no longer suit the times, or the need.  2 BILLION EUROS, THAT IS ABOUT PAR FOR “UPFRONT MONEY” REQUIRED BY NPP MAKERS SUCH AS JAPAN RUSSIA, AND FRANCE. THEIR “LIFETIME SERVICES” CONTRACTS ARE ALSO ALIKE.  

ROSATOM (MinAtom) IS A RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED CORPORATION established on January 29, 1992 as a successor of the Ministry of Nuclear Engineering and Industry of the USSR. It was reorganized as the “Russian Federal Agency on Atomic Energy” on 09 Mar 2004, and  transformed to a State corporation;  Passed into the law, by the Russian Parliament on Nov 2007;  and signed by President Putin in early Dec, 2007.  Rosatom, currently sells nuclear fuel for Bulgaria’s only existing atomic plant at Kozloduy.  SEE THERE, RUSSIANS DON’T JUST BUILD NPPs, THEY WANT A CONTRACT TO SUPPLY THEM FOR LIFE. 

ROSATOM HAS TRIED HARD, but there are currently no investors to keep the “Belene NPP” project alive. The Russian Nuclear Services Company offered to finance the entire project, if the contract can be renegotiated by Mar. 2012.  Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said: “The only chance for the Belene NPP to happen, is with Russian government-backed credit as a politically motivated investment”.  And besides…Bulgarians can’t afford high energy prices. Premier Borissov has said he’d welcome an opportunity to sell part of the Bulgarian government’s stake to a “strategic European investor”;  However, there are no potential serious buyers in the horizon.  In London, Stephen Tarlton, an analyst at the trade group “World Nuclear Association” said: “Given the high degree of political risk, it would be a highly risky project to be involved in”.  Tarlton wouldn’t speculate on whether the Belene NPP gets built.  HMM! – NOBODY LIKES THE PROPOSITION – SO, LET IT DIE!

RUSSIA’S ROSATOM PEEVED WITH BULGARIAN FOOT DRAGGING. Rosatom has inflated the initial price tag of 4 billion Euros to 6.3 billion Euros, blaming delays caused by the Bulgarian side. Bulgarians said they weren’t willing to pay more than 5 billion Euros.  Sergei Kiriyenko, CEO of Rosatom (the Russian contractor), said: We understand that the new government wants a fresh start, another analysis, another feasibility study…But the longer we wait without making any decision the less profitable it gets…If the two companies find a solution good…If not, the matter will go to court. Today we see Belene as a profitable project, and we are ready to invest in it…Our investment offer has its limits.” 

BULGARIAN NUCLEAR REGULATOR SAYS: Regulator’s chairman Sergey Tzotchev said in an interview. “There are NO operating reactors with this exact design…We need more time to see everything, to discuss everything.”… HMM!, SURE SOUNDS LIKE the USA-NRC.  Perhaps it is just a case of “greased – palmitis” in such commissions, do you think?   WE DO KNOW FOOT-DRAGGING MEANS: LATER, ALIGATOR! ; SO ROSATOM MUST KNOW IT TOO. 

BULGARIA TO DECIDE BY MAR 2012 Even though costs to complete the Belene NPP project have not been published, nor the terms of the contract between Bulgarian utility NEK and  Rosatom.  Rosatom, on July 2011 turned to the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, claiming 58 million Euros for “delayed construction payments”. Bulgaria, in turn filed a 61 million-euro counter-claim for unpaid purchases of old equipment to the Court of Arbitration in Geneva.  ITS “NO-GO” The NEK and the prime minister’s office referred calls to Bulgarian Energy Minister Traicho Traikov, who has said the government will make a final decision after running EU-compliant stress tests and having the project’s viability assessed. The government won´t move until the March 2012 deadline for negotiations with Rosatom; he said: “I don’t really believe that this project will go forward under the conditions which the previous government agreed-to with its Russian partners”

Thanks to Bloomberg 26 Oct 2011, for quotations.

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MY COMMENT

It is clear to see Bulgaria also “has seen the light” about NPPs, and about dealing with Russia’s state-owned Rosatom.  THEY JUST WANT OUT OF THE DEAL! – just like the people of India.  Their concern appears to be how to say: Sorry, but we just don’t want these NPPs anymore; without upsetting their political relations with their longtime ally, Russia; To that end, Bulgaria appears ready to “bite the bullet” and write-off  2.1 Billion Euros to experience.  Let us remember that in southern India,  the Kudankulam NPP  located in Tirunelveli, will probably cost India $20 Billion to quash, even before they hatch – We’ll see.

gonzedo

October 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM Comments (0)

INDIA – A NEW COLONY OF RUSSIA? ITS THIRST FOR ENERGY COULD MAKE IT SO.

