Archive for April, 2011

Apr
30
    
Senior Japanese Nuclear Adviser Resigns, Lambasting Government’s Response to Crisis

Japanese government wants to allow exposures of up to 2 rems/year in schools. Online NYT headline totally plays down resignation.

Japan’s Prime Minister Defends Handling of Nuclear Crisis

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/world/asia/01japan.html?_r=1&hp

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Apr
24
    
Was the former governor of Fukushima perfecture prosecuted because he was a critic of the nuke?

The former governor of Fukushima perfecture started out pro-nuclear, turned critic and was then prosecuted for corruption.

From the Independent in the UK via Fukushima.greenaction-japan.org:

Warnings of nuclear disaster not heeded, claims former governor

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/warnings-of-nuclear-disaster-not-heeded-claims-former-governor-2273764.html

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Apr
23
    
Dr. Helen Caldicott 3/18/11 YouTube Video: Radiation and Fukushima

In this video, Dr. Caldicott discusses the health effects of radiation and the consequences of the Fukushima reactors’ meltdowns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMXvpWoHzeE

Apr
23
    
AP/WaPo: Nuclear plants viable only when uninsured

Too good to be true! A straight-forward article in the WaPo by the AP that explains how important the insurance subsidy is to nuclear power:

As Fukushima bill looms, nations weigh dilemma: nuclear plants viable only when uninsured.

Unfortunately, while it is in the WaPo, it is there nearly invisibly: It was not easily found by looking through the WaPo online or by searching the title with Google. This article did not show up in other papers. Searching on nuclear power insurance did not bring it up either. Strange. Kudos to fukushima.greenaction-japan.org for finding this article. Spread this link.

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Apr
19
    
Entergy filed suit in US District Court on Monday

Entergy filed suit in US District Court on Monday, 4/18/11, against the state of Vermont to prevent the state from closing the Vermont Yankee reactor on its March 2012 closure date. Vermont Yankee is the same make, model and age as one of the Fukushima reactors currently melting down. For more on this story in the Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_17877492>http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_17877492–

Apr
19
    
Tiny Nukes: How dangerous are small doses of radiation?

While very high-rose radiation causes immediate illness and burns, the cancer-causing effects of smaller amounts don’t appear for many years. The true health effects of low-level radiation exposure are unknowable, since any study that could identify them would require an impossibly large sample size—in the millions, not the thousands.

http://www.slate.com/id/2291272/

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Apr
19
    
Nukes Shut Down with Heat Waves

In Southeast, Extreme Heat Is a Growing Concern for Nuclear Power
Operators: “Last summer, a heat wave forced a TVA nuclear plant to
run at 50% capacity for eight weeks, costing ratepayers $50 million,
an investigation finds.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/17/967824/-Nukes-Shut-Down-With-Heat-Waves

Apr
19
    
German Town Shows How to Achieve a Nuclear-Free Future

Ursula Sladek, a mother of five from the tiny community of Schönau in
Germany’s Black Forest region, was awarded the prestigious Goldman
Environmental Prize for creating her country’s first cooperatively-
owned renewable power company in response to the Chernobyl disaster 25
years ago.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/12/966241/-German-Town-Shows-How-to-Achieve-Nuclear-Free-Future

Apr
08
    
Radiation Exposure Standards

Radiation Risk in Exclusion Zone far Higher than Presented by US Department of Energy Comparisons – another link re: radiation exposure standards from Gerry Pollett at Heart of America.