Construction of a radioactive waste storage complex in a 16-square-kilometer area straddling the towns of Futaba and Okuma to start

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Jan. 29, 2015

Japan’s environment ministry plans to soon start building initial facilities for storing radioactive waste stemming from decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan.

They are part of the intermediate storage complex to be built in a 16-square-kilometer area straddling the towns of Futaba and Okuma.

The government earlier planned to start moving the waste to the site by the end of this month. But it canceled the plan due to delays in purchasing land and building facilities.

The government now plans to start the transport by March 11th, the 4th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident in 2011.
The ministry says construction of 2 initial storage facilities, each 10,000 square kilometers, will start next Tuesday at industrial parks in the intermediate site.

The waste is to be kept there until intermediate storage facilities are completed. It remains unclear when their construction will begin, due to lack of progress in purchasing land.

Huge amounts of radioactive soil and other waste stemming from decontamination work have been kept in each municipality of the prefecture.

Municipalities are asking the government to provide a concrete schedule for transporting the waste.

Source:NHK
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31,000,000 Bq/m3 of Strontium-90 measured at the nearest boring well to Reactor 2

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January 27, 2015

On 1/27/2015, Tepco announced they measured high density of Strontium-90 from groundwater in the seaside of Reactor 2.

It was 31,000,000 Bq/m3. The sampling point was the boring well, which is the closest to Reactor 2.

This is the highest density measured from this boring well, which is 10% more than the previous highest record.

The sampling date was last December. No Sr-90 data of January has been published.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2015/images/2tb-east_15012701-j.pdf

Source: Fukushima Daiichi

http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/01/31000000-bqm3-strontium-90-measured-nearest-boring-well-reactor-2/

Global consequences from Fukushima-like nuclear disaster; Many nations at risk of ‘great exposure’

January 28th, 2015

Study: Global consequences from Fukushima-like nuclear disaster; Many nations at risk of ‘great exposure’ — Transport of hot particles to US was especially effective during worst releases after reactor explosions — Radioactivity confined ‘close to surface’ due to seasonal factors

T. Christoudias and Y. Proestos of The Cyprus Institute, J. Lelieveld of Max Planck Institute of Chemistry (Germany), Dec 12, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • We estimate the contamination risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides released by severe nuclear power plant accidents… We present an overview of global risks… [These] risks exhibit seasonal variability, with the highest surface level concentrations of gaseous radionuclides in the Northern Hemisphere during winter [Fukushima crisis began with 10 days left in winter].
  • The model setup was evaluated… using emission estimates from… Fukushima
  • The risk posed from nuclear power plant accidents is not limited to the national or even regional level, but can assume global dimensions. Many nations may be subjected to great exposure after severe accidents.
  • Our model shows increased surface-level concentrations throughout the Northern Hemisphere during the boreal winter months compared to the summer… Not only the expected risk magnitude is higher, but the geographical extent of the high concentrations of transported radionuclides is more pronounced towards the northHorizontal advection [i.e. transfer] is more efficient in winter due to relatively stronger winds, and the concentrations are highest near the surface [and] surface level concentrations in the summer tend to be more localized in the emission region.
  • Our results illustrate that accidents… could have significant trans-boundary consequences. The risk estimate [shows] increased surface level concentrations of gaseous radionuclides in the Northern Hemisphere during winter and a larger geographical extent towards the north and the east… This is related to the relatively shallow boundary layer in winter that confines the emitted radioactivity to the lowest part of the atmosphere close to the surface…It is the view of the authors that it is imperative to assess the risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radioactivity from potential NPP accidents [for] emergency response planning on national and international levels.

Source:  http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/7/12/8338

JAMSTEC, Univ. of Tokyo, etc.: We show a numerical simulation for the long-range transport from the [Fukushima] plant to the US… Large-scale updraft [over] Japan from March 14 to 15 was found effective in lifting the particles [to the] jet stream that could carry the particles across the Pacific within 3 to 4 days [See study: On Mar. 15, Fukushima reactors emitted 100 quadrillion Bq of cesium into air — This one day was equal to total lifetime release from Chernobyl]… Some of the particles [had a] long-range atmospheric transport over — 10,000 km within 3 to 4 days… [R]adioactive materials were detected in that period over the east and west coasts of the U.S… In order for the particles to be transported with the jet stream, they must be lifted up from the surface boundary layer to the mid- or upper troposphere. Large-scale updraft was indeed observedon March 14 through 15[T]he westerlies in mid-March were thus particularly effective in the trans-Pacific transport of the radioactive materials…

