Teetering on the Brink (An Intro to the Fukushima Radiation Crises)

While you are reading this take in mind that a lot has happened since I first started writing this in the fall of 2011, I have updated it recently, all of the updates are made at the bottom of the essay. I can tell you this much, there is still much radioactivity being released and there have been few initiatives taken to investigate the true dangers of the current situation and even less initiatives at actually starting a large scale operation to stop the radiation release.

While we are on the topic of radiation lets discuss the events surrounding the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11th 2011, particularly how it affected the Fukushima Daiichi (6 reactors) and Fukushima Daini (4 reactors) nuclear power plants. Let’s start with the Daiichi power plant where a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns and explosions, and significant releases of high level radioactive materials took place. Where there is radiation being dispersed into the ocean and atmosphere from multiple nuclear reactors and on site nuclear waste pools filled with 35+ years of spent fuel rods. Nine  months and counting, yet the media will still cite it as the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster where a single reactor burned for 14 days and radioactive release was totally contained by a sarcophagus(5 month build time) within 6 months. Correction, this is the worst nuclear disaster of any-kind in human history. Although there has been a lot of conflicting and confusing information released about Fukushima it does seem that as time goes on more and more facts are admitted and informatImageion is disclosed.

The events that led up to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster started back in the seventies when Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned in protest after becoming convinced that that Mark 1 nuclear reactor design “was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.”(Mosk) Right then and there GE should have done a major review at the least of the Mark 1 reactor and possible a redesign. “GE told ABC News the reactors have “a proven track record of performing reliably and safely for more than 40 years” and “performed as designed,” even after the shock of a 9.0 earthquake. “(Mosk) I find it hard to believe that according to this statement, they were designed to explode and release massive amounts of radiation after the shock of a 9.0 earthquake. How could anybody even predict a quake so powerful that it moved the entire archipelago nearly 8 feet close the U.S. and in the process caused the nation to sick close to 1inch and jolt the planet almost 4inches on its axis. There were also some none natural occurrences that definitely did not help the accident at Fukushima,

“The report to regulators was submitted by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to Japan’s nuclear safety regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on February 28. TEPCO said it had failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment in the six reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex. It was noted earlier that the plant had, in fact, been scheduled to be retired in February, but received a new 10-year additional lease on life. Included in those missed inspections were a motor and a backup power generator for the No. 1 reactor. The report is available on the TEPCO website.”(Santo)

There were also unconfirmed reports that the containment vessel of reactor no.2 had been damaged during the delivery process back in 1972 and the cost to replace it would have bankrupt the project so they went ahead with the slightly damaged vessel.

The consistent downplay of the catastrophic damage incurred by the Fukushima meltdown had been from multiple media and government organizations and institutions. The British government had an entire propaganda campaign towards downplaying the harm done by Fukushima just 48 hours after it happened. “Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK,” reports Rob Edwards.”(Watson) It is not uncommon for governments to consort with think tanks to promote public relations campaigns. The same think tanks that bring us ideas like CO2 rationings where global institutions would enforce a dictatorial eco-fascist nightmare. The Japanese Government has been split both ways, with people coming out and admitting a large dose of information before or after recently resigning or “stepping down.” “The Japanese government is also actively working to sweep the disaster under the rug. Its Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare recently eliminated Fukushima data from a patient survey it conducts every three years, according to the Fukushima Diary. According to the survey, leukemia cases have increased sevenfold over the last year, the highest rate since 1978 when the ministry first began collecting data.”(Nimmo)

Here are some examples of information you won’t see on your nightly news network anywhere. “The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency… which described a “melt-through” as being “far worse than a core meltdown” and “the worst possibility in a nuclear accident”. Water that was pumped into the pressure vessels to cool the fuel rods, becoming highly radioactive in the process, has been confirmed to have leaked out of the containment vessels and outside the buildings that house the reactors.”(enenews,  Ryall) You defiantly won’t see anything like this article” The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) house of cards is toppling, as it has now been revealed that three reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility all melted shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit them on March 11.”(Ethan).

It would have been nice if the company’s unrealistic optimism had based in reality. They said that the reactors would be in cold shutdown by the end of the year. Well sadly that is not the case, they still have no idea what is really going on at Fukushima.Image

“On November 17, the architect of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, Uehara Haruo, warned that a “China Syndrome” situation is inevitable at the plant. Haruo said that considering eight months have passed since the tsunami and the crippling of the nuclear plant without any improvement in the condition of the reactors, it is likely melted fuel has escaped the container vessel and is now burning through the earth.” According to Haruo,” if the melted fuel reaches an underground water source, it will result in the contamination of water, soil and the sea. More catastrophic, underground super-heated water will ultimately create a massive hydro volcanic explosion that will eject more radiation into the atmosphere.” (Nimmo)

Here in America the efforts to cover up the disaster have been massive. The one thing that really is appalling to me is that the EPA mandated all public radiation detectors to be shut off. I was watching one myself located in Driggs, ID from the website http://www.ustream.tv/channel/radiation-detection—driggs-idaho. It says on the website that;” This is a live stream of the Driggs, Idaho radiation detection station. This device was calibrated & certified in 2010 by a Certified Health Physicist in a state laboratory. It’s a Ludlum Model 177 rate meter with a Victoreen 491-30 detector.” I watched in disbelief as it spiked over 400 CPM for a week in the first weeks of April. It would be turned off for days at a time only to magically come back on. When I first started watching it on the 16th of March, 2011, it never went much about 50 except for little spikes. However, in the months following march and up until it was shut down, it never went below 150ppm, now it has been disabled and the channel is offline. You can still visit it and see that everything has been disabled even though it is provided by the state of Idaho for public viewing.

