FACTupdate: Japan’s nuclear disaster

March 23, 2011

The four horsemen of the nuclear apocalypse: Government, Industry, Lobbyists and Apologists

Our nuclear future

Following the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, we have all become versed in nanoSieverts, microSieverts, milliSieverts and Sieverts; rads and Roentgens; nanoGrays, microGrays, milliGrays and Grays; milliRems and Rems, picoCuries, nanoCuries, microCCuries, milliCuries and Curies; Becquerels, kiloBequerels, megaBequerels, teraBequerels, gigaBequerels; microCoulombs, milliCoulombs and Coulombs; and clicks per second.

The reason for all these measures is that radiation exposure is cumulative–any measure of radiation is deadly to all living things, including us. Little Boy at Hiroshima is estimated to have produced eight yottaBequerels!

Many of these measures are named for the scientists who developed the measurement scale. Of course, none of these units are named for New Jersey’s ‘radium girls’, sharpening their brushes with their saliva to paint numbers on glow-in-the-dark watchfaces, painting radium paint on their nails and lips for fun while the factory bosses and chemists cowered behind lead shields. they went on to die particularly agonising deaths by bone marrow cancer. That was in 1926—the factory sites are still Superfund cleanup sites.

When a human dies of radiation poisoning, his body itself contaminates the soil and groundwater if burial is employed or the atmosphere if cremated.

The media and others have been accused of being ‘doomsayers’ and ‘scaremongers’ during this incident.

However, after nearly two weeks since the initial meltdown following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, let’s look at the realities:

1) Radiation has been detected in Tokyo’s water supply.

2) Radioactive iodine and caesium have been detected in Japan’s seawater. Logically, one would expect iodine, a major component of all sea life, to be dangerous to humans eating ocean fish and sea vegetables.

3) There have been uncontrolled radioactive emissions until today. As the Fukushima reactors use MOX fuel rods which include plutonium, it is highly probable that plutonium, the most poisonous substance known to man, has been released into the atmosphere.

We have been told by experts that plutonium is almost impossible to detect in small quantities but no less deadly. Will this area, or even Tokyo itself, become uninhabitable?

If one factors in plutonium, we have to change the scale by which we view nuclear accidents. Fukushima could in fact become more deadly than Chernobyl.

There were proven coverups during the construction and operation of the Fukushima reactors. If such coverups exist in Japan, can anyone doubt that all nuclear power plants in 30 or so countries can also be suspect?

4) Japan is no closer to a solution to the Fukushima disaster.

Who controls the nuclear control agencies?”, Stephen Leahy, al-Jazeera, March 23, 2011:

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/03/201132317958260690.html

To add some sense of scale, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the US was decommissioned in 1988 after contaminating 622 square kilkometres. Hanford’s cleanup is not expected to be completed until 2052 at a cost of $128 billion.

Japan’s banks are planning on lending $24 billion to TEPCO so the lights won’t go dark in Tokyo, plus loans of $37.5 billion from government, adding the very real possibility of an economic meltdown to equal the nuclear. In fact, experts are now predicting it may take 100 years for the reactors to cool at a cost estimate of a trillion dollars.

Did Japan even consider its vast geothermal potential before going nuclear? Did Japan not learn the costs of nukes?

“A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion [2,053] since 1945, Isao Hashimoto, YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLCF7vPanrY

Can anyone still believe that nuclear power is a proven, safe, clean, green, cheap source of electricity? Proven, yes—proven deadly.

I’ll say it again: If Thailand goes ahead with nuclear power, I’ll be the first one blocking the road and chaining myself to the gates.

CJ Hinke

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT)

All FACT readers wishing a deeper understanding of Japan’s nuclear disaster and its implications for Thailand should be following this lengthy thread at Thai Visa—”Meltdown Likely Under Way at Japan Nuclear Reactor”:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/450765-meltdown-likely-under-way-at-japan-nuclear-reactor/


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