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TITULAR HEAD OF INDIA’S ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION SPEAKS AT IAEA MEETING

22 Sep 2012

This article is a sequel to: INDIAS NUCLEAR REGULATORY BOARD (THEIR NRC) NEEDS EMPOWERMENT http://energymaters.com/?p=918

DR. RATAN K. SINHA SPEAKS TO THE “INTL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA)” at its 56th International general conference in Vienna, Austria on 19 Sep 2012.  We say Mr. Sinha is only a “titular head” of the Indian Atomic Energy Agency (AEC-counterpart to the USA-NRC), because the AEC has never gained Indian parliamentary support/approval.  http://energymaters.com/?p=918 Last para.

NPP DEVELOPMENT IS STRONGLY OPPOSED IN INDIA. Faced with violent public rejection/opposition, at the Kudankulam(NPP,  Dr. Ratan Kumar Sinha, titular chairperson of India’s NEC, said work on the first of the two (2) 1,000 MW Light Water Pressurized Boiling Water Reactors(LW- PBWR’s (the most common kind) at Kudankulam is complete. The operation of Unit-1 is expected to commence shortly, while Unit- 2, may be commissioned early next year (2013).  Kudankulam NPP, and other planned “Nuclear -Parks” (as they are euphemistically called), consist of six (6) nukes each.  India is planning to collaborate with the IAEA during Oct 2012 by hosting an “International Workshop” regarding “Safety of Multi-Unit NPP against External Natural Hazards” to be preceded by a meeting of the “working group” of the IAEA project on “Seismic Safety of NPP sites”. (NOTE KUDANKULAM NPP WAS TO BE INAUGURATED NEARLY A YEAR AGO, AND WAS STOPPED BY STRONG PUBLIC OPPOSITION)

Mr. Sinha added: A year after the Fukushima Dai-No 1 accident on 12 Mar 2012, India was committed to implementing the IAEA action plan on nuclear safety (WHAT PLAN?). The preparation and planning for inviting IAEA’s “Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS)” for peer review of India’s regulatory system(SOUNDS OFFICIOUS, BUT DOES IT EXIST?) was also in progress and, in due course, India will approach the Agency with a request to undertake this mission. “Our experts will continue to participate and assist the IAEA Secretariat (THE VIENNA OFFICE 2300 PEOPLE) in its endeavor to enhance nuclear safety through a cluster of measures it has formulated…The first Operational Safety Review Team (IAEA-OSART) mission to India for Rajasthan NPP Units 3 and 4, is now planned for the end of October 2012″

NUCLEAR POWER GENERATION IS UP. According to Mr. Sinha, nuclear power generation in India has continued to grow due to an increase in the supply of uranium from domestic as well as international sources; and that, this year the country has registered about a 23% increase in (nuclear power?)generation over last year. The average annual availability of the reactors had also increased from 83 to 91%.  India has identified new resources of uranium, and in the last five years, the country’s reserves had registered a steep increase of about 70%.  Production of Uranium (the fuel used by LW-PBW reactors) was 751 Metric tons in 2011-12, an increase of about 15% over the previous year

RADIATION LEVEL CONCERNS: Dr. Sinha highlighted the published results of recently concluded Indian studies (no source given)based on screening newborns, for congenital malformations, in the High Level Natural Radiation Areas(HLNRA) in Kerala, where the radiation fields ranged from less than 1 mGy/year to 45 mGy/year, against the global average of approximately 2.4 mGy/year from natural sources of radiation. During the period August 1995 to December 2011, over 140,000 newborns in the HLNRA and normal radiation level area were screened for different health-related parameters. The studies had shown that there was no significant difference between the populations belonging to HLNRA and normal radiation level area with respect to the frequency of congenital malformations, Down-Syndrome and still-births. No significant difference was observed in the frequency of occurrence of chromosomal aberrations and micronuclei too.  Earlier studies carried out in the same region on nearly 400,000 people did not show any significant increase in the incidence of any type of cancer in the HLNRA, he added.

OUR ANALYSIS AND COMMENTS

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, INDIAS NUCLEAR AMBITIONS ARE IN TROUBLE! We have seen how the people of India, like the people of Japan, have made it abundantly clear to their politicians, that  they strongly oppose more Nuclear Power Plants(NPPs) in their power mix; yet, their governments continue to support nuclear development , no matter what, or who!- We know why.  Both Indian and Japanese government figures (past and present), Industrial barons, Scientists, and most of their press are heavily vested in the nuclear industry.  Put plainly, they sold out long ago, and since Fukushima have found a reversal of fortunes and public opinion. See:  INDIA AT A LOSS IN HOW BEST TO HANDLE PEOPLE’S REJECTION OF NUCLEAR PLANTS @ http://energymaters.com/?p=748.  Given the present circumstances, rather than further endanger their political fortunes, India’s politicians are using the “B” Team- (the AEC) to persuade the people of India about the safety of their planned NPP expansion. PROBLEM IS: People of India won’t buy AEC or IAEA Support promises; and further, want some questions asked which they cannot answer satisfactory.  Japan has learned the hard way, that the IAEA may promise a lot, but delivers nothing but useless advice!

DR. R.K.SINHA – A POLITICIAN WITHOUT HIS GOVERNMENT BLESSING, offers India and the IAEA, this solution:

  1. Lean on the international prestige of the IAEA (not that they have any) BY PAYING THEM TO COME to India, and tell his people that Seismically, India’s NPPs have no problem! ; additionally, to assuage Indian people about the : “Safety of Multi-Unit NPP against External Natural Hazards”. (SEE – THEY TOO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THAT ISSUE. REMEMBER FUKUSHIMA DAI No.1 ?- 4 nukes in one place. ) 
  2. Ask the IAEA to create an “Operational Safety Review Team” (IAEA-OSRT) and tour their NPPs, and pronounce them safe as bread Rajasthan NPP Units 3 and 4 are now planned for the end of October 2012″ – who says IAEA will agree to his requests? Anyway, a new team, to conduct reviews they have never done, and this is supposed to give us a measure of confidence?  We are not that naïve Mr. Sinha!
  3. Next Mr. Sinha says they have found new Uranium deposits.  Big Deal! I guess he plans to give it to Russia, or France or another country for processing as fuel suitable for their NPP, as normally agreed.
  4. Next he talks about Thorium Research (the other nuclear fuel).  Now, that is a really good idea; but unfortunately, for him, just talk!
  5. Lastly, Mr. Sinha talks about radiation level concerns.  No doubt he found a money hungry scientist, who will state anything for fees already received or pending. He is just a part of the lying, conniving team of NPP Purveyors, just like the IAEA.  IT IS ALL A PART OF THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY Modus Operandi (MO);  In all such propositions, a few stand to profit hugely; without regard for public safety.  Notice Mr. Sinha never mentioned the “unmentionable” Nuclear waste, and what to do with it, now and in the future.

