Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (11/16/2014)
Featured video was published on Oct 13, 2014
Unbeknownst to most consumers of US corporate media, radiation in the ocean from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has finally reached the United States’ West Coast, impacting fisheries along the Pacific Ocean. Three years later, these and other effects of Fukushima are only beginning to appear. Dr. Helen Caldicott, former President of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, examines the radiation-related health risks, and other lasting consequences of the calamity in her new book Crisis Without End. In this talk she sheds light on these trends, giving an overview of how they impact not only the people of Japan, but the United States and the rest of the world comparing it with the ongoing Chernobyl disaster which scientists estimate has so far killed over a million people. Caldicott also shares her judgement on how these lasting impacts should impact U.S. nuclear policy. A trained physician, Caldicott is also the author of several other books, including If You Love This Planet and The New Nuclear Danger.
Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, renowned author, anti-nuclear power advocate and has established numerous national and international groups which oppose nuclear power & weapons, including Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Study: Fukushima health risks underestimated (11/15/2014)
“Hot spots” of nuclear radiation still contaminate parts of Fukushima Prefecture, according to findings from the latest Greenpeace radiation monitoring mission near the Daiichi nuclear power plant that experienced a melt down after an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Experts from the environmental organisation also claim that authorities have consistently underestimated the amount of contamination and the health risks involved.
Cesium-137 density spiked over 300 × in groundwater of Reactor 2 seaside (11/15/2014)
About the potential cause of this sharp increase in radioactive density, Tepco comments it might be because they reduced the water volume to pump to be 10% since 11/6/2014, however it wasn’t explained how specifically the reduction can cause the rapid increase.
Additionally, groundwater level has been continuously increasing in this area for some reason.
Japan’s Nuclear Cleanup Stymied by Water Woes (11/12/2014)
More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.
Instead, nearly all the workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are devoted to an enormously distracting problem: a still-growing amount of contaminated water used to keep the damaged reactors from overheating. The amount has been swelled further by groundwater entering the reactor buildings.
Nuclear Hotseat (Radio), Libbe HaLevy interviews Arnold Gundersen (11/12/2014)
“Japanese doctors threatened for revealing data on how bad Fukushima-related illnesses really are — Gundersen: We had pregnant sisters in Tokyo deliver two dead babies and one with deformities that’s alive; Gov’t refuses to disclose miscarriages or stillbirths around Fukushima (AUDIO” From E-News
Arnold “Arnie” Gundersen (born 4 January 1949, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is a former nuclear industry executive, and engineer with over 30 years of experience who became a whistle blower in 1990.
Gundersen questioned the safety of the Westinghouse AP1000, a proposed third-generation nuclear reactor and has expressed concerns about the operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. He served as an expert witness in the investigation of the Three Mile Island accident and has provided commentary on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ‘nuclear refugees'(10/21/2014)
(Reuters) – Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a “godsend” that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.
Now, more than three years after the disaster, they remain stuck in cramped emergency housing facing the reality they will likely never go home, with Futaba set to become a storage site for contaminated soil, a new documentary film shows.
Research by: Wendy Beck & Emine Dilek