But some truth is finally coming forward after all this time... According to this report from ENENews, at www.enenews.com, it appears that an American Senator has fired off a press release that states that the situation at Fukushima is absolutely not under control, and that the Japanese should be asking the international community for help in trying to solve the critical issues before it is too late.... First, here is that ENENews report for everyone to see for themselves. Additional comments to follow:
US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant
Published: April 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET
- US Ambassador to Japan Fujisaki
- Secretary of Energy Chu
- Secretary of State Clinton
- NRC Chairman Jaczko
After Tour of Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, Wyden Says Situation Worse than Reported
Urges Japanese Ambassador to Accept International Help to Mitigate Continued Nuclear Risks
Washington, D.C. – After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facilities decimated by last year’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki looking for ways to advance and support clean-up and recovery efforts. Wyden’s principal concern is the relocation of spent fuel rods currently being stored in unsound structures immediately adjacent to the ocean. He strongly urged the Ambassador to accept international help to prevent dangerous nuclear material from being released into the environment.
“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”
Wyden visited Fukushima on April 6, 2012 while on a Congressional delegation trip to the region. He and a staff member wore radiation suits as they toured the facility and met with workers and managers from the Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, which is responsible for the clean-up. Wyden found that the facilities designed to house spent nuclear fuel and the reactors themselves were still in a state of disrepair and located in areas that would make them susceptible to further damage from future seismic events. The reactor buildings still contain large amounts of spent fuel – making them a huge safety risk and the only protection from a future tsunami, Wyden observed, is a small, makeshift sea wall erected out of bags of rock.
Wyden is also sending letters today to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko asking them to identify additional resources and assistance that their agencies could provide to Japan to address these risks.
- Mainichi Expert Sr. Writer: Gov't sources say No. 4 pool a grave concern -- Storage pool barely intact -- We have no time to humor senseless thinking of those who downplay the risks
- Asahi TV: "Unbelievable" -- If Unit 4 pool gets a crack from quake and leaks, it would be end for Tokyo -Expert -- Doesn't have to be large tremor, already shaken many times (VIDEO)
- WATCH: Japan lawmakers warned about Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 during testimony of former ambassador (VIDEOS)
- Gundersen: No. 3 fuel pool worse off than No. 4 -- Mechanically it's rubble, the pool is rubble -- Nobody has even gotten near it yet (VIDEO)
- NYT on Reactor No. 4: "Risk of another colossal radiation leak" if cooling problems arise, experts say -- "Tepco has been racing to fortify crumpled outer shell"
NTS Notes: Again, the situation especially with Reactor #4 and its spent fuel rod pool is extremely dire. I and others are really shocked that it has taken until now for someone to call on the international community to come up with solutions for this impending disaster.
Readers, there is one major problem that the international community will face when they take a closer look at the failed reactors at Fukushima... There is no immediate solution because no technology exists today to fix the problem! Nobody can get close to the reactors themselves due to the extremely high radiation levels, and even robotic probes sent into the facility have failed due to the extremely high radiation that they have been subjected to..... It will take a whole new approach to the situation and most probably entirely new devices to be invented to solve the problems....That could take years!
The media and government lies about the situation at Fukushima are finally beginning to crack and the truth is finally spilling out, but painfully very slowly.... I have long said that everyone deserves the truth about this dire situation no matter how bad it may be... We can always hope for the best, but must be prepared for the worse!
More to come