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Taiwan’s Nuclear Nightmare

Taiwan, a country that is about 1/3 the land mass of the state of Kentucky has over 23 million residents. New Taipei, the largest city has over 6 million people. New Taipei also has four, soon to be six nuclear reactors within the metro area. The population density of New Taipei at the northern tip of the country in the event of a nuclear disaster has been an obvious cause of concern for many. Taiwan’s nuclear plants rank in the top 12 for seismic risk due to faults running across the island. As seen after Fukushima Daiichi when the potential to need to evacuate Tokyo was considered, the idea of trying to evacuate a geographically small densely populated city is nearly impossible. The reactors around New Taipei are not in some … Read entire article »

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New Zealand Birds May Be Impacted By Fukushima

Muttonbirds in New Zealand have been showing up in fewer numbers and in poor condition. The birds nest in New Zealand after leaving Japan including areas near the plant. Only two thirds the normal numbers showed up this year. Those that did had old feathers and other signs of not thriving. Researchers said it may take another season to get a better understanding of the potential impact on bird numbers and to rule out other causes. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may … Read entire article »

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Belgium To Phase Out Nuclear Power

Belgium joins Germany, Switzerland and Italy in dumping nuclear power. Belgium opted for a gradual phase out. This is not unexpected as they currently obtain 50% of their power from nuclear. Belgium will look to renewables to aid in the phase out. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Ocean Releases Study, Now In English

A rough translation to English of the IRSN French study on Fukushima ocean discharges. The original document in French can be found here. Date summary of knowledge on the impact on the marine environment of radioactive discharges from nuclear site rugged Fukushima Dai-ichi October 26, 2011 This information note presents and discusses the latest information collected by IRSN, since the previous briefing note of 11 July on the same subject. A strong radioactive contamination of the marine environment occurred after the accident in the plant Nuclear Fukushima Dai-ichi March 11, 2011. It had the main source direct discharge contaminated water from the plant, which lasted until about April 8, and to a lesser extent, impact in the ocean part of radionuclides discharged into the atmosphere between 12 and 22 March. A immediate vicinity of the plant, the concentrations in seawater reached the end … Read entire article »

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Radiation Releases From Fukushima Much Larger Than Initially Estimated, Evidence Of US Contamination

The journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has published a paper that disputes the Japanese government’s account of radiation releases from Fukushima Daiichi. The study used CNTBTO global radiation data and a large network of independent monitoring points to estimate the releases from Fukushima Daiichi. Some of the findings include: pools used to store spent nuclear fuel played a significant part in the release of the long-lived environmental contaminant caesium-137 dousing the fuel pools with water caused the plant’s caesium-137 emissions to drop markedly, the finding implies that much of the fallout could have been prevented by flooding the pool earlier the accident released around 1.7 × 1019 Bq of xenon-133, greater than the estimated total radioactive release of 1.4 × 1019  Bq from Chernobyl The new model shows that Fukushima released 3.5 × 1016  Bq caesium-137, roughly twice the official government figure, … Read entire article »

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Scottish Nuclear Plant Sea Contamination Impossible To Completely Decontaminate

The Dounreay nuclear plant on the coast of northern Scotland leaked radiation into the sea and coastline for twenty years. Fuel fragments were disbursed up to 2 km from the plant over those years. “The most radioactive of the particles are regarded by experts as potentially lethal if ingested. Similar in size to grains of sand, they contain caesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, but they can also incorporate traces of plutonium-239, which has a half-life of over 24,000 years – meaning that is the time period for half of the material to break down”. The Scottish EPA has been working for years to try to bring the area back to pristine condition but has now announced that it would be impossible to do.  This revelation that decontamination can’t fully … Read entire article »

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Contingent From Japan Brings Their Message To The US “End Nuclear Power”

