Fairewinds: Radiation release during massive power failure at Fukushima Daiichi — 24-hour outage is unconscionable, shows plant unstable

Published: March 20th, 2013 at 11:45 am ET
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Title: Fairewinds Responds to Power Failure at Fukushima Daiichi
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: March 19, 2013

[...] Is TEPCO doing an adequate job of keeping the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power site safe?

We don’t think so. [...] to have such a massive power failure last almost 24 hours is unconscionable. Because this problem lasted almost one day, and because several cooling systems were simultaneously disabled, Fairewinds believes that a common electrical component is the equipment that failed, likely a junction box or a transformer. Nuclear plants are supposed to be built to be single failure proof, meaning that if one component fails the systems still remain operational via other equipment. The loss of spent fuel pool cooling simultaneously in three nuclear reactors means that a common mode failure, or worse yet a single failure, was somehow allowed to occur in TEPCO’s jury-rigged design. This simply should never happen.

TEPCO claims that there was no radiation release from this recent power failure, but that is a scientific impossibility. When power is lost in a spent fuel pool, the radioactive fuel rods heat the pools up. As the pools heat up, evaporation increases resulting in a white “smoke” (steam). That steam is radioactive, containing some of the radiation that was previously in the pool. As the water warms up, radiation releases will increase. [...]

Yesterday’s power loss is further proof that the conditions at Fukushima Daiichi are still unstable, despite what TEPCO and the Japanese and US governments say. [...]

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41 comments to Fairewinds: Radiation release during massive power failure at Fukushima Daiichi — 24-hour outage is unconscionable, shows plant unstable

  • This is groundbreaking stuff.

    Arnie comes out with both guns blazing.

    Many of us here mentioned this possibility or suspected it, and now Uncle Arnie corroborates us.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Welcome to the Wonderful World of Nuclear power …

    "All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest …" thank you to Paul Simon …

    Pro-nuclear is a dead end … the Chinese may be waking up to this, maybe even the British …

    Costs of melt downs never truly analyzed … always numbers fudged in the United States … where the law of the land says: "Nuclear Power is so safe YOU are not allowed to talk about it!" How sick is that???

    Come on guys, Give it up!!

    Karl Grossman is right: The world must be made nuclear weapons free and nuclear power free … in a hurry! No time to waste. Get on it, 'newsers. We are armed with the truth. Pro nukers carry the baggage of several generations of lies, deceit and cover ups, and paid for junk science, fake statistics and fraudulent math. True story.

    Read all about it at enenews!

    peace …


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    • Wreedles Wreedles

      I tried to bring some of this up the other day on another site that I visit, and several people, most notably one *!from Japan!* went to great lengths to shoot me down. One went so far as to call my mother a whore, in Japanese, before saying, 'yeah, the other guy is absolutely correct when he says that only one reactor building suffered minor damage, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

      It's just amazing to me that supposedly intelligent people can cling to and actually defend this technology, in the face of all this disaster.

      I guess it's true: There are none so blind as those who will not see. To me, they are without hope; I just hope that they don't take the rest of us with them.


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      • American Phoenix57

        "I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives."
        - Leo Tolstoy.

        Or simply put.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
        - Upton Sinclair.


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      • Keep up the good work Wreedles.

        We shall overcome!

        (I feel another song coming on …).


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  • We Not They Finally

    If he's scared, I'm scared… And as Al Pacino said in "The Devil's Advocate," the trump card The Devil has is that, "They'll never see you coming." Invisible, tasteless, odorless, hidden RADIATION. The ultimate Devil. Very glad for scientists who are able to assess this and tell us.


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  • Mack Mack

    Arnie also said,

    "The situation at Fukushima is a strategic disaster."

    "This is a long battle and it is far from being over.”

    Me: Welcome aboard the 40-year Fukushima rollercoaster ride.


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    • dka

      40 years?
      In the best of the best cases. But if no technology is discovered to deal with corium, it is expected that I will last far more than 40 years. Don't expect that workers will go to Chernobyl in 1225 with shuvel and hammer to dismantle it and that people will live happy near by. Fukushima is worst as it contains MOX for example.


