#JapanEarthquake Update public broadcaster has urged all residents in coastal regions not to return to their homes as a At least 5 aftershocks recorded off Namie, Japan, following the 6.9-magnitude earthquake near Fukushima as a further even larger 9.1 aftershock has been felt off the Fukushima prefecture coast reports of any casualties are still sketchy – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has repeatedly urged coastal residents to not return to their homes until all #tsunami warnings are clear, reminding residents of the fatal 2011 #earthquake and #tsunami.
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At least 5 aftershocks recorded off Namie, Japan, following the 6.9-magnitude #earthquake near #Fukushima – USGS
http://on.doi.gov/2gfkBhA

There is a tsunami warning in effect for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, with waves up to 3 meters possible. The highest #tsunami recorded so far was 1.4 meters in Sendai.

AP has reported, citing Japan Meteorological Agency, that the magnitude 6.9 #earthquake off the #Fukushima Prefecture coast Tuesday was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.1 earthquake that occurred in 2011 and triggered a deadly tsunami with waves up to 133 feet.

The agency warned that in the next few days, another large quake could hit, urging residents to remain cautious for about a week, according to AP.

The magnitude 6.9 earthquake Tuesday was the strongest since the 2011 #earthquake.

http://apne.ws/2gfcrpY

For comparison, the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan and caused the nuclear disaster came after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. Then, a 50-foot-high wave hit the Tohoku region, with reports of higher waves in other areas, The Washington Post reports. The highest waves after Tuesday morning’s earthquake have been reported to be around 1.4 meters – about 4.5 feet.

http://wapo.st/2gfCDjF

Editor’s says The Japan Meteorological Agency has increased the magnitude of the earthquake off #Fukushima to 7.4, while the United States Geological Survey downgraded the magnitude to 6.9.
For comparison, the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan and caused the nuclear disaster came after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. Then, a 50-foot-high wave hit the Tohoku region, with reports of higher waves in other areas, The Washington Post reports. The highest waves after Tuesday morning’s #earthquake have been reported to be around 1.4 meters – about 4.5 feet

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JAPAN Earthquake Update: NHK: Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant is checking for any impact from earthquake; not observing any changes, except the fact that reactor three has stopped working and circulating water as one meter wall of water hits – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Tsunami warning issued after M7.3 temblor hits off Fukushima | The Japan Times
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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 off the coast of #Fukushima Prefecture rocked widespread areas early Tuesday, triggering #tsunami warnings.

#Tsunami warnings were issued along the Pacific coast, including Aomore, Iwate, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures.

People have been warned to evacuate immediately to high ground in #Fukushima Prefecture, where waves may reach 3 meters.

The 5:59 a.m. temblor had an intensity of minus-5 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7.

http://bitly.com/2gfqHyh

NHK: #Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant is checking for any impact from #earthquake; not observing any changes, though nuclear power plant’s 3rd reactor water cooling system has stopped, however not an immediate dangerous situation

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JAPAN: Hit by a 7.3 #earthquake downgraded to 6.9 off #Fukushima triggers 3-metre #tsunami warning issued and evacuation of people as more after shocks being felt as bullet train shut down – More as soon as we know – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: This is an update on breaking news today
#Breaking144#Earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 recorded off Iwaki, near Fukushima Japan; 10 km (6.2 miles) deep Tsunami warning issued – USGS – @AceBreakingNews
// #Breaking144 @Breaking144
http://bitly.com/2gfnr63
#AceBreakingNews – Nov.21: #Earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 recorded off Iwaki, Japan; 10 km (6.2 miles) deep – USGS – http://on.doi.gov/2gfe5rd
7.3 quake off Fukushima triggers tsunami warning
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A powerful 7.3 magnitude #earthquake has struck #Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, USGS reported.

