Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fukushima operator books $4.6b profit : Australian SBS news



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Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, has recorded a $A4.65 billion annual net profit….

…It also booked a special gain of 1.8 trillion yen based on funds the company received from a government-backed bailout fund as well as asset sales.

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This from the Public coffers and Gubbernement…..

Anyone else think this is wrong?

[link to http://www.sbs.com.au]
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/30/fukushima-operator-books-46b-profit

hmmm, poor TEPCO STILL suffering……..

Is 100 CPM somehow a "normal background?"


In addition to the more spectacular attacks against our health from reckless extraction and power production there is also the reckless and wasteful way that we’ve mined Uranium and similar toxic substances. All over the world, including in the USA and Canada there are these toxic sites and contaminated neighbors. People are trying to get something about this done and Margaret Flowers of Global Research reported on this on April 23rd as “America’s Secret Fukushima”. Please read this article. The people hurt by uranium mines are hurt badly and they need our help as much as the folks impacted by Fukushima, or Chernobyl:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/clean-up-americas-secret-fukushima/5378869

But I worry that this article is an example of information control as influence on the environmental movement. The article is about a good thing — efforts to assist folks damaged by reckless and wasteful mining of radium, uranium, thorium and other fossil deposits for use in bomb making or power generation. The article notes:

“In Riley Pass, one of the largest AUMs in South Dakota, the deadly effect of the mine was apparent. As the group approached the bluff, the tree line ended abruptly at the edge of the mine. At Ludlow, the group measured radioactivity with a Geiger counter at an elementary school playground that was 44 microrems/hour. This is the equivalent of more than 150 Counts Per Minute (CPM), over the 100 CPM threshold, which means it cannot be attributed to background radiation. During the tour, people from every community spoke of health problems related to uranium exposure and their high level of concern over the lack of information about the AUMs and action to remediate them.”

But the article also reflects years of efforts at controlling information. We (possibly unconsciously) pass on the claim that counts of 100cpm or less are somehow “normal” and can be attributed to “normal background” when we are trying to argue with the nuclear industry. Indeed it turns out that when one gets a radon test. The threshold for doing something about radon radioactivity is “4pCi/L” which translates to counts per minute of about 100 CPM, so we are living under this threshold for most things we do. But it is disturbing as the normal level of radon in a home or in the air is .4pCi/L so we are talking a threshold some 10x what ought to be safe as a start.

Well less than 100 cpm is not normal even if it is gradually becoming the “new normal”. Even low level internal exposures to radioactive isotopes increase possible cancer epidemiology.

The National Cancer Institute notes:

Radon is a radioactive gas released from the normal decay of the elements uranium, thorium, and radium in rocks and soil.
Radioactive particles from radon can damage cells that line the lungs and lead to lung cancer.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels. Health authorities recommend radon testing and encourage corrective action when necessary.

So there are no safe levels of radiation exposure. Even if it comes from radon escaping natural deposits deep in the earth. We have to take exposure seriously. It’s not the end of the world (hopefully) but it’s not something trivial either.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

Those exposed to radium, uranium, thorium and decay products suffer terrible health problems even with radiation levels nominally much lower than 100 cpm.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/clean-up-americas-secret-fukushima/5378869

Rebuilding Trust in TEPCO.. after 3 years of lies?… One has to Laugh….


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2014•04•25 Christopher Hobson Waseda University

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a famous poem by Goethe, perhaps better known in Japan for its appearance in Disney’s “Fantasia”. In the story, the sorcerer departs, leaving the apprentice to do the chores. Tired of doing them, the apprentice tries to use his magic to get the broom to do the work. The apprentice soon finds himself in trouble, unable to control the magic he has unleashed. The broom continues to bring more and more water, and the place starts to flood. Just as the situation begins to appear hopeless, the sorcerer returns and stops the spell, preventing a disaster.

At the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) now finds itself in an uncannily similar situation to the foolish sorcerer’s apprentice. In its desire for maximizing profits, it took shortcuts and did not invest sufficiently in safety. On 11 March 2011, TEPCO discovered the consequences of playing with forces it could not completely control. And like Goethe’s story, TEPCO is threatened by a seemingly never-ending stream of water, much of it is contaminated. Unfortunately for TEPCO, and the rest of us, there is no master sorcerer who can stop the flow of water.

As many of the storage tanks were hastily constructed, and water continues to build up day by day, there will surely be more problems in the future. At present, 1,000 tanks hold 440,000 tons of contaminated water, and workers aim to double the storage capacity by 2016. With so much water being stored, future mishaps are all but inevitable.

It is in this context that the manager of the plant, Akira Ono, recently acknowledged to reporters that “it’s embarrassing to admit that there are certain parts of the site where we don’t have full control”. After appearing in a Reuters report reprinted in The Japan Times, this statement presented itself as yet another reason to attack TEPCO: their own plant manager admitting they are not in control of the plant! Yet do we really need more reasons to criticize TEPCO? Their bumbling, incompetent, self-centred mismanagement of Fukushima No. 1 has ensured them a permanent place in Japan’s corporate hall of shame.

