Former NRC Chairman: “We all know Fukushima had a lot of impact worldwide” (VIDEO)

Published: September 13th, 2012 at 1:59 pm ET


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Dale Klein, Former NRC Chairman and Tepco advisory committee member: As we all know Fukushima had a lot of impact world wide. It’s very important that the citizens of Japan and the world understand what happened…

Published: September 13th, 2012 at 1:59 pm ET


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38 comments to Former NRC Chairman: “We all know Fukushima had a lot of impact worldwide” (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Unacceptable. Totally. This former chairman and advisory guy speaks of "lessons learned" to make "nuclear safer". Unfortunately, we've learned the hard way already (from present and past nuclear disasters). So, no thanks mr. former chairman guy. Or, anyone else that tries to come along and say the same "lessons learned" BS. It would be laughable if this weren't such a life-threatening problem. But nuclear is just that. It's life-threatening, for all.

    • BringoutYourDead

      "But nuclear is just that. It's life-threatening, for all."
      So true TBP, I'd just add… FOR ALL of TIME.


  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Interesting that in the press release..his name was first. I believe there to be significance to that..

    1. The "Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee"
    This committee, comprised of domestic and overseas experts, was established as an advisory body to the board of directors for the purpose of strictly monitoring reform implementation and progress.

    [Main members of the committee]
    – Dale Klein (Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC))
    – Kenichi Ohmae (President of Business Breakthrough Inc.)
    – Masafumi Sakurai (Former Member of the Nation Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC), former Superintending Prosecutor of the Nagoya High Public Prosecutors Office)

  • Sickputer

    Well, there you have it…an NRC commissioner who says essentially nothing of substance, and an engineer and a prosecutor who are already throwing Tepco under the bus while also saying essentially nothing of substance.

    The key word in their little speeches…nuclear reform. Not abolishment. Stay tuned for more boring self-effacing soap opera from Tokyo…

    Madness in Japan…

  • TheWorldIsFüküd

    So the world really IS FUKUD

    Well, mr. former a$$hole ehhmm I mean chairman, what truths should we know?

    Actually, let me tell you some truth I dont give a F you cee kay about what you gotta say.

    Here I go:

    1. 3 Nuclear Cores 100% melt OUT

    2. (1) Hydrogen Detonation, and (2) or more deflagrations

    3. (4) SFPs in danger of completely drying out and burning off

    4. Dwindling number of paricipating workers in efforts to decomission plant

    5. Under-reported radiation monitoring worldwide

    6. Broken nuclear policies in US and Japan

    7. Numerous unsafe nuclear operations in US and Japan

    8. Under-reported health impacts in Japan

    9. Lying to publica face about health impacts of radiation and exposure limits

    10. Food chain contamination, especially in the Pacific Ocean

    11. 100s of contaminated and forevere uninhabitable areas in Japan

    anyone else care to build on my list? im at work and dont have time to shut this dick down

    • Anthony Anthony

      Agreed. Heres some more:

      *** The wave hit Fukushima Daiichi, Fukushima Daini, Onagawa, and Tokai. And all of them were damaged by the same tsunami. About a week after the accident, I was on CNN and I told John King that it was not about the earthquake and it was not about the tsunami wiping out the diesels that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. We brought up a satellite video that showed the damage to the pumps along the ocean. And as you can see here, it is just rubble. Now these pumps were relatively strong. They were designed to withstand earthquakes and anything Mother Nature could throw at them. And as you can see, the space along the coast is just a scrapyard of twisted metal. You know in your car, you have a pump on the front of the engine, called a water pump. If the water pump fails, your engine dies. Well, that is really what happened at Fukushima Daiichi. Those pumps along the water provide cooling water to the diesels, just like the pump on the front of your engine on your car. Without those pumps operating, the diesels were doomed to fail anyway. It does not matter if those diesels were 100 feet in the air. The pumps along the water were destroyed. And that is the real root cause of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. ***

  • Sickputer

    >anyone else care to build on my list?

    Sure…here's a hot potato…

    12. American West coast men's nuts shrivelled by radioactive sulfur from the use of seawater cooling in the first few days:

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      We can follow the 'whooping-cough epidemic' to see where the radsickness is going. First the Infant Mortality Rates go up, now the children are showing demonstrable signs of radsickness.

      As the radsickness climbs the age demographic ladder, where are you and your family?

