I have always wondered why the Japanese officials at TEPCO and the Japanese government itself has not yet called on the world itself to come and help them solve the problems at Fukushima before it is too late.
But it does appear that finally they have come to their senses, for according to this report from ENE News, at www.enenews.com, it seems that a coalition of officials, and nuclear experts, have called on the Japanese government itself to give in, end the silence, and call on the UN for help to solve the crisis before it is too late... First, here is that ENE News article for everyone to see for themselves. I have my usual comments to follow:
Coalition requests Japan gov’t immediately ask UN for help with Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 before it becomes too late
Published: May 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm ET
Follow-up to: Coalition requests UN intervention to stabilize Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 at Fukushima -- Endorsed by nuclear experts
Source: Press Release
Date: May 2, 2012
Kyoto, Japan—On 30 April, seventy-two Japanese NGO organizations lead [sic] by Shut Tomari and Green Action send an urgent request to the UN and Japanese government urging immediate action to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel. The letter was endorsed by experts from Japan and abroad.
The letter warned that the seriously damaged Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) that is equivalent to 10 times the amount released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire.
The letter urged the United Nations to organize a Nuclear Security Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. The letter stated that the United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Letters were sent to both UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, the latter asking that Japan ask immediately for the UN’s help.
Nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi plant sit in pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl.
Kaori Izumi of Shut Tomari stated, “Fukushima Daiichi is no longer a Japanese issue but is an international issue. It is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late.”
Nuclear experts from the US and Japan such as Arnie Gundersen, Robert Alvarez, Hiroaki Koide, Masashi Goto, and Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, and, Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat have continually warned against the high risk of the Fukushima Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.
Shut Tomari and Green Action are seeking endorsements from civil organizations abroad (deadline 20 May). More Japanese civil organizations are expected to sign on in addition to the seventy-two organizations. (Deadline for signatures: 20 May.)
For full text of letter/endorsements/signatories, see: http://wp.me/p1FMPy-B6
Press release issued by:
Shut Tomari (Japan),
1-2, 6-4 Higashisapporo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo 003-0006 Japan
TEL: +81-90-2695-1937 FAX:+81-11-826-3796 email: email@example.com
Green Action (Japan),
Suite 103, 22-75 Tanaka Sekiden-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8203 Japan
Tel: +81-75-701-7223 Fax: +81-75-702-1952 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NTS Notes: The truth about how dire the situation truly is, is finally coming out, and the silence has to end.
The fact is that the Japanese cannot solve this crisis on their own, and they need help from the international community immediately to come up with ideas for preventing the worse case scenario.
I am truly surprised that it has taken this long for these morons to finally realize that they need help. But is it too late? We surely hope not....For even if international experts come forward and help with solutions, those solutions could take years. And the clock is definitely ticking, for if a major earthquake was to hit Fukushima any time soon, the pool could collapse and we definitely will all be screwed!
More to come