Japan, USA reactors at risk as UK Government orders more plants

There are continuing and increasing  risks of further major radiation leaks in Japan and the USA , even as the UK Government announces that it will support the building of 8 new reactors and Obama’s corporate administration agrees to help fund a whole new series of nuclear investments in the USA.

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant under water

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant under water

As wildfires threaten the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory , and Fort Calhoun struggles with maintaining pumps and power to prevent floodwater, leading to meltdown and contmination, there is a threat of flooding to yet another US nuclear plant ;

A second Nebraska nuke plant declared an “unusual event” as floodwaters approach. At the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, NE:  “Personnel have been proactive in preparing the station for flood conditions by filling sandbags, constructing barricades, procuring materials and supplies, and reinforcing the access road…”(ncnewspress.com)

The threat of environmental factors to the stability and safety of nuclear plants is becoming more apparent as time moves on and those certainties which allowed the original sites to be seen as ‘safe’ look increasingly fragile. This is even more worrying for the rising populations around plants in the USA and a new study published in Scientific American magazine (the  June 2011 issue ) has demonstrated how many of the plants are built in areas of risk;

Compiling reactor data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and seismic hazard data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the SciAm graphic shows that there is already a handful of U.S. nuclear power plants located in earthquake-prone areas of the country. The threats aren’t just to reactors in California and Washington State; some located in South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri are also along the fringe of seismically active regions.

In Japan, the continuing disaster at Fukushima is now being joined by another accident at a reactor which is threatening the safe maintenance of the site;

The NY Times reports another plutonium reactor in Monju is involved in a “precarious struggle” 300km southwest of Fukushima, and nearer Kyoto. It seems that a “3.3-ton device crashed into the reactor’s inner vessel, cutting off access to the plutonium and uranium fuel rods.”

Of course the plant operator tried to cover it up, because that’s the modus operandi at nuclear plants: “…the operator had tampered with video images of the fire to hide the scale of the disaster.” (NY Times).

An article in the e-magazine Counterpunch describes how;

Tokyo now features “hot spots” of significant radiation. Sewage slag containing “170,000 Bequerels/kilogram” radioactivity has been detected and recycled into building materials! Soil in Koto Ward of Tokyo measured “2,300 Bq/kg.”

A report by Bloomberg tells of soil samples about 25 kilometers to the northwest of the Fukushima plant, “with radiation from Cesium-137 exceeding 5 million becquerels per square meter.” Other test sites 30km from the plant, “showed radiation exceeding 1.48 million becquerels per square meter.” At greater distance, 75 miles from the plant Professor Iwata Takahiro detected “500,000 becquerels per kg” in the roof drains at Yamagata University.

What is probably more worrying still, in terms of both health and its effect on a tremulous economy, is the report concerning Japanese green tea being exported to France;

Japanese green tea containing “1,000 Bq/kg” radiation was found and seized by customs in Paris, France. The French went from “oui” to “no, no, no…” The tea was shipped from Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, which should raise even more concern, being quite a bit southwest of Tokyo.

There are reports emerging of  excessively high radiation levels in people further and further away from the site of Fukushima;

A group of doctors has found that the estimated level of accumulated internal radiation exposure for people living in Fukushima Prefecture has exceeded 3 millisieverts.
The researchers, including doctors who have provided medical care to A-bomb survivors, conducted analysis on the food and urine of 15 residents in Iitate Village and Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture. These areas are about 40 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
They estimate that residents have been internally exposed to up to 3.2 millisieverts for about 2 months, measuring from the date of the accident in March until early May.
Three millisieverts is 3 times higher than the long-term annual limit for ordinary people recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

And if you think that you will recieve anything like a true representation of the scientific facts from the World Health Organisation, think again.

An article here puts the dilemna quite succinctly;

WHO, not too incidentally, has a formal arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in place since both were established at the UN in the 1950s, to say nothing about issues involving radiation without clearing it with the IAEA, which was set up to specifically promote atomic energy. On Chernobyl, together in an initiative called the “Chernobyl Forum,” they have claimed that “less than 50 deaths have been directly attributed” to that disaster and “a total of up to 4,000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.” That nuclear Big Lie precedes the new nuclear deception involving the impacts of Fukushima.

Scientists and medical specialists who have carried out a wide-ranging and deep survey of the effects on the population in the Ukraine, as well as neighbouring countries affected by the fallout, are clear that the WHO claim is absolute disinformation.

“They’re lying,” says Dr. Janette Sherman, a toxicologist and contributing editor of the book Chernobyl: The Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment published by the New York Academy of Sciences in 2009. Using medical data from between 1986 and 2004, its authors, a team of European scientists, determines that 985,000 people died worldwide from the radioactivity discharged from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Joe Giombrone reports at the end of his article ;

This June the president of the Italian Association of Medical Oncology, Carmelo Iacono spoke in Chicago at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting:

Nuclear radiation is the most carcinogenic thing that exists, and it cannot be kept under control, as the Fukushima tragedy proved.”

The “most carcinogenic thing that exists” says a world-renowned cancer specialist. . . .

For up-to-date news of the current – but sadly predictable – disasters surrounding every dictator’s favourite energy source, check here and here, both good sources.

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