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2015-02-25 12:35:17 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20150225-47119-USA
Date&Time: 2015-02-25 12:35:17 [UTC]
State/Prov.: State of Washington,
City: Ocean Shores
The state Fish and Wildlife Department is alerting people along the coast that a great white shark is operating in nearby waters.
A harbor seal washed up at Ocean Shores recently having been partially devoured by a great white. The tourist town has a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to great whites. There’s a tourist shop where you pass through the jaws of one. But now word is surfacing that a great white is operating in those waters. Last Thursday a freshly killed harbor seal was found on the beach. Wildlife folks knew it had been bitten by something really big. The seal was sent to California for a necropsy and word came back confirming it was a great white. “I would stay out of the water for awhile,” said Craig Bartlett of DFW. “And we’re contacting local and tribal governments today to let them know what we’ve found.” Ocean Shores police say they just got word that it was a great white, but so far there are no plans to do anything at the beach. “That would be kind of terrifying,” said tourist Edith Laurent. “It would be frightening out there to have a shark come in. No thank you.” Thanks to Hollywood and the 1975 film “Jaws” everyone knows what a great white looks like. But business people we talked to don’t believe there’ll be widespread panic as word gets out. Just the opposite. “I think more people are going to want to come out and think ‘oh can we see a great white shark,’ ” said kite shop owner Andy Siass. California has seen its share of shark attacks — a surfer was bitten by a great white two months ago on the central coast. Last summer, a swimmer at a southern California beach was attacked. Both survived. But there have been no reports of any attacks here in the last 26 years. But it has people keeping an eye out. “The idea of sharks off our coast a little bit disturbing,” said tourist Robert Laurent. Police say they advise people stay out of the water anyway — not because of any shark, but because of the dangerous rip tides. A second seal found over the weekend did not die from a shark attack. The Fish and Wildlife folks say it died from a gaff hook to the head.
The name of Hazard: Giant White Shark danger
Posted:2015-02-25 12:35:17 [UTC]
Just when we thought it could get no worse, with all the dead, dying sea lions in California, Tepco does their magic one more time…
Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant: New leak of highly radioactive material detected — “Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly” — “Emergency inspections” underway (VIDEO)
Published: February 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 am ET
AFP, Feb 22, 2015 (emphasis added): Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water into the sea… [with] contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant… TEPCO said its emergency inspections of tanks storing nuclear waste water did not find any additional abnormalities… It was not immediately clear what caused the original spike… “With emergency surveys of the plant and monitoring of other sensors, we have no reason to believe tanks storing radioactive waste water have leaked… We are currently monitoring the sensors”… The latest incident, one of several that have plagued the plant in recent months, reflects the difficulty in controlling and decommissioning the plant… TEPCO has not been able to effectively deal with an increasing amount of contaminated water…
NHK, Feb 22, 2015: Fukushima radioactive contamination sets off alarm — [TEPCO] says it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in a drainage channel on the plant’s premises on Sunday… the plant’s alarm system went off around 10 AM… levels of beta-ray emitting substances, which are not detected under normal circumstances, had risen to up to 7,230 Becquerels per liter… The utility suspects that contaminated water in the channel may have leaked into the port.
Japan Times, Feb 22, 2015: Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly at Fukushima No. 1 plant — The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Sunday that an alarm went off at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant signaling high radioactivity levels in drainage ditches… the first alarm sounded at around 10 a.m., and another alarm 10 minutes later indicated much higher levels. Officials said contaminated water may have been discharged into the ditches.
