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Wednesday
Mar302011

Radiation hot spots in Japan 25 miles from Fukushima now 2X higher than internationally recommended for evacuation

Radiation levels in some areas around the severely damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are now twice the recommended level for evacuation according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, the United Nation's international atomic energy regulator and promoter is not suggesting that Japanese authorities take any action to protect the exposed populations in the Japanese town of Iitate which is 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace International now on the ground with radiation monitoring teams has found high radiation readings that should be prompting evacuation in several locations well beyond the current 20 to 30 kilometer radius where people are still under a shelter-in-place order to stay indoors.

Beyond Nuclear has urged the wider evacuation of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children from around the increasingly radioactive nuclear power plant site.

Wednesday
Mar302011

Helen Caldicott takes on nuclear's newest booster, George Monbiot

Helen Caldicott, founding president of Beyond Nuclear, gives Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, newest fan of nuclear power, the lesson in radio-biology that he sorely lacked.

Wednesday
Mar302011

3 to 5 years of radioactive steam releases & water leaks to come at Fukushima?!

The New York Times quotes Kuni Yogo, a former atomic energy policy planner in the Japan Science and Technology Agency, as saying regarding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant: “There is some trial and error, but this is the beginning of a three- to five-year effort” required to continually cool the hellishly hot, melting reactor cores at reactor units 1, 2, and 3. Given the large-scale radioactivity releases that such activities have already released into the environment in the first three weeks of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, that could represent catastrophic radiation releases into the environment over time.

Wednesday
Mar302011

Radioactive seawater and maximum alert continues in japan

TOKYO — Japan remained on "maximum alert" today over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant as the government revealed high levels of radiation had been detected in the sea near the facility.

A government spokesman told the Jiji press agency that the level of radioactive iodine found in the sea near the plant was 3,355 times above the legal limit. Mail Tribune

Tuesday
Mar292011

The Big Picture, Thom Hartmann with Paul Gunter