The nationalization of TEPCO, together with a legal practice called “channeling of liability” in which all liability related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster has to be channeled to TEPCO, means Japanese taxpayers and ratepayers will foot most of the bill.(Photo: Reuters)Last week, the inevitable finally happened. The company responsible for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Tokyo [...]
The Limerick nuclear reactors just outside Philadelphia are the same design as those at Fukushima, all built by GE Under Control: Relax, Our Nuclear Spill isn’t an ‘EPPI’ Dave Lindorff A little over a month ago, back on March 19, at 3:00 in the morning, the Limerick Nuclear Power Station, which runs two aging [...]
Nuclear hopes fade with the end of Bulgaria’s Belene Cancellation of the plant is a blow to European nuclear plans, but new energy strategies are being developed.
The cancellation of a nuclear plant in Bulgaria is another blow to European nuclear energy plans [REUTERS] London, United Kingdom - Bulgaria has finally abandoned the building of a second 2GW nuclear power plant by the town of Belene on the banks of the River Danube. The building started more than 30 years ago and successive [...]
Try a Little Nucear Sanity by Lawrence Wittner On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974). This SANE Act would cut $100 billion from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ten years [...]
A year on, frustration dominates in Fukushima Those living closest to damaged nuclear plant deal with daily uncertainty, a year on from the earthquake and tsunami.
A year on, frustration dominates in Fukushima Those living closest to damaged nuclear plant deal with daily uncertainty, a year on from the earthquake and tsunami. D. Parvaz Last Modified: 11 Mar 2012 14:36 Email Print Share Send Feedback Fukushima City, Japan - In Fukushima Prefecture, home to the nuclear plant damaged in the March [...]
Japan’s radiation: Ignorance isn’t bliss Feeling that officials aren’t doing enough, everyone, farmer to housewife, is learning about radiation contamination.
Muneo Kano has gone from fretting over his organic crops to studying patterns of radiation [D. Parvaz/ Al Jazeera] Iitate Village, Japan - Second-generation farmer Muneo Kano has not been able to tend to his cattle or grow crops since the Daiichi nuclear power plant contaminated land, air and sea after being damaged by last year’s [...]
On the anniversary of Fukushima there has been quite a deal written about Fukushima and nuclear energy in particular. There is little doubt that there is a very vocal group in Japan and around the world who see the ‘nuclear industry‘ against a background of danger and uncontrollability. Quite recently there is a growing move [...]
Fukushima reactor facility fires A Meltdown in Communication: Nuclear Disaster and Corporate Accountability by Maria Tomchick A new report released by The Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation questions the safety of nuclear power, especially in the hands of private companies. A team of 30 lawyers, university professors, and journalists interviewed several hundred people involved with [...]
Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors Following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year there are fears the US may be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own.
In March 2012, a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. As tens of thousands of people were evacuated from nearby towns and villages, the world waited anxiously to see whether the radioactive fallout would spread across the country, or [...]
Panetta: Iran Not Building a Nuclear Weapon Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appears on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning and declared, despite enormous public rhetoric among pundits and many US government officials – not to mention GOP presidential candidates, that Iran is not currently trying to build a nuclear weapon. General Martin Dempsey, [...]
Open Letter on NATO Missile Defense Plans and Increased Risk of Nuclear War by (see signers below) December 13, 2011 To President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev: Recent U.S. decisions to deploy an integrated missile defense system in Western, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, coupled with the continued expansion of NATO [...]
“Fukushima,” writes Wasserman, “has taught us that as long as reactors operate, the apocalyptic clock is ticking.” 2012 Is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power by Harvey Wasserman The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima’s radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published [...]
any attack on Iran would be met with retaliation. “We will give a response that will make the aggressor regret any threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says his country is ready to return to the table. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA Iran proposes to reopen nuclear talks Islamic republic says it has notified UN of its intention to resume negotiations amid confusion over reported missile tests Iran has proposed to reopen negotiations about its controversial nuclear [...]
Indonesia ratifies global ban on nuclear test explosions Article by: Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia says it has ratified a global treaty banning nuclear test explosions. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty specified that the 44 countries with nuclear power or research reactors at the time needed to give [...]
