CBS: Worst may not be over from Fukushima — “Effects of radiation have become much more severe” — “Enormous decline” seen in animal species — “Striking drop-off… really dramatic impacts” due to nuclear disaster (VIDEO)

Published: April 17th, 2015 at 10:18 am ET


University of South Carolina, Apr 15, 2015 (emphasis added): Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima… as several recent papers from University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau and colleagues show, the avian situation there is just getting worse… They recently published a paper in the Journal of Ornithology showing results from the first three years… Many populations were found to have diminished in number as a result of the accident, with several species suffering dramatic declines… What might be most disheartening to the researchers involved, and bird-lovers in general, is how the situation is progressing in Fukushima. Despite the decline in background radiation in the area over these past four years, the deleterious effects of the accident on birds are actually increasing.

Dr. Tim Mousseau, USC biologist: “The declines have been really dramatic… now we see this really striking drop-off in numbers of birds as well as numbers of species of birds. So both the biodiversity and the abundance are showing dramatic impacts in these areas with higher radiation levels, even as the levels are declining.”

CBS News, Apr 16, 2015: Near site of Fukushima disaster, birds still in peril… birds are becoming a rarity around the damaged nuclear site… “There are dramatic reductions in the number of birds”… Mousseau told CBS News. “In terms of barn swallows in Fukushima, there had been hundreds if not thousands in many of these towns where we were working. Now we are seeing a few dozen of them left. It’s just an enormous decline.”… Around Fukushima, Mousseau predicts the worst may not be over… “So now we see this really striking drop-off in numbers of birds as well as numbers of species of birds. So both the biodiversity and the abundance are showing dramatic impacts in these areas with higher radiation levels, even as the levels are declining.” Mousseau said the reason comes down to the long-term impact of the radiation. “It takes multiple generations for the effects of mutations to be expressed…”

Journal of Ornithology, A. Møller, I. Nishiumi and T. Mousseau, March 2015: Cumulative effects of radioactivity from Fukushima on the abundance and biodiversity of birds… overall abundance and  diversity of species on average decreased with increasing levels of background radiation… the relationship became more strongly negative across years… Although there has been great public interest concerning the ecological, genetic and potential health consequences of the Fukushima radiological disaster, basic research to date has been surprisingly limited… Recent seminal studies of butterflies exposed to radioactive contaminants associated with the Fukushima disaster found strong evidence for increased mutation rates, developmental abnormalities and population effects as a direct consequence of exposure to radionuclides… Murase et al. (2015) made an equally compelling case for radiation having a negative impact on reproductive performance in the decline of Japanese goshawks.

Environmental Indicators (Journal), A. Møller and T. Mousseau, 2015: Many species occur both at Chernobyl and Fukushima, allowing a test of similarity in the effect of radiation on abundance….among the 14 species occurring at both sites [the] slope of the relationship between abundance and radiation for the 14 common species was… much stronger at Fukushima… [Since 2011] the effects of radiation on abundance became much more severe.

Watch the researchers bird counting in Fukushima at a “very hot and quiet site”

Published: April 17th, 2015 at 10:18 am ET


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782 comments to CBS: Worst may not be over from Fukushima — “Effects of radiation have become much more severe” — “Enormous decline” seen in animal species — “Striking drop-off… really dramatic impacts” due to nuclear disaster (VIDEO)

  • Nick

    "For many years, ionizing radiation has been beneficial to human beings for medical diagnosis and therapy, scientific research, and generating electrical power. However, when used in unsafe ways, ionizing radiation can harm people. Care must be taken to properly use radiation and to minimize unnecessary radiation exposures."

    But don't worry……Alex says it's a bunch of bunk that an atom can be toxic!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Musing an old correspondence.
    April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Dear Heart,

    Very, very little scholarly work has ever been done on the synergistic effect of Radiation and various chemical poisons. However, the Multiplier effect is rather large.

    When tiny pieces of ceramicized or burned uranium enter cells of the body they are drawn like a magnet to the phosphate structure called the cell’s DNA.

    There, inside the cell, melded to the DNA, it attracts medical X-rays and the odd passing Cosmic Ray alike and Multiplies them times the “Z Number” of Uranium to the 4th Power.

    Heart, the Z Number is the Atomic Mass number of Uranium. To save you the trouble of looking it up, just Google: “Z Number” + Uranium just like that, with the quotes. This is basic nuclear physics, Heart. Now Multiply it to the 4th power.