Watch the numerical plume simulation here http://www.docin.com/p-773002550.html

Source:  http://www.docin.com/p-773002550.html

Pétition – Lettre ouverte au Premier Ministre Manuel Valls

Valls_Toulouse_2012Le 25 Janvier 2015,
Monsieur le Premier Ministre,
Nous tenons déjà à vous exprimer notre indignation face aux attaques du groupe AREVA contre la Coordination Antinucléaire du Sud-Est qui ne fait que dénoncer les nombreux dangers liés à l’industrie nucléaire dans notre pays et bien au-delà de nos frontières.
Si réellement ce qu’ils affirment était faux, comment expliquer alors que l’État ne demande pas par référendum l’avis des Français ? Pourquoi autant de cachotteries au sujet du nucléaire alors que tant d’éminents scientifiques dénoncent les dangers du nucléaire ? Nous trouvons parfaitement scandaleuse l’omerta de l’État face au nucléaire.
À ce propos, Monsieur Hollande avait fait des promesses lors des élections présidentielles et nous aimerions que votre gouvernement se prononce pour une fois avec honnêteté sur les démantèlements tant promis de nos centrales nucléaires. Nous attendons que vous teniez les engagements de votre gouvernement.
Qu’en est-il des drones qui auraient survolé nos centrales : réalité ou fiction ? Puisque vous nous imposez le nucléaire et que vous nous avez sorti de votre poche madame Royal comme ministre de l’Écologie (qu’aucun écologiste ne reconnaît comme telle, nous vous rassurons), vous pourrez sans doute mieux qu’elle – dont nous avons pu constater la navrante ignorance en ce domaine – nous expliquer ce que l’État a mis en place pour protéger les Français d’une catastrophe nucléaire, qui n’est pas improbable vu le nombre de plus en plus croissant d’accidents signalés sur le site de l’ASN (111 pages pour la seule année 2014) : quels sont les stocks d’iode prévus par le gouvernement, quel dispositif est prévu pour évacuer et indemniser à hauteur de leurs pertes les populations, quelles indemnisations pour les malades ?
Certains d’entre nous habitant non loin de la poubelle nucléaire de Lodève, où la Cogema filière d’AREVA nous a laissé pour 1 euro symbolique ces terrains contaminés, nous vous conseillons de regarder le film d’ARTE sur AREVA « le scandale de la France contaminée », soit 300 000 tonnes de déchets enfouis à la va-vite sans aucun respect pour la santé des Français. Trouvez-vous cela éthique, Monsieur le Premier ministre, et digne d’hommes politiques qui disent jouer la transparence ? Que comptez-vous faire pour remédier à cela ?
Une dernière question : qu’a prévu votre gouvernement, qui a lancé trois guerres au nom de la France toujours sans demander l’opinion des Français à ce sujet (Français dont vous videz allègrement les poches pour les financer), qu’avez-vous prévu en cas d’attaques aériennes sur notre territoire pour protéger les centrales nucléaires françaises, qui sont autant de bombes à ciel ouvert sur l’ensemble de notre territoire ? Il serait peut-être tant de vous souvenir des dégâts occasionnés par les deux dernières guerres sur notre territoire (des villes entières rasées et des dégâts énormes alors que n’existait pas encore la peste nucléaire).
Nous sommes, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, des écologistes convaincus, et plus encore depuis que nous sommes traités sans aucun respect de “terroristes verts” par une classe dirigeante pourtant bien contente de nous trouver lorsque vous avez eu besoin de nos voix pour vous faire élire. A ce sujet, ne vous inquiétez d’ailleurs pas, les écologistes ont compris la leçon et vous avez perdu cette toute petite partie de votre électorat grâce aux voix desquels vous avez gagné le pouvoir.
Nous n’attendons pas, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, une de ces réponses évasives et toutes faites émanant du secrétariat d’un bureau de l’État (une amie, ayant travaillé au ministère de la Défense, m’ayant expliqué comment sont traités sous le coude et à la va-vite les courriers des Français par des lettres types censées les contenter) mais une réponse claire que nous pourrons ainsi en toute transparence utiliser pour tenir nos réseaux informés via le net.
Dans l’attente de votre réponse pleine de transparence, nous vous prions d’agréer, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, nos sincères salutations.
Claudine Ley
Hervé Courtois

https://www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/Lettre-Ouverte-15382.html

FREEDOM OF SPEECH THREATENED BY AREVA

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January 23, 2015

AREVA filed a complaint against the South-East Antinuclear Coordination. 

We will not allow ourselves to be gagged !

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination has just been informed last Tuesday January 6, 2015 that a defamation suit has been filed by Areva against them for a report that they published on their website, denouncing the nuclear lobby’s penetration to the elected officials.

This attack on freedom of speech is taking place while the nuclear health crime continues here in the Rhône Valley of France, and in Fukushima, Japan.

By such attempt to gag opposition, the nuclear giant intends to silence dissent at a time when the Areva group is in financial and industrial decay (having lost 52% of its stock market value, failure of its EPR in Finland, risky investments, its Mox sales declining, especially in Japan, in question regarding its foreign budget financing etc), at a time when incidents are increasing at its ageing nuclear facilities in France and that thousands of Japanese children and adults will die slowly in Fukushima, Japan, and elsewhere as in Niger.

