“Depleted Uranium is WMD”
Article by Leuren Moret,
She “is an international expert on depleted uranium.”
[The following excerpt was taken from Project Censored 2005
“Top 25 Censored Stories” of 2003 – 2004”; specifically, “(#4)
High Uranium Levels Found in Troops and Civilians”
The smoking guns are Sgt. Hector Vega, Sgt. Ray Ramos, Sgt. Agustin Matos and Cpl. Anthony Yonnone from New York’s 442nd Guard Unit --
they are the first confirmed cases of inhaled uranium oxide exposure from the current Iraq conflict.
conducted the diagnostic tests.
The story was released April 3, 2004 in the New York Daily News.
Leuren Moret reports, “In my research on depleted uranium during the past 5 years,
the most disturbing information concerns the impact on the unborn children and
future generations for both soldiers serving in the depleted uranium wars,
and for the civilians who must live in the permanently radioactive contaminated regions.
Today, more than 240,000 Gulf War veterans are on permanent medical disability and more than 11,000 are dead.
They have been denied testing, medical care, and compensation for depleted uranium exposure and related illnesses since 1991.”
Moret continues “Even worse, they brought it home in their bodies.
In some families, the children born before the Gulf War are the only healthy members.
Wives and female partners of Gulf War veterans have reported a condition known as burning semen syndrome,
and are now internally contaminated from depleted uranium
carried in the semen of exposed veterans.
Many are reporting reproductive illnesses such as endometriosis.
In a U.S. government study, conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on post-Gulf War babies,
67% were found to have serious birth defects or serious illnesses.
They were born
without eyes (anophthalmos), ears,
had missing organs,
missing legs and arms, fused fingers, thyroid
or other organ malformations.”
[Leuren Moret, a geoscientist who worked at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab where she became a whistleblower in 1991,
has survived years of retaliation from the Livermore lab and the University of California
and has lived firsthand the experiences of Karen Silkwood.
As radiation specialist, she works around the world educating citizens, the media and lawmakers
“Study of Baby Teeth Sees Radiation Effects”
(December 13, 2010, New York Times article By Matthew L. Wald) - [Excerpt]:
Men who grew up in the St. Louis area in the early 1960s and died of cancer by middle age had more than twice as much radioactive strontium
in their baby teeth as men born in the same area at the same time who are still living,
according to a study based on teeth collected years ago by Washington University in St. Louis.
The study, published on Dec. 1 in The International Journal of Health Services,
analyzed baby teeth collected during the era when the United States and the Soviet Union were conducting nuclear bomb tests in the atmosphere. ….
study implies that deaths from bomb fallout globally run into the “many
said the authors, Joseph J. Mangano and Dr. Janette D. Sherman,
both of the Radiation and Public Health Project, nonprofit research group based in New York.
Chernobyl birds are small brained - (BBC 2-5-11) - Birds living around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have 5% smaller brains, an effect directly linked to lingering background radiation. - http://mcaf.ee/14ab6
There is a real-life,
“robot war” system
already in place
that utilizes satellite telemetry/sensing.
It’s code-named “Milstar.”
Essentially what “Milstar” has done
is take the “auto-pilot” control of nuclear launch capability
the hands of “fallible”, “slow-to-act/respond” real live humans!
The Milstar system employs those DSP (Defense Support Program) satellites,
and both hard-to-track mobile and below-ground
“hardened” nuclear strike/response facilities,
and ties them all together
under this now-fully-automated/functioning system.
Of course, nothing could ever go “wrong”
with a no-human-intervention system
like that, now could it!?!
For more info
you can find the real facts
on the now-operative
Milstar system in this book:
Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget
written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
(of the “Philadelphia Enquirer”) Tim Weiner.
The 1990 book (ISBN 0-446-51452-7)
was published by Warner Book, Inc.,
666 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10103.
[From the book’s back cover]:
“Tim Weiner...uncovers the Pentagon’s big secret: $100 million a day to spend any way it sees fit, whether it serves or disserves the American people. He deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this one.” --- Studs Terkel
“Tim Weiner shines his searchlight on dark corners that the Pentagon would like to keep hidden from the American public.” --- David Wise, author of The Spy Who Got Away, and, The Invisible Government
“The Pentagon’s $36 billion black budget is a license to steal. In BLANK CHECK, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tim Weiner tells the entire, shocking story.” --- U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, (D., Colo.), member, House Armed Services Committee
[From the book’s inside flyleaf]:
BLANK CHECK is the story of the Pentagon’s secret budget—the black budget. A remarkable work of investigative reporting, this book presents the first detailed look into the multibillion-dollar cache used to fund every defense program, every espionage mission, every weapon, and every war that the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Director of the CIA want erased from the public ledger and shielded from public debate.
Over the past three years, the black budget has consumed more than $100 billion -- $100 million a day. In blatant defiance of the United States Constitution, this system of secret spending has stripped Congress of its power over the federal budget and robbed taxpayers of their right to know how their money is spent.
How One Nuclear Skirmish
Could Wreck the Planet
WASHINGTON — Even a small nuclear exchange
could ignite mega-firestorms and wreck the planet’s atmosphere.
New climatological simulations show
100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs
— relatively small warheads, compared to the arsenals military
superpowers stow today —
detonated by neighboring countries
would destroy more than a quarter of the Earth’s ozone layer in about two years.
Regions closer to the poles
would see even more
precipitous drops in the protective gas,
which absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
New York and Sydney, for example,
would see declines rivaling the perpetual hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
And it may take more than six years
for the ozone layer to reach half of its former levels.
Researchers described the results during a panel Feb. 18
calling it “a real bummer” that such a localized nuclear war
could bring the modern world to its knees.
“This is tremendously dangerous,”
said environmental scientist Alan Robock of Rutgers University,
one of the climate scientists presenting at the meeting.
“The climate change would be unprecedented in human history,
and you can imagine the world … would just shut down.”
Depleted Uranium Released During Canadian Plane Crash - Little-Known Use of DU in Commercial Jets Exposed - (American Free Press 2004 - By Christopher Bollyn) - http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/depleted_uranium.html
Used uranium worth billions
Paducah facility has stored treasure
(By James R. Carroll - April 6, 2008 - The Louisville Courier-Journal)
WASHINGTON -- About 40,000 canisters of depleted uranium
are spread out in rows at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
An additional 20,000 are stored at a sister facility in Piketon, Ohio.
For years, the canisters and their contents
have been considered worthless waste.
With worldwide uranium supplies tight and prices soaring,
those canisters in Kentucky and Ohio
are getting a new look as a potential moneymaker
for the federal government. -
An untrustworthy nuclear industry, incompetently regulated, is leading the world into greater and greater danger - (Monday 14 March 2 011 - by John Vidal - The Guardian/UK) - The question now is whether the industry can be trusted anywhere. If this industry were a company, its shareholders would have deserted it years ago. In just one generation it has killed, wounded or blighted the lives of many millions of people and laid waste to millions of square miles of land. In that time it has been subsidised to the tune of trillions of dollars and it will cost hundreds of billions more to clean up and store the messes it has caused and the waste it has created. It has had three catastrophic failures now in 25 years and dozens more close shaves. Its workings have been marked around the world by mendacity, cover-ups, secrecy and financial incompetence.
Sadly, the future looks worse. The world has a generation of reactors coming to the end of their days and politicians putting intense pressure on regulators to extend their use well beyond their design lives. We are planning to double worldwide electricity supply from nuclear power in the next 20 years, but we have nowhere near enough experienced engineers to run the ever-bigger stations. We have private companies peddling new designs that are said to be safer but which are still not proven, and we have 10 new countries planning to move into civil nuclear power in the next five years.
It gets worse. More than 100 of the world's reactors are already sited in areas of high seismic activity and many of 350 new stations planned for the highly volatile Pacific rim where earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural hazards are certain to happen. We still have not worked out how to store waste [“ ‘depleted’ uranium”] and, we now know that we cannot protect stations from all eventualities. - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/14/fukushima-nuclear-industry
Nuclear power report: 14 'near misses' at US plants due to 'lax oversight' - (March 18, 2011 - By Mark Clayton, Staff writer - The Christian Science Monitor) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group. - http://mcaf.ee/de68f
Later that year, Silkwood was found to be contaminated with 400 times the legal limit for plutonium. Silkwood contended that she had been exposed to the plutonium as retaliation for her whistleblowing.
Having arranged to turn over papers that would have allegedly showed the culpability of Kerr-McGee for multiple risks at the nuclear plant, she was killed when her car ran off the road while she was en route to meet a New York Times reporter. No documents were found in her car and the circumstances of the accident indicated that Silkwood may have been rammed from behind.
