Huffington Post — Gundersen: Radioactive steam from Fukushima reactors rolled out “like ground smog”… Chernobyl’s went high into atmosphere

Published: March 5th, 2013 at 5:09 pm ET


Title: A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission, Part 3: Cat and Mouse with a Nuclear Ghost
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Roger Witherspoon
Date: 03/05/2013 10:34 am

[…] Fukushma Unit 1 began to meltdown as a result of the earthquake, before the tsunami hit and destroyed all backup power. The molten core of the reactor would melt through the reactor vessel and containment, crashing into the water below the reactor and sending radioactive steam surging out of the damaged building. Monitoring stations, which were not analyzed till January, 2013, found radiation rose more than 700 times the background levels at least an hour before the venting. Officials assumed the Reagan detected a controlled plume which, in fact, had not yet been created. Instead, the ships were in a radioactive cloud which had not been anticipated.

What TEPCO did not say — and what American officials overlooked in that hectic period — was the fact that the venting did not work.

“The difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima,” said nuclear safety engineer Arnie Gundersen, “was that the fire at Chernobyl sent the radiation high into the atmosphere and it was widely dispersed. There was no fire at Fukushima. You had those beautiful venting towers, but the vents were inoperable because there was no power to activate the industrial fans.

“So the radioactive steam just rolled out and over the countryside like ground smog. About 80 percent of it blew out to sea.”

And the discrete plume was a myth. The [USS Ronald] Reagan and its attendant warships constantly attempted to dodge a mythical plume when, in reality, there was a spreading cloud continually overhead and increasing amounts of contaminated currents all around them. […]

Full report here

See also: [intlink id=”alert-nrc-reactor-2-burned-continuously-several-days-after-meltdown-hydrogen-ignited-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: March 5th, 2013 at 5:09 pm ET


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49 comments to Huffington Post — Gundersen: Radioactive steam from Fukushima reactors rolled out “like ground smog”… Chernobyl’s went high into atmosphere


    excellent account on Arnie's part. Radiological contaminants bind with the super-heated steam. When that steam encounters lower temperatures, it condenses into a fog. Depending on seasonal conditions, that fog will travel at or near ground level. During a meltdown, this creates a 'sickle of death' that permeates any-and-all typical refuges. There is no running…

  • Proton

    Hey Arnie Blunderson… What about Fukushima Dai'ichi Unit #3?
    Didn't that one blow what the hell up in to the sky?

    You are a bullshitter ! WHO IS PAYING YOU??

    • Proton

      Just to clarify YES I'm talking to and about the Arnie Gundersen aka Gundershill aka Blunderson mentioned and quoted in the article linked above

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Stop Disparaging one of our anti-nuke leaders! Maybe YOU are the one who is being paid by the nuke industry!

      • Proton

        Disparaging does not work out in that sentence PurpleRain…
        If he would come out with some statements that are valuable to me, my opinion of him may change… All I've seen/heard is the Safe-Nuke shit out of him… There will never any safe nukes..It's fate once the reaction starts… Fuku #3 showed us what MOX meltdown does…

        All you Arnie lovers need to unite and get real.

        Unplug your TV's or somethiing… break the chains…

    • We Not They Finally

      Why don't you actually LOOK UP Arnie Gundersen? He has been outspoken from the start and also works with sterling people like Helen Caldicott, who has organized the Fukushima Symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine this coming March 11-12. (Go to You can log in to the whole conference free and in real time.) This man WORKED FOR the nuclear industry and has made a huge turn-around. He's been making a massive effort to get the word out in the face of the overall U.S. blackout. And yes, OF COURE he knows that reactor 3, the MOX fuel reactor blew up, and has said so. And there are SO FEW knowledgable scientists coming forward. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS.

  • Sickputer

    Several comments:

    As I have posted before the intense fire at Chernobyl was not substantially aided by graphite rods burning. See my graphite fire debunking post October 17, 2012:

    Excerpt: "graphite played little or no role in the progression or consequences of the accident. The red glow observed during the Chernobyl accident was the expected color of luminescence for graphite at 700°C and not a large-scale graphite fire, as some have incorrectly assumed."

