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  • Title: Main
    Descriptive info: .. HOME: Healing Ourselves Mother Earth.. It's a really great planet- let's live like we plan to stay here!.. Main.. Health.. Nuclear Denial.. How Big is the Problem?.. Who's in Charge?.. Uranium Mining.. The Grand Canyon.. Reactors.. Fukushima.. Fukushima Updates.. Chernobyl.. San Onofre CA.. Weapons.. Weapons Production.. Hanford WA.. Weapons Testing.. Waste.. Waste Sites.. Yucca Mt.. Nuclear Colonialism.. Western Shoshone.. Ward Valley CA.. Big Oil.. Hydrofracking.. Renewable Energy.. Latest News Updates.. HOME pdf Downloads.. About HOME.. Who We Are.. Contact Us.. About the Website.. NTS Vision Project.. Public Hearings.. Talking Points.. Ad Campaign.. SWEIS Issues.. SWEIS Impacts.. SWEIS Operations.. NTS Briefing Paper.. HOME Projects.. Yucca Legacy Project.. Why Baselines.. Yucca Sampling.. Sampling Details.. Sampling Map.. Sampling Photos.. Links Docs.. Yucca Watershed.. Contamination.. Cultural Awareness.. Communicating.. 1st Nations Protocols.. Indian Values.. Principles of Justice.. Jemez Principles.. Search.. All good things come from our planet Earth,.. our food, medicines, shelter and clothing.. No matter what our nation of origin is, our culture, our religion or political beliefs, we all  ...   She is our HOME, and we have no other.. Neither do our children.. Let us heal ourselves enough to join together to work together responsibly, and ensuring our children a safe and sane futur.. e.. Radiation plume projected growth.. YouTube clip.. Radiation plume growth up to 11/11/11.. These maps shows the spreading plume of radioactive seawater from the crippled nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan.. They were destroyed when a tsunami wave caused a loss of electrical service at the reactor site, leading to meltdown of multiple reactors.. A number of reactors are constructed in the same way in the United States, leading to growing concern about public safety in the event of another extreme weather or terrorist attack.. Germany has made the choice to completely phase out nuclear power, making the largest investment in its energy infrastructure since World War II.. Read more on our Latest News Updates page above.. Copyright © 2012, Healing Ourselves Mother Earth.. All Rights Reserved.. Website Template.. created with Artisteer by.. Blue HeronWorks..

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  • Title: Health & Radiation
    Descriptive info: Health Radiation.. Most people are familiar with the terrible effects of high doses of radiation, the burns and hair loss and subsequent disease, such as after the atomic bombs were dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but fewer people are aware that low doses of radiation, especially repeated or cumulative exposures, can cause significant harm as well.. This has been a topic of great debate and study.. And the more it is studied, the more proof is found that there really is no safe threshold for radiation exposure.. We are routinely exposed to sources of low doses of radiation every day, such as sunlight, diagnostic x-rays, airport security scanners, radon from rock like granite, and even some foods like brazil nuts and people with heart pacemakers.. For example, in late January 2012, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would conduct new tests to measure potential radiation hazards to airport security officers from the scanning machines at more than 100 airports.. HOwever, the TSA does not plan to test the machines themselves or to measure radiation exposure for passengers.. "We still have no idea how much radiation is being imposed on travelers by a properly functining machine," said James Babb, co-founder of We Won't Fly, as consumer advocacy group.. "A malfunctioning machine chould be particularly nasty.. "..  ...   uses of radioactive elements.. setting off terrorist radiation alarms for up to three months.. No dose is safe, federal panel confirms.. Infant Deaths Childhood Cancers Drop When Reactors Close.. Alice Stewart.. , discovered that low level radiation caused more health damage than previously thought.. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.. Excellent archive of past articles on weapons, waste, DOE.. Committee for Nuclear Responsibility.. , including work of Dr.. John Goffman.. Downwinders.. Gulf War Syndrome - Comprehensive Study.. with links.. Institute for Energy Environmental Research.. (IEER) Excellent resource for detailed but readable information on all aspects of health and the nuclear industry.. Health Effects of Depleted Uranium.. Health Effects Low Level Radiation.. - Dr.. Steve Wing Statement to Congress Subcommittee, July 18, 2000.. Journal of Exposure Analysis Environmental Epidemiology.. Low Radiation Doses May Pose High Risk.. Mothers' Alert.. Extensive library.. on all aspects of health, history and the nuclear industry, and actions to take.. National Cancer Institute's Report.. on Nuclear Testing.. Map of fallout.. exposure.. IEER's analysis.. of NCI Report.. NRC Considers Providing Potassium.. Iodine Pills to Reactor Communities in Case of Toxic Release.. Rachel's Environment Health News.. Radiation Has Caused 20 Million Premature US Deaths Since 1950.. Physicians for Social Responsibility.. -Atlanta GA.. Support the Patient's Right To Know.. Policy on x-Rays.. The Tooth Fairy Project.. , etc.. at Radiation Public Health..