In a civil trial, Kerr-McGee made the rather difficult-to-believe claim that Silkwood intentionally poisoned herself with plutonium. Subsequently, 44 pounds of plutonium were found missing from the plant. - http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12508/
What It's Like Living in Our Nuclear Sacrifice Zone - (March 21, 2011 - The Phoenix Sun / By Valerie Brown - http://tinyurl.com/65f48e8 ) -
The official focus on high short-term doses is deceptive. Emerging science suggests that low doses of radiation exposure can have numerous long-term effects, possibly passed from one generation to the next. And almost all the discussion about – and the scientific research on – radiation exposure focuses on cancers. There are certainly many cancers that radiation can induce in addition to thyroid cancer, from breast and prostate cancer to various leukemias. These cancers are thought to result from energetic particles striking DNA, breaking strands, and interfering with gene replication. Faulty genes lead to faulty cells, is the thinking. But there may also be epigenetic effects – that is, changes in the way normal genes are organized and allowed to function – and these may result in disorders other than cancer, such as thyroid diseases, autoimmune problems, and hormones gone haywire.
To make matters worse, how old you are when you’re exposed makes a big difference too. Prenatal insults including chemical and radiation exposure can create epigenetic patterns of gene expression that will stay with you forever, even if your actual genes are undamaged. And it can take 50 or more years for the timer set in the womb to trip the fuse and trigger a full-blown disease.
In a 2009 review article, Canadian researchers Carmel Mothersill and Colin Seymour of McMaster University nicely expressed the emerging state of knowledge about the effects of low-level radiation exposure:
“Our understanding of the biological effects of low dose exposure has undergone a major paradigm shift….[W]e understand, at least in part, some of the mechanisms which drive low dose effects and which perpetuate these not only in the exposed organism but also in its progeny and in certain cases, its kin. This means that previously held views about safe doses or lack of harmful effects cannot be sustained.”
Turns out that at
. . . Los Alamos National Laboratory [LANL]
nuclear safety issues have been complicated with seismic concerns
as geological studies have uncovered
an increasingly precarious underground structure. . . .
in the late 1990s [faults were] found to run near
and even beneath some LANL nuclear facilities. . . .
A survey found a number of LANL buildings
to be at considerable risk of earthquake-induced collapse.
But this information
. . . was not immediately applied to building siting and design . . . .
"When they set up Los Alamos initially,
they didn't care about these things.
They were looking for an isolated site,"
said [Greg] Mello [of the Los Alamos Study Group],
who has studied seismic issues at the lab since 1996. . . .
"Since then, many people have questioned the wisdom
of putting a plutonium processing facility
and now a nuclear pit manufacturing facility
on the side of a volcano."
Safety Concerns Often Amount to Status Quo at U.S. Nuclear Industry's Aging Reactors - (March 25, 2011 - Leaks, burst cooling pipes, faulty controls, misplaced fuel rods and engineers' warnings about design flaws have done little to slow down approvals for continued operation of the nation's aging nuclear plants - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=safety-concerns-status-quo-at-us-reactors
What is termed a guidance that EPA is considering - as opposed to a regulation - does not require public airing before it’s decided upon.
EPA officials contacted today in the Atlanta and D.C. offices had no response on the issue as of 6 p.m.
The radiation guides called Protective Action Guides or PAGs are protocols for responding to radiological events ranging from nuclear power-plant accidents to dirty bombs.
Drinking water, for example, would have a huge increase in allowable public exposure to radioactivity, the group says, that would include:
A nearly 1000-fold increase in strontium-90
A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for iodine-131
An almost 25,000 rise for nickel-63
The new radiation guidance would also allow long-term cleanup standards thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted, permitting doses to the public that EPA itself estimates would cause a cancer in as much as every fourth person exposed, the group says.
These relaxed standards are opposed by public health professionals inside EPA, according to documents PEER said it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.PEER is a national alliance of local state and federal resource professionals
Radioactive Fallout in Saint Louis Missouri
(1-3/4-min. - YouTube audio/video)
Uranium Mining and Nuclear Pollution in the Upper Midwest: America's Secret Chernobyl - http://www.eaglerocktradingpost.com/uranium.htm
How Nuclear Apologists Mislead the World Over Radiation - (Monday, April 11, 2011 - by Helen Caldicott - The Guardian/UK) - https://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/11-10
Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Wing,
Discusses Global Radiation
Exposures and Consequences
(11-1/2 min. - video)
America’s Nuclear Nightmare - The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits - (April 27, 2011 - by Jeff Goodell - Rolling Stone Magazine) - http://mcaf.ee/xarw1
Physicians for Social Responsibility
National Press Club Conference (4/26/11)
The ongoing impact of
the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
to public health
25 years after the accident,
the continuing nuclear catastrophe
in Fukushima, Japan,
and the lessons from both
for U.S. public health and safety.
(52-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
In Harm's Way, But in the Dark - (Sunday, August 8, 1999 - by Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer) - PADUCAH, Ky. – Thousands of uranium workers were unwittingly exposed to plutonium and other highly radioactive metals here at a federally owned plant where contamination spread through work areas, locker rooms and even cafeterias, a Washington Post investigation has found.
Unsuspecting workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, according to a review of court documents, plant records, and interviews with current and former workers. The government and its contractors did not inform workers about the hazards for decades, even as employees in the 1980s began to notice a string of cancers.
Radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into ditches and eventually seeped into creeks, a state-owned wildlife area and private wells, documents show. Plant workers contend in sealed court documents that radioactive waste also was deliberately dumped into nearby fields, abandoned buildings and a landfill not licensed for hazardous waste.
The sprawling Kentucky plant on the Ohio River represents an unpublished chapter in the still-unfolding story of radioactive contamination and concealment in the chain of factories across the country that produced America's Cold War nuclear arsenal. - http://mcaf.ee/qsg2n
Tainted uranium, danger widely distributed - (6-24-01 - by Peter Eisler - USA TODAY) - For years, state investigators wondered why radioactive technetium-99 was turning up in drinking water wells near the old Mallinckrodt Chemical uranium fuel-making plant in Hematite, Mo. Now they think they have an answer: The plant was one of several in and around St. Louis where Mallinckrodt and its successors used thousands of tons of recycled uranium to fabricate metallic fuel rods for nuclear reactors. "We believe the contamination we're now seeing at the site is related to the (recycling) program," says Ron Kucera of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Plans to clean up extensive pollution from uranium wastes at Hematite are snagged by questions over who is responsible for the technetium. That element requires special disposal because it has a half-life of 213,000 years and moves easily into soil and water. Technetium wasn't expected at Hematite because it is produced only when uranium is irradiated in a nuclear reactor — and Hematite had no reactor. "The Department of Energy has resisted efforts to become involved because even though they may have some liability, they don't want to pay anything," Kucera says. The Hematite facility was part of a nationwide network of private and federally owned plants and labs that produced fuel and other components for the nearly 70,000 U.S. nuclear weapons built before production was phased out in the early 1990s. Many of them used recycled uranium. The recycling began at the dawn of the Cold War. Officials in the weapons program were seeking ways to reuse the costly uranium that was irradiated in nuclear reactors to make plutonium and other fissile explosives for bomb cores. - http://www.usatoday.com/news/poison/2001-06-25-hotnukes.htm
Where is all that
Fukushima radiation going,
and why does it matter?
Expert testimony by
Marco Kaltofen, PE,
of the Worcester Polytecnic Institute,
on the long-term hazards
airborne radioactive contaminates
to U.S. citizens.
(17-3/4 min. - audio/video)
"From my research and that of others, I really think this may be the smoking gun," says Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chair of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. "It fits everything — symptoms, timing, everything."
Lyles and other researchers found that dust particles — up to 1,000 of which can sit on the head of a pin — gathered in Iraq and Kuwait contain 37 metals, including aluminum, lead, manganese, strontium and tin. The metals have been linked to neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments, depression and heart disease, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers believe the metals occur both naturally and as a byproduct of pollution.Researchers in and out of the military say the particles are smaller and easier to inhale than most dust particles, and that recent droughts in the region have killed desert shrubs that helped keep down that dust. The military's heavy vehicles have pounded the desert's protective crust into a layer of fine silt, Lyles says. Service members breathe the dust — and all it carries — deeply into their lungs. - http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2011-05-11-Iraq-Afghanistan-dust-soldiers-illnesses_n.htm#
Many U.S. Nuclear Plants Ill-Prepared to Handle Simultaneous Threats - (May 19, 2011 - by Peter Behr and ClimateWire) - The U.S. government finds that many U.S. nuclear plants would fail to face multiple challenges at the same time as happened at Fukushima Daiichi - http://mcaf.ee/vh1yq
To Nuclear Waste?