We await eagerly the final resolutions of the 56th International IAEA meeting a few days from now, or ever.  Not that we expect anything good to come of it.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

September 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM Comments (27)

USA – NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) OPENS A NEW CHAPTER

10 Sep 2012
THE USA-NRC HAS A NEW AND COMBATIVE CHAIRPERSON. Dr. Allison M. Mc Farlane began her appointment by tackling the thorny issue of “Nuclear Waste Disposal” by the USA Nuclear fleet of about 104 Commercial NPPs. On 09 Sep 2012, Dr. Mc Farlane said: “Resolving this issue successfully is a commission priority…Waste (disposal) confidence plays a core role in many major licensing actions.”

“WASTE CONFIDENCE” DEFINED: According to the NRC, “Waste Confidence” is a generic term implying that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored for decades beyond the licensed operating life of a reactor; without significant environmental effects”. In the past that rule has enabled the NRC to license, or renew licenses without examining the effects of extended waste storage at individual sites; However, the Appeals Court said, the NRC should have considered the potential environmental impact in the event a permanent disposal site for used fuel is never built, and it cited deficiencies in the NRC’s consideration of leaks and fires involving spent fuel pools.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT IS THE BEAVER VALLEY NPP AT SHIPPINGPORT, PA.  On 09 Sep 2012, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered its staff to complete an “Environmental impact review” of temporary on-site storage of used nuclear fuel at the nation’s 104 commercial plants, including the Beaver Valley NPP, in Shippingport. The study, which will be completed within two (2) years, was ordered on 06 Sep 2012, in response to a 08 Jun 2012 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia that the so-called “waste confidence” rule is deficient.

THE APPEALS COURT GIVES THE NRC JUDICIAL AUTHORITY; So, the NRC has suspended issuing, or renewing licenses, dependent on the Waste Confidence Rule. until the court’s mandate is met, NRC officials said.

“BEAVER VALLEY NPP” IS A TWIN NUKE FACILITY – Owned and operated by “FirstEnergy Corp.” The facility creates about 64 used fuel assemblies every 18 months, and is currently seeking spent fuel pond expansion permits; so, will be the first commercial NPP Facility to face the NRC’s new “Waste confidence rule”.

BEAVER VALLEY NO. 2 – COOLING POND BEING EXPANDED. The storage capacity will be increased from 1,088 fuel assemblies to 1,690. Young added that work started on that project in 2011, and is a little more than 50 % complete. The expansion is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013, and will give Unit 2 an additional 10 years of storage.

“FIRST ENERGY CORP” Spokesperson Jennifer Young said on 07 Sep 2012, that its Shippingport, PA  NPP is in the process of moving to a “dry cask storage system” for Unit 1. Older rods will be moved into steel and concrete containers and stored outside in a protected area. Only last year, Spokesperson Todd Schneider said, when the project received federal approval that, Fuel assemblies must be in a cooling pool for at least five (5) years before they can be moved into dry casks; now spokesman Young said the construction of the new system will begin in the fall of 2012 and be completed in 2014. She added the facility will start with six (6) canisters, with the capability to add another 47 canisters later on.

Thanks to the Beaver County Times (Beaver, PA)

NEWS ANALYSIS AND COMMENT

We are very happy indeed that the USA-NRC has someone at the helm once again, and that Chairperson Dr. Mc Farlane is both perceptive and aggressive in pursuit of Nuclear Safety. We needed that! she immediately tackled our greatest concern: That, the USA’s (and the world) Nuclear industry clearly puts profit ahead of public safety. The continued accumulation and disposal of “nuclear waste” is unacceptable, and must be stopped ASAP.

We are also happy that Dr Mc Farlane has found support in the U.S. Court of Appeals finding that: the NRC should have considered the potential environmental impact in the event a permanent disposal site for used fuel is never built, and it cited deficiencies in the NRC’s consideration of leaks and fires involving spent fuel pools. The court’s finding is a bash for the NRC for past inactions. Even so, the Court finding certainly strengthens the NRCs authority, by enabling it to deny permits for time extensions regarding spent fuel pools, and similar. Note that the Beaver Valley No.2 – Spent fuel Tank already has 1,088 fuel assemblies and is expanding to 1690 –By comparison: FUKUSHIMA DAI NO. 1 REACTOR 4, SPENT FUEL POOL HAS ABOUT 1,500 FUEL ASSEMBLIES; Worse yet, there are many crowded spent fuel pools all over the world, and they are not even worrying about it. IT IS A MAD  FOLLY!

WE WISH DR. Mc FARLANE WELL, AND COURAGE  TO FIGHT THE CARELESSNES OF THE GREEDY NUCLEAR INDUSTRY. We would like to remind her that the world is very likely watching the “good-old” USA for a good example of governmental control. VIVA the Waste Confidence Rule!
 

This post is a sequel to: USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 3 – http://energymaters.com/?p=522

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

September 10, 2012 at 2:39 AM Comment (1)

IAEA HAS A TENTATIVE REPORT FOR ITS 2012 FULL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

30 Aug 2012

ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) “Nuclear Yardogs”- important progress has been made towards strengthening global nuclear safety after Japan’s Fukushima tragedy last year.  The Greenpeace Intl. Environmental org strongly disputes this.  The IAEA report on the plan’s implementation (thus far) will be presented to the IAEA General Conference of the more than 150 member states, on 17-21 Sept. 2012, to be hosted in Vienna, Austria (beautiful city, beautiful time of year, beautiful people – mostly energy Industry barons, one and all).  THESE FOLKS SHURE KNOW HOW TO MIX WORK AND PLEASURE!  

GREENPEACE IS HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED WITH PLAN. Greenpeace (which opposes nuclear energy), said there had been “no real progress”.  Last year Greenpeace criticized the IAEA for its initial handling of the Fukushima disaster, with media and IAEA Vienna-based diplomats saying it was slow to give information in the early days of the crisis.  Greenpeace however, is still dissatisfied with the entire IAEA system for regulating the nuclear industry saying:  “a few touch-ups here and there are not enough”; They added: The Fukushima incident has spurred a rethink about nuclear energy worldwide, and calls for more concerted action, including beefed-up international safety checks of NPPs. Aslihan Tumer of Greenpeace International’s nuclear campaign, said pointedly: “The IAEA’s action plan(still) does not address any of the real lessons of Fukushima,”

IAEA CLAIMS: “Since the adoption of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety(in 2011), significant progress has been made in several key areas…improvements in emergency preparedness and response capabilities…there has been progress in areas including assessments of “safety vulnerabilities” of atomic plants, and strengthened peer reviews…These, and other measures, have contributed to “the enhancement of the global nuclear safety framework”…Significant progress has also been made in reviewing the agency’s safety standards which continue to be widely applied by regulators, operators and the nuclear industry in general.” it added: “But continued efforts need to be made to ensure more effective communication to the public if there is a radiological or nuclear emergency” The IAEA made the assessment in a report prepared for its upcoming Sep 17-21, 2012 annual meeting of IAEA member states, which endorsed a safety action plan by consensus last Sept 2011, despite criticism that it did not go far enough. The nine (9) page report may be found at www.iaea.org

IAEA’s TASK of reaching a consensus, and willingness to collaborate among its 150 member nations is difficult indeed.  Only last year, the IAEA plan exposed differences between states seeking more international commitments while others wanted safety to remain an issue strictly for national authorities.  Additionally, the IAEA report, approved six months after the Fukushima triple melt-down, was criticized by some nations for not advocating more mandatory measures, and outlining only voluntary steps intended to help prevent a repeat of such a crisis event anywhere in the world.  It also called on countries to promptly carry out assessments of their nuclear power plants, and their vulnerabilities to extreme natural hazards, as well as steps to strengthen emergency preparedness, and rapid dissemination of safety information.  IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano said of this year’s proposed report: safety has improved, but much remains to be done” – (THAT’S FOR DAMN SURE!).