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  • Title: NUCLEAR DENIAL IS KILLING US
    Descriptive info: NUCLEAR DENIAL IS KILLING US.. Radioactive contamination--of our planet, fellow species, our own bodies and future generations--is the single greatest risk to our well-being today.. We can’t see it, feel it or smell it.. Few people have the equipment to measure it.. What is measured is often kept secret from the public.. But it is there.. It scares us, but we don't talk about it.. And so the problem grows.. As early as December 1951, the Atomic Energy Commission was warned by its own consultants that ".. cancer is a significant industrial hazard of the atomic energy business.. " Numerous studies have confirmed this over the years.. Even after disasters as great as Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and now Fukishima, as well as many lesser known nuclear accidents on land and sea, reliable information is hard to find.. Fortunately, through the Internet we now have access to reports, blogs and media accounts from many countries and organizations.. With a little amount of effort, we can educate ourselves.. High incidence of breast cancer and birth defects have been linked to neighboring nuclear reactors.. Connections between cancers, coronary heart disease, and excessive medical x-rays are well established.. Now we use diagnostic scanning procedures that emit unbelievably high levels of radiation.. Even medical practitioners are often unaware of the severity of the problem, in part because they lack radiation monitoring equipment themselves.. And the problem does not affect only those who are exposed to radiation - genetic damage to DNA can cause increasing health problems and learning disorders in the descendants of those originally exposed.. "We live on a recycling earth.. You can’t put poison into a recycling earth.. We’re damaging the seed… that’s a death process.. We’re seeing it crop up as breast cancer, mentally retarded and hyperkinetic kids.. We’re seeing it crop up as infertility, and we’re seeing animal species destroyed.. But we don’t seem to have quite said ‘yes, that’s us.. That’s our planet, that’s what we did, and let’s stop it..  ...   fallout across the nation and beyond.. But the Dept.. of Health Human Services stalled for years on sending this report to Congress.. Now we need the data on Fukishima fallout which almost immediately was impacting fruit on the west coast and Pacific seafood.. We need accurate information to discuss with our doctors our own level of risk and how it may affect our children.. 80% of breast cancer is environmentally caused and therefore preventable.. , but we usually hear more about diet, smoking and family history than the nuclear and other toxic industries.. Medical experiments were deliberately and secretly conducted.. on the most vulnerable members of our society—school children, remote Native communities, mental patients, prisoners, soldiers and sailors.. We need to know what is being done to help them now.. Transportation of nuclear ores, metals, fuels, weapons and wastes has resulted in numerous accidents.. and near-misses.. Cleanup efforts are still moving these materials around like a national shell game, potentially raising the danger exponentially.. Do you know where the routes are?.. Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions are known to cause disease.. in exposed U.. veterans and civilian populations, and serious birth defects in their children.. BIrth defects in Falujah, Iraq, are now found in 14% of their children.. Why does the U.. continue to contaminate nation after nation, as well as veterans, bases and firing ranges at home?.. U.. nuclear powered space stations and mining colonies.. on the Moon and Mars will begin a whole new era of nuclear waste production within the next decade.. Star Wars plans are nuclear capable.. How will U.. dominance of space-based resources affect global peace?.. For over sixty years the U.. government contaminated.. all of North America, South Pacific islands, and much of the world’s oceans with radiation.. Why isn’t our nuclear policy an important part of the national political debate?.. Like an alcoholic family--where emotional survival is maintained by an unspoken agreement not to discuss the disease openly--.. we are living in a condition of.. nuclear.. denial..

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  • Title: How Big is the Problem?