    Yesssss. 92 x 92 x 92 x 92 = 71,639,296 A rather majestic Multiplier, isn’t it?

    That, Dear Heart of the Rose, is what the foolish self-styled Lords of the Universe have unleashed on Earth.

    May they all serve long terms in prison for Crimes Against Humanity, Suffer and be Punished and then Hang for killing many of us.

    Bob Nichols

    FUKUSHIMA = 2,000 Atomic Bombs
    April 22 2011

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Not for very much longer.. 🙁

  • bo bo

    Fuku Diary : Reactor 1 investigation result by SECOND robot / Grating covered w/ blue-green goo stuff..?

    'They published 10 photos and 1 video in total, but images of the basement floor, where molten fuel is assumed to be retained were not published for some reason..'

    • Shaker1

      See my comment here:

      I might wonder about that blue-green stuff being somewhat due to the camera itself, the conditions in which it worked, computer/phone screens, and any foolery that might accompany it all with vid manipulation. On my monitor, it seem fluorescent, which I don't particularly think is unusual. Is that an added artifact to highlight the material?

      There are natural forms of life that fluoresce. (Might it be a life form? Warm, moist environment, and I doubt that whatever water they throw at it or enters 'naturally' from the groundwater or rain is treated, so it would be a natural ground for life forms and chemical reactions with which we may not be commonly familiar. Also, oxides of metals are very colorful. For instance, copper is green…But with all the elements in the water, you can have chemical arrays including copper that will be everything from black to blue, to a goldish red, to green…Just look at pictures of semi-precious stones that contain copper like turquoise or malichite. I'm not saying that is copper (just an example), or even that I'm correct with my guess.

      One thing that I'm pretty sure is correct is that the basic mass of corium is not show because it's not there.

      • Shaker1

        And, thank you for something other than the troll battle…I know it must be done, but it does get tedious.

          • Shaker1

            Thanks for the pics, Heart. It very well may be uranium. Seems to me that those pictures are not taken in natural light. That also has me wondering about the camera, its light, and its filters.

            All in all, though, the pictures you linked were admittedly a good education for me. (Never said I was smart…) Basically, I assumed that all the expressly radioactive material was in the form of ceramics. The question I've had in my mind through all this is the physical characteristics of ceramics taken to melt temperature in open atmosphere and then back to something less, never thinking that there are instances such as those pictures that might give me an idea from normal life.

            Even though I realize the mass at Chernobyl is different just from all the materials they dumped upon melt, anyone seen pictures of that mass in the dark? Just wondering…

          • Shaker1

            Giving it more thought, I do agree it's part of the melt that consists of enough radioactive material to appear like that. Personally, I expected splatters and discrete disasociations from the main mass. Interesting was the a small segment in which they focused upon the glowing material. At one point viewing the grating, there is a structural stiffener on the bottom side of the grate that will not allow something to fall through. There seems quite a bit of material perched on the narrow face on the top side of the grate just above that member, yet just a few droplets caught by that member just below. Has me wondering how fluid that material was when it was deposited on the top of the grate from about :48 in the vid.

  • Checkmate

    JaPAN, you are just a young kid and do not have the knowledge or experience from your elders. Take heed to your statements and "truly, don't you at least wonder way so many, many people are against Nuke?" and on an even more intelligent level, "why would you create a Frankenstein you could not control on every level."

    I am waiting for your answer to clarify it all, JaPAN and thanks for your details and knowledge on how to solve the problems.

  • NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, First Commercial Nuclear-Powered Cargo Vessel, Designed And Used To Dump Liquid Nuclear Waste Into Ocean

  • Checkmate

    JaPan…are you still with us…lol.

  • Checkmate

    Dr.G…Sounds like a Fracken ship…lol. Did I spell that wrong…lol. Must be that decreasing radiation effecting my spelling…lol.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is and example of how fascists move into sadism.

    Fukushima bottled water wins Gold Quality Award in Monde Selection
    April 15 2015

    Not only is the water safe, it's award winning.

    "By winning this award, the city hopes to dispel negative rumors about lingering radioactive contamination following the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011."

    They even tell the motive.

  • rogerthat

    meanwhile, down new mexico way:

    Editorial: WIPP report details string of management mistakes

    By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    Monday, April 20, 2015

    The list of mistakes that led up to the 2014 Valentine’s Day radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository is long. They point directly at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The DOE’s appointed Accident Investigation Board last week released its final report of its investigation into the leak and other safety issues.

