Between trips here so haven’t been able to post. Lots to catch up on and might be able to do that later this week. [Apologies if these videos are not showing up right on your screen. Might be some setting I don’t have just right on WordPress.]
In the meantime, a very important update from Arnie Gundersen.
New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide
Fairewinds Associates l 22 August, 2011
Newly released neutron data from three University of California San Diego scientists confirms Fairewinds’ April analysis that the nuclear core at Fukushima Daiichi turned on and off after TEPCO claimed its reactors had been shutdown. This periodic nuclear chain reaction (inadvertent criticality) continued to contaminate the surrounding environment and upper atmosphere with large doses of radioactivity.
In a second area of concern, Fairewinds disagrees the NRC’s latest report claiming that all Fukushima spent fuel pools had no problems following the earthquake. In a new revelation, the NRC claims that the plutonium found more than 1 mile offsite actually came from inside the nuclear reactors. If such a statement were true, it indicates that the nuclear power plant containments failed and were breached with debris landing far from the power plants themselves. Such a failure of the containment system certainly necessitates a complete review of all US reactor containment design and industry assurances that containments will hold in radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident. The evidence Fairewinds reviewed to date continues to support its April analysis that the detonation in the Unit 3 Spent Fuel pool was the cause of plutonium found off site.
Third, the burning of radioactive materials (building materials, trees, lawn grass, rice straw) by the Japanese government will cause radioactive Cesium to spread even further into areas within Japan that have been previously clean, and across the Pacific Ocean to North America.
And finally, the Japanese government has yet to grasp the severity of the contamination within Japan, and therefore has not developed a coherent plan mitigate the accident and remediate the environment. Without a cohesive plan to deal with this ongoing problem of large scale radioactive contamination, the radioactivity will continue to spread throughout Japan and around the globe further exacerbating the problem and raising costs astronomically.
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And another, also via nuclearfreeplanet.org
Reporting from the grounds of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
While implying the accident is in anyway stabilized stretches the bounds of credibility, this is a rare look inside the plant grounds. The “cover” and the “cooled fuel” comments were clearly made before news of the cracks appearing in the ground around the reactors was released. No cover will mitigate the danger of radiaoactive steam releases from that source, and the cooler temperatures in the reactors may be simply because the corium is moving down through the bottom of the containment into the ground and the ground water. Consider the source of the video when evaluating its content. But, it is interesting to finally see some of what is happening at the troubled plant.
Uploaded by WorldNuclear on Aug 17, 2011
An update on progress by people working at the Fukushima Daiichi site. Includes video of waste water treatment and cooling system for fuel ponds. Japanese audio with English subtitles. Courtesy TEPCO
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If you Prayed for Japan, it is time to Fight For Japan.