“Into Eternity”(79 min. - YouTube audio/video)
How Low Doses Of Radiation Can Cause Heart Disease And Stroke - ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2009) — A mathematical model constructed by researchers at Imperial College London predicts the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, stroke) associated with low background levels of radiation. The model shows that the risk would vary almost in proportion with dose.
Results, published October 23 in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology, are consistent with risk levels reported in previous studies involving nuclear workers. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022202710.htm
Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen Emphasizes Urgent Need For 50-mile Evacuation Safety Zones Around All Nuclear Facilities - (12-1/2 min. - video) - http://vimeo.com/24704313
Nebraska Nuclear Plant:
Emergency Level 4
About to Get Worse
(June 14, 2011)
(14-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
UFO Sighted Near Nuclear Missiles During October 2010 Launch System Disruption - (June 19, 2011 - By Robert Hastings -
- October 23, 2010, F.E. Warren Air Force Base,
in Cheyenne, Wyoming, temporarily lost the ability to communicate with 50 of
its Minuteman III nuclear missiles. The five Missile Alert Facilities
responsible for launching those ICBMs in time of war—Alpha through Echo,
comprising the 319th Strategic Missile Squadron—would have been unable to do so
during the period of the disruption.
This dramatic story was leaked to Mark Ambinder, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, which published it three days later.1 The Air Force then quickly acknowledged the problem, saying that a back-up system could have launched the missiles and claiming that the breakdown had lasted a mere 59 minutes.
However, the latter statement was untrue, according to two missile technicians stationed at F.E. Warren, who say that the communications problem, while intermittent, actually persisted over several hours.
Significantly, these same individuals report multiple sightings by “numerous [Air Force] teams” of an enormous cigar-shaped craft maneuvering high above the missile field on the day of the disruption, as well as the following day. The huge UFO was described as appearing similar to a World War I German Zeppelin, but had no passenger gondola or advertising on its hull, as would a commercial blimp. - http://www.theufochronicles.com/2011/06/huge-ufo-sighted-near-nuclear-missiles_19.html
of UFOs at
National Press Club
Sept. 27, 2010
(1 hr. & 27 mins. - YouTube audio/video)
US Mayors Call for End to Wars and Nuclear Weapons - (June 21, 2011 - by James Russell - Truthout) - Peace activists won a major victory on Monday, June 20, when the US Conference of Mayors voted to adopt two resolutions that call for a drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Both resolutions also demand the reprioritization of defense spending, including the $126 billion spent each year in Iraq and Afghanistan, toward the needs of municipalities.
The group, which represents mayors of municipalities with 30,000 or more residents, has not passed such a resolution in 40 years. - http://www.truth-out.org/us-mayors-call-end-wars-and-nuclear-weapons/1308677269
UFO Researcher Claims Air Force Not Revealing Truth About Communication Outage At F.E. Warren Missile Site - (July 7, 2011 - by Lee Speigel - AOL News) - In Washington last September, six former Air Force officers and a former enlisted man stepped forward to say that they'd seen or had been directly involved with UFO sightings at nuclear missile sites.
These sightings began at the dawn of the Cold War and continued through the 1970s.
At this press conference, organized by UFO researcher Robert Hastings, these men told the media that they were encouraged not to speak of these sightings by their superiors, and in some cases, were required to sign secrecy oaths.
Now, Hastings is saying three more witnesses are speaking to him about a more recent UFO sighting -- and it revolves around a serious communications scare at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming last October, when the military acknowledged that it had lost contact with 50 of its nuclear Minuteman III missiles.
Fukushima Can Happen Here: What the NRC and Nuclear Industry Don't Want You to
Know - (52 min. -
video) - (July 10, 2011 - by Fairewinds
Associates) - The well-known
safety flaws of Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors have gained significant attention
in the wake of the four reactor accidents at Fukushima, but a more insidious
danger lurks. In this video nuclear
engineers Arnie Gundersen and David Lochbaum discuss how the US regulators and
regulatory process have left Americans unprotected. They walk,
step-by-step, through the events of the Japanese meltdowns and consider how the
knowledge gained from Fukushima applies to the nuclear industry worldwide. They discuss "points of
vulnerability" in American plants, some of which have been unaddressed by
the NRC for three decades. Finally, they concluded that an accident with the
consequences of Fukushima could happen in the US.
With more radioactive Cesium in the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant's spent fuel pool than was released by Fukushima, Chernobyl, and all nuclear bomb testing combined, Gundersen and Lockbaum ask why there is not a single procedure in place to deal with a crisis in the fuel pool? These and more safety questions are discussed in this forum presented by the C-10 Foundation at the Boston Public Library. - http://vimeo.com/26231562
Nuclear safety at
(17-3/4 min. - video)
(July 15, 2011 - Need To Know/PBS)
Fukushima-type disaster inevitable in U.S.? - (6-3/4 min. - video) - (July 19, 2011 - by Armen Keteyian - CBS News) - Highlights a nuclear industry whistleblower - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/19/earlyshow/main20080633.shtml
on Aug 6, 2011
(3-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
the China Syndrome?
(8 min. - YouTube audio/video)
178 X Background Radiation
in Saint Louis Missouri Rain
(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)
UFOs Are Stalking and Intercepting Dummy Nuclear Warheads During Test Flights - (August 23, 2011 - by Robert Hastings - UFOs And Nukes) - Retired U.S. Air Force ICBM Targeting Team Chief Says The Big Sur Incident Was Not An Isolated Case
Thousands of declassified U.S. government documents and hundreds of military veterans have confirmed the reality of ongoing UFO activity at American nuclear weapons sites. - http://mcaf.ee/bs8hk
in our Food!
(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We50AVrTMk8
Siemens to quit nuclear industry - (Sept. 18, 2011 - BBC News) - German industrial and engineering conglomerate Siemens is to withdraw entirely from the nuclear industry.
The move is a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March, chief executive Peter Loescher said.
He told Spiegel magazine it was the firm's answer to "the clear positioning of German society and politics for a pullout from nuclear energy"."The chapter for us is closed," he said, announcing that the firm will no longer build nuclear power stations. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14963575
Nuclear Expert Arnie Gunderson Identifies Safety Problems in all Reactors Designed Like Fukushima - (16-1/2 min. - video) - Gundersen expresses concerns that the nuclear industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are not addressing major safety issues that have become evident since Fukushima. These issues include serious design flaws in the BWR Mark 1 containment, fundamental flaws in the Boiling Water Reactor vessel design, and problems with detonation shockwaves. The NRC and the nuclear industry are using a flawed cost benefit computer code that underestimates the value of human life and minimize property damages after an accident, which has the effect of justifying continued operation of reactors without safety modifications. - http://vimeo.com/29294797
No Safe Level of Radiation Exposure? Researcher Points to Suppression of Evidence On Radiation Effects by Nobel Laureate - ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2011) — University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental toxicologist Edward Calabrese, whose career research shows that low doses of some chemicals and radiation are benign or even helpful, says he has uncovered evidence that one of the fathers of radiation genetics, Nobel Prize winner Hermann Muller, knowingly lied when he claimed in 1946 that there is no safe level of radiation exposure.
Calabrese's interpretation of this history is supported by letters and other materials he has retrieved, many from formerly classified files. He published key excerpts this month in Archives of Toxicology and Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis. - http://mcaf.ee/u1c0i
Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide - (9-1/2 min. - video) - (Oct. 2, 2011 - Arnie Gundersen -Fairewinds) - Fairewinds shows that in the United States, the same cozy relationship exists between the NRC and the nuclear industry. Proper regulation of nuclear power has been co-opted worldwide by industry refusal to implement the cost to assure nuclear safety. - http://vimeo.com/29929825
“King of Superfund Sites”: Harold Simmons Is Dallas' Most Evil Genius - (Feb. 2010 - by Laray Polk - D Magazine) - How will the Texas billionaire make his next billion? By burying hazardous waste in West Texas.
His NL Industries has been the subject of continuous litigation. The most recent case involves plaintiffs who managed the company that cleaned up NL Industries’ environmental liabilities. ….
Why would Harold Simmons become involved with an
operation like NL Industries? He
bought the company in 1986, long after the dangers of lead were known and the
lawsuits had begun working their way through the court system. The answer, it
seems, is that Simmons doesn’t mind a mess if there’s money to be made.
NL Industries’ history is lengthy and layered. In more than a century of continuous business, NL Industries’ operations have involved magnesium, titanium, and zinc; lead pigment and lead-based paint; lead smelters; lubricants and drilling equipment for oil fields; municipal and industrial waste disposal; the enrichment of uranium for nuclear weapons; and the production of projectile weapons using depleted uranium.
