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It is good to be back from vacation, and there is so much to catch up on. Yes, I did bring my netbook for the week that I was away, but I used it only for email primarily and not to write any articles for this blog.
While on vacation, I watched the American news channels closely at night, and I was shocked as to how badly the American public has been misinformed and badly misled… basically lied to…. by their own government and media heads as to exactly what is happening around the world. The Mainstream media was not focused on any serious issues such as the latest Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the crisis in Greece, or even the deadly radiation that is still spewing from the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. I was even more astonished when talking to some Americans and finding out that most are totally in the dark about the facts that right now they are being subjected to deadly radioactive fallout from Fukushima that will eventually cause many of them to get Cancer!
Speaking of the continuing situation in Fukushima and the deadly radioactive fallout that is falling all over North America, I want to present the latest Youtube video from the nuclear watchdog, Arnie Gundersen, right here for my own readers to view. It gives the latest updates on the continuing situation with Fukushima, and lets the public know exactly what the Nuclear Industry does not want them to see. Here is that video:
NTS Notes: The fact is that the situation in Fukushima is still far from being under control and even now the people in continental North America and primarily on the Pacific west coast are being bathed in a myriad of deadly particles that have half lives of anywhere from weeks to millions of years!
I have been reading some reports that are now coming forward that show a sudden jump in infant mortality rates primarily along the Pacific coast of North America… Is this related to the deadly fallout? It does seem strange, and I personally doubt if it is a coincidence….. As more comes forward, I will put up an article in this blog in the near future… Stay tuned…
More to come
Chief Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen On Nebraska Nuclear Plant: Emergency Level 4 And About To Get Worse
June 14, 2011
Fire at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant near Omaha Nebraska + Flooding Missouri River
“Five O’Clock Shadow” with Robert Knight and Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds Associates
Fire knocks out spent fuel cooling pool at nuclear plant near Omaha — Operating under heightened alert level because of nearby flooding on Missouri River.
On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, there was an electrical fire requiring plant evacuation. Then, on June 8th, NRC event reports confirmed the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the reactor’s spent fuel pool.
by Harvey Wasserman
Fukushima may be in an apocalyptic downward spiral.
Forget the corporate-induced media coma that says otherwise . . . . or nothing at all.
Lethal radiation is spewing unabated. Emission levels could seriously escalate. There is no end in sight. The potential is many times worse than Chernobyl.
Containing this disaster may be beyond the abilities of Tokyo Electric or the Japanese government.
There is no reason to incur further unnecessary risk. With all needed resources, it's time for the world's best scientists and engineers to take charge.
Even then the outcome is unclear.
For a brief but terrifying overview, consult Dr. Chris Busby as interviewed by RT/TV.
Fukushima Units One, Two and Three are all in various stages of melting down.
Molten fuel at Unit One may have burned through its reactor pressure vessel, with water poured in to cool it merely pouring out the bottom.
A growing pond of highly radioactive liquid is softening the ground and draining into the ocean.
There is no way to predict where these molten masses of fuel will yet go.
Especially in the event of an aftershock, steam and hydrogen explosions could blow out what's left of the containments.
The extra plutonium in the MOX fuel at Unit Three is an added liability.
At least one spent fuel pool has been on fire.
The site has already suffered at least two hydrogen explosions. Some believe a fission explosion may also have occurred.
All have weakened the structures and support systems on site.
These shocks and the soft ground may be why Unit Four has partially sunk and is tipping, possibly on the brink of collapse. Even a relatively minor aftershock could mean catastrophe.
More explosions are possible. More leaks are virtually certain.
Escalated radiation levels from any one of the reactors could force all workers to evacuate, leaving the entire site to chance.
The New York Times has now reported that critical valve failures that contributed to the Fukushima disaster are likely at numerous US reactors.
Significant radioactive debris has been found thousands of yards from the plant. Radiation levels in Tokyo, nearly 200 miles away, have risen. Fallout has been detected in North America and throughout Europe.
Radiation pouring into the sea has begun to spread worldwide.
There is much more, none of it good.
Japan and Germany have had the good survival sense to abandon future reactor construction, and to shut some existing sites.
