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Japan to Release Radioactive Water into the Sea from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

4 Apr

Cross posted from NDT Television

On Monday, Tokyo Electric Power said it will release more than ten thousand tons of contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The water will be released into the sea to free up more storage space for water that has much higher levels of radioactivity.

The water to be released is about one hundred times more radioactive than legal limits.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary says there is no other choice.

[Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary]:
“We came to this conclusion because even though it is water containing radioactive particles, it is inevitable that we release it in to the sea.”

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the decision was taken because it was not harmful to humans and done in order to avert an even bigger danger.

[Hidehiko Nishiyama, Nuclear & Industrial Safety Agcy.]:
“As it is not harmful to people’s health and as it is necessary to avert an even bigger danger, we decided it was inevitable.”

Japanese engineers have been scrambling to prevent a meltdown since an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Bulgarians Protest Russian-Backed Nuke Proposal

31 Mar

Hundreds of people joined an anti-nuclear protest in Sofia on Wednesday, calling for the government to drop plans for a new Russia-backed nuclear plant after the radiation disaster in Japan. About 300 protestors -- some wearing gas masks and radiation suits -- gathered outside the government headquarters to shout "No to Belene!" against the planned 2,000 megawatt facility on the Danube in northern Bulgaria. Many people at the rally had yellow radiation signs stamped on their jackets and carried slogans reading "Stop the Nuclear Bomb in Belene." In a declaration distributed to journalists, the organisers warned that "the Fukushima disaster showed that the nuclear industry had not learned the lessons of (the world?s worst nuclear accident in) Chernobyl."

Hundreds Protest to Shut Down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

22 Mar

In February 2010, the Vermont Senate voted 26 to 4 against re-licensing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant after 2012, citing radioactive tritium leaks, misstatements in testimony by plant officials, a cooling tower collapse in 2007, and other problems. However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given approved for the plant to operate an additional 20 years. The plant sits directly on the Connecticut River.

Vernon, Vermont – March 21, 2011

Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Sunday to show support for victims in Japan and to renew their call to shut the Vernon plant down.

“Nuclear power isn’t cheap and it isn’t safe. What’s going on in Japan illustrates that it is not safe. We are not exploiting that. That is just what’s reinforcing what we have been saying,” said Bob Bady with the group Safe and Green.

Officials at Yankee maintain the plants is safe and reliable to operate for another 20 years. And on Monday the Nuclear Regulatory Commission officially granted approval for Yankee to stay in business for another 20 years.

Adam Sullivan – WCAX News

Japan Disaster Causes Venezuela to Halt New Nuclear Power Plant Construction

19 Mar

CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) – Venezuela is suspending development of a nuclear power program following the catastrophe at a nuclear complex in Japan, President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.

The South American country had hoped that a planned Russian-built nuclear power plant would provide 4,000 megawatts (MW) and be ready in about a decade.

But Chavez said events in Japan after last Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed it showed the risks associated with nuclear power were too great.

“For now, I have ordered the freezing of the plans we have been developing … for a peaceful nuclear program,” he said during a televised meeting with Chinese investors.

“I do not have the least doubt that this (the potential for a nuclear catastrophe in Japan) is going to alter in a very strong way the plans to develop nuclear energy in the world.”

Japan is racing to avert a new disaster after a fire broke out at a nuclear plant and sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and triggering growing international alarm.

Venezuela signed a deal with Russia last October that moved Chavez’s socialist government a step closer to its longtime goal of developing nuclear power like Brazil and Argentina.

But some experts were skeptical at the time about whether Venezuela would go through with the project, or even needed it given the OPEC member’s vast oil and gas reserves, plus solar, hydroelectric and wind energy possibilities. (Writing by Daniel Wallis, Editing by Jackie Frank)

Radioactivity Found in Japanese Farms, Spinach, Milk, Near Nuclear Meltdown

19 Mar

Japan’s top spokesman said Saturday that elevated levels of radiation have been found in milk and spinach near the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture.

The government has worked hard to play down rising fears. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference that although radiation levels exceeded government safety standards, the tested food does not pose an immediate health risk. It is the first time radiation has been detected in food since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami unleashed the nuclear crisis.

Worried about the Japanese Nuclear Meltdown? Get to know your radiation units and measurements

17 Mar

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) has put together this handy little “Questions and Answers on Radiation” document. With all the news coming out of Japan and what the nuke industry cheerleaders have called the “Nuclear Renaissance” of new nuclear expansion around the world, shouldn’t you get a handle on what is behind the process? Questions and Answers on Radiation

Nuclear Meltdown in Japan; Tens of Thousands Protest Nuke Plants in Germany

13 Mar

Demonstrators in Stuttgart formed a human chain reaching 27 mile for a protest against extending the life of nuclear power plants in Germany. The protest was planned before the current nuclear crisis in Japan but took on new form in light of those events.

Organizers said events in Japan had proved atomic power was an uncontrollable and risky technology.

Nuclear policy is a key issue in German regional elections this year.

About 60,000 people turned out for the protest, according to organizers. Police said the number was in the tens of thousands.

The demonstrators formed a human chain between Stuttgart and the Neckarwestheim nuclear plant, waving yellow flags with the slogan “Nuclear power – no thanks”.