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Boardman writes: "If there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it's not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be."

Evacuees in protective suits remember the Fukushima disaster. (photo: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters)
Evacuees in protective suits remember the Fukushima disaster. (photo: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters)


Fukushima, a Global Conspiracy of Denial

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

03 January 14

 

Does anyone in authority anywhere tell the truth about Fukushima?

f there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it's not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be.

There is instead an apparent global conspiracy of authorities of all sorts to deny to the public reliably accurate, comprehensible, independently verifiable (where possible), and comprehensive information about not only the condition of the Fukushima power plant itself and its surrounding communities, but about the unceasing, uncontrolled release of radioactive debris into the air and water, creating a constantly increasing risk of growing harm to the global community.

While the risk may still be miniscule in most places, the range of risk rises to lethal in Fukushima itself. With the radioactive waste of four nuclear reactors (three of them in meltdown) under uncertain control for almost three years now, the risk of lethal exposure is very real for plant workers, and may decrease with distance from the plant, but may be calculable for anyone on the planet. No one seems to know. No one seems to have done the calculation. No one with access to the necessary information (assuming it exists) seems to want to do the calculation.

There is no moral excuse for this international collusion. The excuses are political or economic or social, but none of them excuses any authority for withholding or lying about information that has potentially universal and destructive impact on everyone alive today and everyone to be born for some unknown generations.

Japanese authorities may be the worst current offenders against the truth, as well as the health and safety of their people. Now the Japanese government has passed a harsh state secrets law that threatens to reduce or eliminate reliable information about Fukushima. The U.S. government officially applauded this heightened secrecy, while continuing its own tight control on nuclear information. Japanese authorities are already attacking their own people in defense of nuclear power: not only under-measuring and ignoring varieties of radioactive threat, but even withholding the iodine pills in 2011 that might have mitigated the growing epidemic of thyroid issues today. Failing to confront Fukushima honestly, the Japanese are laying the basis for what could amount to a radiological sneak attack on the rest of the world.

Just because no one seems to know what to do about Fukushima is no excuse to go on lying about and/or denying the dimensions of reality, whatever they might be. There are hundreds, probably thousands of people with little or no authority who have long struggled to create a realistic, rational perspective on nuclear threats. The fundamental barrier to knowing the scale of the Fukushima disaster is just that: the scale of the Fukushima disaster.

Chernobyl 1986 and Fukushima 2011 are not really comparable

Chernobyl is the closest precedent to Fukushima, and it's not very close. Chernobyl at the time of the 1986 electric failure and explosion had four operating reactors and two more under construction. The Chernobyl accident involved one reactor meltdown. Other reactors kept operating for some time after the accident. The rector meltdown was eventually entombed, containing the meltdown and reducing the risk. Until Fukushima, Chernobyl was considered the worst nuclear power accident in history, and it is still far from over (albeit largely contained for the time being). The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of roughly 1,000 square miles remains one of the most radioactive areas in the world and the clean-up is not even expected to be complete before 2065.

At the time of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima plant had six operating reactors. Three of them went into meltdown and a fourth was left with a heavily laden fuel pool teetering a hundred feet above the ground. Two other reactors were undamaged and have been shut down. Radiation levels remain lethal in each of the melted-down reactors, where the meltdowns appear to be held in check by water that is pumped into the reactors to keep them cool. In the process, the water gets irradiated and that which is not collected on site in leaking tanks flows steadily into the Pacific Ocean. Within the first two weeks, Fukushima radiation was comparable to Chernobyl's and while the levels have gone down, they remain elevated.

The plant's corporate owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), in turn effectively owned by the Japanese government after a 2012 nationalization, began removing more than 1,500 fuel rod assemblies from the teetering fuel pool in November, a delicate process expected to take a year or more. There are additional fuel pools attached to each of the melted down reactors and a much larger general fuel pool, all of which contain nuclear fuel rod assemblies that are secure only as long as TEPCO continues to cool them. The Fukushima Exclusion Zone, a 12-mile radius around the nuclear plant, is about 500 square miles (much of it ocean); little specific information about the exclusion zone is easily available, but media coverage in the form of disaster tourism is plentiful, including a Google Street View interactive display.

