Nukiller turns Mothers Day on it’s head

French Study Confirms Correlation Between Increased Incidence Child Leukaemia and Vicinity to Nuclear Power Plants

‘Women and children at greater risk’ alarms Women’s Environment and Health Network WECF

13.01.2012 | WECF Press Release
The International Journal on Cancer, published in its January 2012 magazine[1], a new study from France, confirming an earlier German study (KiKK-Study Dec 2007) that the incidence of child leukaemia more than doubles near nuclear power plants for children below the age 5 living within a 5 kilometre radius of nuclear power plants, compared to children living further then 20 kilometres from a nuclear power plant.

The national wide study was carried out by the national French institutes l’INSERM[2], de l’IRSN[3] in cooperation with the national child cancer registry of the hospital of Villejuif, including 2753 child leukaemia cases diagnosed between 2002 and 2007 and a control group of 30,000. The addresses were geocoded around 19 nuclear power plants.

This is in line with a USA study by the National Academy Press, USA[4], which argues that women and children are at significantly greater risk of suffering and dying from radiation-induced cancer than a man exposed to the same dose of ionizing radiation. Current regulation of radiation and nuclear activity ignores the disproportionately greater harm to both women and children[5]. Radiation harm includes not only cancer and leukaemia, but reduced immunity and also reduced fertility, increases in other diseases including heart disease, birth defects including heart defects, other mutations.

Sascha Gabizon, international director of the Women’s environment and health network WECF says “studies in Russia have shown that radioactive contamination of pregnant women in Chelyabinsk, Russia, lead to mutations of chromosomes, being transmitted into the 3rd and 4th generation of children[6]. She continues “victims of nuclear energy will never be compensated for, as the nuclear industry pays artificially low insurance costs[7], which means the tax-payer and future generations pay both economically as with their health. Nuclear energy is highly subsidised, the price of nuclear energy does not include the irreversible and long-term damage caused throughout the nuclear fuel cycle[8]

In the light of these finding Gabizon calls for immediate measure for the protection of the population, especially small children, including legislation and support for resettlement of all families currently living in the vicinity of nuclear power plants.

Sabine Bock, Director of WECF Germany, says “we urge government to channel current subsidies – direct and indirect – from nuclear industry to renewable energy and energy saving investments; also, we call on France to halt tax-payers export guarantees for construction of nuclear power plants in other countries, especially developing countries.


[2] Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale

[3] Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire

[4] Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) VII, Phase 2 report, “Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation,” published by the National Academy Press in 2006, Washington, DC.

[5] The background for some recommendations include calculations of the different radiation effects on women and children but the final, “allowable” doses to the public do not incorporate this information.

[6] Tomsk research quoted in WECF factsheet on nuclear industry and health:

[7] For nuclear power plants in New York state, the insurance would amount to some 6 billion USD each year, which is higher than the cost of construction of the plant (Professor Bell).

[8] Communities in countries with uranium mines, risk irreversible pollution of groundwater aquifers with radio-nuclides, and long term health damage. Developing countries and countries in transition do not have the funds to properly clean-up uranium mining tailing, nor decommission nuclear power plants

Poster to Display – Resist the Nuclear Juggernaught coming YOUR way!



So NuGen is Toshiba today – Kepco tomorrow?  – makes no odds what the name is, the nuclear juggernaught will continue until people say enough is enough.  BNFL went bankrupt – but that did not stop the expansion of the Sellafield site to include new reprocessing plants and MOX fuel manufacturing (which the Japanese had to be bribed to take to fuel Fukushima).  Bankruptcy is often a neat trick to avoid responsibility and no one wants to avoid responsibility more than the proxy nuclear industry bankrolled by successive UK governments.



Killer ‘hot particle’: Sellafield coast ‘like Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones’

Today in the Ecologist – Expose of the damage the nuclear industry is doing to us and to our environment –  by Chris Busby…..


