Fukushima: vanished from the news, but it is here to stay
It is shocking that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has so completely vanished from the news, when the problems have just begun. The core reactors are still boiling and being cooled with water and it is expected that it might take another 2 years before a shutdown can occur. The units are still leaking radiation into the air and the water.
Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed. According to Gunderson, “We are already seeing Strontium at 250 times the allowable limits in the water table at Fukushima. Contaminated water tables are incredibly difficult to clean. So I think we will have a contaminated aquifer in the area of the Fukushima site for a long, long time to come.”
The exposed reactors and fuel cores are continuing to release microns of caesium, strontium, and plutonium isotopes. These are referred to as “hot particles”. Hot particles have been discovered everywhere in Japan, including Tokyo. Scientists are finding that over the last 90 days, hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. People are picking these hot particles up in their car filters as far away as Seattle. The half-life of radioactive strontium is 28.8 years, while the half-life of radioactive plutonium is 24,000 years, and has been linked to various cancers.
According to an article in Aljazeera,” In the US, physician Janette Sherman MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published an essay shedding light on a 35 per cent spike in infant mortality in northwest cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant. The eight cities included in the report are San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Portland, Seattle, and Boise, and the time frame of the report included the ten weeks immediately following the disaster.”
We tend to think of this disaster as something that has happened to someone else who lives far away. The truth is we are all touched by nuclear disasters. It is time to wake up to the consequences of nuclear power. The powers in force tell us everything is OK, yet we need to look to see who is lining their pockets. According to Aljazeera, one of Obama’s biggest campaign donors is nuclear operator Exelon Corporation. Exelon has donated more than $269,000 to his political campaigns, thus far. Obama also appointed Exelon CEO John Rowe to his Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
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