Despite their significant differences as disasters, Chernobyl and Fukushima are both rated at 7 – a "major accident" on the International Nuclear Event Scale designed in 1990 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). That is the highest rating on the scale, a reflection of the inherent denial that colors most official nuclear thinking. Designed by nuclear "experts" after Chernobyl, the scale can't imagine a worse accident than Chernobyl which, for all its intensity, was effectively over as an accident in a relatively short period of time. At Fukushima, by contrast, the initial set of events was less acute than Chernobyl, but almost three years later they continue without any resolution likely soon. Additionally Fukushima has three reactor meltdowns and thousands of precarious fuel rod assemblies in uncertain pools, any of which could produce a new crisis that would put Fukushima clearly off the scale.

And then there's groundwater. Groundwater was not a problem at Chernobyl. Groundwater is a huge problem at the Fukushima plant that was built at the seashore, on a former riverbed, over an active aquifer. In a short video, nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson makes clear why groundwater makes Fukushima so hard to clean up, and why radiation levels there will likely remain dangerous for another hundred years.

Fukushima Unit #3 activity led to some panic-driven reporting in 2013

The Japanese government and nuclear power industry have a history of not telling the truth about nuclear accidents dating back at least to 1995, as reported by New Scientist and Rachel Maddow, among others. Despite Japan's history of nuclear dishonesty, Japanese authorities remain in total control of the Fukushima site and most of the information about it, without significant objection from most of the world's governments, media, and other power brokers, whose reputation for honesty in nuclear matters is almost as bad as Japan's. In such a context of no context, the public is vulnerable to reports like this from the Turner Radio Network (TRN) on December 28:

** NEWS FLASH – URGENT ** STEAM SUDDENLY EMANATING FROM FUKUSHIMA REACTOR # 3 – WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA SHOULD BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR POSSIBLE RADIATION CLOUD WITHIN 3 TO 5 DAYS

Five days after this story was posted, the "radiation cloud" had not developed despite the story's assertion that: "Experts say this could be the beginning of a 'spent fuel pool criticality (meltdown)' involving up to 89 TONS of nuclear fuel burning up into the atmosphere and heading to North America." The story named no "experts" and provided links only to TEPCO announcements in Japanese. The bulk of the story reads like an infomercial for "protective" gear of various sorts that TRN makes a point of saying it does NOT sell. Despite such obvious warning signs, others – such as The Ecologist and Gizmodo – reported the threat of "another meltdown" at Fukushima Unit #3 as imminent.

Clarification and reassurance quickly started chasing the "new meltdown" rumor around the Internet. ENENEWS (Energy News) promptly posted the TEPCO reports in English, demonstrating that there was nothing "sudden" about the steam releases, they've been happening more or less daily since 2011, but condensation caused by cold weather makes them visible. At FAIREWINDS (Energy Education), Arnie Gunderson posted on January 1:

"… the Internet has been flooded with conjecture claiming that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 is ready to explode…. Our research, and discussions with other scientists, confirms that what we are seeing is a phenomenon that has been occurring at the Daiichi site since the March 2011 accident…. While the plants are shutdown in nuke speak, there is no method of achieving cold shut down in any nuclear reactor. While the reactor can stop generating the actual nuclear chain reaction, the atoms left over from the original nuclear chain reaction continue to give off heat that is called the decay of the radioactive rubble (fission products)…. constantly releasing moisture (steam) and radioactive products into the environment." [emphasis added]

In other words, Fukushima Unit #3 continues to leak radioactivity into both air and water, as Units #1 and #2 presumably do as well. But as Gunderson explains, the level of radioactivity has declined sharply without becoming benign:

"When Unit 3 was operating, it was producing more than 2,000 megawatts of heat from the nuclear fission process (chain reaction in the reactor). Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, it shut down and the chain reaction stopped, but Unit 3 was still producing about 160 megawatts of decay heat. Now, 30 months later, it is still producing slightly less than 1 megawatt (one million watts) of decay heat…. 1 megawatt of decay heat is a lot of heat even today, and it is creating radioactive steam, but it is not a new phenomenon."

Reassurances about Fukushima are as misleading as scare stories

The reassuring aspects of the condition of Unit #3 ­– radioactive releases are not new, they're less intense than they once were, the nuclear waste is cooling ­– while true enough, provide only a false sense of comfort. Also true: radiation is released almost continuously, the releases are uncontrolled, no one seems to be measuring the releases, no one seems to be tracking the releases, no one is assessing accumulation of the releases. And while it's true that the waste is cooling and decaying, it's also true that a loss of coolant could lead to another uncontrolled chain reaction. ("Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 is not going to explode," says Gunderson in a headline, but he can't know that with certainty.)

For the near future, what all that means, in effect, is that the world has to accept chronic radiation releases from Fukushima as the price for avoiding another catastrophic release. And even then, it's not a sure thing.