SOME IMPORTANT IAEA MEMBER NATIONS WANT “MORE” INTERNATIONAL CONTROLS. One group of nations – including Germany and France – voiced disappointment about the safety action plan for not including stricter measures.

OTHER KEY NATIONS WANT “LESS” INTERNATIONAL CONTROL like the USA, India and China which stress the responsibility of national authorities.  That is why the USA’s NRC is “hog-tied and impotent”- In all probability India, and China have the same way to do, or not do, as they wish – No matter what; and, they like it that way,

IN JAPAN, in Aug 2012, a government-appointed inquiry raised doubt about whether other NPPs in Japan were prepared for massive disasters.

IN BELGIUM, their nuclear regulator said it had halted construction at one of the reactors of a nuclear plant until at least the end of Aug 2012 to carry out an investigation into suspected cracks found in a core tank.

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OUR TAKE,

Folks, these are “games important people play”, and worldwide Nuclear Safety is not a game at all.  Problem is: everyone (every nation) wants to “fly their own kite”, and to be free to do, and not do, anything they want to help their Nuclear Industry prosper at the expense of the safety of people all over the world.  If Fukushima has thought us anything, it is that the world is a very small place when it comes to radioactive poisoning of land, sea, and air; That means that: EVERY NATION WITH NPPs HAS A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY TO HUMANITY AT LARGE.  IAEA has a long way to go to truly improve Nuclear Safety.

We think the reason IAEA is releasing this “sneak preview” of its 2012 Report, is just one more way to seek worldwide approval, and lend legitimacy to their organization of Energy Barons. ( by the way, They are not a part of the UN).  Frankly, we think they are not “nuclear watchdogs” (as they would have us believe), but rather, “Nuclear yardogs” protecting the huge worldwide NPP investments of an industry that has lost its legitimacy/credibility, and is clearly now on a retrenchment mode.

This post is a sequel to: IAEA ELECTS 16 NEW BOARD MEMBERS, AND ANNOUNCES ITS UPCOMING VISIT TO JAPAN, dated 24 Sep 2011 @ http://energymaters.com/?p=324 – Interesting reading!
Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

August 30, 2012 at 1:19 AM Comments (5)

INDIAS NUCLEAR REGULATORY BOARD (THEIR NRC) NEEDS EMPOWERMENT

29 Aug 2012

INDIA’S NATIONAL AUDITOR’S REPORT ON NUCLEAR SAFETY has raised concerns about a weak regulatory body: India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board’s (AERB).  In its performance audit, the “Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)” warned of a Fukushima or Chernobyl-like disaster if the nuclear safety issue is not addressed by the government. The AERB supervises safety issues at India’s 22 running nuclear plants; and yet, has never been empowered to make rules, enforce compliance or impose substantive sanctions in cases of nuclear safety oversight; at best, can only impose a maximum fine of Rs. 500 as a deterrent in such cases. The auditor’s report added that without a legal status, the AERB has neither the authority for framing or revising rules relating to nuclear and radiation safety, nor to decide on the quantum of penalties – leave alone imposing them.  (True enough, but he is scarcely in a position to change things – not enough political clout).

AERB CONTINUES TO BE AN AUTHORITY SUBORDINATE. Technically, the AERB was constituted through an executive order in 1983; so, it reports to the Chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The report says: “The legal status of the AERB continues to be that of an authority subordinate”… there is an urgent need for the government to bolster the status of AERB if it is to qualify as an “independent regulator” in a sector (Nuclear Power Plant -NPP Industry) which is likely to become increasingly important in meeting the country’s energy needs.  “Independence for regulatory bodies” has been granted in a several countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Pakistan and the USA? (YEAH, BUT THEY ARE AS POWERLESS AS THE USA’S NRC (Ref: USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 3.  http://energymaters.com/?p=522 )  THE NUCLEAR CARTEL WANTS TO PROVIDE THE APPEARANCE OF OVERSIGHT IN THEIR ACTIVITIES, WHILE THEY MAINTAIN ABSOLUTE CONTROL (Just read my next article about the IAEA meeting).

INDIA’S AERB IS LAGGING. The auditor also castigated the AERB for failing to complete a safety policy for the country, even after three decades of its existence. “Out of the 168 standards, codes and guides identified by AERB for development under various thematic areas, 27 safety documents still remained to be developed…”

NO DECOMMISSIONING PLAN YET Even after 13 years from the issue of the “Safety Manual by AERB”, none of the nuclear power plants in India, including those operating for 30 years, and those which had been shut down, had any decommissioning plan.  Problem is: the legislative framework for decommissioning of nuclear power plants has never been legislated (approved by government); hence, the AERB is not empowered to prescribe codes, guides and safety manuals about decommissioning, even though the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had recognized the need for it. (TO OUR KNOWLEDGE ONLY THE USA’S NRC HAS EVER DRAFTED A PROPOSED “NPP DECOMMISSIONING PLAN” BUT IT WAS NEVER INSTITIONALIZED OR COMPLIED WITH –WEAK AS IT IS) (Ref: NUKE DECOMMISSIONING (SHUT-DOWN AND REMOVAL) – HIDDEN COST OF NUCLEAR POWER http://energymaters.com/?p=559 ) This DECOMMISSIONING PLAN is a good document that never saw the light of day.  We know why, don’t we? Well… because it touches on nuclear waste disposal (a taboo subject worldwide), and non-compliance by the American Nuke fleet, among others.

INDIAN NUKE SITE DEFICIENCY POINTED OUT.  The report said off-site emergency exercises highlighted the need for preparedness to deal with situations involving radiological effects from a nuclear power plant which may extend to public areas; For instance:  It was found that the approach road to the plant site of Tarapur Atomic Power Station was highly congested, which would pose serious problems in dealing with any future emergency. (YES – THAT WAS ONE OF THE LESSONS OF FUKUSHIMA).