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination, apart from any political party, bringing together concerned citizens acting for the immediate and unconditional cessation of the nuclear crime for public health reasons, denounces :

The fanatical ideological war that proponents of atomic destruction are waging against free thought and against the people, the arrogance and the imperialism of the nuclear lobby and of its ruling caste,

The populations health and life damages and the contamination of areas by radioactive releases in the air and in the water from each of the 125 civil nuclear facilities plus the military nuclear facilities on secret military bases located throughout the french territory. Damages deliberatedly done, and repeated daily, such as the manufacturing of the radioactive «depleted uranium» by Areva, used in weapons of war,

Neo-colonialist exploitation of Niger’s workers and resources, as well as the radioactive contamination of the territories and of the Tuareg people and other people life in this country,

The infiltation of the State institutions, and of the elected assemblies by a private interests group and their ideological relay to impose a dominant order and a state of nuclear terror on the country and the plane.

 

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination calls to mind that there is no harmless dose of artificial radiation.

 

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination calls for solidarity :

All the persons freedom-loving, attached to the right of speech and criticism,

All the collectives, groups and organizations,

To oppose this attack on freedom of speech,

To send support emails to the South-East Antinuclear Coordination : sudest.antinucleaire@free.fr

To express their indignation to the authorities and to Areva by any way each person will define:

By mail to Areva :

Monsieur Philippe Varin Président du Conseil dAdministration d’Areva 1, place Jean-Millier 92084 Paris-La Défense cedex

By phone to Areva :

Tél : 01.34.96.00.0001.34.96.00.00

By fax to Areva :

Fax : 01.34.96.00.01

By mail, to the French Prime Minister :

Premier Ministre Manuel Vals : 57 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

By email thru the French Prime Minister website :

http://www.gouvernement.fr/contact/ecrire-au-premier-ministre

By mail to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health :

Marisol Touraine, Ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes 14, avenue Duquesne 75350 PARIS 07 SP

By phone to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health :

Tel : 01 40 56 60 00

To communicate and to make know to everyone and everywhere this blatant violation of freedom of speech in France.

To support the legal defense of the South-East Antinuclear Coordination, 

Financial help (to be refunded if Areva withdraws its complaint and does not go to court)

To be sent to :

CAN 180 chemin de la Parisienne 84740 Velleron – France

Or thru the donation button on the CAN website :

http://www.coordination-antinucleaire-sudest.org/

Contact : sudest.antinucleaire@free.fr 

Source: http://www.coordination-antinucleaire-sudest.org/

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NRA signs off on TEPCO plan to release decontaminated groundwater into sea

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January 22, 2015

Japan’s nuclear watchdog gave the green light to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant to discharge pumped up groundwater into the sea if radioactive substances in the water are within safety standards.

The Jan. 21 decision by the Nuclear Regulation Authority concerns groundwater from 41 wells, called subdrains, close to the No. 1 to No. 4 reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. will be obliged to remove radioactive substances in the groundwater at its decontamination facilities.

The water must meet certain criteria before it is released into the sea.

The conditions per liter of water are: that radioactive cesium is less than 1 becquerel; radioactive substances that emit beta rays are less than 3 becquerels; and the level of tritium is less than 1,500 becquerels.

Although TEPCO does not have the means to remove tritium at its decontamination facilities, the levels of contamination must be within safety limits.

The NRA said the volume of groundwater that flows into the reactor buildings will be reduced by one-half.

However, it remains unclear if the plan will be implemented as TEPCO is keen to get the approval of local residents, many of whom depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

The utility has been holding meetings with local fishery cooperatives since the summer to explain what it involved. Some members of the cooperatives seemed receptive to the plan, but others were not.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201501220054

Tepco suspends Fukushima No. 1 cleanup to probe fatal accidents

Jan 22, 2015 

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday said it will suspend the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant until it completes safety checks related to two fatal accidents at its facilities in the prefecture earlier this week.

“The most important thing is to thoroughly conduct safety checks,” Tepco spokesman Shinichi Kawamura told a news conference in Fukushima.

Decommissioning the wrecked plant involves many processes, but “we can’t tell when we will finish the checks for all work at this point,” Kawamura said, adding that it won’t take weeks.

On Monday, a 55-year-old subcontractor hired to work at the Fukushima No. 1 plant fell into a 10-meter-deep water tank during an inspection Monday. He was taken to a hospital but died the following day. Although the man was wearing a safety belt, he did not appear to be using it at the time.

On Tuesday, a subcontractor in his 40s died at the nearby Fukushima No. 2 plant after his head got crushed by an object during a concentrator inspection. The object was supposed to be held in place by a crane.

Kawamura said Tepco wants to pinpoint potentially unsafe places at the site, improve employee safety habits and ensure the procedures they are performing are safe.

For instance, Tepco will check whether adequate safety steps are being taken when handling heavy objects.

Since decommissioning work often requires the use of special industrial tools, workers must follow the required procedures to ensure their safety, Kawamura added.

The suspension will not affect the fuel-cooling and water-filtering operations, the utility said.

Source: Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/22/national/tepco-suspends-fukushima-no-1-cleanup-to-probe-fatal-accidents/#.VMHH7S4bLD3