But there's another aspect of Fukushima Unit #3 that's even less reassuring. Unit #3 is the one Fukushima reactor that was running on Mixed oxide fuel, or MOX fuel, in its fuel rods. MOX fuel typically uses Plutonium mixed with one or more forms of Uranium. Using Plutonium in fuel rods adds to their toxicity in the event of a meltdown. In part because Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 240,000 years and can be used to make nuclear weapons of "dirty bombs," its use in commercial reactors remains both limited and controversial. Because it contains Plutonium, MOX fuel is more toxic than other nuclear fuel and will burn at lower temperatures. As Natural Resources News reported in 2011:

"The mixed oxide fuel rods used in the compromised number three reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex contain enough plutonium to threaten public health with the possibility of inhalation of airborne plutonium particles…. Plutonium is at its most dangerous when it is inhaled and gets into the lungs. The effect on the human body is to vastly increase the chance of developing fatal cancers."

Reportedly, TEPCO plans don't call for the removal of the MOX fuel in Unit #3 for another decade or more. Fuel removal from Units #1, #2, and #3 is complicated by lethal radiation levels at all three reactors, as well as TEPCO's inability so far to locate the three melted cores with any precision.

There is ample reason to hope that Fukushima, despite the complex of uncontrollable and deteriorating factors, will not get worse, because even the Japanese don't want that. But there is little reason to expect anything but worsening conditions, slowly or suddenly, for years and years to come. And there is even less reason to expect anyone in authority anywhere to be more than minimally and belatedly truthful about an industry they continue to protect, no matter how many people it damages or kills.

The perfect paradigm of that ruthlessly cynical nuclear mentality is the current Japanese practice of recruiting homeless people to work at Fukushima in high level radiation areas where someone with something to lose might not be willing to go for minimum wage.



William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

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+61 # universlman 2014-01-03 10:38
During the Gulf oil spill of 2010, BP attempted to pull this secretive crap, and got thumped badly by the press. As a result we got full-time cameras on the leak. Why the world press is satisfied with this obviously dishonest reporting of the Fukushima disaster is an excellent question.
 
 
-1 # opi 2014-01-03 23:17
French Ambassador, acting as UN Security Council Pres at Dec press conference on Fukushima. see @ 55:30.

http://webtv.un.org/watch/g%C3%A9rard-araud-france-president-of-the-security-council-on-the-programme-of-work-for-the-month-of-december-2013-press-conference/2890034080001

True press needs citizen support, not just complaining.
 
 
+7 # nora 2014-01-06 02:36
That full-time camera accomplished what exactly? People were looking at its images on the screen rather that realizing the media was banned from covering the actual pollution to wildlife and wetlands, beaches and coastal fishing areas.

We got that pointless camera while real news was censored and citizen journalists were banned from the coast.

We still don't hear anything about all the illnesses from the BP Spewage in the Gulf because physicians are locked into health insurance coding for claims and since there are no claim numbers for pollution-relat ed illnesses (and patients would be denied coverage without valid claim categories), there is little recording of human health impacts and suffering from this disaster in terms of the exposure to pollutants, and that's the way the Corporations which profit from externalizing the real costs of industry like it.

Keep watching those underwater camera images, and you'll miss what is really going on, even the censorship of the facts.
 
 
+1 # aaheart 2014-01-16 22:16
World press "dishonesty" is because reporting on Israel can lead to retaliation. Yoishi Shimatsu, former editor of the Japan Times Weekly reported that Israel sabotaged Fukushima. Even if Shimatsu is really onto something that would direct attention to the real cause of the meltdowns at Fukushima, some suggest he temper his reporting so he won't be delegitimized.

What if Israel could be shown to have had motive, means, and opportunity? Shouldn't we be good detectives or journalists and dig for evidence where the fundamental elements of a criminal investigation are the focus for our forensic activity?

We know that Israel had motive as Japan supported Palestine and had offered to enrich uranium for Iran. Only a few months later, Magna BSP sought and won the security contract at Fukushima, had access to the infrastructure, and Magna technicians completed their work a week before the "earthquake" and tsunami. Motive and opportunity. Did they have the means?

Consensus among IT experts is that Stuxnet virus was developed at Dimona, tested in the Negev, and used in Iran to destroy centrifuges via the Siemens SCADA valves. At Fukushima the Siemens valves controlled the cooling water. Those valves normally are open unless a COMMAND closes them. The only way the cooling water is blocked is by sabotage. In Iran the control room didn't know there was a problem …that's what stuxnet does. At Fukushima technicians didn't know reactors were overheating.

