Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fukushima: Core Meltdowns, nuclear lobbyists working overtime, non-existent US evacuation plans & Ann Coulter (crackpot)

Yesterday it was actually reported, finally, that three of the Fukushima reactors are in meltdown.
Either total or partial meltdowns have occurred. No one can be sure.

Off I went this morning to search that information down to post here. To my non-surprise there isn't a whole heck of a lot out there. Particularly not to much in the western media.
But, I did find this article! Warning Signals
I will not post it entirely so I hope, as always, that you will read it at the link.
The article is from India, a nation that is about to build many nuclear reactors.
Here is the important information-

Going by analysis by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and other independent experts, the earthquake shut down the three operating reactors at Fukushima, as designed, thereby cutting off the power with which to cool the reactors' still-hot cores and control rods. As designed, the back-up diesel generators cut in, but an hour later, cut out, for as-yet-unknown reasons.

The core, containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel, started heating up further. As water circulation stopped, more than half the core was exposed in Reactors 3 and 1. It was fully exposed in Reactor 2, which is also in distress now.

The three reactors all suffered a LOCA, (loss of coolant accident) which carries the hazard of a partial or complete core meltdown.

Ok, so we have 3 nuclear reactors in partial or complete meltdown. No one really knows.
Let's talk Chernobyl. Where there was only one reactor, if I recall that correctly. In Japan we have three, in some varying degrees of meltdown. No one knows. So why is the media spinning this as less severe then Chernobyl. Not to mention again, as I have several times, that one of the plants is a MOX Fuel plant.

“the use of MOX generally increases the consequences of severe accidents in which large amounts of radioactive gas and aerosol are released compared to the same accident in a reactor using non-MOX fuel….

Because of this, the number of latent cancer fatalities resulting from an accident could increase by as much as a factor of five for a full core of MOX fuel compared to the same accident with no MOX.”
This little tiny fact-way more cancer fatalities- has been noticeably absent from our business friendly main stream media.
Who, I note, are doing their best to win the coveted most pathetic apologist award in their grovelling category.(as you can see by the title, I have chosen THE WINNER)

Now let's talk about the affects of this disaster on the nuclear industry. If you think the nuclear industry haven't been very busy sucking up to and bribing politicians for the right to increase your risk of cancer, think again!

U.S. nuclear advocates try to limit political impact of Japan reactor crisis

Nuclear power advocates are waging an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to limit the political fallout from the reactor crisis in Japan.

Lobbyists with the Nuclear Energy Institute and some of the United States’ largest energy firms, including Exelon Corp. of Chicago, are holding meetings with key lawmakers and standing-room-only briefings for staffers in an attempt to tamp down talk of restrictions in response to the Japanese disaster.

Spurred on by federal subsidies and potential climate-change legislation, the nuclear industry has dramatically stepped up its federal lobbying and campaign contributions in recent years, records show.

The Nuclear Energy Institute, for example, has spent more than $6 million on lobbying since 2008

Lobbying the government that means money, gifts and hookers, male or female. As for the subsidies, that is your money John or Jane Doe, your money used to give you cancer. Indeed the lobbyists have been busy as of late.

Let's go from Lobbyists plying their trade on Capital Hill and take a look at the evacuation standards in the US if their was a nuclear disaster. You may be surprised to know, that your government does not love you and has no real plans for your evacuation should one be necessary.
US meltdown evacuation standards different than recommendation for Japan
U.S. companies are only required to develop emergency evacuation plans for people living within 10 miles of a reactor, even though the U.S. is recommending that Americans within 50 miles of the overheating power plant in Japan evacuate.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, a nuclear watchdog group, said Thursday the NRC should require companies to develop evacuation plans for residents living within 50 miles of a plant.

“We’ve been advocating for quite some time that they need to look at expanding emergency evacuation zones,” Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at UCS, told reporters Thursday. “It’s astounding and shocking.”

Why am I not surprised that the government actually has NO standard plans for evacuation if their is a disaster. Instead they require the companies develop plans? Have the companies done this? Who knows?

Let's get back to Fukushima for the latest news today. Smoke rises from the reactors again!

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) later said on Tuesday that the smoke had turned to steam and it was deemed safe to continue work in bringing the plant under control.

Japan's nuclear safety agency said steam was believed to be coming off a spent nuclear fuel pool at reactor No.2, and white haze was detected above reactor No. 3.

Smoke has turned to steam, coming from the spent fuel pools? Here is the latest with the spent fuel pools, from today-

A pool for storing spent fuel at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures close to boiling point, a nuclear safety official has revealed.

In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a nuclear safety official said. With water bubbling away, there is a risk that more radioactive steam could spew out.
More radiation for the atmosphere.

Also being reported the water, in the ocean, surrounding the power plants is contaminated.

Sea water near the Fukushima plant is showing elevated levels of radioactive iodine and caesium, prompting the government to test seafood.

