Day 410 “…too much talking by men who had no right to talk.”

I came across this speech today. In 1879, Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce Nation traveled to Washington, D.C., to give it. I was struck by the similarities then and now – a government (and today a company as well), lying to the people with “good words”, yet nothing is done to protect these people, their lands, their animals, their children.

History repeating itself in a different land, under different circumstances.

“I cannot understand how the Government sends a man to fight us, as it did General Miles, and then he breaks his word. Such a government has something wrong with it. I cannot understand why so many chiefs are allowed to talk so many different ways and promise so many different things. I have seen the Great Spirit and many other law chiefs, and they all say they are my friends, and that I shall have justice, but while all their mouths talk right, I do not understand why nothing is done for my people. I have heard talk and talk, but nothing, it seems, is done. Words do not pay for my dead people. They do not pay for my country now overrun by white men. They do not protect my father’s grave. They do not pay for the horses and cattle. Good words do not give me back my children. Good words will not make good the promise of your war chief, General Miles. Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying. Good words will not give my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises. There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk.”

(Found at:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/20/148251  

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From EX-SKF (link below):

Tsuruga Nuke Plant Reactor 2 May Have Been Sitting on Top of Active Fault All These Years

As the mayor of Tsuruga City was strongly promoting nuclear power generation in the county in China that has a nuclear power plant with 6 operating reactors and 4 under construction, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency warned the operator of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant that Reactor 2 of the plant may be sitting on an active fault.

Even in Japan, the national guideline is not expecting a reactor to be built on top of an active fault.

Reactor 2 of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant is a pressurized water reactor made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Reactor 1 is a light water reactor by GE. Tsuruga’s Reactor 2 was considered to be one of the better made PWRs in Japan. Both reactors have been shut down for regular maintenance.

Construction of Reactor 2 started in 1982, and the reactor started operation in 1987.

Two more reactors are being built at Tsuruga Nuke Plant. The reactors will be Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors (APWR) by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. If they proceed with the construction, that is.

From NHK News (4/25/2012):

敦賀原発“活断層”で再調査へ

“An active fault” at Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant to be studied again

An expert has pointed out the possibility that cracks that run under Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture are active faults. The Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) is going to do the survey again and come up with the plan.

On April 24, an expert in active faults and officials from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) studied the area where the strata are exposed at JAPC’s Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant in Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture. They particularly looked at the crack called “fracture zone”.

As the result, the expert pointed out that the crack that runs underground at about 150 meters west of Reactor 2 “may be an active fault, and it may move together with the active fault called Urazoko Fault that runs through the compound, making the shaking from an earthquake bigger than anticipated”.

There is another crack that runs right beneath Reactor 2. It needs to be studied to determine if it is also an active fault. NISA has instructed JAPC to do the survey again.

Read the entire article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/tsuruga-nuke-plant-reactor-2-may-have.html

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News about the active fault under the Tsuruga plant also appeared in Yahoo News this morning:

敦賀原発、直下に活断層か=確認されれば立地不適格―日本原電に評価指示・保安院

時事通信 4月24日(火)20時57分配信

 経済産業省原子力安全・保安院は24日、日本原子力発電敦賀原発(福井県敦賀市)1、2号機の建屋下を通る断層を専門家と調査し、2万~3万年前以降に活動した可能性があるとして、日本原電に詳しい評価を指示した。
原発の耐震設計審査指針は、約12万年前以降に動いた可能性のある断層を活断層と見なし、その上には原子炉建屋など安全上重要な施設は建てられないと規定。評価結果によっては「立地不適格」として、廃炉になる可能性もある。
保安院が調査したのは、敦賀原発敷地内を通る「浦底断層」から枝分かれした破砕帯と呼ばれる断層。一部は1、2号機の原子炉建屋下を通っているが、日本原電は昨年8月、浦底断層が活動しても、破砕帯が動く形跡はないと評価していた。
at:
and…

Japan nuclear plant may be permanently shut down because of quake risk — Fault line found 500 feet from reactor on Tuesday

at:

http://enenews.com/just-in-japan-nuclear-plant-may-be-permanently-shut-down-because-of-quake-risk-fault-line-found-500-feet-from-reactor-on-tuesday-video

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Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Institute for Policy Studies

Why Fukushima Is a Greater Disaster than Chernobyl and a Warning Sign for the US

The radioactive inventory of all the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools at Fukushima is far greater and even more problematic than the molten cores.

In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over.   After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences  than the molten cores.

Article continues at:

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/24

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From Fukushima311watchdogs at:

http://www.fukushima311watchdogs.org/share.php?partager=682

Hunger strikes outside METI

April 24, 2012: Group of hunger strikers camped outside of Ministry of Economy in Tokyo for over a week in protest of Ohi restart

Euronews reports that a group of hunger strikers camped outside the Ministry of Economy in central Toyko for the last week are protesting against the Japanese government’s plans to restart two of the country’s nuclear reactors. http://www.euronews.com/2012/04/24/hunger-strikers-protest-over-japanese-nuclear-move/

One demonstrator said he wanted last year’s Fukushima disaster never to be repeated again.

