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Environmental groups, attorneys general again sue to block nuclear plant relicensing

October 30, 2014

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12 hours ago • By Jacob Barker jbarker@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82913

A view of the cooling tower (left) and the reactor building (right) at Ameren Missouri’s nuclear plant on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Callaway County. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com
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Just a week after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission began relicensing nuclear power plants, environmental groups and several states are again suing to stop it.
The latest litigation affects several utilities, including Ameren Missouri, that have been waiting for a decision from the federal regulatory agency.

The NRC had to suspend relicensing activities two years ago after political wrangling torpedoed a national repository in the Nevada desert. A federal appeals court, at the time, directed the NRC to consider the environmental impact of storing spent fuel without a national repository.

In response to the court ruling two years ago, the NRC finalized rules last month that found nuclear waste could be stored indefinitely above ground in dry casks that are replaced every 100 years. Spent nuclear fuel now is usually stored in cooling pools near reactors.

Ameren Missouri, which is seeking a 20-year extension of the license for its Callaway plant in mid-Missouri, proposes to build a dry-cask storage facility and begin moving spent fuel rods to the new site next year. The Callaway plant opened in 1984 and can operate with its current license through 2024.

Last week, the NRC resumed issuing licenses, granting renewal to a plant near Philadelphia. In all, it has granted 74 renewals out of 100 operating nuclear reactors in the country, according to the Energy Information Administration. Ameren hopes to win approval for its license extension by the end of the year.

But the states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont are challenging the NRC’s storage rules in a suit filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The environmental groups filed a similar lawsuit Wednesday.

Joining the environmentalists’ lawsuit this time is the St. Louis-based Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

“It’s irresponsible for the NRC to permit the creation of new, high-level nuclear wastes without a plan for their ultimate safe storage and disposal,” the coalition’s Ed Smith said in a statement Wednesday.

Jacob Barker is a business reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @jacobbarker and the Business section @postdispatchbiz.

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Dr. Caldicott Talks of Fukushima & Meeting Ronald Reagan

October 17, 2014

http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/16/caldicott-fukushima-ronald-reagan/

 

Dr. Helen Caldicott Tells of Fukushima’s Lethal Toll & Meeting Ronald Reagan

 

By Harvey Wasserman

 

 

The great Dr. Helen Caldicott graced the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show this week with her unique assessment of the health effects of Fukushima and the rest of the nuclear power industry.

She tells us about what’s happening to the renewable industry in Australia, and why Dr. James Hansen needs to reassess his views on atomic energy.

 

Listen to Dr. Helen Caldicott on the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show. Photo credit: Heide Smith

“Nuclear Power Plants are cancer factories and bomb factories … because any country that has a nuclear reactor makes 500 pounds of plutonium a year and you need 10 pounds to make an atomic bomb … so the nuclear power industry in this country in its wisdom and in Japan, Canada and elsewhere is selling nuclear reactors as fast as it can … and they will have enough plutonium to make enough atomic bombs for the next half a million years … cause that’s how long the plutonium lasts …,” said Dr. Caldicott.

Then she shared one of modern American history’s most critical episodes. In the early 1980s, during the global campaign for a nuclear freeze, Helen met Patty Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Davis figured that Dr. Caldicott might be one of the few people who might reach her father about the dangers of nuclear war.

read the rest at EcoWatch.com…….

http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/16/caldicott-fukushima-ronald-reagan/

Niigata governor says it is too soon to restart nuclear plants

October 16, 2014

TOKYO —

A Japanese governor said Wednesday the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major accident.

Hirohiko Izumida, governor of Niigata Prefecture – home to the seven-reactor Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant – said regulators look at equipment but don’t evaluate local evacuation plans.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to restart two reactors in southern Japan that last month were the first to be approved under stricter safety requirements introduced after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka has called the new standard one of the world’s highest.

Regulators are inspecting 18 other reactors, including two in Niigata operated by the utility that runs the Fukushima plant, which experienced meltdowns following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. All 48 workable Japanese reactors are currently offline.