Is anyone surprised by this bit of news?? All that seawater Japan has been dousing their radioactive power plants with surely must be pouring right back out to the ocean. I have not read anything about this water being contained? Really, how could it possibly be contained? So we have to assume this water is going straight back out to the ocean.

One last thing. Anne Coulter apparently made the statement that this radiation and plutonium is like a vaccine against cancer.

I am awarding her the best in her category, media whore extraordinaire!

Oh my, she has actually been awarded this prize previously!

This woman is clearly a crank. I truly do not know who or what constitutes her fan base.


  1. Thanks Penny. Great and informative article. I'll be passing it along. There seems to be a growing media blackout on this situation. The Evil Ones have coined the phrase Radiophobia to dismiss all us 'nutjobs' that think there is something to worry about.

    Don't miss James' latest. http://www.winterpatriot.com/node/568

  2. Great post Penny, very informative. I will be passing it along. There seems to be an increasing media blackout on this situation. The evil ones have even coined the term Radiophobia to dismiss us 'nutjobs' that think there is something to be concerned about.

    Don't miss James' latest post. http://www.winterpatriot.com/node/568#comment-15513

  3. Apologies, if I double posted. You can delete one if I did. I have way to many tabs open, as usual. :)

  4. Ok, well it looks like I never posted at all. hmmm trying again.

    Great post Penny, very informative. I'll be passing this one along. There seems to be an increasing media blackout on this situation. The evil ones have even coined the term Radiophobia to dismiss us 'nutjobs' that think there is something to worry about.

    Don't miss James' latest post. http://www.winterpatriot.com/node/568

    So now, I have either posted this 3 times or I have done it right this time. :)

  5. Hi Pen, great reporting. Seeing how the federal government has passed a law alleviating the power compaies of any public liability, it is hard to image that anyone has any effective evacuation program in place.

    And how about this criminally negligent gummint hand balling the responsibility of an evacuation plan over to the the company concerned. How are they going to co-ordinate government services in the midst of their own shit fight?

    More psychopaths avoiding any responsibility. "Just gimme the money and take your problems to someone who'll listen to you. Your cancer is your problem. Now fuck off."

  6. Penny, you are doing a great job, as usual!

    This whole thing is an unmitigated disaster - on all levels. The lies that ALL governments are spewing forth is something to behold!

    As McJ has posted, the media blackout is extreme, with our state sponsored media leading the way (NO comments allowed!!)


    Did you have a chance to look at the stuxnet link at all?


  7. Hey McJ, blogger spam ate your comments!
    I don't know why it persists in doing this, but, they are posted and you can go ahead and delete the ones you don't want here.
    Or leave them whichever?

    And please pass it along, I do believe the media is lying as per their usual.

    Also the nuclear lobby must be out in full force, who knows they have likely hired shills to do the job of combatting facts, and passing on fantasy.

    Hence Anne Coulter's retarded comment,,

    I will be back briefly to reply to James and Maggie.

  8. The worst about Coulter's eructation is that she's right, sort of.
    Low radiation exposure acts really by a thing called hormesis and protects a bit. The problem it's a dose dependend thing, we in Europe or in North America may get some benefits but the Japanese and other neighbours certainly not.
    The problem with the plutonium and uranium that is released, is that their toxicity is not solely limited to their radioactivity, they act also as heavy metal poisons, think of mercury on steroids.

  9. Hey James;

    ". Seeing how the federal government has passed a law alleviating the power companies of any public liability, it is hard to image that anyone has any effective evacuation program in place."

    Which means they don't have any evacuation program in place. No liability, no need to bother oneself with something so insignificant.

    I agree the idea of having these companies make these types of plans is ridiculous, this is world class passing the buck.

  10. Thanks Maggie:

    I feel like a bit of a broken record, going on and on with it, but, the media is doing a smashing job of not covering what is really going on.

    I noted last week they had all the industry apologists on parade. Nothing to worry about. Could never happen here.

    I bet the Japanese government and nuclear industry told the people the same dam thing, and look what happened?!

    Murphy's law isn't it?

  11. Gallier, it is interesting that you mention that Hormisis.

    That was mentioned in one of the interviews I had posted last week.

    The impression I took away from that is that this was some suspicious theory put forth by the nuclear industry. To make it ok, to push the nuclear agenda.

    I will be honest, I wouldn't doubt it.
    I did take the time to look more into it and found this:


    I see it being proposed along the line of certain naturopath/homeopath remedies, where minute doses of certain substances create a healing response.

    Putting it quite simply.

    I would have to say, IMO, I can't see any reality in this theory of Hormesis

    We already have naturally occurring radiation exposure.

    I assume that our bodies evolved to deal with that over time.

    Therefore any additional radiation exposure would tax our systems and result in disease.

    Which has been the case, in so many scenarios.