A three meter tsunami wave alert was issued for Fukushima, Nippon reported – http://bitly.com/2gfqf34

Aftershocks reported after 6.9 #earthquake off eastern Japan; strongest so far has preliminary magnitude of 5.3 off Namie – USGS
http://on.doi.gov/2gfp0RL
USGS: M6.9 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Japan Railways suspends operations of dozens of bullet trains running in eastern Japan following Fukushima earthquake – Telegraph

http://bit.ly/2gfiSJh

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.9
Date-Time

21 Nov 2016 20:59:49 UTC
22 Nov 2016 05:59:49 near epicenter
21 Nov 2016 19:59:49 standard time in your timezone
Location 37.392N 141.403E
Depth 11 km
Distances

37 km (22 mi) ESE of Namie, Japan
59 km (36 mi) NE of Iwaki, Japan
72 km (44 mi) E of Funehiki, Japan
80 km (49 mi) SE of Marumori, Japan
243 km (150 mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 4.7 km; Vertical 2.2 km
Parameters Nph = 125; Dmin = 75.7 km; Rmss = 0.86 seconds; Gp = 59°
Version =
Event ID us 10007b88

Editor says what we know …
A 6.9-magnitude #earthquake off the Fukushima, Japan, coast has prompted a tsunami warning and evacuations along the coast. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, AP reports.

In 2011, an offshore #earthquake destroyed the nuclear power plant in the same prefecture.

According to NHK, Tokyo Electric Power Company officials say no damage or impacts have been observed at any reactors.
http://apne.ws/2gfgv9l

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JAPAN: ‘ APPROVES RESTART OF SENDAI NUCLEAR PLANT ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – Nov.07 – Regional authorities in Japan on Friday approved the restart of the idled Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co, Reuters said.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

The move paves the way for a revival of the stalled industry, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

The two-reactor Sendai plant is located 1,000km south-west of Tokyo in Kagoshima prefecture.

On Friday, 38 of the 47 members of Kagoshima’s prefectural assembly backed the restart.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed to restart the fleet of 48 offline reactors.

#ANS2014 

#fukushima, #japan, #sendai

TOKYO: ‘ PROSECUTORS REFUSE TO CHARGE THREE FORMER TEPCO EXECUTIVES OVER FUKUSHIMA DISASTER ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – October 24 – Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters said.

A citizens’ panel ruled in July that three former TEPCO executives should be indicted over the nuclear disaster, and the Tokyo’s District Prosecutors Office started to reinvestigate the case. 

Prosecutorial Review Commissions, made up of citizen appointees, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan’s legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic over-reach.

They were given the power to force prosecutions in 2009.

Last year, prosecutors declined to charge more than 30 TEPCO and government officials.

Source: 

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TOKYO: ‘ Public Debates Stir Reaction to Restarting Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – Japan has launched public debates on restarting nuclear power plants with a first in a series of town hall meetings held in Satsumasendai, a coastal city south-west of Tokyo, that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co facility, Reuters reported.

Organizers had to introduce a lottery system for those who wanted to attend, due to the high interest.

The authorities were criticized for limiting the number of participants and for banning certain questions, like evacuation plans, from discussion.

Greenpeace has described the meetings as a “farce.” Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, opposition to nuclear power has been strong in Japan.

The country halted its last nuclear reactor a year ago. PM Shinzo Abe’s government would like to see the plants back on-line, and has promised tougher security measures.

#ANS2014

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' Fukishima Nuclear Plant the Catastrophe is Taking its Toll on People's Lives With Thyroid Cancer's in Children Sky-Rocketed But Nuclear Industry Denies Any Link '

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN (Tokyo) – June 22 – Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have sky-rocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.


​More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smouldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts.


​The Rate of Cases is Accelerating Annually at 40 Times the Normal in 2014)

More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.

​The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.

​(Nuclear Industry Denies Link to Fukishima)

But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors.

The likelihood that atomic power could cause such epidemics has been confirmed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which says that “an increase in the risk of childhood thyroid cancer” would accompany a reactor disaster.

In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.

The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.

Speaking on www.prn.fm’s Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.

#ANS2014

#fukushima, #japan, #tokyo

` NPP Operator TEPCO Report Dumping Ground Water into Pacific Ocean Will Not Harm Environment Not According to EPA Report ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – May 21 – Workers of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima 1) nuclear power plant have started dumping ground waters into the Pacific ocean, the NPP operator – Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported on Wednesday.

Representative of the company say the dump will do the environment no harm.

According to a report carried out by EPA: Water Discharges Heavy metals and salts build up in the water used in all power plant systems, including nuclear ones.

These water pollutants, as well as the higher temperature of the water discharged from the power plant, can negatively affect water quality and aquatic life.