    Descriptive info: How Big is the Problem?.. Information on radioactivity is hard to come by, often conflicting, and usually specific to one aspect of the industry or another.. But our exposure to radiation is cumulative, and we need to develop an understanding of the industry as a whole.. For example, an older person living in the Four Corners area of the United States has been exposed to radiation from atmospheric bomb testing, uranium mining,.. medical procedures,.. and coal-powered electrical plants which can routinely emit more air-born radiation than nuclear reactors.. "This is truly the ultimate “right to life issue”- a right to be born without genetic malformations, a right to eat and drink non-radioactive food, a right to live a normal life-span without the threat of early cancer and the right to live without the ever present threat of nuclear war.. Above all, we are the curators of life on Earth, we hold it in the palm of our hand, a sacred trust with God.. ".. Helen Caldicott.. According to the estimates of Dr.. Rosalie Bertell, a radiation expert of world renown, by the year 2000,1.. 2 billion people on our planet had already been killed, maimed or sickened by nuclear weapons testing and nuclear reactors world-wide.. She based her calculations on readily available UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) reports, and she calls them conservative.. Atmospheric testing.. : 1,138 million victims.. Weapons  ...   nuclear power, and this carnage would continue with more than.. 10 million victims a year.. An industry which has the potential to kill, injure and maim that number of innocent people—and all in the name of ‘benefiting’ society—is surely wholly unacceptable.. "*.. How Are We Exposed?.. Nuclear fission, whether in a reactor, a bomb, or a laboratory, creates about 80 different radioactive byproducts.. In addition, about 300 different existing chemicals take on radioactive forms that before 1943 were found only rarely and in trace amounts.. Escaping nuclear particles, carried by wind and water, end up in our lungs and bodies, and in our food chain.. Grass dusted with particles is eaten by cows, which contaminates the milk drunk by our children.. And the cycle goes on.. Particles that remain in our bodies can continue to emit radiation, damaging our organs and functions from within.. A simple and inexpensive blood test has been patented, so that now each of us can know for sure what our level of contamination is.. *.. Bertell R.. ,.. "Victims of the Nuclear Age".. , The Ecologist, Vol.. 29, No.. 7, pp.. 408-411, Nov.. 1999.. **Downey M.. "Strontium-90 Levels Reaching Levels of Atmospheric Testing Nuclear Years".. , The Globe and Mail, 12/2/99.. **Gould, Jay M.. , et al,.. Strontium-90 In Baby Teeth.. As A Factor In Early Childhood Cancer.. , International Journal of Health Services, Vol.. 30, No.. 3, Pages 515-539, 2000..

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  • Title: Who's in Charge?
    Descriptive info: Who's in Charge?.. Initially, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), was formed in 1946, to oversee military control of atomic technology.. Its mission was redefined in 1954 with an impossible conflict:.. continuing development of weapons and nuclear powered naval vessels;.. encouraging rapid construction of commercial nuclear reactors (to maintain U.. dominance in nuclear technology, over British and Russian reactor programs at that time);.. regulating the new industry and protecting public health.. Secrecy, speed, and safety rarely mix.. Agencies charged with public protection soon came under the control of Cold War interests, to conceal rather than publicize the health risks.. Bertell says, "Health effects of radiation could be classified for national security to prevent rebellion.. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.. As programs expanded rapidly over the next 20 years, public anger toward the AEC grew over rising health problems, shoddy safety and construction oversight, and coverups of scientific findings.. In 1975, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) replaced the AEC as the licensing and regulating agency for commercial reactors.. The Department of Energy.. In 1977, the Department of Energy (DOE) was created to oversee nuclear energy development and marketing, as well as nuclear weapons.. Within a few years, weapons were the main priority.. From the beginning, ‘national security’ concerns allowed the DOE to regulate and police themselves and their many sub-contractors, a policy unheard of in any other industry, and one that we will pay for with our health and tax dollars for future generations to come.. With the scaling back of the Cold War mentality and the growing perception of unimaginable levels of contamination at nuclear sites world-wide, the modern day DOE's Office of Environmental Management (EM) is responsible for the most extensive and expensive environmental cleanup program in the.. According to Robert Alvarez, former senior policy advisor to Dept.. of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson:.. "Major elements of Energy’s complex are closing down, leaving a huge unfunded and dangerous mess.. After more than half a century of making nuclear  ...   