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Fukushima court rules TEPCO, gov’t liable over 2011 disaster

October 10, 2017


Plaintiffs suing the state and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, over the 2011 nuclear crisis, hold up signs saying “Ignore Fukushima. No!!” in front of the Fukushima District Court in Fukushima on Tuesday. Photo: KYODO
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By Mari Yamaguchi

 
TOKYO

A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen to thousands of former area residents who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis.

The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to improve safety measures despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region.

The 3,800 plaintiffs, who sued in 2015, form the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across Japan.

It was the second verdict that held the government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns.

The court upheld the plaintiffs’ argument that the disaster could have been prevented if the economy and industry ministry had ordered TEPCO to move emergency diesel generators from the basement to higher ground and make the reactor buildings water-tight based on 2002 data that suggested there was a risk of a tsunami as high as 15.7 meters (51 feet).

The plaintiffs also had argued that TEPCO ignored another chance to take safety measures when a government study group warned in 2008 of a major tsunami triggering a power outage at the plant.

The tsunami that swept into the plant on March 11, 2011, knocked out the reactors’ cooling system and destroyed the backup generators that could have kept it running and kept the nuclear fuel stable.

The government and the utility have argued that a tsunami as high as what occurred could not have been anticipated and that the accident was unavoidable.

Tuesday’s ruling, however, dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that radiation levels in their former neighborhoods be reduced to pre-disaster levels.

The ruling followed a decision in March by the Maebashi District Court, which ordered the government and TEPCO to pay damages ranging from 70,000 yen to 3.5 million yen to 62 plaintiffs, or 38 million yen altogether, in addition to the compensation TEPCO had already paid them.

Last month, the Chiba District Court ordered TEPCO to pay a total of 376 million yen to most of the 45 plaintiffs who sought compensation over the loss of their livelihoods and communities because of radiation contamination. But the court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim that the government should also be held responsible for failing to enforce tsunami safety measures.

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Fukushima Radioactive Soil Bags combustion/flood-carried/no storage

September 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

The International NGO “The Natural Solutions Foundation” has sent me the
Following mail. You can see an impressive photo showing countless radioactive bags.

With best regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

(Mail Received on 16 September)

Dear Murata-san,

I have just posted your urgent message here:

http://www.opensourcetruth.com/million-bags-of-radioactive-soil-spontaneous-combustion/

Alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis

September 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am informing you of some confirmed facts concerning a warning made last spring by Mr. Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Education, to the effect that Fukushima nuclear waste soil resulting from decontamination operation contained in millions of bags(flecons) could spontaneously combust.

On 13 and14 September, the Fukushima prefectural authorities confirmed the following facts, answering my questions.
1.During the last week-end of April,2017, a spontaneous fire broke out in Ukedo, Namie from one of bags left out in the open, containing nuclear contaminated soil resulting from the prior decontamination operation.
2.About a year ago, the Fukushima Prefecture organized a meeting to exchange views on this problem with the participation of the representatives of the IAEA and the Tepco. The cases of bags washed away into a nearby river by a flooding caused by a typhoon.
3.The moving of millions bags containing contaminated soil to the temporary storage space in Fukushima is not yet progressing as it should.

This is an extremely alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis. The Media remain silent on this crucial issue. The Government and the Prefectural Authorities should publicly explain how this dangerous situation will be coped with.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Preview YouTube video OH my God! Fukushima nuclear waste about to spontaneously combust!!

Flooding Crisis At Texas Nuclear Plant and Fukushima

August 29, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you an article of News Punch dated August 28,2017.

Confronted with serious consequences of recent typhoons and flooding in Japan,
we are led to think that the natural disasters taking place in the United States,
would be spreading worldwide in future, including Japan.
The flooding crisis at the Texas Nuclear Plant teaches us that the existence itself
of nuclear reactors is the top and real security issue.

We are reminded of the Unit 2 crisis of the Fukushima Daiichi. If an earthquake of intensity 7
happens there, the building of the Unit 2 could collapse, bringing about a nuclear disaster
that could make Tokyo uninhabitable in the worst case.
We cannot but shudder to recall that besides the Unit 2 building stands a huge exhaust emission stack
(more than 130 meters high). It is already partially damaged.
If it collapses, Trillions of Bq of radioactive radiation could be released.

It is now obvious that Japan must consecrate all efforts to bring Fukushima under control,
and this very urgently.

