Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nuke cyle of Death stories: Rising radioactive spills leave Fukushima fishermen floundering/ . 60,000 protest Japan's plan to restart nuclear power plants /New legal challenge to Piñon Ridge uranium mill / Navajo Nation plans to deny uranium mining company permission to transport ore on tribal land / The Toxic Effects of Uranium Mining / Power decentralised in Germany /Hot Water -Documentary Film : tells of those impacted by Uranium

A laboratory technician uses a Geiger counter to measure radiation in fish, which was caught close to the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, at Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture May 28, 2013. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Rising radioactive spills leave Fukushima fishermen floundering

HISANOHAMA, Japan | Sun Jun 2, 2013 6:06pm EDT
HISANOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Dozens of crabs, three small sharks and scores of fish thump on the slippery deck of the fishing boat True Prosperity as captain Shohei Yaoita lands his latest haul, another catch headed not for the dinner table but for radioactive testing.
walls of a once-bustling fish market that sold Yaoita's catch of flounder, rockfish, greenling and other sealife in the port of Hisanohama, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the ruined plant, remain in ruins.The fishermen of Hisanohama, forced out of work by the disaster, have had no choice but to take the only job available - checking contamination levels in fish just offshore from the destroyed nuclear reactor buildings.
"We used to be so proud of our fish. They were famous across Japan and we made a decent living out of them," said 80-year-old Yaoita, who survived the tsunami by taking on the waves and sailing the six-person True Prosperity out to sea.
"Now the only thing for us is sampling."

New legal challenge to Piñon Ridge uranium mill

Sheep Mountain Alliance files complaint against the state

By Collin McRann
Staff reporter
Published: Saturday, June 1, 2013 6:07 AM CDT
Telluride environmental group Sheep Mountain Alliance has filed another lawsuit in its fight against the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill.

SMA filed a complaint against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver District Court on May 24. Though no court dates have been set, SMA hopes that the lawsuit forces the CDPHE to invalidate the newest radioactive materials license it issued to Canadian company Energy Fuels, Inc. based on a number of reasons, mainly the agency’s use of an evaluation system that SMA describes as dated.

“Uranium mills have created a huge amount of damage across this region, and the issues that SMA brought up concerning tailings leakage and groundwater contamination were just basically punted instead of decided,” said Travis Stills of Energy & Conservation Law, which represents SMA. “Basically that reverts the regulatory system back to where it was in the ‘70s before the last round of cleanups were carried out and the federal laws were changed. It resulted in the spending of about $1 billion cleaning up after this industry’s last mess.”

Navajo Nation plans to deny uranium mining company permission to transport ore on tribal land

Washington Post – May 27, 2013FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A uranium mining company seeking a mineral lease on state land in northwestern Arizona could have a hard time transporting the ore off-site because of the Navajo Nation’s objections to an industry that left a legacy of death and disease among tribal members.The section of land in Coconino County is surrounded by the Navajo Nation’s Big Boquillas Ranch. The tribe has said it will not grant Wate Mining Company LLC permission to drive commercial trucks filled with chunks of uranium ore across its land to be processed at a milling site in Blanding, Utah.
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The Toxic Effects of Uranium Mining on Tribal Lands
with Don Yellowman and Charmaine White Face
Don Yellowman of the Forgotten Navajo People and Charmaine White Face of the Great Sioux Nation describe the effects of abandoned uranium mines on tribal land. Uranium mining by private corporations for purchase by the US Atomic Energy Commission started in earnest after WWII. The miners, many of them Indians, and their families were not protected and they were not informed of the hazards of radiation exposure. Thousands of open mines now sit on land in the Navajo and Great Sioux Nations. They continue to poison the water, land and air causing devastating health effects such as respiratory illnesses, cancers and birth defects. Although the Church Rock uranium spill released a much higher amount of radiation in 1979 than the accident  at Three Mile Island, it received little attention and resources. White Face also describes the radiation released in the Great Sioux Nation from the 2,885 uranium mines as four times greater than the radiation released by Fukushima. However, no member of Congress is willing to sponsor legislation to study the ongoing radiation release and clean it up. The radiation released from these pits do not respect borders and affect all of us. It is a secret that we are not supposed to know about. Learn more in this episode of Clearing the FOG.
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Power decentralised in Germany
by TECHSTAR on JUNE 2, 2013 -
Perhaps its because of the political structure, with powerful local government, but Germany’d centralised energy system is quickly dissolving.
Twenty-two percent of Germany’s power is generated with renewables. Solar provides close to a quarter of that. The southern German state of Bavaria, population 12.5 million, has three photovoltaic panels per resident, which adds up to more installed solar capacity than in the entire United States.

Hot Water -Documentary Film