Motive, means, and op...
 
 
+21 # Doubter 2014-01-03 10:43
".. ruthlessly cynical nuclear mentality"
Mr. Boardman; couldn't you have just as well said: "CORPORATE mentality?

I thought the wild tale that the 'world's owner's' were planning to eliminate most of us because they can do with maybe 500,000 'ordinary' people to run the world for them was just a crazy conspiracy theory.

What the hell; let's go whole hog and wonder if a nuclear disaster wasn't "built in" to the design and placement of the plant so it would do exactly what it is doing
- in which case this wouldn't have been an accident but an instance of everything going according to plan.

NOTE: THIS US JUST A WILD SPECULATION. I am not affirming anything.
 
 
+10 # marind 2014-01-04 11:56
The plutocracy is engaged in a plan of Passive Genocide. The evidence is overwhelming. And the fundamentalist right laps it up like dogs at a poisoned watering hole.
 
 
+31 # Steve B 2014-01-03 11:05
Because our government (i.e., the corporate state and its lapdog media) has such compromised credibility, nobody knows what to believe or trust, so are susceptible to wild claims on one side, and wild denial on the other. Given the multiplicity of crises we face, it is more important than ever that we begin to think like a species and use our intelligence more intelligently, and resources more resourcefully. You can read more in my Huff Post post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-bhaerman/institutionalized-insanity_b_4469756.html
 
 
+71 # solartopia.org 2014-01-03 11:21
This is a superb piece. We're all indebted to Mr. Boardman & RSN for it.

There's no doubt Fukushima has poured massive quantities of radiation into our eco-sphere & will continue to do so for decades.

Japan has been far more secretive about Fukushima than was the Soviet Union about Chernobyl. And the damage will be far worse

Since we are deliberately being left in the dark, the wild stories will continue to abound. But with no way to know exactly what's going on there, they will all have the ring of terrifying truth.

The worst of it is that Fuku is NOT a worst-case scenario. The major damage was done by an earthquake that struck a hundred miles away and that could be easily exceeded at hundreds of reactors around the world, including Indian Point, less than 50 miles from NYC, and Diablo Canyon, which could irradiate the entire California Central Valley. Three dozen US reactors are downstream from large dams that could deliver a brief but lethal "tsunami".

And once again, the industry would lie about it and attack those who attempt to report the truth.

Japan's State Secrets act is a terrifying view of things to come. It proves once again that nuclear Power cannot co-exist with democracy, and vice-versa.

There is just one solution---shut them ALL down as quickly as possible. We have the renewable technology to provide the power. Now we need the political will to get there.

This article helps. It's re-linked at www.nukefree.org. Thanks!
 
 
+31 # DeadlyClear 2014-01-03 12:17
I totally second the motion! You are correct - all of these power plants should be shut down because they've never known what to do with the waste. Next thing you know they'll be having us brush our teeth with it to get a glow.

There is zero sense of consequence until it's too late. And this disaster is already beyond rescue unless you could time port Japan and send it beyond Mars.
 
 
+10 # DeadlyClear 2014-01-03 13:06
Check out this story: http://investmentwatchblog.com/36-signs-the-media-is-lying-to-you-about-how-radiation-from-fukushima-is-affecting-the-west-coast/#eG38Qr0uFs3zgt0M.99
 
 
+10 # Vardoz 2014-01-03 13:06
go to radcast.org for updates as suggested by Tom Hartmann.
 
 
+21 # Barkingcarpet 2014-01-03 14:21
Regardless of recent "hoax" or not, I take no comfort in the situation at Fukushima. It IS precarious, unstable, and prone to get exponentially worse.

What ARE we doing as a people, to avoid any worsening, or prepare for it if it does? Avoidance, obfuscation, and denial of the reality and issues IS dangerous and insane, as well as a failure of what governance SHOULD be doing.

How and where can or do we get valid information, and where is the sane regulation or policy, or willingness to engage in such, AND, what ARE WE gonna do about it?

Amen! And why bother to address the real issues? Fukushima IS still spewing and coming our way, endless wars, legitimate rapist bankers and psychopathic regulation, rules, laws, which are based on dollar values at the expense of any future life, while leaving broken landfills, and cesspools where life once lived.

All fuelled by us, and our consuming ethic of entitlement. me me me. Oops. Obfuscation and distraction, amidst our apathy and abdication of any duty to future life, as we allow all this insanity in our names, with our dollars, and on our watch. It IS corrupt.