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2015-02-24 04:33:19 – Biological Hazard – Malaysia
EDIS Code: BH-20150224-47102-MYS
Date&Time: 2015-02-24 04:33:19 [UTC]
Continent: Indonesian Archipelago
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“One person dying each day from dengue with the casualties already at 44 as of mid-February this year is enough for a national emergency to be declared.” DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago has urged the government to declare a national emergency in combating the dengue pandemic. He said the current situation was something “that the country had not seen before”. “There have been 74,335 dengue cases with 143 deaths as of September last year. In comparison to just 21,900 cases with 35 deaths in 2012. “Statistics show 43,346 cases with 92 deaths in 2013,” he said in a press statement. He said it was clear that the dengue outbreak in Malaysia is fast approaching pandemic and record breaking levels. “The federal government must therefore declare a national emergency and immediately launch a dengue fever emergency control operations, which include international vectors, vector community workers, employment of senior tropical medicine experts and engaging the World Health Organisation (WHO) to undertake disease surveillance and outbreak investigations. “This effort would also need active collaboration of federal and state agencies such as district health departments and district health networks plus NGOs to control the dengue outbreak and prevent epidemics. He said sufficient facilities needed to be readily available to combat the pandemic. “It has been reported that both government and private hospitals do not have enough beds to accommodate patients. It is therefore extremely crucial to ensure that there is adequate supply of essential materials including hospital beds, drugs, rapid diagnostic tests and preventive materials.” Santiago also urged the Federal government, through state health authorities, to make more allocation for regular foggings to be carried out in dengue hot spots. “That as well as periodic foggings must be carried out to prevent dengue in other areas.rnrn”Hefty fines should be meted out to those who are found to be creating a ‘breeding haven’ for Aedes mosquitoes.” He said dengue had in the past one year, brought the worst out of Malaysia, in terms of its disaster management capabilities. “The government seems to have failed to learn from dengue outbreaks in the recent past, costing many lives in the process. “At a minimum of 426 cases a day this year, the threat cannot be taken lightly.” He added that the Selangor government, despite all its efforts, was unable to contain the crisis, with 57% of the total cases taking place in the state. “Selangor is the worst affected state with 10,000 cases compared with 2,020 cases in Perak, 1,024 in Johor and 923 in Kuala Lumpur. “The Selangor state government must prioritize combating dengue in the state exco meeting ahead of other policy matters at least until the epidemic shows improvement. “This will include directing all local councils including relevant Federal and state agencies to take proactive measures like eradicating Aedes mosquito breeding sites and regular inspections of potential mosquito breeding sites”. He said the Federal government should allocate more financial resources towards effective dengue combating programmes. “All districts, through the local councils, should have in place an emergency intervention unit to focus principally on combating the dengue outbreak and see to it that industrial areas keep up to a proper standard in environmental cleanliness. “State health authorities should also allocate adequate number of healthcare workers to attend to the healthcare needs of dengue victims. “If possible, a dedicated dengue epidemic directorate should be formed under the purview of state health department to monitor the dengue situation while trying to identify the dengue hot spot areas.
The name of Hazard: Dengue Fever (outbreak)
Posted:2015-02-24 04:33:19 [UTC]
Japan’s ‘Hottest’ Export This Year – Radioactive Cars
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At the start of the year, Russia said ‘nyet’ to 132 Japanese cars imported through Vladivostok due to high radiation levels. Fast forward seven months and as AutoWeek reports, it appears the Japanese are up to their old tricks – desperate to make Abenomics look like it’s working by jamming exports higher – a total of 70 used cars imported from Japan and found to have increased levels of radiation are being stored in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The import of used Japanese cars is big business in Central Asia, especially in Mongolia and the Russian far-east regions, but several batches of cars have been seized by the government during the last three years – despite ‘agreements’ from Japan.
As AutoWeek reports,
A total of 70 used cars imported from Japan and found to have increased levels of radiation are being stored in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and cannot be sent back, according to Silk Road Reporters citing local news outlets. Car retailers in Kyrgyzstan, who have been importing significant numbers of used cars from Japan for resale in the country, have been finding cars that exhibit levels of radiation above normal. Several batches of cars have been seized by the government during the last three years and have at times been sent back to Japan through an agreement with the Japanese government. However, irradiated cars keep turning up in Bishkek, the capital, and not all of them are being detected in a timely manner.
“These cars cannot be dispatched back. Neither China nor Japan will accept them. For this reason, we have to keep them here and deal with their further disposal,” Tolo Isakov, director of the Disease Prevention Department in Bishkek, told the AKIpress news outlet, according to Silk Road Reporters.
Isakov told AKIpress and Novosti.kg, another Bishkek-based news outlet, that currently a decision is being made whether to scrap the cars. The cars have been quarantined in an impound lot, but the local authorities do not know what to do with them. The batch of (so far) 70 cars has been building up in the impound lot over time, with cars having come through several other countries. Isakov did not mention the levels of radioactivity that have been detected in these cars, though it is expected to vary from car to car.
The import of used Japanese cars is big business in Central Asia, especially in Mongolia and the Russian far-east regions that are the largest consumers of used Japanese cars in the area. In cities like Vladivostok, Russia, RHD Japanese cars make up roughly 50 percent of all registered passenger cars.
