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Michael Madsen’s: Into Eternity – Nuclear Waste: The Next 100,000 Years   Leave a comment

Into Eternity

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Remember to Forget

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From The Official Website:

Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels – that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.

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This is Not The Band but the Movie

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Part  Three

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Part Five

Paul Schad-Rossa (1862 - 1916) Into Eternity

Part Six

Remember To Forget

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Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters: Two New Reports Released   2 comments

Nuclear accidents never cease.   

Helen Caldicott, New York Times 2011-05-01 

The New York Academy Of Sciences has published a book length report on the effects of Chernobyl: Chernobyl Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. This report posits that over 1,000,000 people have already died from this disaster.  You can view the report here.  A discussion of the report and  its conclusions can be found here.  Helen Caldicott calls this the most devastating report she has ever read.  Helen and George Monbiot debate this report and other related issues on Democracy Now!

In Japan, the Fukushima accident continues.  Please understand, dear reader, that the Japanese crisis continues, as one can read here and here.  The Prime Minister of Japan declared publicly Wednesday that  “Japan should aim to become nuclear free society”.  Here in the United States radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster has turned up in rain water in the North West.  Read about it here.  It is reported that:

Portland, Olympia and Boise all showed signs of having elevated levels of radiation in rain water. Radiation levels were more than 40 times the drinking water limit in Olympia, Wash., and were found to be the highest in Boise, Idaho.

In Washington, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission‘s task force on near term recommendations to be drawn from the Fukushima accident is to be released tomorrow.  According to a report in the New York Times the draft recommendations of the report include improvements to US nuclear plants including:

  • that the “hardened vents” added to reactors over the years to prevent hydrogen explosions would actually work in an emergency, the report said, and determine where hydrogen, which is produced by overheated fuel, might flow. Japanese operators had trouble using the vents, resulting in the explosions in the secondary containment.
  • Some of the improvements the industry voluntarily adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks have not been regularly inspected or maintained, the report said. Those should be inspected using the more “formal” procedures that are in place for the plants’ original safety equipment, the task force recommended.
  • And plants should have a better way to add water to spent fuel pools and monitor conditions in those pools, the task force said.
  • Fukushima focused new attention on spent fuel pools, which usually have more radioactive materials in them than the reactors do. In desperation, the Japanese used water cannons to refill them.
  • Even now, the task force wrote, there was uncertainty about what happened at Fukushima, and information was “unavailable, unreliable or ambiguous because of damage to equipment at the site and because the Japanese response continues to focus on actions to stop the ongoing radioactive release.”
You can read the whole report here.
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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Continues   1 comment

CNN: Japan nuclear plant should shut down, prime minister says.

Environmental group Greenpeace applauded the decision.

“Greenpeace welcomes Prime Minister Kan’s request to close Hamaoka, one of the most dangerous nuclear reactors in Japan,” said Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Japan Executive Director. “This is the first time a prime minister has directly requested a nuclear plant in Japan be closed, however, it cannot be the last.”

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The control room at Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4 (Photo: National Geographic News)

CleanEnergy.org is reporting today:

The handling of the disaster has prompted public backlash directed toward the Japanese government. A highly criticized decision to raise radioactiveexposure doses for children to the amount allowed for nuclear workers (20 millisieverts per year) has caused an international outcry. This would mean that school children could be exposed to 20 times more radiation than the amount previously permissible. A special radiation expert advising the government on the issue recently quit, saying the new standards are “inexcusable.”

Time Magazine has further information on this development.

Additional recent information on this still unfolding disaster can be found at:

The Fukushima Update (this is available as an RSS feed)

Physicians For Social Responsibility (Try the Evacuation Zones For Nuclear Reactor Mapping Tool)

CNN has four very well done video reports on the disaster here

Posted 2011/05/06 by Cloud2013 in Japan, Nuclear

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