But NL Industries has left a legacy of contaminated sites across the country. According to the company’s annual report from 1994, NL Industries and its subsidiaries, which included Kronos, had “been named as a defendant, potentially responsible party, or both … in approximately 80 governmental and private actions,” with many sites and facilities on the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List or similar state lists. - http://mcaf.ee/vzy5g
The Atomic Cafe - (1 hr. + 26 min. - YouTube audio/video) - One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century…. Narrated through an astonishing array of vintage clips and music -- from military training films to campy advertisements, presidential speeches to pop songs -- the film revolves around the threat -- and thrill -- of the newly minted atomic bomb. Taking aim at the propaganda and false optimism of the 1950s, the film's satire shines most vividly in the clever image splicing, such as footage of a decimated Hiroshima alongside cheerful suburban "duck-and-cover" routines. More than anything else, THE ATOMIC CAFE shows how nuclear warfare infiltrated the living rooms of America, changing the nation from the inside out. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUtZOqgSG8&feature
Medical Aspects of
Nuclear Radiation (1951)
(Part 1 - 10-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(Part 2 - 10 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Hazmat-level So Cal Rain - December 17, 2011 - (2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Southern California rain comes in at a whopping 415% of normal [background radiation] higher. The California Highway Patrol considers anything at 300% of normal or higher to qualify for a hazmat incident with the accompanying protocols. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aqJIwoq31Q
Fukishima’s Short- AND Long-Term Dangers Are FAR from Over! - (20-1/2 min. - video) - (Dec. 29, 2011 - by Arnie Gundersen/Fairewinds) - Is the Japanese government and the IAEA protecting the nuclear industry and not the people of Japan by claiming that Fukushima is stable when it is not? Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen outlines major inconsistencies and double-speak by the IAEA, Japanese Government, and TEPCO claiming that the Fukushima accident is over. Dynamic versus static equilibrium, escalated dose exposures to the Japanese children and nuclear workers, and the blending of radioactive materials with non-contaminated material and spreading this contaminated ash throughout Japan are only a small part of this ongoing nuclear tragedy. - http://vimeo.com/34349565
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(30-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TetjnazdY0
(8-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2fMMaVE7Q
Surviving Nuclear Armageddon - [Excerpt taken from the “Mr. Know-It-All” column on p.p. 30-31 of the Feb. 2012 issue of “Wired” magazine. (Emphasis added.)]:
In 1963, two researchers at what is now Virginia Tech University found that 93 percent of cockroaches perished when zapped with 6,400 rads of gamma radiation. That makes the bugs much hardier than humans, who are typically unable to survive doses greater than 600 rads. But keep in mind that the “Fat Man” explosion above Nagasaki emitted 25,100 rads at its center, and today’s strategic nukes are many times more powerful. Also, radiation doses as low as 1,000 rads can render a cockroach sterile.
If you magically were able to survive a nuclear Armageddon and hibernate for several million years, you might emerge to discover that the world is ruled by pharaoh ants, which can withstand upwards of 190,000 rads. ….
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Drive-by Scanning: Officials Expand Use and Dose of Radiation for Security Screening - (Jan. 27, 2012 - by Michael Grabell - ProPublica) - U.S. law enforcement agencies are exposing people to radiation in more settings and in increasing doses to screen for explosives, weapons and drugs. In addition to the controversial airport body scanners, which are now deployed for routine screening, various X-ray devices have proliferated at the border, in prisons and on the streets of New York.
Not only have the machines become more widespread, but some of them expose people to higher doses of radiation. And agencies have pushed the boundaries of acceptable use by X-raying people covertly, according to government documents and interviews.
While airport scanners can show objects on the surface of the body, prisons have begun to use X-rays that can see through the body to detect contraband hidden in cavities. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is in the process of deploying dozens of drive-through X-ray portals to scan cars and buses at the border with their passengers still inside.
X-ray scanners have been tested at ferry crossings, for visitor entries at the Pentagon and for long-range detection of suicide bombers at special events. And drawing the ire of privacy groups, Customs and the New York Police Department have deployed unmarked X-ray vans that can drive to a location and look inside vehicles for drugs and explosives.Most federal health regulations for medical X-rays do not apply to security equipment, leaving the decision of when and how to use the scanners almost entirely in the hands of security officials. - http://mcaf.ee/mix2d
BLOCKBUSTER! FOIA Documents Reveal NRC Cover-Up, Deception Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - (February 27, 2012 - by Tony Muga - The Intel Hub) - There is little doubt now that the radioactive plume had an effect on American citizens but keep in mind that people were not falling over dead in the street in numbers and the ‘plume’ is an invisible one so unless one had warning, there was virtually no way of detecting its presence.
According to a GlobalResearch.ca article based on research printed in the Journal of Health Services , Internist and Toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD insists we have paid a heavy toll from the fallout:“Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here (USA) may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death. Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults.” - http://theintelhub.com/2012/02/27/blockbuster-foia-documents-reveal-nrc-cover-up-deception/
Fukishima’s Radioactive “Buckyball” Fallout Repeatedly On St. Louis And All Across N. America…Much More On Its Way! - (March 9, 2012 - by Michael Collins - EnviroReporter.com) - According to a new U.C. Davis study, uranium-filled nanospheres are created from the millions of tons of fresh and saltwater used to try to cool down the three molten cores of the stricken reactors. The tiny and tough buckeyballs are shaped like British Association Football soccer balls.
Water hitting the incredibly hot and radioactive primarily uranium-oxide fuel turns it into peroxide. In this goo buckeyballs are formed, loaded with uranium and able to move quickly through water without disintegrating.
Radioactive fallout in St. Louis rainfall, which has been monitored at Potrblog.com since the crisis began, has been repeatedly so hot that levels have been reached that make it unsafe for children and pregnant women. An October 17, 2011 St. Louis rain storm was measured on video at 2.76 millirem per hour or over 270 times background.
The U.S. EPA considers anything 3 times background to be significantly above background. The California Highway Patrol deems any material over 3 times background as a potential hazardous materials situation. The St. Louis rain was 90 times CHP’s hazmat trigger.
Compounding the airborne fallout from the destroyed reactors, the Japanese government has embarked on a program of incinerating 5 million tons of radioactive debris trucked into Tokyo from the devastated prefectures.
“Burning does not eliminate radioactive waste, but it reduces its volume by ashing the original materiel” according to the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. “Incineration does not destroy metals or reduce radioactivity of wastes. Radioactive waste incinerators, when equipped with well-maintained, high efficiency filters, can capture all but a small fraction of the radioactive isotopes and metals fed into them. The fraction that does escape, however, tends to be in the form of small particles that are more readily absorbed by living organisms than larger particles.”The incinerating, begun last October, will last until March 2014…. This will re-suspend some of the radiation that has already fallen out. - http://www.enviroreporter.com/2012/03/the-endless-bummer/all/1/
Radioactive Iodine in New Hampshire from Japan Nuclear Reactor Meltdown - ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2012) — Radioactive iodine found
by Dartmouth researchers in the local New Hampshire environment is a direct consequence of a
nuclear reactor's explosion and meltdown half a world away, says Joshua Landis, a research associate in the
Department of Earth Science. The failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power
facility, following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, was the largest
nuclear disaster since 1986 at Chernobyl. "We live on a really small planet and this demonstrates that what
happens in Japan has the potential to affect us." - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402112932.htm
The Worst Yet To Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima A Ticking Time-Bomb - (May 4, 2012 - by Brad Jacobson - AlterNet) - Experts say acknowledging the threat would call into question the safety of dozens of identically designed nuclear power plants in the U.S. - http://mcaf.ee/240tu
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“Pacific Ocean will continue to be contaminated, kind of for the rest of time” — [Fukushima] Containment vessels continuously leaking into sea - (May 20th, 2012 - ENENews) - Dr. Helen Caldicott: “So what you’re really saying Arnie Gundersen is that the ocean will continue to be contaminated, kind of for the rest of time. Because there’s no foreseeable way to prevent water leaking out of containment vessels continuously into the ocean… We’re talking about continual contamination of the Pacific Ocean.”
Arnie Gundersen [Nuclear expert/whistleblower]: “You’re right”. - http://mcaf.ee/8hpso
Former Senior Reactor Operator: You can get a recriticality in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — “Never ending fountain of particulates and gas”- (May 20th, 2012 - ENENews) - Comments by Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer; his extensive career in the industry spans over 3 decades, and special training in severe accidents and mitigation strategies. Chris now works in Maryland for a consultant firm:
“In the case of [Fukushima Daiichi] Unit 4… you can get a recriticality.
