Gundersen: A ton of plutonium was in each Fukushima reactor — Host shocked (VIDEO)

Published: July 30th, 2012 at 12:04 am ET


Title: Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima: its effects on Japan, and the global risks posed by the No. 4 reactor
Source: If You Love This Planet Radio
Author: Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: July 27, 2012

This week, Dr. Caldicott has a new conversation with nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen about the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant and its effects on Japan and the rest of the world. […]

At ~15:00 in

Arnold Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer: Unit 3 had 30 bundles of MOX fuel… All the reactors have plutonium in them… Uranium-238 becomes plutonium-239 when it absorbs a neutron… There was close to a ton of plutonium in each of the reactors… scattered throughout the fuel… A ton of plutonium in each reactor… you and I know how dangerous plutonium can be… makes the cleanup that much more difficult.

See also: Physician: “A millionth of a gram of plutonium, or less, can induce cancer, or will induce cancer”

Published: July 30th, 2012 at 12:04 am ET


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26 comments to Gundersen: A ton of plutonium was in each Fukushima reactor — Host shocked (VIDEO)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Repost, very relevent…

    The NRC is a criminal organization period. Telling us that the spent fuel pools are adequate to protect the public.

    NRC Report States That Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel In Wet Pools Is ‘Adequate’ To Protect Public

    Transferring It to Dry Casks Would Be Significantly Safer, Science Group Says

    Below is a statement by Edwin Lyman, senior scientist with UCS’s Global Security Program:

    “‘Adequate’ is not good enough, especially when there is a safer alternative.

    Making all of them live next to these radiation plants seems to be an adequate response.

    Is it going to take another radiation plant "accident" for the world to wake up?

  • ion jean ion jean

    The day is coming soon for a Million Radioactive Citizen March on Washington…maybe next spring?

    Will we get them to lead us? A rally, with Gundersen, Caldicott, Busby, some great music and Hollywood legends, big signs and loud chants…

    That would be some fireworks! And it is my dream for peace this year, because as long as my government continues to disregard my family's health and allow us to eat more and more radioisotopes, now California almonds…

    Y'see we need these healing foods to repair our bodies in these times…

    We don't need a lying, thieving, sociopathic military dictatorship pretending to do the right thing.

    • Jebus Jebus

      "The day is coming soon for a Million Radioactive Citizen March on Washington…maybe next spring?"

      Do we have the luxury of another years time, given the state of the planet today?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Won't happen I'm afraid before a reactor explodes in the US. Just read what happens in Sydney, Montana. Fracking drinking water to death, destroying all life.
      Not a single fuck is given, pardon my French.

  • hbjon hbjon

    And where pray tell are the tons of plutonium? Enquiring minds need to know. Anyone find a jigsaw puzzle piece with plutonium in it? Check your sushi.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The planet is littered with reactors. Not a good situation.

  • JustmeAlso

    The plutonium inventory of the United States stood at 95.4 metric tons in 2009.

    The UK has a large stockpile – around 100 tonnes – of plutonium waste.

    The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken ownership of four tonnes of German plutonium

    India is estimated to have produced approximately 520 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium.

    This amount is to kill life and the whole planet as we know it.

    The terror!!!!

    • JustmeAlso

      i mean:
      This amount is ENOUGH to kill ALL life and the whole planet as we know it.

      • pnacistreason

        I think you've hit upon the general idea. I believe that our satanic, psychopathic Masters are planning on starting a nuclear WW3 anyway. So having Fukushima releasing its nuclear payload and having world-ending amounts of plutonium stockpiled all over the place that could do the same thing at any time, is not a problem for the madmen.

  • razzz razzz

    Well done interview. A doctor and engineer keeping people informed like no others.

    Things are pretty bad when an nuclear engineer has no answers for removing melted fuel from Fukushima and can only suggest a concrete grave for a couple hundred years while waiting for radiation to subside enough before any removal attempts.

    Covered a lot of subject matter: Plant site contaminated to the point where work couldn't carry on; plutonium byproducts in nuclear generation; working nuclear plants heating any surrounding waters during operation; TEPCO has a chair at MIT; buoy barriers for shoreline (vulnerable) nuke plants not required by the NRC; newer storm surge models not applied to older plants; living with the nuclear waste created during the life of a nuke plant, etc.

    You'd think at least kids in contaminated areas could have covered and filtered areas to play in. Cleaning up playgrounds is a joke when the wind or rain stirs up contamination again. At least redefine the fallout areas as evacuation zones. Chernobyl is showing contamination will not disappear years afterwards in surrounding areas.

    I watched the movie '2012' and it didn't take into account (none of the disaster movies do) what happens with all the nuclear plants and nuclear bombs and how it would add to a worldwide natural disaster. Fukushima is just a hint.

  • Sol Man

    This is difficult news.

    28 gms/oz. x 16 oz/lb. x 2,000/lbs./ton x 1,000,000 potential cancers /gram PU x 4 reactors = 3.584 12 potential chances to get cancer just from the presence of PU!

