Toxic strontium found in Fukushima groundwater

"Highly toxic radioactive strontium has been found in groundwater near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

It is the first time the substance has been detected in groundwater near the plant's No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.

The operator of the Fukushima plant has also confirmed strontium up to 240 times the legal limit has been found in seawater near the facility.

Strontium tends to accumulate in bones and can cause bone cancer and leukaemia.

"Last week, soil samples from outside the Fukushima plant also revealed concentrations of strontium." ABC News

Fukushima city officials say they will distribute radiation readers to 30,000 children between the ages of four and 15.  ABC News

News reports vary as to when the children will receive the badges.


Throwing away crops is "like killing your children"

Japanse farmers are being forced to destroy their radioactive crops as far away as 300 kilometers (180 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site. Radiation hot spots have been detected far away from the exclusion boundaries and radiation monitoring by Japanese authorities has been shown to be highly inadequate.


Rally in New York outside GE building to shut Indian Point and all reactors

About 100 people rallied at Tompkins Sq Park, New York, on June 11, 2011 to protest against nuclear industry, every government that has nuclear power, and international organizations like IAEA and ICRP. US has more than 100 nuclear reactors, the largest number in the world. The nearest from NYC is Indian Point nuclear power plant.

The protesters made about twenty supersized origami cranes, the symbol of peace in Japan, with nuclear sign on their back. They carried the cranes to the GE Building at the Rockefeller Center. The General Electoric is one of nuclear power plant producers and a designer of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors that are still discharging lots of radiation three month after 3.11 Fukushima disaster.

On the same day, approximately 200,000 people in Japan joined over 150 simultaneous No Nukes actions across the country. There were also solidarity actions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Australia and U.S. And watch the video here.


Summary of Japan's report to IAEA on Fukushima: "the situation has become extremely severe"

The Japan Electric Associated has prepared a brief summary of the Japanese federal government's 750 page report to the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. The report details its overall conclusion that "the situation has become extremely severe." The summary mentions that the full "findings will be reported at the IAEA ministerial conference due to start on June 20."


Victory! It's official. Nuclear power banned in Italy

Enjoy this exciting report from our colleague and "correspondent," Michael Leonardi:

After an amazing mass mobilization of people all across the country with demonstrations, banner drops, critical mass bike rides, workshops, information booths, film screenings, an incredible use of the social networking and facebook, people running nude through the streets, die-ins, and a door to door neighbor to neighbor grassroots storm, the Italian people have won a historic vote to ban the construction of Nuclear Power plants now and forever!!! A Vote to keep and return Water resources to public ownership and Prosecute the criminal behaviour of political leaders -- first and foremost Silvio Berlusconi. We managed to overcome the daunting task of a quorum of 50 % of all Italian voters + 1 in the face of a mass media completely controlled by Berlusconi and a government that was encouraging voters to go to the beach instead of vote on the first weekend of summer vacation for Italian grade school, middle school and high school students. This quorum had not been reached for over a decade on any referendum. This time the Italian people responded with 57% of the voters turning out to the polls and the Quorum being surpassed in every region of the country!!! 94% of the voters have voted SI to say NO to NUCLEAR POWER, This evening we'll be dancing and singing in the streets and celebrations have already started!!!! This vote on NUCLEAR ENERGY and WATER is not only a vote against the nuclear lobby and government here, but also a resounding rejection of the attempts by the US government and its NATO allies to force Italy into the nuclear arena. Let's hope that this victory can act as a boost to the anti-nuclear movement Internationally and in the United States that seems slowly coming to life in some hotspots.