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Seen by Ctrl-z on 9/27's Fukushima thread:

didn't mean for my reply to give you the opportunity to spew more industry propaganda but, as I said, you nuke shills are shameless.

I recently attended a talk by a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. He talked about his memories of that horrific day and the weeks and years that followed. He talked about all the other members of his family, those who did not die on that day or shortly afterward, who died, prematurely, of cancer.

Another person read a translation of something her mother had written about her experiences at Hiroshima. She also spoke of all her family members who'd been there who died of cancer decades later.

So I hope that the UN report is correct and that the evacuation of people near Fukushima was sufficient to limit the likelihood of future cancers in that population. However, when I consider how we have learned, since the report was released, that the actual amounts of contamination being released into the environment were dramatically under-reported, and that there are still steam and contaminated water emissions occurring at the site, I think the report will be proven, at best, hopeful and at worst, duplicitous.

And I think you shills for the industry, who even in the face of a still out-of-control disaster like Fukushima have the nerve to push for more nuclear power, are shameless scum.

"8 U.S. sailors sue Japanese gov't, TEPCO for lying about radiation

NATIONAL DEC. 28, 2012 - 01:55PM JST ( 159 )


Eight crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan are suing the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for lying to them about the radiation levels to which they were exposed during rescue operations near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year.

In a suit filed in San Diego this week, lead plaintiff Lindsay R Cooper accused TEPCO of intentionally concealing the dangerous levels of radiation in the environment from U.S. Navy rescue crews working as part of “Operation Tomodachi” off the coast of the Tohoku region following the devastating series of earthquakes and tsunami that resulted in the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011.

According to Courthouse News Service, the plaintiffs assert that the government and TEPCO possessed data about the radiation leakage that they suppressed, thus willfully exposing Navy rescue workers of the U.S.S Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier based in San Diego, to dangerous levels of radiation. The suit claims that TEPCO covered up data
suggesting that rescue workers would be exposed to the same amount of radiation that resulted in cancer at Chernobyl."


"In growing lawsuit, servicemembers fault TEPCO for radiation-related illnesses

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Five months after participating in humanitarian operations for the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that led to nuclear disaster in Japan, Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Hair’s body began to betray him.

He had sharp hip pains, constant scabbing in his nose, back pain, memory loss, severe anxiety and a constant high-pitch ringing in his ears as his immune system began to attack his body. The diagnosis, he said, was a genetic immune system disease, which on X-rays looked to have made his hip joint jagged and his spine arthritic. He was put on a host of medications and eventually separated from the Navy job he loved.

Hair believes radiation is the cause. He is among 50 sailors and Marines in a growing lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co., alleging that Japan’s nationalized utility mishandled the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that spewed radiation into the air and water.

Other servicemembers have been diagnosed with leukemia, testicular cancer and thyroid problems or experienced rectal and gynecological bleeding, the lawsuit says. Hair said one of his friends, a fellow USS Ronald Reagan shipmate, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“I live in pain every day,” Hair said. “I went from this guy in top physical condition to a deteriorating body and a whacked-out mindset.”


"Published August 21, 2013

In the latest crisis to strike the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has discovered that 300 tons (nearly 72,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank into the ground over the past month.

The development comes on top of TEPCO's admission last month that an estimated 300 tons of radioactive groundwater, which picks up small amounts of contamination when it flows through the damaged reactor buildings, has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day. (See related story: "Fukushima's Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know.")


"On 9/26/2013, Tepco announced they cannot disclose the data about radioactive material discharged to the atmosphere because the crane for reactor3 is broken.

They are to publish the dust sampling data about radioactive material discharged from reactor1~3 to the atmosphere. The samples are taken from the operation floor of each reactor.

Tepco stated they plan to publish the data in mid October.

Since the end of July, “steam” has been constantly observed on the top of reactor3. The reason is not verified and Tritium density hasn’t been published either. Tepco didn’t announce the connection between the delay of the data publish and the unverified “steam” from reactor3."


"TEPCO under-reported cesium measurements

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has under-reported the density of radioactive cesium in the seawater near the plant. An erroneous measuring method is being blamed for the discrepancy.

A Nuclear Regulation Authority team of experts revealed this at a meeting on Friday. The experts met for the first time to monitor contamination leaking into the sea from the plant.

Since May 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Company has reported that cecium-137 in seawater near an outlet on the south side of the plant was between one and 10 becquerels per liter.

After being notified of the error by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, TEPCO discovered that its previous per-liter measurements were several becquerels lower than actual figures.

TEPCO says the error was due to the wrong assessment of the impact of radiation in the surrounding area.

Company officials say they have corrected the error. They say the figures released from June are measured using a new method.

Experts at the meeting criticized what they called an elementary mistake. They also said the matter should not be left to TEPCO alone and called for the Authority's involvement. ..Sep. 14, 2013 "


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