In the US its’s the high cost of weapons they do not need that is a problem. It’s the same all over the world
We’re Playing Nuclear Roulette By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/were-playing-nuclear-roulette The International Forum on Globalization has published the most concise, useful, readable, and damning denunciation of nuclear technology I’ve seen. And it’s available for free as a PDF right here: Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a “Nuclear Renaissance” Nuclear energy suffers from the following drawbacks: The energy [...]
An EDF nuclear plant in Nogent-sur-Seine, France. The company was fined for spying on Greenpeace this month. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images UK government shared intelligence with nuclear industry, documents show Greenpeace complains to high court after energy department passes details of legal battle to Nuclear Industry Association The British government has been quietly exchanging intelligence on [...]
Report: Israelis willing to give up nuclear arms Published today 12:47 TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A survey of Israeli Jews released Thursday shows that most of them would be willing to give up Israel‘s secret nuclear program is Iran stopped its own, media reports said. The Saban Center for Middle East Policy found that [...]
Israel Slams Calls for Nuclear Transparency IAEA’s Secret ‘Nuclear-Free Mideast’ Conference Not as Critical of Israel as Normal
Anti Nuclear stance by Alternate Liertaire The wardrums are sounding again in the Middle East. We are witnessing a concerted offensive against Iranby Israel, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. It began several weeks ago in Israel, arising out of a public debate on the need to attack Iran [...]
Nuclear Pots Call Iranian Kettle Black by Eric Margolis Recently by Eric Margolis: Goodbye Greece Here we go again. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) long awaited, much ballyhooed report on Iran’s nuclear activities has been thunderously greeted in North America as conclusive evidence that Iran is working on nuclear weapons. [...]
A mushroom cloud over Bikini Atoll in 1954. Photograph: Corbis There is just no evidence that Iran possesses the type of nuclear capability pictured. Of course the ‘free west’ has had this capability for decades. But we are the forces of good and Iran is being made to look like the forces of evil. Here in [...]
IAEA Poised to Release Iran ‘Evidence’ Centering Around Computer Simulations Satellite Image of ‘Large Steel Container’ Said to Be Part of Release
IAEA Poised to Release Iran ‘Evidence’ Centering Around Computer Simulations Satellite Image of ‘Large Steel Container’ Said to Be Part of Release by Jason Ditz, November 06, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been hyping an impending release of “evidence” of a clandestine nuclear [...]
Israel‘s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) gestures as he speaks at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem Oct. 31, 2011. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel test-fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Israel Radio said, amid a heightened public debate over the possibility of an Israeli [...]
Fukushima released ‘twice as much’ radioactive material as first thought. Where are the supporters of this cheap, safe alternative now?
A radioactivity measuring station in Iwaki, Fukushima. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA Far more radioactive caesium released into the atmosphere than previously estimated, according to study reddit this Associated Press in New York guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 October 2011 07.40 BST Article history The Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much radioactive caesium into the atmosphere as Japanese [...]
India’s nuclear conundrum India must deal with its increasing energy demands whilst also recognising the post-Fukushima “panic transference”.
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has pledged to review safety standards for nuclear facilities in India due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but India has more than 20 nuclear facilities planned for construction [GALLO/GETTY] Japan’s nuclear disaster has fuelled fear and uncertainty among the world’s producers of nuclear power. For India, an energy-starved country, much is [...]
Two ‘systematic’ acts of brutality and coverup By HIROAKI SATO NEW YORK — When Mark Hatfield, who had served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon for three decades, died in early August, obituaries noted that he was one of the first U.S. soldiers to visit Hiroshima not long after the atomic bombing of the city, [...]
Since 1961 some 200 nuclear bombs have been exploded, mostly in the atmosphere [GALLO/GETTY] Much of the world marked the 50th anniversary in early August of the Berlin Wall’s construction. But, while that Cold War abomination has truly been consigned to history’s dustbin, September 1 marks another 50th anniversary, one that resonates far more directly [...]
Ridding Fukushima of radiation contamination By D. Parvaz in Asia on Mon, 2011-09-12 15:11. Iwamura oversees a simulation experiment for his soil-decontamination system [D.Parvaz/Al Jazeera] FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE – Nestled among the rice paddies and country roads is a workshop where engineers work with a singular focus on a vital project: A process to decontaminate soil from [...]
