Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: E-Mails Reveal Panic At US Nuclear Agency As Experts Were Kept In The Dark Following Fukushima Disaster!

As I have stated many times, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima is far from being over, and what we are being told by our own governments, and the complicit media, is nothing but bold faced lies.   Right now, North America is being inundated by dangerous radioactive fallout from the melted down Fukushima reactors, and the Japanese government officials, and TEPCO themselves, are still not able to bring the situation under control!

Right now, I want to present an interesting article that comes from The Mail online news service, out of the United Kingdom, at www.dailymail.co.uk, that shows that shortly after the initial March 11th disaster and meltdowns, there was a flow of e-mails that showed how officials were in a state of panic that the situation was possibly a "worse-case" scenario, and that there was very little factual information being presented to the US nuclear regulatory agency from the Japanese officials themselves.... First, here is that Mail article, and I do have my own comments to follow:


Emails reveal panic at U.S. nuclear agency as experts were kept in the dark following Fukushima disaster 


  • One email reads: 'We have very little factual information as an agency'

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission inundated with requests over safety of U.S. nuclear facilities in wake of disaster

  • Experts disagreed over best way to contain Fukushima disaster

  • Worst-case scenario would have seen high levels of radiation reach Alaska

Last updated at 11:55 AM on 8th February 2012


Emails posted on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website after the Fukushima disaster last March have revealed the agency was kept in the dark about the scale of the crisis.

The correspondence, posted after the earthquake and tsunami caused catastrophic damage to the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, reveals experts in the U.S. disagreed over how to deal with the disaster.

And while assuring the U.S. population that there was no danger, the NRC did not disclose a worst-case scenario which could have seen high levels of radiation affecting Alaska if Fukushima could not be brought under control.

Panic: Smoke rises from the shell of reactor No 3 at Fukushima. Emails from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reveal experts were kept in the dark about the scale of the disaster
Panic: Smoke rises from the shell of reactor No 3 at Fukushima. Emails from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reveal experts were kept in the dark about the scale of the disaster

Stricken: Hydrogen explosions causes structural damage to four of the reactors at the plant after the earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11 last year
Stricken: Hydrogen explosions causes structural damage to four of the reactors at the plant after the earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11 last year

One email, hours after the magnitude nine earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, and reported in the Washington Post, said: 'THIS IS NOT A DRILL. This may get really ugly in the next few days.'

Three days later, another official said: 'It's frustrating, but we have very little factual info as an agency.'
The NRC said it was on standby to help Japan cope with the disaster, but struggled to get through 'the fog of information' surrounding the damage at Fukushima, the Post reported.

The emails also reveal experts disagreed on how to advise Tokyo Electric Power Co., which ran the plant. One idea, by physicist Richard Garwin, suggested using a 'shaped' explosion to break through the containment structure of damaged reactors to allow them to be cooled.

'Fog of information': U.S. experts said they were not getting accurate details of the scope of the Fukushima disaster after reactors melted down last year
'Fog of information': U.S. experts said they were not getting accurate details of the scope of the Fukushima disaster after reactors melted down last year

Edwin Lyman, a nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the Post: 'The emails provide a candid picture of the level of uncertainty and confusion within the U.S. government and indicates that even U.S. experts had major divisions about what was going on and how to best mitigate the crisis.'

The agency was asked by several countries about pools used to house spent nuclear reactor fuel.

At Fukushima, these peoples were either above or next to the reactors and NPR officials were worried they could leak or dry up - causing more radiation to escape.

France, Germany and Japan sought access to NPR information on the pools on March 17, but it was reluctant to share the data over fears of potential attacks on reactors triggered by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Impact: Debris and stranded boats in Namie, Japan, after the tsunami last year. The NRC did not disclose the worst-case scenario which could have seen high levels of radiation reach Alaska
Impact: Debris and stranded boats in Namie, Japan, after the tsunami last year. The NRC did not disclose the worst-case scenario which could have seen high levels of radiation reach Alaska

Mr Lyman added: 'There is a whole base of information about spent fuel fires and pools that the NRC is not sharing with the public.

'We understand that when you're concerned about terrorist attacks that you want to conceal information, but I don't think there's any reason to maintain such a broad blackout over this type of information.'

Other emails reveal people in the U.S. calling for all nuclear power stations to be temporarily shut so tests could be carried out as well as Freedom of Information Act requests for details of correspondence on Fukushima.

The emails, available on the NRC website, also reveal concerns over a U.S. reactor similar to one of the stricken units at Fukushima.

The agency had been due to issue a licence extension to the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor on March 16, but postponed it in the wake of the Japan disaster.

A 20-year extension was eventually approved on March 21.

Deserted: An empty shopping street in Namie, inside the 12-mile exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima plant. The Japanese government has repeatedly been accused of withholding information on the disaster
Deserted: An empty shopping street in Namie, inside the 12-mile exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima plant. The Japanese government has repeatedly been accused of withholding information on the disaster

It comes after a secret report by the Japanese government revealed last month that tens of millions of people may have had to be evacuated if the worst-case scenario hit Fukushima.

The 15-page internal document, which was not released over fears of widespread panic, cast doubt on whether the Japanese government could have coped with an evacuation on such an unprecedented scale.

Written on March 25, two weeks after the tsunami devastated the power plant, causing three reactors to melt down and generating hydrogen explosions that blew away protective structures, it revealed contingencies that would have required evacuation orders for residents within a 105-mile radius of the plant, including the whole of Tokyo.

NTS Notes:  The fact is, readers, that we are still being kept in the dark about the real situation at Fukushima even today.   We have no real idea as to the extent of this crisis, and how bad the real damage is with the failed reactors.   We are getting most of our information out of pure speculation, and that is what worries me...

The facts have been coming out that this disaster is much much worse than what we have ever been told.  I have seen estimates that this disaster is on the magnitude of some 10-20 times the disaster at Chernobyl, Russia, back in 1986!

Again, we must demand the truth from our governments to at least give the public a chance to properly prepare and defend themselves from the dangerous radioactivity in the fallout here in North America.   It is a fact that this fallout will cause a large increase in Cancer victims for years to come here in Canada alone...

I am also disturbed by the silence out of our media outlets about this disaster.. I have long said that they are complicit with the governments in keeping the truth about the Fukushima disaster away from the public to avoid any panic.. To me, this makes them accessories to a crime of willful neglect....

I have long said that everyone deserves the truth, no matter how bad it may be... We can always hope for the best, but must be allowed to be fully prepared for the worst!

More to come

NTS  

3 comments:

mary sullivan said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0sT3o7NrWg&feature=player_embedded

FYI

how to articles said...

Workers in safety matches and covers wait to get into the crisis function center at the reduced Fukushima Dai-ichi atomic power place.

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