‘Hot Particle’  plutonium -americium found in the Esk Estuary, Cumbria

Killer ‘hot particle’: Sellafield coast ‘like Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones’
Chris Busby

The discovery of a tiny but deadly radioactive ‘hot particle’ in mud from the Esk estuary near Sellafield has highlighted the dangers the nuclear site poses to residents and visitors, writes Chris Busby. Independent measures of radiation show far higher levels that those of regulators, similar to those of the Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones. Local villages should be evacuated.

The hot particle scenario at Sellafield beach is the same as in the inner Chernobyl contamination zones. The radiation dose rate is about the same as the 30km zone of the Fukushima reactors shortly after the disaster.
I am angry to the depths of my soul that the earth has been so injured while we were all bemused by supposed monuments of value and intellect, vaults of bogus cultural riches… Sellafield, which pours waste plutonium into the world’s natural environment, and bomb grade plutonium into the world’s political environment. For money.

So wrote US author Marilynne Robinson in Mother Country in 1989, a few years after the 1983 discovery by Yorkshire TV (video embed below) of the child leukemia excess (ten times the expected number) at Seascale, a village next to the Sellafield nuclear site.

In the documentary, presented by a young David Dimbleby, we see the evidence and a debate between Professor Ed Radford (who started me out on my radiation enquiry in 1991) and a young Wilks on one side, and two men from British Nuclear Fuels.

Despite the Black Inquiry [1], a court case (Reay and Hope vs BNFL), several reports from the National Radiological Protection Board NRPB and their Alice in Wonderland Mirror, COMARE, no one pointed out that the science behind all the protestations of innocence is bogus.

The court case was lost for the same reason. Martyn Day the solicitor was advised to use the fathers’ exposures and genetic risk as a strategy – a mistake that cost them the case. It was the direct exposures from the beaches that were the cause of the child leukemias, not the fathers.

So all BNFL had to do to win, was to show that there were leukemia children whose fathers did not work at Sellafield. Which there were.

There is no single measure of ‘radiation’

The essential problem was that everyone assumed that there was a valid scientific way of measuring radiation which applied equally to all kinds of exposure, and that it produced a number, called the ‘dose’ which could be used to quantify biological damage (and therefore child leukemia).

BNFL argued that the fact that there was a lot of plutonium on the beach and in the houses at Seascale was not enough. To get enough ‘dose’ from plutonium, the children would have had to eat some kilograms of house dust. Accepting this nonsense, the late Prof Gardner (and the court case) attempted to get around this by arguing that it was a genetic effect delivered by the fathers’ sperm.

A mistake, as I wrote to Martyn Day at the time, and also to Gardner. But Gardner (aged 50, not a smoker) went into hospital with lung cancer just after I sent my letter, and never came out.

The 1984 Black Inquiry was less easily fooled. Sir Douglas Black recommended two new independent outfits to investigate the problem. They were the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment, (COMARE).

COMARE was quickly infiltrated by the nuclear industry faithful, and produced one biased report after another exonerating Sellafield as a cause of the child cancers. It used the same ‘dose’ argument as BNFL in the documentary, as did NRPB’s evidence to Sir Douglas.

Initially COMARE toyed with the idea of population mixing and an unknown virus as the cause, but conceded there was no population mixing at Sellafield. However, its latest 17th Report, published last year, finally gave way and decided that it was population mixing after all.

Contamination of the seashore? What contamination?

This seashore contamination has, since 1983, spread to the coast of north Wales where it is measured and where there was a 18-fold child cancer excess by 2004, and to Carlingford in Ireland (see Wolves of Water, Busby 2007) with similar effects.

Well, what is the fuss about? What should the locals and holidaymakers be afraid of?

Video: ‘Windscale – The Nuclear Laundry’, first broadcast on Yorkshire TV, 1st November 1983.

I was sent a scanning electron microscope (SEM) photograph by Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE) the local anti-nuclear NGO. A sample from the tidal estuary of the river Esk near a popular coastal path. I was asked to comment. I show the SEM picture in Figure 1 (above right).

