Australian news, and some related international items

Fukushima nuclear clean-up out of control: so they plan Olympic events!?there

Japan-Olympics-fearAnd, Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympics?

Yet, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant remains totally out of control with no end in sight. As far as that goes, Olympic events alongside an out of control nuclear meltdown seem unfathomable.

“Sporting events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are to be held in the Japanese region of Fukushima… Spectators and athletes in the Olympic village will be served with food from the region as part of an effort to restore the reputation of Fukushima, formerly one of Japan’s richest agricultural regions,”

Fukushima – Deep Trouble CounterPunch, FEBRUARY 22, 2016  by ROBERT HUNZIKER The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster may go down as one of history’s boundless tragedies and not just because of a nuclear meltdown, but rather the tragic loss of a nation’s soul.

Imagine the following scenario: 207 million cardboard book boxes, end-to-end, circumnavigating Earth, like railroad tracks, going all the way around the planet. That’s a lot of book boxes. Now, fill the boxes with radioactive waste. Forthwith, that’s the amount of radioactive waste stored unsheltered in one-tonne black bags throughout Fukushima Prefecture, amounting to 9,000,000 cubic metres

But wait, there’s more to come, another 13,000,000 cubic metres of radioactive soil is yet to be collected. (Source: Voice of America News, Problems Keep Piling Up in Fukushima, Feb. 17, 2016).

And, there’s still more, the cleanup operations only go 50-100 feet beyond roadways. Plus, a 100-mile mountain range along the coast and hillsides around Fukushima are contaminated but not cleansed at all. As a consequence, the decontaminated land will likely be re-contaminated by radioactive runoff from the hills and mountains.

Indubitably, how and where to store millions of cubic metres of one-tonne black bags filled with radioactive waste is no small problem. It is a super-colossal problem. What if bags deteriorate? What if a tsunami hits? The “what-ifs” are endless, endless, and beyond.

“The black bags of radioactive soil, now scattered at 115,000 locations in Fukushima, are eventually to be moved to yet-to-be built interim facilities, encompassing 16 square kilometers, in two towns close to the crippled nuclear power plant,” Ibid.

By itself, 115,000 locations each containing many, many, mucho one-tonne bags of radioactive waste is a logistical nightmare, just the trucking alone is forever a humongous task, decades to come.

According to Japanese government and industry sources, cleaning up everything and decommissioning the broken down reactors will take at least 40 years at a cost of $250 billion, assuming nothing goes wrong. But dismally, everything that can possibly go wrong for Tokyo Electric Power Company (“TEPCO”) over the past 5 years has gone wrong, not a good record. Continue reading

February 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Aboriginal landowners shocked at plan for nuclear waste dump close to sacred site

handsoffTraditional owners in the Flinders Ranges say nuclear waste dump threatens cultural heritage ABC NORTH AND WEST  Traditional owners in the Flinders Ranges say a Federal Government nuclear waste dump could destroy significant cultural heritage and countless sacred sites around a permanent spring. The lush vegetation and birdlife along Hookina Creek, 30 kilometres north of Hawker in South Australia, stands out even among the imposing space and scale of the central Flinders Ranges. Its permanent waters are fed by aquifers that bubble up to feed ‘an oasis’ of reeds and large eucalypts bursting from the dry heat and dust of the pastoral landscape.

It is an area integral to the lives of the Adnyamathanha people for generations and whose presence has left a rich cultural and archaeological record along the creek.

These waters are also just a few kilometres from Wallerberdina, a cattle station near Barndioota partly-owned by former Liberal senator Grant Chapman.

It is also one of six sites nominated to host Australia’s first nuclear waste dump.The Adnyamathanha people, who manage the Yappala Indigenous Protected Area which shares a boundary with Barndioota, said they were “shocked” by the prospect of storing Australia’s low and intermediate level nuclear waste so close to a significant cultural site.

Traditional owner Regina McKenzie said the facility would jeopardise their links to a place important for the present — a place where her children have learnt to swim and the family comes to camp — as well as the past, as seen in the tools, paintings and storylines that mark the area.

“The emotional stress we’re feeling is off the charts,” Ms McKenzie said. “We’re still the custodians here; we’ve always looked at it that way.”

The Adnyamathanha people are also worried about the risk from large floods known to hit the area, and elder Enice Marsh pointed out damage around the creek caused by the last flood a decade ago.

Ms Marsh said she feared the loss of her people’s heritage in the region if rising flood waters mixed with radioactive waste. “If we’re going to have that poison stuff here, even if it’s a low-level situation, it’s just absolute madness to put something like this near somewhere that’s so special,” she said.

