I came across the following article, from Washington's Blog, at www.washingtonsblog.com, through the website: Global Research, at www.globalresearch.ca, that reveals some very disturbing facts about what is really happening at the Fukushima nuclear power station now two years after that disaster, that I want to share here with my own readers...The article is entitled: "Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Far From Over: Continuous Leaking Of Radioactive Water, Dangers Of Spent Fuel Pools", and is a must read by everyone. I have my usual thoughts and comments to follow:
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Far From Over: Continuous Leaking of Radioactive Water, Dangers of Spent Fuel Pools
Plant Operator Has No Incentive to Spend Money to Fix It
Mainstream Media Awakens to the fact that Fukushima Is Still a Total MessAfter visiting Fukushima a year ago, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize dangerous spent fuel pools.
A year ago, an international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups called on the U.N. to coordinate a multi-national effort to stabilize the fuel pools. And see this.
A year ago, former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura – whose praises have been sung by Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S. Ambassadors Stephen Bosworth and Glenn Olds, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Goldman Sachs co-chair John C. Whitehead – noted:
The current Japanese government has not yet mentioned the looming disaster, ostensibly to not incite panic in the public. Nevertheless, action must be taken quickly. *** We believe an independent, international team of structural engineers and other advisers must be assembled and deployed immediately.Yesterday – after Fukushima reactor operator Tepco’s recklessness and nickel-and-diming cheapness in dealing with the post-accident response caused new releases of radioactivity – the New York Times reported:
Increasingly, experts are arguing that the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, cannot be trusted to lead what is expected to be decades of cleanup and the decommissioning of the plant’s reactors without putting the public, and the environment, at risk.This is just like BP’s massive efforts to hide the extent and damage from the oil spill – even though their approach led to greater oil pollution – in order to avoid costs. (And the big banks’ cover up of the extent and damage from criminal fraud on the U.S. economy.)
“The Fukushima Daiichi plant remains in an unstable condition, and there is concern that we cannot prevent another accident,” Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said at a news conference.
“No wonder the water is leaking,” said Hideo Komine, a professor in civil engineering at Ibaraki University, just south of Fukushima. He said that the outer protective lining should have been hundreds of times thicker.
Muneo Morokuzu, a nuclear safety expert at the Tokyo University Graduate School of Public Policy, said that the plant required a more permanent solution that would reduce the flood of contaminated water into the plant in the first place, and that Tepco was simply unable to manage the situation. “It’s become obvious that Tepco is not at all capable of leading the cleanup,” he said. “It just doesn’t have the expertise, and because Fukushima Daiichi is never going to generate electricity again, every yen it spends on the decommissioning is thrown away.”
“That creates an incentive to cut corners, which is very dangerous,” he said. “The government needs to step in, take charge and assemble experts and technology from around the world to handle the decommissioning instead.”
AP provides additional details:
A makeshift system of pipes, tanks and power cables meant to carry cooling water into the melted reactors and spent fuel pools inside shattered buildings remains highly vulnerable, Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka acknowledged Wednesday.
The problems have raised doubts about whether the plant can stay intact through a decommissioning process that could take 40 years, prompting officials to compile risk-reduction measures and revise decommissioning plans.
Just over the past three weeks, there have been at least eight accidents or problems at the plant, the nuclear watchdog said.
Experts suspect the radioactive water has been leaking since early in the crisis, citing high contamination in fish caught in waters just off the plant.
“The nuclear crisis is far from over,” the nationwide Mainichi newspaper said in a recent editorial. “There is a limit to what the patchwork operation can do on a jury-rigged system.”
NTS Notes: An absolutely disturbing report indeed....I am truly amazed that the media is only now awakening to the fact that this horrible situation is still far from over... What took them so long???
The facts are that TEPCO has run out of ideas of where to put the radioactive waste water from the failed nuclear reactors. The pits are now full and are leaching their deadly water into the surrounding environment and into the Pacific Ocean itself....Sadly, because there is no way to fix the failed reactors at present, this situation will only magnify over the next few years at least!
It is also a disturbing fact that the spent fuel pools are still in a crisis situation,where the danger of a collapse of their containment is still a strong possibility. If that was to ever happen, then Japan itself and possibly much of the Northern Hemisphere could still be doomed.....
Again I am amazed that nations spend billions of dollars on senseless wars, while they do not divert one dime to fixing this horrendous situation at Fukushima. And governments have purposely and criminally misled the general public by not informing their own citizens that this crisis is far from over.....
As any new information about this crisis comes forward, I will continue to pass that information to all of my readers... Stay tuned...
More to come