    An even better Chernobyl graphite debunking page is here:

    Excerpt: "Neither report reviewed here offers conclusive evidence that the Chernobyl fire was a graphite fire. A major conclusion of the report draws a big question mark over the Chernobyl graphite fire hypothesis,"

    SP: So what does this have to do with the Fukushima fires (no graphite)? Mainly in that I still believe in the age old science principle that heat rises. While not totally open fires, the three core fires are still emitting and the previously burning open spent fuel rod fires sent more radiation skyward than Chernobyl.

    Old posts of mine about this:

    • razzz razzz

      I don't know why you are going on about graphite. Chernobyl used graphite as control rod moderators, Fukushima used boron filled rods as the moderator but graphite was used for the seals in the bottom of the reactor core penetrations which SCRAM boron rods are inserted through. There wasn't a lot of graphite to melt or burn up at Fukushima.

      Chernobyl was basically a solid mass of graphite drilled with holes to insert nuclear fuel rods in.

      If Chernobyl's core was found empty (and it was) where did the graphite go? How much was ejected in the explosion and how much at least melted to flow out of the kettle? What burned for 10 days straight after the explosion, not sand and concrete? How hot was the burn temperatures? What grade was the graphite used as a moderator?

      If you answered those questions I might go visit your opinion site.

      • Sickputer

        No opinion site, just my opinion and comments. 🙂

        I just want history to correctly denote that graphite was not the problem at Chernobyl… It was the core and debris that burned. I have read hundreds of references to the "flammable" Chernobyl graphite rods when science tells us that scenario is very unlikely. YMMV.

  • Sickputer

    I'd have to see a little more context before I'll roast Arnie, but I have some problems with these quotes:

    Arnie: "There was no fire at Fukushima."

    SP: What about the smoldering zirconium fires? Where there is smoke there is fire and we saw plenty of building areas on fire.

    What does this look like?:

    Arnie: “So the radioactive steam just rolled out and over the countryside like ground smog. About 80 percent of it blew out to sea.”

    SP: Except when the wind changed to the southeast and 100% of the bad Unit 3 fire "smog" blew across Tokyo and central Japan.

    It is impossible to flatly say 80% of the nuclear emissions blew out to sea…this multiplex calamity has lasted over 726 days…and the winds did not always blow out to sea. Many, many days of nuclear "smog" has blown across every inch of Japan.

    • We Not They Finally

      You guys actually have to look at (by now) the HUGE volume of interviews Arnie Gundersen has given. He's a scientist. Like when he first said one of the reactor blow-ups was a DEFLAGRATION, and then changed it to DETONATION, it wasn't politics either way that did that — he just got more evidence in hand. So take on the science, sure, if you actually do know what you are talking about[!!], but DON'T denigrate that man's character. He's doing the best he can, and in his case, it's A LOT.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “…Later on the morning of 15 March, at 09:40, the Unit 4 spent fuel pool caught fire, likely releasing radioactive contamination from the fuel stored there.[16][17] TEPCO said workers extinguished the fire by 12:00.[18][19] As radiation levels rose, some of the employees still at the plant were evacuated.[20] On the morning of 15 March, Secretary Edano announced that according to the TEPCO, radiation dose equivalent rates measured from the Unit 4 reached 100 mSv/h….”,_5_and_6

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Mar 24, 2011
    “…Workers were again evacuated from the Fukushima reactors 3 and 4 late on Thursday (late Wednesday US time), after black smoke once again began to emanate from Unit 3 where a dangerous mix of both uranium and plutonium fuel the reactor, as well as sit in largely unprotected spent fuel ponds in the same damaged building. The roof and walls were blown off of Unit 3 last week after venting of radioactive steam in the reactor led to a hydrogen explosion.
    “News reports today say that the black smoke, the cause of which is still unknown, has dissipated a bit at Unit 3, and this quick summary of the reactors' status at Fukushima (March 23, 20:00 UTC) from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — which has not always been as up to date as some of the actual news sources on the ground — suggests workers have now returned to the plant….”

    Radiation Alert: Black smoke at Fukushima, contamination fears in Tokyo
    Mar 23, 2011

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Eighty percent blew towards southern California and beyond, as proven by jetstream archive maps. And it hasn't stopped .. billions of becquerels are released continuously.