What are WE gonna do about it folks? We create this world with every waking dollar, flip of the switch, slave labor product purchased, turn of the key, and fracked therm heated by the thermostats. It IS us folks. There really is no "them."
 
 
+2 # RLF 2014-01-04 06:49
"We" are having children...more and more of them..."we" don't want to think about how we will feed them or give then the electricity for all of the gadgets they are just positive they can not live with out. Get the population back to 4 billion and then the planet might have a chance. Until then, your children that you have an absolute right to have and as many as you want...especial ly if you are a fundamentalist moron of any stripe...are f#*Ked!
 
 
+14 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-01-03 18:38
Yes, SHUT THEM ALL DOWN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. The whole nuclear matter is about making nuclear bombs. We must dismantle all of our nuclear weapons. Our insane government has used them in Falluja, Iraq. We have an evil and corrupt government and we must end this insanity.

All of this horror is allowed by those people in Congress who vote for the funds for this stupidity.
 
 
+18 # Vardoz 2014-01-03 12:34
This is one way globalization doesn't work for mankind! If we are to have a global economy their needs to be effective and responsible global protections, laws, oversight and regulations. A global economy should not mean a corporate free for all. All of life is at stake because of Fukushinma and this is because of the total lack of competence. It is an outrage! And this problem is lethal for the world.
 
 
+23 # lorenbliss 2014-01-03 12:45
The nuclear power industry is the quintessence of the evil that is capitalism -- infinite greed elevated to maximum virtue, the methodical suppression of every humanitarian principle in the name of profit. The industry's mode of operation is the essence of capitalist governance: absolute power and unlimited profit for the Ruling Class, sickness and death for all the rest of us.
 
 
+22 # reiverpacific 2014-01-03 12:56
Sadly, the Japanese are hardly exemplars of "Open communication" at the best of times.
They seem to be more intent on "keeping face", even if it kills them. After all, they lose one or two twits annually who eat the Fugu fish by ingesting a tiny part of it's lethal liver -and they consume huge quantities of raw fish; real smart considering the shit they are pouring into their own waters! And their government is recruiting and forcing homeless people to work directly on the toxic waste in a nice return to their WW11 "Burma Road" ways.
But they DON'T have the right to destroy a large swath of the Pacific and it's human and animal relations.
More sadly, it seems that all calls for international experts in teamwork to directly address the simmering cauldron of destruction is going unheeded in the "Civilized" world.
The US and other owner-media is as usual, sweeping it all under the rug and minimizing an event -if they address it at all- which could kill millions.
Try to catch Dr Helen Caldicott's radio show and website "If you Love This Planet" for a realistic and blunt evaluation and extrapolation of the circumstances if it isn't dealt with as a global priority.
 
 
+13 # oakes721 2014-01-03 13:19
Worldwide Disasters are now given an immediate Corporate Seal of Approval with the assumption that they've had something to do with them. Limited Liability Corporations legally evade responsibilitie s while the nuclear industry escapes all accountability ~ which is why no insurance company will sell them an accident policy. No other business (or car driver) is allowed to operate without it.
 
 
+10 # marind 2014-01-04 11:59
They DO get insurance: OUR TAX DOLLARS!!
 
 
-24 # cuhlik 2014-01-03 13:46
The general public's ignorance of the scientific principles makes it essentially impossible to satisfy this desire for information. This is a classic example of begging the question. They assume that there has been a disaster that is endangering people and that the authorities are lying about it. Then they argue that there's insufficient information. Given the assumption, you cannot argue that in fact good information is available and there's little to be afraid of. After all, workers keep going into the plant itself and those workers aren't dying. Their basic assumption denies this response. According to them, any information you have is based on lies and coverups. The actual evidence shows none of the side effects you'd expect if the authors of this article were correct. They are mistaken and inflaming the public's irrational fear of radiation.
 
 
+17 # WBoardman 2014-01-03 15:14
cuhlik seems not to understand radiation.

Only very high doses produce "prompt death."
Lower doses may or may not kill any individual
over some period of time --
but the statistical lethality of radiation is
beyond rational dispute.

As for side effects, it's relatively early for them
to begin showing up -- but apparently (arguably)
they have -- not only elevated thyroid disorders
in the region around Fukushima, but to American
sailors exposed on their humanitarian mission in 2011.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/21022-us-navy-sailors-sue-tepco-over-cluster-fukushima-snafu
 
 
+1 # marigayl 2014-01-06 01:36
Takes a while to die of cancer.
 