Here’s how that happens. To prevent criticality, you are depending on spacing of spent fuel in the racks. If you damage [fuel racks] where you’ve got a reduced spacing between assemblies, you’ve eliminated a guard against spontaneous fission. There’s still neutron emitters and water in the area to moderate… You could actually get a criticality in the fuel pool.
That would be a never ending process there is no way to shut that down.
Some of the fuel doesn’t have control blades, a boiling water reactor has control blades not control rods, so some of them are unbladed. Those would be ones where you may get a fission… of course if you have a fission and you’re going to generate more fission products, there you have another never ending fountain of particulates and gas.” - http://mcaf.ee/4kfyu
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Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats - (39-1/4 min. - audio) - (June 12, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - [Interviewed]: Kristen Iversen's new book, Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, is…an investigation into the decades-long environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination in and around Rocky Flats. Weapons production ended there after FBI agents raided the plant in 1989. Its operators later pleaded guilty to criminal violations of environmental law.
On missing plutonium at Rocky Flats
"The Department of Energy has admitted to more than 3,000 pounds of missing plutonium. It has kind of a funny acronym. It's called MUF, which stands for missing unaccounted-for plutonium. Well, where did that missing plutonium go? Three thousand pounds is a lot when you think about the fact that one-millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer or a health effect. So where was it? Well, in 1990, they revealed that 62 pounds of plutonium had been trapped in the vents and the piping between the building. That's enough for six or seven bombs right there. The Department of Energy has claimed that much of the plutonium that was missing was due to administrative errors or they put it somewhere and meant to put it somewhere else. It's just plutonium that has somehow been lost in the system. Or it could be administrative errors for part of it. I think some of it ended up in my backyard, frankly. A lot of it went out into the Denver metro area." - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/12/154839592
How Tepco Glossed Over Fukushima's Vulnerability - (July 2, 2012 - David Shukman - BBC News/UK) - A few reports surfaced about possible damage inside the reactor buildings before the wave hit -- in other words, the tremors had had an
impact on the supposedly safe power plant -- but official sources gave
these allegations short shrift.
Now though, this comprehensive and very frank report for the Japanese parliament says Tepco was "too quick to cite the tsunami as the cause of the nuclear accident" and that "there is a possibility that the earthquake damaged equipment necessary for safety".
Specifically, the report confirms that:
The tremors were strong enough to cause damage and that seismic checks to the reactors, ordered before the disaster, had not been carried out
A minor loss of coolant in the system "from a crack in the piping" might have occurred but not been detected for as long as 10 hours
Emergency backup power may have been lost before the tsunami hit the plant. Tepco and the government had reported the wave's arrival at Fukushima not when it actually reached the shore line but when it passed monitoring stations 1.5km offshore, and the difference in timing could be crucial to determine what caused the power to fail
Several Tepco workers in Reactor building 1 - the oldest of the structures - witnessed a water leak which the commission believes was "not due to water sloshing from the spent fuel pool", implying it might have come from cracked pipework
In the investigation's view, all this adds up a damning conclusion: that blaming the wave - not the earthquake - was "an attempt to avoid responsibility". - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18751374
California Nuclear Plant
Could Be Next Fukushima
(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6XNJ4Rohw
Fukushima’s Melted Reactors - (July 29th, 2012 - Veterans Today) - (San Francisco) – Dr. Paolo Scampa, PhD, a well-known physicist in the European Union, has prepared a radioactive inventory of Fukushima Daiichi’s destroyed nuclear power plants 500 days after the meltdown of three disemboweled, mangled reactors.
The violent extinction level event occurred Mar 11, 2011. The deadly meltdown and dispersion of radioactive fuel throughout the world is on-going to this day.
Because of the nature of long-lived and short-lived radioactivity, this summation of the radioactive Fukushima inventory is valid for many years. Dr. Scampa’s inventory is current as of Friday, June 29, 2012.
There are 1,946 radioactive products produced by nuclear weapons and atomic reactors according to the Oak Ridge Nuclear Weapons Lab in America.
Fifty-five are considered to be long-lived; 898 are considered to be short-lived but last more than eight days. These nine hundred fifty-three radioactive isotopes are included in this analysis.
Nine hundred ninety-three (993) radioactive isotopes are considered dangerous and undergo radioactive decay within eight days; they are not included in this analysis.
[….]We can see by comparing the subsets of figures below that the radioactive particle emission through the air from Fukushima is not only 3.7 times higher than Chernobyl; but, more importantly, 28.3 times more radiotoxic with every breath you take. - http://www.veteranstoday.com/?p=217362
37X Background Radiation From (Fukushima Fallout) Rain In St. Louis, Missouri (July 29, 2012) - (4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Cr2h0Bars
USA Radioactive Ground Beef Test Results 2012, 2011, 2010 - (21-1/2
min. - YouTube audio/video) - (August 23, 2012 - by POTRBLOG.com) - Professional Gamma Spectrometry,
Strontium, and Plutonium testing on 100% grass fed and grass finished Missouri
ground beef. Based on the results we found clear evidence of Cesium-137 contaminating US ground beef; we
also found indications of a recent fuel
rod fire showing up as Barium 140. --- Watch the complete video for more
detail and information on the tests and what other factors may mitigate exposure to the long term build up of Fukushima fallout. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcVv-MnVvgY
Dental X-rays May Raise Risk Of Brain Tumor - (April 10, 2012 - by Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer - MedPage Today) - Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner
Frequent exposure to dental x-rays correlated with a twofold increase in the risk of meningioma, investigators reported.
Regardless of age at the time of exposure, people who reported at least annual bitewing x-rays had a significantly higher risk of meningioma.
Frequent exposure to panorex films or exposure at a young age also was associated with an increased risk of meningioma, particularly among individuals exposed before age 10, as reported online in Cancer.
"The findings presented here are important, because dental x-rays remain the most common artificial source of exposure to ionizing radiation for individuals living in the U.S.," Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, PhD, of Yale University, and co-authors wrote in the discussion of their findings.
"The primary environmental (and generally modifiable) risk factor consistently identified for meningioma is exposure to ionizing radiation," they added.
The American Dental Association has issued a statement encouraging dentists to weigh the risks and benefits of dental x-rays and noting a paucity of evidence to use x-rays to search for occult disease (J Am Dent Assoc 2006; 137: 1304-1312), the authors noted. - http://www.medpagetoday.com/HematologyOncology/BrainCancer/3210
Diagnostic Chest Radiation Before Age 30 May Increase Breast Cancer Risk - ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2012) — Women carrying a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (which control the suppression of breast and ovarian cancer) who have undergone diagnostic radiation to the chest before the age of 30 are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who carry the gene mutation but who have not been exposed, a study published on bmj.com today reveals.
The BMJ published a commentary in August which argued that a breast cancer charity was using misleading statistics to persuade women to undergo mammography, concluding that charities should stop generating false hope and that women need and deserve the facts instead.Exposure to radiation is an established risk factor for breast cancer in the general population. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120906190816.htm
St. Louis Residents
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NRC Whistleblowers Warn Of Nuclear Accidents Caused By Dam Failures And Effort To Suppress Disclosure - (October 11, 2012 - Beyond Nuclear) - Independent warnings from government whistleblowers within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have surfaced alleging that U.S. nuclear power stations sited along major rivers and below reservoirs are vulnerable to a catastrophic nuclear accident following major dam failures.
In July 2011 with the flood waters along the Missouri River still rising around Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear power station, David Loveless, a NRC Senior Reactor Analyst concluded in a post-Fukushima technical review for the flood analysis at the nuclear power stations, that the reactor would not survive the gross failure of the Oahe dam—one of six dams on the Missouri River upstream from the nuke. Loveless cites analysis that a dam break would hit the reactor on the Missouri River with a wall of water knocking out electrical power systems and water pumps vital for reactor cooling. The group, Clean Nebraska, has recently written to NRC Chairwomen Allison Macfarland in an appeal to not allow the restart of the reactor pending a full investigation.
Then in September 2012, Richard Perkins, an Nuclear Reactor Regulations engineer and the lead author of “Flooding of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Following Upstream Dam Failure,” asked the agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate his allegations that the NRC “staff intentionally mischaracterized relevant and noteworthy safety information as sensitive, security information in an effort to conceal the information from the public” where “agency records that show the NRC has been in possession of relevant, notable, and derogatory safety information for an extended period but failed to properly act on it. Concurrently, the NRC concealed the information from the public.”
Perkins further charges that his concerns regard a government deliberate cover-up and violation of law involving fraudulent safety claims to surrounding communities and their representatives.