But here, the corporate media blackout is virtually complete. Out of sight, out of mind seems the strategy for an industry desperate for federal loan guarantees and continued operation of a rickety fleet of decaying old reactors.
The Obama Administration has ended radiation monitoring of seafood in the Pacific. It does not provide reliable, systematic radiological or medical data on fallout coming to the United States.
But we may all be in unprecedented danger.
A national movement is underway to end atomic give-aways and turn to a green-powered Earth.
Now we must also move ALL the world's governments beyond denial to focus on somehow bringing Fukushima under control.
After two months of all-out effort, four reactors and at least that many spent fuel pools remain at risk.
Our survival depends on stopping Fukushima from further irradiating us all.
The world community has come together to put a new sarcophagus around Chernobyl.
A parallel, more urgent effort now needs to focus on Fukushima.
Whatever technical, scientific and material resources are available to our species, that's what needs to go there.
May 15th: Tepco and the Japanese government struggle to keep up the appearance that they have the Fukushima situation under control.
APRIL 23rd: Once again the mainstream media is is down playing the situation.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Helen Caldicott received her medical degree in 1961 from the University of Adelaide Medical School. In 1977 she joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and taught pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School from 1977 to 1978.
In 1980, following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, she left her medical career in order to concentrate on calling the world’s attention to what she refers to as the “insanity” of the nuclear arms race and the growing reliance on nuclear power. Dr Caldicott tells it as it is. You won’t hear this on the news!
NEW EPA MILK SAMPLES IN HAWAII show radiation in milk at 800% above limits for C-134, 633% above limits for C-137 and 600% above EPA maximum for I-131 for a total of 2033%, or 20.33 times, above the federal drinking water limits. Read this article
Japan nuclear radiation, including i-131, Caesium 134 and Caesium 137, is now being detected in a wide variety of foods on store shelves in California. In the first food chain tests made public radioactive contamination was found in spinach, strawberries, topsoil, grass, and milk. Of the isotopes detected, radioactive iodine has a half-life of 8 days outside of the human body and 100 days inside the body. The C-134 has a half-life of 2 years and the c-137 has a half-life of 30 years. C-135 with a half-life of over 2.3 million years is not reported as detected.
New readings have also been posted for Phoenix AZ with milk being above the federal limit and Los Angeles with milk being slightly below the limit for Iodine.
Montpelier VT milk has tested positive for radioactive CS-137, above about 2/3rds the EPA maximum and Spokane WA milk testing less than half the limit for i-131.
Editors Note: We are well aware that the EPA levels are gauged for yearly exposure but the idea that it is somehow safe to be way above accepted levels for at least 2 weeks is ludicrous.
- Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard
- NY Times contributor confirms California rainwater 181 times above drinking water standards for radioactive iodine-131
- Don’t drink the rainwater says State of Virginia (VIDEO)
- EPA: Radioactive Iodine-131 levels in PA & MA rainwater “exceed maximum contaminant level permitted in drinking water”
- EPA: Penn. and Mass. have seen elevated levels of radiation in rain — “Short-term elevations” not a health concern… How about Long-term?
The EU Response to Rising Radioactivity
European Union Increases The Acceptable Radiation Level For Food By 20 Times!
April 6, 2011: USA Radiation Charts
Now two months since the day of the ‘triple disaster’ on March 11. The nuclear disaster is far from over, and as the following article suggests, we are still a long way from knowing just what is going on at the Fukushima disaster site.
Nuclear collapse looms? Fukushima No. 4 reactor ‘leaning’
This article gives a new twist to things we already know, but which the Japanese public is not informed about because most of them do not see Arnie Gundersen’s reports and because there appears to be a systematic coverup attempt by the Japanese government and TEPCO to keep the public in Japan in the dark about certain important matters to do with radiation releases from the damaged reactors. This almost certainly includes plutonium releases from reactor 3 and may involve other releases as well. News about reactors 2, 3 and 4 has been pretty sparse in the last few days.
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow water has requested the Japanese government to test the waters near Japan, and Japan has refused this independent data request. The EPA has also shut down all inspection centers and is NOT inspecting fish. (Why the silence?)