“It’s everything; it’s a type of importance that you would never be able to describe. “The connection to this land for Adnyamathanha people is their culture, their customs; it’s their identity.”…….

With a final decision from the Government due by the end of the year, Ms McKenzie said the Adnyamathanha people would continue to oppose the expansion of the nuclear industry into their traditional lands.

“We’re feeling as though we’re being forced to do something we don’t want to do,” she said.

February 24, 2016 Posted by | aboriginal issues, South Australia, wastes | Leave a comment

Shock suggestion for locating global nuclear waste dump in South Australia

Royal Commission shock, waste dump mooted for SA Parliament

The Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle held a public meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday February 15 to announce its tentative findings which, not surprisingly, include the creation of at least two dumps.

“We’ve looked very hard at all the options and decided we need both high and low level waste dumps,” said Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce.

“While there is plenty of public opposition to a waste dump in this state, the evidence clearly shows that a facility is long overdue … and Parliament House would be the most appropriate location,” he said, to the surprise of many.

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“For decades Australian politics has been producing incredible waste and it’s just been piling up and up; it’s time some of it was properly stored and with all of the wasted space inside Parliament House, it was the obvious location.”

Scarce admitted the job of the Commission had been made slightly harder because of Australia’s tradition of electing three tiers of government.

“We have to look across the whole spectrum,” he said. “You’ve got low-level waste in many local and state governments, just look at NSW and the number of councils sacked by the ICAC over there. And if you look at some of the ideas coming out of South Australia at the moment, it’s obvious something has to be done here. As for high level waste, the thought of bringing it in from overseas is mind-boggling, I mean just turn on the ABC and watch Question Time in Canberra for a few minutes … you get the drift,” he said.

The meeting attracted its fair share of hecklers, but many in attendance said the best one actually came from Scarce himself who eventually succumbed to frustration after spending an hour trying to convince the angry audience that our politicians are shit: “Stop opposing everything ya tree-hugging numpties, this dump will be good for everyone.”

February 24, 2016 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Cover-up of missing, presumed dead, Fukuhsima nuclear plant workers

4,000 Missing TEPCO Nuclear Plant Workers – Presumed To Be Dead, Fukushima Radiation Caused Death Toll Is Rising Fast


The standard and official declaration one hears constantly from the mass media and the pro nuclear apologists, is that no one died due to Fukushima radiation, and no one will ever die from it. But how much reality is there to this statement, as opposed to a fairy tale wish?  Continue reading

February 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Adnyamathanha people preparing to fight nuclear waste dumping

heartland-2Adnyamathanha people preparing to fight bid to store nuclear waste on their land near Flinders Ranges February 24, 2016  ANTHONY TEMPLETON The Advertiser TRADITIONAL land owners have claimed a proposal to build a nuclear dump near the Flinders Ranges would destroy countless sacred sites and culturally important landmarks.

A property near Barndioota, jointly owned by former Liberal Senator Grant Chapman, was one of six sites put forward for the dump, including three in South Australia.

They were to be considered by the Federal Government to store low to intermediate level radioactive waste created within Australia, from industries such as nuclear medicine.

The Federal Government is expected to reduce the shortlist from six sites to between two and three in the coming months. A decision on a preferred site could take up to another year to be made……

the Adnyamathanha people are preparing to fight the proposal and take it to court if site is selected to house a nuclear storage facility.

Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners Regina McKenzie said the land was of great spiritual and cultural significance.“Our storylines are written in this land,” she said.

 “Each part of the landscape, such as the hills or the animals, are part of our storylines…..“We don’t want this poison being put in the land because any problem with it will destroy so much of our heritage. I won’t take that risk.”

Adnyakuyani Man Tony Clark said the area was a historical site which needed to be preserved for future generations…..

February 24, 2016 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

The Tragedy of Countless Unreported Fukushima Nuclear Worker Deaths

TEPCO and the government deliberately cover-up deaths of Fukushima workers

death-nuclearAs of now, there are multiple NPP workers that have died, but only the ones who died on the job are reported publicly. Some of them have died suddenly while off work, for instance, during the weekend or in their sleep, but none of their deaths are reported.”

“Not only that, they are not included in the worker death count. For example, there are some workers who quit the job after a lot of radiation exposure, such as 50, 60 to 70 mili Sieverts, and end up dying a month later, but none of these deaths are either reported, or included in the death toll. This is the reality of the NPP workers.”