Fusion power: is it getting any closer? JET’s fusion reactor, where physicists reacreate conditions inside the sun Photograph: Efda-Jet For decades, scientists have been predicting that, one day, the same process that powers the sun will give us virtually unlimited cheap, clean electricity. Are they wrong? Leo Hickman guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 23 August 2011 21.00 [...]
You can always trust an energy corporation can’t you. Tell George Monbiot. Is this the level of care to be used in handling uranium? Selling out to the capital project’s quickfixes
Shell have confirmed a leak in a pipeline serving one of their North Sea platforms. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak. “We can confirm we are managing [...]
Nuclear safety and secrecy. The divide between weapons and energy. Isn’t it the same material just a different use?
Anti-nuclear rallies marking the attack on Hiroshima don’t distinguish between nuclear energy and weapons [Reuters] There are battles being fought on two fronts in the five months since a massive earthquake and tsunami damaged the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. On one front, there is the fight to repair the plant, operated by [...]
TEPCO worker measuring extremely high radiation levels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan [REUTERS] The aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has been marked by an outcry in Japan over radiation leaks, contaminated food and a government unable to put the public’s fears to rest. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the meltdown [...]
More than 140,000 people were killed when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. The US military censored the effects on civilians of the blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photograph: A Peace Memorial Museum Handout/EPA In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 [...]
The clean-up process after the nuclear crisis has contributed directly to the losses incurred by TEPCO [EPA] Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of Fukushima nuclear plant, has announced a $7.4bn quarterly loss mostly due to a massive provision to compensate victims of this year’s meltdown. The March disaster at the Fukushima complex in northeast Japan spawned the [...]
Remembrance, Reflection, and Resistance By David Krieger, August 6, 2011 We must come to understand Hiroshima and Nagasaki as war crimes. And we must resist the double standard that makes crimes committed by our enemies punishable under international law, while the same crimes committed by our leaders are deemed to be acceptable. We remember the [...]
Japanese activists want no nuclear power. To them Hiroshima means more than a cheap fix to European and Japanese environmental damage from fossil fuel
The video can be seen at http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/08/20118693514112266.html Anti-nuclear campaigners in Japan are using the 66th anniversary of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima to push the government to abandon nuclear power. The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city in August, 1945, near the end of the Second World War. By the end of the year, [...]
Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/node/58709 On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: “Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast [...]
A no entry sign outside Heysham nuclear power station in Morecambe, Lancashire. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Christopher Thomond Why must the UK choose between nuclear and renewable energy? That was the question George Monbiot asked recently in a blog that challenged me to answer four questions. Here is a concise version of my answers: the full version of [...]
“We’re going to see major changes in industrial civilisation … anything with a parking lot is going to be in trouble” [EPA] Energy derived from oil reaches, quite literally, every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to how we move ourselves around, without oil, our lives would [...]
A third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR), being built by EDF in northwestern France has been delayed by a further two years. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images Time is money, they say, and the new nuclear power plant being built byEDF at Flamanville in France is now at least four years behind time and €2.7bn over [...]
If you have been watching the endless debate about nuclear power you may be interested in this video report about the possibility of contaminated beef after Fukushima in Japan. It is interesting because the numbers are, as far as disasters are concerned quite small. So why beat up this type of matter. Whether or not nuclear power [...]
Japan and existence without nuclear power. Yes it can be done. It may be quick, cheaper, and a fix for now but the future for the nukes is a graveyard of lost hope
The cleanup operation continues four months after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the nuclear plant [Reuters] Japan‘s prime minister says he wants the country to learn from its ongoing crisis and become less reliant on nuclear energy. Naoto Kan told a news conference on Wednesday the risk of nuclear energy is too high and he wants to [...]
Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. (Photo by Getty Images) Despite being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), since its 1979 revolution and especially over the past 10 years, Iran has come under unprecedented scrutiny by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear [...]
Government officials launched a PR campaign to ensure the accident at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan did not derail plans for new nuclear power stations in the UK. Photograph: AP British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two [...]