21 Oct 2011

DURING THE BRITISH COLONIAL PERIOD(1858 to 1918), the people of India found that in return for a stable government, they were required to subordinate themselves to a foreign power. This meant (among other things) that they had to sell their raw product(industrial goods) to the British at their prices; and worse yet, to buy all finished goods exclusively from them (at their prices); in addition to providing 600,000 soldiers to defend British interests worldwide.  Unfortunately, the Indian “caste system” resonated well with Monarchic British “class separation” views, and so an uneasy bond was created in which most Indians subordinated themselves to the British (with consequential/growing resentment), eventually culminating in a forced British withdrawal from India, and its affairs in 1918.

MODERN INDIA IS A COLORFUL MIXTURE OF THE OLD AND THE NEW.  To better understand Countries like India, it is necessary to look at its present needs/aspirations, as well as its political and economical climate. India is the world’s second most populous country, and like China, it is an economically, and educationally rapidly ascending country, struggling mightily to overcome its infrastructure deficiencies in  potable water, and energy delivery;  However, there persist great needs for sanitary human waste-water treatment facilities, and even a notable lack of sanitary toilets for the greater part of its population. Its politics and economic ascendancy ambitions are perceived as highly dependent upon its apparently insatiable need for energy;  This is so, because like it or not, energy is central to satisfying human needs, sanitation, hygiene, and comfort. Let us first look at India’s politics as an instrument for modernization, specially in a country with such a rich and diverse cultural heritage.

POLITICALLY, INDIA IS A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY AND A REPUBLIC with an Upper and a Lower chamber, and with two(2) prominent parties;  So, it follows the same political framework/guidelines as the USA, and many other democratic republics.  INDIA’S GOVERNMENT (from Wikipedia) is officially known as the “Union Government”, also as the “Central Government”,  was established by the Constitution of India, and is the governing authority of the union of 28 states and seven(union) Territories, collectively called the Republic of India. Its capital is New Delhi. The Central government comprises three (3)branches: the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary.
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH is headed by the President (the Head of State), and exercises power directly, or through subordinate officers.
THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH (the Parliament) consists of the “lower house” (The Lok Sabha) and the upper house(The Rajya Sabha), as well as the President.
THE JUDICIAL BRANCH has the Supreme Court at its apex, 21 High Courts, and numerous Civil, Criminal and Family courts at the District level. The legal system as applicable to the federal and individual state governments is based on the “English Common” and, The basic Civil and Criminal Laws governing the citizens of India, as set down by major parliamentary legislation, such as the Civil Procedure Code, the Indian Penal Code, and the Criminal Procedure Code. Both the Central, and individual State governments consist of Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.

INDIA’S DEMOCRATIC PARTYThe “Indian National Congress (INC)” Party, commonly known as “The Congress” is one of the two(2) major political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It is the largest and the oldest(1885) democratic political party in India. The party’s “modern liberal platform” is largely considered “center-left” in the Indian political spectrum.  The INC party became the leader of the Indian Independence Movement in its struggle against British rule in India. After independence in 1947, it became the nation’s dominant political party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family for the most part; In the 2009 general elections, the INC emerged as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha, with 205 of its candidates getting elected to the 543-member house. Consequently it, along with a coalition of allies, formed a coalition with the “United Progressive Alliance (UPA), was able to gain a majority and form the government. The INC’s platform is very similar to that of the USA’s – Democratic Party.

INDIA’S GOP – The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) – Indian People’s Party; established in 1980, is India’s second largest political party in terms of representation in the parliament. The BJP traditionally has supported “Indian Nationalism” and strongly advocates conservative social policies, self-reliance, “Free-Market Capitalistic” policy.  Its foreign policy is driven by a nationalist agenda, and strong national defense. The BJP’s Political platform is generally considered “Right of Center” in the Indian political spectrum.  India’s BJP platform is very similar to the USA’s – Republican (GOP) Strange how in the Ying/Yang of modern democracies, the “conservatives” wish to conserve their gains, while “liberals” wish to “spread the wealth” more uniformly among its citizens; hence, their political polarization.

