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L'Autre Monde 1er juillet 2013

90 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM

Nombre d'émission: 240

Animateur(trice) : François Marginean
Réalisateur(trice) : François Marginean

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Au programme cette semaine: 

Dossiers santé, actualité mondiale, le désastre de BP dans le Golfe du Mexique et celui nucléaire de Fukushima, rencontre des Bilderberg et plus!

C'est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l'émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l'Université du Québec à Montréal ! 

***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui: 

Usury is also strongly condemned in many other parts of the Bible. It is difficult to understand how we can class ourselves as a Christian and Godly civilization when we pursue a nation on a course such as this. Our banker "money"system is THE great usury conspiracy. It makes usury an inherent part of our system. It is economically unsound, and is wicked, vicious and defenceless method of exploitation. It is contrary to the laws of reason, to the laws of nature and to the laws of God. Such violation of the laws of nature and of God could only have resulted in bringing the great curses upon our civilization known as "depressions."The Communists want us to be drowned in an ocean of worthless currency. The privately owned Federal Reserve System (created by Paul Moritz Warburg, agent for the Rothschild's), stands ready to create that ocean. -- Major George Racey Jordan

"Fear is the foundation of most governments." -- John Adams, Second President of the United States

Corporate psycho-criminal at work
"You will have a smart meter
or you will not have power"
- See more at: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/corporate-criminality-/corporate-psycho-criminal-at-work.html#sthash.uEGJM1Ef.dpuf

If you live in the US, your utility company
can install a dangerous microwave transmitter
in your home...

Against your will...and at gunpoint (with the
help of your friendly tax payer-supported
sheriff's office.)

If you refuse, your power can be turned
off indefinitely and your local political
"representatives" can't do a thing about it.

If you think this is insane, watch this. 

This is serious
Here's the deal folk...

1. So called "smart" meters are microwave transmitters that will blast your home with dangerous levels of radiation hundreds of times per day

2. Many countries have banned their use or required them to be seriously modified

3. In contrast, the US and some other countries are ramming these devices down people's throats against their expressed wishes, sometimes at the barrel of a "law enforcement" officer.

4. Failure to accept a "smart" meter can result if having your power off indefinitely.

If you think this is insane, watch this video.

YouTube comments:

If you want to voice your complaint about SmartMeters, go to : http://www.SmartMeterHelp.com

December 13, 2011 - PG&E decided to shut off the power to 10 customers. These customers had pleaded with PG&E for months requesting to have the SmartMeter removed from their homes, but PG&E refused to help. These people were all experiencing headaches, insomnia, ringing ears, and other symptoms which thousands are reporting throughout California.

Finally, these customers felt they had no choice but to hire an electrician to remove the SmartMeters themselves. They replaced the SmartMeters with a store-bought analog meter (the old style electromechanical meter).

Instead of agreeing to work withe these customers, PG&E decided to retaliate and shut of their power - even though many of these customers have a 50 year history of timely payments with PG&E.

These customers include a 75 year old widow who has multiple disabilities and families with young children. PG&E shut off their power on December 13 - 2 weeks before Christmas. Many of the homes are now without heat as well, with night time temperatures dipping into the 30s.

This video shows the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors questioning PG&E representative Wendy Sarsfield. She tries to defend the indefensible. PG&E refuses to install an analog meter for these customers. PG&E's only offer is this: Take the SmartMeter which was making you sick in your own home, or we will shut off your power forever - even on Christmas day!

Over 100,000 customers in PG&E territory still have their analog meters because they were able to call the PG&E SmartMeter installation delay line. But PG&E refuses to allow customers who were not aware of the delay line - or customers whose SmartMeters were installed prior to the existence of the delay line - they refuse to allow these customers to get an analog meter and be placed on the delay list.

The final SmartMeter opt out decision could take months to finalize through the Utilities Commission, and PG&E position is: Wait and suffer in your own home from the SmartMeter that is making your sick, or we will shut off your power.

This is what happens when investor owned utilities (PG&E is owned by Wallstreet investors) are allowed to have monopoly status. PG&E is supposed to be regulated to act in favor of the customers they serve, but the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) is currently led by the former CEO of Southern California Edison - the major investor owned utility in southern California. The CPUC top attorney is Frank Lindh, a former PG&E top attorney. You get the picture.

PG&E and the CPUC are out of control, and customers are being abused. Governor Brown, we need your help!