World War II.. Skilled personnel who can safely fix these problems are disappearing.. " *.. nation, and, to date, in the world.. DOE EM decisions regarding cleanup activities have the potential to affect the health of the public, the environment, and future resource use by the public for.. generations to come at sites all over the United States.. And like any agency or business, there is a constant struggle between acheiving optimal results and working with finite and limited budgets.. It is very important for the public to step up and get involved in the DOE decision making process, and numerous opportunities exist to do so.. Conversely, technology developed for ‘maintaining’ aging nuclear weapons also serves to aid new development, and the DOE laboratories are used for all top secret science, from suitcase bombs to human cloning.. This too, requires vigilant public oversight.. The DOE, has, in addition to over 100,000 employees:.. real estate holdings of more than 2.. 4 million acres;.. more than 20,700 specialized facilities and buildings, including 1,600 laboratories, 89 nuclear reactors, 208 particle accelerators and 665 production and manufacturing facilities;.. about 700,000 metric tons of dangerous nuclear materials, including about ½ of all mined uranium in the world;.. a budget of $17.. 4 billion in fiscal 2000, 2/3rds of which goes to maintain nuclear weapons and attempt to deal with the "Balloon Mortgage of the Nuclear Age": health, environmental, and safety legacies of over 50 years of barely regulated bomb production.. In 2001, the cleanup budget has been cut substantially.. Alvarez confirms that DOE policy prevents any real oversight or accountability, both internally and of retained private contractors.. Cover-ups are rewarded and whistleblowers demoted, fired or prosecuted.. Congressional mandates to issue sweeping nuclear safety regulations by October 1999 have not yet born fruit.. Bertell, R.. , Notarized statement.. about Three Mile Island Coverup, 7/10/1998.. **Alvarez R.. "Energy In Decay".. ,.. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, May/June 2000, Vol.. 56, No.. 3, pp 24-35..

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  • Title: Where It All Starts: Uranium Mines & Mills
    Descriptive info: Where It All Starts: Uranium Mines Mills.. In the United States and world-wide, about 70% of all uranium reserves lie beneath indigenous people's lands.. For a long time the Jackpile Mine near Laguna Pueblo in Arizona was the largest in the world.. Then came bigger mines in Australia and Cree country in Canada.. Before the atomic bombs were dropped in Japan in 1945, Native American miners in the U.. were already suffering from radiation illness, from mining the ore that made the Hiroshima and Nagaasaki bombs.. Uranium tailings, left over from ore extraction at mills, retain up to 85% of the ore radioactivity for up to 100,000 years.. For each ton of uranium oxide produced, up to 40,000 tons of tailings are left behind, in addition to toxic heavy metals.. Over 400 abandoned mines, plus mill sites and thousands of test holes continued to poison soils, air and water.. Cleanup efforts, mandated in 1978, are moving forward slowly.. For decades, miners had only radioactive water to drink and wash with, often taking it home to families.. Protected only by hard hats, uranium dust was carried home on clothing and skin.. Native homes and schools were built from tailing-based concrete all over the west.. Children played in tailing piles and ponds.. Often child  ...   into the Earth and processing the resulting solution, are making uranium mining look profitable again.. In Church Rock, New Mexico, the site of the 95 million gallon radioactive spill into the Rio Puerco on July 16,.. 1979, Hydro Resources, Inc.. had hopes.. to open several mines and a.. Above: Recycled uranium contaminated with plutonium and other dangerous elements was shipped by the U.. nuclear weapons progrm to federal plants, private companies and university research centers in at least 30 states (green) and Puerto Rico.. __________________________________.. processing plant.. However, the Navajo Nation is refusing to grant any further mining licenses on its lands so far.. Recent efforts.. have even sought to.. open a mine within the Grand Canyon itself.. , in sacred and pristine Havasupai country.. Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and other regional groups are challenging the ‘cleaned-up’ water standards being applied to their case.. They are 22 times higher than EPA proposed national standards.. , and "at least 20 times greater than the level of uranium in drinking water that has been shown to cause kidney impairment in chronically exposed individuals.. "**.. *Kelley M.. "Uranium Miners, families bring tales of pain to Washington".. , Cortez Journal (NM).. **.. "Intervenors Say Uranium Cleanup Standard is Unsafe".. ENDAUM.. Press Release, 3/23/2000..