SO MUCH FOR INDIA’S MODERN BACKGROUND…

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NOW THEN, REEL FORWARD TO 2001. Having a contractual, or political agreement, that gives a foreign country exclusivity in providing technology and nuclear fuels for the life of a Nuclear Power Plant(NPP), constitutes a “colonial like” dependency which may not be broken. Such is the case with Russian Nuclear Technology to create, and support NPPs in several countries of the world.  Case in point: Please refer to our 16 Sep 2011 article titled: IN INDIA, ANTI NUKE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST A SIX NUKE “ENERGY PARK”

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 2112. Hectic activities are underway at the plants for the timely commissioning of the first two (2) plants; However, an additional four(4) NPP are planned on the same site.

THE RUSSIAN DESIGNED NPPs were built under technical collaboration with Russia (But have not yet been activated). 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”.

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-II, BWRs are a good bet.
From a DNA 14 Sep 2011 article

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MY TAKE

It is now clear, the Nuclear Industry follows the same Modus Operandi (MO) worldwide. Japan was the first to recognize the desirability of exporting technology only with a binding contract to grant them exclusive rights to maintain the NPPs for life, and to provide the specially shaped, and coated uranium fuel pellets to be used (also for the life of the unit).  It is clear Russia has also welcomed “a piece of the action” in India 2001… HERE IS HOW THEY NORMALLY DO IT:

No. 1. The Indian Stakeholders(An “Anonymous Society” or SA) colluded with the Local authorities for permits to carry out their plans, even without consulting with the locals.  Remember these folks were making an initial investment of about $10 billion(per power plant); so “greasing palms” with a few $ millions (and the promise of more to come), made permit acquisition faster/easier.  BUT FOLKS: THAT IS CALLED GRAFT AND CORRUPTION AT ALL GOVERNMENT LEVELS.  That is the way in which the Nuclear Industry corrupts our societies and bends our politics out of shape worldwide.

No. 2. They sought and obtained engineering, technical, and other logistical support from Russia(we do not know the details, because they are a corporate secret, but The Russian technology exchange would probably include life-long monopoly on nuclear fuel provisioning, and “technical support” for the life of the NPP…You see, that way NPPs become: “The gift that keeps on giving”.  It must be made clear that the Russian Government was involved only in “Permit Granting”, and that it was a Russian free-market Nuclear Industry, that was working with the Indian stakeholders.  Such a deal is precisely what the Premier Japanese Nuclear Industry was contemplating to sell the world (Until 12 March 2011).

No. 3. They got Academia to agree to say how great this project would be (if faced with opposition as it is now).  We are talking of bribing a few prominent national scientists to “sing their song”.  Scientist can be very subtle, and even persuasive liars, when it fits their financial interests.

No. 4.  Finally, they paid-off the press for “good coverage”.  They continue to do so by buying lots of publicity, at unknown prices, as a way to “launder” their contributions.  HOW SWEET IT IS! – India’s press is clearly, and unabashedly biased pro-Nuclear Energy.

NOT SO FAST! Everybody involved was economically set-up for life, after all the stakeholders are very generous, but then… on 12 March 2011 Fukushima exploded in their faces; FUKUSHIMA CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR THE URANIUM NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE! – THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY 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 NPP complex, and everyone says: NOT IN MY BACK-YARD(NIMBY), AND RIGHTLY SO!. That is exactly what the demonstrators are trying to tell the NPP builders.

The people of Tirumelvely are not alone in their concern. India’s “THE PIONEER” reported on 09 OCTOBER 2011, that The Kudankulam NPP is not an issue confined to the Tamil Nadu boundaries anymore.  Protesters are also fuming in Kerala against the Central(government)s decision to go ahead with the project.  Scientists and environmentalists are pointing out that Kerala is bound to suffer tragedies if any eventuality occurs at the Kundakulam NPP, and that close to a quarter of the Kerala population will suffer in the case of a serious accident at the Kudankulam NPP facility as five(5) densely populated districts come within a radius of 200 km – the minimum (estimated)aerial distance fallout can reach; In this sense.  Keralites say they need to be as concerned about the  Kudankulam NPP, as the people of Tamil Nadu are,” said an office-bearer of the “Solidarity Council” which supports the anti-nuclear protests at Idinthakarai in Tamil Nadu. The council had taken out a vehicle march to Idinthakarai last week, to declare solidarity with the protestors there.

