Posts Tagged ‘nuclear industry’

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The Scientific and Technological Options Assessment reportreleased in November 2001 by the European Parliament showed that the combined effect of discharges from the La Hague and Sellafield reprocessing facilities constitutes “the world’s largest releases of radioactivity into the environment, corresponding to a large-scale nuclear accident every year.”

According to a Johnson State College student research paper, the United States began dumping radioactive waste in 1946, and the practice was carried on by 14 countries over a 48-year period. During this time, 80 dump sites were used all around the oceans.  Over that period it was estimated that radioactive dumping had reached a total of 84,000 terabecquerels.

“Using the world oceans as a dump” must stop.

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FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

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Fake medical clinic provides cover for US Government nuke contractor to deny health effects from chemical/radiation exposure.  Six workers sick at Seattle facility, but they are being given the public relations runaround.

Sick Hanford workers speak out for first time  

 

 

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Physicians for Social Responsibility addresses the nuclear catastrophes ongoing in Japan and closer to home.

Steven Starr, MT (ASCP):

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The Future Children of Fukushima

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For quite some time the disgraceful parroting of nuclear industry lies has been a part of the techno-geek alternative media. Particularly, “BoingBoing,” and others, who fancy themselves as savvy bleeding-edge hipsters. They don’t actually investigate the data they post, and simply link to outside sources uncritically.  When challenged on this controversy, particularly the nuclear radiation and poisoning of vast numbers of people and vast areas of the world, the response has been to BAN the dissenting voices from contributing. I now have firsthand experience of this censorship.

What is the mindset of a techno-geek who sees every technological development as a good thing, despite many thousands of doctors and human casualties trying to warn him or her about it?  They’ve been warned. I personally made sure the dissenting side was presented repeatedly.  Since Fukushima I have made it a priority to tell the truth about radiation exposure and the real casualties from nuclear disasters, Chernobyl in particular.

I’m not sure how any rational person can look at the horrifically affected children of Belarus, and simply choose to ignore the great controversy that surrounds this defining issue of our age. It takes a special kind of cold, calculated detachment, something along the lines of a Josef Mengele, I would imagine.

A forgotten victim of the age of nuclear madness / Image from Academy Award winning Chernobyl Heart

Taking cues from the corrupt corporate media, which I needn’t belabor, these so-called alternative sources fall in line and turn off their critical capacities on certain issues. Energy is a desperately important issue to all of us, and thus distorts people’s critical faculties. They fall into line as good little cogs when this seems the more effective modus oprandi.

Rather than investigating the claims of bodies like the IAEA and WHO, highly politicized institutions, they simply accept as gospel what these bodies tell them. It’s God’s own truth, although the UN is, of course, controlled by the nuclear powers. These governments are pro-nuclear, and the people they send to do these studies are similarly inclined. The WHO itself has been corrupted — ON THE RECORD — which can easily be proven with WHO Director Hiroshi Nakajima’s statements about IAEA censorship of his 1995 report on the Chernobyl disaster.

“Because the IAEA reports directly to the Security Council of the UN, and we all specialized agencies report to the Economic and Development Council. The organization which reports to the Security Council–not hierarchically, we are all equal–but for atomic affairs, military use and civil use, peaceful or civil use they have the authority. They command.”
-Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, former head of UN World Health Organization

“In 1995 the Director General of WHO, Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, tried to inform on Chernobyl by organizing in Geneva an international conference with 700 experts and physicians. This tentative was blocked. The International Agency for Atomic Energy blocked the proceedings which were never published. The truth on the consequences of Chernobyl would have been a disaster for the promotion of the atomic industry.”
-Nuclear Controversies, 2004, Swiss TV, Film by Wladimir Tchertkoff, Feldat Film Switzerland.

The report was never published.  Is that not a significant enough red flag?  We are cherry picking which WHO reports we get to champion.  It is quite clear the body is compromised on this issue, and cannot be relied upon to tell the world the truth.

This structural issue with the IAEA in control of all international issues related to radiation stems back to the creation of these agencies. The IAEA’s mission / goal is to promote nuclear energy worldwide. Thus this biased mission affects other UN bodies. Their only response to the nuclear issue is damage control, and not to reassess the feasibility or safety of the industry as a whole.

“The Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency, dated 23, October 1956, and subsequent amendments states the IAEA has as its’ objective “to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.”

