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Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us.

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We are within weeks of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment and it is coming just as the greatest credit bubble in history is about to pop. The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced is upon us and no one is watching.

Only a few have reported on what is about to happen starting in November. The operation, to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel beneath the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4, could set off a catastrophe greater than any we have ever seen, independent experts warn. An operation of this scale, says plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, has never been attempted before, and is wrought with danger.

The Japan Times writes, “In November, Tepco plans to  begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with]  radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima  atomic bomb. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task. The  consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has  ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being  removed, possible worst-case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in  the pool, or a large nuclear fire. Any of these situations could  lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting  much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries  at serious risk.”

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.

Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies, has a lot to say about what we all have to live through during the next year. “They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods. There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other … If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air.

I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing.”

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Government must take over Fukushima nuclear cleanup

Government must take over Fukushima nuclear cleanup

BY ANDREW DEWIT AND CHRISOPHER HOBSON

SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES

Recent weeks have seen increasingly concerned calls, from within and without Japan, for the Japanese government to take a direct role in managing the multifaceted crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The most recent opinion poll shows 91 percent of the Japanese public wants the government to intervene.

The Economist calls Fukushima a “nightmare,” and the editors of Bloomberg deem it “ground zero” for the Abe government. Tepco’s handling of the stricken plant continues to be a litany of negligence and error, raising grave doubts over whether the company is up to the incredibly difficult and important task of decommissioning the plant. While it may be politically inconvenient for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to accept, it is time to intervene and take over the plant before it is too late.

Understandably, most commentary on the Fukushima plant focuses on the multiple leaks of water laced with high- and low-level radiation. An estimated 300 tons of highly toxic water, including Strontium-90, has leaked from a hastily constructed tank. This became a level-3 crisis on Aug. 21, “serious” on the United Nation’s 7-point International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, and represents the most urgent reported problem at the plant since the initial meltdowns.

The leaks closely follow Tepco’s admission that contaminated water has been flowing into the ocean since the accident took place in on March 11, 2011. Crises have been arising with such frequency that NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka has described the plant as being like a “haunted house” in which “mishaps keep happening one after the other.”

Yet Japan has been very lucky that nothing worse has occurred at the plant. But luck eventually runs out. The longer Tepco stays in charge of the decommissioning process, the worse the odds become. Without downplaying the seriousness of leaks and the other setbacks at the plant, it is important to recognize that things could very quickly get much worse.

In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4. There are 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies in a pool above the reactor. They weigh a total of 400 tons, and contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The spent-fuel pool, standing 18 meters above ground, was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami and is in a deteriorating condition. It remains vulnerable to any further shocks, and is also at risk from ground liquefaction. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task.

Even under ordinary circumstances spent-fuel removal is a difficult task, normally requiring the aid of computers. But due to the damage, removal of spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 and the five other reactors will have to be done manually. This work will be undertaken in arduous conditions, increasing the risk of yet another mishap.

And if something does go wrong, the consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large fire. Any of these situations could lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.

When the stakes are this high, who do you want to bet on? Tepco’s abysmal track record is characterized by repeated blunders. Even now there are few signs that Tepco fully understands the magnitude of the situation they — and we — collectively face. It is therefore vital, literally a matter of national security, that Fukushima No. 1′s decommissioning be taken over by the government with the assistance of an international task force of experts.

Regarding the contaminated water problem, industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced on Monday that, “from now on, the government will move to the forefront.” This is a start, but not enough. Tepco must be relieved of control of the whole decommissioning process.

One of the key findings of the independent commissions that studied the accident at Fukushima No. 1 was that it was a “manmade disaster” because the risks and warning signs were repeatedly down-played or ignored. These kinds of warnings have been streaming from the plant since the crisis began. How many more alarm bells does Abe need before he recognizes the gravity of the problem and intervenes?

It is understandable why Abe and his backers do not want to directly take on this toxic job. They risk being tarred with responsibility for further mishaps. But this crisis is too big for Tepco, and the public wants decisive intervention. So the buck stops at the prime minister’s desk.

Moreover, many of Abe’s key aims as leader — including restoring Japan’s economy and national pride — are dependent on successfully managing the precarious situation at Fukushima No. 1. Even his pro-nuclear agenda is reliant upon what happens there: With each new problem or revelation, public skepticism towards nuclear power deepens. Ultimately this is what Abe’s prime ministership will be judged on, whether he likes it or not. Now is the time for action, before it is too late.