Protestors in Kerala want their State Government to take a stand on the Kudankulam NPP as the Tamil Nadu Government has done. Their concern is that in case of a nuclear accident at the Kudankulam NPP, the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta, districts of Kerala could be directly affected. Radiation carried by winds could affect Idukki and Kottayam districts as well.
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MY CONCERNS

The residents of all areas adjacent to the Kundakulum NPP (and follow-on four(4) more NPPs euphemistically called an “ENERGY PARK”), are understandingly alarmed about their presence in their “Backyard”, and have every right to say NIMBY! They look to the Fukushima Dai No.1 unfolding triple-meltdown tragedy, and see their future likewise threatened by the Kundakulum NPP plans approved by their Central government.  The Central government is showing signs of “back-pedaling” on the project, and now have expressed concern for the financial loss faced by the “Stakeholders”.  Does this mean the Central government would bail them out to stop the project dead ? We are talking about $20 Billions; It could happen!  And yet, please consider my greatest concern, particularly for the people of India, and their still fresh experience with Colonization by foreign powers.

INDIA COULD BECOME A NEW COLONY OF RUSSIA. ITS ENERGY THIRST COULD MAKE IT SO.  It may be a very worrisome revelation to most ant-nuclear groups in India, that accepting Russian Technology under such terms (see MY TAKE item no. 2) makes India a “Colony” of Russia; After all, Russia could “pull the switch off” at any time. A modern refinement of their former British Colony Times.  What would M.K. Gandhi say about it ?… Probably: “I would rather do without it”.  Just like British loomed cloth and salt; THE SAME CONCERNS APPLY TO OTHER ON-GOING NPP PROJECTS IN COLLABORATION WITH FRANCE’S “AREVA”.  Beware of strangers bearing gifts! Look for strings attached.

gonzedo

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October 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM Comment (1)

IAEA CONCLUDES ITS 2ND VISIT TO JAPAN WITH NO REMEDIATION RECOMMENDATIONS

14 October 2011 (IAEA Press Release 2011/21)

INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA -Headquartered in Vienna, Austria)  Its team of international experts completed on 14 Oct 2011, its second preliminary assessment of the strategy and plans being considered by the Japanese authorities to remediate the areas off-site of the Fukushima Dai-No.1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) reported to have elevated levels of radiation.

IAEA dispatched the remediation mission to Japan on 07 Oct 2011 at the request of the Japanese Central Government. The mission, comprised of 12 International and IAEA experts from several countries, visited numerous locations in the Fukushima Prefecture, and conducted meetings in both Tokyo and Fukushima, with Japanese officials from several Ministries and institutions.

IAEA REMEDIATION TEAM LEADER Mr. Juan Carlos Lentijo, from Spain’s nuclear regulatory authority said: “The meetings held, and visits made by the team over the last eight days, gave us a first-hand appreciation of the extraordinary efforts and dedication on the part of Japanese people in their effort to remediate the areas affected by elevated levels of radiation in the Fukushima Prefecture…As Japan continues its current remediation efforts, it is our belief that this work will bring relief to the populations who are affected by the consequences of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant…the team also appreciates the openness with which our discussions were conducted, and the high level of cooperation and access we were granted by Japan…This was, and is, an invaluable opportunity for us(IAEA) to learn from this important decontamination initiative. We would like to continue our support to Japan in this very challenging task. We look forward to sharing our findings with the international community.”

IAEA PRELIMINARY SUMMARY REPORT was delivered to Japanese authorities 14 Oct 2011.  The team prepared a set of conclusions including, though not limited to, the following:

 SUMMARY REPORT 14 OCT 2011

1. Financial and technological resources to bring relief to the people affected by the accident, with priority being given to children. The Team was impressed with the strong commitment to the remediation effort from all institutions and parties involved, including (SPECIALLY) the public.

MY TAKE:

The report IMPLIES That IAEA will provide financial and Technological support to Japan.  THIS IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE, no such aid has been solicited to, or approved by the IAEA General Assembly; therefore is not quantifiable – SO SORRY MR “Pie-in the sky” Mr. Hosono.  After that junket to Vienna! – Well, maybe he saw a concert or two there.  THE SECOND SENTENCE  was a well deserved “Ata’-Boy” (praise) for the people of Japan who MUST endure and persevere…but as bureaucrats say often say: “ Remember, just one “OH-SHIT”, can wipe out 50 “Ata – Boys”

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2. Japan has also taken practical measures to inform the public, and involve residents and local institutions in the process of defining its remediation strategy

MY TAKE:

OH-REALLY ? – Tell that to the Japanese people if you want to get a laugh.