 
-8 # Ripudaman 2014-01-03 14:18
What conspiracy? Shortly after the disaster, a friend of mine from Japan wrote to me asking for help in procuring a Geiger counter, as they seemed to be sold out in Japan. He knew that I was somewhat familiar with the issues having co-authored, “A Cubic Mile of Oil: Realities and Options for Averting the Looming Global Energy Crisis.” I could understand his fears and concerns arising from the cloud of uncertainty under which he and his family were living, but I also knew that the greater danger to health was posed by anxiety. To allay his fears, I dug into the topic.

There were daily radiation level charts published in Japan Times. In Fukushima, the reported radiation level was about 2.44 uSv (microSv) per hour, but in the surrounding areas such as Miyago and Ibaraki it was less than 0.1 uSv/hr and elsewhere about 0.05 uSv/hr. A steady dose of 0.1 uSv/yr would over a year amount to 876 uSv or 0.88 mSv. The current consensus of health professional is that an exposure of 0.25 Sv (or 250 mSv) increases the chances of contracting cancer by 1%. I wrote to friend that were his grandson to live for a 100-years, this dose would add 88 mSv, or increase the chance of contracting cancer by about 0.3%, from 20% to 20.3%. Do you really want to spend time worrying about that! No wonder, Japan Times stopped posting updates after a few months.
 
 
+3 # marind 2014-01-04 12:00
And you believe them? What a sucker.
 
 
+19 # WBoardman 2014-01-03 15:26
My use of "apparent global conspiracy" should have
emphasized "apparent," since I don't believe an actual
global conspiracy exists in a conspiratorial sense so much
as in a group-think, herd mentality sense.

As for Japan Times, was that independent reporting,
or recycling TEPCO "information."
How sophisticated were the measuring techniques?
Were there more than air samples, which give the
lowest readings?
A transient exposure to the outer body may well be
effectively harmless, but ingested, that same amount of radiation becomes a much longer and more serious dose.
Did Japan Times or anyone else check that?
What about water measurements?

Read Gundersen at Fairewinds for more on
radiation measurement.

Another reasons the nuclear industry doesn't want to do it right is because it's expensive -- much easier to minimize a danger that is invisible, tasteless, odorless, silent, and almost without tactility.

One of the abiding questions is why would you trust
a nexus of interested parties who have been lying
to the public (and perhaps themselves) for 70 years +/-?
 
 
-7 # Ripudaman 2014-01-03 15:52
To the best of my knowledge, these were real time radiation measurement data acquired by Japan's “System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information” (SPEEDI). No TEPCO.

As for minimizing the risks, note that the linear no-threshold assumption in the analysis I gave produces an upper estimate of cancer risk. It is based on extrapolation of data from high-level exposures to very low levels, and does not allow for any healing over time of the radiation damage by the body.
 
 
+2 # aaheart 2014-01-03 16:50
Japan and TEPCO are bumbling victims of a psychopathic covert op to depopulate the planet.

The cooling valves at Fukushima are designed open when the electric power is cut off. Electric power is needed to HOLD THE VALVES SHUT. Meltdown could only happen if there was sabotage.

Earthquake and tsunami did not lead to the meltdowns. Buildings were standing until the tsunami swept them off their foundations. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake is supposed to demolish buildings within a 1000 miles.

So what kind of sabotage could do that damage?

Shortly after Japan offered to enrich uranium for Iran, an Israeli defense company at Dimona, Magna BSP, won the security contract for Fukushima and had access to install stuxnet virus that has been tied to Israel and acts by giving commands to Siemens SCADA control valves and it sends fake information to the control room. Technicians at Fukushima did not know that the reactors were overheating until it was too late. They were not able to open the valves that SHOULD have been forced open just by the pressure of the steam being generated by the hot reactor.

Magna BSP not only had access to the Fukushima infrastructure to insert the stuxnet virus, they also installed monitoring equipment inside containment that was connected to their offices safely on the other side of the world where they could control the reactors to self-destruct.

The State of Israel had motive, means, and opportunity...J ust the facts, man.
 
 
-3 # soularddave 2014-01-03 19:51
Where did all THIS come from?

Now you have me thinking that Israel is the cause of my car not starting this mornng.