A pair of organic farmers, their families and a contingent of anti-nuclear activists arrived in Washington DC to share the real experiences of people in Japan dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The group was able to meet with the US NRC commisioners and staff, they also held a press conference. They describe the ongoing struggles of families to leave the contaminated areas as family, jobs, lack of government aid and financial strains keep people from leaving for safety. They described the problems with government figures being artificially low and finding that 75% of the schools should be considered too radioactive for use. Other government failings that caused more harm.  “Some were evacuated from Fukushima to places where the radiation levels were even higher, but they were not told,” One of the … Read entire article »

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Brazil May Curtail Nuclear Plans

A recent story mentions that Brazil will not move ahead with 4 planned nuclear power plants. This came from the nation’s Power Research Corporation that establishes the long term energy planning for Brazil. Meanwhile the head of the Mines and Energy Ministry said the country plans to move forward with the additional 4 reactors. Who has the final say right now is not clear. If Brazil does officially end these new nuclear projects it would be significant after news earlier this week of Siemens completely ending their nuclear division. It was also mentioned in August that Brazil has hit the point where wind power is cheaper than natural gas generation. They will also reach 60% total power from winds sources by 2020. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Siemens Rocks World With Complete Closure Of Nuclear Business

German power giant Siemens has announced a complete withdrawal from nuclear power activities. The worldwide corporation cited the social and political change going on in Germany right now as a major factor in their change of business strategy. Siemens also cited the Fukushima disaster as a motivating factor in their business decision. Since the Fukushima disaster Germany decided to abolish all nuclear power plants over the next decade and put all efforts into alternative energy. Siemens ended a contract with Russia’s Rosatom to build nuclear power plants and earlier ended a nuclear contract with Areva that cost them a considerable sum in penalties. “The (nuclear) chapter is closed for us,” Peter Loescher told weekly Der Spiegel in an interview published on Sunday, calling the decision an “answer” to Germany’s clear political and social … Read entire article »

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Japan To Send Food From Contaminated Region As Food Aid Overseas

Japan has announced they will use canned seafood as a food aid export to developing countries. The food will come from the region known to have contaminated seafood in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. The foreign ministry says it will help dispel radiation rumors about the food. Greenpeace released their recent testing of seafood from that region. The ministry of health recently found significant contamination in fish from the region. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. … Read entire article »

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Radioactivity in Pacific Will Circulate To Other Parts Of The World

Government experts in Japan have released findings that radioactive cesium will circulate to parts of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The experts also said it will circulate south and west eventually coming near the Phillipines and eventually back to Japan over a total of 20 to 30 years. So much for the theory of total dilution. The article talks about cesium as it has a longer half life than some isotopes like iodine-131. What is rarely mentioned in these predictions are the amounts of other more dangerous isotopes like stronium-90. It would be good to know the total make up of these migrating clouds of contaminated water. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content … Read entire article »

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Russia Spends Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars On Nuclear PR And Censorship

Since the Fukushima disasters, Russian officials have started multiple programs to censor online content and create PR efforts to hide some of the worst nuclear problems in Russia. Activists discovered multiple large contracts that are quite similar to the censorship and PR campaign in Japan. One of the efforts involved purging a certain percentage of the web search results that were unflattering to the nuclear industry. Other efforts included complex efforts involving teams of sociologists, graphic designers that would feed the media stories with a pro-nuclear spin and use the arts to push their agenda. What makes all of this even more troubling is that it is being funded by taxpayer dollars. The very people who are being lied to and having their voice eradicated online are paying for their own deception and … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fallout Found In California Soil

The University of Berkeley has found cesium concentrations in the soil near Sacramento, CA. Test samples conducted in mid August showed detectable levels of cesium 134 and 137. Complete results found here: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/2525#soilSacramento This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Found In Imported Green Tea In California

Enviroreporter tested a sample of green tea imported from Japan and found some signs of radioactive contamination in the tea. Their method involves using a radiation detector and establishing a clicks per minute rate. They have been methodical about tracking the background levels in the room they use to test samples to assure anything they test is objectively looked at. It would be interesting to have a lab do a cesium test on their tea. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Found In Germany and Spain