    The report lays out a pattern of arrogance, neglect and apparent ignorance of the science required to safely process nuclear waste for permanent storage in the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeastern New Mexico.

    According to earlier reports and this investigation, the lid on one of many drums packed at LANL and shipped to WIPP cracked open as a result of a hot reaction from being packed with nitrate salts and organic wheat-based cat litter used to absorb liquids.

    Radiation was released into the underground waste dump and into the above-ground environment, contaminating nearly two dozen workers with low levels of radiation. …

    • rogerthat

      Among the most damning findings:

      The radiation leak was completely preventable. “Lessons were not learned” that would have prevented mixing yet another organic material with the oxidizing nitrates and creating the potential for combustion.

      Despite prior knowledge that nitrate salts should not be mixed with organic matter, managers ignored workers who questioned why organic litter was being used.

      One employee said that when workers questioned “the logic” of using organic cat litter, “they were told to focus on their area of expertise and not to worry about other areas of the procedure.”

      Waste processing managers didn’t listen to workers at Los Alamos who raised concerns about foam and neon smoke coming from drums and “did not fully understand the hazards related to waste processing.”

      The board found that “several of the workers and a few hot line calls indicated that some of the managers at LANL were not receptive to bad news and would retaliate in response to reported issues.”

      Investigators also blamed LANL contractor Los Alamos National Security LLC, a consortium including the Bechtel Corp. and the University of California, for not implementing required controls.

      And it criticized DOE headquarters and its Los Alamos and Carlsbad field offices for not making sure LANL followed adequate waste packaging procedures. …

      • rogerthat

        Granted, LANL was under serious time pressure from the state to clean up waste from nuclear weapons work, and WIPP is the only game in town right now. But this is a national scientific lab that failed to apply its own scientific expertise to a critical task.

        LANL director Charles McMillan in a memo to LANL staff wrote “We now know from the investigations that if LANL had followed certain basic steps, this event would not have happened. … ”

        Today, hundreds of drums packed with the incompatible materials that led to the leak are sitting in WIPP. It’s past time that LANL and the DOE learn those critical lessons needed to prevent another – and potentially – more dangerous breach.

        This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

        – hats off to the Albuquerque Journal for keeping the flame of journalism alive in dark times

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      so the DOEs own findings were that the DOE and Los Alamos show a pattern of arrogance, neglect and apparent ignorance of the science.

      Call the authorities….wait those ARE the authorities.

      Just one thing; if they are ignorant of the science, how could they figure out they are ignorant of the science?

      Yes, in todays modern world, stupid knows stupid when it sees it.

      • rogerthat

        Yeah, arrogant and ignorant, this is new scientific method.

        For this debacle, $100 million in fines will be levied, almost all of which will be paid by taxpayers, and at least $1 billion will be spent trying to get WIPP up and running again.

        That, too, will be paid by taxpayers. Whoopee, nuclear waste certainly knows how to create jobs.

  • rogerthat

    A sorrowful pilgrimage to Trinity Site open house
    By Weeden Nichols
    Guest column

  • rogerthat

    Letter: Ready for a depleted-uranium dust storm?
    Apr 19 2015

    A classic weather event occurred earlier this week. A pleasant spring day was altered by gusting winds from the West. It transformed a clear day into a blinding dust storm.

    From our house, looking west and south, we could see the cloud of dust descend into the Salt Lake Valley. Once here, the blowing particles in the air were actually visible.

    This time it was dirt. Imagine what it might be in the future if EnergySolutions gets its way with depleted uranium.

    It could be toxic radioactive waste kicked up from the shallow dumpsite a mere 80 miles west of the city, scudding across our yards and settling in our parks.

    And each time it happens, the particles will be more toxic than they were before.

    Does this sound like a well-thought-out, safe disposal plan for the nation's depleted uranium?

    This could be the scenario if depleted uranium is breached by water or other inevitable events far into the future, and long after EnergySolutions and its disposal engineers are gone.

    Susan Corth
    Salt Lake City

    – there are 34 comments, worth a look.

  • rogerthat

    High hazard ‘pencil tanks’ gone from Hanford plutonium facility
    Tri-City HeraldApril 18, 2015

    … the remotely operated crane needed to maneuver the long, skinny tanks has shown its age. Work has repeatedly stopped through the years for repairs to the crane.