      You think the Muslims are mad over some lousy, cheaply made anti-Muslim movie? Wait until they find out they're all going to die – slowly and horribly – from corrupt US nuclear engineering. Good luck with that.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        "…the Muslims…" are not mad and don't go berserk for a video.

        A relatively small number of young, violent men took the opportunity to vent their anger at the U.S. and used the video as an excuse. And they're probably Sunni Muslims as is the vast majority of Libya's population. I looked real hard at the CNN video of the Embassy protest, but could not locate the other six million Libyan Muslims.

        CNN was trying unusually hard to sensationalize this as violent anti-American protests sweeping the Middle East. They couldn't produce clips of more than a few dozen protesters (teenagers throwing rocks) at each embassy. Of course, CNN was slathering all over themselves at the prospects for more violence tomorrow.

        Islam has no provisions for killing U.S. Embassy personnel based on actions of a two-bit California con-man that overdub his own amateurish, juvenile anti-Muslim video tape. I think that's actually against Islam's teachings.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          "Fundamentalism is defined as a mindset characterized by literalism, narcissism, authoritarianism, dualism, and violent bigotry & malice toward other faiths."

          Yes, a few fundamentalists are 'stirring the pot'. Primarily Salafist Sunni Muslims, now spreading throughout both Sunni and Shi'ite countries.

          We must be careful that we don't fall into the catagory of 'fundamentalism'. The term can apply to everyone, equally.

          FYI, for a preview of what the bulk of the Muslim world will look like in the next few decades, Google 'Salafism' and 'Wahabbism'.

          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            And I should add, Salafism is the most dangerous form of Islam that exists. Be very afraid, as the US considers the Salafists 'allies'.

    • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

      Hey Sickputer … and mine were small to begin with ! very humiliating I must say … $$Doom$$

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Yes, sulphur stops at the California state line…oh, that's right, it doesn't!

      This whole discourse of "Japan and the West Coast" is propaganda to encourage belief that it doesn't effect most of the United States, while they know from Chernobyl that the difference between the West Coast, the East Coast, and everything in between, is very little.

      "in California, where infant mortality rose by 48 percent from 7.6 in June 1985 to 11.3 deaths per thousand live births in June 1986"…and…the "greatest rise in infant mortality in any state took place in Massachusetts, where the rate increased nine-fold, from a low of 5.2 in March of 1986 to 48.8 per thousand live births in June"

      So for infant mortality, Chernobyl caused an increase of 48% in California vs. 48.8% in Massachusetts. Not the vast difference they would have us believe. Men should be worried about their testicles, their babies and grand babies, etc., all over North America.

      Obama really kicked this propaganda off by calling out "the West Coast," etc. in his few words on Fukushima:

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        The latest plume of radioactive sulphur is now moving into West Texas (watch out, Sickputer!), then east, according to Bobby1's analysis:

        Bobby1 on September 13, 2012 at 9:54 am said:
        There was a low-pressure area on the southern California-Mexico border that collected the nuclides from the latest Fuku release. It is now moving into west Texas. It will move into Arkansas – southern Indiana – Pennsylvania – New England by Tuesday with dirty rain. It might give a little rain to St. Louis where Potrblog could measure the radiation.

        • Sickputer

          Yes it is raining here today… First time in many weeks.

          I figured it was my turn for some nasty fallout. If my voice turns soprano I will fear the worst. 😉

          Anyway, North Dakota, Iowa, and Michigan are getting hammered a lot worse tonight:

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          That was an excellent article by Mitchel Cohen, NoNukes. Great find, and excellent background information on radiation health issues well before Fukushima hit. It also helps describe where we are headed, as Chernobyl 'died down' and Fukushima isn't, as it is still emitting massive amounts of radiation daily, and will be for millennia.

  • m a x l i

    I will tell you nuke friends how to "make nuclear power safer". Simply switch it off, worldwide and immediately!

    You are totally wrong, Mr. Klein, to say that "we all know that Fukushima had a lot of impact worldwide". I assume you are not specifically addressing the readers of enenews. Yes, we know this, but the rest of mankind is more or less in the dark about this. You can be proud – you nuke guys know how to control the mass media – despite being pathetically unable to control nuclear reactors. By the way – every proponent of nuclear power I come across says something different than you and is denying Fukushima had any meaningful impact at all – even in Japan itself.

    And I am not fooled when you talk about "energy needs for the world". Nuclear power is counted as only delivering 2% of our world-wide energy needs, but that neglects the far bigger amount of energy needed to build, maintain, decommission it and to repair the impact on society. Your little hobby is sucking up more energy than it produces. So, switch it off – and you are doing something good for our energy needs.