With warmest and highest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Flooding Crisis At Texas Nuclear Plant Sparks ‘New Fukushima’ Fears
August 28, 2017 Baxter Dmitry News, US 0

Experts are warning the STP Nuclear Plant in Texas is not prepared for the level of flooding and claim it will be the ‘new Fukushima.’

Experts are warning the STP Nuclear Plant in Texas is unprepared for the unprecedented level of flooding in the area and claim the troubled nuclear plant could become the “new Fukushima” and contaminate the entire south of the USA.

Before Hurricane Harvey hit the area, STP Nuclear Plant officials claimed the nuclear reactor was prepared to weather the storm, with an article published in the Bay City Tribune in Texas boasting:

“The plant site is located 10 miles inland and at an elevation of 29 feet, well above the reach of even a Category 5 storm surge. The plant was designed with watertight buildings and doors to keep emergency electric power and cooling systems fully functional. All buildings housing safety equipment are flood-proof to an elevation of at least 41 feet above mean sea level.”

An article in the San Antonio Current also debated the plants safety in the wake of Fukushima and made similar points about a hurricane storm surge – but also made an important distinction about inland flooding from the Colorado River, located about 2 miles away from the plant.

According to officials, the STP Nuclear Plant is built to withstand a “worst case scenario“ of a 100 year flood on the Colorado River.

From the article:

“STP spokesman Buddy Eller said the five-foot-thick, bunker-like concrete reactor domes reinforced with steel are able to withstand hurricane Category 5 winds and a 41-foot storm surge…“We’re built to withstand a worst-case scenario involving a hurricane with combined wind and a 100-year flood along that Colorado River,” Eller said. “…we’re located at 29 feet above sea level.”

While these pre-Harvey boasts from officials and nuclear plant spokesman may have sounded impressive before the storm hit, they now become truly disturbing.

According to the two articles and the STP spokesman himself, the nuclear reactor can withstand a 41 foot storm surge from the ocean – but being at 29 feet above sea level, that only allows for 12 feet of inland flooding.

Let’s take a look at the river level gauge on the Colorado River at Bay City, about 10 miles upstream from the STP nuclear plant:

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The Colorado River at Bay City is forecast to surge 27 feet in the next two days!

And considering the river is currently 9 feet above what was forecast for this time, according to the graph, this is likely to surpass the all-time record crest of the Colorado River in the next few days. That “100 year flood” the plant spokesman talked about which happened in 1913 crested at a level of 56.1 feet.

The highest crest of the Colorado River at Bay City since the STP nuclear plant began operating was 24.04 feet in 1991.

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record-flooding-houstonRecord flooding hit Houston after Harvey.
Is the STP plant designed to withstand a record flood? Judging by the brags and boasts coming from officials before Harvey hit, the nuclear plant is only designed to withstand a “worst case scenario” of 41 feet.

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, it is worth keeping a close eye on nuclear reactors in disaster zones. As we learned from TEPCO in Japan, officials cannot be trusted to tell the truth when there is such devastation on the line.

They designed a nuclear plant to withstand a “100 year flood” on the Colorado River? That’s negligent and reckless for a nuclear plant. It looks like STP will be facing a major test in the coming days, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it right now.

Pieces of Fukushima reactor cores still floating around

August 8, 2017

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Pieces of Fukushima reactor cores still floating around, new study reveals — Hot particles with over 1 Quadrillion becquerels per kilogram detected — Radioactive materials contain Uranium, Polonium, Americium (VIDEO)
Posted: 08 Aug 2017 04:23 AM PDT

Press Release: Radioactively-Hot Particles in Japan

August 6, 2017

 
 
Dear Friends,
 
The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 continue to belittle the aggravating consequenses of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Recent frequent earthquakes in Fukushima and around make us worry about the collapsing of the unit 2 building
that could bring about another uncontrollable disaster.
I am sending you this message transmitting the precious document sent to me by Mr.Arnie Gundersen,Fairwinds
Energy Education.
 
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
 
 
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Sent: Friday, August 04, 2017 9:47 AM
 
Dear President Thomas Bach,
 
Please allow me to transmit this mail from Mr. Arnie Gundersen,
one of most reliable experts on Fukushima.
 
With highest regards,
Misuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
 
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From: Arnie Gundersen
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2017 12:26 AM
Subject: Press Release: Radioactively-Hot Particles in Japan
 

New Study Shows Full Radiation Risks Are Not Recorded 
 
PRESS RELEASE – 7/27/17 

Contact: info@fairewindsenergy.org 

Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment(STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.                            

