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IAEA fact-finding team examines devastation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in May 2011. (photo: IAEA/Greg Webb)

February 16, 2017

IAEA fact-finding team examines devastation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in May 2011. (photo: IAEA/Greg Webb) go to original article

Fukushima: Still Getting Worse After Six Years of Meltdowns
By William Boardman, Reader Supported News
12 February 17

Even Fox News reports radiation at “unimaginable levels”

fter a week of limited coverage of “unimaginable levels” of radiation inside the remains of collapsed Unit 2 at Fukushima (see below), Nuclear-News.net reported February 11 that radiation levels are actually significantly higher than “unimaginable.”

Continuous, intense radiation, at 530 sieverts an hour (4 sieverts is a lethal level), was widely reported in early February 2017 – as if this were a new phenomenon. It’s not. Three reactors at Fukushima melted down during the earthquake-tsunami disaster on March 3, 2011, and the meltdowns never stopped. Radiation levels have been out of control ever since. As Fairewinds Energy Education noted in an email February 10:

Although this robotic measurement just occurred, this high radiation reading was anticipated and has existed inside the damaged Unit 2 atomic reactor since the disaster began nearly 6 years ago…. As Fairewinds has said for 6 years, there are no easy solutions because groundwater is in direct contact with the nuclear corium (melted fuel) at Fukushima Daiichi.
What’s new (and not very new, at that) is the official acknowledgement of the highest radiation levels yet measured there, by a factor of seven (the previously measured high was 73 sieverts an hour in 2012). The highest radiation level measured at Chernobyl was 300 sieverts an hour. What this all means, as anyone paying attention well knows, is that the triple-meltdown Fukushima disaster is still out of control.

“Sievert” is one of the many terms of mystification used to prevent most people from fully understanding radiation. A “sievert” is roughly equivalent to a “gray,” as each represents a “joule” per kilogram (not to be confused, for example, with “Curie” or Bequerel,” or with “rem,” “rad,” or “roentgen”). In the International System of Units (SI), a “joule” is the “unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one newton when its point of application moves one meter in the direction of action of the force, equivalent to one 3600th of a watt-hour.” Got that? The jargon doesn’t much matter as far as public safety is concerned. All ionizing radiation is life-threatening. The more you’re exposed, the more you’re threatened. As Physics Stack Exchange illustrates the issue:

The dose [of radiation] that kills a tumor is deliberately aimed at that tumor. If, instead of using a collimated beam, you put a person in a wide beam for radio “therapy”, you would be treating their entire body as a tumor and kill them.
Radiation levels at Fukushima are comparable to a nuclear explosion that doesn’t end. That’s one reason that TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. that owns Fukushima, keeps trying to reassure the world that little or no radiation escapes from Fukushima. This is not true, radiation in large, mostly unmeasured or undocumented amounts pours into the Pacific Ocean all the time, without pause. One reason this release is out of control is because no one apparently knows just where the three melted reactor cores have gone. TEPCO says it thinks the melted cores have burned through the reactors’ inner containment vessels, but are still within the outer containment walls. They keep looking as best they can.

On February 3, 2017, the Guardian reported the high radiation levels discovered by a remote camera sent into the reactor on a telescopic arm. Reader Supported News carried the story from EcoWatch on February 5. Essentially the same story was reported on February 6 by Smithsonian.com, on February 7 by ZeroHedge.com, and on February 8, Fox News reported that “radiation levels at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at ‘unimaginable’ levels.” There have apparently been no such reports on CBS, NBC, CNN, or MSNBC. On February 9, ABC ran an AP story about pulling a robot out of Unit 2 because of “high radiation,” without specifying a level and adding: “TEPCO officials reassured that despite the dangerously high figures, radiation is not leaking outside of the reactor.” (PJMedia.com calls the Fox story “fake news,” relies on ad hominem argument, trusts TEPCO on keeping track of the irradiated ocean flow, and accepts US EPA standards for “safe” drinking water – without actually discrediting the story.)