It was collected by CORE for Arnie Gundersen during his brief visit to Cumbria and given to Dr Marco Kaltofen from Boston MA, USA who measures particles. Marco told me on the phone that there were many such particles found in this mud sample. His machine also uses X-ray fluorescence, and can identify the elemental composition of any particle. The XRF spectrum is inset. It shows that the particle is made from Plutonium and Americium.

I knew already that the mud in that area was highly contaminated with plutonium. CORE had sent me samples in the 1990s which I still have and which I use to calibrate my gamma spectrometers. One of those had 22,000Bq/kg Plutonium-239 together with about the same amount of Cs-137 and a host of other nasty isotopes.

Killer isotope of the future: Americium 241

But this is the first time I had seen the villain of the piece, the hot particle. You need some fancy gear for that. Plutonium-241 is a major effluent from Sellafield, a beta emitter with a half-life of just 14 years turning into the alpha emitter Americium-241 with a half-life of 432 years.

The full article can be read here












Fukushima, Fracking and Nuclear in the Uk


Dragon Trailz blogger has written an excellent article which asks us to think about hidden from view connections   The article is reposted here with kind permission.

Fukushima, Fracking and Nuclear in the UK – a toxic brew.

March 11th was the 6th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster – the planet’s worst nuclear accident to date. Fukushima and the Chernobyl catastrophe, which occurred at Pripyat in Ukraine in 1986, are the only two accidents classified as level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Many are unaware how bad the fallout from Fukushima has been to date. Since the initial burst of news that followed the earthquake and tsunami that led to the catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi, the crisis has been under-reported here in the UK and in Japan, as Shinzo Abe’s government have carefully controlled the media narrative, even going so far to say that the fear of radiation and the evacuations are causing stress and deaths, not the radiation itself. There is even a word for this, radiophobia! People are being told that it’s safe to live in areas with recordings of 20 milliSieverts a year. By comparison, in Chernobyl areas between 1-5 mSv/yr were evacuated. Before Fukushima, the law considered 1mSv/yr to be the maximum exposure limit in Japan.