    But I expect you are intelligent enough and will figure this out for yourself – in 20…30 years.

  • CaptD CaptD

    New words to help describe what is happening at SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) California and too many other places around the World:

    Nuclear Fix*

    The nuclear industries (aka nuclear fascists) policy of donating massive amounts of money to insure that all levels of Government support Nuclear Energy to protect their market share despite it’s enormous environmental RISK of yet another Fukushima, instead of supporting less expensive, NON RISKY Eco Friendly Solar energy.


    Nuclear Conflict of Interest**


    A Nuclear Conflict of Interest happens when elected Leaders give their support to the Nuclear Industry because they have received some form of Nuclear Payback without disclosing it to the public.


    Energy Fascism***

    The Big Energy Companies conspiring to limit their customers choice as to the source of lower cost Energy in order to maintain their market share and cash flow at record levels.

  • CaptD CaptD

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Part of their control is a direct result of another hugely important aspect of *Japanese* nuclear power: they need nuclear power to obtain plutonium for nuclear weapons. China, Russia and North Korea kick around Japan pretty regularly. Japan knows it can't count 100% on U.S. protection in a pinch, and don't want to rely on the U.S. anyways.

      I'm not suggesting this as justification for their nuclear power program by any means. I'm only pointing out that this is NOT simply a nuke power/no nuke power question for Japan and never has been. Same thing for every other government pimping nuclear energy. I *wish* it was that simple. The nuclear mafia exploits the desire for atomic weapons and an internal source of plutonium.

      Telling Japan to shut down all their plants is – in effect – telling them that they cannot produce plutonium to make their own weapons. They actually have plenty stockpiled by now to build a formidable arsenal. They just don't want to rely on anyone else for uranium/plutonium in the future.

      Of course its madness to let the nuclear club get bigger or let a nuclear mafia exploit countries seeking nuclear weapons. They shouldn't exist at all.

      The argument against Japan's nuclear reactor *needs* to include the argument that its illegal to make nuclear weapons in Japan and that (supposedly secret) effort drove Japan to embrace the nuclear mafia.

  • CaptD CaptD

    A year and a half later and TEPCO continues to allow the Pacific Ocean (and the atmosphere) to be radioactively polluted like never before in history!

    Now the Government of Japan is a accomplice in this crime against humanity by enabling TEPCO to continue polluting, instead of replacing them with an international Group of experts.

    In reality the Japanese and TEPCO are now "NUKING" the Planet in slow motion while MSM remains silent except for the occasional "blip" on the news radar…

    Adding insult to Global injury, TEPCO is even now wanting to restart #5 and #6 reactors at Fukushima despite #1 through #4 still spewing radioactivity, despite the fact that about 90% of the Japanese people want nothing to do with Nuclear Reactors!

    It now appears that the Government of Japan is much more like the Government of N. Korea than anyone outside Japan would have thought possible before 3/11/11.

    Above comment was posted here:

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Too bad most U.S. citizens (I'm guilty) don't realize the U.S. government is much more like that of North Korea than anyone outside the U.S. thought possible. We just haven't had our 311 yet.

      The Japanese government isn't any different from that of the U.S. Psychopaths running things are perfectly willing kill every last person on earth if they have to in order to make sure nobody dares kick their countries around.

  • CaptD CaptD

    More info you need to know about Nuclear:

    Nuclear Controversies


    In 1995, the Director General of WHO Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, tried to inform on Chernobyl by organizing in Geneva an international conference with 700 experts and physicians. This tentative was blocked. The International Agency for Atomic Energy blocked the proceedings, which were never published. The truth on the consequences of Chernobyl would have been a disaster for the promotion of the atomic industry.

    This film shows the discussions at the following WHO- congress in Kiev in 2001, that lead to the fatal disregarding of internal radiation consequences throughout the nuclear world.