Another NRC anonymous whistleblower, drew even more attention to risk of nuclear accidents following dam failure to the Oconee reactor in Senecca, South Carolina, stating, “The probability of Jocassee Dam catastrophically failing is hundreds of times greater than a 51 foot wall of water hitting Fukushima Daiichi,” the engineer said. “And, like the tsunami in Japan, the man-made ‘tsunami’ resulting from the failure of the Jocassee Dam will –- with absolute certainty –- result in the failure of three reactor plants along with their containment structures. - http://tinyurl.com/9kaa3kd
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The Atomic Bomber
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India's Thorium-based Nuclear - (Nov. 9, 2012 - by Hal Hodson - NewScientist) - The rhetoric is familiar: for decades, thorium has been repeatedly held up as a cheap, clean way forward for nuclear power. Compared with the uranium-based fuel cycles, thorium produces far smaller amounts of radioactive waste elements - including plutonium, which remains dangerous for tens of thousands of years.
But the reality is that there's nothing new about the AHWR [Advanced Heavy Water Reactor], says Craig Smith, a nuclear engineer at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Smith says Bhardwaj's claims that the reactor will be safe enough to build in urban areas simply do not stand up. The reactor will convert thorium to uranium-233, which then splits to produce heat and other elements with short half-lives. If an accident were to occur, this dangerous mix of chemicals could be released into the environment.
Ralph Moir, a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California, suggests that India's devotion to thorium is driven more by ideology than science. India's nuclear road map was laid out by nuclear pioneer Homi Bhabha in 1954. His primary goal was not safe nuclear power but energy independence based on the sheer abundance of thorium in the country - as much as one-quarter of the world's supply. - http://tinyurl.com/d8bskgd
Your Smartphone's Dirty, Radioactive Secret - (November/December 2012 Issue - by Kiera Butler - Mother Jones) - The rare earths inside microcomputers make our lives easier. But just how toxic are the guts of your smartphone?
But here's the catch. Rare earths always occur alongside the radioactive elements thorium and uranium, and safely separating them is a complex process. Miners use heavy machinery to reach the raw ore, which contains anywhere between 3 and 9 percent rare earths, depending on the deposit. Then the ore is taken to a refinery and "cracked," a process wherein workers use sulfuric acid to make a liquid stew of sorts. The process is also hugely water- and energy-intensive, requiring a continuous 49 megawatts (enough to power 50,000 homes) and two Olympic swimming pools' worth of water every day.
Workers then boil off the liquid and separate out the rare earths from rock and radioactive elements. This is where things get dangerous: Companies must take precautions so that workers aren't exposed to radiation. If the tailings ponds where the radioactive elements are permanently stored are improperly lined, they can leach into the groundwater. If they are not covered properly, the slurry could dry and escape as dust. And this radioactive waste must be stored for an incomprehensibly long time—the half-life of thorium is about 14 billion years, and uranium's is up to 4.5 billion years. Reminder: Earth itself is 4.5 billion years old. - http://tinyurl.com/c5ypykt
[NOTE: Be sure to also read the following related article. -- Bike Bob]:
My Visit To An American Rare Earth Metals Mine - (Mar. 10, 2011 - by Rebecca Boyle - Popular Science) - The electronic future is buried under the ground in Missouri
…the Pea Ridge iron mine near Sullivan (Missouri)…. When Jim Kennedy bought the mine in 2001, he’d planned to restart production on a high-grade iron ore deposit. He didn’t realize he was sitting on a mother lode of 600,000 metric tons of high-grade rare earth elements -- elements the U.S. is desperately hungry for. ….
When it starts production, Pea Ridge would follow California’s Mountain Pass mine, becoming only the second American producer of rare earths. ….
…. Ten states are known to have significant rare-earth deposits, according to a 2010 study by the USGS. Most are in the western U.S., but the Pea Ridge deposit has the highest grade of any site in the country….Given its resources and existing infrastructure, why isn't Pea Ridge already producing rare earths? There’s a catch. Along with iron, the heavy rare earths at Pea Ridge are found intermingled with thorium, a radioactive element that requires special processing and cleanup. - http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-03/rare-earth-mine
Gundersen: Fukushima contamination will be “redeposited onto the surface for 300 years” — “This is not a problem that goes away” (VIDEO) - (Dec. 2, 2012 - by Ernie Gundersen - ENENews) - Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: […] When we talk Fukushima Daiichi, or the Fukushima Prefecture being contaminated, this is not a problem that is going to go away tomorrow.
This is going to wash down and into the watersheds and then biologically be brought back up through the roots of the plant and redeposited onto the surface for 300 years.
This is not a problem that goes away. - http://tinyurl.com/c23ps6h
1949 Nuclear Experiment Is An Ugly Legacy Of Hanford - (Dec. 2, 2012 - by Susan Cundiff and Patricia Hoover - The Register-Guard) - …know the term “Green Run?” Never heard of it? That’s because it was a secret.
On Dec. 2, 1949, officials at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington deliberately experimented on residents in the area by releasing raw, irradiated uranium fuel. It was the largest known single incident of intentional radioactive contamination ever. It’s come to be known as the Green Run; in this case “green” meant “uncured.”
Normally, radiated fuel would be cooled for 83 to 101 days to allow some of the short-lived radioactive materials to decay before releasing those materials into the environment. For this test, officials waited a mere 16 days and did not filter the exhaust.
Over a seven-hour period, 7,780 curies of iodine-131 and 20,000 curies of xenon-133 were released. To put these numbers in perspective, the Three Mile Island accident released between 15 and 24 curies of radioactive iodine. Women and children were evacuated, and milk was impounded.
During the Green Run, Air Force planes measured the deposits of iodine-131 on ground vegetation within a 200- by 40-mile plume that stretched from The Dalles to Spokane. Vegetation samples taken in Kennewick, Wash., revealed nearly 1,000 times the acceptable daily limit of iodine-131.
Citizens in the area routinely accepted unusual practices devised by Hanford officials as natural and patriotic: urine samples were left on porches for pick-up, schoolchildren went through whole-body counter scans, and men in white coats palpated students’ throats around the thyroid gland.
As thyroid disease and cancer rates rose among the populations of Richland, Wash., The Dalles, Hermiston and the surrounding countryside, the public began to question the safety of Hanford’s practices. They were assured that “not one atom” had ever escaped from Hanford and that it was as “safe as mother’s milk.” Of course, if mother is contaminated, her breast milk is, too — as is the milk from dairy cattle in the area, the salmon in the river, and vegetables and fruit from the farms and ranches nearby.
With all their collected data, officials had to know the health consequences. And still the deception continued. Press releases recommended iodized salt and trucked-in pasteurized milk, but only as mere suggestions. In fact, all public health records from Hanford were sent only to Walla Walla, Wash., and never recorded at the state Capitol, thus ensuring that health research would not contain damning statistics.The Green Run was only part of a much larger pattern of contamination. From 1944 to 1957 a total of 724,779 curies of iodine-131 were released into the atmosphere. - http://tinyurl.com/b4f8dfr
Proliferation Warnings On Nuclear 'Wonder-Fuel', Thorium - ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — Thorium is being touted as an ideal fuel for a new generation of nuclear power plants, but in a piece in this week's Nature, researchers suggest it may not be as benign as portrayed.
The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel," could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned.
Writing in a Comment piece in the new issue of the journal, Nature, nuclear energy specialists from four British universities suggest that, although thorium has been promoted as a superior fuel for future nuclear energy generation, it should not be regarded as inherently proliferation resistant. The piece highlights ways in which small quantities of uranium-233, a material useable in nuclear weapons, could be produced covertly from thorium, by chemically separating another isotope, protactinium-233, during its formation.
The chemical processes that are needed for protactinium separation could possibly be undertaken using standard lab equipment, potentially allowing it to happen in secret, and beyond the oversight of organisations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the paper says.
The authors note that, from previous experiments to separate protactinium-233, it is feasible that just 1.6 tonnes of thorium metal would be enough to produce 8kg of uranium-233 which is the minimum amount required for a nuclear weapon. Using the process identified in their paper, they add that this could be done "in less than a year." - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121205132246.htm
The High Costs Of U.S. Nuclear Plant Decommissioning - (Interactive Map)
Boeing’s Meltdown Makeover - (Dec. 10, 2012 - EnviroReporter) - The Santa Susana Field Laboratory sprawls across 2,850 acres in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando [California] valleys. The site’s history includes massive chemical and radiological contamination and partial nuclear reactor meltdowns. The 1959 meltdown released more radiation than Three Mile Island in 1979.