The 12th World Health Assembly clause No. 12.40 states: “whenever either organization proposes to initiate a programme or activity on a subject in which the other organization has or may have a substantial interest, the first party shall consult the other with a view to adjusting the matter by mutual agreement,” The document continues: The IAEA and the WHO “recognize that they may find it necessary to apply certain limitations for the safeguarding of confidential information furnished to them. They therefore agree that nothing in this agreement shall be construed as requiring either of them to furnish such information as would, in the judgment of the other party possessing the information to interfere wit the orderly conduct of its operations.” -Dr. Janet Sherman

Onto this latest “report” by the World Health Organization, reported yesterday by ABC News and today by BoingBoing.net. The Boingites go one step beyond reporting the news and add:

“These people will have an increased risk of leukemia, thyroid cancers, and cancer, in general. But the increase isn’t as large as you might have feared.” —Maggie Koerth-Baker, BoingBoing.net

Since they do inform us that there will be casualties, and that people have been poisoned against their wills by these nuclear meltdowns, this is meant to mitigate any concerns over the credibility or veracity of the study itself. The Boingers link to Time magazine, where the patently dishonest headline blares: “Meltdown: Despite the Fear, the Health Risks from the Fukushima Accident Are Minimal.” Well there you have it. If the WHO and Time Magazine agree, then this must be the truth. Turn off brain, go back to video-gaming.

Time actually goes one better, with its reputation to maintain apparently and quite a history of experience in maintaining it. They quote Greenpeace, which disputes this WHO report:

“The WHO report shamelessly downplays the impact of early radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster on people inside the 20 km evacuation zone who were not able to leave the area quickly.

The WHO should have estimated the radiation exposure of these people to give a more accurate picture of the potential long-term impacts of Fukushima. The WHO report is clearly a political statement to protect the nuclear industry and not a scientific one with people’s health in mind.” –Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace (Time)

But predictably, as soon as this quote is stated, Greenpeace is smeared by likening it to “climate skeptics.” Thought you’d get honest debate?  That, my friends, is an ad hominem attack.

The WHO’s sleight of hand trick is revealed in the ABC News coverage of this report:

“The assessment also says that male infants exposed at the highest level – between 12 and 25 millisieverts – have about a 7 percent relative risk increase in the lifetime risk of leukemia and that female infants have about a 6 percent increase in the lifetime risk of breast cancer.” -ABC, Cancer Risk From Fukushima Found in Japanese Infants

What does this tell us about their methodology?

The WHO report ignores ongoing contamination in food, air and water. That’s what it tells us. The main contamination pathways are not a part of this so-called “study.” The wishful thinking addresses only a small part of the problem, and not its totality. Ongoing contamination from radionuclides in the environment are by no means limited to “25 millisieverts” as a “highest level.” Thus the continued poisoning of the population of Japan, and elsewhere, is discounted with happy talk and business as usual.

This is, of course and predictably, bogus number rigging. That is what the history of this issue has shown us. It is the standard practice on nuclear industry questions in the mainstream media and at the UN bodies.

The NY Academy of Sciences 2009 book, Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, which cites 5,000 medical studies by scientists and doctors in the radiation zone, should be first on the reading list for anyone who wishes to promote nuclear power. Ignorance is no excuse. Techno-geeks quickly devolve into techno-fascists when discussing life and death over others. The people of Fukushima and Belarus have not chosen these risks. Radiation was forced upon them by centralized governments, which routinely deceive about the consequences. This is morally unacceptable by any standard.

And to think, I had included BoingBoing on my new blogroll.  Delete.

 

Over 35% of the children tested have thyroid cysts and this deadly toll will grow.”

One Day in Fukushima
Japan and US Governments Along With Nuke Industry Push “Decontamination” as a Solution to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Meltdowns

by STEVE ZELTZER

When a doctor told a Fukushima mother recently that the chance of her child having cancer was only 1 in 100. This mother, who had let her children evacuate to Yamagata after two of her children had gotten 3 millimeter thyroid cysts in their throats, had a different answer. For her she said, it is not 1 in 100, but 1 in 1.

This epitomizes the continuing nightmare the people of Fukushima face as Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO, the Japan and US government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continue a full press campaign to convince people that the three Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns can be “overcome”. This was the statement in fact of a politician last year running for parliament in the city of Sendai, which is about 60 miles from the plant meltdowns.

