The biggest nuclear disaster humanity has ever witnessed

On 26 April 1986 01:23:45 a.m., at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Station, the RBMK reactor of block No.4 suffered a catastrophic failure during a routine test. Only 56 deaths have been “officially” attributed to the disaster, however, documentation shows that well over 600,000 men women and children were directly affected by the fallout. In total, the fallout produced by the exposed burning reactor core would be 400 times greater than the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. The deadly toxic molecules were spread across 100’s of miles with nearly 60% of the pollutants falling on Belarus. The radioactive plume touched almost every European country including Sweden, Italy, Hungary, The Netherlands, Britain, and France.

It is without question, the biggest nuclear disaster humanity has ever witnessed.

 
Govt still planning for nuclear plants?!

Gov’t identifies 7 sites for nuclear plants, say NGOs

A coalition today revealed that the government has secretly pushed for its nuclear power plants project and has preliminarily identified the potential sites for them, despite objections from the ground.

The government, through the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC), has identified seven sites for twin-unit nuclear power plants, said Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (MyCan) spokeperson Dr Ronald McCoy.

The seven sites are located in four states – one in Kedah and two each in Perak, Terengganu and Johor, he said in a press conference.

McCoy said five sites are located near the coastal areas, while two sites are located inland – Tasik Temenggor in Perak and Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu, as a massive amount of water is needed to cool down the twin reactors.

He said the coalition had obtained this accurate information within a month, but was not able to reveal its sources and the exact potential areas to protect its sources.

Despite the recent nuclear disaster in Japan, he said, the Malaysian government went ahead to secretly proceed with its nuclear power plant plans, apparently not able at all to learn from previous bad experiences.

In Dec 2010, the government said it had planned to build two nuclear power plants that would generate 1,000 megawatts each, one by 2021 and the second a year later.

McCoy (left) also said some countries has cancelled their nuclear plant plans after the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, and thus Malaysia’s move would be rather backward.

MyCan is a coalition comprising of 15 NGOs, and their statement made during a press conference today was endorsed by 29 NGOs.

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Gov’t identifies 7 sites for nuclear plants, say NGOs
Jul 19, 2012 – Malaysiakini

 

Abandon nuke plan, govt told

An anti-nuclear civil society warns that the proposed two nuclear reactors posed lethal accident and health risks.

GEORGE TOWN: An anti-nuclear civil society coalition has called on Putrajaya to abandon its nuke plans, warning that the proposed two nuclear reactors posed lethal accident and health risks.

In view of the serious long-term impacts of nuclear power production, Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (My-CAN) wanted the government to invest in safe renewable energy and energy efficiency instead.

The coalition rejected nuclear power as a feasible option for Malaysia and preferred the options of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“The cost of nuclear energy is escalating while cost of renewable energy is declining world over,” MY-CAN said in a statement today.

My-CAN also demanded the government to be transparent on its nuclear plans by disclosing full details, including potential sites, for the nuclear power plants.

“We call on the government to stop the ongoing nuclear energy implementation process immediately,” it said.

The coalition expressed extreme concern that Putrajaya was going ahead with its nuke plans without sufficient public information, consultation or debate.

It accused the federal government of quietly advancing its nuclear energy plans by ignoring widespread public apprehension on the dangers, as evident in the Fukushima melt-down last year.

The civil society slammed the government’s determination to consider nuclear as an energy option when such technology was rejected by a growing number of countries and carried enormous risks to public health and safety.

Advanced stage

It said the fatal risks included indefinite accumulation of radioactive waste, which cannot be disposed of safely and would remain lethal to future generations of Malaysians for thousands of years.