A four-year EnviroReporter.com investigation has uncovered an extensive Boeing “media campaign” to bamboozle the press and public into thinking that the lab is safe enough to open immediately as open space when new evidence shows huge amounts of radiation and chemical contamination will still remain.
Thousands of pages of documents, reports, interviews, e-mails, photographs and surveillance video of demolition at the site reveal a vast Boeing meltdown makeover. New information shows the lab more radioactive than ever with a polluter-pliant government subverting its own $41.5 million radiation study.
The Boeing apparent plan to “greenwash” pollution woes away at Rocketdyne involves “astroturfing” the community, feeding media puff pieces and rewarding cooperative reporters, controlling corrupted government oversight agencies and sloppy demolition sending toxic dust into the San Fernando Valley.
At risk without a complete lab cleanup are future SSFL open space users, surrounding communities and the Los Angeles River, slated for a $2 billion revival central to the city of L.A.’s 50-year master plan. - http://www.enviroreporter.com/2012/12/boeings-meltdown-makeover
More Lessons From The Fukushima Daiichi Accident:
Containment Failures And The Loss Of The Ultimate Heat Sink - (14
min. - video) - (Dec. 17, 2012 - by Arnie Gunderson - Fairewinds Energy Education) - Former Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds’ Arnie
Gunderson investigates a recently released report from Tokyo Electric. Arnie discusses TEPCO's latest analysis
that, almost two years after the accident, fully substantiates Fairewinds long
held position that the explosion at
Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 was the result of a detonation shock wave. Arnie also discusses troubling reports that
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been avoiding the analysis of damage to
many nuclear plants' emergency cooling systems (Ultimate Heat Sink) from storm surges, tsunamis or dam failures.
The ramifications of both of these
issues on old designs and also the AP1000 are also analyzed in depth. - [Includes
transcript.]: - http://tinyurl.com/d6895h9
We Are Being Nuked With False Information On Atomic Energy - (Dec. 21, 2012 - by Gar Smith - According to nuclear energy debunker Gar Smith, if we want the truth about nuclear energy, we won't be getting it from governments. That's a key message in Smith's new book,"Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth." - [
One consistent lesson from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima is clear: when the public is at risk, plant operators and government officials inevitably cover up and lie. ….
London's Guardian newspaper subsequently revealed that just two days after the Fukushima quake (about the time the first wave of fallout hit the US West Coast), British officials "approached nuclear companies" to fashion a PR strategy "to play down" the accident lest it undermine "public support for nuclear power." The government-nuclear complex worked closely "with the multinational companies EDF Energy, AREVA, and Westinghouse."
In fact, the swirling cloud of radioactive gases that crossed the Pacific Ocean did reach the US mainland. ….
[….]…. ...in St. Louis monitored "rainout" levels 178 higher than normal following a storm. - http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/13443
Feds Sacrifice Tomorrow’s Water To Mine Uranium Today - (December 26, 2012 - by Abraham Lustgarten - ProPublica) - Modern mining for the radioactive ore inevitably pollutes water.To avoid digging big holes in the ground, operators inject a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide and oxygen into the rock to separate out the minerals and bond to the uranium. Then, they vacuum out the uranium-laden fluids to make a fine powder called yellowcake. The process leaves a toxic mix of heavy metals and radioactive ions floating in the groundwater and generates millions of gallons of waste that need to be dumped deeper underground. - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/26-1
Can We Find A Way To Store Nuclear Waste? - (3-1/2 min. - audio) - (Dec. 30, 2012 - Fairewinds Energy Education) - Fairewinds' former nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and CCTV's Margaret Harrington discuss long term storage of nuclear waste in the US and throughout the world. There simply is no sure solution to keep this material out of the biosphere for hundreds of thousands of years. - http://www.fairewinds.com/content/can-humans-find-way-store-nuclear-waste
Showdown At San Onofre: Why The Nuclear Industry May Be Dealt A Big Blow - (January 7, 2013 - by Harvey Wasserman - AlterNet) - Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power. - http://tinyurl.com/csjvwxp
St. Louis Area
Cancer Clusters Map
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The Atomic Café - (85 min. - YouTube
audio/video) - One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century, THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) offers a darkly humorous glimpse into
mid-century America, an era rife with paranoia, anxiety, and misapprehension.
Whimsical and yet razor-sharp, this
timeless classic illuminates the often comic paradoxes of life in the
"Atomic Age," while also exhibiting a genuine nostalgia for an
earlier and more innocent nation.
Narrated through an astonishing array of vintage clips and music--from military training films to campy advertisements, presidential speeches to pop songs--the film revolves around the threat--and thrill--of the newly minted atomic bomb. Taking aim at the propaganda and false optimism of the 1950s, the film's satire shines most vividly in the clever image splicing, such as footage of a decimated Hiroshima alongside cheerful suburban "duck-and-cover" routines. More than anything else, THE ATOMIC CAFE shows how nuclear warfare infiltrated the living rooms of America, changing the nation from the inside out.
Immensely entertaining and devilishly witty, THE ATOMIC CAFE serves up a revealing slice of American history: the legendary decade when we learned to live in a nuclear world. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUtZOqgSG8
1,000 Gallons Of Radioactive Sludge May Be Leaking A Year From Hanford - (February 28, 2013 - by Andrea Germanos, staff writer - Common Dreams) - Physicist Michio Kaku: It's a 'ticking time-bomb'
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that as much as 1,000 gallons of radioactive sludge may be leaking a year at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the reports.
After an initial report of only one tank leaking, last weekend it was confirmed that six single-shelled underground storage tanks are leaking radioactive waste at Hanford, the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.
Speaking with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, noted theoretical physicist Michio Kaku called the "major emergency problem" at Hanford "scandalous" and a "ticking time bomb," as the nuclear waste seeps from storage tanks into the ground, threatening natural waterways and eventually the drinking water supply. Kaku referred to nuclear waste as a "toxic, witch's brew of chemicals—the most dangerous known to science."
Of the 177 storage tanks at Hanford, 149 are single-shelled, all of which have outlived their 20-year life span.
When news of the leak was announced, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was "alarmed" and warned, "We can't just leave 149 single-shell tanks with high-level radioactive liquid and sludge sitting in the ground for decades after their design life." - http://tinyurl.com/c3kyxcb
Fallout Continues! - (Feb. 28, 2013 - by Team EnviroReporter)
very important fact is that the reactors that exploded and melted down at
Fukushima have still not been brought under control. They are still giving off
huge amounts of radionuclides every minute of every day. The Fukushima Diaichi nuclear power plant continues to
be out of control almost two years after the catastrophe began.
The plant continues to release massive amounts of radiation into the environment. As of December 27, 2012, according to TEPCO, the company that is running the Fukushima Diaichi plant, 10 MILLION Becquerels of Cesium 134 and 137 is still being released EVERY HOUR from reactors 1, 2 and 3.
In February 2013, Dr. Helen Caldicott was quoted as saying:
“This crisis is far from over. Large radioactive releases into the ocean continue, and thousands of tons of radioactive waste are set to be incinerated in cities throughout Japan. And worst of all, Fukushima Daiichi's building #4, which holds 100 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel, was seriously damaged during the earthquake and could collapse in another large quake. This would cause the fuel pool to burn, releasing even more massive amounts of radiation. All of these have profound medical and public health implications.” - http://tinyurl.com/afcztlz
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Hanford: A Look Back At Nuclear Facility With Fresh Leaks - (13 min. - video) - (Mar. 3, 2013 - 60 Minutes Overtime/CBS) - Most people think "Chernobyl" when it comes to nuclear disaster sites. But outside of Russia, the most contaminated nuclear site in the world is right here on the beautiful Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. At Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington State, 56 million gallons of radioactive waste sit in underground storage tanks. Those tanks have already leaked more than one million gallons of a toxic brew of plutonium, enriched uranium, nitric acid, and solvents into the ground.
But that isn't news to anyone living downriver from Hanford. The facility started leaking decades ago, and the government has already poured billions of dollars into trying to clean up the liquid waste left over from the production of nuclear bombs at Hanford, including the bomb that was dropped on city of Nagasaki during World War II.
Last week, officials admitted that at least six Hanford tanks are currently leaking. "The government promised 10 years ago that it's under control. Now we realize it's not," CUNY physics professor Michio Kaku told CBS News this week.
