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Saturday
Mar192011

Ralph Nader, Ira Helfand,Philip White on DemocracyNow! on Japan

Saturday
Mar192011

Brilliant new Mark Fiore animation

From Mark Fiore. See Cutzilla emerge from a Republicanactive dome! Watch Lobbymon from the NEI spew radioactive talking points worldwide! See President Hope-a-Tron support nuclear and "clean" coal!

Saturday
Mar192011

Wind power cheaper than nuclear, EU climate chief

From The Guardian

Generating energy from wind turbines at sea would be cheaper than building new atomic power plants, Europe's climate chief has said, in the latest challenge to the crisis-stricken nuclear industry. Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate change commissioner, said: "Some people tend to believe that nuclear is very, very cheap, but offshore wind is cheaper than nuclear. People should believe that this is very, very cheap."

Saturday
Mar192011

Where are the US reactors similar to those in crisis in Japan?

There are 23 GE Mark1 Boiling Water Reactors in the U.S. of the same design as those at Fukushima. This list from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows which designs are Boiling Water or Pressurized Water reactors. Here is the list of Mark I BWRs in the country.

Browns Ferry 1,2,3 (W of Huntsville, AL); Brunswick 1,2, ( 40 miles W of Wilmington,NC), Cooper (23 miles south of Nebraksa City, NE), Dresden 2,3 (25 miles SW of Joliet, IL), Duane Arnold ( 8 miles NW of Cedar Rapids, IA), Fermi 2 (24 miles NE of Toledo, IL), FitzPatrick (6 miles NE of Oswego, NY), Hatch 1,2 (20 miles S of Vidalia, GA), Hope Creek 1 (18 miles SE of Wilmington, DE), Monticello (35 miles NW of Minneapolis, MN), Nine Mile Point 1 (6 miles NE of Oswego, NY), Oyster Creek (9 miles S of Toms River, NJ), Peach Bottom 2,3 (17.9 miles S of Lancaster, PA), Pilgrim 1 (38 miles SE of Boston, MA), Quad Cities 1,2 (20 miles NE of Moline, IL), Vermont Yankee (5 miles S of Brattleboro, VT).

Saturday
Mar192011

Japan: radiation levels in milk, spinach high as traces of radioactive iodine discovered in Tokyo tap water

Spinach and milk taken from farms near Japan's crippled nuclear plant exceeded government-set safety limits for radiation, the government said on Saturday, in the first report of food contamination from the accident.The tainted milk was found 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the plant while the spinach came from a neighboring prefecture...The spinach radiation level is about one-fifth of one CT scan, Edano said. 

"It's not like if you ate it right away you would be harmed," Edano said. "It would not be good to continue to eat it for some time." IBN Live

Traces of radioactive iodine-131 have turned up in Tokyo tap water indicating that the resevoirs sources for drinking water were exposed to the shifing radioactive plume from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

See Beyond Nuclear's No Safe Dose fact sheet and consider that consuming this contaminated milk or spinach will result in an internal dose of radiation which can be much more damaging than an external dose only. Contaminated food among hungry people is yet another way nuclear power has made what is a horrible natural disaster even worse.