Thanks to: NDTV (India) – 23 Aug 2012

OUR VIEW AND COMMENTS

CAG’S COMMENTS ARE WELL TAKEN, BUT… India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (SAY who?) felt a need to criticize the Indian nuclear industry.  We have no way to know who tasked him, or what special qualifications he may have.  Perhaps he has come to recognize the need to provide legitimization for his regime, by pointing out the self-evident need to strengthen and legalize the AERB. We believe that higher circles of Indian government, are finally recognizing that the nuclear Industry is not at all popular in India; so, to retain a semblance of legitimacy, they feel pressured to consider greater nuclear Industry scrutiny and control (even if only in lip service); However, the recent events at Kudankulam NPP (Ref: IN INDIA, ANTI-NUKE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST A SIX NUKE “ENERGY PARK”http://energymaters.com/?p=283),  and other proposed Nuke sites have made it plain/evident to those in government, that being pro-nuclear, is tantamount to political suicide at the upcoming elections.  Indian Politicians who are heavily vested in new NPP’s are really in a quandary, and probably expecting a golden parachute for “taking the heat”  (Ref:  INDIA AT A LOSS IN HOW BEST TO HANDLE PEOPLE’S REJECTION OF NUCLEAR PLANTS http://energymaters.com/?p=748 ).

PLEASE NOTE INDIA’S AUDITOR’S (CAG) NAME WAS NOT EVEN MENTIONED as demonstration of governmental control over the Indian press. We grant that the CAG showed ignorance of the “Lessons of Fukushima”; but then, with a press like India’s how could he get educated about the lessons? , or anything else going on in India’s government ambitious NPP plans; Even to the chagrin of most Indian people who evidently know, and wholly reject additional NPP building in India. THOSE IN GOVERNMENT, WHO DO NOT KNOW/AND UNDERSTAND THAT… JUST DO NOT WANT TO KNOW!

REGRETABLY, THE BOTTOM LINE IN INDIA’S NUCLEAR NON-POLICY IS: India’s federal government introduced a “Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (Bill)”, which sought to provide statutory status to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC – AERB’s boss), in Parliament last year (2011); HOWEVER: THE BILL WAS TABLED (SET-ASIDE WITHOUT CONSIDERATION) IN INDIAN PARLIAMENT ON 22 Aug 2012.  (SIGH !) As New Yorkers are fond of saying: Forget abouut it!

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

August 29, 2012 at 3:33 AM Comments (11)

SENDAI TRASH-BERG EXPECTED TO HIT USA NW COAST NEXT NOV 2012

07 AUG 2012

FIVE USA STATES ARE GREATLY THREATENED. They are expecting a huge tsunami debris (flotsam) mass – about 40,000 tons,to arrive on the USA N.W. coast between October 2012 and Feb 2013.  Representatives from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, will attend a three-day workshop in the USA about 03 Aug 2012.  The meetings were attended by representatives of the “Japan Environmental Action Network”, a non-governmental organization (NGO) concerned with marine debris, and experts from the USA NGO “Ocean Conservancy”, as well as state coastal clean-up coordinators.

ISSUES DISCUSSED :  The extent and range of the anticipated damage caused by the flotsam, on flora and fauna of the USA coastal regions involved, as well as the logistics of removal /disposal of hazardous and large items, such as the dock from the port of Aomori that washed up in Oregon in Jun 2012, after being torn away by the Sendai Japan Mar 2011 tsunami. Nicholas Mallos of the USA Ocean Conservancy NGO, and marine debris specialist, says the debris problem is still small; so now, is the perfect time to develop a collaborative/coordinated plan.  Mallos will join the Japanese 5 “Gyres/ Algalita Marine Research Institute”. In Japan, the Kyodo news agency says the discussions will help pinpoint the needs of affected areas so that the Japanese “Ministry of Environment” can decide how to help via the Japanese environmental network. (REALLY ? THEY CAN’T EVEN HELP THEMSELVES).

Thanks to: ABC Radio Australia for their continuing story on this subject 0n 05 Aug 2012.

OUR ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY

This is a huge story barely covered in depth by mainstream media; but then, we have learned to expect only news beneficial to Business and Industry.  It is huge because of the impact that can be anticipated to our N.W. Coastal states’ flora and fauna. Huge Kelp beds about 300’ deep, and home for many fish and mammals such as sea-lions, seals, and thousands of sea-otters that make it their permanent floating home. Smaller fish make it their reproductive grounds, and will no longer grow to roam the seas and become big fish (many of them commercial fish).  Come to think of it, Kelp (seaweed if you will) is also a much needed industrial good.

MARINE TRASH EXPERT NICHOLAS MALLOS SAYS:  “This is very much an exploratory expedition. We know a lot of debris was swept out into the ocean during the tsunami last March, but what we don’t know is what’s still afloat. What we find on this voyage will provide a snapshot of what might show up on our shores. More importantly, this will give us an unparalleled opportunity to examine how ocean trash moves and changes over time. The tsunami event provides a baseline for our research that we don’t often have: We know precisely when the tsunami debris entered the ocean environment, so what happens to it over the next several years will teach us a lot about the dynamics of marine debris… I will also be keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea turtles, sharks, marine mammals and seabirds while on the voyage. For any wildlife sightings, I’ll be documenting locations using GPS and distance from the vessel as well as noting proximity to any marine debris”. For his website see link below:

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/scientist-at-sea.html

SCIENTIFIC CURIOSITY– PRIMARY DRIVE of Mallos, but what is needed is the political will and empowerment to tackle a huge problem with huge resources to prevent a catastrophe in our NW coast.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR THE JAPANESE? They probably regret the loss of the nearly 20,000 Japanese Sendai coast residents who were taken by the tsunami, and subsequent outwash, which took houses, ports, people, and all, out to sea.  In my opinion Japanese participants to the meeting are keenly interested in finding, and identifying human remains for return to Japan.  Understandable, but no help to West coast residents afflicted by the trash-berg.

RADIOACTIVE FLOTSAM ? Strange is it not? No one mentions the high probability that the debris mass is radioactive, after all it has floated in the sea for 17 months directly in the same path as the Fukushima radioactive plume ( which even now continues to spew perdition into Japan’s eastern coast and beyond). I find it very disturbing that with all the imponderables of this trash-berg headed directly for the USA, I am not aware of any reports concerning its content, radioactivity level, or any other pertinent information.  Where is the mighty USA government with all its sniffing devices?  Don’t they care, or do they, like the Japanese, prefer to keep us in the dark about threatening news.  Is it really more important to our citizens to study Mars? It may be, but those who will be affected may not agree with the priorities. If a duplicate of the “Curiosity Mars rover scientific package” exists (it may) it would be put to very good use investigating “conditions for life” on the TRASH- BERG, and its environs.

WHY NO FISHERY OR KELP INDUSTRY INVITED TO THE MEETINGS?  Perhaps because it would invite public awareness, and pose questions they would rather not try to answer.  That is not being responsible, or responsive to the USA citizenry.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

August 7, 2012 at 1:38 AM Comments (7)

FIVE JAPANESE CITIES NOMINATED AS “ALTERNATE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT”

26 July 2012

THE STATED CONCERN: An interim report, issued on 19 July 2012, by the “Central Disaster Management Council (CDMC)” outlined steps to prepare for a major offshore quake in the “Nankai Trough”(a geologic fault), which runs southwest from Shizuoka Prefecture to Kyushu, or even a direct hit on Tokyo. The Central government was advised to seek funding for the most urgently needed measures in next fiscal year’s budget.