Izumida also said the Tokyo Electric Power Co was responsible for the Fukushima crisis and has no qualifications to resume operating a nuclear plant without fully clarifying unanswered questions about the accident.

Ensuring protection of nearby residents from radiation exposure as part of a multi-layer safety measure is an international standard, but still not required in Japan. Towns as far as 30 kilometers from the plant, an expansion from the 20 kilometers before the crisis, are now required to compile evacuation plans, but many have not. Niigata compiled its evacuation plan in June and is set to test it next month.

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Comment: With the worst volcano eruption of Mt. Ontake (more than 50 dead) seismologists claim no predictability about volcano eruption (remember earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Plant). The Sendai Plant, the most probable first restart candidate, is with this risk with the active volcano Sakurajima. Poor safety preparation and approval of the residents warn reckless restart.

Please Sign Petition to Stop Nuclear Plants Restart Under Volcano Threat

October 2, 2014

limitlesslife:

Mt. Ontake eruption was unpredictable, the Seismological Society of Japan (SSJ) says.

Sendai Nuclear Plant was permitted for restart by the Nuclear Regulation Committee.

It is surrounded by many volcanos whose eruption is unpredictable, but NRC says that

unpredictability should not stop social actions (nuclear plants restart) – illogical argument

to rationalize its position (unpredictability of nuclear plants’ disasters should be stopped

– other safe social activities can be allowed of course).

 

Irresponsible NRC and unpredictable nuclear disasters should be stopped. Please sign:

http://www.avaaz.org/jp/stop_sendai_after_ontake_eruption_b/?bQFbdbb&v=47255

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御嶽山:「想定外」の天災再び

日本のみなさん

先日の御嶽山の噴火は、全国の専門家や技術すら予測出来なかった大惨事ですが、政府は火山に囲まれた川内原発の再稼働に影響はないと、手続きをこのまま進める見込みです。さあ、直ちに川内原発の審査書を撤回し、再稼働を見合わせるよう原子力規制委に呼びかけましょう。
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先週末の御嶽山の噴火は全く予知されなかった悲劇でした。ですが、政府は火山に囲まれた川内原発の再稼働に影響はないとする主張を続けています。さあ、直ちに川内原発の審査書を撤回するよう原子力規制委員会に呼びかけましょう

規制委は先月、火山検討チームを設けたうえで川内原発の審査書を正式決定し、再稼働を許可しました。ですが、火山噴火予知連絡会は、日本全国の気象庁による火山のモニタリングが不十分であるとの認識を示しています。現に先日の御嶽山の噴火は、「想定外」だったと専門家は口を揃えます。それでも日本政府や鹿児島県知事は、手続きを着々と進め、早ければ年明けにも川内原発を再稼働させようと躍起になっているのです

何十万もの人々が再び「想定外」の大惨事に見舞われるような事態は、何としてでも避けなければなりません。さあ、火山活動のモニタリングに十分な信頼性が得られるまで川内原発の審査書を撤回し、再稼働を見合わせるよう規制委に呼びかけるため、今すぐ署名に賛同しましょう。15,000人の署名が集まり次第、Avaazは私たちの訴えを規制委へ届けます。

http://www.avaaz.org/jp/stop_sendai_after_ontake_eruption_b/?bQFbdbb&v=47255

川内原発は、桜島や霧島といった、数々のきわめて活発な火山に囲まれており、多数の火山学者が「世界一危険な原発」と呼ぶほどいつ「想定外」が起こってもおかしくない場所に建っています。8月に行われた政府のパブリックコメント(意見募集)でも、巨大噴火などの重大事故時の、九州電力や政府の対応策の不備を懸念する多数の意見が寄せられました。

それでも、監視体制の強化によって噴火の前兆を捉えることができると主張し、原子力規制委は火山検討チームを設けた上で審査書を決定しました。ですが、火山噴火予知連絡会の藤井会長は先日、日本全国の気象庁による火山のモニタリングが不十分だと強調しました。さらに、規制委は、気象庁が川内原発近辺の火山活動の監視システムを設置しないのなら、九州電力に任せることすら検討しているのです。

