Michael Marriott with an update on the Fukushima disaster.
Japan is ramping up laws to enable it to prosecute journalists that report “too much” or things the government wants to keep secret. This includes levels of radiation at Fukushima. The U.S. has expressed approval and is itself targeting whistleblowers to keep its own hypocrisy secret. Reporters covering the Occupy protests were targeted for arrest. The EPA is closing ranks with the nuclear power industry. And the people are utterly unconcerned… Another look at Europe in full depression with 120 million people at the edge of poverty. Issuing debt does not create wealth. The resultant positive statistics are therefore meaningless. Printing money, likewise, does not create wealth. It just delays the day of reckoning. Steve Cohen is to pay a $1.8 billion for insider trading but he will not be prosecuted. Hmmm… The depression is further evidenced in a new study, the first ever to compare transportation trends for America’s largest cities. It shows fewer cars, fewer miles driven, fewer households with two cars, fewer private vehicle commutes.
They’ve cut way back on radiation monitoring after the Fukushima meltdown, underplayed the amount of radiation pumped out by Fukushima, and raised acceptable radiation levels … rather than fixing anything.
For example, Straight.com reports:
Tepco is planning on dumping all of the radioactive water stored at Fukushima into the ocean.
The industry-controlled nuclear regulators are pushing for dumping the radiation, as well.
As EneNews reports:
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, Dec. 4, 2013: “You cannot keep storing the water forever. We have to make choice comparing all risks involved.”
Xinhua, Dec. 4, 2013: Lentijo said that TEPCO should weigh the possible damaging effects of discharging toxic water against the total risks involved in the overall decommissioning work process. [...] Tanaka highlighted the fact that while highly radioactive water could be decontaminated in around seven years, the amount of water containing tritium will keep rising, topping 700,000 tons in two years. [...] nuclear experts have repeatedly pointed out that [tritium] is still a significant radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin. [...] fisherman, industries and fisheries bodies in the Fukushima area and beyond in Japan’s northeast, have collectively baulked at the idea of releasing toxic water into the sea [...] TEPCO will be duty-bound to submit assessments of the safety and environmental impact
One of the “crucial” units to decontaminate toxic wastewater at the Fukushima nuclear power plant was shut off Sunday after a leak of hydrochloric acid was found.
According to a statement by the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), hydrochloric acid—which is used to neutralize contaminated alkaline water—was found seeping from a pipe joint in one of three Advanced Liquid Processing System units. Thus far, roughly one liter of the acid has collected in a vinyl bag wrapped around the pipe joint to contain the leakage.
The units, according to Agence France-Presse, are “expected to play a crucial role” in the treatment of “huge amounts” of contaminated water that have accumulated at the site since the crisis began in March 2011.
The leaking unit is one of two that had been in trial operation and was scheduled to go into full operation Sunday.
Since Saturday, when China declared an “Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ) that covers the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, the media have been full of predictions of confrontation and crisis. On that same day Japan scrambled two F-15 fighters to intercept two Chinese aircraft that approached the islands.
“This announcement by the People’s Republic of China will not in any way change how the United States conducts military operations in the region,” said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and on Tuesday the US Air Force flew two B-52 bombers from Guam into the ADIZ. A Pentagon spokesman said Washington “continued to follow our normal procedures, which include not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead and not registering our frequencies.”
But forcing incoming aircraft to do just that is the whole point of creating an ADIZ. Aircraft entering the zone must provide a flight plan, maintain two-way radio communications and clearly identify their nationality, said the Chinese Defense Ministry, and aircraft that ignore the rules would be subject to “defensive emergency measures.”
Amid all the noise about the economic reforms launched last week by China, it was easy to overlook another important change. The Chinese government is setting up a National Security Council, co-ordinating its military, intelligence and domestic security structures. The model is said to be America’s NSC. But China’s move also parallels developments in Japan, where Shinzo Abe’s government is also setting up a National Security Council.
Under ordinary circumstances, this modernisation of military and security structures would not be cause for concern. But these are not ordinary times. For the past year, China and Japan have been engaged in dangerous military jostling, as they push their rival territorial claims to some uninhabited islands, known as the Senkaku to the Japanese and the Diaoyu to the Chinese. In one recent week, Japan scrambled fighter jets three times in response to Chinese overflights.
Media and nukes are our topic on a deep discussion with Rory O’Connor, as we fly from Fukushima to CNN and 3 Mile Island to CBS. Join this show to learn why the major media refuse to cover the health and safety aspects of nuclear power, and cannot face the catastrophe at Fukushima. Here, at least, you’ll get the full story.
It has long been known that erratic animal behaviour often occurs before earthquakes. Could the dead oarfish found recently on California’s beaches be an omen of doom?
In October, two giant oarfish corpses—one 18 feet long and the other 14 feet—washed up on beaches in California. Two other giant oarfish washed up on California beaches in 2010 and 2011.
It is rare for these sea serpents, which can grow up to 50 feet long, to venture away from the deep ocean.
In March 2010, a year before the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reported that Japan was “bracing itself” for a seismic episode, the reason being that at least a dozen oarfish had either washed ashore or were caught in nets in the prefectures of Ishikawa, Toyama, Kyoto, Shimane, and Nagasaki, near what would eventually be the quake’s epicentre.
That same year there was a smaller earthquake in Japan, as well as quakes in Chile, Taiwan, and Haiti.
Americans read the increasingly panic-stricken reports of meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant in Japan and asked: ‘Can it happen here?’
They already knew the answer.
As the late great environmentalist, David Brower, used to put it, ‘nuclear plants are incredibly complex technological devices for locating earthquake faults’. Along much of America’s West Coast runs the Ring of Fire, which stretches all around the Pacific plate from Australia, north past Japan, to Russia, Alaska, and down the coast to Chile. Some 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes happen around the Ring.
Apparently acting predictively on Brower’s piece of sarcastic wisdom, the US has deployed four nuclear plants near the Ring of Fire fault lines, two of them in Brower’s home state of California. In Eureka, California forty miles up the road from CP headquarters in Petrolia, there was a boiling-water reactor that was closed in 1976 following an earthquake from a ‘previously unknown fault’ just off the coast.