    • Sickputer

      I don't know we can prove that 80% of the radiation that rose from the plant (to whatever height) ended up heading west to North America. Even with archived Jetstream maps.

      Yes, there is a westerly Jetstream, but it typically begins at 19,000 feet altitude. Not all the nuclear particles or gases rise that high and also the wind is not always blowing to the west for theJapanese islands.

      Consider well-researched Japanese wind patterns that move particles closer to the ground:

      "…the macro-scale airflow patterns of 10 years are clarified. The characteristics are as follows:

      Summer wind

      The strong southwesterly wind which blows all over the Japanese Islands occurs from March. Its peak is in summer. Gentle sea breeze occurs especially in April and May. After them, developed sea breeze occurs especially in August.

      Spring and autumn wind

      The northeasterly wind which blows only on the south of the Tohoku District occurs in the whole year. The northwesterly wind whose direction is roughly toward south and occurs frequently from late November on. Earlier than those the northwesterly wind whose direction is roughly toward north and occurs frequently from October." Page 17

      From Macro-scale airflow patterns in the Japanese Islands Author Yoshio Tagami Geographical Reports of Tokyo Metropolitan University 1981

  • razzz razzz

    People need to read all the way down the page link in this story, rumors what the USS Reagan experienced are all true and more.

    “When we pulled into shore to give them supplies it was pretty much in the plume area. We were only two miles off the coast and even if we were outside the triangle that they had us draw, we did pass through the triangle.”

    "It had snowed and sailors had a snowball fight – till the sensors revealed that the snow itself was contaminated, having scrubbed skies of radioactive particulates. Turning on the high pressure hoses, which take water from the sea, to clean off the decks only made matters worse."

    “We make our own water using desalinization plants on board,” explained Plym. “So they had to get rid of all the water throughout the ship and keep testing till it was clean. That was hard. We had been getting water from the ocean and the ocean was contaminated. And on ship, water was in everything.“

    • jec jec

      For the military do down play any radiation exposure for the military personnel on board the Reagan is just wrong. Just reading about the comments, there was plenty of radiation everywhere. Scary to read about the OCEAN water being contaminated. 80% of the fallout from Fukushima headed east..towards the open ocean, and North America-even worse news. Its an 'end of life' event for us all, maybe not today or tomorrow, but we have received a kiss of death from nuclear products.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Fukushima Reactor Buildings are Hidden in Black Smoke

    New Close Up Video Of Fukushima Destruction Released, As Black Smoke Prompts Evacuation Of Plant

    Video of smoke rising from Fukushima nuclear reactor, images of damage
    Nov 19, 2011

    Radiation level at Fukushima exceeds norm 1,600 times – IAEA

    “This handout picture released by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) via Jiji Press on March 21, 2011 shows black smoke rising from reactor number three of the number 1 Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo / HO / TEPCO via Jiji Press)…”
    Black smoke halts progress at nuclear power plant
    March 23, 2011

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    "Regardless of this recent ‘information anomaly’, the situation with Fukushima remains beyond critical in terms of the massive on-going release of synthetic radio-nuclides into the planetary biosphere."

    "The electricity consumed by a typical light bulb results in the creation of thousands of lethal doses of plutonium alone…a typical one mega-watt reactor produces approximately 500 pounds of plutonium per year…the 400+ civilian reactors alone world-wide would produce around 92,000 kgs of plutonium per year. This equals 92 trillion lethal doses of plutonium being created per year. This is on-going and doesn’t even begin to include what already exists. The number of lethal doses of plutonium that currently exist might be on the order of 10 to the 15th power. And this is JUST plutonium."

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “…used nuclear fuel, some of it decades old, languishes in holding tanks. Oddly, it is up to a million times more radioactive than when it was fresh. While in the reactor, it began mutating into elements heavier than enriched uranium, such as isotopes of plutonium and americium…At WIPP…the U.S. Department’ of Energy is legally required to dissuade anyone from coming too close for the next 10,000 years. After discussing the fact that human languages mutate so fast that they’re almost unrecognizable after 500 or 600 years, it was decided to post warnings in seven of them anyway, plus pictures…Since Palo Verde opened in 1986, its used fuel has been accumulating, because there’s nowhere else to take it. In plants everywhere, spent fuel ponds have been re-racked to squeeze in thousands of more fuel assemblies. Together, the world’s 441 functioning nuclear plants annually produce almost 13,000 tons of high-level nuclear scrap…”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “The world’s second big nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl Reactor No. 4 in the Ukraine on Apr 26, 1986. Simply tagged as “Chernobyl,” it is what the next big and well known nuke disaster, after the American Three Mile Island, on March 28, 1979 came to be called. “Chernobyl” ejected 30% of one 192-ton, three-month old reactor core. That’s 57.6 radioactive tons thrown into the air by fire and explosions.