But news of the latest leaks isn't surprising to the 60 Minutes team that reported in 2006 on Hanford's problems, including the many construction errors made at the facility. Watch Lesley Stahl's report in the above video player to learn about the mind-boggling mistakes made at the site, like the decision to build a pretreatment facility for radioactive waste that wasn't designed to withstand an earthquake.And if you're wondering about an updated cleanup timeline of what amounts to 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools of the toxic brew, it's estimated that it will take at least 40 years at a cost of more than $100 billion. - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57572228-10391709
Fukushima: What General Electric, The NRC and TEPCO Knew -- AND, When They Knew It! - (31-1/2 min. - video) - (March 11, 2013 - by Arnie Gundersen - Fairewinds Energy Education) - During his recent speech at the New York Academy of Medicine, former nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, highlights the fact that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster was many, many times worse than public has been told by both the U.S. and Japan. In addition (right after the 3-min. mark in the video) Gundersen notes that there are 22 nuclear reactors of the exact same (as the ones that catastrophically failed in Fukushima) ‘Mark I’ “ticking time bomb” design throughout the United States! - [NOTE: During the July, 2011, historic flood along the Missouri River, Nebraska’s Ft. Calhoun ('Mark I') nuclear reactors literally came within inches of being flooded…which would have resulted in a similar Fukushima-type disaster! And, the Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactors site is very likely to be flooded in the near term due to accelerating climate change! (For more on that probability, see this article: “NRC whistleblowers warn of nuclear accidents caused by dam failures and effort to suppress disclosure” via this URL: http://tinyurl.com/9kaa3kd -- Bike Bob]: - http://fairewinds.org/content/fairewinds-speech-new-york-academy-medicine
Ten Years After The Bombing Stopped: Vieques Still Struggles With Environmental Catastrophe U.S. Military Wrought - (April 17, 2013 - by Helen Jaccard, David Swanson - warisacrime.org) - The people of Vieques still want their land really returned to them, cleaned up and carcinogen free.
Beautiful Vieques island is only 21 miles across and 5 miles wide, and 7 miles from the main island of Puerto Rico. It is home to about 9,300 people, as well as endangered turtle species, rare Caribbean plants and animals, bio-luminescent bays, and miles of what look like unspoiled beaches.
But crabs with three claws, grossly deformed fish laden with heavy metals, once-beautiful coral reefs, and beaches and seas that have been decimated by military activity tell a story of environmental disaster with huge health impacts on people, plants, and animals.
An incredible three-quarters of the island was appropriated in the 1940s and used by the U.S. Navy for bombing practice, war games, and dumping or burning old munitions. This was a terrible attack on an island municipality, one the United States was not at war with.
Now, Vieques Island, a paradise in trouble, is one of the largest superfund sites in the United States, together with its little sister island of Culebra, which took the brunt of the bombing until 1973, when the Culebra bombing range closed (also due to protests) and the bombing practice was transferred to Vieques.
In 2003, the Navy did not return the land to the people, but transferred its Vieques land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates beaches that were never used for military activities.
…. Vieques was systematically poisoned by heavy metals, napalm, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, and who knows what all else that the Navy has not announced publicly -- having falsely denied using depleted uranium before finally admitting to it, and having dumped barrels of unknown toxic substances into the clear blue Caribbean.
The arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminum in the bombs are also found in hair samples of 80% of the people living on Vieques, who suffer at far higher rates than on the main island (and possibly anywhere else on earth) from cancer (30% higher than Puerto Rico), cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, hypertension (381%), diabetes (41%), birth defects, stillbirths, and miscarriages.
But the Navy's presence and the environmental disaster it created continue to afflict Vieques today. The U.S. government has not cleaned up the poisons and bombs and continues to use practices that further endanger the people. There is no bomb explosion chamber on the island. The United States has disposed of what unexploded bombs it has disposed of by blowing them up, further spreading the contaminants that are killing the people of the island. - http://tinyurl.com/c3gqb92
The Most Dangerous (Man-Made) Lava Flow - (April 18, 2013 - by Eric Klemetti - Wired Science) - …the result of a meltdown in the core of a nuclear reactor. This is when the nuclear fission reaction occurring within a nuclear reactor is no longer cooled and contained sufficiently to prevent heating of the rods, cases, core containment vessel and anything else nearby, including the concrete floor of the reactor building. When a meltdown begins to occur, as what happened at Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima Dai’ichi in 2011, the ability to cool the reactor is insufficient to keep the fuel rods cool, so heat begins to build — and build rapidly. The two most important primary isotopes used in nuclear fission reactions are uranium-235 and plutonium-239, so it is their fission caused by the absorbtion of a neutron into isotopes with even shorter half-lives (like cesium and strontium) are what produces the heat in the nuclear reactor core. The chain reaction of fission, decays and absorption of the released alpha particles by other atoms is allowed to go unfettered, the heat will build to the point where the fuel rods (made mostly of enriched U, meaning it has more 235U than the natural distribution of 235U) will start to bend and, if the heating is allowed to continue, melt. This is usually controlled by cooling water and control rods that can absorb some of neutrons created by fission and decay. However, if there is a problem, the heat can continues to rise and the fuel rods can become fully molten, that is the “meltdown”. So, in a sense, a meltdown in a nuclear reactor is the accidental production of lava.
…corium lava can melt upwards of 30 cm (12″) of concrete in 1 hour! This is why it is so important to know if a nuclear reactor accident has gone into true “meltdown” as the corium lava will rapidly melt its way through the inner containment vessels (or more) in a matter of hours unless it can be cooled again. However, results from these CCI (core-concrete interaction) experiments, suggest that cooling with water may not be sufficient to stop corium from melting the concrete. One thing to remember — much of the melting of concrete during a meltdown occurs within minutes to hours, so keeping the core cool is vital for stopping the corium for breaching that containment vessel.
Corium lava was produced both during the Chernobyl and Fukushima Dai’ichi accidents (along with minor amounts at Three Mile Island). ….
So, why is corium so dangerous? Well, even long after the flow has stopped, that lava will be highly radioactive for decades to centuries (along with the surrounding countryside if radioactive material made it out of the containment vessel) as the various radioactive materials in the lava decay. In fact, we don’t even have pictures of the corium lava from Fukushima Dai’ichi due to the high levels of radioactivity near the reactor. - http://tinyurl.com/cfwu5ju
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Nuclear Contamination Knows No Borders - (22 min. - audio) - (May 1, 2013 - Fairewinds Energy Education) - Former nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen and Kevin Hurley talk about international nuclear contamination with Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. They discuss the differences between American and Canadian nuclear plants in design and regulatory philosophy. They also discuss Fairewinds Associates recent report on the relicensing of the Pickering Station on the Canadian coast of Lake Ontario, just a 30 minute drive from Toronto. Fukushima Daiichi may have taught us that nuclear contamination knows no borders, but are the industry and its regulators applying this lesson? - http://tinyurl.com/d2w3k9g
Echoes Of Fukushima: Will Duke Energy Avoid Oconee Nuclear Meltdown? - (May 3, 2013 - by Phil Radford - EcoWatch) - Duke Energy and government regulators have been hiding a not-so-little secret from the people of the Carolinas. Duke’s Oconee nuclear power plant—three aged nuclear reactors 30 miles from Greenville, SC—is at risk of a meltdown should an upstream dam fail. If that were to happen, a meltdown of all three reactors on the scale of the Fukushima meltdowns and subsequent containment failure are virtual certainties according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents obtained by Greenpeace.We’ve also received a tip that the cost to upgrade the Oconee nuclear plant site to address this triple meltdown threat would cost Duke Energy a billion dollars. - http://ecowatch.com/2013/echoes-fukushima-duke-energy-nuclear-meltdown
New Documents Reveal How A 1980s Nuclear War Scare Became A Full-Blown Crisis - (May 16, 2013 - by Robert Beckhusen - Wired) - During 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war. Newly declassified documents from the CIA, NSA, KGB, and senior officials in both countries reveal just how close we came to mutually assured destruction — over a military exercise. - http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/05/able-archer-scare
The Continuing Fukushima Cover-Up - (May 14, 2013 - by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Brahmall - OpenSalon.com) - I found the March 11th presentation by Dr. Steven Starr of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri the most illuminating. The focus of Starr’s talk was the long term effects of Cesium-137, which is the main long term contaminant of soil and food following a nuclear accident.The research Starr presents directly contradicts a study WHO published…. According to Starr WHO and IRCP are guilty of four main scientific errors: - http://tinyurl.com/bjf39t9
Fukushima: Strontium Now In Groundwater - (9-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (June 19, 2013 - The Thom Hartmann Program) - Thom Hartmann talks with Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Watchdog -- Beyond Nuclear Website: www.beyondnuclear.org, about the latest dangers at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. They discuss the now-increasing danger of radioactive “bioaccumulation” in Pacific Ocean fish caught and sold in America. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WkVzYcFDKc
Fukushima Nuclear Waste
Into The Pacific Ocean
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