政府官房長は、御嶽山の「想定外」な噴火は川内原発の再稼働に影響はないと発言しましたが、それは現地の何十万もの市民を全く予測しようがない危険にさらすということです。至急、規制委に川内原発の審査書を撤回し、再稼働に関する判断を保留することを求めるため、署名しましょう。15,000人の署名が集まり次第、Avaazは私たちの訴えを直接規制委の田中委員長へ届けます。

http://www.avaaz.org/jp/stop_sendai_after_ontake_eruption_b/?bQFbdbb&v=47255

3年前の福島第一原発事故以来、Avaazコミュニティは原発のない日本の未来を築くため、何度も立ち上がりました。そして今年7月、私たちは川内原発の再稼働を阻止するようパブリックコメントを通じて規制委に呼びかけました。再び「想定外」の天災が起きた今こそ、すでに決定された審査書を無効にするよう呼びかけねばなりません。さあ、再び力を合わせましょう。

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関連情報

御嶽山噴火でめた火山予知の難しさ 川内原発の再稼働に影響するか(ハフィントンポスト・日本語)
http://www.huffingtonpost.jp/2014/09/29/mount-ontake-sendai-npp_n_5901738.html

重点監視火山も監視強化が必要(NHK/日本語)
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140929/k10014949861000.html

川内、地元同意手続きへ 再稼働、年明け以降 主要審査終了(朝日新聞/日本語)
http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S11344639.html

九電・川内原発の基準適合を正式決定、再稼動は越年の公算=規制委(ロイター/日本語)
http://jp.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idJPL3N0RB12E20140910

川内原発再稼働・年明けの公算も(NHK/日本語)
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140930/k10015002251000.html

川内原発 新基準適合と判断 未完成の対策で承認(東京新聞/日本語)
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2014091090135619.html


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US Gov’t: Fukushima an “unprecedented wide-area” disaster — Nuclear power threatens human existence

October 1, 2014

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Fukushima chief was pleading for help from U.S. military: “Fire’s broken out at Reactor 4… We can’t do anything… please” — Leader turned pale after seeing flames and black smoke near fuel pool — Worker tries to have last meal before dying and realizes he’s unable to taste food

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 03:03 PM PDT

US Gov’t: Fukushima an “unprecedented wide-area” disaster — Nuclear power threatens human existence — Japan “profoundly impacted” by radiation, scale of damage is “extraordinary”

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:17 AM PDT

Rapid rise in babies with missing brains and spinal cords sticking out in area surrounding most contaminated nuclear site in US

September 17, 2014

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“It’s Terrifying”: Rapid rise in babies with missing brains and spinal cords sticking out in area surrounding most contaminated nuclear site in US — Mother: Actual number is WAY higher than officials are reporting (VIDEO)

Posted: 16 Sep 2014 09:31 AM PDT

More Nuclear Power is NOT the Answer to the Climate Crisis

September 14, 2014

Petition published by Tom Hayden on Sep 04, 2014
147 Signatures 

Target: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Region: GLOBAL

Petition Background (Preamble):

We believe that expanding the role of nuclear power may threaten the planet as surely as the global warming you seek to mitigate.

Fukushima alone demonstrates the risks of nuclear meltdowns even in a society based on science and advanced technology. The one hundreds plants in our country are terrorist targets.

There are no solutions in sight to nuclear waste disposal. The timelines for bringing new nuclear plants online exceed the UN’s call for rapid decarbonization. The estimated costs are staggering.

Petition:

We urge you to revise the recommendations of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network to remove its advocacy of nuclear fission as a “solution” to the climate crisis. The accelerated development of nuclear power plants would only increase the course we are on to planetary catastrophe.