    Startling NHK Image of Japanese Television
    “The tiny radioactive and burning smoke particles have traveled around the world many times since 1979, killing an estimated one million people to date from radiation caused illnesses and cancers. This is according to Editor Dr Janette Sherman’s exhaustive and widely acclaimed book on 5,000 Chernobyl scientific papers recently published by the New York Academy of Sciences [1].
    Fukushima Daiichi Equals 50 Plus Chernobyls
    “As Dr. Michio Kaku, a world renowned CUNY theoretical physicist pointed out on CNN March 18, 2011, Chernobyl involved one reactor and only 57.6 Tons of the reactor core went into the atmosphere. In dramatic contrast, the Fukushima Daiichi disaster immediately involved six reactors and a whopping IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN Agency) documented 2,800 Tons of highly radioactive old reactor cores.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “Simple division tells us there are at least 48.6 Chernobyls in the burning old reactor cores pumping fiery isotopes into the Earth’s atmosphere. It is no stretch to say Fukushima Daiichi’s six reactors and the dry holding pools for old reactor cores are equal to more than 50 Chernobyl disasters.
      “Further clarification is needed, of course, and it is being worked out now by independent physicists. Note that the lethality of radioactive reactor cores goes up the first 250,000 years they are out of the reactor – not down….
      Fukushima Equals 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses
      “Dr Paolo Scampa, a widely know EU Physicist, single handedly popularized the easily understood Lethal Doses concept. “Lethal Doses” is a world wide, well understood idea that strips Physics bare and offers a brilliant, understandable explanation for all the physics gobbledygook Intelligence agencies and their respective governments use to disguise the brutal truths of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster.

      “Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell. This is up from about 70 Billion Lethal Doses March 23, 2011. It is getting worse everyday without any intervention by the US and the other nuclear powers.

      • We Not They Finally

        Yeah. Scampa thinks that the world has "five years left." Many experts think "85 Chernobyls" (not 48.6) and one is even starting to say "300." But still the huge media black-out continues. Most people do not even know that the Japanese story about "cold shutdown" had to be a total lie, because how can you contain fuel that has long since breached containment? It's astounding that even something that basic isn't out there. And yes, the damage apparently becomes GREATER generation by generation. It also gets MAGNIFIED (not diminished) up the food chain.

    • Sickputer

      "Fukushima Daiichi Equals 50 Plus Chernobyls"

      Thanks anne. And that's not even counting the MOX factor of Unit 3 which can't be measured against Chernobyl because MOX usage presents a wild card.

      Speaking of MOX…check out this interesting article from 2011:

      In it author Pavel Podvig discusses the problems with MOX in the USA: "Given the time required to license the fuel, there is a real possibility that the $5 billion MOX plant could sit idle during multi-year irradiation tests of MOX in BWRs"

      Also of interest at the end of that article is a spirited comments exchange with Rod Adams. The timing of the comments occurs over a two day period March 10-12 of 2011.

      No mention of Fukushima blowing up in the March 12th comments, but I must say that Rod got more than he anticipated trying to argue with Pavel Podvig. Rod may not have known of Podvig's vitae:

      "A physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Podvig works as a research associate at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. His expertise is in the Russian nuclear arsenal, U.S.-Russian relations, and nonproliferation."

      SP: Way to go Pavel…you rocked in that exchange!

  • Jebus Jebus

    Huh? Tossed fuel fragments a mile away, and a reactor load of noble gases into the air…

    Actually at least 3 percolating reactor loads of noble gases…

    This doesn't look like ground fog…

    Again, it's interesting to look at this when the spin cycle is on high…

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain



  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Thanks, everyone. I have more to put up. But I wanted to leave some space o time first, and also had to work on my physics problems. I'm taking free online second semester physics with calculus on from MIT.