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3. Japan is advised to avoid classifying removed materials that do not warrant special radiation protection measures as “radioactive waste”.  (such signs should state: DANGER! – KEEP AWAY!)

MY TAKE:

THIS ADVICE SOUNDS ERRONEOUS, AND AIMED AT PLACATING THE NATIVES.  In other words, if you can’t smell It, or taste it, and you can’t see it (glow) don’t sweat it! – LIKE HELL!  Those living there, know better -They have to, in order to survive and maintain health.  Notice no quantifiable advice is given, as to what radioactivity level should warrant such “classification”. Truth be told, even IAEA does not know!

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4. Japan is advised to consider explaining to the public the importance of focusing on radiation doses that may actually be received by people, rather than on data indicating contamination levels.

MY TAKE:

It is difficult to understand the meaning of such advice.  Frankly,  it sounds like that the government of Japan should consider asking its people to ignore the dangers from the ever-growing “Plume” of radiation, and its tell-tale high readings; If it further means, that Japan needs better PR to assuage the public not to worry about contamination radiation readings, and only about what they come into contact with; question is, how can people tell the difference ? – SUCH ADVICE IS BULLSHIT! 

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5. Japan is encouraged to continue its remediation efforts In doing so, Japan is encouraged to take into account the advice provided by the Mission. (WHATEVER THAT WAS -WE STILL HAVE NOT READ ABOUT THE IAEA’s RECOMMENDED REMEDIATION  PLAN.

The IAEA stands ready to support Japan as it considers new and appropriate criteria for such activities. The authorities and local residents in Japan fully assisted the IAEA international team in its endeavor to conclude its mission successfully…The final report of the mission will be presented to the Government of Japan in the next month ONCE AGAIN THE WORLD WAITS WITH BAITED BREATH FOR ADVICE AS TO HOW TO REMOVE, AND DISPOSE OF, RADIOACTIVE WASTE OF ALL KINDS, AND ON AIR, SEA, AND LAND.  We think IAEA has no solution, because there is none!  Recall this was billed as: “A Remediation recommendations visit”

SUPPOSEDLY, the government of Japan has been formulating a strategy and plans to implement measures to remediate the contaminated areas.  OH- REALLY ? – Tell that to the Japanese.

THE FIRST IAEA FACT FINDING MISSION took place between 24 May and 2 June 2011, and was called: International Fact Finding Expert Mission Of The Fukushima Dai- No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident Following The Great East Japan Earthquake And Tsunami.

THE SECOND SUCH MISSION CONCLUDING ON 14 OCT 2011, was a “follow-up mission”, and an essential component of the IAEA’sNuclear Safety Action Plan”, approved by the IAEA Board of Governors on 03 Sep 2011, and endorsed by all 151 Member States at the recent IAEA General Conference. The “Action Plan” defines a program of work to strengthen the global nuclear safety framework.  (WONDER WHAT THAT IS ?)

MY COMMENT:

This “Plan of action” from the IAEA makes it plain that they represent the Nuclear Industry Financial Interests; not those of the peoples of Japan, or the World, for that matter. “ The Action Plan” contains no verbiage to indicate any empathy, or even compassion, for the people of Japan, and other potential victims to their Fukushima demise.  Notice that no advice is given about contamination waste removal, or its disposition and, or necessary protection measures needed to protect the health and well-being of the people who will do the “cleanup”. What is evident, is that the AEIA is covering up the real facts to mitigate damage to their huge financial interests worldwide.

IN MY VIEW  THE IAEA ARE NOT THE “NUCLEAR WATCH-DOGS” OF THE WORLD – THEY ARE THE “JUNK-YARD DOGS”, CONCERNED ONLY WITH PRESERVING THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY, AND IT’S RICH PROFITS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS, WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE REST OF OUR WORLD.  

THEIR “ACTION PLAN” IS NO REMEDIATION PLAN AT ALL!  Just a rehash of its May 2011 visit.

To read the complete statement go to the IAEA web site:  http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/missiononremediation.html

gonzedo

P.S.  I am happy to tell you that we are being read in over 60 countries.  High on the Hit list are Germany, Netherlands,  Italy,  Japan, Great Britain, China, Taiwan, and many others, even in arab world countries.  Many  more people will now see the truth about the Nuclear Power Industry, and the poisons they generate.