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      • Wreedles Wreedles

        Actually, they all contain MOX. Plutonium is created in commercial nuclear reactor fuel during "normal" operation. It's just that some fuel contains a deliberate dosing of plutonium from the start; it's this stuff that was in #3.

        iirc, there was a MOX trial in a U.S. reactor that was terminated before its scheduled end-date, because the fuel was doing unexpected things…


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        • VanneV anne

          There is huge amounts of plutonium in all the Spent Fuel Pools when storage has been going on for 40 plus years. MOX has extremely finely ground plutonium which is extremely dangerous because it is very volatile and when reactor #3 exploded, the extremely fine particles of plutonium were shot very high into the atmosphere. Reactor #4 had plutonium breeder rods stored and exploded twice.


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          • fredlvie

            reactor 4 was empty when the disaster happened.but reactor 3 had also mox inside.and if you look at the video of the explosion,you will hear FOUR explosions at unit 3.someone wrote,that the following 3 explosions after the reactorvessel where from some rods within the sfp,which became overcritically due to the radiation that was set free from the reactor-dismantle-explosion and were shot out due to this overcriticallity.am i or the writer right?expecting your comments sincerely.


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  • Mack Mack

    Can anyone here give a rough guesstimate of which radionuclides were released and how much?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently (from what we've read), it's REALLY difficult to get totals, much less how much of each. What experts seem to worry about and warn about the most are iodine-131, cesium-134 & 137, and plutonium "hot particles." Taking iodine is a great protector against iodine 131. A product called Iodoral is great for iodine — doesn't come by prescription or in a regular pharmacy, but in "compounding pharmacies." Keeping up intake of POTASSIUM is the best protection against radioactive cesium, and freshly-juiced carrots may be the best for that. Plutonium lodges in the lungs as an ongoing "internal emitter" and causes lung cancer 5-20 years later. Chris Busby says that plutonium supplants IRON in the system (MANY radionuclides supplant minerals — mineral intake is VERY important). Yellow dock root is good iron source, though not too much and balance it out with zinc. If you want TOTALS, however, agreenroad blog printed a great article a year back called "Total Fukushima Radiation Released into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks, Etc." And no, they cannot give any grand total, but gives the scope of it. And of course avoid dairy, which get laced with strontium-90, and take some source of natural non-dairy calcium. And no, I'm not a doctor, and no, this is not "medical advise"! Just recounting our own experience.


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      • lam335 lam335

        re: "… freshly-juiced carrots may be the best for that"

        I'm a big fan of eating carrots, but in the stores I have access to I have not been able to find ANY carrots that are not from California (along with most other fruits/vegetables, which seem to be from either Calif. or Washington state). Don't you have any concern about eating foods–even otherwise healthful ones–that are grown on the west coast?


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        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Our local farmers market is a year-around operation where we live. We had a guy here who made a good living for many years by leaving Indiana for Florida every Monday in his truck. By Thursday, the vegetables he had purchased at various Florida truck farms was for sale at the farmers market here for Thursday thru Saturday market days. This gave us a great source for Florida produce for many years. Unfortunately, this guy seems to have retired, and has not been replaced to my knowledge. (This is a great business opportunity for any unemployed BTW).
          In 2013, I am having the same problem you are having, Iam335: All the foods available in our Great White Way Superstores here seem to be from California. Careful shopping, however, can provide fresh produce grown in greenhouses and in places other than California. "You may not get what you want, but you'll get what you need." (Rolling Stones)

          My read on this is that in 10 years, those same CA fields will be growing nothing but weeds, since there will be no market for good looking produce that is filled with cesium, etc. In 10 years, I intend to be eating produce from my own hydroponic greenhouse. I will have a grow lite hydroponic winter "greenhouse" going in the basement in 10 years.