NOTE: This is not an attack on Wendy Sarsfield, the PG&E rep. We sympathize with her that she is being forced by PG&E top brass to speak publicly to defend PG&E's indefensible decisions. At some point however, you have to question the ethics of the company you are representing. If you don't agree with shutting off the power on families and seniors weeks before Christmas when these customers were only asking for your help to solve the health problems caused by the wireless SmartMeters - perhaps you should quit your job and work for a company who tries to serve and respond to their customers. PG&E has received tens of thousands of health complaints about SmartMeters, and their response is to punish those customers for asking for help.....Wendy?
- See more at: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/corporate-criminality-/corporate-psycho-criminal-at-work.html#sthash.uEGJM1Ef.dpuf

UK stops all smart meter installations
News censored in the US
Why is this story being censored?
From YouTube commentary:

This video series shows the Commons Select Committee enquiry into the UK Smart Meter roll-out held on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Witnesses appearing to give evidence to the Committee in the first session include Dr Elizabeth Evans and Mike Mitcham from Stop Smart Meters! (UK), alongside Dr Jill Meara, representing Public Health England, and Dr John Swanson, from the Biological Effects Policy Advisory Group for the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The representatives from Stop Smart Meters! (UK) share their concerns about adverse health effects from wireless smart meters due to the pulsed microwave radiation that is emitted 24/7 by these meters, up to 190,000 pulses a day - acute effects (insomnia, headaches, nausea, anxiety and depression, fatigue and memory/concentration problems) and chronic effects (including increased risk of cancer, infertility, dementia, immune system dysfunction, damage to fetuses); environmental damage from wireless smart meters - RF radiation affecting bees, plants, trees, birds etc and the inherent energy-inefficiency of wireless technology: cybersecurity problems - leaving homes and communities vulnerable to hacking of their smart meters; privacy issues - concerning the masses of real-time data on energy usage collected by the utility company which gives a detailed picture of family life inside a home with a smart meter, who will have access to that data, and how that data will be used; and the specter of higher bills resulting from smart meters - as has been the experience in Canada where 80% of Smart Meter users complain of higher bills within a year of installation, often more that 50% higher.

Stop Smart Meters! (UK)
- See more at: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/corporate-criminality-/uk-stops-all-smart-meter-installations.html#sthash.YIXUJezo.dpuf

Pavlov’s Duck: Behaviorism and Control of Society

Obedience is learned through the reinforcement of reward.
Aaron Dykes
Activist Post
Do the elites control society? At the very least, they have developed techniques to steer it, including incorporating the integrated Pavlovian/Skinnerian conditioned response technique that has been used in animal training and reinforced with an incentive (or scheduled reward). The same concept works on humans, too.
The values of compliance are taught to 20th and 21st Century populations through electronic stimulation, opiating foods, misinformation and the illusion of choice...

Food can kill - or heal. Info to help you choose wisely.
MSG - an excitotoxin that kills brain cells
I grew up on the 60s and 70s and
I remember my older relatives saying:

"I've never seen so many sick kids."

I find myself saying the same thing

What's behind the epidemic in
obesity, behavioral problems and
lower intelligence?

Poisons in the food supply...put
there deliberately...to make a buck. 

A very important talk about a substance
widely used, little understood and never
discussed by the mainstream media.
Found in many processed foods
We know through many studies that the effect of excitotoxins, especially MSG, is cumulative.

Excitotoxins kill brain cells. They have been linked to behavioral problems in children, to macular degeneration, and to a host of other symptoms.

The amount of MSG in our food has increased dramatically since 1960, from 12 grams per person per year to 500 grams in 2000.


May 5th, 2013 | 5 comments

03:52 PM EST on May 5th, 2013 | 28 comments
Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen on how the extremely radioactive debris reported yesterday got on top of Reactor 3:
It has to be from fuel…. either the SFP or the reactor!
A simple hydrogen explosion would not dislodge this much radiation.

12:00 PM EST on May 4th, 2013 | 34 comments
May 4, 2013 Tepco press release with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:
 [...] extremely radioactive debris on the top of reactor3.
The debris was found in the North side of the top, where used to be the operation floor.
When they loaded it onto the remote controlling truck, they measured 540 mSv/h. [...]
From Tepco’s April 22, 2013 release: To prepare for the second phase of protection installation on the spent fuel pool, the steel beam truss debris, etc. which interfere with the work will be removed.