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Reactor safety not part of politicians’ brief: Hashimoto

Osaka mayor weighs in against Oi restarts

Kyodo

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who leads an up-and-coming political group, conveyed his opposition Tuesday to the early restart of idled nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture during a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura in Tokyo.

Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, who serves as secretary general of the group, called Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka), also attended the meeting, where he and Hashimoto made eight proposals for the government’s nuclear policy.

“It is absolutely wrong for politicians to play a leading role in judging the safety of nuclear reactors,” Hashimoto said during the meeting with Fujimura at the prime minister’s office.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120425a1.html

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Mainichi: Decontamination failed and abandoned after Chernobyl — Residents allowed back, forced to leave again due to radiation — Now no return for centuries says Zone official

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/mainichi-decontamination-failed-and-abandoned-after-chernobyl-residents-allowed-back-forced-to-leave-again-due-to-radiation-now-no-return-for-centuries-says-zone-official

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Read the entire article at:

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=5884

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With clean-up around Chernobyl abandoned, what can Japan learn from 1986 disaster?

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — April 26 will mark the 26th anniversary of the worst case of nuclear contamination in history: the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Since the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March last year, the Japanese government has shown interest in decontamination and other projects around Chernobyl as a reference point for efforts to deal with its own nuclear disaster.

 Article continues at:
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 From EX-SKF at:

34 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium from Peach Juice from Date City, #Fukushima

(From @tomynyo on Twitter)

34 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium found from a can of peach juice from last year’s crop that was on sale recently. Not to worry, it is under the new and stricter safety standard of 100 becquerels/kg set by the national government of Japan, so much safer than the international standard, says the Minister of Agriculture.

On the can, it says:

Straight (meaning the juice is not the blend)

Fukushima

Blessings of Peach (桃の恵み)

100% Juice

JA Date Mirai (name of the agriculture producer co-op in Date City, Fukushima; “mirai” is “future” in Japanese)

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Spouting the same old line…

If reactors are deemed safe, restart them, OECD head urges

Kyodo

The head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Tuesday to restart nuclear reactors that have been deemed safe to ensure a stable power supply.

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told reporters in Tokyo that the organization supports Japan’s continuing “to have an important nuclear capacity to generate electricity,” despite growing public opposition to atomic power in light of the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No.1 power plant.

[snip]

Given that nuclear power accounted for around 30 percent of Japan’s energy supply before the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster crippled the Fukushima plant, Gurria said, “You cannot substitute 30 percent of installed capacity overnight.”

Read the entire article at:

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In March Last Year, NISA Officials Had Withdrawn from #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Before TEPCO Did

Sankei Shinbun never liked Naoto Kan. For that matter, none of the Japanese mainstream media outlets liked him. While he was in charge of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident as the prime minister of Japan, they were highly critical of his handling of the accident. That seems to have stopped after Noda was elected as the party leader and prime minister; they hardly snickered at Noda’s declaration of “cold shutdown state”.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/in-march-last-year-nisa-officials-had.html

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For readers on the west coast of the U.S.:

Nuclear Hotseat #45 – Arnie Gundersen on San Onofre – EXCLUSIVE!

  • DOWNLOAD PODCAST HERE:

An exclusive Nuclear Hotseat interview with Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.com on San Onofre, how and when the problems happened with the steam generators, and the dangers of even thinking about a restart this summer (as SCE has announced they are planning to do).

Article continues at:

http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/nuclear-hotseat-45-arnie-gundersen-on-san-onofre-exclusive/

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Fukushima This Week: Continuing Risk, Growing Anxiety, Japan Gears Up To Go Nuclear-Free

Concerns about the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi’s Reactor No. 4 spread to the US, with Senator Ron Wyden urging more international cooperation to bring a potentially highly dangerous situation, with large quantities of radioactive material exposed to the environment and immediately adjacent to the ocean, under control. Wyden wrote in his letter to the Japanese Ambassador in Washington: “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”

Reactor No. 4 at the ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan, in November 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Unit 4’s roof was destroyed by the hydrogen explosion, which occurred in the early days of the crisis, and its spent fuel pool, now exposed to the environment, contains even more spent fuel than other pools on site. Even if clearing the huge amount of debris away from the area goes according to plan, TEPCO doesn’t anticipatebeing able to remove the fuel rods until later in 2013.

… Meanwhile, every time a large earthquake rocks eastern Japan (quite frequently) people even as far away as Tokyo wonder if No. 4 will hold up this time, or they will be plunged back into a full-scale emergency.

Article continues at:

http://www.dianuke.org/fukushima-this-week-continuing-risk-growing-anxiety-japan-gears-up-to-go-nuclear-free/

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