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Nuclear and climate news for past 10 days

a-cat-CANBlissfully away from news, and from all matters digital, –   I returned to find that the climate and environment politics are worse than ever in USA and Australia.

Meanwhile, on the nuclear scene, things would be farcical, if they were not so dangerous. Donald Trump wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’. Australia’s own Dr Helen  Caldicott set out all too  clearly the grim situation at Fukushima Daiichi  nuclear  complex.

II-17-003: NRC Closes Confirmatory Order Related to Fire Protection at Oconee Nuclear Plant

17-006: NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

II-17-002: NRC Announces Senior Resident Inspector at McGuire Nuclear Plant

17-006: NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

IV-17-002: NRC Begins Special Inspection at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

17-006: NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

17-003: NRC Completes Safety Review of Proposed New Reactor at North Anna Site in Virginia

17-006: NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

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17-006: NRC Issues License to AUC LLC for Reno Creek Uranium Recovery Facility in Wyoming

Recent days in nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANBlissfully away from news, and from all matters digital, –   I returned to find that the climate and environment politics are worse than ever in USA and Australia.

Meanwhile, on the nuclear scene, things would be farcical, if they were not so dangerous. Donald Trump wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’. Australia’s own Dr Helen  Caldicott set out all too  clearly the grim situation at Fukushima Daiichi  nuclear  complex.

February 2017: 184 Thyroid Cancer Suspected/Confirmed (1 Additional Case)

Highlights:

  • One more case of suspected thyroid cancer was diagnosed by cytology since the last report.
  • No additional surgeries since the last report: the number of confirmed cancer cases remains at 145 (101 in the first round and 44 in the second round)
  • Total number of confirmed/suspected thyroid cancer diagnosed (excluding a single case of benign tumor) is 184 (115 in the first round and 69 in the second round)
  • The second round screening data is still not final (confirmatory examination still ongoing).
  • Thyroid Examination Evaluation Subcommittee will be convened in May or June 2017 to evaluate the results of the second round screening.

On February 20, 2017, less than two months since the last report, the 26th Oversight Committee for Fukushima Health Management Survey convened in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture. Among other information, the Oversight Committee released the latest results (as of December 31, 2016) of the second and third rounds of the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE). Official English translation of the results will be posted here. The narrative below presents basic facts of TUE and its current results in perspective, including information covered during the committee meeting and the subsequent press conference.

Global action is needed, NOW, to defeat the out-of-control Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Over the past few weeks, the Japanese have attempted to send their Scorpion robot into the damaged containment vessel areas. These attempts have resulted in the rapid destruction of these specially designed radiation-detecting robots — but not before measurements were made… reliable measurements, that indicate radiation leaking at 530 seiverts per hour. Such readings were described as “unimaginable.” Why? Because human death is likely at just 10 seiverts per hour of radiation exposure.

This is all current news — yet our national media and federal government will not investigate it, talk about it, or help in developing a strategy to defeat the problem.

There is no greater clear and present danger to the future of humanity and other life on this earth than the out-of-control Fukushima disaster.

If we get to work on the problem, I am absolutely confident that our human ingenuity and resourcefulness will defeat it. We are, in our human potentiality, that good — if we will only do it.

Agency to probe reasons behind underpricing of Fukushima items

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Prices of agricultural products and foodstuffs from Fukushima Prefecture declined after the nuclear plant accident in March 2011, and almost six years later, have yet to recover to pre-disaster levels.

Now the government is seeking to ascertain why these items are still being sold at lower prices, suspecting that wholesalers are deliberately underpricing products being shipped from the prefecture.

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