See also: US nuke industry report: Explosions at Fukushima Units 1, 3, 4 may have caused inventory (nuclear rods) to be lost from spent fuel pools -- "Debris" on ground near Unit 3 was extremely radioactive after blast

06:25 PM EST on May 3rd, 2013 | 25 comments

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11:48 AM EST on May 3rd, 2013 | 60 comments
Title: Humans Used for Radiation Experiments: A Shameful Chapter in US History
Source: City Watch (Los Angeles)
Author: John LaForge
Date: May 3, 2013
Humans Used for Radiation Experiments: A Shameful Chapter in US History
[...] The military even dumped radiation from planes and spread it across wide areas around and downwind of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Los Alamos, NM, and Dugway, Utah. This “systematic radiation warfare program,” conducted between 1944 and 1961, was kept secret for decades.
“Radiation bombs” thrown from USAF planes intentionally spread radiation “unknown distances” endangering the young and old alike. One such experiment doused Utah with 60 times more radiation than escaped the Three Mile Island accident, according to Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, who released a report on the program 20 years ago. [...]

See also: Victims of suspected radiological spraying in St. Louis suffer thyroid, other cancers -- Helicopters covered children in powder -- "Oh my God, if they did that there's no telling what else they're hiding"

May 3rd, 2013 | 12 comments

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09:49 AM EST on May 1st, 2013 | 43 comments
Title: Workers at Fukushima nuclear plant struggle to contain rush of contaminated water
Source: FSRN
Date: May 1, 2013
Dan Hirsch, a nuclear safety expert, president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz: Many experts are extremely concerned that we could have additional releases.
This is a very, very unstable facility.
Very, very damaged with people working in extraordinary high radiation fields trying to repair it.

Full broadcast here

07:43 PM EST on April 30th, 2013 | 30 comments

02:59 PM EST on April 30th, 2013 | 23 comments
April 28, 2013 report from Jiji Tsushin translated by EXSKF:
Fukushima I Nuke Plant: amount of radioactive materials in the soil [outside] the in-the-ground water storage pond No.1 10 times larger, compared to two days ago

Regarding the leak of radioactive waste water from the in-the-ground water storage ponds at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, TEPCO announced on April 28 that the amount of radioactive materials in the water sample taken from the soil outside the Pond No.1 on April 27 was more than 10 times the amount from two days prior. There are two sampling locations outside the pond, and the location that saw the increase this time had had low amount of radioactive materials. TEPCO says “We don’t know the cause. We will continue to watch carefully.” [...]

01:43 PM EST on April 30th, 2013 | 109 comments

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10:43 PM EST on April 29th, 2013 | 75 comments
Title: Radioactive Water Imperils Fukushima Plant
Source: NY Times
Author: MARTIN FACKLER (Makiko Inoue and Matthew L. Wald)
Date: April 29, 2013
Radioactive Water Imperils Fukushima Plant

[...] the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain.
Groundwater is pouring into the plant’s ravaged reactor buildings at a rate of almost 75 gallons a minute. It becomes highly contaminated there, before being pumped out to keep from swamping a critical cooling system. [...]
That quandary along with an embarrassing string of mishaps — including a 29-hour power failure affecting another, less vital cooling system — have underscored an alarming reality: two years after the meltdowns, the plant remains vulnerable to the same sort of large earthquake and tsunami that set the original calamity in motion. [...]
“Tepco is clearly just hanging on day by day, with no time to think about tomorrow, much less next year,” said Tadashi Inoue, an expert in nuclear power who served on a committee that drew up the road map for cleaning up the plant. [...]

See also: NYTimes: Fukushima plant unstable says official, concern another accident can't be prevented -- "Vulnerable... Very dangerous"

06:48 PM EST on April 29th, 2013 | 23 comments

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10:29 AM EST on May 10th, 2013 | 15 comments
Title: Cover on Fukushima reactor building to be demolished
Source: Asahi
Date: May 10, 2013
[Tepco] will demolish and replace the makeshift canopy covering a badly damaged reactor building at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in order to remove rubble and radioactive material.
TEPCO, which announced the plan on May 9, said it will take about four years to complete a new cover for the No. 1 reactor building before removing fuel rods from the reactor’s pool.
Although the amount of radioactive substances released from the reactor into the air will increase between the time the current cover is removed and the new one is installed, TEPCO said that it will not likely have a significant impact on the exposure assessment. [...]