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  • Title: The Grand Canyon
    Descriptive info: The Grand Canyon.. The new challenge to protecting the Grand Canyon region is uranium miners who’ve staked thousands of claims ringing the national park.. 3/15/2012 From the Environmental Law firm Earthjustice:.. Uranium mining has left a.. toxic legacy.. in the area, polluting water that run through the Park, which has prompted the Park Service to warn hikers not to drink the water of certain streams, iincluding.. Horn Creek.. (New mines are supposed to be better and cleaner.. But the water pollution threatened by the “modern” flooded mines shows otherwise.. ).. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stood up for protecting the lands around the national park, putting.. a million acres.. off limits to new mining claims.. "It is the greatest eroded canyon in the United  ...   thousands of visitors.. ”.. Supreme Court Justice Willis an Devanter, 1920, in.. the original successfull effort.. to keep mining claims away from the Grand Canyon National Monument.. The uranium industry.. doesn’t like protecting the Grand Canyon.. And they are attacking not only the Grand Canyon protection measures, but also the Interior Secretary’s authority to protect lands.. (Industry claims the Interior Department can’t protect more than 5,000 acres at a time from uranium mining claims.. This time, Earthjustice and our clients – the.. Havasupai Tribe.. Grand Canyon Trust.. Center for Biological Diversity.. Sierra Club.. , and.. National Parks Conservation Association.. – will be fighting to protect the Grand Canyon.. (We filed.. legal papers.. to formally intervene in the first of three industry suits last week..

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  • Title: Nuclear Reactors
    Descriptive info: Nuclear Reactors.. They All Fall Down:.. In this AP photo, taken May 5, 1999, four reactor cooling towers are demolished with explosives in Germany.. Germany now plans to spend $260 billion on energy infrastructure to faze out nuclear reactors completely.. The world now has 435 nuclear reactors and of these, 104 are in the United States.. , in addition to an unknown number of military reactors.. Some European countries like Sweden and Germany are shutting down their reactors, but even after the Fukushima disaster, the U.. industry still hopes to promote new reactor construction.. Fuel for commercial reactors in the U.. is currently manufactured at nine different facilities in Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.. Jane Rickover, daughter-in-law of Admiral Rickover, "the Father of the Nuclear Navy", said in a sworn.. statement.. on July 18, 1986:.. "In May, 1983, my father-in-law, Admiral Hyman G.. Rickover, told me that at the time of the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor accident, a full report was commissioned by President Jimmy Carter.. He [my father-in-law] said that the report, if published in its entirety, would have destroyed the civilian nuclear power industry because the accident at Three Mile Island was infinitely more dangerous than was ever made public.. He told me that he had used his enormous personal influence with President Carter to persuade him to publish the report only in a highly ‘diluted’ form.. The President had originally wished the full report to be made public.. "In November, 1985, my father-in-law told me that he had come to deeply regret his action in persuading President Carter to suppress the most alarming aspects of that report.. Numerous contaminated sites remain from past production, including the Kerr-Magee facility in Oklahoma where Karen Silkwood worked and died, trying to blow the whistle on dangerous safety violations.. The Aftermath of the Chernobyl Disaster.. (Read more about it).. Most people are familiar with the terrible reactor disaster when Chernobyl’s number four reactor exploded on April 26, 1986, spreading a radioactive cloud over much of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, parts of Western Europe and beyond.. F.. allout arrived above the United States nine days after the disaster.. Fallout entered the U.. environment and food chain through rainfall.. Levels of iodine-131 in milk, for example, were seven to 28 times above normal in May and June 1986.. The highest U.. radiation levels were recorded in the Pacific Northwest.. Americans also consumed contaminated food imported from nations affected by the disaster.. Four years later, 25 percent  ...   reported 1,400 cases of thyroid cancer between 1986 and 2000; no cases were registered between 1981 and 1985.. According to the World Health Organization,.. over 50,000 more are expected to develop thyroid cancer.. in the Ukraine alone.. **.. Additional reports spell out Chernobyl-related problems--from an estimated 1 million infant deaths in India, to current levels of Cesium-137 100 times greater than expected in fish and sheep in northern Great Britain.. In the summer of 2002, berries were confiscated in Scandinavia, hundreds of times higher than acceptable levels.. Our Own Chernobyl: Three Mile Island.. We may never know the truth about what happened when at least half of the core of Unit 2 melted at the Three Mile Island reactor in Pennsylvania on March 28, 1979.. See the photo of two headed calf born five miles away (bottom left), and read the statement about the official report coverup (above).. What About ‘Safe’ Reactors?.. What about the 103 ‘normal’ commercial reactors still operating here in the U.. ? For decades we have been told that any emissions are well within ‘safe’ levels.. But a study of counties close to five nuclear reactors that were closed between 1987–89 shows a sharp decline in infant mortality rates in the first two years after reactor closure.. The Rancho Seco reactor is located in a highly populated part of northern California, 25 miles from Sacramento and 70 miles from San Francisco.. It is also in a major produce growing area.. Rancho Seco began operations in Sept.. 1974, and closed in June, 1989.. 1974-75, first year of operation, closest 4 counties, compared to the national average:.. Fetal death rate 9.. 