Meanwhile, hundreds of tonnes of radioactive water a day continue to leak into the Pacific Ocean, while nuclear debris is disposed into black plastic bags, that stretch out and pile up along the coast and around schools and houses. The intention is to find a more permanent home for this waste by 2020 and wrap up the clean up before the Tokyo Olympics that year. However, that date does look symbolic and optimistic. Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist at Greenpeace Germany, who is based in Japan, has described the task ahead as “unprecedented and almost beyond comprehension” and that plans to decommission the plant were “never realistic or credible”.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), who own the site have attempted to surround the site with an ice wall – salt water cooled to -30C to a depth of 30m, passing through pipes underground, which freeze the soil around them. However, fissures in the porous bedrock allow the deadly contamination to continue to leak into the ocean. Around 900,000 tonnes of toxic water remain in tanks on site, with no clear strategy of how to process or dispose of it. The continuing ecological catastrophe should have rang alarm bells within the UK establishment and forced us onto a more sensible path.
However, the UK government’s crazed future energy strategy seems to revolve around nuclear power, alongside fracked oil and gas that will be obtained on land, as coal is slowly wound down and North Sea hydrocarbon reserves are becoming harder and more expensive to extract. Indeed fracking and nuclear appear to be inextricably linked. The connections become more apparent when one considers their roles within the wider military industrial complex, which includes nuclear weapons and oil to power the war machine. We may not be obviously at war, but UK weapons exports are a huge industry, we maintain a large army and there are hidden, covert wars you don’t see. Only a small fraction of British military activity in the Middle East is currently reported by mainstream media. Trident is itself up for renewal and there appears to be very little political opposition to another phase of nuclear warheads, submarines and other infrastructure that does not ensure our safety.
Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site is only 5 miles from the Springfields nuclear site, at Salwick near Kirkham, which has been operational since 1946. The site was the first in the world to produce nuclear fuel for a commercial nuclear reactor. This site at Calder Hall in Cumbria later incorporated Windscale and we now refer to it as Sellafield. It’s no longer a functioning nuclear power plant, but the land around the site remains highly contaminated with radionuclides and requires a gas-powered power station to cool the hot waste that remains to a safe temperature. Springfields makes nuclear fuels (including uranium hexafluoride) and processes nuclear waste. Decommissioning and demolition of pre-existing buildings at the plant is ongoing. Toshiba Westinghouse who own the site, constructed the reactors at Fukushima.
You may have heard rumblings that industry and government are considering disposing nuclear waste into old onshore oil/gas wells.
This of course sounds like lunacy but it’s not just hearsay. Fracking will produce many more of these wells and history has shown us that governments and the nuclear industry have no clear strategy for safe waste reprocessing and disposal. Neither do the Conservative government or the extreme energy industry have a clear strategy for getting rid of their own frack-waste. In the UK, waste water has ended up in the Manchester ship canal and INEOS have stated they are considering using the North Sea as a dumping ground. In the USA, produced water, that flows back up the well after fracking (a toxic mix of water, sand, polycyclic organic/aromatic compounds, heavy metals and radioactive isotopes), has been re-injected into old wells. This in turn has caused quakes and tremors by a process geologists call induced seismicity, notably in the state of Oklahoma, where there has been a huge increase in earthquakes. Tremors caused by fracking at the Preese Hall site on the Fylde in Lancashire, caused Cuadrilla’s operations to be suspended for one year in 2011 and damaged some residents homes.
On the Fylde, where fracking is now a very real threat, the underground rock is a mixture of limestone and shale, which is very water permeable. Much of the low/intermediate risk nuclear waste gets buried near the surface at nuclear sites which tends to leach slowly into the ground. The risk of contamination of the water depends how water permeable the ground is. Any underground disruption due to fracking or induced seismicity could increase the chances of existing radioactive material at the Springfields site spreading to a wider area. Tremors could also cause buildings at the nuclear site to become damaged, causing a radioactive leak. Any earthquake or tremor near a nuclear site, could have unforeseen consequences.
There is no solution to the waste from destructive, toxic industrial processes such as nuclear power and those undertaken by the extreme energy industry. Fracking waste water, as I’ve noted, itself becomes radioactive, once naturally occurring isotopes trapped in the ground, are released by hydraulic fracturing at pressure.
It does make you wonder. If we knew about Fukushima, fracking and earthquakes in 2011, why did our government decide to continue down this road? Co-locating nuclear and fracking/onshore drill sites is clearly a terrible idea – something only fools would conjure. Only a reckless government would allow big business to pollute our water and land in this way. Anti-nuclear and frack free campaigners need to synergize their efforts to stop this dual threat.

Protestors gather at nuclear site to remember Japan Disaster

Thanks to the Lancashire Evening Post for coming along – the article rather underplays the enormity of Springfields role in the nuclear story (uranium conversion and nuclear fuel manufacturer to the world, Toshiba Westinghouse who run the Springfields site constructed the Fukushima reactors, Sellafield and Springfields colluded to manufacture  MOX fuel).  The article also underplays the ongoing damage from Fukushima – but at least it is a recognition that we were there to witness the 6th Anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Extract from article in the Lancashire Evening Post

Protesters gather at nuclear site to remember Japan disaster

An anti-nuclear protest was held near Preston as campaigners remembered those affected by the Fukushima disaster in Japan six years ago this weekend.
Marriane Birkby, who organised the protest, said: “This was a small but determined protest.

“Although there was only two of us, it was short notice, and we lit candles and had a moment of silence to remember the Fukushima disaster.

Photo Neil Cross
Marianne Birkby and Sam Morris staging an anti nuclear protest outside Springfields nuclear plant on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Photo Neil Cross Marianne Birkby and Sam Morris staging an anti nuclear protest outside Springfields nuclear plant on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

“This was a horrendous incident and the people in that area may never be able to return back to normal.

