California Nuclear Plant Engineer: We were hit by explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 (MAP) — “The public started to freak out” — Tell colleagues what radioactive material is coming their way… don’t notify public — Don’t release initial data to officials until they’re ‘on board’

Published: September 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm ET
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Martin Wright, Radiation Protection Senior Engineer at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant (California) — Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) Monitoring for Japan Nuclear Accident (pdf), 21st Annual RETS‐REMP Workshop (Hosted by NEI/Exelon Nuclear):

Presentation Excerpts

  • Politics and Public Hysteria >> The public started to freak out [about Fukushima] >> Anti-nukes fed the hysteria >> Reporters wanted to come watch our technicians perform milk sampling (we said no) PG&E did not want our picture linked with the Fukushima Event
  • Now the Big Question ????? How much did all this extra sampling cost? … about $40,000
  • DCPP most likely saw the U-3 explosion which occurred on March 14 at 1100 JST. From PG&E meteorologist Ed McCarthy: “The straight line distance from Fukushima to SLO is 5,066 miles. Assuming an average wind speed of 50 mph [and] some meandering and adding 24 hours, I’d estimate that the parcel of air that you observed [left] Japan between 3/13/2011 @1600 JST and 3/14/2011 @ 1600JST.”
  • Thoughts and Lessons Learned… >> Control initial data until EPA and State are onboard. Let the State notify the public and explain concentrations. Setup company PR contacts… >> Keep colleagues informed of what isotopes are coming their way

Interview with Martin Wright, DCPP radiation protection senior engineerQ: What was the most important lesson you learned from the Fukushima experience? A: When I started out in radiation protection years ago, it was all about protecting the public and the environment. This focus of responsibility has not changed. The Fukushima event has reemphasized that my role is vital to ensuring public confidence and public safety. The events in Japan were a stark reminder that each and every day, my family, friends, neighbors and people I have never met all depend on my team to keep them safe… Safety is our number one priority.

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Published: September 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm ET
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151 comments to California Nuclear Plant Engineer: We were hit by explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 (MAP) — “The public started to freak out” — Tell colleagues what radioactive material is coming their way… don’t notify public — Don’t release initial data to officials until they’re ‘on board’

  • rogerthat

    More recent finds by fukushima diary:
    “Worried about living in the disaster area”, 30,000 Tokyo households moved / Same number as Fukushima

    Fukushima labor office announced proclamation of the state of emergency for unusual number of death cases

    And this:
    Mushroom contamination map shows contaminated products are mainly distributed and consumed in Kanto area.
    The map is based on MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) ‘s analysis on 330,000 mushroom samples in 2013.
    The online uncontaminated food distributer, “Whitefood” plotted the cases that MHLW detected Cesium-134/137 from a mushroom on Japanese map.
    The map below shows the number of contaminated Shiitake mushroom in municipal governments. These mushrooms were not supposed to be distributed.
    It shows the major part is consumed in Kanto area more than North Eastern Japan.

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Experts Warn Of ‘Inevitable’ Fukushima Disaster In California

    http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress3/experts-warn-of-inevitable-fukushima-disaster-in-california/

    Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/experts-warn-inevitable-fukushima-disaster-in-california/#ixzz3CKed9rSR
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  • Ron

    That's the problem with capitalist societies, especially the U.S. Money is far, far more important than lives damaged or lost. So, when harm occurs due to some industry product or action just lie to people. So what? When they die we have one less critic.

    It's always been that way here. That's why it's almost never the industry itself, whether nuclear, chemical or what have you, that reports when something goes wrong, and urges safety. No, their response is ALWAYS the same – downplay the story and attack the whistleblowers. It's never the industry that says, "We made a horrible mistake and we're sorry" unless MADE to do so by legal force. It's ALWAYS a few brave individuals who do the exposing and stand up for people and the environment. The whistleblowers who then get attacked by cretins like Rush Limbaugh and industry shills on Fox News, corporate pitbulls.

    Diablo Canyon. Yep, I remember years back when they had a "near meltdown". Didn't find out about it until the local paper, the Telegram Tribune, exposed it after a reporter happened upon the evidence. Recently it was learned that Diablo had essential safety systems disabled for a year and a half – and they didn't even know about it (or so they say). By all of their lying and obfuscation the nuke industry has proven that the public simply cannot, and would be foolish to, trust them.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

      Report outlines problems at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant
      March 17, 2011
      “The reactor at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo operated for a year and a half with some emergency systems disabled, according to a 2010 safety review by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission….
      ” The issue at the Diablo Canyon plant, which is operated by Pacific Gas & Electric, involved malfunctioning valves that prevented other valves from opening. The valves were improperly repaired and subsequent tests failed to detect the problem, according to the report.
      “Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the NRC’s inspections suggest that nuclear plants ‘continue to experience problems with safety-related equipment and worker errors that increase the risk of damage to the reactor core.’…”
      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/03/report-outlines-problems-at-diablo-canyon-nuclear-power-plant.html