October 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM Comments (2)

IAEA MULTI-NATIONAL 12 MEMBER EXPERT REMEDIATION TEAM ARRIVES IN TOKYO

07 OCT 2011

TEAM LEADER Juan Carlos Lentijo will lead the IAEA’s international expert mission to Tokyo on 7 October 2011. The IAEA’s international expert mission is supporting Japan in its planning to remediate the areas off-site (NEAR-BY)from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Lentijo is also the General Director for Radiation Protection at Spain’s Nuclear Regulatory authority (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear) – COUNTERPART TO OUR NRC – ENOUGH SAID?.

A TWELVE (12) MEMBER TEAM OF EXPERTS ARRIVES IN TOKYO from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)on 07 Oct 2011, to help develop a radioactive contamination remediation plan(s), following the triple Nuke meltdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuclear Power Plant last 12 Mar 2011.  The IAEA nuclear remediation mission team, was requested by the Japanese Government, and plans to visit Japan from 7 to 15 October 2011 (9 days).

TEAM LEADER, MR. LENTIJO SAID  on 07 Oct 2011 :  “Japan needs to take into account IAEA international standards, as well as local circumstances, to determine the best way to remediate the contaminated sites”. THAT COULD MEAN MANY THINGS – LET’S WAIT AND SEE WHAT IT MEANS.  THE WORLD WAITS WITH BAITED BREATH TO SEE HOW TO “REMEDIATE“ THE UN-REMEDIABLE).  The Government of Japan has been formulating a strategy and plans to implement remediation measures. (SUPPOSEDLY; HOWEVER, WE DON’T TRUST MR. HOSONO’S ACUMEN, OR HIS POLITICAL WILL TO DO SO).

THE IAEA MISSION INVOLVES MEETINGS with Japanese officials in Tokyo, and trips to other locations.  Mr. Lentijo said: “When the mission concludes, the experts’ findings will be shared with the international community and the general public…At the end of the mission, a preliminary summary report will be provided to the Government of Japan and (WILL) be made publicly available,” The team is also planning to hold a Press Briefing (WITH, OR WITHOUT QUESTIONS PERMITTED? – WE’LL SEE) at the end of the Mission. The current mission is a follow-up to the Fact Finding Mission held earlier between 24 May and 2 June 2011.

The final report of the IAEA International Remediation Expert Mission will be presented to the Japanese Government in the month following the conclusion of the mission (NOT CLEAR WHEN).  WE WILL TELL YOU WHAT IS SAID, WHAT IS IMPLIED (but may not be), AND WHAT IS WITHELD – WE ARE GOOD AT READING “BETWEEN LINES”.

For the official IAEA PR release go to :  http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/missionjapan071011.html

Note: ALL CAPS are comments by gonzedo”. STRANGE! WE SCOOPED ALL OTHER MEDIA WITH THIS STORY, AND STILL DID NOT MAKE THE GOOGLE NEWS.  WISH I KNEW WHAT IT TAKES TO DO THAT.  I AM PEEVED!

gonzedo

 

October 7, 2011 at 7:02 PM Comment (1)

Japan’s Fukushima Cool-Down Forecast Supported by UN Agency- REALLY?

03 Oct 2011

Bloomberg, October 03, 2011

http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LRRQQ91A74E901-7CDQNQHQ2STAI4D9OETFSSUU3K

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s three stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactors will be brought under control by the end of the year, a government official said in an assessment that was backed by the United Nations’ atomic agency. (THIS IS A LIE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE: IAEA IS NOT, AND HAS NEVER BEEN, A PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS. They are privileged to report to the United Nations on occasion.  In my opinion, this lie is intended to grant IAEA United Nations attributes/credibility it does not have, and has never had!  Check it out yourself at THE “INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA)” WEBSITE : CLEARLY THIS IS AN “INDEPENDENT AGENCY”; NOT CONNECTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS, AND HEADQUARTERED IN VIENNA , AUSTRIA.   http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/bog260911.html

The Fukushima (Dai No.1) reactors will be brought into a state of “cold shutdown” by Dec. 31, (2011 ?)Said Goshi Hosono, Japan’s “minister in charge of the response to the nuclear crisis” today (03 Oct 2011) in Vienna (home to the 2300 staff  IAEA). The (Japanese)government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., which owns the reactors, had previously sought to cool the vessels below 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit – the boiling point of water) by mid-January (2012 ?).  SEE THERE – MR. “PIE IN THE SKY” HOSONO WENT TO VIENNA TO TELL THE IAEA THAT ? – IN ADVANCE OF HIS VISIT TO JAPAN LATER THIS MONTH.  EVERYONE ALREADY HAD BEEN TOLD THAT;  SO, THERE MUST BE ULTERIOR MOTIVES FOR HOSONO’S VISIT TO VIENNA THAT ARE NOT REPORTED ON.