    UN Agency: Reactor 3 exploded a second time 24 hours later — Then wind and rain brought high levels of radiation over Tokyo, Sendai, Nagano


    MOX plutonium fuel used in Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor two million times more deadly than enriched uranium

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    As plutonium and uranium concentrations in the US hit their highest levels in 20 years a top nuclear physicists says most of the plutonium MOX nuclear fallout from Fukushima will drop on the United States.

    “In an interview with the Huffington Post, Nuclear Engineer Akira Tokuhiro, says most of the plutonium mox fuel nuclear fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power plant will likely drop on the United States.,,,”

    What about MOX Plutonium?
    Submitted by joshbot (not verified) on Thu, 2011-06-16 06:45.
    “Did the publication take into account MOX Plutonium. As I’m sure we’ve all learned by now, it was used in reactor 3, MOX rods blew 2 miles up and out into the surrounding area. MOX is so bad that according to CNN the Japanese have even tried to censor searches for it on the internet…”…

    “…It’s absurd to average the effects of wildly different radioactive elements into one single threat level. Breathe in MOX and your done. Breathe some of the lesser elements and it’s like eating at Mc. Donalds or smoking a cigarette….”
    35% increase in northwest infant mortality since the disaster.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Then they lied!
    “March 14th 2011; Reactor 3 blows up! sending 100,000 thousand of highly radioactive plutonium-rich spent fuel rods up to 2 miles away. Each one emitting plutonium laced radiation particles equivalent to a nuclear bomb!…
    “Fukushima is FOUR melting down nuclear reactors- with huge deadly spent-fuel fuel loads and 1,000,000 times more deadly Plutonium MOX fuel. Spent nuclear fuel is about 95% Uranium, another 1% consists of heavy elements such as curium, americium, and plutonium.
    “Remember, 1lb or plutonium spread evenly would kill everyone on planet earth. Reactor 3 which blew up, had at least 500lb of plutonium in it. If you are in the northern hemispheres, this plutonium is in the food you are eating and the air you are breathing right now! One floating particle will kill people for 24,000 years.
    “MOX fuel consists of about 7-9% plutonium mixed with depleted uranium and is equivalent to uranium oxide fuel enriched to about 4.5% U-235, assuming that the plutonium has about two thirds fissile isotopes.** If weapons-grade plutonium is used (>90% Pu-239), only about 5% Pu would be needed in the mix.
    “Chernobyl had 180 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site. Fukushima has, (or had) 1,700 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site. Much of it is now in the air you are breathing right now.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “Fukushima is a Global, Universal Equal Opportunity Killer; but innocent unborn children will go first to the nuclear gallows.

      “This is an invisible worldwide killer. We will all be affected.

      “An epidemic of radiation related disease and death is coming. Due to ongoing massive global nuclear industry profit protection actions to suppress the truth, you are very likely one of the intended victims! …

      “Genocidal Maniacs are at the Helm…

      “Gofman and his partner on the project, Art Tamplin, came to the conclusion that safety standards were woefully inadequate. The AEC pulled his funding and tried to get Gofman to stop talking about the dangers of low level radiation but the man refused to shut up. In the 1982 book Nuclear Witnesses, Insiders Speak Out he said;

      ” Licensing a nuclear power plant is in my view, licensing random premeditated murder.”…

      “The nuclear industry is still deluding itself that it can brainwash us into believing that nuclear energy is still the safest energy source ever….