This past week, I went to the city of Fukushima to see how this plan is working.

Despite the appearance of “normality” and the national effort to convince the Japanese people that things are getting better in the region, the reality is not as it appears.

Following a slight rain pour on October 28, 2012, we visited a citizens testing center to check the residents and their food for contamination.

We had a check-up and found that the radiation count on our heads and shoulders, where we were wet by the rain were higher than on the rest of our bodies.

The effort to limit liability is also going into high gear. As former residents, as close as 4 miles or 7 kilometers to the actual meltdown are being told that the area has been decontaminated and the radiation level is now low enough so, they have to move back to their homes and businesses or they will be threatened with loosing their compensation. Fumio Hayashi is a retired salary man who had bought a restaurant in a town called Namie near Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the plants and has now relocated to Akita. He told his story about the threat by the government to take away his compensation and force him to move back to the town.


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Who would go to his restaurant in the contaminated area was apparently not a concern for government officials who want to return the area to “normal”.

Over 100,000 residents have been evacuated but over 300,000 children along with many others are still stranded in the contaminated region.

The government refuses to pay for the evacuation of all those residents unless they are within 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the nuclear meltdowns.

A Fukushima Community Clinic is being established and will open on December 1. It will test and treat the residents who haven’t been able to escape – for radiation poisoning and cancers. Over 35% of the children tested have thyroid cysts and this deadly toll will grow.

Mothers of Fukushima children also reported that they have been pressured to downplay potential health problems when being treated by government-provided doctors.

While we were in Mito, which is about 75 miles south from Fukushima Daiichi power plant and also contaminated by radioactive particles, another 6.0 earthquake had hit. According to the residents we talked with, they are having earthquakes daily.

It was also in Mito that the Doro-Mito railway workers union had struck against Japan Rail when their members were ordered to work on contaminated trains that were left in the contaminated area for over 6 months.

Although bankrupt TEPCO has been kept in operation by government funding, it is run by the same people who covered up the dangers of the original meltdown.

It now says it will cost ¥10 trillion ($127.796 billon) to “decontaminate” the region and for compensation. This according to TEPCO includes “scrubbing residents homes” to decontaminate them. According to refugees, most of the funds are going to contractors connected with the major political parties in Japan.

TEPCO also holds a powerful grip on the national Fukushima University. The university brought in pro-nuclear “experts” to give a lecture, but when students sought to invite a nuclear plant whistleblower, the university, which has a partnership with TEPCO and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA denied their right to speak. They also have brought in the Center For Strategic and International Studies CSIS.

Residents of Fukushima also have many stories about how government doctors are taking statistics and records but refusing to treat their children.

The Japanese history of caring for the victims of nuclear radiation are not good. Following the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US denied that there was radiation sickness. As a consequence, the people had to set up their own community hospitals to get real treatment.

While in Sendia, we interviewed mothers who brought coloring books produced by Tohoku Power Co. that were passed out in their children’s schools. The coloring books propaganda claimed that nuclear power was a good and economical energy source for the people of Japan.

The Onagawa nuclear power plant operated by Tohoku Power Co., which is north of Fukushima, distributes pamphlets on what the company had done to prepare for earthquakes. One of the pictures showed handrails in the nuclear power control room so the operators could hold on when an earthquake struck.

You cannot make this up.

In the same company’s PR facility above the plant on a hill, there was an art show by children on how nuclear power was compatible with the fish and wildlife in the sea.

The propaganda is that the topsoil can be removed and this makes the area clean again. Much of the money going into the region is of course not going to the residents who want to evacuate but to contractors and subcontractors.

Even a Korean TV stations did an investigative report that a school site had been decontaminated in Fukushima but when tested, still had high levels of radioactive material.

The cesium and other radioactive material released in the four hydrogen explosions destroying the reactor buildings and three core meltdowns continue to contaminate the region and the world. The rain that spreads throughout the forests and fields of beautiful Fukushima washes cesium and other dangerous reactor byproducts into the ocean and Tokyo Bay where high levels of contaminants have been found.

Joining in the effort to develop a strategy for decontaminating the area is the rightwing think tank Center For Strategic and International Studies supported by former Bush advisor Richard Armitage. It has had many “education” sessions throughout the country to reassure that Japanese people that the disaster is being controlled and that the region can be “decontaminated.”

