Japan’s nuclear crisis continues

This 18 March 2011 video from the USA says about itself:

The Japanese nuclear crisis worsens as Japanese authorities race to cool the overheating reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Earlier today, Japan raised the nuclear alert level at the crippled plant from a four to a five, on par with Three Mile Island. This decision has shocked many nuclear experts. “Our experts think that it’s a level 6.5 already, and it’s on the way to a seven, which was Chernobyl,” says Philip White of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo. We also speak with Dr. Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility about the long-term health effects from radiation exposure from Fukushima. [includes rush transcript]

Radiation from Fukushima has now been detected as far away as California as Japan’s nuclear safety agency raised its assessment of the crisis from 4 to 5 on the 7-point scale: here.

An interview with Linda Gunter of Beyond Nuclear: “This was a preventable catastrophe”: here.

Rosa Moussaoui, l’Humanité: “Profit at any price: This could be the motto of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the multinational that exploits the nuclear power plants at Fukushima. The largest producer of electricity in the world illustrates the excesses of an industrial sector in which neo-liberalism has unfurled to the last extremities of its destructive logic”: here.

On the heroism and heavy price being paid the the “Fukushima 50”: here.

Radiation found in more food from Japan: here.

Japan: The Cost in Human Lives Grows. Bruce Odent, l’Humanité: “The estimated number of victims has been re-evaluated at 30,000. There is growing concern for the 600,000 refugees faced with icy temperatures and deprivation. The cost in human life of the earthquake and sunami, which ravaged the north-east coast of Japan last Friday, keeps on growing. According to recent evaluations by local authorities, there will certainly be about 30,000 victims, taking into account the thousands of persons still reported missing in the coastal regions, the regions most severely damaged”: here.

India used bribes to win vote on US nuclear accord, WikiLeaks cables show: here.

CND: Halt Britain’s nuke plants now: here.

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    If you don’t remember Karen Silkwood, you should if you value your life and the lives of your loved ones.

    Silkwood disclosed the numerous dangers lurking at the nuclear power plant in Oklahoma where she worked. In fact, Silkwood – a member of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union, it should be noted – cited so many potential dangers to staff at the Kerr-McGee facility, that she was asked to testify before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1974.

    Later that year, Silkwood was found to be contaminated with 400 times the legal limit for plutonium. Silkwood contended that she had been exposed to the plutonium as retaliation for her whistleblowing.

    Having arranged to turn over papers that would have allegedly showed the culpability of Kerr-McGee for multiple risks at the nuclear plant, she was killed when her car ran off the road while she was en route to meet a New York Times reporter. No documents were found in her car and the circumstances of the accident indicated that Silkwood may have been rammed from behind.

    In a civil trial, Kerr-McGee made the rather difficult-to-believe claim that Silkwood intentionally poisoned herself with plutonium. Subsequently, 44 pounds of plutonium were found missing from the plant.

    Eventually, Kerr-McGee entered into a settlement with Silkwood’s family for just over $1 million.

    If you don’t remember Karen Silkwood, you should.

    She exposed the dark side of the nuclear power industry, and likely died for doing so.

    Will we end up in the same grave if our government continues to holding up the nuclear industry to be flawless, almost divinely empowered to prevent accidents?

    The nuclear industry is a business that is out to make profits. We’ve already witnessed what Wall Street did by operating that way. Are we prepared to continue to run that risk with nuclear radiation?

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. Protests against nuclear reactor

    TURKEY: Activists in Turkey and Cyprus on Saturday protested against Turkish government plans to build the country’s first nuclear reactor.

    Turkey has reached a deal with Russia’s Rosatom agency for the construction of a nuclear plant in Akkuyu, on the Mediterranean coast.

    Environmental groups warn that since Turkey is prone to earthquakes, building nuclear plants would be too dangerous.



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