Monday, May 23, 2011

It seems to becoming more difficult to understand what is going on now at the Fukushima plant. The worrying news is that radiation at reactor #1 is spiking.

It appears that the melted fuel in #1 is in the process of burying down through the floor of the outer containment vessel. This, however, has not been confirmed. I worry about more explosions and more large-scale radiation releases. What follows is a list of news stories and links from the last couple of days.

Washington’s blog has a discussion of Arnie Gunderson’s latest video at Fairewinds: Here are the links for them both

link to Fairewinds’ latest video

Link to nuclear plants and owners in the US

E-news is reporting that the radiation levels at reactor #1 have spiked considerably

Link to plant data for reactor #1

TEPCO announces more releases of contaminated water into sea (Hat tip

"Japan reports more radiation leakage"

TOKYO, May 22 (UPI) -- "At least 250 tons of radioactive water spilled into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, officials said.

"The Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the radiated water leaked for 41 hours beginning May 10 from the No. 3 reactor at the site, where four of six reactors were damaged in the magnitude-9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, Kyodo News reported.

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TEPCO is reporting it is going to have to suspend transfer of radioactive water because there is no place to put it

“Contaminated water removal to be suspended soon"

“The operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is continuing the transfer of highly radioactive water from 2 reactor buildings to storage facilities within the compound, but the facilities are expected to become full within 3 or 4 days.

“About 47,000 tons of contaminated water has accumulated in the turbine buildings and utility tunnels, hampering Tokyo Electric Power Company's efforts to bring the plant under control.

“TEPCO is pumping a total of 14,000 tons of such water from the Numbers 2 and 3 reactors to the storage facilities. But one of the facilities is expected to reach its capacity in 3 days and the other in 4 days, forcing the transfer to be suspended. TEPCO says it is studying whether it is possible for the storing facilities to accept additional radioactive water for the time being, until it starts operating a new facility…”

Japanese parents are pushing back against the radiological violence against their children

“Parents demand lower radiation limit for children"

“A group of parents of school children is calling for lowering the government-set radiation limit for children.

“The group is from Fukushima Prefecture, where a crippled nuclear power plant is posing the danger of nuclear contamination.

“On Monday, members of the group visited the education ministry and submitted a petition bearing more than 15,000 signatures.

“After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, the government set the yearly limit for accumulated external radiation for children undertaking outdoor activities at 20 millisieverts.

“The parents have been pointing out that the government safety level is too high for children and are demanding that it be lowered to 1 millisievert per year.

“One millisievert per year is the level recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as a long-term annual reference level for humans….

In the US, Radiation Contamination in Food Continues

Dairy farmers in Hawaii are taking action against milk contamination: “Big Island Dairy Farmers fight radiation with Boron” May 10, 2011 (hat tip Nukefree org )

Intriguing and Worrying Message Posted by owner of

“The Japanese Government and TEPCO the power company that allowed this HUGE Nuclear Disaster to happen is amazingly negligent! Criminally Negligent! They are not doing ANYTHING to protect all of the people and animals that are now sick and dying and will become sick and possibly die from radiation exposure! Within a few days of this Nuclear disaster our company Zeolite dotcom has offered to donate and GIVE FOR FREE 16 Tons (32,000 Pounds) of the highest quality medical grade ingestible Zeolite to the Japanese Government and to TEPCO the power company to pass out to the people of Japan in order to remove radiation from their bodies! Even the poor Japanese pets can benefit from our Zeolite and medical grade high quality natural Zeolite has been proven to safely remove radiation from humans and animals in Chernobyl Russia after their Nuclear disaster! However both the Japanese Government and TEPCO the power company has totally ignored our repeated offers to help save the health and lives of affected people and animals in Japan! I have NEVER experienced such total BLANTANT ignorance in my entire life! This Nuclear disaster is also affecting the ecosystem and health of the entire planet and it must be stopped! If the Japanese cannot fix their mess then the rest of the world must quickly move in by force if necessary to stop this disaster and help those affected together! When it is contained and under control then Japan can foot the bill! Afterwards all Nuclear power plants must be better inspected and upgraded if necessary to prevent future disasters! There is no time to wait any longer! Speak Out People! It’s Our Future’s At Stake!

“Barry Cohen--- Owner Of zeolite dotcom
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