On March 22, 2012, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program even had a panel in Japan with pro-nuke advocate NRC Commissioner William Magwood who recently joined at the NRC, replacing the former chair Gregory Jaczko for being too hard on the US nuclear industry.

It is also setting up pro-nuclear education sessions throughout the country to reassure the people that plans are moving ahead to make the remaining nuclear plants safe to restart. They have developed the strategic plan to make the Fukushima area a special economic zone for decontamination and economic development. Tohoku is also now the fastest growing region in Japan due to this massive investment which of course includes the reconstruction of towns destroyed by the tsunami.

The same week that I was in Fukushima, the government admitted that it had allowed the Oui nuclear plant to restart – even though it straddles an active seismic fault. As many have pointed out before, Japan like California, is on the Pacific ring of fire and is regularly rocked by earthquakes. The dangerous nuclear power plant San Onofre near San Diego has been leaking and is presently shut down but the NRC, Southern California Edison along with the California Public Utility Commission are intent on starting it up. The idea that any nuclear plant is safe flies in the face of reality, but the industry controls the governments of Japan and the US, and continues the push to keep the plans operating.

In Japan, the ruling Democratic Party and the Liberal Democrats along with their allies the Kohmei-tou “Clean Party” continue to back nuclear power as a legitimate power source.

At the same time, the largest Japanese trade union federation RENGO like the AFL-CIO continues to support nuclear power. In fact, RENGO even has ministers in the present government and has fully supported the restarting of the remaining 50 nuclear plants in the country.

It has also been completely silent about the continued contamination of the tens of thousands of non-contract workers who are sent into the Fukushima plant without training on the dangers of radiation and in most cases without proper protection. These workers are not properly registered and will not get proper medical care and compensation, yet they are likely to get cancers and other diseases from this work.

The government has also raised the maximum radiation exposure dose to 250 millisieverts a year from 100 millisieverts.

Additionally many nuclear power whistleblowers have been retaliated against by the utilities for exposing systemic health and safety problems at the Fukushima plant and many others throughout Japan and the world.

Instead of a crash program to replace the nukes with solar panels on all new construction and other safe, renewable strategies, the private energy companies are still pushing to re-open all the plants despite the growing public anger and protest. In Tokyo, there are weekly mass protests in front of the Prime Minister’s office and at other government buildings, but you would not know this from most of the corporate controlled media.

Japan has also been bribing regional prefectures to burn the rubble, export waste to Mongolia and is engaged in a full press effort to sell more nuclear plants throughout the world.

On November 8, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that nuclear power is “safer now than before 2011”. He supports the expansion of nuclear plants into China, Korea, India and Russia.

Additionally the Japan Atomic Energy Agencies plans to reopen the accident plagued Monju prototype fast breeder reactor in Suruga, Fukui Prefecture.

The reality however is that another nuclear meltdown or meltdowns in Japan could destroy the entire country. There were even plans for the evacuation of Tokyo by the former Prime Minister Kan. He also wanted to evacuate people 175 kilometers (108 miles) from the meltdowns.

While I was in Japan, Kan claimed on a television program Morning Bird that there had been a vendetta against him by the nuclear utilities and the corporate media to drive him out of office after he demanded that all nuclear plants be shutdown and a proper evacuation take place.

The role of Obama and the US government in his removal is also publicly acknowledged by many. The US nuclear industry that Obama kowtows to is also extremely concerned that the permanent closure of all the nuclear plants in Japan would be a body blow to the industry. The US has played a key role along with the nuclear industry in Japan in keeping the plants open – to the detriment of the people of Japan and the world.

The continued collusion and interconnection between the government, media and nuclear industry is systemic and has not changed despite the efforts to prettify this terrifying picture.

A documentary “Fukushima Never Again” produced by the Labor Video Project documents the voices of the mothers of Fukushima and those who work in the plants and in the “decontamination” projects, as well as nuclear experts who describe the reality of this catastrophe from ground zero. It is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU-Z4VLDGxU

Steve Zeltzer is a labor videographer and journalist/producer at KPFA Radio on the Pacifica Network. He is working on a documentary on “The Mothers Of Fukushima.” He can be reached a lvpsf@labornet.org