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        • We Not They Finally

          Yes!! But where we live, it is difficult to get anything but West Coast produce — or Mexican, which may be contaminated as well. It gets to be a conundrum! We know that even organic carrots (and we eat organic wheresoever possible) really has nothing to do with absorbing radioactivity from the soil. We get some Chilean produce here. Sometimes it's not even possible to check! What we supplement with is (fortunately, though not forever) we had a lot of pre-Fukushima "green" foods in the house, like spirulina and super-green food, barley grass power and the like. So we have a bit of that each day because the high mineral content fortifies against radioactivity at least some — we hope to balance out some of the harm. And lots of vitamin C. But you're right. Big problem. We've been drinking soymilk instead of dairy milk then we saw it has carrageenan in it, which is a seaweed derivative — so like, seaweed from WHERE? It's a really unsafe world out there!


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    • andagi andagi

      Dear Mack,
      Remember GE plays the whole game. They cause illness, diagnose and treat it.
      Aloha.


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    • dka

      Three Miles Island had one, just one, metldown. And it's radionuclide emissions have been lethal to many americans. Data for total emissions of the single three miles island reactor meltdown were estimated to be

      wikipedia: as compiled by the 1979 Kemeny Commission from Metropolitan Edison and NRC data, a maximum of 480 petabecquerels (13 million curies) of radioactive noble gases (primarily xenon) were released by the event.[49] However, these noble gases were considered relatively harmless,[50] and only 481–629 GBq (13–17 curies) of thyroid cancer-causing iodine-131 were released.[49]

      Fukushima has a least two nuclear explosions (R2 and R3, and we many think that R1 is also one) and an unspecified amount of reactor meltdowns: Fukushima 1 R1, R5, R6 as well as the Fukushima 2 reactors R1, R2, R3 and R4 (for which the emissions have never been made public).
      On top of this, all the spent fuel pools releases must be added.

      Any total you will find on the web might usually only take some official conservative estimated made up data so as not to make anyone worried. But it is higher than Chernobyl's total.


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      • We Not They Finally

        On the high end, Lauren Moret says "300 Chernobyls." But even Arnie Gundersen is clear that is worse than Chernobyl and ongoing. It's almost impossible to measure totals — though even the partials are very scary. A greenroad blog did a good article last February called "Total Fukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwter, Storage Tanks, Etc. They went into a lot of problems involved with measuring, but at least they gave some idea of the scope.


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  • We Not They Finally

    And apparently VITAMIN C is amongst the better protectors. Said to scavenge "free radicals" — that's all the dangerous ions that the radioactivity releases from our cells, setting them free to do internal damage.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No escaping this radiation. Any precaution is a shot in the dark. Step out of your car, possibly ingest plutonium in one breath. Or in the last 100's of meals you had, thanks to nuclear.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    "Stay within budget." is the phrase that will annihilate the human race.


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  • Observed on Web Cam forum the other day.

    Comment Post Timestamp:
    March 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    The SE corner of R2 is not visible.
    Gray white steamy emissions…
    2013-03-20 7:30 am jst


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  • weeman

    I have to call the whole pacific ocean a spent fuel pool now and the main thing I got from Arnie is evaporation of water from fuel pool contains radioactive isotopes and i presume the same for the ocean, how many ton,s of water evaporate from the pacific ocean each day and is transported across the globe to fall as rain to contaminate land and water.


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  • RJ RJ

    WHOOMP! There-i-dis WHOOMP! There-i-dis

    TEPCO reminding everyone how inept they are.


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  • rakingmuck

    I am calling it now. China is going to make a move. Japan has proven inept in handling Fukushima. They are threatening the world. China have strife already over Peninsula islands. North Korea threatens one hour ago to bomb US bases in Japan. Despite the political consequences, maybe its for the best for mankind.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Soooooo …. GE has screwed the pooch …. and doesn't want anyone to notice ….

    Look away people …. there is nothing here for you to see …

    Just a rich, old, balding, white guy … screwing a pooch …

    Nothing you'd want to care about …

    move along now ….

    peace …


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