Monday, May 28, 2012

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: If There Is Nothing Wrong At Fukushima, Why Won't They Allow Outside Experts To Inspect The Plant?

Since the tsunami, earthquake, and subsequent explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power station last March, I have always had that little voice gnawing inside me that was telling me that something is amiss....

We first discovered after the initial disaster that TEPCO officials had been lying about the scope of the disaster when it was revealed that Uranium Oxide- Plutonium fuel mix was in the fuel rods that blew sky high when reactor #3 exploded shortly after the initial disaster... Then we found out about Israeli involvement at Fukushima (should have known..) with the security firm running the plant being an Israeli company... Then we got wind of the Stuxnet virus that went rampant at the plant causing the safety systems to malfunction and subsequently allowed for at least 3 reactors to fully melt down....Then there were questions that rose about the initial disaster itself and the assertions  that it was NOT a 9.0 earthquake that struck the plant at all... THEN to top it all off, we have seen the accusations by Jim Stone and others that Fukushima was NOT a "power plant" at all, but actually a nuclear weapons grade Plutonium production fast breeder reactor facility!.... As far as I am concerned, the more we discover as time goe on, nothing would surprise me anymore about this disaster at all...

Now comes an interesting report from Madison Ruppert, contributing writer for the Activist Post website, at www.activistpost.com,that asks the hard question: "If There's Nothing Wrong At Fukushima, Why Won't They Allow Outside Experts To Inspect The Plant?".    I have Madison Rupperts very interesting report right here for my own readers to view for themselves, and I have further comments to follow:


If there’s nothing wrong at Fukushima, why won’t they allow outside experts to inspect the plant?

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

If the nuclear disaster that has befallen the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant is absolutely nothing to be concerned about, as some have nonsensically maintained despite the evidence to the contrary, why on Earth would Akio Komori, an executive at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), refuse to allow outside experts to inspect the facility?

It is quite a simple question which should be able to be easily answered by those who continue to maintain that anyone who points out the continuing dangers and potential disaster with spent fuel pool number four is blowing the situation out of proportion.

Of course, it would only be easy to answer if they are right. Unfortunately for them, there is no indication that they are and a new study revealed that we can only expect similar incidents in the future – even here in the United States – if we don’t begin to question the legitimacy of nuclear power generation (especially given the viable alternatives).

I truly wish that I could say that you should ignore what is going on at Fukushima and the real potential for the disaster to get significantly worse, but I would be lying to you.

Even the Japan Times notes that the spent fuel pool in reactor number 4 is “situation precariously above the reactor” in their May 27 article which revealed the disturbing position of Komori.

Goshi Hosono, the Japanese environment and nuclear minister recently visited the Fukushima Daiichi plant in order to inspect the spent fuel pool which has, according to the Japan Times, “been raising safety concerns,” although Hosono claimed that it “appears to have been properly reinforced.”


Personally, I don’t think that inspires too much confidence in the safety and stability of the spent fuel pool, especially given the word choice in saying that it “appears” to be reinforced properly.

The Japan Times notes that the visit appears to have been an attempt to inspire confidence in the safety of the facility, especially since reports recently emerged detailing a bulge in the building’s wall, which was confirmed by TEPCO.

Japanese nuclear regulators responded to this report by ordering a new probe and seismic tests of both the reactor four building and the spent fuel pool.

For those who aren’t aware, the spent fuel pool is absurdly dangerous because it could dump out, exposing the fuel rods, likely causing a combustion.

The sheer number of earthquakes in the region as of late is yet another reason why the situation hardly inspires confidence. 

The entire reactor four building sustained significant damage after a major explosion and fire which followed the tremendous earthquake and tsunami in March of last year.

While a select, small group of journalists were allowed entry into the reactor building for the first time along with Hosono, who was wearing a protective suit and full face mask, TEPCO continues to resist calls for outside expert analysis.

Journalists observed broken wall panels lying in piles, pieces of cement and mangled equipment inside the reactor four building.

