Conservatives planning British Fukushimas

This video from the USA Radioactive Hydrogen Tritium Leaks Found in Majority Of U.S. Nuclear Power Sites.

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Radiation is expected to continue spewing for months from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that suffered a meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami in March, but despite grim reports from Japan, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly stopped running extra tests for radioactive material in America’s milk, rain and drinking water. The EPA initially ramped up nationwide testing in the weeks following the disaster in Japan, and radioactive materials like cesium and iodine-131 were detected on US soil. Citing declining levels of radiation, the EPA has abandoned the extra tests, even as reports from Japan indicate that the Fukushima plant continues to emit radiation and the disaster is one of the worst in world history”: here.

New Expose: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded With Industry (Video). Democracy Now!: “Three US senators have called for a congressional probe on safety issues at the nation’s aging nuclear plants following a pair of new exposes. In a special series called ‘Aging Nukes,’ the Associated Press revealed that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels”: here.

A special inspection of U.S. nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan revealed problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures that are far more pervasive than publicly described by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a review of inspection reports by ProPublica shows: here.

Britain: The government brushed aside concerns over the safety of nuclear power today to reveal a list of eight sites where the next generation of reactors can be built: here.

Japan: Scale of nuclear disaster, cover-up exposed: here.

JAPAN: Workers Bear Brunt of Nuke Clean-up: here.

TEPCO razed a hill to build Fukushima on low ground: here.

W. David Kubiak, Truthout: “For those most focused on Fukushima’s human toll, there are several main sources of concern: the continuing radiation menace in the region’s fields, crops and seafood; and TEPCO’s recent admission that its reactors won’t be under control until 2012 at best”: here.

Malcolm Fraser, Project Syndicate: “Months after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima compounds the humanitarian tragedy and impedes recovery. The damaged reactors and spent-fuel ponds contain around ten times as much nuclear fuel as did the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986. In three reactors, the fuel has melted, almost certainly through the reactor vessels; primary containment structures have been breached; explosions have torn away the secondary containment (the buildings); radioactive releases continue; and closed-loop cooling has not been re-established”: here.

Japan PM calls for nuclear-free future: here.

Phase-Out Hurdle: Germany Could Restart Nuclear Plant to Plug Energy Gap: here.

5 thoughts on “Conservatives planning British Fukushimas

  1. Sarkozy reveals nuclear ambition

    FRANCE: President Nicolas Sarkozy announced today that his administration will invest €1 billion (£800 million) in nuclear energy despite a rise in concern about atomic safety following Japan’s nuclear disaster.

    Mr Sarkozy asserted that “there is no alternative to nuclear energy today” and asserted that a moratorium on new nuclear reactors, as some countries have declared since the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, “makes no sense.”

    France is more dependent on nuclear energy than any other country.


  2. Jellyfish clog up reactors’ filters

    ENERGY: Both reactors at a nuclear power station have been shut down after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found on seawater filter screens, it was disclosed today.

    The units at Torness power station near Dunbar in East Lothian were shut down manually on Tuesday.

    EDF Energy said the reactors were shut down as a precautionary measure and there was no danger to the public at any time.


  3. Firms forced to use less energy

    Japan: Power shortages forced the government to slap energy restrictions on firms, shopping centres and other major electricity consumers today.

    The unprecedented measure follows the continuing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant crisis.

    Users in the Tokyo area will have to use 15 per cent less electricity than a year ago, with fines of up to 1 million yen (£7,750) for those that break the rules.


  4. Japan frets over radioactive beef

    JAPAN: Authorities were preparing to suspend cattle shipments from Fukushima today after contaminated beef was discovered in Tokyo supermarkets.

    The meat was from cows which had been fed on rice straw.

    Tests revealed that the straw contained 500,000 becquerels of radioactive caesium per kilo — 378 times the legal limit.

    At least 143 cows fed on the straw have found their way into shops.

    Cattle growers in the area say they were not informed of a March 19 warning that feed stored outdoors should not be given to animals.


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