Based on 415 samples of radioactive dust from Japan, the USA, and Canada, the study identified a statistically meaningful number of samples that were considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated. If ingested, these more radioactive particles increase the risk of suffering a future health problem.  

“Measuring radioactive dust exposures can be like sitting by a fireplace,” Dr. Kaltofen said. “Near the fire you get a little warm, but once in a while the fire throws off a spark that can actually burn you.”

The same level of risk exists in Japan. While most people have an average level of risk, a few people get an extra spark from a hot particle.

According to Dr. Kaltofen, “The average radiation exposures we found in Japan matched-up nicely with other researchers.  We weren’t trying to see just somebody’s theoretical average result.  We looked at how people actually encounter radioactive dust in their real lives. Combining microanalytical methods with traditional health physics models,” he added, “we found that some people were breathing or ingesting enough radioactive dust to have a real increase in their risk of suffering a future health problem.  This was especially true of children and younger people, who inhale or ingest proportionately more dust than adults.”

Fairewinds’ book Fukushima Dai-ichi: The Truth and the Way Forward was published in Japan by Shueisha Publishing, just prior to the one-year commemoration of the tsunami and meltdowns. “Our book,” Mr. Gundersen said, “which is a step-by-step factual account of the reactor meltdowns, was a best seller in Japan and enabled us to build amazing relations with people actually living in Japan, who are the source of the samples we analyzed. We measured things like house dusts, air filters, and even car floor mats.  Collecting such accurate data shows the importance of citizen science, crowd sourcing, and the necessity of open, public domain data for accurate scientific analysis.”

Fairewinds Energy Education founder Maggie Gundersen said, “We are very thankful to the scientists and citizen scientists in Japan, who sought our assistance in collecting and analyzing this data. We will continue to support ongoing scientific projects examining how people in Japan and throughout the world experience radioactive dust in their daily lives.”

The complete peer reviewed report and project audio description by Dr. Kaltofen are available here at the Science of the Total Environment website.  

Interactive data and the supporting materials are available here at the Fairewinds Energy Education website.

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Expert: Melted fuel found at Fukushima — Corium up to 6 feet thick below reactor

July 25, 2017

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Expert: Melted fuel found at Fukushima — Corium up to 6 feet thick below reactor — Nuclear waste “piling up at bottom” — Lava-like material has spread all over… “hanging like icicles” — Mystery orange substance seen (VIDEO)
Posted: 24 Jul 2017 12:52 PM PDT

Fukushima and the Tokyo Olympic Games

July 22, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you some reactions to my last message to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.
There is mounting support for retreating from the Tokyo Plympic Games 2020.

”Thank you so much for this article. It describes a crime of horrendous dimension.
Thanks for making it public!”

”Your letter to IOC Prez Bach is very pertinent. Forwarding him the report from Truthout on Mr Gunderson’s
current analysis of the state of Affairs in Japan and the followup of the Fukushima disaster is highly important.
A call to cancel or postpone the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo becomes more urgent and deserves international attention
including perhaps the voice of IPPNW. ”

” It would be marvelous if authorities would admit that the Fukushima Problem is not solved and is a very serious problem!
Moving people back and hosting the Olympics is sheer madness. I would say criminal.”

”Your recent messages are posted here:
http://www.opensourcetruth.com/urgent-messages-from-murata-san/

It is increasingly the morality of the Tokyo Olympic Games that is being questioned.
We are reminded that the strongest power’s biggest enemy is ethics and morals.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Dear Friends,

I am sending you my message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:44 PM

Dear President Thomas Bach,

Please allow me to transmit this extremely alarming mail that may interest you.
It has been sent to me from an American friend.
The widening gap beteen the promoters and the opponents of the of the Tokyo Olympic Games
could not be left unattended.

With highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played …

Message to President Bach, IOC

July 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you my message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:44 PM

Dear President Thomas Bach,

Please allow me to transmit this extremely alarming mail that may interest you.
It has been sent to me from an American friend.
The widening gap beteen the promoters and the opponents of the of the Tokyo Olympic Games
could not be left unattended.

With highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played …

Fury at Fukushima: Over 1 Billion pounds of nuclear waste “will be dumped into sea”

July 17, 2017

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Fury at Fukushima: Over 1 Billion pounds of nuclear waste “will be dumped into sea” — Top Official: “The decision has already been made” — “The solution is to pour the radioactive liquid into the ocean” — Toxic radioactive water to cause devastation
Posted: 16 Jul 2017 03:15 PM PDT