Fukushima reactors Worse off than admitted. Overheating remains a threat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/world/asia/inquiry-suggests-worse-damage-at-japan-nuclear-plant.html?_r=1&ref=hirokotabuchi

NEW YORK TIMES,
By HIROKO TABUCHI
Published: March 29, 2012

PARTIAL QUOTE: “..The government has said that the plant’s three badly damaged reactors have been in a relatively stable state, called a cold shutdown, for months, and officials say that continues. But new tests suggest that the plant — which was ravaged last March when a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the area — might not be as stable as the government or the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, had hoped. ….. The company announced this week that an examination of one reactor, No. 2, showed that the water level in an outer containment vessel was far lower than estimated, which could indicate that the already badly damaged uranium fuel might not be completely submerged and, therefore, is in danger of heating up.

Cooling water in that vessel, called the drywell, was just

two feet deep,
rather than the 33-foot level
estimated by Tepco officials
when the government declared the plant stable in December…

The high levels of radiation would complicate work to locate and remove the damaged fuel and decommission the plant’s six reactors — a process that is expected to take decades….

Throughout the nuclear crisis, both Tepco and the government were accused of playing down the dangers posed by the meltdowns at the plant. Subsequent disclosures that the event was indeed far more severe than they let on have badly damaged their credibility. ” end quotes.

Nuclear experts know very well that health effects take decades to manifest. A point in case is the illustration provided by Australia’s nuclear veterans. A 2006 health survey indeed found a greatly elevated risk of illness in these people. The only experience common to these people, the event which make them a cohort, is their participation in nuclear weapons tests. Yet, despite the finding that the veterans suffered a greatly elevated risk of disease, the government funded scientists claimed that they could not account for the causative mechanism for that increased rate of disease. The only think they stated was the self serving claim that that the elevated risk of disease was not due to elevated radiation exposure.

People can believe what they like. It was the Adelaide University scientists who made that assertion – the alleged mystery of what makes Australia’s nuclear veterans vulnerable to diseases linked to radiation is not a mystery to the nuclear veterans themselves. They, and many other people perceive a lack of credibility on the part of the scientists. Shortly after the scientists made their allegations about no being able to find a cause for the veterans vulnerability, the government of the, led by John Howard, proposed the siting of a nuclear power reactor in South Australia.

The veterans have been suffering the effects since the 1950s. There are documented cases of people dying very soon after their exposures.

And to the following quote from a University of Adelaide scientist is worth looking at.

“I say ‘probable’ because a particular personal lesson for me from the events at Fukushima were that one can never be definite about anything involving major industrial, engineering and socio-political events! Indeed, I wrote the following on March 12, just a few hours before the first hydrogen explosion:

“I don’t know the full situation… [but the reactors] have just performed robustly in the face of the worst earthquake ever to strike the Japanese islands. The risk of meltdown is extremely small, and the death toll from any such accident, even if it occurred, will be zero. There will be no breach of containment and no release of radioactivity beyond, at the very most, some venting of mildly radioactive steam to relieve pressure. Those spreading FUD at the moment will be the ones left with egg on their faces.”

Well, no one was killed by radioactivity from the event, but it was still an incredibly disruptive accident and I clearly got all the other predictions wrong. Ignorant as I was at that time of the seriousness of the damage the tsunami had inflicted on the backup generators, I suffered from unconscionable hubris (an all too common ailment), and it was me who ended up with the omelette mask. On reflection, it is clear that in my haste to defend what I assess to be a relatively safe low-carbon energy source (relative, that is, to all other effective, large-scale electricity-generation options), I failed to imagine the unimaginable.”: Fukushima and nuclear power 9 months on
Barry Brook ABC Environment 16 Dec 2011
http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2011/12/16/3391698.htm

How the hell can such people claim to know the future effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the health of people.

It took from 1952 until 2006 for the Australian government to acknowledge a higher rate of disease rates (specifically including those diseases which include radio genesis as a cause) So how the hell a mere few months after the disaster can this academic make such claims?

The nuclear veterans continue to ask government to accept their technical assessment of radiation doses received, and government continues to refuse.

There is ample evidence to show that the Japanese government responded in a manner similar to 1950s nuclear authorities. It may well prove very difficult in future to establish accurate personal dosimetry for thousands of Japanese civilians. In 2061, will Japanese authorities claim ignorance as to the cause of spike in radio genic disease among people impacted by the radio-chemical emissions from the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear disaster.

The continuing radio-chemical emission from Fukushima Diiachi nuclear plant complex is discussed here:

http://majiasblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/fukushima-criticality.html

Quote: ” Atomic Age Symposium II: Fukushima, May 5, 2012 – Session III Roundtable (August 22, 2012) Published by: University of Chicago At 9:00 in Hiroaki Koide, nuclear reactor specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University’s Nuclear Research Institute:

I think you saw some pictures of the Fukushima power plants today, and what you saw there is that it’s got huge stacks, smoke stacks, and there’s stuff coming out of that, and that there’s radiation coming out of that on a daily basis.” ” end quote.

One Response to “Fukushima reactors Worse off than admitted. Overheating remains a threat.”

  1. CaptD Says:

    N☢T Funny how Governments drag their feet when asked for timely radioactive news…

    What a Nuclear Waste!

    They know yet they with hold health related info because they are trying to protect the nuclear industry INSTEAD of our health!

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