3% higher;.. Infant death rate 11.. Death from all birth defects 25.. 5% higher.. 1990-91, first two years after closure (compared to 1988-89):.. Fetal death rate dropped 5%.. Infant death rate (age 0-1) dropped 16%;.. Infant death from birth defects (age 0-1) dropped 20%;.. Death from birth defects, (age 1-4), dropped 31%.. Photo of two headed stillborn calf taken by Mary S.. Osborn at the farm of Herbert Myers, New Cumberland PA, about 5 miles from Three Mile Island.. *Horodetska O.. "Chernobyl Kills And Cripples 14 Years After Blast".. , Reuters News story, 4/21/2000.. ** Brown P.. "50,000 More Chernobyl Cancer Cases Predicted".. , The Guardian, 4/26/2000.. ****.. Alexey Yablokov,.. Vassily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko.. ".. Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.. " The authors examined more than 5,000 published articles and studies, most written in Slavic languages and never before available in English..

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  • Title: Fukushima Reactor Meltdown, March 2011
    Descriptive info: Fukushima Reactor Meltdown, March 2011.. http://www.. infiniteunknown.. net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Fukushima-Reactor-4.. png.. Watch live footage on the Big Picture and hear expert Kevin Kampsfrom Beyond Nuclear discuss what really happened and continues to happen at Fukushima.. Link to YouTube clip.. Go to our.. Updates Blog page.. for the latest news on Fukushima..

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  • Title: Fukushima, Japan - Reactor Melt Downs
    Descriptive info: Fukushima, Japan - Reactor Melt Downs.. For the latest news on Fukushima, go to.. Blog.. 4/27/12.. Fukushima Is Falling Apart: Are You Ready … For A Mass Extinction Event?.. From the article:.. If they are MOX fuel, containing 6% plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.. 89.. billion.. people.. If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods.. That is, if we aren’t in one already.. Nuke experts like Arnie Gundersen and Helen Caldicott are prepared to evacuate their families to the southern hemisphere if that happens.. It is.. that.. serious.. So now you know, if you didn’t before.. We are in big trouble.. 4/5/12 Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident.. From.. Akiro Matsumura.. - Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr.. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident.. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4.. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air.. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable.. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries.. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).. I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr.. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods.. I received an astounding response from Mr.. Alvarez.. [updated 4/5/12].. :.. In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known.. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No.. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated.. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No.. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.. 4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity.. The No.. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements.. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.. The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors.. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo.. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions,.. it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters.. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.. Based on U.. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools.. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.. 2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity.. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 —.. roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident.. as estimated by the U.. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).. The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.. 9 E+18 Becquerel).. It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.. If Japanese government leaders do not recognize the risk their nation faces, how could the rest of us be persuaded of the looming disaster? And if the rest of us do not acknowledge the catastrophe we collectively face, who will be the one to act?.. 4/10/12 Fukushima Too Radioactive for Robots Trying to Recover Fuel.. Watch this YouTube clip.. : Kevin Kamps, from Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann for a detailed discussion on what's really happening at Fukushima's various buildings and crippled reactors.. More than a year into the nuclear crisis at Fukushima - radiation levels have now reached their highest point yet, buildings are still collapsing and the water cooling the melted down cores is dangerously low, as low as only two feet.. 4/3/12 Radiation Levels in California Rain Recorded at 506% Above Normal.. From the IntelHub: A radiation test carried out after a storm swept through Southern California has recorded radiation at 506% above normal background levels.. The EnviroReporter, through their Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor, has conducted over 1,500 radiation tests with the most recent one being by far the highest levels seen.. As noted in the.. YouTube description.. , the rain tested was composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean.. “Sure enough, a rain composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean with high winds tested higher than any other Los Angeles Basin rain since Radiation Station Santa Monica began fallout radiation tests March 15, 2011, four days after the unabated meltdowns began.. The rain, not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny, came in at a whopping 506% above normal, more than high enough to qualify as a hazardous material situation for the California Highway Patrol.. ”.. Read more.. These levels will most likely be downplayed by nuclear apologists and the NRC especially when you consider the fact that the NRC has openly covered up the dangers posed by the  ...   