03:51 PM EST on May 9th, 2013 | 69 comments

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Kyodo News: Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to discharge some groundwater that has flowed into the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant [...] As a trial, TEPCO has pumped out about 200 tons of groundwater using the wells. Its density of radioactive substances was “the same as rivers in surrounding areas,” according to company officials. [...] The utility hopes to hold a meeting with local fishermen Monday to seek approval of the groundwater release [...]
SimplyInfo: TEPCO Begins Dumping Contaminated Water Into The Sea [...] TEPCO has begun dumping groundwater pumped out of a set of wells inland from the reactors into the Pacific. TEPCO dumped 200 tons of groundwater yesterday as a test. [...]

04:44 PM EST on May 8th, 2013 | 30 comments
Statement from the Vice President of Minamisoma City General Hospital, a neurologist, on May 8, 2013 before the disaster restoration committee at the House of Representatives, with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:
He’s collaborating to collect the data about the crisis rate of cerebral apoplexy with Tokyo University.
The provisional data says the crisis rate of cerebral apoplexy among 35 ~ 64 years old people in Minamisoma area is 3.4 times much as before. [...]
He said this is an extremely scary data.

See also: Not Just Cancer: "How Low Doses Of Radiation Can Cause Heart Disease And Stroke"

Watch the video here

03:52 PM EST on May 8th, 2013 | 27 comments

02:19 PM EST on May 8th, 2013 | 7 comments
Title: Worst Week Since Fukushima: 4 Major Setbacks In 3 Days Are Latest…
Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire
Author: Peter Bradford , adjunct professor, Vermont Law School and Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
Date: May 8, 2013
Worst Week Since Fukushima: 4 Major Setbacks In 3 Days Are Latest Stumbles For U.S. Nuclear Power Industry
Reverse Renaissance? Experts Point to 6 Reactors on the Chopping Block and Passage of Anti-Industry Florida Law; Beleaguered Industry’s Woes Start With Bad Economics … and Go Downhill From There.
Call it the “renaissance in reverse.” Not only is the U.S. nuclear power industry mothballing plans for planned reactors in North Carolina and Texas, it also is now pulling the plug (or threatening to do so) on existing reactors in California. All of that and the passage of anti-industry legislation in Florida happened last week (April 28th-May 3rd), easily the worst single week for the U.S. nuclear power industry since the March 2011 meltdown of nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. [...]

11:23 AM EST on May 8th, 2013 | 24 comments
(Subscription Only) Title: TEPCO to dump groundwater to ease crisis at Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: May 8, 2013
After a series of blunders, miscalculations and unresolved problems, Tokyo Electric Power Co. adopted a new strategy to avoid a total collapse of its system for handling radioactive water at its crippled nuclear plant. [...]
[...] it plans to pump up groundwater before it can enter the facilities and become contaminated.
“We would like to release that water into the ocean if we can gain the understanding of the relevant officials” [...]
[...] If approval is obtained, the utility plans to start dumping the pumped-up water into the ocean the following day.
“We would like to cooperate in settling the situation by giving our approval once safety has been confirmed,” Tetsu Nozaki, chairman of the federation of prefectural fisheries cooperatives, said.
The Math
400 tons of groundwater flow into the reactor buildings on a daily basis and mixes with the radioactive water. [...] 300 tons of groundwater would still flow into the reactor buildings every day even after TEPCO starts pumping up the water through the wells.

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11:09 AM EST on May 6th, 2013 | 27 comments
Title: Overview of active cesium contamination of freshwater fish in Fukushima and Eastern Japan
Authors: Toshiaki Mizuno & Hideya Kubo
Date Published: April 29, 2013
[...] The extent of active cesium (quasi-Cs137) contamination of Ayu [fish] is observed in the entire eastern Japan. The some level of the contamination is recognized even in Shizuoka prefecture, 400 km south-west from the plant. [...]
The serious accidents of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant have been contaminating a vast area in eastern Japan, home of 60 million people. [...]
The widespread contamination in eastern Japan
To the south west of Fukushima prefecture, there lies the Kanto region which as well as containing the metropolitan prefecture of Tokyo also comprises Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Saitama prefecture, and Chiba prefecture. In the area, there is the Tone river basin that is the one of biggest river basins (16,840 km2) in Japan. [...]
[...] In areas within a radius of 100 km from the nuclear plant, active cesium contamination levels of the Ayu are more than 200 Bq/kg. In those between a radius of 100 km and 200 km, it is around 60–200 Bq/kg. In those between a radius of 200 km and 300 km in which Tokyo is included, it is 20–60 Bq/kg. Therefore, it is estimated that contamination of freshwater fish is extended to all prefectures in eastern Japan. The contamination is recognized as far as Shizuoka prefecture, 400 km south-west from the plant. [...]

