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“FUKUSHIMA IS THE SINGLE GREATEST INDUSTRIAL CATASTROPE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND”

So says Arnold Gundersen, a former Nuclear Industry Senior V. P., and a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience and managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the U. S.

FAR MORE RADIATION HAS BEEN RELEASED THAN REPORTED; Gundersen says: “They recalculated the amount of radiation released, but the news is really not talking about this…The new calculations show that within the first week of the accident, they released 2.3 times as much radiation as they thought they released in the first 80 days…These get stuck in your lungs or GI tract, and they are a constant irritant…These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can’t measure them with a Geiger counter. Clearly people in Fukushima prefecture have breathed in a large amount of these particles; Likely, the upper West Coast of the US has people being affected. That area got hit pretty heavy in April.”

“Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuke plant has three(3) nuclear reactors exposed, and four(4) fuel cores exposed…You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled…They are pouring in water and the question is what are they going to do with the radioactive water that comes out of that system, because it is going to contain plutonium and uranium. Where do you put the water?…The fuels are now a molten blob (a melt-down) at the bottom of the reactor…TEPCO announced they had a “melt-through”.  A “melt-down” is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt-through means it has melted through some containment layers. That nuclear fuel blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water thus generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water.”

Gundersen added: “The data I’m seeing shows that ‘hot spots’ are being found further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared “no-man’s-land” for Chernobyl. We are seeing radioactive square kilometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can’t clean all this up…the units are still leaking radiation and emitting radioactive gases, plus an enormous amount of radioactive effluent…It will be at least a year before it stops boiling, and until it stops boiling, it’s going to be cranking out radioactive steam and liquids.”

GUNDERSEN WORRIES ABOUT FUTURE  QUAKES AND THEIR EFFECT “Unit four(4) is the most dangerous, its “Spent Fuel Pool” could topple…we are at a point where, if that happens, there is no science for this – no one has ever imagined having hot nuclear fuel lying outside the fuel pool. They’ve not figured out how to cool units three and four.  It is worrisome that after the earthquake in Sumatra there was an 8.6 [aftershock] about 90 days later; so we are not out of the woods yet.

THE BOTTOM LINE LOOKS GRIM for solving this crisis given current technological methods. “Units #1, # 2, and #3 have nuclear fuel on the floor from the melted core.  Worse yet,  #3 reactor has plutonium in the fuel (MOX) that must be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years…Somehow(perhaps) robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put the molten fuel in a container and store it for infinity.  Problem is: such  technology doesn’t yet exist. Nobody knows how to pick up a molten core from the floor of a reactor; there is no solution available now”.

IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 10 YEARS Gundersen believes, to design and implement the plan.”So ten to 15 years from now, maybe we can say the reactors have been dismantled, and in the meantime you wind up contaminating the water…We are already seeing Strontium [at] 250 times the allowable limits in the water table at Fukushima. Contaminated water tables are incredibly difficult to clean. So I think we will have a contaminated aquifer in the area of the Fukushima site for a long, long time to come.”  It is terrible to contemplate that “With Three-Mile-Island, Chernobyl, and now with Fukushima, you can pinpoint the exact day and time they started, Gunderson said, but they never end.”

FUKUSHIMA EFFECT ON N.W. of the U.S.– Physician Janette Sherman, MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano said: “There is and should be concern about younger people being exposed, and the Japanese government will be giving out radiation monitors to children,”  An essay she published shed light on a 35 % spike in infant mortality in U.S. N.W. cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant. The eight cities included in the report are San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Portland, Seattle, and Boise, and the time frame of the report included the ten weeks immediately following the disaster.

RADIOACTIVE – CAR ENGINE AIR FILTERS Gunderson said:  “We are discovering hot particles everywhere in Japan, even in Tokyo…Scientists are finding these everywhere. Over the last 90 days these hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. A lot of people are picking these up in car engine air filters…Radioactive air filters from cars in Fukushima prefecture, and Tokyo are now common; and in the greater Seattle area of the US as well…The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer”.

JAPANESE PHYSICIST BLAMES U. S. FOR USE OF URANIUM Dr Shoji Sawada, a theoretical particle physicist and Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University in Japan is concerned about the types of nuclear plants in his country, and the fact that most of them are of US design. He states: “Most of the reactors in Japan were designed by US companies who did not care for the effects of earthquakes…I think this problem applies to all nuclear power stations across Japan… Using nuclear power to produce electricity in Japan is a product of the nuclear policy of the US…Most of the Japanese scientists at that time, the mid-1950s, considered that the technology of nuclear energy was under development or not established enough, and that it was too early to be put to practical use…The Japan Scientists Council recommended the Japanese government not use this technology yet, but the government accepted to use enriched uranium to fuel nuclear power stations, and was thus subjected to US government policy… the creation of nuclear fission generates radioactive materials for which there is simply no knowledge informing us how to dispose of the radioactive waste safely…Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations;  to do otherwise, is simply an immoral act…That is my belief, both as a scientist and as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

To read the original story, click on link below.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201161664828302638.html

MY TAKE

Dear Readers,
Please excuse my having taken heavy license to clarify and abbreviate this lengthy story.  We recognize that many of the concerns expressed therein have surfaced before on this forum as well.  Even so, we thought it proper to hear them from someone as authoritative on such matters as Arnold Gundersen.

We should take note that this very important story appeared on Aljazeera, and not in the Western Media.  My take is that a large segment of our Western Media is covering up the Fukushima story in an effort to protect the Uranium Cartel.  Oh! I am sure they rationalize it to their publishers as: “Let’s not create panic among our readers”; Specially when there are such important non-news to cover as someone’s sexual aberrations, the love children of the rich and famous, or the mother who killed her beautiful child for incomprehensible reasons.

Such is life in the World today, but events such as Fukushima are beginning to change our world (as we know it) in transcendental ways; For Instance, both Italy and Germany have said “no to Nukes! It was Honest Abe who said: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”. -Wake-up America!  Complacency has a heavy price – Just ask Japan!

gonzedo

June 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM
5 comments »
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