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Should the radioactive forests preemptively be cut down? 

Every tuna caught has radiation. More fish expected to have higher levels this summer. FDA silent. 

Fukushima : Radioactive Cesium found in Tuna off San Pedro California Coast (May 29, 2012)

Though cesium levels are 10 times the norm, tuna is still safe to eat. Cesium, by the way, is a pleasantly sweet. Homer voice <on> “Mmmmm, delicious radiation…”

Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer May 28th 2012

(AP) — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

“We were frankly kind of startled,” said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years. But even so, that’s still far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments.

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(via thenuclearblog)

Solar flares. Much ado about nothing?

discoverynews:

2012 has seen some of the highest levels of solar activity ever recorded. But what can solar storms do to you? Daron Taylor takes a look at what these intense geomagnetic storms mean.

magicbus-ryu:

Radiation counter map of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. June 18, 2011

The red/orange/yellow is about the same sized area as Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Arlington, WV, and Richmond, VA. See below comparison of East Coast USA to Japan in land area. Fukushima, above, is just about aligned with where DC is below: 

Note: You can read updates on the IAEA’s website, here.

(via fuckyeahcartography)

"Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.”

Source: AP via ABC 

UPDATE: One of my followers just accused Jeff Donn and the AP of shilling for coal companies. He, with a large staff, have investigated the NRC for over a year to produce this report. As the report states, two congressmen called for an investigation by the US GAO into the leaks - a report that shows serious inadequacies in voluntary self-regulation by the nuclear power industry.

Look, I’ll give my follower, and anyone else, the benefit of the doubt. I know Jeff peripherally, as well as several reporters and editors at the AP. If you have information that Jeff, or anyone at the AP are planting stories from coal companies, please send it to me asap directly or anonymously to mcote@vermontlaw.edu or mcote@accoonline.org. Thanks and best, Michael Cote

UPDATE2: Jeff Donn, AP reporter for this article, just had a Q&A sesh yesterday, here. Most interesting to me is this question about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station near me. It’s leaked into the Ct River, and the company (I believe), lied about it. This caught my attention:

Question from Harold One Feather:

What right does the public have in removing a nuclear generating station from their backyards?

Answer:

Vermont is the only state where the state legislature has the power to close a nuclear plant. Upset about leaks of radioactive tritium, Vermont’s state Senate voted to do that for Vermont Yankee nuclear, but the plant’s operator has challenged in federal court.

I blame lazy media for not picking this up. The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down occurred in 2007(!). Since then, there have been, by my count, an additional 5 climate related shut downs in the US. Where the F*CK is the media on this? More at bottom.

A fire in Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.

The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.

On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.

"No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM," referring to the "notice to airmen," effective immediately.

Since last week, the plant has been under a “notification of unusual event” classification, becausing of the rising Missouri River. That is the lowest level of emergency alert.

The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban.


Source: Business Insider
The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down in North America occurred in 2007. Due to extreme, unplanned for drought, one of the cooling towers to the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power in Alabama shut down because the lake it drew water from was too low and too hot to cool the power plant. I wrote about this incident in my article published in the International Journal of Climate Change - that the US is shamefully under-prepared for current climate conditions, never mind future climate impacts. 
Since 2007, I count 5 nuclear power plant shut downs in the US. Unbelievably unprecedented and shamefully under reported.

BULL. SHIT! BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT! Houston has some of the worst stats of any city over 500k/1 million in the United States. Fastcompany, FIRE YOUR INTERNS! 

Houston is highest in:

Shall I go on? I am so sick of Fastcompany’s crap “reporting”. “Oh goody, Houston’s got a gay mayor, so give’em a prize and ignore the scourge of highest rates of death, pollution, drugs, murder, etc. in the country.”

suchisthecity:

CITY OF THE YEAR: HOUSTON?

“We’re a diverse city of 2.1 million residents, with A-list universities, top museums, and the world’s largest and arguably best medical center. We have a vibrant business community and more Fortune 500 company HQs than any other city except New York, including food giant Sysco, Waste Management, and the expected oil-and-gas titans. Annise Parker became our mayor last year, making Houston the largest U.S. city ever to be run by an openly gay person. Yet we are often misperceived.”

There’s apparently more to Houston than many realize.  Photo credit: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/o-pioneers.html?page=0%2C0

 

(via suchisthecity-deactivated201303)

Hi-rez photos of Fukushima Nuclear Power plant. More photos here. Meanwhile, decommissioning and dismantling the plant will take over 20 years, here