Full study available here

10:27 AM EST on May 6th, 2013 | 16 comments


May 19th, 2013 | 34 comments

07:19 PM EST on May 18th, 2013 | 20 comments
Title: Fukushima photos focus on what can’t be seen
Source: Japan Times
Author: Ken Kawashima
Date: May 19, 2013
[...] Returning to the base of [Mount Higakure] overlooking the manmade lake behind the [Sakashita] dam, we find a public radiation-monitoring post indicating a reading of 0.44μSv/hour — roughly 40 times the level in Tokyo on the same day.
Moving on from there, before heading back to Tokyo we decide to drop by the abandoned tsunami-ravaged town of Tomioka, which had been off-limits until just recently. There, a mere 10 km from the nuclear plant, we were chastened to find the radiation readings were almost 10 times those by the dam — some 400 times Tokyo levels at the same time on the same day. [...]

Full report here

06:31 PM EST on May 18th, 2013 | 11 comments

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02:50 PM EST on May 17th, 2013 | 26 comments
Title: Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material
Source: The Local
Date: May 17, 2013
Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material
[...] Fire fighters said they had only narrowly been able to prevent a catastrophe on May 1st when the freighter “Atlantic Cartier” caught fire – complete with its radioactive load.
Tens of thousands of people were gathered just a few hundred metres away to celebrate the Evangelical church day when the ship went up in dramatic flames.
[...] The authorities confirmed that the ship had been carrying around nine tonnes of the dangerous uranium hexafluoride, a toxic chemical used in the nuclear industry, as well as four tonnes of explosives, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported. [...]
Most of the shipments were due for a uranium-enriching facility [...]

12:11 PM EST on May 17th, 2013 | 13 comments
Title: Atomic Energy of Canada says no danger during nuclear ‘near-miss’
Date: May 15, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
[...] a Chalk River nuclear operator mistakenly closed a vital pumping system that cools the immense heat generated within the NRU reactor’s core [...]
[...] the Crown corporation said the Feb. 27 event — which the official report characterized as a “near-miss” — needs to be taken very seriously. [...]
[Randy Lesco, vice-president of operations and chief nuclear officer for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd] said that further categorizing the incident as at “Significance Level 1,” the highest order, means AECL is treating it with appropriate importance [...]
CNSC President Michael Binder questioned why AECL and CNSC staff did not alert the public to the incident, which the Citizen first reported on May 8. [...]

Full report here

11:04 AM EST on May 17th, 2013 | 9 comments

09:52 AM EST on May 17th, 2013 | 34 comments

Published: May 17th, 2013 at 9:52 am ET
May 15, 2013 Tweets from Johannes Hano, Bureau Chief East Asia for ZDF German TV (h/t Anonymous tips):
#Hotspot 65 uSv in #Fukushima City #Japan. Informed Officials 3 month ago nothing happend until today! #nuclear #atom
[...] 65 uSv still very high. spot is at the backend of the lot. A lot of people/children passing by every day

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May 26th, 2013 | 58 comments
Kyodo: An additional 24 researchers were exposed to an exotic soup of radioactive isotopes at the Hadron Experimental Facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, last week, raising the tally to 30, the state-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency said late Sunday. [...] The radioactive substances reportedly included sodium, iodine and more exotic elements. [...] The JAEA said Saturday it initially thought the leak was minor and had been confined to the laboratory when the alarm went off. Workers then switched on the ventilation system, sending the radioactive contaminants outside the building. [...]
Japan Times: Officials from the Ibaraki Prefectural Government raided the complex Saturday afternoon to investigate the delay in reporting the incident. [...] The level of radioactive contamination at the facility stands at as much as 40 becquerels per square centimeter, it said.
AP: An atomic research lab in northern Japan has reported a radiation leak that may have affected about 55 people, though none were hospitalized and no impact was expected outside the facility, the lab’s operator said Saturday. [...] The JAEA said it was studying the potential environmental impact from the radiation leak, but did not expect any effect on surrounding areas.