    “The crane was never designed to handle the amount of work we put it through,” said Tom Teynor, Department of Energy project director for the Plutonium Finishing Plant.

    Before work to remove the tanks started, workers repeatedly entered the contaminated four-story canyon of the plant’s Plutonium Reclamation Facility to repair the crane used in the Cold War. They wore three to four layers of protective clothing and breathed through air hoses. Each worker also carried an emergency air bottle. …

    – fascinating yarn.

  • rogerthat

    Neat summary:

    Judge rules against Japan nuke restart, cleanup of melted reactors non-existent
    APRIL 15, 2015

    A Fukui Prefecture court in Japan has ruled that the only real protection from a catastrophic nuclear accident is to keep the nation’s atomic reactors shut down.

    Hideaki Higuchi, a local judge for Fukui, ordered that the Takahama nuclear power plant remain closed as there is not adequate proof that another disaster caused by an earthquake can be reliably averted if the atomic reactors are operating.

    Judge Higuchi had previously ordered that the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui also remain closed for the same reason. Judge Higuchi’s Takahama order overruled Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision to restart under revised regulatory standards.

    In spite of the Abe government’s push to restart atomic power, Japan remains “Zero Nuclear” by popular demand and legal authority.

    The court order occurs as TEPCO officials admit that environmental cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster is centuries away.

    Naohiro Masuda and Akira Ono , two top-level TEPCO senior managers charged with “decommissioning” the three melted Fukushima reactors say that a myriad of extremely complex and unproven technologies for removing, cleaning up and managing the melted reactor cores …

    • rogerthat

      does not currently exist and “cannot say it is possible.”

      Dale Klein, a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair and now TEPCO’s chief apologist for the bankrupt corporation’s reactor restart committee, also admitted that a cleanup technology is non-existent.

      He and TEPCO however continue to hold out hope that robotic technology can eventually be developed to cleanup the radioactive site which accumulates hundreds of tons of radioactive water each day.

      Meanwhile, the latest in state-of-the-art robotic technology commissioned to locate one of melted cores had to be abandoned by TEPCO after it failed three hours on its journey into the wreckage.

      The globally touted snake-like robot technology shut down before it could gather any information on the still missing and uncontained core material somewhere under Unit 1.

  • rogerthat

    Expand Evacuation, Emergency Plans Around Indian Point, Study Urges

    20 million people live within 50 miles of the nuclear plants but just the closest governments have emergency plans, says the DAP

    April 16, 2015

    The Disaster Accountability Project issued a report this week that says local authorities need disaster planning that includes evacuating the 20 million people living up to 50 miles out from the nuclear power plants at Indian Point.

    The Disaster Accountability Project, founded in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina, works to save lives and reduce suffering after disasters by maximizing the impact of preparedness, response and relief. To that end the nonprofit offers independent oversight of disaster management systems.

    This week, DAP released 5 simultaneous reports on evacuation plans for the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Florida, the Salem nuclear generating plant in southern New Jersey, the Surrey power station in Virginia, the Dresden Generating Station in Illinois, and the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan.

    DAP points out at the beginning of its report on Indian Point that when the Japanese authorities evacuated nearly 150,000 people located within 19 miles of the leaking Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended US citizens within 50 miles …

    • rogerthat

      be evacuated—but later concluded that domestically, the traditional 10-mile limit was sufficient for emergency planning purposes.

      Then in March 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: NRC Needs to Better Understand Likely Public Response to Radiological Incidents at Nuclear Power Plants.

      And DAP agreed with the GAO’s findings.

      Shadow evacuations from populated areas beyond the current 10-mile emergency planning zones could result from a public informed and influenced by readily-available guidance even if local authorities instruct certain members of the public that no evacuation is necessary from their location.

      A search of the Internet easily turns up several recommendations and suggestions for evacuation to points more than 50 miles away from a stricken nuclear plant, including the NRC’s own press release about Fukushima Dai-ichi. In addition, other credible organizations such as Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Smithsonian Institution have web sites discussing 50-mile evacuations.

      So DAP spent the last year surveying current local emergency preparedness efforts and the level of information provided to the public regarding radiological emergencies within a 50-mile radius of Indian Point, which is owned by Entergy.

      That would expand the planning zone from Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties—where 1.7 million live inside the 10-mile zone—to 20 jurisdictions in four…

      • rogerthat


        DAP researchers said they sent requests to those four jurisdictions asking for educational materials for the public; generic emergency plans; Indian Point emergency planning information; and evacuation time plans, including “shadow evacuation” estimates.

