More discussion of Fukushima headlines at Enenews:
Gundersen: Fukushima Unit 4 fuel racks distorted from quake and roof falling into pool — Nuclear rods likely to snap, they won’t be able to remove be able to be removed (AUDIO)
Wow, Arnie Gundersen is all over the place at this site. He must be good, huh? As far as I can see, Enenews appears to be a joint project with Fairewinds Associates. Arnie has said a lot of good stuff, but if you look closely, he never contradicts Tepco’s lies. He goes only as far as the current Fukushima media status quo lets him. Beware.
Not to mention that the comments section there is crawling with shills. It has gotten worse since the recent public revelations of contaminated water leaks.
Let’s see if Gundersen’s claim is true. Are the Unit 4 fuel racks distorted? Well, this can only happen if there is an intact spent fuel pool there. According to Hatrick Penry’s excellent site, the NRC documents released via FOIA indicate in multiple instances the the fuel pool went dry. The fuel, of course, would have melted down in a matter of hours. Some of the radioactivity would have went into the atmosphere from the fire, and some of it would be in blobs of corium on the floors below. In this case, we would be dealing with 4 underground coriums instead of 3.
But we have been shown photos and videos of the Unit 4 SFP, which shows it is intact, with some damage. Also parameters such as temperature in this pool have been released.
Isn’t this a contradiction? They can’t both be right. The possibilities are:
1. The Unit 4 SFP is intact, but the NRC was in error as to its status in March 2011. This doesn’t seem likely. The staff was in communication with Tepco, and they are experienced engineers who are not prone to hyperbole.
2. The Unit 4 SFP is intact, but the NRC documents are forged. This is not as unlikely as it seems, similar things happened after 9/11. This is technically trivial, all you need is a typewriter. (Yes, some people still use typewriters.) But what would the motive be? Why would the NRC, which is in the business of covering up nuclear disasters, make such an egregious lie, implying that a FAR greater release of plutonium has occurred than what has been admitted?
3. The Unit 4 SFP is gone, and the NRC documents are correct. This is by far the most likely scenario. In fact the Units 1 and 3 pools are probably history also. The only one which is plausibly still there is the Unit 2 SFP, but by now Tepco’s incompetence may have doomed that one too. The excessive amount of xenon-133 which has been detected, as discussed in the post The mystery of the extra xenon-133 could been seen as a result of these spent fuel pools melting down.
The photos, videos, and pool parameters would be fake. The motive behind alleging the existence of this pool would be to cover up the fact that an ENORMOUS amount of plutonium has been released.
Fukushima Plant Chief in 2011: If we fail to urgently deal with radioactive leakage, we can’t overcome the crisis — 2 years later Tepco admits they couldn’t afford to work on it
Yoshida warned that the water crisis had to be dealt with immediately, or it would not be overcome. They didn’t deal with it because Tepco didn’t want to pay to do it.
NHK: Attempts to stop Fukushima contamination flowing into ocean have failed — Japan Nuclear Expert: “Most likely flowing fairly quickly into sea” from nearby Reactor No. 2
No. As per what Yoshida said, they DIDN’T attempt to stop the contamination from flowing into the sea, in the beginning, when there was still a chance to deal with it. Where is the August criticality at? There is evidence that it could be from units 1, 2, or 4.
Nuclear Expert: Molten fuel may have flowed through cracks in foundations of Fukushima reactor buildings — No one’s been able to go under there and take samples
This happened in March 2011. Nobody can go down there, too much radiation. Even robots fail.
Japan Marine Expert: Fukushima radioactive tanks may have already been emptied into Pacific Ocean -Xinhua
Tepco will run out of tanks to store contaminated water in November. They may have started pumping the water out of them already. It is suggested that the water be filtered and then dumped into the ocean. I thought they were doing that already. Tritium cannot be filtered, at any rate.
Xinhua: “Indications are that there is a second leak” at Fukushima, says Japan expert — Fish over 140 km from plant have shown extremely high levels of contamination
I’m not sure what the second leak is. There are multiple leaks already, from the tanks, 4 reactors, and who knows what else. It has been leaking since March 2011, but both the volume of water leaked, and radioactive concentration in the water has increased sharply in the last few months.
“Travesty”: Japan publisher very concerned Gundersen would not be allowed into country — Gov’t does not want to hear what real independent experts are saying about Fukushima (AUDIO)
More Gundersen propaganda.
Japan Professor: 1,000 years from now contaminated water from Fukushima may still be entering Pacific Ocean — It’s necessary to keep monitoring during that time
It’s probably more like 10,000 years, but who’s counting? It will cause cancer in humans. But it will also destroy the life in the Pacific, which people have no right to do… which in addition is the largest food source for humans on the planet. The tritium, especially, will destroy plant life in North America. Which means in the future, we will see not only cancer, and many other diseases, but nothing to eat either.
Gundersen: Medical doctors ordered to not tell patients their problems are related to Fukushima radiation — Of course they’re going to say nobody died… the data records are distorted — People of Japan are essentially a scientific experiment, but nobody’s reporting results (AUDIO)
Yes, the doctors are not going to tell patients about radiation. Whether by design or not, since most doctors don’t know how widespread radioactive contamination affects peoples’ health. So their treatments don’t take into account this massive elephant in the room. In reference to data records, all we have in the USA is the crummy CDC death counts, which are sloppy to begin with, and probably massaged and untrustworthy.
Reuters: Radiation levels spike at Fukushima nuclear plant — 15 times higher than on Sunday at same location — Tepco still wants to dump in Pacific
Maybe from the tanks, or the groundwater itself. It’s a big mess.
Exclusive: Congressmen request hearing on new developments at Fukushima plant — Key issue is whether radioactive pollution in Pacific Ocean will affect U.S.
Does anyone think that this hearing will come to anything? They had to do something in reaction to all the media coverage.
Japan Nuclear Expert: “I’m totally fed up” — Fukushima fisherman: “Radioactive water is getting more and more serious”
Fukushima fishermen are out of business, and soon the entire Pacific fishing industry will be out of business too. Prime Minister Abe lied when he said the situation is under control, and that radioactivity does not leave the plant port. Which is absurd, and is contradicted by Tepco itself. He said it to get the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
I thought that being awarded the Olympics would free up money, and this might actually make a positive difference to the Fukushima situation. The government might actually do something to alleviate the contamination of the atmosphere and ocean. But then, on second thought, nahhhhh.
NHK Special: Farmer in Fukushima no-go zone finds “certain abnormalities in his herd” — Cancer Professor: “I wonder what discoloration is… study could be relevant to humans” (VIDEO)
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder characterized by abnormal Th17 helper cells. It has something to do with the production of reactive oxygen species and free radicals, as well as DNA damage. It is similar to psoriasis, except it causes depigmentation instead of lesions.
Vitiligo pathogenesis is very puzzling, and novel mechanisms possibly involved in the development of this disorder are frequently explored. Recently, some authors proposed an interplay between oxidative stress and immune system at the basis of melanocyte loss. According to the experimental evidence, they suggest that exposition to environmental agents might lead to an association between vitiligo and other autoimmune diseases. Accordingly, it is proposed that increased reactive oxygen species due to environmental agents could induce a modification of both melanocytic structures and other tissue proteins, or might disregulate the immune system, influencing the appearance of vitiligo and autoimmune comorbidities. (link)
The environmental agents are substances like cesium and plutonium. Radiation in the water causes radiolysis, which splits the H2O molecule into hydrogen and oxygen. The oxygen is ionized and peroxidized, and this results in inflammation due to the signalling aspect of the immune system.
They should have interviewed a rheumatologist instead of an oncologist.