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Japan Authorities Admit Deadly MOX Plutonium Reactor Is Leaking
    “…The water now leaking from reactor number 3 has radiation levels 10,000 times above the level of normal reactor water. Yesterday, two Fukushima technicians received instant radioactive burns when they stepped in the puddle of water, as it burned right through their boots.
    “The leakage of plutonium and uranium from reactor number 3 is the nightmare scenario that many experts predicted would turn the situation at Fukushima from a crisis to a catastrophe.
    “The dire consequences of any major leak in reactor number 3 are exemplified by the fact that 4,000 tons of water have been dumped on the reactor, five times more than any of the other five units.
    “Reactor number 3 runs on MOX or Mixed Oxide fuel, a mixture of plutonium and uranium. Plutonium is the most deadly radioactive isotope known to man, and MOX is two million times more deadly than normal enriched uranium. The Half-life of Plutonium-239 in MOX is 24,000 years and just a few milligrams of P-239 escaping in a smoke plume will contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Mox Fuel was being used in one of the reactors that blew up
    “KI pills do no good against MOX – it is only good for Uranium radiation. Plutonium is not affected by the pills!
    “Imagine for a second a bondfire, and a spark from the fire blows off and falls on the ground. Now imagine that that spark continues to stay on fire for 100s of years. No matter how much water or solutions you put on it, it continues to burn. Now imagine this in a microscopic form and you breath it in your body..Devastation will take hold
    Plutonium and Uranium work the same way. Imagine these microscopic plutonium and Uranium particles falling out of the sky during the jet stream? We see it does fall from the sky because of the evidence we see in chemtrails and its impact on the environment. They have no idea what it is going to do to the environment.
    “If inhaled into the body, the alpha particle will go in through the respiratory tract, and enter the lung. Due to its long half-life, it will stay in the body permanently, emitting alpha radiation, and killing the surrounding tissues by strong ionization. If plutonium is taken into the body in soluble form (e.g. plutonium nitrate) through food chain, it will enter the blood stream, and into the bones, liver and genital organs where it will be enriched. Alpha radiation leads to reactions in the cells of living things. It can cause damage to the nucleus and DNA of the cell, in effect causing…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      It can cause damage to the nucleus and DNA of the cell, in effect causing genetic damage in descendants, particularly if germ cells are affected.
      “If there is fire, and plutonium becomes airborne into fine aerosol particles, plutonium contamination of the environment will extend to a far larger scale, landing on ground, contaminating a vast wider area. Plutonium remains effective over very long periods affecting the health of the people and the environment.

      “When MOX fuels are used, the probability of having such serious accidents or trouble would increase due to the high content of plutonium in the fuel. Even if an accident is not a serious one,it could become serious since even a small portion… of the inventory of actinides released to the environment could cause significant radiological consequences.
      “only about 1 mg of plutonium may be released from a MOX facility to the environment. As a comparison, in uranium fabrication facility, 2kg (2,000,000mg)of uranium could be released in the same radiation exposure.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    MOX plutonium fuel used in Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor two million times more deadly than enriched uranium
    “Largely absent from most mainstream media reports on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is the fact that a highly-dangerous “mixed-oxide” (MOX) fuel in present in six percent of the fuel rods at the plant’s Unit 3 reactor. Why is MOX a big deal? According to the Nuclear Information Resource Center (NIRS), this plutonium-uranium fuel mixture is far more dangerous than typical enriched uranium — a single milligram (mg) of MOX is as deadly as 2,000,000 mg of normal enriched uranium.
    “On March 14, Unit 3 of the Fukushima reactor exploded, sending a huge smoke plume into the air. This particular reactor, of course, contains the rods fueled with MOX. You can watch a clip of that explosion here:
    “If even a couple milligrams of MOX were released during this explosion — or if other explosions at the plant inflict any damage on the MOX-filled rods — then the consequences could be exponentially more devastating than the mere leakage of enriched uranium. And since nobody knows for sure exactly which rods have been damaged, and whether or not the situation can actually be contained, it is only a matter of time before the world finds out for sure.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “An exact quote from the report reads:
      “’In the event of such accidents (involving the accidental release of MOX), if the ICRP (International Commission on Radiological Protection) recommendations for general public exposure were adhered to, only about one mg of plutonium may be released from a MOX facility to the environment. As a comparison, in [sic] uranium fabrication facility, 2kg (2,000,000 mg) of uranium could be released in the same radiation exposure.’