THE PROPOSAL: The CDMC proposal is the first such to establish a command center outside the greater Tokyo area in the event it should become incapacitated by a mega-quake /tsunami.  Main governmental functions contemplated for transfer are: (1) The Prime Minister’s Office, (2) the Cabinet Office; followed by (3) the Ministry of Defense, and (4) the Disaster Base in Tachikawa – near central Tokyo.

THE FIVE CITIES NOMINATED BY THE CDMC to serve as “alternate seat of government” are:  Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya and Fukuoka (not necessarily in that order), should an earthquake incapacitate Tokyo.  All five cities have branches of the national government, and the Bank of Japan. The report further recommends that the government provide an order of succession.

TOKYO RESIDENTS ALSO CONSIDERED: The CDM Council also expressed concern for sheltering the capital’s inhabitants.  According to the report, making houses and other buildings more resistant to shaking and fire, would reduce the need for emergency shelters. The report also calls for a faster way of assessing whether damaged homes are safe enough to return to.

(Thanks to The Nikkei, July 20, 2012)

OUR COMMENTARY:

WHAT IS THE REAL INTENT OF THIS PROPOSAL? We have mixed feelings about the real intent of the proposal.  On the one hand it is good to see Japan beginning to “prepare for the worst” (they seldom do); On the other hand, it is very probable that some in government are really worried about the ever growing radioactive “plume” that threatens Tokyo already, and not just earthquakes and tsunamis; After all, these have been a threat to Japan since time immemorial.   Let us see if the earthquake/tsunami threat rationale holds.

Sendai sticks out like a sore thumb; After all, the epicenter of the great earthquake and Tsunami of 11 mar 2011, took place just off the coast from the Sendai province.  Nearby Fukushima Dai No.1, NPP suffered  greatly from the natural events, but even more from the man-made events, and non-events that followed;  And now, that is the source of what should be Japan’s greatest preocupation: The insidious, creeping spread of highly toxic and residual radioactive (transuranic) elements from the Sendai region.  So, why was Sendai considered for “Seat of Government status”? – BEATS ME!  PERHAPS JUST A RUSE Given the fact more than 16 months after the triple-meltdown the radioactive plume is well East-NE from Fukushima (and growing in all directions), logic dictates the selection of cities as distant from the Fukushima radioactive plume as possible.

FUKUOKA, SAPPORO, AND NAGOYA FIT THE STATED REQUIREMENTS.  All are located at least 250 miles (as the crow flies) from Fukushima, and at least for now, not in the known radioactive plume path.  Fukuoka is located in Japan’s South-most island (Kyushu), while Sapporo, is located in Japan’s North-most (very cold) island of Hokkaido. Politicians would not really like it there. Nagoya is located in the central region of Japan’s main island, and about 250 miles from Tokyo. It may become Japan’s new capital soon.  It is located centrally, highly industrialized, and further from quakes/ tsunamis, and the present radioactive plume, than any other major city in Japan.

TOKYO MASSES THE LAST CONCERN Expressed almost as an afterthought, was the welfare of Tokyo’s inhabitants against the expressed perils.  As I read their expressed concern it says:  You all make your houses strong, now-hear!  We can’t provide shelters for everybody. The last sentence of that same paragraph is ominous in its implications: “a faster way of assessing whether damaged homes are safe enough to return to” could mean: when the radiation level is tolerable.  NOT GOOD HUH! , and already present in many abandoned towns/cities.

I COULD BE READING TOO MUCH INTO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT NEWS; However, given their traditional lack of information, disinformation and lies, it may be necessary to read “between the lines” in an effort to anticipate Japan’s next political move.  We bloggers can afford that luxury. Mainstream media is hard put to do so; specially in japan.

UPCOMING JAPANESE DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS COULD BE DRIVING LIES AND DECEPTIONS.  Fortunately, the Japanese public is now keenly aware of which politicians would best represent their interest in the coming elections.  I sense a big change coming in the Japanese central and gubernatorial elections.  It is clear to me from this news release, that they are already making plans to take their families, and staff to safer places in Japan, and to place their personal well-being above their constituents.  I am all for democracy, but acknowledge it has many weaknesses.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

July 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM Comments (0)

IN JAPAN, THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY TO BE TESTED IN Oi NUKES RE-START

16 JUN 2012

TWIN NUKES TO BE “RE-STARTED” As anticipated, the Japanese government on 16 Jun 2012, ordered two nuclear reactors in the town of Oi to “re-start” despite stiff public opposition all over Japan.  Many nuclear-knowledgeable people all over the world fear that “The lessons of Fukushima” still haven’t been implemented to ensure public safety. Naturally, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has been arguing that appropriate safety checks have been taken, and that nuclear power is necessary to meet the country’s energy demands without debilitating blackouts, and sky-high electricity costs.

ANOTHER PUBLIC WORRY IS THAT the Japanese ruling party is using the Oi twin-Nukes to set a precedent to re-start Nukes all over Japan, where 50 Nukes are still idled after the Fukushima triple melt-down tragedy of 12 Mar 2011.

CITY OF OSAKA ASSEMBLY MEMBER OPOSSES DECISION Asahi Takayama, assembly member from the city of Osaka, within the region served by the Oi plant, said: “The decision has been made to restart the Oi nuclear plant. But there (STILL) isn’t an adequate plan for taking care of an accident, if one occurs. Work is still incomplete on the filtered vents that are supposed to prevent the spread of radioactive materials and the earthquake-proof building that’s essential for accident response. We can’t let this restart serve as a precedent for other plants to restart. Because this time they were only using provisional standards.”

MAYOR OF SETAKA WARD, IN TOKYO DEPLORES DECISION. Nobuto Hosaka; who campaigned on an anti-nuclear platform said: “The government has decided to move forward with a consumption-tax hike as well as reactor restarts. What has this country learned after March 11, and where is it going? The thing that’s really producing this huge force trying to push us back to the days before March 11 is the old guard with its vested interests. The time of the fake `change in ruling party’ is over; we’re approaching a time when the power of democracy will be tested.”

LOWER HOUSE MEMBER OPPOSES DECISION. Yukiko Miyake, (Gunma, Democratic Party of Japan) said about the news of the decision to restart the Oi reactors: “ As a member of the ruling party, I have to apologize from the bottom of my heart for my powerlessness. This is truly unfortunate, and I am now convinced that this Cabinet doesn’t listen to either the voice of the people or the opinions of its many colleagues in Parliament.”