        According to the report, only Rockland County provided documents in response to all four questions asked.

        All four provided emergency planning information related to Indian Point.

        All but Putnam County provided educational materials and/or brochures as mandated by the NRC in the Code of Federal Regulations.

        Just Westchester and Rockland counties in New York provided all-hazard emergency plans.

        Only Orange and Rockland counties made concrete referrals to evacuation time estimate planning documents and shadow evacuation studies authored by an Entergy contractor and filed with the NRC.

        The DAP report concludes that “Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania should not wait for the federal government to act.

        ''The states, counties, and cities within 50 miles of the Indian Point plant can and should voluntarily plan for emergencies beyond what is mandated by the federal government.”

        Most of the jurisdictions that DAP sent requests to—for educational materials for the public; generic emergency plans; Indian Point emergency planning information; and evacuation time plans, including “shadow evacuation” estimates—didn’t have them. …

        • rogerthat

          Here’s the list:

          Westchester County NY
          Rockland County NY
          Putnam County NY
          Orange County NY
          Dutchess County NY
          Bergen County NJ
          Passaic County NJ
          Stamford CT
          Sussex County NJ
          Ulster County NY
          Danbury CT
          New York City
          Morris County NJ
          Hudson County NJ
          Nassau County NY
          CT State Emergency Management Division

  • rogerthat

    Here's the NRC reply:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Why a 10-Mile Zone around Indian Point
    Disaster Accountability Project urges a 50-mile zone and the NRC responds.
    April 18, 2015

  • Sparky Sparky

    Some wonky things happening to this thread for log-in. I've been trying to reply to Obe's comments below, and can log-in and reply on pgs. 1 and 3, but not 2.

    ObewanSpeaks said on April 20, 2015 at 11:09 am:
    Be careful what you eat! Sure..morons. 🙁 Who pays these people to lie..the Queen?

    Try not eating invisible, odorless and tasteless radiation contamination..that might help! 🙁 Good Luck!

  • rogerthat

    New UK nuclear plants under threat as 'serious anomaly' with model found in France

    By Henry Samuel, Paris 17 Apr 2015

    A €9 billion (£6.5bn) new-generation French nuclear power plant – the same model sold to Britain – may have to be scrapped due to a faulty steel reactor vessel at risk of splitting.

    It was supposed to be France's atomic energy showcase abroad, but the European Pressurised Reactor, or EPR, is threatening to turn into a nuclear nightmare with an astronomical price tag.

    Designed to be the safest reactors in the world and among the most energy-efficient, the EPR has suffered huge delays in models under construction in France, Finland and China.

    This week, Areva informed the French nuclear regulator that "very serious" anomalies had been detected in the reactor vessel steel of an EPR plant under construction in Flamanville, northern France, causing "lower than expected mechanical toughness values".

    Pierre-Franck Chevet, president of France's nuclear safety authority (ASN), told Le Parisien the anomalies were in the "base and lid" of the vessel, which is "an absolutely crucial component of the nuclear reactor on which no risk of breakage can be taken".

    The vessel houses the plant's nuclear fuel and confines its radioactivity.

    The plant was already running five years later and…

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Clean up", where Fukushima is concerned, may no longer be possible.
    None of the backup systems on GE Mark 1 nuclear reactors seem to work in adverse scenerios.
    Corium melted all the way through the buildings, and into the Earth beneath.
    The corium has not been found, has not been mapped, and cannot be moved.
    Even tiny robots cease to function when small splatters of corium are encountered.
    How will Tepco dig 250 tonnes of corium out of the earth?
    How will Tepco encase the corium for transport?
    To where will Tepco transport the corium for disposal?
    How will Tepco dispose of the corium?

    Better to leave the corium where it is.
    Better to divert the underground river by building a 100' deep X 30' wide foundation of reinforced concrete around reactors 1-4.
    The corium will still be steaming, up, into the atmosphere.
    Build a 10' thick roof of reinforced concrete over the ground, around reactors 1-4, inside the foundation perimeter.
    Fill the corium lavatubes with a sand mixture, and grout containments, torus, and reactors.
    Build a sarcophagus over reactors 1-4.
    Put a heavy membrane roof over the concrete to seal in vapors, and seal earthquake cracks.
    Build a second, outer, harbor, cement the harbor floor, and install locks to contain radioactive material.
    Check the entire place for leaks constantly for several thousand years.
    Shut down equally flawed GE Mark 1 reactors worldwide, including the 24 in the USA. Now!