Nuclear power plants sometimes discharge small amounts of tritium and other radioactive elements as allowed by their individual waste-water permits.

Waste generated from uranium mining operations and rainwater run off can contaminate groundwater and surface water resources with heavy metals and traces of radioactive uranium.

Accumulation of radioactive ground waters under the NPP is one of the main problems for the clean-up workers at Fukushima.

To pervent it, TEPCO plans by 2015 to create an artificial layer of permanent frost around the power plant and slowly drain the accumulated water.

However, some experts have expressed scepticism regarding the plan.

Ace Related News:
1. EPA – Report – 22/10/13 – PDF http://cybercemetery.unt.edu/archive/brc/20120620220235/http://brc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/brc_finalreport_jan2012.pdf

#ANS2014

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` Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has More Problems as the Water Cleaning System Breaks Down ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – May 17 – A fault at the stricken Fukushima power plant has caused the facility’s water cleaning system to stop working, said TEPCO, the company that runs the plant.

An accumulation of concentrated calcium in the system’s pipes has blocked the mechanism. TEPCO is currently trying to process hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive water being used to keep the stricken reactors cool at Fukushima.

RT

#ANS2014

#fukushima, #tepco

` Foreign Detainees Endure and Suffer a Harsh Regime in Windowless Cells in Ushiku Secret Detention Centre ‘

#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – April 20 – In the shadow of a giant Buddha statue in Ibaraki prefecture between Tokyo and Fukushima, hundreds of foreign detainees have endured harsh conditions incongruous with the cozy lifestyle enjoyed by many foreigners in Japan.

Without appearing in court, they often spend six to 18 months like caged animals in windowless cells in Ushiku, the largest of a secretive network of detention centres created to incarcerate foreigners pending deportation for overstaying visas and working illegally in Japan.

Chamballa Ally, a Tanzanian who shared a cramped room with detainees from Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines, told DW he was only allowed into a yard a few hours per day to play soccer.

“In Ushiku, you can only see the high walls around you and the sky above,” said Ally, who was deported to Tanzania before joining his US-born wife Alisha James in Indiana in 2012. “People watch TV, read or sit in despair. They are so tired from stress. They are not criminals, but they have no freedom.

It’s not a place to stay for a long time. People don’t know when they will be free.”

Japan detained 23,133 foreigners at 16 smaller immigration offices and three large detention centres in Ibaraki, Osaka and Nagasaki in 2011, according to the Global Detention Project’s latest figures.

Shining light on Japan’s dark side

Suicides, hunger strikes and the deaths of three detainees in recent months are shining light on dark corners unseen by most in tourist-friendly Japan.

An unnamed spokesman at Ushiku told AFP that a coroner would look into the deaths at the end of March of an Iranian who allegedly choked on food and a Cameroonian found unconscious in his cell. A Rohingya detainee from Myanmar died in October last year after staff allegedly failed to call a medic on lunch break.

The Tokyo District Court last month ruled that immigration officers illegally bound and gagged a visa overstayer from Ghana who suffocated to death during a forced deportation at Narita Airport in 2010.

Amnesty International and local rights groups have long accused Japanese of beating or torturing prisoners. Jorge Bustamente, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, urged Japan in 2010 to meet international human rights standards.

About 30 Japanese officials, facing harsh criticism at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in 2012, pledged to reform a system based on the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of 1951, when Japan had very few foreign residents.

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle.

Ace Related News:
1. Ushiku, the largest of a secretive network of detention centres created to incarcerate foreigners pending deportation for overstaying visas and working illegally in Japan. http://www.dw.de/illegal-and-dead-in-a-japanese-cell/a-17536330

#ANS2014

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` Scientists are Proposing Putting ` Nuclear Power Generating Facilities ‘ Offshore to Prevent Disasters ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 19 – A group of American engineers proposed bringing nuclear power generating facilities out to sea, to secure them from earthquakes and tsunamis, and prevent a possible meltdown threat by submerging a reactor’s active zone.

A report by American scientists to be presented at the Small Modular Reactors Symposium, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, suggests that a nuclear power plant could be built in a form of standardized floating offshore platforms similar to modern drilling oil rigs and anchored about 10km out into the ocean. Electric power would be transferred to land by underwater cables.

