The Sins of Silence - Non-Reported Nuclear News - Part 1/3
Fukushima problems continues in 2013, but not the reporting of them.
Date: 3/25/2013 4:04:28 AM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 6128 times
The Sins of Silence - Non-Reported Nuclear News
* note - this is a Three Part Series on nuclear radiation problems, the other two entries in the coming week barring a complete meltdown in my crazy life.
Here is one interesting bit of news not seen in the mainstream news:
"Fukushima plant’s ex-chief “in worse shape” - Suffering from cancer — Almost impossible to question him, says Tepco"
But that is small potatos, with corns on their eyes [mutations], compared to THIS NEWS:
"POWER FAILURE AT FUKUSHIMA LAST WEEK - Tuesday March 21st, 2013."
Did you hear about the recent power failure at Fukushima? Neither did I, not for several days afterwards, and only on alternative news outlets online. It happened last week, on Tuesday March 21st, 2013.
Here it is - Quote:
"Two pools for storing spent nuclear fuel remained without vital cooling systems more than 24 hours after a partial power failure at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan"
By Wednesday, March 20th, the Spend Fuel Pool had still not been getting the flow of cooling water needed to keep the spent fuel rods from heating up [which they do all by themselves as the fuel degrades].
I cannot find any news stating that cooling has been restored to all the fuel pools, including SPF #4, the big one. This may only be a case of "non-reporting so as to not draw attention to the incident" - but either way it is troubling.
If these rods become hot enough, they will boil the remaining water covering them off, and when exposed to the air they may catch fire - if the rods were recently removed from the nuclear reactors, they definately would catch fire, but the longer they have been stored the hotter they have to get to catch fire.
It would take about a week without proper cooling to become hot enough to begin boiling the water, if indeed that is still possible.
IF they catch fire, the resulting radiation emissions into the atmosphere would be enormous. This Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima has the potential to contaminate the entire world to some degree.
There are various wide-ranging estimates and lots of numbers that are meaningless to non-experts like you and I, but suffice to say it would be world wide and it would be "measurable", enough to be of concern because there would be at least some increases in cancer, at the very least.
Many agree that "The greatest single threat to Humanity is the Spent Fuel Pool Number 4"
“This constitutes a risk of chronic exposure at low dosage, and without care this can build up over time” [French government statement]
And Arnie Gunderson, that nice older guy we all trust, says:
"If SPF 4 catches fire people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while"
Here are some of those Wide Ranging Meaningless Numbers quotes:
"this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident."
"The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants combined (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel)."
How far away? - “If (No. 4) ruptures now, it gets into the air, and that’s very troubling to us in Oregon. This must not happen.”
The Original Sin of Silence:
"Since 1959, an agreement signed between WHO and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and then a number of additional legal texts, prohibit WHO from intervening in research into health effects of nuclear accidents."
The Continuing Self-Imposed Blindness:
"Official studies, both after Chernobyl and Fukushima continue to ignore children. The only emphasis on children is in measuring thyroid abnormalities, and the epidemic of thyroid cancer in Ukraine children. Apart from that, all the attention is on cancer, and adults.
There is no registry of pregnant women. There is no monitoring of birth abnormalities.
Even radiation “acceptable” standards are set for adult males, not for women and children.
The absolute priority should be - women of reproductive age and children – whatever affects them will affect the most important principles of preventive health. There should be monitoring of congenital malformations. Ionising radiation is a most likely cause, though there are other causes as well. Ionising radiation is prevalent in areas other than Chernobyl and Fukushima – e.g. from coal burning plants, from dumping wastes.
Because there is now no monitoring of congenital malformations, we have no baseline, and with no baseline it is difficult to know how fast the problem is growing."
Stay Tuned for Part two, it is an eye opener about a study done on genetic instability due to nuclear radiation
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