    The full transcript can be found here:

  • CaptD CaptD

    How would ANY Country afford to pay for a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Fukushima happened to them, since Fukushima PROVED that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    What could cause such a thing, one or more of these:

    ~ Tornado strike?
    ~ Earthquake?
    ~ Human error?
    ~ Tsunami?
    ~ Power outage?
    ~ Pipe break?
    ~ Test gone wrong?
    ~ Old fuel issues?
    ~ Terrorist attack?
    ~ Hurricane?
    ~ Plane crash?
    ~ Heavy rains/River floods?
    ~ Metal Fatigue?
    ~ Nuclear Ransom?
    ~ Solar Flair?
    ~ EMP?
    ~ Lightning?
    ~ Dam Failure?
    ~ Fire?
    ~ Operator suicide?
    ~ Jihadist?
    ~ CME?
    ~ Carrington Effect?
    ~ Cyber-warfare?
    ~ Meteror?
    ~ Aliens?
    ~ Volcano/Eruption?
    ~ Stuxnet ?
    ~ Bad Luck?
    ~ Murphy's Law?

    … Just to name a few possibilities of how NPP's* can fail.

    * Nuclear Power Plants

  • CaptD CaptD

    Sea contamination of 3946 days later VIDEO

    Look what is coming to the West Coast thanks to Fukushima’s radioactive pollution!

    See the great translation of this article written in German in the comments

    Why are we N☢T hearing anything about this in our own MSM…

  • CaptD CaptD

    Must read article: The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy in Japan

    Is it happening in the USA and other Countries because of Nuclear Payback*?


    Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other “costs” are for others.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Who questions our Elected Leader's motivation and or sanity?

    At some point, one must ask themselves when is gross denial,
    … Best left for a trained mental profession­al?

    Case in Point, Japan is now suffering with a Trillion Dollar Nuclear Eco-Disaster, yet some commenting consider that it, in effect, is "no big deal":

    Polluted Ocean, N☢ Problem, it will get better after a while….
    Polluted Fields, N☢ Problem, they can remove the upper layer
    Polluted Air, N☢ Problem, they can wear paper masks for a while
    Polluted Food, N☢ Problem, they can mix the good to dilute the bad
    Polluted Homes, N☢ Problem, they can power wash them clean
    Polluted Schools. N☢ Problem, they can clean them
    Polluted Cities, N☢ Problem, they can return soon…

    With answers like these from too many Leaders & Nuclear Profession­als, perhaps you would consider a followup article, asking this question:

    “What exactly would it take for you to STOP supporting­, all land based Nuclear Reactors like Germany is now doing and end this nuclear nightmare?”

  • CaptD CaptD

    Is the Nuclear Industry really so powerful that they can "control" MSM*?

    The scary answer is YE$ They Are read this to find out how and why:

    The Trial Of Minoru Tanaka: The high cost of investigative journalism in Japan & “the nuclear mafia

    * Main Stream Media


    We all know that the Japanese are known for being technically advanced but the other side of that “coin” is kind of scary:

    Read this great article posted on a well researched AU blog site called,
    Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog:

    The Loss of Coolant risk in reactors and the urgent call for a “technical fix” that never came.
    Fukushima nuke disaster investigative panel rejects TEPCO tsunami claims

    The final report released by the Diet’s Fukushima nuclear disaster investigative panel has concluded that factors other than the tsunami may have triggered the loss of power at the plant, which aggravated the unprecedented disaster.

    (+ my comment there)
    A Great Article…
    I agree, the Tsunami was not the main reason for Fukushima’s triple meltdown, despite the nuclear industries desire to make it appear that the Tsunami was the problems because to say otherwise would call into question THE SAFETY ALL LAND BASED REACTORS…

    FUKUSHIMA proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    THIS IS WHY ~90% of the Japanese People are against nuclear, they cannot afford to RISK yet…

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      The nuclear industry is rich and bought all media.. posting again, Ge media ownership. NBCUniversal (49% ownership, remaining owned by Comcast)
      NBC – National Broadcasting Company
      NBC Entertainment
      NBC News
      Peacock Productions
      NBC Sports
      NBC Studios
      NBCUniversal Sports & Olympics
      NBCUniversal Television Group
      Universal Television
      NBCUniversal Television Distribution
      NBCUniversal International Television
      NBC Owned Television Stations
      WNBC 4 – New York
      KNBC 4 – Los Angeles
      WMAQ 5 – Chicago
      WCAU 10 – Philadelphia
      KNTV 11 – San Jose/San Francisco
      KXAS 5 – Dallas/Fort Worth²
      WRC 4 – Washington
      WTVJ 6 – Miami
      KNSD 39 (cable 7) – San Diego²
      WVIT 30 – Hartford
      NBC Nonstop
      EMKA, Ltd.
      NBC Universal Digital Media
      NBC Universal Cable
      A&E Television Networks (co-owned with The Hearst Corporation and Disney/ABC):
      The Biography Channel
      Crime & Investigation Network
      The History Channel
      The History Channel en Español
      History Channel International
      Military History Channel
      Chiller (horror-themed cable channel, launched March 1, 2007) [1]
      CNBC World
      MSNBC (co-owned with Microsoft)
      USA Network
      Universal HD
      Weather Channel Companies – with private equity firms Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group
      The Weather Channel
      The Weather Channel Interactive
      The Weather Channel Mobile
      The Weather Channel Desktop