    That is not even touching on the subject of the cancer causing x 5 of the plutonium fueled reactor.

    Which you do mention in your response.

    "The problem with the plutonium and uranium that is released, is that their toxicity is not solely limited to their radioactivity, they act also as heavy metal poisons, think of mercury on steroids."

    I shudder to think of mercury on steroids.

  12. I was lead to your article because I am looking for text where people complaing about media reporting about Fukushima - like hear :-)

    I do a research, run a survey on the different consequences in different countries. (and some media questions)

    You might want to help me:

  13. Penny, hormesis seems to be a real effect (Stephan Guyenet an extremly serious researcher/blogger had a series on hormetic effects of polyphenols http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/02/polyphenols-hormesis-and-disease-part-i.html
    ). This said, I concure with you that atom-groupies do exagerate the effect and use it as an excuse for downplaying the dangers of radiation exposure.

  14. You also have to remember, Gallier, that this theory of hormesis is:

    1) just a theory
    2) it backs up corporate western treatments (for stuff like cancer)
    3) it makes radiation leaks look somehow beneficial
    4) like industrial fluoride waste in rivers that don't have to be cleaned up because it "helps your teeth", it supports a laissez-faire attitude about poisoning our environment, and everything in it (including us)

    If there are any positive effects, it must not be worth mentioning, is what I am saying.

    It's too good to be true. Hence, IMHO, it's bullshit.

    Penny - have you in your surfing travels come across the stuxnet virus being connected to the failure of the emergency systems in the reactors? Lots of stuff I have read about . . . Israeli security companies (for the plants in Fukushima, of course), stuxnet already infecting the Siemens equipment, a cover-up of same . . . it's all very intriguing.

    Unfortunately, I just don't have the time myself to look further into it right now, too damn busy. But I did get my friends to leave Japan, they listened to me whenI put it out there early that the gov't would lie to them and is lying to them about radiation exposure, that there would be a mass panic to leave Tokyo eventually, etc . . .

    I hate being right. :P

  15. Penny,

    I found your blog about six months ago while searching for news about Dave McGowan and I've been a regular reader since then. You have done some exceptional work.

    The phenomenon of “radiation hormesis” is thoroughly debunked in this highly recommended article: Nuclear propagandists' lies exposed and debunked.

    The short of it is that radiation causes cells to mutate which can lead to leukemia. More radiation causes those mutated cells to die before they cause leukemia. But the rate never drops as low as if there were only pre-industrial background exposure. And any radiation received may cause other cancers 20-50 years later, as well as other deleterious effects, such as heart disease.

    Radiation is not a "beneficial protective," it is a cumulative stressor to the body. When hard-living President Grant came down with throat cancer 130 years ago during the coal burning robber baron era, it was a very rare event effecting about 6% of the population; it is currently projected that 41% of Americans alive today will come down with cancer. The way the world is rapidly degrading its habitat, I expect that rate to pass 50% within the next two decades.

    As far as the longer-term health effects of Fukushima, simple radiation charts like this one produced by my old alma mater are misleading, primarily because they don't take into account the type of radiation or how it might be incorporated into the body.

    This article claims quite plausibly that while so far only 1/10th the radiation of Chernobyl has been released, the cumulative health effects (he cites 1/2 million total deaths for Chernobyl) might be greater due to the increased concentrations of people and proximity to Tokyo.

  16. slozo; Hello.

    "3) it makes radiation leaks look somehow beneficial
    4) like industrial fluoride waste in rivers that don't have to be cleaned up because it "helps your teeth", it supports a laissez-faire attitude about poisoning our environment, and everything in it (including us)"

    Amen to that!
    We all have enough trouble with laissez-faire attitudes being inflicted on our lives

    Glad your friends took your advice to heart and got the heck out of Japan.

    We haven't even seen or heard the worst yet.

  17. Malooga, hello and thanks for stopping by.
    That Dave McGowan, he is one of my faves.
    I hope to get back to posting some more of that kind of stuff, but, fukushima is overwhelming me.
    And I only have limited time.

    Thanks for the compliment, always much appreciated.

    Interesting you mention the increased cancer risks.. I had a post up way back noting the fact that ancient humans were almost entirely devoid of cancer. And that it was most likely environmental factors played into the massive increases.
    Fukushima will almost certainly increase cancer rates globally.
    As chernobyl did.

  18. oh and thanks for the link Gallier, I will look at it.

    I have alot of stuff to look at

  19. F... I just wrote a long comment with a lot of references that was lost. If I get brave enough I will retry to write it.

  20. hey gallier:

    I checked the spam file just to make sure it wasn't there. So, you did lose it on your own. Whew!
    I get frustrated with the blogger spam eating comments.

    The other day I had left a response to slozo back about a week ago, and it didn't post.

    I don't know why?

    So if you feel brave, go ahead and repost something.