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NEIS Release: Damning Fukushima Report Released

Japanese Diet releases scathing report re-writing the “official story” on Fukushima disaster causes

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July 5, 2012

CHICAGO—The Japanese National Diet (parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission released a scathing report today which lays primary responsibility for the Fukushima disaster on the government, the regulators and the nuclear industry; and which seriously challenges the popular explanation for the three meltdowns and explosions at the reactor site in March, 2011.

The Report — The Official Report of The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission — calls the Fukushima disaster: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” according to Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Commission.  Continue reading NEIS Release: Damning Fukushima Report Released

Damning Fukushima Report Released

FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .

It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.

More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.

Release (UPDATE): East-Coast Earthquake Causes Emergency Shutdown of North Anna Power Station

North Anna Nuclear Plant Loses Offsite Power During Emergency Power

North Anna Nuclear Power Plant, VA

CHICAGOThe two North Anna nuclear reactors automatically “SCRAMMED” as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake experienced in Virginia today. The epi-center of the quake was near the town of Mineral, just 13 miles from the reactors.

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Release: NRC accepts petition calling for emergency enforcement actions

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In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 “2.206 Petition” filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT:

In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 "2.206 Petition" filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT: http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/6/11/support-the-beyond-nuclear-petition-to-nrc-to-suspend-operat.html

AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY JUNE 20; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status' for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

Associated Press; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status’ for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 picture, William de Camp, at podium at background left, speaks in a crowded room in Lacey Township, N.J. during a public hearing on a state proposal to force the Oyster Creek nuclear plant to build cooling towers to protect Barnegat Bay from its hot water discharges. Called "Oyster Creak" by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling  water reactor ...

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. June 20, 2011, 03:38 am ET

Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety — and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.

Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards. Continue reading AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

NEIS Events: Remembering Chornobyl, Mourning Fukushima. & Radiation Exposure and Health.

Posted April 15, 2011

Remembering Chornobyl, Mourning Fukushima.
A series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and lessons learned from the current nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan.
Monday, April 25: 

  • Memorial Service, 4-5 p.m. Henry Moore Sculpture to Atomic Energy, 56th and Ellis, Univ. of Chicago Campus
  • “Déchets – Waste”, a French documentary on nuclear waste, Univ. of Chicago Campus, Hyde Park, Chicago, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26: Chornobyl anniversary

  • International Radioactive Waste Awareness Day, leafleting and handing out personal-sized bits of “radioactive waste” — downtown Chicago – 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. (volunteers needed)
  • “Radiation Exposure and Health: From Chernobyl to Japan and Beyond,” DePaul Univ. Campus, Lincoln Park, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 28:

  • “Déchets – Waste”, a French documentary on nuclear waste, Loyola University Lake Shore Campus, 7 p.m.

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Radiation Exposure and Health.
From Chernobyl to Japan and Beyond.
Tuesday, April 26:
6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m.
Depaul University McGowan South (1110 W. Belden) Room # 108 [map]
Speakers: 

  • JEFF PATTERSON: Past President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA
  • DAVE KRAFT: Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service

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Nuclear Disaster in Japan – NEIS Continuing Coverage

Posted March 13, 2011

NEIS has been offering local analysis and background to the nuclear disaster in Japan and the dangers of Illinois’ reliance on nuclear energy:

Local News Coverage

See NEIS’s new YouTube channel (thank you Ahern!)

March 12, 2011

NBC-Chicago, Channel 5: Video | Story
WGN-News, Channel 9: Video

March 11, 2011

ABC-WLS, Channel 7: Video
Fox-News, Channel 32: Video

Trusted Resources

Download this sheet for a full list of resources on this issue.

» Green Action Blog (Translated articles and documents by long time safe-energy activist Aileen Mioko Smith)
» Citizens Nuclear Information Center (Tokyo) News Service (Japan’s largest and best-known anti-nuclear organization is an important source of information and analysis on the disaster)

News Service Photos

March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing
(CNN)
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
(BBC)

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