JAPAN’S BUSINESS LOBBY IS SUPPORTIVE OF DECISION. Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Keidanren’s said: “We welcome this decision, which was based on the government’s efforts to ensure safety and the understanding of local authorities toward restarts. The restart of nuclear power plants will contribute to the stable supply of electricity and help control the risk of rising prices. We hope other nuclear plants will restart as well, premised on the assurance of safety and understanding of local communities.”

COMMENTARY:

THE “NUKE RE-START” NEWS IS NOT REALLY NEWS.  The global press has been flaunting the event as if it were not only probable, but indispensable.  Of course it is, when the Uranium global cartel is still staggering from its present precipitous financial losses, and perceived demise. Notice that in Japan, the “Green Energy” Industry has yet to surface, at least for use in Japan.  Such is the Nuclear Industry dominance in that ill fated Country!  No doubt about it!- In japan, “the tail is wagging the dog”!

THE URANIUM NUCLEAR CARTEL MUST BE PLACING EXTREME PRESSURE ON JAPAN TO BEGIN A “RE-START PRECEDENT”.  You Know! – If Oi does it, why not at other idled Nukes ? – Sorry, we do not buy it ! – bad enough that that the “Fukushima safety lessons” have not yet been implemented anywhere.  The “spent fuel” disposal problem is already extreme in Japan (and a few other countries), and “reactor restarts” will inevitably add more deadly transuranics (highly toxic, persistent radioactive elements) to the global total.

MOST JAPANESE GOVERNORS OPPOSE A RE-START; they, must now form the battle lines against the Central government, if they are to make Japanese democracy system of “checks and balances” work.  Most Governors have already expressed their constituents’ desire to forego Nuclear Power. “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” is the popular stance, AND WITH GOOD REASON!

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

June 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM Comments (0)

IN GERMANY A NEW STUDY OUTLINES GREEN ENERGY PLANS

07 JUN 2012

GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL EXPECTS MANY NEW GREEN ENERGY JOBS She is banking on a major expansion in “renewable energy” (green energy) to make up for possible power shortfalls created by the planned phase-out from the Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).  Soon after the Fukushima tragic triple meltdown of 12 Mar 2011, Ms. Merkel surprised the nuclear Industry, and the world by announcing the intention to phase-out all of Germany’s NPPs.  Now, a GWS think tank * study presented on 06 Jun 2012, showed Germany’s expanding green energy industry plans to account for over half a million jobs by 2030: that, is up more than 33% from current levels, and driven by rapidly developing solar panel, and off-shore wind generation industries.

THE GWS THINK-TANK EXPECTS MANY NEW JOBS. Jobs linked to the green energy industry, are expected to rise as much as 600,000 by 2030. Currently around 382,000 jobs are linked to the industry – equivalent to about 1 % of the workforce in Europe’s largest economy. The study included employees involved in making and maintaining renewable energy equipment, as well as workers indirectly serving the sector such as scientists, suppliers and service industries.  Germany plans to derive 35 % of its power from renewable sources by 2020, and 80% by 2050.  They currently produce only about 20% green-energy; consequently, many critics say those targets look very optimistic.  Even so, German industry prides itself on adapting to new global trends, and has already shifted some of its traditional heavy engineering to green technology in the last decade.; Not surprisingly, this has helped to shield its economy, and job market from the worst of the European financial and debt crises.

THE SOLAR-CELL GENERATING SECTOR OF INDUSTRY was boosted in the last decade by generous incentives which turned Germany into the world’s largest market for solar panels, and currently accounts for about a third of jobs in the green energy sector: However, some experts are pessimistic about the solar-cell sector due to cuts in incentives, and increased competition from abroad.  Several firms in the sector have gone bankrupt in the last year: Even so, the GWS study said the industry should hold its own.

BIOENERGY ALSO LOOMS PROMINENTLY. In Germany, it currently accounts for about 33% of jobs in the green energy.

OFF-SHORE WIND DRIVEN GENERATION TO UNDERGO A RAPID EXPANSION: Although, it currently accounts for about 25% of green energy jobs.  It is earmarked for rapid expansion.   Plans call to build 10,000 MW of offshore wind parks by 2020, but are hampered by an inadequate power grid plus regulatory and financing questions.  GWS’ Ulrike Lehr**, co-author of the study, said: “Much depends on international conditions. The development of the wind sector, for example, will be affected a good deal by export/ demand but we expect the distribution between sectors to remain roughly the same,” While the southern state of Bavaria and western state of North Rhine-Westphalia contribute the largest number of workers in the green energy sector.  Less dynamic economies in former Communist eastern states are more reliant on the industry, and growth in several of those states has been boosted in the last few years by solar cell production, and now, some are now pinning their hopes on offshore wind.

*GWS Think Tank  http://www.indiajapansummit.org/en/index.php?page=speakerdetails&id=204

**Ulrike Lehr – Bremen   http://www.gws-os.de/downloads/tagungen/ieaa08.pdf

COMMENT:

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE; Even so, goals should be set, and expectations given a proper perspective in planning for the future at a major transition time in the history of energy generation worldwide.  In all probability, Germany’s Infrastructure (GRID) developments, and green energy planning reflect the very problems most nations of the world will need to face as soon as possible.

“A SILVER LINING IN EVERY CLOUD” We had anticipated correctly that the changeover to green energy would create many new jobs, and usher new technology.  Attempting to quantify how many jobs is another problem; difficult at best.  Only time will tell.

“WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT” that Henry Ford’s tinkering with internal combustion engines would lead to the creation of “mass-production” of autos; Hence, the now dominant Auto-industry.  Also needed were a complete infrastructure of roads, repair centers (garages), fuel distribution and selling (service stations), and even the very powerful Petroleum refining products cartel.  It took about 100 years, but it transcendentally changed humanity forever.

WE SEEM TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH GERMAN PLANNING. If you read our last post you will know this.  Once again we offer kudos to Germany for showing the world both resolve and courage to face an ever uncertain and rapidly evolving world. Meanwhile in the USA, “something will have to give” to break our governmental grid-lock in the NRC. We Americans deserve better from our government,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez

Thanks to Reuters for their article on this subject on 06 Jun 2012

 

June 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM Comment (1)

GERMANY PLANNING NEW ELECTRICAL GRID LINES TO COPE WITH FUTURE

30 May 2012

ONCE AGAIN GERMANY LEADS THE WAY IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. Once before they led the way with the creation of their “Autobohn” in the 1930’s; Now, On 29 may 2012, Germany’s Federal grid regulator (BNetzA) has introduced a “draft copy” of their first “national electrical grid development plan” to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who together with her new environment minister Peter Altmaier, and Economic minister Philipp Roesler discussed the challenges Germany is facing with regards to the much needed expansion/modernization of the power grid.  During a visit to the grid regulator office based in Bonn, Roesler said: “The grid development plan is key to the implementation of the energy transformation,”> BNetzA’s new president Jochen Homann said: “Without a transformation of the grid, the progress made in renewable energy will be in vain.” (THERE IS A MAN WITH A VISION).

