Global Rads: Order vs Chaos // BP vs Fukushima 05.11.13


Things are getting very precarious with nuclear reactors, power plants in many locations are having some pretty strange problems…rats, goldfish being smuggled in, employees failing drug tests etc. etc. etc. IMO, if you live near a reactor it’s high time to get involved with your local anti-nuclear / environmental groups, or if there aren’t any local groups then YOU need start one by uniting your community to take action against nuclear power. Then connect with groups in other areas, do flashmob email campaigns, get creative!  Remember, the UCC filings have great tools to get their attention with ~ large groups throwing flaming arrows is always quite effective.

You can also research successful measures groups have used in the past, start by writing your Senators, Governor, Congressman, NRC and anyone else who’s politically or financially connected to the power industry. Just DO something to take your power, your environment and your health back from radioactive contamination. And don’t believe it can’t be done…

In 1979 we ~ The Sunbelt Alliance ~ prevented a power plant from being built outside Tulsa, OK; by showing up in great numbers, two summer’s in a row. Attorneys like Daniel Sheehan (Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, Karen Silkwood) worked on the case, we got the media involved and we raised enough hell until we won. Now, 35 years later community’s all over the nation have SERIOUS problems brewing with outdated plants that need to be decommissioned NOW.

Hello0oo, these power plants are designed and built to produce the materials needed for nuclear weapons. Now, isn’t it clever how they’ve got you footing the bill, every month the hard earned money you give to the electric company pays for bombs that kill, maime and destroy! Think about…

Published on May 12, 2013

Rad Chick Rad Chick

Global Radiation Update for United We Strike Radio Marathon
May 11th, 2013

From fires to mysterious radioactive goldfish, nuke plants in the US & Europe have had some bizarre problems in the past few weeks. So the NRC is putting together a panel to determine the events leading to the death of 2 goldfish at Perry NPP on Ohio, while Fukushima continues to contaminate and decimate the Pacific Ocean endlessly.

CNBC: Nuclear power has taken a beating — Engulfed by ‘cauldron of events‘ — Staggering change from just a few years ago — Not many had forecast it would “all go wrong at once”: http://enenews.com/cnbc-nuclear-power…

When BP happened, a drastic effort was undertaken by scientists to form 5 panels and come up with 5 different plans for sealing the well. Too bad no one thought to do this for Fukushima. Maybe they are waiting for the reactors to start sinking from 100′s of tons of groundwater being pumped out of the reactor basements every day, or reactor 4 to fall apart, or an unstoppable fission chain reaction event, or…something.

Or maybe the international community wants to be able to place the blame squarely on Japan and Japan only, when things really get bad. Problem is, it’s the whole world’s problem, not just Japans.

Slide correction: Tepco JNN cam is from April 2013, not 2012

Seal video courtesy of John Hutchinson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu0cT5…
BP footage from BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and is the reason for the restricted commons :/
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Is a Fukushima-level Event Inside the United States a Foregone Conclusion?


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dees Illustration

Joe Wright Activist Post
Fukushima has been an unfortunate wake-up call to the planetary fallout that nuclear power harnesses.  As the ongoing meltdown continues in Japan, it is forcing many to investigate myriad similar reactors that directly threaten other parts of the globe.
This past week the San Onofre reactor located in Southern California came under intense scrutiny, as it was revealed that a “small” leak had occurred, prompting a shutdown.
There are clear indicators that other nuclear power plants in the East and Midwest are showing signs of deterioration, which some are concluding increases the likelihood of a Fukushima-style meltdown, or worse, inside the United States if nature were to push one of these facilities beyond its breaking point, as we witnessed in Japan.
The video below outlines a “breakdown phase” we seem to have entered, and the consequences of the release of the radioactive isotope, tritium, which directly affects DNA structure.

Cassandra Anderson recently wrote about the vast dangers of these leaky nuclear reactors, which she highlighted within the ongoing battle over Vermont’s Yankee nuclear facility; just one of several that have similarly off-vented radioactive steam.  As Anderson points out, Yankee is “identical to Fukushima Reactor #1,” and “75% of US reactors are leaking radioactive material.”
Furthermore, in addition to the physical threat to both humans and the environment, Anderson succinctly points out the true economiccost of nuclear power:

Nearly 20% of energy in the US is produced by nuclear facilities. Nuclear energy is far more expensive than other energy sources, but the real cost is hidden because of government subsidies, tax breaks, insurance
schemes and legal loopholes.   Nuclear energy is estimated to be 60% greater than the cost of electricity from coal or gas fuel power plants.  Therefore, nuclear energy would die without massive taxpayer handouts because it could not survive in a free market.