Interestingly, while Hosono reportedly partially viewed the spent fuel pool when TEPCO officials partially lifted the tarp covering the pool, he was not able to see the wall bulge.

However, he did call on TEPCO “not to take an optimistic view and instead deal with it carefully in order to ensure safety.”

For some strange reason, TEPCO will not begin moving the spent fuel rods from the pool at reactor four to a joint pool for all six reactors next to the reactor four building until late next year.

While this joint pool already has a whopping 6,000 rods in it, it is supposedly safer because it is at ground level.

Furthermore, it will take a whopping 40 years to decommission the reactors completely.

Komori claimed that they will inspect the number four building “to ensure its integrity” which, yet again, hardly inspires confidence given TEPCO’s behavior throughout this tragedy.

His justification for refusing to allow outside experts to inspect the plant makes so little sense that it is nothing short of laughable.

“As the party with direct responsibility, it’s our job to carry out the necessary checks,” Komori said.

Sure, but it is also their responsibility to ensure that it is safe and clearly they are not interested enough to do that.

Experts have been pointing out the immense danger posed by the spent fuel pool at reactor number four for some time now.
 
This is hardly a mystery as it is indeed precariously placed and there are over 1,500 fuel rods in the pool, which is more than any of the other six Fukushima reactors.

Even worse is that the fuel which would normally be in the reactor core is in the pool as well, as number four was being refurbished.

According to the Japan Times, nuclear officials in the U.S. were also concerned because they “feared the rods would overheat and melt as water evaporated from the pool, releasing massive radiation.”

With all of this evidence showing just how dangerous this situation is, can we really accept Komori’s justification – if you can even call it that – for refusing to allow outside experts to assess the situation?

If we can accept it, why? I would love to hear those who believe that the continuously developing situation at Fukushima is being blown out of proportion respond to this with a reasonable answer. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt that they will be able to do so.

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NTS Notes:  I do understand Madison Ruppert`s search for answers to his questions.  Everyone  by now has their own questions about what is really happening at Fukushima due to the lack of information coming from the cirminals in our own governments and media.   That alone had warning bells going off in my own head that something is definitely going on at Fukushima that these criminals dont want anyone to know about...

OK...Now it is time for another reality check, and my own hypothesis on this "disaster"..... I have said in previous articles that something has always stunk to high heaven about this entire "disaster",and we are absolutely not being told the truth for quite possibly some very sinister and diabolical reasons...

When Jim Stone first made his sensational accusations back at the beginning of the year that Fukushima was actually a clandestine nuclear weapons facility, few believed him, and he was vilified by many in even the alternative news and the so called truth movement.... I will state it now that the deeper this story goes and more and more twists appear, the more I personally am suspecting that Jim Stone is absolutely right all along...

The fact that TEPCO is refusing to allow outside inspectors into the damaged facility should have raised warning bells with everyone  to the very strong possibility that we ARE dealing with a nuclear weapons plant.  If that is so, then the dangers from leaked and spewing nuclear radiation, due to that type of facility, have just increased by a large factor!

Think about it, readers... We have the strange case of MOX fuel at reactor #3 as reported last year, and we have spent rods sitting above reactor#4 just sitting there about to collapse, with the same type of fuel rods as reactor#3, loaded with Plutonium.... Plutonium is not a natural occurring substance, is created as a result of breeding from U235 light water reactors, and is used for nuclear weapons.   It should not take much reasoning to take that leap and see that we are dealing with a disaster at a  nuclear weapons facility.

It would not be a stretch to say that TEPCO does not want outsiders to see the truth about Fukushima, and they do not care that they risk an extinction level event just to maintain the coverup. 

In conclusion... If we do discover that we have been purposely lied to by these criminals to prevent revealing the truth about Fukushima, then there really will be HELL to pay!

As more information comes out about the continuing dire situation at Fukushima, I will try to bring it forward here for everyone to see for themselves... Stay tuned...

More to come


NTS

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