On February 12, Pakistan Defence ran the AP story of February 9, but included the new level of radiation at 650 sieverts that fried a robot’s camera, adding:

The high levels of radiation may seem alarming, but there’s good news: it’s contained, and there are no reports of new leaks from the plant. That means that the radiation shouldn’t affect nearby townships. Higher levels of radiation could also mean the robot is getting closer to the precise source of radioactivity to properly remove the melted fuel.
All this coverage relates only to Unit 2’s melted reactor core. There is no reliable news of the condition of the melted reactor cores in two other units. Last November, in a half-hour talk reviewing the Fukushima crisis, Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds Energy Education discussed the three missing reactor cores and what he suspected was the likelihood that they had not been contained within the reactor.

The ground water flowing into, through, and out of the reactor is contaminated by its passage and is having some impact on the Pacific Ocean. The US, like other governments, is ignoring whatever is happening, allowing it to happen as if it doesn’t matter and never will. In Carmel, California, local residents are finding that tide pools, once vibrant with life, are now dead. They blame Fukushima.

Whatever is actually going on at Fukushima is not good, and has horrifying possibilities. It is little comfort to have the perpetrator of the catastrophe, TEPCO, in charge of fixing it, especially when the Japanese government is more an enabler of cover-up and denial than any kind of seeker of truth or protector of its people. It took private researchers five years to figure out that Fukushima’s fallout of Cesium-137 on Tokyo took a more dangerous, glassy form that wasn’t cleaned up effectively.

The US and most of the rest of the world have chosen not to take Fukushima more seriously than a multi-car Interstate pile-up. The policy is one more roll of the dice, saving money now and gambling the future. But now we have Rick Perry heading up the US Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt slated to take over the Environmental Protection Agency – so we can expect big changes, right?

Actually there has been one big change already at the Energy Dept., which uses more contractors than any other US agency. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Energy Dept. failed to protect whistleblowers who raised legitimate nuclear safety and other concerns. In response, the Energy Dept. prepared a new rule protecting whistleblowers from contractor retaliation. That rule was blocked from going into effect by President Trump’s regulatory freeze on January 20.

In a sense, Fukushima is perhaps a metaphor for the current American moment. The electoral earthquake and tsunami of 11/9 has produced a political meltdown of unknown and expanding proportions, that continue unchecked, causing still unmeasured destruction and human suffering far into a dark and dangerous future.

Google Alert – helen caldicott

February 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the article of Dr. Helen Caldicott describing most acurately
the present situation of Fukushima and the devilish nature of nuclear energy.
Its destructive power in all directions—states,individuals,organizations—is increasingly evident.
The case of Toshiba will be globally generating departure from nuclear reactors.
The mainstream of the world,still promoting 440 nuclear reactors,could not but undergo changes.
We all know that immorality cannot last long.

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Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Nuke Experts: Fukushima plant must be entombed like Chernobyl

February 16, 2017

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Nuke Experts: Fukushima plant must be entombed like Chernobyl — Reactors will remain a threat to world “for the rest of time” — “Humanly impossible” to clean up due to shockingly high radiation levels
Posted: 14 Feb 2017 09:45 AM PST

Reactor 2 crisis

February 14, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am transmitting you Mr. Akio Matsumura’s article.
As a member of the International Advisory Council for the Nuclear Emergency Action Alliance,
I am cooperating with him.
Dr.Norio Iriguchi,Honorary Professor of Kumamoto University,in his Face book site,introduces the
suggestion of Dr.Chris Busby. Scientific Secretary, European Committee on Radiation Risk, to construct
a sarcophagus that could cost 100 trillion yen.His point of view as to the dangers of the debris capable
of reaching the critical state is frightening.We are led to wonder why there is no attempt to materialize
a international project,as was the case with the Chernobyl accident,to construct a sarcophagus to stop
the ongoing radioactive contamination in all directions.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

With warmest regars,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

From: Akio Matsumura
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:41 PM

Dear International Advisory Council Members:

I am pleased to inform you that my most recent article, The Potential Catastrophe of Reactor 2 at Fukushima Daiichii, which featured comments from Dr. Shuzo Takemoto, has been viewed over 3,500 times in the past two day in English and Japanese. An excerpted version is currently the top article on ENENews, an energy news website. Besides U.S. and Japanese visitors, readers have logged on in the triple digits from Australia, the UK, and Canada, and in double-digits from France, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, India, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, and New Zealand. ” in the first paragraph.
It is clear there is a large appetite for news, context, and independent analysis on Fukushima. Our mission as the advisory council for the Nuclear Emergency Action Alliance is to continue to provide such analysis in a timely fashion from our many expert perspectives.
I am encouraged by even this relatively small readership and am working to leverage this dispiriting news into a larger call for action.
Yours truly,
Akio
http://www.akiomatsumura.com

Expert: “Potential Global Catastrophe” from Fukushima Unit 2 highly radioactive fuel

February 14, 2017

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Expert: “Potential Global Catastrophe” from Fukushima Unit 2 highly radioactive fuel… Reactor could be destroyed, “making Tokyo area uninhabitable”… This is “most dreaded” scenario — Already “partially liquefying” below reactors
Posted: 12 Feb 2017 12:30 PM PST

COVER-UP: GE handled Fukushima’s nuclear reactor design, knew it was faulty … “so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident”

February 10, 2017

COVER-UP: GE handled Fukushima’s nuclear reactor design, knew it was faulty … “so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident”

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(Natural News) General Electric, commonly referred to as “GE,” doesn’t have the best reputation; the company’s history is rife with criminal, civil, ethical and political offenses. But perhaps one of the most morally questionable aspects of GE centers on an event that happened across the globe: the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The corporate giant designed five of the six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant — General Electric Mark 1 reactors; a design the company knew was faulty decades ago. The potential for disaster was ignored, and the end result was a catastrophe that has unleashed immeasurable harm on the environment.

GE workers resigned over reactor flaws

Just over 40 years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues resigned from their jobs at GE, due to their increasing concerns about the Mark 1 nuclear reactor. They were growing more and more convinced that the design was so flawed that it could inevitably lead to a “devastating accident.”

In a 2011 interview with ABC News, Bridenbaugh explained, “The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant.”

“The impact loads the containment would receive by this very rapid release of energy could tear the containment apart and create an uncontrolled release,” he added.

Questions about the safety of the Mark 1 and its ability to handle the immense pressures that would result if cooling power was lost continued to persist for decades. (RELATED: Follow more news on Fukushima at FukushimaWatch.com)

The Mark 1 has been heavily criticized

In the years after Bridenbaugh came forward, others would go on to speak critically of the Mark 1 reactor. In 1986, then- director of NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Harold Denton spoke out about the concerning design at an industry conference.

“I don’t have the same warm feeling about GE containment that I do about the larger dry containments,” Denton said.

“There is a wide spectrum of ability to cope with severe accidents at GE plants,” Denton said. “And I urge you to think seriously about the ability to cope with such an event if it occurred at your plant.”

Global Research also reports that when Denton was asked “if [the remedial measures performed on the Fukushima reactors by GE before 2011] was sufficient,” it gave him pause. His response?

“What I would say is, the Mark 1 is still a little more susceptible to an accident that would result in a loss of containment.”

It seems that Denton was none too confident in the stability of the Mark 1 reactor, either.

The New York Times has even reported on the hefty criticisms of GE’s creation. The Times noted that in 1972, a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, Stephen H. Hanauer recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. The smaller containment design was cited as a concern, because it would be more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a hydrogen build-up — something that is believed to have actually happened at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Reactors explode in Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, an explosion ripped the roof right off of reactor 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. On March 14, another explosion at reactor 3 inured 11 workers, and another “sound like an explosion” was also heard near the suppression pool of reactor 2.

All three incidents were thought to be related to the build-up of hydrogen gas. Scientific American explains that partial meltdowns caused the hydrogen explosions.

To put it simply: Fukushima was a disaster in every sense of the word. It will take years for scientists to develop the technology to even get near some of the ruins, let alone to try and clean up the horrendous aftermath. Even robots cannot be protected against radiation that strong.

Following the shocking 9.0 earthquake that rattled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, ABC News reported on March 15, 2011 that GE said the reactors had ‘a proven track record of performing reliably and safely for more than 40 years’ and that they “performed as designed,” even among the explosions and evident radiation leaks.