Jacopo Buongiorno, associate professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who led the research, believes the project has a number of crucial advantages.

The main peculiarity of the new project is that a reactor is put into the underwater part of the facility, where it would be securely cooled by seawater in case of an emergency.

“The ocean itself can be used as an infinite heat sink. The decay heat, which is generated by the nuclear fuel even after the reactor is shut-down, can be removed indefinitely,” Buongiorno said, adding that “The reactor containment itself is essentially underwater.”

Such NPP would be safe from earthquakes and also from tsunamis inflicted by aftershocks. Back in 2011, a combination of these two devastated the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, which led to breakdown of the reactors’ cooling systems and eventually ended with meltdown of two reactors’ active cores. Radioactive fallout from that catastrophe is set to contaminate the Pacific Ocean for many years to come.

Positioning the plant should also be a simple process: just tow the station to wherever it is needed and moor it to the sea-floor. No need to look for a seismically safe place with plenty of water, a sea or lake, nearby as with traditional nuclear power plants.

“The ocean is inexpensive real estate,” Buongiorno said.

#ANS2014

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TEPCO : ` Nuclear Power Plant worker buried under ` Mudslide ‘ is found `Unconscious ‘ at Fukushima ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – March 28 – A worker was unconscious after being buried in a mudslide at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, officials said.

The man, in his 50s, was rushed to the hospital and his heart stopped beating, AP quoted

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) spokesman Shogo Fukuda as saying.

The worker was digging near storage containers when he was buried Friday.

Thousands of workers have been cleaning up the plant after the disaster three years ago.

#ANS2014

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` Japans Leaking `Fukushima Nuclear Plant ‘ could reach Pacific Coast of USA ‘

#AceWorldNews – Alert – 16th March 2014

American scientists are aware that radiation from Japan’s leaking Fukushima nuclear power plant could reach Pacific coast in the nearest future.

English: Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Tigh...

English: Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Tight crop showing reactors 4, 3, 2 and 1, reading left (South) to right (North). Area shown is approximately 600 by 350 metres. 日本語: 福島第一原子力発電所。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., reported, that four coastal monitoring sites in California and Washington have detected no traces of radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant destruction – “not yet,” he said during a telephone press briefing, but noted that it might reach the coast by April.

#ANS2014 

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` Fukushima ` ALPS ‘ has been taken off-line after Engineers noted a Higher than Allowed Content of Radioactive Strontium ‘

#AceWorldNews – The frequently malfunctioning ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant has been taken offline, after engineers noted a higher-than-allowed content of radioactive strontium in its filtered water output.

Personnel at the plant are attempting to determine the cause of the breakdown.

The filtering complex, activated last year, has had to be repaired repeatedly, with the most recent repairs less than a month ago.

#ANS2014

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` Japan closer to Revival of their `Nuclear Power Industry ‘ following `Fukushima ‘ majority of People Opposed ‘

#AceWorldNews Two reactors were put on a short-list for a final round of safety checks on Thursday as Japan is moving a step closer to a revival of the nuclear industry, Reuters said.

Three years ago, the Fukushima disaster led to the shut-down of all plants. Kyushu Electric’s Sendai reactors are located about 980km south-west of Tokyo.

No timing for a potential restart was decided and the next stage of checks incorporates a period of public hearings.

Polls show that majority of Japanese oppose restart of nuclear power.

#ANS2014

#fukushima, #kyushu, #reuters, #tokyo

Japan: ` Tokyo Honour’s its dead victims of `Fukushima ‘ on the Third Anniversary ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Japan on Tuesday will mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima Earthquake-Tsunami disaster.

Remembrance ceremonies will be held around the disaster zone and in the capital Tokyo, to pay tributes to 18,000 victims who lost their lives in the country’s worst peace-time disaster.

It destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.

#ANS2014

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`Japanese Prosecutors drop charges over the `Fukushima’ and Protestor’s rally in Tokyo over Decision’

#AceWorldNews says hundreds of protestors rallied in Tokyo on Saturday at the decision by Japanese prosecutors to drop charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, which some have argued was a “man-made” disaster.

In March 2011 a huge tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, crashed into the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing a meltdown that spewed radiation into the surrounding area, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

A parliamentary report concluded that Fukushima was caused by Japan’s culture of “reflexive obedience” and not just the tsunami.