It is becoming clear that the powerful interests behind the promotion of nuclear power, as well as the compromised bureaucracy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are only adding to a grave threat by politicizing this issue.  The planetary effects of provably increased radiation levels across much of the globe should be one area where we all can agree that a proper solution needs to be discussed immediately, regardless of party lines. We certainly cannot rely upon the very same agencies who have demonstrated that their idea of a solution is merely to raise the acceptable levels of radiation exposure.
The apparent threat of additional mega meltdowns requires all of us to consider this issue thoroughly.  Some have proposed that individual states begin to assert their rights and properly decommission these leaky plants, or declare a State of Emergency that would put the authority back in its rightful place.  It is a costly initiative to implement a shutdown, but the alternative could very easily result in irreparable regret for not having acted sooner.
Please offer your own comments and solutions for how we best can safeguard our planet against ongoing nuclear contamination.

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant


April 5, 2011

NY Times

By JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores.

In recent days, workers have grappled with several side effects of the emergency measures taken to keep nuclear fuel at the plant from overheating, including leaks of radioactive water at the site and radiation burns to workers who step into the water. The assessment, as well as interviews with officials familiar with it, points to a new panoply of complex challenges that water creates for the safety of workers and the recovery and long-term stability of the reactors.

While the assessment does not speculate on the likelihood of new explosions or damage from an aftershock, either could lead to a breach of the containment structures in one or more of the crippled reactors, the last barriers that prevent a much more serious release of radiation from the nuclear core. If the fuel continues to heat and melt because of ineffective cooling, some nuclear experts say, that could also leave a radioactive mass that could stay molten for an extended period.

The document, which was obtained by The New York Times, provides a more detailed technical assessment than Japanese officials have provided of the conundrum facing the Japanese as they struggle to prevent more fuel from melting at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But it appears to rely largely on data shared with American experts by the Japanese.

Among other problems, the document raises new questions about whether pouring water on nuclear fuel in the absence of functioning cooling systems can be sustained indefinitely. Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges that the nuclear industry is only beginning to comprehend.

The document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site. The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed.

David A. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who worked on the kinds of General Electric reactors used in Japan and now directs the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that the welter of problems revealed in the document at three separate reactors made a successful outcome even more uncertain.

Article continues here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/world/asia/06nuclear.html?_r=3&hp=&adxnnlx=1302076893-sIcOMMXTE8eneT2Y2R/7Ng&pagewanted=print

Treating Radioactive Iodine exposure


Radioactive iodine

#1 – Radioactive iodine (predominantly iodine-131) is a major radioisotope constituent in nuclear power plants.

#2 – There are 103 currently active commercial nuclear reactors and 39 operating nonpower reactors in the United States. (434 worldwide as of 1998.) Additionlly, there are numerous other nuclear processing and storage facilities worldwide with the potential for accidents, too.

The, September 29, 1999, Tokaimura, Japan nuclear accident took place, not in a nuclear reactor power plant, but in an uranium processing plant.
Tokaimura Japan Radioactive iodine-131 gases were confirmed to have been released and was the primary reason for 320,000 Japanese confined to their homes with their windows shut. It was also why you may have seen photos of Japanese authorities examining scores of children with geiger counters pressed against their necks.

#3 – Radioactive iodine (predominantly iodine-131) is also a major constituent of detonated nuclear weapons.

#4 – Radioactive iodine can not only travel hundreds of miles on the winds, but also still remain health threatening even as other radioisotopes are becoming dispersed and diluted along with it and their likelyhood of causing harm diminishes. It is often overlooked that while there will also be many other dangerous radioisotopes released along with radioiodine, if they are inhaled or ingested they are normally dispersed throughout a body and pose less of a risk than if they were to be concentrated into one small specific area of the body, like radioiodine is in the thyroid gland. As a plume or cloud of radioactive isotopes disperses with the wind its danger also diminshes, but always much less quickly so for radioiodine because whatever little there is that’s inhaled will always be concentrated into that small space of the thyroid gland.

NUREG-1633 points out an increase in thyroid cancer caused by radioiodine from Chernobyl…

“…was detected in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Notably, this increase, seen in areas more than 150 miles (300 km) from the site, continues to this day and primarily affects children who were 0-14 years old at the time of the accident…the vast majority of the thyroid cancers were diagnosed among those living more than 50 km (31 miles) from the site.”

goes on here :http://www.ki4u.com/index.html#2

#5 – Radioactive iodine (radioiodine) persists in the environment for a month or more.

#6 – Most importantly, ingested or inhaled radioactive iodine (radioiodine) persists in the body and concentrates in the thyroid. (Excess iodine in the blood, either radioiodine or stable iodine, is quickly eliminated from the body, but only after the thyroid has become saturated with one or the other type of iodine.) Even very small amounts of radioactive iodine, because it is retained in the small space of the thyroid, eventually will give such a large radiation dose to thyroid cells there that abnormalities are likely to result. These would include loss of thyroid function, nodules in the thyroid, or thyroid cancer. The most likely to see the worst effects, in later life, are the youngest children. (Many of the Chernobyl thyroid cancers appearing in the former Soviet Union among young people today were just children less than five years old at the time of the accident. Experts now contend that as high as 40% of the nodules are cancerous with 5 to 10 percent of the cancers fatal.)