During a forum last February, statements released by Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) and Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) revealed that the nuclear power plant (NPP) project had tiptoed to an advanced stage of development:

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Abandon nuke plan, govt told
July 20, 2012 – FMT

 

Nuclear Energy is NOT an Option

Civil Society Groups’ Public Petition to Stop Nuclear Power Plants in Malaysia

A number of governments around the world have responded to calls from their citizens to end the nuclear age by phasing out nuclear power plants and reversing decisions to build new nuclear power plants

The recent catastrophic nuclear accident in Fukushima has brought Japan to its knees and persuaded many countries, including Germany, Italy and Switzerland, to phase out existing nuclear reactors at the end of their useful life. They have also cancelled plans for new reactors and instead are investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

However, the Malaysian government remains adamant to pursue the nuclear energy path, despite previous calls by concerned groups to scrap its plans. Disappointed with the Malaysian Government’s plans to develop nuclear energy despite the significant concerns that have been raised against the option, civil society groups have joined forces to embark on a public campaign to call on the Government of Malaysia to abandon its plans for the construction of nuclear power plants.

Nuclear power is inherently dangerous and not environmentally-friendly. The process of the nuclear fuel cycle itself – from uranium mining and extraction, fuelling uranium enrichment, nuclear power plant construction, maintenance and monitoring of the processing and storing of radioactive waste, decommissioning and cleaning up radioactive contamination – require an enormous supply of energy, much more than other energy sources.

According to international studies which take into account the nuclear fuel cycle, a nuclear power plant indirectly emits between 376,000 and 1,300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Nuclear power releases four to five times more carbon dioxide per unit of energy compared to renewable energy. Thus, the Malaysian government’s decision to opt for nuclear energy to achieve its declared goal of reducing carbon emissions intensity is one that is fundamentally flawed.

Furthermore, nuclear power plants produce ultra-hazardous, highly radioactive waste that will remain radioactive for more than a hundred thousand years. No country in the world has managed to safely dispose its nuclear waste permanently, as currently there is no such technology. At present, nuclear waste is temporarily stored in pools of water or in dry casks, alongside nuclear reactors.

The nuclear industry and proponents in the Malaysian government continue to spread disinformation about nuclear energy and are on a public relations exercise to persuade the public to accept nuclear energy, while failing to address the fundamental and yet unresolved issue of the handling of the nuclear waste, wastewater from the nuclear reactors, and other health and safety aspects.

The Malaysian government should seriously consider the health and safety risks of nuclear energy. Human error and unpredictable events are unavoidable, making nuclear reactor safety uncertain. The history of the nuclear industry is littered with minor and major accidents. Even without accidents, a nuclear power plant is dangerous to health.

In a 2007 meta-­analysis of 17 research papers, covering 136 nuclear sites in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, the United States of America, Germany, Japan and Spain, the incidence of leukaemia in children under nine who live close to the sites, showed an increase from 14% to 21%, while death rates rose from 5% to 24%.

Another scientific study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Care in 2008, revealed that leukaemia death rates in American children living near nuclear power plants have risen sharply in the past two decades.

Besides environmental, health and safety issues, developing nuclear energy also faces challenging economic hurdles considering nuclear energy’s high capital costs, construction cost, availability and prices of fuel, engineering expertise, radioactive waste management, security and accident liabilities, and decommissioning, among other issues.

To conclude, nuclear energy is clearly not cheap, clean or safe. The nuclear option should not be considered at all as a solution to Malaysia’s energy needs.

This public petition demands that the Government of Malaysia applies the Precautionary Principle enshrined in the 1992 Rio Declaration, abandon its plans to build nuclear power plants, and instead earnestly implement its energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes, which are safe, economical and sustainable.

Dr Ronald McCoy
Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
On behalf of the Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear (MyCAN)

The full petition can be accessed at:
http://www.facebook.com/PublicPetitionToStopNuclearPowerPlantsInMalaysia

The petition can be signed at:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/745/599/785/public-petition-to-stop-nuclear-power-plants-in-malaysia/

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Malaysian Coalition Against Nuclear Release: Nuclear Energy is Not an Option
09 May 2012 – WWF Malaysia


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