(Sorry, I just HAD to say SOMETHING)
 
 
+2 # RODNOX 2014-01-03 20:52
MAYBE NOT--BUT YOU CAN BET THEY KNEW IT DIDNT START
 
 
+13 # aaheart 2014-01-04 03:38
Jerusalem Post and Haaretz reported that Magna BSP had installed security cameras at Fukushima and that they were able to monitor what has happening. That means they had access to the industrial infrastructure. Your car is irrelevant. Israel had motive, means, and opportunity. Do you have some reason to treat this so flippantly because you haven't at least done any research on your own? You can Google stuxnet to discover that Israel has already been implicated in the development and use of stuxnet in Iran. You can also Google "Fukushima Magna BSP" and find quite a lot of information...a bout THIS topic not your car battery.
 
 
+15 # peterjkraus 2014-01-03 16:53
I remember standing, with friends, family and hundreds of neighbors, at Diablo Canyon power plant almost thirty years ago and protesting the "Devil in the canyon" to the amusement of TV stations around the California Coast.

Diablo was built right on the coast, within spitting distance of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo. As a freeform FM deejay, I had been playing "Devil in the Canyon", a popular song on the coast that laid down all the facts speaking against building a nuke right on top of a known seismic fault (!) in a beautiful and heavily populated area.

Nothing helped.

Poor Japan. Poor California. Poor citizenry, for whom there is no danger as long as the TV tells us it´s safe.
 
 
+3 # marind 2014-01-04 12:02
Often wondered about the incredible hubris of building a nuke plant in an arena named after the Devil!!
 
 
+7 # theshift33 2014-01-03 17:45
I read on Dec 28th at 11 p.m. Tepco stated radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor #3 at the Fukushima disaster site in Japan. TEPCO says they do Not know why this is happening and cannot go into the building to see what's happening due to damage and lethal radiation levels in that building.
Experts say that this could be the beginning of a "spent fuel pool "criticality" (meltdown) involving up to 89 tons of nuclear fuel burning up into the atmosphere and heading to North America. This was on Turnerradio. Information or disinformation? Can someone with more knowledge or insight
help out here with this report?
 
 
+4 # Barkingcarpet 2014-01-03 18:54
Try this theshift33 http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/12/ot-is-this-level-of-understanding-on.html

And as I said above, hoax or no, ho do we get off our collective asses and do what we can, while we can, before it gets worse, or happens again elsewhere?
 
 
+6 # WBoardman 2014-01-04 13:01
The Turner Radio Report is wrong by its own terms,
since it warned of a radioactive cloud coming east
in 3-5 days -- or by Jan 3.

You can link to the full story from my piece above.

Why TRN (and others) chose to play the panic card
is anyone's guess since, as far as I know, they have
not explained their rationale.

What seems likely (to Gundersen and others)
is that radioactive steam has been self-venting
from Unit #3 more or less continuously since
March 2011. I'm not aware of any effort to monitor
this steam for intensity or content, though there may
be such a program.

Since Unit #3 has MOX fuel, it's likely that the steam
contains some Plutonium.
 
 
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-01-03 21:37
Not to mention the stubborn silence on the Canadian & US West Coasts, where professional, significant independent reports of contamination appear from time to time, but no overall government research, notice, action or communication appears.
 
 
+1 # opi 2014-01-03 23:14
French Ambassador, acting as UN Security Council Pres at Dec press conference on Fukushima. see @ 55:30.

http://webtv.un.org/watch/g%C3%A9rard-araud-france-president-of-the-security-council-on-the-programme-of-work-for-the-month-of-december-2013-press-conference/2890034080001
 
 
+12 # karenvista 2014-01-04 00:40
(1) The U.S. provided enough plutonium to Japan to make 5,000 Hiroshima sized bombs by stealing the materials from Pantex in Amarillo, TX and having the cores shipped by Israeli freighters to Japan. This was done surreptitiously since the time of the Reagan administration and Israel has been involved as well as a recipient of the stolen plutonium for their Dimona plant. This is not a crazy conspiracy theory.
http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/5852

I am aware of what is stated above/below because I live in Houston and Roland Carnaby, a CIA officer or asset was assassinated in broad daylight by the Houston Police in a traffic stop. That caused me to do some research and discover documentation confirming what you will read from the Japanese journalist below:

In retaliation for Japan’s support of an independent Palestinian state Source: American Free Press … by Richard Walker October 24, 2011 edited by Jim W. Dean A Natural or Man Made Disaster? A leading Japanese journalist recently made two incredible claims about the Fukushima power plant that suffered a nuclear meltdown in March 2011, sending shockwaves around the world.
 