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

      Mothers for Peace Timeline
      “The history of Diablo Canyon began in 1963. Mothers for Peace formed as an anti-Vietnam war group in 1969. In 1973, Mothers for Peace committed to using the legal system to oppose Diablo Canyon, and by extension all nuclear facilities. …

      “May 1975 Fifty area physicians joined MFP and others in asking the County Board of Supervisors to hold a public forum on the dangers of nuclear energy. The forum was held Oct. 17-18 featuring keynote speeches by Dr. John Gofman and Dr. Edward Teller….
      “June 30, 1979 Some 30,000 people gathered at an anti-nuclear rally organized by Abalone Alliance that included a speech by Gov. Brown….

      “Sept. 12, 1978 The NRC ruled that the MFP consultant was not qualified to view the security plans. The consultant was killed in an accident Jan. 5, 1979, and the proposal to review the plans was withdrawn….
      “Feb. 1982 An earthquake design error involving valves like the ones that failed in the Three Mile Island nuclear accident was discovered at Diablo Canyon. By Dec. 10, 1982, close to 200 errors in the plant had been discovered….
      “March 26, 1984 Just as the NRC seemed on the verge of granting permission for low power operation, an NRC staff engineer, Isa Yin, told the commission that it was his professional opinion that Unit 1 should not be allowed to go critical because there had been a complete breakdown in quality assurance in the plant’s piping system. Isa Yin later resigned to protest the way the NRC handled…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

        “March 26, 1984 Just as the NRC seemed on the verge of granting permission for low power operation, an NRC staff engineer, Isa Yin, told the commission that it was his professional opinion that Unit 1 should not be allowed to go critical because there had been a complete breakdown in quality assurance in the plant’s piping system. Isa Yin later resigned to protest the way the NRC handled safety issues….

        “June 1984 One hundred new cases of false or misleading statements were filed by MFP, bringing the total to 1,300…
        “Dec. 9, 1985 For the third time in two years, security guards at Diablo were arrested for selling cocaine….
        “April 10, 1987 During a routine refueling shutdown of Diablo Canyon Unit 2, cooling water reached the boiling point, raising the possibility of a loss of cooling and a core meltdown….
        “June 15, 1987 The ASLB opened hearings in Avila Beach to decide whether it was safe to install higher density racks that would permit more spent fuel to be stored at Diablo. Controversy erupted over whether to admit the Brookhaven Report concerning the possibility of a nuclear fire in densely-packed spent fuel rods.”
        “April 4, 1995 SLO Physicians for Social Responsibility and MFP sent a plea to the local Superintendent of Schools that the schools stop busing students to the marine biology lab at Diablo Canyon because of the radiation risk….”

        http://mothersforpeace.org/data/20090321timeline

  • Ron

    Perhaps one day in the far future school children will learn about these reckless years when business was given carte blanche to run amok and all the disasters that followed.

  • maybesomeday

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  • Oceania - foreknowledge of pain Oceania - foreknowledge of pain

    Martin Wright ~ RP RP Sr Sr Engineer Engineer PG&E Diablo Canyon
    Politics and Public Hysteria

    „ "After the tsunami and reports of Daiichi Nuclear Plant’s damage, the public started to freak out."
    An intelligent and more balanced statement is that any threat that can create a GLOBAL EXTINCTION EVENT might be a concern that merits a desire for information. If the responsible nuclear engineers restrict information then the potential loss of trust becomes greater than it already is. I am not FREKING OUT but realistically concerned.

    „ Anti-nukes fed the hysteria.
    Why the US VERSUS THEM division? We are all in this together! Withholding information implies there is a threat to the publics’ safety. Being deceptive or evasive creates extreme levels of mistrust; not that being concerned about the nuclear industry isn’t justified. Three meltdowns being totally out of control for three years and the WIPP Plutonium release. It is looking like the New Mexico site may be permanently closed; the 10,000-year functionality commitment may be slightly overstated.

    „ "Reporters wanted to come watch our technicians perform milk samapling (we said no). PG&E did not want our picture linked with the Fukushima Event."
    How come? Any specific reason? Your industry is a globally regulated brotherhood following the same science.

    Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Capps “visited”DCPP (both are anti-nuke)
    I truly wish these Senators and Congresswomen…

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Suggesting newly released footage- Tepco remote camera video(s)- reactor 3 core revealing mangled, debris laden fuel rods- 10:25AM BST 11 May 2011.

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