Was it all a cover up? Who knows. But unfortunately for GE, no amount of denial will wash away nuclear radiation. Stay informed about nuclear radiation news and science at RadiationScience.com.

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CleanUpGE.org

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Fukushima and the Tokyo Olympic Games

February 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the following excerpts of Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on February 6, 2017 .

“ Tepco said after analyzing video images taken inside the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex that they had detected a record radiation level of up to 530 sieverts per hour. —- I believe any responsible government will pay continuous and high attention to the impact of the nuclear leakage on the marine environment, food safety and people’s health. We also hope that the Japanese government will give a responsible explanation on how will they offset the impact of the leakage. This is their obligation to not only the Japanese people, but also people from the rest of the world, its neighbors included.—-The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued relevant safety alert. We believe our Chinese fellows will make proper travel plans and take protective measures.”

Tepco announced on 9 February that radiation levels inside the reactor were estimated at up to 650 sieverts per hour, much higher than the record 530 sieverts per hour marked by the previous survey.

In addition to the above-mentioned deterioration of the situation in Fukushima,the followig article of the Asahi News Paper of 9 Februay will negatively influence the holding of the Tokyo Olymic Games 2020.

“Prosecutors questioned Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda over payments to a Singapore-based consulting firm during Tokyo’s bid process for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, sources said. Takeda, 69, is believed to have stood by his denials of wrongdoing. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, acting at the request of French prosecutors, asked Takeda to submit to voluntary questioning. Takeda was head of the Olympic bid committee in 2013 when 230 million yen ($2.1 million) was paid to the Black Tidings consultancy. Takeda told reporters on Feb. 8, “I talked about the facts last week in voluntarily cooperating with the French investigation.”The JOC investigation has been completed and a report was released. I have also talked about this in the Diet and at news conferences. There were no new questions and I did not add anything further.”

French prosecutors are looking into whether the funds were used to buy votes for the Tokyo bid. They are also investigating the flow of funds to Lamine Diack, then-president of the International Association of Athletics Federation and a voting member of the International Olympic Committee, as well as his son Papa Massata Diack, who is said to have had close ties to the consulting company.—-Under Japanese criminal law, individuals in the private sector are not subject to bribery charges even if they received money. However, they are subject to bribery charges under French criminal law, leading to the need to question Takeda about the intent behind the payments to Black Tidings.—

The international community is expected to play a greater role to play than hitherto.

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

Radiation at Japan’s Fukushima Reactor Is Now at ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

February 9, 2017

Fox News: Breaking… “New fuel leaks have been discovered” at Fukushima — “Experts believe melted fuel is leaking” — Radiation levels could be over 5,000 sieverts — “Wow, this is a crazy story”… it only continues to get worse (VIDEO)
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The radiation levels at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at “unimaginable” levels.

Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered.

He said the radiation levels – as high as 530 sieverts per hour – are now the highest they’ve been since 2011 when a tsunami hit the coastal reactor.

“To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people,” he explained.

He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and officials have been providing accurate information on the severity of the radiation.

TEPCO maintains that the radiation is confined to the site and not a risk to the public. It’s expected to take at least $300 billion and four decades to fix it.

Housley said small levels of radiation are still being detected off the coasts of California and Oregon and scientists fear it could get worse.

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“conspiracy theory,” radiation soars to record level

February 5, 2017

Considering so little is currently understood about the catastrophe, perhaps so-called conspiracy theorists, who doubt the ‘Fukushima is under control, don’t worry about it’ narrative, are the only ones displaying a modicum of common sense.

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Radiation levels inside Fukushima Number 2 have reached astronomical levels – experts describe the 530 sieverts per hour as “unimaginable” – yet the political establishment and its corporate media mouthpiece insist on deeming those concerned about the catastrophe ‘conspiracy theorists.’

March 11, 2011, saw a massive undersea earthquake spawn an equally formidable tsunami, and – as the world watched in horror – the wall of water slammed into the Japanese coast, knocking Tokyo Electric Power Company-operated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant offline.