built in the U.. since the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania.. GE Htachi is working on a deal for a plant in Lithuania, and Mitsubishi has plans for one in Jordan.. There's a mistaken assumption out there that the Fukushima accident, preceded as it was by a massive earthquake and tsunami, was "more of a natural disaster and less of a man-made one.. But such an analysis is shallow and misleading.. The investigation into the meltdown is still going on, but already it's obvious that the accident can't be blamed solely on nature.. Until we know all the things that went wrong and how to fix them, we have no business exporting nuclear technology.. "Talk of a nuclear renaissance is far too hasty.. " As quoted in the March 9 2012 The Week.. 1/19/2012: Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated.. http://fairewinds.. com/content/cancer-risk-young-children-near-fukushima-daiichi-underestimated.. Arnie Gundersen:.. Hi, I'm Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds.. Today, I would like to introduce a video by Ian Goddard.. But before I do that, I want to talk about BEIR.. Now that is not the stuff you drink, but it is BEIR and it stands for the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation and it is a report from the National Academy of Sciences.. What got me thinking about this were two disturbing news stories out of Japan.. The first story comes from NHK, which is the major Japanese radio-television station.. The story reports that in Fukushima Prefecture, very very high levels of cesium have been found in male cedar flowers.. The tip of the cedar apparently is loaded with cesium.. The data indicates that it is about a quarter of a million disintegrations per second in a kilogram of these cedar flowers.. That is pretty serious because, of course, in the spring the flowers will bud and that radioactive cesium will go airborne, again.. Now what got my attention though was the Japanese response to that.. And here is what NHK said: "The agency reports, "This is not a great health hazard as it is only about 10 times what a person would be exposed to from normal background in Tokyo.. "" Now there are all sorts of assumptions that go into that calculation, but to my mind when you release a quarter of a million disintegrations per second into the air when the flowers burst, that should get public health attention.. The second story is also from Japan and this one from Japan Times, where radioactive grasshoppers have been detected in Fukushima Prefecture.. Now the grasshoppers are contaminated to the tune of 4,000 disintegrations per second in a kilogram of grasshoppers.. Now why is this important? The Japanese eat radioactive grasshoppers with their beer.. Now the story goes on to say this.. "The scientists think it is safe to eat the bugs because they are usually in snack sized portions, crunchy soy-marinated locusts, enjoyed with a cold mug of beer.. " Now, I think drinking beer is fine, but when the bug you are eating has 4,000 disintegrations per second of cesium, that should be a concern to public health officials.. That gets me to the issue of BIER, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.. The BIER Report shows that radiation exposure and cancer rate are linear.. And what that means is that it is proportional, the more radiation you get, the more cancer you are likely to get.. Less cancers come from lower doses.. So at this dose, this cancer, the line goes up and down in a straight line.. That is what BIER says, it is called the L.. N.. T.. , Linear No Threshold approach.. Now what that means in BIER is this: if somebody is exposed to 100 rem, that is one sievert, the chances of getting cancer are 1 in 10.. If you cut that in 10, so somebody gets 10 rem, that is 100 milisieverts, the chances of getting cancer are 1 in 100.. Going down one more, if you get 1 rem of radiation or about 10 millisieverts, the chances of a cancer are about 1 in 1,000.. Now in Japan, the Japanese government is allowing people to go back into these radiation zones, when the radiation exposure is 2 rem.. What that means is that they are willing to say that your chances of getting cancer are 1 in 500 if you go back into these areas that are presently off limits, and the exposure levels are 2 rem or 20 milisieverts in a year.. But it is worse than that.. The number that we are using in the BIER Report is for the entire population, old people and young.. And old people are going to die of something else before a cancer gets to them, whereas young people have rapidly dividing cells and they live a longer time, so they are more likely to get cancer.. So if you go into the BIER Report and you look at Table 12-D, you will see that young women have a 5 times that number chance of getting cancer than the population as a whole.. So young girls in the Fukushima Prefecture are going to get 5 times the exposure they would get from 2 rem.. That means that about one in 100 young girls is going to get cancer as a result of the exposure in Fukushima Prefecture.. And that is for every year they are in that radiation zone.. If you are in there for 5 years, it is 5 out of 100 young girls will get cancer.. Now the BIER Report only addresses cancer, and of course, there are other effects of radiation that are not included in BIER, so it is actually worse than that.. The BIER Report does not address hot particles.. Now we have been over that extensively on the site, and you will see that imbibing it (a kid gets radioactive cesium on their hands and they swallow it, or breathing it in), is not included in the BIER Report.. According to the National Academy of Sciences, the BIER Report, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, the chance of someone in Fukushima receiving a cancer is about 1 in 500 at the threshold that the Japanese have set.. But it is worse than that: Young girls are 5 times more radio-sensitive than the data indicates.. So what that means is that at least 1 in 100 young girls is likely to get cancer if they go back in under those radiation limits..