“We have recorded a short video too which several people have watched online.

“We just wanted to raise awareness of what nuclear power is doing because it is very much an issue that is often overlooked.

“Hopefully by doing this today some people will see what we’ve done and take some notice of the dangers of nuclear work.”

Photo Neil Cross
Marianne Birkby and Sam Morris staging an anti nuclear protest outside Springfields nuclear plant on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Photo Neil Cross Marianne Birkby and Sam Morris staging an anti nuclear protest outside Springfields nuclear plant on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

more here from the Lancashire Evening Post

Update on the Halden reactor release an exchange of views #IAEA #UNSCEAR

Update on the Norwegian “incident”



This is from the comments from the Halden nuclear incident report with some updated information. I would like to thank Peter for his input into this. The exchange was by far better than the attacks on Nils and myself on the Youtube video i did for my You tube subs. In fact I had to delete some of the responses because of the threatening and abusive nature on that video comments but I still left the ones that did try to offer some valid commentary though. I have the full report in Norwegian and am in the process of translating it. A quote from that report is to be found below. Shaun McGee aka arclight

Here is the exchange between myself and Peter on the topic;

  • This is not worrying at all! Get a grip!
    The release was from a fuel rig withdrawn from the reactor. The release was of…

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Tomorrow we stand at Springfields, the birthplace of the nuclear nightmare, to Remember Fukushima

Remember Fukushima.jpg

Dear Friends,   Tomorrow, March 11th, is the sixth anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster in Japan.  Members of Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join us in a vigil outside the Springfields nuclear fuel plant in Preston at 2.30pm March 11th (just 5 miles from the PNR frack site).  We will be at Kirkham railway station at 2.00 for car shares to the site.

Springfields was the worlds first nuclear fuel manufacturer and makes nuclear fuel (and converts uranium) for many countries worldwide including Japan.  We believe it is no accident that Springfields and Toshiba/Westinghouse’s key role in Fukushima (and Windscale and other nuclear catastrophes) goes well under the radar.  That silence takes a lot of effort from vested interests.   We hope that people can join us and be silent no longer.  Tomorrow we stand at the birthplace of the nuclear nightmare.  We stand in solidarity with people all over the world to say REMEMBER FUKUSHIMA

