Day 423 People in Japan, i.e. lab rats?

  • Evacuation zones of 10-20kms are insufficient.
  • There continues to be releases of radioactive material into the ocean from steam and continued exposure of reactor cores and fuel pools
  • Millions of gallons of water that are being thrown on top of reactors need to go somewhere. Reports of water leaking back into ocean or into ground water.
  • For many, many years, we are going to be generating millions of gallons that will have to be kept out of the environment.
  • Idea that there could be a small area outside the nuclear power plants in case of an accident is not sufficient in terms of public health.

4/7 Dr Andy Kanter, MD, MPH, on Press Conference May 4th 2012

(h/t NuclearFreePlanet)

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From ENENEWS at:

Source: Gov’t docs suggests human experimentation related to Fukushima radiation — City should establish Environmental Radioactivity Research Triangle — Titled “In preparation for creating a program of economic reconstruction”

More from a trusted source in Japan with a background in nuclear engineering (minimal editing):

The city of Minamisoma set up the “Minamisoma City Economic Reconstruction Research Team,” and the team created the following document last year.

Research for Business (and Operation) Cases with New Ideas – In Preparation for creating a program of economic reconstruction [Alternate link]

According to this document, the city should establish environmental radioactivity research facilities in the “Soso Environmental Radioactivity Research Triangle” (research object areas: Minamisoma city, Iitate village, and Namie town) in order to vigorously promote research for elucidating the mechanism of low-level radiation on the human body and facilitate a study on the assessment of that risks.

Many Japanese people get angry with the document, because it suggest human experimentation of low dose exposure. Such living-body experiments are internationally prohibited by “The Nuremberg Code” (see details at A Fukushima resident says, “Minamisoma is like a Nazi concentration camps, Fukushima Holocaust comes.”

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63% of Japanese citizens say ‘no’ to restarting of Oi nuclear reactors: Mainichi poll

Sixty-three percent of Japanese people stand against reactivating two idled reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture, and 74 percent say they “can endure” restricted use of electricity in the summer, a nationwide survey conducted by the Mainichi shows, suggesting that the general public is becoming increasingly in favor of breaking away from nuclear power generation.

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Editorial: Seek a way out of reliance on nuclear power

Energy is a matter of life or death for a nation. As such, nuclear power has been an important source of energy for many countries. However, one cannot help but doubt whether Japan really needed so many nuclear power stations as all such plants have now been stopped.

Japan has still not achieved a society without nuclear power plants. It is of great significance for us to experience a society that does not use nuclear power and to consider Japan’s future energy situation. We should take this opportunity to prepare to change Japan’s energy policy while looking back on the country’s history of nuclear power.

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Gaga kiss cup nets ¥6 million for quake relief

Singer Lady Gaga raised ¥6 million as part of a U.S.-sponsored effort to support Japan’s recovery from last year’s earthquake and tsunami by auctioning off a teacup with her autograph and a lipstick trace.

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Arnie Gundersen explains what is happening at San Onofre

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From ENENEWS at:

The Guardian asks: How likely is a catastrophe at Fukushima’s No. 4 fuel pool? Plant near fault as large as one that caused M9.0 quake

The Fukushima nuclear plant’s slow recovery offers lessons to the US
The Guardian
Richard Schiffman
May 7, 2012

[…] nuclear experts say that their biggest concern involves Reactor 4, which sustained severe structural damage […]

A report released in February by the Independent Investigation Commission on the nuclear accident called this pool “the weakest link” at Fukushima. Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser at the US department of energy said: “If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain it could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.”

How likely is this? While the structure of Reactor 4 is stable for the moment, the Dai-ichi plant lies miles from a big earthquake fault – as large as the one that caused last year’s quake, but much closer to Fukushima. According to a study published in February (pdf) in the European Geosciences Union’s journal Solid Earth, that fault is now overdue for a quake.

Whether or not the critical pool at Reactor 4 would survive another major quake intact, Edwin Lyman, a physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, told me in a phone interview that a failure of the jury-rigged inadequate piping installed after the disaster could knock the cooling system out of commission.

After visiting Fukushima on a fact finding mission recently, Senator Ron Wyden wrote to Japan’s ambassador to the US warning that, “loss of containment in any of these pools could result in an even greater release than the initial accident.” […]

These risks have led two former Japanese diplomats on a crusade to avert what they see as a disaster waiting to happen. UN veteran Akio Matsumura and former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata attended a conference in Seoul at the end of March “to inform the participants from 54 nations of the potential global catastrophe of reactor unit 4.” They called on the international community to set up an independent assessment team of structural engineers and nuclear scientists to study conditions at Reactor 4 and recommend a course of action. […]



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