    Job one for Tepco:
    Find and map the…

    • rogerthat

      Hi Philip, are you suggesting that they (gasp) drop the PR and the cover-up and instead actually do something?

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Rogerthat: Yup! 😉

        IMO, emptying only one SFP (SFP4) is not a very good start in 4 years.
        They could have emptied SFP 4,5,&6 by now, certainly.
        They could have built the dry cask storage yards by now.
        The CSFP could have been emptied into dry cask storage by now.
        SFP1-3 defueling should be well underway.
        Why not?
        The goal should be to put fuel assemblies into dry cask storage as they pass the fifth year out of the reactor.
        Lollygaging, they are.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          small correction. They had to remove 1000 assemblies from the common pool just to make room for SFP4 assemblies. They claim to have dry casked these with spare casks they had on hand and also built a dry cask area. The reason they stored some of the SFP4 assemblies in Unit 6 is because they still didnt have room in the common pool. The common pool is a planet killer set in the middle of a level 7 nuclear catastrophe on an active seismic zone. What could go wrong? The dry casks from before the quake were inundated with water and the installation trashed. No word on the status.

          Its not known for sure how many assemblies in Unit4 were still intact after the explosion from an unknown cause that destroyed the building

          • Sam Sam

            Maybe our expert Alex has a take on this.
            He mind appears to think but really getting
            gunked up quickly from nuclear neuronal
            damage. (sarc) Maybe he'll sell us the tooth fairy
            story that spent fuel in 4 was safely removed.
            no melt down there, no fires, no ejections and all went
            into common spent fuel pool. Further more
            all radiation is contained at the site. He will
            even show us photos and have us believe
            there is an in tack spent fuel pool left at 4.
            holding water. I claim that all the photos we
            have seen of SFP 4 are photoshopped. Can
            we believe anything from Tepco?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Philip…not so sure thats the way. The critical mass of a bare sphere of plutonium-239 metal is about 10 kilograms. Some say the corium will stratify by gravity, creating a layer of critical mass fissionables.

      How about creating a wall a few stories high around the entire plant, (simultaneous to the underground impermeable wall) and then tearing the entire place down. If the corium is within say 100 ft, go after it with huge underwater diggers, scooping lifting and separating. To ballpark, you can calculate that evenly spread over an area about the size of the plant, it is no longer critical. So this occurs under water. Super high tech is not really required. Control lines and hydraulic actuators, no electronics.

      Build several inland storage pools…100 or more, and transfer corium and common pool assemblies. Future generations will determine improved methods to deal with the waste, if they have enough intelligence left.

      Large underwater machine here for example.

  • rogerthat

    This is a good one-stop-shop for the depressingest latest lol:


    Bailouts, Areva, cracking and more…
    Europe is not prepared for a Fukushima-level accident
    The EPR “anamoly;” what’s at stake for Areva
    Yucca opposition: it’s not just Harry.
    The utilities’ war on solar won’t work. Because Americans already have decided the outcome.

  • rogerthat

    Expected surge in workers hitting radiation limit leaves No. 1 plant’s decommissioning in jeopardy

    The decommissioning crew at the defunct Fukushima No. 1 power plant is losing 174 members who have reached the legal limit for radiation exposure.

    As of January, the 174 had topped the limit of 100 millisieverts in five years spelled out under the Industrial Safety and Health Act, which also limits nuclear power plant workers to a maximum exposure rate of 50 millisieverts per year.

    The plant has about 14,000 registered workers, but 2,081 have already received 50 to 100 millisieverts of exposure.

    Since most of the heavy lifting in the most highly radioactive areas has yet to be done, experts say the country and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, must find a way to consistently secure enough labor to finish the job.

    As of January, a total of 41,170 people had worked at the plant since the crisis began in March 2011, and only the 174 who reached maximum exposure had left.

    But many companies that send staff to the plant move them to other positions with lower exposure before they reach the legal limit. So a majority of the 2,081 workers between 50 and 100 millisieverts have already been transferred. As time passes, however, more and more are expected to test the limit.

    • rogerthat

      The International Commission on Radiological Protection sets the average radiation dose for nuclear workers over five years at 20 millisieverts per year.