See also: INES level 1 event at Tokai nuclear plant after March 11 quake -- Cobalt-60 detected outside of radiation control area -- Safety inspectors rushed to site (PHOTOS)

04:33 PM EST on May 23rd, 2013 | 30 comments

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03:05 PM EST on May 22nd, 2013 | 63 comments
Title: Hanford officials hid leak evidence from advisory panel
Source: KING 5
Date: May 21, 2013
A government-chartered advisory panel was told last September that materials spotted outside the inner wall of a tank holding radioactive waste at the Hanford Site were possibly the result of a “carbonate buildup,” “cross-contamination” or “rainwater leakage.” [...]
On Aug. 13, the results were sent to multiple [Washington River Protection Solutions] officials showing measurable amounts of Cesium-137 and Strontium-90, two highly radioactive elements that are a byproduct of nuclear fission. Trace amounts of Plutonium 239/240 and Americium-241 were also detected.
A reference to the results in a Leak Assessment Report made public on Nov. 7 says the materials were registering 800,000 dpm (disintegrations per minute), a high level of radioactivity that had never been found in that portion of the tank before. [...]
“This was a very deliberate cover up and I will use the word that we were lied to. There’s no two ways about it, we were lied to,” said state Rep. [Gerry] Pollet. [...]
Anchor: “Susannah, amazing stuff, thank you.”

Watch the broadcast here

08:54 AM EST on May 22nd, 2013 | 29 comments

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Title: Fukushima No. 1 can’t keep its head above tainted water
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Reiji Yoshida
Date: May 21, 2013
[...] Tepco must perpetually pour water over the melted cores of reactors 1, 2, and 3 via makeshift systems to prevent the fuel from melting and burning again. [...]
Tepco is proposing some of the water be dumped into the sea after processing it to remove most, but not all, radioactive isotopes. [...]
Previous discharges into the Pacific have effectively contaminated the sea. Failure to store it means it will probably flood the whole compound and end up in the ocean anyway. [...]
Will the processed water pose health or environmental risks?
According to Tepco, the processed water could theoretically be safe [...]
Tritium is the exception, however. Tepco says the tritium level in the contaminated water is between 1 million and 5 million becquerels per liter. The legal limit is 60,000. [...]


June 2nd, 2013 | 490 comments
Title: 2013.4.6 Namie street dust 86.09μSv/h at 1cm above ground
Source: Birdhairjp
Date Published: June 2, 2013
A very small portion of the sample have been sent to a certain laboratory for analysis. [...]
On 6 Apr 2013, I measured radiation in front of a temple of Onoda area, Namie town of Fukushima prefecture Japan.
I monitored 7.97 micro Sievert per hour in air at chest hight standing on the grass.
I measured 86.09 micro Sievert per hour 1cm from road side dust. [...]
The monitoring place is 10km (corrected from 17 km) from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant. [...]

Watch the video here

June 2nd, 2013 | 21 comments
Title: Frightened to return: A Fukushima father’s story
Source: The Independent
Author: David McNeill
Date: June 1, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
Rates of thyroid problems in children near the nuclear plant are high

[...] Last December, the eldest of the two was diagnosed with adenoidal cysts, the prelude to a type of cancer that often strikes the salivary glands. “I was told by the doctor that it’s very rare,” [Yoji Fujimoto] says. [...]
“I’m convinced this is because of the Fukushima accident.” [...]
[Steve Wing, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina] says that parents like Mr Fujimoto do have reason to worry. “We know that doses to populations are both unquantified by the official agencies, that evidence suggests relatively high doses, and that children and women are more vulnerable to radiation. So the questions and deep concerns for the people in Fukushima will continue for the rest of their lives.” [...]
“I expect a growth in the numbers of thyroid cancers in Japan from next year,” [Dr Alexey Yablokov, a Russian biologist] said. [...]
Parents accuse government scientists of making their minds up before the [thyroid] survey began – Professor Suzuki’s team said last July that their aim was “to calm the anxiety of the population”.
Yoji Fujimoto
·         “I have absolutely no faith in what the Fukushima government is saying”
·         “They want people to go back and live there so they clearly want to keep a lid on the impact of the disaster”
·         “There is so much information not getting out at the moment — It will be too late for my children when it is eventually released”

11:16 AM EST on June 1st, 2013 | 92 comments
Title: Fukushima nuclear disaster poses no immediate health risks: UN experts
Source: ANI
Date: Jun 1, 2013
Fukushima nuclear disaster poses no immediate health risks: UN experts
The Fukushima nuclear disaster has not caused any immediate health risks, UN experts reported in Vienna on Friday as part of their interim investigation results.
Whether a discovered increase in the instances of thyroid cancer amongst children could be due to radioactivity or more and improved studies could not be determined, said United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Chair Wolfgang Weiss, according to UN Information Service Vienna.
It is however assumed that children are more susceptible to radiation and particularly to leukemia, thyroid, brain, and skin-related cancer types. [...]
Weiss said further investigations would be necessary, with a final UNSCEAR report to be completed by summer.