It’s not hard to see why when you allow companies to contribute unlimited funds to politicians and funnel them through anonymous and seemingly government organizations. Nuclear plant operating and owning corporations are among Barack Obama’s biggest campaign donors. Exelon Corporation has been one of these donators and Obama even appointed Exelon CEO John Rowe to his Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. It would be bad for profits if people were thinking about how multiple self-sustaining nuclear meltdowns are happening and will not be fully contained, ever.

They might be able to get all the reactors into cold shutdown but there is already so much contaminate in the environment that there is no way to remove it all. These contaminates have drifted across the northern hemisphere hundreds of times already and will continue to settle for hundreds of thousands of years. That is in the air, we breathe it in and out every day now. Most of it has settled on our food and the food of our stock. Radiation was detected in milk coming from the Spokane valley no more than a month after the accident. Radiation in rainwater and rainwater fed rivers (isn’t that all of them?) were reading levels of radioactive Iodine tens of thousands of times above normal. Radioactive Iodine 121 is one of the most damaging isotopes released because it stays in our thyroid once it gets there and develops cancer. What does the EPA do? They raise the amounts of what is considered acceptable in food and water so that they can continue to say it’s safe and within guidelines.

The hardest hit foods are dairy products and ocean derived foods. Also, any plant with a large surface area exposed to the air will absorb the radiation contained in falling rainwater. The ocean water that is being mutated constantly by free ions reached the International Date Line 4 months after it started and millions of tons of contaminated debris from Fukushima has been and will be washing up on our shores starting the end of November. (Benson) There are studies that show there is already a spike in the percentage of infant mortalities across the west coast. The study was done in Boise, ID, Spokane, WA, and some other large coastal cities. It reported an average 35% increase in infant mortality rates post Fukushima. (Anderson)

The youngest are the first to suffer when it comes to radiation as their bodies are still developing. So far the amount of radioactive elements can only be related to bombs but it is more than 200 Hiroshima’s, it’s almost the equivalent of dropping a bomb a day. Although this is not really a good way to gauge it and the problem is that we don’t know how to relate it. Nothing this scale has ever happened. Fukushima has actually created more new isotopes of chemicals than anything else prior.

There was a 12-mile circle of farmland surrounding Fukushima and everything there was dead within 10 or 12 days. Shortly after the accident employees would pass out only to die later that day. Never forget the Fukushima 50. The 50 employees that stayed behind after the disaster started to try and keep things somewhat stable. Their health conditions are unknown, as no information beyond a few deaths has been released. I feel that the following is the best way all this can be summed up.

“CNN reports that radiation in America’s food chain is continuing to rise. Sporadic reports of what’s actually happening break through the media static periodically, but America is at risk of radiation poisoning and the mainstream media is focusing primarily on celebrities and the bickering among politicians. After shutting down radiation monitoring stations across the U.S. as “unnecessary” the government and EPA officials continue to lull the American public into a state of soothing catatonic blindness. […]The situation in Japan is unprecedented, unappreciated, and unmanageable and it remains out-of-control: it is the worst industrial accident that humanity has ever faced. For the Fukushima nuclear apocalypse and the people of Japan—and with lethal nuclear poisons spreading all over the earth—the end is nowhere in sight. An air sample in Tokyo was 270 times more contaminated with Cesium-137 than the global weapons fallout peak.” 

All of this is happening because Tepco wanted to maximize profit off of a failing reactor. This is just one example of environmental degradation from nuclear fallout being released in energy production. It is clear that the values creating this disaster are not in favor of human life as there have been many plans pushed aside that could have slowed or stopped the release of radioactive particulates into the atmosphere. It is obvious that the monetary system is the driving force behind our way of life, but is this best choice. Can’t we apply the scientific theory to some of our must fundamental social infrastructures and attempt to change the underlying causes of the negative effects we are seeing in our ecosystem and society today? The military industrial complex and the nuclear energy companies deny the dangers of radioactive isotopes and push forth misrepresented research on the effects of radioactivity. The mistakes made by nuclear power institutions are buried not scrutinized; the acceptance of this mentality has a high risk of leading us into a mass extinction even caused by the malfunction(s) of nuclear facilities as they are pushed beyond their expiration dates. How have we come to this you ask well my fellow friend, read on I have many posts about the effects that globalization mixed with corporate laws and ideologies facilitate. 
Update July 30th 2013
There has been a lot that has happened at the disaster struck reactors. Sadly it has not been anything that makes things that much better in regards to environmental degradation. Most of the information that has come to light in regards to contamination skyrocket over predictions made by scientists around the world. There really is a mass of conflicting information coming from multiple sources.
“This poor communication program gives the impression of a lack of an effective decision-making process, a lack of ability of keeping the people of Japan informed, and it brings into question whether Tepco has a plan and is doing all it can to protect the environment and the people,” said Dale Klein, a nuclear expert who heads a committee hired by the utility to recommend changes in its corporate culture. (A1)
Even now the people that are trying to keep the situation under control and out of the news could be trying harder. In an interview with Reuters, Mayumi Yoshida (a tepco spokesworman) said “We don’t know what is the reason behind the spike,”
The spike she is speaking of happened in june of 2013. “We’re still looking to determine the causes behind it.”