      “Firms tend to transfer workers whose radiation exposure exceeds 20 millisieverts per year from their posts at the nuclear power plant,” said a 57-year-old employee at one of the companies that have managed radiation exposure at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants for about 20 years.

      Tepco claims it is not facing a shortage at Fukushima No. 1 because its worker list averaged about 14,200 between January and December last year, or about 3,000 more than the number who actually did decommissioning work there during the same period.

      In response to projections that more employees will be unable to work due to radiation exposure, Tepco “will respond to the situation by reducing the level of radiation at the plant,” the utility said.

      Meanwhile, an official at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy came clean on the uncertainty of the situation.

      “It is unclear to some extent whether it will be possible to secure enough labor until the decommissioning process is completed,” he said, adding the agency will urge Tepco to improve the working environment.

      Four years have passed since the triple meltdown, and radiation has declined. But the decommissioning work will only get more onerous as the number of operations around the reactors grows.

      In fiscal 2015, which began this month, Tepco plans to remove fuel…

      • rogerthat

        rods from the spent-fuel pool at reactor 3, which saw its core melt just like units 1 and 2.

        To keep exposure down, most of the operations will be conducted remotely. But setting up the equipment means getting close will be inevitable.

        According to various scenarios, a long-term labor system is needed to ensure the project’s continuity 30 to 40 years down the line, when it is supposed to be finished, said Shigeaki Tsunoyama, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Government’s safety advisory group for nuclear power plants.

        “If experienced workers leave the plant due to their radiation exposure levels, decommissioning will stall. The government and Tepco have to take some steps as early as possible,” he said.

        This section, appearing every third Monday, focuses on topics and issues covered by the Fukushima Minpo, the largest newspaper in Fukushima Prefecture. The original article was published on March 26.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Still luring the slaves with promises of wages and career goals? 🙁

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          You have got to kidding me! UN-BE-FUCKING-LIEVABLE!

          Remove the fuel rods from Reactor THREE (3) ??????

          How do you do that — when reactor three is blown to fucking BITS? The top HALF of that building IS GONE.

          This is beyond incredulous, this is just the biggest damn lie EVER. EEE VVV EEE RRRRRRRR

  • dunkilo

    The head DC tick puppet is going to have a showdown with Iran…playing with lives like the DC tick puppets love to do.Do I catch a wiff of false flag dirty bomb type thingee brewing??

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "According to the DoD, the program’s monitoring studies could include aerial and ship board surveys, passive acoustics, such as autonomous devices and towed arrays, tagging photo identification, biopsy sampling, and behavioral studies. Monitoring activities might also be featured.

    Work will include involvement with “species and habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable laws, regulations and executive orders involving marine mammals, sea turtles, essential fish habitat, coral reefs, and other marine resources.”

    DoD Awards $75M for Marine Species Monitoring Program
    April 20 2015

    A little amplification of control?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nuclear waste drums appear stable after signs of reactions
    April 20 2015

    "The U.S. Energy Department says there have been some chemical reactions in the containers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but the gases building up inside have decreased over the past several months, indicating the reactions have reached a steady state."

    The only way this could happen is via venting.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What chemical reactions?
    I don't believe they are venting.
    I think these containers are in chemical reactive state on-going.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    TEPCO says they don't know shit.

    4:30 into the video

    "I hope…we'd like to understand…some…something about it within a couple of years."

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Well, the nail would be a very bad thing! 🙂

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Anything natural would be good! 🙂

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    CBS News, Apr 16, 2015: Near site of Fukushima disaster, birds still in peril… birds are becoming a rarity around the damaged nuclear site… “There are dramatic reductions in the number of birds”… Mousseau told CBS News. “In terms of barn swallows in Fukushima, there had been hundreds if not thousands in many of these towns where we were working. Now we are seeing a few dozen of them left. It’s just an enormous decline.”… Around Fukushima, Mousseau predicts the worst may not be over… “So now we see this really striking drop-off in numbers of birds as well as numbers of species of birds. So both the biodiversity and the abundance are showing dramatic impacts in these areas with higher radiation levels, even as the levels are declining.” Mousseau said the reason comes down to the long-term impact of the radiation. “It takes multiple generations for the effects of mutations to be expressed…”

    Well, this should just make the bird population happy, now:

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      CBS News: Nuclear plant killing the birds.

      That's really got hurt you pro nukers.

      CBS fucking news. Call it a conspiracy theory. Dare you.

      Go to hell you fucking pro-nuke bird killers.

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