Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fuel Rods Blasted in 2011, Cancers and Disease in 2013

April 5, 2011 U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant By JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times 

[Excerpted] United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores....
 ...the document raises new questions about whether pouring water on nuclear fuel in the absence of functioning cooling systems can be sustained indefinitely. Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges that the nuclear industry is only beginning to comprehend. 
The document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site. The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed....  
Majia here: Fuel rods blown at least one mile from the plant means widespread dispersion of plutonium. 

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 Plutonium traces detected at 10 locations in Fukushima

[Excerpted] Plutonium believed to be from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has been detected at 10 locations in four municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, the science ministry said.

The highest reading was 11 becquerels of plutonium-238 per square meter, detected in the town of Namie, the ministry said Tuesday. That is about 1.4 times higher than the level that originated from fallout from nuclear weapons tests abroad.

The other municipalities are the town of Okuma, the village of Iitate and the city of Minamisoma.

The ministry said there was no health hazard, given the small quantities involved.

Majia here: Of course, the reality is that one atom of plutonium can give you cancer. And tragically people may already be dying from Fukushima radiation:
Posted by Mochizuki on January 13th, 2013 ·

On 1/11/2013, Fukushima Diary reported “Defense counsel of Fukushima group evacuation lawsuit, “3 police officers died of acute leukemia in 40~50km area” [Link] ”

Majia here: Read Bobby1 of Optimal Prediction's Statistical Analysis of the probability these deaths were naturally occurring and not caused by Fukushima radiation HERE


  1. Majia, correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall there is an item in the NRC transcripts that said fuel fragments went 13 miles away from the plant. That's a lot worse than one mile away.

  2. They were also found 100 miles away on the USS Ronald Reagan, which traveled through clouds of radiation.

    I notice all the shills on Enenews - which is most, but not all - these days - are tripping all over themselves to equate this fuel being 1 mile away to a blast from the spent fuel pool.

    This is intentional. They cannot let the public know that the #3 reactor blew and spewed MOX all over - even though from the blast damage it's virtually impossible that the explosion came from the spent fuel pool.

    Don't buy it. If we let them do this, then they will be successful in covering up the one thing that would kill nuclear power generation in the public's eyes.

    The propaganda on this single topic is strong. I've fought and fought on it for exactly that reason. You can tell who the shills are, by their adherence to this lie. They'll give everything else up - slowly, but they won't give that one.


  3. James have you been following PattieB's comments here?

    She has been deriving much of her information from this source

    I would be interested in your opinion



  4. Very hard to read that translation. What I think he's saying is they said there was 786 assemblies in the SPF4 plus the 548 they took out of the core (2/3 of which were probably going back in) which correlates to the 1334 . But they also say there was 204 new assemblies - ready to be installed and he's confused as to where they are.

    Apparently he concludes they must have been in the machinery pool - or DS pool the way it translates from that page.

    Which would be 100% consistent with the theory I put forth a few months ago that something exploded in the machinery pool of #4.

    And that would also explain the early reports that the water had boiled out of the pool - not the SFP, but the machinery pool where the new fuel might have been stored.

    If you recall, the first reports of the problems at #4 were early on the 15th - the day after the #3 explosion. and what I read described a "machinery fire", which sounded pretty innocuous to me after the other explosions, but then we saw pictures of the entire building exploded from the inside out, which wasn't very consistent with a small fire.

    Interestingly, if they had a bunch of new fuel stored in the machinery pool at #3, I could be convinced that location was the source of the massive 3/14 explosion we saw.

    I know for a 100% fact that it did not come from the SFP 3. If you read the logbooks, which were released at one time you can clearly see that they were in a panic state trying to get pressure out of the #3 reactor pressure vessel - which had risen to over 1000 psi in the 24 hours prior to the explosion. If I'm not mistaken, #3 and #4 shared a control room and it was destroyed in the #3 explosion, so they had no data on #3 or #4 after that. Furthermore, after the #3 explosion, Yoshida gave the "abandon ship" order and they left for a day or two - which is when #4 blew up. He did this because he knew then what we know now - that all was lost and there was no hope for recovery.


  5. cont'd

    As far as what PattieB is saying - I have no proof to refute what she says about plutonium, so I could be wrong, but I think her statements about it are pretty wild.

    Personally, I believe she is one of the shill team. If you recall, early on they had a bunch of idiots shilling, who couldn't hold a candle most of the folks like yourself and others who could write an intelligent argument. (remember the porno meltdown incident?)

    So they went out and hired some folks with significant knowledge - like PattieB and Arnie.

    I wouldn't have believed it before this event, but now I do - that a good portion of the misinformation strategy is to send folks down as many ratholes (or sinkholes - pun intended) as they can, and if they can get people focused on dozens of other little issues, then they'll forget about the big one - namely that three or four nuclear reactors blew up and they are just like the reactor down the street from your neihborhood...

    So PattieB - came into Enenews with impressive credentials and obvious knowledge and immediately started trying to manipulate the group in a particular way. Down the "it was a bomb factory" rathole. Now she's got the "other secret reactors" rathole. And the "other reactors that blew up", rathole.

    At this point, 90% of Enenews is misinformation. They publish Gundersen articles within minutes of when he releases them. They skip the videos of fires, and no longer contest anything about the obvious video manipulation we've been subjected to - which is a joke at this point.

    There are still some good eggs over there - Orwell's poems are funny as can be. Nuckelchen is still at it, although I think he got his wings clipped a few months ago somehow. I wonder what happened to some of the folks along the way - Jill seems to be gone as are a few of the Europeans.

    My 2 cents.



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