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2 Year Anniversary of Fukushima

Posted By Washingtons Blog On March 13, 2013 @ 1:30 am In Think Tank | Comments Disabled

The Accident Is NOT Contained: Worse Than Ever?

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen said today that the containment vessel at Fukushima reactor 2 has a large crack in it [1].

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 [2] all exploded.

BBC reports today:

They know very little about what’s going on inside Reactors 1, 2, and 3 [...]

They don’t really know what the state of the reactor core is.

 

Indeed, there is no containment at Fukushima [3].

Large quantities of radiation are still leaking into the Pacific Ocean [4]. And see this [5].

The operator of the Fukushima plants says it’s “impossible” to keep storing radioactive water in tanks [6], and Tepco will need to intentionally dump it into the ocean.

The area around Fukushima has become so contaminated that even the trees are radioactive [7].

And Tokyo is almost as irradiated as Fukushima [8].

Agence France-Presse notes [9]:

Beach walkers are likely to encounter a disturbing but relentless flow of flotsam [from Japan] for years to come.

Indeed [10].

American sailors were exposed to massive doses of radiation [11]. Conditions were so bad that they considered suicide [12]. Many of these good men and women are now really sick.  More here [13], here [14] and here [15]. (But both the Japanese and American governments have abandoned them [16].)

Tepco might not even meaningfully start working to decommission the plants until the radiation level drops … decades from now [6] (Or until the technology exists [17] to clean it up.)

It has now been officially admitted [18] that the accident was caused by collusion between the government and nuclear industry [18].

A worker at the Fukushima nuclear plan succinctly notes [19]:

Even an elementary-school kid knows TEPCO always lies.

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We have been fooled by the government …

We don’t mean to pick on Japan. After all, the American government is dictating nuclear policy in Japan [20]. American reactors are even more dangerous than Fukushima [21]. And a secret report confirms that Southern California Edison knew of major problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant [22] … but let the slipshod expansion and remodeling project continue anyway.


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[1] the containment vessel at Fukushima reactor 2 has a large crack in it: http://enenews.com/gundersen-containment-vessel-exploded-reactor-2-definitely-large-crack-audio

[2] 1, 2 and 3: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/number-2-reactor-explodes-damaging-core-containment-structure.html

[3] there is no containment at Fukushima: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/nuclear-expert-the-melted-core-cracked-the-containment-vessel-there-really-is-no-containment-at-fukushima-reactors.html

[4] still leaking into the Pacific Ocean: http://www.biogeosciences-discuss.net/10/3577/2013/bgd-10-3577-2013.html

[5] see this: http://enenews.com/plumes-radioactivity-fukushima-migrating-pacific-west-coast-caldicott/comment-page-1

[6] “impossible” to keep storing radioactive water in tanks: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/movie/feature201302281222.html

[7] even the trees are radioactive: http://enenews.com/tv-japan-expert-says-drastic-measures-are-needed-radioactive-contamination-is-now-permanently-in-the-ecosystem-fukushima-forests-must-be-cut-down-as-soon-as-possible-video

[8] almost as irradiated as Fukushima: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/tokyo-almost-as-irradiated-as-fukushima.html

[9] notes: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/339896/floating-tsunami-trash-to-be-a-decades-long-headache

[10] Indeed: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/fukushima-radiation-japan-irradiates-the-west-coast-of-north-america.html

[11] exposed to massive doses of radiation: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/american-sailors-sue-tepco-for-lying-about-fukushima.html

[12] considered suicide: http://enenews.com/press-conference-people-trying-commit-suicide-aboard-uss-reagan-during-fukushima-mission-ship-living-fear-every-day-horrible-audio

[13] here: http://enenews.com/ive-people-bleeding-behinds-sores-all-bodies-attorney-navy-sailors-exposed-fukushima-radiation

[14] here: http://enenews.com/navy-sailors-tv-im-be-thyroids-be-after-311-degenerative-disks-all-healthy-before-all-video

[15] here: http://enenews.com/navy-sailor-press-conference-remove-three-layers-skin-hands-arms-after-fukushima-exposure-treated-almost-plague-audio

[16] abandoned them: http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/a-lasting-legacy-of-the-fukushima-rescue-mission-part-1-radioactive-contamination-of-americ

[17] technology exists: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/fixing-fukushima-is-beyond-current-technology.html

[18] officially admitted: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/japanese-parliamentary-inquiry-fukushima-disaster-caused-by-collusion-among-government-regulators-and-tepco.html

[19] succinctly notes: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/11/fukushima-nuclear-cleanup-bogged-down-in-bureaucracy-could-take-decades.html

[20] the American government is dictating nuclear policy in Japan: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/american-government-is-dictating-japanese-nuclear-policy.html

[21] more dangerous than Fukushima: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/nrc-whistleblowers-higher-risk-of-nuclear-melt-down-in-u-s-than-fukushima.html

[22] knew of major problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant: http://www.foe.org/news/blog/2013-03-san-onofre-quotes-and-conclusions

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