Andrew DeWit is a professor in the School of Policy Studies, Rikkyo University. Dr. Christopher Hobson is a research fellow at the Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University, Tokyo.

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On your nightly news, you hear little about the Japanese ongoing catastrophe at Fukushima. A triple nuclear meltdown with fully molten cores in reactors 1 through 3, a core explosion in reactor 4 that blew the massive core all over Fukushima Prefecture and out into the Pacific ocean. Multiple hydrogen explosions were barely reported and after two and a half years, most people believe the reactor is “stable”. The phrase “clean up” is used to describe the frantic efforts of Tepco to keep water pouring into the cracked basements where the lost cores were last thought to be and to keep boron water in cracked fuel pools where a massive number of damaged fuel rods threaten to start a nuclear chain reaction above ground with more nuclear material than 14,000 Hiroshima bombs plus weapons grade Plutonium. The Hiroshima bomb did not release Plutonium.
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Reassurances from nuclear industry PR men labelled “experts” have lulled the public into a false sense of security. People do not ask, “What is the real deal? Should we be worried? After all, Japan is very far away.”
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Here are the facts. Japan would have to be on the moon for the poison spewing from Fukushima to be safe. There is no safe level of internal radiation and that’s what we’re talking about. The toxic substances from Fukushima are already in our air and food. If the contamination is not contained very soon, the poison will also accumulate in our groundwater. Fukushima has been releasing radinuclides into air and sea since the meltdowns began and cannot be stopped until the cores are captured and contained. Each core weighs roughly 150 tons. Temperatures of the cores are estimated to be higher than 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The density of the materials in the fuel rods and the ability of those fuel rods to undergo fission means that microparticulate poisons are continually pouring out, the metals behaving as gasses, rising into the atmosphere, traveling around the world, raining out on the planet from the geographic North Pole to Antarctica.
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The poison has no smell, it is invisible to the naked eye and can’t be detected in food by taste. It can only be identified by testing which the US government has refused to do. Why? The reasons are simple and chilling. The government can not offer safe substitutes for food, water, and air. If people were fully aware of the problem, they would likely choose to pull investment money out of Uranium mining and other stocks that pertain to nuclear power and weapons. Washington insiders refer to that scenario as a “panic.” The collapse of the Uranium mining and nuclear industry would severely impact some of the largest fortunes in the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, the United States Government, and other sovereign wealth funds. It would be very expensive to stop the Fukushima meltdowns and require tremendous construction, innovative technology, and developing new methods for core capture and decontamination. Politicians are being reassured by industry hacks who have science  credentials but no experience. These men have pushed nuclear for so long in complete denial of the dangers, they sound obsessed and have begun to believe their own hype.
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The people of Earth have been left openly vulnerable to the global contamination while at the same time being deliberately misled. Politicians, reporters, doctors, those professionals the people look to for informed awareness have also been mislead and worse, they have been pressured to deny the dangers. They have complied, expecting the nuclear industry to get a handle on the disaster. They were buying time, hoping to announce that the industry had responsibly stopped the meltdowns and contained the radiation. Unfortunately, Tepco and the Japanese government has not used the time they were granted to aggressively attack the problem. Instead, they have cut costs by performing visible tasks like scrubbing walls and moving tsunami debris around with bulldozers. The wall they built offshore to prevent contamination from escaping into the sea has caused an underground river beneath the reactors to rise, contaminating the groundwater that now flows freely over the wall and has turned the plant into a radioactive swamp where men and machines cannot be effective. To sum it up, the problems have worsened at Fukushima to the point that all people everywhere should begin preparing emotionally for the worst. If contamination continues to flow out of Fukushima at it’s current rate, the phytoplankton that produce the oxygen we breathe will be exterminated. The Earth will lose it’s atmosphere, but not before everything living on land or in the sea has experienced the genetic and metabolic damage ingestion and inhalation of radiation causes.
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People MUST contact their elected representatives in Washington and demand action. The Japanese and the wider nuclear network cannot be allowed to destroy the living world through ignorance and complaisance. Daily phone calls and emails to Congress may make a difference. Our politicians must be eductated. They are vulnerable to Fukushima radiation just like everyone else, but they don’t know that. Nuclear hacks are in their ear everyday claiming the problem is minor.
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Please stand up. Call, write, educate yourself and others. There may still be time to make a difference, but everyday the time gets shorter, more poison is released, larger problems develop, and more people die. The nuclear industry has only ever made messes, they have never been required to clean anything up. People must demand action now.

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