See also: “When you hear ‘no immediate danger‘ [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can.” -Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian academy of sciences and adviser to President Gorbachev at the time of Chernobyl

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MarketWatch, June 7, 2013: French state-controlled power group Electricite de France SA said Friday a fire started on a transformer at its nuclear plant in Cattenom, eastern France, adding that it was outside the nuclear-processing area. [...]
Wort.lu: No injuries from nuclear reactor fire [...] A fire broke out at a nuclear reactor close to the Luxembourg border in France on Friday afternoon. The blaze, which began in Cattenom nuclear power station’s block 1 at around 1.40pm, created some panic among people in the area as plumes of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance. [...]

Previously at Cattenom: Reports: Two dead, one wounded at nuclear plant in France

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Title: Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg
Source: The Local
Date: June 12, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg [...]
The blaze started shortly after 9am at Ringhals’ Reactor 1 and was extinguished less than an hour later. [...]
“Now we have to disassemble certain parts in order to access where the fire took place and see what the damage is and we don’t know how long that will take,” Ringshals spokesman Gösta Larsen told TT.
Ringhals’ Reactor 1 was restarted on Tuesday after having been shut down the day before due to a broken meter. [...]
On Tuesday, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten, SSM) announced Ringhals would no longer be held under special observation, a status implemented for Ringhals by the agency back in 2009 following a series of safety lapses.

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Title: An overview of Fukushima radionuclides measured in the northern hemisphere
Source: Science of The Total Environment
Author: P. Thakura, S. Ballard, R. Nelson
Date: August 1, 2013
The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 resulted in the tragic accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and subsequently uncontrolled release of radioactive contaminants into the atmosphere. [...] The radioactive gases and particles released in the accident were dispersed over the middle latitudes of the entire northern hemisphere and for the first time also measured in the southern Hemisphere. Isotopes of iodine and cesium were detected in air, water, milk and food samples collected across the entire northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of fission products were detected from March to May 2011 at many locations over the northern hemisphere.
[...] The activity ratios of 131I/137Cs and 134Cs/137Cs measured at several locations are evaluated to gain an insight into the fuel burn-up, the inventory of radionuclides in the reactor and the isotopic signature of the accident. It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard.

Full study available here

11:05 AM EST on June 11th, 2013 | 35 comments
Asahi Shimbun, June 11, 2013: The workers have yet to gain a grasp of the locations and condition of the fuel debris. They have yet to develop extraction equipment and determine removal methods.
Mainichi, June 11, 2013: Uncertainty over the location of melted fuel inside the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant continues to cast a shadow over plans to remove the fuel at an early date [...] Reactor Nos. 1-3 at the plant contained a total of 1,496 rods of nuclear fuel in their cores. [...] Each fuel rod weighs about 300 kilograms, and a high level of technical expertise would be required when undertaking a remote control operation to cut up and retrieve clumps of scattered radioactive materials weighing a combined 450 tons or thereabouts. [...] the cores of reactors at the Fukushima plant have holes, and the task at hand is finding which parts have been damaged [...] In a news conference on June 10, a representative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy said that bringing forward the plans would be dependent on developing technology, and suggested that the plans might even end up being delayed. [...]

05:01 PM EST on June 10th, 2013 | 33 comments
Title: Sedimentation and remobilization of radiocesium in the coastal area of Ibaraki, 70 km south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant
Source: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Author:  Shigeyoshi Otosaka, Takuya Kobayashi
Date: July 2013, Volume 185, Issue 7, pp 5419-5433
Sedimentation and remobilization processes of radiocesium were investigated from time-series observations at nine stations in the coastal area of Ibaraki, 70–110 km south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (1FNPP). Sediment samples were collected four times between June 2011 and January 2012, and concentrations of radiocesium as well as sediment properties such as grain size and elemental compositions were analyzed. [...] The incorporation of radiocesium into sediments was almost irreversible [...]

Full study here

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