Anyone who watched the cataclysmic situation unfold on live TV surmised the dire consequences of having situated a nuclear facility in one of the world’s most active fault zones – and on the Pacific coast – but the cost in radioactive impact of the disaster has yet to be fully assessed.

That, for one, concerns Tepco’s notorious penchant for underreporting and misrepresenting the fiasco that has been the cleanup effort; and, for another, the unrelenting campaign to label anyone rightly concerned about the extent of damage a tinfoil hat-wearing lunatic.

Both of those conditions must be resolved – particularly with the discovery of astonishing radiation levels present in the Number 2 reactor – because the world deserves the truth about the catastrophe and to not be denounced when expressing fears information about Fukushima might not be as innocuous as we’ve been told.

Officials at the nuclear plant had been preparing to dismantle the paralyzed facility when they found levels of radioactivity inside the reactor’s containment vessel – where fuel rods originally generated power – to be more than seven times a previous high of 73 sieverts per hour, recorded by Tepco shortly after the fateful day. Gizmodo explains,

Tepco made the readings by analyzing electronic noise caused by the radiation in video images. The company says this technique has a margin of error of plus or minus 30 percent (so even at the extreme low ball, the levels are no lower than 370 sieverts per minute – but possibly as high as 690!)
Needless to say, this plant is not fit for human life. Just one dose of a single sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea. Exposure to four to five sieverts would kill about half of those exposed to it within a month, while a single dose of 10 sieverts is enough to kill a person within weeks.
Obviously, this complicates matters quite a bit for workers tasked with containing radiation, assessing total damage, and ultimately decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi – medical personnel reportedly cannot handle the kinds of illnesses these levels would cause.

Alarmingly, officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the colossal spike – they don’t know if previous readings were incorrect, inadequate, or if something altogether unforeseen is taking place inside the eviscerated reactor.

In fact, Tepco has yet to find the radioactive fuel which melted through the bottom of the containment vessel not long after the tsunami crippled the plant’s backup cooling system – but it hasn’t been for lack of attempts.

Highly-specialized, camera-equipped, remote control vehicles have explored the interior of reactors to determine what physically happened to the fuel, but – despite the ability to withstand conditions humans can’t – radioactivity has been so intense, it kills the robots.

When one of those remotely-operated vehicles explored the Number 2 reactor recently, it happened upon a 6.5-foot gash in the grating under the containment chamber’s pressure vessel, likely caused by nuclear fuel melting through – but Tepco officials aren’t entirely sure of that, either.

“It may have been caused by nuclear fuel that would have melted and made a hole in the vessel, but it is only a hypothesis at this stage,” Tepco spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi told AFP on Friday. “We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside.”

A new camera-toting remotely operated vehicle – designed to endure up to 1,000 sieverts per hour – had been slated to explore the newly-troubled reactor, but doubts about what caused the spike forced Tepco to reschedule its March deployment for the Number 1 reactor.

Melted nuclear fuel is suspected to have wound up on the floor of the containment vessels of the three reactors which suffered core meltdowns at Fukushima – but radiation has been so acute, even that assessment has proven impossible.

A dark mass appeared in footage taken of the hole in Number 2, but Tepco officials could not say with certainty it was the missing, melted uranium fuel rods.

In order to fully decommission Fukushima Daiichi – a process now projected to cost a whopping $190 billion and take no less than four decades – details surrounding the extent of destruction must be measured and quantified.

“Confirming the conditions inside the reactor is a first step toward decommissioning,” Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko told the press Friday, as quoted by the Japan Times.

“While difficult tasks and unexpected matters may arise, we will mobilize all of Japan’s technological capabilities to steadily implement decommissioning work and rebuild Fukushima.”

Considering so little is currently understood about the catastrophe – from the location of melted uranium rods to the cause of the abrupt and troubling spike in radiation – perhaps so-called conspiracy theorists, who doubt the ‘Fukushima is under control, don’t worry about it’ narrative, are the only ones displaying a modicum of common sense.

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Born in North Carolina on the first of March in a year not so long ago, Bernish currently resides in San Diego, California. Educated at University of Cincinnati and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she finds interest in thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability.

Collapse imminent at Fukushima

February 4, 2017

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