    That is 3.6 trillion, millionths of a gram quantities of PU that may/will cause cancers loosed into the biosphere.

    • ion jean ion jean

      Uranium should be left buried in the ground, far away from our bodies…

      We are no more than rust on the planet's surface…we constantly dig, dig, dig, for gas, gold, yellowcake…

      We leave behind a very unattractive, toxic pile of rubble that shows our disregard, whether it's radioactive waste in air/water/soil or those swirling continents of plastic now dominating our oceans and beachfronts…

      Our forefathers and mothers should have protested more vehemently against nuclear development as it unfolded for

      Now it is a giant, invasive weed that seeks to strangle every living thing in its path

      It's time for a little political "RoundUp" and the world of humanity needs to

      SAY NO TO PLUTONIUM NOW…forget the damn UN Gun Ban Treaty, we NEED a UN Uranium and Plutonium Ban Treaty

      (We can start with the Australian PM who saw only dollar signs when she reopened uranium mining there!

      • arclight arclight

        Govt fast-tracks nuclear dumps despite warnings, The Independent/London, 29 July 12

        "..Opponents warn acceleration of the idea will mean cutting corners, and
        over-riding the views of people living near burial sites.
        The idea of entombing waste from reactors deep underground was first
        raised by the Labour government six years ago, with the emphasis on
        Councils were encouraged to come forward and offer to host the
        radioactive matter.
        But the coalition wants the process to move faster, and has asked the
        Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to carry out research into
        “the potential options for acceleration”…."

        investors are a pushy lot!! 🙂

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Agreed, Ion.

  • mungo mungo

    GE Chief: Nuclear 'hard to justify'Financial Times) — Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become "really hard" to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world's largest suppliers of atomic equipment.

    "It's really a gas and wind world today," said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes "permanently cheap".

    "When I talk to the guys who run the oil companies they say look, they're finding more gas all the time. It's just hard to justify nuclear, really hard. Gas is so cheap and at some point, really, economics rule," Mr Immelt told the Financial Times in an interview in London at the weekend. "So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar … that's where we see most countries around the world going."

    Mr Immelt's comments underline the impact on the global energy landscape of the US shale gas revolution, Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown and falling prices for some types of renewable power.

    The shale boom has sent US natural gas prices down to 10-year lows, a trend some analysts believe will spread elsewhere, while the nuclear industry faces added costs and uncertainty after Fukushima.

    At the same time, a 75 per cent fall in solar panel market prices in the past three years….

  • mungo mungo

    …At the same time, a 75 per cent fall in solar panel market prices in the past three years has made solar power competitive with daytime retail electricity prices in some countries, according to a recent report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, while offshore wind turbine prices have steadily declined.

    Such factors pose dilemmas for countries such as the UK, which is trying to build new nuclear plants without public subsidy. The ruling coalition is also split over whether to set a new target to make the electricity sector virtually free of carbon emissions by 2030 — a plan George Osborne, the Conservative finance minister, opposes but many Liberal Democrats back.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Too bad the bloody shale gas will get us nowhere, except blocking renewables again for decades….good find mungo..

  • nedlifromvermont

    Good find mungo!!!

    See, our postings are getting through …

    Finally a hint of sanity from the leader of GE … the US Mega-corporation with the most BLOOD ON ITS HANDS!!!

    Go farther little Jeff!! Turn off the nuke crap altogether!!

    Call your Buddy Barack, and tell him what you've discovered, with all your money and your power and your fancy corporate jet style lifestyle, you silly wanker!!!

    Time to get a little no nukes religion, now that you've gone and ruined the entire planet!!

    You "GE brings horrid things to life" corrupt corporate shill!!!

    peace …

  • weeman

    Mankind is full of himself if he thinks he can control nuclear fission, wake up smell the plutonium, only a fool plays with something he can not comprehend or fully control, insanity runs in the nuclear family.

  • Sickputer

    GE's little paid mouthpiece is so Big Brotheresque in his willingness to blithely say they are are so diverse we can afford to blow off our nuclear assets anytime. Cute. And viciously deceptive. They have no intention to pull the plug on big foreign projects, assets in place such as uranium mine leases, etc..

    Lose nuclear energy in the next five years and GE will tumble into bankruptcy. He knows the feds are under control for their junkie weapons fix so GE is not going to divest nuclear assets in this decade or even this millennium.

    Not until they pry the last radiated nuclear plant brick from his dead irradiated body. Which means we will all be dead also.

  • Sol Man

    Sick, you may be on to something there in your last line. No, none of us here want you to be, but the =/-3.6 trillion millionths of a gram quantities is from the 4 tons of plutonium only. The other products in those reactors must be accounted for also.

    Those business connections and accompanying money-streams may have really done it to us this time.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    FUKUSHIMA = 2,000 Atomic Bombs
    Killer Contamination Spreads Worldwide Without Opposition