Fukushima residents

NY Times in Fukushima: “It’s all lies” from gov’t about radiation — They are forcing us to come back and live 10 miles from leaking nuclear plant — “This is inhumane” — “I want to run away, but… we have no more money” — Radiation still 300% previous levels

Published: April 28th, 2014 at 10:08 am ET
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New York Times, Apr. 27, 2014: Ever since they were forced to evacuate during […] Kim Eunja and her husband have refused to return […] for fear of radiation. But now they say they may have no choice. […] government and national news media have trumpeted the reopening of Miyakoji as a happy milestone […] many residents tell a darker story. […] [Fukushima Daiichi] is still leaking radiation […] The government has declared that the stipends […] will end next March, when temporary housing will also begin to be closed. Villagers who move back before then will receive a $9,000 bonus from Tepco […] Experts […] say the evacuees will feel increasing pressure to go back from a government that wants […] to limit criticism of the powerful nuclear industry. […] Tepco refused to comment, beyond saying that it had so far paid out $36 billion […] the government says that Miyakoji is safe. […] On a recent trip here, radiation measured up to 0.23 microsieverts per hour, about three times preaccident levels […] Experts admit that they know little about the health effects of long-term exposure to low-dose radiation.***

Yukei Tomitsuka, mayor of Tamura (administers Miyakoji): “Tepco is being so stupidly unfair […] We are the victims. Should we have to go hat in hand to Tepco to ask for more money?”

Teruhisa Maruyama, lawyer, Support Group for Victims of the Nuclear Accident: “This’s inhumane and irresponsible […] The national government knows that full compensation could add up to big money, enough to raise public doubts about the wisdom of using nuclear power in Japan.”

Kim Eunja, operator of area restaurant: “The government and the media say the radiation has been cleaned up, but it’s all lies […] I want to run away, but I cannot. We have no more money.”

Satoshi Mizuochi, who helps his wife Kim at restaurant: “They want to say that everything is back to normal so they can keep their nuclear plants […] Failing to compensate us for our losses is a way of pressuring us to go back.”

Yoshikuni Munakata, retired Daiichi worker: “Compensation payments force us to come back.”

***The Times repeats the often heard statement that experts “know little about the health effects of long-term exposure to low-dose radiation”. Yet, independent experts say otherwise:

Published: April 28th, 2014 at 10:08 am ET
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Nobody Does Anything, And Fukushima Will Kill Us All!

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Headlines Getting Worse

Former US Official: War in Ukraine could cause disaster worse than Chernobyl and Fukushima — Situation “calls for far greater global concern” — Multiple scenarios result in meltdown — Foreign Minister: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities”

Published: April 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm ET
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Bennett Ramberg, U.S. State Department policy analyst in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs under President George H.W. Bush, Apr. 14, 2014: […] Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind [than Chernobyl,] the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. […] Ukraine’s parliament [called] for international monitors to help protect the plants […] the angst is real. […] With the exception of the 1990’s Balkan conflict, wars have not been fought against or within countries with nuclear reactors […] military jets overflew Slovenia’s Krško nuclear power plant in a threatening gesture […] Serbian nationalists called for attacks to release the radioactive contents. […] the sheer scale of Ukraine’s nuclear enterprise calls for far greater global concern […] aging plants provide 40% of Ukraine’s electricity. […] In Ukraine, nuclear emissions could exceed both Chernobyl and Fukushima. Wartime conditions would prevent emergency crews from getting to an affected plant […] In the event of fighting near reactors, the West should prepare to ferry forces to secure the plants […] in the event of a meltdown, the West should rally both governments to initiate a cease-fire […] failure to prepare for the worst is not an option.

Ramberg’s analysis suggests several scenarios:

  • Warfare is rife with accidents and human error, and […] could cause a meltdown
  • Fighting could disrupt off-site power
  • Operators could abandon their posts
  • Combatants could invade nuclear plants
  • Others might take refuge there, creating a dangerous standoff
  • Failure of military command and control
  • Fog of war could bring plants under bombardment

Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine acting foreign minister at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities [should events deteriorate into open warfare].”

Ihor Prokopchuk, IAEA ambassador from Ukraine wrote to the agency’s board of governors: “[An invasion could bring a] threat of radiation contamination on the territory of Ukraine and the territory of neighboring states.”

From Jan. 30, 2014: BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP – New Mexico – Radiation leak – Update 2/28/14

U.S. Nuclear Waste Dirty-Bombs New Mexico with Plutonium

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By William Boardman | Reader Supported News | March 30, 2014

It was Valentine’s Day when the nation’s only radioactive nuclear waste facility first released radioactive particles including Plutonium and Americium into the atmosphere of New Mexico and beyond, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico. Earlier that same day, the New Mexico Environment Department opened the public comment period on an application to modify and expand that nuclear waste facility, which the department said it planned to allow.

The first thing the U.S. government and the government contractor running the supposedly secure radioactive waste project did immediately when faced with the first-time-ever release of radioactivity from the underground site was – not tell anyone, anything. They told no one the truth for four days, even though the truth didn’t seem all that bad, as such things go. Unless contradictory data emerged, this would seem to be a brief release of a…

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