Researchers were able to pinpoint radiation found in both Germany and Spain to fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The distance covered by the radioactive contamination makes Fukushima a worldwide problem and elaborates that any nuclear disaster is never a local problem. This evidence also raises concerns about the US EPA’s claims that only certain spots received Fukushima fallout and in small amounts. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any … Read entire article »

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Another Radiation Model Shows US & Canada Received Significant Fallout

University of Kyushu has published a paper and their model of radiation fallout from Fukushima Daiichi. This model shows the same as the French CEREA models, that considerable amounts of radiation reached not just the US west coast but large portions of the US and Canada. The various models from different groups all show the same thing, that the US and Canada received significant doses. The US EPA told the public that there was nothing to worry about, nothing going on. The EPA was supposed to have new radiation data out in August, currently no new reports or data have been released.  HT to EX-SKF who has been tirelessly following the disaster on his blog.  From the Kyushu model for March 21.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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UK Advising No Travel Within 60km Of Fukushima Daiichi

The UK government is telling their citizens to not travel within 60km of Fukushima Daiichi. “we advise against all travel to within a 60km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility” The US government is still advising no travel within 50 miles of Fukushima Daiichi. This advisory expires September 18th, no word if it will be extended. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Fukushima Radiation Leaks Into The Sea May Violate International Law

The Marquette University Law Blog explains how the leaks at Fukushima Daiichi may put Japan in violation of international law. If these assumptions are correct private companies may be putting countries and their citizens at considerably liability. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Radiation Dispersal Models Show Previous And Ongoing US Contamination

The CEREA joint laboratory in France has released models of radiation dispersal as of April 6, 2011. They offer a comparison model of Chernobyl but make the note that they do not have accurate source term (radiation released) from Fukushima yet. The model for Fukushima may now, with time show a higher contamination as we know radiation has been spewing for over five months. The CEREA model also shows more radiation over the western US than over some areas of Japan. Updated information would be useful to see if that has changed in relation to those areas of Japan. SENES consultants in Canada have a 10 day fallout forecasting system. The forecasts show dispersal modeling but note that the iodine 131 level may change based on conditions at Fukushima but that … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Sulfur Detected in San Diego From Fukushima

The University of California San Diego detected radioactive sulfur on March 28th in La Jolla CA. This spike in radioactive sulfur can be conclusively tied back to the reactor meltdowns at Fukushima. “Over a four-day period ending on March 28, they measured 1,501 atoms of radioactive sulfur in sulfate particles per cubic meter of air, the highest they’ve ever seen in more than two years of recordings at the site.” The emergency seawater injection done at Fukushima created a unique set of chemical circumstances that created this large volume of radioactive sulfur. Chemists at UCSD, using NOAA air maps were able to back track the readings at La Jolla, account for losses over the ocean trip and come up with a number for the original release in Japan. “After accounting for losses … Read entire article »

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British Govt. Emails Coordinating With Nuclear Industry Released!

The Guardian through a Freedom of Information request uncovered 136 pages of emails between the British government and nuclear industry insiders as they coordinated an effort to downplay the facts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Update: UK official being pressured to step down over emails. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Beta Radiation In The United States Following Fukushima

Beta Radiation in the United States Following the Fukushima Disaster by Bobby1 – PDF version of this paper This is a statistical study of beta radiation in the United States following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Its purpose is to assess the levels of beta radiation compared to an average background level, and its change over time. The data was obtained from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radnet customized search. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any … Read entire article »

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IAEA to survey radioactive contamination in sea

The IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, is to survey the long-term effects of the spillage of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power on the maritime environment in the Pacific Ocean.  NHK WORLD English Article This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Radiation: Expedition samples Pacific Ocean

A new 15-day scientific expedition aboard the University of Hawaii’s research vessel Kaimikai-O-Kanoloa will measure radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean that leaked from the Fukushima nuclear power plant over the past months. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will lead the first international, multidisciplinary assessment. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to … Read entire article »

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