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Former Mayor Claims Japanese Govt. Hiding Truth From Fukushima Returnees

Abalone - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:28

via RT.com / April 21, 2014 / Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, is warning his country that radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children. Asked about government plans to relocate the people of Futaba to the city of Iwaki, inside the Fukushima prefecture, Idogawa criticized the move as a “violation of human rights.” Compared with Chernobyl, radiation levels … Continue reading →

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Taiwan government says to push on with planned nuclear plant - Economic Times

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:01


Economic Times

Taiwan government says to push on with planned nuclear plant
Economic Times
TAIPEI: Taiwan's premier has rejected opposition demands to halt construction of a controversial atomic power plant, sparking threats of street protests from anti-nuclear campaigners. Plans for the island's fourth nuclear power plant have come under ...
Taiwan govt says to push on with planned nuclear plantReuters UK
Nuclear energy to take center stage in Taiwan politicsGlobalPost
Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap new nuclear plantArab News

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The Shifting North Korean Power Balance - Daily NK

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:04


Daily NK

The Shifting North Korean Power Balance
Daily NK
The present situation in Ukraine has revealed the reality of international power politics in Technicolor once more. For South Korea, a country wed to ... There is no need to speak of abandoning concerted anti-nuclear diplomacy. The domestic and ...

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Jiang rejects DPP nuclear statute - Taipei Times

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:03


Jiang rejects DPP nuclear statute
Taipei Times
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday turned down a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposal for a special statute that would pave the way for a national referendum on the completion of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant after discussing the matter ...

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Anti-nuclear group issues Gongliao ultimatum - Taipei Times

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:00


Anti-nuclear group issues Gongliao ultimatum
Taipei Times
An alliance of anti-nuclear groups yesterday gave the government an ultimatum to announce by Thursday a halt to construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City's Gongliao District (貢寮) and operations on the nation's first, second ...

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Premier sticks to legal threshold for holding referendum - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:20


Premier sticks to legal threshold for holding referendum
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Early last year, Jiang floated the idea of a referendum on Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant project amid mounting calls by anti-nuclear activists for the nearly completed project to be scrapped. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/ls ...

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Chernobyl no “Eden” after 28 years

Abalone - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:24

A newly published study has uncovered alarming indications of biological loss and ecological collapse in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that exploded in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. 

Nuclear boosters have long claimed that the superficial appearance of teeming wildlife in the approximately 1,000 square mile Chernobyl exclusion zone indicates an Eden-like outcome. But the study observed a frightening halt to organic decay and the disappearance of important microbes that indicate the steady advance of a potential “silent spring.” 

“The illusion that the absence of humanity can only benefit wildlife is trumped when humanity has inflicted man-made poisons on a fragile ecosystem whose inhabitants are now biologically compromised by radiation exposures that will continue indefinitely,” observed Linda Gunter, international specialist at Beyond Nuclear, of the study’s findings.

Highly reduced mass loss rates and increased litter layer in radioactively contaminated areas, published in Oecologia, March 4, 2014, by Mousseau (Dr. Tim Mousseau pictured), Milinevsky, Kenney‑Hunt and Møller, found that the natural cycle of decay of organic materials around Chernobyl is largely dependent on microbial communities which have been significantly reduced in these radioactively contaminated zones. 

“We already know about plant and insect mutations and the shortened lifespans of birds in the zone, but this news is even more alarming,” said Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight at Beyond Nuclear. “The long-term consequences of the loss of this essential microbial community could be unprecedented ecologically, while the most immediate consequence is the build-up of undecayed leaf matter. This creates an increased risk of forest fires which could spread radioactivity to uncontaminated areas,” Gunter said.

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Objections filed to plan sticking ratepayers with $3.3 billion in San Onofre ... - 89.3 KPCC

Nuke News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:04


Objections filed to plan sticking ratepayers with $3.3 billion in San Onofre ...
89.3 KPCC
A settlement deal was reached March 27, 2014, between the operators of the shutdown San Onofre nuclear power plant and two ratepayer groups, over who, ratepayers or plant owners, should pay for billions of dollars in costs related to the plant's closure.