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  • Title: Chernobyl Reactor Disaster, April 24,1986
    Descriptive info: Chernobyl Reactor Disaster, April 24,1986.. Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People: New Book.. NEW YORK, New York.. , April 26, 2010 (.. Environmental News Service.. ) - Nearly one million people around the world died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor, finds a new book from the New York Academy of Sciences published today on the 24th anniversary of the meltdown at the Soviet facility.. The book, "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment," was compiled by authors Alexey Yablokov of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy in Moscow, and Vassily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko of the Institute of Radiation Safety, in Minsk, Belarus.. The authors examined more than 5,000 published articles and studies, most written in Slavic languages and never before available in English.. The authors said, "For the past 23 years, it has been clear that there is a danger greater than nuclear weapons concealed within nuclear power.. Emissions from this one reactor exceeded a hundred-fold the radioactive contamination of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.. No citizen of any country can be assured that he or she can be protected from radioactive contamination.. One nuclear reactor can pollute half the globe," they said.. "Chernobyl fallout covers the entire Northern Hemisphere.. The Chernobyl nuclear reactor was destroyed by an explosion and fire April 26, 1986.. (Photo issued by Soviet authorities).. Their findings are in contrast to estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency that initially said only 31 people had died among the "liquidators," those approximately 830,000 people who were in charge of extinguishing the fire at the Chernobyl reactor and deactivation and cleanup of the site.. The book finds that by 2005, between 112,000 and 125,000 liquidators had died.. "On this 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, we now realize that the consequences were far worse than many researchers had believed," says.. Janette Sherman, MD.. , the physician and toxicologist who edited the book.. Drawing upon extensive data, the authors estimate the number of deaths worldwide due to Chernobyl fallout from 1986 through 2004 was 985,000, a number that has  ...   by the charity Medicine Chernobyl Belarus Special Aid Group.. (Photo by.. Matthew and Heather).. About 550 million Europeans, and 150 to 230 million others in the Northern Hemisphere received notable contamination.. Fallout reached the United States and Canada nine days after the disaster.. The proportion of children considered healthy born to irradiated parents in Belarus, the Ukraine, and European Russia considered healthy fell from about 80 percent to less than 20 percent since 1986.. Numerous reports reviewed for this book document elevated disease rates in the Chernobyl area.. These include increased fetal and infant deaths, birth defects, and diseases of the respiratory, digestive, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, hematological, urological, cardiovascular, genetic, immune, and other systems, as well as cancers and non-cancerous tumors.. In addition to adverse effects in humans, numerous other species have been contaminated, based upon studies of livestock, voles, birds, fish, plants, trees, bacteria, viruses, and other species.. Foods produced in highly contaminated areas in the former Soviet Union were shipped, and consumed worldwide, affecting persons in many other nations.. Some, but not all, contamination was detected and contaminated foods not shipped.. The authors warn that the soil, foliage, and water in highly contaminated areas still contain substantial levels of radioactive chemicals, and will continue to harm humans for decades to come.. The book explores effects of Chernobyl fallout that arrived above the United States nine days after the disaster.. The authors found that the highest U.. The authors of the study say not enough attention has been paid to Eastern European research studies on the effects of Chernobyl at a time when corporations in several nations, including the United States, are attempting to build more nuclear reactors and to extend the years of operation of aging reactors.. The authors said in a statement, "Official discussions from the International Atomic Energy Agency and associated United Nations' agencies (e.. g.. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and consequently have erred by not including these assessments.. To obtain the book from the New York Academy of Sciences, click.. here.. Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2010.. All rights reserved..

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