It is precisely TEPCO’s continual assurances that everything is fine, and Prime Minister’s Shinzo Abe’s exaggerated claims to Olympic officials in Buenos Aires, that generate more skepticism among the public. Even Goethe’s apprentice acknowledged the situation was beyond what he could handle. Continuing to pretend that the situation at Fukushima is under control when it so blatantly is not is reminiscent of Monty Python’s skit involving the deluded Black Knight: “It’s just a flesh wound!”(It’s just a small leak, it won’t happen again).

A much better approach would be for TEPCO to be more up front and honest in explaining the situation at the plant. This is perhaps the only way that it might be able to begin rebuilding some degree of trust with the public.


Decommissioning of the plant is expected to take 30 to 40 years, and many serious challenges lie ahead. There will be more leaks and problems at the No. 1 plant. There will also have to be the controlled release of contaminated water into the ocean. Public support and understanding will be needed through these difficult processes.

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http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/rebuilding-trust-in-tepco

It’s Official : Nuclear fuel has melted through base of Fukushima plant


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The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government.

Cracks at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant

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Cracks where air is leaking on the main exhaust duct of the No.4 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant Photo: REUTERS
The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a “melt-through” as being “far worse than a core meltdown” and “the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.”
A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the company is presently revising the road-map for bringing the plant under control, including the time required to achieve cold shutdown of the reactors. [how can you have a colod shut down of something that is in longer where it supposed to be]
In a best-case scenario, the company says it will be able to achieve that by October, although that may have to be revised in light of the report.
Water that was pumped into the pressure vessels to cool the fuel rods, becoming highly radioactive in the process, has been confirmed to have leaked out of the containment vessels and outside the buildings that house the reactors.
Tepco said it is trying to contain the contaminated water and prevent it from leaking into the sea, but elevated levels of radiation have been confirmed in the ocean off the plant.
The radiation will also have contaminated the soil and plant and animal life around the facility, making the task of cleaning up more difficult and expensive, as well as taking longer.
The experts have also yet to come up with a plan for decommissioning the ruined plant….
Melt-downs of the fuel in the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors followed over the following days with the molten fuel collecting at the bottom of the pressure vessels before burning through and into the external steel containment vessels.

 

The fuel appears to be stable at present as it is being cooled by water pumped into the vessels, although it will complicate the emergency recovery plan put forward by the government.

Combined, the two announcements will raise further questions about the true scale of the problem at the plant and the measures being taken to get the situation under control.
“The recovery effort at the plant is likely to be more difficult as they will not be able to use their previous plan to contain the fuel,” Yoshiaki Oka, a professor of nuclear science at Tokyo’s Waseda University told The Daily Telegraph.
“So it may take longer and be more difficult, but it is something they have to do.
“But we now know that this happened at the very beginning of the accident, so I see no particular additional effects on human health,” he said.
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Fukushima Didn’t Just Suffer Three Meltdowns …Core … Scattered All Over Japan as ‘Black Substance’


SOURCE: US NRC

The ‘mysterious black substance’ found early after the initial explosions around sewers, water points, roads, roof and indeed children’s play grounds has been proven to be highly radioactive fuel from ‘inside’ the containment vessels.

This substance has been document as far afield as the Capital Tokyo.

Ths revelation dispels any further myth as to what this ‘mysterious’ substance was, and indeed, points another finger at the mismanagment, lies and coverups both of Tepco and the Japanese Government, who must have know very well what this ‘substance’ was, and failed yet again to act in the best interest of it’s citizen’s safety.

So, to be techincally correct, it could very well have been a death sentance (albeit belatedly), for anyone who neared or touched it. Microscopic aqnd atomic Plutonium, among hundred of other readioactive elements left to circulate the environment.

Yet, this is the same Government who recently Claimed victory by slaughtering over 1000 irradiated cattle inside the 20 km Exclussion zone in their national papers, yest moved people ‘home within the 20 km safety zone, and pledged safety for the 2020 Olympics.

International dilemna indeed.

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It Also Suffered “Melt-Throughs” and “Melt-outs”

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We reported in May 2011 that authorities knew – within days or weeks –  that all 3 active Fukushima nuclear reactors had melted down, but covered up that fact for months.
The next month, we reported that Fukushima’s reactors had actually suffered something much worse: nuclear melt-throughs, where the nuclear fuel melted through the containment vessels and into the ground.  At the time, this was described as:
The worst possibility in a nuclear accident.
But now, it turns out that some of the Fukushima reactors have suffered even a more extreme type of damage: melt-OUTS.
By way of background, we’ve noted periodically that scientists have no idea where the cores of the nuclear reactors are.
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Full article:

Fukushima Reality : The People you meet and a video compilation by Troy Livingston


Three years down and continuing unabated:

Both the catastrophic nuclear releases into our environment, and the Global cover-up.

It’s funny the people you meet in a time of crisis.

Troy Livingston I met 3 years ago, he’s in the US and our go to guy with photo/ video expert on Fukushima…..

He found the trenches to the ocean, deforestation, drainage pits, and the sinking water tanks, to name but a few…..

This is his latest work, which I found cool, as he’s not really a you-tuber….

enjoy our doom….