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Premier, opposition leader to discuss nuclear issue - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Nuke News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:50


Premier, opposition leader to discuss nuclear issue
Focus Taiwan News Channel
To complicate the issue, Lin Yi-hsiung, a highly respected former DPP chairman and die-hard anti-nuclear power activist, plans to begin an "indefinite" hunger strike Tuesday. Many in the DPP have expressed concern for the 72-year-old, saying he should ...

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Fukushima No. 1 boss admits water woes out of control

Abalone - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 15:03

by Yuka Obayashi / via Japan Times / April 20, 2014 / The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water … Continue reading →

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PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Sale of stocks by Entergy execs a ... - Wicked Local Plymouth

Nuke News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 03:32


PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Sale of stocks by Entergy execs a ...
Wicked Local Plymouth
Not likely. Pilgrim still faces real economic challenges. It is trying to compete against cheap and abundant natural gas. And it faces growing criticism from anti-nuclear advocacy groups, and has seen support from local and state officials deteriorate ...

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United Daily News: Another 'nuclear crisis' in Taiwan - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Nuke News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:44


United Daily News: Another 'nuclear crisis' in Taiwan
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Many anti-nuclear individuals, for example, have considered that if the construction of the fourth nuclear power plant is halted, the following electricity shortage could be made up by increasing supplies of fossil-fueled power, including buying ...
DPP sit-in protest in support for Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strikeWantChinaTimes

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Minorities may offset 'Rainbow Alliance' chemistry in south - The Hindu

Nuke News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:39


Minorities may offset 'Rainbow Alliance' chemistry in south
The Hindu
S.P. Udayakumar, the man in the forefront of anti-nuclear protests against the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam and the candidate of Aam Aadmi Party now, is expected to get the support of the fishermen in the district and in the process prevent ...

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How to cool the planet - Toronto Sun

Nuke News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:36


Toronto Sun

How to cool the planet
Toronto Sun
Despite these concerns the reality, as Robert Bryce explains in Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future is this: “If you are anti-carbon dioxide and anti-nuclear, you are pro-blackout.” For Bryce, the fuels of the ...

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DPP sit-in protest in support for Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strike - WantChinaTimes

Nuke News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:46


DPP sit-in protest in support for Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strike
WantChinaTimes
The series of events will be part of the party's anti-nuclear energy initiatives, following Lin's planned action to call for the scrapping of the country's fourth nuclear power plant, Chang said. Premier Jiang Yi-huah said he hopes Lin, a political ...

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DPP sit-in protest in support for Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strike - WantChinaTimes

Nuke News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:40


DPP sit-in protest in support for Lin Yi-hsiung's hunger strike
WantChinaTimes
The series of events will be part of the party's anti-nuclear energy initiatives, following Lin's planned action to call for the scrapping of the country's fourth nuclear power plant, Chang said. Premier Jiang Yi-huah said he hopes Lin, a political ...

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Lok Sabha elections: Will AAP's Udayakumar spoil the party for traditional ... - IBNLive

Nuke News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:47


Lok Sabha elections: Will AAP's Udayakumar spoil the party for traditional ...
IBNLive
But the entry of anti-nuclear activist SP Udayakumar as the AAP candidate has spiced up the electoral battle. This newest entrant in the battle of ... "If he comes to power, it will be of great help to our people. He will be in the front fighting for ...

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Report: Fukushima Radiation Levels Drop, Still Dangerous

Abalone - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:35

via Ria Novosti / April 18, 2014 / Radiation levels in the areas surrounding the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant have dropped, but still exceed the long-term target of the Japanese government, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Friday. The report, quoted by the Asahi Shumbun daily newspaper, says that Fukushima evacuees will receive radiation doses from 0.7 to 3 millisieverts per … Continue reading →

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On fantasy island - The Age

Nuke News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:00


On fantasy island
The Age
This bland representation of a demo doesn't reveal any of the complexities of the nuclear debate in Japan, where the widespread distrust of atomic power didn't prevent the election of a pro-nuclear government. Anyone who visited last year's Aichi ...

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Japan Diet approves civil nuclear agreements with Turkey, UAE - Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Nuke News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:56


Japan Diet approves civil nuclear agreements with Turkey, UAE
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
Anti- nuclear power sentiment still persists in the country as the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has yet to be resolved. Japan has concluded similar pacts with 12 countries and an organization, including the United States ...

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