There does seem to be (as I have mentioned before) a systematic effort to exclude from government and TEPCO press conferences anyone who would ask ‘probing’ questions. In addition a new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. That really does make it sound as if there is information that the government wishes to keep secret…
“The Japanese media today is no different from the wartime propaganda media that kept repeating to the very end that ‘Japan is winning the war against America,’” Uesugi exclaimed. There is one particularly telling example of the media shielding TEPCO by suppressing information. This concerns “plutonium.” According to Uesugi, after the reactor blew up on March 14, there was concern about the leakage of plutonium. However, astonishingly, until two weeks later when Uesugi asked, not a single media representative had raised the question of plutonium at TEPCO’s press conferences.
If you suddenly stop hearing from me it might be because I have been arrested…
~~~Situation at the Nuclear Disaster Site~~~
This seems to have come from this live webcam.
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has detected high levels of radioactive materials in the spent fuel pool of the No.3 reactor at the plant.
Tokyo Electric Power Company examined a water sample from the pool on Sunday. The sample contained 140,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 per cubic centimeter, 150,000 becquerels of cesium-137, and 11,000 becquerels of iodine-131.
None of these substances were detected during an inspection on March 2nd, before the accident triggered by the March 11th disaster.
I’m a little puzzled. Arnie Gundersen, among others, has shown us a video clip of reactor 3 fuel pool blowing up, and he and others have suggested that it was at least partially a nuclear detonation. This NHK article, however, suggests that the pool itself is still intact. The video accompanying the article does show something underwater. It’s a mess and it is not really clear what is being shown. Two further things worry me. 1) The presence of iodine-131 in quite large amounts, as Arnie and others have told us, suggests that some nuclear activity is still ongoing in the pool area. 2) Where’s the plutonium? There should be plutonium in the pool, since reactor 3 was running on mixed plutonium-uranium fuel. Am I wrong somewhere? Or did TEPCO simply not test for it, or did they just not announce the results? Please read the top article of today’s update and think for yourself. Nothing definite, but does not look good. Isn’t the public entitled to look at the information and draw their own conclusions, or at least ask ‘probing’ questions?
Radiation to restrict work on No. 1
By opening the double-entry doors, air containing about 500 million becquerels of radioactive substances is believed to have been released into the atmosphere from the upper part of the No. 1 reactor building, which was damaged in a hydrogen explosion that occurred in the early days of the nuclear crisis.
~~~Hamaoka News and its Impacts~~~
Governors cautious on resuming reactors
The notion that prefectural governors might withhold approval for the restart of nuclear reactors on the grounds of safety is gaining prominence here. Partly it will depend on how vociferous the local populations are – the governors will definitely not want to be seen approving the restart of nuclear reactors against the wishes of the local population.
Hamaoka impact will be far-flung
The shutdown, decided Monday, may signal an inevitable shift away from a policy of nuclear dependence. Financially speaking, the move affects not only the utility company but also Japan’s core manufacturing sector.
“Along with Tokyo Electric Power Co., the government, which has promoted nuclear energy as a national policy, is very responsible for failing to prevent the accident,” Kan said.
“We are not competent to deal with (the) technology…we don’t know enough about it, and we don’t have it under control,”
More Fukushima veggies banned
The government Monday banned the shipment of bamboo shoots and “kogomi” wild vegetables from parts of Fukushima Prefecture after some were found to have unsafe levels of radioactive cesium.
~~~Situation at the Nuclear Disaster Site~~~
“If nuclear and thermal power generation is unacceptable, then we’ll have no choice but to place emphasis on the introduction of recyclable energy and energy-saving efforts,” Kan was quoted as telling his aides.
Small steps at home can add up to saving 3.1 gigawatts
Some figures to go with what I was saying about the summer peak of electric power consumption yesterday. It’s nice to know that ‘small steps at home’ can save so much electricity, but how about businesses doing something as well?
“More than half of all German nuclear power plants are offline but our power supply remains stable,” Dietmar Schuetz, head of the German renewable energy industry association BEE told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. “Until 2020 at the latest, power from the sun, wind, water and biomass can easily replace nuclear power.”