THE NEW GRID EXPANSION/MODERNIZATION PLAN Contains the measures needed for a secure power transmission system for the next ten (10) years, and will incorporate inputs from the four (4) Transmission System Operators (TSOs). It is based on the so-called “scenario framework”, which forecasts generation and demand scenarios in 2022.  The plan draft was  approved at the end of 2011.  According to a report by the government-sponsored think-tank “Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)”, Germany needs to expand its power grid by 3,600 km (2,232 miles) of new high-voltage lines to accommodate the rapid expansion of renewable energy; That, would cost about  Eur10 billion ($12.5 billion) and include connecting offshore wind farms.  Dena “Netzstudie II”, was published   last on Nov 2011;  “dena”-head, Stephan Kohler said: “The grid must not become a bottleneck for the change in energy policy…Wind and solar power are useless if we cannot transport it to where it is needed or where it can be stored. It is now in the hands of politicians to set the framework for faster integration of renewable energy through the expansion of the grid…key to the identified grid reinforcements in the [draft] are powerful north-south lines in order to connect the high-consumption regions in southwestern Germany, most affected by the planned phase-out of nuclear energy with wind -energy dominated northern Germany,”

THE FOUR GERMAN TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATORS (TSOs) ARE: 1. neT,   2. .Amprion, 3. 50 Hertz, and 4. TransnetBW. They will publish the draft on 30 May 2012. The grid regulator will oversee the consultation process, and will also have to approve the reworked draft following the consultation period, it stated: By design, and fabrication of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors.egn, and fabrication of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors.side the optimization and enhancement of the existing grid, the use of innovative technologies such as high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) will play an important role…under the existing premises a considerable expansion of the grid as well as new lines will be needed.”

COMMENT:


One has to admire German tenacity and determination to provide for their future.  First they decided to abandon Nuclear Power generation; and now, they have began to plan for the extensive electrical grid improvements/modernization needed  to make a “Green energy” future possible, and without obstacles. They realize that such infrastructure changes are long-term expensive, but see them as an investment in their future.  Such programs have an often forgotten benefit in that they provide a lot of new (more modern, and often create new technologies) jobs to benefit the working people.  Kudos to Germany!  Wish more countries would follow their example.  Many countries like the USA, have only GRID-LOCK in many governmental functions. What a shame!- specially in these times of transcendental change for humanity.  History seems to favor those who prepare for the future.

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WORDS OF APRECIATION TO THE mySa READERS who honored us with their readership so long and faithfully.  Our readership had grown steadily until it reached 40,000 reads per month, and a total reads tally of about 625,000.  We believe these many reads are significant, and a good indicator that the Mainstream Press has failed to “tell it like it is” (our mantra) whenever the information is contrary to powerful financial interests – their advertisers. There is work to do.

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May 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM Comments (0)

JAPANESE NUCLEAR NEWS BLACKOUT CONTINUES TO HURT JAPAN’S IMAGE

18 May 2012

THIS POST BEARS REPEATING. FIRST PUBLISHED ON 08 FEB 2012,it is a is a sequel to JAPAN’S GOV. AND TEPCO ARE LYING AGAIN ABOUT A “COLD-SHUTDOWN” AT FUKUSHIMA NPPs At: http://energymaters.com/?p=480  The post has been substantially updated and expanded.

WE TOLD YOU THEY WERE LYING THEN, AND THEY ARE LYING STILL. A former “special(nuclear)adviser” to Naoto Kan, who was prime minister during 12 Mar 2011 as the crisis started, warned that the Fukushima situation is far from resolved, and has exposed a multitude of serious nuclear problems that Japan will have to confront for years. Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka, who has a doctorate in nuclear engineering, and is now a professor at Tama University, said in an early Feb 2012 interview with The Japan Times: “I would say (the crisis) just opened Pandora’s box” of nuclear perdition.

DR. TASAKA SAW THE SECRET DOCUMENT. He recalled viewing the government’s “FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1 – WORST CASE SCENARIO” late March 2011, When he was officially appointed “special advisor to the prime minister”.  The document detailed a hypothetical Fukushima crisis worst case scenario: 1. Eventual contamination from the plant would require the government to assist residents in the Tokyo area to evacuate if they wanted to voluntarily “migrate” based on the same evacuation protocols adopted for the 1986 Chernobyl accident. 2. The scenario assumed another hydrogen explosion would occur in the reactor #1 building, and radiation would force all of the workers at the plant to evacuate. 3. All of the pools storing hundreds of nuclear fuel assemblies would eventually lose their cooling ability, and the assemblies would melt down and breach the pools (spill on the ground, and most probably initiate an uncontrollable chain reaction of unimaginable magnitude). SCARY, ISN’T IT?

“SPENT FUEL POOLS” STILL THE BIGGEST DANGER” Acording to Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka who was one of a select group allowed to glimpse the secret “WORST CASE SCENARIO” document written up by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). According to the scenario, the biggest risk during the meltdown crisis wasn’t the reactors themselves, but the spent fuel pools sitting atop them, particularly the one above reactor 4, which still contains about 1,500 nuclear fuel assemblies. Unlike reactors 1, 2 and 3, the No. 4 unit was “offline for regular checks” when disaster struck on 11 Mar 2011, and thus the reactor (NUKE) didn’t suffer a meltdown. But its fuel rods were in the pool outside the reactor, and the pool’s coolant water fell dangerously low. Adding to that danger, the fuel pool was (is) now directly exposed to the outside environment after a hydrogen explosion blew off the upper part of the reactor building on 15 Mar 2011. The Spent Fuel Pool now appears to be dangling over the edge of the reactor building;  Dr. Dr. Tasaka added ominously: “The potential heat from the pool was also much higher than other pools because 204 of the 1,535 assemblies were still “new ones” that had been temporarily removed from reactor 4 for regular checks”

IT’S THE POOLS – FOOLS! The Fukushima No.1 Triple meltdown has highlighted the dangers of spent fuel pools, which are outside the robust primary containment vessels of the reactors themselves. Dr. Tasaka said: “Under the current circumstances, the nation has no prospect of starting up the experimental high-level nuclear waste processing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, because of both technical difficulties and the sentiments of antinuclear activists: This means utilities must (continue to) store their spent fuel assemblies in cooling pools at their respective reactor sites as a “temporary measure…That situation greatly increased the danger at Fukushima No. 1 on March 11…The storage capacities of the spent fuel pools at the nation’s nuclear power plants are reaching their limits”. According to Dr. Tasaka: “The utilities’ fuel pools were about 70 % full on average in 2010, but the figure was 80 % at Fukushima No. 1. The makeshift cooling systems set up at Fukushima No. 1 to stabilize the stricken reactors and fuel pools have greatly reduced the possibility of another catastrophe; Even so, the improvised system for decontaminating the coolant water, is nevertheless generating large amounts of highly contaminated waste every day… Making matters worse, the government (OR INDUSTRY ?) doesn’t have any place to permanently store it”.