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Don’t worry though – Abe promised it would all be fixed by the time the world’s greatest and fittest athletes arrive for the Olympics…
With the nightmare of Fukushima, and WIPP, and numerous other nuclear accidents that have plagued us over the last few years, Georgia Power Company has insisted on building onto Georgia’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle. They should have been shut down a long time ago. That construction has caused problem after problem. Hell, we have been forced to pay for the construction, Georgia Power has been adding an extra $10-15 monthly for the construction, on top of the $20 monthly EPA violations fees we are charged monthly; after adding all that on, they figure the tax. So let’s face it, we are being screwed with around $50 extra a month on our power bills, and who the hell agreed to add onto a nuclear plant?
Looks like it is time to protest the expansion!
Anyway, here’s the story on AJC:
Georgia Power slows pursuit of another nuclear project
4:39 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 | Filed in: Business
Georgia Power’s parent company is delaying initial planning for another new nuclear power project as it wrestles with growing troubles for a massive one already underway.
Southern Company chairman and chief executive Tom Fanning said Wednesday the company will hold off until it resolves issues in the delayed expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Consumers face the potential for higher power bills as Vogtle’s costs grow.
But Fanning, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reiterated the company’s long-term faith in both nuclear energy overall and the Vogtle project’s value for consumers.
“We remain committed to nuclear as a dominant solution in the future to the nation’s energy portfolio,” Fanning said.
Southern has been a vocal advocate for U.S. nuclear expansion, even as interest from some other utilities has cooled. Others in the industry are watching the company’s progress on Vogtle, in part because of decades-old memories of massive cost overruns and delays in nuclear projects throughout the nation.
The two new reactors at Vogtle are the first newly licensed U.S. nuclear power units in 30 years.
Last year, Georgia Power chief executive Paul Bowers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution there was a “very high probability” the company would ask state regulators as soon as this spring to let it take initial steps toward building still more nuclear in the state.
But when asked about it in an AJC interview Wednesday, Fanning said, “Before we move forward on new nuclear, I think it makes sense for us to resolve these issues” at Vogtle.
Construction costs are on pace to rise at least hundreds of millions of dollars beyond Georgia Power’s initial share of $6.1 billion. Contractors have warned the project will be delayed three years beyond its original schedule.
Fanning said even if the delays happen, they “will have minimal impact on rates to customers.”
But regulators and Wall Street have grown uneasy.
Under contract provisions, Georgia Power might be able to collect a maximum of $240 million in liquidated damages from its contractors if delays are as long as the firms have warned, Fanning said Wednesday in a conference call with analysts.
That money might not come easily. The owners of Vogtle, including Georgia municipal electric companies and electric cooperatives, are locked in lawsuits with the contractors.
Fanning told analysts he believes there also are financial disputes between the two biggest contractors, Westinghouse Electric Co. and Chicago Bridge & Iron.
Given the challenges, it isn’t surprising Georgia Power would want to hold off consideration of another nuclear project, said Chuck Eaton, the chairman of Georgia’s energy regulator, the Public Service Commission.
“To go forward with another project of this magnitude and not have the issues resolved I think would be very difficult,” Eaton said. But “nuclear has to be part of the mix,” he said, to have a stable energy source, help comply with future emissions restrictions and sidestep the price volatility of natural gas.
Given the current challenges at Vogtle, “the operative word is uncertainty,” said Paul Patterson, a utility analyst with research firm Glenrock Associates. “It is only prudent that more clarity be achieved” before pursuing another big nuclear project.
When Georgia Power’s Bowers addressed the idea of another nuclear project last year, he said a site had not been decided, and he said the planning would not lock the company into building new reactors.
ENERGY SOURCES FOR GEORGIA POWER:
Natural gas (and oil) 39%
Other energy sources such as solar account for a small but fast growing fraction of the company’s power.
About the Vogtle expansion:
Two new nuclear units are expected to generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes and businesses.
The overall project initially was expected to cost about $14 billion. Georgia Power owns about a 46 percent stake in the new units. The targeted cost for its share of the project was set at $6.1 billion, but delays and other challenges threaten to add hundreds of millions of dollars or more to that price tag.
Georgia Power customers are paying financing costs for the project in their monthly bills. Construction costs will be added to bills once the units go into service.
Other U.S. nuclear power projects underway:
Two reactors at a SCANA Corp. project in South Carolina’s Fairfield County.
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor in Spring City, Tenn.