Fukushima

Fukushima–Political Fallout

by on July 29, 2012


Japanese Anti-Nuclear Protests at the Parliament Building (c/o Boston.com)

 

An event such as the Fukushima triple meltdown is bound to bring heightened scrutiny in any nation to the institutional corruption and elitist arrogance (as revealed in the Japanese Diet’s Select Committee Report on the Fukushima accident) that precipitates such “accidents waiting to happen.”  The Three-Mile Island partial meltdown stalled new commercial reactor construction in the United States for three …
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Fukushima–Worse than Chernobyl’ for Kids

by on July 21, 2012

 Elena Sergeevna Gurok (19), Ukrainian, diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and 2005--the future for Fukushima children (c/o Robert Knoth)

The shocking results of the latest epidemiological studies are in from Fukushima and they are not good.  As summarized by Michael Kelly at Business Insider, the report indicates:

Of more than 38,000 children tested from the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, 36 percent have abnormal growths – cysts or nodules – on their thyroids a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as reported by ENENews.

This is startling.  The Chernobyl …
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Fukushima–The Report (Updated)

by on July 5, 2012

UPDATE (7/7): Contra Mr. Vitruvius’ comment below, it seems all is not going so great in the “nuclear Renaissance.”  Kari Lundgren in Bloomberg Businessweek, that well-known ecological rag, reports that post-Fukushima,

World nuclear power production dropped by a record 4.3 percent last year as the global financial crisis and the Fukushima disaster in Japan prompted plant shutdowns and slowed construction of new sites.

In fact, though 59 plants are …
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(Video) As 200,000 Protest, Japan Begins Switching Nuclear Plants Back On

by on July 3, 2012

Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. For the first time since before last year’s March earthquake and tsunami – a nuclear reactor in Japan is up and running again. Despite 200,000 protesters gathering last week in Central Tokyo to demonstrate against turning any nuclear reactors back on – reactor number three at the Oil nuclear plant in the Fukui Prefecture in Western Japan was officially flipped on Sunday night


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(Video) Japan Restarts Two Nuclear Reactors

by on June 8, 2012


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(Video) ‘One Million Fukushima Cancers’

by on April 25, 2012

…we see that the Fukushima accident was on the verge of causing the evacuation of Tokyo. And had the wind been blowing the other way, across the island instead of out to sea, Japan would have been cut in half and destroyed as a functional country. So, this is a technology where perhaps accidents don’t happen every day, but when they do, they can destroy a country.

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Fukushima–The Problem with Storing Radioactivity on the Roof.

by on April 23, 2012

Again, the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to have an unsettling way of impinging on the edges of the world’s consciousness, even though we have all been told that the results of three meltdowns and one burning fuel storage tank are “settled” (as in “cold shutdown”).  The latest postcards from the edge of the apocalypse bear the postmark of the fuel storage pool at Reactor 4.  Tom Hartmann has been following …
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(Video) Fukushima – Levels Still Lethal To Robots

by on March 31, 2012


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Fukushima Update–Radiation Levels Very High

by on March 28, 2012

Experts: Radiation at Fukushima Plant Far Worse Than Thought

Water at surprisingly low levels; damage “worse than expected”

Radiation levels inside Fukushima’s reactor 2 have reached fatally high levels, and levels of water are far lower than previously thought, experts say today.

The current radiation levels are so high that even robots cannot enter. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says that new robots and equipment will need to be developed


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(Video) Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US

by on March 27, 2012

Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

While traveling in Japan several weeks ago, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen took soil samples in Tokyo public parks, playgrounds, and rooftop gardens.

All the samples would be considered nuclear waste if found here in the US. This level of contamination is currently being discovered throughout Japan.

At the US NRC Regulatory Information Conference


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(Video) Happy Birthday, Fukushima

by on March 12, 2012

Contamination Fears Linger For Japanese Children, Workers One Year After Fukushima Meltdown


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Fukushima at One Year–“What, me worry?”

by on March 10, 2012

From Gregg Levine at Firedoglake:

One year on, perhaps the most surprising thing about the Fukushima crisis is that nothing is really that surprising. Almost every problem encountered was at some point foreseen, almost everything that went wrong was previously discussed, and almost every system that failed was predicted to fail, sometimes decades earlier.

 

Fukushima-Daiichii "Stabilized" Reactor (c/o MSNBC)

 

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