Continuing the updates on the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Station in Japan from…
More about the ‘Say “No to nukes!” campaign’ and its aim (bottom of page)
Updates will be posted here. Later dates will be at the top, but later updates within each date may be anywhere, depending on importance and relevance to other material reported on that day. Previous days>> April 8, April 9, April 10, April 11, April 12, April 13, April 14, April 15, April 16, April 17, April 18 – no post, April 19, April 20, April 21, April 22, April 23, April 24 – no post, April 25, April 26, April 27, April 28, April 29, April 30, May 1, May 2, May 3, May 4, May 5, May 6, May 7, May 8, May 9, May 10
I did talk with Kevin Barrett on No Lies Radio from 10 am to 11 am Japan time on Sunday 1 May. This was a recording, and was broadcast from 9 am to 10 am Tuesday 3 May, Pacific time. There is a programme promo and an archive has been posted.
Fairewinds: U.S. News Outlets Said There’s “No Threat To Health” From Fukushima . . . The Opposite of What All The Studies Say About Radiation and Cancer
Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Wing and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discuss the consequences of the Fukushima radioactive fallout on Japan, the USA, and the world. What are the long-term health effects? What should the government(s) do to protect citizens?
1:45: We heard from news media that there’s “no threat to health” from Fukushima… this flies in the face of what all the models and studies say about radiation and cancer… Perhaps media was talking about acute risk.
7:25: As a collective group we should be concerned there will be cancers, but there is not much to do about it.
- Renowned nuclear policy expert: “Every amount of radiation exposure increases your risk of cancer… There is no safe level of radiation”
- Plutonium likely ejected from fuel pools during explosions… up to “several miles” from reactor (VIDEO)
- Nuclear expert: Fukushima about 1,000 times worse than ever anticipated by the nuclear planners (VIDEO)
- Nuclear Radiologist: Don’t be fooled by paid industry “consultants” — Low doses of ionizing radiation do cause cancer
- No. 2 reactor “is not being cooled”… water not getting into core — Containment and reactor do not have integrity, gases being emitted out of top (VIDEO)
Cheers to Fairewinds Associates for giving us the truth!
The latest in an endless escalation of bad news comes from Seattle Times: “Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates — still being analyzed, but presumed to include cesium-137 and iodine-121 — suggesting widening environmental contamination. The detection of the highly radioactive elements heralds the beginning of an ecological and human tragedy. The two radioactive isotopes can mean only one thing: One or more of the reactor cores is badly damaged and at least partially melted down.” If true, this also means that the Japanese government is blatantly lying to its people and the world, in its relentless determination to prevent panic and to pursue the party line that after two massive blasts the cores are still stable. And judging by the time stamp, this was announced before last night’s second blast: if radioactivity had spread then, how about now? And who can blame Americans and people around the world who are concerned that radiation may be coming their way if nobody is to be trusted.
More Seattle Times:
Japanese reactor operators now have little choice but to periodically release radioactive steam until the radioactive elements in the fuel of the stricken reactors stop generating intense heat, a process that can continue for a year or more even after fission has stopped.
In the best case, operators will pump enough seawater and other coolants to squelch overheating. Such a success would prevent further releases of radiation beyond the unknown amount spewed into the air by controlled venting and the explosion of a reactor containment building.
In such a scenario, the only casualties would probably be the handful of plant workers reported Sunday to be suffering from acute radiation sickness.
If the last-ditch efforts to cool the reactors fail, the heavy cylindrical cores — each containing tons of radioactive fuel — could flare to hotter than 4,000 degrees and melt through the layers of steel and cement engineered to contain them.
Such a meltdown may be under way, said Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer at the consulting firm Fairewinds Associates. Gundersen helps oversee the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, whose reactors are the same vintage and design as those of the stricken Japanese reactor.
If a full meltdown occurs, a huge molten lump of radioactive material would burn through all containment, destroy the building and fall to the ground, exposed. A toxic stew of exotic radioactive particles would then spread on the wind and rain.
And keeping the news going is the update from NHK that at least 11 people have died in the second blast reported earlier:
At least eleven people died in a second explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan on Monday, NHK TV said.
The build-up of hydrogen caused reactor no. 3 to explode at around 02:00 GMT but the government’s top spokesman, Yukio Edano, said its core was still intact. He said there was a “low possibility” of a rise in radiation levels near the damaged plant.
A blast occurred in the plant’s reactor no. 1 on Saturday.
The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., told the TV station that the cooling system at reactor no. 2 has failed.