We urge you to develop an analytic model that includes the decommissioning of current nuclear plants as part of a transition to a future based on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

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The Atomic Bomb, Then and Now

August 8, 2014

Dennis Kucinich. (photo: Kucinich.gov)
Dennis Kucinich. (photo: Kucinich.gov)

By Dennis J. Kucinich, Reader Supported News

07 August 14

 

ixty-nine years ago, the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan — Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 — killing over a quarter of a million people.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and other government leaders said at the time that the atomic bomb was not necessary militarily and that Japan was already facing certain defeat by the US and the Soviet Union.

Despite these warnings, the bombs were used and were wrongfully credited with ending the war. The atomic bomb ushered in an age of warfare that gave nations the ability to annihilate other nations and to commit environmental suicide, as Jonathan Schell related in his masterpiece The Fate of the Earth.

The ability to split the atom also legitimatized a nuclear industry which poisons our land and our water as shown in the new documentary film Hot Water, produced by Liz Rogers and Elizabeth Kucinich, which will be released late 2014.

Two years ago, Congress brought forward a proposal to create a new national park to honor those who developed the bomb. I opposed the bill because I felt the effects of the bomb were nothing to celebrate or glorify and was instrumental in the proposal’s defeat in the House in 2012. A transcript of the debate in the house can be found here. In the 2014 Congress, this bill (S. 507 by Senator Cantwell) passed the House, but is unlikely to pass the Senate.

Our problem isn’t simply our nuclear past, but is our present addiction to nuclear weapons which threaten humanity’s future. Professor Francis A. Boyle observed that in 2013 the Obama administration changed the United States nuclear posture. The United States has historically positioned its nuclear arsenal for the purposes of “deterrence,” yet under President Obama’s administration they are for brandishing. “In today’s security environment” the United States now reserves the right to use nuclear weapons against any country (first strike policy).

Lest anyone forget that nuclear is a big business, the United States is the leader in the global nuclear energy market. Nuclear energy technology is one of our biggest exports and is promoted as a boon to the environment, forget Fukushima. Forget that dozens of nuclear reactors in the US are operating way past their original licensing permits and that the aging reactor vessels are in late stages of embrittlement.

Forget that nuclear utilities are pleading with Wall Street to give them a break. We have come full circle, back to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where the United States struck first with nuclear weapons. The most recent nuclear posture, the White House claimed, is necessary to eventually get rid of nuclear weapons! Read Professor Boyle’s analysis and the White House document.

During this time of commemoration of man’s inhumanity, visited upon the people of Japan three generations ago, let us resolve that we shall demand leaders who will resist the impulse to solve political and security problems through weapons of mass destruction.

Such leaders already exist in an organization known as the Parliamentarians for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament, or PNND. Additionally, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation promotes citizen action for nuclear abolition.

We must work together to support all efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons, not through appeals to violence but through the instinct to celebrate life. Let us find a path to love so that we can dismantle the destructive forces within our own hearts, which paralyze any sense of compassion necessary for the survival of all life on this planet. Let us build technologies for sustainability, and peace.

 

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+1# John S. Browne 2014-08-07 15:21

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So right! Let us prevent any further Fukushimas. One more such disaster could mean the end of life on earth, or at least kill millions of innocent people throughout the Northern Hemisphere (if the Fukushima disaster itself doesn’t already do so, since it is ongoing, with three melted-down cores sinking into the earth and continuing to release massive amounts of lethal radiation into the air, not to mention the tons of same being released into the Pacific Ocean, causing a plume of lethality that is already hitting the Pacific Coast of North America).

Right now, it is not safe to eat anything, or to drink any water, in North America, because it is all being inundated with radioactive-dus t fallout that continues to this day, over three years following the onset of the disaster. And the U.S. and Canadian governments have lied to their people that there is supposedly no threat to North America from Fukushima, and nothing to worry about, as well as telling them that it is supposedly unnecessary to take any precautions concerning same; continuing a cover-up of same that is also ongoing.