The operator has been flushing water over the three reactors to keep them cool for more than two years, but contaminated water has been building up at the rate of an an Olympic-size swimming pool per week.(A2)
They are running out of places to store the most radioactive water and are trying to go through with a previously rumored plan of building a channel type filter going out to sea in order to deal with some of the less radioactive water. Also in April Tepco announced the death of Masao Yoshida. Masao Yoshida was one of the Fukushima 50, a small group of staff that decided to stay behind and try to keep the crises from spiraling out of control. He died of oesophageal cancer which were reportedly unrelated to his duties. It is important to also know that Yoshida was credited with preventing the situation from being worse, he ignored orders from tepco executives to stop pouring seawater over the reactors to try and keep them cool.(A2) Interestingly enough the carcinogenic effects of ionizing radiation is well documented. The exact incidence of rad-induced malignancies(tumors) is not specifically defined since they are rare and there can be varying times between exposure and appearance. Read this if your inclined to learn more http://jjco.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/3/164.full
It’s can be really sad to read about this and I wish it got better but… There has been a continued blackout on the more international results of this on-going disaster.
Even recently there have been the biggest leaks from the facility. They have been moving a lot of the water to new storage tanks but they are now filling up and also some of them have begun to leak. Details here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/radioactive-water-leak-found-fukushima_n_3396588.html I know that all of this is a lot to soak in especially if you are new to hearing about the fukushima disaster. They have recently found that food over 200 miles away contains deadly levels of radiation contamination. http://www.naturalnews.com/039828_Fukushima_radiation_media_blackout.html Sadly the radiation is concentrated enough in the U.S. to also cause damage. More studies confirming that populations in western united states and other areas are seeing the affects of radioactive isotopes. “New peer-reviewed research published in the Open Journal of Pediatrics raises fresh concerns about the health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on American children and babies. As has long been suspected by those with an understanding of the widespread reach of radioactive fallout from Fukushima, newborns living in California, Hawaii, Washington, and other West Coast states appear to have been directly affected by Fukushima fallout in a serious way, which is reflected by the disproportionate rate of hypothyroidism observed amongst this demographic.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039923_Fukushima_radiation_hypothyroidism.html#ixzz2alNwjAYI
That is all I have to add to this topic for now, once again I highly recommend this site http://fukushima-diary.com/ it has the most comprehensive information on current and past events in regards to fukushima.

Works Sourced

Andersen, Berit. “Northwest sees 35% infant mortality spike post-Fukushima”. June 17, 2011. q13fox, Seattle Fox News affiliate. http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-northwest-sees-35-infant-mortality-spike-postfukushima-20110617,0,5968165.story

Ethen, A. Huff. http://www.naturalnews.com/032537_Fukushima_meltdown.html#ixzz1gedRj179 May 27, 2011.

Enenews admin. “Nuclear Fuel has melted through base…” june 8th 2011- could not locate

Ryall, Julian. “Nuclear fuel has melted through base of Fukushima plant” June 9, 2011. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8565020/Nuclear-fuel-has-melted-through-base-of-Fukushima-plant.html

Mosk, Matthew. “Fukushima: Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest.” abc.com. abc, 2011. Web. 15 Dec 2011.

Santo, Michael. “Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Skipped …” Huliq. Web March 22, 2011

Watson, Paul. British Government Devised Propaganda…” Infowars.com July 1,2011

Nimmo, Kurt. “TEPCO again underplays severity of situation at Fukushima.” Infowars.com  December 1, 2011

The Bovine. “Radiation fallout from Japan affects food safety across North America” April 2011

 Watson, Paul. “Swedish Government: Radiation To Cover Entire Northern Hemisphere” March 17, 2011

“Japan’s Fukushima Catastrophe” Tuberose.com http://www.tuberose.com/Japan’sFukushimaCatastrophe.html

Benson, Jonathan. “Millions of tons of Fukushima debris expected to soon wash up on Hawaii beaches, western US coastline” Natural News. Web. October 26, 2011 http://www.naturalnews.com/033984_Fukushima_debris.html

 

A1- http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/world/asia/operator-of-fukushima-plant-criticized-for-delaying-disclosures-on-leaks.html?_r=0
A2- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/09/fukushima-groundwater-radiation_n_3565767.html

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