Yet in the four years since the disaster, at least 500 sailors have fallen ill, and 247 of them have joined the class-action suit. The 100-page legal complaint chronicles their symptoms: an airplane mechanic suffering from unexplained muscle wasting; a woman whose baby was born ill; a sailor told his health problems must be genetic, even though his identical twin is perfectly healthy; and case after case of cancer, internal bleeding, abscesses, thyroid dysfunction and birth defects.
via COVER-UP: US Navy sailors disappear as government, doctors bury truth about Fukushima radiation – NaturalNews.com.
Pressing Refresh Notes: Nuclear energy should not even be an option. Storing the waste alone is dangerous and is not worth the risk. I do not understand the logic or cost behind the push for this type of product.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. appears unable to stem the flow of radioactive water from the No. 2 reactor building to underground tunnels at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, officials said.Tepco has injected cement into the joints that connect the tunnels, which are used to run cables, and the building to halt the flow of contaminated water and remove accumulations from the tunnels.
via Tepco unable to halt tainted water flowing into tunnels at Fukushima | The Japan Times.
The amount of water used for power generation in the United States is staggering:
Thermal power plants in the US used as much water as farms did in 2005, and more than four times as much as all US residents….
In 2008, power plants in the US withdrew 60 to 170 billion gallons of freshwater every day from rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers, while using 2.8 to 5.9 billion gallons.
The difference, 57.2 to 164.1 billion gallons per day, is the amount of water lost to evaporation in the cooling process.
via New study: Nukes, fossil fuel plants will cause world-wide water shortage by 2040 | robertsingleton.
Nuclear is the most terrible thing. People just don’t realize it ,and now people are convinced — or the government is trying to convince people that cheap electricity means nuclear power generated electricity — but in reality from my point of view people need to understand how horrible it is, how scary it is and to send such a horrible and scary thing to the next generation, just for cheap electricity, that’s unbelievable, that shouldn’t happen. [Note: If actual costs spent fuel storage/disposal, reactor decommissioning, accident risk, employee and community health effects, etc. are included “nuclear energy is the most expensive form of power generation” says former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.]
via Fukushima Farmer: Nuclear is the most terrible thing, people don’t realize how horrible and scary it is — Sending this to future generations is unbelievable — “I don’t want to be their guinea pig” — Mayor evacuated his own kids while trying to get families to stay, this is a significant crime AUDIO.
Japanese plaintiffs suing to block nuclear power plants from resuming operation hope a recent victory in the Fukui District Court points the way forward.Plaintiffs in 14 of at least 16 antinuclear lawsuits in courts around the country are using or will use the Fukui court decision in their arguments, lawyers involved in the cases said Saturday.
via Japanese courts may block restart of reactors | robertsingleton.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts.Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times 40x normal.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.
via Fukushima’s Children are Dying « wchildblog.