WORST CASE SCENARIO “SO SHOCKING” IT NEEDED SECRECY. The simulation was “so shocking” that top government officials decided to keep the paper secret by treating it as a “mere personal document” of JAEC Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who compiled the simulation. The government only gave it official recognition at the end of Dec 2011 – More than 10 months after Tasaka saw the worst-case scenario paper. Dr. Tasaka is still not sure if such scary information should immediately be made public during a nuclear plant crisis; He said: “The assumed worst case was extreme and people did not need to immediately flee the Tokyo area even in March or April”, Dr. Tasaka added that, disclosing the simulation could have caused panic in the capital” Dr. Tasaka was obliged to keep secret the “worse case scenario” learned at the prime minister’s office, and did not feel in a position to decide “what information” was to be made public during the crisis.

GROUNDLESS OPTIMISM” – A SOURCE OF CONCERN Dr. Tasaka is also deeply concerned about the “groundless optimism” displayed by bureaucrats and business leaders as they rush to restart dozens of reactors that remain halted for safety checks since March 11. He said: “I understand quite well the intentions of the government, which now wants to send out a message of hope. But at this stage, all the risks should be put on the table…The nation’s nuclear regulators must carry out drastic reforms to regain the people’s trust. This is an imperative for the government if it wants to keep pushing nuclear power”.

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC ?. That is still an unanswered question that crosses moral, ethical, and “salvation of the many” grounds not yet broached satisfactorily by “nuclear” countries. Dr. Tasaka said he decided to start talking about the “worse-case scenario” only after Prime Minister Kan mentioned some of its highlights during an interview with the media in Sep 2011. Dr. Tasaka recently wrote in a new book, “Kantei Kara Mita Genpatsu Jiko No Shinjitu” (The Truth About the Nuclear Accident as Viewed From the Prime Minister’s Office). Dr. Tasaka now believes the media and government should lay some ground rules in advance, on what sensitive information should be made clear in a nuclear crisis. MOST PEOPLE NOW AGREE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW – NO MATTER HOW GRAVE THE SITUATION!

IT’S THE POOLS – FOOLS!!!  Even though this article is self-explanatory, the concerns expressed herein bear careful scrutiny, and the realization that Japan is not alone in its plight with “Toxic Nuclear waste” produced by Nukes, with nowhere to go. There are literally thousands of Nukes worldwide (mostly old ones) with “Spent Fuel Pools” serving as “Nuclear Waste Repositories; worse yet, most spent fuel pools are located on the same building, and above the Nuke itself to facilitate spent fuel removal, and re-installation by the use of remotely controlled davit/cranes. Convenient, but potentially deadly, and security wise, extremely vulnerable. Strange isn’t it ?(perhaps sheer stupidity). Reactors are designed to be strong enough to withstand an aircraft crashing into them; yet the most toxic materials(transuranics) sit under a light roof in a blue water pool; located above most reactors.  Keep in mind there are now “many years” of nuclear waste stored in that fashion all over the world – wherever Nukes exist. The Nuclear Uranium-fueled Industry has truly painted humanity into a corner.  It took the Fukushima tragedy to bring that awful truth to the attention of the world.   

DR. TASAKA ALSO AVOIDED “RELEASE OF INFORMATION” RESPONSIBILITY” “He was just an advisor” THEY ALL SAY THAT! Even so, the IAEA could perform a useful function (for once) in writing proposals regarding the release of information, critical to the survival of potentially thousands of innocent victims of nuclear catastrophes; Unfortunately they, and most of the Nuclear Regulatory Agencies of the world, consider it their primary duty to hide such information to protect powerful financial interests. – Yes, here, there, and everywhere! IT IS A HELL OF A WAY TO RUN A RAILROAD!
REGRETABLY, NOTHING HAS CHANGED AT FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1. It is still a doomsday machine awaiting an earthquake, or another hydrogen explosion, and those in authority worldwide seem in a state of denial still.  Recall the United Nations(UN) received an “Urgent request” last 02 May 2012 signed by at least 70 separate Japanese organizations to assist Japan in every possible way in dealing with the Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima No.1.  Some are already in a critically dangerous situation; To date, there has been no pubic response by the president of the UN, himself a former Nuclear Industry executive in Japan.  What shall we read into this?  It could be he is still in collusion with the Japanese Nuclear Industry in trying to make “lemonade out of lemons” to protect powerful financial interests.  Indeed, there is a strong Public Relations (PR) thrust in Japan right now, using the world media, to restart some NPPs.  On the other hand Japanese public, and Japanese governors, have strongly opposed (successfully to date) any more Nuclear Energy in Japan;  As heretofore, the Japanese central Government, and their lackeys, continue to advocate Nuclear energy.  THE JAPANESE NUCLEAR NEWS BLACKOUT IS PROOF OF COLLUSION.  BIG MONEY MAKES FOOLS OF MANY PEOPLE.  I SUPPOSE THEY FIGURE THEY CAN GET THEIR GOLDEN PARACHUTE, AND LEAVE BEFORE OTHERS DO.  BIG MONEY CORRUPTS SO ABSOLUTELY, THAT IT EVEN DESTROYS THE BUSHIDO SPIRIT WHICH HAS FOR CENTURIES BEEN THE BACKBONE OF JAPAN. WHAT A SHAME!

COMMENT TODAY:  Recently many reports have surfaced about radioactive fallout in the Tokyo area. Followers of this blog have read about it, and now there are even clandestine reports that the Japanese Government may be looking for a place, or country(outside Japan)to evacuate (relocate, if you will) the some 40 million, or so citizens of Tokyo. We suggested that possibility/need early after the three meltdowns + became evident. At that time it must have sounded as preposterous to many Japanese. So did unconditional surrender to America in Aug 1945.  But in the final analysis(with American help) It helped Japan to become a highly industrialized nation, and a world class commercial competitor.  It is ironic that a nuclear explosion in Nagasaki during Aug 1945, caused Japan to close the door on pre-war domination ambitions, and opened the door to NPPs as a solution to their perennial energy problems. Then on 12 Mar 2011, a nuclear explosion of a different kind, closed what turned out to be a false door to Japan’s economical dominance to be achieved through NPP sales with maintenance/logistical strings attached;  Now, they cannot even give NPPs away.

JAPANESE VISIONS OF WORLD DOMINANCE THRU ENERGY CONTROL, HAVE GONE UP IN BLACK AND WHITE SMOKE; AND THIS TIME, THEY HAVE SPOILED THE WORLD’S ECO-SYSTEMS.  TIME WILL SHOW MUCH WORSE THAN THEY ARE WILLING TO ADMIT, OR THE WORLD TO ACCEPT;  AND STILL…THEY CONTINUE TO DRAG THEIR FEET IN REMEDIATION EFFORTS AT FUKUSHIMA.  THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO GEN. DOUGLAS Mc ARTHUR, AND THE USA TO ASSIST THEM IN RECONSTRUCTION OR RELOCATION.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez(gonzedo)

 

May 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments (30)

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