Campaigners have said that they will appeal the decision and continue to try and prosecute officials at the plant’s operator TEPCO for their role in the disaster.

#ANS2014

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“Japan will lift exclusion order on area around crippled `Fukushima’ allowing some residents to return home for the first time since the disaster’

#AceWorldNews says Japan will lift an exclusion order on an area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, officials said Monday.

This would allow some residents to return to live for the first time since the disaster, AFP reported.

“The formal lifting of the evacuation order will come on April 1, affecting around 300 people” whose homes are in part of Tamura city, around 20km west of the wrecked plant, a Cabinet Office official said.

Over the next two years, up to 30,000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone.

#afp, #fukushima, #japan, #tamura

‘Bizarre’ Cluster of Severe Birth Defects Stuns USA Health Experts, Rural Washington Area

Entry sign at Hanford Site, Washington
A scientific dispute over the cleanup of one of the most polluted sites in the country threatens to ensnare the Energy Department’s new leadership

The government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to clean up the nation’s largest nuclear dump has become its own dysfunctional mess.

For more than two decades, the government has worked to dispose of 56 million gallons of toxic nuclear and chemical waste stored in underground, leak-prone steel tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State. Although MANY point still to Japan’s Fukushima site
But progress has been slow, the project’s budget is rising by billions of dollars, and a long-running technical dispute has sown ill will between members of the project’s senior engineering staff, the Energy Department and its lead contractors.
The waste is a legacy of the Cold War, when the site housed nuclear reactors churning out radioactive plutonium for thousands of American atomic bombs. To clean up the site — the largest such environmental undertaking in the country — the Department of Energy (DOE) started building a factory 12 years ago to encase the nuclear leftovers in stable glass for long-term storage.

But today, construction of the factory is only two-thirds complete after billions of dollars in spending, leaving partially constructed buildings and heavy machinery scattered across the 65-acre desert construction site, 12 miles from the Columbia River.

Technical personnel have expressed concerns about the plant’s ability to operate safely, and say the government and its contractors have tried to discredit them, and in some cases harassed and punished them. Experts also say that some of the tanks have already leaked radioactive waste into the groundwater below, and worry that the contamination is now making its way to the river, a major regional source of drinking water.

Some lawmakers say Hanford has been an early — and so far dismaying — test of whether Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, previously an MIT physics professor, can turn the problem-plagued Energy Department around through improved scientific rigor and better management of its faltering, multi-billion dollar projects. They have accused his aides of standing by while a well-known whistleblower was dismissed last month.

Hanford’s 65-acre Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant
Meanwhile, DOE officials are now considering spending an extra $2 billion to $3 billion to help make the wastes safer for treatment. Doing so would delay the cleanup’s completion for years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated in December. DOE is already strapped for cash, due to the impact of the budget sequestration, likely to take billions of dollars out of its budget.

In an Oct. 9 letter to Moniz, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., demanded that he take new steps to ensure that the project’s technical and safety experts are well-treated. Four organizations have reviewed their complaints, he said, and “all have agreed that the project is deeply troubled, and all have affirmed the underlying technical problems.”

http://newscenterd.com/bizarre-cluster-of-severe-birth-defects-stuns-health-experts

http://www.jeannemelanson.com/alarming-number-of-severe-birth-defects/

http://www.onenewspage.us/n/Health/750az3ofv/Bizarre-Cluster-of-Severe-Birth-Defects-Haunts-Health.htm

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#Fukushima ” Water Containing High Levels of Radioactive Substance’s’ that far exceeds `Government Limits’ has Leaked from a Storage Tank”

#AceWorldNews via NHK World / The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says water containing extremely high levels of radioactive substances has leaked from a storage tank.

Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said the leak was found on Wednesday night in one of the many tanks being stored on the mountain side of the reactor buildings.

They say the leaked water contained 230-million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substances.

The amount far exceeds government limits.

They say the water leaked from a seam near the top of the tank. It travelled along a rainwater pipe and flowed outside the barrier that surrounds the tank.

Officials say they have taken measures to stop the leakage. TEPCO estimates that about 100 tons of water had leaked.

The utility say the water should not have flowed into the ocean because there are no spillways near the tank that lead to the sea.

Officials say their investigation is still under-way.

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