The following is a message from our friends at Fairewinds in the US

Even though so much has happened in the world since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to three nuclear meltdowns and widespread radiation releases, it is crucial to remember that this international fiasco has no end in sight. For the tens of thousands of people in Japan who have been forced to evacuate, this disaster is a daily struggle. Six years have now passed since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster began in Japan, and people from Fukushima City and the surrounding area are subjected to social stigmatization including bullying of displaced children in schools, loss of their ancestral lands and livelihoods, and unacceptable conditions of radiation exposure and their significant life-long health impacts. The world is only beginning to realize the huge impact of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns on the Japanese people and Japan’s once pristine and unique environment.  Japan and Fukushima Prefecture Photo Journal <>By Arnie Gundersen  During last winter (2016), I spent most of February and early March in Japan working with and speaking to citizens, refugees, community leaders, elected officials, engineers, doctors, and scientists. At their request, I taught scientists and citizen scientists how to collect accurate radiation data, and also spoke to many groups of Japanese eager to learn about the scientific and engineering hazards of operating 50 nuclear plants in the most seismically active country in the world.   The scientific impact of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi is an ongoing disaster that was never envisioned by the engineers who created and designed these atomic reactors and countries who built them. Even after Three Mile island (March 26, 1979) and Chernobyl (April 26, 1986) no country in the world with nuclear power reactors was prepared for the explosive radioactive contamination of Fukushima Daiichi.  See the Photo Journal and further Commentary Here <> Radioactive Conditions lead to Radioactive Clothing <> <> <> <> <> During the past six months, radiation cleanup workers from Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture sent articles of clothing they had worn during their cleanup efforts to a bona fide independent lab for accurate detection, sampling, and testing of radiological and chemical samples. In a joint project with Fairewinds Energy Education, Dr. Marco Kaltofen with WPI’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, has analyzed the clothes data from the testing for radioactive particles and activity. When Dr. Kaltofen began analyzing radioactive measurements from a jacket worn by a radioactive debris worker, he found evidence that between 111 and 240 Bq/kg of Cesium 134 and 137 (134Cs + 137Cs) had contaminated the worker’s clothes. It is important to remember that the people working to clean up after these meltdowns are exposed to these conditions every day, including volunteers as young as high school students. We must unite to support these people with accurate radioactive dose assessments, make sure that others do not receive these astronomical exposures without adequate knowledge of their exposure levels and protection against them, and ensure that an event like this never happens again anywhere in the world. Follow More of Dr. Kaltofen’s Work Here <> Fukushima News: Japan Today: 6 years after nuclear disaster, residents trickle back to deserted towns <> It was recently announced that the Government of Japan will lift evacuation orders for four Japanese towns including parts of the town of Namie located only 4km from the decrepit remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As Japanese government housing subsidies run out, people are returning to areas that are still contaminated with unacceptable levels or radioactivity, and still border storage sites for contaminated soil. The radiation data the government is using to justify the resettlement accounts for background radiation present in these towns, however it does not account for radiation hotspots and highly radioactive particles still present. Read Full Article Here <> Kyodo News: TEPCO to examine inside of Fukushima No. 1 reactor Tues. with robot < On Tuesday, March 14, TEPCO will attempt a robotic mission into Reactor No. 1 to take better stock of the condition of the reactor. This comes after several unsuccessful attempts at locating the melted fuel in Reactor No. 2. TEPCO has previously acknowledged that ALL of the fuel in Reactor No. 1 has melted through, but refuses to believe that’s the case for Reactor No. 2. If Reactor No. 1 is in even worse condition than Reactor No. 2, how can they expect a better result? Read Full Article Here

Remember Fukushima: Six Years On Anniversary Events in London

6th anniversary events in London 2017

RALLY venue change:

We were recently notified by the police that Old Palace Yard is now  going to be occupied by TV & sound equipment for a Commonwealth Day event.

So on Saturday 11 March 2017 the rally will now take place at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street.

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Thursday 2 March – Sunday 30 April 2017

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

’20 millisieverts a year’ an exhibition about Fukushima by Lis Fields

nb 40% of the exhibition is in the hallways and so viewable whenever Conway Hall is open; 

60% of the exhibition is in the Brockway room, which is frequently in use, so please ring Conway Hall before visiting to check the Brockway room is open before you visit:

Phone: 020 7405 1818



Friday 10 March 2017

outside Japanese Embassy101 Piccadilly, London W1

17:30 – 19:30

speakers and performers to be announced


Saturday 11 March 2017

assemble outside Japanese Embassy, 101 Piccadilly, London W1

12:00 for start at 12:30

followed by:

RALLY venue change:

We were recently notified by the police that Old Palace Yard is now  going to be occupied by TV & sound equipment for a Commonwealth Day event.

So on Saturday 11 March 2017 the rally will now take place at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street.


14:00 – to approx 16:00


RSVP to:

Wednesday 15 March 2017

19:00 – 21:00

Committe Room 9, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1

nearest tube station: westminster

please arrive at the Cromwell Green (8) entrance at least 20 minutes early to ensure enough time to pass through security:

speakers tbc



previous 6th anniversary Remember Fukushima events in London:


Tuesday 21 February 2017

Room 116, main building

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London WC1H OXG

‘Fukushima: The Silent Voices’, a film by Chiho Sato and Lucas Rue

19:00 – screening, followed by a Q&A with the directors


Thursday 2 March 2017

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Phone: 020 7405 1818

free event, all welcome

’20 millisieverts per year’ exhibition opening reception:

18:00 – 19:30

Screening of ‘Nuclear Japan’ a documentary about Fukushima, by lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai

Japanese with English subtitles

19:30 – 22:00