I know most of those in North America who read this comment of mine will not take it seriously, but I recommend that EVERYONE wear a face mask at all times when they go outside, against the radioactive dust; that they keep their doors and windows sealed in both their homes and their vehicles, with all vents closed; that they go outside as little as possible…

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0# John S. Browne 2014-08-07 15:45

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…(T)hat they take Potassium Iodide, preferably in the Potassium IodATE form (KI03; non- cancer-causing) , at max daily dose at least twenty-four hours before venturing outdoors, and before every incidence of going outside (or, if they go out everyday, that they take 35 to 50 mgs every day—about one-third of the maximum daily dose); that they monitor online when the jetstream from Japan is or is not flowing right over where they live, and if they can, ONLY go outdoors when it is NOT flowing over their area; and that they monitor the weather for their area and stay out of ALL precipitation (which brings down a lot of the fallout from the atmosphere—or , if they must go outside in precipitation, use an umbrella, only being out in same for as short a time as possible, and not touch the parts of the umbrella that the precipitation lands on) [see helpful links below].

http://www.radiationnetwork.com/ (the background radiation readings for North America on this site have remained, on average, two to three times higher than those readings prior to the onset of Fukushima, starting about one week to ten afters after the beginning of the disaster, and continuing for the entire, now three years and four months since the disaster began)

http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_norhem_00.gif (a regularly-updat ed image of the jetstream affecting North America)

http://local.msn.com/ten-day.aspx (insert your zip code on the website for the ten-day forecast for your area)

Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, a lesson in manipulation of the truth.

July 24, 2014
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A recent court ruling in Japan, Fukui District Court’s landmark ruling on May 21, has brought into question the justification for taking the risks associated with nuclear power.

The ruling states that the risks of earthquake-safety planning concerning nuclear reactors are impossible to measure because the science of earthquake prediction today is not able to allow for the risk of damage to nuclear power plants.

As we can see by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, these risks are and have been seriously underestimated. Even so, the Japanese nuclear corporations are still trying to claim that they can allow for any possible future disaster.

Risk assessment is a core part of any project and it takes into account the profit and other benefits of having a nuclear plant and this is balanced against the social, health and environmental issues.

For a corporation the profit element is the most important as the corporations need to be able to show profits to their shareholders whilst local community and other interested NGOs would normally voice the issues and risks from a social, health and environmental point of view.

Court ruling puts a spanner in the works

AJW.ASAHI.COM reported these facts on the May 21, 2014;

“…An anti-nuclear citizens’ network has translated a Japanese court’s ruling blocking the restarts of two reactors into English, Korean and Chinese to spread the ‘universal values’ of the judgment.

“Part of the translated ruling says: ‘this court considers national wealth to be the rich land and the people’s livelihoods that have taken root there, and that being unable to recover these is the true loss of national wealth.

“…The ruling also says, ‘the operation of nuclear power plants as one means of producing electricity is legally associated with freedom of economic activity and has a lower ranking in the Constitution than the central tenet of personal rights.

“…Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai, who heads a network of plaintiff groups demanding the abolishment of nuclear energy, said it is ‘extremely rare’ for a Japanese court ruling other than in patent cases to be translated into foreign languages.

“The ruling has resonated with people around the world because it declared universal values by placing priority on the lives of people over the merits of nuclear energy, Kawai said….”

“English translation of the epoch-making Japanese court verdict issuing an injunction against restart of Japan’s nuclear power plants Ohi Units 3 and 4.

“On May 21, 2014, the Fukui District Court in Japan issued a scathing indictment against restart of the Ohi Nuclear Power Plant owned and operated by the second largest electric utility in Japan.
The injunction against the plant is epoch-making because it addresses generic issues applicable to nuclear power plants worldwide.”

English translation of summary now available.

Translation: Greenpeace / Cooperation: Green Action

https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/fukui-urteil-03072014_0.pdf

Kyushu Electric Power fights back regardless

Kyushu Electric power has recently managed to get a ruling from the NRA to restart 2 of its 4 nuclear-reactor units. However, there are some problems with this ruling aside from the Ohi nuclear plant ruling mentioned above.

