Posts Tagged Fukushima

Connecting Radioactive dots

Jeffrey R Immelt

Chairman of the Board and CEO  of GE

former president and CEO of GE Healthcare

January 11, 2011: Chairman on the Jobs and Competitiveness advisory board to President Obama created by executive order *

GE provided and ran the reactors at Fukushima along with TEPCO

There are 23 GE supplied reactors-GE Mark 1 BWR – in the US of the same type that failed in Fukushima where the spent fuel ponds are suspended 100 feet above the floor.

1/10/14 Barak related: Loretta Fuddy and Keith Yamamoto plane crash: http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/01/10/the-strange-death-of-hawaiis-department-of-health-director-loretta-fuddy/ The two people involved in producing the “official” birth certificate of Obama.

* http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/business/economy/22obama.html?_r=2&hpw& from the article here: “G.E., one of the nation’s largest companies, routinely has a wide variety of regulatory, trade, contracting and other issues before the federal government, on matters as varied as television mergers, military hardware and environmental cleanup”

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water, water, Fukushima water everywhere

TEPCO is now pumping water surrounding the area of the holding tanks for radioactively irradiated waste water surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. Yes, those same tanks that were found to be leaking radioactive material into the ground around them lately. To prevent “potential problems”? I think the potentials are already there. From USA Article today: 

As a preventative step, workers at the crippled Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear power plant, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were pumping accumulating rain water pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water to the ocean. That was to avoid the risk of potential tank leaks getting mixed with rainwater seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the plant released what is believed to be untainted rainwater to the Pacific in order to avoid flooding near the tanks, a step that could violate safety rules, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said. TEPCO says the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant are checking.

Recent acknowledgement by officials that contaminated water is leaking from underground and storage tanks into the ocean have triggered concerns about the plant’s safety.

Radioactivity to Pacific ocean: here I come!

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Reliable News about the Fukushima disaster

Reliable sources of information regarding what is going on at Fukushima have been difficult for me to find. I am appalled at the lack of focused attention this situation is receiving in the lamestream media.  TEPCO seems more interested in protecting itself than the Japanese people or the rest of the world.  Their official information may be supplying bits and pieces of the truth to the public, but  I don’t trust their analysis  of those facts.

Informational Websites

Fairewinds Associates

I have found the website of Fairewinds Associates, whose tagline claims it’s focus is  “Analysis and solutions to complex engineering, environmental, energy, and legal issues” to be filled with reasonable and expert analysis of the disaster. There are many videos of nuclear expert and chief engineer, Arnie Gunderson, and others discussing the crisis and it’s implications.

The newest video is here from May 13th: Fukushima – One Step Forward and Four Steps Back as Each Unit Challenged by New Problems

 Link to archive of Fukushima videos from the past few weeks on the Fairewinds site

Informational reports regarding recent nuclear energy concerns in the US on this Fairewinds link. 

*Thanks to Kawamoto Tacuo   for this creative commons liscensed photo of the fukushima power plant from 1996. Attribution Some rights reserved

Spread of Radiation

University of Maryland Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

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nuclear safety…under the radar

Through news reports and headlines, mass media functions very similar to radar in the public mind, pointing attention to what is important.  There are vast numbers of scientists and other well respected voices who disagree with the popular  sentiment of the safety of nuclear power generation.  These dissident views have been pointedly kept off the media radar for years.  Countering this carefully crafted perception of safety is  the very “in your face” nature of the Fukushima disaster.  Once you begin to pay attention to it, several things  start to become clear:  Safety parameters at the plant were/are  not adequate, and the timing, amount, and type of information focused on by the media does not always seem to reflect a philosophy of primary concern for the safety of people, whether they are plant workers, the general population, or the children and infants most at risk for radiation exposure.

To assist you to see below the contrived media radar, I provide the links below. Facts help you to decide for yourself and empower your decisions about what you would like to continue to believe and what is the truth.

One point of caution before you click, I urge you not to fall into the trap of thinking nuclear energy is the best of the worst that we’ve got. If you feel yourself going there, please read this short post of mine before you do: a new year’s re-soul-ution and check out the links I provide there.

Nuclear Information Links:

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s real-time list of nuclear events here by year:

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2011/

online resources about Fukushima:

http://www.nucleartourist.com/events/fukushima.htm

A list of US nuclear accidents and information about them:

http://lutins.org/nukes.html

Nuclear information and resource center:

http://www.nirs.org/

ALSOS/ Digital Library for Nuclear Issues/ Nuclear Accidents-Civilian:

http://alsos.wlu.edu/qsearch.aspx?browse=issues/Nuclear+Accidents+-+Civilian

also from ALSOS, digital resources about Nuclear Power:

http://alsos.wlu.edu/qsearch.aspx?browse=issues/Nuclear+Power

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