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        Weather Services International
        Comcast Sports Group
        NBCUniversal Global Networks
        NBCUniversal Global Networks
        LAPTV (Latin America) – co-owned with Paramount Pictures (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox (News Corporation);
        Telecine (Brazil) – co-owned with Globosat Canais, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, MGM and 20th Century Fox;
        Universal Channel Latin America (except Brazil)
        Universal Channel Brazil (co-owned with Globosat Canais);
        Sci Fi Channel (Latin America)
        NBCUniversal Global Networks España.
        KVEA/KWHY – Los Angeles
        WNJU – New York
        WSCV – Miami
        KTMD – Houston
        WSNS – Chicago
        KXTX – Dallas/Fort Worth
        KVDA – San Antonio
        KSTS – San Jose/San Francisco
        KTAZ – Phoenix
        KBLR – Las Vegas
        KNSO – Fresno
        KDEN – Longmont, Colorado
        WNEU – Boston/Merrimack
        KHRR – Tucson
        WKAQ – Puerto Rico (independent Spanish station)
        Universal Studios (co-owned with Comcast)
        Universal Pictures
        Focus Features
        Working Title Films
        Universal Studios Licensing
        Universal Animation Studios
        Universal Interactive
        Universal Pictures International
        Universal Studios Home Entertainment
        Universal Home Entertainment Productions
        United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
        Universal Operations Group
        Universal Production Studios
        Universal Parks & Resorts
        qubo – Qubo Venture,LLC¹
        ¹Minority interest
        ²Stations which LIN Television owns a minority interest (24%) in
        Bain Capital is partners??

    • Fred

      The nuclear industry is:
      General Electric, owner of all USA NBC stations and about 70 other cable channels. They made Fukushima, as well as 22 other USA nuclear stations now in operation.

      Westinghouse, owner of all CBS properties and something like 40 other cable channel properties.

      Not sure how many channels Toshiba or the other Japanese nuclear corporations own in America and elsewhere.

      "The Borg" simply assimilate and kind of investigative reporting….

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    To Mr. Dale Klien

    You said "It’s very important that the citizens of Japan and the world understand what happened"

    Yes, I agree that another NRC NEI IAEA bought and paid for mouthpiece spread the important PR from the nuclear industry point of view. By the way how is that extra consulting income.

    Oh so sorry, maybe you are a true humanitarian and not taking any remuneration for this work.

    so you want to inform the citizens of Japan and the world about what happened. Did you just arrive to earth from Pluto?

    Thanks to and the international body of bloggers and honest scientists and engineers, we already know what happened.

    But more importantly we also are aware that this accident is definitely not over but continues being more and more out of control.

    When I initially saw on ENENews that a former chairman was on a video, I watched to see if an ex NRC chief could make a difference and tell the truth. It's unfortunate that someone of your age cannot confess to the Japanese people and the rest of the world.

    How heavy a burden are those 30 pieces of silver?

    Is it possible at this point for a few more recommendations for your committee.

    Dr. Chris Busby of ECRR.

    Mr. Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Consulting.

    Dr. Gordon Edwards CCNR.

    Dr. Helen Caldicott STAR Foundation.

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Oops typo on my last post to Dale Klien.

    Should be Dale Klein.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    New proposal from the NRC would allow nuclear power plants to skip inspections and inservice testing.

    A new draft document released for public comment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, would allow nuclear power plants to skip inservice testing and inspection of key safety components such as pumps, valves, welds, nozzles, vessels, and other components due to impracticality, hardship, unusual difficulty, or when they would like to use a different approach for meeting requirements.

    The industry would also be allowed to submit alternative plans due to hardship regarding radiation exposure during an examination or test, which may offer utilities another argument for exemption if none of the other circumstances apply.

    ~The regulatory commissions learned that there is not enough duct tape or plastic piping that can fix the deteriorating conditions in Nuke plants that exist right now & have acknowledged it with this draft.~

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      And don't forget, we are paying those people. Funny how we always pay people to do us in. Look at DARPA, for example.