The Fukushima (Dai No.1)nuclear disaster, triggered by a March 11(2011) earthquake and tsunami, will take center stage this week at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 151 member countries in the Austrian capital (VIENNA). Nuclear engineers and diplomats will map out the future of atomic technology amid concerns over its safety. “The agency’s (IAEA) assessment of the situation at Fukushima Dai-Ichi is that the reactors are essentially stable,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, (WHO WAS )a Japanese diplomat before taking over the agency in 2009 (HOW CONVENIENT!). “The expectation is that the cold shutdown of all the reactors will be achieved as planned.”  BUT—WHAT ABOUT THE NUCLEAR RADIATION CLEANUP, AND DISPOSITION OF THE WASTE, MR. AMANO???

 About 20,000 families (160,000 PEOPLE) have been evacuated from around the Fukushima site. Radiation from the plant has contaminated food and animals in Japan, while radioactive plumes from the melting fuel have been detected in the U.S. and Europe.

JAPAN’S MR. Hosono met French Industry Minister Eric Besson (Heavily vested in Nuclear) and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today. (03 OCT 2011 – THE PEOPLE OF THE USA DEMAND TO KNOW WHAT THEIR “USA SECRETARY OF ENERGY”, DR. STEVEN CHU SAID ON OUR BEHALF.  JAPAN’s MR. HOSONO SAID: Japan still needs to unload and dispose of the damaged reactor fuel and decontaminate the surrounding land…Bringing the reactors under control doesn’t mean that we will have changes in the restricted area…Radioactive soil in pockets outside the exclusion zone around the plant have reached the same level as in Chernobyl following a reactor explosion in the former Soviet Union territory 25 years ago…Fukushima may force Japan to sign treaties defining limits to compensation claims…there is a need to look into the possibility of becoming a party or concluding the convention on supplementary compensation…We should take it up as an important political agenda item.” SO SAID MR. HOSONO.

MEANWHILE BANK OF AMERICA- YEAH! THE $5/MONTH DEBIT-CARD KIND FOLKS, SAID: Radiation leaks that displaced 160,000 people may cost Tokyo Electric (TEPCO)as much as 11 trillion yen ($140 billion US) in compensation claims, Bank of America Corp. said in March 2011.

No thanks to Bloomberg for their lying propaganda on behalf of the IAEA.

Note: My comments are in high case, or in parenthesis.

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MY TAKE:

This article is, in my opinion, a prime example of Western Media disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda intended to mislead, and pacify Anti-Nuke activists worldwide.  WE WON’T BUY IT!  WE ARE NOT NEARLY AS GULLIBLE AS THEY THINK WE ARE!

I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THE WESTERN “FREE PRESS” IS NOT REALLY FREE. IT IS CONTROLLED BY THE AUSTRALIAN MURDOCH MEDIA MACHINE/EMPIRE AS A PROPAGANDA TOOL FOR THE POWERS OF “B”, AND TO QUASH THE REAL NUCLEAR ENERGY STORY.  I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS OPINION.  Have you read that Plutonium has been found 40km from Fukushima ?  It has, and in many places.

Clearly, high on Mr. Hosono’s agenda is providing input to the IAEA regarding CLAIM LIMITATION AND SPREADING LIABILITY AMONG IAEA MEMBERS IN CASE OF CATASTROPHIC NUKE ACCIDENT.  How would you like to have to pay part of Japan’s liabilities for their carelessness and irresponsibility ?  No Way – No How! I do not think IAEA Member states will like the idea either.

OH YEA!- THE “BIG EYE” BY IAEA IS IN THE WORKS!, AND MR. HOSONO WENT TO VIENNA TO ENSURE THE FINANCIAL INTERESTS OF THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ARE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED.  THEIR PROBLEM IS… TOO MANY PEOPLE OF THE WORLD HAVE SEEN THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY FOR WHAT IT IS:  GREEDY, UNCARING, LYING, AND CONNIVING.

gonzedo

 

October 3, 2011 at 1:38 AM Comments (11)