      “A simple calculation reveals that one mg of MOX is basically two million times more powerful than one mg of uranium. This is clearly not a good thing when the plutonium-containing fuel rods in Fukushima may be damaged from the recent explosions and leaking into the environment.
      “A recent National Public Radio (NPR) piece explains that the half-life of plutonium-239, a component of MOX, is an astounding 24,000 years. The same piece explains that if even a small amount of this potent substance escapes from the plant in a smoke plume, the particles will travel with the wind and contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years (

      • We Not They Finally

        Actually, we've read that nine pounds of plutonium dust spread evenly across the world could kill every man, woman and child. And apparently, at least a few HUNDRED pounds were released that we know of. It's also not just deadly, but also deadly DECEPTION. I mean, we are not all like Karen Silkwood biting down into a plutonium-laced sandwich. But we ingest a single infinitesmally small "hot" particle of plutonium and it lodges in the lungs, and there's lung cancer on the way several years further on because it stays inside as a constant deadly emitter. And there are ares in the States (like Seattle, WA) where people breathe in several hot particles a day and do not know it. It's all pretty demonic.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “Amazingly, most mainstream reports that mention MOX discount it as a non-threat. But the truth of the matter is that the threat posed by MOX is very serious. The NIRS report explains that inhalation of MOX radioactive material is significantly more dangerous than inhalation of normal uranium radioactive particles. You can read the entire MOX report for yourself here:

  • hbjon hbjon

    It's not science fiction that we are ingesting hot particles into our biology. Millions and millions of people have been doing it on a regular basis through the air, water, and food. Does that mean everyone will die a horrific and agonizing death? I doubt that. We know that the extreme localized heat of mox gives off a signal that creates an immediate immune response. The particle gets engulfed and kills off the white blood cell that contains the particle. (perhaps even making the dreaded buckyball in the process) Perspirating, bleeding, and other ways can flush the waste out of the body. The human body does not stand idle while little invaders kill off the troops.

  • Sickputer

    Your body might repel a single rogue invader, but the infamous beagle experiments showed 93 of 144 dogs infected with nasal sprays of plutonium died of bone tumors. Obviously they couldn't tell researchers their pain level.

    Makes you wonder how many workers at Fukushima will contract fatal cancers from embedded particles of plutonium. The Japanese government and Tepco have already made a mess of worker records so the longterm death rate will be minimized.

    • hbjon hbjon

      I would hope that the human immune system is smart enough to contain and combat the invading particle before it is used as a building block within an organ. We see in cases of lung, brain, pancreas, skin, and others that this might not be the case. Though, even among smart immune systems, some may be smarter than others. Other factors like rest, diet, heredity, and age may play a role. Massive exposure may have happened north and northeast of the releases. As well as those who work as fishermen and sailors east and northeast of the releases. In cases of massive exposure, pain killers may be the only humane treatment. The day of the EQ I posted many warnings that taxpayer assets need to be moved as far away from the area as they could get. A war that is fought against a rogue reactor, is not a war that can be won with carbon based life forms looking for an off switch.

      • Sickputer

        +311 hbjon

        "A war that is fought against a rogue reactor, is not a war that can be won with carbon based life forms looking for an off switch."

        SP: Truer words were never spoken. Scientists feared this event for decades…now their nightmare has come true. Hopefully half a country can be saved and maybe the worst effects will be limited to millions instead of billions.

        That is no solace for people in Japan. The ones who can emigrate will miss their beautiful homeland. It still looks much the same, but an alien invader is ravaging the land. It takes no prisoners.


    Watch the film… is now a problem. Chernobyl shows that glass encasement will not last but perhaps 30 years or-so. After that, it starts to turn to powder.

    So what do we do with all of this waste now?

    The entire fuel cycle has gone from the fry-pan, into the fire !

    There are no answers, and even the original plan to get to stage #1 of dealing with it now needs to be scraped!

  • hbjon hbjon

    It is difficult to not get philosophical when faced with such terrible situations. One might consider that a soul and costitution that is trapped in a diseased body is in fact a "prisoner". We must plan now for the vacuum that a great loss of humanity may bring. What will the Nazi's do when they discover everyones genes are damaged? They will populate the earth with their own test-tube babies. In an extremely twisted line of logic, they will see it as a win. OmG! SP I've just revealed the master plan of the evil that is behind nuclear technology. Could it be just one person?

  • Mack Mack

    The DOE is involved in the Human Genome Project and oversees gene research.

    Anyone else think that's odd?

    From wikipedia:

    The DOE's "responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in a DOE initiative."

    The Department of ENERGY is involved in gene research; why isn't this under the purvue of a health or medical agency instead?