There are problems with the safety of this nuclear site such as the evacuation plan for the 30,000 residents, in the case of a nuclear incident.

“The (evacuation) plan itself is very sloppy, just slotting bits and pieces into a manual without giving any consideration to the special features of the area,” said Zenyu Niga.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/30/us-japan-nuclear-evacuation-idINKBN0F513N20140630

The volcanic issue ignored

Also, aside from earthquake threats there is an issue with volcanoes with this nuclear plant. In fact there was a large eruption in 2013 at a local volcano reported here;

http://nuclear-news.net/2013/05/30/5302013-volcano-sakurajima-erupts-large-eruption-of-lavaash-in-south-japan/

Apart from a number of calderas, Sakurajima, an active volcano, is just 50 Km away and a scientist said, “No-one believes that volcanic risks have been adequately discussed,” said Setsuya Nakada, a professor of volcanology at the University of Tokyo, who advised officials when they were forming regulatory guidelines for monitoring volcanoes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/us-japan-nuclear-volcano-idUSKBN0EE2BF20140604

Image courtesy of Christina mac Phearson

The manipulation of safety agencies who wish to ignore the court ruling

Kunihiko Shimazaki, who was one of the members of the post-Fukushima formed NRA that was supposed to oversee a new safety regime, was recently replaced. An executive of the Kyushu Electric Power Co said that “Shimazaki made us suffer,” and on “May 14, executives of the Kansai Economic Federation and Kyushu Economic Federation met with Katsuhiko Ikeda, the NRA secretary-general.”

Then “Yasuhisa Shiozaki, the deputy policy chief, openly criticised Shimazaki when he said, “While it is acceptable to have seismologists on the NRA, the same cannot be said for someone who knows absolutely nothing about nuclear energy.”

These three quotes were reported here:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201405280023

Shimazaki was then replaced, leaving the NRA without a seismology expert for at least the next 5 years.

A financial problem exists

Concerning the issue of profitability Moodys of Japan KK reported that even if the Kyushu Sendai plant did start the 2 reactors, “The current tariff, implemented in May last year, is based on four of the company’s nuclear power plants being operational — so even if two reactors are restarted Kyushu will still not be able to return to profitability,” Kazusada Hirose, vice president of Moody’s Japan K.K.

Full article here:

http://interfaxenergy.com/gasdaily/article/11395/kyushus-nuclear-restart-is-not-enough

Social, environmental and economic manipulation.

Half the population of the local town have voted to reject the local plant even though there is no alternative funding for other infrastructure to stimulate business unconnected to the nuclear industry. A video from an independent media company shows this clearly and shows how the nuclear company uses money to buy its way. That short video can be seen here (Reporting by Hitomi Yagi from TBS News Bird):

http://nuclear-news.net/2014/07/17/secai-nuclear-plant-with-five-active-volcanoes-deemed-safe-and-a-problem-with-fish-die-offs/

In the video, we see that there are many social and economic impacts caused by the nuclear plant, such as the possible loss of fishing grounds if another reactor is to be built on reclaimed land and how bribes to fishermen with compensation payments are used to achieve this. We also see the desperation of business needing customers because no other infrastructure projects have been put in place these last 3 years or so resulting in economic hardship and the local community being split apart.

Image courtesy of TBS News Bird

There is even a statement from a local in the video mentioned above, that increasing amount of “fish have been dying for the last five years” and we see some evidence of that, I wonder if that is why the fishermen are so ready to accept the compensation for the loss of their fishing grounds?

Summary

It is obvious that local government, national government and nuclear industry has contrived to fully manipulate the situation in this and other areas to the benefit of the nuclear industry and to the detriment of peoples safety, financial security and to the quality of the environment. It is obvious that the Sendai Kyushu reactor will be opened no matter the dangers involved.

(Article changed on July 24, 2014 at 01:41)

Full article here;

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201405210079

The Green Action Japan website has this to say:

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Nuke’s Children

June 15, 2014

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