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Japan’s Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

This week, the chief nuclear officers of around 100 American nuclear power plant reactors are taking a field trip. They are travelling to Japan and then taking a bus to Fukushima. There, dressed in protective suits, they will walk through the ruins left behind by the earthquake of the century, the tsunami of the century and the resulting triple nuclear reactor meltdown that occurred in March 2011.

“I can assure you when they get back from this trip, all of these chief nuclear officers will double their safety precautions,” says Dale Klein, who has made the same trip and describes it as “very sobering.” Klein, who was head of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission until 2009, now serves as chair of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, which advises Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company that once ran the Fukushima power plant and is now responsible for cleaning up the site. In the eyes of industry experts and the Japanese public alike, the company has proved one thing unequivocally — that it is in far over its head in trying to handle the aftermath of the disaster.

Klein is generally a polite man, but he recently announced in public exactly what he thinks of the company that hired him. “You do not know what you’re doing,” Klein told company president Naomi Hirose in person. “You do not have a plan.”

In accordance with Japanese custom, the company head, thus chastised, inclined his head and replied, “I apologize for not being able to live up to your expectations.”

TEPCO has been stumbling “from crisis to crisis,” Klein says. And with no improvement in sight, it had recently become clear that Japan would find itself, out of necessity, doing something that is generally considered very un-Japanese: asking for foreign help. Klein said there were signs that the government was planning on inviting experts from Europe and the US in to help. And on Tuesday, TEPCO took what might be a first step in this direction, announcing in a statement that it had hired Lake Barrett, the former head of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Nuclear Waste Management to advise it on decommissioning the plant and dealing with contaminated water on the site. Barrett was also involved in clean-up efforts at the Three Mile Island plant, which suffered a partial meltdown in 1979.

Situation Still ‘Tenuous’ at Fukushima

Japan had thus far taken the view that it didn’t need any help — certainly not from abroad — and that TEPCO would take care of things. This is despite the fact that the company is an energy provider, with little more experience in complex disaster management than a commensurate energy company in Germany would have.

Accordingly, the situation at Fukushima two and a half years after the nuclear meltdown can at best be described as tenuous. Rather than implementing a clearly thought-out disaster management plan, TEPCO’s approach has been a haphazard patchwork.

Perhaps the most bizarre malfunction in recent months occurred when a rat got into a switchbox and caused a short circuit. This immediately caused the makeshift cooling system for all four spent fuel pools to fail. For almost 30 hours, temperatures rose in these pools, which hold over 8,800 spent fuel rods that TEPCO hopes eventually to be able to store safely. Charred remains were all that was left of the rat.

full article at source: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/inspector-says-japan-needs-international-help-for-nuclear-plant-a-921302.html

Bloody sneeze

As an actual Fukushima worker warned one month ago,they are finally recognizing pollen may be the biggest menace for internal exposure.

Pollen directly gets into your lungs,nostrils,and all around in your body. It causes severe internal exposure.

Japanese Forestry Agency has finally started evaluating the risk but it seems too late.

Annually,pollen starts flying from December.

Because this is the first thing that’s ever happened to human-beings,there is no solid study.

However,according to the research conducted in last June by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,Japanese cedar leaves contained 177,600 Bq/Kg at that time.

Considering that there has been more fallout since last June,the radiation level may be even higher.

full article at source:http://fukushima-diary.com/

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March earthquake

Just when you think it’s safe !

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March earthquake

That’s right when the rest of the world thinks that the Japanese have
everything under control this news leaks out  .I’m all right jack as I’ve got me ginger counter!

Radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March

Just when you think it’s safe !

Level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility highest since March
earthquake.That’s right when the rest of the world thinks that the Japanese have
everything under control this news leaks out .I’m all right jack as I’ve got me ginger counter!

Fukushima still spewing out deadly radiation

Dr. Mark Sircus,

Here in the following video we are looking at nuclear hell on earth, a night film of the radioactive steam that continues to rise from Fukushima 24 hours a day. Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear power industry executive, is one of the experts who has been saying from day one that the nuclear crisis in Japan was much worse than they were telling us.

He was absolutely correct. Finally, three months later we are getting  some numbers on what the real dangers are. And finally we can begin to  understand the enormous cover-up of the nuclear doom that is reaching  lungs all over the west coast of America, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and at  least half of Japan! For infants it’s a terrible valley of death we have  created for them. As we shall see for years all of them have been born  with already polluted bloodstreams and now the very young ones are dying  in greater numbers on the west coast of the United States since  Fukushima blew up.

source and full article :http://www.pakalertpress.com/2011/06/20/video-nuclear-holocaust-sweeping-across-the-northern-hemisphere/

Comment:

Fukushima still spewing out deadly radiation

We here in Ireland are facing a deadly nuclear treat in the
form of Seallafield in the UK just a mere 65 miles away if this nuclear plant
experiences any kind of sever accident we are all going to be toast.

To this end I do not trust the official government bodies to
inform me if there is an “event “at this plant so I and a band of loyal committed citizens have decided to conduct our own frequent Geiger counter tests along our east coast .we monitor local fish catches of sea snails and so far we are of the opinion that the average readings indicate a slightly higher reading than normal so we are now investing a more accurate radiation detector device that will give us more precise readings and also hopefully will enable us to post our reading results so that they can be compared with any official readings  if there is any of course!

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Update 2nd June 2011

This article was sent in to us today. 

reading it ,highlights the importance on keeping a close eye on our own concerns regarding seallafield in England. I again went down to Wicklow Harbour Wednesday 1st of June to inspect the sea snails catch which was brought ashore .Armed with my Geiger Counter I established that the radiation readings were normal and so we can rest with ease tonight !

June 2nd, 2011 › 

 Sara Barczak

Protesters demonstrate in front Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters (AP)Protesters demonstrate in front Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters (AP)

It has been nearly three months since Japan suffered the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. And yet the utility owner/operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), only recently confirmed that three of the nuclear reactors suffered complete meltdowns within hours of the earthquake, with reactor Units 2 and 3 suffering the most damage. The containment vessels of those two reactors also developed 7-10 centimeter holes within hours of the March 11 quake, which explains why workers were unable to maintain water levels. This shocking news comes after weeks of Tepco repeatedly denying the severity of the accident, followed by slow-coming admissions that this already devastating situation is, indeed, worse than most previous calculations.

However, if you’ve been following nuclear engineer and expert Arnie Gundersen’s updates on the Fairewinds Associates website, you’d know that most of this is not actually ‘new’ news. Aside from the timeline and the size and shape of the holes, much of this information was discussed by Gundersen early on in the crisis. It is unknown at what point Tepco became aware of this information, and it appears that the ‘discovery’ will likely compromise Tepco’s ability to meet its goal to stabilize the damaged nuclear complex by the end of the year.

A baby and her mother are scanned for radiation in Fukushima Prefecture,  Japan. (PressTV.ir)A baby and her mother are scanned for radiation in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (PressTV.ir)

France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety recommends that an additional 70,000 people be evacuated from areas outside the already established 20 km zone, which includes 10,000 children. These figures are based on radiation data collected by U.S. and Japanese radiation monitors. Presently, Japan’s emergency plans for nuclear disasters rely on an old standard of an 8-10 km evacuation zone, despite considerations to expand this to up to 30 km in 2006.

see full article at  source :http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2011/06/02/june-2-japan-update/

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