Every year researchers are discovering more from Chernobyl as its legacy continues to reveal itself. According to the World Health Organization, that disaster will cause 50,000 new cases of thyroid cancer among young people living in the areas most affected by the nuclear disaster. Researchers have also found that in certain parts of Belarus, for example, 36.4 per cent of children, who were under the age of four at the time of the accident, can expect to develop thyroid cancer.

For all of the above reasons, health experts estimate that the greatest health concerns affecting the largest number of people from a nuclear accident, or nuclear bomb explosion(s) anywhere in the world, will likely be from the release of radioactive iodine then carried downwind.

However, there really is some Good News amongst all this!

This deadly cancer agent, especially to our children, is easily, cheaply, and effectively blocked!

“There is no medicine that will effectively prevent nuclear radiations from damaging the human body cells that they strike.

However, a salt of the elements potassium and iodine, taken orally even in very small quantities 1/2 hour to 1 day before radioactive iodines are swallowed or inhaled, prevents about 99% of the damage to the thyroid gland that otherwise would result. The thyroid gland readily absorbs both non-radioactive and radioactive iodine, and normally it retains much of this element in either or both forms.

When ordinary, non-radioactive iodine is made available in the blood for absorption by the thyroid gland before any radioactive iodine is made available, the gland will absorb and retain so much that it becomes saturated with non-radioactive iodine. When saturated, the thyroid can absorb only about l% as much additional iodine, including radioactive forms that later may become available in the blood: then it is said to be blocked. (Excess iodine in the blood is rapidly eliminated by the action of the kidneys.)”

Bottom Line: For all its serious potential for widespread damage to populations (and especially among our youngest), far downwind from the site of a nuclear event, radioiodine health concerns can be largely neutralized by inexpensive thyroid blocking via prompt prophylactic use of potassium iodide (KI). This, in addition to successful evacuation, when indicated, and vigilance that food and milk are not also radioiodine contaminated, has proven itself the best combination strategy.

Dosage and safety :

read on : http://www.ki4u.com/index.html#29

Some usefull tips regarding radiation can be taken from this video as well :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R5g9v0fzkc


Media Coverup of Nuclear Meltdown Underway in Japan!


A large explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiich nuclear power plant reveals that a meltdown is now underway following the exposure of the core following an 9.1-magnitude earthquake.

The media in Japan is not reporting this fact in order to prevent mass hysteria

Prior to the explosion today, the media reported the radiation level was 1000 times higher than the permissible level.

Kyodo News agency said radioactive cesium had been detected near the 40 year old facility, citing the nuclear safety agency.

Government spokesman Yukio Edano said radiation levels around the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan had not risen after the explosion, despite earlier press reports it had.

Earthquake epicenter and its relation to the two nuclear plants.

It is obvious the Japanese are attempting to cover up the deadly seriousness of events unfolding in their country.

The white smoke emitted from the Fukushima plant resembles the smoke emitted at Chernobyl after the Ukrainian nuclear plant blew up and caught fire on April 26, 1986. Here is a documentary on the events at Chernobyl.

Chernobyl has been blamed for thousands of deaths due to radiation-linked illness.

“If the pressure vessel, which is the thing that actually holds all the nuclear fuel … if that was to explode — that’s basically what happened at Chernobyl — you get an enormous release of radioactive material,” said Prof. Paddy Regan, nuclear physicist from Britain’s Surrey University.

Reuters reports this morning that experts examining pictures of “mist above the plant suggested only small amounts of radiation had been expelled as part of measures to ensure its stability, far from the radioactive clouds that Chernobyl spewed out when it exploded in 1986.”

This characterization is at odds with video of the explosion showing large plumes rising high above the crippled plant.

Even though 210,000 people were evacuated from the region, Japanese authorities and the corporate media insist the situation is not serious. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that only a small amount of radiation has been released from one of the reactors.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/media-co…-in-japan.html

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant faces new reactor problem

Police officers wearing respirators guide people to evacuate away from the ***ushima Daiichi nuclear plant following an evacuation order for residents who live in within a 10 km (6.3 miles) radius from the plant after an explosion in Tomioka Town in Fu.kushima Prefecture March 12, 2011.

An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged ***ushima Daini nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in ***ushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor.

(Reuters) – A quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant reeling from an explosion at one of its reactors has also lost its emergency cooling system at another reactor, Japan’s nuclear power safety agency said on Sunday.

The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, requiring the facility to urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

On Saturday, an explosion blew off the roof and upper walls of the building housing the facility’s No. 1 reactor, stirring alarm over a possible major radiation release, although the government later said the explosion had not affected the reactor’s core vessel and that only a small amount of radiation had been released.

The nuclear safety agency official said there was a possibility that at least nine individuals had been exposed to radiation, according to information gathered from municipal governments and other sources.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/…72B3GI20110312