Fukushima – Deep Trouble CounterPunch, FEBRUARY 22, 2016  by ROBERT HUNZIKER “……..Indeed, the question of whether Fukushima can ever be adequately, safely decontaminated is wide-open, which logically segues to question who does the dirty work, how workers are hired, and what’s their health status? According to mainstream news sources in Japan, workers are doing just fine, estimates range up to 45,000 workers all-in, no major problems.

As far as the world is concerned, the following headline sums up radiation-related issues for workers, First Fukushima Worker Diagnosed With Radiation-linked Cancer, The Telegraph, Oct. 20, 2015. All things considered, that’s not so bad. But, who’s counting?

Trustworthy sources outside of mainstream news claim otherwise, none more so than Mako Oshidori, a Japanese freelance journalist and a director of Free Press Corporation/Japan, and a former student of School of Life Sciences at Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, in a lecture entitled “The Hidden Truth about Fukushima” delivered at the international conference “Effects of Nuclear Disasters on Natural Environment and Human Health” held in Germany in 2014 co-organized by International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War.

Free Press Corporation/Japan was formed after the 2011 Great Sendai Earthquake as a counterbalance to Japan’s mainstream government influenced media, described by Mako as journalists who do not report truth, journalists afraid of the truth! Continue reading

February 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Indigenous Americans fight nuclear waste dumping on their sacred lands

nuke-indigenous.1Sacred Native American Lands Could Become Nuclear Waste Dump  Derrick Broze February 22, 2016 ANTIMEDIA Nye County, NevadaDuring the 1970s and 80s, a large movement of antinuclear and anti-war activists protested the growing acceptance of nuclear power and the possibility of an impending global nuclear war. The protesters were not only concerned with the Cold War breaking down into a hot war, but also with the dangers that nuclear technology presented to the environment and the health of the public……..

Unfortunately, Native communities in the region are not new to this type of exposure to radiation. From 1951 to 1992, the U.S. government used a 1,300-square mile patch of land known as the Nevada Test Site for nuclear weapons testing. 928 American and 19 British nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site. Although no official tests have been conducted to examine the health effects on the Paiute and the Shoshone, the communities believe the radiation has affected their health — and the health of the land…….

The DOE is currently accepting public comment from communities, states, tribes, and other stakeholders regarding how to establish a nuclear waste repository with respect to the community. The DOE says it aims “to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of commercial spent nuclear fuel and high level defense radioactive waste.” The public comment period ends on June 15, and the DOE and Nuclear Regulatory Commission will likely issue statements shortly after.

Ian Zaparte, representative of the Western Shoshone government, says the NRC and the DOE are ignoring the possibilities for danger in the area.

There are 26 faults, seven cinder cone volcanoes, 90 percent of the mountain is saturated with 10 percent water,” Zaparte told MintPress. “If you heat the rock, it will release that water. If the water comes up and corrodes the canisters, it will take whatever is in storage and bring it into the water and into the valley.

However, Ian Zaparte takes his criticism of the project even further. He believes the actions taken by the U.S. government constitute acts of genocide against the Western Shoshone and other tribal nations who have been subject to the effects of nuclear testing and power. He is determined to fight for his people’s way of life and the land that his ancestors fought for.

February 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Aboriginal cultural heritage threatened by plan for nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges

handsoffFlinders Ranges communities divided over whether to host Australia’s planned nuclear waste dump , ABC News, By Nicola Gage 23 Feb 16 Communities in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges remain deeply divided over whether the nation’s nuclear waste should be stored locally.

Wallerberdina Station, north-west of Hawker, is one of six locations being considered by the Federal Government to house low-level waste…… Meetings have been held in the region recently and Flinders Ranges Council Mayor Peter Slattery said there were mixed feelings in the community…….

Traditional owners vow to fight against waste dump  For the Adnyamathanya people of the Flinders Ranges, their land is filled with songlines and sacred sites.

Traditional owner Regina McKenzie said she wanted to send a strong message to the Federal Government that her people did not want a dump built locally. “We’re just hoping that it’s not going to be here,” she said. “The amount of archaeology and the amount of heritage that’s in this area is way, way too high. “It’s actually the site of our first storyline that runs 70 kilometres from Hawker right down to Lake Torrens, so it’s a very significant place for us.”

Adnyamathanya man Tony Clark helped successfully fight against a nuclear dump being built at Woomera a decade ago.

He said he would fight with the same vigour against any proposal to store nuclear waste in the Flinders Ranges.

“This is a pristine area and represents a dreaming story that we want to preserve,” Mr Clark said.“The white man preserves ancient things in museums, this part of our land is our museum.“So our great-grandchildren can come along with their great-grandchildren and show people.”

The Federal Government is expected to make a final decision on a site by the end of the year.

February 24, 2016 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, South Australia | Leave a comment