 
+11 # karenvista 2014-01-04 00:42
(2)First, the former editor of a national newspaper in Japan says the U.S. and Israel knew Fukushima had weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that were exposed to the atmosphere after a massive tsunami wave hit the reactor. Second, he contends that Israeli intelligence sabotaged the reactor in retaliation for Japan’s support of an independent Palestinian state. According to Yoishi Shimatsu, a former editor of Japan Times Weekly, these nuclear materials were shipped to the plant in 2007 on the orders of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, with the connivance of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The shipment was in the form of warhead cores secretly removed from the U.S. nuclear warheads facility BWXT Pantex near Amarillo, Texas. While acting as the middleman, Israel transported warheads from the port of Houston, and in the process kept the best ones while giving the Japanese older warhead cores that had to be further enriched at Fukushima. Shimatsu credits retired CIA agent and mercenary Roland Vincent Carnaby with learning the warheads were being transported from Houston. In a strange twist, Carnaby was mysteriously shot dead less than a year later by Houston police at a traffic stop. He was shot once in the back and once in the chest. He did not have a weapon in his hands. Intelligence sources said he had been tracking a Mossad unit that was smuggling U.S. plutonium out of Houston docks for an Israeli nuclear reactor.
 
 
+10 # karenvista 2014-01-04 00:43
(3)In an even more explosive charge, the journalist says that 20 minutes before the Fukushima plant’s nuclear meltdown, Israel was so upset with Japanese support for a Palestinian declaration of statehood that it double-crossed Japan by unleashing the Stuxnet virus on the plant’s computers.
 
 
0 # bingers 2014-01-05 03:50
Back about 1980 there was a popular bumper sticker that said "Nuclear plants are built better than Jane Fonda." I met her a few years ago, and even in her 70s she's still built better than nuclear plants. Sadly.
 
 
+4 # bingers 2014-01-05 03:50
Back about 1980 there was a popular bumper sticker that said "Nuclear plants are built better than Jane Fonda." I met her a few years ago, and even in her 70s she's still built better than nuclear plants. Sadly.
 
 
+4 # nora 2014-01-06 03:04
Thank you, Mr. Boardman. I appreciate your efforts here.

What gets me is the way Japan is instituting censorship of the media regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster reporting and facts. However, in this respect, it is important to note that Japan is merely following the lead of the United States, because the censoring of reporting is just what the USA did during and after the BP OIL SPEWAGE DISASTER on the Gulfcoast. And, the USA has got a lot of practice with these environmental disasters caused by industrial substances and sloppiness, specifically Agent Orange herbicides in Vietnam and the use of depleted uranium today -- always backing industrial profiteers before protecting the ecology, or innocent civilians, or unaware grunts in the military. And usually there is another heavy price for that loyalty to corporate profits: That price paid is lost transparency, obfuscated disclosure, and failed duty to protect the innocent. Our governments today work to support the corporations and theor industries, and to do that they must CENSOR journalism. What a tragedy we are living.

Globalization, as a multinationalis t corporate system, is a self-protective system evidently. Now the Globalizers make certain that no disaster, predicated on the sloppiness that garners more profits, will ever be reported fully to the world's populace.
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2014-01-22 00:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STSmFZeE50E
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2014-01-23 02:28
EVE OF DESTRUCTION
Barry McGuire

The eastern world, it is explodin'
Violence flarin', bullets loadin'
You're old enough to kill, but not for votin'
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.

Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?
If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away
There'll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.

Yeah, my blood's so mad feels like coagulatin'
I'm sitting here just contemplatin'
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation.
Handful of senators don't pass legislation
And marches alone can't bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin'
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'

And you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.

(Continued)
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2014-01-23 02:36
Think of all the hate there is in Red China
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
You may leave here for 4 days in space
But when you return, it's the same old place
The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace

And, tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
You don't believe
We're on the eve
Of destruction
Mm, no no, you don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.

And here's my "Fukushima verse" contribution to this great song,
updating it to the present day:

Now we have Fukushima to get your body boilin'
Plumes in air and water of deadly radioactive toxins
Most walk around like everything's just dandy
But when they get cancer, they won't be so randy
As inside their guts increasingly fail
The aftermath and coverup continues to exhale
While the U.S. government throughout prevails

And you tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You don't believe
We're on the eve
Of destruction
Mm, no no no, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
 
 
0 # Cherie 2015-08-26 22:19
William

Never late to commend great effort towards educating the world the enormity of this catastrophe that 95 % of the population is denying.

More than 1 yr has passed since yr article and the Pacific Ocean is in dire straits.

Can we not save the Ocean and its significance.

Cherie
 

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